Archive for July, 2008

Jul 24
Thank you Sheraton! Posted by Matt

Kari and I celebrated our 1st anniversary this past weekend ( officially it was Monday.)  As part of our wedding package the Sheraton gave us a free room on our anniversary date.   Fortunately for us the Sheraton was booked the night before and it took us a while to get a room, the fortunate part being we were given free drinks and free breakfast vouchers as compensation.  Another mix-up on the Sheraton’s part found us finding free deserts and champagne in our room (they were meant for another couple.)  We started the day with by visiting the St. Louis Art Museum, had a really nice dinner at Alexander’s, and ended the night by visiting the swimming pool.  I had thought about making this an anniversary tradition, but after seeing the retail price of the room, I quickly sobered up.

The guy who did the Steampunk modifications on the Star Wars action figures is back with the Empire Strikes Back collection.  This guy is totally amazing, and the figures all really capture the style and feel of the Steampunk genre.  His Boba Fett is absolutely incredible.

If this rumored setlist for Guitar Hero World Tour is even halfway accurate, its going to be a must buy.  It features at least three Tool songs, and the debut of both the Doors AND Jimmy Hendrix.  Looks like a great list.  I just hope my rockband instruments are compatible.

There were three great MMA events over the weekend.   The UFC provided counter-programming to try and disrupt the debut of the newest MMA company Affliction.   Both shows featured each company’s best fighter, and the #1 and #2 pound-for-pound respectively.  The question is who is #1?   Fedor Emelineko is often regarded as the best fighter on the planet, but with lack of quality competitive fights as of late his prestige has started to tarnish.  Anderson Silva looks absolutely unbeatable at this point.  Its hard to choose between either of these fighters and neither disappointed as both main events this weekend lasted less than a minute.  While you decide check out this awesome Silva HL video.

Speaking of Affliction, they have some the coolest t-shirts I’ve ever seen.  Their new “Bamboo” line looks especially cool.  At $66 they’re a little out of my league, but if I ever start fighting in the UFC maybe I can get one.

There is one more major fight card this weekend on CBS promoted by the EliteXC folks.  This event will feature St. Louisan Robbie Lawler and is a rematch from the last CBS/EliteXC show.  Also on the card is one of my favorites Nick Diaz.  Nick is one of those fighters that fans love to hate.  He’s brash and it would seem he likes to look for trouble.

The trailer for the Watchmen is now online.  This movie is based on the most highly regarded comic of the same name, and features 300 director Zach Snyder.  I only made it about halfway through reading the Watchmen, but it looks like I may have to give it another look before the movie hits theaters.  We’re still a year away, but next year’s lineup of movies is really starting to take shape.  It seems like comic books are an endless resources of awesomeness for Hollywood directors.

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Jul 09
Would you like a footlong corndog? Posted by Matt

Over the holiday weekend, Kari and I traveled to Ozark to help my mom with her concession trailer.  We were both employees of Patty’s Concessions just for the day. According to one report there was over 120,000 people that showed up for the annual I Love America festival, and business was great!  We sold out of nearly everything we had, with a line of over 30 people from 4 to 9 PM.  Check out the picture of Kari on the left below.  She may have been all smiles when we setup that morning, but it was a bad scene when we closed.   It was tons of fun helping out mom in the trailer, I just wouldn’t want to do this every weekend.

I forgot to mention in my last post, but my Aunt Linda won Citizen of the Year in Malden.  This is a pretty big honor which is must deserved for all the charity work she does with in the community. I think thats pretty cool!

Its non-issue, the best American Gladiator is Gina Carano aka Crush.  Check out this video of Crush taking out some old lady on pyramid.  The good stuff happens around 1:25

I wish I had a copy of this poster for my office.  Personally a cool picture of Han Solo gets me more pumped up than a picture of some dude’s in row boat and some crap about Teamwork.

The new Hulk movie is FANTASTIC.  I saw this a couple weekends ago with the biggest Hulk fanboy I know, Aaron “P-Diddy” Holmes.  We both agreed this movie was almost as good as Iron Man, and definitely the better than anything out there. This was relaunch of the franchise and is no way related to the debacle that was the Ang Lee movie from a couple years ago.   Ed Norton was brilliant as Dr. Bruce Banner and the special effects used on the Hulk were top notch.  Go see this or the Hulk will SMASH you!

In case you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Diablo 3 has been officially announced.  This game is of course done by the makers of World of Warcraft and looks awwwwwwwwesome.  I don’t expect this to be done anytime this year as Blizzard is notoriously bad for taking forever to release games.  Look at Starcraft 2, that game was announced last year, and it still isn’t out.   Check out this video on two of the classes in D3.

The greatest footie on the planet.  All 42 goals from this year’s Champions League.  The goal at 6:33 is just mind bottling.

This web comic is GREAT.  It makes light of the ongoing “arms race” between the different rhythm games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero.   Neil Pert is of course the drummer from Rush who’s most famous for his 31-piece drums setup.

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