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Invincible. [Oct. 18th, 2009|04:24 am]
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The two warriors stopped on the side of the road and after a lengthy introduction and a respectful bow, they drew their swords.

No time was wasted as each drew in a breath attacked with a single swing. The two blades never met, but one struck true. A farmer who was too afraid to move during the duel carefully walked up to the victor.

"My my, when I saw the two of you meet I have to admit I expected a much more exciting fight. But it seems he was no match for you at all." he said.

The warrior slowly turned and looked at the farmer a moment then back to the body of his fallen foe. "No," he said as he drew a cloth along the sword, wiping away the blood. "He was probably the most skilled warrior I've ever faced."

After noticing the farmers confusion the warrior continued, "His form, his stance, his timing...were all flawless. He was a master. In fact if you asked of me who was the more skilled of the two of us, I'd say HE was."

The farmer paused a moment, "but you killed him so quickly, how did you do it?"

Sheathing his sword the warrior gazed off down the road, "a very slight difference in technique. One that he had probably never seen before in his life."

"Ahhh...," the farmer smiled with understanding, "so your style must be the superior one."

"No." the warrior spoke. "My technique was superior in this fight. There are many approaches to the sword I have never seen, the next time it may be myself who loses. You see my friend, NO ONE...is invincible."

As the warrior gathered his things and began to walk away the farmer began to slowly scratch his head. After a moment he called out to the warrior, "Well then if that's all there is to it, what's the point of dueling at all?!"

The warrior never turned but the farmer could feel his slight smile.

"You've already learned more than that man ever will."
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It rained for 4 days and 4 nights. [Sep. 22nd, 2009|05:48 pm]
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Actually about 7 days... anyway,

Just posting to let everyone know that myself and family are A-OK here in Douglasville. My apartment is on the third floor, so I didn't have any damage, although reportedly the apartments on the first floor of the complex across the lake from me were completely flooded out.

My parents are alright. Their basement flooded a couple inches deep. The basement also includes a living room type area, my dad's office and one bedroom, all of which will probably have to have the carpet torn up and replaced. All in all, we were pretty lucky.

We're past the worst of it it seems. The restaurant I work at closed yesterday, and probably will again today. More or less most businesses are closed for today. Everyone's trying to assess the damage and start the clean up.

Anywho, just letting everyone know we're safe and to keep the families that lost their homes due to this Landrricane in your prayers.
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*gasp* [Sep. 9th, 2009|09:15 pm]
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Check this out...



wait for it...



Oh my god...what just happened?!
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The Spirit [Sep. 9th, 2009|07:07 am]
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After trying twice to get through this movie without falling asleep, I finally finished The Spirit.

Movie tried way too hard.

Talk about egg on your face.
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Attention! [Aug. 15th, 2009|03:57 am]
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Mastadon and Dethklok are teaming up and touring the nation. They are coming to the tabernacle in Atlanta on the 5th of November.

I'll try to keep a close eye on when tickets go on sale.

Let's do this.
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Wanted [Aug. 10th, 2009|06:23 am]
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Just finished watching the movie WANTED on bluRay, a movie very, very loosely based on a comic by Mark Millar. Have to say I enjoyed it a lot. Once you let go of that part of the brain that demands things make sense, it's a ton of fun. It has just the right amount of excess and a big middle finger to logic that makes for a good time.

Curve the bullet.









(Wanted + Equilibrium = Guntastic.)
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Grizzly man. [Jul. 11th, 2009|07:04 pm]
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This weekend we watched a movie titled "Grizzly Man" about Timothy Treadwell who, for 13 seasons lived closer than anyone (either attempted and surely suggested) to Kodiak grizzly bears.

He died as result of a bear attack at the end of one of his filming seasons. Both he and his girlfriend Amie were mauled to death and eaten at their campsite.

My feelings are mixed on this, as the man obviously has a love for nature, but he also has a narcissistic love of himself and his hero image he's created. He really came off to me as not a true lover of bears, but as a lover of how much he apparently loves bears.

As tragic as his death is, I can't help but feel it's a result of very poor planning, and ultimately did more harm to the bears he claimed to love. His and his girlfriends death (who was reportedly afraid of bears and if I had to wager a guess, forced to stay the extra time in the more dangerous part of the season) were the ONLY reported deaths in the area and surrounding park in it's 83 year history. The team investigating his death was forced to kill two bears. On top of all of that, his familiarity with the bears, could have caused them to fear humans less, thus endangering more people by curious predators. He has reportedly never offered any scientific discovery, insight, or any actual help in preserving the bears (as he himself claimed he was doing by physically being there) as the area he filmed was in a national park that was already well protected with very little to no poaching or danger to bears whatsoever.

The movie is a mix of poignant character study and often hilarious cross-sections of this man's ill-defined quest to "save the bears." It's hard to know how to feel during the film as even though Treadwell is such a fascinating subject, you're constantly reminded that he does in fact die a horrible, horrible death. This is punctuated by odd moments of him filming himself saying things like "This is incredibly dangerous." and "If you were out here, you'd be dead. Dead. Only I can do this and survive." Followed by the subtitle, "3 days before his death."

The movie is not about bears at all, although does contain amazing shots that only someone of Treadwell's questionable decision-making could have gotten. That at least is something to be said about his achievement.
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I am the Sword in the Darkness... [Jul. 4th, 2009|05:03 am]
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So ever since we changed our Bartender uniforms to all black, (black shirt, black pants, black shoes, black apron) I've started calling when a new server trains to become a bartender, "Taking the Black."

I've referred to the well as the "wall" on occasion, and asked newbies to recite things like "I am the sword in the darkness, I am the shield that guards the realms of men."

god I'm such a dork.
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Revenge of the Fallen [Jun. 24th, 2009|07:48 am]
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Okay, just got out of the new Transformers movie.

Action: Good. Lots more of it. The entire movie was (I kid you not) made by Michael Bay during the writers strike. He made a series of action battles and when the strike was over he got writers to string them together. Seriously.

Plot: See above point.

Over all it was enjoyable, however it is marred by a few things... well that's understating it.

I normally don't cry foul at a lot of things and shrug off offensive material fairly easily. Most of the time I either just don't see it for what it is, attribute most of it to "harmless" stupidity, or over-sensitive interest groups wanting to see ammo that isn't there.

However... I have to call it. Transformers 2 is OVERTLY Racist.

There are two characters in the movie, Skids and Mudflap, that are voiced (by a white actor) to sound like a cross of old-timey blackface shows and urban "street." I half expected one of them to turn and say to Prime, "Yesum Massa, wes a gonna shoot da lasaz! Oh Mammy!" It was that embarrassingly bad. Not to mention that their features include gigantic ears and buck teeth, one being fucking gold. Not kidding.

It was truly painful to watch any scene with them in it. And get this... they are Illiterate. ILLITERATE. They are asked to read something and both say "uh yeah, we don't read." FUCKING HILARIOUS RIGHT?!

All I wanted was 2 (not the actual 3) hours of robots shooting at each other. There was some awesome moments of that very thing, but dammit, why did I have to be made to feel that freaking uncomfortable in the meantime?

So yeah, the rumors were right, it's racist. It really bothered me to the point that I can't recommend giving any money to this film, despite the few admittedly awesome robot action moments.
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Japan 2: The Glico man cometh. [Jun. 17th, 2009|03:57 pm]
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Welcome to part 2 of my moon trip extravaganza! As a warning this is going to be a little more image heavy than the last post, so be forewarned! Actually I'm cutting this into another part, so its not TOO bad...

It's alright kids, the Taco Family smokes too!Collapse )
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