Fundamental Truths

  • In war the best policy is to take a state intact.
  • Too Much is the Same as Not Enough
  • Fear is the Mind-Killer
  • All Warfare is based upon deception.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Let's Talk About Godzilla.

So, the trailer for the upcoming Godzilla flick from Legendary dropped... and it fills me with a sort of weird feeling: Hope. This movie might just be fucking brilliant.

The original Gojira is basically a horror movie. The Return of Godzilla is basically a horror movie. The first half-hour or so of Godzilla vs. Biollante has elements of a horror movie. In all of the other films featuring Godzilla made since 1954, the fear just isn't there- the gut-churning dread just doesn't come across. GMK tries, bless its pointed little head.

This trailer makes me think that I'm not alone in my assessment... Yes, Godzilla and the Mutos will be huge and will wreak havoc all over the place... but it won't be in the essentially science-fiction action way that the overwhelming majority of Godzilla films portray said havoc.

And I'm glad of that, because that sense of horror, of dread that dwarfs the ability of humanity, is, more than fire breath or indestructibility, what separates Goji from the bulk of his peers among big-time monsters- King Kong may have been scary, but his story was basically beauty and the beast. Even if he'd escaped New York, there was only so much damage he was going to do- half the time, the poor guy seems to just want to be left alone. The original Mothra was likewise scary, but her motives were simple enough, and the action of the film is driven by very human greed and hubris.

But Godzilla? A force of nature, capable of annihilating cities, and all without the comprehensibly human motives of Kong or Mothra. He's not even motivated by hunger like the ants from Them! He's not even generically "evil" like Ghidorah. He just is. And that, when done right, is friggin' terrifying.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Finding Emo

I am a profoundly disappointing person.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

It's that time again...

This Sunday, the Indianapolis Colts, my adopted midwestern team, will play the Oakland Raiders, the team to which I owe my allegiance.
Have pity on my pathetic first love, O Indianapolis. I know that they're so terminally awful as to be an embarrassment. I know that their gameplay will be so inept as to be genuinely confusing. But please, try to leave enough of them alive to learn for next season.

As for the NFC side of things? Green Bay, make peace with your blasphemous heathen deities. The Niners are coming for you, your lands, your wives, and your children.

Ah, football season. How I have missed you.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

See How Well Gun Control Works?

Two British Cops Gunned Down

Funny, I thought Great Britain had outlawed private hand gun ownership, thereby making the country totally safe from this kind of thing... Oh, right, they did outlaw just about anything more clearly designed to kill humans than a hunting shotgun (for the wealthy and the rural, and only after some nightmarish paperwork), and it... makes no fucking difference.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Enough Already.

Words of Wisdom

Here. Have a cogent, well-informed piece on firearms and their place in our society. Me? I'm gonna be out back, practicing.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Have YOU Learned to Love Big Brother?

Serving and Protecting

Now, I'm not going to get into the criminal charges they are actually accusing this man of-

Yes, he violated NYC's draconian firearms laws by possessing a Deadly Weapon (a .22 revolver, for those of you checking in)

Yes, he disguised his activities.

Yes, he most definitely had a point, as the hamfisted response of the NYPD demonstrates to perfection.

It isn't just California, people. It isn't just D.C.

This crap is everywhere we have allowed it to happen.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Things I'm Thankful For

1. I've got a job. It's not a massive earner, it has no benefits to speak of, but it's steady and mine for as long as I want it. That ain't no mean thing.

2. I'm not homeless. Big one.

3. Nobody is shooting at me- and to date, no one ever has.

4. I'm a citizen of a nation which still at least pays lip service to the notion of personal liberty.

5. I have the best group of crazed survivalist redneck buddies a guy could ask for, even if I haven't seen 'em in over a year.

Not the longest list, but you know what? Long enough for me.