Monthly Archives: April 2015

Bound Tuesday!

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Burgers and fries are an American staple – I can’t even tell you how much I love them – but reading this book made me realize that eating fast food is doing more than just ruining your body.  It’s destroying the environment and agriculture as well.  I realize that Ray Kroc is a marketing genius for what he did with McDonalds – but really, it was a road to destruction.  Destruction of the food that they serve the public and the businesses that they rely on to provide them with the animals and crops they need.  I implore everyone to read this eye-opening book and learn a bit more about what they are putting into their bodies.

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Too Bad You Can See Through Glass Thursday…

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I’m not sure what to believe… the sticker or my own eyes.

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Overlooked Villain Wednesday…

I am pretty sure that every “best villains” list on the internet has Heath Ledger’s Joker as #1 villain of all time.  I don’t disagree that it was an amazing performance – one that should be close to the top, certainly, but I think there are more dastardly characters in the cinematic universe.  He hits the some of the perfect villain keys which are so important for the mythos of evil geniuses.  He has an ambiguous back story and an even more mysterious drive,a passion to do what he does.  Much like the brilliance of Michael Myers from the original Halloween franchise (and one of the things that the Zombie re-makes ruined) where reasons are almost inconsequential.  Myers was just born evil… and maybe the Joker was too but we’ll never find out.

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More fun (and scary) than the villains who have an unexplained desire to create chaos and destruction are the baddies who have a purpose.  A target for their carnage inducing actions which results in unintended and intended consequences.  An overlooked villain, one of the worst in my book, is the man responsible for an entire island being overrun by carnivorous, extinct reptiles.  The reason?  Money.  Needing money for what’s only described as “financial problems” Dennis Nedry unwittingly unleashes dinosaurs from their captive habitats on a group of unsuspecting people including two children.

Should Dennis get credit due to the fact that his actions weren’t intentional in anyone dying?  Absolutely not – he took a risk that he knew was tremendously dangerous with disastrous effects if it went wrong – which it did – and he did it for only selfish reasons.  He decided to sell dinosaur embryos to a competitor and put everyone at risk for gains that would only aid him. Was it a truly evil act?  Well, arguments can be made, but he certainly knew what he was doing was illegal and extremely dangerous.

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Dennis Nedry deserves the blood on his hands for everyone who perished due to the dinosaur outbreak.  Just because he died before he had a chance to answer for his crimes does not make him any less heinous.  Just because his slapstick actions that follow his initial dastardly move were hilarious that doesn’t make him any less villainous.  People give all the credit to the dinosaurs for being the bad guys in Jurassic Park when in fact they were just acting on instinct and natural.  No, the real scoundrel of the dino blockbuster was Dennis Nedry.

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My Life is Complete Sunday…

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Pretty sure this is exactly like pop rocks for breakfast – which I would eat everyday.

Elegy Wednesday

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“Hulk…strongest one there is. Hulk…only one there is…Hulk feels…cold.”

Herb Trimpe – 1939-2015

Audubon Wednesday!

The Eastern Bluebird

The Eastern Bluebird

I have discussed the Eastern Bluebird before – even shown the picture above a few times before, but what can I say?  It’s the best shot I was able to take! I did get a few shots that day but they were quick flashes of the berry bushes they were eating from.  The Eastern Bluebird is also the first bird I actively sought out to get a peek at.

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When I began to go birding it wasn’t something I thought I’d do as a real hobby – I was just enjoying watching these animals in nature.  It wasn’t until I was told that there were these birds at my local duck pond that I took my daughter to see them.  We were lucky and saw the Wood Duck that day – a tale I told earlier – but I went that day to see these little cobalt puffballs!

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To get a better idea about how much cropping I had to do to get a better picture of these little guys let me show you an un-cropped photo:

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And, keep in mind, I don’t have a great camera with a zoom lens – that’s why most of my pics are… well, what they are.  But I don’t make excuses – most of the time birding I don’t even bring my camera.  I just enjoy seeing the birds.  I was lucky this day though…

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On a trip to the Oliver Mill Pond Park I was lucky enough to get another glimpse at this bird – that at one point was a rarity to see in MA – but thanks to all the people who put up birdhouses near fresh water lakes these guys are making appearances again all over.

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The great thing about this little bird is the brilliant colors – only rivaled by the male Cardinal’s vibrant crimson hue – they are a striking sight against the blankness of the snow.  I was psyched to have a chance to get another peek at this bird – and hope to have many more chances in the future – but for now, the us all I have to show!  Hope you enjoyed!

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One Sentence Review Monday!

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A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)
Starring: Seth MacFarlane

Family Guy is one of the most unoriginal cartoons ever to be released with jokes that are for the simple minded and this movie is a live action version of Family Guy.

*Bonus for both starting and ending the review with the same words!

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Coming to Terms Saturday

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I’ve try never to get political on this blog.  I feel like my time is better spent than throwing my hat into the ring for a battle that neither side is willing to admit is majorly flawed.  I would rather not bang my head against the wall arguing with people who have had their minds made up and refuse to see any other side than the one that they have deemed as correct.  The problem for me is when facts get completely ignored… as in the case for this President and the job he has done for this country.  This is a blog that is truly insignificant as I get very little hits a day and it’s meant more as a personal diary that I can look back on.  So, in that vein, I’d like to look back, be it as a retiree just enjoying my life with my wife, and know that I was in support of a President who truly has earned all of my respect.

He truly seems to be fighting for the people of this country and even against insurmountable odds and a constant push back from his opponents he continues to try his hardest to fight the good fight. At some point people should look back and see that practically every promise that the President’s opponent made was delivered by the President himself.  If you can’t look at the state that the country is in and see the good  – even through political lines – then you have to admit, even if it’s to just yourself, that you blindly hate, hate that the country is winning because it’s not “your team” getting the credit.  It shouldn’t be that way – when things are going well we should revel in the good times – not find ways to twist the facts and make all the issues heading in the right direction seem like an insignificance.

So, I just want to take a moment to say thank you, thank you to the President for all he has done, all he is trying to accomplish and everything he still may do.  I support people, not on political lines, but for the person who seems to want the best for the people of this country.

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