Monday, July 26, 2010

Practical Survival I

Some time back, I contemplated writing a book about practical survival. I thought, and still think, that most folks miss the point of survivalism. Stocking beans and bullets may be useful, but if you don't have the funds to pay the rent, or don't maintain your roof, you're not surviving very well, no matter how much ammunition you have stored.

My point is, the things that help us thrive on a daily basis are the same things that will be most useful to us during an emergency. I still may write the book one day, but in the meantime, here is the first installment in my Practical Survival series.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Kick-ass Zombies

Let's knock out some movies, shall we? Here's two to start.

Kick-Ass looks like a comedy starring the extemely funny Chistopher Mintze-Plasse, of Superbad and Role Models. Sorry to disappoint- CMP is NOT the main character, and the comedy found in this is incidental to the action/drama and very, very dark. ("La, la, la, lala-la, la!" sings the high-pitched background singer as the cute little girl in the purple wig cuts down a roomful of unsavory characters with a spear and takes their cash.) Nick Cage's acting-challenged self is also in this, which is okay if you like Tarantino-like bloodshed and laughing at misery. 2.5/5 stars.

Zombieland looks like a light-hearted romp about zombies, and that's what it is. If you're okay with some language and a lot of movie bloodshed, you'll probably love this movie. 3.5/5 stars.