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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Another Sad Mass-Produced Pork Farming Video

And this is why I buy my meat from the butcher down the street, where the animals come from local, family-owned farms and ranches. And the livestock is raised organically off the land, natural fed.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Roundup: Birth Defects Caused By World's Top-Selling Weedkiller

The chemical at the heart of the planet’s most widely used herbicide -- Roundup weedkiller, used in farms and gardens across the U.S. -- is coming under more intense scrutiny following the release of a new report calling for a heightened regulatory response around its use.

Read full story on Huffington Post...

Monday, June 20, 2011

Finally Summer

Finally it's summer in the PNW, and we only had to wait till the end of June for it to arrive.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Crappiest Movie Remakes List

Over the years the movie studios, with little for original ideas, have taken good and sometimes great movies and TV shows, and remade them. Unfortunately most of the time, they do a terrible job of it. So, here is my list of worst movie remakes of all time.

The Italian Job
The original was cool and stylish with Michael Caine in the lead role. The cars were cool, the acting was good, and the movie is worth watching over and over. The remake with Markey Mark is a cheesy rip-off. Have updated Mini Coopers and Charlize Theron, does not make for a good movie.

Clash of the Titans
Yes the Claymation and old-school special effects don't compare to todays movies. But the original had interesting characters, did a better job with the story line, and was a great move that stands the test of time. The sequel however was just another Hollywood example of what they can do with CGI.

I Am Legend
If it weren't for the horrible special effects this might have been a better movie, but they sucked and it brought the movie down with them. The story line about the dog was the only interesting thing about this movie. And that's probably because I own a dog and can relate to the relationship.

Planet of the Apes
Hmm, what did I like about this movie? I like finally having it over.

The original was just to good to even consider remaking.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Such a great original, with music and happiness and Gene Wilder. And as much of a Johnny Depp fan as I am, even he could take away the crappiness and creepiness of this remake.

Death at a Funeral
See the original British and actually entertaining version. Don't bother with the new, not funny, blacker version.

The Grudge
Like most American remakes of well made creepy Japanese horror flicks. This remake attempts and totally fails at suspense, drama, and even an ending that can compete with the original Ju-On.

Note: Not necessarily in order. I will continue to update this list as time and crappy remakes go on. Or as people remind me of ones I missed.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Two Hands on the Phone, Knees on the Wheel

Riding the bus home the other day, I look out the window and see this guy.

It's hard to see in the picture but what he is doing, and did for quite a long distance is, he is driving with his knees while using both hands to either text or respond to an e-mail on his phone.

People like this are why this is illegal, and why cops should do something useful (for once) and pull people like this over.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Douche-Bags on the Bus

My work decided they needed to move the team to the Seattle office. So now, instead of getting to take the nice, yet snooty company bus, I have to take the public bus.

The public bus involves a 10 minute walk to the stop, and about a 10 minute walk from the drop off to the office. Not a problem when the weather is nice, but this is Seattle and the weather is usually not that great.

Oh, and one more thing that makes me todays douche-bag on the bus… the seating.

Last time I took a public bus there was actually a little legroom on it. Now apparently the public transportation system is taking a lesson from the airlines and cramming as many seats as possible.

I'm not a huge guy, and if you will notice there is about an inch and half between my knees and the seat in front of me. And that front seat is all the way forward. Notice the footrest below. In order to lower it, I would have to move my legs to the side, then lower it, and use it. If there were a person in the seat next to me, I might have a closterphobic anxiety attack.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Police Academy Dropout # 24

While the state is cutting budgets for useful things like teachers, we continue to fund the police force.

Why? So that this guy can get paid to sit on the side of the road and do nothing except for waiting on someone to drive past exceeding the speed limit.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

The Last Mountain

Find a theater, go see it, support the cause.

For more information visit The Last Mountain Movie
or get the DVD The Last Mountain at amazon