The art of sword swallowing

I was skimming my RSS feeds and came across this fascinating Q&A with trivia on the art of sword swallowing. And it’s creepy cool. Check it out.

Sword flame swallower

My favorite bit of trivia: In carny lingo, sword swallowers are called “blade glommers” or “steel slurpers.”

HA! Suck it, steel slurper! Love it! Happy Saturday!

You have GOT to be kidding me

Someone wants to remake Plan 9 From Outer Space. Plan 9 is an Ed Wood film that’s often referred to as the worst movie ever made. This guy wants to remake it. And has this to say about the remake:

Simply titled “Plan 9”, the remake will be a serious-minded retelling of the original story, paying homage to the spirit of Wood’s film without resorting to camp or parody. The film will focus on the horror and science fiction aspects of the original, but will also be largely character-driven. Johnson’s goal for “Plan 9” is to make a film that honors not only the original source material, but also Ed Wood’s intentions when he made “Plan 9 From Outer Space”. Wood’s plan was to make a very scary sci-fi/horror film, and Johnson wishes to do exactly that – create a film that Wood would have enjoyed, or perhaps even made himself, if not bound by the technological limitations placed on filmmakers 50 years ago.

Yeeeaaaaah…

But, it looks like you can watch the original film, in its entirety, at Google Video, for free, as it has entered the public domain. So that’s pretty cool.

Plan 9 From Outer Space poster

History’s mysteries

This is pretty cool – today researchers announced that they think they know what Stonehenge was for. It seems that they’ve found a bunch of cremated human remains there so now they’re thinking that it was a place for human burial ceremonies. There’s a pretty cool article about it here. Neat stuff though I’ve always liked the alien UFO landing site theory myself. 🙂

Stonehenge

Cool spy toys

There’s a book coming out soon called SpyTech that details, well, spy technology used by the CIA. Gizmodo has a cool gallery of awesome spy cameras from the book. I want a spy watch!

Spy watch

In other spy news, New Scientist has a write up on the feasibility of James Bond’s spy toys. Some of those crazy Bond gadgets actually do exist. The article’s pretty fun so check it out. I think that invisible car thing is pretty nifty myself.

Ok, off to clean house for a LOST FINALE MARATHON TONIGHT! Wooo!

Even more planned remakes

MGM might be looking at remaking RoboCop and Red Dawn. *sigh*

RoboCop poster

21 Jump Street is coming to the big screen, written by… Jonah Hill (the heavy set kid from, among other things, Forgetting Sarah Marshall). No Johnny Depp, I’m NOT INTERESTED. Seriously though, is the world jonesing for MORE 21 Jump Street? Really?

21 Jump Street

Highlander is also getting the remake treatment. But there can be only one! (BOOOOO.) Lord.

Highlander poster

The good movie news is that the looming actor’s strike threat may be getting neutralized, which is most excellent.

Busy weekend, sorta

On Saturday night we finally saw the awesomeness that IS Point Break LIVE! Let me tell you, when you go to a play and they ask if you want to pay $1 for a poncho, the answer is “YES.” We had a blast. They started with the casting of the evening’s Keanu. A bunch of volunteers came up and were given 3 things to do to prove their innate Keanu-ness. And a chick won the role. And she was awesome – she had the Keanu voice and mannerisms down pat. The show was audience interactive – during the bank robbery scenes we were the hostages. There was an excellent video of a car chase. The principals (Patrick Swayze, Gary Busey, Lori Petty, John C. McGinley) were all fabulously represented, as were the surfer dudes. All in all, we had a really fun night. We hooked up with one of my husband’s co-workers for good Thai food beforehand too. Oh, this was in the poncho survival kit, to stave off the bank robbers:

Keanu bucks

Sunday we did brunch (yum, but no mimosas) and saw Indiana Jones. Not the best entry in the series but still a lot of fun I think. Plus, Indy said “I have a bad feeling about this” which I loved.

Monday was a good lazy day and we sat around and made burgers and watched some movies. I finally saw An Inconvenient Truth which is surprisingly powerful for a slideshow by an ex-politician. Also watched another chapter of Planet Earth, which continues to be amazing. Oh and my husband’s made us start watching Farscape, which is pretty entertaining.

On the job front, did a face to face interview on Friday and a phone interview for someone else this morning. Either would be cool though today’s employer would be financially better I think. I got invited to do a face to face after today’s phone interview so that’s a good sign!

Ok, I’m really going to do something productive now. Happy Tuesday!

Memorial Day Thought

On this Memorial Day I wanted to pass something along. We still have a lot of men and women serving abroad, both in Iraq and in Afghanistan, among other places. And to bring a bit of cheer to those dedicated men and women who are serving much longer than usual, there’s been some talk of how to show support and good will to our troops. Todd had a post a few days ago about a cool way to just show your support with postcards and say thanks to some American soldiers. I’m going to run out tomorrow to find some postcards – I’ve had family serve over the years and I know that it means a lot to the guys and gals over there to just get an unsolicited bit of mail from home. I encourage everyone to look at Todd’s Postcards Post if you want to find a fairly cheap and easy way to make a stranger’s day in a scary foreign place. I may not agree with our position in Iraq, but the men and women over there deserve to know that we’re hoping for the best for them.

Coming to Broadway

Oh my goodness, there’s a Bruce Lee musical coming to Broadway. Cinematical says this:

According to Variety, the show will incorporate Lee’s biography with elements from the Monkey King story of Chinese mythology. BBC News adds that the musical will include martial arts, Chinese opera, modern dance, and pop music. So, yeah, it gets weirder the more I hear about it.

David Yasbek, the guy who write lyrics and music for the recent musical versions of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and The Full Monty is slated to score this one, too.

In other Broadway news, it looks like the Spiderman musical writing process is nearing completion and my be up and running kind of soon. Julie Taymore is directing (she directed The Lion King on Broadway and the film Across the Universe) and Bono and The Edge from U2 are writing all the music.

Both of these shows make my brain explode.

Slightly related, in cleaning I found this cool old postcard of my husband’s. Happy Saturday!

Green Hornet postcard

Wildfire!

We woke up this morning to the smell of smoke. The across the courtyard neighbor
was out on his balcony smoking so we thought that was it, no big deal.

And then the smell got stronger and smelled more like wood. There’s some kind
of work going on outside so i thought maybe it was a chain saw and they were
cutting trees.

My husband just left for work and then came back in and said “You need to see this.”

We walked to the part of the walkway where you can see out across the street and the sky by the mountains is GREY and smoggy. Not the normal California fog that you sometimes see. And that is when we realized, oh crap, it’s smoke from the wildfire.

See, there’s currently a fire ravaging the mountain between Santa Clara County and Santa Cruz. And this is kinda near to where we live.

FOXNews has a good summary of what’s happened up to this point. We don’t live next to the mountain, so I’m sure we’re totally fine. They said last night that we have firefighters here from as far north as San Francisco to help out. It’s not helping that we’re in a bit of a drought – there’s a lot of super dry brush and stuff to burn.

Santa Cruz wildfire

Always a new experience in California! 😉

UPDATE: Found a map showing where the fires are. Clicking on a camera icon gets you a photo from that area. We are kinda near the 280/17 exchange so are well out of range.

Photo of the day

I ran across this post on the Mental Floss blog (which, by the way, is awesome) about a man who took a Polaroid picture of himself every day. And it documents his life, his wedding, and then, suddenly, his cancer. You need to read the post to get the full impact, it’s kind of a beautiful story.

Since the announced death of Polaroid film, I’ve had an itch to pick one up, along with some film. I remember we had a big honking Polaroid camera as a kid – I wonder what happened to it – maybe it broke? I should email Mom and find out…

Anyone out there still have a Polaroid?

Polaroid camera