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SimCity 2000

Ok, so it's been far, far too long since I posted anything -- and yet I continue to pay for hosting, so it's time I wrote something again. There's an article about an architect planning on building a building based upon the shaped of a dragonfly wing here. From the article, the building would feature urban farming:

Smorgasboard, October 2013 edition

This is a drive by announcement. I am back. Not that I was ever really gone, just captivated by an extended baseball season in Pittsburgh for the first time since Krog and I were freshmen at Penn State. Ok, so that's not the whole reason for by perceived invisibility, but it sounded good at the time.

I will make this a smorgasboard of posts, touching on several brief topics that had I attempted separate posts for them all would never see the light of day:

Pennsylvania: 

Film Review: Man of Steel

Man of Steel

 Krypton had its chance, so says the almost never-named Superman during one of his confrontations with General Zod in this new outing. From one point of view, you might agree with him; what place does Superman have in this modern world of gloomy, introspective Batmen and billion-dollar Avengers? Poor old Kal-El is too good, too god-like, too selfless and uncomplex to really grab. He is, for want of a better word, bland; even with his dead parents and lost world. He needs interesting villains and less interesting weaknesses to make his stories stand out.

Movie Rating: 
9

Film Review: The Whisperer in Darkness

The Whisperer in Darkness

'The Whisperer in Darkness' tells the tale of folklorist and professor, Albert Wilmarth, who is skeptical of tall tales detailing strange creatures living in the deep hills of rural Vermont. After losing a public debate with Charles Forte (colorful editor of The Fortean Times, a journal devoted to bizarre theories and cryptozoological investigations) Wilmarth decides to investigate the stories by visiting a colleague who lives in the Vermont backcountry.

Movie Rating: 
9

Film Review: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit:: An Unexpected Journey

The prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy films, The Hobbit tells the story of Bilbo Baggins, an unassuming hobbit who finds adventure with a group of dwarves on a quest to reclaim their ancestral home. Unsure of himself, Bilbo comes to realize that he's more adventurous than he ever realized.

Also starring Radagast the Brown Wizard.

Movie Rating: 
8

Is there anyone left on this planet?

 Buzz Lightyear mission log.
All signs point to this planet as the location of Krog's fortress...
but there seems to be no sign of life anywhere.

Film Review: The Bourne Legacy

The Bourne Legacy

A continuation of the Rodbert Ludlum-inspired universe first seen in The Bourne Identity; The Bourne Legacy stars Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross, another member of the top secret government project known as TREADSTONE. Not a reboot of the original trilogy of films, this film references the events of the earlier films heavily. Flashy and action-packed, Renner carries the film, despite the now-leaden, predictable and boring premise.

Movie Rating: 
6

Awesome Political Artwork

Reagan Riding a Velociraptor

Just thought I would share this: and artist who creates paintings of American Presidents in heroic poses. My favorite is pictured above -- Ronald Reagan riding a velociraptor while firing a submachine gun and an RPG. The artist has also created images of Jefferson battling a gorilla, Teddy Roosevelt fighting Bigfoot and Obama riding a lion.

Obama should have been riding a unicorn, or fighting the 2nd Amendment, or fiscal responsibility, but still -- great artwork.

Film Review: Skyfall

Skyfall

This is Daniel Craig's third outing as Bond and drops the storyline which held his previous two films together, that of the Quantum organisation and its nefarious dealings around the globe. This time we have direct threats to M (Judi Dench, returning for the seventh time) and MI-6's very existence. These come variously from Silva (Javier Bardem), a person from M's past, and from the British Government, wearing the friendly face of Voldemort himself, Ralph Fiennes.

Movie Rating: 
8

Romney vs. Big Bird

During last week's first presidential debate, Mitt Romney declared that he would cut all funding for programs on the basis of the question: "Is this program so crucial that it is worth borrowing money from China to protect?" He then headed directly at an issue some commentators had noticed -- Jim Lehrer, the moderator of the debate, is an employee of PBS (Public Broadcasting Service).

Romney stated unequivocally that he would cut PBS's funding -- saying to the moderator, "I really like Big Bird, and I even like you Mr. Lehrer." But hey, we're in a financial crisis, and some cuts are going to have to be made. It's not personal, it's just business.

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