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Halloween at the House of Yorl October 31, 2006

Posted by Mitchell in Home.
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Quiet night – I’m sitting this year out.  I didn’t even carve a pumpkin, and I can’t remember the last time I didn’t.  I carve fabulous pumpkins – I’ve seen them terrify small children to the point they won’t even approach the door with the rest of the group.  But, Halloween has been kind of sucky these last few years and I just couldn’t muster any enthusiasm this time around.  There weren’t even any good movies on TV tonight – just an old version of “The Fall of the House of Usher” with Vincent Price.  Oh well.  I hope yours was better.

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Another Has Joined the Blog Collective October 30, 2006

Posted by Mitchell in Destined for the Gulags.
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One of the few people who still check this place out has started his own blog too.  Go and check out the big brain on Geoff.  

Product Endorsement October 28, 2006

Posted by Mitchell in Science Fiction & Fantasy.
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Were you ever a fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000?  I was back in the early 90’s – I hardly ever missed an episode.  Then I got a job which put a serious ding in my tv watching time and I only caught it every now-and-again.  Anyway – the premise of the show (broadly speaking) was three guys watching old, bad movies and making fun of them.  Comedian Joel Hodgson was the creator and major on-screen talent, but he soon left the show and the Head Writer Mike Nelson stepped in to replace him.  MST3K is long gone of course, but I always wondered how they would do with some of the modern-day big budget movies.  Well, Mike Nelson has moved the enterprise online in the form of RiffTrax

There’s only a few selections so far to choose from, but I downloaded the one for The Matrix Friday night and watched and listened to it yesterday.  WOW!  Really funny stuff.  I re-enjoyed this movie on a whole new level, and it was well worth the three bucks.  It was also easy to purchase, download and throw on to the iPod. 

The next one I think I’m going to get is Top Gun.  Amazingly, I’ve negotiated the 20 years since its release to now without ever actually watching the film.  It seems fitting that I should watch one of Tom Cruise’s career-defining movies in the twilight of that career whilst it’s being savagely mocked and made fun of.

Yes, This Blog is Still On October 24, 2006

Posted by Mitchell in Home.
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Yes, no posts in a long time.  Sorry.  My parents came into town suddenly for an extended visit and I’ve been alternately busy with them and with other things.  They will be leaving this Friday to back home in Virginia and a week later they will be back out here for a month.  My Dad retired from the Air Force some years ago and he has been working at an engineering firm for most ot the time since.  Well, he recently retired from that company and now freelances as a consultant.   His services were retained by another company working out of Nellis AFB here in Las Vegas and they have him fixing some messes they’re in, thus the extended visits.  Poor man hasn’t had many days off since he “retired”!

They are going to sell their house in Virginia and move back here as soon as they can.  I scouted some areas they might be interested in a while back and we looked at some new homes I found in their price range that had the features they wanted.  Then just last week I got a little flier in the mail about another new project that just started up and looked like they might have models my parents would like.  I drove them over to it this weekend and we toured the three models there.  One had 98% of what they were looking for and the last 2% can be fairly easily added.  They’re pretty much sold on it.  Now they have to get their home in Virgina to sell – and the market is really soft over there :-(.  Well, hopefully soon.

Anyhoodledoodle.  More soon, and my take on Steve Wynn’s little Picasso boo-boo.

New Timewaster October 11, 2006

Posted by Mitchell in Science Fiction & Fantasy.
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Okay I’ve been wasting way too much time here:  Jedi Trainer.  My best score so far is 9344 range with 36 droid kills. 

Another Reason to Enjoy Babylon 5 October 2, 2006

Posted by Mitchell in Home, Politics, Science Fiction & Fantasy.
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Back in the early to late ’90s there was a good sci-fi television series called Babylon 5 that I really enjoyed.  One of our local AM talk radio stations recently had a shake up in ownership and programming.  What do the two have to do with each other?  Glad you asked!  It seems that the actor Jerry Doyle who played Michael Garibaldi on the series now has a Conservative talk radio show!  Unfortunately he was out sick today and had a guest host on instead so I don’t know how good he is yet.  It’s always nice to find one of those Hollywood types on our side of the political aisle for a change.

***UPDATE***

Okay, I’ve listened to portions of his shows for the last couple days.  Hmm.  He seems to occupy a similar political orbit to Michael Savage.  Conservative – but he sees little essential difference between Republicans & Democrats.  He’s one of the “Everybody in Washington is corrupt – throw them all out” type.  Eh, sounds great on paper Jerry, but extremely unlikely to happen no?