A new use for that old TV

News outlets this morning are all a-buzz with reports of a man in Michigan who stabbed a woman 54 times and then dropped a TV on her.

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — A man authorities say killed a woman by stabbing her 54 times and dropping a TV on her head in southeastern Michigan has been convicted of first-degree murder, torture and other charges.

My comment… now THAT’S how you end an argument.

Dredd vs. Dredd: Who got it right?

So last night I finally saw the new Judge Dredd film starring Karl Urban as the titular “Punisher w/a badge” we all love. My personal choice for Dredd would be Ray Stevenson, the man who IMO nailed Frank Castle in 2008’s Punisher: War Zone. Anyway, as one of the few fans who liked the 1995 Stallone version of Dredd, I thought I’d post my two bits about the new film and who I think did a better job portraying Mega-City One.

*** Major spoilers for those who haven’t seen one of the films discussed ***

You’ve been warned, but keep reading if you’ve seen ’em both or just don’t care about spoilers.

Continue reading

R.I.P. Hostess

I knew it wouldn’t be long before I personally felt the impact of Hostess going out of business. I’ve never cared much for Twinkies, but I absolutely loved their orange-flavored cupcakes & their Ding-Dong cupcakes. This morning I had a craving for cupcakes or donuts for a breakfast snack, but both CVS and my normal two convenience stores had no stock at all – the area where cup-cakes/donuts normally are was completely empty. I never realized that ALL such products they carried were Hostess brand, I had simply taken it for granted that there was some Mrs. Baird’s or something mixed in there. Not so, however – I had to go to a convenience store I rarely visit just to find some Mrs. Freshley’s cupcakes.

For those not familiar with it, Mrs. Freshley’s is kind of a generic Mrs. Baird’s knock-off we see a lot down here in the South. The taste & quality is nowhere near what you’d find with Hostess, and apparently Mrs. Baird’s just doesn’t have the coverage down here that Hostess had. Long story short – I’m really gonna miss those Hostess orange cupcakes…

Not a good sign

It amazes me that our country is in what I would consider a “state of crisis” – with thousands of people across the nation calling for election recounts and signing petitions for their states to leave the union… and yet the top news stories of the day all revolve around a general who cheated on his wife. How messed up is that?

25 Days to Mists of Pandaria

Less than a month to go until Mists of Pandaria comes out! I’m so excited – I haven’t looked forward to a WoW expansion this much since Burning Crusade back in 2007. When World of WarCraft originally came out, one of the first things I thought was “I want a Pandaren Brewmaster”, and now – finally, 7 years later – I finally get one. Look for a review after I get it. Maybe a while after I get it, since I’ll be too busy playing to post 🙂

 

Mists of Pandaria logo

Mists of Pandaria – why the hate?

There has been a lot of discussion within the WoW community over the next expansion called “Mists of Pandaria.” The expansion takes World of WarCraft into the mysterious land of the Pandaren, so far only represented in lore by Chen Stormstout, a character in the Horde campaign of WarCraft III. A lot of the discussion has been negative, with the expansion overwhelmingly being called a rip-off of “Kung Fu Panda.” Even my wife has joined the hate, doubting whether or not she will get the expansion for this reason.

I really don’t understand this attitude, since Chen & the Pandaren were introduced in 2002, vs. “Kung Fu Panda” in 2008. If there is any relationship between the two other than coincidence, I would say the film’s character was inspired by the WarCraft III character, not the other way around. Either way, I am excited about the expansion. When World of WarCraft was first announced back in 2004, I told my wife I wanted to make a Pandaren Brewmaster since I thought the character of Chen was pretty cool. I was actually pretty disappointed when I found out that you wouldn’t have that option. Now, with the “Mists of Pandaria” expansion, we will.

Anyway, just my two cents worth on the topic. Below is a Blizzard image of Pandaren concept art, with an inset of Chen’s in-game portrait from WarCraft III.

 

Pandaren Comparison

Product Plug: MiO Water Enhancer

So, I’m trying to lose weight now, which means cutting back on the sodas. Unfortunately, the only thing I have available to drink at work all day is coke or water. And I hate drinking water – even the bottled kind. My wife suggested the little packets of tea/punch that you add to water, but I’ve tried the Crystal Light stuff and it was horrible. But… since that was a few years back and I really do want to get skinny again, I decided to try again. Continue reading

Dieting & Soda Addiction

Like many Americans, I struggle with being overweight. I’m not huge (I see people every day who are waaaaay bigger than me), but I’m still fat. For a person my height, I should be around 200lbs and I’m closer to 300. And, having just hit the big 3-5 a couple weeks ago, I’ve finally realized that I don’t want to stay fat anymore, and that the only thing to do about it is lose weight. Sounds like a no-brainer, but that’s harder logic than you’d think for those of us who aren’t skinny. And I can honestly say that dieting is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. Continue reading