Sunday, September 24, 2006

Raise the Gold and Blue...

Well kids whaddyaknow, the Irish do still have heart. If any of you out there in the Blogosphere watched last night's contest between Notre Dame and Michigan St. you would have witnessed one of the best football games I've ever seen. Down throughout the entire game, beaten on both sides of the ball, and trying to complete passes in a torrential downpour, Notre Dame put up 19 points in the final 12 minutes of the 4th quarter to complete the improbable come back victory. Oh and Troy Smith, I wouldn't claim that Heismann just yet, young Brady Quinn threw 5, yes count 'em, 5 touchdowns last night. Hopefully that performance will have instilled the spark and confidence this team has been without so far. Here Come The Irish!!!

-In other news I went to the movie store the other night, and I must know if this has happened to anyone... Have you ever looked at a DVD and seen the 4 star ratings and high praise of "two-thumbs up" written all over it? Have you then thought, "Hey it must be good, and well I kinda did want to see it" (these positive reviews reinforcing the decision to view said movie) ? Then you get home, you're excited, you put the DVD in, the movie begins, and you there saying to yourself, "ok ok it's starting slow, but it'll pick up" Then you repeat that to yourself until the midpoint of the movie, because the box said it was good. (after all E&R gave it "Two Huge Thumbs Up!!") Then you say to yourself, ok well maybe the ending is phenomenal. Then by the time the movie is over, you realize that you just wasted 2+hours of your life, on a cinematic p.o.s. Well folks, that's what I did with The Proposition. Long and short of it, don't buy into the hype, the film is awful.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Meme time...

Ok kids, I found out the other day that the Nintendo Wii is being released soon and for a reasonable price, so yours truly is quite thrilled. One of the titles I am most eager to purchase at launch is Marvel:Ultimate Alliance. Being that I am a Marvel comics freak, I am naturally excited about this game. It plays very similar to the X-Men Legends series of games (fantastic btw) whereby you select 4 heroes and combat everything that isn't you with wanton abandon for collateral damage to the environment. In MUA though, you are not limited to just members of the X-Men, you can select from a myriad of Marvel superheroes including: Thor, Blade, Spiderman, Cpt. America, The Fantastic Four etc... Once you have your team of 4 heroes, you name the team, select their uniforms (from cannonical Marvel designs of course) and build their reputation up while conquering evil. That said I'm trying to come up with a 4 man roster consisting of my favorite superheroes from childhood and here's what I have: (click on photos to expand to full size)





1. Archangel-Warren Worthington III, in his blue and pink armor, and metallic wings. My all-time favorite X-man and superhero in general. Archangel's primary power is obviously that of flight. His wings have superhuman strength and can create enough lift to enable him to carry at least 500 pounds plus his own weight. They have a very flexible skeletal structure, enabling him to press them to the back of his torso and legs with only the slightest bulge visible under his clothing. His bones are hollow, his body processes food more efficiently than a normal human body and does not store any excess fat, he possesses a greater proportionate muscle mass than normal and his superhumanly sharp eyes can withstand high-speed winds which would damage the average human eye. His lungs can extract oxygen from the air at high velocities or altitudes. He's been heavily trained by Professor X, especially in mastering his flight indoors. His agility while flying appears unmatched in the Marvel Universe, and the strength in his natural wings can easily break a man's arm or leg, or even project someone through a wall. Archangel also developed a "healing factor" and can heal others by mixing his blood with theirs, provided they have a matching blood type to Warren's. While Archangel possessed the bio-metallic wings, he had the ability to fire metal feathers at his opponents. The feathers were laced with a neural inhibitor chemical that induced temporary paralysis. With these new wings that covered his feathered ones, he has been referenced to fly at great speeds, even on the levels of Mach 3, possibly even faster.*




2. Spiderman-Peter Parker. Marvel's mascot, and most well-known superhero, Spider-Man has the ability to cling to walls, superhuman strength, a sixth sense ("spider-sense") that alerts him to danger, perfect balance and equilibrium, as well as super human speed and agility. In storylines published in 2005 and 2006, he develops additional spiderlike features including biological webshooters, and toxic stingers that extend from his forearms.
Peter Parker is highly intelligent, and uses his wits in addition to his powers. Besides outsmarting his foes, he constructs many devices that complement his powers, most notably mechanical web-shooters (ejecting a advanced adhesive compound which dissolves after an hour), which he develops as a teenager.*






3. The Silver Surfer -Norrin Radd, a young astronomer of the planet Zenn-La. Formerly the herald of Galactus, he has the ability to channel ambient cosmic energy into his body at will, and expel it violently as concussive force or gently as a means to restructure molecules according to his mental design. The Surfer possesses superhuman strength. In addition, his body can move and react at superhuman velocities, he routinely navigates asteroid fields and attacks entire armadas of starships at near or greater than light speed while maintaining surgical precision. Further, the Surfer (by way of his silvery skin like armor) is invulnerable to most forms of physical harm. The Surfer's mind has also been restructured so that he has considerable resistance to telepathy and other mind control methods. The Silver Surfer does not need to eat or breathe since he absorbs life-maintaining cosmic energy directly through his skin. Although his body does not require sleep, his mind must still rest occasionally in order to give it an opportunity to dream. Oh yeah and as if that wasn't enough, by using his board to exceed 99.9% of the speed of light (186,282.397 miles per second), the Surfer can shift himself into hyperspace, a dimension in which velocity is not limited by the speed of light. Kind of tough cookie, eh? Could maybe even give ol'Supes a run for his money.*





4. Iron Man-Tony Stark. A notable element of the character is, unlike other superheroes, his appearance and abilities are continually in flux as Stark continually modifies and upgrades his equipment. This is most obvious with the regularly changing appearance of his armor. Iron Man's powers and abilities derive from the advanced powered armor that he wears. The armor is a molecularly aligned matrix of crystallized iron enhanced by magnetic fields over layers of other metals like titanium, creating a shell that is pliable, yet capable of great resilience and protection. The suit grants him superhuman strength and flight capabilities, and is powered by a combination of solar converters, electrical batteries and an on-board generator that uses beta particle absorption as a fuel source. The suit is also able to convert nearby energy sources, such as heat or kinetic energy into electricity, or even drain electrical energy directly into the batteries for recharge. The suit can be completely sealed for operations in vacuum or underwater, providing its own life support, and is shielded against radiation. The onboard systems of the armor are controlled by Iron Man's brain patterns, read from a cybernetic interface in his helmet. Sophisticated computers with an artificially intelligent operating system of Stark's own design provide tactical information as well as constant feedback on the suit's status, using internal and external sensors. The weapons systems of the suit have evolved over the years, but Iron Man's standard offensive weapon has always been the repulsor beams that are fired from the palms of his gauntlets. Other weapons built into various incarnations of the armor include the unibeam projector in its chest; pulse bolts that pick up kinetic energy along the way, so that they hit harder the further they have to travel; an electromagnetic pulse generator and an energy shield. Other capabilities include generation of ultra-freon, creating and manipulating of magnetic fields, sonic blasts and a holographic generator to create decoys. Quite apart from the powers granted him by the suit, Stark is an inventive genius, constantly creating new technology and looking for ways to improve it. Furthermore, this extends to his remarkable ingenuity dealing with difficult situations such as difficult foes and deathtraps where he is capable of using his available tools like his suit in unorthodox and effective ways.*

*Thanks to Wikipedia for the detailed info!

Whew, well that's my Ultimate Alliance of Four Superheroes, so please tell what yours is!

Monday, September 18, 2006

ENOUGH!!!

Ok kids, on one of my very first posts I promised I would never again expose you all to one of my political rants...That said, I am now about to embark on a religious based rant, so here goes.

To the Muslims of the world that are up in arms over what His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI stated the other day, I say, "ENOUGH". Let's examine. To begin with, Pope Benedict XVI did not offer the words in question as his own, but rather, was READING A DIRECT QUOTE, from a 14th century manuscript. That alone should bring cause for a logical human being to realize that these were not in fact this current Pope's views. Further, it should be known that this Pope has long sought to promote interfaith dialogue with many of the planet's religious leaders to provide for a better understanding of the world's faiths. Any one who is learned at all would have read that in the articles discussing the Pope's views and known that is His Holiness's intent.

Now on to the irony of the whole thing:

1.) The quoted text was from a Byzantine Emperor and stated that the prophet Muhammad of the Islam faith spread his religion by way of violence and the sword. To those that claim this is false, note that the very same Christian emperor ruled over a territory that was violently sacked by Ottoman Turks ( also Muslims) in 1453.

2.) For those who claim that the Pope's words (which we've already proven are not his but rather a long dead monarch's) do not properly address the true nature of Islam, why are you then burning him in effigy, calling for war until Christianity and the West crumble, and seeking to have this Holy Father executed. It's incidents like these, and oh, also the murdering of an Italian nun, that definitely show me that violence has no place in Islamic thoughts.

3.) For those of you who are now going to say, "but these violent, rabid, protestors are only a small minority in the nearly 1 billion populace of those adhering to Muslim tennants." I say, "Where the hell are the rest of you then?" Is it really the case that out of nearly 1 billion people in the Islamic world, there is not one of you who can stand up and see these comments for what they really were? Is there not one of you who can cogently put together rational understanding that the Pope was quoting a 700 year old manuscript and not promoting his own views, which by-the-by, are in stark contrast to those of the long dead Emperor? Or is it merely a situation where not one of you has the courage to stand up for what you claim are the "true" meanings of Islam and condemn the rabid, animals that have hijacked your faith, and strive to foment derision among the world's population?

Whatever the reason I challenge one of you to prove the world opinion of you wrong. Show us infidels in the West the "true" peaceful nature of your faith and make a public speech denouncing what the animalistic zealots have done and are continuing to do. Show us your logical understanding side, with as much notoriety as the dark side has achieved, and maybe you'll see some change in how the West views you. Otherwise, live as you have, in a world where you are viewed as a walking hypocrisy, that claims to oppose violence by using violent protests to prove your point. In any case, it this author's belief that the Pope owes no one an apology for what he said, for he did nothing wrong. Moreover, I believe that perhaps His Holiness should have apologized for his overestimating the rational intelligence of the Muslims that have now caused such a tempest in a teapot.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Ouch...

Well kids, the spanking that Michigan laid on ND yesterday still hurts. My ass is blue. However, I've never been one to cut bait and run on my team and I sure am not about to start that practice now. So here's to next week and let's see if we can't beat Mich. St. Not much else new just another weekly movie review so here goes:

-Lucky Number Slevin-entertaining, good movie, even if the major plot device can be figured out in the first 2 minutes.
-The Chronicles of Riddick-A nice follow up to Pitch Black. Not a great movie by any means, but not an utterly fetid p.o.s. either. Certainly worth a rent and a single viewing.
-28 Days Later- a "zombie-esque" horror film, filmed and conceived by our neighbors across the pond. Not particularly terrifying, but a great concept, and a remarkable cinematic feat clearing London for many of the scenes.

-That's all folks. Next week we may have review of a currently playing film Flyboys. I mentioned it here quite a while ago, because I saw an ad for it in Military History. I realized that there have not been a great many films produced that tell the story of The Great War. I think that is most unfortunate, as that is a fantastic era of history to learn about. The only notable films that come to mind are: The Lost Battalion, Gallipoli, and Joyeaux Noel. I think this film will be good, at least I certainly hope it will be. I've also read that Marvel is gearing up to make a Sub-Mariner film, to come out sometime after John Favreaux's Iron Man. That should be interesting, though it could be a poor choice and wind up being more like Daredevil (as I think Ghost Rider will be) than Spiderman. We'll see...

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Goooooooooo... IRISH!!!

Hey kids, well I figured that ND would win by a convincing margin yesterday, but not like that!!! WOW! Now mind you, I have nothing against Penn St., in fact, I think they are a class organization. Joe-Pa is great, and the team exudes all of the best qualities about College Football. That said, ND is my favorite team, and if they can win big over a highly touted opponent, well then so be it. They didn't embarass Joe-Pa or treat the opposition with disrespect and that's honorable. Onward to next week when the heathens from Ann Arbor come to ND in the mostly annual rival game. It should be an exciting game, (they usually are anyway) and hopefully the Irish will come out with the W.

-In other news, I mad the very poor decision to watch The Exorcist director's cut by myself the other night. YAAAHHH. The new scenes while mostly subliminal flashes of what awaits poor Reagan scared the tar out of me, and the crab walk down the stairs didn't make me feel much better! If you're into scary films, I highly suggest it.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Vacay Finito...

Well kids, I am enjoying my last day of my Labor Day Odyssey. It was very well-needed, and now I am sad that it is over. We celebrated my grandfather's 85th birthday yesterday! Wow, that's a loooong time. Now that Vacay is over, it's going to be more difficult to get out and hit the links for the next 2 months, but have faith it'll happen.

-In other news I am currently fighting my way through F.E.A.R. a PC 1st person shooter given to me on the day of my wedding by one Mark Beers. Thank you Major Beers, this is one helluva game, and it has scared the poo right out of me! A shout out to The Family Guy I love that show for so many reasons, but the episode Honey and I caught last night on Adult Swim, was particularly funny. It was the one where the Brits take over Quahog's favorite bar and turn it into a pub. The main antagonist Nigel (of course) complete with horrid teeth frames Peter, and Lois and Cleveland's wife, Loretta try to make him admit the frame up. Lois trys to get Loretta to seduce Nigel claiming that he might be "into the swirl" and Stewie trys to teach a British Baby how to speak the Queen's English. Absolutely priceless non-PC humor. YAY Seth MacFarland.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Catch Up will ya...

Ok kids, well the vacay has been going swimmingly. Wed. went golfing and had a personal best 109. Thurs. was spent hanging around not doing much, Fri. more golf and another 109! Saturday, crappy cold and rainy, but it was a glorious day as the 2006 ND football campaign began with a victory, albeit an unnerving one. Hopefully, the boys will pull it together for next week or the Nittany Lions of Penn St. will beat their @$$es. On the movie front I saw:
Man on Fire, excellent, excellent film.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, not bad, not great-but not bad.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith-surprisingly very entertaining.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang- funny, unique, and not horrible.

Finished up Battlefield 2:Modern Combat for the XBOX. That is a very very fun game. There's nothing like kicking the tar out of the "Chinese Liberation Force". Playing as the Chinese was somewhat less than thrilling though as their weapons were not as potent, and the troops seem to drop like flies. Thankfully there are only a few missions playing as the CLF. I do love the NATO levels though, especially the obligatory, "drop in and wipe out 3 nuke silos while maneuvering on foot through .50 cal fire, tanks and an army" mission.

-In other news, I feel I have to take part in the 25 TV character meme so...(in no particular order)

1. Stewie Griffin (The Family Guy)
2. Lance Charles McClain (red lion in Voltron)
3. Lucy Ricardo (I Love Lucy)
4. Seth Cohen (The OC)
5. Joey Tribiani (Friends)
6. Boober fraggle (Fraggle Rock)
7. the two-headed monster (Sesame Street)
8. Fred Flintstone (The Flintstones)
9. Yosemite Sam (Looney Tunes)
10. Thomas Magnum (Magnum P.I.)
11. Bill Swerski's Superfans (Da Bearsss)
12. Peter Griffin (The Family Guy)
13. Uncle Fester (The Addams Family)
14. Tony Soprano (The Sopranos)
15. Christopher Moltisanti (The Sopranos)
16. Cliff Claven (Cheers)
17. Gaius Julius Caesar (Rome)
18. Ari Gold (Entourage)
19. Tom and Jerry (Tom and Jerry)
20. Jazz (Transformers)
21. Lew Zealand (The Muppet Show)
22. Lion-O (Thundercats)
23. Bo and Luke Duke (The Dukes of Hazzard)
24. The Cartwrights (Bonanza)
25. Don Diego de la Vega (Zorro)

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