Monday, March 18, 2013

Controversal Opinions


I know this is a controversial opinion but I don’t care what the liberals say. I don’t think Chewie deserved a medal at the end of A NewHope. Sure he did his part in the battle of Yavin, but so did a lot of other guys. Porkins gave his life and he didn’t even get a medal. I didn’t see a medal around R2’s neck and he did the most work of all.
 

Han chose to fight, not Chewie. Chewie is more or less a slave. Also Han shot the guy near the guy that crashed into Vader. So he saved Luke’s life who then destroyed the Death Star, thus saving all the rebels and killing all the baddies.

Yes Chewie helped out, but so did a lot of guys. He should be grateful just to be on the stand instead of in the crowd.

Plus maybe he got a medal and it's under his fur.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

R vs. Edward

I just watched Warm Bodies and thought it would be fun to compare R versus Edward of Twilight and see which monster boyfriend is better. I figure Twilight is still relevant as long it's still in theaters.

So Twilight is a reworking of classic monster myths about a helpless girl who must choose to love either a emo vampire or lychen. Warm Bodies is a reimagining of a classic monster trope about a near-helpless girl who loves an emo zombie. Yet somehow Warm Bodies is way better as a love story.

R and Edward had some interesting similarities. They both manipulate their loves into being with them. R watched his love sleep. He was probably attracted to her as both a love interest and a meal. Just like Edward. Both relationships have been compared to Romeo and Juliet. But somehow, somehow R from warm bodies doesn't make me want to put a bullet in his head. But Edward sucks (no vampire pun intended).

I made a meme to express my feelings.

Anyway, R is cool emo, and Edward is dumb emo. I base this on the fact that R and girl whose name I don't remember (it start with a J?) are better at dealing with loss, and are less selfish. Edward and Bella are always trying to kill themseleves like idiots.

R is capable of growth while 100 year old Edward is seriously still stalking high schoolers.

And Edward sparkles like a little girl's lipgloss while R takes a gunshot like a champ.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Darth Villainous and General Stabbula

Ready for another Star Wars blog? So George Lucas took a page out of classic comic book writing and decided to name his villains with very villainous sounding names. Seriously, a guy named Sinestro turned out to be a villain? Surprised, Green Lantern? That's because Green Lantern is a moron.

Originally Luke was going to be Luke Starkiller. Luckily someone talked him out of that (even though they used Starkiller later in a video game, kind of like a joke maybe?).
Darth Vader sounds cool and is subtle. It’s supposedly foreshadowing dark father. Sure, George, why not. Emperor Palpatine isn’t even mentioned by name in the original series and that name is OK. Jabba the Hutt is a great name too. Boba Fett: great name.
Now to the prequels. Darth Maul. Makes me think of a loose tiger. Not a bad image. Darth Sidious? That’s OK, but a little close to the fine line between cool villain name and idiotic kid’s cartoon. At this point I always assumed that the Sith chose their own names to sound menacing, which would make sense. Darth Tyranus is kind of dumb (having anus in your name is never a good choice), but Dooku was a bit of a loser so this fits.

Now to the biggest movie offender: General Grievous the cartoonish robo-villain. Can it get any dumber than this?

But then we come across this guy (the one on the left that looks like a Dr. Seuss character):

 Guess what his name is. I’ll give you five seconds to think of a description of what he is.

. . . .

Times up! Well, I bet you didn’t guess Elan Sleazebaggano did you. Worst name ever? Not quite.

I don’t want to sell you stupid deathsticks. I want to go home and rethink my name and marketing strategy.
 
This is his rookie card.
 

The other day at the store I ran across this:

Time to oppress savagely.
 What. The. Fuh.

Savage Opress? Sounds like a feral Irish juicer. That blows my mind how stupid that name sounds. And he is Darth Maul’s long lost brother, seriously? And they made a oxymoronic giant mini figure clock out of him. Why? Is this character popular enough to merit that? At least Sleezebaggano was probably originally meant to be an inside joke.

Anyway I came up with the following for the upcoming movies:

Baddie Jerkfacie
Baldi Skypuncher

Typcasto Villiano
Rascalion Sunstabber

General Stabbula

Friday, January 25, 2013

Teddy Bears and Lens Flares


So J J Abrams is going to be directing the next Star Wars. Though it will obviously be warp speed ahead of the prequels, I am excited and also slightly cautious. I mean, I have been burned by Star Wars in the past.
You probably know J J is known for doing Star Trek. He’s known for Star Trek and lens flares (so many lens flares). Seriously, we have this amazing technology and he uses it to artificially create a problem that shouldn’t exist. Otherwise he did a great job. I say great job because the original pre-JJ Star Trek was boring and completely asinine. And beyond cheesy.  JJ made it cool and that works as long as you aren’t attached to the old stuff.

The exact thing I loved about the new Star Trek is exactly what worries me about the possibility of a JJ Star Wars. Imagine if JJ gives Star Wars the same Star Trek treatment. First, an old Han Solo goes back in time while a rogue Imperial Super Death Star+ kills a young Anakin Skywalker. Luke grows up and somehow ends up being space wizard anyway. Meanwhile Tatooine gets blown to bits and Han is mad because Chewie was still there so Luke gets Corellian neck pinched and sent to Hoth where he meets old Han. You get the idea.

Since JJ rewrote the entire history of Star Trek, maybe he is the one man who can turn the prequels into a tabula rasa.
Anyway, yeah, it can’t possibly be worse than the prequels. And creepy Ewok blinks. I’ll take lens flares over teddy bear blinks any day.

I wanted to conclude with a video of Wicket W. Warrick blinking (yes Ewoks inexplicably have middle names). In lieu of that weirdness enjoys this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27RVJJfny4I

Sunday, January 6, 2013

It's Die Hard Out There for a Pimp


Concerning the verb die harding:

So they are coming out with a new Die Hard movie. It’s called A Good Day to Die Hard. Like all Die Hard sequels, this film follows the Second Law of Die Hardiness, which states that every subsequent Die Hard film will use a more illogical “die hard” pun in its title than its predecessors.

Don’t believe me? Here are the names in order:
  1. Die Hard
  2. Die Hard 2: Die Harder
  3. Die Hard with a Vengeance
  4. Live Free or Die Hard
  5. A Good Day to Die Hard


If at first you fail to die. . .

Am I the only person who has noticed that these titles were written as puns by someone who doesn't know what a pun is? I call shenanigans. First of all, a die hard is someone who holds firm to their beliefs. So this could work for Die Hard with a Vengeance, if not for the fact that the main character is kind of an anti-die-hard who doesn't really give a poop about anything. It can also be used as an adjective to mean the same thing, as in “Joe is a die-hard fan of Die Hard. It’s his favorite Christmas movie.” Not only is that a better pun that makes sense in context, it is also way funnier.

The other more archaic sounding, original usage is sort of weird imperative construct, i.e., a weird way of saying "don’t die easily, gents." This makes a little more sense as the protagonist, John McClane is hard at dying.

Live Free or Die Hard makes the least sense. It infuriates me actually. What a crazy false dichotomy to make: live free or be hard to kill. Those are clearly not mutually exclusive. So are we to believe that John McClane lived free instead of dying hard? Maybe it should be live free by dying hard? That doesn't sound right, but it makes more sense.

Somebody please explain to me if in context of these films to die hard means to die but with difficulty, or to be hard to kill? I feel like my confusion stems from an inconsistency, as if they just stuck the word hard into phrases that contained the word die just to sound witty and cool.




What’s the next idiotic title gonna be? I came up with a few ideas:
 
  • It’s Die Hard out there for a Pimp
  • Live and Let Die Hard
  • Never Say Die Hard
  • It’s a Die Hard Knock Life
  • Die Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Die Hardest
  • Die Hard in the Wool
The movie poster for the next film Die Hard Platinum (in pre-production).

By the way, the First Law of Die Hardiness states that each subsequent Die Hard film will alternate between ridiculous nonsense and supreme awesomeness. So even with a title like A Good Day to Die Hard, the fifth installment can’t fail.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Snowlinguistics

So have you ever heard the "fact" that Eskimos have over fifty words for snow? Sometimes the story is 100. Fascinating right? Wrong. That is dumb. It's supposed to demonstrate that Eskimos are so into snow that they have all these words for snow. But the thing is, they don't really have any more or less than any other language allows.

The difference is how words are formed. By the way, Eskimo isn't even a single language. That's like referring to European as a language. Anyway so many Eskimo languages form words by squishing the words together similar to how the Germans do it. In fact they could potentially have fifty words for hot dog, e.g., bighotdog, grosshotdog.

So it would be like if in English we said heavysnow instead of heavy snow. Big whoop right? Anyway so I did a little research and found over fifty words for snow in English. I guess we're just as obsessed with snow as the Eskimoses.

Some are of meteorological origin, some come from winter sport enthusiasts, etc.

Snow
Blizzard
Snowdrift
Snow bank
Snowman
Snowball
Snowflake
Snowstorm
Snowfall
Avalanche
Powder
Whiteout
Snowsquall
Flurry
Thundersnow
Artificial snow
Graupel
Snow pellets
Dendrites
Sleet
Columns
Lake-effect snow
Blowing snow
Chopped powder
Ground blizzard
Crud
Crust
Zipper
Snowpack
Depth hoar
Finger drift
Firn
Slush
Penitentes
Hoar frost
Needles
Rimed snow
Champagne powder
Chowder
Cornice
Ego snow
Freshies
Goods
Piste
Snowcastle
Snow fort
Snow sculpture
Zastruga
Snow cave
Mogul
Windblown

There are more but I think you get the idea.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Meat Coins

OK, so a ways back I went to Paradise Bakery with some work peeps. I looked over the menu and ordered the meatball sammich pictured below:



It's the one with the balls of meat in it.



This is what the fools handed me:


Mmmmm, flat bread.

My first thought: ha! they forgot to add the meatballs. They're a bakery, so at least the bread looks great. So I opened the bready meal and revealed the real problem:



Meat coins?

They cut one measly meatball into two tiny halves and called it good.

Let's revist that menu for a closer look:



It does say "Meatball" singular. . .


What. The. Fuh.

There's at minimum six whole meatballs, balls, not meat coins, not meat slivers, not meat poker chips. Anyway that's it. I yelled and ordered something else. End of story.

P.S., Some time later I ate this and all was well:



A good meatball sandwich has portions too wide for a normal human mouth.


P.S.S. Today I was responsible for a large conference at work. We had Zupas.