Monday, September 19, 2016

So the heat is coming!  Started to get hot again this week but the coming week it says a heat storm is coming with temperatures in the high 90's!  We're already past Summer (by date) and are in Fall yet it feels like the peak of Summer!!  I will never understand our weather pattern and I probably say this every year too.  But it is also a reminder that global warming is real and not some made up term or weird scientific propaganda.  It exists, plain and simple.  It doesn't mean if it didn't that it would still be hot but definitely would not be this extreme.  Our drought would not be as severe as it is.  Our water reserves would be better off, maybe have a bit more rain each year ... hard to say but again, would not be this bad.

Weekly Update:
So I was wondering, when did the Carl's Jr Six Dollar Burger cost $6 and more?  I though the whole idea of this burger was you were getting a restaurant quality burger which normally cost you six dollars but you are only paying half that.  I know the combos are more with the drink and fries but it looks like the burger themselves are around $5 to $7, with the whole 1/3 and 1/2 patties now.  When did Carl's consider themselves non-Fast Food and figured they were a restaurant?  I mean I like Carl's Jr and when I do go people are always very nice and attentive but let's be honest, you go there for a quick burger and out the door you go.  They taste good and above average quality but, its still fast food.

At the movies:
Still flying solo at #1 is "Sully" with another 22 million and now closing in at the 100 mil cume.  May get that in another week but solid award buzz on this film.  New at #2 is Blair Witch with 9.6 mil to open.  Slightly below expectations but not surprising either.  New at #3 is Bridget Jones's Baby with only 8.2 mil and well below all expectations.  The curiosity of what happened to her just wasn't there anymore.  New at #4 is Snowden with only 8 mil and close to expectations.  Not a lot of buzz surrounding this so could be a very quick burn.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Don't Breathe" with another 5.6 mil and will fall short of 100 mil but had a good run overall.

Quote of the week:

"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes." - Oscar Wilde

Facts & Tips:
Bees are born fully grown.


"You look down, they know you're lying and up, they know you don't know the truth. Don't use seven words when four will do. Don't shift your weight, look always at your mark but don't stare, be specific but not memorable, be funny but don't make him laugh. He's got to like you then forget you the moment you've left his side. And for God's sake, whatever you do, don't, under any circumstances..." - Brad Pitt as Rusty Ryan in "Ocean's Eleven."

Monday, September 12, 2016

It's getting very warm in here ... ok, that would be a very poor hip hop song.  But it is getting warm again ... when is Fall suppose to start? I know it is in September ... ah ok, the 22nd.  Well, I guess that means we are still in Summer so this weather is acceptable ... curse you Summer, you have tricked me again!  This picture I found (to the left) is nice but what does it mean?!?  Why are their four different colors, what is that white stuff on the one, I see a sun, that is no surprise ... I see a desert yellow ... ok.  What is that green and white?  We have no seasons here in Southern California, its just one long season and we hope for cooler months or even days.  Some water from the sky is nice, need more of that desperately!!!

Weekly Update:
I think each week by week is getting more boring and boring for me.  Nothing is going on, just trying to stay cool and work.  Putting together small little projects but also trying to put together projects ... I mean it feels busy but not busy.  Or maybe I am just doing busy work?  I do look at three computer screens almost every day and I have a TV that is hooked up to a computer but not on ... I should swap that for my regular computer screen maybe.  I think it has better speakers so I could watch movies ... yeah, I should do that ... why didn't I do that before?  I am not on top of that.

At the movies:
Your in-flight entertainment is Sully as it earns top honors this weekend with a solid 35.5 million in its debut.  Above expectations and word-of-mouth is good on this film and definitely an award contender this season.  New at #2 is When the Bough Breaks with 15 mil and almost on-point with estimations.  Slight drop to #3 is "Don't Breathe" with another 8.2 mil and still doing well.  Also slight drop to #4 is "Suicide Squad" with an additional 5.7 mil and just over the 300 mil cume mark.  New and rounding off the top 5 is The Wild Life with only 3.4 mil and actually not that far off from expectations.

New movies that did not make the top 5:
Just one wide release as The Disappointments Room clearly was correctly named.  Coming in at #17 with 1.4 mil and fell below expectations but honestly not by much.

Quote of the week:
"In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can." - Nikos Kazantzakis

Facts & Tips:
Peaches are members of the almond family.


"I know why my numbers were wrong. I only figured it for two people." - Bill Paxton as Fred Haise, Sr. in "Apollo 13."

Monday, September 05, 2016

Labor Day Edition


It was a semi-nice day but still a bit on the warm side.  Although not officially the end of Summer, it typically does signify Summer is over mostly with schools.  Back in the day I remember going back to school the Tuesday after the Labor Day Weekend but now, school's start any where from 2 to 3 weeks before this holiday.  School is work too!  Mental work and relaxing the brain is a good thing, no?  How times have changed but one thing that remains the same, traffic sucks the week after Labor Day.  I use to take that week off or arrange to work at home, people just do not know how to drive, at all!  Is it that difficult to get from home-to-work or school?  I suppose so but I guess the majority of the problem is freeway off-ramp traffic.  That gets backed up pretty far.  Post Labor Day week ... I hate you.


Weekly Updates:
Not a whole lot went on this past week worth remembering or I would have remembered it.  I just remember not sleeping a lot but that is pretty normal for me.  I think my brain is broken ... hey, I could use a Labor Day break!!!  I am just glad for months that have a least one 3-day weekends. Even if one weekend has it in the month, it still feels like a nice break for some reason.  Now if we can somehow manage that every other week!  Now that would be pretty awesome ... at least I think so.

At the movies:
Holding on to #1 for a 2nd weekend is "Don't Breathe" with another 15.7 million and now just over 50 mil cume.  On track to hit around 80 right now but also another sign that the Summer is clearly over.  Holding on to their #2 spot is "Suicide Squad" with another 10 mil and just shy of 300 mil cume.  It should get that in the next few days and will actually make it to be one of the top Summer movies of 2016.  Also holding at #3 is "Pete's Dragon" earning another 6.5 mil and quickly burning out.  Sticking at #4 is "Kubo and the Two Strings" also with 6.5 mil and about done as well.  Rounding off the top 5, rising up on the charts going wide is "Hell or High Water" earning 5.8 mil in its 4th week in limited release.  This little film has been climbing and should be a potential award runner.







New movies that did not make the top 5:
Two this week ... up first is The Light Between Oceans only earning 4.7 mil and slightly below expectations coming in at #9.  Showing up at #17 is Morgan earning only 2 mil and also slightly below expectations but not surprisingly.

Quote of the week:
"From now on, I'll connect the dots my own way." - Bill Watterson

Facts & Tips:
"The first spam message was transmitted over telegraph wires in 1864."

"Fifty years from now, when you're looking back at your life, don't you want to be able to say you had the guts to get in the car?" - Shia LaBeouf as Sam Witwicky in "Transformers."

Monday, August 29, 2016

It sure heated up again but the nights continued to stay cool.  So what do we do with this weather?  Nothing ... nothing at all.  It hot but at least not humid compared to other parts of the country.  I also heard other parts of the country are getting mass flooding and rains.  What?!  Why are we not getting just a smidgen of this?  Do we not have the technology to move rain clouds around yet? No?  How come?  Special airplanes that can push them or seed the current clouds with water-seeds?  None of this exists yet?  Why??  We need to devote more science money towards this.  I mean if you think about it, could really solve a lot of drought in countries struggling worse than we are.

Weekly Update:

So what happened during this week ... I don't think anything did?  I was suppose to go to a convention over the weekend but based on the plans for that, I opted out because it would have been complete disaster and embarrassing.  But it turns out the ones who were suppose to show up did not till the last day and didn't even bother to arrive till the last few hours of the convention.  After the efforts spent to set up badges and such for them.  I just don't understand some people and the inconsideration ... if someone set something like this up for me, I would take full advantage of it and thank them too ... a week later and not a peep.

At the movies:
Big surprise at the box office this weekend as Don't Breathe earns top honors with a nice 26.1 million to open.  Above expectations and a good word-of-mouth could carry this for another week. Dropping to #2 is "Suicide Squad" with another 12.1 mil and shy of 300 mil right now.  Potentially within reach and with Labor Weekend coming up, could get there now.  Slight drop to #3 is "Kubo and the Two Strings" with another 7.9 mil and will likely do better in the after-markets.  Average drop to #4 is "Sausage Party" with another 7.7 mil and quickly burning out.  Rounding off the top 5 is Mechanic: Resurrection with 7.5 mil and below expectations.  Looks like the public is burnt out on this genre and Statham mix.

Quote of the week:

"The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - it's all that matters." - Audrey Hepburn

Facts & Tips:

Dolphins are unable to smell.

"Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. But we think you're crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us - in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain... Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club." - Anthony Michael Hall as Brian Johnson in "The Breakfast Club."

Monday, August 22, 2016

And the heat wave continues ... remained pretty hot again this past week, few temps in the low 90's with most being in the high-80's but the nights cooled down again.  That is always nice to open up the windows and let the cool air in.  Now if that can just be during the day as well!  I spoke with a friend who just put in solar panels but apparently it cost them about $10k!  That is crazy but let's do some math ... they said their monthly electric bill is about $200 so that is $2400 a year they will save.  So in 5-years it will pay for itself.  I also know there is a buy-back program that Edison purchases the unused energy but they said that doesn't happen till the end of the year and we don't know what that cost is.  So I guess you have to calculate is it worth it for a chunk of change for a long term savings?  I think it is as long as you can afford that chunk of change now.


Weekly Update:
This week ... nothing happened.  Pretty much sums it up and I'm glad.  I was just exhausted and still have problems going to sleep by a certain time.  I may start to fall asleep before midnight but then something wakes me up and then I fall asleep later past midnight.  Why, WHY??  You would think after awhile the body would adjust but no matter how little or how much sleep I do end up getting, I will wake up around 6 AM ... so if that can adjust, why can't the part about going to bed also adjust?  This confuses me but I found a cool image of a Pac-Man clock that I want now.  I wonder if it folds so the mouth is closed and becomes portable?  Looks like a very basic yet fun clock to have.

At the movies:
WB and DC finally have a decent hit on their hands as "Suicide Squad" continues to dominate the box office for a 3rd week in a row.  With another 20.7 million, it is now slowly approaching the 300 mil cume mark. Uncertain if it will hit that but should come very close.  Holding ground at #2 is "Sausage Party" with another 15.3 mil and continues to buzz along.  New at #3 is War Dogs with 14.3 mil and below expectations.  Also new at #4 is Kubo and the Two Strings with 12.6 mil and right on expectations.  Rounding off the top 5 is Ben-Hur with 11.4 mil and slightly below expectations but this film also had a high price tag along with it.

Quote of the week:

"Immensely grateful, touched, proud, astonished, abashed." - Boris Pasternak


Facts & Tips:

The king of Hearts is the only king without a mustache.

"He would have told us, no one can take that." - Al Leong as Endo in "Lethal Weapon."