Again with the hands: Funny Things My Daughter Says (#10)

My kids are getting a bit older so it’s less and less often that they come out with really random and funny comments.

However, recently my youngest (now 10 years old) and I were coming back from a playground and she suddenly pipes up with something like, “I wish people’s hands could come off.”

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Creepy Clowns

So, the Uncanny Valley…

This is a term that refers to certain types of depictions of people – drawings, CGI renderings, mannequins, statues, etc – where things sit in between being “perfectly realistic” and “clearly not realistic”.  The idea is that when a person looks completely realistic, of course you don’t think anything of it because it’s just normal.  And when something looks clearly not realistic, it is easy to accept it or even think its cute because your brain has no difficulty discerning that it’s obviously made up – you know, like Elmer Fudd, or Wall-E, or Kermit the Frog. Continue reading Creepy Clowns

Strange Times in the Cinema – Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Back in 2009, my (grown) nephew was visiting my family in Australia, and we decided it would be fun to take in a movie.  So the two of us took a look at what was out there, and decided to go see Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.  I think we had already heard the bad reviews, but were willing to give it a go for the benefit of seeing something big and loud and hopefully fun.  So off we went to the last theatre in the downtown of Perth, my home located on the West Coast of Australia.  It was a fun little theatre called the Picadilly, which has since closed down, and used to show movies a little later than you’d see in the multiplexes, and for a lot cheaper. Continue reading Strange Times in the Cinema – Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

A Birthday Message From My Children… [Funny Things My Daughters Did]

…not to me, but to my mother-in-law.  She celebrated her 70th birthday recently, but she has been away overseas, too far away to go visit or anything.  So my three daughters and I put together this little video to honor their Oma’s special day.

This is an edited version, with our personal messages removed, but the “dramatic” portions retained.  My girls had a fun time making it, and something about all of their personalities really shines through here.

Enjoy!

I’m Going to See Fantastic Four anyway…

Tonight, I am going to see the new Fantastic Four movie, even though I am fully aware of the avalanche of bad reviews that the movie has received.  My friend Rod (for whom the selling point of “By the studio that brought you X-Men Days of Future Past holds even less water than for most of us) and I are going.  It’s cheap night, and of course I am a predisposed to be interested in a superhero film.

And I am going to try a bit of an experiment to see if I can enjoy it anyway.  Continue reading I’m Going to See Fantastic Four anyway…

Funny Things My Daughter Says (#8)

An oldie but a goodie from many years ago, that I haven’t shared on this blog before…

When my oldest daughter was only about four years old, my family visited a modern art museum in upstate New York.  It wasn’t really our cup of tea.  Certainly, there were pieces that we appreciated, and perhaps more for me than my wife, but there were also plenty that we just had a hard time understanding where the artist was coming from.

And maybe it’s also that we just didn’t want to go to the bother of understanding where the artist was coming from.  Continue reading Funny Things My Daughter Says (#8)

Be Ye Merry, cuz, you know, it’s Christmas!

Just a quick note here, to say Merry Christmas, everyone!  I hope you enjoy your time with family and friends, and the passing to and fro of presents and pleasantries.  There is a lot to be sad and miserable about in the world, but so much to be joyful for as well.

And in addition to the really important stuff (hope, love, joy, etc.) there’s many little frivolous bits and pieces that are worth being diverted by. Continue reading Be Ye Merry, cuz, you know, it’s Christmas!

Short Lived “Fantastic Four” TV Series from the 60’s

Via another comic book blog, I’ve discovered something sort of extraordinary:  an example of the colossally time wasting labor of love that the internet seems to have been invented for. Continue reading Short Lived “Fantastic Four” TV Series from the 60’s