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Writer’s Block: The tenth time’s the charm

Not sure… we have some default movies we watch every year at one point or another. I’ve seen all of the below at least a dozen times each over the past 30 years or so… I doubt I’ll get tired of them at this point.

Pure Nostalgia – I will not turn the channel if it’s on, if I have a choice. Most, but not all, are great flicks.

Quatermass & the Pit – (it was on groovie moives something like… every third weekend when I was little. I dig it.)

Blade Runner
The Thing (Kurt Russell version)
Big Trouble in Little China (see above!)
Time Bandits
12 Monkeys
Shaolin Soccer
Kung Fu Hustle
Any Godzilla Movie
Blues Brothers
Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai across the 8th Dimension
Aliens
Ghostbusters
Three Amigos – Last Movie I saw with my Dad.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (almost any Gene Wilder Movie, really)

Halloween Movies –
Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
Arachnophobia
Videodrome
Evil Dead II
28 days later
Event Horizon (BHK says NO!!!) 
Dawn of the Dead / All in series and remakes

Christmas Movies –
Die Hard
Christmas Vacation
Scrooged

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Now playing: The Residents – Cry for the Fire

9818 – Writer’s Block: Quantity vs. Quality

That really depends. If it’s food, and I’m really hungry, mediocre filler does the job nicely. If I’m doing something for pure enjoyment, I generally prefer a small dash of excellent over a bucketful of just okay. I’d much rather read an excellent short story than read the same thing padded out to a 12-volume set of books.

Rain knocked out comcast connection again – put in another call for service tomorrow. That’s a case of me preferring to have a lot of pipeline at average speed rather than poor connectivity at really high speed.

Writer’s Block: The Kids’ Section

I really liked Disney movies as a kid – I didn’t get to watch many over and over, though – I would guess that the stuff that came on the Wonderful World of Disney werethose that got the most replay value.

Of that lot, I’d have to go with Donald in Mathemagic land, though it’s not really a movie.. Maybe Blackbeard’s Ghost  or possibly the Scarecrow.
Neither are really my favorite now, but I still hold them in a place of nostalgia.

9590 – Writer’s Block: Open Arms

Yes, I last hugged a stranger… at the end of Fight Club, at the movie theater. I held out my arms, and they moved in for the hug, so it was not a surprise. ( I do have a build not unlike Meat Loaf / Bob)

That’s one of the things I miss about hanging out with the wonderful hippie gang in South Florida – Hugs were plentiful, warm, and never forced both with new friends and old. Geotarget Geotarget

Writer’s Block: Annals of Animal Warfare

I say Giant Squid. Why? Because I love Giant Squid, and it should win.

I think greater surface area and the ability to strangle-hold the giant shark would beat out a few lost tentacles. (if the shark got a solid bite in first, maybe it’d go differently.)

Additionally, The Giant Squid still exists to this day, so from an evolutionary standpoint, VICTORY!

Writer’s Block: Reading Aloud

Well – keeping it to the mortal realm ("God reading the bible" would surely destroy me – the True Voice being is too pure and too powerful to be heard by sinners, thus, instant death.)

Stepping to mortal flesh, I’d love to see the Sermon on the Mount, even though that wasn’t originally delivered (if it was ever actually performed) as Author to Reader. I don’t speak or comprehend aramaic, but to just be there at the original would be beyond amazing.

Most of the literary classics were Greek, Latin, French and German. Even Borges nifty stuff is Spanish.

Perhaps it’s best to fade to more contemporary and in my native tongue.

I’d likely go for Mark Twain, as long as I could get a beer with him while he pontificated on his choice of writing.

Biblical Side note – The highest of the Archangels (and therefore the highest of the Seraphim), the Metatron acts as the voice of God and occupies the throne next to the Divine Throne of the Almighty.

Derived from the Latin Metator, Metatron can be translated as "guide" or "measurer".

Some claim the Metatron was the prophet that was turned into an angel, taken to heaven, and given 36 pairs of wings. Some believe him to be the angel that led the Hebrews from Egypt. A few theologians call Metatron "Lesser YHWH" which stands for the most sacred and unpronounceable name of God in Hebrew (well, the YHWH part anyway). Metatron is also said to be the tallest of the angels from 13 to 18 feet depending on the source, about 2 to 3 times the height of a normal man. For reference, remember that Goliath is believed to have been about 9 feet tall.

The Metatron was thought to have many names. Yahoel, Yofiel, Surya, and Lad are just a few of his 72 other names. Some believe that he carries the Jews prayers through 900 levels of heaven to God.

It is Metatron’s task to sustain mankind (as seen in Kevin Smith’s Dogma, he interacts with the humans to prevent their demise). He has been known as the link between the human and the divine. After arriving in heaven he was transformed into a spirit of fire and equipped with 36 pairs of wings. In addition, he has countless eyes with which he sees over all the earth. He resides in the 7th heaven and, when he feels like it, appears as a pillar of fire (as the one in Exodus which handed down the ten commandments to Moses). He is the supreme angel of death. God tells him who is to die, he then tells angels below him to take care of the gruesome task.

Metatron is said to be the highest of all the angels, more so even than Michael or Gabriel. The burning bush, pillars of fire, and any other time a human thought he was talking to God, he was actually talking to Metatron (except those sort who are actually just talking to themselves – who can say?)

Writer’s Block: The Final Frontier

I could cope, I’m sure. I’d be fine with or without it, though I wonder what elements would really change, short of more people saying “Calgon, Take me Away” rather than “Beam me up, Scotty”

I really enjoyed the old show, but I don’t think that too many influences would change… I guess there’d be a lot more “planet of the apes”-style tattoos, which could be a good thing.

I will abstain from the “monkey on your back” puns that come to mind.

My teen years would probably have been a little different – referring to something else rather than next gen… maybe the new twilight zone?

I like my current world, since I know it, but would be happy to voyage where no man/one has gone before…. erm, journey into the unknown for a little while.

I’m not sure what would replace Checkov’s “kyptin/ARGHHH!”, Kirk’s KHANNN!, and Dammit jim, I’m a doctor, not a … and the term “redshirt”.