Junk drawer

As any of my regular readers know, I am not a mini-blogger. I don’t post a sentence or paragraph a day. I tend to write essays or large articles. Hence there are a lot of subjects that I have an interest in that I don’t get around to writing about.

So sad

I know. This is a travesty. But cheer up. Today I unleash an ongoing feature where I unclog my mind of a lot of the cool junk that I can’t quite bear to throw away. My mental junk drawer if you will.

I will tackle it within the framework of my regular categories.

Family:

My parenting style is simple. I’ll call it Clown-style. I joke around with my kids constantly. I know each child more than well enough to know what will make them laugh. So this has become my techinque to call situations down. If they are sad or angry, I tease them mercilessly until they laugh about it. The upside is that they think I am hilarious. The downside is that some times I tease them a bit too much.

My wife is afraid that they will end up with issues.

Anyhoo, my latest way to deal with tantrums is “The Monster Face”

making the Monster Face

Whenever I have a child crying about something unreasonable. I yell “Ah! Run away, he’s turning into a monster!”

“No I’m not!”

Monster face

“Then why are you making the ‘Monster Face’?”

“I’m not!”

“Oh yeah? They why do you look like this?”

I then do a crazy impression of the face they were making. This seems to calm them down. Especially when their siblings agree that that was indeed the face they were making.

They have all come to know it so well, they will call each other on it. “Ooh, you’re making the monster face.”

It has gotten to the point where calling them out on their “Monster Face” makes them instantly try to regain control of themselves and calmly reply, “No I am not.”

MST3K and Rifftrax:

Rifftrax has announced that their new project is The Matrix Reloaded and it will be released on Tuesday Feb 19.

Matrix Reloaded Rifftrax

I am looking forward to this one. I love the first Matrix film. In fact it is one of my favorite all-time movies. I also really enjoyed the Rifftrax version of that one. In fact I had resisted having anything to do with Rifftrax until I saw this scene on YouTube.

I almost died laughing during the Kung Fu training scene and I showed it to Mrs. Edge who was also laughing her head off. Thus began my rapid spiral into obession with all things Rifftrax.

So if Mike Nelson and the boys can win me over by mocking the good one, I am excited to see what they do with the second Matrix film that wasn’t nearly as good as the first.

On a similar note, getting into Rifftrax and Cinematic Titanic has opened my heart up to other Mystery Science Theater related projects.

Here are a Few of them that have impressed me.

ESPN’s Cheap Seats:

I don’t know how I missed out on this one since it was the only mainstream MST3K related project around on television. Basically the premise is that two brothers work in the ESPN video library and mock old sports related clips.

It is hilarious stuff. The show ran on ESPN Classic from 2004 to 2006 and had four seasons. The episodes have not been released on DVD but they are available through torrent sites. Too bad so many of us MST3K fans missed this one. They didn’t forget about us. There was even an episode of season two where Mike and the bots made an appearance. See below.

Fun With Shorts by Josh Way:

I have never been much for fan fiction or fan imitation of television shows. Therefore I had pretty much stayed away from the MST3K imitators. Something we call fan riffing. But I ran across one of Josh Way’s short film riffs and I couldn’t help but grin ear to ear. And laugh like crazy of course. This is the one that got me.

Josh has done a ton of these public domain short films and you can even order them from him in DVD collections. I have had to seek them all out and watch them. They are great. I would love to see Rifftrax invite him on as a guest riffer.

Check out this one that surprisingly stars a young Darren McGavin (The dad from The Christmas Story)

The Utah Jazz:

As popular as Deformio is on my site, he takes a back seat during NBA All-Star Weekend because he decided not to show.

But we have six Jazz players that are involved in some way or another with the All-Star festivities.

Ronnie Brewer and Paul Milsap participated in the Rookie-Sophmore challenge on TNT last night and it was pretty fun. They were bench players for the sophmore team and did pretty well. Ronnie ended up with 13 points in 17 minutes and Paul had a nice block, but they aren’t really the kind of players that are spotlighted by this kind of game.

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Our guys are team players. Ronnie can be flashy at times with his athleticism and Thunderous dunks, but these guys are trained to pass the ball and spread the floor within the Jazz system. They aren’t prone to the kind of selfish play that puts you in the spotlight. It was okay though. They looked like they were having fun.

Ronnie Brewer headband

The Dnews had an article this morning teasing Ronnie about wearing a headband during the game. That isn’t allowed under team rules during regular games.

Later today our two rookies, Morris Almond and Kyrylo Fesenko will take part in the D-league Allstar game This will be fun because we haven’t been able to see much of their play this year as they have been in the D-league instead of traveling with the team.

Fes

Morris Almond has been rocking the D-league this year and is the leading scorer. He has had two 50+ point games and one of them was the D-league record with 57 pts. I will update this article if anything amazing happens.

Update: Morris had 20 points on 8-10 shooting. Fes had 14 pts and 8 rebounds. Their team won 117-99

Morris Almond Joy

Deron Williams was snubbed for the Allstar game this year, but he was invited to take part in the Skills Challenge. This is basically an obstacle course for basketball. He is well suited for this kind of event so this should be fun.

Update: Wow. Deron Williams won the skills challenge with a time of 25.5 seconds. Now at the skills challenge, they announced that he had made a new record time but in the morning papers they said that he was one tenth of a second away from breaking the record.

Deron Rules

Then on Sunday, Carlos Boozer will be in the Allstar Game. Again I will update the article if he astounds us.

Update: He had limited minutes but made the best of them, scoring 14 points and racking up 10 rebounds, one of only two players with a double double in the game. Unfortunately he is not Mr. Flashy so the coaches didn’t give him much time to pad his stats.

Carlos Boozer kicks anus

Also last night, Karl Malone made an appearance on Inside the NBA to get after Charles Barkley about making fun of his draft-night suit for all these years. Man I miss Karl Malone. See the hilarity ensue:

Video Games:

I am a big RPG fan. I love all things Final Fantasy for instance. Here are the unfinished games on my shelf:

Fanal Fantasy 12. Ever since I have gotten my Xbox 360 I have not went back and finished this Playstation 2 game. I really need to.

Oblivion. This game rules. I bought the add-ons and have beaten most of the side quests. I have not finished the main quest of the game yet, but I was so burnt out on it that it has been sitting for a while.

Two Worlds. This is a game with so much potential that fell short. I love the play style and many of the dynamics of it but I have never beaten the game. I could probably do so easily but in trying to explore every inch of the game, I burnt myself out on it also. Now if only they release that expansion that is supposed to fix many of the broken aspects of the game, I might be able to get back into it.

Blue Dragon. I just bought this game last week and so far I am having fun with it. It is pretty kind of cartoony and reminds me of the earlier Final Fantasy games. This makes sense because it was created by several of the original Final Fantasy guys. The game is also huge. It is three DVD disks long. I can’t quite figure out why they needed that much space yet, but I am looking forward to finding out.

Mass Effect. I really enjoyed the depth of this game but it felt a little short to me. It was made by the people behind the two Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic games and it has a similar feel minus the lightsabers. I beat it once and have started back through it on the Hardcore setting. Good Game. Looking forward to the sequel.