Tip o' My Brain

February 26, 2007

Random Things I Discovered this Weekend (Oscar edition)

Filed under: Movies are, like, so cool,Weekend Discoveries — kryptobrent @ 11:44 am

I celebrated the Oscars this year by watching a bunch of movies instead of the Oscars.  Turner Classic Movies and AMC were both hosting lots of Oscar winning flicks.  I’ve DVRed, like, twenty of em. Here’s my thoughts on them, and other things.

  • An American in Paris is okay.
  • High Noon is good and old.
  • American Beauty is good and intruiging.
  • Trainspotting is good and funky.
  • The Sci-Fi mini-series from a couple months ago, The Lost Room, is better’n I thought.
  • Lawrence of Arabia is great and frakin’ long.
  • California Pizza Kitchen sure could be cheaper!

February 21, 2007

I love another woman…

Filed under: More TV for Me!,Shallow Thoughts — kryptobrent @ 11:33 am

…or so my wife told me, per a conversation we had recently.  Her name is Veronica Mars, and the world can watch her wacky exploits every Tuesday night after Gilmore Girls.

“I do not!” I retorted.

“Yes, you do, you love Kristen Bell,” she said.

“No I don’t!” I replied. “Remember that movie she was in a few months ago, Pulse?  I didn’t see it and I don’t care to.  You know why?”

“Why?” she said.

“Because Veronica Mars wasn’t in it.  Just Kristen Bell,” I explained. I waited a beat, then postulated, “But I do love Veronica Mars.”

She gave me a look so I blurted, “But, then again, I love Jack Bauer too.  And Angel. In other words, I love their characters.”  Because we all love well written characters, right?

My wife seemed okay with this, to which I can only say, nice salvage, Brent!

February 19, 2007

Random Things I Discovered this Wekend (Jaws edition)

Filed under: Movies are, like, so cool,Weekend Discoveries — kryptobrent @ 11:14 am


  • Blackberries are good for a quick snack, but don’t leave you with the satisfying, full feeling of a good steak (this is more of a Dexter discovery).
  • Dexter is lucky there is such a thing as the A.S.P.C.A.
  • My name is Brentus Thomas Larsonus, owner of a traitorous dog of a dog and keeper of a murdered Blackberry. And I will have my revenge…in this life or the next.
  • Also: Jaws (the movie) is still good, An Officer and a Gentlemen tells a well-worn but good story, Bowfinger still makes me laugh ’til I cry, and Star Wars Episode 3 is great– darn it if I keep wanting Anakin to go left every time he goes right.
  • The Blackberry 8700, my replacement model, is nice, I guess.

February 15, 2007

My Sweet Candy Heart

Filed under: Uncategorized — kryptobrent @ 11:24 am
Your Candy Heart Says “Cutie Pie”

You always seem to have a hot date, even though you never try to meet anyone.
A total charmer, you have a natural appeal that keeps you in high demand.
Your ideal Valentine’s Day date: multiple dates with multiple people

Your flirting style: 100% natural

What turns you off: serious relationship talks

Why you’re hot: you’re totally addicting

What Does Your Candy Heart Say?

PS. I got this from Karin Tome‘s blog.

PPS.  I don’t buy this for a second.

My Favorite Invention (lately)

Filed under: Uncategorized — kryptobrent @ 11:04 am

You know the new invention I love?  The Bluetooth headset for your cell phone.  Yes, the one that fits on your ear and makes you look like a Star Trek nerd.  I love it.

Now, I don’t actually own one, although maybe in the future, we’ll see.  I love it for the same reason I imagine a great many of you love it–because I talk, out loud, to myself  a lot.  Don’t get too concerned when you see me do this, since what I’m probably doing is thinking about bits of movie script dialogue that come to me throughout the day, and I’m trying them out.  Plus, I also sing out loud to the radio in my car.

I used to be self-conscious about doing this, but no longer.  Why?  Because recently it occured to me that, when people used to glance over and see someone talking to an invisible person, their first thought would be, “Our society’s going to hell on a handcart because of all the drugs.  Avoid eye contact, children!”  But now, when they see this they think, “Ah, they must be talking into a Bluetooth headset,  which is hanging on their other ear (the one I can’t see).”

So, there  you go.  With one swift (and, I assume, unintentional) stroke, Bluetooth has made me unafraid to mingle with humanity again.  Thanks, Bluetooth!  You’ve got my Lifetime Achievement vote!

February 14, 2007

The Motorcycle Diaries revisited

Filed under: Cool Stuff,Movies are, like, so cool — kryptobrent @ 10:57 am

Che GuavaraI mentioned a couple days ago I’d seen this movie, and I’d talk more about it. And I don’t want to write a whole essay on it (I’ve got other things I have to do today). I gave a thumbnail on the film in my last post, in case you don’t remember what it’s about. Here just a random sampling of what went through my mind as, and after, I saw it:

This is about a guy who saw all the misery around him, and couldn’t let it go. He was bright, good looking, and had the means to educate himself and build a nice, comfortable, lucrative future. Instead, as we find out at the end, he forsakes it all and becomes a Communist revolutionary.

Now, I’m from a conservative, military family and I grew up in Reagan’s America. Communism=bad, right? And I know very well the horrors that the Communist Party in Russia perpetrated on its citizens, particularly to Christians and in Afganistan. I’ve been to East Berlin pre-Iron Curtain and Russia post-Iron Curtain, and I’ve seen, in person, that it was a corrupt, repressive system of government, and life.

So, back to Che, and me. This guy saw people in pain, and decided to take on the system by becoming a Communist. Shame on him, right? That’s what the right side of my brain says. The left side says, “Yeah. And you’re a believer in Christ.” In other words, when I see the injustice and the suffering, or even hear about it, am I prompted do anything other than change the channel, or maybe write a check every now and then? Che aligned himself with a corrupt solution. I represent the truth, or rather, The Truth. Therefore, I should react to suffering with more fervor and more compassion that this guy, right?

And yet I don’t. This troubles me, that’s all.

February 12, 2007

Random Things I Discovered this Weekend (subtitled)

Filed under: Movies are, like, so cool,Weekend Discoveries — kryptobrent @ 10:41 am
  • I should start buying donuts in the 8 pack instead of by the dozen–our house doesn’t need that much deep fried doughy goodness at one time.
  • The Devil’s Backbone is a great movie. It’s a ghost story by Guillermo Del Toro, the same guy that brought us Pan’s Labyrinth. It’s also told during the same time period–the Spanish Civil War in the late 1930’s. It’s interesting that a)I don’t know any other movies around this time period, b)the fact that the two films use a historical backdrop for their stories actually makes them transcend the genre, and c) both are subtitled. Don’t ever let subtitles scare you away from a good movie!
  • The movie The Motorcycle Diaries is a good movie. It is also subtitled. It’s about two Argentinian medical students who decide to tour South America on an old, beat up motorcycle (it only makes it about a third of the way through the film). Along the way, one of them can’t help but observe the abuse of the indigenous people groups at the hands of wealthy landowners and corporations. We know that he will eventually grow up to be Che Guevera, the famous Cuban communist/revolutionary who will go on to be assassinated, in collusion with the CIA, by his enemies. I think I’ll  talk about it again tomorrow.
  • The movie The Zero Effect is fun and quirky.  Darcy didn’t like it as much, but she was playing online poker at the time and probably missed the general thread.
  • Honeycomb is a decent cereal, but subsequent bowls makes it bland.
  • Smallville’s Lana Lang character continues to confound me–I’m still divided on whether it would be better if she found out about Clark’s powers, or whether she dies in a mysterious cement truck hit-and-run.

February 9, 2007

RIP Anna-Nicole

Filed under: Shallow Thoughts — kryptobrent @ 12:05 pm

I received a shocking bit of news this morning–Anna-Nicole Smith, (fill in descriptor of your choice), is dead at 39.

I freely admit, I made fun of her just like the rest of the country.  And it’s not like she made it hard…

Still, when I read the news that she died, my first thought was that I wanted to apologize to her for being a jerk.  Does that make me weird?

February 7, 2007

Have I Lost You?

Filed under: Cool Stuff,More TV for Me! — kryptobrent @ 10:24 pm


In honor of this evening, check out my sweet new shirt!

February 5, 2007

Random Things I Discovered this Weekend(No Bowl Edition)

Filed under: Movies are, like, so cool,Weekend Discoveries — kryptobrent @ 11:35 am
  • “Captain Crunch’s Choco-Crunch” tastes nothing like Captain Crunch–it’s more of a texture similarity.
  • “Empire of the Sun,” one of Steven Spielberg’s earlier efforts, is an interesting, sometimes funny movie, but I found it curiously uninvolving. It’s a WWII story about a British kid living with his family in Shanghi, China, when the Japanese attack. He gets separated and struggles to survive, and along the way falls in with some unsavory character. This was back when Spielberg felt like any movie, including heavy dramas, needed a plucky, self-reliant kid character. I think about the time he discovered this wasn’t true was when he started making truly great dramas like Schindler’s List. Here’s a funny sidenote–EotSun’s plucky kid was played by none other than Christian Bale, the once and future Batman , who, let’s face it, could probably have won WWII all by himself.
  • I have a tremendous capacity for Mexican food (this is more of a rediscovering)
  • The Colts played the Bears at the Super Bowl. I discovered this the day before the Super Bowl.
  • The Colts won. I actually discovered this three minutes ago.
  • Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is a worthy addition to the LoZ franchise.
  • EPCOT is a great place to go on Super Bowl Sunday.
  • Return of the King stands up as a fantastic movie on multiple viewings.

Seems like a lot doesn’t it? I sure can talk a lot about nothing!

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