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Just Not That Right in the Head


That title is clearly a Major Understatement.

But then again what really is “right in the head” when it comes down to it.

The Middle East has been “misbehaving” my whole life. Test scores have always been low. The economy has always been “teetering” on the edge. People have always been protesting for change. And finding less of it. It would be nice if they would be an example of the change the want to have happen. There is no way the Psychology and Plastic Surgery Special Interest will allow that to happen. Nor are the majority of people giving up their “reasons to drink”.

It is weird where people are better planned for the “Zombie Apocalypse”. And they are all going to better than average when it comes to being able to survive it. Given what I said previously here. This is the most likely outcome. It is not the food and water that will disappear first. It will be the toilet paper and the diapers because most of these people will be “shitting” themselves. Figuratively and Literally.

What can I say? My mind just wanders about.

I just need to find humor where it should be. But it is there.

Yesterday was two years since my dad passed away. I did not realize at the time how much more I would have to let go with his passing. The details I will leave out here. I also remember the jokes I was making at the time to be able to deal with it. It was quiet day here for the most part. Except for the Bills losing to the Chargers. I was flipping channels and the local PBS station was playing an old Tom Lehrer concert. I only caught the last song. I will just say it “appropriately inappropriate” given me head space.




My family will never admit to it. But I think Dad would have chuckled a bit at the song.


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Cane Toads: The Conquest


Oh yeah “Ooh, aah”, that’s how it always starts. But then there’s running and screaming.

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    The Lost World: Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

I have read a lot of Michael Crichton novels. One of the hallmarks of science fiction is even with the best of planning and intentions the “science experiment” always goes “awry”. And art imitates life. Science does not always plan for “Unintended Consequences”. However, the insurance industry does when setting its rates. And that is a bit ironic.

Borrowing a quote from the late Hunter S. Thompson who stated, “I have never believed much in luck, and my sense of humor has always walked on the dark side.”

I watched a documentary film that combines these two tangents. This is a movie to put in your Netflix queue.

Cane Toads: The Conquest is an “unintentionally funny and off-beat” documentary that turns out to be a very effective film.

In 1935, the cane beetle was destroying the sugar cane crop of Australia. The cane toad which did a good job of eating the grubs infesting the sugar fields of Puerto Rico were brought in. That was the “expert plan”. Well, there turned out to be a big difference between a grub and a beetle. The toads were not about “to jump for the Men Down Under”. They then did what many of the “unproductive” members of a species decide to do. They then went about reproducing in mass and wreaking havoc on the environment.

This movie is the story of the “bizarre” methods that people in Australia have employed in order to control the cane toad population. It is a population that is now estimated to be over a billion in numbers. So the strategy has been “flawed” at best. It shows a lot of the “fears” of mankind in regards to controlling nature. “The hubris” at work with the so called “experts” trying to take that control.

Plus, watch out for the poor dog that develops a strange “affection” for the toads.


Sorry, but he made me laugh at his “dilemma”.



Graeme Sawyer- The Lord Mayor, The City of Darwin says “Yeah, it was a bit of ‘Aw, shit’ moment to think it was there. It was a bit like an army on the march…there was just wave after wave of them.”

Think of the cane toads as mini Godzillas going wild.

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Coming Attractions


The National Security Agency’s response to the public outcry about how they are currently operating should go like this:

“What the hell are you bitching about? You people cannot recognize boundaries either. We hope you enjoyed the latest batch of celebrity nude photos. Nor can you keep anything secret either. You cannot wait to get on social media to spoil the ending of the latest TV episode. In fact your, TMZ blabber mouth mentality is the basis on which we began to operate anyways. The Paparazzi was who started the market for domestic spying. And you bought it.”


Before I go any farther.

Let me say this to the Regal Movie theater chain. I WILL AVOID AT ALL COSTS GOING TO YOUR THEATERS. Over the last few years, I have seen only ONE 3-D movie that did not have a technical trouble. The movies have frozen up, been out of focus, no sound and even the wrong one completely. And good luck trying to find a person there to solve the problem. Waldo is easier to find. The Managers there can never been found to complain about this. If they even exist there.

And another thing Regal. The “First Look” segment you play before the movie is just plain obnoxious. It is commercials and segments featuring a movie or TV show that NO ONE wants to see. And amazingly, it is the only part of the movie seeing experience that never has “technical difficulties”.


I really do like movies. However, I had to stop listening to many podcasts about movies because they give too much away. Plus, I do not get to see many movies the weekend they come out. I hate going to crowded theaters. So I tend to go when the crowds die down. There needs to be some time frame to give people.

I do not like writing direct reviews per say. I just want to point people towards movies that I think they can “discover” something in. I do not want to say what it is. I would rather leave it to them. And hopefully have a discussion afterwards about it.

Another problem with movies now is the Coming Attractions that are played before the movie. They give away the movie many of times. In the 2-3 minute preview the 3 Act structure is given away. The only good thing is you can get back the 2 hours of your life by not seeing it. In fact, you should be insulted that the film producers think you need to see it all with an explanation in 2 minutes.

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace trailer shows plenty but reveals nothing about the outline of the actual story. (I will debate later the actual execution of the story of this movie in another future post)


Or the latest for Mad Max: Fury Road. I am not sure yet if it reveals too much or just enough. Right now, I think Tom Hardy is the right replacement for Mel Gibson in this franchise. (Mel Gibson haters watch Get the Gringo or The Beaver)

The newest Quentin Tarantino movie is the best teaser trailer yet. The movie has yet to even go into production. In this trailer all we are given is the setting and the character names involved. There is no idea yet which actor is playing who. Grantland has an article even breaking down the clues trying to figure out the details of this movie.




I have not had a chance yet to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The producers of the film made a series of short films based on the movie. I would rather watch one of this instead of the trailer of the actual film. It builds up the story.


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Steven Pressfield may call the interruption of creativity, “Resistance”.

I just call it a Pain in the Ass. Or this week a pain in the head. Every time, I start getting momentum it seems to come out of nowhere. I got hit with my seasonal allergies worse than ever this year that left me with headaches, congestion and itchy eyeballs. I could not focus my eyes to read anything. And for a person like me that is the worse side effect. So for the last few days it just meant a lot of naps and binge watching Netflix.

Also Labor Day weekend is a bit tough for me. It is hard to believe that it has been almost two years. I am not going to go into the details because delving into them is not going to change anything. It is what it was and nothing can change it. It was the realization of the “roller coaster ride that was soon to happen and it was going to end well”. Little did I know at the time it would take less than two weeks to happen back then.   Being all that, I still have to find some “humor” in it all. Somewhere. Somehow. I have been on a Bob Newhart kick lately. The photo above is an actual statue dedicated to him and his sitcom. People actually go there to have their picture taken while sitting on the couch. I think people want to experience (metaphorically) that someone is “taking note” of them. But finding that “balance” over the last couple of years has been s struggle. I cannot control the audience but I can control my “output” here. I just wish my head could clear out. F-N allergies. And then some.


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