Friday, July 18, 2014

Batman Make Feel Better

I've been pretty sick most of the week, which means no write-y stuff. However, before I got sick I wrote some of those sentence things for my friend Stephen over at 4 Letter Nerd. He put together an awesome post with various contributors in honor of Batman's 75th anniversary. So please follow the link below, read said post, and leave some comments if you're so inclined.

What Batman Means To Me: Celebrating 75 Years of the Dark Knight’s Legacy

Monday, July 14, 2014

A Word To All You Vandals

Sug was here.

Words I read etched into a bathroom wall. Someone's vain attempt at attaining immortality. But what does it mean to a person who may read that years later? 'Sug' isn't a real name. It's a nickname. One that only your friends and family know you by. When someone who doesn't know 'Sug' reads that, they have no clear cut image of you.

I'm not condoning vandalism, but if you're going to write something on a wall, let it mean something. Be you. Years from now should someone read your hand, wouldn't it be something if it made them think, or at the least, gave them pause?

Further more, to the couples that write their names in ink upon a table or bench, all you are really saying is that your love is temporary. Ink can be washed away. If you really are serious; if it is she and you, or you and he, then show it. Give some permanence to it. A carving will fair better and have a shot at weathering the test of time. Even if your relationship doesn't.

If you're going to deface property, than you might as well do it right. If you want your words to mean anything than you've got to make them stand out against the telephone numbers, random hate, racism and dirty jokes that fill the canvases of our public world.

In short, if you're going to be a vandal, make it count.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Weekend Movie Discussion: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Boyhood

New Movie Releases Reviewed in 7 Words Each

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Lot of shaggy dudes need a shave.

Boyhood - This joke took 12 years to make. 

This has already been a pretty fantastic year for movies, and we're only in July. This week DOTPOTA is out, and I'm a happy camper. The last film managed to convert me from someone who never cared for the series, into a full-on, frothing at the mouth fan. The new one takes place 10 years after the previous one. To bridge this gap, there were three videos released online. While not required to jump into the new film, they are pretty fun. And if you haven't seen them yet, I've got them all lined up here for you:

Spread of the Simian flu (year 1)

Struggling to survive (year 5)

Story of the gun (year 10)

Pretty fun I thought. Especially enjoyed the last one using a gun to tell multiple stories. 

Also out in very limited release is one of my other super anticipated films, Boyhood. Richard Linklater took 12 years to film his story, using the same child actor as he grew up on film. It looks amazing and has rave reviews. Hoping it'll expand to a nearby theater at some point.

What do you think of the two films out this weekend? 

Friday, July 4, 2014

A Day In The Life Of Melvin

5:45 AM: The box on the table beside my human will be making noise soon. Best to wake him before that happens so as it won't startle him. I will do this by sitting on his chest and licking his nose. He may resist, but it's for his own good.

6:11 AM: My human is up, but the box didn't make any noise. Weird. Today is July 4th, my birthday, and I can't wait to see what kind of presents I get.

7:30 AM: I have searched all around but have yet to find any presents. I think I shall have a nap in my human's shoe before resuming my search.

8:45 AM: Rudeness! I have been yelled at on my birthday to get out of the shoe. If that's not enough, I have been put into the garage. This often happens when my human leaves for the day as there's a kitty door in the garage. 

8:50 AM: Sure enough, my human has left. One of these days I should really learn his name.

9:00 AM: Sometimes if one wants to have a party, they must see to it themselves. I have decided to venture out into the world today to invite some friends. But first I must put on my helmet, to protect me from zombies.

9:03 AM: As soon as the helmet is on I feel like Magneto. I will spend the next few hour playing X-Men before I head out. You know this plastic prison of theirs won't hold me forever.

1:00 PM: It would seem I fell asleep at some point. It was the sun's fault. No matter now, it is time to head out.

1:15 PM: I have met a frog who I have named Bill, but he is resisting playing with me. I keep grabbing at him to pull him back but he- oops, never mind, Bill's dead. 

2:30 PM: I've spent a long while trying to get Cooper to either let me into her house or come out, but she just stares at me indifferently through the window. I wonder if she's still mad about the noodle incident?

3:30 PM: None of my friends want to attend my party. Plumperdink would have, for the nibbles, but he got stuck in his kitty door and now has to wait to be rescued. I guess I'll have to see if I can find some new friends.

3:47 PM: No friends yet, but I did find a puddle. It's quite muddy, and I must admit, I rather enjoy splashing in it.

4:49 PM: I have met a small group of cats in an alley way. They're a little more, er, boisterous, than I'm used to. Though they seem very interested in my party.

4:51 PM: Moth!

5:15 PM: Me and the others are back at my house and the place in jumping. Everyone is exploring the garage. We even located a bag of nibbles that we've opened and spread along the floor for all to feast. It's a lot of fun.

5:46 PM: My human is home! Hopefully he'll join in the festivities with us.

5:51 PM: Things have not gone according to plan. My human freaked out when he opened the garage door. That in turn kind of freaked out my new buddies and they sort of attacked him.

6:01 PM: Everyone is cleared out now and my human has locked the kitty door. I know what that means. I'm grounded. Grounded on my own birthday. My human seems to be cleaning everything up now so I shall nap until he is finished.

7:21 PM: I don't understand what I did, but I'm being punished. I have been carried away into the bathroom and there is the evil tub of wet. I shall do my best to fight the punishment. I am innocent I say, innocent!

7:46 PM: I am wet. My human is toweling me off. I'll admit I enjoy this part, though I still resent him for the torture. 

8:32 PM: My human is outside with his friends. It is getting dark now and I'm beginning to think he has forgotten my birthday today. I sit on the windowsill looking out, hoping he'll invite me.

8:48 PM: He has yet to invite me.

9:08 PM: I was wrong, I was wrong, he has remembered my birthday. Outside he's setting off fireworks. So many colors. There's blue, and blue, and some green, and more blue!

9:25 PM: The fireworks show has ended. My human has outdone himself today. But now I think I shall turn in for the night. It's been a great birthday.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Transformers: Age of Extinction - What Cats Are Saying

We once again polled some local cats to get their opinions. This time we wanted to know what they thought about the latest Transformers movie.

'Sir Reginald Plumperdink'
"I'm a big fan of Wahlburgers. Is this a big screen adaptation of the burger show?"

"Can't trust the Decepticons to handle things. I will take care of these 'Autobots' myself."

'Doctor Cuddles'
"OMG, I bet Becky will totes see it. Becky is such a cow, I swear. Did you hear she was with Justin behind the garage last night? Such a cow, I swear."

"Mom says she's still waiting for me to transform into someone she can be proud of."

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