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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StudioADI Amalgamated Dynamics Inc

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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Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt Made in California

Thing Thoughts: Taylor Stitch has Gone Global

There’s nothing I love more than small local homegrown businesses that put out exceptional quality stuff via local manufacturing. One of the businesses I love that does that is Taylor Stitch, although they aren’t so much anymore and that makes me sad.
  

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Category Archive

Seven Magic Mountains without Instagrammers

Laugh all you want, it’s getting harder and harder to go out and take photos of places and things without being obstructed by those “doing it for the ‘gram.” To that end, I have pretty much given up on sunsets and now primarily aim for sunrises as my golden hour of choice (see also my trip to the Anza Borrego Serpent). One thing that has often bought my eye (hat tip to Monty Python), on the road to Las Vegas, is of course, Seven Magic Mountains, plunked down in the Nevada desert just outside of Vegas itself, by the artist Ugo Rondinone.
  

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[Late] Car Thoughts: The LA Auto Show Has Become a Car Lot

Remember when auto shows had amazing concept cars? I barely do.
One of society’s greatest achievements in the 21st century was coming up with an pejorative that is totally utterly completely and without question gender-ethnic neutral where you can sling it without being accused of being an “~ist.” That term is: “Basic.” And basic is the best way to describe the 2018 Los Angeles International Auto Show.
  

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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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AT HOME WITH MONSTERS

Seven Magic Mountains without Instagrammers

Laugh all you want, it’s getting harder and harder to go out and take photos of places and things without being obstructed by those “doing it for the ‘gram.” To that end, I have pretty much given up on sunsets and now primarily aim for sunrises as my golden hour of choice (see also my trip to the Anza Borrego Serpent). One thing that has often bought my eye (hat tip to Monty Python), on the road to Las Vegas, is of course, Seven Magic Mountains, plunked down in the Nevada desert just outside of Vegas itself, by the artist Ugo Rondinone.
  

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[Late] Car Thoughts: The LA Auto Show Has Become a Car Lot

Remember when auto shows had amazing concept cars? I barely do.
One of society’s greatest achievements in the 21st century was coming up with an pejorative that is totally utterly completely and without question gender-ethnic neutral where you can sling it without being accused of being an “~ist.” That term is: “Basic.” And basic is the best way to describe the 2018 Los Angeles International Auto Show.
  

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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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