Wednesday, June 12, 2013

sar·casm

noun
1.
harsh or bitter derision or irony.
2.
a sharply ironical taunt; sneering or cutting remark:
 
Some may call it a survival skill and others a nasty personality disorder. But for me it is just a part of who I am.

Sarcasm is: negative behavior masked with humor.
Silence is golden. duct tape is silver.
I’d tell you to go to hell, but I work there and don’t want to see your ugly mug every day.
That is the ugliest top Ive ever seen, yet it compliments your face perfectly.
I never forget a face, but in your case I’ll be glad to make an exception.
Sarcasm is the body’s natural defense against stupidity.
Tact is for people who aren’t witty enough to use sarcasm.
I’m sorry while you were talking I was trying to figure where the hell you got the idea I cared.
When people ask me stupid questions, it is my legal obligation to give a sarcastic remark.
Think I am sarcastic? Watch me pretend to care!
Sarcasm (n.) – the ability to insult idiots without them realizing it…!
Sarcasm: Helping the intelligent politely tolerate the obtuse for thousands of years.



Wednesday, June 06, 2012

LET'S GO TO THE DRIVE-IN

Today, June 6 is the anniversary of the first drive in movie theatre.
The first Drive-in opened in New Jersey in 1933. the charge was .25 for each car and .25 per person.
When I was a kid whenever we went to the movie it was the Drive-in. Before the days of strip malls and megaplexes, we had the drive-in.
One of the biggest in Utah was the Geneva Drive-in, it was on State Street in Orem, about a half mile from our house. Many a summer night was spent "sneaking" into the movie. We would climb a fence or two, walk through the sheep pasture and there we were. Climb another fence throw a blanket down next to an unsuspecting car and watch whatever was on the big screen. It was here that my love for the "B" movie was planted and nurtured.
This was the place for cheap dates and great pop corn. I still have a ticket stub with the price of $1.25. The Theaters often had summer promotions and charged by the car load. It is amazing how many teens you can fit into one car. Everyone would meet up at the Hi-Spot, get a cheap burger and then pile as many as you could get into one car and drive across the street to the drive-in.
Drive-ins were slow to catch on. In 1940, only 18 were open nationally. As World War II drew to a close, they began to spring up across the country. In 1948, there were 820 theaters. By the end of the 1940s drive-ins were more popular than indoor theaters, partly due to the invention of an in-car speaker. 
The Ten Commandments (1956) at the Hyland Drive-in, East bench of Salt Lake City
The baby boom of the 1950s further increased the popularity of drive-ins. Many owners built playgrounds to make their theaters more attractive to families. From 1948 to 1958, about 3,200 new drive-ins were built.
Through the 1960s, the number of theaters stayed about the same. Their numbers began to decline in the 1970s due to rising property values. The land used for drive-ins could be used more profitably for other things. Also, drive-ins often showed "B" movies, which were less popular. 
By the 1980s, families had cable television and videocassettes to watch movies at home, further hurting the drive-ins. By 2003, the number of drive-ins had sunk to 432. 
Here in Utah 1954 saw the height of the drive-in movie theater, there were 34 scattered around the state. Today there are only 7 still in operation. 

Thursday, March 08, 2012

TOP TEN

Just for fun. Here is my personal list of top 10 comedies of all time.
1: It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
2: American Grafitti
3: Arsenic And Old Lace
4: Harvey
5: Blazzing Saddles
6: Young Frankenstein
7: Some Like It Hot
8: A Mighty Wind
9: 1941
10: The Trouble With Harry

Thursday, March 01, 2012

TOO MANY CD's


After many years of accumulated music, I out grew my second CD rack. So I decided to create something unique that would hold my complete collection. 1/2" plywood ripped into strips and then cut into various lengths and glued together to create boxes. A total of 14 boxes. Then glue and clamp them all together and paint them to match the room. Fasten the monstrosity to the wall. Next fill it up. With some room to grow.
Yes I do use iTunes but I still like to burn a backup so I have a physical CD.


Wednesday, February 29, 2012

DOES ANYBODY CARE?

Looking through the blogs of family and friends, I am wondering if any one blogs anymore.  Kind of sad.  It is SO much better than a quickie on FaceBook.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

FORTY DAYS CLOSER TO CHRIST

It is a new year 2012. 
Time to make resolutions that you won't keep and make changes that won't last.

Well here is one that is not hard to accomplish.
The course of study in Gospel Doctrine this year is the Book of Mormon.
I have challenged my family (everyone over the age of 8) to read this inspired book in forty days, beginning on January 1st.
By doing so we all draw closer to Christ and testimonies will be strengthened and renewed.

I have done this before and it was not as hard as I thought it would be. It is just a matter of setting aside some time each day to read and study the scriptures.

I hope that the whole family will give it a try.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE

There really is a Frankenstein Castle. "Burg Frankenstein" is located in the hills just south of Darmstadt, Germany.
 
The legend of a monster and mystery of creation. The town of Darmstadt is about half an hour from Frankfurt, a winding road takes you up a mountain to the ruins of a castle called Frankenstein. An original fortress was first built in the 10th Century. The current castle was constructed beginning in the 13th Century with additions in the next two hundred years. Abandoned as a residence in the late 1600's, serving for awhile as a prison and then completely forgotten and a ruin ever since with some walls, an intact though damaged distinctive tower and a small chapel, said to be haunted.

The Darmstadt Castle Frankenstein was resurrected in romantic age of the 1800’s as a part of the era’s fascination with gothic and romantic literature and the publishing of Mary Shelley’s famous novel of “Frankenstein” in 1818. The inspiration for Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s brilliant, haunting work has been the subject of speculation ever since it’s first printing. Connections of the name of the novel with an actual place have been tantalizing, though never proven. The novel of Frankenstein has very little to do with a castle, which was more an invention of James Whale’s iconic version of the story in the Universal film with Boris Karloff, indelibly etched as the monster and castle as a romantic setting for a film. 

Mary Shelley’s inspiration is more complex. In the novel, Victor von Frankenstein is not German at all but Swiss from Geneva. Her story was most famously begun at Lake Geneva in the summer of 1816. The science student's undetailed creation of an unnamed “creature” were carried out at Ingolstadt University and most of the story takes place in Switzerland, the Alps, and on a ship. There is a suggestion that Mary Shelley visited the Darmstadt Castle Frankenstein ruin on a boat trip down the Rhine River in 1814. There is no record of a visit to Darmstadt, or mention of it in her journals. She perhaps may have heard from Byron, who spent more time in Germany than the Shelleys, of the castle and its legend of physician, crackpot theologian and alchemist, Johann Dippel, rumored to have tried to raise the dead by experimenting with human corpses in the castle in its days as a prison. Dippel was trying to discover the alchemist's "Elixer Vitae" potion of eternal life from blood and body fluids. 

Since 1972, the castle has hosted annual Halloween parties to pay homage to the monster of Frankenstein, the student whose god-like ambition was eternalized in a literary milestone. 

Monday, October 03, 2011

MONSTER MONTH IS HERE

It is October; Monster month, so I can declare,
I love
Frankenstein.
Ever since I was just a kid I loved Frankenstein, I read Mary Shelly's novel "Frankenstein - or the Modern Prometheus" when I was about 12 years old. And have reread it several times over the years. Shelly completed the novel when she was only 18 years old. Even with her husband's connections it took over a year to find a publisher for her novel.
Of course Frankenstein is the name of the Doctor that created the monster, the poor monster never had a name other than "Frankenstein's monster", no wonder he had issues.
But what I really love is Frankenstein movies. There have been over 100 movies (believe it or not) having to do with Frankenstein in some way. No I have not seen them all. There are some good ones some bad ones and some very bad ones. How about "Lust for Frankenstein" 1998, nope, haven't seen that one. There are funny ones "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" or how about "Blakenstein" , haven't seen that one either
The first "Frankenstein" was a silent movie released in 1910, it was a whole 13 minutes long. This short film was thought to be lost until, in 1975, a collector found he had a badly damaged copy. As much restoration that could be done on the film was done and you can now find this film in it's entirety on You Tube.
My favorites by far are the Universal Studios movies made in the 1930's; "Frankenstein" 1931, "Bride of Frankenstein" 1934, and "Son of Frankenstein" 1939. With the famous monster created by actor Boris Karloff.
And of course high on the list of favorites is Mel Brooks "Young Frankenstein" and to make this one even more funny, you should watch the 3 old ones first. There are many subtle scenes that Mel Brooks took from the old ones, like someone descending an enclosed stair case with an unlit candle! who knows where the light source is. Or lightning flashes that can be seen in a dungeon with no windows! great stuff.
If your a purest. The movie that follows Mary Shelly's novel the closest is a 2004 made for TV movie staring Luke Gross as the monster.

SO, HAPPY OCTOBER
Watch a Frankenstein movie.
there are plenty to go around.

Monday, August 08, 2011

IT IS CALLED "FAITH"

Last night I saw a very smart man on television declare unequivocally that there "is no God". Everything started with the "big bang" before that, there was nothing, not even God. When we die we will simply cease to exist. Our minds, like a cosmic computer will just shut down and we will be no more. Of course he had all of the scientific theory at his disposal to prove what he was saying.
As I watched this little lump of a man sitting in an empty room, I could not help but think that his life is as empty as the room he was setting in. He may have one of the highest IQ's on earth and he may be very rich and respected among men. But I could not help but feel sorry for him.
I honestly do not know were I would personally be if I did not have my faith and my belief in
God. If I did not have my belief in the creator of all things.
I may have a somewhat limited IQ and my name is not well known outside a small circle of people but I know beyond a doubt that there is a God. That He cares for each of us and He knows us as His children.
He is the Supreme Being. He created heaven and earth and all things in them. It is His work and His glory to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of all man.
God is the Supreme Being in whom I believe and whom I worship. He is the Creator, Ruler and Preserver of all things. HE IS THE BIG BANG!
Ponder the beauties of His creation; trees, flowers, animals, mountains, the ocean waves, the miracle of a newborn child. Gaze to the heavens, where the courses of the stars and planets are evidence of "God moving in his majesty and power"

a couple of films I would recommend:
"The Case for a Creator"
"The Privileged Planet"