Lost my cell phone last night.  Re-traced my steps from the last place I know I had it, and did the same thing again today.  No go, Ninja Joe, so I had to go get a new cell phone.  I'm annoyed greatly by this.  

Keep in mind, the cell phone I had was bottom of the barrel, and only good for making phone calls.  Doesn't take pictures worth crap.  Worthless for texting.  I don't even bother doing anything online related with it.  Its about the furthest thing from a smart phone that you can get that's currently on the market.  And I got one pretty much just like it.  Looks about the same.  Slightly different display.  Oh well.

My old phone being lost meant of course that the sim card was lost with it and the few pictures that were on there are gone forever.  There were really only three pictures on there that I really liked.  There was a picture of a duck that came up to me on a job and stood there while I took a close up of him looking at me.  Never seen a wild duck be so comfortable with a person.  Second picture was from Tracy Snelling's "Woman on the Run" exhibit.  I really liked that one.  The last picture was of a tube of caulk, which I had because the color was Delorean Grey, and as such I had a portrait of Delorean Grey on my phone.

That's right.  I had an Oscar Wilde pun hidden in my phone.

Weirdly enough I somehow maintained all my contacts on the new phone without having the old sim card.  I thought that was what those things were for.  Not complaining, but I obviously know squat about cell phones.

As the customer service type person and myself were engaging in a hushed monotone tete-a-tete that was completely hilarious I glanced over her shoulder at a display for the Samsung Galaxy.  There reason it had a Fancy Dan display was that if you purchased said phone it came with The Avengers loaded on it.  So you could sit and watch the movie on the phone if you wanted to.  I asked how much that phone cost.  It was over $600.

I could buy a TV, DVD player, a copy of the movie, a chair to sit on and probably have enough left over for a Cherry Coke and popcorn for that much.  I informed my verbal dance partner of this.

"Sure, but you can't make a phone call with any of that."

I hate cell phones.  Yet, I need a cell phone.  

I'm convinced radiation from my cell phone with one day give me horrible ball cancer from keeping it in  my pocket.

Joe Bereta > Batman

If you've paid attention to pop culture-y type things you likely heard about flap over Media from the Pixar movie BRAVE getting a makeover.  SourceFed did a piece about it.

I like leaving comments on such things, and I did.

What have we learned from this? Always be yourself. Unless you can be Joe. Then be Joe.
 Joe of course being SourceFed host Joe Bereta.  My comment was quickly responded with an "Or Batman" from another user.  The implication of course being that if you could be either Joe or Batman you may want to be Batman.

"Balderdash", says I.

Joe Bereta is obviously the easy pick over Batman.  Now, before you go naysaying me and calling me a damn liar, allow me to present my evidence.

First, it is apparent that Joe has telepathic powers, or at least some sort of psychic rapport with fellow SourceFed host, Elliot Morgan.  That is the only way to explain this;

As we all know Batman has no telepahic powers, nor a psychic rapport with Elliot Morgan that we know of.

Second, Joe regularly does a segment called "Feelin' Good" in which he takes a look at news stories that are uplifting.

Last time Batman was feelin' good he had been dosed with Joker Venom.

Third, is Joe's professionalism.  Batman seems to lose his edge around beautiful women, especially Catwoman.  This isn't good!  She's a criminal!  And yet Batman can't seem to keep it together enough to bring her justice.  Then there's Joe who has to deal with not one, not two, but THREE drop dead gorgeous women on a daily basis!

If Batman had to be around Trisha Hershberger, Meg Turney, and/or Lee Newton for any amount of time, he wouldn't be able to remember his own name much less do anything productive.  Such is the mountain of self-control Joe possesses.

Forth, Batman has been the topic of much debate as to whether or not he could defeat Superman.  There is no such debate as to whether or not Joe could defeat Superman.  As such, Joe ellicits no fanboy ragegasms, thus adding to internet civility.

Fifth, this is Batman with a beard.

This is Joe with a beard.

Any questions?

Sixth and final, no matter what happens, no one and I mean NO ONE, can reboot Joe Bereta.

Movie Review: Ironman 3


Alrighty, I tried really hard not to get swept up in the hype surrounding this movie.  I was in fact a bit worried about the change in writer and director, but Shane Black has done movies that I really like.  I also was not really thrilled about the look of the new armor, but if my biggest problem is going to be something cosmetic like that, then I can over look it.

I really, really wish that was my biggest problem with the film.

I'm going to start positive.  Everyone brought great performances to their roles.  Robert Downey Jr. was again remarkable as Tony Stark and making it to the point where the character will be synonimous with him. Paltrow was lovely as always and was a great counter-balance to Downey's Stark, although I think the banter between Pepper and Tony was better in the previous films.  The kid in the movie was incredible and the scene with him and Tony were easily the highlight of the film.

Now here's where I tick off a lot of fans.

I was excited about one thing with this movie: The Mandarin.  They hinted at the character back in the first movie.  I was stoked to see that he was finally going to be the big bad in the movie.  We've established that aliens exist in the Marvel Movie-verse so have a baddie with alien tech in his rings could play beautifully here.  It could have even served as a bridge with GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY or even a little hint at something Thanos-y.  


Its Ben Kingsly playing a druggie actor pretending to be a big bad.  Yes, the revelation was funny, but at the same time I felt so incredibly cheated here.  It was a brutal letdown and really soured the movie for me.

Now, here's where I'm a real nit picky douchebag.

Pepper somehow gets mad fighting skills and can perfectly aim a repulsor blast in the movie's climax when she couldn't do it before?  The Extremis thing made her a cyber ninja or something?  

Oh, and the Missus pointed out that the brain with the fancy pants brain projection, and the only time there was any sort activity was when the guy got pinched?  Really?  I'm not a neurology expert, but I think there's a lot of stuff going on in the brain all the time.

And why was charging the armor a problem?  Tony is walking around with an arc reactor in his chest which completely powered previous armors?  That made no sense at all.

And the ending.  The Missus said it felt like a wake, and she was right.  It was like the character was wrapping it up and turning in his armor.  Well, at least blowing up all his armor.  No more arc reactor in his chest either.  No wonder Joss Whedon was wondering what was he supposed to do with the character now?  It looks like Ironman is now retired.  They even said "Tony Stark will be back".  Not Ironman.  Sure that's probably done to get buzz going, but that's not the buzz I'd like to see.  

All the other Marvel movies have left me with a feeling of "that was aewesome and I can't wait to see what's coming next".  This one did not.  Instead of opening up new things with the Marvel Movie-verse, it felt like it was closing one of the books.

Not a bad movie, but it let me down really hard.