Friday, July 28, 2006
What an amazing book. I just finished it up this morning on the train ride to work. It was a great book with a pretty satisified ending. I'll make you highlight SPOILER ALERT!: I thought he went down with the plane. I was left pretty satisfied with how it ended. I figured he finally was "free". Then I got to work and decided to look for a review or a website (funny how I always tend to end up at a message board) that talked about the book. In it were some theories that really made me think. Also, apparently there's a secret ending that was not in the book. SPOILER ALERT!: Tender survives. He dictates his story to the cassette recorder mentioned on page 7 or 8, then jumps out with one of the parachutes he got when he let the passengers off. He leaves the cassette recorder talking to the black box. The recorder won't survive the plane crash. Now I may have to go back through and look for the clues it mentions. Great stuff. Overall, it took me about a week to read.
I've read that a movie was in production (maybe in preproduction) until the 2 planes crashed into the Twin Towers, which pretty much landed the project on the shelf (I'm not quite sure if that pun was intentional...). I can understand why that happened, but hopefully the movie will eventually get made. It's just too good of a story not to turn it into a movie. I've been trying to assign actors to the roles in the book. I think Ed Norton could pull of the main character pretty easily, but then again, maybe they don't want him to do another Palahniuk book. I was thinking maybe Matthew McConaughey could do the role of Tender. Maybe Kate Winslet as Fertility? Or how about Lauren Ambrose? I dunno.
Now I have to decide which book of Chuck's I want to read next, Choke or Invisible Monster. Any advice?
Monday, July 24, 2006
In the neverending battle to determine who is superior between Pirates and Ninjas, there has been a new submission.
Behold. A Pirate is Free
Watch that, and try not to laugh. I dare you. It's like eating just 1 Lays potato chip.
In case you are not familar with the backstory, try reading up on this site: Real Ultimate Power
It's almost football season and you know what that means....the return of the girl in red. The girl in red. You've surely heard of her. She's made the rounds on the college football message boards, and nobody seems to know who she is. She was makin the rounds way before the FSU Cowgirl and her friends were.
All I know is, I can stair at that pic for hours. In the meantime, I'll keep looking for her and trying to imagine what her answer would be to a 9 iron, some ice cubes and a stuffed buffalo (for safety's sake). If you know who she is, then hook a brother up.
Oh, and her blonde friend ain't too bad on the eyes either. "Tiki hut" indeed.
By the way, Southern Fried Football is a great site for choosing your next divorce.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Remember Mike Folsum, the 1st Aggie Grad in space? Sure you do, the Discovery mission has been making headlines almost every day. Well, while on the job, apparently he had a little time to goof off. Check it out.
See the larger version here: http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap060719.html
In the picture you can see part of the International Space Station, astronaut Piers Sellers, and that little piece of land we like to call Earth. All that from the reflection of the visor of Michael Fossum.
I'm always amazed at how white the suit looks. It's in very stark contrast to the darkness (Darkness is spreading!) of space. Also, I know there's a reason, but why can't you see any of the stars in space like you can see them on Earth out in the country on a clear night?
Anyways, very cool picture.
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
This is the actual cover I went with. Had to give it to my man Justin Warren. Big things from him this year. BIG THINGS.
Yup. Picked up the 360 version yesterday and was able to sneak in a late game (1 am) after I got home from Superman.
Kyle Field looks excellent. The crowd is wearing white when it should be wearing Maroon. Still don't have Yell Leaders (and yet the horn mascot was there :furious ). They'll have to update the stadium again for next year's version as they're installing a new massive hd video board. Otherwise, the stadium looks great.
The game seems more polished than the demo, leading me to believe that it was an early demo (rumored to be the E3 demo) we were playing. I noticed a few hiccups through the game, nothing worse than a dvd layer change.
Yea, I agree that the "jumping the player when he's down" annimation was a bit overused. Nothing to worry about though.
Huge playbooks. Lots of variety. I wish we had the trick plays in this version, but to tell you the truth, I probably wouldn't use them that often. I very very very rarely ran any kind of reverse in previous versions.
I do miss the stadium pulse and the impact player features. Those should of been in there.
The momentum meter was ok. I had it going for me in the 1st half of the game (scored 28 pts) and then was ice cold in the 2nd (0 pts). That may have been cause the cpu had the momentum after a long td run and then picking up my qb's fumble and returning it. Not totally sure about this feature yet. I'll have to play a few more games.
Didn't get to try online , but it doesn't surprise me that the EA servers were down.
I need to work on the running game a little more. I had some success, but then I was getting stuffed later in the game. I need to adjust to the new controls, as that was screwing me up some.
Hopefully this weekend I can meet some of you online.
P.S. Superman Returns on 3D Imax kicked serious ass. More Impressions on that later.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
It's time to get into the football mood. NFL teams report to training camp in about 2 weeks. 2 a days start at the beginning of August. My football craving has been a little subdued this year due to how bad we finished last year, but I can feel it coming on. Fran, it's time to put up or shut up. Anything lest than 9 wins is UNACCEPTABLE this year with the schedule we have. Show us why you're worth 2 million dollars a year.
You know where to find me for the next few weeks. Send me a friend invite, and we'll play.
Monday, July 17, 2006
Saturday, July 15, 2006
I saw this one on a friend's MySpace page. I thought it was pretty funny, and basically know of 1 person that would get a kick out of it(he's white, but would appreciate it).
Friday, July 14, 2006
This one's basically for the Aggies. As you probably know, there's an Aggie on the Space Shuttle right now. A few days ago, Mission Control was joking around with him with the quote:
During the second spacewalk on Monday, the spacewalkers replaced a cable reel to a rail car needed to move large pieces around the space station and installed a pump compartment for the complex's cooling system."That was a great (spacewalk) and it showed that Aggies can be taught to work locks, latches and anything else," flight controllers wrote in their daily morning electronic message to Discovery's crew, referring to Fossum, a graduate of Texas A&M. "Miracles never cease."
Well, today he and the rest of the crew were woken up to the wonderful sound of the Fighting Texas 'Aggie War Hymn'
Here's a little bit of the transcript:
MCC: Good morning Discovery! Mike, we hope you enjoyed that. I'm not too sure about the rest of the crew. But it was from Melanie and all the other Aggies around the globe.Mike
Fossum: Gig 'em Aggies! Thanks Steve! And thanks to my lovely Aggie wife, Melanie, and most of our family and many friends for setting that up today.
MCC: You're welcome. You know Mike, there are quite a few Aggies right here in Mission Control and all throughout Texas who've been watching what you've been doing intently throughout this mission. So much so, you could even say, "the eyes of Texas are upon you."
Mike Fossum: Ooh! I'm not sure I like the tone of that.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
I've piced a version that has the captions on it, cause some of the lyrics are a little hard to understand.
Let me know what you think.
Thursday, July 06, 2006
As a quick side note, this Cinemark allowed you to buy a pizza and bring it in to the theater, which smelled so good we tried to get one as well. 10 minute wait = nevermind.
The movie was good. It was an Adam Sandler movie ( and by that, I mean one of his Happy Madison Productions, not Spanglish or Punch Drunk Love), so by now, you should know what to expect. If you liked Big Daddy, then I think you'll like this movie. The movie was funny. Not all the funny parts were used in the trailers (thank the lord). Chris Walken is great in this one. Kate Beckinsale brings all the hotness you would expect, except her accent. The movie also had a point/message to give to you, which maybe a little heavy handed, but it's a good message. I'm just not sure I was happy with the ending. With the way it ended, that really makes Chris Walken's character pointless doesn't it? Also, Rob Schneider does have a hilarious part in the beginning. I didn't catch many other of Sandler's buddies in this one. His dog does make it into the movie though.
Anyways, it was definetly worth the full price ticket (they don't do student discounts!). I'll probably add this one to the DVD Collection.
Monday, July 03, 2006
The Speech Al Pacino gave near the end of Any Given Sunday, over some clips of great plays in College and Pro Football. It's a great speech that totally makes the movie and gets me pumped up. The plays are pretty good as well, although the quality leaves alot to be desired. I'm soo ready for football season to start. How many days 'till NCAA Football 2007?
Time to show us why you get paid soo much Fran.
It's like a Monday combined with Friday, if I have the initiative to take a piss today, it'll be a shock...
Looks like I need to change out the music we be jammin to since I think I've moved on.
Great summer album. It's different from her last 2 cds. It's light and fun with production from Timbaland (he's a fav of mine). There's some catchy tunes on here. "All Good Things" is my probably my favorite. Promiscuous is great, that's why it's the single. No Hay Igual is another single that maybe didn't get enough air play. It's more reggaeton, so I'm not sure if that made it mainstream. Maneater is a song that I picture Tommy Boy doing the "She's a Maniac" dance to. Listen to it and you'll know what I mean. Showtime, Do It, Afraid, and Te Busque (both versions) are the other winners on the album. I'll probably be replaying this cd throughout the summer. If it lasts longer than that, than I know I've got a good album. Her previous 2 albums had serious longevity.
Another great album. It's refreshing to hear some new music, completely different from anything you've got in your collection. There are plenty of great tracks on this one, but my favorite is still Crazy. It's just catchy and perfect for playing at a loud volume as you're leaving work for the day. It's hard to pick out any other songs, as they're all pretty dang good. I've got a feeling this cd will be up for plenty of awards when it comes around next summer. Excellent cd. Definetly pick this one up.
Now that those have been properly listened to, I've loaded up 2 more cds into the iPod: The Raconteurs and Arctic Monkeys. Both have singles out on radio and XM that I've heard plenty of times and that I like. I'll let you know what I think of the rest of the cds after I give them a few spins.
Now in the past week or so, I've also been finishing up some TV on DVD season sets. I've recently run through Entourage Seasons 1 and 2 as well as Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 7. I'll continue on about those tomorrow. I think there may be a limit to how many pictures you can put on a single post.
Tonight alot of the guys (and I think a few girls) are going to stimulate the economy at Penthouse. I'm sure there's some girl there that's trying to put her self thru law school. Or is it Med school? Anyways, it should be nice sharing the same strippers with other horny bastards. It's funny cause the guys have come down with colds and sore throats after an outing like this. Here's to hope-ing (otherwise, It looks like I'm a bunny rabbit) I'm first in line with some of these hoes. Either way, here's to "dedicated bitches".
Tomorrow should also include Coppel Deli as well as the Ranger's game. Not sure when we'll shoot off fireworks.
Alright I'm out. I may actually have to get some work done today. Maybe I'll do the DVD post a little later.
Have a Happy 4th of July.