If Jesus And Mary Tell You To Do Something…

Tammy Estep is a 36 year old South Carolina mother of two.  She also receives instructions directly from Jesus and his mom, Mary, to inflict harm on others.

Police were called to the Estep home last Friday morning with reports that someone in the house had been stabbed.  Upon arriving the son told police that his mom had stabbed his dad and that the dad had left with his younger brother to go to the hospital.  It was during this conversation that Tammy came down stairs exclaiming that, “Jesus and Mary told me to kill him because he is Satan’s spawn!”  She also claimed to police that, “She was sent to save the world!”.

Tammy was arrested and Mirandized.

Geek Holiday Movie Season

The 2012 holiday movie season is already upon us, first with the release of Wreck-It-Ralph and Skyfall already getting great reviews and giant ticket sales.  Going from here through the New Year are some great movies that spread wide across the geek spectrum.  Here’s a list of what’s up and their associated trailer.

Lincoln: 11/9 – The Spielberg movie that tells the story of the months just before the President’s assassination

Twilight-Breaking Dawn: 11/16 – The final movie in the series.  Will Bella and her baby just eat everyone else?

Red Dawn: 11/16 – While the girls go see Bella, the guys will sit through this remake with Chris Helmsworth fighting off North Koreans (Chinese?) invading American shores.  This movie was actually shot several years ago and shelved while the movie company had money issues.

Rise of the Guardians: 11/16 – Animated movie that makes a league of super heroes out of Santa, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy and crew

Life of PI: 11/21 – You’ve seen the commercials and wondered “WTF”, but this Ang Lee movie is getting lots of Oscar buzz for its interpretation of the beloved 2001 novel.

Hitchcock: 11/23 – Anthony Hopkins as the director in the story of the shooting of the classic “Psycho”.  Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh getting chopped up in the shower.

The Hobbit: 12/14 – The first of three that will tell the story we all know, in great detail.  And for those that choose to see it in HFR, I mean a lot of detail.

Zero Dark Thirty: 12/19 – The controversial movie telling the story of the mission to kill Osama Bin Laden

The Impossible: 12/21 – The first movie I can think of about the terrible 2004 Christmas Day Tsunami that killed 250,000 people.

Jack Reacher: 12/21 – The latest Tom Cruise “getting to be a bad ass” movie

Django Unchained: 12/25 – Quentin Tarantino’s Christmas Day offering has Jamie Foxx as a freed slave on a revenge/rescue mission with the great Christopher Waltz.

Gangster Squad: 1/11 – The director of “Zombieland” takes a turn at highly stylized 1940’s crime movie with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone

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The Hobbit Might Look Too Lifelike

One of the things that has me most interested in this upcoming movie season is the news that The Hobbit will be made available in 48fps High Frame Rate 3D in as many as 450 different theaters across the country.

Having the option to see a particular movie in differing formats, 2D, 3D, IMAX, IMAX Digital, IMAX Digital 3D and so forth is a pretty boggling thing for the average movie goer.  But when you throw in the idea that now you will have something call “HFR” thrown in there, well, what’s a popcorn eater to do?

High Frame Rate is the process that shows a movie at twice the number of frames per second that is what you have always seen movies, no matter film or digital.  That traditional rate is 24fps, but The Hobbot director Peter Jackson, has decided to film and show the movie at 48fps (and in 3D).  The first of this was seen at a theater owners convention earlier in the year and the reaction was not good.  The intention is to bring you a movie experience that “more lifelike”, but from the reactions to those that saw it, more lifelike wasn’t something that also made for a good moviegoing experience.  The effect of HFR is a continuation of movies looking less like film and more like extremely detailed video.  Some have compared the differences to seeing a BluRay movie for the first time, but HFR also can change your perception of movement within a scene.

Knowing it will create a giant question mark over people’s heads, Warner Bros. is attempting to head people off at the pass with a HFR primer (right, click for full version), which they released earlier this week.

As mentioned above the movie will be offered in as many as six formats: HFR Imax 3-D, HFR 3-D, Imax 3-D, Imax 2-D, regular 3-D and boring old 2-D. Additionally, and for added excitement, a small number of ready screens will be using Dolby’s new 64-channel Atmos sound system.

This link will tell you if there is a theater near you that will be showing the movie in HFR-3D.  Luckily the list shows my local theater of preference will be one of those… So I will give a full report, pending my eyes don’t melt.

Advance ticket sales went on sale Wednesday.

Brad Pitt Zombie Movie Gets a Trailer

World War Z is the upcoming movie based on the much loved book by Max Brooks.  Brad Pitt plays a United Nations worker who has to figure out how to stop the zombie breakout engulfing the world.  His wife is played by Mireille Enos (last seen in the very frustrating The Killing) and… there are a lot of zombies.  A. Lot.

From the trailer the zombies aren’t your typical slow movers.  No, these appear to have serious speed and are in enough numbers to scale walls by simply creating zombie ladders – a simple overwhelming mass of zombie bodies stacking on top of each other.  If there’s something I didn’t like about the trailer, these CGI sequences look very much like CGI sequences.

There is also a lot of controversy over how closely the movie follows the book and from the trailer it appears, not very close at all.

Enjoy and let everyone know what you think in the comments section.

It Happened in Florida (Election Day Edition)

A woman in Sarasota, FL who’s campaign yard signs were stolen, couldn’t figure out who would do such a thing.  Until she receive a confessional post card (right, click for larger versions) from a neighbor admitting he’d stolen her signs for Democrat candidates .

Why?  Cause according to the card, featuring contrasting images of Reagan and Obama:

My apologies for your Democrat yard signs, but I can explain. I live around the corner from you and when I see signs that support Democrats I fear for the safety of our neighborhood. When thieves drive through Sapphire Shores scoping out possible targets and see pro-Democrat yard signs they automatically assume that the subdivision is filled with retards and half-wits. The gangsters think it’s easy pickings because they already know that if a person votes Democrat they probably don’t have the sense to come in out of the rain, not to mention locking their doors or securing their valuables. It is common knowledge amongst burglars that Democrats are anti-gun and anti-Second Amendment so when they see campaign signs that promote Democrats they know the homeowners are not armed and therefore unable to protect themselves from attack.

It is signed “Bat Masterson” which is a character from an old NBC TV show from the 50’s.

via: mySuncoast.com

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You Gotta Be Playing Letterpress

If you love a good word game, you best be trying Letterpress.

Built by Loren Britcher, the person behind the once great Twitter app – Tweetie – has come up with a genius and simple new game that’s all the rage in the app store.  Its the prefect marriage of Scrabble and Boggle with a wonderfully beautiful and simple design.  Its addictive because games between you and your opponent can go pretty quickly or drag out for a while depending on your strategy – and there is a surprising amount of strategy to be had in this game.

Best of all, the app is free and the upgrade (giving you color options and being able to play more than two matches at once) is only $0.99!  Sadly, its only available for iOS, but hopefully Android and Windows8 versions will happen.

Watch This Crazy Ass Plane Crash

This happened over the weekend at a small Dallas area airport.  The video speaks for itself, but yes, there is a road that crosses the runway at it’s entry point.  Apparently the only warning to drivers about the runway is the word “STOP” painted (not via a sign on a pole or flashing lights) on the road itself.

No one was badly injured, and the guy flying the plane was a student who only had hours left before getting his license.  He was so freaked out he quit the lessons and has decided to never fly a plane himself again.

Mythbusters / BreakingBad Mashup!

The Discover Channel announced that later this week they will be filming a new episode of geek fav “Mythbusters” that will attempt some of the science from Breaking Bad.

Mythbusters hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman (right) will try two specific moments from Season One of the TV great.  While we don’t know specifically what the 2nd is, we have been told that the first will be looking more into the much beloved scene when Jesse Pinkman fails to follow of the directions of Mr White when dissolving a human body in hydrofluoric acid.  Those that have seen the show will remember that Jesse’s failure to put the body in a ‘plastic’ barrel, and instead putting it his upstairs tub results in the acid eating thru the tub, the floor(s) and resulting in a terribly bloody mess.

They promise that the show, which is family friendly, will work hard to find ways to marry itself to one of TV’s least family friendly shows.  So, there will be no discussion of Walter White‘s “blue sky” crystal meth recipe, and I’m guessing the 2nd test won’t be trying to recreate how long it takes someone to choke on their own vomit while on a meth high.

The show is being taped this week and will air next Spring, and yes Aaron Paul will make an appearance.

New Slingboxes Are Here!

I have been a long time proponent/owner of Slingbox.  Don’t know what that is?  Well, Slingbox is a wonderful device that you connect to your home theater system and then allows you to watch the content from your DVR, Cable Box, etc pretty much anywhere you can get online.  It’s wonderful, and the good news is that after a very long wait, there are now two new Slingboxes for you.

Now in stores are the Slingbox 350 and 500.  Both will now stream full 1080p to the free desktop apps or to pretty much any handheld device (iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows and even other devices like Boxee.  The apps for most of those devices have been dropped in price from the way too expensive $30 to $15 (still pricey, especially if you have shelled out for the top-of-the-shelf model).

The 350 still requires you to find a way to hardwire the device to your home’s network to get it online.  This has always been one of the Slingboxes obstacles.  Not everyone has a wired outlet where their TV equipment is, so additional parts were needed to get the thing online.  The 500 solves that by adding wifi into its chassis, fixing that problem and additionally adds HDMI support.  Not only can you connect via HDMI there is a new option called “SlingProjector” which turns your Slingbox into a device for streaming content from your handheld onto your display.  Oh, and both now feature some oddly designed cases.

If you, or someone you know, travels a lot this is a worthy investment.  Paying for any of the “TV anywhere” services like Hulu, Netflix, etc are great but Slingbox gives you access to all the content that you have gathered on your DVR, and live TV.  And once you pay for the device (300/$180  500/$299) there are no extra monthly fees.

Don’t Go Makin’ Your Rapist Feel Bad

Ryan Romo is an 18 year old star on the Highland Park High School baseball team (led in RBI’s), is the son of a CEO for a popular Dallas area market & bakery, and now an accused rapist and facing charges of sexual assault of a classmate.

Highland Park, TX is the toniest of towns, owning one of the nation’s highest per capita incomes and a high school well known for it’s “rich kids”.  Reed (right) was at a concert Saturday night and ran into a classmate who he offered to drive home.  Somewhere along the way home they stopped to make out in the back of his Chevy Tahoe.  Kissing and making out turned to Romo taking off his pants and touching the girl.  She first told him she wasn’t into having sex, then to stop numerous times but Romo allegedly raped her anyway.

He dropped her off at home where the girl’s mom immediately noticed there was something wrong and got the full story.  She took her daughter to the hospital where she underwent a rape kit examination.  The affidavit reports the test show there was intercourse and a subsequent examination shows signs that,  “the trauma he observed appears to have been forceful.”

At this point this is just another unfortunate story of girl/boy, “he said, she said” – until mom and daughter talked to police who then set up two secretly recorded converstaions between her and Romo.  The first was a call where Romo offered to buy her the morning after pill, “if she was really worried about it”, and told her he’d, “had fun we should definitely hang out again”.  The second conversation was recorded when the pair were sitting in the girl’s car.  This time she pressed him on the manner the incident happened, telling him that “I just wish it didn’t happen like that.  Like, I wish, cause, I said stop…I said no…I wish you’d stopped you know or not done it,”

Romo, certainly innocent until proven guilty and maybe the victim of a false charge, didn’t help his case when his response was simply,  “OK, you’re making me feel bad, wow.”

Romo was arrested and charged with sexual assault of a child, a $100,000 bond and released on Tuesday.

*update* – an interesting side story that is developing from two local alternative news sites have covered the story, but have taken very different POV’s.  At the bottom of each of the associated stories are the comments section – a fascinating look into how people react to stories like this based on obvious biases, relationships, politics or simply shock value.   Dallas Culture Map and Dallas Observer   There is now even a “Free Ryan Romo” Facebook page via his friends who claim his innocence.



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