Thursday, September 18, 2014

Turtle Thursday: Baby Pic (2009)

This is a pic of Tyrannus as a hatchling. He was about the size of a quarter when this pic was taken nearly two decades ago.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

slipshod \ SLIP-shod \ , adjective; 
  1. careless, untidy, or slovenly: slipshod work.
  2. down-at-heel; seedy; shabby. 
  3. Archaic . wearing slippers or loose shoes, especially ones worn at the heel. 
Origin: Slipshod is formed with the verb sense of slip "to move, flow, or go smoothly or easily" and shod , an adjective meaning "wearing shoes." Slipshod entered English in the late 1500s.

  • Other People's Money
Obama loves to spend OPM. 

  • Tiffany and Co.: upscale jewelry retailer was founded as a stationery and fancy goods store (1837)
  • The New York Times: the "Gray Lady," then known as The New-York Daily Times, published its first issue (1851)
  • Jimi Hendrix: influential rock guitarist died, age 27, due to substance abuse (1970)
  • 2001 anthrax attacks: began, a week after 9/11, with a mailing from Trenton, New Jersey, to various media sources in New York City (2001)
  • Samuel Johnson 1709
  • John Diefenbacker (Canada) 1779
  • John George Diefenbaker 1895
  • Greta Garbo 1905
  • Eddie "Rochester" Anderson 1905
  • Satchel Leroy Paige 1908
  • Ray Geiger 1910
  • Syd Howe 1911
  • Rossano Brazzi 1916
  • Jack Warden 1920
  • Harvey Haddix 1925
  • Phyllis Kirk 1926
  • Teddie King 1929
  • Jimmie Rodgers 1933
  • Robert Blake 1938
  • Fred Willard 1939
  • Frankie Avalon 1939
  • Ken Brett 1948
  • Kerry Livgren (Kansas) 1949
  • Dee Dee Ramone (The Ramones) 1952
  • Holly Robinson Peete 1964
  • Ricky Bell (Bell Biv Devoe, New Edition) 1967
  • Joanne Catherall (Human League) 1962
  • Blas Elias (Slaughter) 1967
  • Jada Pinkett 1971
  • Lance Armstrong 1971
  • Brandon Porter 1993
  • Taylor Porter 1993

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Go HOFF yourself!

So many options to choose from!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

cat's-paw \ KATS-paw \ , noun; 
  1. a person used to serve the purposes of another; tool. 
  2. Nautical . a. a hitch made in the bight of a rope so that two eyes are formed to hold the hook of one block of a tackle. b. a light breeze that ruffles the surface of the water over a comparatively small area. c. the small area ruffled by such a breeze.
Origin: Cat's-paw finds its origin in a fable called "The Monkey and the Cat" in which a monkey uses a cat's paw to draw chestnuts out of a fire. The term entered English in the mid-1600s. 

adults chewing gum
  • A pack of condoms. Used as an innuendo term to fool little children.
Child: What are these balloons doing in your bottom draw mummy? 
Mother: Those are mine and daddy's adults chewing gum, the mint in them is too sting for little kids. 

  • United States Constitution: the supreme law of the land was signed at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia (1787)
  • Norton I: Joshua Abraham Norton, a native Englishman who ended up in San Francisco, declared himself emperor of the United States (1859)
  • Battle of Antietam: bloody day — 23,000 killed — of carnage during the American Civil War (1862)
  • Lt. Thomas Selfridge: became the first person to die in an airplane crash, in a plane piloted by Orville Wright (1908)
  • M*A*S*H: the TV show whose final episode remains the top-viewed program on American TV debuted (1972)
  • Ben Turpin 1874
  • Andrew Foster 1879
  • J. (John) Marriott 1900
  • Esther Ralston 1902
  • Dolores Costello 1904
  • Chaim Herzog (Israel) 1918
  • Hank Williams, Sr. (Hiram King "Hank" Williams) 1923 - Country music performer
  • Bill Black 1926
  • Brother Jack McDuff 1926
  • George Blanda 1927
  • Roddy McDowall 1928
  • Sil Austin 1929
  • Pat Crowley 1929
  • Anne Bancroft 1931
  • Dorothy Loudon 1933
  • Ken Kesey 1935
  • Orlando Cepeda 1937
  • Paul Benedict 1938
  • LaMonte McLemore (The Fifth Dimension) 1939
  • David Williams 1946
  • Lol Creme 1947
  • Jeff MacNelly 1947
  • John Ritter 1948
  • Fee Waybill (Tubes) 1950
  • Cassandra "Elvira" Peterson 1951
  • Rita Rudner 1956
  • Kyle Chandler 1965
  • Douglas E. Davis 1966 (Doug E. Fresh)
  • Malik Yoba 1967
  • Keith Flint (Prodigy) 1969
  • Vinnie (Naughty By Nature) 1970
  • Marcus Sanders (Hi-Five) 1973
  • Jimmie Johnson (Jimmie Kenneth Johnson) 1975 - Nascar driver

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Review Tuesday: ALIEN: Engineers by Jon Spaihts

Years ago I heard that Ridley Scott was going back to a franchise he created, ALIEN. Awesome news! The plan wasn't for a sequel, but a  prequel. Alright! Color me THERE!

By Jon Spaihts
Based on overwhelming evidence found on Earth, a team of scientists venture forth into space to find a race of aliens who may have engineered life on our planet only to find out they may not have been as benevolent as they had assumed.
This is the script that evolved into PROMETHEUS. Early leaks about the movie always referred to it as ALIEN: ENGINEERS. At some point during production Scott decided to change the direction of the script.

In all honesty, I was very happy with what I saw on the screen at the time. As time passed, I watched the extended Blu-Ray and saw that all the questions I had about the movie ended up on the editing room's floor. At that point I grew annoyed. Then I heard about this script and, being a glutton for punishment, wanted to see what else Scott had scrapped along the way. 

This script by Spaihts is around 50% exactly what you saw on the big screen. The entirety of it is imaginative and well written. He created a terrifying addition to the ALIEN franchise. Also, being a prequel, despite the on-screen ending, you could very well figure out what the long term ending to the story was. Spaights gets an A+ from me. 

Despite being called ALIEN: Engineers, there was much more about the genesis of the star beasts we know from the franchise. Even though the script was reshaped to tell more of the story of the Engineers, they removed the name from the movie. To me, odd.

Back to the story. This script actually SHOWS the method used to engineer our evolution. To that, I offer kudos. It was very imaginative and helped the story. As well, that method creates problems for our visiting scientists. We see what would've happened if the Engineers stopped by to push us along to our next step in evolution. Perhaps...

Besides the opening of the script, almost everything is exactly like you've seen until we hit the middle of the movie. Everything goes out of control and the pace picks up. 

David is a far more perfidious android. The amount of hostility he has dwarfs that of movie David with Ash from ALIEN combined. 

We have different methods of impregnation by the aliens. We have THREE different varieties of aliens. Professor Halloway isn't David's test subject, but a victim of a new alien spore. Halloway doesn't knock up Watts with a baby Cthulhu. David holds her still for a facehugger!

Ever wonder how David seemed to be aware of things that none of the others were? That was because there were images in ranges our eyes cannot detect, but his sensors COULD. They pull off a cool trick that allows Watts to see through the eyes of an Engineer.

The whole old-man Weyland plotline doesn't exist in this script, so there's another plus. Think about it. Flying into space to ask aliens for the secret of immortality? What would make him think they lived forever? Plain STUPID!

Rather than being a completely vulnerable ship and team, like in the movie, this script had a team of mercenaries on board that were available to protect company assets. That seemed very logical.

I could go on and on about this but the bottom line is that the script was full of suspense, clever, original, and TERRIFYING. If Ridley Scott played it closer to this script, I have a feeling we'd have much fewer angry fans out there. Worth your time to ready it!  

Find it here:

KiWi TIME release "Butterfly" video directed by Thomas Mignone

San Francisco-based, Belarusian-born alt rock group, KiWi TIME, have just released their much anticipated video for single, “Butterfly.” The video was directed by acclaimed music video guru Thomas Mignone (System of a Down, Avenged Sevenfold, Danzig), and can be seen here. “Butterfly” is featured on the band’s debut EP, “It’s...KiWi TIME.” The EP features five standout tracks of dance-infused alt rock that showcase the band’s knack for melody, and above all, their closely knit bond with one another. “The band is like my family,” says KiWi TIME vocalist Anna Makovchik, “the band actually is my family.” Anna describes the new EP “It’s KiWi TIME” as being “about love, freedom, fighting and hope. We are happy to finally finish this EP and hope all our fans will feel the energy we put into this creation.” The EP is available on iTunes here. 

The band recently wrapped up a West Coast tour which saw the band stop by the legendary Sunset Strip venue, The Viper Room. 

KiWi TIME is currently sponsored by Bay Area IT solutions company Baynetwork. For more information visit

Be sure to check out KiWi TIME on as well as their Facebook and Twitter.

“Butterfly” video URL:
“Meet KiWi TIME” URL:

Official Site:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

klatsch \ klahch, klach \ , noun;
  • a casual gathering of people, especially for refreshments and informal conversation: a sewing klatsch.
Origin: Klatsch comes from the German word of the same spelling meaning "gossip." It entered English in the 1950s.

Enragement ring

  • A piece of jewelry, typically a ring, that is purchased for a girlfriend in an effort to make her happy after you have made her angry.
A: Wow, your girlfriend is pretty pissed that you were out all night and didn't call her. What are you going to do?
B: Yeah, you're right, she's pretty mad. I might have to buy her an 'enragement ring' to smooth things over.
  • Boston: was founded by Puritan settlers (1630)
  • General Motors: the world's largest automobile maker was founded by William C. Durant in Flint, Michigan (1908)
  • Wall Street bombing: explosives detonated in a horse-drawn wagon killed 38 people in New York City's financial district; the perpetrators were never definitively identified but the FBI suspected Italian anarchists (1920)
  • Vietnam War: President Gerald Ford announced conditional amnesty for draft dodgers and deserters (1974)
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger: actor-turned-California-governor became a US citizen (1983)
  • Montreal Protocol: treaty that aims to protect the ozone layer was signed (1987)
  • Louis XIV (France) 1638
  • Francis Parkman 1823
  • J.C. Penney 1875
  • George Whitney Calhoun 1890
  • Buster Mills 1908
  • Allen Funt 1914
  • Arleen Whelan 1916
  • Marvin Middlemark 1919
  • Janis Paige 1923
  • Lauren Bacall 1924
  • B.B. King 1925
  • Charlie Byrd 1925
  • Morgan Woodward 1925
  • John Knowles 1926
  • Peter Falk 1927
  • Jack Kelley 1927
  • Anne Francis 1930
  • George Chakiris 1933
  • Elgin Baylor 1934
  • Bernie Calvert (The Hollies) 1942
  • Linda Henning 1944
  • Betty Kelly (Martha and the Vandellas) 1944
  • Susan Ruttan 1948
  • Kenney Jones 1948 - Musician (Faces, The Who)
  • Ed Begley, Jr. 1949
  • David Bellamy (The Bellamy Brothers) 1950
  • Ron Blair 1952
  • Earl Klugh 1953
  • Colin Newman 1954
  • Robin Yount 1955
  • Mickey Rourke 1956
  • David Copperfield 1956
  • Peter Zaremba (Fleshtones) 1956
  • Terry McBride 1958
  • Orel Hershiser 1958
  • Rodney Franklin 1958
  • Jane Brook 1962
  • Richard Marx 1963
  • Molly Shannon 1964
  • Marc Anthony 1968
  • Amy Poehler 1971
  • Madeline Zima 1985

Monday, September 15, 2014

Look forward to MONDAY!

Vanessa Claudio
"H para hombres"
July 2011

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