Category Archives: Life

Get Your Crying Towel Out

Because this is absolutely beautiful.

 

 

(via The Daily Dot)

Movie Review: Insidious Chapter 3

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Delaney and I went to the movies last night, after I picked her up from Longhorns Swim Camp.

Title: Insidious Chapter 3

Director: Leigh Whannell

Genre: Horror

Interesting Fact: The power went out in the movie theater during the scary séance near the end. It was pretty creepy.

Review: Horror is my favorite genre, so I’m reasonably easy to please. This is a good and workmanlike horror film. Nothing more, but nothing less

Best Part: The window scene. I just about jumped out of my skin.

My Rating: ★★★

Delaney’s Take: “Freaky.”

More:
IMDB
Rotten Tomatoes

Through that Rain, Wind, Ice, Sun and Snow

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As far as I can tell based on my limited experience (if I am, in fact, the reincarnation of some Middle Ages noble like that psychic on Kirby told me just before she cleansed me of his evil deeds for a nice chunk of drunken change, well I don’t remember it), if in a lifetime you can fill up a hand or two with people who care for you and have your back for the right reasons, you’ve done well. Most folks could work a sawmill for a century or so and not run out of fingers.

On the other hand, most folks start out with one person squarely in their corner.

My mother didn’t always understand me. She surely had high expectations for me. But she loved me, and, at least when the chips were down, she had my back. I didn’t always recognize this at the time, but years without her have taught me the value of an ally. Joni Mitchell was right. Almost everyone loves their mother. Almost every orphan loves their mother a lot.

Kent & mom (BW)

My mother also, more than anyone else, made me who I am– the good and the bad. For sure, my fear of debt and need for self-sufficiency come directly from her. As I got older and realized how many viewpoints I share with her, it was alarming. Surely, I wasn’t turning into what my teenage self vowed to avoid. The older I get, however, the more I realize it’s OK.  She knew a lot more than I thought she did. And I know a lot less than I act like I do.

Young folks dread growing up and becoming their parents. Old folks hope they do.

As Mother’s Day approached, I found myself listening to this song a lot.

Call your mamma sometimes
She misses you
She can’t help she’s all alone
Stay away from all that whiskey
But don’t stay away from home

Yep.

Hug ’em if you got ’em.  I miss my mother.

Superstar

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Many of the people who claim to speak for him are full of shit, but Jesus was and is a superstar.  It’s easy to forget that when we’re bombarded with fundamentalist idiots who use religion as a weapon of oppression.  But God is Love, and Jesus loves all of us.

Happy Easter.

That Sound You Hear Isn’t a Sound at All

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Thankfully, I don’t hear bombs exploding in my head, like some who experience Exploding Head Syndrome (more here) do, but I often have some sort of auditory dream that wakes me up.  In fact, I had one this morning.  I “heard” (not for the first or 10th time) a loud, brief, irregular knocking sound, that woke me up.  Sometimes, it’s someone calling for me.  It happens enough that I have learned (because it is statistically impossible that this many loud noises would immediately stop as soon as I “wake up”) that these are not dangerous things.  I don’t wake up particularly startled.  I just wake up, listen to confirm that there’s nothing happening, and then go back to sleep.  Like a lot of people, I also have the occasional hypnic jerk, but those are different, and only seem to happen once in a while when falling asleep.

Based on a little research, it seems that quite a few people have some form of this.

Interestingly, I don’t have any other sleep issues, and only rarely have any trouble falling asleep.

The End of Saturday Morning as We (Used to) Know It

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I don’t know when the ritual of Saturday morning cartoons went on life-support, but it was sometime between when I was a kid and now.  It probably had a lot to do with the hundred or so channels kids have today compared to the 3 or 4 we had back in the day.  Videos, both the DVD and on-demand kind, surely played a role.  As did the ability to time-shift via video recorders.

Well, whenever the decline started, it has now ended.  There are no exactly zero cartoons on major television networks on Saturday morning.  Pajiba sums up the melancholy that many of us Bullwinkle and Touche Turtle fans feel:

Saturday morning cartoons were an institution for a couple of generations of American children, our first introductions to stories and characters that we cared about as things made real instead of just the noisy blur of younger entertainment.

Saturday morning cartoons were a big part of my young life.  I remember looking forward to Saturday morning in front of our television, paddling around the few channels we could get, looking for my favorite shows.

I’m sure many of my favorites have been forgotten over the years, but some of the ones I remember seeking out include:

Quick Draw McGraw

Touche Turtle

Wally Gator

Jonny Quest

Speed Racer

and, of course, one of the few that remained popular with all three of my kids, Scooby Doo.

My kids haven’t thought of Saturday morning as a special time for cartoons in a long time, if ever.  But it’s still a little sad when something that used to be so special is finally and forever gone.

Awesome Songs on TV Shows

Pajiba, an awesomely named site that is a fairly recent edition to my daily feeds list, has a good post on The 12 Best Songs to Close TV Show Seasons.  I can’t argue much with the list, at least as far as the listed episodes I’ve seen.  But they got the one they picked from The Wire (yes, it is the best TV show ever) wrong.

They picked the song that played at the end of the series finale: The Blind Boys of Alabama’s “Way Down in the Hole.”  And that’s a good one.

But the best season-ending song from The Wire, and maybe the best ever, was this one from the end of Season 2.

Sobotka, Ziggy, Clay Davis, Beadie (Beadie!), Lester, Proposition Joe, Nick at the end….

Every camera shot in every scene in every season of that show was perfect.