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Everyone Should See Spinal Tap At Least Once


What I Gave and Received This Christmas

This was a very good Christmas. Lyndsay and I had lots of fun with our family and friends and the gifts given and received were really special. We are grateful to you. But I want to use this post to mention the gifts I gave to and received from Lyndsay this year. I started Christmas shopping online around the end of October. This saves me the headache of shopping last minute. I avoid alot of stress this way.

This year I was uncertain how she’d receive some items but I knew I had at least one good one. In the end she loved everything I gave her…when she’s happy, I’m happy. Here’s what I gave Lyndsay (and the order in which she opened them):

1) Black and Decker Handi-Saw: It’s a small sabre saw. She saw this on TV once and thought it was cool. She enjoyed getting it and I’m sure thought of a million uses for it.

2) A t-shirt that says “I love Monkey business” and features a drawing of a chimp using a computer. This was a lot of fun.

3) Small set of glass bowls with plastic lids for food storage–she specifically asked for these and loved them.

4) A Larger set of glass bowls and dishes with plastic lids.

5) This was the crown jewel: an 11×27 “Rear Window” movie poster. Rear Window is Lyndsay’s fav film and I was so excited to give it to her. She promptly framed it and hung it in our den.

The gifts I received were equally as awesome and I love everything Lyndsay bought for me:

1) Some new black shoes. I don’t have any black casual shoes (both pairs of my black shoes are dressy). Very cool.

2) An awesome Star Trek Original Series 2009 calendar. I am a total trekkie and this was perfect.

3) A set of Star Trek Pez dispensers. This was so unexpected and I loved it.

4) iTunes Gift Card. Always useful. Used it up in about 5 minutes. Seabird is an awesome band. Check ’em out.

5) “Miracles” by C.S. Lewis. I specifically asked for this. Can’t wait to get into it. But I have two other books to finish first! I always read multiple books simultaneously. It’s a blessing…and a curse.

6) This is a little sad. She gave me Star Trek: The Original Series Season 1 on DVD that she found online (b/c it is very hard to find). But it had some problems so we had to return it. We’ll just have to shop around until we find a copy. But it’s the thought that counts!

Did you notice that I didn’t receive anything computer or Apple related? That’s unusual. Anyway, thank you, zeez, for the great gifts and Happy New Year to all of our friends!

Josh H.


Casablanca Has Something For Everyone

Until a couple of years ago I lived my life in an unknown darkness. I walked in darkness and was unaware. It was Stephen and his wife Renee who opened my eyes and shed light on my path. Until that time I had never seen the movie “Casablanca” starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. My ideas of fine cinema changed that night. What an amazing story!

I love history. The American Revolution and World War II are my two favorite periods in history to study. In both cases I am amazed at the resolve of the colonists and the non-German Western Europeans respectively to resist evil regimes even if it meant their lives. “Casablanca” the film takes place in Casablanca the city in French Moracco during the German occupation of France in World War II. Rick Blaine is an American refugee who owns a night club and is friends with the local prefect of police Louis Renault (and with whom he has “a beautiful friendship”). Rick is an isolationist in terms of politics, foreign affairs, and personal affairs. He “sticks [his] neck out for nobody!”

During the course of the film Rick finds himself dragged into a situation in which a French resistance leader is hiding out in Casablanca while the German gestapo searches for him. The leader’s name is Victor Laszlo. The lady accompanying him is his wife Ilsa, a former lady friend of Rick who broke his heart when she unexpectedly abandoned him with a strange Dear John letter. Now Rick is faced with the decision to get his girl back, or turn in Lazlo to Louis, or defy the gestapo and help them. This movie has elements for the history buff, the romantic, the action movie fan, the fan of suspense all rolled up together. And the dialogue is absolutely superb. There is so much wit in this film.

If you have never watched “Casablanca”, the most quoted film of all time…

“Play it, Sam!”

“Louis, this looks like the beginning of a beautiful friendship”

“Round up the usual supsects”

“Here’s lookin’ at you, kid”

“We’ll always have Paris.”

…then make some time this week or this weekend to view it. Put the kids to bed early, make some popcorn, turn out the lights and enjoy what is arguably the finest film ever made. Everyone should see this movie. I would be glad to loan you my copy. But whatever you do, you must watch “Casablanca”. It will change the standard by which you judge every other movie. The so-called cinema that is produced today will lose its flavor for there is nothing that comes close to “Casablanca”. Ever since I watched “Casablanca” the first time there are few films now after which I will sit back and say “wow”. Borrow mine, get it on Netflix, buy it, or rent it! Now! Go ahead!

Josh H.


Back To The Future (The Metal Version)

This is too dang funny. If you remember this scene where Marty performs Johnny B. Goode you’ll appreciate this.

I have no idea what song this is being featured in this video but the effect is hilarious (if not shocking).

Josh H.


Star Trek: The Retirement Years

Looks like Spock might be getting a little soft and emotional in his old age. Seriously though, I hope these guys really have a friendship like this and that this wasn’t a publicity stunt.

By the way, I’ve got comments working again. So you can go back and comment all you want on the posts that came out while everything was haywire. Blogosphere kids rejoice!

Josh H.


Zeitgeist: The Movie

I recently learned about an online film called Zeitgeist: The Movie from the Gary DeMar Show, a Christian worldview radio program produced by American Vision. Zeitgeist: The Movie is a three-part film which attempts to explain how we, the people of the world and particularly America, are being duped by a grand religious, political, and economic conspiracy involving Christianity (and religion in general, though only Christianity is actually attacked), the 9/11 attacks on America, and the Federal Reserve. I have not watched the film but from the information on the website and information I gained from the Gary DeMar Show, I can tell you that basically the premise of the film is that the establishment has used Christianity to manipulate the minds of people and create division. Furthermore they rehash the tired conspiracy theory that 9/11 was perpetrated by the Bush Administration in cooperation with other nations. Finally they argue that the U.S. Federal Reserve is basically a group of wealthy bankers bent on world domination. Continue reading ‘Zeitgeist: The Movie’


Michael J. Fox “Frighteners” Blooper

As many of my readers know I am a big Michael J. Fox fan. Back to the Future is my absolute favorite movie of all time. Let me put it into perspective for you. I do not have a middle name. But once when I was a kid I begged my mom to legally change my name to include the middle name Martin, so that I could go by Marty. So am I big fan? You bet.

The following video is a hilarious clip I found where Fox and director Peter Jackson talk about one of the memorable bloopers that took place when they were filming The Frighteners. There are a couple of four letter words dropped so make sure the kids aren’t around.

Josh H.


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