Mediocre action movie marathon

The family was away this weekend which means I watched a lot of bad movies – you know, the ones which you know are going to be terrible but you want to see anyways. In what is impressive slothfullness for even myself, I saw 4 movies in the span of 24 hours… Tomb Raider, The Wandering Earth, The Meg and Transformers: The Last Knight.

Unintentionally all 4 ended up being sci-fi/action movies from the last year or 2, and as such, suffered from very common themes: a) they were massively overstuffed – too many characters (most of which you just didn’t care about), too many silly plot twists (making them too long) and b) generally lacked a soul focusing more on spectacle, big explosions and effects, rather than character development or plot.

Some thoughts… roughly in the order from best to worst… or really, from least worst to most worst.
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Haikus

The child was learning about haikus in school (a haiku is a 3 line poem with 5 syllables on the first line, 7 on the second and 5 on the third)… I forgot how much fun it is to talk about the world in Haiku form! 🙂

On the older child’s soccer practice
A rite of passage
Happens to all in soccer
Got beaned in the head

On coaching the younger child’s soccer team for the first time
Team of 6 year olds
Kids run in all directions
What’s his name again?

On the weather
The thunder is loud
Sky is dark, outside is wet
Soccer is canceled

Listening to 9 year olds talk among themselves
So embarrassing
No longer can go outside
My mom just said “rad”

On Trump
Is no collusion
The Russia probe is a hoax
He said covfefe

On life
Sink is filling up
Dishes dishes everywhere
Dishwasher broken

The only things I say to my kids
Ok I heard you
Don’t make me come over there
Turn off your iPad

Love and Marriage

Peggy Bundy Action FigureWas toy shipping with the kiddos at Target today when I saw this “action figure”… it’s Peggy Bundy from Married with Children!

For those not familiar, MWC was a TV show that went off the air over 20 years back after a 10 year run. The Fox network had just launched and this was one of its early hits. It separated itself from the pack with a more, shall we say, edgy aesthetic… and “edgy” I mean offensive, outrageous and appealed to the lowest common denominator. It was damn funny stuff, but not exactly good wholesome family fare.

Now honestly, one part of me finds the fact that something like this exists, freaking hilarious. MWC was classic TV and Peggy over the top awesome in it so an action figure seems like an appropriate homage. However, the other part of me is shocked and appalled that it is available a) at Target, b) in the toys aisle and c) marketed towards kids (it even says “Ages 8+” on the box!)!

I do admire (and fear for) the balls on the guy at MEGO who green-lighted this. In this age of “me too,” to further something that absolutely epitomized sexism, misogyny and objectification is actually pretty impressive.
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Democrats by age, redux

This is the same chart as I made yesterday except, in addition to the colored bars which represent the age when they become president (and shows the full 8 years of their term), I ALSO overlaid the average life expectancy* (yellow diamonds) for that candidate based on the year they were born (I couldn’t make Google sheets do it so had to use Excel instead).

Obviously as time goes on, life expectancies have been increasing so I find it encouraging that most of the oldies running here are much closer to their average life expectancies than Reagan was. As such, depending on the problems that Reagan did or didn’t have, it seems that this is a much smaller concern for us going forward with this lot (except for maybe Bernie who is only slightly below his average than Reagan was for his (24 years vs. 27 for Reagan)).

Democrats by age

Ok, here is a view by age. The bars represent their age when (if!) they become president and shows the full 8 years of their term.

There are basically 3 groups here – the first are the kids, in their late 30s/early 40s, they would be younger than JFK by 4-5 years if they win to become the youngest US president by far. The mid-tier, from their mid-50s to late 60s makes up the bulk of the bunch. Finally, the oldies will be in their late 70s or older when they start. Elizabeth Warren would be the oldest president ever if she went 2 terms and Bernie would be the oldest president ever on day 1!

Frankly, I didn’t realize that Trump was older when Reagan when they started, so if he serves 2 terms, he will be the oldest president we have ever had.

Democratic field, a visualization

I feel like I’m a little late in getting up to speed on the rolling circus that will be the Democratic field for president. Working on some interesting visualizations… here is a start looking at prior government experience…

Pop Quiz, they’re all children

Following are 2 conversations I have recently heard (one is loosely paraphrased)… one was had between 60 year olds and one was between 6 year olds. Your goal is to determine which is which…

Conversation #1:
“I want to play with blocks”
“No”
“Well, I’m going to take all my money and go home”
“Fine, go ahead”
“I’m all alone, poor me”
“Yeah? And you cant come to my birthday party”
“Oh yeah?? Well, you can’t play with my airplanes”

Conversation #2
“Alexa, play ‘life is fun'”
“I’m sorry, i don’t know ‘big white bun'”

“Take a bite, and feel all right” – Burt Reynolds’s White Lightning

My DVD of Deliverance has a preview for White Lightning which I have been meaning to check out. The recent passing of Burt Reynolds plus a little free time over the holidays has given me good excuse to do exactly that and if I had to sum it up in one sentence – this has GOT to be the most redneck movie I have ever seen in my entire life!

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Skyscraper, a tower of… confusion

I really did want to like Skyscraper. The Towering Inferno and Die Hard were classics from their day and the prospect of them getting together and having a baby was exciting. Moreover, I like the Rock, he’s personable, has good comic timing and is damn believable as an action hero. All the pieces were there for a fun blockbuster romp so the fact that I walked out of that experience distracted with trivialities and not enjoying the smell of what the Rock is cooking was very disappointing.
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Robert debates Rafael… I mean Beto O’Rourke debates Ted Cruz

Both Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke and Rafael Edward Cruz joined the federal legislature representing Texas in 2013 – Beto in the House and Cruz in the Senate. Both are now vying for the next term of Cruz’s job in the Senate and the fact that a Republican incumbent in Texas has agreed to debates show just how tight things have become.

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