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Movies Movies Movies - 06-30-2005


Well, I haven't commented on the movie situation since Star Wars came out, so I guess it's high time I write about the current state of affairs.

For one, the movie industry is in the biggest slump, and no movie can resurrect it. Not SW, not Batman, and not War of the Worlds. The movie revenues have declined for 18 straight weekends compared to 2004, and the end is not in site. Pairing that with the quicker and quicker release of movies to DVD, and you have serious issues for theatres.

Speaking of Batman Begins, it was incredible. It is what all comic book movies should aspire to be. The entire cast (Bale, Freeman, Caine, Neeson) was fantastic. I hear that most of the cast has a 2-3 picture deal, so we won't see 2 or 3 different actors playing Batman for a while. Gotham was gorgeous, and . Quite frankly Batman Begins puts the original Keaton movie to shame.

War of the Worlds was also very well done. Even with Cruise's current real-life antics, the movie will do well. Spielberg took the HG Wells classic to new heights, while retaining the simplicity of the book. Although it is extremely sci-fi, it is more about the human struggle (and our sometimes irrational and mob-like behavior) as opposed to a shoot-em-up, "Independance Day" style flick. I've heard a lot of rants about the ending of the film, and I must say this: it's how the novel ends, and quite frankly, it was the first of it's kind to think up an 'alien invasion'. You should really see this on the big screen, as the effects and sounds are truly amazing.

Speaking of remakes, check out the new trailer for Peter Jackson's remake of King Kong, due out in December. This looks really, really nice, and if Jackson does even half as good as he did on the Lord of the Rings trilogy, this movie will be blockbuster.


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NASA + 4th of July = - 06-29-2005


NASA will create its own fireworks this 4th of July with an attempt to 'shoot' a comet 80 million miles away from Earth.

Project "Deep Impact" (man, I swore that was a joke at first) will release a 820-pound wine barrel-sized probe hurtling toward the comet Tempel 1, gouging a crater in the comet's surface large enough to reveal its core and perhaps yield cosmic clues to the origin of the solar system. If the $333 million mission is successful, Deep Impact will be the first spacecraft to touch the surface of a comet.

Discovered in 1867, Tempel 1 is a short-period comet, meaning that it moves around the sun in an elliptical orbit between Mars and Jupiter and can be sighted every six or so years.

Let's hope that they don't cause this thing to take a wrong turn after impact.


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Ten Commandments - The Struggle - 06-28-2005


There's some new hoopla regarding some new Supreme Court rulings on the 10 Commandments. But, little do they (or I, up until now) know that the copy of the Ten Commandments most of us know is wrong. The traditional "commandments" we know are in Exodus 20:2-17. However, in Exodus 31:18, Moses has two tablets of stone with "testimony" written on them. They are never referred to as "commandments". In Exodus 32:19, Moses smashes these tablets.

When he goes back for the new tablets (in Exodus 34:14-28), this is the first time that the words on the tablets are referred to as the "Ten Commandments". The version in 34:14-28 are much different than 20:2-17, but the question is, did God change his mind, or was Moses just forgetful?

The REAL TEN COMMANDMENTS (from Exodus 34:14-28):

I Thou shalt worship no other god.
II Thou shalt make thee no molten gods.
III The feast of unlevened bread thou shalt keep.
IV Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest.
V Thou shalt observe the feast of the weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest.
VI Thrice in the year shall all your men children appear before the Lord God.
VII Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven.
VIII Neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the passover be left unto the morning.
IX The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring unto the house of the Lord thy God
X Thou shalt not seethe a kid (a young goat) in his mother's milk.

I think I just heard your head explode.


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Monday Music Review - 06-27-2005


There's not a lot going on in the music scene this week, so I present some albums for review that deviate from the norm of the site. Who knows, maybe you'll walk away listening to something new. This week: Black Eyed Peas and Ying Yang Twins...



I must confess: I am a big Black Eyed Peas fan. Elephunk was awesome (although I wish they wouldn't have buckled on "Let's Get Retarted", changing it to "Let's Get It Started"). Their new release, Monkey Business, is sexually charged, and brings collaborations with Justin Timberlake, Jack Johnson, Sting, and James Brown. "Pump It" starts the bass-induced funk-fest, and cover's a portion of Dick Dales "Miserlou" (er, the beginning music to Pulp Fiction). "Union", with Sting, samples Sting's "Englishman In New York", and can stand as the sequel to "Where is the Love". "They Don't Want Music", featuring the legendary James Brown, is a fantastic foray into funk. Brown is flawless, and the duet with Fergie rocks.

Other notable hits on this album are "Gone Going" with Jack Johnson (this is a nice cruisin' tune, think "Gone till November"), "My Style", and "Dum Diddly". Monkey Business is sure to have a string of hits, and is a great album to listen to this summer.

Ying Yang Twins United States of Atlanta is an odd, gimicky, rude and lewd release. Strangely enough, the music is enticing and talented. "Wait (The Whisper Song)", the albums first single, had a huge following, and "Badd", the second release, will probably follow in it's footsteps. But honestly, although the music is cool, the lyrics are shoddy. There is not one song on the album that doesn't reference the male anatomy jammed somewhere. And that is what makes this album lackluster. I understand every once and a while referencing something "dirrrty" because you're trying to follow in the footsteps of Lil' John and the rest of the Dirty South phenomenon, but it's complete and udder overkill on this album. Which is a shame, because the music itself can stand up to the best laid albums.

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Movie Quotes - 06-26-2005


The American Film Institute recently released a list of the top 100 movie quotes. Here are the Top 10, with the rest of the list in the [Read More] area. I think that the Top 10 is fairly accurate, with the exception of #3 & #9. Come on, "I'll be back" is number 37? "Say hello to my little friend" was # 61? Both could have easily been top 10.

1. "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn," "Gone With the Wind," 1939.

2. "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse," "The Godfather," 1972.

3. "You don't understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could've been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am," "On the Waterfront," 1954.

4. "Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore," "The Wizard of Oz," 1939.

5. "Here's looking at you, kid," "Casablanca," 1942.

6. "Go ahead, make my day," "Sudden Impact," 1983.

7. "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up," "Sunset Blvd.," 1950.

8. "May the Force be with you," "Star Wars," 1977.

9. "Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night," "All About Eve," 1950.

10. "You talking to me?" "Taxi Driver," 1976.



11. "What we've got here is failure to communicate," "Cool Hand Luke," 1967.

12. "I love the smell of napalm in the morning," "Apocalypse Now," 1979.

13. "Love means never having to say you're sorry," "Love Story," 1970.

14. "The stuff that dreams are made of," "The Maltese Falcon," 1941.

15. "E.T. phone home," "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," 1982.

16. "They call me Mister Tibbs!", "In the Heat of the Night," 1967.

17. "Rosebud," "Citizen Kane," 1941.

18. "Made it, Ma! Top of the world!", "White Heat," 1949.

19. "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!", "Network," 1976.

20. "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship," "Casablanca," 1942.

21. "A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti," "The Silence of the Lambs," 1991.

22. "Bond. James Bond," "Dr. No," 1962.

23. "There's no place like home," "The Wizard of Oz," 1939.

24. "I am big! It's the pictures that got small," "Sunset Blvd.," 1950.

25. "Show me the money!", "Jerry Maguire," 1996.

26. "Why don't you come up sometime and see me?", "She Done Him Wrong," 1933.

27. "I'm walking here! I'm walking here!", "Midnight Cowboy," 1969.

28. "Play it, Sam. Play 'As Time Goes By,"' "Casablanca," 1942.

29. "You can't handle the truth!", "A Few Good Men," 1992.

30. "I want to be alone," "Grand Hotel," 1932.

31. "After all, tomorrow is another day!", "Gone With the Wind," 1939.

32. "Round up the usual suspects," "Casablanca," 1942.

33. "I'll have what she's having," "When Harry Met Sally...," 1989.

34. "You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow," "To Have and Have Not," 1944.

35. "You're gonna need a bigger boat," "Jaws," 1975.

36. "Badges? We ain't got no badges! We don't need no badges! I don't have to show you any stinking badges!", "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre," 1948.

37. "I'll be back," "The Terminator," 1984.

38. "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth," "The Pride of the Yankees," 1942.

39. "If you build it, he will come," "Field of Dreams," 1989.

40. "Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get," "Forrest Gump," 1994.

41. "We rob banks," "Bonnie and Clyde," 1967.

42. "Plastics," "The Graduate," 1967.

43. "We'll always have Paris," "Casablanca," 1942.

44. "I see dead people," "The Sixth Sense," 1999.

45. "Stella! Hey, Stella!", "A Streetcar Named Desire," 1951.

46. "Oh, Jerry, don't let's ask for the moon. We have the stars," "Now, Voyager," 1942.

47. "Shane. Shane. Come back!", "Shane," 1953.

48. "Well, nobody's perfect," "Some Like It Hot," 1959.

49. "It's alive! It's alive!", "Frankenstein," 1931.

50. "Houston, we have a problem," "Apollo 13," 1995.

51. "You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?", "Dirty Harry," 1971.

52. "You had me at 'hello,"' "Jerry Maguire," 1996.

53. "One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don't know," "Animal Crackers," 1930.

54. "There's no crying in baseball!", "A League of Their Own," 1992.

55. "La-dee-da, la-dee-da," "Annie Hall," 1977.

56. "A boy's best friend is his mother," "Psycho," 1960.

57. "Greed, for lack of a better word, is good," "Wall Street," 1987.

58. "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer," "The Godfather Part II," 1974.

59. "As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again," "Gone With the Wind," 1939.

60. "Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!", "Sons of the Desert," 1933.

61. "Say 'hello' to my little friend!", "Scarface," 1983.

62. "What a dump," "Beyond the Forest," 1949.

63. "Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me. Aren't you?", "The Graduate," 1967.

64. "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!", "Dr. Strangelove," 1964.

65. "Elementary, my dear Watson," "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes," 1929.

66. "Get your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape," "Planet of the Apes," 1968.

67. "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine," "Casablanca," 1942.

68. "Here's Johnny!", "The Shining," 1980.

69. "They're here!", "Poltergeist," 1982.

70. "Is it safe?", "Marathon Man," 1976.

71. "Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain't heard nothin' yet!", "The Jazz Singer," 1927.

72. "No wire hangers, ever!", "Mommie Dearest," 1981.

73. "Mother of mercy, is this the end of Rico?", "Little Caesar," 1930.

74. "Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown," "Chinatown," 1974.

75. "I have always depended on the kindness of strangers," "A Streetcar Named Desire," 1951.

76. "Hasta la vista, baby," "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," 1991.

77. "Soylent Green is people!", "Soylent Green," 1973.

78. "Open the pod bay doors, HAL," "2001: A Space Odyssey," 1968.

79. Striker: "Surely you can't be serious." Rumack: "I am serious ... and don't call me Shirley," "Airplane!", 1980.

80. "Yo, Adrian!", "Rocky," 1976.

81. "Hello, gorgeous," "Funny Girl," 1968.

82. "Toga! Toga!", "National Lampoon's Animal House," 1978.

83. "Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make," "Dracula," 1931.

84. "Oh, no, it wasn't the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast," "King Kong," 1933.

85. "My precious," "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," 2002.

86. "Attica! Attica!", "Dog Day Afternoon," 1975.

87. "Sawyer, you're going out a youngster, but you've got to come back a star!", "42nd Street," 1933.

88. "Listen to me, mister. You're my knight in shining armor. Don't you forget it. You're going to get back on that horse, and I'm going to be right behind you, holding on tight, and away we're gonna go, go, go!", "On Golden Pond," 1981.

89. "Tell 'em to go out there with all they got and win just one for the Gipper," "Knute Rockne, All American," 1940.

90. "A martini. Shaken, not stirred," "Goldfinger," 1964.

91. "Who's on first," "The Naughty Nineties," 1945.

92. "Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper, now, about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac ... It's in the hole! It's in the hole! It's in the hole!", "Caddyshack," 1980.

93. "Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!", "Auntie Mame," 1958.

94. "I feel the need -- the need for speed!", "Top Gun," 1986.

95. "Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary," "Dead Poets Society," 1989.

96. "Snap out of it!", "Moonstruck," 1987.

97. "My mother thanks you. My father thanks you. My sister thanks you. And I thank you," "Yankee Doodle Dandy," 1942.

98. "Nobody puts Baby in a corner," "Dirty Dancing," 1987.

99. "I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!", "The Wizard of Oz," 1939.

100. "I'm king of the world!", "Titanic," 1997.

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Christ - 06-25-2005


If you think you have it bad, check out what happened to this poor nun. I swear, the wacko things people do in the name of 'religion' never cease to amaze me.



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Supreme Power - 06-24-2005




If you don't know each an every one of these geezers, you should. They're the real power in our country, they're the one's that make the big decisions.

For example, just yesterday this group decided that cities may bulldoze people's homes to make way for shopping malls or other private development, giving local governments broad power to seize private property to generate tax revenue. This will cause seven homeowners to lose their 15 houses in Connecticut to make way for a hotel and convention center.

If you don't think this is scary, you should. This decision will allow any local government the power to enforce "eminent domain" for not only new roads and highways, or a new school or courthouse. Some think that "eminent domain" is already being abused, just wait until governments start taking land away for a new shopping mall or hotel.

Left to right in front row are: Associates Justice Antonin Scalia, John Paul Stevens, Chief Justice of the United States William H. Rehnquist, Associate Justices Sandra Day O'Connor, and Anthony M. Kennedy. Back row, from left are: Associate Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, David Souter, Clarence Thomas, and Stephen Breyer.



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Burn 'em - 06-23-2005


I'm sorry, but there is nothing funnier than seeing someone have to punch their own head to put out flames. Especially when it's their own damn fault that their head caught on fire!

See what I mean.


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Greatest Tazer Ever! - 06-23-2005


If you've never seen this tazer video, you are in for a treat. This woman completely refuses to cooperate with the police, and they let her have it. Make sure those speakers are on, because she is out of control once she's tazed. See it here...

Seriously, this is why I'm not a police officer, I would have pistol-whipped this lunatic without hesitation.


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Cruisin for a Bruisin - 06-22-2005


I'm not the biggest fan of Tom Cruise at the moment. His appearances, engagement, and beliefs are way to over the top for me.

But, I'll agree with Tom that the microphone squirtgun incident was extremely rude. I don't care who the jackass was that did it, he should have gotten his lights knocked out.

If you haven't seen the video, check it out here.


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Wagons Ho! - 06-22-2005


I'm getting a bunch of email and questions regarding my "semi-on the wagon" comment from yesterday. So let me try and explain what I meant...

Two weeks ago, a crew of hooligans (myself included) went on a weekend trip to see a NASCAR event. We left Saturday morning, and came home Sunday late. We took with us a 1/2 keg of Coors Light. And although there was a crew, only 2 people (and on occasion, a 3rd) drank from the keg.

To make a long story short, we finished the keg. When I say we, I mean me and 1 other person. In 2 days. That's 1/4 keg a piece. To better illustrate:

1/2 Keg = 15 Gallons of Beer = 60 quarts = 120 pints
1/2 Keg = 160 12 oz Beer Cans (that's over 6 1/2 cases)
1/2 keg will put 41 men over the legal drinking limit

Now, outside of stopping from killing myself, I am on the wagon for another reason. That much beer also means calories, approximately 20,000 to be exact. So in the course of the weekend, outside the fact I probably ate 5 hamburgers, 4 bratwurst, chips, etc., I put about 10,000 calories into my system. What the hell was I thinking!

Seriously, I can put away some beer. It's probably from all those years of practice. A night out typically accounts for 12-20 beers, and that is amazingly ridiculous. To top it off, my system does not burn it off like it used to (did it ever?), so I need to seriously cut down.

So to clarify, yes, I am on the wagon, meaning I'm not binge drinking like I have the past 15 years of my life. I'm not going out 2, 3, or even 4 times a week and getting bombed. Will I have a beer or two? Sure. But I am trying to learn to be responsible enough to say "enough", and that's my ultimate goal.


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Top 40 Countdown - 06-21-2005


A buddy of mine gave me this list a while back ago, and I thought it appropriate to post now that I'm semi- on the wagon. This list is the "Top 40 Things Every Drunk Should Do Before They Die." Amazingly (maybe unfortunately) I've done all but 6 items on this list. How many have you done?

1.) Open and close a bar.
2.) Go on a bender.
3.) Drink a fifth of hard liquor, by yourself, in one day.
4.) Dance like a fool in front of a large hooting crowd.
5.) Spend a night in the drunk tank.
6.) Get drunk on the grave of your hero.
7.) Buy a crowded bar a round.
8.) Embark on an impromptu road trip.
9.) Get 86’d from a bar.
10.) Extravagantly overtip a bartender.
11.) Walk up to an attractive stranger way out of your league and buy him or her a drink.
12.) Conspire an afterhours at your favorite bar.
13.) Make your best friend a perfect martini.
14.) Buy, build or steal a home bar.
15.) Get carried home by your drinking buddies.
16.) Get drunk with your father.
17.) Fight a good fight.
18.) Visit the source of your favorite beer, wine or liquor.
19.) Drunkenly watch the sun come up with your best boozing buddies and a bottle.
20.) Sit in on an A.A. meeting.
21.) Hit a dozen bars in one night.
22.) Try at least one hundred different drinks.
23.) Get loaded in the land of your forefathers.
24.) Juice on the job.
25.) Split a magnum of expensive champagne with your true love.
26.) Give a hobo twenty bucks.
27.) Get loaded and tell your boss exactly how you feel.
28.) Send a friend a bottle of good liquor.
29.) Eat a pickled egg from the big jar.
30.) Go on a fishing trip with your pals.
31.) Eat the worm.
32.) Learn at least one traditional drinking song.
33.) Steal some booze.
34.) Spend half a paycheck on a single bottle of liquor.
35.) Start your long-awaited and very personal autobiography: Me and the Booze: A Love Story.
36.) Try absinthe.
37.) Watch the movie Barfly with five of your closest friends.
38.) Work at least a week as a bartender.
39.) Make your own beer, wine or moonshine.
40.) Go to your place of worship loaded.

Have fun!


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MMR - 2 New Ones and Notes - 06-20-2005


TWO Reviews coming your way today...The White Stripes' Get Behind Me Satan, and Billy Corgan's new solo effort, The Future Embrace. I've also added a new rating system, using 1 through 10 instead of 1-5, because I hate using 1/2 stars...



I have yet to hear someone criticize The White Stripes new album, Get Behind Me Satan. I swear, one person calls an album a "classic for all time", and everyone jumps on the bandwagon. Sorry, not me; I actually listened to the album, and I gotta tell you, even though it is musically complex, and broad to many genres and tastes (blues, rock, alt, prog, punk, hard rock), the album does not gel with me. It is not a "classic", and in 5 years, we'll forget this band was even around (sorry if you're a huge Stripes fan, but it's the truth).

There are some cool tunes, like "Doorbell" (great, funky beat and trendous bass line). "Blue Orchid" has received a lot of airplay, and it's not a bad number either. "Nurse" is also an interesting foray into the odd but amusing. But these are the first three songs, and the album starts to get old after a while. Honestly, I've tried my damndest (three times!) to sit through the entire LP in one sitting, and I cannot. Crap attempts in the genre of folk-blues, like "Little Ghost", "Passive Manipulation", and "I'm Lonely", are horrible. "Instinct Blues" is a Led Zeppelin-esque tune, and upon listening to it, you wish you could get the last 4 minutes of your life back. Honestly, after listening to the album, you would swear the band is a terrible Rolling Stones/Led Zeppelin cover band.

Billy Corgan's Future Embrace is quite the opposite. Corgan scored big with The Smashing Pumpkins, and although his last band Zwan tanked, it received critical acclaim (which honestly doesn't really mean that much anymore). Corgan decided to move a different route for this album, relying heavily on electronic sounds and beats to produce a soulful, tragic LP. Tragic? Listen to "The Cameraeye" in the dark, and you'll know what I mean ("honey choose my wet dream/a naked soul just has to grieve/if I bleed, the camera cries/no one doubts the camera eye").

Starting with "All Things Change", you can hear Corgan explaining how he got where he is now: why the Pumpkins are no more, why he cannot stand the members of Zwan. It is heartfelt, compassionate, honest. But just when you think that the album is going to be an entire selection of slow, moody tunes, he hits you with "A100", a gut-wrenching, rock tune that can stand up to "Bullet With Butterfly Wings". "Mina Loy" is similar, with a hint to old sounds, but in a new direction.

The song of songs on this album: Corgan invited one of my favorites, The Cure's Robert Smith, to duet an old Bee Gee's tune, "To Love Somebody". Bee Gees? What? They took this song to a whole new level, and what shines through is simply amazing.

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Anniversary Time - 06-19-2005


Not Only Father's Day, but also the 1 year anniversary of Semicircle. I decided to give the 'ole site a facelift, and at the same time learned some new things about style sheets and blog skins. I created the skins and templates myself this time, as well as the images and logo. I also added some plugins, like a ratings system and a counter.

Make sure to visit the links to the right, some of them are brand-spanking new! -------->


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Happy Father's Day - 06-19-2005


Dads, enjoy it.




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HAPLAND - 06-18-2005


Yes, there's an entire world named after me. Well, in cyberspace anyway.

Check out this mind-numbing puzzle called, appropriately, Hapland 2. It is a flash game that makes you click on various items on the screen to perform various tasks. If you click on the question mark on the lower-right side of the screen, it will tell you the goal of the game. Trust me, it is not easy!

I figured out about 1/2 of it, then gave up and used this nicely written walkthrough to open the portal. I've copied the walkthrough here, just click [read more] below and you'll get the answer to the puzzle. Good Luck!


Click the post with the red dot so turns to a green arrow. Open the trapdoor (which is next to the post) then click the yellow arrow to move the stickman. He falls through the trapdoor and is in between two crates. Click the post to turn the green arrow back to a red dot.

The next part requires some timing (there is a lot of it in this game!) Click the crate with the yellow sticker on. A bomb rolls out which is picked up by the stickman. Count one second and when the stickman has an explaination mark above his head, click the yellow arrow. This blows the bomb to right and blows off the door of the house. (The arrow next to the house is destroyed. It can be saved if you've got some good timing and reflexes, but this isn't required.) Click the pink slab three times. Then click the stickman. He'll walk into the house on the right.

Click the underground switch. Press the blue, right arrow which rotates a wheel under the stairs. Clicking the stairs moves them to the right. Press the doorbell and the stickman will climb up to a lever.

Click the switch next to the castle at the top left of the screen. Click the light so it focuses on three canonballs. A little bit of timing is now required. Click the bird which'll pick up a cannonball. As it is approaching the first cloud click the cloud. This'll make the bird drop the cannonball onto the aerials, causing them to shortcircuit and explode. BOOM. Click on the first cloud for a second time. Repeat the bird/cannonball routine for the second cloud. This places the cannonball into a catapult contraption.

More timing required on the next part... Click the first cloud, this will cause it to explode. As soon as possible click the stickman next to the catapult. This fires the cannonball through the burning cloud, causing it to set alight. This firery cannonball burns the flag, bounces around a little and explodes the mine which is indoors.

Now, turn your attention to the stickmen on the left. Click the top stickman who will walk (and fall) down the stairs. Some more timing is required here... Ready? Open the trapdoor on the top left, press the fan (purple thing in the middle column) when the moth is inline with it. This'll cause the moth to fly through the fan. As it's distracting the stickman by the lever click the stickman who has just fallen down the stairs. He'll now walk safely under the crate.

Click the stickman on the far left. He falls down to the bottom level and stands by a lever. Switch the arrow below so it's pointing to the right, and click the stickman. This'll cause a wave machine effect on the water. Click the middle stickman to open the trapdoor. The next part requires some more timing... ready? OK, click the top stickman so the crate drops. A fish will fall out. When the fish is level with the bottom step click the underwater wooden spike.

Turn off the wave generator by clicking on the stickman in the bottom left. Click the stickman holding the fishing rod. He will winde in his catch, eat it and spring up to the top of the castle. Click him again to make in enter the top door. This lights up the first torch. Click the switch underneath the lit torch to complete this part of the circuit.

Back to the right hand side. Click post so the green arrow is displayed, and then click the yellow arrow which is underneath. This will send the stickman back into the house. Open the window. The stickman slames the window which'll cause the blob to fall down to the ground. Turn the wave machine back on, so the waves are travelling to the right. Click the blob. It will consume the first crate and jump over the second. It will slide down the hill and explode on the underwater mine.

Final stage now. Click the little left blue arrow (underground) then click the stairs making them move next to the remaining crate. This requires some timing. Ring the doorbell. The stickman will come out. When the stickman reaches the top of the stairs click the crate it's next to. The stickman jumps into a jeep and drives out the other side. When the jeep is near the bottom of the pond click wooden spike, allowing it to pass. The stickman will climb out, up the stairs and into the door. This lights the second torch.

click the switch underneath the second lit torch and the portal is open. 10/10! Well done, you've successfully read what I typed ;)

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Live8 & U2 - 06-17-2005

After a month of seeing U2, I finally found a live recording of the Philly concert. Besides great music, there was an inspiring speach made by Bono right before they sang "One".

Listen to the segment here. He is a man of great words.


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Download of the month - 06-16-2005


I was visiting my barber today, and he asked for some help on his computer. I said sure, and began looking at the symptoms presented to me. When I reviewed his startup, registry, and running system processes, I diagnosed a lot of spyware on his PC.

From Wiki, Spyware consists of computer software that gathers and reports information about a computer user without the user's knowledge or consent. This software tracks websites you visit, harvests your private information, and launches commmercial websites through pop-up ads (among other things). The worst thing is: you NEVER realize it!

I guess I figured that most people with a PC know what spyware (also referred to as Adware or Malware) is, but I was amazed that my barber didn't. So I present to you 2 spyware killers for your PC: Ad-Aware and SpyBot Search and Destroy.

Both are tools designed to protect your computer from malicious software, data-miners, and pop-ups. You can download either from their website and run them. The tools will scan your PC's and tell you what kinds of spyware is on your machine, then it will let you pick and choose the items to delete. I run both tools about once a month to ensure my system is clean and free of garbage. My barber found 444 spyware items on his computer!

One last note: if you want to give Microsoft's new AntiSpyware tool a try, it is currently in Beta, and can be downloaded here. It will work just like the items above, and will give you access to other items on your PC as well, such as your startup files. I've been using this for about 2 months, and it is great. I still run the other programs, however, because no one program catches all the spyware (even though Microsoft runs every night, Ad-Aware found 95 data miners on my computer today).


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Two current news events that are pissing me off... - 06-15-2005


...And no, I don't mean the Michael Jackson verdict. Honestly, I think he is innocent on the charges.

NEWS STORY #1 - "GRIEVING 9/11 WIDOW SQUANDERS $5 MILLION". Kathy Trant's husband died in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Relatives, friends and strangers opened their hearts and their wallets, donating millions of dollars to Trant and her three children. Fewer than four years after the attacks, she has blown through most of the money. She says she suffers from a disease of chronic shopping.

WHAT? WHAT? Are you fucking kidding me? I'm sorry, but this wacko spent $1.5 million in renovations to her home, $350K to build a full ize basketball court in her backyard, and gave away thousands to people asking for things like breast implants and Superbowl tickets. I pity this psychotic's children, they are the ones that will suffer when she ends up living on the streets. And shame on her for calling the money "blood money". People around the world tried to honor her husband by offering her donations, and this is the crap she pulls? I honestly feel that her kids should be taken away from her.

NEWS STORY #2 - "SCHIAVO AUTOPSY SHOWS MASSIVE BRAIN DAMAGE". If you were one of the neanderthals crying over her death, get over it. The autopsy showed that her brain was 1/2 the size it should have been, and there was absolutely no way of ever coming back from such a critical problem.

"This damage was irreversible, and no amount of therapy or treatment would have regenerated the massive loss of neurons," said Pinellas-Pasco County Medical Examiner Dr. Jon Thogmartin, who led the autopsy team. He also said she was blind, because the "vision centers of her brain were dead." The autopsy also proved that her husband did not strangle or abuse her. Now I only hope he can quietly move on with his life, without the conservative critics breathing down his neck.

/rant off


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New Strange Music - 06-14-2005


If you're looking to expand and explore your music tastes, here are a few albums for you to check out that you may normally pass by. By clicking on the album link, you'll have the opportunity to listen to the music to see if it's to your liking.

Vitalic - OK Cowboy - This is heavy on the electronic, but can blend into your Crystal Method/Chemical Brothers playlists.

Nouvelle Vague - Nouvelle Vague - This is an interesting remix of songs with a lounge touch. Think old new wave meets bossa-nova. Songs like New Order's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" and The Cure's "A Forest" are covered.

Paul Anka - Rock Swings - The famous crooner Anka covers Nirvana, Bon Jovi, Soundgarden, and Oasis in a way that will swing your socks off! This one is a must listen!

The Flaming Lips - LateNight Tales - The battlers of the Pink Robots create an interesting mix of mellow tunes. The highlight is their remake of The White Stripes "Seven Nation Army". Also featured are songs by Radiohead, Aphex Twin, and The Chemical Brothers.


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MMR - The Foo - 06-13-2005


Foo Fighters' release In Your Honor this week, a double CD to boot!



After the Foo Fighter's last album, Dave Grohl thought he would take a break from the Foo, and write and release a quiet, acoustic session of songs. After writing it, and realizing he had some serious rock songs to lay down due to a year and a half tour, Grohl decided to create a double album: One CD full of gritty rock and roll, the other an acoustic session. The result is a great purchase.

The title track, "In Your Honor", is rock at its finest. Sounding a bit like Andrew WK, Grohl belts this baby out hard ("In Your Honor/I Would Die Tonight/For You To Feel Alive"). The rock continues with the Foo friendly "No Way Back" (some great guitar here). The first single, "Best Of You", is truely a terrific track, and has seen tons of radioplay, and tops the internet singles charts. One of my favorite songs on the album, "The Last Song", is a great jam, with some intriguing lyrics ("This is the Last Song/That I will dedicate to you/Made my peace and now I'm through"). The guitars are great, and Grohls singing and drumming is spectacular.

There really isn't a bad song on the album. It's pure rock and roll, and overall a keeper. The acoustic session, although interesting, is not that great. Many of the songs, like "What If I Do?", "Miracle", and "Over and Out" seem like nothing but a chorus sung over and over again on top of some acoustic guitar. There are a few nice tracks, like the very different shuffle "Virginia Moon" (where Grohl duets with Norah Jones), but overall the 2nd CD can be overlooked.

One note: this is one of the first big albums that is being released under the "Copy Protected CD" era. I do not like the idea of not being album to rip this album to put on my iPod or iRiver, but this is a move that is being made and tested by the music industry.

OK, another note: For you trivia buffs, Grohl is a huge fan of extra-terrestrial findings. The term "Foo Fighters" refers to the UFO's that many WWII fighter pilots claim seeing during the war, and as a matter of fact the term Foo Fighters gave way to the term UFO. Finally, Dave's record company is called Roswell Records.

DJ Mode Review: CD1 - CD2 -

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Tyson vs. McBride - 06-11-2005


So Mike Tyson, now 38, is attempting another run at the title by fighting Kevin McBride tonight on Pay Per View. Seriously, does anyone care about this wash-up? Or, more importantly, is anyone going to spend their hard earned money watching this chuckle-head fight?

The tattoed and rude Tyson was up to old antics at the press conference, where he told McBride he would "gut him like a fish". Just in case you forgot, here's a little bio on the man that ruined the sport of boxing, giving the sport a black eye for years to come:

1966 - Mike Gerard Tyson was born. God weeps.
1986 - Wins the title, becomes the youngest heavyweight champ ever. People still adore him.
1990 - "Iron" Mike gets knocked-the-"F"-out by James "Buster" Douglas. The boxing world is stunned.
1992 - Convicted of rape, serves 3 years. Women can walk the street freely for a brief period.
1997 - Shows his animal side by chewing off part of Evander Holyfield's ear in their fight.
1999 - Jailed again; this time for assault. Apparently, Mikey has a temper.
2002 - Bit Lennox Lewis' leg during their press conference for their upcoming fight (which LL knocked him out).

Sadly, this idiot still draws attention, and a purse. He'll bring in $5 million for this fight. But I know he won't get my money.


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Live8 - 06-10-2005


They've set up quite a cool set of concerts for July 2nd. Designed to get the world to stand up and take notice of world poverty and debt, Live8 will be the largest concert ever. The event is being organized by Live Aid'er Bob Geldof.

Performers will play in 5 cities: London, Philadelphia, Paris, Rome, Berlin, and the lineup includes a massive assortment of talent. Here's a partial list...

- U2 - Annie Lennox
- Coldplay - The Cure
- Elton John - The Killers
- Madonna - Paul McCartney
- REM - Snoop Dogg
- Sting - Velvet Revolver
- Will Smith - 50 Cent
- Bon Jovi - Dave Matthews Band
- Jay-Z - Maroon 5
- P Diddy - Rob Thomas
- Sarah McLachlan - Stevie Wonder
- Duran Duran - Crosby Stills & Nash
- A-Ha - Tim McGraw



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Vader says 'Nooooooo' - 06-09-2005


There have been a lot of funny things on the net regarding Darth Vader's "Nooooo" scream at the end of "Revenge Of The Sith". This is probably the funniest one that I've seen. Let it load, and enjoy!


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NFL Best Sellers - 06-09-2005


The Philadelphia Eagles are the NFL's biggest seller of merchandise, reported today by the National Football League. Running 2nd are the Patriots.

Top Jersey's sold (in order):

1. Randy Moss' new Oakland Raiders Jersey
2. Atlanta's Michael Vick (he'd be #1 if the NFL would sell an Atlanta "Ron Mexico" jersey)
3. Tom Brady of New England
4. Donovan McNabb of Philadelphia
5. Ben Roethlisberger of Pittsburgh
6. LaDainian Tomlinson of San Diego
7. Byron Leftwich of Jacksonville
8. Tampa Bay's Rookie Carnell Williams
9. Jeremy Shockey and Tiki Barber of the Giants


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Google Maps - 06-08-2005


No, I'm not being paid by Google to advertise for them, it's just their stuff is very cool and innovative, and I feel I must write about it.

If you haven't tried Google Maps, you must. For driving directions, satellite images, and more, it's the best. Here's a nifty little satellite of my locale...



That winding river on the left is the Conestoga River, the long white road is Rt. 30, and the large block of white rectangles near the bottom right are the Outlets.
Ah, beautiful, green, Amish Country!!!

See how others use Google Maps in this interesting article.


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A Better way to email - 06-07-2005


If you don't have one already, owning a Gmail account is a great alternative for your email. Here's why...


1. It's FREE!
2. 2GB of free storage.
3. Free automatic forwarding and POP3 access
4. Groups an email and the replies to it as a conversation
5. Built-in Anti-Spam

I use my gmail account whenever a website needs a verified address for registration. I use it to store files. I use a lot of different ways. If you are ready to use it, drop me an email at hapdog@gmail.com. Gmail is currently in closed Beta, but I have some free invites and will gladly give them out to the first 10 emails.


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MMR - Coldplay X&Y - 06-06-2005


There is a ton of hype surrounding the new Coldplay album, released tomorrow, along with lots of press surrounding the band. Does the album live up? Well...

I loved Coldplay's last album, and after a 3 year wait, I was eager to hear X & Y. I am a bit miffed at the hype surrounding the band: I've heard them called the next U2 in Entertainment Weekly (um, don't flatter yourselves), and many places are calling this the album of the year already. People need to settle down and remember history. You know, history? The same history that heralded Radiohead after OK Computer, only for them to flop in the U.S. with their last 2 releases. The hype sometimes overtakes the band, and with X & Y, it almost did for me. I believed the album had to live up to these false expectations, which it surely does not. But, in all, the album is a great listen, and highly recommended.



It's funny, 1/2 the songs I love, the other 1/2 I don't. And it is even stranger that it happens to be every-other-song. Tracks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 (you get the jist) are fantastic; Tracks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 suck. Here's the rundown:

1. "Square One" - Great opener with a cool little guitar riff.
2. "What If?" - Not bad, but it will put you to sleep. It should be at the end of the album.
3. "White Shadows" - My 2nd favorite on the album, this is close to a perfect song.
4. "Fix You" - Another yawner with a humdrum melody and mediocre lyrics.
5. "Talk" - OK, a bit of an "Edge" guitar riff here. Nice moving melody and breakdown/buildup theme.
6. "X&Y" - Maybe the worst song on the album.
7. "Speed Of Sound" - The best song on the album, pure alt greatness here. A genius track. I wish the rest of the album had the guitar/bass/keyboard/drums that this does. The piano alone makes this track.
8. "A Message" - Another slow, slow, slow one that tries to build up like "Where The Streets Have No Name", but it never does.
9. "Low" - This is an interesting diversion, and a great track. This has some interesting pieces that you don't hear in the other tracks.
10. "Hardest Part" - Not a bad tune, but when vocalist Chris Martin sings the high notes on this one he sounds like a cat howling on a fence.
11. "Swallowed In The Sea" - This is a good slow song. Great keyboard, moody lyrics. Reminds me of REM's "Find the River".
12. "Twisted Logic" - There is so much going on in this slow track, it's hard to differentiate the production.

In all, an album with much potential. Some tracks are truly genius, why others fall so short of the rest of the album I wonder how they even got on it.

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You Betta Recognize! - 06-05-2005


If you have nothing to do on this sunny day, give this facial recognition test a go.


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I left my heart in.... - 06-04-2005


Man, what a black eye the 49'ers franchise has at the moment. For starters, they were the worst team in football last year. ANd if you haven't read about it already, they are even more embarrassing as they were caught with their pants down.

Their idiotic Public Relations Director decided to make a video for the team to teach them how to behave professionally. The one small problem was that the video has racial slurs and stereotyping, nudity, and profanity of all sorts encompass this video, getting their PR guy in hot water. The owners are pissed, and I don't blame them.

For your viewing pleasure, I am giving you a link with the actual video, broken into 8 parts. It is definitely worth watching, and it amazes me that someone can be so stupid!


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Internet's Red Light District - 06-03-2005


.xxx websites have been approved by ICANN, and later this year you can purchase a "xxx" domain site for $60 a year. Wait, $60? That's about 10 times the normal price to register a domain. Well, I guess someone's looking for their cut of the porn action.


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Da Bomb - 06-03-2005


It is not getting better in Iraq, in fact it is getting progressively worse. Here are some stats from this week ALONE:

- May 30 - Double Suicide Bombers - South of Baghdad - 27 dead
- June 2 - Suicide Bomber - Baghdad Highway - 18 dead
- June 2 - 4 Separate bombers across Iraq - 39 dead
- June 3 - Car Bomber - North of Baghdad - 10 dead

Did You Know???

- Insurgents have killed more than 700 Iraqis and 70 US troops since a Shiite-led cabinet was announced on April 28, making May the bloodiest month since the pre-election insurgency in January.

- There were over NINETY suicide bombing attacks in Iraq in the month of May alone.

So who are these suicide bombers? They must be running out of these kinds of people, right? Amazingly, in a published report from an Israeli expert on terrorism, out of 154 Arab Suicide bombers killed over the last 6 months in Iraq, 61% of them were from Saudi Arabia! Actual Iraqi bombers accounted for less than 15%.

So who the hell are we really fighting?


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Bush = Sith ?? - 06-02-2005


Come on!!! It's Funny!!!

Is President Bush a Sith Lord???


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DJ Vader - 06-02-2005


OK, I understand this link will take a few seconds to load, but hey, go grab a glass of milk while you're waiting! (It will load in a separate browser anyway).

In homage to the last Star Wars movie, check out this sweet DJ. Watch the whole 30 second movie, the end is the best:




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Summer TV - 06-01-2005


I know, I know, how can anyone possibly think of TV when it's so nice outside. Well, here are a few reasons you should be interested in:

- LOST - ABC is replaying the entire season of Lost all summer, beginning tonight at 10:00 p.m. If you haven't seen it yet, NOW IS YOUR CHANCE!!! You have been warned. TiVo it, RePlay it, tape it, watch it, whatever, just make sure you don't miss out again!

- Hit Me Baby One More Time - Former Top 10 Artists like Wang Chung and Tommy Tutone compete by singing their trademark song and one of today's hits on NBC beginning tomorrow. And like that Idol show, you are the judge!!!

- Sports Kids Moms and Dads - If you didn't watch Showdog Moms and Dads, you missed out on some great reality TV. Now's your chance to make it up. The only problem is, it starts tonight against Lost on the Bravo channel.

- Rock Star - CBS will find a new lead singer for INXS starting in July!


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