Archive for August, 2009

Lesser Known Politicians #2

Posted in comedy, politics, world history on August 26, 2009 by oldmandub

Here’s the next in the series made by me and Chris Goodwin of US Presidents not on coin, monument, or mountain face. This week we discussed William Henry Harrison. Harrison, a Yank, had a hard time convincing Southern farmers that he was no foe to their way of life. He went on a 3 week whirlwind tour throughout Dixie on the campaign trail of 1840 speaking at town halls to the salt of the earth, letting them know they can feel safe in the hands of “Old Tippecanoe”. I attempted to convey the effectiveness of his presentation at one of our reading groups.

Apparently licking barn animals didn’t agree with him. 32 days into office and Harrison was dead of bacterial infection.

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Blimey! Another Text From Me Julie!

Posted in death with tags , , , on August 25, 2009 by oldmandub

Not enough gore from your Vampire movies to sate your blood thirst? Watch this British PSA on the dangers of texting while driving. Just listen to their jellied eels for help. These blokes might be up the apples and pears to Heaven.

Thirst

Posted in cinema with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 24, 2009 by oldmandub

Vampires need to stop making love and start making war against humans. That’s what’s cool about vampires. And we all know it. I love True Blood, but the chief protagonist vampire, Bill, hates eating humans and likes screwing them. I can relate, but, that’s not what I’m looking for from my vampires. However,   there’s a Viking vampire named Eric who digs on human swine and that fulfills my thirst for real vampire shit. I haven’t seen Twilight but I hear that’s about vampires finding humanity and going out to human bars to pick up babes. Boring. At least Underworld, a wholly stupid disappointment considering it’s about an ancient war between werewolves and vampires, had a love story between vampire and werewolf. They could kill and eat humans together and then make the sweetest of loves in puddles of human blood (Theoretically. Like I said, disappointing.) I shouldn’t act like the vampire/human love dillema is a new phenomenon. After all, Bram Stoker’s Dracula was about Gary Oldman trying his damndest to steal Winona from Keanu. But he savagely destroyed puny humans in his way and seduced babes to drain their blood. He didn’t have love for humans, just foxes in committed relationships. You know, vampire shit. But what happened to the vampires of Lost Boys that partied with people on the beach and then when that was boring proceeded to rip their throats out and throw the waste into the bonfire? You know, vampire shit!

Thirst, from director Chan-Wook Park, director of the great Korean revenge movie Old Boy, explores the world of Vampire-on-Human action. It’s dark, bloody, at times funny, strongly sexually contented, and has some good murders. The cinematography is at times dazzling and haunting. It’s pretty long, felt even longer, and there were at least 3 times I was lead to believe it was about to time to stand up, and yet, it was not so. But I enjoyed it. Even the well-developed and complicated relationship between vampire and human. The trailer below will tell you the plot.

Canadian Scientists Say Zombie Attack is “Inevitable.”

Posted in science, world history with tags , , , on August 19, 2009 by oldmandub

Researchers in Canada came up with a mathematical model of what the outcome would be if Zombies really rose to feast on the tender goo commonly referred to as “brains”. According to their findings, a confrontation with the living dead would spell the end of civilization unless handled quickly, ferociously and continuously. Any attempts to capture and/or cure the zombies would only slow humans down in their efforts to survive, but would almost certainly only postpone the demise for mankind. Based on models for widespread outbreaks of non-fictional viral and bacterial infections the scientists believe that a large city would be overrun by zombies in a matter of 3 or 4 days. The study also shows what people are likely to do for work if possessing a real job in order to pay for health care is unnecessary.

The Cove

Posted in cinema with tags on August 14, 2009 by oldmandub

This is some heavy shit. The Cove is a documentary centered around former dolphin trainer Ric O’Barry who has been tormented and thereby inspired by his role in wetting man’s appetite for the capturing and revaluing of dolphins as mere dancing bears. O’Barry had a change of heart as a young man when, Kathy, one of 5 of television’s Flipper, looked him in the eye, took her last breath, and sank to the bottom of the lake, an act he can only construe as suicide. The next day O’Barry was arrested for trying to release other dolphins and his been on his mission ever since. This film has a lot to teach about dolphins and the industries profiting from them, but the central plot follows O’Barry as he enlists a team of activists and adrenaline junkies to expose “The Cove” in Taiji, Japan, a gorgeous piece of rocky island landscape exploding with autumn colored deciduous trees hiding the ugly consequences there for herded dolphins. The team attempts and ultimately succeeds in doing so by sneaking in at night to set up hidden cameras designed to look like rocks, made specifically for O’Barry by Industrial Light and Magic. The scenes of their first attempt and second success are as tense and exciting as the bank robbery  in HEAT up until when Val Kilmer drops his smile and raises up his M4-A1 to unload at Al Pacino. Unfortunately, there is no exchange of fire in The Cove. You want these people running this operation to pay with blood. What O’Barry and his team are able to reveal with their hidden cameras is nothing less than horrific. The captured screams of dozens of dolphins crying for help is an eerie and unforgettable sound. I definitely recommend this movie, but I warn that I was a little shaken, and on my way out of the theater I noticed a woman with her face in her hands who had clearly been releasing a lot of water into her palms.

Pleistocene Polka

Posted in partying, rock n' roll, rocking with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 13, 2009 by oldmandub

Here’s my third music blog. It is without theme unlike the last two. It’s just a collection of hot jams I’ve been listening to the last week or so. Some of it will be new, some will be classic. The rest will be shit. Just stream it “live” down below, or right click to download.

Pleistocene Polka

Vikings

Posted in world history with tags , , , on August 12, 2009 by oldmandub

I woke up early this morning to go eat too much japanese food with my niece so I’m tired. All you get is a link to a good documentary on Vikings that’s on Hulu.

Vikings: Journey To New Worlds

And a rad viking metal song: Victory Song