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Why rehabilitating the swastika will never work

This past weekend, the International Raelian Movement hired a plane to fly over New York beaches towing a banner featuring a peace sign, a heart symbol and the swastika. The idea is that the Nazis co opted the swastika and corrupted it – the symbol is an ancient sign that had been used for generations before World War II. The word swastika literally means "well being" and is a part of common Hindu practices that have nothing to do with the Nazis. Therefore, the symbol deserves to be returned to it’s pre Nazi place in the world.

And that’s just never going to happen.
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When a baby bird falls out of the nest (Nurse Becky Explains)

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Our old friend Nurse Becky is back! Today, she brings us a story of compassion triumphing over organization starring the littlest robin you’ll ever see. Read the rest of this entry

YES, Syd Arthur live at Radio City Music Hall July 9, 2014 (music review)

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photo by Dr. Girlfriend

As one would gather from the title, we saw both YES and Syd Arthur live at Radio City Music Hall this past July 9th. I’m something of a YES Head – I have almost all of their studio albums (I don’t have the most recent two because of a reason I’ll explain shortly) and most of the live albums as well as several of the concert DVDs. This is a band that by and large not only knows what I want, but their music is so interesting, I can listen to it a million times over and still be fascinated. On this tour, they’re describing their set list simply as playing two of their most popular albums in entirety as well as a few greatest hits and some new material. There’s an issue with the current lineup (again, explanation coming shortly) that almost kept me away from the show, but I haven’t seen these guys in person in… maybe 10 years, so it was time to revisit with one of my all time favorite bands. Read the rest of this entry

Germany Triumphs over Brazil, most Americans have no idea what you’re talking about (2014 World Cup)

american-watching-soccerYesterday, Germany stunned Brazil and their fans by handing them a 7-1 defeat.  That’s as lopsided a score as any you’ll see in children’s soccer game, but Germany’s win is the biggest margin of victory in a semifinal game in World Cup history.

And Americans are generally aware this took place.   Read the rest of this entry

Disney’s Tower of Terror (movie review)

Disneys-Tower-of-Terror-movie-reviewI betcha didn’t know there was a Tower of Terror movie based off the Disney’s Hollywood Studios/California Adventure attraction of nearly the same name.  (That’s The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror for the uninitiated.)  The attraction itself takes a simple idea and makes it great, but basing a movie off a Disney Attraction has never worked out as far as I can recall.  (I mean artistically, not financially!)    The only thing more shocking than the fact that this movie stars Steve Guttenberg and Kirsten Dunst (other than it exists, I guess) is my overall impression of the movie.   Read the rest of this entry

Spammers aren’t fooling anyone

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Spam comments are just part of life here on the Web. If you have a website, you’re going to have to deal with it at some point – or every day. Lately, it feels like the situation is worse than usual. I guess you have to admire their tenacity – their comments are so obviously fake (their goal is to get an active URL on the site), but they keep at it despite never getting through.
Here’s to you, spammers – you keep on trucking!
But preferably, somewhere else.

Fourth of July 2014

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We celebrated the Fourth of July today in our usual New Jersey suburb of New York City style: end a long parade with as many noisy emergency vehicles as can be had. Hopefully, murders and arsonists never get wind of this tradition!

"pull the goalie" (CreativeJamie.com Dictionary)

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To “pull the goalie” is to intentionally stop using birth control methods in order to produce a child. Believe it or not, some pregnancies are planned, and when you make this decision, feel free to drop this colloquialism.

About the CreativeJamie.com Dictionary:
The CreativeJamie.com Dictionary is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but never got around to until now. I had a writing college in class during which one assignment challenged us to make up our own words. I sucked at it (hard), but I loved the idea, so I’m giving it a go now.

Thanks for 1000 Likes!

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Thanks so much to everyone for visiting the site, hitting the like button, rating posts, dropping comments, following on Facebook, Twitter and WordPress – all that jazz! It may sound  silly, but I greatly appreciate it. Just knowing that people are out there reading the stuff and watching the videos…  It’s great. I can’t verbalize what it means to me, but I did want to take a sec to say thanks.
You folks rock!

Lone Survivor (movie review)

As you may already be aware, Lone Survivor is an adaptation of Marcus Luttrell’s book regarding his experiences during a SEAL Team operation in Afghanistan. Given this, I don’t have any intent on analyzing the plot because to do so feels disrespectful, but instead, I’ll take a look at how the movie itself functions. Read the rest of this entry

The Drumming of Andrea Vadrucci aka Vadrum (Attention Must Be Paid)

The Drumming of Andrea Vadrucci is something I’ve been enjoying for many years and I’m ashamed at how long it’s taken me to finally do an Attention Must Be Paid on the one known as Vadrum. Read the rest of this entry

Dracula Untold (movie trailer)

Let’s all let out a collective sigh and watch the Dracula Untold trailer.

Me thinks the movie trailer doth say too much! Read the rest of this entry

Thoughts on Game of Thrones, episode 4, season 2

game-of-thrones-logoI hope no one finds this offensive, but my theory that Game of Thrones is written, directed and produced by the world’s smartest twelve year old boys has been confirmed by this episode. Read the rest of this entry

Justice League: War (quick movie review)

Justice League: War is based on the first few issues from Justice League’s New 52 reboot in the comics a few years back. I thought it sucked back then, and it sucks now.

And by sucks, I mean this movie is boring.

Seriously, it’s really boring. I’ve seen this movie within the last month and I couldn’t remember the plot. At all. I had to look it up and then it came back to me. That is not a good sign. Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox wasn’t great, but at least I remembered what it was about. This… I didn’t care. The movie totally failed at getting me to care about how the Justice League gets together, if anything bad happens to the people of earth, the heroes… I don’t care. The only really memorable moment in the movie is when Batman tells The Flash "You do clean, efficient work."

Justice League: War is a snoozefest – I give it a 2 out of 10. How do you screw up a movie where the Justice League fights Darkseid for the fate of earth. Like this.

Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (quick movie review)

I gotta tell yah, these DC Animated Universe Justice League movies have gone way downhill.

I love the idea of time traveling to the past creating a mishap in the future, but frankly, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox just doesn’t work. Nobody gives a rats butt about The Flash’s mom. I did like what they did with Batman here, but ultimately, this movie is a few bagels short of a dozen… or something something metaphor.

The characters in this movie… Oy, The Reverse Flash… he looks like The Zoid’s evil brother or something. This guy gives Wario a lot of credibility… you know what I’m saying? I guess I’m saying that the movie’s antagonist sucks and I’m not even sure how he’s aware of the paradox or why The Flash himself can’t figure it out. It’s just… well, this movie is ass is what it is.

It’s not boring, but I can’t recommend Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. I’m giving it a 4 out of 10. There’s no rewatchability here and it’s barely worth a look for even hardcore fans.

Thoughts on Game of Thrones, episode 3, season 2

game-of-thrones-logoThis beginning/midish point of season 2 of Game of Thrones is kinda plodding. The little that is going on isn’t especially interesting and it’s as though every single scene is developing a different thread of the overall plot. I think I’d rather they devote each episodes to two plot threads instead of five, but that’s life. Read the rest of this entry

Thoughts on Game of Thrones, episode 2, season 2

game-of-thrones-logoNow that Season 2 of Game of Thrones is in full swing and the characters continue to multiply, it’s become more of a “I at least know who these people are, so I’ll care about them” sort of thing rather than trying to sort this all out in my head. Hopefully, after a few more episodes, everything will become clear. Or clearer. Read the rest of this entry

Thoughts on Game of Thrones, episode 1, season 2

game-of-thrones-logoSeason 2 of  Game of Thrones starts with more of the same:  King Joffrey is a dick.  I think we already knew that, but then, this scene isn’t about him.  And so my journey into character fatigue begins… Read the rest of this entry

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (quick movie review)

Everything else got rebooted, and in 2011, it was Planet of the Apes turn. I did like this movie, but it contains absolutely no surprises. Did you watch the trailer? That’s as good a summary as any.

I liked the allusions to the original: Caesar, Bright Eyes, “Get Your Paws Off Me, You Damn Dirty Ape,” all that stuff was fun. I have no idea where Andy Serkis ends and digital animators begin, but the performance is excellent. James Franco… you know, it’s James Franco. He’s a fine actor, but he’s just very James Franco. It was fun to see John Lithgow do his thing, particularly doing something I’d never seen him do before.

The pacing is a little slow… I thought for sure this movie was over two hours, but it actually clocks in at 1:46. The bad guys are all super flat an uninteresting, especially the jerk and the ape reserve… it does help the audience cheer for Caesar, because you do want him to triumph over the bad guys, but then, it seems like you’re supposed to cheer for James Franco, and there’s really not much to cheer about as the movie goes on.

Not only does this movie not doing anything super risky (although I did appreciate the strong animal rights message) or surprising, it’s very clear exactly how the next sequel will go. You can tell exactly how humanity will fall and the apes will take their place as the dominate species on the planet, so we can’t expect any surprises in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, either.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is what it promises – no more, no less. I liked it, but I certainly didn’t love it: I’m giving it a 7 out of 10. It does a lot of things right, but it’s kinda plodding and takes no risks.

Thoughts on Game of Thrones, episode 10, season 1

game-of-thrones-logoHey, where’s the finale, season 1 of Game of Thrones? I demand action! I demand excitement! I demand… seriously? Boobs? That’s GoT’s answer to EVERYTHING! Read the rest of this entry

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