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If there is a better idea for television than this, I do not know what it could be.

Combining Mythbusters with Superheroes.

The Mythbusters aired their Superhero special today. All of the myths were based on Superhero gadgets from comic books and super hero movies.

I’m speechless with the absolute awesomeness of this idea.

For those of you who can’t see the show or can’t look at it on the internet, here are the myths they chose to investigate.

Can a superhero hit a person so hard that their Superhero Sigil Ring leaves a permanent mark (ala The Phantom)?

Can a superhero create a grapping gun that will imbed a grapple pin directly into concrete? (ala Batman or Green Arrow or a gazillion other examples)

Can a superhero create belt size ascending unit to lift him up his grappling rope? (ala Batman and half a gazillion other examples)

Can a superhero’s car take tight corners at high speed with the help of a grappling hook cannon? (ala Batman in the first movie)

Now you might think I’d be against this sort of thing. Nothing worse than people who want to bring reality into my most cherished of fantasies. But the opposite is true. I believe in internal consistency. In other words, super hero stories break some rules of reality, but other rules still have to exist and function normally. If they don’t, the super powers become meaningless (and you start having people reversing time by spinning the earth backwards.)

In case you were curious, here are the results of the mythbuster’s attempts.

Sigil Ring Scar on Face? Nope. If you hit hard enough to leave a permanent scar, you crush the skull. Now that’ll leave a mark….
Grappling Gun? Nope. They can make something that will eventually blast into concrette– but it won’t stay there. Holy Free-fall, Batman!
Belt Size Rope Ascender? Plausible. They built a rig that would do it– but it wasn’t on the belt AND they forgot to build in a reverse switch. You can go up, but apparently you are walking back down on the stairs.
Grappling Hook Assisted Turns? Absolutely not. No cable in existence can handle the force. Cool watching them try, though.

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Time to start over in a non-virtual way…

Added to the list of “Innapropriately Named Establishments”

Salon Medusa

When doing a google search, I discovered there are more than one place with this “clever” name. This one even tries to explain why it is a “clever” name. A quick search shows that their myth is a later one from Ovid and their rhymes are … well, not classical. Whichever myth you choose, I still think its a bad name for a beauty parlor.

C & C are driving home after dinner.
They drive past a neighborhood bowling alley.

C: You know what you never see?
C: What?
C: Bowling alley’s with windows.
C: No, they don’t really fit together.
C: I wonder why not.
C: Vampires.
C: Vampires?
C: Vampires love bowling. They don’t like windows.
C: …
C: You didn’t know that?
C: …
C: I thought everyone knew that.
C: …

C & C went on a date tonight.
Dinner and a movie.
Dinner was, unfortunately, a bust. (You can read about that somewhwere else, soon.)
The movie?

Absolutely FANTASTIC.

We went and saw Stardust. (Apparently the same day our geeky friends went to see it.)
WOW!
We laughed. We cried (because we were laughing so hard.) It was better than… well, it was better than almost every fantasy romance we’ve seen. Almost as good as my favorite movie, The Princess Bride.

I don’t want to give away spoilers, so I won’t.
But this movie has witches, pirates, evil princes, ghosts, magic, science, romance, humor, sword fighting, unicorns, nudity, and puns (anybody else notice the prince’s blood was blue?) What more could you ask for???

We stayed for the whole credits and enjoyed every minute of this movie.
Some critics have said the movie starts off slow. Hogwash.
Many have compared it unfavorably to The Princess Bride. Unfair.

The acting was superb. I might go see it again just to watch Robert DeNiro.
The makeup was fantastic. Whoever did Michelle Pfeifer deserves an Oscar.
Best Neil Gaiman on the big screen, yet.
C&C both loved this movie. And when it comes out on DVD, we’re buying it.

GO SEE THIS MOVIE!

C & C went on a date tonight.
Dinner and a movie.
Dinner was, unfortunately, a bust. (You can read about that somewhwere else, soon.)
The movie?

Absolutely FANTASTIC.

We went and saw Stardust. (Apparently the same day our geeky friends went to see it.)
WOW!
We laughed. We cried (because we were laughing so hard.) It was better than… well, it was better than almost every fantasy romance we’ve seen. Almost as good as my favorite movie, The Princess Bride.

I don’t want to give away spoilers, so I won’t.
But this movie has witches, pirates, evil princes, ghosts, magic, science, romance, humor, sword fighting, unicorns, nudity, and puns (anybody else notice the prince’s blood was blue?) What more could you ask for???

We stayed for the whole credits and enjoyed every minute of this movie.
Some critics have said the movie starts off slow. Hogwash.
Many have compared it unfavorably to The Princess Bride. Unfair.

The acting was superb. I might go see it again just to watch Robert DeNiro.
The makeup was fantastic. Whoever did Michelle Pfeifer deserves an Oscar.
Best Neil Gaman on the big screen, yet.
C&C both loved this movie. And when it comes out on DVD, we’re buying it.

GO SEE THIS MOVIE!

dice-dodecahedron.jpg

Ah, the poor, lonely dodecahedron.
The 12 sided die.
Really only good for randomizing the month (assuming a Roman calendar, of course) or rolling damage for your battle axe (nasty weapon, the battle axe.)

Do not cry, little 12 sided dice.
You are not alone, anymore.
Opal absolutely ADORES you.

Opal, get away from my dice bag! Opal, where did you take my dice? Ouch! I stepped on another 12-sider. Dear, Opal wants to play a Barbarian– a spastic, klutzy, battle-axe, weilding Barbarian. Or maybe she’s designing a new d12 gaming system.

Today, I was wearing my new favorite t-shirt. (Mine is light blue with dark blue writing.)

The checkout person at the grocery store looked at the shirt and said,
“That is like a shirt a superhero would wear.”

“You don’t say…”

C & C decided to take in another movie today, The Bourne Ultimatum.

For your fun, dear reader, we present our Top Ten questions about the Bourne Ultimatum.

1. Is medication necessary for this movie? We know epilepsy is not a laughing matter and we would never joke about– but because the camera people didn’t take their seizure medication, we were forced to take our dramamine and aspirin.

2. What exactly is Bourne made of? In one scene, Bourne drives a car that is involved in no fewer than 6 crashes. The car is a mangled wrek. Bourne exits the car with a limp– much like the one C&C had from walking around the State Fair for 3 hours.

3. We know how he broke into the fingerprint, voice activated safe (we saw the Mythbusters do it, so we aren’t impressed). We are mighty curious, however, about this: How did he manage to get into the deepest, darkest bowels of the black ops office of the NSA without being seen or challenged?

4. Have spies never heard of window treatments? Venetian Blinds? A nice set of draperies perhaps? Tinted Window kits are pretty cheap. I could hook ’em up with a guy I know. If I were Bourne, I’d be peepin’ in on them, too. With a good enough telescope he could probably just read the secret files off of their computers or sitting on their desks.

5. When did Nicky become a high level agent of the NSA? Or a computer hacker? Can just anyone with a computer and an N.S.A. I.D. badge send messages to the N.S.A.’s super secret assassin’s personal blackberry? If so, I’ve got a few people I’d like to have him visit as well.

6. Speaking of which… is Jason Bourne a woman? I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but all the bad people in these movies are men. All the good, ethical, helpful, smart people are women. I’m not saying this isn’t a reflection of reality, but where does that leave Bourne? Maybe he is just more in touch with his inner woman…

7. What exactly do they mean when they say “lock down that building” or “establish a 1 block perimeter?” I assumed it meant something along the lines of “don’t let anyone in or out of the designated area.” And yet, there are lots of people moving all over the place all the time. “You keep using that word….

8. Spoiler –> Does anyone really think Jason is dead when he falls into the river? Really? Even for a moment? If so, go back to question #2.

9. Why does the assassin agent at the end hesitate? Seriously. I haven’t figured that one out and I don’t want to spend $10 to go watch the flick again. Anybody see the flick who can explain what I missed?

10. If you were talking to a super assassin spy and he was talking you through a dangerous situation, would you say to yourself, “You know, this guy is good– but I think I’m better than he is. I think I’ll just follow my instincts and see where it leads me.”???
Bonus Follow-Up Question: When that didn’t work out so well, would you then say to yourself, “Wow. That really didn’t go as I planned. But, I’ve learned from the situation. I’m smarter now. NOW I know what I’m doing. I don’t need to follow the super assassin spy’s advice THIS time.”??? C called it when she said, “Oooo, a Darwin contender!”
(My favorite scene in the whole movie, by the way.)

Final Thoughts: Actually an enjoyable movie. Ten times more enjoyable if they would just keep the blasted camera still. Frenetic camera work isn’t the “realism” we need in our action flicks.

About a month ago, C’s bike was stolen.
We left our garage open by mistake one night.
Next day, no bike.
😦

C was most upset.
We didn’t report the theft.
One, it was kind of our fault.
Two, we couldn’t remember the make/model of the bike.
😕

Yesterday, about 2 pm,
The bike was returned.
We left to go shopping and there it was leaning up against the next-door neighbor’s place– right in plain sight, where we would be sure to see it.
🙂

??????
????
??

We don’t really care about “who?”, but we are mightily curious about “why?”
Why did they return the bike?

Suggested answers:

a) Guilt – They just couldn’t sleep at night. The wheels squeaked accusingly. Eventually, they just had to give in– and brought it back.

b) Necessity – They didn’t steal the bike, they borrowed it for a specific need. Once they were done with the bike, of course, they returned it.

c) Busted – Mother or Father saw the new bike. Didn’t buy the story (“Ahh.. I got it from a friend in a trade for my… ah…x-box game cartridge.”) and made them bring it back to where they got it.

d) Anthropomorphic Assist – The bike missed C. Made a daring escape and found its way home.

Got any answers we haven’t thought of?