Food for Thought
Saturday, June 11, 2005 1:02 PM
Christopher Mills posted some "heavy
thoughts" over on his web log. In his post,
Chris talks about his struggle with being overweight.
It's pretty poweful stuff.
My buddy, John Beatty recently posted similar thoughts
about his fight against weight gain and had
even started a blog to track his efforts to lose weight.
I posted here
that I thought that was pretty bold, going public
with his plan. John has since pulled the plug on
his blog, but his battle to lose weight continues [and is
It's strange that Chris and I are in the same boat
[although I'd venture a guess that my boat is even bigger]
but that we got here by different paths. Chris says
that he was skinny for the first half of his life.
I was never skinny. As a little kid I was "husky"
[man, I hated that word].
high school I was in pretty good shape. I played
football, lifted weights, and was a pretty
good wrestler. And consequently I was in shape.
I remember a couple of my coaches who were heavy.
At the time I thought, "Man, why don't they get in
shape? I'll never let myself get like that."
Then I graduated high school and started college.
I was no longer playing football or wrestling
and had stopped jogging. The first year I gained
a bunch of weight. At the end of the year, I started
running again... and lifting weights. I got back
into wrestling shape... and said "never again...
never again will I get overweight."
Once you're married, have a job, have kids, heck,
as you get older, the weight gain comes easier...
as do the excuses to not eat right and
exercise. Because really, that's what it comes down
Eating right and exercise.
goal is to get back into shape.
I'll probably never make the 188lb class again,
but my goal is small steps back to decent shape.
I don't plan to talk about my progress [or lack of]
much here. In fact I'm surprised that I'm even
saying this much. I guess the fact that Beatty
and Chris were willing to go public, made me
at least "weigh in" on the subject.
At any rate, you'll be able to tell from the pictures
that I post from time to time how I'm doing. Maybe
in a year or two, you'll wonder, "Who is that normal
sized guy that kinda looks like Zablo?"
Aliens... Monsters.... UFOs and a Very
Thursday, June 9, 2005 9:28
When I was a little kid, I used to love
movies and tv shows about aliens
coming to Earth.
If we were lucky, they were friendly and
intelligent like Michael Rennie in The
Day that the Earth Stood Still. He even looked
Then again, so did the aliens in the
60's tv show The Invaders. [I haven't seen
an episode in years, and wonder how it would hold up.]
Sometimes the aliens were simply monsters
out to wipe us out, like in the classic Invasion
of the Body Snatchers or War
of the Worlds. [And, yes, I'm really looking forward
update by Spielberg and Cruise.]
Occasionally, there would be just one alien.
And boy, were we lucky that there was only one if the
alien ended up being like The
Blob or The
Growing up, I not only liked movies
and tv shows about aliens, but I also read
and watched programs about UFOs.
I still do.
Think how cool it would be if we could find
definitive proof of intelligent life in outer space.
Uh... as long as they weren't out to wipe us out.
As I get older, I stil retain that sense
of wonder about life in outer space. Most likely it's
out there. It's just that the universe is such
a huge place.
Don't believe me? Click HERE
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Michelle Rodriguez Gets LOST
Monday, June 6, 2005 7:12 PM
you see the final episode of LOST?
If you did, especially if you're a regular LOST
viewer, you saw one of the all-time best cliffhanger
And now with months to go until the new
season, word is starting to leak out about
what we can expect.
The great news is that Michelle Rodriguez is going
to join the cast as a regular. Rodriguez appeared
in the last episode [in a flashback].
I'm a big fan so adding her to one of my
"Must See TV" shows is simply a bonus.
If you enjoy LOST, then you may want to check
out the official "fictional Oceanic Airlines
messages, behind-the-scenes info on the
show and a trailer for season two."
And if you want to know how Rodriguez may fit into
the continuity, then click HERE,
but beware that SPOILERS may be lurking!
Napoleon Bonaparte... A Real Cold Case
Sunday, June 5, 2005 8:31 AM
Bonaparte was at one time a self-proclaimed Emperor
who had conquered nearly
all of Europe.
Napoleon died an early death from stomach cancer
when, despite his military genius, he was defeated
and banished to a small island in the South Atlantic
over 180 years ago.
Now it appears that Napoleon may not have died
from cancer after all. A new toxicological report
shows a "toxic form of arsenic, used for
as rat poison, was found in Napoleon's hair
at 37 to 42 times above the normal level." .
You can read the full story HERE.
Rock On... Crazy Frog!
Saturday, June 4, 2005 5:57 PM
little fellow is The Crazy Frog. And in case you
didn't know it, he's taking the world by storm.
I first read about The Crazy Frog a while back.
I thought he was amusing in an irritating way. Then earlier
in the week I saw a link posted to
Then I read about him here,
and even in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly.
What's amazing is that The Crazy Frog ring tone
premiere of Speed
of Sound safely in second place on
the UK music singles chart. The Crazy Frog
has the #1 selling single?
Now THAT is CRAZY!
Monday, May 30, 2005 1:34 PM
you were to ask me, right now, to name my top ten favorite
murder mystery movies, sci-fi movies, and
love stories, one movie
would make all of these lists.
Don't belive me? OK, then
ask me... Really... Ask me.
Would one of you please
The movie that would make all three lists is Strange
that surprised you.
Strange Days was made
in 1995 from a story by James
Cameron, a screenplay by Cameron
and Jay Cocks and directed by Kathryn
It stars Ralph
Sizemore, Michael Wincott, Vincent D'Onofrio,
and Glenn Plummer.
I watched Strange Days again last night and re-remembered
just how much I love it and how cool it is
that it works in all of the genres that I mentioned
at the start of this post. I'd really like to discuss it
here, but my guess is that many, if most of you haven't
see it really didn't do gangbusters at the box
office. Heck, I didn't even
see it until it came out on video and I love it.
Maybe some of you have
seen it and want to talk
about why you like or
don't like it.
Maybe some of you who haven't seen it want to learn
more about it. If so, you can click HERE
to see the teaser trailer, or HERE
to see a Strange Days fan page... or even HERE
if you want to purchase a copy for your collection.
At any rate, I'd love to hear your thoughts about Strange
History of Violence
Friday, May 27, 2005 4:46 PM
be real honest, I'm not real excited about many movies
coming out this year.
of the Worlds looks like fun, and Land
of the Dead may be a good scare... but now that
City has come and gone, what's out there to really
make us anticipate its release?
Well, History of Violence might fill the bill. I'm
not a big Cronenberg fan, but this does look
like a winner.
The New American Idol
Wednesday, May 25, 2005 10:48 PM
was a classic match of different styles. No, I'm not talking
about the season finale of The Contender.
Instead, I'm talking 'bout American
Carrie Underwood, the country
singing cutie was up against Bo
Bice, the Southern Rocker.
From the first show this season, I predicted that
Carrie would win.
Early on, it seemed that she was
going to blow away the competition.
But that wasn't to be.
You see, Vonzelle came on strong
and actually seemed to be the best performer on a couple
of nights. She
was definitely the most improved
singer over the course of the season.
Constintine had the teeny-bopper following.
It was tough to tell just how much of a factor they would
be. Constantine wasn't the best singer, but he sure
could work the camera.
And then there was Bo Bice. He really began to kick
things up a notch with night after night of excellent
song choices and performances. The night that
he sang without benefit of back-up musicians made
everyone sit up and take notice.
Still, it was Carrie Underwood who walked away with
the crown. I'm sure that Bo is going to do
just fine with his career, despite coming in second.
I'm happy that Carrie won. She's an excellent choice...
she can sing, she looks the part and has all of the qualities
to be an American Idol. Heck, that was obvious back
in episode one, right Beatty?
Parker Has a New Line
Wednesday, May 25, 2005 4:54 PM
announced that Jeff Parker's
has been optioned for the big screen by
the folks at New Line Cinema who hope to see it
become an action-adventure franchise.
This is great news not only because I want to see Interman
turned into a movie, but also because
Parker is such a cool guy. He self-published the
graphic novel at a time when people said comics
were dying. Parker proved that quality will rise
And to think that I knew him when...
Three From Niles
Tuesday, May 24, 2005 4:48 PM
Niles is one of my favorite authors. He made
it to my "Must Read Author" List after
I read his novel Guns,
Drugs and Monsters. It was
Most of you probably know Steve from his comic
work. His 30
Days of Night is already considered a classic
and has helped spawn a rebirth of horror comics.
In late 2005 or early 2006, Niles
is coming at us with three new mini-series: "Giant
Monster," "In The
Blood" and "Gutwrencher" and all
are from a new publisher, Boom
"Giant Monster" teams Niles with
artist Nat Jones [they previously worked together
on "The Nail"] as they bring us a classic
giant monster story. It looks and sounds
like fun. Don't believe me? You can see a 21 page preview
by following a link I'll provide below.
Josh Medors joins Niles for "In
The Blood" which is Steve's take on werewolves.
Like, Steve, I've always had a soft spot for werewolves.
Steve goes on to say,
"For a while now I've been wanting to do a werewolf
story and that's what we've
got here. I'm very excited about this one." Me too
Steve, me too.
Finally, Niles is teaming with Keith Giffen
for the "Gutwrencher" mini-series.
We'll learn all about it tomorrow.
Until then, here's a
link to the interview with Niles where
he discusses all of the
above and more... and provides a link to the 21 page
preview of "Giant Monster."