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Best of “Modern Seinfeld” (2012)

In future, present, writing on 02/27/2013 at 13:28

For those of you without a twitter, the “Modern Seinfeld” account has been extremely active since early December and midway through January went viral. To learn more about the feed click here and to check “Modern Seinfeld” on twitter, go here.

With sometimes a dozen tweets a day, it’s easy to miss a gem. “Modern Seinfeld” embraces current popular trends (Kramer selling black market large sodas, becoming obsessed with people on social media who have his name, taking bets on American Idol; George learning he under sold rare war memorabilia via Pawn Stars; AutoCorrect ruining Jerry’s relationship, getting dumped for not writing on his girlfriend’s wall for her birthday) while also pitching what feel like classic episodes in 140 characters or less (Kramer sells his car for a golf cart, uses a catheter at the movies; George gets into an argument with a coworker who always takes the elevator to the second floor).

Here are some of the best “Modern Seinfeld” tweets from December 2012.

Jerry joins Twitter only to find that a Jerry parody account has 50k followers. It’s run by Bania who will stop if Jerry buys him dinner.

It's gold Jerry, gold!
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2013 First Quarter Movie Guide

In future, movies on 01/23/2013 at 20:33

The first quarter of the 2013 movie season has already begun. Nothing much about January interested me though, and the dead of winter is notorious for its lackluster cinema offerings. However there are a few interesting films on the horizon before the summer season picks up in May.

February 8th: “Side Effects”
Starring Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Channing Tatum
THE DEAL: I have purposely not read into the story behind this movie and have been avoiding the ad campaign as best I can. Side Effects is a psychological thriller involving murder, medication and mental health issues…so you know there will be plenty of twists and turns. Channing Tatum looks to be taking another step in his inevitable march toward super stardom, Rooney Mara is as magnetic a screen presence as ever, and Jude Law seems to be the wildcard holding it all together. This could be a good one.

February 8th: “A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III”
Starring Bill Murray, Charlie Sheen, Jason Schwartzman
THE DEAL: Written and directed by Roman Coppola, I have likewise not read too much into this film as it is the type of comedy that will keep taking you by surprise as it spirals into madness. Sheen plays a graphic design artists in the 70s whose girlfriend (Katheryn Winnick) dumps him, throwing his life into a nosedive. This will only get a wide release if it does extremely well, so be on your toes if you want to catch this torpedo of truth in theaters.

March 1st: “Stoker”
Starring Mia Wasikowska, Nichole Kidman, Matthew Goode
THE DEAL: “After her father dies, an enigmatic uncle moves in with a girl and her emotionally unstable mother. Although the mother has suspicions about his motives, she finds herself drawn to him.” A simple plot to a psychological horror film written by Wentworth Miller and directed by Chan-wwok Park, the man behind “Old Boy.” This movie has a high ceiling and low basement. Here’s hoping the solid casts pulls it off and delivers a solid, intelligent scare, something American horrors have been sorely lacking.

March 8th: “Oz: The Great and Powerful”
Starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, Zach Braff
THE DEAL: Any “Oz” prequel seems doomed from the start, much like a live action, CGI-laden “Alice in Wonderland.” The options are too endless, and if director Sam Raimi hasn’t pulled the reigns in, this thing could be a meandering, dazzling pile of horse shit. Here’s hoping it isn’t, because the visuals so far have been stimulating and the cast is definitely worth getting excited about.

April 5th: “Jurassic Park”
Starring Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neil, Laura Dern
There are a few notable re-releases in 2013, including “The Little Mermaid” and all three of the Star Wars prequel films. The Disney re-releases got old after “The Lion King” dominated the summer box office for three weeks, and further dressing up the nonexistent magic of “Attack of the Clones” simply doesn’t do it for me. “Jurassic Park,” however, is a movie I’d go see in theaters once a month if I could. It is the first movie I ever saw in theaters (followed by “Lion King,” coincidentally) and the awe inspiring presence of Spielberg’s dinosaurs has yet to diminish. The CGI might benefit from some slight touch ups, but the animatics used in JP have yet to be surpassed 20 years later. And while I’m not a huge fan of 3D, with this blockbuster it totally works. Imagine the whole tree/car scene in 3D? Or that stampede veering its course directly at you! What were those things called again? Galli…galli…gallimimus!

In fiction, future, writing on 11/26/2012 at 18:58

nano

*aaahhhhhhhhh*

With that, National Novel Writing Month is (almost) over. Including today, there are 5 days remaining in November, and I have ~3000 to write. Unfortunately, my story has all but ended, but I’ll be able to fudge the last thousand words or so and enter the winner’s circle.

I did not enter the NaNo “community” as much as I would have liked to, as it seemed to be one of the most helpful aspects of keeping up the 1,667 words per day demand. With a completed novel under my belt, I will definitely enter next year with some confidence and reach out to other writers.

What I am left with now is a pretty dreadful draft of a short suburban/science fiction/magical realist novel. The tag should read something like “Divorce, UFOs and Costume Parties.” Something like that.

However I am proud. It took ~30 days to pump out the draft, and I am more than willing to commit as much time to revising before sending it out. Hopefully within the next 3 weeks or so I will post the first chapter here.

Glad to be back to WP.

Sustainability: Why It’s More Important Than the Hipsters Who Major In It

In future, population, sustainability on 01/13/2012 at 15:48

-Since the dawn of mankind, our net-gain of human bodies has annually increased. So how long does that last?

Recently I finished Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom. Good book.

A particular passage had me pause and think for a minute: first I thought it was an exaggeration on Franzen’s part, or a mistake of the character, Walter, who claimed that by 2063 (50ish years from now) the global population would be 12 billion. Wait a second, I thought to myself. That can’t be. Because that would be disastrous. Right? Read the rest of this entry »