Archive for July, 2010

“In this country there is a permanent…

July 31, 2010

“In this country there is a permanent conspiracy against intelligence.”
–Hubert
The Man Who Hated Machines
written by Pierre Boulle

This is one in a series of quotations. 

I’ve been working, from time to time, on a book of quotations for many years.  I call it, “The Mind Boggles”, from one of my favorite quotations.  I do source quotations a bit differently from a lot of people.  In the case of a work of a fiction, I consider that the character said the line…not the author.  As a bit of an author myself (in a minor way), I can tell you…my characters definitely say things that I would never say.  These are all quotations that I’ve collected myself: I’ve read the book, seen the TV episode, and so on. 

Hope you enjoy them!

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.

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Flixtream this! A Boy and His Dog

July 31, 2010

Flixtream this! A Boy and His Dog

You can get streaming Netflix in a lot of different ways: directly on a computer, through a Roku device, through a gaming system (Wii, XBOX 360, PS3), even through some TVs.  You can watch all the streaming stuff you want (and get 1 DVD at a time) for $8.99 a month.  I’m going to start recommending some things for you to watch…I call it Flixtreaming (for “NetFlix Streaming”).

You know how you go to watch something that you saw decades ago and wonder how it is going to hold up?

Oh, you weren’t born decades ago?  Well, use your imagination, bub.  😉

I saw A Boy and His Dog when it first came out…actually, I saw it at a convention before it was even released.

I don’t think you’ll get a good idea of what it is if you are just browsing through your streaming Netflix choices.  Heck, you can even read the description of it and not get it.

First, it isn’t a kids’ movie, despite the title.

Second, it may look like it’s a goofy comedy…that’s not really right, either.

Third, yes, it stars Don Johnson…but I do think he is good in this.  I bring that up because you might think it’s going to be like Miami Vice or Nash Bridges…it’s not.

I’m really careful about spoilers, but I can give you the basic set-up without too much trouble, I think.

It’s a PAW (Post-Apocalyptic World), created in a short story by Harlan Ellison.   People scramble to find things to eat…it’s a violent place.

Vic is a human “rover” who has teamed up with a telepathic dog called Blood.  This isn’t some macho German Shepherd…the dog is more of a Benji-looking type.

That’s as far as I’m going plotwise.  🙂

The movie is a social satire, but not slapstick.  It’s certainly adventurous as well, in a sort of Mad Max way (not the second one, but the first one).

I am going to warn you: some characters in the movie treat women badly…really, really badly.  The movie doesn’t, but some characters do.  There is nudity and sexual themes and violence…but none of those overwhelm the relationship between Vic and Blood, which is the big draw.

Okay, I’ll go a bit further into that relationship, again without spoiling plot points.

Blood, the dog, is the mentor.  His relationship is sort of like KITT’s to Michael Knight.  Vic is the hot-head, Blood the voice of reason.  But their bond is strong…both knows that they need the other.

So, did this hold up for me?  Yes, I’d say it was even better than when I saw it the first time.  I think at that point I was perhaps dazzled a bit more by the surface than I was now. 

Ignore the image and the description on Netflix, and, taking into account the content warnings I’ve mentioned, give it a try.  You might be pleasantly surprised…

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.

“Nixon had been alarmed, too, long before…

July 30, 2010

“Nixon had been alarmed, too, long before the tragic error of 1972.  The elements of paranoia, with the delusions not only of reference but of grandeur, had been palpable; Nixon, a shrewd judge of men, had observed them, and so had many others.  And, evidently, they had been correct.”
–Philip K. Dick
writing in Dr. Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After the Bomb
written in 1966

This is one in a series of quotations. 

I’ve been working, from time to time, on a book of quotations for many years.  I call it, “The Mind Boggles”, from one of my favorite quotations.  I do source quotations a bit differently from a lot of people.  In the case of a work of a fiction, I consider that the character said the line…not the author.  As a bit of an author myself (in a minor way), I can tell you…my characters definitely say things that I would never say.  These are all quotations that I’ve collected myself: I’ve read the book, seen the TV episode, and so on. 

Hope you enjoy them!

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.

“They were in the wrong place…”

July 30, 2010

“They were in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Naturally, they became heroes.”
–Leia Organa, Senator
Star Wars (the novel)
written by George Lucas

This is one in a series of quotations. 

I’ve been working, from time to time, on a book of quotations for many years.  I call it, “The Mind Boggles”, from one of my favorite quotations.  I do source quotations a bit differently from a lot of people.  In the case of a work of a fiction, I consider that the character said the line…not the author.  As a bit of an author myself (in a minor way), I can tell you…my characters definitely say things that I would never say.  These are all quotations that I’ve collected myself: I’ve read the book, seen the TV episode, and so on. 

Hope you enjoy them!This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.

“I don’t know whether I believe in progress…”

July 29, 2010

“I don’t know whether I believe in progress or not.  I believe we should be free to try things out and follow a line of inquiry wherever it leads.  If it leads to the edge of a pit, common sense would say go round it or check back for another way.  But you don’t draw a chalk circle and stay inside it just because some paths might be dead ends.  Movement is all.”
–Gaul Kalmar
Eight Against Utopia
written b Douglas R. Mason

This is one in a series of quotations. 

I’ve been working, from time to time, on a book of quotations for many years.  I call it, “The Mind Boggles”, from one of my favorite quotations.  I do source quotations a bit differently from a lot of people.  In the case of a work of a fiction, I consider that the character said the line…not the author.  As a bit of an author myself (in a minor way), I can tell you…my characters definitely say things that I would never say.  These are all quotations that I’ve collected myself: I’ve read the book, seen the TV episode, and so on. 

Hope you enjoy them!This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.

My take on Cake Boss

July 28, 2010

My take on Cake Boss

I don’t bake, but I never miss an episode of Cake Boss.

That may seem weird for somebody whose tastes run to The Day of the Triffids and Darth Vader as a GPS voice.  😉

While not all great entertainment is about people, that can give you a real connection.  That’s one of the two big attractions of the show: the people on it.

Buddy, who is the Cake Boss, makes it clear he is doing this to honor his father.  Yes, he clearly loves it, too, but this was his father’s bakery before him, and they are “taking it to the top”. 

The bakery’s in New Jersey, and I love the real “family” feel of it.  That doesn’t just extend to his siblings, in-laws, and mother, all of whom have been on the show.  Even the delivery drivers are a big part of it.  That doesn’t mean that Buddy might not yell at any given person, or play practical jokes on people, but you can see the love and respect. 

Buddy also loves his work, and that’s cool to see.  He’s so enthusiastic when something comes out well, and frustrated when he’s having trouble realizing his vision for the client.

But the cakes always come out, as he says, “Awesome!”  That’s the other part of the show that attracts me: these incredible cakes!  No, no, not because I care about what the would taste like or because they have beautiful little roses on them.  He’s like a mad scientist, or Walt Disney…or the Eiji Tsuburaya* of cakes!  They can be huge, bigger than a person, and be realistic reproductions of something that is near and dear to the client.

One of my favorites was a full-size motorcycle they made for the H*ll’s Angels.  It looked like the real thing…and it was edible!

Off-beat clients come to the bakery to make requests, from a circus sideshow to an 80s band to national icons (like Oprah).

Buddy tries to get inside the heads and hearts of these clients.  He’s jousted to understand Medieval Times, and jumped into icy water for the Polar Bear Club.

Yes, there are other cake shows out there.  Ace of Cakes?  I’m not a fan…the cakes sometimes have large inedible parts, and I just don’t like the staff as much.  I’m fine with hipsters, but they just don’t have the enthusiasm (or, honestly, artistry) of Carlo’s Bakery.  I don’t dislike the show, and I’m guessing some of you love Ace, but it just doesn’t grab me.

Official Site of the show 

Official site of the bakery 

Tivo link 

Cake Boss on Hulu 

Season one is available on streaming Netflix

* Eiji Tsuburaya was the Japanese “suitimation” guy behind the Godzilla movies and Ultraman.  Hey, I had to restore my geek cred in this article somehow.  😉

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.

“Heart to brain: THUD! What’re…”

July 28, 2010

“Heart to brain: THUD! What’re you doing?  You’ll get us all killed!  I knew we should never have put you in charge of things…”
–Larry Niven
writing in Arm

This is one in a series of quotations. 

I’ve been working, from time to time, on a book of quotations for many years.  I call it, “The Mind Boggles”, from one of my favorite quotations.  I do source quotations a bit differently from a lot of people.  In the case of a work of a fiction, I consider that the character said the line…not the author.  As a bit of an author myself (in a minor way), I can tell you…my characters definitely say things that I would never say.  These are all quotations that I’ve collected myself: I’ve read the book, seen the TV episode, and so on. 

Hope you enjoy them!This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.

“Has it occurred to you that there’s a certain…”

July 27, 2010

 “Has it occurred to you that there’s a certain…inefficiency in constantly questioning me on things you’ve already made up your mind about?”
–Spock (played by Leonard Nimoy)
The Corbomite Maneuver
Star Trek
screenplay by Jerry Sohl

This is one in a series of quotations. 

I’ve been working, from time to time, on a book of quotations for many years.  I call it, “The Mind Boggles”, from one of my favorite quotations.  I do source quotations a bit differently from a lot of people.  In the case of a work of a fiction, I consider that the character said the line…not the author.  As a bit of an author myself (in a minor way), I can tell you…my characters definitely say things that I would never say.  These are all quotations that I’ve collected myself: I’ve read the book, seen the TV episode, and so on. 

Hope you enjoy them!This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.

Round up of Comic-Con 2010 movie news

July 27, 2010

Round up of Comic-Con 2010 news

The Avengers

May 4th, 2012, will see the big screen version of Marvel’s http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0848228/ The Avengers.  This is not Steed and Peel, but one of the big superhero teams.  We knew about the movie before SDCC (San Diego Comic-Con), but we did get confirmation of a few important players.

We already knew we were getting Robert Downey, Jr., as Iron Man, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, and Chris Evans as Captain America.   By the time it comes out, this group will have appeared in other movies in these characters (although Jackson hasn’t had his own movie).

One of the areas of hot speculation was who would play Bruce Banner (the Incredible Hulk).  We’ve had two recent movies with two different Banners (Eric Bana and Edward Norton).  Well, that was announced at SDCC: it’s Mark Ruffalo.  That’s an interesting choice: he’s really known as an actor, and more of an art house guy, although he’s been in some big movies lately (including Shutter Island).

Also announced was Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) as Hawkeye. 

Expected, but confirmed, was Joss Whedon directing.  I’m not convinced this a Match.com compatability pairing, but Whedon is good.  For one thing, he’s known for strong female characters (Buffy, Echo), and the most likely female Avenger is Black Widow.  While Scarlett Johansson has the part, but will she be a front and center character?

With all these big characters on the screen, it’s going to be a bit like one of those old “All-Star Wrestling” battle royales.  It’s going to be a tremendous challenge to give all these stars and characters sufficient screen time…and still make the story important.  Not saying it can’t be done, but it will be like juggling chainsaws.

The Haunted Mansion

Disney got a huge franchise out of its Pirates of the Caribbean ride.  They’ve already tried The Haunted Mansion, back in 2003…with less impressive results (about 75 mill dogro…domestic gross).  So, I was surprised to hear they were going to try again…with Guillermo Del Toro writing.  Original announcements also had him directing, but that seems unconfirmed.  Del Toro loves the ride, and that’s a plus…it would be great if he could work the Paul Frees (one of my favorite voice artists) narration in there somewhere.  However, he does say the movie will be scary, so that might be hard to do.

Sucker Punch

There seemed to be a lot of buzz around the trailer for Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch, due March 25, 2011.  Snyder directed 300 and Watchmen, so you expect something visually interesting.  I don’t know if you would have figured on maybe the best dragon you’ve ever seen.  The story seems to be more than you might expect as well.  If you want to check out a trailer, there is one here:

http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/wb/suckerpunch/

Those were a few of the movie stories that caught my eye…how about you?

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.

“Every hero is on a journey…”

July 26, 2010

“Every hero is on a journey to find his place in the world.  But it’s a journey.  You don’t start at the end.  Otherwise, they can’t make a movie about it later.”
–Ando Masahashi (played by James Kyson-Lee)
Better Halves
episode of Heroes
screenplay by Natalie Chaidez

This is one in a series of quotations.

I’ve been working, from time to time, on a book of quotations for many years.  I call it, “The Mind Boggles”, from one of my favorite quotations.  I do source quotations a bit differently from a lot of people.  In the case of a work of a fiction, I consider that the character said the line…not the author.  As a bit of an author myself (in a minor way), I can tell you…my characters definitely say things that I would never say.  These are all quotations that I’ve collected myself: I’ve read the book, seen the TV episode, and so on. 

Hope you enjoy them!

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.


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