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All on da iPad!

So, I downloaded a sweet little blogging tool for the iPad called Blogsy. I’m really hoping this allows me to get things out on a more regular basis from here on out. Bear with me though.

What is up?

Well, there has finally been some good stuff to consume out there in the way of movies, music and gaming. But first…the Royals!

KC R’alls Report

What the hellfire huh? Who’da thunk it? I mean we’re in second place in the AL Central and rocking onward and upward. The pitching is a tad suckaroni and cheese this year, no doubt, but the bats are a cracking and Gordon is finally on board and producing. Yost finally wised up and sent Kila down to the minors where he belongs and brought up Hosmer.

Hosmer…what can I say? Anyone else remember the last time a rookie got a standing ovation at the K? Me neither. This dude is one of s battalion of the future of baseball that we have in our farm system just awaiting that call up to wear some powder blue and put a “Royal Asswhuppin” (pun fully intended) on the Yankees in the Bronx for the first time in over a decade. It’s like it’s the 1970s all over again.

And life is good for KC fans again.

Music

Speaking of going back in time, there’s been a few albums released just recently that take me back a few…

The Beastie Boys come back strong serving up some “Hot Sauce Committee Part Two” to everyone. This is more reminiscent of “Ill Communication” or “Check Your Head” IMHO, so serious Beastie fans only need apply. “Too Many Rappers” (much better version than previously released) and “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win” are my current fave tracks.

Urge Overkill’s first new album in 15 years dropped this past week. “Rock & Roll Submarine” just plain makes me happy. As do most of UO’s albums. I was never really that into them prior to spending a cool three straight days in a film editing suite at K.U. with a peer (Seth Wiley) that was a super duper major fan. Hearing all their albums just playing over and over at all hours of the day and night will turn ya into a fan…or hater.

Check out “Thought Balloon” or “Effigy” for some gloriously velvety guitar rock.

Movies

Thor! Now that was a fun ride.

I’m an uber nerd when it comes to two thing in movies. Star Wars and Comic Book adaptations. Yes, I do own a bootleg version of Roger Corman’s “Fantastic Four” and the “Star Wars Holiday Special” so put that in your pipe and smoke it. Anyway, I will go to midnight screenings of movies from these two categories with hardly a second thought.

The wife, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to be so into it. Or so I had assumed. She was all over checking the midnight show of Thor with me. Needless to say that when Thor came out after a nice shower with no shirt on, she hardly cared that it was nearly 1 in the morning any more.

Its a good movie. Seriously, it was a lot of fun and had some great writing and acting. Funny how effects just don’t matter so much anymore huh? Kenneth Branagh did a great job making this film just exactly what it needed to be and not much more. We’ve all seen enough razzle-dazzle junk to last several lifetimes after all. Another quick note; it wasn’t shot in 3D, so its not required viewing as such.

I snagged a couple of advanced passes to “Bridesmaids” last week and the lovely Mrs. Trail and I were able to procure a sitter once again. From the trailer, the film looked great and it is. Kristen Wiig gives a slam dunk performance as a lonely friend of a recently engaged best friend. The two have been besties since childhood and its inevitable that she will be the maid of honor. Shit starts getting crazy and never looks back.

I’ve heard this movie called “a female version of The Hangover” and that’s false advertising. If they mean that the two are both hilarious, then yes, but that’s about it. This film has much more to offer IMHO. There is an underlying feeling throughout the film that’s really the most important material here. Depression and getting “stuck” in life can be painful and can cause one to make an extraordinary amount of bad decisions. The thing is, only you can get yourself out of that shit. It’s a big life lesson we all could stand to learn at some point.

Oh, and this movie is super mega funny people. Run out and see it immediately.

Games

If you know me, you know I’m not a super gaming maniac. I appreciate a well made piece of entertainment software from time to time, but even then, my life is rarely interrupted by a videogame. Portal 2 is a game that could change that a tad for me. It’s cool as my son loves games and he can watch me on this one as there’s no real violence to speak of. As a matter of fact, he was really surprised that the gun in the game wasn’t for killing people.

Portal 2 is both a nightmare and a dream come true for any puzzle fan out there. Sure, the visuals are outstanding, but the gameplay far outshines that. Weird how something can be so successful when things are done right huh?

Not much else to report here folks. I appreciate you stopping by and reading. Hopefully I can get these out in a smaller and more consistent manner from here on out.

Peace out and ABC ya,

Hawkman

P.S. Watch Tekzilla and other Revision 3 shows when you get a chance.

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