Friday, June 30, 2006

Double-U Double-U Double-U Dot Enough is Enough Dot Com

OJO doesn't want this site to be a stomping ground for mindless ranting, but I just have to put my two cents in on this issue of world-wide-web clarification. Every web url starts with http://www. We get it. So why is it that whenever someone is advertising a website, or anyone is giving me the address of their website, that they start out by telling me, "you can find my site at, double-u, double-u, double-u dot". You don't say- considering that every single website in the known universe starts with that preface! I don't know what's worse- having a voicemail box tell me that I should leave my name and number after the beep, or having someone spell out for me that I will never find their website if I don't know to type 'www.' before typing their address in the 'address' line of the toolbar. Here's an idea- if your website is actually one of the ten out of a billion sites that starts with www2, then go ahead and give me that information, otherwise, let my Sherlock Holmesesque logical deductive skills take over and allow me to extrapolate the preface of your web address when telling me where to find whatever site it is you want me to find. Let me spell it out. If the website you want me to go to is www.whatever.com, just tell me to go to whatever.com. I, like the rest of the information age populace of the world, can figure out the rest. My dream is that in the future, double-u, double-u, double-u dot, will have withered it's way out of the vernacular.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Songs of Muad'Dib

Do you wrestle with Dreams?
Do you contend with shadows?
Do you move in a kind of sleep?
Time has slipped away.
Your life is stolen.
You tarried with trifles,
Victim of your folly.


-from Dune by Frank Herbert

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Odorous Jr: Pure Texas Mutthound


Odorous Jr is the wily offspring of Sadie and Odorous, of Nacogdoches, TX. Odorous was extricated from deep in the heart of Texas by the infamous Nacogdoches nihilist 'Krusty'. Hippies raised Willy (Odorous' pops), and from what I hear Odorous and Willy had a rough father/son relationship. What does all this add up to? Simply put, Trashcan Odorous Jr is pure Texas Mutthound- and as far as I can tell, he wouldn't have it any other way.

Bene Gesserit 'Littany Against Fear'

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past, I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.


-from Dune by Frank Herbert

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Quote of the Day

The vision of time is broad, but when you pass through it, time becomes a narrow door.



-from Dune by Frank Herbert

Monday, June 26, 2006

Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama


I know I'm one of the few people on the planet Earth that has never seen 'Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama' (until tonight); but for those of you out there that didn't spend your all-nighters with USA's 'UP, All Night'- you may have missed this one. No need to worry though, because I imagine the TV version of this would have been like warm lemonade compared to the DVD. This is one of those low-budget gems that has just the right amount of blood, demons, babes (duh), decapitations, and classy one-liners; a true recipe for B-Movie magic! A group of college co-eds are on an initiation mission to get a trophy out of the local bowling alley when they unwittingly unleash a demon 'Imp' that has been housed in a Stanley-Cup sized bowling trophy for the last 30 years. The 'Imp's' side-splitting gift of gab would have been enough for me, but each character brings to the table their own quirky attributes that coalesce into one big slimeball of fun! The only thing better than scantily clad axe wielding she-demons is a scantily clad rebel chic wreaking havoc with a gun and a bowling ball. 'Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama' has both, and more! Enjoy.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Quote of the Day

How often it is that the angry man rages denial of what his inner self is telling him.



-from Dune by Frank Herbert

Friday, June 23, 2006

Quote of the Day

There is in all things a pattern that is part of our universe. It has symmetry, elegance, and grace- those qualities you find always in that which the true artist captures. You can find it in the turning of the seasons, in the way sand trails along a ridge, in the branch clusters of the creosote bush or the pattern of its leaves. We try to copy these patterns in our lives and our society, seeking the rythms, the dances, the forms that comfort. Yet it is possible to see peril in the finding of ultimate perfection. It is clear that the ultimate pattern contains its own fixity. In such perfection, all things move toward death.



-from Dune by Frank Herbert

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Quote of the Day

There is no escape- we pay for the violence of our ancestors.



-from Dune by Frank Herbert

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Quote of the Day

There should be a science of discontent. People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles.



-from Dune by Frank Herbert

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Quote of the Day

Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.


-from Dune by Frank Herbert

Monday, June 19, 2006

Tool: 10,000 Days


Tool. If you're a fan like me, that's all you need to say when someone asks what kind of music you like. Tool is a genre unto themselves, a lone island in a desolate sea of metal-mediocrity. With their release of '10,000 Days' they have once again surpassed high expectations- from a band that has never failed to deliver a unique must-have album. Each Tool album is a journey- taking their listener through the ebb and flow of the subconcious with shadowy riffs of lulling melody, to hectic, rythmic chaos. I bought '10,000 Days' when it first came out (5-2-2006), but it has taken me a while to savor and digest. This one caught and held my attention from the opening song, with it's scathing assessment of our tragedy obsessed culture, through to the reverberating conclusion. '10,000 Days' evokes spine-tingling transitions that go from radiating waves of meditative energy to adrenaline inducing eruptions. If you've never listened to Tool, this album is as good an introduction as any of their others, but be warned- Tool's '10,000 Days' will leave your mind stirring and your skin crawling.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

ECW on Sci-Fi: An Accidental Viewing

I habitually clicked on the Sci-Fi channel to see what was 'a brewin'. It took me a grand total of 2 seconds to realize that something wasn't right. I realized I wasn't watching a typical Sci-Fi channel original feature. I saw what appeared to be the stereotypical 'ex-con, just off a stretch of 10-to-life' dude beating another 'gladiator' (I use the term in the lightest sense possible) with a stick. I watched ECW with a morbid curiousity, paramount to having my eyeballs sucked into an infomercial for two hours. Wrestling is an overwhelming display of the kind of cheese-bravado that every male can relate to- when we are 12! I watched ECW on Sci-Fi for a good ten minutes. Those ten minutes of my life are gone forever, but they will be well worth it if I can save another person just one minute of that awful waste of brain-melting time. I recommend taking a cheese-grater to your knuckles before tuning into Sci-Fi channel's ratings sellout. It's nice to see that the Sci-Fi channel is alienating it's true genre fans in favor of the not-so-cerebral 'wrassling' fanatic. If they keep bumping Sci-Fi genre material for non-genre ratings boosters, the channel will end like MTV- music television, minus the music.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Re-Visiting the Drake Equation


Tonight I decided to check out SETI.org (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence). During my exploration of the site I came across an equation I haven't thought about in years- the 'Drake Equation'. I was introduced to this equation by my physics professor at the University of Utah back in 1998. The class was called, "Does Extra-Terrestrial Life Exist?", and focused on a hard science (physics) approach to this question. I owe a lot of my enthusiasm for Sci-Fi movies to the lectures, discussions, and research that took place in that classroom. The 'Drake Equation' was created by Frank Drake in preparation for the first SETI conference at Green Bank, West Virginia in 1961. The equation (N = N* fp ne fl fi fc fL) takes into account several postulations to determine the number of civilizations in our galaxy that are capable of communication. Each part of the equation represents a question. For instance, 'Ne' has a value for the answer to the question, 'for each star that does have a planetary system, how many planets are capable of sustaining life?'. Current estimates range from 1-5 (activemind.com). Depending upon which estimation you plug in, you will get different results. By putting in a consesus average for each element of the equation, you come up with a calculation of 1,000 civilizations in our galaxy that are capable of communication. You can do you're own calculation at activemind.com. So, the next time geeks get together to see the latest Hollywood depiction of little green men, let's not forget that behind all the lightsaber battles, men in black, and T-800's, there is a foundation of science that supports the idea of intelligent and sentient beings roaming around our galaxy. Scientists like Drake give credence to a rational basis for the belief that there are other intelligent civilizations in our galaxy that are capable of communicating over vast interstellar distances. We will probably never know the answer to whether life exists in the universe in my lifetime, but I'll cling to the caption in Fox Mulder's office poster of a lone UFO- "I WANT TO BELIEVE".

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Spooked: The Ghosts of Waverly Hills Sanatorium


I had a chance to watch the Sci-Fi premiere of the documentary,'Spooked: The Ghosts of Waverly Hills Sanatorium'. The documentary is a spin-off of the movie, 'Death Tunnel' (Booth, 2005), which follows five sorority pledges that are locked inside Waverly Hills as part of their initiation. From the start, I thought this would be another ghost hunt by pseudo-scientific paranormal detectives. While pseudo-science did make sporadic appearances in the form of EVP (electronic voice phenomena)recordings, orb photos, temperature readings, and phantom photography, a large portion of the film revolved around the history of Waverly Hills. The history of Waverly Hills sanatorium was the most intriguing aspect of the film. The sanatorium opened in 1926 in Louisville, Ky, as an expansion to the Waverly Hills hospital. The purpose of the sanatorium was to quarantine and treat patients from Louisville and Jefferson County (KY) for tuberculosis. I was amazed to learn that just in Louisville there were 63,000 TB deaths between 1912 and 1935! The film was effective in portraying the suffering of the TB patients housed at Waverly Hills Sanatorium. The staff was so concerned about the mental stability of their patients that they used a tunnel on the side of the building to take the dead bodies out so the living patients would not be reminded of their possible fate. The tunnel used for this purpose was later deemed the, "Death Tunnel". This film would have been far more effective if it were to focus on the history of Waverly Hills Sanatorium and the horrifying effects TB had on the patients, rather than the ghosts that are believed to inhabit the sanatorium. The only part of their evidence that caught my eye was that of a small girl that shows up in some of their photos. I am a sceptic when it comes to any paranormal "evidence", however, whether these photos are real, fake, or the product of "creative lighting", doesn't change the fact that they are creepy as hell! I was annoyed everytime they played their EVP recordings. All I ever heard was jarbled, static-filled nonsense, with nice subtitles to let me know what the "ghost detectives" heard. Newsflash: if your EVP recordings need subtitle clarification, then there is nothing phenomenal about them. I got a laugh out of one of the guys that would walk around the rooms and take temperature readings and say things like, "see, over here it is 62 degrees, but in this room it's 58 degrees"! Yeah, because we all know temperature in any huge multi-level building will be constant throughout. To reiterate, the only aspect of the film that was interesting was the history of the sanatorium, which included footage of patients, the "Death Tunnel", and interviews with former patients. There was also an eery story about a nurse that hung herself in one of the rooms. If anyone is interested in the history of the sanatorium, there is a great website that is dedicated to the memorial of the patients at Waverly Hills Sanatorium/Woodhaven Geriatric Center. Watching this film reminded me of a great horror movie about a group of workers that are removing asbestos from an old, abandoned asylum. The movie is called Session 9 (Anderson, 2001), starring David Caruso. While I don't recommend 'Spooked: The Ghosts of Waverly Hills Sanatorium' to anyone but history buffs, I do highly recommend Session 9.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Omen: Haven't I Seen This Before?


There's nothing new about Hollywood remakes. At the pace they're going, though, remakes will eventually outnumber original concepts! Today the big release is Omen. You remember that cheeky little kid, Damien, the one that happens to be the anti-christ. Well, apparently Hollywood feels that they can capitalize on the publicity of June 6, 2006 (get your little orphan annie decoder pens out) 6-6-6. Unfortunately, I believe the release date of The Omen will be the only highlight of the film. If this film is anything like other recent horror remakes, it won't be worth the price of admission.
For some reason, the remake frenzy is most popular in the horror genre. I have a wacky idea for filmmakers out there, how about making original movies, from original screenplays, from original concepts! Of all the remakes of horror movies in the past few years, the only one that was actually better than the original was 'Dawn of the Dead'. Most of the horror remakes I've seen only make me appreciate the originals more. The Fog, House of Wax, When a Stranger Calls, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, House on Haunted Hill, The Amityville Horror, Psycho, etc, etc. Do you know what all those movies have in common? All of the originals were good to classic, and all the remakes were complete garbage! Garbage. Not to fear, there is a new slew of remakes already on the table, and they promise to be mediocre compared to the original. Kudos to guys like Eli Roth and Rob Zombie. Cabin Fever, Hostel, House of 1000 Corpses, and the Devil's Rejects were refreshingly original, and the horror genre is dying for fresh blood.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Odorous Jr's Top Ten Sci-Fi Movies

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Trashcan Odorous Jr aka OJO

Odorous Jr's Top Ten Horror Movies