Monday, November 6, 2017

The #Orville #review #why #comedy


I am not about panning creative endeavors. Creating an entertaining series is difficult and it’s not all in the hands of the writer or producer as to how that series might turn out. Perhaps it is expectations that have SUNK The Orville. As a lifelong fan of Star Trek and a big fan of Galaxy Quest which parodied Star Trek and its loyal fans, I was looking forward to one of my favorite comedic minds, Seth MacFarlane, taking a crack at this. I mean this guy makes some extremely funny films and Family Guy is an iconic series, so I had little doubt he was going to pull this off.

He did not! When I teach writing I explain the 2 laws of writing are audience and purpose. Simply who are you communicating with and what do you want to achieve with the communication. This series doesn't know if it's a comedy or a drama. I tried to stay with it, hoping for the natural development to take place with acting chemistry, writing development and so forth; however, episode 8 is as far as I will go with this series and I should have stopped sooner. During episode 8 I wasn't sure if I was watching a Macfarlane comedy or Nickelodeon afternoon series. There was one joke forced into the script in order to bring comic relief to a dramatic episode that was sleepy and clumsily put together, and it was a glory hole joke. So we go from two young brothers learning the lesson that their mommy really is important to them, to entering the glory hole. 

I just wish this series was funny. Bad storylines don’t bother me, but one joke an episode means it is classified as a drama and basically it’s ‘NO STAR TREK’ so it’s perhaps Star Trek for children. If it found a home on Saturday cartoons or on a children’s network, I could see this series doing well; however, in its current format I have to believe viewers have better options.   

Friday, October 27, 2017

The GENIUS of Woody Allen #film #romance #comedy #legend



The 1975 Allen offering LOVE AND DEATH was the first Woody film that made me feel he had written a film to directly make fun of me during my university years. I was obsessed with intellectual debate and as he put it 'mental masturbation with concepts and ideas that truly have no answer.' Actually it would be more accurate to say I loved ideas that could be argued around in a circular defense and attack at the same time; such as fate or destiny vs. free will or choice. But attending a Woody Allen film festival during my university days in the late 80's opened my mind to Woody's love of making fun of the exact character I was trying to become; the dreaded pseudo-intellectual.

I was laughing so hard at the conclusion of this film my date asked, 'what was so funny about that?' 'Just a bit of self-degradation I guess. Nothing is funnier than someone drawing universal truths with an etch a sketch.'
I don't think she thought I was funny or that the film had been. Never ask someone from the accounting program to go see an art film. Dating 101 I guess.

Anyway, the film LOVE AND DEATH is dated, in face I would guess today's audiences would have a lot of trouble getting into the film. I would encourage students of film to take a look at the masterful timing of the cast and the way they used their dramatic touch to deliver the comedy. The scenes in the film rely heavily on dialogue and create a comical sense of Russian life without an extensive budget. At times Diane Keaton is so good that she completely takes over this male dominated cast with her eye contact with other actors, her waiver in voice to express her uncertainty or lies, and perhaps best of all she kept the straightest face during some of the most absurd scenes written in this era. 

If you enjoy this clip, give the film a try.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

BLADE RUNNER 2049 #art #flim vs #action film

The original Blade Runner was the topic of my first lesson in my introduction to film studies course. My professor showed the film's introduction and we deconstructed the opening scene with nerd vigilance and inexperienced critical assumptions. Scene by scene we rolled the film and debated it's use of futuristic images that pull us back to historical deity references and universal human quandaries. Perhaps because this was my first experience like this, I have always had a deep respect and love for this film. It truly was, especially when considering the early 80's budget and special effects limitations, a masterpiece of extrapolation about the future conundrum of  the meaning of life, existence and human development beyond scared children bending their knee to lighting and thunder  and into the roll of life creating GODS.
 
Now finally 35 years after it's predecessor, comes Blade Runner 2045. Much like the original this is an art film advertised and packaged to movie viewers as an action sci-fi flick, but it truly is an art film. It explores so many current and future issues of the human condition, it's hard to focus on an individual one, but certainly the most talked about is that of soul and it's idea that soul begins with the birth canal. So that one is too obvious and a bit over discussed, so let me bring up the concept I found more interesting; 'Sibling rivalry as a proof of humanity.' After a brutal fight one of the replicants  screams at it's defeated foe, 'I'm the best one!' This trigger line takes made me think back to the film's development and the constant sharp tongued banter between replicants. It's subtle at times, but thinking back on the film it is an ever present sub theme that is quiet interesting at the film reaches it's crescendo late in the final act. 

And of course, the theme of LOVE and what it means to love is captivating and strikes a cord across AI and I alike. The heartbreak of a Replicant is as heartbreaking as any felt by a human and that scene, when our Blade Runner understands the truth of his love, is an echo to the truth everyone comes to before a breakup. 



Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Driving in the #rain #Thailand #bkk




RAINY days just keep coming in the Kingdom of Thailand. I'm not sure if it is because of the release of the Blade Runner sequel or just the over all global warming causing the rainy season to stretch for what seems like 6 months instead of 4, but rainy season has become a ceaseless season.

But I must say the blur of the window and the splashing through puddled and flooded streets, still makes me happy.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

#GOLF #THAILAND #TROPICAL #ASIA #TRAVEL #Tips

GOLFING THAILAND

 The courses in Thailand are amazing. If you're a golfer that suffers through winter layoffs, how can you not by a ticket to the land of smiles and enjoy the tropical courses.

So there are some things to consider when you come here to play, and as a veteran of the golf scene here for more than 12 years I compiled a list of things to consider.

1. COST: The price has gone up steadily over the years, but there are ways to save. Most courses offer 50% off if you T-off after 1 PM. Last week I played a course that usually costs 1500 and by playing in the afternoon we paid 750 baht and that includes the caddie, but not the TIP for the caddie, which is absolutely expected.  The usual tip for a solid caddie is 300 up to 500 for the kind of caddie who can read greens like a local pro. So all in my last outing was 1050 baht or basically $30 US dollars.

2. CARTS: Carts are just now becoming a thing in the Thai golf scene. They have always been at courses that focus on foreign tourists or mountain courses; however, now more and more courses are not only offering carts but suggesting them -- of course at a fee -- but you can't blame them for trying to make a little extra money. I actually don't believe in using carts because let's face it this sport doesn't offer much exercise at all except for the cardio of walking and taking that away just seems wrong.

3. HEAT: Don't pack your polo shirts for playing in Thailand, they will be TOO hot. Shorts are okay on most courses and I recommend it because it is going to be HOT. But don't make the mistake that you can go collar less or sleeveless, this is a sport the Thai's consider to be posh and they will reject you. Also, watch the alcohol and drink lots of water. Heatstroke in the tropical heat of Thailand takes a few foreigners every year.







Friday, September 29, 2017

PEACE AT SUNRISE #THAILAND #BEAUTY #MORNING #BEACH #ASIA

MY FAVORITE HIDEAWAY.

Thailand is a vast place. After living here for nearly 15 years I've found a plethora of amazing locals I look forward to visiting any time I can get some time off. 

This beach is my favorite for so many reasons. I love the long white sand that stretches for more than a mile. I love the calm water for swimming. It's just far enough from Bangkok that it is always quiet. But perhaps more than anything I love the memories I have with so many friends I've taken here. 

So where is it? No. If you want to find it, you find it, but I'm not sharing this one. For those of you who know, let's keep this little gem a place for those of us who know, you know. 


Thursday, September 21, 2017

#1 Best Foreign Language #Film #romantic #Italian #movies

#1 Best Foreign Language Film is Cinema Paradiso 


Without a doubt this Italian classic, that is approaching 30 years old, should top any list of top foreign language films. For filmophiles or film students it is a constant in discussion and praise. I would guess the biggest draw of the film is it's countless homage to great filmmakers and the film world itself. If you are a fan of classic movies and for some unknown reason have let this film slip by, order it NOW and enjoy it on arrival.

I have always had a warm and sentimental place in my heart for this romantic film. My memories of lost loves, mentors, my home town, childhood and in truth memory itself, have kept it in my teaching of film for decades. Not a class that I've shared it with have been unaffected by the powerful blend of classic films, music and Italian culture creating a masterpiece that reminds us all what it was like to have dreams and loves, and how impossible it can be to hold on to both. Even just a few bars of the sound track still make me pause and smile at those Judy Jones that got away.

Not on a top 40 list of foreign language films? This should be the TOP of that list, enough said.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

#TOP2 Foreign Language #Films not on the TOP 40 List #Delicatessen #French

Sim's Scintillating PART 2 of the top 3 best foreign language films.

 
So it would seem logical that France would produce one of the best films I've ever seen. France has long been a contributor to the ethos of visual story telling and always with an open minded approach. As Hollywood continues to drive the middle path of mediocrity and predictability in order to appeal to the masses, French films often search for an expression that might not appeal to everyone, but just might take your breath away.

So Delicatessen was released in 1991, again probably a bit too old to make the list of 40 I recently read. I understand older films can be difficult to access.

So to enter the world of Delicatessen picture a post apocalyptic France in which food is scarce, people are out to survive at all cost, and within the gloom of fog and darkness rises a dingy apartment building seemingly alone at the end of the world. Here we have a building kingdom ruled by a butcher who has, because of his amazing and unique talent in being able to cut and prepare meat, create a self sufficient world of dysfunction within a world of doom.

Without completely spoiling the plot, know that -- when you watch this -- every character represents some facet or cross section or position, if you will, in society. That you will see through these characters the social interactions of those ignoring where the meat comes from and enjoying it's nourishment. #cannibals oops spoiler alert. But don't worry, redemption and  survival can be one in the same in the eyes of a #clown.

Still don't know if you want to watch it? Watch the trailer and I think you'll change your mind.

Friday, September 15, 2017

#TOP3 Foreign Language #Films not on the TOP 40 List #chocolate #Mexican

TOP 3 SCINTILLATING FOREIGN FILMS part 1 of 3

Now as an expat living in Thailand I must admit I find the term foreign film a bit elitist, snobbish and down right ignorant.  Americans often look at the rest of the film world as foreign, so for the sake of discourse I shall do the same concerning the  list I read. I certainly want to praise the compilers of the list for some seriously quality films, but how can they have missed these 3?

So here is the 3rd best film that should have made this list, the Mexican production, LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE. This Spanish language film was a sensation in the 90's and perhaps this is why the film has missed the list, because that was quiet a long time ago.

Produced and Directed by Alfonso Arau, the film was the highest grossing Spanish language film ever released in the United States. Its release in 1992 was highly anticipated, as it's based on a popular novel of the same title, and lingered in art house theaters for nearly the entire year. But again, 25 years is a long time ago and perhaps time has not treated the film well.

If you have never seen it, are a fan of magical realism or just had let it slip from your memory, I highly recommend it. It's a romantic piece but the passion within it is so strong you find yourself swept up in it's ever intensifying splendider. If you love MEXICAN FOOD, you won't want to miss this tantalizing example of the power of this cuisine.





Thursday, September 14, 2017

TOP 6 REASON #THOR would RULE as a #BOYFRIEND #Marvel

Sim's scintillating Top 6 Reasons THOR would ROCK YOUR WORLD.



#6  Great hair, as a guy that is challenged with follicle count, I see this as a serious attribute. You young guys out there just don't get it, but every year the hair get's harder to grow; however, Thor's golden main never seems to abate in the least. 


#5  The guy can fly, now agreed most super heroes can do this, but somehow Thor does it with such style. 

#4 He is the God of Thunder. How awesome would it be to party with this guy? Need a little charge in the night, how about a massive Earth shaking clap of thunder.

#3 Well Thor is Royalty, the son of the ruler of Asgard, which means he will rule Asgard soon enough. Chicks dig a prince, it's hard wired into their DNA. 

#2 Loki constantly fools the naive God, imagine what his lover could talk him into.  I’d guess his gullibility would appeal to nearly every woman or man.

#1 He wields a MIGHTY BIG HAMMER!

Monday, September 11, 2017

TOP 5 Reason #WonderWoman Would Suck as a Girlfriend #comics

Sim Scintillating TOP 5 Reason Wonder Woman would Suck as a Girlfriend



#5 Relationships usually end, and just imagine dating after you were with Wonder Woman. Even gorgeous women would seem so average after being with her.
#4 I am entirely in favor of strong women with a self-reliant attitude; however, doesn’t every man want to be needed just a little bit. She not only wouldn’t need you she could do everything better than you.



#3 Every guy loves to have a beautiful woman on his arm as he goes about his life. Seeing others check out your date –- granted we aren’t supposed to admit this -– is a wonderful part of the social experience. The ‘well done buddy’ nods other guys give you are usually worth the trials of dating a beauty. Having admitted this, nobody wants their girl to draw the kind of attention Wonder Woman is going to attract. You couldn’t leave her alone for a second without some smooth talker with a Porsche, or at least a Porsche key chain, sauntering over to take his shot. 

#2 I talk in my sleep and I might accidentally say D.C. Comics suck, because I’ve always been all about Marvel. That might not go well.


#1 Lasso of truth, well enough said. 

Friday, September 8, 2017

#SUN #FIRESTORM #RAININGFIRE #NASA #AMAZING MUST SEE SOLAR STORMS

THE STORM ABOVE



As the United States is suffering from hurricane season, at the center of our universe a storm rages as well. If you have not seen this footage you have got to check it out. It's amazing! 


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

TOP 5 REASONS YOUR CAT WATCHES YOU

Sim’s Scintillating TOP 5 Reasons Your Cat Watches You

#5 Cat’s watch everything, their eyes don’t rest and you just happen to be in the way of their gaze. Don’t be a narcissist.

#4 Cat’s are ever searching for an advantage in every situation, if you are their source of food they are going to keep an eye on you.

#3 Your cat is trying to remember why they didn’t suffocate you while you slept. Cat’s have been known to steel the breath of children and since they may have let you get too old, it’s now the distant stare of regret that they missed their chance.

#2 Your cat is in love with you (wink wink) as much as you are in love with them.


#1 Your cat sees you as a furless freak of nature that lives for the soul purpose of providing them with food, water, and to scooping that poop out of their litter box. Wouldn’t you watch a gigantic bald creature that steels your feces and talks to you in an inexplicable baby babble? 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

THE ONES WHO HEAR



The Ones Who Hear
If you want to purchase this wonderful piece of modern fantasy, click through the link above.
Sad to say the previous links to the book are no longer functioning, so simply click through and purchase from Partridge Publishers in Singapore.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017



CHAPTER 54 of DEATHSTICK

PLEASE COME SEE US ON COMICO IF YOU LOVE FANTASY AND MAGIC!

WE ARE NOW ON CHAPTER 54 with 55 COMING SOON!



Monday, August 28, 2017

TOP 3 ZOMBIE MOVIES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED and CAN'T MISS



I have been into zombie movies for far too long really. I love the construct of these pieces as they place humans -- trapped in a world where the dead are rising in much the same way water is rising in a flood film or tornadoes are spinning in a tornado film -- against each other and with each other as they attempt to survive. The best ones, of course, are when they take some real miss fits and put them into this survival situation and force them to work together despite drastic differences in background or mindset. So nothing ground breaking here, this is why we all love them.

So as the new zombie movie avalanche has continued to pile good, horrible, wonderful and innovative films in our hard drives I'd like to chime in on 3 people may have missed and really SHOULD NOT. So let's do it.

#1 if the British are the king of zombie movies and they can make a claim for this, the Korean's have struck a blow with the 2016 film TRAIN TO BUSAN. Probably the worst thing about this film was it's trailer and so sadly it's release was far from filled with fanfare.  Now to give you a simple NON SPOILER take on this film, it is WORTH the subtitles folks. Korean film makers are really good at hard core action films, but when they turned their attention to zombies they brought a soft heart and a brutal reality to bare. And what a great primes, 'you're trying to escape a zombie apocalypse by train, while the train, car by car, is becoming infected.' Mix in the love of a daughter for her father and a father for himself, the love of a teenage cheerleader  for her jock boyfriend, two sisters for each other and a muscle man obsessed with the survival of his unborn child and his wife and we are GO FOR AWESOME. Of course the key to all great zombie films is the villain and trust me, you'll be rooting for this guys demise louder than your neighbors will enjoy.

TRAIN TO BUSAN PREVIEW

#2 has to be on my list as a personal preference because I am a teacher, love zombie movies and have always enjoyed either total realism in a zombie flick or laugh out loud humor. COOTIES, a 2015 comedy starring Elijah Wood as a sarcastic failed writer who looks down at his coworkers at a middle school where he finds himself a substitute teacher, is right up my alley. The piece makes fun of teachers, clueless principals, drug addicted bus drivers and even the chicken nuggets industry. I'd guess this one is for anyone who ever wanted to kill and eat their principal or who wanted to punch their students for trying to eat them. The humor is over the top and absurd so if you're not into that kind of thing in your zombie film, pass on this one, but if you do don't miss this little gem.

COOTIES PREVIEW

#3 JERUZALEM is a film I'm pretty sure everyone missed and I'd like to preface this by saying I raised this film above many others because it took a big risk in the technical production and it deserves a look for that reason if nothing else. Secondly it did some home work, which many zombie films could benefit from, and presented a cool back story from the history of Jerusalem. So the technical idea, let's tell a zombie story through google glasses. I thought I would hate this, but actually the longer it went the more comfortable I became and finally enjoyed this. The acting is also pretty good from this young cast and despite having ZERO start power they pull off a pretty cool story about 2 Jewish girls visiting Israel to party and chase men. The ending was especially creative and graphic and the final seen stayed with me for several days. It may be a bit uncomfortable at first, but please give this flick a chance and you may enjoy it.

JERUZALEM PREVIEW




Wednesday, March 15, 2017

#malllife #Thailand #BKK It's always cool in a Thai mall

I'm not sure what mall life is like in most countries, but in Thailand it is a culture of indulgence, beauty, socializing, business meeting, time killing, fine dining, easy dining, exercise, movie watching, dog walking, coffee drinking and well everything to put a smile on patrons faces and a fortune in the pockets of the stockholders of these establishments.

Bangkok malls are massive. A standard size would be four floors, although many have six, and they usually stretch for blocks and blocks.

When you go to the mall expect to be stared at if you don't dress up a little. Thai women might spend more time getting ready to go to the mall than they would getting ready to go to work. Thai men also dress to impress, especially in the posh malls like Festival Eastville.

As an American I know malls are a place you buy things and get out, but in fact in Thailand most people enjoy spending their time there in free air-conditioned luxury and either buying stuff or spending time. If you're visiting Thailand give yourself a day to visit our amazing malls!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

#COMICO presents #Chapter 10 #deathstick #Thailand #มังงะ #เซ็กซี่

http://www.comico.in.th/titles/157/chapters/10

Jealousy between beauties. The tension is rising in the village of the TREE-PEOPLE. Come visit COMICO and enjoy the entire comic for FREE.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXtuv6Ro5Hw

Friday, March 3, 2017

#THAI #INSPIRATION best in the world at #POSITIVE #MESSAGE



I can hardly defend Thai films, although of course they have had some gems, but Thai commercials are amazing. They are powerfully inspiring and usually focus on social cohesiveness. Enjoy this piece and see what I mean. Sorry the English subtitles are a bit light, but I think the images and musical score says it all.

Monday, February 27, 2017

IN THE CONSTELLATION AQUARIUS 7 #planets #orbit a TINY #STAR #SPACE



THIS place is one of WONDER and MYTH. 7 planets circle a small sun so close together that while standing on any of them it would be possible to see the other 6 in the evening sky. These planets are so close to each other that even with our current space travel ability we could move between planets in days instead of the months and months it takes for us to travel from planet to planet in our solar system.

Comico PRESENTS CHAPTER 9




COMICO PRESENTS CHAPTER 9

Some gambling luck and a ship fight highlights chapter 9 for the boys.  Also we find one of our Italian models has found a new home and is doing just fine!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

LONG SUFFERING #NUGGETS #Fan SMILES TONIGHT #NBA #HOPE

I have been a Nuggets fan since my undergraduates days at METROPOLITAN STATE in DENVER. In those days I'd finish classes and, killing time before time to go to my night job at the Embassy Suites, I'd slip over to old McNichols arena and purchase an 8 dollar ticket and often you could even wander in and watch a bit of Doug Moe's practices. Alex English and Fat Lever thrilled us all while wearing arguable the most hideously memorable jerseys of all time. Even when Dikembe Mutombo donned that rainbow skyline it was anything but alluring, but so  extraordinary.

But let's face it, other than upsetting Seattle  when we were an 8 seed and they were a 1 in the playoffs, we Nuggets faithful have suffered through mediocrity and an over all  sense of futility. We have never won an NBA title and often our best players depart at the peak of their talent. No I don't mean Mellow -- Oh come on of course I mean Mellow.

But from a season of extremely LOW expectations and a feeling of basic futility to the super teams of Golden State, San Antonio, Houston, Utah or the Clippers, there has come a glimmer of hope. Smiling like a kid on Christmas morning, the JOKER is rising and bringing his teammates and fans with him on this journey,

Welcome Nikola Jokic to DENVER!  Let's see where this will go.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Bangkok POPULATION #people #Thai #travel #city #urban #street #Asia #BKK

LOOK at this majestic photo I stole from Asia Web Direct. It displays the sprawl of Bangkok by night, but shows none of it's people. So the first thing people want to know when I tell them I live in Bangkok is usually WHY? But their next question is often, 'how big is Bangkok?'

So to answer this you must first understand that their are people seemingly everywhere in this city. If you live in Bangkok a test of this is simply, when you're out in public, stop for a moment and see how long it takes for someone to either walk into you as they finger at their mobile phone or deftly dodge around you as they finger at their mobile phone. Even in the suburban area where I live -- considered by many of my Farang friends to be the middle of nowhere -- chances are only seconds are going to elapse.

If you are a more mathematical person here are some numbers. In 2016 8.2 million people are registered in Bangkok, but the fun part of that is that during a work day the surrounding areas nearly double that number as their work force swarm these towers of commerce swelling the population to an estimated 15 million people. Believe me, if you've ever sat in Sukhamvit traffic you have no doubt that these numbers are accurate. More than 7 million people commuting through a city during a work day may seem impossible and at times it is.

How diverse is Bangkok? One of the reasons foreigners like myself love it here is the cosmopolitan feel of the city. Dominant languages spoken in the city would be Thai (of course), English, Arabic, French, Chinese, German, Russian, Dutch and Japanese. Of course you'll hear may others, but these -- while journeying on the sky train -- would be common.

If you love the city life, Bangkok is one of the jewels of South East Asia. If you are looking for peace and quiet, you might want to look elsewhere for your next holiday.

Friday, February 10, 2017

ADVICE for THOSE WHO WANT #love #friends #sex

 So my advice for those of you who are really truly looking for love is going to make some of you unhappy--oh hell it's going to make all of you unhappy--but wait on sex. Why would any adult in the year 2017 wait on anything, let alone sex? Simply put the physical act of sexual intercourse can create a metaphysical reaction that opens a star-gate of potential  alternatives in our lives. No idiot, I'm not talking about just sex with strangers or established friends. I'm talking about sex with someone you could in fact, if the moon and Jupiter align, find love with.

 He's no wizard he's a puritan.

Look, sex is not love and love is not sex, but  good sex can feel like love and even worse great sex can breed obsession which is a cousin to love but a distant cousin believe me. Everyone chuckles to themselves that sex is no big deal, it's a physical act. I'll argue this. A. You aren't doing it right. B. You haven't done it right yet. C. Someday when you do it right you'll see I was right all along.

'But I've had great sex with strangers.' Of course you have, you had no consequences or emotion it was a purely physical act. But my advice is not for anyone practicing commitment free sexual activity, swipe left hook ups or orgies or whatever. I'm trying to advise those actually searching for a lover. Lover in the truest sense of caring and sharing love, both physically and emotionally together.

Here is the thing. You've got feelings for someone and you want to explore them more deeply. Sex is sure to follow. But what if the sex is BAD? Are you guys done? Actually usually bad sex leads to break ups. It's like eating cake filled with mold. Sex is the treat couples look forward to, and if that is rotten what else do they have?

So here is why you wait a while. Friendship. Friendship can create a second or third or even fourth chance for bad sex to be corrected. If you know the person your dating was awesome before you became sexual you know they are still awesome. Maybe the sex can improve. Not maybe, all sex can improve with trust and communication. Now let's hope the sex is good and then another piece of the relationship puzzle snaps into place.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

NATIONAL SIGNING DAY #football #NCAA #signingday #HUSKERS #cornnation


People make too big a God Damn deal about recruiting. College football fans have just experienced the NIGHT CLUB effect of the fanning process. National signing day #signingday, which was a few days ago, always reminds me of evenings out chasing female companionship. The days leading up to the night chatter among myself and my chums was as optimistic and lusty a Penthouse forum. Dreams of 5 star babes stepping off a bachelorette party bus dressed in their hottest ‘God why can’t it be me’ outfits streaming into the club – empty except for you and your friends (of course) – seemed not only possible but a forgone expectation of the night. #dreamon
Then the night begins. The female friend from work who was bringing her cousins, who’d just graduated from university (from a sorority of course), cancels first. You do have the club to yourself, but that’s just because you arrived no less than 2 hours early. There are some girls there. Some of the girls there are attractive; they are 3 star early evening girls who make the night sufficiently bearable. But of course the 4 star girls have to make a big show of their commitment to the club, after all they could have gone to 8 or 9 different clubs so why would they just walk into the one you chose, adore, and support with all your heart and soul? But they do come, and the night takes on a euphoric aura of invincibility. No wonder why you love this club EVERYONE loves it and is arriving to make it a better place transforming your beloved club into a mega club through their dedication and hard work. But, and this is where the night gets foggy, then some 5 star mega beauty, an angelic creature of mythical caliber that eclipses all the other girls already committed to the club, places her hand upon the door of our chosen club, but then moves along to another location all together.  ‘Disloyal bitch,’ you mutter. ‘We didn’t want them in our club anyway,’ your idiot friend barks trying to once again view the 4 star girls as goddesses, despite the fact they couldn’t poor the wine for the true magnificent deity that elected not to come in.
Think I’m going over board? Ask any university football fan about signing day and I’m willing to wager the first thing they will say is it was good and then they’ll follow that up with BUT there were some 5 stars that slipped away that would have really made it SPECIAL.

People make too big a God Damn deal about recruiting.

Monday, February 6, 2017

COMICO presents World of the Deathstick Chapter 8 #magic #มังงะ #มายากล

CHAPTER 8

The siege on the mountain city is in full effect. Our heroes flee beneath the city into the caves and must fight to protect the children.

And MAGIC has attracted CHET to the island of Magic where his fate will change forever.

Comico is always free! Come and enjoy.




Sunday, January 29, 2017

TOP 5 THINGS ABOUT #TRUMP the #TWEETING Leader of the FREE WORLD

TOP FIVE things I've noticed since President Trump has taken office. #5 Things are happening fast. Love him or hate him, but another bill is being signed every day and they are pretty much what he'd promised in his campaign. #4 The world is in shock. Living outside the USA as I do, hardly a day goes by that I don't hear the name Trump mentioned by people that truly have nothing to gain or lose from this president's policies. The world is so uncertain, the old WILD CARD scenario is in play here. Not sure if that will be good or bad, but nobody seems to know what to make of a president whose TV shows are hilarious and on most people's cable package reruns every night. Is this real or is this entertainment. Hey, it's America, nothings real and absolutely nothing is entertaining anymore. #3 Americans are talking about politics. I have never been interested in the political comings and goings of my birth nation or any nation for that matter. But now, people are talking.  Truthfully I look at this differently and far too pessimistically as I actually don't believe anything ever changes. Big business is directing a global economy and leaders in nations don't dare cross them for fear of job layoffs or pipeline closings of oil or factory relocation, all of witch put politicians out of work quick. News channels that direct the public opinion are owned by these companies and sometimes by the politicians. The masses grumble about this or that, but while they protest in the streets or complain at the dinner table, what's really going on is far more insidious. The world is being terraformed, it's resources destroyed, it's people--desperate to keep their family in food and clothing--vote to chase any hope for a leader who will at least protect their job. #2 America can not in anyway or by any stretch of the imagination, hide the drastic divisions which exist in the country. I've never seen such hostility from one side and such admiration and celebration by another. It's sad to see these divisions so ostentatiously brought to light; however, as an American I've always known they were there and always hoped for generations to lessen these as our children's wisdom should undo our grandparent's ignorance. My ignorance was believing the next generation wouldn't just look at us for guidance. OOPS, we did it again. And the #1 thing I've noticed since President Trump has taken office is that his wife is really HOT.


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

#UNIVERSITIES #RANKINGS #EDUCATION Well the RANKINGS are IN



Well let's give respect where respect is do. The English have achieved the top spot in this years WORLD university rankings. Oxford is never far from the top, but at times the upstart Americans manage to thrust either Cal. Tech. or Harvard or Yale up above the pinnacle of British education. So here is the top 10 in descending order. Oxford, Cal. Tech., Stanford, Cambridge, M.I.T., Harvard, Princeton, Imperial College of London, Swiss fed. institute of Tech. Zurich, and Berkeley in a tie with Chicago U. Notable absence is Yale and U. of Penn, who often crack this list but not this year. Notable RISE would be U.C.L.A. who are the highest I've ever seen them at 14th in the world.
Americans best bet to return to the top in 2018 would have to be Cal. Tech. as they were just edged out by their British competitor this year.

Sadly for the nation of Thailand they have only 1 school cracking the top 600 finding itself in the general ranking of 500-600 best, and this of course is MAHIDOL UNIVERSITY. It is very disappointing considering a nation as small as Singapore has 2 in the top 55. So why is a nation as wealthy and globally integrated as Thailand bragging only 1 university in the top 600? I will do a follow up article about this in the coming weeks, but congrats to Mahidol for being the top representative for the Kingdom.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

ALBERTO shows us his illustration process #digital #anime #manga #art #illustration #Comico #Thailand


http://www.comico.in.th/titles/157/chapters/24 go see the final product.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

THAI #RIVER #QIGONG #Mornings #boat #healthy

It's amazing what mornings feel like along the river. Mornings, since I started doing Qigong exercise every morning, start at 5 A.M. but somehow I feel better and more energetic after. I am a complete novice at this, but my goal for 2017 is to try this exercise every morning and see how I feel heading into 2018.

So what is Qigong? It is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intentions or meditation. People do Qigong to maintain health, heal their bodies, calm their minds and reconnect with their spirit. But I'm hoping to be able to throw rebel soldiers around like rag dolls like Darth Vader does with the force. So far no powers of levitation, but some seriously clear thoughts and spontaneous  smiles  from an over all kind of mellow energy buzz.

I know it beats a coffee with a shot of whiskey the way I started many of my mornings in my twenties.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

COMICOประจำวัน CHAPTER 7 #Thailand #manga #Comic #storyboard #ACTION #profile


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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

THAI KITE HEADED YOUR WAY #Thailand #Kite #fly #Sea #celebration #love #lost #flight

New Years parties are often a gathering of old friends. My friend Pat and I have achieved an unbelievable 15 straight New Years parties together. Which would make sense if we were family or childhood friends, but actually I met Pat in Thailand and circumstances brought us together for the first couple New Years Eves and then it just become what we do. Still 15 is an amazing number. We have had New Years in Las Vegas, at the beach in Cha Am a few times, and mostly in night life locations around Bangkok.

So for this year's  celebration we decided to return to Cha Am, and with the help of some generous friends, we gathered at this lovely beach house north of Cha Am. It was a great deal of fun that started with wonderful sea food, wine, and since we had 4 young boys along with us, we settled into flying kites.  The breeze was ideal for this. It's nice to impress children with our kite skills when actually it was just a matter of flipping the kite up just as a gust hit and whooof up in the air they flew.

So this kite above, the THAI kite you see zipping just beneath those white clouds, is the kite I'd like everyone in the world to keep an eye out for. I'll tell the story like this

1. We see the lovely beach house.

2. I get the kite up, but not to it's full potential. Let's go out on the rocks to get more wind.


3. Scouting the wind.

4. We got the kite up like aeronautic geniuses.


5. I handed my kite string to our youngest member, Keith, who decided Kite's are not meant to be held back they are made to be FREE. 


When that kite took off it went higher and then zoomed away from the beach as if it had a mission to travel somewhere.I don't know where that kite went, but I know Keith was right, kites are not meant to be tethered to the Earth they are meant to travel the skies and travel the skies, I'd like to believe, he still is.