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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 going well].

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].

In 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."

Yeah, right.

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 to.

Eating right and exercise.

My 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 Big Universe
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 human.

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 to the 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 Thing.

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 and see.

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Michelle Rodriguez Gets LOST
Monday, June 6, 2005 7:12 PM

Did 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 endings ever!

And now with months to go until the new
, 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 at
Oceanic-Air.com, containing secret
, 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

Napoleon 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 centuries
as rat poison, was found in Napoleon's hair samples
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

This 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 this video.

Then I read about him here, and here, and even in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly.


What's amazing is that The Crazy Frog ring tone kept Coldplay’s premiere of “Speed of Sound” safely in second place on the UK music singles chart. The Crazy Frog has the #1 selling single?


Strange Days
Monday, May 30, 2005 1:34 PM

If 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
ask me?

Ok. Thanks.

The movie that would make all three lists is Strange Days.

Bet 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 Bigelow.

It stars Ralph Fiennes,
Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis, Tom 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 seen it.

You see it really didn't do gangbusters at the box
. 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
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 Days!

History of Violence
Friday, May 27, 2005 4:46 PM

To be real honest, I'm not real excited about many movies coming out this year.

Sure, War of the Worlds looks like fun, and Land of the Dead may be a good scare... but now that Sin 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

It 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
, 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
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

Variety.com has announced that Jeff Parker's
Interman 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 to the

And to think that I knew him when...

Three From Niles
Tuesday, May 24, 2005 4:48 PM

Steve 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 that good.

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
and "Gutwrencher" and all are from a new publisher, Boom Studios.

"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."

April Fool's Day
and Sin City
A Cool Cover -
A Cool Series
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Unexpected is Coming
American Idol:
Jessica Sierra Gone
A Change is Coming
Sin City
Free Sneak Peek
Sin City DVD
Mr. T Gets His
Own Comic Book
Either Way,
A Very Good Actor

Frank Miller's
Ultimate Experience

Don't Come Calling
on Tuesday

Diesel Pacifies
w/ 2 Projects

Your Way

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