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Boondoggle Maneuver

by DJ on December 29th, 2011 at 8:04pm

Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol — yeah, it’s a weird name for a sequel. Besides having too many colons, it looks like somebody just opened up a thesaurus and randomly coupled some unrelated words together.Can you imagine? Wow, that would be really idiotic for somebody to do! Ahem. But the nomenclature actually follows a top-secret naming formula, one that will apparently be used in all upcoming sequels of this title. Luckily for you, I have obtained this cryptic algorithm via unnamed channels — and after running it simultaneously for the past 72 hours on seventeen desktop computers each employing the latest version of a 64-bit Linux operating system, I am now prepared to share with you my…


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One Stake, Well Done

by DJ on December 24th, 2011 at 10:37pm

Just caught the movie Stake Land — a zombie-inspired movie that’s not about zombies, but vampires. However, it’s different than any zombie OR vampire movie I’ve seen. Definitely has an “indie” feel to it. Would recommend it to fans of either horror genre, or just to independent film fans who are curious about seeing a thoughtful film about such a scenario, which is still full of great action scenes that you would expect and want from such a film.

Loved that its writer was the star, that the producer also appeared in it, and that most of the cast were unknowns. Hooray for independent film!

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A Holiday Tradition Like You’ve Never Heard It…

by DJ on December 17th, 2011 at 1:47pm

From @ebertchicago on Twitter:

You’ve seen the movie. Here is Jean Shepard himself reading his “A Christmas Story.”

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by DJ on November 19th, 2011 at 12:48pm

Back online after my DSL router decided to go kerflooey yesterday — and now everything is back to normal again today, which is just as perplexing.

Realized how hooked in many of us are to the Internet, and how our culture would have a pretty rough time adjusting if we suddenly lost it. Me, I receive and reply to auditions and gigs via cyberspace, not to mention online banking, shopping, connecting with family & friends, and of course all the entertainment that I wouldn’t have access to otherwise.

I joked that I might actually have to interact with people face to face! But the Internet has become so ingrained in our daily lives, how do you think you’d cope if one day it just wasn’t there?

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Cold is relative

by DJ on November 6th, 2011 at 10:43am

HOW I CAN TELL IT’S WINTER IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Have to turn on space heater in the evening to take the edge off; can no longer sleep with windows open all night.

HOW I USED TO BE ABLE TO TELL IT WAS WINTER WHEN I LIVED IN WISCONSIN: Icicles finally large enough to use in snowmobile jousting matches.

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Zombie Apocalypse Hits Wisconsin!

by DJ on October 30th, 2011 at 8:55pm

A little over two years ago, just before Halloween, a buddy of mine (@DacBeerpig) began a Twitter experiment. It was an idea loosely inspired by Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds radio play, except this time involving not aliens, but zombies.

He created several Twitter accounts, each starting out with the normal sort of posts you’d expect to see from your average Twitter user. Then all hell broke loose, as an undead contagion started sweeping through the area.

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