In honour of Turtleman (the legendary Kentuckian animal-catcher in Call of the Wildman) I'd like to relate ten of my own animal stories. Don't expect stingrays launching themselves at my chest or anything crazy like that, these are my smalltime encounters both peaceful and not so peaceful. I have always been fascinated by animals, so I often can't resist getting as close as possible to them (no, not like that).
Okay, and here we are again with the Academy Award nominations, this time for 2012-2013. First off the bat, let me tell you all how glad I am that Hitchcock didn't get a single nod in any of the major categories. If that had happened I would've felt like I had no idea what was going on anymore... it was such a vapid piece of self-deluded filmmaking. Looks like James Bond didn't break through that glass ceiling either... oh well!
Beasts of the Southern Wild, Silving Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty, Lincoln, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Amour, Django Unchained, Argo
The only big surprise here is Beasts of the Southern Wild, but the Academy loves chucking one of these 'unknown' films in.
Today's update is a run down of the top 25 records released in 2012. 2012 was another great year for punk rock albums, with a lot of bands releasing some honest to god, truly great records—records that will no doubt make their ways into peoples long term collections, and not just be passed on in the next cull—records that will go on to be personal favourites.
25. Brick Mower - "My Hateable Face"
Top Tuesdays are back! Well, at least for today. I find myself revisiting the Rolling Stones on a biannual basis and so I thought I would highlight some of my favourite less-famous Stones songs. From the early to the downright recent! When it comes to the Stones everyone in the whole world falls into two categories - those who love them and those who haven't learned to appreciate them yet.
1. Tom Jones - Kiss
Tom Jones getting funky is about as cool as David Koch smoking a joint. Releasing a Prince cover a mere two years after the original is a big mistake no matter who you are, and especially if you're Tom Jones.
2. Extreme - Get the Funk Out
Horrendous. Completely awful. This is the band that did that song "More Than Words" and here they are showing you just how much they get down. It's the worst possible Red Hot Chili Peppers ripoff you could imagine, and the lead singer's dancing has forever burned an ugly, gyrating image into my head.
3. The Beach Boys - Summer of Love
So it's 1992 and you're still The Beach Boys.
A couple of weeks ago I began regaling you all with the worst stories from my retail career. They ranged from the weird and creepy (old guys using Mills and Boons for wanking material) to the downright annoying (self-righteous bible-bashers). Fortunately for you (and unfortunately for me) I have at least six more stories to share about my time working for the bookstore Angus & Robertson, the major retail chain known as Target, and another short-lived independent bookstore.
Old Man Farting on Head
My title for this story matches exactly what happened.
I did ten years in retail before I finally got jack of the low pay and low rewards vs. the high expectations of administration. I found it very hard to work a job in retail for that long and not be bitter about it, and if ever there was an argument against free enterprise then the retail industry is a good part of that argument. I feel kind of vindicated that online industries are starting to supplant some of these companies, there are so many dodgy practices embedded in the industry... but hey, I won't rant too much about that, that's another story for another time.
Today I would like to talk about some of my fun times dealing with 'customers'.
I guess this is a bit morbid, but I've always had a fascination with the mythology behind filmmaking. These stories represent the 'urban legends' of film and TV, only they happen to be true. I've tried to avoid some of the more obvious ones like Brandon Lee or Belinda Emmett, and have dug up some of the more bizarre and conspiratorial examples.
Vic Morrow Gets Decapitated
It's virtually impossible to write a list like this and not talk about the '80s Twilight Zone movie.
Pizza is the most versatile food group. You dial a number on your phone or even these days use an app on your iphone, and then pizza arrives like a miracle half an hour later. Order more than you need and you can stretch it out to several meals in a row. The best thing is that you can just eat it straight out of the box and put the leftovers in the fridge. That's what fridges are actually designed for. Oh and beer of course. When you want to reheat the leftovers the next day, just tear the lid off the box and use it as a plate for microwaving and then consumption. No need to waste a perfectly good plate.
Schooner glass lifecycle. You go to the pub and order some beers.
Of course, there are more than 10 great moments in Breaking Bad, but after having just watched the last three seasons back to back I think I can safely say that these are my favourite ten moments from the entire show so far. Hanging out for the upcoming final season, though I have no idea where they can really go after the epic climax of Season 4.