Friday, August 17, 2007

Some things I think....

I have to admit that I ripped of the things I think from a writer on SI.com named Peter King who has a weekly football column. so there's your props Pete. In any case, here are a few things I think this week:

1. Movies I have seen recently and would highly recommend to anyone...Hero, starring Jet Li; The Last King of Scotland (Wow is Forrest Whitaker good!); and Blood Diamond (now I know why Leonardo DiCaprio didn't get nominated for "the Departed). Amazingly enough, there wasn't one actor from Star Trek in any of these films...Despite how good the movies are...I feel strangely unfulfilled.

2. Movie I would recommend avoiding: Eragon. Lame ass movie. Thank God I didn't see any Trek alumn in this one too!

3. Vikings are starting really soon! Already in preseason...I can't wait to see how good they are...

4. Haven't decided whether I am going to do Fantasy football this year. Really don't want to spend the time and money necessary.

5. This weekend, I am going to the MN Renaissance festival! I love Renfest. The food, the acts, Puke and Snot...It's been about 5 years since my last visit. I am very excited.

6. Krissy's family finally came and got most of her stuff. Just some furniture left. Soon I will be back to my old bachelor self again... Any young ladies out there interested in a slightly overweight, football rabid, Star Trek geek with two soccer playing kids? If so, let me know.

7. Speaking of my kids...they have become absolute grasshopper lovers. They go run out in the yard and trap dozens of them and carry them around showing everyone the grasshoppers they caught. I HATE BUGS! They have been forbidden to bring them into my house. But Killian seems to be becoming a little amateur entomologist with a specialty in grasshoppers. Of course, I haven't checked his facts yet, but I wouldn't be surprised if he is right.

8. Liam, who officially starts Kindergarden this fall, has been in the school's Adventures Plus program at the school all summer (daycare out of the school). If you ask him if he is starting school this fall, he will tell you that he is already going to school! Love 5 year old logic.

9. I love my photography! Since I posted last, well before August 3rd's post, I have taken a class and gotten some pretty amazing pictures. In a few days, I will make an effort to post some of my favorites.

10. I hope that this isn't my last post until Christmas, but considering my recent history...

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Whew!!! It's been a while

Well, it has been a while since I posted hasn't it?

Let's see, what have I been up to...

Pissing off Krissy's family
browsing dating websites
getting further into debt
gaining weight
and...kids soccer.

Love watching my boys play soccer. 4 and 5 year olds are really funny, as there just tends to be this mass of kids following around the soccer ball and if they happen to be close to a net, any net, they try to kick it in there.

I will have to add some photos later.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Oscar Buzz

OK, the Oscar Nominations have been announced and here is my…um…analysis of what I think will happen (take this with a grain of salt as I have hardly seen any of these films):

Best Picture
This category has two likely winners and three very little chances
Babel, from everything I have heard, this is a very good film well acted and directed and has gotten great reviews but limited release. This one in my opinion is the front runner for the award and its main competition will be…
The Departed – Now I did see this film and it is really good, extremely well acted by the entire cast and tells a great story.
After that You have Letter from Iwo Jima, Little Miss Sunshine, and The Queen. None make sense to me to win the award.

Best Director
I think that once again a director will win this award and a different film will win for best picture. This time the academy will get past its political punishment of Scorcese and finally give him an award. He has only directed some of Hollywood’s biggest films, and Departed was really really good. Clint has two awards already and that will work against him. The director of Babel is a relative unknown, as are the directors of The Queen and that United 93 movie that I don’t ever want to see. He really doesn’t stand a chance since his film isn’t even nominated for best pic.

Best Actor
If Forrest Whitaker doesn’t win, the Academy is nuts, though I wouldn’t be surprised to see Peter O’Toole get a pity Oscar. Leonardo DiCaprio was really good in the Departed so he must have been amazing in Blood Diamond. Ryan Gosling…Who? Will Smith will get overlooked again.

Best Actress
By all accounts Helen Mirren is practically a shoe in for the award, however, Meryl Streep should never be overlooked (14th nomination). Kate Winslet will win one eventually, and once again Judi Dench is nominated (when has she done any film not associated with 007 and not been nominated?). Penelope Cruz wont win, but there had to be at least one actress that wasn’t nominated before.

Best Supporting Actor
Now this is an interesting category. Let’s see. Alan Arkin as a heroin addicted grandpa. Djimon Honsou, whom I think is one of the most underrated actors out there. Dr, Nutty Proffessor Doolittle Eddie Murphy (He must have paid somebody for the nomination (but I have heard he is really good in Dreamgirls). And that kid from Bad News Bears. From what I am hearing Murphy will likely win, but the guy I would really love to see win is Mark Walberg. He was just awesome in the Departed. I loved the character and he mastered it.

Best Supporting Actress
Adrianna Barraza – Who?
Rinko Kikuchi – Who?
Abigail Breslin – Child actors don’t usually do that well at the Oscars (personally I think there should be a special category for best child actor of the year) with exceptions to Tatum O’Neill, and Anna Pacquin
Cate Blanchett – a Great actress that has already won an Oscar for playing a multiple Oscar winner
Jennifer Hudson – By all accounts, there is no question that this former American Idol contestant will win this award.

So there it is.
There is actually a good chance that an African American will win three of the four major acting awards this year. And I would have no problem with that. Though my preferences are as follows: The Departed, Martin Scorcese, Forrest Whitaker, Judi Dench, Mark Walberg, Jennifer Hudson.

There it is. Feel free to criticize my analysis all you want.

Cobra

Well, it seems that I am falling back into the habit of not posting.

So anyway, I was cleaning my house for some houseguests on Saturday (Krissy's family coming over to go through some of her things). and I turned on the TV for some noise while I was cleaning. On Spike TV there was a mid to late 80s film called "Cobra" This film was clearly made during the height of the Stallone/Schwarzenaggar action film era. It had all the cliches. The beautiful damsel being hunted by the highly organized crew of killers. The police lieutenant on his case, the big shootout at the end, even ending in a factory/foundry.

Now let's get to the unreal part of the movie, basically, all of it. Some psycho killer just happens to have an entire army of killers at his disposal, how or why is never explained. Sylvester Stallone wiping all of them out, without getting a single scratch, bruise or blemish. Everytime Stallone shoots, a bad guy dies. When the bad guys shoot they miss by a mile. Stallone flips his car, and come out of it without any harm. The star of the movie gets to lay the beautiful damsel in distress.

In one scene, they make this big deal of Stallone putting his gun together with all the clicks, snaps, pings etc, making tons of noise. Then he turns his head and notices that the beautiful damsel is awake and he actually asks the question, "Can't sleep". DUH! You just spent the last 20 minutes assembling a gun as noisily as anything possible.

Don't ask me why I kept watching this film. It must have been some curiousity at a really bad action film. Cause is just doesn't make any sense. Now granted, when I was younger, the lack of a real plot and the unrealistic BS that occurs in this film would have been quite entertaining. But now that I am older and prefer good movies...well this film just totally sucked.

It did have one redeeming quality though. The bad guy was Brian Thompson (who vaguely resembles Arnold Schwarzeneggar) who has appeared numerous times in Star Trek. And Andrew Robinson (DS9's Garak) was a police detective that gives Stallone a lot of grief.

The Geek strikes again! And I can honestly say that if I ever see this movie on the TV again I will instantaneously change the channel.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Aren't They Cute?

I am really having fun with my new Digital Camera. These are some of Krissy's niece's and nephews. This is Jayden, Note the curly hair. This kid loves to give hugs and just melts your heart.
This is his sister Gabby. She is adorable. Until you meet her in person. She can, from time to time be a real devil (but then what kid isn't from time to time).
This is Madison, or Maddy for short. She is at that cooing stage that is just sooooooooo cute.
And finally this is Kallie. She is becoming quite the talker. Typical girl. Thing is one must spend a few moments deciphering what she said. Nonetheless it is quite cute.
No doubt I will be adding more pictures before long.

Holy Christmas!

OK, So this Christmas wasn't so exciting for me. First, it is my first without Krissy (which can be really quite depressing, Second, my parents and one of my sisters and her family went on a cruise. Yep. Left Minnesota and the rest of their family behind. I really am not trying to send them on any kind of guilt trip or anything. But how do you leave your son or brother at home on the first Christmas without his love? OK, So maybe I do want them to feel a little bit guilty.

Really, I was OK as I had plenty of people to see and things to do. Check this out:

My boys loved their presents. And making a major mess in my living room. They got transformers, transformers, more transformers, Bionicles, and some classic games. Like Operation, and Battleship! I forsee hours of fun.

I am also starting to realize that there aren't many board games I like to play. I am in this regard becoming much like my Mom. God Bless her but the only board game you could ever get her to play was Scrabble. And even that was preceded by great reluctance. I really am starting to hate the game Sorry and I only play the games with great reluctance.

Any way, I hope everyone's Christmas was enjoyable.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Something I predicted actually came true!

I decided to go back and read some of my historical blogs and found that In April 2005 I posted the following:"Brittney Spears - one of the least talented performers ever - IS PREGNANT.She is going to have a kid with a guy that is using her for her money. This is a single mother waiting to happen."

There it is folks! I am the new Nostradumbass!

These are my boys...


OK, Now I have spoken about my boys repeatedly on this sight. There are at this time my reason for living. I love them very much. Check out this picture:

Killian is almost seven and can spell compicated words like pneumonia and antidisestablishmentarianism. OK, maybe not that complicated, but he is pretty smart. Liam will be five just after Christmas and is sooooooo ready to start Kindergarden.

This is ME.


OK, I promised that I would post a picture from my digital camera and this is the first one you will see. The dorky looking guy you are seeking is your resident trek geek. I really don't photograph well.

I kind of look scary with that beard don't I? Don't worry. Aside from an obsession with Star Trek, I'm not crazy at all. Though I don't have any kind of inhibitions about making a complete ass of myself in public.

Enjoy!

Bruce Springsteen sucks!

I have never cared much for the music of Bruce Springsteen. There is however, on Springsteen song I can stomach. I'm on Fire. Now, I figured that this song would appear on a three disc greatest hits compilation album called "The Essential Bruce Springsteen". So I went to the Library and checked it out. Three discs people, and the only good song the fucker has isn't on it. Can someone please explain this?

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

the New Camera!

I recently purchased (at a very good rate) a brand new 8 Megapixel Cannon Rebel XL. I love it. As soon as I figure out how to post pictures on here I will...Stay tuned.

New thoughts from Scott

Here are some new thinks I have been thinking.

1. The election last month was a very nice change of pace. At last, America is waking up from its stupidity in allowing George W Bush free reign!

2. Donny Rumsfeld is gone! There is a reason to live!

3. John Bolton will not represent the US at the UN. Hallelujah, there is a God!

4. Found this website. Found it funny. http://www.bettybowers.com/nl_christmas2006.html

5. I am now watching Ugly Betty all the time. Kind of humerous show. Vanessa Williams is a villanous, conniving, plotting assistant editor of a fashion magazine. She was in one episode of Deep Space Nine. In addition, the character's father was in an episode and was played by another Star Trek Alum Ron Canada. He played a few characters. The Geek lives on!

6. Vikings suck! But I can't stop watching.

7. There are some funny Vikings in the "Spam" sketch on Monty Python.

8. Christmas is going to put me in the poorhouse, which might not be such a bad thing after all. Then I wouldn't have to deal with a stupid association.

9. I have grown a beard. the full "Grizzley Adams". I am kind of liking it. and I don't care what anyone says. I am keeping it until I don't like it anymore. Which will probably be in about 2 months. Kind of caught between a rock and a hard place. I hate to shave, but beards can itch and stuff from time to time. But I kind of like the look of my current beard. But even beards need upkeep or they start to look really ratty.

10. Well that's it for now. The Geek is back. Hope you enjoy my new thinks.

OK, grief has kept me away.

The past few months have been difficult to say the least. I miss my Krissy very much. I appreciate all the well wishers that have been there for the TrekGeek. I will make a effort to post on a regular basis from this point on...

I know, I Know! I have made that promise before...but I will try nonetheless.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Sadness beyond anything I have ever felt before

Yesterday, my fiance' Krissy died after a long battle with Leukemia.

I am profoundly sad today.