Sep 23 2013

Bridges of Madison County: The Musical

The 1993 hit book The Bridges of Madison County is being made into a musical. For those of you who like music and stories about guys who sleep with other guys’ wives, this is your thing.

My initial draft of this post contained a faux track list of song titles I made up to go with the musical. The problem I found with satirizing adultery is that 1) things can quickly degenerate into raunchy innuendo and  2) instead of pointedly condemning the betrayal of one or more spouses, the humor may actually remove some of seriousness that I was getting at.

I don’t understand how a story about unfaithfulness qualifies as a romance. I doubt that those on the other side of relationships where their spouse cheated on them would see the romance in it.

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Jul 28 2012

Logos: Ruckman Edition

Logos has long been known for making some of the best Bible study software on the market. They make a number of different packages, designed to match price and needed resources. However, most of their package require the belief a knowledge of Hebrew and Greek–and that exhaustive resources by individuals skilled in those languages–¬†might be at least a teensy bit beneficial. Most packages offer several translations of the Bible, so that you can get a larger picture of how individual words or word groups might be translated into middle and modern English.

But if you are one of those individuals who believe that the King James Version of the Bible represents advanced revelation from God and the only preservation of His word, and you like expressing that “truth with an attitude”–they finally have a package for you:

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May 10 2012

G. I. Joe Trivia

I’ve done a lot of things in my life, but probably the coolest thing was providing the voice of Snake Eyes on G. I. Joe Renegades.

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Jul 7 2011

One more pic from the Star Wars: Episode VII set

Here is a pic of the full set, unobstructed by yours truly:

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Jul 4 2011

On the set of Star Wars: Episode VII

Recently I got to visit the set of the newest film in the Star Wars franchise. Here is a pic of me on the set; it was pretty much as exciting as you might expect:

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Jul 6 2010

Ireland, Texas

There is a lot of confusion about the Garth Brooks song Ireland. Most people mistakenly (and logically) believe that the song is about the nation of Ireland, but in fact it is about a small town in Texas. While Brooks is a native Oklahoman, he is a keen buff of Texas history.

Ireland, Texas was founded in 1841 by Seamus O’Finn after he fled Ireland because of the potato famine. The town flourished. However, Seamus found that the Texan accent was fully developed, and the town’s name was consistently mispronounced. After O’Finn died in 1911 the town council voted to change the name to fit the residents’ pronunciation–to Arlen, Texas.

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May 16 2009

Pardon us

I wish to apologize to the people who sat behind us at the spring concert at the middle school. It was quite rude of us to schedule and play a concert right in the middle of your conversation. My only regret is that we didn’t pick a more intuitive location for a concert other than the school gym.

However, from the volume and constancy of your conversation I was able to hear while I was trying to listen to my daughters sing, it sounds like you didn’t let the efforts of the students or educators bother you too much.

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Mar 4 2009

2010 Hummer H4

“It addresses a real need.”

So says David Puncil, head of GM’s flagging Hummer line of sport utility vehicles.

“Our customers have given us a lot of feedback, and we’ve listened,” he says.

“Over and over again our customers told us they want an oversized mammoth of a vehicle that takes up a lot of room, looks pretentious, and increases our dependence on foreign oil. Somehow, the H3 just isn’t cutting it.”

“Sure it wastes a lot of fuel when I’m driving,” wrote one customer, “But what about when I’m not driving?”

Puncil has the answer: the 2010 Hummer H4, which includes a specially designed, computer controlled, chrome spigot from the fuel tank that actually leaks gasoline directly onto the ground; an innovative feature for the already $70,000 SUV.

“Now our customers can squander as much fuel as they want–just one other way they can say ‘Hey, look at me, I am obviously wealthy and feel the need to show it by wasteful consumption!'”

Of course, the H4 will continue to sport the trademark steel rings on the bumper.

When asked, Puncil admitted that the research for the H4’s new technologies was expensive.

“I just want to thank the American taxpayer. Without you, none of this would have been possible.”

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Jan 21 2009

Little Known Fact: Lee Greenwood

Unknown to most people, country music star Lee Greenwood is not American, but Canadian.

The misnomer caused further confusion when Greenwood released his 1983 hit, which most people misunderstand to be “God Bless the U.S.A.” In fact, the real title, which reflects his native dialect, is “God Bless the U.S., Eh?”

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