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Superman: Man of Boring
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 06/24/13 9:11 am] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet This]

I went with a friend last night to see the new Superman movie, Man of Steel. This is not a review, it is just my personal venting. Also, warning: Some of this blog post may be considered SPOILERS.

So, let me just say, that I'm not a really big comic book fan, but I have generally enjoyed modern super-hero movies, including the original Superman movies, and other flicks like Batman and Robin and X-Men, and more recently Spiderman and Captain America.

But Man of Steel gets off to a bad start, I was genuinely bored by the first 45 minutes. OK, we know Zod (that's General Zod to you) is going to be the bad guy, but the film spends way too much time establishing the beginning of the story on the planet Krypton. There's no new information here, only graphic representations of life on Krypton which, frankly, did not impress me.

The town of Smallville being destroyed in Man of Steel

When they finally do get to earth, somewhat confusingly interspersed with flashbacks to Clark's childhood, literally all they do for the rest of the film is crash people into stuff, destroy towns and blow stuff up. I wasn't appalled by the violence, I was just extremely tired by it.

I do not generally go to see movies with bloody violence, but for me, occasional blow-em-up violence is OK, for example, the kind of blow-em-up violence in the last two Star Trek films (which I originally disliked for completely different reasons). However, Man of Steel just way overdoes it.

There were some good parts of the movie. Russell Crowe was good as Jor-El, but there wasn't enough of him. Had they done a whole movie about Jor-El starring Russell Crowe, I'd pay good money to see that.

The world's not ready for you yet, son.

Similarly, the bits of the movie involving Kevin Coster as Clark's dad and the teenage Clark were interesting and might make a good movie, alas, they already did a whole TV series about that.

I never walk out of movies, but I did last night, with somewhat less than an hour left to go. How does the movie end? I don't know, and I don't care, because nothing in the movie caused me to care about any of those people. I was too distracted by the constant cataclysmic big orange fire-balls.

So, if you like movies with LOTS of stuff that blows up, go see this movie. Otherwise, save your money and watch Captain America on Netflix.


These vitamins don't add up
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 06/11/13 11:52 am] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet This]

I've been taking these vitamins for about a year, but I just noticed this today.

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One A Day is a brand of vitamins that has been popular in the United States since 1940. My doctor has OK'd them, and I enjoy the flavor of these and take them every morning.

However, it just occurred to me today that, compliant with the instructions on the bottle, I take two of these every day.


What?! These are called "One A Day" and you're supposed to take two of them? Does that make sense to anybody? Especially when you consider they could have easily designed these gummies to be bigger so that you'd only have to take one a day.

They could have been marketed under a different brand name, or at least the "One A Day" brand name could have been down-played on the label.

But no, the Bayer Company would rather join with the fast-food industry and confuse us with faulty vitamin math.


Yes, he's dead, but doesn't he look great?
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Saturday, 05/18/13 5:43 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet This]

A Utah man says he has a McDonald's hamburger he bought 14 years ago, and it looks the same as it did the day he bought it.

All-beef time warp

David Whipple of St. George, Utah, said he bought the hamburger, topped with a pickle, mustard and ketchup, on July 7, 1999, put the burger in his jacket pocket, discovered it a few years later, and still has it. He says that to this day, it shows no signs of mold, fungus or even a strange odor. The only thing that has changed over the years is that the pickle has disintegrated. He went on to state, "The fact that it has not decomposed shows you how unhealthy it is for children."

But I'm calling B.S. on this story for several reasons: First, if the pickle disintegrated, it would have had to decompose to do that, and I can't believe it did that without creating an odor. Also, the hamburger bun is just bread, even if it's got preservatives in it, all bread goes bad and turns green after a few months.

Most of all, why is eating preservatives that would keep a burger undecomposed for 14 years necessarily a bad thing? Wouldn't it do the same thing for our body, slowing down the aging process and allowing us to live longer?

Coincidentally, McDonald's has also been in the news recently for another reason. Earlier this year, to celebrate Australlia Day, 13 McDonald's franchises in Australia temporarily changed their signs to reflect their Australian nickname.


In the same way that in American urban areas McDonald's is called "Mickey D's", it seems that in Australia, fast food fans call McDonald's "Macca's".

That's funny, because "Macca" is also former Beatle Paul McCartney's nickname. John Lennon can be heard calling him "Macca" on one track of the Beatles Anthology album. But, Paul McCartney is famously a vegetarian, so I wonder if he knows about this, and if so, how he feels about having his name in big letters outside burger joints all over Australia?

Hm... Maybe it's called Macca's because he used to eat there a lot in the sixties, and maybe because of all those preservatives in the burgers, Paul really is dead the way the rumors said he was.


Update: Twinkies and Ho Hos back on the streets this summer
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 04/26/13 10:36 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet This]

Twinkie lovers rejoice! Hostess Brands announced today it will reopen its eastern Kansas bakery this summer.


The investment partnership that bought Hostess Brands' snack cake product lines paid $410 million for the rights to the Hostess and Dolly Madison snack cake brands, along with five plants, and says they hope to expand the bakery, aiming for total employment of about 300 people within the next few years.

More than 500 people lost their jobs when Hostess, then in bankruptcy proceedings, closed the plant in Emporia, Kansas, last November following a strike by union bakers. The new Hostess plant will not be unionized.

The new owners of Hostess also own Pabst Blue Ribbon and Vlasic. Do we foresee some interesting new flavored snack cakes on the horizon? Beer flavored Sno Balls? Dill Pickle Ding Dongs?

Um... maybe not.


Our thoughts are with Boston
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 04/15/13 3:05 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet This]

This afternoon at about 2:50, the unthinkable happened again in Boston at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.


This is the first act of terrorism on our homeland since the World Trade Center in 2001. Three people are probably dead, and possibly two hundred injured, and the injuries are horrific, many victims losing limbs.

It's important at times like this, as Americans always do, to stick together, and stand up for the people of Boston to let them know we're all neighbors and we're all in this together.

It's also important to remember that life is precious, and we must never take it for granted. A personal event last month reminded me of that, and we must all remember to live life to its fullest every day, as if it might be your last.

In the daily rat race, it's important to do the every day things that enable us to get by every day, but it's also just as important, perhaps more so, to remember the ones we love every day, and let them know we care about them.

Bostonians are strong, we'll get through this together, and we'll get who's responsible for this heinous atrocity. But while we're offering our support for the people of Boston, it's also really important to hug someone today and tell them that you love them.


End of a radio era in Los Angeles
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Wednesday, 02/27/13 9:30 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet This]

For 27 years they stood as a monument to the memory of the heydey of Top 40 Rock and Roll radio. Today, the towers that used to transmit the signal of Boss Radio KHJ were torn down.


Radio station KHJ went on the air in Los Angeles in 1922, and in 1941 was moved to 930 on the AM dial, where it stayed until it went off the air at midnight on January 31, 1986.

At its height in the sixties and seventies, KHJ started playing rock and roll when programming consultant Bill Drake was brought in to craft KHJ's new Top 40 format in April 1965. It famous disc jockeys included Robert W. Morgan, The Real Don Steele, Charlie Tuna and Machine Gun Kelly. They set the tone for what Top 40 radio was supposed to sound like.

KHJ has undergone several ownership changes since then, and is now owned by a Spanish language broadcaster playing a format it calls "La Ranchera," which broadcasts from towers on a site near downtown L.A.

The two original KHJ towers were 300 feet tall and were located at Venice Blvd. and Fairfax Ave. in Los Angeles.

(Pictures courtesy of KTLA TV, Los Angeles.)


Dozens day is historically out of this world
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Wednesday, 12/12/12 12:12 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet This]

I am posting this blog entry on December 12, 2012, at 12 seconds after 12:12 pm. That's 12/12/12 12:12:12.


The number 12 is a very interesting number. The word twelve possibly comes from the Germanic compound word twalif which means "two-leftover", in other words, "two remaining, after having ten taken". This probably made sense to speakers of Old English, but these days, only the remaining "tw" at the beginning of the word hints that twelve and two are related.

12 comes up again and again in history and religion. There were 12 Gods in ancient Greece. There were 12 Knights of King Arthur's round table. There are 12 days of Christmas and 12 Imams, legitimate successors of the prophet Muhammad. 12 men sit on juries in the US. The Western and Chinese Zodiacs have 12 signs. The Beatles, one of the most famous pop groups in history, released 12 studio albums. Clocks are divided into twelve hours, and most calendars are divided into 12 months.

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Quincy Jones, Count Basie and Frank Sinatra

And speaking of music and months, which are divided for the cycles of the moon, Frank Sinatra, in part famous for his version of Fly Me To The Moon, recorded in 1964, accompanied by Count Basie and arranged by Quincy Jones, was born on December 12, 1915.

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Harrison Schmitt on the moon

In addition, 12 men have walked on the moon, and the last to do so, the 12th man on the moon, Harrison Schmitt on Apollo 17, did one of his moon walks on December 12, 1972. He's also credited with taking one of the most famous pictures of the Earth from the moon, titled "The Big Blue Marble."

This evening, new history will be made for this date, as artists including Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, The Who and Paul McCartney join together to perform live at Madison Square Garden in New York City for the 12.12.12 Concert for Sandy Relief.

This is the last time a date and time like 12/12/12 12:12:12 will occur in most likely all of our lifetimes. The next time this will be possible will be 89 years from now in the year 2101.


Astrophysicist discovers the planet Krypton
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Saturday, 12/08/12 2:20 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet This]

Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium in New York City, says he has discovered the exact location of the planet Krypton.

The planet Krypton (artist's conception)

According to Mr. Tyson, Krypton orbits the red dwarf star LHS 2520, which is cooler and smaller than our sun, 27.1 light-years from Earth, in the constellation Corvus the raven, in the southern sky not far from Virgo and Hydra.

DC Comics, the publisher of the Superman series, says, "By applying real-world science to this story Neil deGrasse Tyson has forever changed Superman's place in history. Now fans will be able to look up at the night's sky and say, that's where Superman was born."

Mr. Tyson said, "As a native of Metropolis (New York City), I was delighted to help Superman, who has done so much for my city over all these years."


The last Twinkies
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 11/16/12 10:48 am] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet This]

According to the news today, after filing for bankruptcy and warning striking workers that they would close down the company forever, Hostess Brands Inc., the maker of Wonder Bread, Ding Dongs and Twinkies, is winding down its operations and is now out of business.

My last ever Twinkies

Scheduled for a grocery store run this morning anyway, today I picked up one box of Hostess Cupcakes and four individual packages of Twinkies. As I'm trying to take care of myself, I haven't bought these junk food treasures in many, many years, but I figured, for old times sake, I'd enjoy a few of these treats one last time.

I would have bought a box of Twinkies, but none were left on the shelves of my local Ralph's, and I was forced to buy four of the individual Twinkie packages instead. There were only a few of these left on the shelves as well. Interestingly, the shelf was still full of boxes of the chocolate filling version of the Twinkies, these probably not as appealing to people who, like me, wanted one last fix of the Twinkies we knew and loved from our childhoods.

Hostess brands date back to 1888, the Twinkie was introduced in 1930 as a cheap treat during the Depression. It's probably likely these brands will survive somehow, although today Hostess CEO Greg Rayburn said that there was no buyer waiting in the wings to rescue the company.


That's why they invented 8-tracks
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 10/23/12 10:57 am] [Permalink] [Tweet This]

It was announced today that going up for auction at the end of this month will be Paul McCartney's 1964 Aston Martin DB4 that he bought new in 1964. It was also mentioned that Paul's car included a Philips Auto-Mignon 45 rpm record player, fitting for a Beatle.

A record player in your car? Really? Yes, in fact, as early as 1956, Chrysler was offering a record player as an option on all Chrysler model cars.

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Click above to see full ad describing the Highway Hi-Fi

Called the Highway Hi-Fi, this record player was specially designed by CBS Laboratories as an accessory for Plymouth, Dodge, DeSoto, Chrysler and Imperial cars. Playing through the car radio's speakers, the turntable was located in a shock-proof case mounted just below the center of the instrument panel.

It didn't play standard records, however. The special 16 2/3 rpm records made for Chrysler by Columbia Records gave up to 45 minutes of music and up to one full hour of speech per side. Records available at the time included classical selections like Tschaikovsky and Borodini, the complete score of the Broadway musical show Pajama Game, Walt Disney's Davey Crockett, mood music by Percy Faith and his orchestra and quiet jazz by Paul Weston and his orchestra.

A later version made for Chrysler by RCA in 1960 could play regular 45s.


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