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The Power of One

Deep and horribly historically accurate.
One of my favorites.
Everyone should watch this movie – it might hake the World a better, more understanding place.
We should all know more about our history, culture and what has happened/is happening in other parts of the World.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop

Terribly predictable, it would seem that the funny parts were all in the trailers.
It’s actually good though, it’s funny with a feel good factor.


Saw this in the theatre and really thought it sucked.
Not only is it completely inaccurate but it”s just plain wrong and paints horrid pictures of a number of cultures.

Alone in a Haunted House

Sorry – this was kinda pitiful.
He tried to make something (a lot of somethings) out of a lot less than nothing.
I’ve seen MTV do better haunted documentaries than this.
DOn’t waste your time.

Darkness Falls

I agree with one of the previous reviews. Yes, it starts out slow but give it a chance.
Also, look for the computer stuff at the end. The bank transaction screens. I made them!! (lol, sorry, I’m proud of it at least)

Not liking the ButterMilk (Bonnag)

In the 1800′s people on the Isle of Man ate a bread called Bonnag.
It’s a simple, yet tasty bread. It had to be simple really – there weren’t a lot of kitchen conveniences on the Island in the 1800′s.

It’s made with buttermilk though.
Apparently the Manx farmer families would drink Buttermilk straight.
Wanting to make some Bonnag sometime soon I bought some Buttermilk and tried it.. straight…as soon as I got home. I don’t know how ‘my people’ did it! it’s sooo rank tasting!

Bonnag is still great stuff though. Here are the ingredients as per Read the rest of this entry »

Me and my body clock

Web Worker Daily and my recent UK trip inspired me to write this post.
I’ve never been one for that sleep thing really. even as a child I had sleeping issues.

Right now I’m getting tired early in the evening and waking up around 4 or 5 in the morning.
The good thing is that, with my line of work, I can do it…. whenever… (except for when I’m dispatching of course) then, when I am set to get a good night’s sleep you can almost guarantee that there will be a 2am fire call or something equally as inconvenient.

While traveling I’ve always found that it’s best to try and keep to my daily sleep/waking routine as much as possible. Well, as must of a routine as I normally have.

How is your body clock? how do you ‘tamper’ with it?


Money and Monitors

My economic stimulus check arrived today. It’s in the bank already.

Also, my second monitor arrived. It’s a 20.something inch Widescreen Princeton. It’s not spectacular, it’s so much brighter and seemingly bigger than my old LCD though.

I’m happy that I have 2 monitors on the desk now – I can see productivity increasing and my life getting a lot easier.

I’ll take a picture of the setup sometime when it’s all cleaned up a little.


Sweeney Todd? Not so much

image So, here’s the plan.
Tomorrow I’ll go get my hair (all of them) cut at my local barber shop.

I’ve not had it cut anywhere else in years.

It’s a small, Italian type place, where, for $10 you get a haircut and the barber (Carmine himself) gets a $2 tip.

It’s more about entertainment than anything. At any time of day (4 or 5 am through 4 or 5 pm, Tuesday – Saturday) you’ll find all kinds of characters.

It’s a good cut too. Shaving cream and cut-throat razor included. Suckers for the kids and dog biscuits for the local dogs.

Yes, I know – you’d think that this post was is a sponsored one. Wrong. I’ll pay my $10 tomorrow and Carmine likely wouldn’t know a blog if it bit him.

Need a hair cut? in the area? Check it out.

Hot, Wet & Wild

If I wasn’t a Volunteer Firefighter in the US I’d be a member of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in the UK.

Around the coast of the United Kingdom there are volunteer lifeboat stations (of course there are a number of the Isle of Man). Whenever there are emergencies at sea the lifeboats go out to do whatever is needed.

Most stations have the boat launch from the boathouse down a ramp into the water. (see videos after the jump)

It’s kinda like the fire service except not as hot and stuff.

The RNLI was founded by Sir William Hillary

Wha’d'ya think? Nuts?