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I’ve said it before, and I’ll keep saying it.  If you aren’t watching The Walking Dead on AMC, you are missing one of the best shows on television.  The 3rd Season just started last night, so get Netflix and get caught up.


While your at it.  Get The Walking Dead game.  A finer depiction of survival at the end of the world is hard to come by.


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When’s the last time you got excited over a video of a marching band playing at half-time?  It’s about to be right now.

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Zombies as portrayed in the movie Night of the...

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I’m pretty sure that the zombie apocalypse will begin on a Wednesday night.  I say that because Wednesday night is the night I take the garbage out, and every time I wheel the big green bin to the road I wonder what I would do if I happened to see a figure moving slowly towards me down the road, shuffling in and out of the light of the street lamps.

Do I run back into the house?  Do I go check on the man, just in case it’s not the zombie apocalypse, but someone who needs help?

If it is the zombie apocalypse, how should I prepare?  We usually park my wife’s Civic in the garage and leave the Santa Fe in the driveway.  But wouldn’t it be better to have the much larger vehicle in the garage, where we can safely get to it (as long as the garage door is down) in the event our house becomes surrounded?  The Santa Fe can hold more, it would be better for busting through a wall of walking dead once we open the door, and my favorite CD is in it.

Once I gathered my wife and son, where would we go?  I’ve always thought the school would be a good idea.  It has ample food supplies (mostly canned goods and meat chock full of pink slime, but who can afford to be picky when the zombies come), and it’s a tornado shelter so it should be relatively secure.  Plus there’s the chemistry lab, which you would think might be good for making something to fight off zombies.  I’m not sure what, however.  I guess we could throw some acid on them, but that seems like it would work a little too slowly, and if it didn’t work we would end up not just with zombies, but acid-covered zombies and that  would be worse for everyone.

The problem is, the school has a lot of glass frontage – doors and windows and whatnot.  So where else would we go?  The church?  No.  It has all of the glass and none of the food supplies.  Stockpiles of kosher crackers and grape juice would only last so long, and I’d feel really bad eating it.

But wait a minute, Beebe has a National Guard armory.   Now that seems like an ideal place assuming it lives up to the armory name.  And yet I’ve seen my fair share of zombie movies.  Eventually the military gets their orders to contain the situation by laying waste to everything and everyone in the immediate vicinity, and I don’t want to be at ground zero.


This bears some thinking about.

Next garbage day is only a week away.


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Even after upteen-zillion seasons, the Simpsons can still remind me why I love them.

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I’ve just been thinking about this today because I’m a huge nerd, but isn’t the Galactic Empire in Star Wars kind of a lousy empire?  If we accept that the prequel movies exist, then the beginning of the  Empire, the transformation of Anakin into Darth Vader, and the birth of Luke and Leia all happen at about the same time.  That gives what?  Twenty years or less before Luke joins the Rebel Alliance in Episode IV?  Now supposedly Return of the Jedi takes place approximately four years after A New Hope, so at most that means this all-powerful “Galactic Empire” existed for about twenty-five years.  I’m older than the entire reign of Emperor Palpatine, who must have the most difficult job in the galaxy because it ages him what appears to be five hundred years during his brief time in power.

For reference the Roman Empire lasted hundreds of years.  The Byzantine Empire lasted a thousand.   I mean as far as  dictators go, Castro’s had a better run than Palpatine, but I guess he’s had a much smaller area to rule.

By the way, I suspect the Empire fell because the stormtroopers were all such lousy shots.

I guess this is just another reason why we were probably better off without the prequels.

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I was asked in class a few days ago what poetry I liked.  I don’t read much poetry, so while some people love poetry and can quote their favorite verses on the spot or continuously post snippets as their Facebook status, I can’t really name a poet that I love to just sit and read.  My answer was J. R. R. Tolkien, mostly because he’s always my answer to ‘What’s your favorite ________________?’ when discussing anything literary.  Even so, I maintain that it is a good answer, and I think the following poem is evidence of that.  Incidentally, I initially wanted to name my dog Lúthien, but my wife vetoed it.  We settled on Zelda.  

The Story of Beren and Lúthien as told by Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings  

by J. R. R. Tolkien

The leaves were long, the grass was green,
The hemlock-umbels tall and fair,
And in the glade a light was seen
Of stars in shadow shimmering.
Tinuviel was dancing there
To music of a pipe unseen,
And light of stars was in her hair,
And in her raiment glimmering.
There Beren came from mountains cold,
And lost he wandered under leaves,
And where the Elven-river rolled,
He walked alone and sorrowing.
He peered between the hemlock-leaves
And saw in wonder flowers of gold
Upon her mantle and her sleeves,
And her hair like shadow following.

Enchantment healed his weary feet
That over hills were doomed to roam;
And forth he hastened, strong and fleet,
And grasped at moonbeams glistening.
Through woven woods in Elvenhome
She lightly fled on dancing feet,
And left him lonely still to roam
In the silent forest listening.

He heard there oft the flying sound
Of feet as light as linden-leaves,
Or music welling underground,
In hidden hollows quavering.
Now withered lay the hemlock-leaves,
And one by one with sighing sound,
Whispering fell the beechen leaves
In the wintry woodland wavering.

He sought her ever, wandering far
Where leaves of years were thickly strewn,
By light of moon and ray of star
In frosty heavens shivering.
Her mantle glinted in the moon,
As on a hill-top high and far
She danced, and at her feet was strewn
A mist of silver quivering.

When winter passed, she came again,
And her song released the sudden spring,
Like rising lark, and falling rain,
And melting water bubbling.
He saw the elven-flowers spring
About her feet, and healed again,
He longed by her to dance and sing
Upon the grass untroubling.

Again she fled, but swift he came.
Tinuviel! Tinuviel!
He called her by her elvish name;
And there she halted listening.
One moment stood she, and a spell
His voice lay on her: Beren came,
And doom fell on Tinuviel
That in his arms lay glistening.

As Beren looked into her eyes
Within the shadows of her hair,
The trembling starlight of the skies
He saw there mirrored shimmering.
Tinuviel the elven-fair,
Immortal maiden elven-wise,
About him cast her shadowy hair
And arms like silver glimmering.

Long was the way that fate them bore,
O’er stony mountains cold and grey,
Through halls of iron and darkling door,
And woods of nightshade morrowless.
The Sundering Seas between them lay,
And yet at last they met once more,
And long ago they passed away
In the forest singing sorrowless.

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I’m a big fan of Christopher Nolan’s takes on Batman.  They’re both brilliant movies, and the realistic take adds a certain sense of unpredictability that’s not there in a straight-forward comic book movie.  The third, and supposedly last, of his Batman movies, The Dark Knight Rises, is coming out in 2012, and I’m ready to see it.  The latest big news about the movie, though, is the casting of two villains new to Nolan’s world:  Anne Hathaway as Catwoman and Tom Hardy as Bane.  Catwoman’s a pretty obvious choice – a talented cat burglar can easily fit into a real-world Batman, so the really interesting choice is Bane.  Can Nolan make a drugged-up, hulking, super freak fit in his world?  Hey, wait a minute!  Just change his origin from former prisoner to former Major League Baseball Player!

What?  Too easy?

I suppose he will be a much better fit than other Batman villains like Penguin or Mad Hatter.  I still maintain that Mr. Freeze is the best bad guy from the 90’s cartoon series, but I fully recognize that he’d be too difficult to pull off.  Besides, he’s probably forever tainted by Arnold’s horrendous performance in Batman & Robin, a.k.a. The Worst Movie I’ve Ever Seen, a.k.a. The Movie I Won’t Even Provide a Link to Because I’m Afraid You Might Actually Go Look For It.

Bane could be a really cool choice.  Besides, how crazy of a twist would it be if Nolan ended his run of Batman movies by letting Bane perform the deed he’s most famous for?

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