1/31/2009

What's It Called...

As the little brother and I were walking through World Market, my eyes caught the above jar...

Now, I don't know who Rogan is. But I do know that I like Curry. So who knows? Maybe I'll go back and buy some and delight my family...

New Promotional Shots From Two Films...

Just saw that two new pics came out today for some movies I'm going crazy waiting on...

First is the one sheet for X-Men Origins: Wolverine...

After watching the trailer, I'm mega stoked on this one...

Next, a new shot (and from the first appearance in the film) of Rorshach from Watchmen...

If you know nothing of this movie yet, click on the above link to read a post I wrote a while ago on it. Or check out the film's sweet website. It's going do be amazing...

Go Ahead. We'll Ketchup Later...

I'm not afraid of trying new (and sometimes unusual) things. In fact, I've taken a bullet before to protect you, the reader, from having to risk your precious tastebuds on potentially foul food.

And so, as I rounded the corner of the aisle last night at Walmart, I knew I was staring down my destiny.

Now I should say, I've heard tales of ketchup flavored chips for some time. But I had never seen them. That is, until last night.

Being the courageous connoisseur of all things culinary that I am, I knew I had to try them.

Here I am holding one of the chips...

What's the verdict? Not too bad. It tastes exactly like a Ruffles dipped in ketchup.

If that sounds good to you, then go ahead. Give them a try...

1/28/2009

Web Wednesday: I'm Holding Out For a Hero...

It's Web Wednesday!

It's no secret that I love all things superhero related. It's also no secret that I love blogging. But you know what is a secret? How it is that they make Creamsicles. But that's neither here nor there...

Today's edition of Web Wednesday brings another specialty blog. It's called Superuseless Superpowers and it is exactly what it sounds like: a collection of the world's most useless superpowers. And there's also some sweet illustrations for each ability...

1/27/2009

Top Ten NES Games...

I remember when I was in third grade, I had a freind that lived three doors down named Katie. And Katie was the first person that I knew who got a Nintendo Entertainment System. So I was at her house all the time. (In fact, one time we got into a big fight and she accused me of only being her friend because of her Nintendo. Which, for the record, wasn't true. She had a lot of other cool toys too...) But it wasn't for another year or two that I got one myself.

But when I did... It occupied every free minute of my time. I still remember staying up until midnight playing games. (Only on Friday nights though. What can I say? Mom ran a tight ship.)

And so, in honor of something that was such an important (read as time consuming) part of my childhood, I've decided to complie a list of my top ten NES games. Kind of like my list of Top Ten Cartoons of the Eighties. Now, I should say that, this list is not exhaustive. In fact, I freely admit that it's totally subjective. It's my favorite NES games.

But feel free to add in your faves in the comments...

10) Paperboy



9) Excitebike



8) Donkey Kong Jr.



7) Duck Hunt



6) Burgertime



5) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Arcade Game



4) Mega Man 2



3) Snake Rattle N Roll



2) Ducktales



1) Super Mario 3

Best Actor(s) & Actress(es)...

After an intense round of Mario Kart 64, I was jonesing a little for a creative fix...

So I decided to do a little Photoshop project. With a little bit of inspiration from Dr. Frankenstein, I took the facial features of all of the Academy Award nominees for Best Actor and Actress and combined them. (Well, not all of them. Sorry Frank Langella and Meryl Streep...)

But anyway, just for fun, try to guess what feature belongs to who... (whom?)...



I'm So Sick...

I woke up last Thursday or Friday with a strange feeling in my left nostril. And before you even ask, yes. I can pinpoint exactly where germs are doing work (son) in my body. I'm that self aware.

So I said to my mom, "I think I'm getting sick." I explained to her that I had a weird stinging in my left nostril which, for me, either means cold or sinus infection. And then I left to go somewhere. When I got back, she had laid a magazine open on my bed to an article called "12 Ways to Stop a Cold Before It Begins". Now, normally I would appreciate this gesture as I love reading and learning interesting facts about things that I can then recite back to other people at opportune times. However, in this case, it was too late.

The change had already happened...

You see, normally, I am the pinnacle of manhood. I'm so tough, I make Dennis Quaid look like Christian Siriano. But when I'm sick, I become something else. I become a whiny, whimpy, grumpy, baby. The simplest task becomes an insurmountable obstacle.

FACT: Sick Josh is no fun...

But I'm coming out on the other side of it now. Partially because of some Allegra that my aunt gave me. But, and this is just my expert opinion here, mainly because of my incredible mental toughness that allowed me to will myself back into wellness.

Take that germs...

1/22/2009

A Brief History of Time...

Last night on facebook, I had some chats with my friend John about how he has chosen the dark side and doesn't watch LOST. So I thought, how can I help my friends catch up with what's gone on so that they can get into season five with me?

Then, last night, Hurley did it for me...

1/21/2009

Welcome Back...

T minus (I don't know what that means) thirty four minutes until the season premiere. I'll be off the grid for two hours starting then...

1/20/2009

The Inauguration of President Barack Obama...

Want to watch the inauguration but can't get to a TV? Have no fear! You can watch it here...

1/19/2009

Online Games...

Marko regularly posts little online games that he likes playing. Since I've been home in South Carolina, I've been playing a few myself. So I figured I'd post a few that I love...

  • Inwordz is a wordsearch game. If you like Boggle or Scrabble you'll love Inwordz. You start from the outside of the game board and build a word using letter tiles. The closer to the inside tile you get, the more points you're awarded...

  • Star Chemistry is very similar to Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, only it's circular. I used to sit in my Progress of Redemption class and fill my notebook with Six Degrees of Kevin Bacons, so this game is pretty sweet for me. Only, it's lost its challenge...

  • House of Cards is listed as a solitaire game. But it's kind of not. You build a house of cards by forming pairs out of same cards or same suits. You have to place smaller pairs on top of larger pairs. A pair of 20 is rock solid and a pair of 21 helps secure anything below it. It's a pretty good, simple game...

  • Slingo is a cross between slots and bingo. It's pretty easy to figure out. Give it a spin... (See what I did there?)

  • Onslaught is a strategy game that isn't very quick at all. You basically have to stop an oncoming horde of enemies from advancing into Area 51 by building gun turrets, lasers, grenade launchers, and other sweet things. Here's a warning: if you start, you probably won't stop for about two weeks...
  • 1/18/2009

    Things That South Carolina Has That California Doesn't...

    Back in April, I wrote a post on some things that California has that South Carolina doesn't. Tonight, I was thinking of some things that the Palmetto state has over the Golden state.

    I mean, besides this...

  • Books-A-Million...

  • Yellow BBQ Sauce...

  • Cracker Barrell...

  • Mayfield Ice Cream...

  • Bojangles...

  • Rush's...
  • Pray for the Raitz Family...

    I've only had the pleasure of meeting Jason Raitz once in my life. It was this past August while I was in Chicago.

    But I found out a few days ago that his family has been hit hard and need our help. You see, their family's house burned down on Thursday. They've pretty much lost everything and his brother, who lives with them, was minorly burned.

    Here's a link to a post Jason wrote on it.

    He asks, "If you would like to pray for us...please pray for a home in the same neighborhood. We would like the kids to be able to stay on the same bus and have a sense of normalcy. Pray for my brother. Pray for rest for all the people taking such great care of us."

    Would you join me in praying for them...

    X-Men Origins: Wolverine...

    Where does the time go...

    Every year about this time, promos start coming out for summer movies. Every year about this time, my mind explodes in anticipation. This summer, unlike the past few, only brings one comic book movie to the table. But with everything I've seen so far, it's going to be a doosy (doosie?)...

    X-Men Origins: Wolverine has an incredibly bad title, but looks awesome. aintitcool.com just premiered a new promo shot for the movie. I've included it below. Click to embiggen...

    Body Double 27: Get Off My Lawn...

    As I made my end of the year movie rounds this Christmas, one film that escaped my attention was Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino. Editor's Note: I'll be seeing it this week. But, as I saw promo pieces for it, I couldn't help but think, "Hmm... Clint looks like someone else..."

    But it wasn't until last night that I realized who. You see, last night, I was watching Jeff Dunham's special on Comedy Central. He's a ventriloquist who uses different puppets in his act. And usually, the first puppet he bring out is one named Walter.

    And looking at the puppet, I think I see who he might be based on...

    Oh we've definitely got a Body Double...

    1/13/2009

    Eddie Would Go Again...

    Last March, I wrote a post on Eddie Aikau...

    Just the other day I found the ESPN report on youtube that inspired my original post, so I thought I'd share it here. I want to encourage you to watch it, and then go back and read my original post.

    Such a great story...

    1/11/2009

    The Origin of a Song...

    You know, today I was thinking...

    KC & The Sunshine Band's "Get Down Tonight" has to be the only song in the history of music that's based on someone's to do list.

    Do a little dance... Check

    Make a little love... Check

    Get down tonight... Pending...

    1/10/2009

    Dr. Seuss Was Ahead of His Time...

    I've posted on how awesome Dr. Seuss is before. It's just an indisputable fact. Like how purple is the best flavor, or how a little Kermit makes anything better. But I never knew how he might have been a prophet...

    Yesterday, I took my brother to the library. After I read some magazines and Caleb worked on a word search, we made our way downstairs to the children's books. After looking around for a few minutes, Caleb made his way over to the Dr. Seuss books. He picked up two and we sat down in a great spot to read.

    As we read, I came across two words that, even though Dr. Seuss wrote them in the 70's have become a part of our present day vernacular.

    Even though The Shape of Me and Other Stuff was written in 1973, it had this little gem in it...

    How did Dr. Seuss know about blogs before the internet (or the personal computer) was even invented?

    And now for exhibit B...

    Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! was written a year earlier than The Shape of Me and Other Stuff in 1972 but easily predicted one of today's most used slang words...

    Is this an episode of Cribs or did I just see Dr. Seuss referencing a crunk car?

    Who knew the good doctor rolled so hard...

    1/09/2009

    Get You On Some Long Pants...

    My brother and I are unapologetic Ernest fans. As such, both of us have a few of his movies on DVD. Now, Caleb has a lot more than me. In fact, he even has special edition DVDs with collections of commercials that Jim Varney did back in the eighties.

    There's one commercial on that DVD that I thought was so funny, I repeat it to my brother every time we get ready to leave our house to go somewhere.

    Please to enjoy...

    I love it... And I don't even know what "musk oil" is...

    1/07/2009

    Oh MSN.com...

    Take a look at the pun in the bottom right corner of this picture from the front page of msn.com this morning...

    "Miss Creant"...

    Looks like someone got a job writing titles...

    Web Wednesday: It's Not Easy Being Green...

    It's the first Web Wednesday of 2009!

    Once again, I'll state the obvious: It's a commonly known and widely accepted fact that the Muppets are awesome. But have you ever wondered where some of your favorite Muppets came from? Of course you have. Here's a quick article detailing the origins of 20 of your favorite Muppets.

    Enjoy...

    1/06/2009

    Curious Josh: How They're Related...

    Curious about the other posts in this series? Check them out here...

    I love hanging with my brother when I come home. And, since I've been home this Christmas, I've been bugging him to watch any of the three volumes of Ducktales that he owns on DVD. Well last night, he finally caved.

    Watching this brilliant example of animation brought to mind a question that had plagued me for some time: How exactly are Scrooge McDuck and Donald Duck related? After all, both are refered to by Huey, Dewey, and Louie as "Uncle". But even Donald calls Scrooge "Uncle".

    Well, according to wikipedia, Scrooge is the maternal uncle of Donald, making him Great Uncle to Huey, Dewey, and Louie. Which makes Donald's mother Scottish.

    And now you know...

    1/05/2009

    Raisin Brahms...

    I saw this commercial the other night on TV. Not only do I completely support the message that it's preaching, but I think it's hilarious. Especially when I imagine Dom playing the role of Brahms...

    1/02/2009

    The Spirit...

    I just saw that my review of The Spirit went live today on youthministry.com. Click on the link to check it out...