Archive for November, 2011

Thanksgiving Post of Randomness

Posted in etc., Movies, TV with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 11/21/2011 by Papa Nerd

Hello, there, blogosphere.  I hope all is well.  As I am taking a week off from work, I will also be taking some time off from writing.  It’s been a slow nerd news week anyway.  Here are some highlights in case you missed them, right after the jump.

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Kamala Has Foot Amputated, Makes Me a Sad Nerd

Posted in Rasslin', TV with tags , , , , , , , on 11/18/2011 by Papa Nerd

If you are a wrestling fan, then you have probably seen the documentary Card Subject to Change on Netflix Instant.  As an old school fan, I was especially touched by the segment featuring James Harris, aka Kamala, the Ugandan Giant.  He talks about being 62 years old and still wrestling on indy shows while driving a truck full time.  He seems to be a man who is extremely grateful, and a genuinely nice man.

I grew up in Dallas in the eighties, and my family watched the weekly wrestling show, World Class Championship Wrestling.  Kamala was a fixture there for some time, feuding with pretty much everyone.  He had a great gimmick of some kind of primitive wild man, who could only be controlled by his masked handler, Kimchee, or General Skandor Akbar.  Here is a clip of him in action:

He was a favorite of mine when I was little.  I used to make my mom laugh because I would see Kamala and run around the house slapping my belly.  Even today, my son enjoys watching me do the Kamala.

Anyway, about a week or so ago, Kamala had to have his foot amputated due to complications from high blood pressure and diabetes, which is unfortunately common for a man of his age, size, and ethnicity.

From all the things I have read, Kamala is one of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet, and I wish him the best.

I’m off to slap my belly.

A Nerd’s Review of the Marvel Cinematic Universe… So Far, Part 3

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 11/17/2011 by Papa Nerd

Next up in my review of the MCU to date is Iron Man 2, starring Robert Downey, Jr., Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johannson, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, and the Bad Mutha Shut Yo Mouth himself, Samuel L. (I’m not yelling!  This is how I talk!) Jackson.

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One Tired Papa…

Posted in etc. with tags , , , , on 11/15/2011 by Papa Nerd

I love my son to death.  He is the sweetest boy ever created, in my humble opinion.  I wouldn’t trade him for anything in the world.

That said, I’ve got a little problem.  He hates to sleep.

I have a hard time keeping him in his bed for naps, and he wakes up at 5am, on the dot, every day.  I can put him to bed at 7:30, or even 10:00, and he is still up at 5.

This is a problem, as my job won’t allow me to get home before 2am a lot of times.  So, a lot of days, I walk around, half asleep, looking like a freakin’ zombie.

What can I do to get him to sleep a little later, outside of drugging him up (which I would NEVER do)?  Do we need to do away with naps?  If so, on those days when I am running on one to three hours of sleep, I’ll probably fall over at some point, since I wouldn’t be able to take a nap.

Any other dads (or moms) out there dealing with this?  Have any ideas?

This Week in Nerd News

Posted in etc., Movies, TV with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 11/15/2011 by Papa Nerd

It seems there is no shortage of nerdy pop-culture stuff happening out there.  Each week, I’ll round up some highlights of the things showing up on the nerd radar.

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A Nerd’s Review of the Marvel Cinematic Universe… Thus Far, Part 2

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , on 11/12/2011 by Papa Nerd

Next up on the list of Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) flicks is 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, starring Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt, Ty Burrell, Tim Blake Nelson.  It was directed by Louis Leterrier.

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Bruce Campbell Says No Ash In Evil Dead Re-make

Posted in Movies with tags , on 11/12/2011 by Papa Nerd
President Bruce

This would be the epitome of awesome.

 

Say what?

Anyone who knows me knows I love the Evil Dead trilogy.  They would also know I have a slight man-crush on Bruce Campbell.

Another story for another time.

Anyway, while Bruce was doing an interview discussing Burn Notice, the conversation turned to the remake of the original Evil Dead, currently in pre-production.  He said:

““We are going to remake it. The first one. And people are a little iffy about that [but] we wanted to remake a movie with better effects and we’re better at telling stories now… There’s no ‘Ash’ character and that pisses people off [but] we didn’t want to have the direct comparison. I wouldn’t want to put an actor in that position.

As sad as I am that Ash won’t be appearing in the new film, I understand why.

My wife and I saw a production of Evil Dead: The Musical, and all I could think was, This guy sucks as Ash.  Bruce should slap him.  I can’t imagine someone having to try to live up to the reputation of the original Ash on a local stage, let alone in a major movie.

The Evil Dead will be written by Diablo Cody and directed by Fede Alvarez.  It will be released, well, at some point in time.

Source:  TV Guide

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