Thursday, June 28, 2012

On the Bucket List

I'm adding "learning this dance" to the bucket list.

Remember when we learned the Thriller dance just from watching the video over and over again? And how we spent three weeks and three Family Home Evenings in college teaching our ward and apartment complexes how to do it so that we could all dress up like zombies on Halloween and do a flash mob Thriller dance?

Yeah that's right. Only I do.

Scrub quitters.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

I'm Not Kidding: I'm Really Far North

Seriously though, I'm less than 200miles from the Arctic Circle. I could throw a rock into the Arctic from here.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Welcome Home and Happy Birthday to Myself

I live in Alaska but pretend like it's California. I figure if I will it hard enough, this summer will never end and that the life-threatening winters of Fairbanks will become the things of legends and mythos.

So the real question is: who WOULDN'T buy a sports car up here?

But seriously there are two things important to me about picking a car: fun factor and mpg. I spent months looking for my first car and finally settled on the MINI. Best choice I could have made; I love that car. That car put a smile on my face every time I saw it. Yeah winter was rough, but whatever. I loved what I was driving.

Course, I wouldn't bring that car up HERE. No, I just couldn't put my baby through these winters.

But as I was searching for a car again, I realized that it came down to fun factor and mpg again. I can't bring myself to spend thousands of dollars on a vehicle that will require many more thousands of dollars in gas and makes me dread driving because of the drudgery of getting behind its wheel.

So I bought a sports car. Naturally. Meet the Scion FR-S 86, or just 86. Appropriate, given that my birthday was like four days ago and I was born in the same year. Toyota and Subaru birthed this and its twin, the Subaru BRZ just this summer. It's the only one in Fairbanks, and it is AWESUM!!! That part is very important.

So now I just need to find me a $1000 beater SUV to drive on the ridiculously cold/snowy days. Which hopefully won't come to pass this year because of my willing it not to.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Movie Log 16: Prometheus

I've got to get better with writing these right after I see the movie...

So yeah. Prometheus. 

Prometheus delievers exactly what it promises to: a quasi-prequel to Aliens. You can't really expect much more than a sci-fi horror movie with that promise, and Prometheus delivers on it. It's well acted, looks excellent, and sounds amazing. The only thing lacking?

The movie itself. 

Like Snow White, they introduce concepts, questions, and plot turns - and then just forget about them. Actions that affect the entire movie but have no resolution or aren't even addressed by the characters. Like in Snow White - the Huntsman kisses Snow White and she wakes. AND NO ONE EVEN CARES. It's like it didn't even happen. Oh, the duke's son who has thought of no one else but Snow White for twenty years suddenly finds his childhood crush? DON'T EVEN TALK TO EACH OTHER IT'S COOL. Prometheus has quite a few moments like that. 

All in all, a neat flick, but I'd wait for the Redbox. 

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Movie Log 15: Snow White and the Huntsman

Yes, I watched this movie.
Yes, I went with my family.
Yes, it is definitely a chick flick.
Yes, Thor is in it. As himself. Yes, as Thor.

An interesting take on the story, no doubt. Definitely awkward throughout, though. There were many mommy-daughter and daddy-daughter dates in the audience, and you never knew how sensual or violent it was about to get. There was a thirteen-year-old and her dad sitting right next to me, and when the Queen beds/kills the king all I could think about is how awkward it would be to watch this with my dad. Then I remembered my dad was there, as was the rest of my family. Awkward.

Bella is Bella, and Thor is Thor. The plot/script is again, awkward. Really, the best part of the movie was the Queen.

Despite her incessant feminist ravings, she was just weird enough, just evil enough, just twisted enough, to entertain every time she was on the screen. The special effects that accompanied her throughout (i.e., the mirror, her various "youth" treatments, the ravens) were just as engaging.

Unfortunately her success just made the movie feel... uneven, because when she wasn't on the screen, you suddenly remembered you were smack dab in the middle of daddy/daughter date night.

Friday, June 1, 2012

The Zombacalypse

Are you prepared? If you haven't heard yet, a man was shot to death by police officers for refusing to stop eating another live man's face.


There have also been a series of... disturbing events happening in the Sunshine State. This article sums them up nicely. Well, as nicely as one can.

To that end, I wanted to make sure that everyone is prepared. Thusly, I have linked here the Counter-Zombie Operations at the Fire Team Level manual.

Please, for the love of all that is good and holy, read it. Get to know it. And then enlist. I'm taking applications for my Zombacalypse team.