Man, 2009 has been a really bad year for 80's icons. Earlier this week I had heard Captain Lou Albano was in hospice care and today I was rather shocked by the news that he had passed away. Yes, he was 76 but it seemed to have happened rather suddenly. Even if you weren't a wrestling fan, who could forget his performances in Cyndi Lauper's various videos? And let's not forget the Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
You will be missed, Lou.
Forget Columbus, it's all about my namesake, St. Brendan. If you're wondering why, I'll let this post explain:
You see, nearly a millennium before Christopher Columbus’s famed trip on the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa-Maria, St. Brendan got the moniker “Brendan the Voyager” for completing a rather impressive journey that took seven years. According to the extant sources, St. Brendan went looking for the Garden of Eden, but may well have stumbled across the New World in little more than a leather-clad boat sometime between 513-530 CE. In fact, some even claim that Christopher Columbus himself was inspired by the monk’s journey, and is reported to have written in his travel log before leaving on his historic trip, “I am convinced that the terrestrial paradise is in the Island of Saint Brendan, which none can reach save by the Will of God.”
Yeah, that's right, Brendan the Voyager. While it's still highly speculative whether or not Brendan made it to America, he sounds like a pretty interesting fellow.
This is great. It also kind of angered me a bit because of the fact that the episodes won't be airing on CBS until Summer 2010. Advanced props are in order to the dude who puts the DirectTV episodes up on mininova. You're the real hero here. For those wondering, the DirectTV season premiere is October 28th.
Okay seriously, I've never been that scared of sharks but after seeing these pictures and reading the reports, I don't think I'm ever going in the water again.
On September 28, 2009 Steven DaPena was surfing between Dogpatch and Old Man's at San Onofre State Beach. It was 10:00 AM and he had been on the water one hour. The sky was clear with an estimated air temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit. The sea was calm with an estimated temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The water was about 8 feet deep over a sandy ocean bottom with 15 – 20 feet of visibility. No marine mammals were observed in the area before or following the encounter. DaPena reported; “About 6 of us had seen what appeared to be an 8'+ White Shark breech completely out of the water about 200 yards out from where we were surfing. About 30 minutes later my friend John said he saw what appeared to be the same shark swimming right beneath us, moving South to North very slowly. About 5 people decided to get out of the water at this time. The White Shark was at least 8 feet in length, with a substantial girth and a white underside and grey top.” Please report any shark sighting, encounter, or attack to the Shark Research Committee.
If I saw an 8' shark jump out of the water while I was surfing, I'm pretty sure I would crap myself. Props to Steven for not doing that. Or maybe he did and just didn't include it in his report. I'm pretty sure someone witnessing that did.
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Sorry I didn't post my report sooner but things have been a little hectic lately. As most of you probably know, I attended the first annual Long Beach Comic Con this weekend. Phil and I even got to do a panel on Sunday which was basically a gathering for webcomics creators and fans but we had a little mini Q&A session where we announced our new project which will be called Webcomics Advocates of Southern California. The goal of this organization is to bring webcomics fans and creators together to help spread the word about our medium and to help creators network with each other. I'll definitely be posting more about this in the future. You can read the full report on the panel and other goings on over at Brax's blog.
In addition to promoting Brax and attending the panel I also got to see some other really cool stuff. On Friday night Thomas Jane did a screening of his directorial debut, Dark Country, which was shown in 3D and was a very entertaining and captivating movie. It borrowed a bit from Lynch but I think Jane gave the film a very distinctive look and this one is definitely worth watching. Also, Ron Perlman is in it and Ron Perlman is awesome. I had a bit of a negative impression of Thomas Jane after my run-ins with him at San Diego this year but he was really nice to all the fans and signed posters throughout the weekend. He did a special screening of The Mist on Saturday night as well.
On Saturday I spent a lot of time browsing the exhibit hall, which was very easy to navigate and while there was a good amount of people there, it wasn't insanely crowded. It was nice to actually be able to go to the Nintendo booth and play video games with minimal wait time. I got to play the new Professor Layton game and the upcoming Zelda game for DS as well as the Super Mario Bros Wii game, which is really fantastic and finally features real multiplayer simultaneous play. The big event on Saturday was the Robot Chicken/Titan Maximum panel, which was a blast. Seth Green and company have panels down to a science and they just know how to work an audience. My only minor complaint is I wish they had talked a little bit more about Titan Maximum.
Overall I had a fantastic time at the convention and I am already looking forward to next year. It's nice to see a decent sized convention that places such a big emphasis on comics and creators but also has a healthy mix of other aspects of pop culture thrown in. I think things are only going to get better for the convention and everyone involved did a fantastic job!
I'm also really curious about Motion. I think it would be a cool thing to have here at brendoman.com if people actually used it. What do you guys think?
We have learned the astonishing news of Roman Polanski's arrest by the Swiss police on September 26th, upon arrival in Zurich (Switzerland) while on his way to a film festival where he was due to receive an award for his career in filmmaking.
His arrest follows an American arrest warrant dating from 1978 against the filmmaker, in a case of morals.
Filmmakers in France, in Europe, in the United States and around the world are dismayed by this decision. It seems inadmissible to them that an international cultural event, paying homage to one of the greatest contemporary filmmakers, is used by the police to apprehend him.
Yeah, raping a 13 year old girl is a "case of morals." You know, I usually think liberal Hollywood gets a bad rap, but you guys are just making yourself look bad. As Kyle said in his comment, and I firmly believe as well, if this was some normal dude who raped a girl 30 years ago, plead guilty, fled the country, and was finally arrested, you guys would be on the streets cheering and screaming for his blood. This is absolutely ridiculous behavior from these folks who I normally respect and they should be ashamed of themselves. Am I wrong here?
I just wanted to let you all know there will be a panel on Sunday at Long Beach Comic Con featuring Dave Kellett (Sheldon), David Malki! (Wondermark), and Jeff Zugale. Following this panel we will be having a Webcomic creator and fan gathering where creators will have the chance to promote their comic and meet fellow fans and creators. Join us at 3 PM in Room C! Did I mention the gathering part will be hosted by Phil and myself? Yeah, so you definitely want to come! Tell your friends! Tell your enemies! I honestly don't care, just tell everyone! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
There are still a couple shows on deck that I'm really waiting for (30 Rock, Friday Night Lights) but I figured that now that the bulk of fall TV has started I should post my thoughts and we can start the TV chatter.? I currently am watching WAY too many TV shows right now, but I'm sure at least one will be canceled and I'll probably get tired of some as well.? Here's a quick rundown.
How I Met Your Mother - Pretty strong start.? Needs a bit more Marshal.
Heroes - I wish I knew how to quit you.
90210 - Yes, I am addicted to teen soap operas. I just can't help myself.
Melrose Place - Really started with a bang and I am a big fan of Stephanie Jacobsen (Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles, Battlestar Galactica: Razor) so I'll keep watching.
Glee - I don't want to love this show, but I can't help myself.? It's funny, well written, the music is great, and Jane Lynch is a comedy genius.? My pick for best new show, which means it will probably be canceled.
FlashForward - Okay, I was wrong, this is the best new show and is a great way to fill that Lost void in my heart, especially the one that will be there when it's gone for good.
SNL Weekend Update Thursday - A nice little dose of pretty much the best segment on the show.
Parks and Recreation - Off to a great start this season, hopefully it can build an audience.? Aubrey Plaza is awesome.
Community - Chevy Chase, I'm sorry I doubted your greatness, but hopefully you understand.
The Office - My old roommate Curtis thinks the show has lost all grip on reality.? I honestly don't care.
Fringe - Lots of crazy goings on, definitely has that X-Files vibe, which I think is a good thing.? Hopefully they'll keep the momentum going.
Vampire Diaries - Just might be my first drop of the season.? After three episodes the only thing that's kept me interested is Maureen from Freaks and Geeks.
Dollhouse - Sad to see that not even Jamie Bamber and Alexis Denisof guest appearances could help boost the ratings.? I'll stand by you, Joss.
The Simpsons - Best season opener in years.? Seriously.? If they can't keep it up, they need to just hire Seth Rogen or something.
Mad Men - Still the best show on TV.? I'm loving the insane goings-on this season.
Entourage - My guilty pleasure.? I've really enjoyed Gary Cole this season.
Bored to Death - Actually, put this in a three way tie with Glee and FlashForward for best new show.? Schwartzman and Galifianakis are fantastic but it's Ted Danson who really steals the show.
Curb Your Enthusiasm - In just two episodes this season LD and crew have shown why this is the funniest show on television right now and possibly ever.? I can't imagine what will happen once the Seinfeld cast joins the mix.
So there you have it, my brief synopsis of what I'm watching.? Add in football and some wrestling (yeah, I'm still on that kick too) and that is pretty much my sad life.? What are you guys watching?? Feel free to chime in with your thoughts on new shows and the shows you can't stop watching.
If you are a big soda afficionado like me, then you know all about the awesomeness that is Mexican Coke.? The reason for its awesomeness?? Sugar.? Unlike our Coke, Mexican Coke uses pure cane sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup.? This gives it a distinct and magical taste.? While it's not something I would recommend for regular consumption, it is a very tasty treat.? The only problem is it's a little hard to come by and it's sort of expensive.? Folks in places like Southern California are at a bit of an advantage because many Mexican eateries offer it but sometimes charge up to $2.50 for a bottle.? Anyways, the whole reason for this post is that I was in Target the other day browsing through their food aisles, which seem to have greatly increased as of late to compete with Wal-Mart, and found several bottles of Mexican Coke in the foreign food section, hiding next to the Jarritos drinks.? They are $1.25 a bottle, which is cheaper than most places I've seen.? I'm not sure if they are available in other locations or maybe it's just a regional thing, but it's worth a look.? If you can't find Mexican Coke in your area, you can always order it online from the super awesome Soda Pop Stop.
Much is being said today about the arrest of Roman Polanski stemming from charges placed against him in 1978 when he plead guilty to having sex with a 13 year old girl that he drugged at a party. I'm a little suprised by the amount of folks coming to his defense. Yes, the woman no longer wants to press charges. That isn't the issue here. Polanski plead guilty to a crime and then fled the country. Then there's the folks who are saying he deserves a break because he is a Holocaust survivor and his pregnant wife was tragically murdered. I'm not going to deny that those are horrible things that I can't even imagine happening to me. However, that doesn't excuse someone from the consequences of their actions and in this case they are pretty darn horrible actions. I mean, I might have had some sympathy for the guy if he had actually faced a court of law, but he didn't. HE FLED THE COUNTRY.
I don't usually get up on a high horse like this, but for some reason this case just really bothers me. However, I am a huge fan of Polanski's work. I have always stood firm on the belief of separating the art from the artist. It is a very slippery slope when you start judging the personal lives of folks like that. I know people who won't watch Polanski's movies but they'll watch Woody Allen movies. Or a multitude of other folks who have commited horrible acts. People, including actors, filmmakers, and the like, all do horrible things. Once again, that's not the issue here. I think it really is a matter of justice, plain and simple. Maybe I'm wrong. Feel free to post your comments on the issue.
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My friend Amy made this to celebrate my success at the new job. Sorry about the sparse updates. I'm going to be updating our b2e install tonight sometime so there might be some hiccups.
If anyone has some things they would like me to post about or if you just want to speak your mind, feel free to comment. I haven't seen a movie in the theaters since G.I. Joe and I saw that for free. Things were super tough for awhile towards the end of the great unemployment stint. I did go to a test screening for Jason Reitman's Up in the Air, which was brilliant. I also saw a test screening of Zombieland, which I believe comes out next weekend. I highly recommend it.
In honor of Talk Like A Pirate Day you can download the first chapter of Telltale Games' new Tales of Monkey Island series for free by going here. You have to hurry though as it's only available until midnight tonight. Sorry Mac folks, it's only for PC. I've been looking forward to playing this game, which is also available on XBLA and on WiiWare, and this is a great way to give it a whirl!
I know this is a little late but I've been a tad busy. Henry Gibson was pretty awesome. While I dug him in Magnolia, The Blues Brothers, and a bunch of other stuff, I will remember him most fondly for his appearance in The 'Burbs, one of my favorite 80's comedies. Also Mary Travers died of Peter, Paul, and Mary fame. My only awareness of them though is from the reference made to them in an episode of Saved By the Bell. I guess that is kind of sad.
This just might be the best week of my life. New job, new place, a Chargers win, and now this. Angus is now available for purchase on DVD at the Warner Archive. I have no idea if our efforts had anything to do with this, but it's an amazing coincidence if they didn't. Thanks to everyone who wrote in. Props to Ryan for giving me the heads up.
We need just one more person for our Fantasy Football league. Did your team in your current league get destroyed this week? This is your chance for a fresh start! Scroll down for more details.
In other news, the job is going really great but it's taking up pretty much all my time. When I get home I pretty much just want to relax, eat, and watch TV. I'm finding it much more difficult to jam everything I want to do in before I have to go to bed. I guess that's how it is.
I had a few requests for this, including one from my brother who is the defending champion from last year's league, so I figured I would create a league. Since the season already started, the league won't start until Week 2 of the season. The live draft is scheduled for Wednesday at 7:30 PM Pacific. It is limited to 8 players. Consider the late start a second chance if you totally blew one of your other teams already!
Sign up here!
League ID: 959424
Two surprise announcements followed an equally surprising live musical performance by Miley Cyrus at Disney's D23 Expo.
Disney Studios Chairman Dick Cook officially named Summer 2012 as the release date for Pixar's John Carter of Mars, claiming that the film will, indeed, be live-action with intense special effects.
Following the announcement, Johnny Depp appeared in full Jack Sparrow costume, taking the stage and announcing a Summer 2011 release date for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the new title for the fourth installment!
While I'm very excited for Pixar's John Carter of Mars I couldn't help but be even more pumped at the announcement of the new title. While there are many out there who would disagree, I really liked the darker tone that the the third movie took and I'm guessing we're going to see even more of that in this new installment. Also from all reports it appears Keira Knightly and Orlando Bloom are out of the picture so there's room for some new characters and fresh stories. Hopefully a director will be announced soon as that might give us a better idea of what is in store. I'm really beginning to wish I'd gotten tickets to the D23 Expo in Anaheim. It sounds like it's been pretty cool. Hopefully I can get some more info from Anthony, my man on the floor there.
I don't have much to say right now except work is pretty darn good, the new Beatles remasters are pretty magical, and I want The Beatles Rock Band more than anything right now. I'm being a good boy though.
Oh! Tomorrow marks the release of the 50th strip at Brax the Alien Rocker. I'll probably post about in again in case you all forget, but Phil and I are both pretty happy about it. We are actually going to have a table at the Los Angeles Comic Book and SciFi Convention on Sunday where we will be passing out free stickers and giving high fives. If that isn't enough to get you there, Larry Hama (creator of the G.I. Joe comic) will be there with several of the original G.I. Joe cartoon voice cast as well as Juliet Landau of Buffy and Ed Wood fame.
That is how long I was unemployed. It was pretty much the most stressful nine months and one week of my life. But somehow I squeaked by and found a great job. After applying for literally hundreds of jobs and only getting one interview, my friend Jeff was able to score me an interview at his company and now I am a Jr. Technical Support Analyst for a company that makes internet filtering appliances. So far it's going great. For all those of you who are looking for jobs, I highly highly recommend networking with your friends and family. In these difficult times, that seems to be the best method to get a job. Thanks again to everyone for all the support and encouragement!
This pretty much made the eight year old inside of me squee with joy.
Props to Mrs. Moonfrye for doing it.
Note: You might want to turn your sound down a bit before viewing or your face might melt off from the Punky Power.