The Onion is a "news" site devoted to spoof news stories on current events. Often they have language that doesn't allow for embedding on my blog, but this one is clean...and funny...and a topic I cover. Star Trek is talked about in this "news report." Enjoy.
Trekkies Bash New Star Trek Film As 'Fun, Watchable'
May 31, 2009
SO, Leonard Nimoy came up with the "Vulcan salute" based on a Jewish hand gesture used in the priestly benediction to bless the congregation. It's the shape of the letter "shin" in the Hebrew alphabet, which is the first letter of the name Shaddai, a name of God. Here is a picture from the grave of Rabbi and Kohen(Jewish priest) Meschullam Kohn (1739-1819) in Fürth (Bavaria, Germany). This is crazy stuff. The Rabbi's last name is close to the name of the enemy in what is probably the most popular/well known Star Trek movie, "The Wrath of Khan." I'm sure there is no correlation there. Here's old Spock explaining it.
May 28, 2009
May 23, 2009
This is a clip from the movie Striking Distance with Bruce Willis. Although I don't like Sarah Jessica Parker, this movie is decent. I watched it on TNT today, while my son and wife napped in the hotel room here in The OC. We are down here visiting my grandpa. This goes well with the other great car chases here on Jimmy the Gun. Enjoy the battle of Ford Crown Victorias and Chevrolet Caprices. There is some language so heads up on that, but this is pretty good. It's amazing what these drivers can do with these big old cars. The 90's were a sweet time.
May 19, 2009
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May 7, 2009
I started doing some reading about High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) vs. Sugar and I’ve found some interesting articles on some differences. First, HFCS is made from a process that increases the fructose in corn syrup. This makes it sweeter. And this process is cheap and gives the corn syrup a longer shelf life than sugar. Because of the financial benefits, companies in all sorts of food industries use HFCS instead of sugar. Bread, soda, juice, cookies, ketchup, etc., can all be found to have HFCS. Now the financial benefits have led to the use of HFCS in so many things we consume here in the USA. BUT, is there a health risk? Possibly. Some nutritionists, according to one site, believe “HFCS is 10 times richer in harmful carbonyl compounds.” And “carbonyl compounds are elevated in people with diabetes and are blamed for causing diabetic complications such as foot ulcers and eye and nerve damage.” Also, according to the San Francisco Chronicles Website SFGate, “The body processes the fructose in high fructose corn syrup differently than it does old-fashioned cane or beet sugar, which in turn alters the way metabolic-regulating hormones function. It also forces the liver to kick more fat out into the bloodstream.” There is a lot of debate out there about HFCS. And, of course, loads of sugar isn’t good for us either. Sugar is just natural, not chemically made. For now, I’m going to believe that sugar is a little better for me so I can drink soda again. Since Pepsi Natural, Pepsi Throwback, and Mountain Dew Throwback all came out with their sugar instead of HFCS blends, I’ve been enjoying the “throwback” to a better time. The 80’s were good, right up to the point where HFCS and “the Big Gulp” joined forces and we became the “give me more of everything I want” society. Dear Pepsi, Thanks for doing what you’re doing. We appreciate the sugar, even though it costs you more. We appreciate the ideas to Refresh Everything. How about refreshing us all with a wider use of the beautiful bottles you use for Pepsi Natural, and start bottling all your beverages. Jimmy the Gun
This was found by one of the automotive blogs I read and posted by them based on the use of the Ford Econoline Van in the video. I thought the stop motion video style and one shot camera angle was pretty cool. The song is okay too, although I can't tell you what they are saying. UPDATE: After re-watching the video, I think they performed to a slowed down version of the song and then sped up the video to match the actual song speed. I don't think it's stop motion.
May 2, 2009
This video is a really good explanation of what is happening to the music industry and the quality of music being produced. I think a new artist would be wise to figure out how to market him/her self. Us the the power of the Internet to sell one's music/self.
Wow. It wasn't even an iPhone. At least with phones that are not touch screen, you can feel the keys you are pressing. The iPhone is impossible to text with without looking at the keyboard.
May 1, 2009
Hey jerks at Thomas and Friends, you suck. So do your movies. So do your miss matched toys. So does you waste of packaging. And done. UPDATE: I think this rant was more about Thomas being stupid. "Oh well," they said when planning for what to match up with the letter "X." "Box will work." I say "Oh well" too. I'm not paid for this stuff.