Friday, May 29, 2009
There are two "door"-related scenarios you can apply to determine the outlying humanitarianism of an individual. Pretty basic shit.
First, the "Door Holding" scenario. How many times have you walked up to the doors of a building -- maybe your place of employment or your apartment building -- and had a door swung in your face? Let's say there are only 2-6 feet between you and the person in front of you. I think that is a totally safe buffer zone where you should expect the person in front of you to hold the door. I mean, it would take only a second of two for them to do it. Some people don't do this. Some people never do this. It's not because they don't see you... no, even if you know they sense you are behind them -- even if you cough or jingle your keys or slide your shoe against the ground to make a noise -- they still let go of the door only to have it swing shut in your face. These people are ass-holes.
Second, there is the "I Open Door, You Say Thank You" scenario. Any time you hold a door open for someone and they do not say thank you, they are an ass-hole. All they have to do is say it. They can even mumble it if that makes it less strenuous. Now, if you go through multiple sets of doors (as I do at work), the person does NOT have to say thank you at every door opened for them. No, they only have to say thank you for every three doors held for them. This, to me, seems like a reasonable door-hold-to-thank-you ratio. If I walk through seven doors and hold all of them for someone, then they owe me two thank you's total.
So generally speaking, yeah, this is how I have arrived at judging the humanity in others. Everyone has their own little secret thoughts. Everyone judges people, even if they say they do not. If someone says they never judge others, they are a flat-out liar.
The way I see it, if a person cannot hold a door for someone or say thank you when one is held for them, then they are fair game for me to judge them. And my judgment is that they are probably inconsiderate in other aspects of life. Here are some examples:
• They would probably not be trusted to baby sit my kids
• They would probably not "have my back" if a fight broke out (rather, they would run)
• They would probably not offer to help clean up after a party
• They would probably not offer to help me move large pieces of furniture
Those are just a few examples. But they are important.
Saying thank you and holding a door are two things which should come as basic, gutteral morsels of consideration. And they take very little effort.
The bottom line is, if you can't take two seconds out of your "busy day" to use basic manners that they teach you in daycare, then to me, you have failed the litmus test for humanity.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
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Personally I would have gone with the Benny Hill theme song...
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
The man who drove his car through City Hall last year was sentenced Wednesday to more than 10 years in prison.
Marcus Johnson, 33, faces 122 months of incarceration after crashing through a set of glass doors at City Hall in January 2008 and continuing through the building before slamming into the west wall of the parking garage.
His sentence includes time for convictions of criminal damage to property and two counts of criminal threats linked to the crash into City Hall, and one count of battery of a law enforcement officer later at the Sedgwick County Jail .
Authorities said Johnson became angered when a police officer told him to turn down the music in his car while he was parked at a south Wichita convenience store early on the morning of Jan. 7, 2008.
Johnson drove downtown, turned onto Main and then drove up a ramp into City Hall at an estimated 45 miles an hour.
The incident caused about $200,000 in damage and prompted the installation of temporary traffic barriers around the perimeter of the building grounds.
Permanent security measures for the grounds are scheduled to be implemented later this year.
All I know is, what an awesome driver that guy is!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Now Variety is reporting that UFO is slated to become the latest victim of retro recyclables. Check out this clip... it's the intro from the show. I have to admit the music is very catchy. Makes me horny! Groovy, baby, yeahh!
Are you going to see Terminator: Salvation but don't want to miss the good parts when you have to take a leak? RunPee will provide you with a breakdown of optimum times for that. Here's their official site.
Bored? Take my Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan quiz. I kinda busted my ass writing it. Well not really, but I'm hoping to guilt-trip you into taking it. Anyway, there are 16 questions so it shouldn't take you longer than a few minutes. Jot your answers down and see what kind of Trek fan you really are. Honest answers... no search engine cheating!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
I was trying to come up with some Shatner Promise margarine footage when BAM! -- up comes an awesome alternative. Check this out:
Sometime after Star Trek TOS but before TJ Hooker, The Shat was doing whatever he had to in order to scratch a living. Hell, he was living out of a pickup truck with his dog after TOS was canceled, which is crazy when you think about it. Then syndication came into play and the rest is history.
I tried searching for Shatner Match Game clips on YouTube but came up short, so a pic will have to suffice.
If you find anyShatner-specific Match Game footage -- or better yet, a Shatner Promise margarine vid -- leave it in the comments below and I will post.
I have watched and listened to both of these guys for years and have been appalled by their attitudes. Here is a list of characteristics/personality traits which I think they both share:
• Often speak poorly of others
Over the years, particularly during my youth, Shatner and Simmons have each contributed many great moments to my life. I used to be a huge KISS fan -- I bought every album, every poster and button, etc -- until one day after graduating from high school I realized that KISS was approximately 10% music and 90% gimmick. And then I started listening to Simmons talk. About himself, primarily. Ugh.
Shatner is another story. I still think Trek TOS is one the greatest fictional works ever put together. Kirk was probably the biggest hero I had growing up. And to this day I still love what he did with the character. I bought the movies and the tchochkies and yes, even a few of Shatner's books. But in reality when I stop and think about it... Shatner is every bit as self-serving and arrogant as Simmons is, if not more. Nearly every time I've listened to him, whether on Howard Stern or as a host of some documentary or whatever... Shatner just comes off as a person who could not care less about the fans who made him who he is. Just... so full of himself. I've never met the man but I have heard and read plenty of things to form a personal opinion.
It's kind of sad to see two of my childhood heroes for who they really are. Does anyone agree with me?
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Namco is scheduled to release the game on the WiiWare Channel in Japan on May 26th at a cost of 800 Wii Points. Don't hold your breath for a U.S. release.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
And compare it to the new Trek trailer:
Talk about progress!
If an engagement ring is inserted into the special slot, the countdown stops and The Wedding March is played. The bra even has storage for the marriage contract and a pen for pre-nups.
Monday, May 18, 2009
According to an interview conducted with MTV, JJ Abrams has stated that he is open to anything for a Star Trek sequel... including the return of Khan, or even a Shatner appearance!
"I wouldn't rule out anything. The point of creating this independent timeline is to not have the restrictions we had coming into this one. And one of those restrictions was that Kirk was dead," said Abrams.
There's more where that came from at the above link.
In the meantime, you have to love the comments being posted on io9 (awesome site, btw) regarding a potential sequel. Here are some of my favorites:
I see no need for a Shatner cameo. He already got a big send-off in THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY and GENERATIONS. Enough is enough. Give the new cast a chance to make the series their own. You don't see Sean Connery popping up in the new Bond movies.
I still don't understand the logic in going to all the trouble of doing the timeline reboot only to clutter it with everything from the original storylines. Khan either needs to wait it out for a good long time or simply be left in the past - a gem of cinematic villainy to remain untouched.
... those who don't learn from the mistakes made in the alternate timeline are doomed to make them for the first time in their own... so if altspock is feeling a little more cavalier about mucking with timelines, TOS should only be useful for a few anecdotal punchlines. think of it: enterprise comes up on a submarine floating in space, checks against altspock's notes. "ooh, bad idea. let's just blow that f**ker into dust." torpedos away, life goes on.
Why, why, WHY would they rehash something that stands fine on its own merits instead of creating something new and exciting? Oh, right. It is teh Hollywood.
Kahn was a great movie -- in 1982. In 2009? It doesn't hold up that well, laughable in places, overly melodramatic in others. That Mr. Roarke guy is still good, even without the midget. RIP, Ricardo.
Trying to remake Khan would be an incredibly dumb idea I think - way too many people consider that one like the Holy Grail of Trek movies. Abrams could make the perfect movie and it would still get trashed because it's not the original. Besides, the current crew is young - let them have their own adventures! There's gotta be a million different things for them to do without rehashing old stuff.
And my absolute favorite comment:
Fans, you bloodsuckers. You're going to have to write your own dirty Kirk/Khan slash now, do you hear me? You're going to have! To Write! Your! Own!
LOL. Personally I believe the writers now have an opportunity for new ideas. They have an alternate time-line now so why rehash an existing plot line when the sky's the limit? It just doesn't seem to make any sense. These guys -- Abrams, Orci, and the rest -- need to stop pandering to the old school fans (myself included) and get some truly original, exciting material established. If it's good, it's good... and EVERYONE will love it. Well at least most people will.
Oh, and don't forget to explore new worlds. Give us a sense of wonder. Not just 170 mph action and space debris.
What do you guys think? Comments?
This Trek TOS communicator is an exact replica of the original stage prop -- and it's actually a USB VOIP phone. Plug it into USB 2.0 and enjoy Instant Messaging via Skype, MSN Messenger, AIM or iChat.
The communicator has authentic sound effects and it's compatible with Windows XP, Vista plus Mac OS X 10.5.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
A student at CalArts -- freshman David Ochs -- created this short film called "Who's Hungry?" The five-minute piece centers around two little kids who get taken by an evil ice cream man. It's a little twisted (okay, it's a lot twisted) but it's not overly morbid IMO. Check it out, and keep in mind it was done by a freshman at art school! I am so not worthy.