Archive for January, 2010

31
Jan
10

Do you hear the grasshopper? (Kung Fu)

Do you hear the grasshopper? (Kung Fu)

Kunk Fu Televison Serie

Kunk Fu Televison Series

Remember back in the early 70’s when the TV series “Kung Fu” first came on the air? This was one of those kind of shows that people either loved fanatically or hated dreadfully. I fell in love with it after the pilot “movie of the week” in 1972. The character of Kwai Chang Caine (David Carradine) roamed the wild west dispensing the wisdom of a calm, meek, reserved, Shaolin monk, yet, when need be, could open a can of whoop ass like no western character had ever seen. Jumping up and kicking high, landing skull cracking blows to his aggressors. The coolest thing, and I think probably pretty revolutionary was the fact that all the fight sequences were shown in a mixture of full speed and slow motion, showing the blows landing with loud cracks and thuds. Even cooler was the surprised look on the face of the unlucky cowpoke at the receiving end. It amazes me that I can recall, from the age of 12, the fact that the show came on ABC, Thursday night at 8p.m.. My problem with that was, at that time, it was shown opposite “Gunsmoke” on CBS, which was a show my dad watched religiously. Over the years I have managed to watch the entire series and each episode, but at the time it aired I could only catch the show periodically for 2 basic reasons.

  1. If Gunsmoke happened to be a rerun that week.. or…
  2. If my dad was busy

Of course, even then it was problematic because we didn’t have cable TV in Sugar Grove, VA in 1972,. We only got maybe 3 channels on a good day. (Did I mention we only had the one black and white TV as well) As luck would have it, ABC, Channel 19, WKPT, Kingsport, TN, only had good reception if the antennae was pointed perfectly, and the weather was just right. (and if there were no airplanes flying overhead to disturb the signal).

I was saddened to hear  of David Carradine’s death last year. Most of the press he received following his death, unfortunately, was about the manner of his demise, rather than his incredible acting career. After all, I have always held firm that what a man does in his personal life, is his own business, within limits of course.

I used to love those Kung Fu flashbacks that were part of the show. Young Caine getting schooled by the elderly monks on the secrets of life and living, always with a little dose of Kung Fu wisdom.

Master Po: Close your eyes. What do you hear?
Young Caine: I hear the water, I hear the birds.
Po: Do you hear your own heartbeat?
Caine: No.
Po: Do you hear the grasshopper which is at your feet?
Caine: Old man, how is it that you hear these things?
Po: Young man, how is it that you do not?

You can watch the entire pilot episode for Kung Fu ..just use the “Vodpod” on the bottom right column of this blog. The episode is broken into 8 parts, hosted on Youtube.

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30
Jan
10

Walking in the snow with my dog (pictures)

Walking in the snow with my dog

Couple of pics of the Richmond snow storm. Me and my pooch, Sativa, walkin’ in the snow. Picture of the road going up the hill behind the house.

30
Jan
10

Snow storm hits Richmond and the central Virginia area

Richmond Snow Storm

Snow storm hits Richmond and the central Virginia area

Originally they were calling for 3-6 inches of snow here. Then it changed to 6-12 inches, then it changed to 2-5 inches, then it changed to 2-12 inches. As of now, since it has started snowing, they say the Richmond, VA. metro area will get 8-14 inches. That means it is gonna snow like hell. Or, well, snow like whoa.

I took my dog out this morning and she enjoyed the snow long enough to sniff, pee, poop, then head for the house. She ain’t no dummy. Playing in the snow is for kids and pups.

25
Jan
10

Super Bowl 44 TV commercials Sneak Peek 2010

Super Bowl 2010 ads preview

Was checking out some of the Super Bowls previous years top TV commercials/ads and getting a little nostalgic. That got me to wondering what kind of wonders we can expect in this years game (Super Bowl 44).

Here is a shortlist preview of some of the commercials to be on the lookout for in Super Bowl 44 (2010).

I have also included a Youtube clip of the top 11 (funniest) Super Bowl 43 (2009) television commercials.

2 more ~

23
Jan
10

Ghosts And Other Paranormal Activities

Ghosts And Other Paranormal Activities

Do you believe in spirits?

Do you believe in spirits?

Do you believe in ghosts? Spirits? Poltergeist? Other paranormal activities?

For me personally the answer is a resounding NO. There is nothing in the experience of man, other than man’s own fear, that discloses the existence of ghosts or other paranormal beings. I watch, sometimes with dismay, as so-called paranormal investigators, and “psychic mediums”, chase, pursue, speak to, channel, converse, etc. to unseen spirits or whatever. These people are without doubt excellent at their game. The con is on. If you have ever paid for a psychic reading, my friend, you have been taken for a ride down the thievery road. What these people do is bunk. Hey, maybe they think spirits really are speaking to them. Maybe in their mind they are doing a great service for mankind. To all you psychic mediums out their that can “see dead people”, get some psychological help (not psychic-logical).

I mean, I am as open minded as the next person, and I have in my lifetime tried to see, contact, speak to, get messages from, hear,  and feel other worldly beings. Nothing. Nada. Nill. Not even a peep. I have spent nights in haunted places with nothing to come away with, other than the proof that human beings have enormous imaginations, and most often than not are scaring themselves.

If you are a medium, I challenge you to prove to me that you are truly psychic, and that you can speak with the dead.

I went to a psychic once to get a “reading”. She told me me my aura was dark. Huh, well, ok , maybe she was right, but the rest of the stuff she told me was crapola.

What does happen after death? No one really knows except the dead. I don’t go in for those “near death experiences” as proof of what happens after we die. Why? Because “near death” is not “death”, now is it? I don’t think the people are making up stories of what they have experienced, I just don’t think they made that journey to the other side.

I have noticed in the last few years that there are a lot of paranormal investigators popping up with all sorts of little ghost hunting, hi tech type gadgets, some of which they claim can hear ghost speak. One particular TV show I was watching had the investigators in Italy. They were checking out a haunted location and using the little ghost voice recorder thingy. The really funny thing is, those “Italian ghosts” were speaking English! Give me a break guys. If you are going to perpetrate a scam, at least take a minute to get the details right.

All said and done, I have to give two thumbs up to all those mediums, psychics, paranormal investigators, ghost busters, whisperers, and so forth. If you are getting paid good money, and not doing anything illegal, well hell yeah, go for it. Shit, I may even start a paranormal investigation company of my own. I wonder, how much do those guys charge to investigate a haunting? Wait a minute, I see something, is it a spirit? Oh, never mind, it’s just a dollar $ign.

Peace and Love!

22
Jan
10

Ghetto Gumby and Pokey

Ghetto Gumby and Pokey

Gumby and Pokey

Gumby and Pokey

I came across this clip on Youtube and personally found it to be hilarious. I laughed till I cried. I have seen similar types of “ghetto video clips”, but this one, for some reason, just left me laughing.

21
Jan
10

Avatar ~ my review

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Avatar: Review – by R. Brooks

Looks like I had the wrong first impression. via previews of this movie. I thought this was going to be another one of those Star Wars wannabes or a Battlestar Galactica upgrade of some kind. I could not have been more wrong. I don’t know if “epic” would be the proper word here, Avatar was a very powerful film. Not only in it’s visual sense, of course the CGI effects were excellent, but the interaction between the animated characters and the human characters and the two environments was seamless. Once engaged in the story of the struggle between the good guys and the bad guys, the effects are completely forgotten.

One can’t help but notice the relation between the advanced invaders and the so-called savages of the planet Pandora. A throw back to other cultures of our own world? Well, of course, art imitates life. Right? Well, anyway ….

A wonderful film, Avatar is not least of all a great love story that has heart, with soul, with unforgettable characters. You get drawn in until the very end.

One thing I hope, which probably is mute, is that they DO NOT make an “Avatar II”. This seemed to be a total package. Like reading a good book with a great ending. You don’t need another book to screw up the first one. Avatar is one of those films.

Oh yeah, most creative use of alien appendages should be a new category for the Oscars.

If you have not seen Avatar. Go see it. If you wait for the DVD, be sure to buy it or rent it. In other words, this is for sure one movie that is worth a couple of hours of your time.

The PG-13 rating is appropriate due to the violence, no really bad language or nudity.

IMDB – Click here for a complete synopsis of the movie. Stars, plot, characters, image galleries, etc.




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