Monday, August 17, 2015

FARGIN HOT!!  OK, now this is the weather I have been talking about where it is not so humid and straight heat.  Reached mostly in the 90's this week and Sunday hit 102!  WOOHOO!  USA USA USA!  Well, that is pretty hot and I hope it doesn't last but at least it was not humid so it did not feel like 115!  The nights remained warm enough to keep all the windows closed and have the AC on a bit.  Although one night for some reason it would not turn off and it kept going and going.  I checked and it was set for about 78 degrees and the outside temp read 75 so I am not sure why it did not turn off but kept on.  So just turned it off and the rest of the night was pretty good.  Although in the morning it was a bit muggy so not sure why that was the case.  But through this I am just glad there was little to no humidity ... I hate that stuff.  Makes it hard to breath even when it is so thick.

Weekly Update:
So with the recent heat wave I tried to find things to do that were not home.  I went to one of my favorite movie theatres to catch up on some movies because, sadly, the theatre is closing.  It is not even that old but foot traffic there is non-existent and they will be gutting it out and moving the House of Blues to that location.  I know HOB will do great there but just sad the theatre is leaving.  But I also went into Sansai, Japanese style cuisine near my home to get some food and maybe stay there a bit to get out of the heat.  I am not sure if the AC was broken (which I don't think it was because I was there recently and it was fine but who knows) and it was warmer inside than outside.  So I turned right around and left to go to Chipotle ... a bit warm in there was well but not as bad.  Walked out and went to Jimmy Johns and it was so nice in there.  I got a sandwich and relaxed for about 30 minutes.  I do not understand business who do not either turn on the AC or crank it up.  Customers want to eat and shop in comfort, not sweat it out and be sticky and uncomfortable.  So two places lost my business because of that reason.

At the movies:
Straight into the #1 spot is Straight Outta Compton with a solid 56 million to open and above expectations.  Urban films are always underestimated (i.e.: "Barbershop") and I think a lot of that is the polling and research areas they do survey.  This particular film did have quiet a bit of range and even retro feel for old and new who grew up on this era of music.  Strong reviews for this film, should get it north of 100 mil in no time.  Slight drop to #2 is "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" with another 17 mil and continues to do well.  New at #3 is The Man From U.N.C.L.E. with only 13.5 mil and below overall expectations.  Big drop to #4 is "Fantastic Four" with only 8 mil and this film will be lucky to hang on for another week or two.  Rounding off the top 5 is "The Gift" with 6.5 mil and I think it will be re-gifted out soon.

Quote of the week:
"Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see." - Paul Klee

Facts & Tips:
It is possible to lead a cow up stairs but not down.

"Shawn, don't you *dare* learn a wrong lesson while I'm trying to teach you a right lesson!" - Corbin Bernsen as Henry Spencer in the TV series "Psych."

Monday, August 10, 2015

I have been noticing my phone heats up pretty fast when I run certain application on it.  I wonder what causes some apps to run hot and some to run normal.  I guess certain ones take up more processing maybe?  I mean they seem similar in nature most of the time but I guess I do not know what may be going on in the background that I am not seeing.  Now I have seen warnings on iPhones before (see picture) but not on my Samsung Galaxy ... I guess it thinks it can take the heat.  It has not shut down due to the heat but I also move it around to different cooler spots on the sofa or on a table if I am sitting some where.  I wonder if we will ever see a teeny tiny little cooling system in there someday where we have to put a drop of freon or something in there.  Now that would be interesting.

Weekly Update:
So this was pretty amazing the other day.  I was at Costco waiting in line to get a hot dog and a drink, they always give you a cup for every hot dog you buy even though it is just me.  Funny, I would think they would just ask because I could eat two hot dogs as a meal but only use one cup to save on cups.  Oh well, anyway there was this very frail lady in a wheelchair and this elderly man, possibly her husband, was trying to help her up from the chair but clearly she was unable to.  There was two younger boys when them and one was just holding the wheelchair as in to push it around and the other guy was on his cell phone tapping away at something.  They looked to be a family but none of the other boys offered to help or even moved!  I was kind of shocked and was about to come offer some help when it looked like they were just going to roll her inside instead.  Just amazing.

At the movies:
Holding ground for its 2nd weekend is "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" earning another 29.4 million and now passes the 100 mil cume mark.  On track to be in the 175 range domestic when it is all finished up.  New at #2 is Fantastic Four earning 26.2 mil. Below overall expectations but still a decent number despite all of the bad reviews on the film.  This may be a fast burn at the box office which we have not seen in awhile for a Marvel title.  New at #3 is The Gift from the new studio STX.  Earning an OK opening of 12 mil and should also be a quick burn out.  Hanging on to #4 is "Vacation" with another 9.2 mil as this road trip quickly comes to an end.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Ant-Man" with another 7.8 mil in its 4th week and crawling to 150 mil which it should get soon.
 
New movies that did not make the top 5:
Two this week with the first being Ricki and the Flash in at #7 and with only 7 mil to open.  Fairly close to expectations so nothing surprising there.  In at #11 is Shaun the Sheep with only 4 mil to open on such a wide release pattern.  Way below expectations but the marketing was very small on this film.

Quote of the week:
"Love is the power to see similarity in the dissimilar." - Theodor Adorno

Facts & Tips:
All scorpions glow.

"I'll catch you on the flip side." - David Della Rocco as Rocco in "The Boondock Saints."

Monday, July 27, 2015

I am not use to taking more than one shower a day but I have had to do that a lot lately.  Also been bringing an extra shirt with me in the car just in case.  Twice this past week I did use that extra shirt but I am not sure if I 100% needed to but felt I should just because.  One of those days I wish I had brought a third shirt!!!  This weather is just simply not natural for us here in Southern Cali!  Heat, sure but it is mostly dry.  I tend to just be uncomfortable but now I am that plus all sweaty and that is just not good.  You know what is interesting if I keep moving I do not sweat, it is when I stop then it hits all at once ... I don't understand the physics of that or why it happens like that!  But please, make the humidity go away and now!  I would like a good rain storm to wash it all way.

Weekly Update:
Had a pretty busy and fun week this week.  More busy than fun but at least I got some fun in there!  So the only big thing aside from running all over the place, we had our annual Variety Poker Tournament at the Paramount Studio Lot.  This is one of my favorite lots to visit and hang out at.  While there I ran into a lot of old friends and made a few new ones.  Also managed to grab a picture here and there with some people:

* A.J. McLean - part of the band Backstreet Boys and a pretty chill guy.
* Samm Levine - from "Inglorious Basterds" and awesome guy!
* Rex Linn - know him best from "Rush Hour" and a really nice guy.
* Patrika Darbo - from various TV shows such as "Growing Pains" and very sweet.
* Tommy Habeeb - producer of the show "Cheaters" and cool guy.
* Giles Marini - Currently on "Devious Maids" and a really awesome guy!
* Tito Ortiz - UFC MMA fighter and really down to Earth.
* Corey Maggette - Former NBA player and not sports commentator and way cool guy.
* Dennis Haskins - "Saved by the Bell" fame and very cool guy!

At the movies:
Small things continue to dominate the big Summer box office as "Ant-Man" holds on to #1 for a second weekend with an extra 24.8 million.  This helps it just barely cross over the 100 mil cume mark and should have enough tiny legs to get halfway to 200 mil.  New at #2 is Pixels with a soft opening of only 24 mil.  Below overall expectations but also kind of what we expect from a Sandler film.  Holding ground at #3 is "Minions" with 22 mil and now at 260 mil cume domestic.  Should get to 300 at least when it is all said and done.  Holding at #4 is "Trainwreck" with another 17.3 mil and not a bad number despite the bad press of the theatre shooting.  It just happened to be this movie the incident took place in but there was no significance to it, just random and senseless.  New at #5 is Southpaw with 16.5 mil to open.  Very low number but as mentioned last week this film had low buzz and I think that box office reflects that a bit.
 
New movies that did not open in top 5:
Just one this week as Paper Towns only opened with 12.5 mil and enough for the #6 spot this week.  Below expectations but even those were not that high or strong.  This film might have some legs but not enough.

Quote of the week:
"I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale; handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail; only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick; I'm so mean I make medicine sick." - Muhammad Ali

Facts & Tips:
Cleveland, OH is home to the first electric traffic lights.

"I do not understand American workers. They come five minutes late, leave two minutes early. They stay home when they are sick. They put themselves above company." - Gedde Watanabe as Oishi Kazihiro in "Gung Ho."

Monday, July 20, 2015

I am not sure what season it is anymore.  Is it warm, is it cold, is it humid or is it just plain heat?  It is such a wish-washy weather pattern and they say global warming doesn't exist.  I remember when Summer was warm, sometimes hot but never humid here.  I remember the nights being either cool or warm and again, our air was not heavy like it is now.  I remember Winters being cold but never freezing but instead we have Summer Part II.  This is all messed up.  Just make it stop already ... I don't know how but some how please!  I miss consistency and normal temperatures for where I live.  I am sure other parts of the world are messed up as well so they would appreciate it too I am sure!

Weekly Update:
What happened this weekend?  BUSY is what happened.  I ended up driving all over the place for different things, mostly for other people but that is OK.  I have a few friends who are doing Uber and Lyft, I wonder if I should try that?  I end up driving all over the OC and LA at times.  Not sure about having strangers in my car though but both companies seem to be doing really well and if I am not doing anything anyway, maybe I can make a few bucks.  I will have to think on that a bit more but my car does need a tune-up and an oil change again soon.  Maybe I will decide after I get that done when I get that done.

At the movies:
One of the smallest heroes takes the big screen and the #1 spot!  Crawling into the #1 lead is Ant-Man with a decent 58 million for its debut.  Just shy of expectations but still very solid.  Average drop to #2 is "Minions" with another 50.2 mill and now well over the 200 mill cume mark.  Still doing well and should hit 300 when it is all said and done.  New at #3 is Trainwreck with a showing of 30.2 mil.  Much lower than expectations but pretty much what I expected.  Hanging on to #4 is "Inside Out" with 11.7 mil and crossing the 300 mil threshold.  It is losing it's steam so it should cap out around 340 or less.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Jurassic World" with another 11.3 mil in its 6th weekend and a cume of over 611 mil.  Getting closer to capping out for the Summer but it was sure a heck of a run!

Quote of the week:
"A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work." - John Lubbock

Facts & Tips:
The Japanese word "judo" means "the gentle way."

"Are those guys coming after me? Those guys are coming AFTER me." - Geoffrey Lewis as Orville Boggs in "Every Which Way But Loose."

Monday, July 13, 2015

The heat wave continues!  OK, it is not as bad as Africa or the deserts in Mongolia but it is pretty dang warm for here.  I guess we have had this weather several times before and I suppose it does not matter to much to me since I am an office all day with AC blowing non-stop but I hate heat.  Things melt, cost 10x more to cool down than to warm up, sometimes even more than 10x.  Wait, now that I think about it is 100% more.  Thanks heat, you suck!

Weekly Update:
So they are starting to prepare a small group of us to WAH, or as the regular folks call it, Work-At-Home.  They are very anxious to start this and I will be one of 5 people to test pilot this program for the West Coast.  It is funny, I pretty much sign up for anything and everything they put in front of me and then deal with the consequences later ... or benefits, not sure how this will land as of yet.  I hope the latter but some times you just don't know till you are in the process or thick of things.

At the movies:
Universal continues the box office domination but now with Minions earning the top spot with a debut of 115.2 million! Fairly close to expectations in general and word-of-mouth is very strong for the film. Holding on to the #2 spot is "Jurassic World" earning another 18.1 mil and now just shy of the 600 mil cume mark. It should get that by the end of next weekend. Also holding ground at #3 is "Inside Out" with an extra 17.1 mil and getting very close to 300 mil cume! Hanging on to #4 is "Terminator Genisys" with another 13.7 mil and will struggle to try and reach 100 mil cume if it is lucky. Rounding off the top 5 is the new horror film, The Gallows with 10 mil and pretty much what I expected. Very quick burn on this film despite all of its ad campaigning.

New movies that did not make the top 5:
One this week as Self/Less only reached 5.4 mil at the box office. The little exposure sure paid off on this one.

Quote of the week:
"Pop changes week to week, month to month. But great music is like literature." - Ravi Shankar

Facts & Tips:
Leonardo da Vinci discovered that a tree's rings reveal its age.

"Pavarotti!" - Ned Vaughn as Seaman Beaumont in "The Hung for Red October."