Archive for February, 2008

Spiderwick Chronicles

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on February 20, 2008 by Budd Black

Ashli went to a birthday party for her best friend on Saturday.  Ashli wanted to see Spiderwick Chronicles so we talked to the girls mother about taking them both as a present.  So, Monday morning we load up the car and pick up her friend. After a stop at Dollar Tree for candy and drinks, we head to the theatre. 

There were some good previews.  Saw the Indiana Jones preview, which left me less than impressed.  Speed racer was shown but I had seen this one at Alvin and the Chipmunks.  Nim's Island looks like it is going to be good and we have the book at home. 

Spiderwick was pretty good.  It is a kids movie for sure.  There isn't any adult humor or anything like that.  The parents in the movie are going through a divorce.  There is lots of fantasy violence with green goo blood being splattered around.  Ashli said it was scary but that she liked it.  I really liked the ending to the movie.  There are twins in the movie and they are played by just one person.  I understand that this is done with relative ease, but why not hire twins for the role.  All in all it was a fun family movie that kids will love.


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Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on February 19, 2008 by Budd Black

Went on Friday night and it was awesome.  I had a big goofy grin on my face the whole show.  The show was hilarious.  They didn't include my favorite scene from the movie though (the witch, "Burn Her!").  Had I read up on the show I would have known that but I am happy I didn't.  The show had a Nashville flavor as both Roy Acuff and Pacman Jones were mentioned.  Before the show we went to the Gerst Haus for some ultra filling German food.  My co-worker Walt plays Accordian in the band at the Gerst Haus on weekends and we got to listen to him play. 

Overall it was a great evening for me and I would love to do stuff like that more often. 

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SF trivia

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on February 14, 2008 by Budd Black

Don't cheat, so how many you can get without looking up the answers.  I have been told that these are hard, I was trying to make easy ones though.


Q: William Gibson is considered the father of what science fiction sub-genre?

Q: According to Frank Herbert's book Dune, One should not fear for fear is . . .what?

Q: In the Lord of the Rings, how many rings were given to the Dwarf-Lords in their Halls of Stone.

Q: This Vietnam allegory by Joe Haldeman won the Nebula award for best novel in 1975.

Q: In Orson Scott Card's Nebula award winning novel Ender's Game, Valentine and Peter Wiggin write under what pseudonyms.

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Posted in Uncategorized with tags on February 14, 2008 by Budd Black

I am going tomorrow night.  It is going to rock!

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The Best of Both Worlds

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on February 12, 2008 by Budd Black

I let my children watch Hannah Montana, no, I watch Hannah Montana with my kids.  It is something that I never thought I would do until this school year.  We monitor what our kids watch.  My children do not watch spongebob, for example.  Actually, my kids were almost completely limited to PBS and what they see outside of our home (we can't really control that, and yes they have seen spongebob outside of our house).

I am not even sure how Hannah entered into our living room for the first time or where initial exposure took place.  I

know that I was picking Ashli up from a sleepover the first time I saw a Zack and Cody episode and that we don't watch that show.  Some parents just let Disney Channel, Nick, or CN run constantly in their homes and trust the content.  I can not in good faith do this.  I don't supervise everything my children watch but I do try and exercise some jurisdiction especially for 7y/o Ashli.

Hannah made it on to our TV somehow and I have to say that I am completely suprised.  The show harkens back to

my youth and reminds me of shows like Growing Pains, Who's the Boss, Silver Spoons, Different Strokes, and Punky Brewster.  Every episode seems to have a lesson, and I play a game with Ashli to see if she can find it.  For example, Last night Miley lied to her friend Lilly about a party.  Miley, as a consequence didn't have fun at the party and had to go to great lengths to keep the fact that she went a secret.  Lilly in the end finds out and Miley realizes that she should have just told the truth in the first place.  The episode even hits on being loyal to your friends. 

Sure the show has some campiness.  It isn't really educational either.  It is fun for the girls and they love singing along to the songs.  As far as rolemodels go, Ashli could do far worse than Miley Sirus and probably couldn't do much better(at least as far as the teen girl rolemodel arena goes). 

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Vote for me

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on February 8, 2008 by Budd Black

Please follow the above link and vote for my epiffunny as the epiffunny of the week.  Mine is the last one on the page about the Super football Bowl party.  Don't forget to tell you friends, neighbors, and perfect strangers to do so as well. 

Thanks ahead of time. 

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A New Group or Budd’s Attempt to Get Updatable Content

Posted in Uncategorized on February 7, 2008 by Budd Black

Many of you know that I have started a new group called SciFi Media.  This group was born of my intention to RSS to the NSFBC website.  Me and a couple of other people that are in the book club are also on Vox.  We thought it would be great to rss our blogs to the site, but the problem arose of non-genre content.  The group idea was formed.  Genre content isn't a daily thing for my Blog or other people I know and I didn't want the feed to get stale, so all voxers are free to join to keep information plentiful.  So join the group and post to it anytime you have SciFi related content. 

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