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April 28, 1948 - March 12, 2015

April 28, 1948 – March 12, 2015


Children Are Strange

Posted: March 12, 2015 in Family, Life

It’s weird. My son is hitting that awkward (for me) age where he is and isn’t getting “bigger” at the same time.

You look at him from certain angles and he looks like he’s just about to be a teenager, even though he’s only a little over halfway there. He walks around the house and you look at him, seeing this tall (especially when standing next to his baby sister) kid who towers over the toddler who was walking through he same house just a few years ago.

But then you take him out somewhere and it all changes. You take him to dojo and he’s standing there in his gi, damn near the shortest kid in class. His hair flops about giving him the look of a kid half his age, and he again seems to move in that strange “too fast” way that small children do. You know, when they look like a video of a teenager or an adult in motion, but one where the playback speed has been accidentally increased by half. You take him out somewhere to eat afterwards, and he sinks into his seat, most of him disappearing under the table.

Then you get him home again where he suddenly seems to grow again. Then he falls asleep and seems to shrink again. Well, until you have to pick him up and get him off of your side of the bed and into his room. At that point, he seems to grow bigger (and heavier) than ever.

Children are strange.


Congrats to Curtis Prather.

His short film Shepherd, a short which costars Dick Dyszel (Count Gore De Vol) and Leanna Chamish (Boo de Pest), has been selected in the 17th annual Boston Underground Film Festival, which runs March 25-29. The Boston Underground Film Festival is one of the more respected film fests out there, so it’s a pretty big deal for the film.

No word yet on the date it will screen or even if Prather will be able to attend, but if you have any friends or family in the Boston area, please feel free to share the news with them. If you’re going to be in that area during the festival, think about checking it out.

Updated 3/17/2015 2018 hours.



“We’re approaching the half-way point to Dragon Con 2015 and at the rate this year seems to be passing, we’ll be drinking Buckets o’ Rum in no time! Mike, Mike, Darren Nowell, and MaryLouWho present the latest news and announcements. “Eternal” Zan provides a glimpse into the Eternal Members club. Michelle Biddix-Simmons provides some tips on avoiding fear and stress, and Bewitched Raven helps plan the remaining time for costume construction.”

Scarlett Johansson, Ghost in the Shell, and Casting Outside of the Lines

With the flap over the casting of Scarlett Johansson being cast as the lead in the Ghost in the Shell movie, I wanted to look at the issue behind why people were protesting it. When it comes to the issue of casting characters in remakes, reboots, and re-imaginings of properties from other countries or even the country of the remake, I tried to be fair, but I was also honest about it.

The full post is found on the Needless Things website at the following link.

In this hyper-political age we’ve seen what seems to be an almost unending debate among the political class of this land over the highly charged topic of immigration reform. Countless hours are spent arguing whether this person or that person should be allowed citizenship for this country, whether still others should even be allowed into the country at all, and of course whether or not we’re giving some “a free pass” to citizenship. But what we have not seen, my friends, is the much more important question addressed. Should these people be able to bring their monsters with them?

Because, let’s face it, until this is addressed they will continue to come and eventually you will be faced with a kill or be killed situation with a creature that doesn’t follow the rules as you know them. Since we can’t count on legislation, we’ll have to turn to education. To that end, this series will give you the basics on the monsters that you only think you know but in fact play by other cultural rules.

No, no, no… Not doing that today. Yeah, the idea of this concept was to look at an unfamiliar form of a familiar monster, to look at the other versions of the classic monsters we know and love from American popular culture. But it seems that when it comes to lake monsters we know more about the international beasties than we do our own homegrown critters. Yeah, we do see variations on the “Lake Monster” theme set in America, but more often than not it’s about a giant octopus, a giant alligator, a giant snake, or a bunch of prehistoric piranha. It’s actually relatively rare that we see something like a Crater Lake Monster. And, of course, thanks to Syfy Saturday Nights we frequently get the Megaboacrocsupergatorsharktapusnado monsters, but the less said about them the better.