WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 31, 2012: HALLOWEEN


Obama declares major disaster areas as Superstorm Sandy clams..


State by state impacts..

Hurricane Sandy hit the Caribbean Islands hard.. 69 people dead.. In the United States, new numbers released today have the death toll from Hurricane Sandy are at 50 and will potentially climb..

A new fear in New York City: Rats escaping New York floods could invade homes..

Transit systems are struggling to restart..

Modern life: Hurricane Sandy took down some big websites, such as Gawker, Buzzfeed, Gizmodo, and Huffington Post..

Days after Superstorm Sandy hits, it is still packing a punch as it slowly moves North..

Obama a 'subtle campaigner' during storm..

Hurricane Sandy shows media not to believe anything on Twitter..

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 31, 2012: HALLOWEEN


Obama declares major disaster areas as Superstorm Sandy clams..


State by state impacts..

Hurricane Sandy hit the Caribbean Islands hard.. 69 people dead.. In the United States, new numbers released today have the death toll from Hurricane Sandy are at 50 and will potentially climb..

A new fear in New York City: Rats escaping New York floods could invade homes..

Transit systems are struggling to restart..

Modern life: Hurricane Sandy took down some big websites, such as Gawker, Buzzfeed, Gizmodo, and Huffington Post..

Days after Superstorm Sandy hits, it is still packing a punch as it slowly moves North..

Obama a 'subtle campaigner' during storm..

Hurricane Sandy shows media not to believe anything on Twitter..

Halloween after a superstorm

Still trying to get my head the superstorm and how much it has changed lives along the East Coast. There is suddenly a ton of nostalgia for the Jersey shore, as Governor Chris Christie says that the coastline is forever changed. Looking at images of fire and flooding, you cannot doubt that. Even more, Queens is burning with 100 homes turned into ashes.. reports of fires breaking out throughout the affected region due to gas lines or electric lines.. or who knows what.. The aftermath still isn't fully sinking in. 6.5 million are still without power this morning--and this morning in the Northeast is very cold.. And in West Virginia, it's even colder with feet of snow falling instead of inches, weighing down trees and branches and most certainly causing further power disruptions.. This was a storm for the record books. Did you notice, though, how many storm for the record books are happening lately? Maybe then this storm is simply a harbinger of disaster to come..

Tonight, along many of the towns destroyed and leveled by this storm, were going to have innocent children trick or treat. Those plans are off. Instead, on a night when ghosts and goblins should have been walking the streets, true horror has taken center stage.

The images being seen are unfathomable. Unthinkable.

Consider this: There are massive waves along Lake Erie due to the Superstorm. There were high winds as far as Ohio... This storm struck the entire East Coast, not only the coastline, but inland. More than a dozen states were affected by Hurricane Sandy.

That is monumental. That is amazing.. That is unbelievable.

The 'COMING GLOBAL SUPERSTORM' was a book written by Whitley Streiber and Art Bell late in the 20th century. In the fiction novel based on fact, they claimed earth changes were going to get so severe so quickly that once normal storms would evolve quickly into 'superstorms' with a warm ocean and nothing to stop them. I fondly rememebr Matt Lauer interviewing both Streiber and Bell on the TODAY show about the book, joking about their assertions and mocking the 'superstorm' title as a clever scare tactic.. More than a decade later the 'quickening' of everything seems to be setting in. The superstorm is not coming, but is here.

One year ago in my area, we were slammed with a Halloween snow storm that dumped feet of snow. This year it's a superstorm that has decimated a number of cities, and killed at least 50.

A moving story from my state of Pennsylvania is stuck in my head. A father in Susquehanna County lost his 8-year-old son. The boy was going out to see if the family pets were safe... when his father said to go back in the house, he listened and was killed by a falling tree. The dad was interviewed in my local WNEP-TV news in tears saying he kept his son warm until the responders arrived..

I don't know about you.. There were the nurses in New York City walking in the dark down dozens of stairs with sick premature babies in hand to get them to safety..

Humanity.

Innocence lost.

Heartache and heart break.. Sadness and nostalgia.

After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, we were told that was a Hurricane the likes of which we would never see again in our collective lifetime. Maybe that is correct, as the new 'norm' is superstorms..

Did you see any headlines this year from Asia? Probably not. But if you would have you would have known that their typhoons this year were remarkably strong....and killed lots of people in the path of each storm.

There are countless stories of heroism from Sandy the Superstorm. Unfortunately there are also countless amounts of tragedy.

What does this mixture of sadness and goodness mean? What does it say about the existence of God? What doesn't it?

I frankly don't know at all.

Some people will do one of two things in the aftermath: They will either cling to God or resist the idea he exists. And it will be directly due to what they have seen during this storm.

We are products of our surroundings.

As the storm winds down, the surroundings have become truly bleak for millions of people..

Halloween after a superstorm

Still trying to get my head the superstorm and how much it has changed lives along the East Coast. There is suddenly a ton of nostalgia for the Jersey shore, as Governor Chris Christie says that the coastline is forever changed. Looking at images of fire and flooding, you cannot doubt that. Even more, Queens is burning with 100 homes turned into ashes.. reports of fires breaking out throughout the affected region due to gas lines or electric lines.. or who knows what.. The aftermath still isn't fully sinking in. 6.5 million are still without power this morning--and this morning in the Northeast is very cold.. And in West Virginia, it's even colder with feet of snow falling instead of inches, weighing down trees and branches and most certainly causing further power disruptions.. This was a storm for the record books. Did you notice, though, how many storm for the record books are happening lately? Maybe then this storm is simply a harbinger of disaster to come..

Tonight, along many of the towns destroyed and leveled by this storm, were going to have innocent children trick or treat. Those plans are off. Instead, on a night when ghosts and goblins should have been walking the streets, true horror has taken center stage.

The images being seen are unfathomable. Unthinkable.

Consider this: There are massive waves along Lake Erie due to the Superstorm. There were high winds as far as Ohio... This storm struck the entire East Coast, not only the coastline, but inland. More than a dozen states were affected by Hurricane Sandy.

That is monumental. That is amazing.. That is unbelievable.

The 'COMING GLOBAL SUPERSTORM' was a book written by Whitley Streiber and Art Bell late in the 20th century. In the fiction novel based on fact, they claimed earth changes were going to get so severe so quickly that once normal storms would evolve quickly into 'superstorms' with a warm ocean and nothing to stop them. I fondly rememebr Matt Lauer interviewing both Streiber and Bell on the TODAY show about the book, joking about their assertions and mocking the 'superstorm' title as a clever scare tactic.. More than a decade later the 'quickening' of everything seems to be setting in. The superstorm is not coming, but is here.

One year ago in my area, we were slammed with a Halloween snow storm that dumped feet of snow. This year it's a superstorm that has decimated a number of cities, and killed at least 50.

A moving story from my state of Pennsylvania is stuck in my head. A father in Susquehanna County lost his 8-year-old son. The boy was going out to see if the family pets were safe... when his father said to go back in the house, he listened and was killed by a falling tree. The dad was interviewed in my local WNEP-TV news in tears saying he kept his son warm until the responders arrived..

I don't know about you.. There were the nurses in New York City walking in the dark down dozens of stairs with sick premature babies in hand to get them to safety..

Humanity.

Innocence lost.

Heartache and heart break.. Sadness and nostalgia.

After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, we were told that was a Hurricane the likes of which we would never see again in our collective lifetime. Maybe that is correct, as the new 'norm' is superstorms..

Did you see any headlines this year from Asia? Probably not. But if you would have you would have known that their typhoons this year were remarkably strong....and killed lots of people in the path of each storm.

There are countless stories of heroism from Sandy the Superstorm. Unfortunately there are also countless amounts of tragedy.

What does this mixture of sadness and goodness mean? What does it say about the existence of God? What doesn't it?

I frankly don't know at all.

Some people will do one of two things in the aftermath: They will either cling to God or resist the idea he exists. And it will be directly due to what they have seen during this storm.

We are products of our surroundings.

As the storm winds down, the surroundings have become truly bleak for millions of people..
HELL AND HIGH WATER: HALLOWEEN 2012 BECOMES TRUE-LIFE HORRROR SHOW FOR MILLIONS IN PATH OF SUPERSTORM SANDY

SCARY WEATHER AND A HUMAN TOLL: EMOTIONS HIGH ON TV SCREENS ACROSS THE WORLD..

MILLIONS WITHOUT POWER

THE WORLD SHOCKED BY WHAT IS HAPPENING UP AND DOWN THE EAST COAST OF THE US
HELL AND HIGH WATER: HALLOWEEN 2012 BECOMES TRUE-LIFE HORRROR SHOW FOR MILLIONS IN PATH OF SUPERSTORM SANDY

SCARY WEATHER AND A HUMAN TOLL: EMOTIONS HIGH ON TV SCREENS ACROSS THE WORLD..

MILLIONS WITHOUT POWER

THE WORLD SHOCKED BY WHAT IS HAPPENING UP AND DOWN THE EAST COAST OF THE US

Halloween eve: True horror takes center stage




True Halloween horror as caskets float out of the ground in Maryland courtesy of Hurricane Sandy..

There is more horror than this blanketing airwaves and net streams.. The aftermath of Sandy is unbelievable .. The destruction caused is unfathomable..

Stay tuned, I will have many more thoughts on this. I have been without power due to the storm as well, and now that I am seeing the images on TV my mind is completely shocked.. I am at a loss for words, but will find the words to presents my thoughts in a coherent manner (or at least try)

Halloween eve: True horror takes center stage




True Halloween horror as caskets float out of the ground in Maryland courtesy of Hurricane Sandy..

There is more horror than this blanketing airwaves and net streams.. The aftermath of Sandy is unbelievable .. The destruction caused is unfathomable..

Stay tuned, I will have many more thoughts on this. I have been without power due to the storm as well, and now that I am seeing the images on TV my mind is completely shocked.. I am at a loss for words, but will find the words to presents my thoughts in a coherent manner (or at least try)

The superstorm Sandy was nothing less than historic

Hurricane Sandy was one of the worst storms I have ever lived through, the power was out for an long period of time for me (and will be out a lot longer for others), ... this is a reminder of how much better I and others need to do in preparation for impending crises..

I had a lot in preparation, along with supplies. But every disaster is a stark reminder of what you forgot to do and what you need to do better next time.

With the way our weather is there will be a next time.. The planet earth is changing, and we as human beings glitter this planet are subject to its massive mood swings..










The superstorm Sandy was nothing less than historic

Hurricane Sandy was one of the worst storms I have ever lived through, the power was out for an long period of time for me (and will be out a lot longer for others), ... this is a reminder of how much better I and others need to do in preparation for impending crises..

I had a lot in preparation, along with supplies. But every disaster is a stark reminder of what you forgot to do and what you need to do better next time.

With the way our weather is there will be a next time.. The planet earth is changing, and we as human beings glitter this planet are subject to its massive mood swings..










Living through weather history

..New data from the Hurricane Hunters confirms Sandy is now the most intense hurricane ever north of NC, beating LI Express of 1938. It's pressure is 945mb, and it may go even lower. 
Amazing stuff.. 
Scary stuff.
Frankenstorm stuff.

Living through weather history

..New data from the Hurricane Hunters confirms  is now the most intense hurricane ever north of NC, beating LI Express of 1938. It's pressure is 945mb, and it may go even lower. 
Amazing stuff.. 
Scary stuff.
Frankenstorm stuff.

The eerie calm before the storm for me

As though this nightmare scenario of storm surges, high winds, and flooding rains couldn't get worse, it did overnight. Hurricane Sandy got stronger--winds increased and the pressure has fallen to 946 MB (that is exceptionally low and if it goes lower it could break records).. With more warm water for an eyewall to spin on, it may get even stronger before eventually hitting the Jersey coastline this evening with intense hurricane gusts. It will bring the ocean onto the beach with it. New York City will be faced with a tide of epic proportions. The vast wall of water is going to wreck the coast line. The federal government has issued stark and ominous warnings that if you are resident of an area evacuated and don't leave, think of a way that your body will be able to be identified. Perhaps that's a scare tactic. But it works. Lots of people are leaving and have only a few remaining hours to do so. The window has closed for many to escape what Sandy is going to bring..

In the mean time, radar shows that Sandy has stopped moving Northeast and began the turn, the turn that forecasters feared would happen, creating the 'Frankenstorm' insiders warned of weeks ago when this storm began being tracked..

This storm will be a hurricane as it moves into Pennsylvania. It may remain a tropical storm as it heads to New York State.. it will still be a depression in Canada.

We are in for a storm for the ages. An epic merging of a hurricane, a cold front, a blizzard, and a disaster. This may rival the Blizzard of 1993 in historic terms..

I'll update as much as I can.. until I can't. If power ceases to exist, stay tuned to other sources that will better your understanding of this storm and how historic it will be.




The eerie calm before the storm for me

As though this nightmare scenario of storm surges, high winds, and flooding rains couldn't get worse, it did overnight. Hurricane Sandy got stronger--winds increased and the pressure has fallen to 946 MB (that is exceptionally low and if it goes lower it could break records).. With more warm water for an eyewall to spin on, it may get even stronger before eventually hitting the Jersey coastline this evening with intense hurricane gusts. It will bring the ocean onto the beach with it. New York City will be faced with a tide of epic proportions. The vast wall of water is going to wreck the coast line. The federal government has issued stark and ominous warnings that if you are resident of an area evacuated and don't leave, think of a way that your body will be able to be identified. Perhaps that's a scare tactic. But it works. Lots of people are leaving and have only a few remaining hours to do so. The window has closed for many to escape what Sandy is going to bring..

In the mean time, radar shows that Sandy has stopped moving Northeast and began the turn, the turn that forecasters feared would happen, creating the 'Frankenstorm' insiders warned of weeks ago when this storm began being tracked..

This storm will be a hurricane as it moves into Pennsylvania. It may remain a tropical storm as it heads to New York State.. it will still be a depression in Canada.

We are in for a storm for the ages. An epic merging of a hurricane, a cold front, a blizzard, and a disaster. This may rival the Blizzard of 1993 in historic terms..

I'll update as much as I can.. until I can't. If power ceases to exist, stay tuned to other sources that will better your understanding of this storm and how historic it will be.




'If you do not survive'

National Weather Service issues dire warnings over Hurricane Sandy..



'If you do not survive'

National Weather Service issues dire warnings over Hurricane Sandy..



Sandy's storm surge is going to be devastating

The National Hurricane Center is warning with ominous alerts that a life threatening storm surge is going to hit Long Island Sound and New York Harbor



Sandy's storm surge is going to be devastating

The National Hurricane Center is warning with ominous alerts that a life threatening storm surge is going to hit Long Island Sound and New York Harbor



NYC makes the call

Subway system closing as Sandy nears..



NYC makes the call

Subway system closing as Sandy nears..



Tsunami latest

The first waves have no caused damage.. But the first waves seldom do.. It could be several more hours before the tsunami warnings are canceled..



Tsunami latest

The first waves have no caused damage.. But the first waves seldom do.. It could be several more hours before the tsunami warnings are canceled..



The tsunami surprise

This reporting comes from NBC News:
The tsunami hit with little warning and an alert, issued at short notice due to initial confusion among scientists about the quake's undersea epicenter, caused massive traffic congestion as motorists made a mass exodus from low-lying areas.


Read more Here..



The tsunami surprise

This reporting comes from NBC News:
The tsunami hit with little warning and an alert, issued at short notice due to initial confusion among scientists about the quake's undersea epicenter, caused massive traffic congestion as motorists made a mass exodus from low-lying areas.


Read more Here..



7.7 mag quake and tsunami

Hawaii spared damage for the most part but a tsunami did stories the state after a mega quake struck Canada..

The worst appears to be over. No major damage in Hawaii or Canada..



7.7 mag quake and tsunami

Hawaii spared damage for the most part but a tsunami did stories the state after a mega quake struck Canada..

The worst appears to be over. No major damage in Hawaii or Canada..



PREPARE

Horror Report may be unavailable if the power situation turns bad. Some models forecast Sandy to directly be over my home base some time around Monday/Tuesday here in Pennsylvania. Areas that were flooded last year from Irene and Lee will be flooded again, and a tumultuous few days is setting up weatherwise Should you be interested and we not be available to update, here are some websites you're sure to get good information from as the storm continues to unfold:

PREPARE

Horror Report may be unavailable if the power situation turns bad. Some models forecast Sandy to directly be over my home base some time around Monday/Tuesday here in Pennsylvania. Areas that were flooded last year from Irene and Lee will be flooded again, and a tumultuous few days is setting up weatherwise Should you be interested and we not be available to update, here are some websites you're sure to get good information from as the storm continues to unfold:

Latest models on Sandy

Baltimore DC and Philadelphia may end up being in the eye of the storm..




Latest models on Sandy

Baltimore DC and Philadelphia may end up being in the eye of the storm..




The weather models are beginning to converge on Sandy's track

And the worst case scenario appears to be developing. Sandy is expected to hook back to the coast and significantly impact the East Coast.. This weekend is the time to prepare .. I'll be ..




The weather models are beginning to converge on Sandy's track

And the worst case scenario appears to be developing. Sandy is expected to hook back to the coast and significantly impact the East Coast.. This weekend is the time to prepare .. I'll be ..




Interest and intrigue peaking: Will Sandy be a tropical dud or be a Halloween fright?

The jury is out, weather models are still ferociously divided and changing constantly. What is clear though is that if all thing phase together in a scary way it could be a storm for the records and surely be the Grinchette that steaks Halloween. Or nothing more than a dud in the water.. Trick, or treat? Sandy will decide..



Interest and intrigue peaking: Will Sandy be a tropical dud or be a Halloween fright?

The jury is out, weather models are still ferociously divided and changing constantly. What is clear though is that if all thing phase together in a scary way it could be a storm for the records and surely be the Grinchette that steaks Halloween. Or nothing more than a dud in the water.. Trick, or treat? Sandy will decide..



Solar blast from AR1598

As we reported just days ago, sunspot AR1598 had the potential to produce some major M class flares.. On October 23 it surpassed expectation with an X.1 class flare--some earthly technology may be impacted over the coming 48 hours, but the lack of a CME means that no aurora will be occurring from the event..

There are possibilities however that the sunspot could further affect the planet earth.. AR1598 is slowly rotating to be in the direct view of the planet..

Space watchers say another venting of solar activity could occur within 24 to 48 hours..



Solar blast from AR1598

As we reported just days ago, sunspot AR1598 had the potential to produce some major M class flares.. On October 23 it surpassed expectation with an X.1 class flare--some earthly technology may be impacted over the coming 48 hours, but the lack of a CME means that no aurora will be occurring from the event..

There are possibilities however that the sunspot could further affect the planet earth.. AR1598 is slowly rotating to be in the direct view of the planet..

Space watchers say another venting of solar activity could occur within 24 to 48 hours..



MONDAY OCTOBER 22 2012

United States had drones flying over Libya as Benghazi chaos unfolded on 9/11/12

Another tragic Sunday shooting in America: This time at a spa.. the gunman has been found dead, as well of a self-inflicted gunshot..

Major study concludes that groundwater extraction caused a big earthquake in Spain. That same fracking extraction process is taking place in the United States, Ohio and Pennsylvania as examples where the Marcellus Shale zone is high in the riches of natural gas. But at what cost? A major quake could be one of them..

The 2011 Lorca earthquake was deadly.. and a reminder of how we can get bitten back by the earth that feeds us.

Reports from Japan: There are claims that children are bleeding from ears.. Could it be another Fukushima effect?

CDC: Latest numbers on meningitis outbreak released..

Colony collapse: Bumblebees are threatened by two popular pesticides..

A wine shortage brewing: Europe and maybe other places.. Price hikes for sure..

Absolutely ridiculous: Tebow trademarking 'Tebowing'.. When will people finally have enough of this guy's completely see-through act?

Lance Armstrong stripped of seven Tour de France titles..

The third and final presidential debate set for Monday night.. the topic: Foreign policy.

George McGovern dead..

Sun unleashes plasma wave larger than earth.. it took ten hours until it was out of site..

A sunspot to watch over the next 72 hours: AR1598. It's crackling with C and M class flares..

Mars Rover Curiosity finding shiny particles on planet's surface..

Could it be? A diamond bigger than the planet earth itself!? Maybe.. if scientists are right about a rocky planet called 55 Cancri e..

9-year-old girl in Pennsylvania shot by man who thought she was a skunk..

New research shows that fish can break the laws of physics: They become invisible to their prey!

Box office follow up with more numbers in: PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4 takes narrow number 1 place for weekend..

Is work the place for Halloween costumes?

The final countdown: Just two months left until December 21 2012

Pennsylvania man claims that Bigfoot damaged his 1973 Winnebego

MONDAY OCTOBER 22 2012

United States had drones flying over Libya as Benghazi chaos unfolded on 9/11/12

Another tragic Sunday shooting in America: This time at a spa.. the gunman has been found dead, as well of a self-inflicted gunshot..

Major study concludes that groundwater extraction caused a big earthquake in Spain. That same fracking extraction process is taking place in the United States, Ohio and Pennsylvania as examples where the Marcellus Shale zone is high in the riches of natural gas. But at what cost? A major quake could be one of them..

The 2011 Lorca earthquake was deadly.. and a reminder of how we can get bitten back by the earth that feeds us.

Reports from Japan: There are claims that children are bleeding from ears.. Could it be another Fukushima effect?

CDC: Latest numbers on meningitis outbreak released..

Colony collapse: Bumblebees are threatened by two popular pesticides..

A wine shortage brewing: Europe and maybe other places.. Price hikes for sure..

Absolutely ridiculous: Tebow trademarking 'Tebowing'.. When will people finally have enough of this guy's completely see-through act?

Lance Armstrong stripped of seven Tour de France titles..

The third and final presidential debate set for Monday night.. the topic: Foreign policy.

George McGovern dead..

Sun unleashes plasma wave larger than earth.. it took ten hours until it was out of site..

A sunspot to watch over the next 72 hours: AR1598. It's crackling with C and M class flares..

Mars Rover Curiosity finding shiny particles on planet's surface..

Could it be? A diamond bigger than the planet earth itself!? Maybe.. if scientists are right about a rocky planet called 55 Cancri e..

9-year-old girl in Pennsylvania shot by man who thought she was a skunk..

New research shows that fish can break the laws of physics: They become invisible to their prey!

Box office follow up with more numbers in: PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4 takes narrow number 1 place for weekend..

Is work the place for Halloween costumes?

The final countdown: Just two months left until December 21 2012

Pennsylvania man claims that Bigfoot damaged his 1973 Winnebego


ALL THE ACTIVITY HAS LED TO THIS: $30 MIL 'WEAK-END'.. MUCH LESS THAN EARLY PROJECTIONS, FILM MAY BE SUFFERING FROM BAD REVIEWS AND STALE STORYLINE

It's a good domestic open for the fourth installment in the horror franchise but the $30 mil estimate is far lower than projections made Thursday that the movie could surpass $45 million total. Despite the somewhat weakened numbers compared to previous PARANORMAL releases the green light has been given to PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 5.. You read that right. Nikki Finke has more details..


ALL THE ACTIVITY HAS LED TO THIS: $30 MIL 'WEAK-END'.. MUCH LESS THAN EARLY PROJECTIONS, FILM MAY BE SUFFERING FROM BAD REVIEWS AND STALE STORYLINE

It's a good domestic open for the fourth installment in the horror franchise but the $30 mil estimate is far lower than projections made Thursday that the movie could surpass $45 million total. Despite the somewhat weakened numbers compared to previous PARANORMAL releases the green light has been given to PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 5.. You read that right. Nikki Finke has more details..

Dreaming of another white Halloween?

It may not happen, but here is a weather forecast run from tonight's GFS model for Halloween night:



The white on the map is the forecast snow.

Just when you say it can't happen stop and recall Halloween 2011.

It happened then and can again.

As for me I'm nor hoping for it this early.

Dreaming of another white Halloween?

It may not happen, but here is a weather forecast run from tonight's GFS model for Halloween night:



The white on the map is the forecast snow.

Just when you say it can't happen stop and recall Halloween 2011.

It happened then and can again.

As for me I'm nor hoping for it this early.

A beautiful sunset in autumn, October 21 2012


























A beautiful sunset in autumn, October 21 2012


























TAKING ANOTHER LOOK AT HALLOWEEN 3, THE SEASON OF THE WITCH


Years ago, I would host and attend regular movie parties. We'd sit and watch awful films, laugh at plots, mock the narrative, and just have genuine fun. It was like MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 with a bunch of immature brats and younger adults who wanted to stay young--all of us were not paid for our efforts, but I dare say we came up with good comedy. If only iPhones and YouTube were available in the late 1990s, we'd have great podcasts. Maybe we would have been sued by companies for copyright issues.

One film caught our attention early and became a long standing joke for life: Halloween 3, the Season of the Witch.

If you never saw it, don't be fooled by the name. It has nothing to do with the lunatic killer Michael Myers, and no it was not made by Rob Zombie. This movie was from director John Carpenter. He didn't want to create another Halloween starring 'The Shape' so instead he changed the story. This one features a mask making company called Silver Shamrock that does some funky things with cursed rocks from Stonehenge and comes up with a plot to kill all kids that buy masks they create. The movie features women who look like robots that have their heads come off, awful music that never seems to end, and kids wearing pumpkin masks that turn into bugs and snakes.  In doing so John Carpenter violated a rule some horror movie makers go by: Not to kill off children in brutal ways in movies. Though it wasn't brutal but actually quite tacky, leading to the humorous nature of the film.. In other words,it's one of the one films ever made.

Or is it?
This is where I wonder if it was maybe not as bad as it seems. Are we just judging the movie when compared to Sam Loomis shreaking about a monster in Haddonfield? If so Halloween 3 will never be as good. 

In all fairness, the notion of wearing a mask and having it turn into snakes and bugs is frightening. In the movie it happens at 9pm because Silver Shamrock has seemingly been able to convince the entire youth of America that they should be home by 9 to watch 'the big giveaway' live on TV. It's assumed that all cable networks at the time (1970s) were going to run the 9pm ad from the company. I know, I try to be logical, even with an illogical horror movie.

I think this film would have been much better were it to have been made in current times. Seriously. Think of it, minus our the mockery of the movie I'm sure you have done along with me and my friends, the movie has a social message: People are convinced easily by awful ads on TV to do just about anything. Including rushing home from tick or treating to tune in for some stupid giveaway. People are mind-numbed by television.. and even more modern technology has fried the parts of the brain that did not happen to become numb in the process of life.

In other words Halloween 3 is an epic narrative... a dark comedy.. an eloquent judgement on our times: Parents who will buy anything for their kids, including masks that will eventually turn into the demise of the nation. And kids will want anything to fit in. And in the end,  parents and kids will be equal in their inability to think for themselves and be convinced by whatever advertising tells them to do. 

I don't think John Carpenter thought he was making a social commentary. Instead, watching Season of the Witch, it would appear that he was just smoking a hell of a lot of pot.

So ... sing the song and watch the TV. Watch... watch... watch... 

TAKING ANOTHER LOOK AT HALLOWEEN 3, THE SEASON OF THE WITCH


Years ago, I would host and attend regular movie parties. We'd sit and watch awful films, laugh at plots, mock the narrative, and just have genuine fun. It was like MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 with a bunch of immature brats and younger adults who wanted to stay young--all of us were not paid for our efforts, but I dare say we came up with good comedy. If only iPhones and YouTube were available in the late 1990s, we'd have great podcasts. Maybe we would have been sued by companies for copyright issues.

One film caught our attention early and became a long standing joke for life: Halloween 3, the Season of the Witch.

If you never saw it, don't be fooled by the name. It has nothing to do with the lunatic killer Michael Myers, and no it was not made by Rob Zombie. This movie was from director John Carpenter. He didn't want to create another Halloween starring 'The Shape' so instead he changed the story. This one features a mask making company called Silver Shamrock that does some funky things with cursed rocks from Stonehenge and comes up with a plot to kill all kids that buy masks they create. The movie features women who look like robots that have their heads come off, awful music that never seems to end, and kids wearing pumpkin masks that turn into bugs and snakes.  In doing so John Carpenter violated a rule some horror movie makers go by: Not to kill off children in brutal ways in movies. Though it wasn't brutal but actually quite tacky, leading to the humorous nature of the film.. In other words,it's one of the one films ever made.

Or is it?
This is where I wonder if it was maybe not as bad as it seems. Are we just judging the movie when compared to Sam Loomis shreaking about a monster in Haddonfield? If so Halloween 3 will never be as good. 

In all fairness, the notion of wearing a mask and having it turn into snakes and bugs is frightening. In the movie it happens at 9pm because Silver Shamrock has seemingly been able to convince the entire youth of America that they should be home by 9 to watch 'the big giveaway' live on TV. It's assumed that all cable networks at the time (1970s) were going to run the 9pm ad from the company. I know, I try to be logical, even with an illogical horror movie.

I think this film would have been much better were it to have been made in current times. Seriously. Think of it, minus our the mockery of the movie I'm sure you have done along with me and my friends, the movie has a social message: People are convinced easily by awful ads on TV to do just about anything. Including rushing home from tick or treating to tune in for some stupid giveaway. People are mind-numbed by television.. and even more modern technology has fried the parts of the brain that did not happen to become numb in the process of life.

In other words Halloween 3 is an epic narrative... a dark comedy.. an eloquent judgement on our times: Parents who will buy anything for their kids, including masks that will eventually turn into the demise of the nation. And kids will want anything to fit in. And in the end,  parents and kids will be equal in their inability to think for themselves and be convinced by whatever advertising tells them to do. 

I don't think John Carpenter thought he was making a social commentary. Instead, watching Season of the Witch, it would appear that he was just smoking a hell of a lot of pot.

So ... sing the song and watch the TV. Watch... watch... watch... 

Central California shaking

The earthquake swam that has made news in California continues.. though officials have been hesitant to speculate on a cause and even more reluctant to predict bigger seismic activity, a 5.3 temblor was felt in Central California .. But who's counting?

Central California shaking

The earthquake swam that has made news in California continues.. though officials have been hesitant to speculate on a cause and even more reluctant to predict bigger seismic activity, a 5.3 temblor was felt in Central California .. But who's counting?

FIVE YEARS


I'll save the sappy stuff for the tenth anniversary. But today, October 20, 2012, is a pretty big deal. My wife Tara and I have been married now for 5 years as of 12noon today. Right now about 5 years ago the party was just beginning...a reception to end all receptions. And then some.

It has been an amazing five years. But even more amazing is contemplating just where exactly the time goes. Five years ago we were young and the future was ahead of us. Today we have a son and the future is here, moving quickly, becoming the past. Watching our son Ayden growing is a miracle in itself, but it also allows us to forget about our own aging process. I guess that is what our parents told us would happen...

Yes, indeed, five years back now a marriage just began. Today it's strong. Tomorrow it will continue. Of course there are fights and frowns, but there are also laughs and happiness. Relationships are helped with children. They bring meaning and something 'more' to the lives we lead.. A family began with a walk on a bridge under autumn leaves. It continues today.
Five years later, on to ten.

FIVE YEARS


I'll save the sappy stuff for the tenth anniversary. But today, October 20, 2012, is a pretty big deal. My wife Tara and I have been married now for 5 years as of 12noon today. Right now about 5 years ago the party was just beginning...a reception to end all receptions. And then some.

It has been an amazing five years. But even more amazing is contemplating just where exactly the time goes. Five years ago we were young and the future was ahead of us. Today we have a son and the future is here, moving quickly, becoming the past. Watching our son Ayden growing is a miracle in itself, but it also allows us to forget about our own aging process. I guess that is what our parents told us would happen...

Yes, indeed, five years back now a marriage just began. Today it's strong. Tomorrow it will continue. Of course there are fights and frowns, but there are also laughs and happiness. Relationships are helped with children. They bring meaning and something 'more' to the lives we lead.. A family began with a walk on a bridge under autumn leaves. It continues today.
Five years later, on to ten.

Yet another study about the source of autism causing debate

The newest study says the common link of autistic kids may be high fructose corn syrup ..
No doubt that debate will arise from this.

It reminds me I want to rid my body and diet of high fructose corn syrup. No matter what those commercials may want you to believe about how close it is to sugar, it is not. Simple research and searching will yield ample studies and serious people warning others to stay away from the chemical sweetener..

Yet another study about the source of autism causing debate

The newest study says the common link of autistic kids may be high fructose corn syrup ..
No doubt that debate will arise from this.

It reminds me I want to rid my body and diet of high fructose corn syrup. No matter what those commercials may want you to believe about how close it is to sugar, it is not. Simple research and searching will yield ample studies and serious people warning others to stay away from the chemical sweetener..

The new online normal

Tech companies trying their best to keep up with the new mobile landscape..

Amazing how so little matters concerning web design .. Now it all geared to quick loading pages on mobile interfaces. The normal now will be handheld devices and then...what? The future's so bright the net may be will be in your shades..



The new online normal

Tech companies trying their best to keep up with the new mobile landscape..

Amazing how so little matters concerning web design .. Now it all geared to quick loading pages on mobile interfaces. The normal now will be handheld devices and then...what? The future's so bright the net may be will be in your shades..



FRIDAY OCTOBER 19 2012

A meteor lights up the sky over California.. The meteor created a boom, shook houses, and now debris is scattered from the meteor..

The meteor blazing through the sky was visible and caused mouths to open in awe throughout California..

A few days ago a rare earthquake hit Maine.. and now another rare earthquake has rattled another odd state: This time Nebraska.. It wasn't overly strong but it shook nerves. Lots of 'rare' places are suddenly getting extraordinary events..

Now a number of states are preparing for earthquakes.. the proof is a multi-state earthquake drill.. With 'rare' events in Maine and Nebraksa, plus the New Madrid fault worries and nuclear plants in numerous states, can we really prepare for something big?

A major problem occurred throughout the Midwest Thursday as ferociously high winds hit the Plains, causing the drought-scourged landscape to whip up with dust.. several multi-vehicle pile ups took place on roadways covered in dust and dirt..

If it is not the high winds ruining your day, it's a late night tornado outbreak.. This one kept people up all night long as people from Illinois to Mississippi were rattled by a late October severe weather outbreak..


Like a horror movie, bugs have invaded a Utah town and are covering everything, from food to children to animals and homes. Residents of Portage Utah cannot seem to get rid of the boxelder bugs as they are swarming just about everywhere..

The 'Perversion Files' revealed.. new information shows that local Boy Scout leaders, police, mayors, and other local officials may have helped cover up a major pedophilia within the Scouts.. it documents the Boy Scouts from the 1950s through the mid 1980s..

Big solar flare erupts from the sun..

Imagine a world where it is criminal to save seeds--and now realize that that is exactly the world we may be living in soon..

The UK GUARDIAN asks, who controls the internet? Tech giants are fighting for supremacy along the information superhighway..

Obama and Romney roast themselves and each other at Al Smith dinner..

In the past, a 'lethally hot' planet earth was absent of life, say scientists. And they ponder when it will happen again..

Mars Curiosity Rover finding more strange and bright objects on the Martian soil..


Rapper Flavor Flav arrested in domestic assault..


WARNER BROS retains the rights for SUPERMAN.. .. They won a legal battle to keep all rights to the man of steel..


MTV: How PARANORMAL ACTIVITY stays fresh..

Box office predictions: PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4 will be the top weekend movie..

Latino moviegoers expected to come out for PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4 in big numbers..

No offense to the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY fans out there--I was once one, too--but the films are drying up in fun and creativity.. maybe it's playing now simply on the fact people want 'a scary movie' this time of year and they know one devoid of a plot and story will be eaten up like candy on Halloween night. I cannot imagine the same scares and the same pranks being anywhere near as fun as they were the first time we saw them in PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 1. However, if I had to choose between this aging franchise or the sordid tales from the SAW films, I'd pick ghosts and goblins over torture porn any day..

NEW YORK TIMES reviews HBO movie 'THE GIRL,' a film about Alfred Hitchcock's films and how blondes made 'the best victims'.. The TIMES writes, "The trouble with “The Girl” is that it tries to psychoanalyze Hitchcock but fails by trying to know the man too much. It’s a movie about Hitchcock that ignores his best advice: "Suspense is like a woman. The more left to the imagination, the more the excitement.""
FRIDAY OCTOBER 19 2012

A meteor lights up the sky over California.. The meteor created a boom, shook houses, and now debris is scattered from the meteor..

The meteor blazing through the sky was visible and caused mouths to open in awe throughout California..

A few days ago a rare earthquake hit Maine.. and now another rare earthquake has rattled another odd state: This time Nebraska.. It wasn't overly strong but it shook nerves. Lots of 'rare' places are suddenly getting extraordinary events..

Now a number of states are preparing for earthquakes.. the proof is a multi-state earthquake drill.. With 'rare' events in Maine and Nebraksa, plus the New Madrid fault worries and nuclear plants in numerous states, can we really prepare for something big?

A major problem occurred throughout the Midwest Thursday as ferociously high winds hit the Plains, causing the drought-scourged landscape to whip up with dust.. several multi-vehicle pile ups took place on roadways covered in dust and dirt..

If it is not the high winds ruining your day, it's a late night tornado outbreak.. This one kept people up all night long as people from Illinois to Mississippi were rattled by a late October severe weather outbreak..


Like a horror movie, bugs have invaded a Utah town and are covering everything, from food to children to animals and homes. Residents of Portage Utah cannot seem to get rid of the boxelder bugs as they are swarming just about everywhere..

The 'Perversion Files' revealed.. new information shows that local Boy Scout leaders, police, mayors, and other local officials may have helped cover up a major pedophilia within the Scouts.. it documents the Boy Scouts from the 1950s through the mid 1980s..

Big solar flare erupts from the sun..

Imagine a world where it is criminal to save seeds--and now realize that that is exactly the world we may be living in soon..

The UK GUARDIAN asks, who controls the internet? Tech giants are fighting for supremacy along the information superhighway..

Obama and Romney roast themselves and each other at Al Smith dinner..

In the past, a 'lethally hot' planet earth was absent of life, say scientists. And they ponder when it will happen again..

Mars Curiosity Rover finding more strange and bright objects on the Martian soil..


Rapper Flavor Flav arrested in domestic assault..


WARNER BROS retains the rights for SUPERMAN.. .. They won a legal battle to keep all rights to the man of steel..


MTV: How PARANORMAL ACTIVITY stays fresh..

Box office predictions: PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4 will be the top weekend movie..

Latino moviegoers expected to come out for PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4 in big numbers..

No offense to the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY fans out there--I was once one, too--but the films are drying up in fun and creativity.. maybe it's playing now simply on the fact people want 'a scary movie' this time of year and they know one devoid of a plot and story will be eaten up like candy on Halloween night. I cannot imagine the same scares and the same pranks being anywhere near as fun as they were the first time we saw them in PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 1. However, if I had to choose between this aging franchise or the sordid tales from the SAW films, I'd pick ghosts and goblins over torture porn any day..

NEW YORK TIMES reviews HBO movie 'THE GIRL,' a film about Alfred Hitchcock's films and how blondes made 'the best victims'.. The TIMES writes, "The trouble with “The Girl” is that it tries to psychoanalyze Hitchcock but fails by trying to know the man too much. It’s a movie about Hitchcock that ignores his best advice: "Suspense is like a woman. The more left to the imagination, the more the excitement.""
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