March 15, 2012: This And That And News Of Note!
Bubba contemplates life and such.

Ever wonder what dogs think about?  I imagine that, most of the time, it’s food.  What am I going to eat?  When am I going to eat?  Why aren’t I eating?  Other than that, I’m not really sure they concern themselves with all that much.  My eldest pug, Jelly, seems all-around unconcerned on most days, waddling from doggy bed to doggy bed, casually overseeing the goings-on around her, rarely weighing in on much unless it’s to voice an outraged bark over the tardiness of the dinner scheduling.  My French Bulldog, Lulu, in contrast, is like one of those annoying friends (we all have one) who is always offering an opinion on just about anything whether it be world politics, celebrity behavior or your crappy ball-throwing abilities.  Finally, Bubba, my other pug, is an obvious contemplator, given to tilting his head whenever addressed, as though considering the weight of your words. He seems smart, a ponderer, but this is the dog who is guaranteed to go absolutely nuts whenever a horse, another dog, or Sarah Jessica Parker appear on t.v., so I’m not so sure.

March 15, 2012: This And That And News Of Note!
Lulu contemplates that suspicious-looking stuffed toy by the speaker.

Food for thought for the humans among us:

Do you prefer your pink slime rare, medium, or well-done?  ABC News discovers the ammoniated “beef trimmings” in 70% of supermarket ground beef: Pink Slime Found In 70% Of Supermarket Ground Beef In ABC ….

You won’t find the stuff at McDonald.  Anymore.  They have discontinued their use of the product.

March 15, 2012: This And That And News Of Note!
Yabba Dabba Doo!

If I win the lottery, this will be my vacation home in Malibu: Dick Clark Has A Flintstones House And He’s Selling It

Okay, it’s understandable in movies when the bad guys kill innocent people (after all, they’re bad guys).  But when the good guys get in on the action…5 Movies That Accidentally Killed Innocent Characters

Also from the gang at Cracked.com – NOT Coming Soon to a Theater Near You: The 10 Most Awesome Movies Hollywood Ever Killed.  To be honest, I’m not all that upset about missing out on Fartman.

Speaking of movies: 10 Worst Science Fiction Movie Remakes of All Time.  Hard to disagree with any of them.

To those wondering what the heck is going on with the new requirements to log-in prior to posting a comment = search me.  I did find this recent post on another blog however:

http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2012/03/15/wordpress-stuff-signing-in/.  It helps only insofar as misery loves company.

28 thoughts on “March 15, 2012: This and that and news of note!

  1. I completely agree with the list of worst sci-fi remakes. There are some bad ones out there. Probably why I haven’t been to a movie theater in so long. In fact, now that I think about it, the last time I was in a movie theater was when Happy Feet came out. Ugh! Well, here’s hoping Hunger Games is much better.

    Have a great night!!!

  2. They made a TV pilot episode remaking the old Lost In Space TV series. Was pretty bad I thought, which is probably why no one picked it up. If they changed it a bit, it could have potential. Can find it on the Web if you’re interested.

    These movies might be a bit of fun, or maybe not:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu1OB1XK0zI

  3. Personally, I’m surprised about that beef thing, not that il’d eat that kind of food, I personally just go for the proper stuff, nothing beats properly cooked fresh beef if anything.

    Now on the movie points.

    I am Legend was a good movie but was incomplete, at least in my opinion. When watching it felt like they removed huge chunks of the story, and things were either poorly explained or left up to the viewer to try and make sense of it.

    If anything I think it should of been a trilogy if anything, with the first movie covering how things became they did, establishing the main character and how he became in the situation he’s in, with the second expanding on the world/situation, and the third giving it some kind of conclusion such as a cure being developed, or some hope for humanity.

    And I loved the Nutty Proffessor too, I thought Eddie Murphy brought life into the role, technically there is nothing wrong with the movie at all. Its not meant to be super serious, its more an almost family like movie.

    Best part in my opinion was when hes in the club with his date and Reggie(Played by Dave Chapelle) is telling his jokes etc, and he comes up and starts heckling Reggie, and telling jokes at his expense before throwing him into the piano. That scene if anything was a classic.

    War of the Worlds was alright too, what’s wrong with War of the Worlds? I don’t think I have poor taste in movies, if anything I’m just surprised people consider these 3 films for example to be, bad.

    The first I mentioned is more flawed by nature but an enjoyable movie, the second is one if you need some comedy, and the last is an enjoyable Science fiction movie *Shrug*

  4. The lil’ ones provide inspiration. Contemplate and dine with a bark or two or three.

    Hard to argue with the offerings of the sci fi movies, but I think Rendezvous with Rama would have been a good “big movie” and probably very expensive.
    The Hobbit…wudda been nice. Would not argue about the remakes either.

  5. Joe, thanks for the link about WordPress. Looks like it’s just for those of us who do have a WordPress account (which I only have so I can use my little green friend’s picture).

    RE: 10 Movies Hollywood Killed. All I will say is that I wish they’d kill all of Will Ferret’s movies. I just cannot stomach that guy, he annoys me to no end.

    Hubby would have loved to see the Rama movie. I could skip most of those never-mades, especially Unbreakable 2. I loved the first, and some things just need to be left as is. Sequels can often ruin a good thing.

    Now, there is a good movie that was made (in 2009), but killed by Hollywood anyway. It’s not a perfect film, but if you like dark fantasy, it’s certainly one to look out for on DVD (or wherever you can find it). It’s Solomon Kane, based on stories written by Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan the Barbarian. It did see release in Europe, but it never made it to American theaters. Shame, because Solomon is just the sort of character I love – the broody loner, roaming the land in search of that unknown something. The movie is actually an origins movie, something Howard never quite addressed in his pulpy stories. For those familar with the look of the Puritan, Kane, in his slouch hat and black cape, there’s just one moment in the film that brings pure, fanboyish satisfaction. But I won’t spoil it. (I just checked, and it seems they are hoping to release this film in the US this year – but not sure I believe that.)

    Me, with Solomon Kane, at the PA Ren Faire:

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v54/dasNdanger/solomonkane2b.jpg

    (And yes, I am a Hobbit…but not by choice. 😛 )

    das

  6. @ sg1efc – Okay, that God Bless America is just…

    I don’t know what to say. I realize it is a commentary on society (at least, I HOPE that’s what it is), but it’s so damn irresponsible! There are just too many idiots out there who will see a movie like this as affirmation, regardless of the message. Too many already use a gun to ‘solve’ their problems. No, I just can’t get my head around a film like that.

    As for Dark Shadows, I’m a bit mixed. It looks funny as hell, but I was actually hoping for something a bit more serious and gothier. Also, I hated the 70s.

    das

  7. @ arnk2u – You’re too kind. I was gonna say something about Bubba confusing SJP with a horse…

    I can be so mean sometimes. 🙂

    das

  8. Apparently they killed of the second and third part of “the Golden Compass”, just because some extremist Christians in America couldn’t take some critics to their believe FROM A FANTASY MOVIE!!!!! -_-

    As a European I can only shake my head to this. Especially since the book is insanely good and I even liked the first movie very much. And so far I have NEVER liked a movie to a book before. Especially not LOTR or Harry Potter, which were plain bad, despite some extremely well done visual effects.

    Sad, just sad.

  9. Wow, it baffles me to see what passes for food in America. This is all a result of the low-fat craziness that the Beef industry capitalized on. “LOW-FAT”, “SUGAR-FREE”, or “DIET” are all scams, since one or the other is required for taste. When neither can be used, like say for “DIABETIC fruit Jam”, they put in a load of artificial sweeteners and that’s bad too.

    I really like that Flintstone’s house. The kitchen and the bathroom are superb.

  10. Bubba! Lulu! Such pretty baby doggies! 🙂

    I remember that horrible remake of Gozilla. What a big disappointment that was. It was so bad. I grew up watching the old Japanese Gozilla movies, and they were awesome.

  11. Ah, Dark Shadows. Yeah, I’ll like it. I’m weird that way.

    Wait, we’ve seen the trailer to The Hobbit… I know it has been on and off … is it off again?!

  12. I couldn’t find your answer on Vala where was she in the script since you read it

  13. Yep, those worst scifi movies were pretty much pee-yewie. 😛

    Hey, wait a minute… Under the comments box, it says:

    Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in.

    All of a sudden, just filling in the details is not acceptable anymore. Why not? Did WordPress change the requirements, or does accidental tweaking do that?

    It seems to think I do “have a WordPress account” just from posting blog comments alone. Don’t actually have a blog or any regular account with WP.

    That’s a double Razzie. 😛 😛

  14. Re: Fill in your details.
    I don’t remember how or why, but my “details” email addy and name are saved so I don’t have to enter it each time…UNLESS I use a different puter to make comments.
    But…have to click on “Post Comment” and then it goes.

  15. The Planet of the Apes remake; the ending made absolutely no sense to me. For anyone who’s not seen it but still want to for some weird reason (it’s bad, but not so bad as to be entertaining), I won’t ‘spoil’ the ending for you. I think it tried to do a shock ending like in the first film, but this one was ridiculous and I couldn’t work it out.

    @dasNdanger

    I saw Solomon Kane when it came out, and it isn’t bad. It’s just not that good either. The beginning was very very slow (apart from the opening sequence), the middle was ok, and picked up more towards the end. I’d give it 6 out of 10.

  16. @Maggiemayday

    If you’re referring to the reference about Peter Jackson at the end of the Halo report,(The 10 Most Awesome Movies Hollywood Ever Killed), then don’t worry, that report is from August 2007. The Hobbit will still be out at the end of this year. Part one is anyway, and Part 2 next year. Both Christmas-time releases I think.

  17. Crud…messed up my Block Quote. This should be more readable…

    @for the love of Beckett:

    It seems to think I do “have a WordPress account” just from posting blog comments alone. Don’t actually have a blog or any regular account with WP.

    I don’t “actually” have a WordPress account either; WordPress has apparently merged its account databases with other vendors. In my case, my “WordPress Account” was my Gravatar account sign in. Did WordPress buy them out? I don’t know.

    Regardless, you can go to WordPress (http://wordpress.com/wp-login.php?action=lostpassword) and request an email for your “WordPress Password”. You’ll then receive an email on how to reset your account password.

    From the email you should be able to figure out what account login details to use (you can ignore resetting the password if you know the password from the account details that shows up in the email).

    Good Luck!

    BTW, being of Irish descent, we’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with Corned-Beef and Cabbage, and tomorrow, a fully Irish Breakfast (I found Bangers!!! Yeah!)

    Cheers,

    Jeff

  18. Sometimes doggy thoughts are easy enough to read (“Would you stop sitting there like a lump and throw the stupid stick already!”), and sometimes you wonder if they’ve been slipping out to that yoga instructor down the street, for all you can tell from their expressions.

    What’s the weather like for you guys? It’s mid April here, not mid March, like it’s supposed to be.

  19. Why was riley from sgu chosen to be the one to die? He was completely innocent character, its usually more poetic to kill someone who mightve done a bit of wrong in the beginning. Viewers feel more passionate about slightly morally ambigious characters who especially die in the end. The bad deed riley couldve done to rectify his ending mightve been as trivial as being neglectful, whatever gives him even the slightest bit of guilt. But you planned to have him come back right?

  20. My crazy beagle Maggie only stops moving long enough to see what trouble she can get into next. But on those rare occassions, she will sit up on the couch on one end, and me on the other end (looking like Bubba in that picture). She’ll stare at me and give me dirty looks. She looks at me as if she’s saying, “you disgust me.” I ask her What did I do?? What’s wrong?? Are you sick?? Don’t I feed you well?? Don’t you love me anymore?? But she just keeps looking at me obviously saying, “you disgust me.” Then I threaten to come over there and give her a big hug and she will snap out of it and run off, back to her old self.

    So, which one of your friends, who is always offering an opinion on just about anything, annoys you the most??

    I’m sitting here eating a small fiber loaded brownie. Shall I go for two and see what happens? (They are pretty small…think I’ll go for three!)

  21. @ JeffW — Thanks for the info! Will try that soon. Enjoy your Irish breakfast. 🙂

    Happy early St. Patrick’s Day, everyone.

    ~ftloB

  22. Cool, puppy pictures! I heard that about the pink slime, could make you want to be a vegetarian. I remember Dark Shadows in the days it was actually on tv,,oopsie, telling my age, @sg1efc..thanks for the heads up.

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