The Last Jurassic Park Ford Explorer

It’s not uncommon for theme parks that leverage movie properties to create replicas of items to put in theme parks. Often artifacts from summer blockbusters and tentpole films are too intrinsically valuable to a franchise to sacrifice to the wear and tear of theme park display, however this Jurassic Park Ford Explorer bucks that trend.
  

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Geek Thoughts: Here’s Why LA Comic Con is Better Than San Diego Comic Con (and also why it’s not)

This past weekend I had the good fortune to attend L.A. Comic-Con (formerly called Stan Lee’s Comikaze) at the LA Convention Center. There were things about it I liked instantly when compared to my newbie experience at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this year. I had heard profiles of it as a convention when it was referred to as Stan Lee’s Kamikaze and press was quite positive as people had tired of the intensity and shift away from comic bookiness that San Diego underwent before returning to its roots (as I have heard it has in recent years).
  

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Movie Thoughts Roundup: BlacKkKlansman, The Meg, The Happytime Murders

I know it has been a while since I’ve seen or written about movies but I have been going and loving the new AMC A-List service as an excellent alternative to the now imploding MoviePass. I’m going to hit the three major flicks that I’ve seen recently (BlacKkKlansman, The Meg, and The Happytime Murders) in this roundup or digest, or whatever you want to call it.
  

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[UPDATED] Thing Thoughts: The OneWheel Is For Social Media Influencers

…and if there’s one thing I never was or will be, it’s a social media influencer, ergo, the OneWheel was a mistake for me. I also value my knees, and my overall physical health and wellbeing, and the OneWheel does not really take any of those things into account as a means of personal short range transportation…very short range transportation that’s a pain to carry when it’s time to do that.
  

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Rover Thoughts: So Far, Bertram’s Doing Okay…

Well, if I’m being completely honest, Bertram the Range Rover Sport L320 doing only okay in terms of reliability and cost. If you want to look at the RoverLog Spreadsheet, you can see that since purchasing Bertram in March of 2018, I’ve spent a $5,500 on it (in round numbers). But that total doesn’t necessarily tell the whole story.
  

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Geek Thoughts: San Diego Comic-Con 2018

You know how there are things nearby you that you never do because they’re nearby you and so you figure you can do them any time but then one day you’re on your deathbed and realized you never did those things, well, for me that was San Diego Comic-Con, almost.
  

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Touring the Creature Effects Shop StudioADI

When I was 12, I attended a showbiz expo in LA where one of the exhibitors was Cinefex Magazine. Their current issue showcased the work of two incredibly talented effects artists, Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr. and their company Amalgamated Dynamics Inc.’s work on David Fincher’s Alien3. I still have that issue of Cinefex and have been fans of their exceptional practical effects work since. In 2018, they opened their facility for a small tour and I got to see firsthand the scope of their incredible work in person, including pieces that figured prominently in Alien3. It was a pilgrimage to say the least and an experience I’ll never forget.
  

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Rover Thoughts: The RoverLog is Live!

The RoverLog will be the central repository of all relevant data I can think of with regards to maintaining, servicing, and repairing the 2006 Land Rover Range Rover Sport L320 I bought in 2018 with 126,000 miles on the odometer. I hope this log serves to entertain, inform and educate on just what a high mileage vehicle like this needs to stay running. I fully recognize that this Rover is going to need work. It’s no spring chicken, but I love it. This is an objective log of the TLC it will get from here on out. For further info, an explanation of the spreadsheet is included in the spreadsheet as well.
  

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Movie Thoughts: The Making of Harry Potter

Back in 2015, I made the impulsive decision to travel to England for a day to visit Banksy’s Dismaland art exhibit (for a future post…), but my entry was timed, so I opted for an evening visit. This meant I had time to kill prior to heading out to Weston Super-Mare and the Tropicana to be bemused. Fortunately, a little giant thing was on the way: The Making of Harry Potter at the Warner Brothers Studios in Leavesden.
  

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The Nautilus Submarine from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea at Tokyo DisneySea

Travel Thoughts: The Mysterious Island at Tokyo DisneySea

This post is the first in a series that I’ll roll out over time related to my trip to Japan in 2013. I opted to start with The Mysterious Island, one of several lands that make up the gobsmackingly amazing theme park that is Tokyo DisneySea. Mysterious Island gets first billing as it is centered around a topic near and dear to my heart: the classic Disney movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
  

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Car Thoughts: The Ferrari Museum, Maranello Italy

Not too long ago, I decided to visit Italy, and being a car nut, I had to stop at as many car museums as I possibly could which, with national holidays I had not foreseen, meant only one: The Ferrari Museum (aka La Museo Ferrari). What I also had not foreseen, was that the factory museum for one of the most famous and storied marques in the history of motorsport, would have a series of rotting and vandalized fiberglass body shells displayed out in front.
 
“Classy…” said no one ever.
  

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Thing Thoughts: OMG Shoes – A Retrospective

Shoes have been the bane of my existence. Given that I’m not cool or a fashionista(o? Er? Ist?), I’ve never been able to wear snazzy hype beastie footwear (ie shoes that just look bonkers), but that certainly hasn’t stopped me from trying either.  
  

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AT HOME WITH MONSTERS

Movie Thoughts: The Making of Harry Potter

Back in 2015, I made the impulsive decision to travel to England for a day to visit Banksy’s Dismaland art exhibit (for a future post…), but my entry was timed, so I opted for an evening visit. This meant I had time to kill prior to heading out to Weston Super-Mare and the Tropicana to be bemused. Fortunately, a little giant thing was on the way: The Making of Harry Potter at the Warner Brothers Studios in Leavesden.
  

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The Nautilus Submarine from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea at Tokyo DisneySea

Travel Thoughts: The Mysterious Island at Tokyo DisneySea

This post is the first in a series that I’ll roll out over time related to my trip to Japan in 2013. I opted to start with The Mysterious Island, one of several lands that make up the gobsmackingly amazing theme park that is Tokyo DisneySea. Mysterious Island gets first billing as it is centered around a topic near and dear to my heart: the classic Disney movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
  

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Car Thoughts: The Ferrari Museum, Maranello Italy

Not too long ago, I decided to visit Italy, and being a car nut, I had to stop at as many car museums as I possibly could which, with national holidays I had not foreseen, meant only one: The Ferrari Museum (aka La Museo Ferrari). What I also had not foreseen, was that the factory museum for one of the most famous and storied marques in the history of motorsport, would have a series of rotting and vandalized fiberglass body shells displayed out in front.
 
“Classy…” said no one ever.
  

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Thing Thoughts: OMG Shoes – A Retrospective

Shoes have been the bane of my existence. Given that I’m not cool or a fashionista(o? Er? Ist?), I’ve never been able to wear snazzy hype beastie footwear (ie shoes that just look bonkers), but that certainly hasn’t stopped me from trying either.  
  

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