Movie Review: I Robot.
Will Smith is a mediocre rap artist and lame sitcom personality. Each time he stars in a film of his own, such as MIB, Independence Day and Ali, I want to not like him. But like in those other films, he rocks in spite of my expectations in I Robot. The movie is flawed but the effects are great and I was totally entertained. That’s what movies are all about. 4.0 starfish out of 5.
You could be an obsessive nutcase like this guy, or you could just use common sense and enjoy your dang life.
Biomes staff member Danielle left us last year to do a two year stint in the peace corps studying corals on a tiny island in Southeast Asia. Rebecca has been trying to reach her with no luck. Danielle, if your reading this send one of us an email so we know you're all right.
Now we're cookin': The potted meat museum. And yes, they do list “pork brains with milk gravy”. That may sound pretty good after seeing some of the others.
Looking to start your own website? Hey, you can’t do much worse than “Deadhost”.
Trailer for Batman Begins. This looks good. And after the last two disasters it better be.
Animal of the Week: Rock Gunnel.
These little guys are very shy, but they have more personality than most of our species of fish. I mean look at that face. More links are at the end of the "learn it all" section.
A Very Biomes Christmas:
Picked up my son and my brother, who have both become city people now, to drive them down to Mom’s and sis’. Hunted for coffee (Starbucks was the only thing open and thanks to finding Buy Blue, they will be getting my business for two reasons now. Three if you count the coffee was damn good). Christmas music included Nora Jones, Van Morrison, Lyle Lovett and Graham’s new six-disc Star Wars sound track (No real christmas music in other words, to the relief of all). They have one of those unreal CD players that holds 400 disks, which they programed and it just played all day. Mom’s angel hair and lobster tails, gifts (one for each and no more is the rule. I got me an updated Photoshop program. Yay.) and then a massive game of Taboo.
The wood duck house I got her last year has been taken over by squirrels, even though we set it up on the edge of the salt marsh in front of her house. What are you gonna do? Spotted a red-bellied woodpecker, marsh hawk and golden-crowned kinglet while we were there. Overall success.
Although I had asked Santa for one of these. No luck, the cheapskate.
Burn all of these onto a CD tonight, bring them to dinner tomorrow and take bets on which family member will be first to rip it out of the player and fling it against a wall. (My money’s on my brother.)
Now this is the way to write a christmas carol. (Sound on.)
According to this site, 15,000 volunteers work every christmas answering children’s letters to Santa. They ask that parents be sure that children don't include cookies in the envelopes.
Movie Review: In the Heat of the Night.
This won best picture in 1967, and deservedly so. Rod Stieger is a Mississippi sheriff forced to work with Sidney Poitier and comes to question his own racism. All the other actors are just filler. This is a two-man show and certainly worth a look. (They had funny looking police cars in the sixties.) 4.5 starfish out of 5.
At the request of family and friends I put together an Amazon wish list and stuck it on my right sidebar so Santa can find it (obviously he’s a liberal so he reads this blog). When you search my name on Amazon you get about 15 Mark Halls who also have wish lists there. So, for the hell of it I searched “John Smith”. 976.
Welcome to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, a NOAA facility like Biomes only better funded because, you know, it’s taxpayer financed. Thanks to Kos reader Bengoshi for the link.
The nomination process for the Koufax awards (it’s the Oscars for liberal blogging) has started. I’m requesting a new category this year, Most Useless Progressive Blog, and nominating the Biomes Blog. I hope I win!
The movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was released this week in 1954. If they had consulted us at Biomes they wouldn’t have made the mistake of making the mechanical squid’s beak upside down. This is how it should look. The flick's a bit lame even without this goof, but a decent enough time waster. 2.8 starfish out of 5.
Do You Remember These? (Turn on sound.)
I don’t. I’m old, but not that old. Ovaltine was featured in the movie “A Christmas Story”, which you should remember to watch again this year. I watched it last night for about the eleventh time. I was always a big fan of Kolchak, and he is wonderful as the dad. You can even buy his leg lamp from Amazon. 4.8 starfish out of 5.
Happy Birthday Katherine (7).
Readers Sceptica and Dave have sent in their superhero avatars (mine is on Entry #360)
Sceptica uses her whip and the power of the asp to debunk the superstitous. Dave didn't specify his powers. I assume he can fly.
Animal of the Week: Short Big-eye.
This is one of my favorite fish and it's a very rare tropical stray in Rhode Island. We get maybe one or two a year. Here's the movie of our current specimen when he was about 1 1/2 years old. The juveniles get caught in the Gulf Stream Current and start arriving in late August. They do not survive our winters. When we catch them they are only about the size of a nickle but grow pretty quickly. This is what a young one looks like when we first find them.
Three women die together in an accident and go to heaven.
When they get there, St. Peter says, "We only have one rule here in heaven: don't step on the ducks!"
So they enter heaven, and sure enough, there are ducks all over the place. It is almost impossible not to step on a duck, and although they try their best to avoid them, the first woman accidentally steps on one.
Along comes St. Peter with the ugliest man she ever saw.
St. Peter chains them together and says, "Your punishment for stepping on a duck is to spend eternity chained to this ugly man!"
The next day, the second woman steps accidentally on a duck and along comes St. Peter, who doesn't miss a thing. With him is another extremely ugly man. He chains them together with the same admonishment as the first woman.
The third woman has observed all this and, not wanting to be chained for all eternity to an ugly man, is very, VERY careful where she steps.
She manages to go months without stepping on any ducks, but one day St. Peter comes up to her with the most handsome man she has ever laid eyes on.
St. Peter chains them together without saying a word.
The happy woman says, "I wonder what I did to deserve being chained to you for all of eternity?"
The guy says, "I don't know about you, but I stepped on a duck!"