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prometheus.jpgWatched Prometheus last night after the LSU game. Great director, stellar cast, big budget, sci-fi flick? Sounds like great CME for a Saturday night, doesn't it? Unfortunately, not really. Worth seeing because it is so well done but don't expect much out of the story. It is very familiar and that part of it disappointed me. I expected it to be new and different. That's on me, though. Prometheus is basically an updated version of Alien ... in more ways than one. Unfortunately, for me, I always liked the James Cameron Aliens better than Ridley Scott's Alien. Scott, who directed Alien and Prometheus, obviously has his own ideas. See QOTD for a goofy line in the script. 36 hours? I suppose it sounded good in someone's head.

All four baseball playoff series went to a deciding fifth game. MLB has to be happy about that. Love the Cards comeback. They are easily the most resilient team I have ever seen in professional sports. No matter how bad it's going for them, they just keep playing. Sad for the Orioles, though. I was rooting for them.

5 song iTunes shuffle:

  1. Sky Pilot - The Animals - Retrospective
  2. Ode To A Butterfly - Nickel Creek - Nickel Creek
  3. Your Time Is Gonna Come - Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin I
  4. St. Vitus Dance - Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath Vol. 4
  5. Thing Called Love - Bonnie Raitt - Nick Of Time

Quote of the Day

2 years, 4 months, 18 days, 36 hours, 15 minutes.
David, Prometheus

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "Cashman realizes he would not hear every family secret. But the desire to sell the team would be a pretty big secret to keep. And Cashman believes that George Steinbrenner’s children – Hal, Hank, Jennifer and Jessica – want to retain the team, not just for themselves, but for generations to come."

Still Alive


CrabAppleLane has a new router. I can now watch a video from start to finish and my wireless printer works every time. CrabAppleLane's first rule of computer problems: It's almost always hardware. The modem/router combination that the phone company provided just wasn't getting the job done. Too many stalls and dropped connections. It's strictly a modem now and I think I'll replace it soon, too. Will have to do some research first, though.

Speaking of the new router: The problem with an iPhone software update I mentioned in my last entry has been resolved and the router was the main reason. The solution was to restore the settings. To do so, you have to re-download the update. The old router simply refused to complete the download. I tried all sorts of things to get it to work. With the new router, I was able to do it on the first try.

And speaking of downloads: I downloaded the latest Quicken last night. It was released yesterday. I then downloaded the latest update. How a product can be released and updated on the same day confounds me a bit. Couldn't they have combined the two?

LSU and Florida hook up this afternoon in The Swamp. Florida (4-0) has been impressive in their four wins against decent competition. LSU (5-0) has been impressive in only one of their five games and that was against Washington almost a month ago. It will be a good test for both teams. The winner will be the team that can establish any kind of passing game.

Tomorrow night, Drew Brees goes for a record that has stood for 52 years. He and Johnny Unitas (My first football hero) have thrown touchdown passes in 47 consecutive games. Brees can make it 48 tomorrow night. There are some who are trying to diminish the accomplishment by saying Unitas played in an era where passing was more difficult. Don't listen to them. The record has stood for 52 years. Unitas never again approached it. Neither did other great Hall-of-Fame quarterbacks like Bob Griese, Terry Bradshaw, Roger Staubach, Dan Marino, Dan Fouts, Joe Montana, Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, Fran Tarkenton ... you get the idea. It's a fabulous accomplishment if he does it. That it would come against the team Brees left in free agency AND the last team Unitas played for is Karma. If the record does fall, I hope it will fall in the team's first win. Also, see today's QOTD.

Finally, for those who think NFL players shouldn't wear pink during Breast Cancer Awareness month, you're entitled to that opinion. Making a big deal out of your objection or making fun of it or the players who are participating doesn't make you look or sound manly, tough, macho, or whatever the latest term is. It makes you look like an asshole.

5 song iTunes shuffle:

  1. Not One Bad Thought (With Mark Knopfler) - Tony Joe White - Uncovered
  2. Iris - The Goo Goo Dolls - Dizzy Up the Girl
  3. Devil's Food - Alice Cooper - Welcome to My Nightmare
  4. Gator Blood - Mark Knopfler - Privateering
  5. June Hymn - The Decemberists - The King Is Dead

Quote of the Day

My father would tell you these are the important things in life, not some record in a book. Continue to be a leader for your team and the City of New Orleans. You're a great quarterback but even better man. Stay healthy and safe this week and in the future. My family and I will be watching Sunday night cheering for you. Best of luck.
Joe Unitas

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "There was at least one bright spot for the Saints in the loss to the Packers on Sunday. During the game, Drew Brees tied NFL great Johnny Unitas’ record of 47 consecutive games with at least one touchdown."

CrabAppleLane Sunday - September 23, 2012 Issue


Very annoying that a software upgrade trashed all of the music on my iPhone. I'm sure it's still there. Just can't access it. Lots of people having this problem this morning. Hopefully, Apple will come out with a standard fix for it. There are a lot of fixes floating around in various forums but none of the ones I've tried have worked.

The Saints take on the Kansas City Chiefs in a few minutes. I'm heading to the recliner in a moment to watch. It's two desperate 0-2 teams. If the Saints fancy themselves a playoff team, this is a must win.

I've been hearing about a restaurant's muffaletta for a few months now. The standard by which I measure all others. The one below is what I'm having for lunch. What you see there is two quarters of one sandwich. I'll give it credit for massiveness. One quarter fills me up. It's really too much to be honest. This place also serves them hot. That's wrong, wrong, wrong. The olive salad should be cold or room temperature. The thinly-sliced meats should also be served cold or room temperature. The thin cheeses should be room temperature. The one pictured is not bad but it's not great, either.

CrabAppleLane Muffaletta - September 23, 2012
CrabAppleLane Muffaletta - September 23, 2012

5 song iTunes shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star Playlist:

  1. Already Gone - The Eagles - Their Greatest Hits
  2. Silvertown Blues - Mark Knopfler - Sailing To Philadelphia
  3. Jail Bait - Wishbone Ash - Live Dates [1973]
  4. Christmas Canon Rock - Trans-Siberian Orchestra - The Lost Christmas Eve
  5. Straight Shootin' Woman - Steppenwolf - All Time Greatest Hits

Quote of the Day

A Pakistani government minister on Saturday announced a $100,000 bounty for the killing of the person who produced an online film that denigrates the Prophet Muhammad.
NBC News and news services

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "The Saints have been in the limelight for quite some time. The travesty that was Hurricane Katrina coupled with the sudden and drastic improvement of the team under the leadership of Drew Brees and head coach Sean Payton catapulted a once downtrodden team into an eventual Super Bowl winner. The darlings of ESPN and bandwagon fans alike, the Saints were in the news this offseason for all the wrong reasons."

wallander.jpgI've written about Wallander here before. Most fictional detectives are quirky or ingenious. Wallander's most noticeable trait is sadness. In a therapy session, he tells his wife and therapist that, "I don't think you can do what I do and not end up like me.". Probably true. He gets the saddest and most disturbing cases. Wallander is hard to watch because it is so bleak but it's hard not to feel for him. I have to watch. If there was ever anyone who deserved a break ...

Today's QOTD is from Nostalgia by Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo. It's the Wallander theme music. Lovely.

The Saints stumbled again today. The defense is bearing the brunt of the criticism and they should. RGIII gave them problems last week running a version of a college option offense. Cam Newton is a bigger, stronger, faster, and more experienced version of RGIII. I'm very disappointed the defense wasn't better-prepared for that kind of offense. They had to know it was coming. The defense isn't the only problem, though. The offense isn't finishing drives and is being much too generous with the ball. The offense and defense both have a serious case of the drops. The Saints are not making plays and, mostly, that's the difference between a good team and a bad one. This is not a very good team right now. Everything is correctable, though. No need to panic ... yet.

5 song iTunes shuffle:

  1. Nostalgia - Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo - Fields of June
  2. The Black Widow - Alice Cooper - Welcome to My Nightmare
  3. December - Collective Soul - Collective Soul
  4. Let Your Love Go - Bread - The Best of Bread
  5. Fields of June (featuring Frank Turner) - Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo - Fields of June

Quote of the Day

Oh write me a beacon
So I know the way
Guide my love
Through night and through day
Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo, Nostalgia

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "It is simply lovely then, that after multiple deaths, despair and desolate mist shrouded vistas that the most memorable image of the episode was Kurt's face as he looked at his unborn grandchild's image when he joins Linda for her first scan."

CrabAppleLane Sunday - Grindhouse Issue


grindhouse.jpgFinally saw Grindhouse. It is about what I expected and that is an homage to the film scene that was around in the late 60s and early 70s. As someone who grew up in that era, I can attest that it is quite amazingly authentic in that regard. Then, there were drive-ins and low-budget theaters catering mostly to teens and young adults. The theaters would charge maybe 50 cents or a dollar per person and the drive-ins would charge about a dollar per carload.

What was shown in those venues was really low-budget, B-movies and it was, by far, mostly horror schlock. It didn't really matter if the movie was any good because only about half in attendance were even watching it. :)

Grindhouse somehow pretty faithfully recreates that late 60s, early 70s experience. All you need is stale popcorn, a pickle, and a watered-down soft drink. The difference between Grindhouse and those earlier films is that, in Grindhouse, it was done intentionally. GH is a double feature (If you don't know what a double feature is, ask your parents or grandparents). The two films inside the film are Planet Terror, written and directed by Robert Rodriguez, and Death Proof, written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It has some of the old cheesy intros, the intermission, the previews of upcoming films, the film breakdowns, the hissing and popping, the really bad acting, bad writing, bad editing, bad directing, and even a cartoon. I don't think younger viewers will get it. That said, these kinds of movies are extinct for a reason. Grindhouse is gimmicky and the gimmick kind of wears on you sooner rather than later. Glad I finally saw it because it is worth seeing. Kinda sorry I spent money on it, though.

Today's QOTD is Tracy Porter talking about his famous Super Bowl play. Tracy and Peyton are now teammates in Denver.

Saints take on the Redskins today at noon. It will be the debut of RGIII for the Redskins. I expect him to have a nice career in the NFL ... starting tomorrow. As always, the formula for the Saints is a simple one. If they take care of the ball, they take care of the Redskins. Welcome to the NFL, kid. :)

Once more, I offer a familiar one from CrabAppleLane:

5 song iTunes shuffle:

  1. The Grand Illusion - Styx - The Grand Illusion
  2. Thank God I'm A Country Boy - John Denver - Back Home Again
  3. Making Believe - Emmylou Harris - The Very Best Of Emmylou Harris
  4. Firelight Dancers - Al Reingold - After Erasmus
  5. 5:15 - The Who - Quadrophenia

Quote of the Day

Though we haven't talked about it, it's kind of understood that the play happened
Tracy Porter, Denver Broncos

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "Relive some of those days by watching a cool doc about Jason Voorhees. The sweetest part about this is all the original cast members make an appearance to talk about their scenes. It's interesting to check out n see how they've all aged."

The CrabAppleLane yard is a mess. WST came out last night and removed the tree limb that was concerning me. They cut it down and left it on the ground for me to finish. Fair enough. That's project number 1 of 867 tasks to do at or around CrabAppleLane. It's not really that bad but I think I'll be in the yard the rest of the weekend. In all, we were lucky. Power is still out to a surprisingly large number of people in Hurricane Isaac's path. I know those guys are doing the best they can and they are better prepared than ever to deal with this sort of emergency but this situation seems peculiar. Isaac wasn't particularly strong. Some people have been without power since Tuesday night.

Good and short read about the differences in watching a hurricane and being in one.

The NFL season gets underway Wednesday night with the NFL Kickoff Classic. The Giants host the Cowboys. The defending champs record in this game is perfect and that streak figures to continue. The Giants are better than the Cowboys.

Missouri.jpgFinally got to see Battleship Friday night. It is CME, for sure, but not really good CME. The critics had it right. It's got lots of eye candy, though, and some neat special effects if you have HD. Doesn't save it from itself. It only has a passing similarity to the Hasbro game it's based on but the game is better. That said, it was delightful and quite moving to see The Mighty Mo again. That famous image of her (Left) firing her guns is one of my all-time faves. Click on it to enlarge. As ridiculous as the film is, it's still worth seeing. Patsy didn't care for it and I now owe her a few hundred more movies. I'll be watching chick flicks the rest of my life, I think. :)

I offer one that you are probably tired of seeing. Sorry for the glare.

The Saints take on RGIII and the Redskins next Sunday. It's going to be a fantastic atmosphere. Saints fans are mad at the NFL and the commissioner, in particular. They will take it out on visiting teams this season. Always a hostile environment for visitors, I think it will be even more so this season. Welcome to the NFL, RGIII.

3 days until football season ...

5 song iTunes shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star Playlist:

  1. Down By the Water - The Decemberists - The King Is Dead
  2. Beggars Day - Nazareth - Hair Of The Dog
  3. Hill Farmer's Blues - Mark Knopfler - The Ragpicker's Dream
  4. Choctaw Hayride - Alison Krauss & Union Station - Live
  5. Wayfaring Stranger - Red Horse - Red Horse

Quote of the Day

Some of the more than 200 pieces of World War I ammunition which emerged from a melting glacier on a Trentino mountain peak are seen, Aug. 31. Each piece weighs between 7-10 kilos, and the 85-100 mm caliber explosive devices were found at an altitude of 3,200 meters, when a once-perennial glacier on the Ago de Nardis peak partially melted due to a recent heat wave that reached into Italy's highest peaks.

Blog of the day is here.

Quote from said blog: "The city’s biggest problems seemed to be downed power lines, scattered tree limbs and minor flooding. One person was reported killed, compared with 1,800 deaths from Katrina in Louisiana and Mississippi. And police reported few problems with looting. Mayor Mitch Landrieu ordered a dusk-to-dawn curfew just to be sure."

Hungry Warriors


They're hungry after fighting Isaac all day and night. Clearly, they were victorious.

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