We (I) rented HellBoy yesterday because I’m always intrigued by adaptations of comic books into movies. This one generally was good, plus it had incredibly good special effects that were rather lifelike and not feeling too ‘digitized.’ The storyline was not too ‘blow the crap out of anything you can as often as you can’ and it had some unique and fun characters. The villains were incredibly cool in that the characters were all from the past and were involved with (surprise) some sort of magic – Rasputin being one of them.
What was really odd was the intertwining of spiritual things with physical things. The concept of resurrection is just blown out of the water as this one creature keeps resurrecting, but the resurrected creature keeps splitting up. Once splitting and spreading the now multiple creatures are wiped out at once to stop them from spreading. So the resurrection is quite different from a biblical definition.
Hellboy being a demon is also, um, theologically different. However, in the end I discovered one important thing: it was a fictional movie. Satanism was not pushed or the occult glorified. However, a demon was presented as having good character.
Oh, well. It was a fun movie, but Jessica didnt’ like the ending – she said it was too open ended. Sequels abound
Jessica and Abby went up into the mountains with our friends the Kaes (sans Craig, who was working) to go hiking yesterday. Upon arriving at the mountain where they were to go hiking they got out of the car and encountered cold wins and snow. SNOW! Freaky weird, but cool. I imagine that they wish they were having snow in Texas lately instead of the flooding. OK, that is all. I just had to share that bizaare story.
If you’re looking for the latest on StatTraq, check out it’s Official StatTraq for WordPress Blog as another sub-section of this site. This means that those here for my blog and not for StatTraq can worry far less about me posting ‘programmer-ish’ things.
Halloween is just around the corner and it’s best to be prepared with a great costume idea. I’ve collected some interesting costume ideas from… this blog. Using StatTraq‘s built in Search Term functionality I can see what people are searching for on Google, Yahoo! and MSN (among others). Here are a list of goofy, un-doctored search terms in order of frequency, that you might want to dress up like (and most you won’t).
- AOL samurai halloween costume
- Banana Phone
- Women of (Home Depot or Walmart)
- Man Breasts
- Randy Peterman
- samurai outfit [completelydifferent from the first suggestion]
- 2004 volkswagen bug
- michael jackson aging
- An okapi
- seat heater
- dave ohara
- little miss randy
- aol broad
- jehovah’s witnesses
- oscar meyer kid commercial ballerina
- black teens
- stuck pig
- fridgid wives
- “victorias secret model”
And while you’re working on those costumes don’t forget to use your “amnesiatic dictionary” (yet another odd term that somehow linked to my site).
I have songs stuck in my head and they keep looping and looping and looping and looping and looping and looping and looping and looping and looping… well, you get the idea. The problem is that they’re not pop songs, rock songs or even polka songs, they’re kids songs. Songs from Abby’s CD’s, Banana Phone, the Arthur theme song – basically songs that I don’t choose to listen to voluntarily.
Pray for my sanity as I may start needing potty training again
No, not for us!
Cyrus Jude Matthews was born today at lunch. Congradulations on your arrival in Colorado – blessings to the Matthews family!
Below is a quote of the first paragraph, which is all I’m going to critique.
My fellow Americans, this is the most important election of our lifetime. The stakes are high. We are a nation at war — a global war on terror against an enemy unlike any we have ever known before. And here at home, wages are falling, health care costs are rising, and our great middle class is shrinking. People are working weekends; they’re working two jobs, three jobs, and they’re still not getting ahead.
I will attempt to debunk this paragraph as no other has debunked before. I will debunk faster than a soldier ordered out of his bunk. This will also be a thorough bebunking so prepare for a little depth.
First Word: My
Oh, like this one hasn’t been used before. My two year old daughter knows how to use the word “my.” I don’t think we want a president who’s greedy and says my or mine all the time. You will also note that M is the 13th letter and Y is the 25th . These two letters add up to 38 which is clearly a reference to the 38th president, Jimmy Carter. And we all know that Jimmy Carter represents the 70′s and disco funk.
Fellow Americans, this is the most important election of our lifetime.
By using the term fellow, which can be defined as ‘a boyfriend‘, Kerry is reaching out to gay constituents. By using the term ‘Americans’ he is referring to big fat stupid white men who watch too much football.
I can’t finish this critique. It’s too much. I feel like I’m having a reaction to High Fructose Corn Syrup due to the sugary sweetness of the rest of the paragraph. Fortunately there’s tomorrow where I might continue on in careful evaluation of this ‘speech.’
Vote for Brian White in 2004.
Last night there was a show on (‘the season premiere’) called Amish in the City. The introductory bits were so bad that I went off in search of something intellectually stimulating. The idea of the show is to take six amish teens/early twenties people and mix them with six city-folk in a house whilst the Amish discover whether or not they want to go back to Amishland.
What was so bad was the brief biographies of the amish folks. Everysingle one started, “My Name is [Some Amish name] and I grew up on a farm.” Then they all (all being the first couple because after that I was done) went on to say how they had a lot of questions about city life and were really curious. Dumb.
I feel sorry for them because of the doctrine that their community holds (once baptized into the Amish community if you leave you will go to hell) makes leaving impossible on a spiritual level. However, I also feel bad because anything they might gain in a city is really superficial.
I just had to get that out of my system. Thanks for reading it.
Addendum: [August 7th 2004]
People keep leaving bizaare comments – I don’t understand it. I don’t hate the Amish, I don’t think they’re dangerous or stupid. I disagree with their doctrine and I don’t think they rightly divide God’s word. I disagree with the producers of the Television show exploiting them for this ‘series’ because I don’t think that it will add value to the young Amish folks lives nor will it be great television.
Since I like word plays, and various pun related humor, and since also I keep finding odd ‘new words’ around the net, and since I’m writing a run-0n sentence – I have created a new category for this site: Word Play.
And now a One Word Play:
In his post Who Needs Video? we see the word “nerdlanger.” Use that in a sentence today.