Archive for April, 2011|Monthly archive page

white kids can jump?


Having some fun with photo editing after  a trip to the tulip fields today.   Little dude started out small but he ended up catching some serious hang time.  For some reason the animated gif to the right wont move unless you click on it.


Here is the original…


And here is a link to the full set of pictures from the day..

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…i got a movie pitch.

Adventures_In_Babysitting and zombies

Since Hollywood seems to be obsessed with remaking marginal 80’s
movies why not one more?  How about; Adventures in Babysitting, and
Zombies!  I know the title is a little in-your-face, but hear me out.
What I’m picturing is a direct sequel to the Elizabeth Shoe film from
1987.  This time however Shoe isn’t the babysitter, she’s the mom.  We
jump forward as many years as have passed since the last movie and now
her kids are the ones being babysat – by one of the brats that was a
child in the original.

What would be really amazing, however would be fooling the audience.
What if it was simply called Adventures in Babysitting 2, and we don’t
tell anyone about the zombies – then bam – at the beginning of Act II:
zombie apocalypse!  The new babysitter has to figure out how to
survive, while taking care of the kids and avoiding zombification.
Shoe can team up with her ex husband and together they can fight their
way through the hordes to rescue their kids.

If you aren’t convinced yet, I have two more reasons why this is a
good idea.  First Elizabeth Shoe is still hot, and she can totally
pull off the bad ass chick role – check out Pirana 3D to see what I’m
talking about.  Secondly,there are the timely Thor references that are
actually going to make sense this time around.  There is a Thor movie
coming out this year and it will be perfect for one of her kids to
walk around in a Thor costume, and even bash in some zombie brains
with a hammer.

…spam of the dead

When I used to live in an Army barracks overseas there was a very colorful character who lived next door to my roommates and I. He used to burst into our room in only brown Military issue briefs and yell, “Carolina!” Although I wasn’t much of a Tar Heels fan myself, these interruptions were rarely unwelcomed. I met Dan White, whom even the NCOs referred to as ‘Cracker’, when I first arrived in Iraq. He was one of the only guys in my unit who didn’t treat me like a new guy, and was immediately welcoming. Falling out of touch with people you really like is a sad fact of life, and I would welcome correspondence from my old friend were it possible. And I was sure it wasn’t possible, because he died a couple years ago, until I received an email from yesterday.
I am at first immediately confused, then angry, “What kind of sick shit is this?” I wasn’t the only one to receive this spam, checking the cc line I recognized other members of our former unit and what must be his entire posthumous contact list. I’m sure even his parents and siblings had to deal with this insensitive junk mail reminder of their semi-recent loss.

The world is definitely changing – 10 years ago nobody had to worry about telemarketers calling them from past relatives phone numbers. Today our digital accounts essentially last forever by default, and security breaches of giant databases are more and more frequent for a number of reasons. This kind of thing is only going to happen more and more.

I get reminded of my old friend all the time. Whenever I hear a song from the Donnie Darko soundtrack, or when somebody shouts “Yeah!” in their best Little Jon impression. Now I get to look forward to spam bot generated emails from a dude who went before his time, but I think he would have found the humor in it himself.