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September 1, 2008

Hamlet 2 (2008)...

I have had the good fortune of being able to actually see several movies over the past week in the theater! It may sound like a thing of the past with the availability of bootleg films online, but I am one those people that occasionally still likes to go to the movie theater for the full on cinema experience. Not to mention the fact that not all the films I want to see are available on those bootleg websites anyway.

Hamlet 2 was one of the movies I had a chance to go see. I opted for the matinee because I am trying to remain financially conscientious these days (considering I am still un-employed). To my surprise the 5:30pm showing of the film drew a crowd of three people total and that included me. I had only recently seen a preview for the film, but something about it spoke to me. For those who have not heard of Hamlet 2 I will provide a brief synopsis:

"A failed actor-turned-worse-high-school-drama-teacher rallies his Tucson, AZ students as he conceives and stages politically incorrect musical sequel to Shakespeare's Hamlet." - IMDB

Overall I thought the movie was impressive and will no doubt speak to anyone that has ever been involved in low budget community or high school theater groups. There are also a lot of great one liners filled with crudeness that actually works to make the movie funnier. Although I wish we would have gotten to see more of Amy Poehler she did have this memorable line:

"I would love it if you hit me because I am married to a Jew and I got nothing to lose." - Cricket Feldstein

Catherine Keener who is another one of my favorites had some pretty good lines as well. That may have been due to the fact that her character drunk in almost every scene. In total the movie reminded me of a sadistically twisted version of the teen sensation High School Musical. It is amazing that now we have movies about kids putting on a play (ie: High School Musical) which have yielded parodies of movies about kids putting on a play (Hamlet 2).

In the same way that schools across the nation are doing there own productions of High School Musical I foresee the same thing happening to Hamlet 2. It will likely be picked up by independent non-school affiliated theater groups because of its adult content. But never the less it will no doubt be replicated.

Two other things that I have to mention are the cameo of Elizabeth Shue and the hit musical number “Rock Me Sexy Jesus.” Now I think I have pretty much covered all the basics of the film.

I would describe it as the lovechild that would come from the combination of High School Musical and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

September 8, 2008

Predator Scrap Metal Sculpture...

I had to blog about this because it is one of the most amazing pieces of fan art that I have ever seen. I was looking on eBay for a life sized Predator head to display in my room. I know that may sound weird to some people, but I am a fan of the iconic alien film, but that is beside the point. While searching for this head/bust I found this sweet metal creation. Lets just say that this artist gives a new meaning to the phrase twisted metal.

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The artist has the appropriate username of 'MetalDude' and even has his own eBay store. I have to say his sculptures pay homage to Predator for sure. I believe there were also a few Alien sculptures as well (another one of my favorites). The cool thing is they are all made from scrap metal. This was a very sweet find indeed and the awesome thing is that the artist is only asking $24.99 for the head alone.

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September 9, 2008

Science and Vegetables...

All summer I have been helping to take care of this vegetable garden in my parent’s backyard. I will go out back and occasionally pick the tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, lettuce, and pears etc. Last week I was de-weeding the vegetable garden and doing a little harvesting when I picked two yellow peppers (not of the bell variety) as well as a lot of miniature tomatoes (though not cherry tomatoes). I didn’t think anything of it and placed the tomatoes in a bowl on the counter and just threw the peppers on top of them.

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After about a week the peppers began to turn an orange/red color and now they are pretty much completely red. It turns out that the color of vegetables has to do with their pH levels. The tomatoes are red because of their pH level. When I put the peppers in with the tomatoes they began to absorb some of the akaline base and this change in pH level caused the color transformation. Generally tomatoes have a pH of -3.1 and peppers have a pH of -1.4.

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I guess those science classes paid off after all.

September 26, 2008

Real Life Toxic Avenger...

toxicavengermovieposter.jpgStephan Puff told me that I looked like the Toxic Avenger two years ago when I dressed up as a zombie for Halloween. At the time I didn't think this was very flattering or comical. Ironically I am now taking on the title of real life toxic avenger as I enter into my first post collegiate job. For the past 4.5 months I have been searching for professional employment and honestly I was beginning to lose hope.

Last Monday I was hired by e-Management Consultants Inc as a Jr. Program Support Specialist. The position title may not tell you much about what I am going to be doing so I will break it down. I am going to be working with two other contractors on site at the United States Department of Energy (DOE) located in Washington, DC.

The contract that e-Management has with the DOE is focused on a project called Environmental Management, which deals with the proper disposal of toxic/nuclear waste as well as cold war era chemicals that are stored in basements across the country. These chemicals are stored in vats, but many of them are unfortunately not labeled and have to be individually identified, diluted and then dumped somewhere safe that will not interfere with the lives of humans or animals.

department_of_energy_logo_ppex.jpgThere is also specific concern about waste dumping grounds located on Native American reservations and within low income communities. There are two advisory boards that e-Management deals with at the DOE. One is made up of scientists that are actively looking for ways to identify and dispose of the waste and the other is a citizen advisory board. My project manager tells me that there is at least 3 more years of longevity left in this contract.

Don't worry I won't be doing any of the physical identifying or traveling to the dumping sites, but I will be helping to facilitate the advisory boards as well as plan meetings etc. Basically I will be be doing anything they need me to do at this point. It seems like it is good work and will benefit people. I am excited, but they want me to start October 6th so I have been a busy little bee this week. After finding out about the job Monday I spent all day Tuesday looking at apartments online and calling the apartments.

Wednesday I traveled up to Baltimore and spent the night and Thursday morning I drove to Virginia to look at apartments. By noon on Thursday I signed a lease to my first apartment.

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And now the race against time really begins. I have to pack up my life and move to Fairfax, VA next Wednesday and then start work on the Monday after that. Ahhhh! Things are crazy. And to think two weeks ago I was actually anxiety ridden about riding the Metro train into the District for my interview for this job and now I will be riding it every day.

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September 27, 2008

Take A Gander: Geese Love A Good Photo Shoot...

Here are two pictures that I took today using my cell phone. I was driving on a back road to the grocery store and saw what I can only describe as a gaggle of geese. These pictures do no fully capture the gaggle. It rained a lot here today and these geese were hanging out in and around the puddles that had formed on the side of the road.

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I was pretty impressed with the quality of the pictures taken from this phone. I recently changed from an EnV to and EnV 2. The differences are small to some people, but I much prefer the former. I plan on blogging about my issues with the EnV 2 very soon.

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