Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Fast Five: Slow Down, Speed Kills

Fast & Furious 5 Movie Poster
If you want to see a movie with high-speed chases, gun fights, and a large dose of testosterone, you should see the A-Team movie (movie poster below). It is now on DVD. But, if you want to see all of this take place in fast cars, with furious drivers, and a heist to steal money "one last time", then you need to see the Fast Five, coming out April 29, 2011 (movie poster above).

A-Team movie poster

I think I understand. The magic number for Hollywood is now five. The secret used to be three. As long as one movie can be stretched into three, it has been given a green light from Hollywood Executives. Behind those Armani glasses, you can now see green eyes, from the dollar signs that the Fast Five will be raking in. Hollywood's new trilogy is a quintilogy.

Recurring actors in the Fast Five are: Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, & Ludacris.

But first, does anyone know what happened to this cast back at movie #3 (Tokyo Drift)? The only person from the actors above that even made a cameo, was Vin Diesel, and it was just a cameo at the end of the film. I guess the money wasn't in it for the actors. Yes, I do realize the movie took place in Tokyo, but the setting is not much of a limiting factor these days.

Then there was Fast & Furious (#4). According to Wikipedia, this was the first of the F&F movies that actually put more emphasis on American muscle cars than the imports. Dominic (character played by Vin Diesel) races with his modified 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle.

And in Fast Five (movie #5), Dwayne Johnson is the FBI agent assigned to track down Dominic and his street team during their Rio Heist. The trailer makes sure to capture Vin Diesel saying, "This is our last job, and then we will disappear forever [until the next film]." This will be the first of the films to be in IMAX theaters. Bring excedrin, because watching fast cars in 3D may 'cause brain hemmorhaging.

I have the idea all ready for the next movie, called The Slow Six. The movie takes place on the German Autobahnen . All cars are driving so fast, that Dominic has to create a team of drivers to slow down in order to steal the money "one last time". The catch is that the drug lords are transporting the money on a heavily guarded envoy of heavy machinery equipment, traveling at 25 m.p.h. Dominic has to ditch the fast cars, and hijack Caterpillars, dump trucks and cement mixers in order to take on the drug lords.

Just know this - if you are going to make a sixth movie, Charlie Sheen* is now available to join the cast. He only has one speed. One gear. Go.

Charlie Sheen is ready to film F&F 6.
*Charlie Sheen's "Torpedo of Truth Tour" may be coming to a city near you. View Tour cities and dates here.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Group Dating: Not Meant for Bachelors

One Bachelor cannot outrun 1,000 Brides
 What's up with the Bachelor? When you have 1,000 women chasing you, its hard to pick the right one. But I am not talking about the Chris O' Donnell (above) running from 1,000 brides, but the guy that is on TV, dating a whole group of them at once. See the guy below holding the rose.

Bachelor Brad Womack
Now I would not admit watching this television show, but I will say that I was listening in on the last episode as my wife watched the proposal. This show is not reality. Even though it is reality...tv.


Trying to pick one over another is hard, for a Bachelor.
I think it is wrong to have a large group of women to emotionally invest themselves into one man, and from the reverse, it is wrong for one man to invest himself in so many women, even if the ultimate goal is to be with only one. I personally believe that such a scenario can set a man up to cheat once he is back down to one. Cue the Brian McKnight song, "Back at One".

Now the "After the Final Rose" show is on, and the one woman that Brad left at the proposition is devastated because she really thought she was the one. That's reality television for you. And we find out that Brad and Emily (the one he chose to be with) have broken up. Does that really surprise you? But he claims that the rollercoaster of the relationship is still strong and will work. Emily says they have to work on how to deal with conflict resolution. Most couples don't know how to "follow the rules" during a fight. I was fortunate enough to go through many marriage classes and pre-marriage counseling.

So why is it that we desire to watch situations where a person is set up to fail? Sure, some bachelors and bachelorettes on the show have made it, but should we really find our "soul mate" by dating a whole group of women at once?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Adjustment Bureau Not Accurate of Christianity


The Adjustment Bureau Movie Poster

Be Forewarned: This post talks about the movie, The Adjustment Bureau. If you haven't seen this movie, and don't want any details spoiled for you, turn back now.

My wife and I were actually going to the circus. It was sold out by chance, so we wound up at the movie theater. What I didn't know was that my wife actually was wanting us to see a different movie. But fate had us go to the movie that didn't allow chance, the movie titled: The Adjustment Bureau.

I went into this movie with an open mind. I wasn't sure if the adjustment bureau was comprised of angels, but I had a feeling that it was.  So after seeing the movie, I would have to say that the entities in the movie were vague about themselves.  They didn't call themselves Angels, and the Chairman was not referred to as God at any point. Since there are many religious people in America, we can only assume that the movie writers want us to think that the bureau is composed of angels under the direct command of God.

The main character is David Norris (played by Matt Damon), a young politician that bumps into the woman of his dreams out of chance on two separate occasions. He then seeks her out for the rest of the movie, despite being told that this is not in his plan.

Also keep in mind here, that I did not read Philip K. Dick's original story, The Adjustment Team, from which this movie is based. Since I don't know the source material, I am giving my opinion of this movie based as its own entity.

From a Christian standpoint, the theology in this movie is not correct. That is obvious from the start.  One member of the bureau, named Thompson (played by John Slattery), curses numerous times out of frustration, including one time using G D. Angels would clearly not sin, and they definitely would not use God's name in vain. Another inconsistency with Christianity comes in the finality of the movie. The main characters overcome all obstacles to be together. This is great, except that it comes at the expense of the Chairman changing his mind to re-write "The Plan" of their lives. The implications: This character, whom we presume to be God, basically concedes to the free will of man to change His mind. Wrong! The God of Christianity does not change his mind like this.

The adjuster Harry Mitchell (played by Anthony Mackie), says in the final scene that the Chairman is everywhere, you might have seen him, it might be a her, or an idea, etc. This statement that the Chairman is not defined, and making the Chairman unknown is a very troubling statement. It says to me that the writers want to make sure to not offend anyone, and that God is unknowable - which is not true in Christianity. Our society is consciously attempting to be Politically Correct (PC), and by doing so, the truth gets watered down.

The main issue dealt with in this movie, is the conflicting idea of (Predetermined) Fate vs. Free Will. The character, Thompson (played by Terence Stamp), is the powerhouse "adjuster" that has been in the business for a long time - delves into the history of Fate vs. Free Will on society. His character tells David Norris that they tried allowing people to make their own choices, and it didn't work out for them. He then named off World War I and II and then said that is when they (the bureau) took control of things for mankind's own good. Then there was a period of "controlled fate" and then man was given another period of Free Will, and now (present-day in the movie) it is back to the bureau making adjustments to keep everything according to plan. This conflicts with Christianity, because man has always been given the choice (allowed by Free Will), and man always will have the choice.

The God who created us will continue to give us our own Free Will to make our own decisions, and will not change His mind like the Chairman in the movie, The Adjustment Bureau.

This movie really gets you thinking about things in life, and can even inspire you to take advantage of the fact that we live in a country that is free, but it came at a price. Will you fight for these freedoms that are being challenged every day and will you stand up for what is right morally? In that way, you can and should use your Free Will to fight for truth, justice, and the American way.


More Content! Be sure to also check out my article on the Yahoo! Contributor Network, titled: Glory in God's Word.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

My Battle With Blizzard: The Frequency of Phishing is Intensifying

Battle.net Logo

I am being hacked, cracked, spammed, spooled [sending too much to the printer], & phished by "Blizzard Entertainment". That's what the sender line says anyway.  But I don't believe it is really Blizzard Entertainment. I think its some nefarious guy waiting behind a computer monitor attempting to phish in my pond. 

You see, I played World of Warcraft for a short period of time back in 2005.  That is where the connection to Battle.net comes in.  Somehow they got my email.  But they didn't get the memo.

I didn't play long enough to update over to the Battle.net account, which all World of Warcraft players have to get to play nowadays.  Since I never converted, I don't have Battle.net credentials.  But the scammers don't know that.  They are saying my Battle.net account has been compromised, and want to check it out for me.  Wow, those are really friendly guys.  Always on the lookout for me.  Not!

In the past month, the tactics of the email have escalated.  The threat level is now orange [which is right below red].  Below is one of their new emails, which is screaming: "We're getting really desperate...so please give us your info.!"


Phishing email from fake Battle.net Account Team

One thing I noticed, is that when I hover over the first link above that is supposed to take me to http://us.battle.net/verifyconfirm.html the actual redirect link is: http://worldofwarcraft.account-management-info.net/verifyconfirm.html

Hmmm. Something isn't right here.  And on top of that, the most recent email was sent as 'High Priority' (an exclamation point next to it, meaning very urgent).

The IP address from the most recent email was: 124.2.40.168, originating in Korea. The one before that was: 112.65.246.26, originating in China.

It looks like they are starting to get out the big guns, bringing China into this. That only means one thing: I'm am going to have to get out my secret weapon in this cyber-war: invincibility...because I've got tiger blood & Adonis DNA. Winning!

Friday, March 04, 2011

McLobster & McSushi out, McWinning in @ McDonalds

The McLobster Meal @ McDonalds

On March 3 2011, McDonalds made the big announcement on Twitter, saying:

“Despite all the rumors there r no plans 2 bring mclobster or mcsushi 2 the US menu. We r working on a new menu item called McWinning.”

Sorry to all of you who from Maine, who are craving the McLobster.  And to be honest, I would give it a try, if it was reasonably priced.


McSushi Meal @ McDonalds

But as for sushi, I would not go to McDonalds for McSushi.  Let's just say I am particular about sushi.  I have a sushi place in Huntsville [Miyako] - and in my opinion - it does the best chicken teriyaki sushi around. Couple this with a sushi special on Monday nights that offers the best price on sushi, and you get a winner.  Or should I say: "Winning!"  Plus, I don't know any other place around here that even does chicken teriyaki sushi right.  I asked for it once at the Chinese buffet, and the language barrier was the first obstacle to getting what I really wanted.  He set my plate in the "ready to go" area and I came back to my table with fried shrimp in a rice roll covered in some strange sauce, and I can safely say that I did not order whatever I was given.

Arbys Twitter is trying to capitalize off of this rumor as well, tweeting:  "Want a McLobster? Didn’t think so..." followed by a coupon for one of their sandwiches.
I am not a big fan of Arbys, even since Snopes claims that their meat does not start out in liquid form - to which I had been curious about for quite some time.  You can read about that here. Even if their meat isn't trans-meat-erized from liquid to solid, I still don't know if I can trust them.  My trust has to be earned.

But you know they say there is some truth to rumors, so it makes me wonder if McDonalds really had such a sandwich in the works and it was axed at the last minute.  The world may never know...

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

The Mean, Green, Sheen Machine

Actor Charlie Sheen

After watching the many interviews of Charlie Sheen on all of the networks, I think it is safe to say that Charlie Sheen is currently not himself.  Although I am not an expert, I would say from observation that his body is trying to deal with the withdrawals of drugs. Charlie Sheen is currently taking and constantly re-confirming to all of the interviewers that he is drug-free.  But his mind might not agree with you. 

And throughout all of this, there are certain phrases and words that Charlie Sheen continues to say consistently through these interviews.  Common phrases we keep hearing are:  "violent hatred" - in context they first were used when he was talking about the on-going war with CBS, now it is being used to describe his legal battle with Brooke Mueller to see his twins; Sheen possessing "tiger blood & Adonis DNA" - when referring to how he survived "banging 7 gram crack rocks" on a recurring basis; "Winning!" - Sheen exclaimed when asked how his children will respond when they find out about their father's drug history; "The Goddesses" - referring to his two live-in girlfriends (who were taking part in raising his children); "Sober Valley Lodge" - his home (which is supposedly drug and alcohol-free); "bi-polar" - Sheen claims he is not, but the earth is, but he is "bi-winning"; "warlock" - Sheen calls himself this many times; among many other terms.

Charlie Sheen has also said that he doesn't believe in Alchoholics Anonymous (AA).  He says the creator of it was a plagiarist and it is all fiction, because he has cured himself in his mind.  Later in the NBC Today Show interview (with Jeff Rossen), he opens up the AA manual and reads from it, citing the argument that the reason he sought after drugs & alcohol is because someone or something does not accept him.  He then closely the book, and tosses it in the air theatrically in a spiral, saying: "Accept me Chuck."  Charlie Sheen is directly his anger at Chuck Lorre, creator of Two and a Half Men.

But the reality of it all is that Charlie has relapsed into doing drugs and is in a state of denial, blaming his downward spiral at Chuck Lorre and CBS, for not allowing the production of his show to go on.  Unless Charlie Sheen allows himself to get professional help, his misfortunes will continue to push him farther and farther into a rage that only the Hulk can relate to.


Charlie Sheen photographed in a passionate state during an interview.


More Content! To read a list of Charlie-isms, read A List of Charlie Sheen Charlie-isms...Because Drugs Tests Don't Lie.

For more tips on How to Identify When a Celebrity Needs Help, read my Yahoo! Associated Content article here.

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