Wednesday, April 28, 2010

To the right dishonorable Councilmember Don Redman,

Details on this schmuck's recent actions can be found here. To him, I have three things to say:
1) Article VI, Section 3: "The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States."

2) Matthew 6:6: "But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you."

3) Bite me.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Spearguns for Windshield Wipers!

I cam across this EPIC LEGO creation several weeks ago (via The Brothers Brick) but am just now getting around to posting it for the sake of my good friend KKC:

The attention to detail on this creation is phenomenal AND it actually transforms!

That's the Optimus Prime I know and love!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tell it to 'em, Sisko!

DARPA (The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) is now going to seriously start research on producing flying cars. News like that is as good a reason as any to look back (10 years ago!) to one of the greatest commercials of all time:

Avery Brooks is the man.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Sideshow Bob did enjoy his showtunes

Recently I posted about the various B-List celebrities who give voice to conservative views and causes. Not all of them are B-List, of course. Take Kelsey Grammer. The man has two extremely successful and beloved TV series under his belt and, though he his most recent attempts at TV comedy have not been successful, he's not hurting for work. So when he takes a role in An American Carol, I don't think he's doing it solely for the money.

When I saw his name in the Yahoo "Trending Now" box this afternoon, I wasn't surprised after clicking on his name to find the first two stories about him starting a conservative network. Apparently, he's looking for funding. In the current tea party climate, I'm guessing he won't have to look far.

But that was just the first two stories. The third was a New York Daily News review of his current appearance in La Cage aux Folles.

In Hollywood, the tendency is to judge an actor by their most recent work. Does this mean he's going to prove his clout to conservative investors by touting his current appearance in one of the gayest stage comedies of all time?

I'd love to see that pitch.

Friday, April 16, 2010

A Genius that cannot be denied

I'm a little late in posting this, but add my condolences to the family and friends of Nate Nielson. Nate was better known as Nnenn, a giant in the online LEGO community. I had really never taken notice of his name, but I had definitely noticed his work. So many others had as well, and when the news came out that he had died in a car accident earlier this month, we all felt a loss. There are tributes to him at Swooshable, Metafilter and The Brothers Brick.

Here is perhaps my favorite of his creations. Just click below to bring it to full size and gape at the artistry. This man will truly be missed.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Friday, April 09, 2010

Enough numbers for everyone

It took three years for someone to do it, but a Youtube user named RBTNguyen actually put in the work to make another "100 Movies" clipshow with entirely different number choices (though some of the films themselves from the first one show up in this remake). I'm proud to present it to you (list of films here):

As I mentioned in an email to the author of this work, some of his choices were clips I had at one time considered for mine: 11 for Almost Famous, 49 for Shawshank Redemption and 51 for Independence Day just to name a few. And though I highly respect his using The Good The Bad and the Ugly for his number four, It's too bad he didn't use the one movie quote I truly regret not using in my own clipshow:

Ah, well. Cest la vie. A hearty congratulations to you, RBTNguyen. You've done very well indeed.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Monday, April 05, 2010

Whither Troy McClain?

Once upon a time, when I was a boy, there was no "Reality TV". This is one of the many gosh-you're-old revelations that I will give little C.C. one day, but for now it's suitable for a blog post.

There are no reality TV shows that I currently watch on a regular or even an irregular basis. In fact, there is only one reality show that I have ever watched an entire season of: Season One of The Apprentice.

The premise (A wide range of people coming on to show what they had to offer through a series of contests) was well trod by 2004 as Survivor entered eighth (!?!) season, but The Apprentice worked the formula very well. The challenges were interesting and the suspense actually palpable. Even "The Donald" managed to not be too overbearing in this first season.

Overall, I enjoyed how it ended. Though it seems at odds with the whole cut-throat business theme, Season One proved that this sort of behavior doesn't always have to hold sway. There was genuine affection between contestants (most memorably between Troy and Kwame). The final two of Kwame and Bill provided an interesting profile of success: They hadn't made a huge amount of noise during the competition, and they certainly weren't perfect in their performance, but they were dedicated, levelheaded and had more scruples than most. As a viewer, I was genuinely comfortable with either person winning. More importantly, they seemed to be as well.

Now, of course, the show is in it's ninth season and is using washed-up celebrities like Joan Rivers and Bret Michaels to compete. This seems incredibly boring to me (We didn't like these people much to begin with. That's why they're washed up). But the show is still on so somebody must be enjoying it. The days of Kwame and Bill are probably long past. As evidence, YouTube user Richfofo created two clip shows proving the mindset of the majority of reality contestants. More's the pity.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

I feel like I'm in a TV movie with Noah Wyle

Years ago, I signed up with a website to give me updates on library jobs in several areas Mrs. Mosley and I were thinking of moving to. We've since decided to stay put in Jax for the foreseeable future, but I still get the email updates. Here's the most recent one I received:

That third one is mighty interesting, don't you think? A "Confidential" Library job in DC? Maybe they need someone to catalog the Ark of the Covenant?

Friday, April 02, 2010

Stubble: The Movie

Great movie poster art is a thing of beauty. And I think this one qualifies:

You don't get the full effect (i.e. the effect of seeing a full size version of this at the theater) unless you click on the picture to enlarge it. In terms of advertising, it's a great direction to go. A group of rough and tumble military misfits should be in a poster that looks cut-and-pasted together with no borders at all. And maybe it's just me, but I think the actors actually look even more like their TV screen counterparts in closeup like this.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Samuel L. Jackson Quote of the Month: April 2010

The Comeback is the heartwarming story of one man's attempt to, despite his advanced years, make one more grab at football glory in the big league.

April Fools!

But seriously, that first sentence is absolutely correct if you exchange the word "hilarious" for "heartwarming" and exchange "little" for "big". The result: Samuel L. Jackson tackling the hell out of kids on a football field. Yes, it's a one joke bit, but that's what short films are best at:
Sam: "Hey. Just throw me the damn ball."

Kid: "Hey, we're not supposed to cuss out here."

Sam: "Shut up."

Bonus Samuel Goodness: The entire short is on YouTube! Check it out!