10
Aug
2010

Compared to last night, this show is calm, but, yeah, it’s still us.

First up … give it up on the “HPOA” bit everyone … you fell for it, deal with it.

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10
Aug
2010

Meet Patricia Dye, also known as Matt Abrams and Matthew Thomas Abrams.

Yes, you read that correctly.  She was also known by male names because this 31-year-old woman posed as a 14-year-old boy on sites such as MySpace and Facebook so that she could talk with girls, two of whom she ended up dating.

On July 7th she was charged with corruption of a minor and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.  Apparently Ms. Dye has been “dating” a 16-year-old girl who was unaware of her true gender for some time, and had engaged in sexual conduct with her.  Warren County prosecutor’s spokesman Matt Nolan told WLWT news, “It does seem odd that a teenage girl would think that this was a young teenage male, but her physical characteristics … are closer to looking like a 14-year-old male than a 30-year-old woman.”  Mr. Nolan went on to say, “It’s not that crazy that you would see her and think that’s a young male.”

It is not stated how Ms. Dye was finally found out, but suspicion would be that it came to light after the girl ran away from home for three days to live with Ms. Dye-come-Matt Abrams, in a hotel room she shared with her parents.  Her parents say they warned her to not get close to the girl, but that was obviously not successful.  Dorothy Dye, Patricia’s mother, stated that this was something her daughter had done since grade school.  Standing only 4’11″ and weighing 120 lbs made it easy for her to get away with it.

With the news of this incident, another family came forward on July 14th to say that Ms. Dye had also been dating their daughter since May 2009.  The step-father of the unnamed 16-year-old girl says his step-daughter went into hysterics when the news broke, and she assures everyone that the relationship with “Matt” had never moved beyond kissing.

The state of Ohio, where the crimes took place, are running into a bit of an issue however in that they can only charge Ms. Dye with misdemeanors as their are no laws on the book about female sex crimes.  Since both girls were over the age of 16 at the time the crimes took place, that put them over the age of consent in the state, and although they thought they were having a relationship with a male, and it turned out to be a female, that isn’t a crime.  Ms. Dye may face as little as nine months in county jail for her crimes.

Apparently in this day and age you are going to have to have laws for every possible permeation of orientation and gender when it comes to sex crimes.

[thanks to Mark 'Rizzn' Hopkins for the tip]

9
Aug
2010

I believe Steven hates me … he tortures me every Monday with bizarre stories, and this week … it’s extremely painful.

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9
Aug
2010

If I’m looking back at another cartoon series, it means I’ve worked my way through another DVD set while working out.

It’s been a while since I reviewed an old cartoon series, but after I hurt my left arm back in Nov., I had to change my workouts for a while and that meant no watching cartoons. Now I’m back at it, and this time through it was the 1980′s syndicated series Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers.

Running for a series of 65 episodes, the series dealt with four human police agents known as the Galaxy Rangers.  Each had a special power that was enhanced by their Series 5 Ranger badges that had to be charged every so often.  Over the course of the series they were mainly fighting against the Queen of the Crown who would turn various creatures souls into things called Psycho Crystals that would then power her army of Slaver Lords.

Okay, I swear the series was a lot cooler than this sounds …

It started airing in 1986, and it was very clear that Japanese Animation (Anime) was influencing this series.  While it had somewhat of a cheap feel at times, and some of the lip syncing could have been way better, it had some real moments of great animation.

What sunk the series was it aired very randomly due to being syndicated, and while I was crazy for it at the time, watching the complete series made it clear I had missed a large chunk of the 65 episodes.  If someone who was trying to catch them all missed a lot of it, I can only imagine what it was like for casual viewers.

Do I think it would be worthwhile for someone to check out now?  Actually, yes.  It was a fun series, it was ahead of its time and it deserves to be remembered.  Just don’t expect to be blown away.

Luckily for you, it used to be impossible to find it, but now you can find it on Adventures of the Galaxty Rangers DVDs (Affiliate link) and on Hulu.  Yes … hulu … all 65 episodes can be watched for free.  For those who can see it, the first episode is embedded below the cut.

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8
Aug
2010

Have you ever had a birthday cake that was so bad that you were still trying to get the taste out of your mouth 12 hours after eating it?  I can now check this off my list.

While my family was home for my birthday on July 20th, since there were leaving the next morning, I asked them to not get a birthday cake until they got back so I wouldn’t be left with all the leftovers to deal with.  Being on a diet, a birthday cake is bad enough to deal with, but being left with all of the leftovers would have killed me.

On Friday night I needed to run to Walmart, and mom asked me to grab a birthday cake for my delayed birthday dinner.  Normally we buy cakes from a mid-western grocery store chain named Hy-Vee, but since I was going to Walmart any way, why not get it there?  I picked one out, and while it didn’t look quite as good as a Hy-Vee cake, it looked fine.

I get home, mom and I have a piece (dad skips) and it tasted a bit minty while eating it, but not horrible.  I was sadly unimpressed and regretted not making a side trip to Hy-Vee, but oh well.  And then it began … 10 minutes later I could still taste it … 20 minutes later and my mouth felt greasy … 30 minutes later I’m eating stuff to try to cover this horrible taste in my mouth.  I drink a cup of hot tea, I brush my teeth and so on, and the taste just will not go away.  I finally go to bed, figuring it will have to stop feeling like my mouth is coated in oil by the next morning.

WRONG!  I wake up the next morning still being able to taste it.  Although we had eaten two pieces of it, we opted to return it, and that’s where it gets worse.

My father took it back, and as the door greeter asked him what was wrong, dad told him and the employee went off about the bakery and how they need to be told they make garbage … lovely.  Dad goes to the returns desk, tells them the story, and dad makes a comment about it being so bad that it almost had to be intentionally messed up, and to his shock the returns desk person goes, “I wouldn’t be too surprised by that.”

Okay, if two employees aren’t shocked by accusations such as this, and instead seem to take it in stride and agree with you, perhaps you need to be talking with your bakery about reviewing its products and improving?  I mean, call me crazy if you must, but this is just silly.  We called and talked to the store manager and all that got us was an apology (we weren’t looking for anything financial as they had allowed us to return the cake), but not even a “perhaps it’s time we reviewed the bakery,” or anything else.

At least I have a Hy-Vee cake now … and the taste of Hell Cake is almost out of my mouth … and I can promise you a Walmart cake shall never darken my door again.

8
Aug
2010

writingDown this week to 47 … I hate it when I slack.

FunJug.com

Photo.BLORGE.com

RememberingChristmas.com

SeanPAune.com

SpookieBits.com

Tech.BLORGE.com

TechnoBuffalo.com

7
Aug
2010

While I hate the long wait between sequels, even I have some limits on how fast I think movies should come flying out of a studio.

I already reported a little while back that Warner Brothers has already approved Green Lantern 2, but there was no word on when it might go into production.  Well, according to Bleeding Cool, the rumors floating around New Orleans where the film is currently in production are that the second film will begin filming before the first film hits the theaters.  That is really putting a lot of faith in this first film, and considering the budgets were talking about, it could be seen as a dangerous amount of faith.

Well, to make things even scarier … if Green Lantern performs well while Green Lantern 2 is in production, Green Lantern 3 will go into immediate production.  This would lead to the following release schedule:

  • Green Lantern – 2011
  • Green Lantern 2 – 2012
  • Green Lantern 3 – 2013

This is just an insane release schedule.  While there have been other movies filmed back to back (Back To The Future 2 & 3, Matrix 2 & 3, Pirates of the Caribbean 2 & 3), and it does save money, I know of no one that has tried to release films of this scale this fast.  Yes, we get a new Saw movie each year, but lets compare the scale of production here.

Lets hope we don’t see a sacrificing of quality to just meet some insane release schedule.

6
Aug
2010

Friday means it’s time for Steven and I to just be as mean as possible to all of Techmeme … enjoy!

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    6
    Aug
    2010

    It’s episode #107 of Scattercast and an Apple kinda day!

    Some talking about my Mac and why I bought it.

    Here’s the video of Franklin I talk about.

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    5
    Aug
    2010

    Sometimes episodes go out to left field … and they just keep running.  This would be one of those.

    And, yes, we know the title says “the” twice … it’s on purpose.

    (Links by Steven for some of the stories we discuss in this episode)

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    5
    Aug
    2010

    I still have mixed feelings about Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, but I do have to hand it to them for some amazing marketing.

    I’ve read the first two volumes of the Scott Pilgrim series, but for some reason I can not seem to get through the third volume.  I think I’ve started it like four times, and I get so bored with it about a third of the way through it that I just move on to something else.  I may try again as I would like to read all six volumes eventually, and I may even head to the theater to see the film, but still not sure on that.

    All that aside, the film looks entertaining enough, and then something really odd and cool happened today … an “interactive trailer” got released.

    While this is just the second trailer being re-released, it is now interactive in that you can click on it to learn more about the movie.  All of this will clearly be on the DVD/Blu-ray extras, but it’s almost like watching an interactive commentary track now as opposed to waiting.  There’s behind-the-scenes footage, information on design choices in the film, a puzzle about the light switch that is placed seven feet up a wall … you know, the usual stuff.

    Definitely a trailer to watch full screen, and if you miss anything, no worries, you can reveal all of the hidden stuff at the end.  This trailer made me a lot more interested in seeing the movie, and isn’t that what this is all about?  (trailer is behind the cut as it auto starts some music … one definite strike against it, but otherwise very cool.)

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    4
    Aug
    2010

    It’s one of those left field episodes, but Steven and I love those.

    (Links by Steven for some of the stories we discuss in this episode)

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