Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

Texas teacher boogies through school with students   

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

I Want to Believe!

SEE IT: Boston 'Yeti' on the loose during blizzard  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Soon to Be a SyFy Movie!

Underwater Photographer Gets Caught in a Sperm Whale 'Poopnado,' Brings Back Photos  

Hat tip to Mel Odom.

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

Facebook post lands Mineral Wells man in jail: A 22-year-old Mineral Wells man is behind bars after allegedly posting on his Facebook page that he had more than a dozen warrants out for his arrest.

Interview with Mel Odom

Spilling Red In the Green Hell: an interview with Mel Odom, author of "Master Sergeant"

8 Casino Scams That Actually Worked

8 Casino Scams That Actually Worked

Song of the Day

Cab Calloway - Reefer Man (1933) [Music Video] - YouTube:

A 1939 Glossary of the Lingo (the "Jive") of the Harlem Renaissance

Cab Calloway’s "Hepster Dictionary," A 1939 Glossary of the Lingo (the "Jive") of the Harlem Renaissance  

Link via mental_floss.

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Short Stories by John D MacDonald

The Trap of Solid Gold: Short Stories by John D MacDonald: So what exactly does this page contain? It is a listing of every work of short fiction written by John D MacDonald and published in either a periodical or anthology. It contains only the first appearance of each story, although many were reprinted in other magazines.

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Drew Middleton, The British, Pan, 1958

Jim Rockford Warned Us About Google And Facebook Back In 1978

Jim Rockford Warned Us About Google And Facebook Back In 1978

14 movie sequels stuck in development hell

14 movie sequels stuck in development hell

I Miss the Old Days

The 1970s: When Oscar Nominees Mattered

Happy Birthday, Angela Crider!

The best daughter anyone could ask for.

22 Movies Roger Ebert Really Hated

22 Movies Roger Ebert Really Hated

Overlooked Movies: Beowulf

This is a repeat from November 16, 2007.

You remember me. I was the kid in your high school class who actually enjoyed reading Beowulf. I was the one who was apt to say something like, "With my grip I will grapple the gruesome beast!" at odd moments or talk about the time we took a vacation and saw the whale road.

And something I enjoyed before I ever got to high school was 3-D movies. When I was a kid, the theaters in Mexia, Texas, weren't equipped to show 3-D, but I was lucky enough to see a few of the movies, anyway. My aunt took me to Dallas on my birthday to see It Came from Outer Space. I saw Fort Ti while we were in Galveston on vacation. My parents took me to Waco to see Sangree. I saw House of Wax and The Murders in the Rue Morgue in Ft. Worth on a school trip.

So was I going to pass up a chance to see the new 3-D version of Beowulf? Not on your life. I couldn't get to an IMAX theater, but I did find one nearby that was showing the film in digital 3-D, and that's where I went.

Let's talk about the story first. Yes, they changed it. I guess I know why. The Beowulf of the poem is too purely heroic. He has his flaws, but they're minor ones, and that will never do in this modern, cynical age. So we get a guy who makes a major blunder. Personally, I like the old way better, but that's just me. And while the fight with the dragon in the movie is thrilling, probably the best thing in the picture, I think the final section of the poem, with the old king doing what a man has to do, with the faithful Wiglaf backing him up, says a lot more about love, duty, friendship, and honor than you'll find in a hundred movies like this one. But that's just me.

Now about that 3-D. It's awesome. Great. Wonderful. I loved it. Why anybody would see this movie in any other format is beyond me. It won't be half as good. Not one-fourth. The visual effects carry you over the slow spots, and some of them are truly eye-popping.

Which reminds me. There's a lot of eye-popping in this movie, not to mention gore of many other sorts. It's over-the-top violent, and how it ever got a PG-13 rating, I'll never know. Except that violence doesn't bother the ratings board. It's nudity they hate. Well, you've got Angelina Jolie (or a representation of her) fully frontally nude here. No nipples, though, so I guess that's what saved them. She Grendel's mother, and while she doesn't have cloven hooves, she does have, well, you'll just have to see for yourself.

And you really should. See for yourself that is. If you like 3-D, you can have a good time with this one, in the same way you can with The Vikings or The Long Ships or even another Beowulf movie, The 13th Warrior. Check it out.

Beowulf

Beowulf Trailer 2007 w/ Angelina Jolie - YouTube:

Monday, January 26, 2015

Uh-Oh

You'll have to read the whole article, but it's worth it.  Your jaw will drop.

Adam Sandler's First Netflix Movie 'Ridiculous 6' Casts Taylor Lautner, Blake Shelton

Left Coast Crime Award Nominations

Mystery Fanfare: LEFT COAST CRIME AWARD NOMINATIONS

10 Hollywood Breakthrough Roles Landed By Stars Who Could Barely Speak English

10 Hollywood Breakthrough Roles Landed By Stars Who Could Barely Speak English  

Song of the Day

Clyde McPhatter - Come What May - YouTube:

Forgotten Hits: 50 Year Flashback - January 26th, 1965

Forgotten Hits: 50 Year Flashback - January 26th, 1965

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Once Again Texas Leads the Way

Robber falls from ceiling into police custody

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

New York man shoots 15-year-old boy multiple times for throwing snowballs at his car

Cover Art Fans Should Not Miss This

Sleazy Digest Books: Digest art meets The Beacons!

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Derick Goodman, Villainy Unlimited, Pan, 1960

Epic Supercut of Cinema's 60 Greatest Sword Fights

Epic Supercut of Cinema's 60 Greatest Sword Fights

And Most of You Do

10 Science Fiction Illustrators You Should Know

Why You Feel Like There’s Too Much TV to Watch

Why You Feel Like There’s Too Much TV to Watch

New Poem at the Five-Two

The Five-Two: Nancy Scott: THE GREAT STEAK HEIST AT TRENTON HIGH

Good Luck to All in the Path of the Current Blizzard

Photos From New York After the Blizzard Of 1888 

Vintage Mugshots from the 1920s

Vintage Mugshots from the 1920s 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Now's Your Chance to Become Ian Feming

Copyright quirk leaves James Bond up for grabs in Canada: Master spy James Bond, one of pop culture’s most iconic figures, is now available for dangerous assignments from Canadian writers, thanks to a copyright quirk that allows the writing and publication in Canada of original material based on Bond creator Ian Fleming’s work. As of Jan. 1, the original writings of Fleming, a former British naval intelligence agent who published 12 novels and nine stories featuring 007 between 1952 and 1966, have entered the public domain. That’s because Canada’s view of copyright is that it extends for 50 years after the death of a writer.  

Hat tip to Fred Zackel.

To Say Nothing of the Iguana

Gunfire meant for iguana terrifies vacationing family  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

10 Unsolved Mysteries From Ancient Times

10 Unsolved Mysteries From Ancient Times 

Song of the Day

Jerry Lee Lewis --- When they Ring Those Golden Bells - YouTube:

12 Insane Road Intersections

12 Insane Road Intersections 

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Map: Literally every goat in the United States

According to this map, there are 4101 goats in Brazoria County,Texas, where I live.
Map: Literally every goat in the United States 

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Robert Ford, Captured in Tibet, Pan, 1958

Gator Update (The Rock Edition)

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Helps Wrangle an Alligator

Dino Update

Top 10 Fascinating Facts About T. Rex (Or How Sam Neill Lied To You)

The Four Horsemen Have Saddled Up and Left the Stable

New 'Sex Box' series features couples who make love in a booth LIVE on TV 

13 Secrets of Amazon Warehouse Employees

13 Secrets of Amazon Warehouse Employees  

Hat tip to Mel Odom.