Monday, January 13, 2014

Thoughts On: Red Dawn 2.0

Spoilers Possible

Admittedly, I don’t recall the original Red Dawn, you know the one with Patrick Swayze, Soul Man (C. Thomas Howell), Lea Thompson, Charlie Sheen (his feature debut) & Jennifer Grey. What I do recall is that the cast hated each other. And that it was a sucky movie. However, it ranks 6.3 on IMDB so a few people liked it.
Version 1 was set in Colorado & the invaders were Soviet, Nicaraguan & Cuban forces. In version 2, the setting is Spokane & the invaders are North Korean. Pay attention to this because it comes up again in another Thoughts On…
Version 2 stars Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Tom & Nicole’s son (Connor Cruise), some chick from Friday Light Nights (a show I never watched), and Peta Melark (Josh Hutcherson).
So many things wrong with this movie. So very many things. First, why Spokane? Seriously they don’t even have a major sports team. Second, a group of high school kids are going to bring down North Korean forces? Because they know how to play Call of Duty? A joystick…err controller is not the same as an automatic weapon. But, with today’s lax gun laws I guess everyone can get hold of one of those. Or maybe because they had Thor? He is a military man, but still turning Peta into a machine gun hero? That's a stretch. Third, what happen to Tom I mean Daryl’s dad? Fourth, where the hell was SWAT/National Guard? Did they recall anyone from overseas military duty? Fifth, did I miss why they call themselves the Wolverines? Is it just because it sounds cool when shouted?
And finally, why remake a shitty movie?
Bright Spot: Jeffrey Dean Morgan aka Denny. Enough said.

I was half paying attention, probably the reason I have questions. I gave this a four rating on IMDB. That is 4 out of 10. It takes a lot to get a 10 rating out of me and I can't even give this a 5. It was not good. It did provide some nice background noise while I worked.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

One Little Word, One Big Difference

Here I sit January 1, 2014 at 6:57 p.m. trying to catch up already! I have to let that kind of thinking go. I waited until the last two days of the year to get things done. I had a two page list of “to dos”. And while I did get some of them done, actually way more than I probably ever thought I could, I didn’t get to some things. But that is okay. I am still going to do them, just a little bit later. I am pretty sure I have made it public that I suffer from the rampant procrastination virus. I have decided (of course at the last minute) that I am going to try to treat that in 2014. How am I going to do that?

Remember yesterday’s post, when I said Details Coming Soon? Well here is the most important detail. I have decided to participate in One LittleWord. I don’t have all the information yet as this is my first year and because I waited until the last day to register (well last day with a discount). The general gist, as I know it, is you pick one word and you make it your own. One would think it would be simple to come up with one word. It’s not. It started popping up on my Instagram feed right after Christmas and I thought I should do that. But I need a word. I spent a few days with the word “more”. I thought of all the “more” I would like to accomplish in 2014. Then I wondered if that was even within the guidelines? What if it wasn’t? What would I do then? A lot of people were using words like “thrive”, “fearless”, “beyond”. Those are really strong words. Actually “strong” was one of them too. I was worried my little “more” was not in the essence of the project. It wasn’t until December 31st as I was returning to the office from the bank run that I found the word “focus”. It’s like a magical little pill for a procrastinator like me. I figure if I can “focus” more, then I can get more done. See that? Two “more”s in one sentence. Imagine how many “more”s I can get done in 2014 if I just “focus”. I plan on sharing the experience with you, another thing I plan to “focus” on is this blog (more on that soon). I hope to post on Wednesdays about One Little Word(OLW).

You may have noticed that things are pretty plain around here. It won’t be forever. I just needed a clean slate to start the year with. I want to sort of design my own interface. Like everything else in life, it takes time. I want it to be my own thing. But I don’t know much about blog design so I plan on learning as I go. If anyone knows of a crash course, let me know. I plan on adding some color soon, because it is a little to sterile, while I work out what represents me.

I hope that you had a wonderful January 1st and that January 2nd is even better. I did what I wanted today, not what I planned, but what I wanted.

Here is something to "focus" on: Not letting my blog feed build up to 78!

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

I'm Back!

More Details Coming Soon!

In the meantime I want to wish everyone the very best for 2014.