Randomosity

Given the title of this blog, it seems appropriate to start off by saying…

“Hello, Ashley!”  

 

 
****  Random Times  ****

  I had already named this blog post “Randomosity” before this next event occurred, so file it under random coinkydinks. 
  Tonya and I had a late lunch at Chinatown Restaurant (near 82nd and Slide).  I had the House Chicken, which was chicken, black beans and jalapenos in a black bean sauce.  Yummy, but scorchingly hot!  Left the insides of my cheeks feeling toasted.   
  Anyhow, to make a long story short, as we were leaving, Tonya glanced at the Business Hours sign on the door and this is what she saw:

  Now, that’s a little arbitrary, don’tcha think?

                                     
 ****  Random Movies Thoughts  ****

   What upcoming movies interest you, random reader?  I think Tower Heist looks hilarious.  Hopefully it gives Eddie Murphy and Matthew Broderick a career boost and gets them making funny movies again.
   However, the movies I’m most looking forward to right now are adaptations of books I’ve read.
   The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo opens on December 21 with the tagline “The Feel Bad Movie of Christmas” — funny line for some dark subject matter.  I’ve been writing about Steig Larsson’s Millenium trilogy as I’ve been reading it and want to see the movie adaptation of the first book.  I’ve heard the Swedish (subtitled) original versions are excellent and wouldn’t mind checking them out as well.  As with the following series, I expect that we’ll see movies made of all three books.

   The Hunger Games opens March 23, 2012.  I read this trilogy after Ryan and Jake told me how good they were.  It will be interesting to see how Hollywood handles this series.  It’s pretty dark but marketed at teens.  It is set in a future where a repressive Capitol annually chooses a boy and a girl from each of 12 districts to fight to the death in a televised event.  Like the Millenium trilogy, it has a very unique young lady as its main character.

   The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is scheduled for release Dec 14, 2012, followed by The Hobbit: There and Back Again on Dec 13, 2013.  Obviously, this is J.R.R. Tolkein’s “The Hobbit” split into two movies.  I am a huge fan of Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy of films.  I can’t understate that.  I’ve read the books more than once and the movies exceeded my expectations.  So, not surprisingly, I’m really looking forward to seeing what he does with “The Hobbit”.  Just so you know, Ryan and I followed the casting of Bilbo Baggins with great interest and were very happy to see our first choice get the role (Martin Freeman of “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”).  Can’t wait!

****  Random Joke  ****

Two rednecks decided that they weren’t going anywhere in life and thought they should go to college to get ahead.

The first went in to see the counselor, who recommended he take a history or logical thinking class.

“What’s logical thinkin’?” the first redneck asked.

The professor answered, “Let me give you an example. Do you own a weed eater?”

“I sure do.”

“Then I can assume, using logical thinking, that you have a yard,” replied the professor.

“That’s real good!” said the redneck.

The professor continued, “Logic will also tell me that since you have a yard, you also own a house.”

Impressed, the redneck said, “Amazin’!”

“And since you own a house, logic dictates that you have a wife.”

“That’s Betty Mae! This is incredible!”

The redneck was catching on.

“Finally, since you have a wife, logically I can assume that you are heterosexual,” said the professor.

“You’re absolutely right! Why that’s the most fascinatin’ thing I ever heard! I can’t wait to take that logical thinkin’ class!”

The redneck, proud of the new world opening up to him, walked back into the hallway where his friend was still waiting.

“So what class are ya takin’?” asked the friend.

“logical thinkin’ class!” replied the first redneck.

“What the hell is logical thinkin’?” asked his friend.

“Let me give you an example. Do ya own a weed eater?” asked the first redneck.

“No,” his friend replied.

“You’re gay, ain’t ya?”

<LOL… sorry, that was bad wasn’t it?>

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That’s all for this one, y’all… I hope to be back real soon.

~ Nick 

From Zombie Madness … to Rube Goldberg machines… with a Gummy Worm snack in the middle

****  The Walking Dead  ****

   On Sunday night, Jake (big ol’ younger son) and I watched the Season 2 premiere of The Walking Dead on AMC.  I had heard great things about this series during its first season, so I picked it up when it came out on DVD … Jake and I gobbled it up like, well, like hungry zombies!  Since then we’ve been eagerly awaiting Season 2. 

   The first season begins with Rick Grimes, a Sheriff’s Deputy in Georgia, taking a serious gunshot wound while responding to a call with his partner, Shane Walsh.  He later wakes up (comes out of a coma?) in a deserted hospital after ‘the zombie apocalypse’.  He is helped by a father and son who have survived, and finds evidence suggesting that his wife and son have also survived.  This sets him on the road to Atlanta and a rumored refugee camp. 

   I won’t reveal much more except that that this series takes the typical zombie movie format and by stretching it to series length allows for a great deal of character and plot development, including the trauma of living constantly in a state of traumatic stress. 

   So far, the series features excellent writing and acting, and the production values are movie-like.  I will hope the series survives the departure of its creator, Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile).  Based on the Season 2 premiere and upcoming previews, everything looks great for a strong second season.

    Trivia:
*  The word “zombie” is never used.  They are referred to as “walkers” by the main group of characters, “geeks” by a gang in Atlanta, and “test subjects” by the CDC (Center for Disease Control).
*  I went through the entire first season without realizing that Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes, is British.  He really does a great job on the Georgia accent.  Now that I know, I listen… and hear the occasional glitch in his accent, but not often.

****  Gummies!!!  ****

   I love gummy worms! 

   Not just any gummy worms. 
   Trolli Sour Brite Crawlers® gummy worms!
   My favorite are the green and orange ones… what’s yours?

 

 

****  RANDOM THINKAGE  ****

Really, y’all… I do want some input on what to name this random section…

    I’m bad enough about making up words when I’m awake, but recently I woke up from a dream with a word in my mind… nothing else about the dream, just one word… applefarians.  I immediately wondered what it meant.  Extreme vegetarians that eat only apples?   
   This morning, as I thought to blog about this, I googled the word, just to see if it was real.  It turns out that one other person has used it… some guy on Twitter was trying to come up with a word for people obsessed with Apple computer products.  He also considered maclems and iPhonistas.
   Wanna share some other made-up word stories?  I love me some wordplay.

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    Remember Harold Camping?  He’s the radio preacher who made all the news with his end-of-the-world prediction back in May.  Yeah, that guy.  Evidently he’s fired up his Rube Goldberg Apocalypse Prediction machine and has come up with a new date… October 21, 2011… today.  Hope you didn’t have anything planned for the weekend.
    Somebody get this man one of those cube blocks of Post-It notes to jot down his future doomthoughts.  That’s about what his prophecies are worth.

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    In that last bit, I googled “Rube Goldberg machine” to make sure I had the name right and learned that such devices have different names around the world.
* In Great Britain, the concept is exactly the same, but they are known as a
Heath Robinson contraption.
* In France, it’s called usine à gaz, or ‘gasworks’.
* In Denmark, Storm P maskiner, (Storm P machine) after a cartoonist and inventor named Robert Storm Petersen. 
* In Japan, “Pythagorean devices” or a “Pythagoras switch”. 
… and …
* In Germany, such machines are called  “Was-passiert-dann-Maschine”
(“What happens next machine”).  I particularly like that one.

 

 

 

   The “Self-Operating Napkin” is activated when soup spoon (A) is raised to mouth, pulling string (B) and thereby jerking ladle (C), which throws cracker (D) past parrot (E). Parrot jumps after cracker and perch (F) tilts, upsetting seeds (G) into pail (H). Extra weight in pail pulls cord (I), which opens and lights automatic cigar lighter (J), setting off skyrocket (K) which causes sickle (L) to cut string (M) and allow pendulum with attached napkin to swing back and forth, thereby wiping chin.

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That’s all for now… see you again soon!      

Nick