Thursday, July 31, 2008
While I was listening to this new playlist of mine, I reflected back to when movies had opening credits. I mean, really, do any recent movies take their time to blow you away at the beginning with opening credits? No, they expect you to wait until the end, and then everyone walks out anyway. Remember the opening credits to Superman: The Movie? Is there any better way to possibly open a movie? I don't think so. They're so good, that's all I need to watch of that movie. The first 5 and a half minutes. Yep, that's excellence right there. Or, how about when you watch Star Wars? Don't you get goosebumps when you hear the 20th Century Fox fanfare and then see the "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..." I'm telling you, movies are missing that critical element now. There's no buildup; no excitement. Movies just start now. I think they could build up that excitement from the start.
Anyway, I'm going to go to work and drive home tomorrow to my new ultimate playlist. You should think about making one of your own.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Why do I bring it up? I dunno. Perhaps it's because I still like Disney. Sure, I don't have the passion for the movies like I used to, but I still like most of their animation and I love Disneyland. Anyway, I'm in the Ariel camp. To those who know me, that's a ridiculously obvious statement. Ariel or Belle? Ariel, duh! Why? Well, she's prettier, she sings better songs, and she's a mermaid. Also, the Little Mermaid was the movie that started my Disney fetish. So, how can it not be Ariel? Perfection would be Ariel with Belle's personality. Ariel is too stubborn for my tastes, but we all have some faults. Nonetheless, Belle would be #2 in my book.
Funny thing, though... Deonn recently joined Facebook. You can take weird quizzes on that site. She took 2 Disney princess ones. Who did she end up being? In one quiz, she was Belle. The other, she was Ariel. If that's not proof that she's the perfect one for me, then I don't know what is.
Side note: I have still yet to see Dark Knight. It's still kicking butt at the box office and the crowds are still crazy. However, we did get around to seeing WALL-E on Sunday. If you haven't seen it, do yourself a favor and go. My son loved it, so he wanted to see it again and wanted us to see it, so we went. I'll just say, never has a movie made me want to hold hands as much as that one, and we did so through much of it. Such a cute and sweet story.
Monday, July 28, 2008
OK, on to the biggest geek news of the year. This was just announced at the San Diego Comic Convention, and this is a bootleg video of it:
Yes, it's true my friends. There is a sequel to Tron, at this point called Tr2n. Anyone know where I can get my ticket for this?
Saturday, July 26, 2008
The Highland Games themselves consist of several events: caber toss, some weight throwing thing, the hammer toss, some other weight throwing over a goal post thing, and shoving a 20 pound sheaf with a pitchfork. Come on! Are these the best kinds of games you could ever have? I think so! When are these going to be in the Olympics? That was good stuff. Harrison Bailey was THE MAN in the sheaf throwing. Dude, he hucked the sheaf over 33 feet. Amazing.
A couple of interesting notes from the games. Most of the men in traditional Scottish attire carry daggers in their socks. There were a lot of leather shops. I did not know that they wore so much leather in 80 degree weather. I've never seen so many weapons for sale in such close proximity.
There were some parties at the end of the day, but we had Luke and Deonn's pregnant, so what's the point? Next year, we totally plan on going back and drinking and celebrating Celtic style!
Friday, July 25, 2008
The Line for The Dark Knight at the Majestic Bay Theatres
Originally uploaded by gatchamark
OK, truthfully, I just don't like crowds. No matter how great this movie supposedly is, and no matter how gripping Heath Ledger's legacy is, I will probably wait another 2 or 3 weeks to see this. It gives me that much time to convince Deonn she wants to see it.
Maybe we'll see Mamma Mia! soon, or maybe Wall-E since I have my son this weekend. I'll let you know how those are if I end up seeing them.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
I'm thinking about pursuing a new talent. Recently (well, for the past year or so), I've really wanted to learn to play the didgeridoo. It's not easy to play a didgeridoo. I once had the breathing technique down, but I've not been able to replicate it recently. I used to be able to breathe out constantly through my mouth, yet breathe in and out through the nose. I don't know how I did it, and I don't know how I forgot it. Thus, I'm led to believe that was not my true calling. Oh well, there must be some hidden talent I have. Maybe I should just publish "Hamster Eater" and just consider that my high point. I'm sure that it will end up published on this blog someday.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
So, I have what I consider a phenomenally good idea. I'm going to make a playlist with the Ending Credits to some of my favorite movies. You know, movie themes from Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Superman (which also has the best OPENING credits EVAR!!!), and the like. I'm proud of the idea, and figure Deonn would know good music when she heard it. Alas, I was mistaken. "I don't like movie underscoring", she states. Really, who in their right mind wouldn't think that the Star Wars theme is awesome? You know what's the best thing about ending credits in a movie? They give you brief glimpses of all the major themes played in the movie. Sort of a nice medley. It's not like I was making her listen to the entire instrumental soundtrack to Star Wars, although she probably felt that way. Granted, I might play this in the car when she's not around, and Luke will regularly request it. Well, I guess he is my son.
You know what else? She doesn't think it's a talent to differentiate the difference in the ending credits of the different Star Wars movies. I mean, come on, if you hear the Imperial March, you know that's from the Empire Strikes Back. Ewok Theme? That's Return of the Jedi. Aw hell, this is pointless. Everyone else reading this thinks I'm lame too, but you know what? I don't care! This mp3 playlist is better than yours!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
And to my sweet girl out there, who might be reading this (now even), "...and now your Joe, has to go!"
Monday, July 21, 2008
On the overall burger scale, I would rank Fatburger "burger-rific". Not sure what that translates on a scale of 1-10 or anything, but it was pretty darn good. I dare say that I think it was even better than the famed XXX Drive-In, even though Fatburger is a chain. Fatburger's burgers go down so easily, like a smooth Patron tequila shot. Hence, the name. Fatburger will make you FAT. But, eaten in moderation, it's well worth it. They have this contest at Fatburger about who can eat a triple king the fastest. I think I'll try that sometime soon. Although, that is a pound and a half of beef, and the record in Issaquah is an astounding 3 minutes and 29 seconds. A far cry from the overall record of 1 minute and 59 seconds. I've got some training to do and some weight to gain (not to mention my cholesterol). Perhaps this wasn't the best place to eat with a cholesterol test coming up Wednesday morning... Oh well.
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Sunday, July 20, 2008
I did a lap around the Green Lake loop on my hockey roller blades beforehand. It was a nice, flat trail. Nice views. After the boat ride, we put on our swimsuits and went swimming in the lake. It was so nice and warm in the water, and I went to the swim dock and jumped off the diving boards.
How did we cap off the day? We drove back to Ballard and enjoyed some great burgers at Zak's Burger Joint. I'm learning how to have a great time in Seattle without spending a lot of money. There's just so much to do that's so inexpensive.
After the Bite, my friends left to see the Dark Knight with that dead Heath Ledger. Being that I haven't been taken in by the hype yet, Deonn and I spent the rest of the day/night in Seattle. I took some great shots from Queen Anne hill and Green Lake and Alki. Here are some favorites.
By the way, we tried to see Mamma Mia! at the Majestic Bay Theatres in Ballard. I was SO looking forward to seeing this movie at this theatre that Deonn has raved about. But, since it only holds 5 people, it was sold out.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Funny how that happens on the day after Disneyland's birthday, eh? They just like being in the news all the time!
There is news from the Magic Kingdom, however. On Disneyland's birthday, it was announced that the Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough would be reopening to the public. They're working frantically to refurbish it and make it look sparkling new. This particular attraction has been closed since the 9/11 attacks for security reasons, and many feared that this attraction would become a part of Disneyland history. So, this is indeed good news. Here is a link to the press release:
And, for anyone interested in Disneyland history and the rides of the past:
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Anyway, I am excited to see his final movie. I understand that he brings creepy to a new level. And Katie Holmes isn't in it anymore. That's gotta be a plus. I mean, does anyone remember Denise Richards playing a rocket scientist in The World Is Not Enough? Talk about poor casting! However, I am one of those people who shudders at the thought of seeing a major blockbuster on the opening weekend. I'll see this on the big screen, but I'll bide my time. Perhaps I'll see Mamma Mia! this weekend. That probably won't be as crowded. Oh, and by the way, have I mentioned that I have NOT seen Brokeback Mountain?
If you see the Dark Knight this weekend, I'd be interested in what you thought. If you're interested in Mamma Mia!, let me know and we can swap reviews! I have mentioned that I haven't seen Brokeback Mountain... not that there's anything wrong with that.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tomorrow (July 17, 2008) will be Disneyland's 53rd birthday. Yes, on this date in 1955, Disneyland was born. I have such fond memories of the place. Disneyland is really is one of my true loves. I've had a passion for the place as long as I can remember. My family used to make an annual pilgrimage to the Disney mecca on my birthday, and even though I live in the Seattle area, I am still an annual passport holder. I always stop by when I visit my parents, and every time is truly magical. I've even convinced Deonn to love the place. And yes, I've even convinced Ariel to drop her restraining order against me. It's like we're back in the good ol' days.
If anyone reading this has a special memory of Disneyland they'd like to share, please do so with a comment. I have attached some pictures in honor of this annual event.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Have you ever noticed when you travel somewhere that there are all kinds of things to do? We just got back from our honeymoon in New York City, and I can't tell you how many times I must have said, "Boy, would it be great to live here!" But, then you think about it, and if you lived there, would you really do all the things you do as a tourist? Would you visit the statue of liberty, take a carriage ride through Central Park, or see Xanadu? OK, I'm sure I would have seen Xanadu regardless, but other "touristy" things? Probably not.
On a side note, did you know that Mario Lopez is the "star" of A Chorus Line on Broadway? If not, check this pic out...
On yet another side note, I'm really not gay. I just got married, went on a honeymoon, and have a knocked up wife. Besides, as Deonn herself points out, no gay man would ever be caught in white socks like that!
Back to the topic at hand. The first picture is the house they used in Sleepless in Seattle. I never knew where that was in Seattle, other than somewhere on Lake Union. I guess the movie takes place in the winter, but I found out that they filmed the fireworks on the 4th of July in intense heat. How do I know this? I took a tour in my own city. I highly recommend the Argosy Locks Cruise if you're ever in Seattle (or live here and haven't explored the city). You'll get all kinds of trivial useless information like that. Deonn and I plan to do more touristy stuff in the near future to learn more about the Emerald City.
Why did we decide to do this? Well, I personally have never been to Green Lake, done the Underground Tour, or seen the Statue of Liberty at Alki. I have, however, been to the Sci-Fi Museum at the EMP. Luckily I went for free, and I still felt ripped off.
So, enough of this long post. I had no point to make.
Monday, July 14, 2008
So, what happens when you let Mark have some fun at a picnic at a park? Well, you play a game of American Gladiators, of course. You know me, I love taking down 13 year old girls. I must admit, my shoulders are a bit sore... Aging sucks. I'll probably blog something about that later, when I really hurt myself doing something stupid.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
This is a pic of me setting up my blog! w00t! I put a shirt on just for the occassion. I GUARANTEE that there will never be naked pictures of me. EVER (unless Deonn finds out my password). No one should see that.