"The intel on this wasn't 100%."
 
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Have you thought about the best movies of the 21st century? We're only 17 years in, but there have been many, many good ones. Run a search for "5 of 5 stars" on BrowserMetrics and you'll find a few.

CatWoman? How'd that get in here. Never mind. Ignore my 5 star ratings and find some on your own.

Anyhow, they are still making lots of good movies, you have to go out a seek them. Today's link should help you find a few.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/06/09/movies/the-25-best-films-of-the-21st-century.html

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Sunday, June 04, 2017
Time Patrol Minami

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Friday, June 02, 2017
I have not had the urge to watch movies lately even though summer movie season is in full swing. The last film I saw was two weeks ago, Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2. Yeah, I know. There's been a few other summer films that have come out since then, but I haven't seen them. I'm still waiting for one that will make me want to go to the theatre. It's going to be a while.

That said. Volume 2 was alright. You can't beat those A-holes. A little too inside comics for my liking -- too many characters popping up that I have no idea who they were, and I read Marvel comics in my youth. O well, just went along for the ride.

3 of 5 stars.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017
For my baseball partner in crime, Orioles get a W against the hated Yanks and Adam Jones hits an Earl Weaver special. He did it just as we were doing FaceTime.

It's been a long time since we've talked. There is the 12 hour time difference, and I could barely hear a word she said. Yet, we had some fun.



Yeah for a W!

Even better as nice present to my good pal, Marge! Happy birthday!

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Thursday, May 25, 2017
It's a 13 hour time difference between here and Japan. Here being the east coast of the United States. So you'll have some Nogizaka goodness for breakfast as you watch two members promote their latest album on SHOWROOM. You just have to get up real early!

If you participate, don't forget to throw some stars!!

And don't forget to wish Nishino a happy birthday! 「お誕生日おめでとう西野七瀬!」

https://www.showroom-live.com/room/profile?room_id=103574

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Nogizaka46 3rd Album, 「生まれてから初めて見た夢 」, "The Dream I Saw the First Time Since I Was Born."

Get it.

Got it.

I don't think the new songs are as good as their first two albums. The songs sound too much alike. The only saving grace is that there are some funky units, member pairings, that make for some interesting songs. I'm always up for alternative member units.

https://itunes.apple.com/jp/album/生まれてから初めて見た夢-complete-edition/id1235381199?l=en

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Saturday, May 20, 2017


Watched Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. This was the funnest trailer. I can't wait.

The use of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" is just perfect. Cate Blanchet's Hela is also awesome!

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It was in my head towards the end of the work week. It's an off Friday. I'm trying to fill the circles. I should start working on the cycling aspect of my resolution. I'm going to break out the bike.

So I did. And I went to an easy ride: the airport loop.

It was a hot day for May yesterday so I tried to get out early. I left my house at 9 and arrived at 9:30. I quickly pulled the bike out of the truck and started turning those pedals. I went counterclockwise around the airport. That way you avoid the hill. But you are still punished with the other hill past the school which is an easier hill to go up. I thought.

As I road through the trees from the parking lot, I felt uncomfortable. I had decided to wear my mountain biking stuff rather than nice tight spandex. It's a 3/4 pant and a shirt. But I was feeling hot already. And annoyed. One thing being that I chose to ride the Kona. She's a single speed so I was hoping that I had something in the legs for the hills. How hard could it be? I used to do this all the time!

Was I wrong? Or what? It's not that it wasn't hard. It's that I was old and am not young so that which I did when I was younger is a bit more challenging as I am older. It's only really been about 7 or 8 years, but there is nothing in these old man legs. I thought the squats I was doing for the gorilla workout would've helped, but that was 3 months ago. Power is not found.

I emerged from the trees and into a warm sun. This is when the clothes started bothering me. The 3/4 knickers style sucks and I wish I was in tight spandex.

As I cranked the pedals, it was easy because it is flat at that section. Yet when the road rose up, the cadence got slower. If I kept the cadence up the ride was simple and smooth. As the cadence dropped, I had to find some power in the legs to drive the bike forward.

Then came the school hill. I was following behind some couple with the baby carriage attachment. They slowed thinking that I could power through them. I did but not for very long. I think they thought I could ride. I couldn't. So I let them pass me on the hill.

As I wound my way around the airport, all I could think about was what a bad choice the Kona was. I should've had the crutch of having some gears. I thought I was physically ready for this considering I was trying to exercise regularly all year. Now I know I wasn't really pushing my physical boundaries, but still I thought I was stronger than I had been the last few years.

I knew around the 4th mile that it was going to be a long ride. In my younger days, I would've done this loop in 45 minutes. I did this in an hour with a few breaks in between. I hate the thought of that.

I really need to start riding some more with dedication. I said I was going to try for 200 miles this year. I hope somewhere within those miles I find my legs again.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017
Filipinos are a funny lot -- queer in the original sense of the word. Lots of things to ponder about the culture. Things that have developed from years of colonialism. Things that have developed from years of Catholicism. Things that have developed from the inequality between the land owners and the workers.

It is like that. Sometimes we forget. We get reminded about it once in awhile.

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/06/lolas-story/524490/?utm_source=twb

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Tuesday, May 02, 2017
Ramen. I can go for some now. I wish America embraced it like we've embraced sushi, but I know some people who don't believe soup is a meal. Ask Jerry Seinfeld.

Anyhow, don't watch all these videos or you will be craving some ramen. But if you do so happen to watch and then crave some ramen, hit me up and we'll go looking for some around town. If we don't find any, let's go to Japan.

https://www.youtube.com/user/ramenwalker/videos

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