Unsolicited Praise for the Nook HD+

6 12 2012

So, it’s been a while since my last update, and I’m happy to report that all is well here. I met the love of my life, she moved in with me (more on that story later), and I got a Nook HD+ from Barnes & Noble. This is the part that the internet cares about, so let’s get right to it.

Nook HD+: I haz it.

Nook HD+: I haz it.

Yes, I actually have one, I bought it with actual money, and nobody is giving me any kickbacks for what I am about to write about this piece of electronics. As such, if I choose to say something like “OMG SQUEEEE” or “Meh, ghey” then you know that my account has been hacked because I don’t say things like that.

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Power Plus: The Central Argument

14 08 2012

It’s time to revive an old series of articles I wrote at the now defunct ethmar.com (assuming nobody picked up the domain name) called “Power Plus”. They were an exercise in thinking about how energy (electricity) is generated, and how it is consumed.

Rather than re-hash all of those arguments, let’s review my contribution to the Bumper Sticker discourse, and I am of course available to speak at TED, assuming it is a short drive from my home.

My operating thesis for the future of energy generation and consumption is simply this:

Energy will be generated where it is consumed.

TED people. Call me.

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Thoughts About the Movie “The Elephant in the Living Room”

13 08 2012

When I’m not watching horror movies (or similar) on Netflix, I’m balancing things out karmically with documentaries. So in this case, to balance out the incredibly awful (as in, really lame) movie “Bane” (which has nothing to do with Batman), I watched “The Elephant in the Living Room”. In short, it’s about people (mostly in Ohio) that keep exotic animals as pets – lions, for instance – and at least one man tasked with promoting responsible pet ownership and in some cases, putting the animals down if they present a threat to the general public.

Spoilers follow in the form of a movie discussion, so if you want to view the film with virgin eyes, queue it up and come back here later to see how my thoughts on the subject compare to your own.

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Thoughts About the Movie “GasLand”

31 07 2012

This evening I took a break from lowbrow movie entertainment (“Carver” and “Anatomy”) to check out some documentaries. I resisted the urge to watch one containing the behind the scenes footage of pro wrestling (I think The Wrestler covered that nicely) and instead watched two compelling docs: Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037 (4 stars… a triumph!) and GasLand.


The Steinway one was fascinating, and I teared up a lot because I’m sappy like that. Especially the scene where the grandfather remarks about how his talent must have passed on to his grandson, whom he watches give an impromptu recital upon delivery of his very own Steinway piano. Very moving, and even if the thing is essentially an infomercial for Steinway & Sons, the attention is well deserved and you’ll wish all infomercials could be as tasteful. Truly, it is a documentary but Steinway does well to present their company, and their product in the best possible light.

As for GasLand, I read that it was about the sordid truth about natural gas extraction in the USA, and having relocated back to the Midwest after 11 years in Texas, I did recall some of the buzz about the deceptive advertising about the Barnett Shale. I knew people who lived on the edge of it, and the picture wasn’t so rosy once the actual work began. Looks like I got out just in time, according to the movie.

In fairness to all parties, I realize that films like this must be viewed with the understanding that any and all claims are “according to the movie”. However, people lighting tap water on fire is pretty compelling evidence, anecdotal or not.

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Gone Carping

14 06 2012

“Shoot it, Dax!”

There, for a fleeting moment, the eyes of player and fan met, through a triangular gap in a crush of soccer players, home and visitor alike. There, in that instant, was the prime opportunity to strike, and to my disappointment, that moment was lost, with no goal try.

That’s when I knew that I “got” soccer.

Years later, I was in the seats for a minor-league hockey game, and one of my soccer friends (who now turned to hockey during the brief off-season) said that he had no idea I had any interest in hockey.

“Well,” I explained, “I got into watching hockey (post-divorce), and when I saw a blown scoring opportunity – and I knew it was a scoring opportunity – I knew I ‘got’ hockey.”

Now, years later still, soccer and hockey have faded into my past in favor of fishing.

For carp.

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Mission Accomplished

28 05 2012

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a fisherman in possession of the good fortune to catch small fish must be in want of larger fish.

Such was the case with me, as the small trout and white bass haul was certainly teaching me Fishing 101, but me being me, I wanted to go for the rough stuff to challenge myself early on. My target: Carp.

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Thoughts About the Human Centipede Movies

17 12 2011

I’m still trying to piece together how I got turned on to the Human Centipede movies, but ultimately I battled insomnia – I mean, “embraced” – and streamed The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence last night in all of its gore-porn (gorn) glory. In digital hiiiiigh definition.

And then, after feeling queasy all day, I streamed The Human Centipede: First Sequence, which writer/director Tom Six assured me (personally) would look like “My Little Pony” by comparison to the sequel.

Now that I am boned up on the HC franchise, here’s my verdict:

I really need a hug.

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