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Warehouse 13: Season 1: Episode 2

Warehouse 13: Season 1 ~ Episode 2: Resonance

Director: Vincent Misiano. Writers: D. Brent Mote & Jane Espenson. Starring:
Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek, and many others. Original Air Date: 14 July 2009.

After my first viewing of this new and intriguing series, I joined in on Episode 2 where Pete and Myka are sent to investigate a series of bank robberies taking place in downtown Chicago. Turns out they run into a FBI agent named Bonnie Belski who is perplexed with the investigation and even more curious about Pete and Myka, both of whom have to hide the fact that the robbers are using a futuristic device that creates a severe sound resonance that hypnotizes by sound throwing the listener into a state of euphoria so they cannot observe, interfere with, or get in the way of the theft. As Pete and Myka have their hands full with the thefts, Artie is back at the Warehouse trying to fight off a “hacker” who is trying to penetrate their compound. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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Warehouse 13: Season 1: Episode 1

Warehouse 13: Season 1 ~ Episode 1: The Pilot

Director: Jace Alexander. Writers: D. Brent Mote & Jane Espenson. Starring:
Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek, and many others. Original Air Date: 7 July 2009.

Its a blended science fiction television series of the “what if” and “after the fact” of the U.S. super secret warehouse that houses magical items like the “Ark of the Covenant” we saw being so neatly placed at the end of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” combined with much of the comical elements of Agents Mulder and Scully of the “X-files”. It all begins with two secret service agents who after saving the president’s life from an assassination attempt get recruited by a super secret warehouse in the middle of the South Dakota desert housing supernatural artifacts to become custodians and curators of said occult. They are now assigned to retrieve any lost objects and investigate reports of any new ones. Their first assignment, which they fail badly at, is to protect a rare Aztec stone which gets stolen. Their next assignment is to travel to Iowa where they are to investigate the beatings of Emily Krueger. Turns out her law school boyfriend Cody Thomas was beating her while under the influence of a ancient Italian strega bewitchment by a jewel he possessed of Lucrecia Borgia. It has a great spin. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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Pirate Relief

Pirate Relief
www.piraterelief.com * Facebook *

Imagined by Captain Leaf McGowan in May 2010 as a dream, the ghostly ship didn’t manifest into conceptualization until June 2010 as he was to embark across the “Great Pond” to England. He posted the concept on facebook and expected to be laughed at but was greatly supported and encouraged to have the ship set sail. Investigations into the idea, networking, and fundraising took effect immediately as a crew of over 20 committed individuals enthusiastically climbed on board. At this stage, the group is planting the seed to make the project a reality. The crew and project has a facebook group and a web site with several projects being set into motion.

Pirate Relief is a roving band of pirates, gypsies, artists, musicians, environmentalists, scientists, & relief volunteers who are striving to bring together a fleet of tall sailing ships to sail the seven seas to ports around the world – sharing art, music, drama, theater, folklore, performance, storytelling, history, & culture to those they encounter. They are setting out to share the wealth of the Living Myth. When able to assist in coastal disaster areas – they plan to set into port to uplift the spirits of those who had their lives affected – bringing back hope to the hopeless, guidance to the lost, and insight to the inquisitive … sharing whatever resources they have on board or the crew has to offer – whether uplift of spirit through entertainment, stories of hope, supplies, medical aid, arts, education, inspiration, or a helping hand. They are also working on environmental projects to assist in ecological tragedy by approaching areas affected such as the Gulf oil spill, the Pacific Trash Island, and how to address pollution issues with our waterways. They are targeting our concerns by embracing ecological and sustainability ideas for a new approach to living, caring for the environment, mobility, and keeping culture, arts, & sciences alive. “Through Storytelling and the Arts – The Living Myth shall live on! “ Their PDF Brochure can be downloaded Here. By the return of Captain Leaf McGowan from England, the crew was soon involved in Faerieworlds in Eugene, Oregon and Brethren Con 2010 in Denver, Colorado presenting a presence to share about the legacy and visions of the project. Still in its infancy, the captain is soon to set sail on a historic vessel to learn the ropes at sailing a tall ship, investigating the foundations of what will need to be accomplished to make this dream a reality.

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Lost Girl: Season 1

Lost Girl: Season 1
(Television NR: Showcase, 2010)
Creator: M.A. Lovretta. Starring: Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Ried and Ksenia Solo; and many others.


Its an expose of the Faerie world hidden within the human world where the season follows on the sensual charismatic Bo who never really felt at home with the humans tortured by not being able to experience love with them as she drains them to death during sex. She soon discovers she is a Succubus and is not alone, but in a world of the Genus Fae and without a tribe. She’s pushed to choose a tribe with the Dark Fae or the Light Fae, and decides to stay neutral. She becomes a renegade and teams up with a gothy girl human sidekick who becomes an investigator for the abnormal while figuring out who Bo’s mom is and her faerie origins. Falling in love with a Lycanthrope, at ends with the Morrigan, fighting off various species of Fae while keeping things secret from the human world. Full of mythology and faerie lore blended into the modern human world … this is a treasure and an action packed series. A must see for any faerie enthusiast. Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Season 1:

  • Episode 1: It’s a Fae, Fae, Fae, Fae World (September 2010)
  • Episode 2: Where There’s a Will, There’s a Fae (19 September 2010)
  • Episode 3: Oh Kappa, My Kappa (26 September 2010)
  • Episode 4: Faetal Attraction (3 October 2010)
  • Episode 5: Dead Lucky (17 October 2010)
  • Episode 6: Food for Thought (24 October 2010)
  • Episode 7: ArachnoFaebia (31 October 2010)
  • Episode 8: Vexed (7 November 2010)
  • Episode 9: Fae Day (14 November 2010)
  • Episode 10: The Mourning After (21 November 2010)
  • Episode 11: Faetal Justice (28 November 2010)
  • Episode 12: (Dis)Members Only (5 December 2010)
  • Episode 14: Blood Lines (12 December 2010)

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06.16.10: Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf: WPP: Day 12 – Saveok Tour, Goddess Quest, Swan Pits, Excavations, Vertigo


Another very pleasant night at the Polgwedhen B & B and awakening to an amazing breakfast that Vanda cooked. Full Cornish/English breakfast. Beans, Eggs, Sausage, Bacon, Tea, Juice, homemade bread with jam, yogurt, and granola – I was stuffed! I had some time to spare as I read some of Jacqui Wood’s “Cliff Dreamers” book – fabulous! I was also lured away to the lake at Polgweden for a quick stroll through the gardens and the lake. Then on to the Saveok Site, where Jacqui had a slide show presentation set up for me. After the show and some more touring of the site, Me and Jacqui excavated in the Open Swan Pits. We estimated that there were three pits in the units we were opening and right we were – we came upon the clay pit covering that is all too familiar for these kind of pits. We pedestaled it and worked our way down and around it. I’m hoping that we’ll get to its contents before I depart. In the afternoon, Jacqui’s brother-in-law Kif came by with the “Goddess Quest” award – a fine golden and bejeweled statue of the Goddess that was the prize given for a fundraiser Quest that Jacqui had set up in the past to promote her fantasy novel Cliff Dreamers“. The winners of this treasure had temporarily lent the trophy back to Kif and Jacqui for safekeeping. Turns out Kif creates custom hand-made guitars, and is the maker of guitars used by Johnny Depp and Antonio Esterban. [ www.kifguitars.com ] We had some very pleasant and educating chats, once again distracted from excavating. After excavations, I headed back to Polgwedhen. No one was around so decided to head off to Truro for dinner. Found a unique little club’esque bar called the “Vertigo“. Interesting and hip decor, live Indie band, and decent priced pub food (very small portions though). I had Shrimp, coos-coos, and a burger. By the time I headed home it was already dark … long walk down the 1/2 densely wooded driveway … kinda creepy. Retired pretty much as soon as I got home. It’s been a long day …

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6/7/10: Chronicles: The Witch Potato Project (WPP): Day 3 – Transitions



Goodbye sweeet Enchanted Cottage hearth …

Packing up and clearing out. This has been a big transition for me. From being really ‘rooted’ in the ‘Enchanted Cottage’ I’ve come to call home for the last few years since the Manitou live-in shop, I find myself boxing up my life to explore once again the “Technogypsie path. A complete full circle soon to grasp. Everything is coming together. Everything I own is in storage. In a couple of days I’ll be off to Europe. The adventure to England is pretty much sorted out – I’ll fly into Dublin, with a hop and a skip around town then on to England. I’ll land in Bristol for a bus journey to the artistic wharf warehouse district for a night of fun. Then in the morning, rail on to Penzance where pirates once flourished … to stay in a Newquay for a night of rest near where mermaids swim. The following day its off to the Bodmin Moor where many of the Cornish pixie and faerie lore still reside to this day …. and frolicking with faeries at the Three Wishes Faerie Festival. Three+ days of fun in Faerieland … and then I’m off to celebrate the Summer Solstice with the Druids at Stonehenge. The next day I’ll be off from England back to Dublin where I’ll meet up with Lady Vanessa and Sir Knight Sven for a fantastical exploration of the Irish countryside, history, sites, and heritage. Back to Dublin in the end for a journey back to Colorado over the American Independence Day – celebrating my freedom and independence in my own way ….

I should have taken a picture of my RV and storage unit to show how ‘packed’ it became – a mess I’ll sort through and thin out via Craigslist, Amazon, Half, Ebay, and markets when I return. I simply have too much stuff. But amazingly the Enchanted Cottage is becoming barren and empty. Ready for a new family to live within its walls. In many ways this ‘letting go’ is invigorating and life changing … I smell new adventure on the horizon. Excitement at its greatest. In a couple of days I get to relax, explore, delve, and be at one with myself, my spirit, and my thoughts. Free to fly and soar ….


Goodbye sweet kitchen that hosted many meals and parties …

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Vice Squad (1982: R)


Vice Squad (R:1982 )

Director: Gary Sherman. Starring: Season Hubley … Princess, Gary Swanson … Tom Walsh, Wings Hauser … Ramrod, Pepe Serna … Pete Mendez, Beverly Todd … Louise Williams, Joseph Di Giroloma … Kowalski (as Joseph DiGiroloma), Maurice Emanuel … Edwards, Cheryl Rainbeaux Smith … white hooker, and many others.
A 1982 classic B-Rate cop drama and adventure tale. I probably never would have seen this flick if my cousin Cheryl Smith wasn’t in it briefly and that I’m on a campaign to see every film she acted in (Rest her soul). This film is also known as Jaura del vicio, La, Nachtratten, Obyczajwka, Planto Policial, Police station: turno di notte, and Poliisipiiri Vice Squad. The story covers a Los Angeles businesswoman who hits the streets at night as “Princess” to support herself and her daughter who gets wrapped up in a sting operation on a murdering pimp named Ramrod who recently killed another Lady of the Night named Ginger. Ramrod escapes the bust and sets out with vengeance to get back at Princess and its an adventure tale to re-capture him. There were good moments but otherwise a sappy B-rate. Rating: 2.7 stars out of 5.


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Avatar [3-D/IMAX] (PG-13: 2009)


Avatar (PG-13: 2009)

* http://www.avatarmovie.com/index.html * Starring/Cast/Staff: Sam Worthington … Jake Sully; Zoe Saldana … Neytiri; Sigourney Weaver … Dr. Grace Augustine; Stephen Lang … Colonel Miles Quaritch; Joel Moore … Norm Spellman (as Joel David Moore); Giovanni Ribisi … Parker Selfridge; Michelle Rodriguez … Trudy Chacon; Laz Alonso … Tsu’tey; Wes Studi … Eytukan; and many more.
An epic tale of “Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest” all grown up and laden with steroids. One of James Cameron’s most spectacular feats ever! This movie had moved me on so many levels it isn’t funny – ringing true on cultural preservation, environmental protection, the war, spirituality, otherworldly creatures, and about corporate greed that is destroying the planet upon which we live. It is definitely more of a wake-up call than its animated predecessor “Fern Gully” produced. The acting, the drama, the action, the visuals, the art, and the concepts were all mind-blowing. Add in the 3-D and IMAX experience and what you have is a psychedelic wet dream. The story takes place in the far future, where America, over-run by Corporations, desperate for natural resources for its dying planet, has travelled light years away to a distant planet that holds a presence resource “Un-OBtanium”. This highly valuable mineral, is in the core of the planet “Pandora” which is inhabited by an alien “Faerie”-like race known as the “Na’vi”. The humans struggling without being able to breathe the air of Pandora, unable to handle the violent lifeforms that don’t want them there, and attempting to acculturate a native humanoid-like people to their ways places their mining expedition on the brink of failure. So they take the paraplegic identical twin brother of one of their research scientists who formerly died, a Marine, to this planet to help convince the Na’vi to move to another part of the forest so they can get their precious mineral. Over-riden with corporate greed, the executive Parker, refuses to let the biggest deposit of unOBtainium alone, even though its underneath the Na’vi’s most sacred tree and settlement. The science department developes a way for humans to merge their minds into the bodies of Na’vi hosts called “Avatars”. Through this innovation, Parker and Dr. Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver) feel they can become part of the Na’vi tribe and communicate to them to “move” from this location – peaceably. A gun-toting colonel is set to just kill off the race. Sully has 3 months to become one with the Na’vi and achieve a peaceful solution. Of course, the Na’vi are too spiritually tied to the land, the trees, and their village to move. Sully bonds with the Na’vi and falls in love with Netiri causing the restless Colonel to move forward with his mad plans to exterminate the Na’vi. Warfare breaks out as Sully becomes one with Na’vi and helps them defeat the evil humans from their greedy plans. This is a must-see. One of the most amazing movies ever produced. Rating : 5+ stars out of 5.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRdxXPV9GNQ

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Primeval : Seasons 1-3 (2007-2009)


Primeval: Seasons 1-3

* NR/BBC: 2007-2009 * http://www.bbcamerica.com/shows/primeval/ * Starring/Cast/Staff: Andrew Lee Potts … Connor Temple (23 episodes, 2007-2009); Hannah Spearritt … Abby Maitland (23 episodes, 2007-2009); Ben Miller … Sir James Lester / … (23 episodes, 2007-2009); Juliet Aubrey … Helen Cutter (23 episodes, 2007-2009); Lucy Brown … Jenny Lewis / … (18 episodes, 2007-2009); Douglas Henshall … Nick Cutter (16 episodes, 2007-2009); James Murray … Stephen Hart (13 episodes, 2007-2008); Ben Mansfield … Captain Becker (10 episodes, 2009); Laila Rouass … Sarah Page (10 episodes, 2009); and many more.

An excellent science fiction television series that is produced for ITV by Impossible Pictures in Britain. Created by Tim Haines and Adrian Hodges is a story about a team of five scientists who investigate time portal anomalies that keep popping up across Great Britain allowing dinosaurs and other creatures to enter this world from the past and future. The series started in 2007 and finished airing in 2009 with the ending of Season 3. They cut the Seasons short at 3 while they originally intended to go further. The penultimate episode of the second season was written by Dr. Who’s Paul Cornell. The show begins with evolutionary zoologist Professor Nick Cutter who is lost with the disappearance of his wife Helen eight years ago. He investigates a strange creature in the Forest of Dean with his friend Stephen Hart and a new student Connor Temple who is an archaeology student and a conspiracy theorist. They discover the anomalies and dinosaur creatures that are entering from the past into this world. Abby, a zookeeper joins the team to investigate the oddness as she stumbles upon the team, the anomalie, and a dinosaur hunting a local boy. The British Government gets involved and hires the motley crew to get a grasp around the new anomalie problem and the primeval monsters that are now plaguing Britain. They discover that Nick’s lost wife Helen had entered an anomolie and is time hopping while causing trouble. As the episodes continue forward within the seasons, we watch the team progress technologically in studying and predicting the anomalies while turning to fight Helen who is out to destroy the human race. One by one the team gets killed off, and they replace the old with new team members who are out to save the world from prehistoric and futuristic creatures. Season three ends with hopping back and forth to a future where humankind is destroyed, and discovering a device that can create anomalies. Its a fight to Helen’s death as she attempts to destroy the first primate ancestors of humankind. Rating : 4.5 stars out of 5.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NVw2EQUCrQ

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Gotcha (PG-13, 1985)


Gotcha (PG-13: 1985)

Directed by Jeff Kanew. Starring: Anthony Edwards, Linda Fiorentino, Jsu Garcia, and many others. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089222/

Is a cult-classic 80’s flick about Jonathan Moore played by Anthony Edwards and his torrid-losing-virginity-affair with Sasha Banneckek (Linda Fiorentino) deep in spy espionage from Berlin to the U.S. A Comic thriller engulfing the T.A.G. (The Assassination Game) version as “Gotcha” that college students play on campus with paintball guns. Moore (Edwards) is a shy UCLA veterinary student who has yet lost his viriginity and assured that “Every Dog eventually has his day”. He goes on vacation with his roommate and gets involved with an older sexy and mysterious woman who turns out to be a spy using him to carry some film with spy sh*t on it. With the KGB and CIA on his tail, he gets into a real life adventure of “Gotcha” as he strives to discover the truth and survive the mess he’s fallen into while trying to make his parents realize he’s not delusional and on drugs. Having been an avid player of this game in high school and college, this of course became an inspirational piece of art in my growing up. A complete 80’s masterpiece than any Eighties fanatic should see. “We Love It!” Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen (2009: R)

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (PG-13: 2009)

* Director: Michael Bay * Starring: Shia LaBeouf … Sam Witwicky; Megan Fox … Mikaela Banes; Josh Duhamel … Major Lennox; Tyrese Gibson … USAF Master Sergeant Epps; John Turturro … Seymour Simmons; Ramon Rodriguez … Leo Spitz; and many more.

The continuing saga of those extra-terrestrial vehicle-transforming-electronic-alien race that live amongst us hidden. For those who’ve seen the previous movies and comics, its about the story of Sam who was selected as a caretaker of these aliens. But Sam is grown up now. He’s ready to head off to college and the Transformers want to go with him. He says no, and he realizes he can’t escape them. The early hidden race of decepticons are rising and awakening their brothers “The Fallen” and cause havock in Shanghai. Unfortunately, even though the autobots are in league with the U.S. military, a presidential envoy believe the existence of the autobots on our planet is what is causing the trouble and asks them to leave. But the Decepticons are not about the autobots, but rather something about Sam and a mystery of ressurrection for the Fallen. Its a crazy adventure of transformation sorts. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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Where the Wild Things Are (PG, 2009)

Where the Wild Things Are (PG, 2009)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0386117/ * Director: Spike Jonze * Starring: Max Records … Max, Pepita Emmerichs … Claire, Max Pfeifer … Claire’s Friend #1, Madeleine Greaves … Claire’s Friend #2, Joshua Jay … Claire’s Friend #3, Ryan Corr … Claire’s Friend #4, Catherine Keener … Mom, and many more.

First off what a visually stunning movie. The acting, the music scores, the effects, the storyline, the composure … all excellent. It’s a retelling of the childhood classic story adaptation of Maurice Sendak about a very disobedient boy named Max creates his own fantasy world of a forest inhabited by ferocious wild creatures that crown Max as their ruler. Max felt misunderstood through life and excluded from his older sister’s friend circle. So he spoke out with temper tantrums and rage. After embarrassing his mother during her date with a boyfriend, he bites his mom and runs away. Running through the forest he encounters a magical boat that sails him off to a fantastical land where wild creatures are having emotional issues of their own. He befriends the most violent of them all and these creatures: Ira, Carol, Douglas, the Bull, Judith, and Alexander decide Max is their king to rule them out of their troubles. But his new dictatorship just pacifies the situation temporarily until emotions explode, injuries, and feelings are hurt and Max needs to escape to survive his life. It settles into changing him and his relationship with others around him as he returns back to the real world back into the arms of his worried mother. Very heartfelt and very emotional movie. While based on a children’s story, this movie is questionably not suitable for young children. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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08.05.09: STL Cronicles/Hearth Quest: Chapter 27: ‘On a Jetplane to Honolulu’


[ Back to Chapter 26: Breitenbush to Portland ]   [ Chapter 27: On a Jetplane to Honolulu ]   [ Chapter 28: Honolulu to Big Island ]


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From the journal of Sir Thomas “Rymour Oisin” Leaf: Wednesday, The 5th of Sextilis (Julius Caesar’s “August”) in the good year 2009 of the Common Era


Portland, Oregon – Wakiki, Honolulu, Hawaii
Chris and Zhaleh awoke me early as I had to re-organize my bags and get ready for my flight to Hawaii. Chris made a fabulous omelette with fakin’ bacon sandwich and we chatted over black tea. Hanging out and catching up on old times and re-connections. With some time to spare before needing to get to the airport, we took the dogs for a walk down to the park, wrapped up the van, and then said farewell as I drove off to the airport. Oregon Airport ridiculously charged $10/day for parking. Was not pleased with that. So used to the $5/day parking that Colorado has. :: sigh :: such is life. That’s their economy parking prices. Uggh. I grabbed the shuttle from the parking lot off to Portland Airport (PDX) to check in with one of my favorite airlines – Northwest. Unfortunately they’ve succombed to the ‘charge for carry-on’ rip-off like most airlines, except they charge $20 for the first piece of luggage. Ouch. Needed an energy jolt so swang by the Starbucks booth for a chai creme frapp. Apparently Delta and Northwest somehow has merged together, as Northwest is now on the Delta plane network. Interesting. They did have a GoGo online internet service online with inflight entertainment. That was cool. But no longer free headphones, they charge $2 for them now. Have to purchase your own meal as well. They did serve peanuts, and at least with ordering a non-soda like Orange Juice, they gave the can as well. The staff was very friendly and it was a comfortable flight, which all-in-all is part of the most important aspects of the trip. We arrived 15 minutes early into the Honolulu airport. It took awhile for the landing crew to let us off board as we were early and the airport was not ready. The Honolulu airport was lacking baggage area signs when we got off the plane, so some confusion on where to go. Eventually found it and pretty much timed with the arrival of my bag which was nice. No lost luggage. Always a good thing. Took a little while to get to the city bus #19, and it took an hour long journey to the HI-Wakiki Hostel, but that was worth the cheap $2.25 fare. The hostel was clean and simple, home-like, with a good kitchen and a rec room. The staff was very friendly. Since I’m on a very tight budget for this trip, I packed my own food, so whipped up some pad thai in the hostel kitchen and chilled out checking email. It was hot, It was humid. I definitely felt like I was in the tropics. But I can now say I have visited all 50 of the individual United States which has been a life goal of mine for some time. Met a cute girl just moving to Honolulu from Denver. That was odd. Later I walked down to the corner store for a locker lock as I forgot to pack mine, and needed to stow my laptop so I could take a midnight swim in the ocean. Grabbed a mini-coconut rum and a pineapple/orange juice for a nightcap before a night swim in the tropical crystal clear aquamarine waters … yummy. Just chilled out on the beach under the starlight and really felt tranquil and at peace. What a beautiful night. As I went back to the hostel, hung out with a guy from Australia in the hostel lounge who was talking about Hurricane Felicia that was threatening to hit the islands. Currently a Category 3. Soon off to bed as I have to get to the airport nice and early for my flight to the Big Island to see Kawiki, David my old best friend from high school. Back in the days living in Roswell, New Mexico with other freaky aliens …. Such a life I live ….”


Wakiki Beach

Read about Wakiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii

Wakiki Hostelling International Hostel

Northwest Airliens

Hurricane Felicia

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Star Trek: The Future Begins (PG-13: 2009)

Star Trek: The Future Begins (PG-13: 2009)

Director:J.J. Abrams; Starring: Chris Pine … James T. Kirk; Zachary Quinto … Spock; Leonard Nimoy … Spock Prime; Eric Bana … Nero;
Bruce Greenwood … Pike; Karl Urban … Bones; Zoe Saldana … Uhura (as Zo Saldana); and many more.

It’s a time travelling action packed adventure with new stars and crew of the the Star Trek Enterprise as Spock visits himself with past/present/future dilemmas. It takes a bit getting used to Zachary Quinto as Spock given I’ve type-casted him in his evil-“Heroes” role, but what an excellent job! The film chronicles the early formative years of young Captain Kirk filling in the gaps of what happened to his father and how he fell into the role of “Captain” of the Enterprise. Its the year 2233 and the USS Kelvin stumble upon a blackhole is space only to discover a time continuum that struggles to settle an old score between Spock and the Romulans. Action packed, humorous moments, and great acting … this is a top film for any Trekkie fan. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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X-men Origins: Wolverine ; PG-13: 2009

X-men Origins: Wolverine (PG-13: 2009)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0458525/

Directed by: Gavin Hood. Starring: Hugh Jackman … Logan / Wolverine; Liev Schreiber … Victor Creed; Danny Huston … William Stryker; Will i Am … John Wraith; Lynn Collins … Kayla Silverfox; Kevin Durand … Fred Dukes, and many more.
The beginning of a series of epic Hollywood productions, the X-men tales are presented with the origins of their particularly important characters. The first of many to be “Wolverine”. Wolverine came to be as a young mutant boy, in 1845 in the Northwestern Territories where he has a mutation of bone claws that come out of his hand; with the similiar mutations in his older brother, the two of them run off and through history are close comrades at war in the American Civil War, both World Wars, and Vietnam War. Regenerative powers keep them from ever dying, and soon the government catches on to their mutations having them join his elite group of mutants called “Team X”. Unfortunately Team X was involved with unethical and inhumane tasks that Wolverine could not stand for and walked away from, pissing his brother off to the greatest levels. Six years later, Wolverine is a lumberjack living back up in Canada – and is sucked back into the drama by this brother Victor who appears to be on a murderous frenzy that appears to involve him in murdering Wolverine’s girlfriend. This sets Wolverine off on a rampage of vengeance to which the Team X reinforces his mutant abilities with meteorite metal after which he realizes he was tricked into becoming an experiment, not to rid the planet of his evil brother. He discovers it was all a glamour and facade for a more evil plan, and then seeks to unravel the truth. He is after the Team X leader “Stryker” for revenge. Its a full fledged epic battle of mutants and fighting for freedom. His mutant abilities have not been absorbed by a mutant monster Stryker created that Wolverine must defeat in order to save the world. Great effects and plot, I really enjoyed the film. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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Pirates II: Stagnetti’s Revenge (R: 2008)

Pirates II: Stagnetti’s Revenge (R: 2008)


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1266097/
Rated R for sexual content/nudity, language and some violence.

Directed by: Joone. Starring: Jesse Jane … Jules Steel, Evan Stone … Capt. Edward Reynolds, Belladonna … Olivia, Sasha Grey … Maria, Katsumi … Xifeng (as Katsuni), Tommy Gunn … Victor Stagnetti, and many more.

A well improved and general audiences (Rated R though) version and sequel to the “porno” version released earlier called “Pirates”. Pirate hunter Captain Edward Reynolds and his first mate Jules Steel return to the world of the seas in a buttered down version of shenanigans, frolick, adventure, and comedy. This time a governor general hires them to find Xifing, the sinister Chinese empress pirate and her group of Arab cutthroats, and stopping them from fulfilling their evil plot. They seek to resurrect the world’s most feared pirate, Victor Stagnetti, who from the first version was killed off by Captain Reynolds and his crew. Jules is rescued by the sword-weaving Olivia out of Xifing’s hands as they take on the supernatural. Without revealing too much detail in the sex scenes so that it avoids being “x-rated” this flick brings in the infamous comedy, sex, scripting, and production that the first did – and many claim to a better degree than the first. Apparently better acting, effects, and craziness. Not having seen the first, I can’t compare. I should have thought that the ultra-warnings on the box in Hollywood Video would prelude that this would have its extremities. Of course, for a rated R movie, they really pushed the limits. It was well-done enough in my eyes to warrant searching done the original, porno or not. Not for the faint, but definitely entertaining. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Lady of the Rhine, Part 2: Chapter 9 – Quest to Worms, Searching for the Key, Faun Concert

Friday, 3 April 2009
Worms, Germany

The adventurers got off to a late start on their travels as they were taking a road trip in Lady Vanessa’s motor carriage to “Worms” to see the mythical band “Faun” in hopes that the music will shed some light about this “sacred” key they are questing for. Along the road trip down the autobahn to Worms, many scenic farmyards, castles, and cathedrals loomed along the landscape giving the quest a medieval twist. The adventurers in search of the sacred key travelled hours to the Dragon city of “Worms”, Germany. Medieval cathedral welcoming them as they made their way to its base where the Jugend-herberge was located (youth hostel). Brilliant and enormous building dedicated to International travellers of all ages. Alas, since Lady Vanessa is from the Rhine and not an international guest, she had to purchase a 20 Euro membership on top of the 18.50 Euro room fee. The party did however score their own room with bunk beds, private bath/shower/toilette. After unloading their bags they went in search for the key, and keys they did find. The city of Worms emblem is a key and it was everywhere. Messages clued the party for answers to their queries as they visited each of the city dragons for answers. They visited at least 8 of the city dragons.


The city key in the zodiac wheel fountain clueing us to follow the dragon slayer in his tale for answers


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Lady of the Rhine, Part 2: Chapter 7, Afternoon – Exploring Koln, Chocolate Museum

, Afternoon


Chocolate Museum in the distance

Wednesday, 1 April 2009
Koln, Germany

After the delving duo left the Koln Cathedral, they ventured down the Rhine River about 15 minutes past very scenic architecture, fountains, parks, and cafes to a semi-extension of buildings built out into the Rhine much to the style that some of the floating casinos take along the Mississippi River. Here resided the infamous Koln’s Chocolate Museum presenting the history and botany of Chocolate, production, harvest, and creation. Within the mystical chocolate museum lie resident artifacts that lead to the keys unlocking the mysteries of this strange intoxicant that originated in South America. The duette passed through the rotating door and into the lobby venturing further into the catacombs of chocolate production and advertising. Armed with a piece of Lindt chocolate, much fascination and knowledge was revealed that could only be bested by the fabled Charlie’s Chocolate Factory.


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The Gamers 2: Dorkness Rising (NR: 2008)

The Gamers 2: Dorkness Rising (NR: 2008 )

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0447166/

Director: Matt Vancil. Starring: Nathan Rice … Lodge / Sir Osric, Brian Lewis … Cass / Rennard / Brother Silence, Carol Roscoe … Joanna / Daphne, Christian Doyle … Gary / Fastidian / Luster, Scott C. Brown … Leo / Turk / Flynn the Fine, Jennifer Page … Luster (Female) / Professor, and many more.
The College geeks grown up and out in the working world come together with a different crew to play in the backroom of a gamer shop and home a role playing game that they created, a main character authoring, that seems undefeatable … and as they venture with their homemade characters into mystical realms, ruins, forests, and dungeons in order to solve the mystery of the evil mask, they serve the Goddess in promoting “Goodness” in the world under her name. Lodge (Dick) just wants them to finish his adventure if he could be coaxed into stopping killing them off as they are just interested in sex, violence, and goofing off. Adding a female player changes the dynamics as they learn true strategy and intelligence … Continues in the tradition of the first, but a higher budget and different humor including exploding peasants, living dead turkeys, she-males, and lots of romping around for true bardic play. Rating: 4 stars out of 5. Well done!

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The Gamers (NR: 2002)

The Gamers (NR: 2002 )

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0369445/

Director: Matt Vancil. Starring: Matt Cameron … The Gamemaster, Chris Duppenthaler … Mark, Justin MacGregor … Ambrose / Magellan, Scot McIntosh … Bandit King’s Lieutenant, Emily Olson … Paula / The Princess, Phil M. Price … Nimble the Thief, Nathan Rice … Newmoon the Elf, and many more.
College geeks play in the common room a role playing game that they created … and as they venture with their homemade characters into mystical realms, ruins, forests, and dungeons in order to solve the mystery of the vanished princess, they have to combat the evil “Shadow”. Meanwhile one of the girls down the hall is rather annoyed about their loudness when she needs to study and keeps threatening to call the cops. An untimely massacre occurs as the game ends. Extremely hilarious and suitable for the theme. Comedically making fun and farce of geeks, gamers, and absurdity of RPG rules and traditions. Rating: 4 stars out of 5. Well done!

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Lady of the Rhine, Part 2: Chapter 1 – Rock Art messages about the key


Annually a trip to Europe to begin a mystical, magical quest. The tales to come in the next two months are a blending of truth and fantasy, merged together in a incredible journey of continents … this year, LoTR The Sequel will begin …. “Lady of the Rhine, Quest of the Key”. The people and places are real, some of the mythology is real, but some fictitious titles and descriptions will be added to the story for a novel experience.

The Sequel: will take place from Sir Thomas Leaf’s journey to the Old World, to the Land of the Rhine, explorations around Germany and ending up at the Trolls et Legends Faire in Mons, Belgium. Be prepared for the adventure, start from the beginning ….


To catchup for the tale of Part 1: Quest of Ring, you can do so here:

Sunday 22 March 2009
Colorado Springs, Colorado


We come back to the tale of Sir Thomas Leaf and Lady Vanessa of the Rhine with their new adventure on the quest for the sacred key that will open the doorway to questions about the spiral of life. During a visit to a sacred rock art site just outside of Colorado Springs, Sir Thomas Leaf – cartographer, curator, and archaeologist – discovered a rock art panel depicting a spiral that led him on his spiralling journey to the heart of the Rhine, to team back up with his adventuring partner Lady Vanessa of the Rhine. As the evening of the Spring Equinox showed its stirring lights of renewal, a dream occured where a sacred key was to be retrieved from the heart of Deutschland or Belgium, with messages delivered about the key from the pagan folk bands of Faun and Qnthal who would be playing in Germany and Belgium. It is on this day that the adventure begins as Sir Thomas Leaf and his daughter Princess Brea will take the adventure of a lifetime in search of the legend held by a troll in the form of a key … in the old world.

[ Next Chapter ]

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Rogue (2008: R)

Rogue (R: 2008)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0479528/

Director: Greg Mclean. Starring: Radha Mitchell … Kate Ryan, Michael Vartan … Pete McKell, Sam Worthington … Neil Kelly, Caroline Brazier … Mary Ellen, Stephen Curry … Simon, Celia Ireland … Gwen, John Jarratt … Russell, and many more.

Ah this flick really inspires me to go to Australia. Its a tale about a Chicago travel writer who goes to the Northern Territory of Australia to review a riverboat wildlife cruise. Little did he know what to expect with the term “wildlife”. First some locals harassing the lovely boat captain. After which when she goes to investigate a flare up river, finds themselves attacked by a Lake Placidly large crocodile who picks one-by-one the tourists off as they try to figure out how to get across the river from the sandbar upon which they are stranded with an ever rising tide. They try everything they can think up, until its a fight for survival to escape the “hell” they cruised into. Its a typical adventure-horror Crocodile attacks humans kind of music, but this time – not an overgrown sewer alligator in New York, but one in its home territory. It has its value. Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Babylon AD (PG-13: 2008)

Babylon AD (PG-13: 2008)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0364970/
Director: Mathieu Kassovitz. Starring: Vin Diesel … Toorop, Michelle Yeoh … Sister Rebeka, Mlanie Thierry … Aurora, Grard Depardieu … Gorsky, Charlotte Rampling … High Priestess, Mark Strong … Finn, Lambert Wilson … Darquandier, and many more.

Here is the future. Another apocalyptic, commercialism takes over America, war and strife takes over Russia and much of the rest of the world. Your passport is embedded into your body. Cloning is commonplace on several generations. Machines and humans are merged to where you can’t tell the difference. America prospers while the rest of the world seems to be in decay. Then there is Vin Diesel … with that I’m sure you can predict the synopsis and plot that follows from there. Vin Diesel plays a veteran turned mercenary who just wants to be left alone, but is persuaded in yet another task, yet another adventure. His job is to escort a woman from Russia to New York – across the bering straight, across borders illegally by means of a Russian sub, gun wars and nabbing the woman throughout. Turns out the woman has a twin-virgin birth that some cult wants to make their messiah. Everyone is after the woman. Vin Diesel falls in love with her. Some supernatural properties become involved. The film was totally predictable. Rating: 3 stars out of 5.

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The Day the Earth Stood Still (PG-13, 2008)

The Day the Earth Stood Still (PG-13: 2008)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0970416/
Director: Scott Derrickson. Starring:
Keanu Reeves … Klaatu; Jennifer Connelly … Helen Benson; Kathy Bates … Regina Jackson; Jaden Smith … Jacob Benson;
John Cleese … Professor Barnhardt; Jon Hamm … Michael Granier; and many more. It’s a remake of the popular 1951 classic sci-fi film about an alien visitor and his giant robot counterpart who visit Earth. Keanu Reeves plays Klaatu a alien from another planet who come to determine if humans have a need to be saved since they are the one’s destroying this delicate eco-sphere known as Earth. Met with violence, rage, and questioning; he determines humans aren’t worth saving and sets forth with the destruction of the planet. But mid-way through sees the beauty of the human race and does his best to save them one last time before destruction. Great effects and plot, I thoroughly enjoyed this film. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_bNDv0-ZrU

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Hellboy 2: The Golden Army (R: 2008)

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (R: 2008)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0411477/

Starring: Ron Perlman … Hellboy, Selma Blair … Liz Sherman, Doug Jones … Abe Sapien / The Chamberlain / The Angel of Death, James Dodd … Johann Krauss, John Alexander … Johann Krauss, Seth MacFarlane … Johann Krauss (voice), Luke Goss … Prince Nuada, and many more. Director:Guillermo del Toro.
Envious and rebellious faery folk have decided to take back the dimensions from the humans and reclaim the world that was theirs. The villian (supposed Elf, but seems to be more of a dark draconian reptoid in my opinion) Prince Nuada confronts his father and sister in telling them its wrong to have let the humans take over the earth, and that he was going to take it back, and no one (not even his family) would stand in his way – regardless if it was breaking an oath and truce that the Fae and humans made long ago. He is on a quest to awaken and control the mythical Golden Army that exists with the ability to destroy the human race. Its brought to Hellboy’s attention and he of course races to save the day while juggling a heated passionate romance and an upcoming life change. Fighting elves, trolls, toothfairies, and otherworldly beasties – there is quite a bit of adventure and fantasy. My favorite being is the Nature God spirit which was killed off way too easily. Interesting plot as it plays off some themes in the prophetic Faerie great awakening rumored in Fairy lore to take place in the near future. The Director Dell Torro had quite a bit of imagination with the creation of this plot, a sequel and continuation to the infamous Hellboy comic series about “Hellboy” who is a creature alive in our world that comes from the otherworld. Perhaps it was the plot, but I far enjoyed this flick over the 1st Hellboy (which upon three attempts at watching all the way through fell asleep). Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5. Viewed 8/1/08.

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