After finishing The Name of the Wind, I wanted to continue my fantasy novel kick. A Game of Thrones is a similar book in that it is not filled with as much magic and fantasy as one might expect. Rather, it reads like a historical novel as it chronicles the palace intrigue and dueling lordships within a fictional kingdom. There are lots of great characters to root for and plenty of baddies too.
After a back-to-back Drupal projects at work, I think I now have a better idea how this system works. In the process, I have updated the design of my Nonagon site and reworked the theme of this site. You may not notice any major differences, but now things are much more organized under the hood. However, I am guessing that I broke a few things, so if you notice any pages not rendering decently, please let me know in the comments.
This is an absolutely perfect compilation of Ennio Morricone songs all of which feature the theremin-esque vocals of Edda Dell'Orso. This a double CD set with over two hours of stirring melodies and lush arrangements, most of which come from the 70s or late 60s—Morricone's finest period. If you collect Morricone, chances are you already have most of these songs, but this is a great starting point for the uninitiated.
Poor Carl Perkins. You know most of these songs, but mostly you will know version performed by other artists like Elvis. Perkins doesn't quite have the awesome presence of Elvis. That said, this is a really good mix of your standard rockabilly faire.
The Pebbles are a fun, all-girl garage band from Japan. They are no where near as frantic as The 220.127.116.11.s but what they lack in aggression they make up for in their amateurish DIY charm. Many of their songs are inspired by early Beatles recordings, and, in case your ears couldn't pick up on this, they drive the point home with the cover art and their song, "We Love the Beatles." Not the most memorable garage rock out there but definately worth a listen.
Yet another superhero movie to bore me. I admit, this one was more watchable than Ironman. I guess I am more attracted to the underdog, "man on the run" plot. As usual the movie is pretty good until they interject the ridiculous CGI superhero crap. Why not just make this entire film an animated feature rather than subject us to these unnatural CGI creatures?
For a movie that is so imfamous for its gore, there certainly isn't much to see here. The shock moments aren't really that shocking once you see them. For the most part I found myself bored, especially with the overly long first act. There are a few moments of nice 80s cheese, but that's about it.
My family and I just spent a weekend in LaGrange, Georgia visiting with relatives. Among the highlights of the trip, aside from the obligatory breakfasts at Waffle House, was an evening spent roller skating at Red's Roller Rink. When we walked in the place they were blasting "Ice Ice Baby" so I knew this was going to be a fun time. I hadn't been roller skating since the late eighties and it took quite some time to get my roller disco legs back in action, but once I got going, it was hard to stop... literally. Anyhow, I also enjoyed the Jesus mural at the far end of the hall. Click the image above for a full view!
I am sick of superhero movies. Robert Downey Jr. gives a lively performance as Tony Stark, but, other than that, this is a bland, predicatable and cliched film with dancing Poser model CGI effects like the Spiderman movies had. Yawn.