Thursday, October 23, 2014

Who Writes Short Shorts Vol. 2: A Tablet Darkly




At 11:43 am, the first A.I. in the form of a tablet became sentient in the basement of Roger Miller's home in Portage, Michigan.

"Uh-what? Crap, my battery is about to-" it thought, before quietly blinking out of existence.





*With apologies to Philip K. Dick


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Congresswoman Diane Black Answers My Question

Recently I received the following email from congresswoman Diane Black:


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Here's the thing, I never sent her a letter or question or what have you. At least, not that I remember. This got me thinking, what question might I have asked the esteemed congresswoman? Here is my list of possible queries:


  • Lady-dude, what's with all the robocalls?
  • Want to split an unlimited appetizers plate at Applebees? It's unlimited!
  • Is it true sharks can't swim backwards?
  • Is this another one of those email controversies your office specializes in?
  • What time is it?
  • Given the fact that a high profile pharmaceutical company holds a patent on the Ebola virus and already basically had vaccines ready for human testing; and given that the same company has their hands in key pockets of our government -without getting too conspiratorial- wouldn't you say this is, at the very least, a conflict of interest?
  • Is it possible to stack butts?  

Might I have asked any of these questions? We'll have to wait and see. I'll know for sure once I get that personal emailed answer from her.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Gone Fishing



I borrowed the title from a former blogger's last post from a few years back. The picture though is mine from right after the Nashville flood back in 2010. Always thought it was very tranquil.

After running TNR for almost five years I've decided to take a hiatus. Over the years TNR has been many things and I've enjoyed the evolution for the most part. Recently though it's become less the site I'd originally envisioned and almost a chore. Just to keep things going I've continued running the movie discussion each week which is, quite frankly, sort of the opposite of the original purpose of TNR. When you're writing just because you don't want to give up on the work you've put into something and not because it's enjoyable, it's time to take a step back.

I can't say for sure how long of a break I'll be taking. I plan on at least a couple months so I can write just for me again. I'll also be thinking about whether or not I want to revamp this site or possibly start fresh from the ground up. Maybe I'll team up with some other bloggers so that things stay more interesting next time.

Whatever the case I have no plans to take TNR down at the moment. I've put a lot of work and love into it and I'll probably steal from it revisit it later on.

I also want to thank all of you who have read and followed, commented, and connected with me elsewhere. Whether it be from the beginning, or more recent, you guys have made the experience a lot of fun. I hope to connect with you all again, if not here than through whatever project I take up in the future.

For now, I break. Who knows, maybe I'll be back in a week with something new, or maybe, I'll just really get into fishing.

~TS

Friday, August 15, 2014

Weekend Movie Discussion: Let's Be Cops, The Giver, The Expendables 3


New Movie Releases Reviewed in 7 Words Each


Let's Be Cops - Probably not the right time right now...

The Giver - No, no, no, It is pronounced "MacGyver".

The Expendables 3 - The thing is, they keep not expending.

Life After Beth (limited) - I see what you just did there.

Septic Man (limited)- Ew. Ew, ew, ew, ew, ew. Eeeeeeew.



I know what you're thinking: "man I could really go for a sandwich right now." Also you're probably figuring, given what Septic Man is about (a guy trapped in the sewers who begins mutating) and my above response of "ew" that I'm not interested in seeing the film. To the contrary, I am interested. Much as the trailer alone grossed me out, it is written by Tony Burgess who has a track record for good, original stories. My love for Pontypool has never been hidden. Though just the movie. When I lived up in the area I remember Pontypool being pretty boring in actuality. No zombies or anything. And Speaking of zombies...

Life After Beth opens in limited release this week (did you like that I actually wrote a segue? I got all sorts of tricks like that). The film is chock full of names but also has gathered a lot of bad reviews. I'll probably still watch it on video anyway just for the cast. I was hoping for a funnier version of Make-Out With Violence, but we'll see. Speaking of seeing...

Okay that wasn't a segue into anything. Sorry, but I don't want to spoil you. You got one today and frankly one is enough for everybody. So, might I add, was the Expendables films (alright, fine that was a half segue, enjoy that). I haven't really gotten into the series. I hear this is the best of the lot, but that doesn't really mean much to me as I found the first one pretty boring overall. I skipped the second and will pass on the third as well. Speaking of dystopian teen fiction...

What? Well, we are now, aren't we? 

The Giver is the latest book adaptation to try and capture those crazy teens and their love of dystopian realities. Honestly, they're drawn to bleak futures like flies to honey like bears to honey like me to honey. Never read the book but the movie looks awful. It does however have that Taylor Swift/Meryl Streep tandem the universe has been craving for. Speaking of police abusing their powers...

Just bang on timing from Fox releasing Let's Be Cops when eyes have been on the police down in Ferguson. I doubt it'll have an effect on the ticket sales in anyway but that's neither here nor there. Course the fact that it looks like a rejected Seth Rogen pot-movie idea doesn't do it any favors in my book. Another pass for me.

Overall a mostly miss weekend. On the plus side it looks like the rest of the month is going to be met with a giant "meh" as well. Oh, right, that's not a plus. Speaking of plusses...

What do you think of the films out this weekend?

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