Actually, that headline isn’t misleading at all. That’s exactly what is being proposed at the site with the very accurate URL: geostationarybananaovertexas.com.
Back in April 2006, I did a comparison on photo sites and developing services for digital pictures. I did it for my own benefit and then e-mailed the results around to friends and family. That was before the blog. Since the blog seems like the perfect place for stuff like this, I thought I’d post what I had e-mailed around back then. Some things may have changed since I wrote this, but I suspect the basics remain the same. I tried four different sites: Winkflash, KodakGallery (formerly Ofoto), Shutterfly, and ImageStation.
Long a fan of Michael Mann and his original TV series, I had to give this movie a shot. I’m glad I did. I don’t know why it didn’t have more success at the box office, although I do have my complaints.
The story is reasonably solid. And while the good guys do have a couple of neat techno gizmos, they end up defeating the bad guys primarily by hard work and smarts. The hostage situation is also grittily realistic – almost too real. Furthermore, I like the fact that the bad guys are pan-national and that Li Gong is upper management in the bad guy biz. Amazing locations for filming, too, including Ciudad del Este in Paraguay.
But the pan-national locales and top-level stakes is one of my complaints. This is, after all, Miami Vice. And yes, I’m sure that lots of the vice crimes in Miami have international origins and connections. But that opening scene in the club seems like a more applicable story for these cops.
And I guess that’s part of my complaint with movie franchises these days. They feel like they need to up the story intensity by having every superhero fight multiple bad guys in one movie or have regional cops taking on international jobs. The story from the first Bad Boys movie with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, for example, would have been a great Miami Vice movie story. Now, if the Miami Vice movie franchise had gone on to make 20 movies and the moviegoer was getting somewhat tired of them cleaning up prostitutes and drugs in Miami, okay, then get a little bigger. But for the first one out of the gate, the story was too much for the title.
Still, the story was good and would have made a good Bond film – better than Casino Royale. Maybe the Broccoli family will wise up and hire Michael Mann to make a Bond film.
The DVD has some good extras on it. The ones about locations was really good. And there was one about how Colin Farrell got duped into believing he was on a real undercover deal.
Rating: 7 (out of 10)
I think it is safe to say that Tracy dragged me to see the new Dreamgirls movie. It turned out to be a really entertaining movie with some great music. Great acting all around. And it was great to see Eddie Murphy not making an ass of himself. (Except for Shrek where even though he played Donkey, he was not an ass!)
Rating: 7 (out of 10)
Gary LaPierre has been on the radio since 1964 and today was his last day. If you don’t know Gary, you might be thinking that after 43 years on the radio, he’d sound like Paul Harvey – old and crotchety. Not at all. Gary hasn’t changed in all the years I’ve been aware of him and he was there for all of my 38 years! And as everybody has been saying, he is the voice of newsradio in Boston. Or at least he was until today. I don’t begrudge him his retirement – he sure has earned it. In a time when good news is being shut down, Gary’s passion for the news, interviews, and Boston in general will be missed.
A new low in travel stupidity. I always seem to be delayed by people trying to get through the airport metal detectors with stuff in their pockets. But in an unusual reversal, one woman tried to put too much on the x-ray machine belt. An “inexperienced traveler” sent her grandson through the x-ray at LAX. The sad thing is that after loading the infant on the belt, the woman probably tried to walk through the metal detector with her purse while talking on her cell phone.
Justin Timberlake’s recent Saturday Night Live appearance included a “short” that was, uh, shortened for TV. Here’s the original, unedited version. Pretty funny and good for Justin for being willing to spoof his own genre.
Note: This is the uncensored version and as such is probably NSFW. No bad video, just the audio, so headphones would make it safe.
I had to post this video, even though it is a year old. It combines Trans-Siberian Orchestra and christmas lights – what’s not to like!? (There are better quality versions of the video floating around, but this one is the best I could find on YouTube.)
Yes, I know, the war on Christmas is old news and getting weary. But people keep harping on it! So, allow me to do a little harping too.
If you genuinely want to spread good “Christmas cheer” – you know, be kind to others and generally make people happy – then say “Happy Holidays”. You won’t make anyone who doesn’t celebrate Christmas feel inadequate and you’ll show an effort to be inclusive.
To those that are offended by “Happy Holidays” who believe that the absence of “Merry Christmas” is an attack on their religion: stuff it. If you believe that “Jesus is the reason for the season” then clearly insisting on saying “Merry Christmas” to those that may not be Christian is a form of proselytizing, even if it is small and unintentional. Wouldn’t “Happy Holidays” actually be the Christian (inclusive, do unto others, etc.) choice?
And to those who are offended by “Happy Holidays” because it represents political correctness and a change to what you grew up with: get over it. If you aren’t religious and don’t care about the religious connotations of Christmas, then you have no right to care about the words or how they are used. If you are just hung up on the fact that it is what you grew up with, take a minute to think about all the other wrong terminology you grew up with – all of it worse than “Merry Christmas”, but still proof that the way you grew up isn’t always the way things have to remain.