Thursday, July 26, 2012

At the Walls of Jericho

Crossing the Jordan River

Monday, July 23, 2012


If you happen to be around Highland, IL this weekend or next, you should check out this musical, I'm in:  ALL SHOOK UP! It's a regular musical, but features all Elvis music. I play the father in the show, Jim Haller. The plot is loosely based on Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT. Basically, a young roustabout comes to a small Midwestern town and starts changing people's lives through the power of love and rock and roll. Plus, you can see me in an Elvis-style wig!

Friday, July 20, 2012

The Terrible Truth About Videos Before the Internet

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The End of the World As We Know It?

At the end of May of this year, 2012 a man in Miami, Florida attacked and beat a homeless man and then proceeded to literally eat his face off.

Around that same time, another man in Baltimore killed his roommate and then ate his heart and part of his brain.

Also around this same time, a man in New Jersey cut his stomach open and began throwing his skin and intestines at police.

On July 9, a woman in Washington State was attacked by a group of raccoons.

Just a few days later, a group of five chimpanzees escaped from their cage in a zoo in Germany after builing a ladder from tree branches.

So, so far this year we've had the beginnings of a zombie apocalypse and the rise of the Planet of the Apes. How much further away can Armageddon be?

Book Review, Graphic Novel: TRON:BETRAYAL

TRON: BETRAYAL is a graphic novel that attempts to bridge the gap between TRON and TRON: LEGACY. The book explains why Flynn created Clu, what happened when the ISOs first appeared, and why Lora Baines is not in TRON: LEGACY.

However, TRON: BETRAYAL isn’t a perfect fit between TRON and TRON: LEGACY. For instance, in TRON, it’s made completely clear that the MCP was a creation of Dillinger and not Flynn.

I found the story in TRON: BETRAYAL to be okay, but rather lackluster. It has more emotional depth than TRON: LEGACY, but it lacks the character development and powerful storyline of TRON.

Personally, what I disliked most about the book were the illustrations. There are many panels in the book where the reader cannot decipher what is happening. Characters that are at odds are dressed the same and when they combat, you can’t tell the difference between them. Not only that, but these panels are often arranged in a way that resembles the shaky-cam, quick-cuts that tend to be a favorite technique of young, inexperienced filmmakers. In those movies, the cuts are so quick and unsteady that you can’t clearly follow the action of a particular sequence. This style of storytelling has crossed over into comics and is prevalent in several places in TRON: BETRAYAL.

Overall, though not terrible, TRON: BETRAYAL is a lackluster entry into the Tron franchise that has some occasional gorgeous panels that are soon followed by a shaky-cam, quick-cut sequence that makes no sense. As with the movie TRON: LEGACY, fans of the original TRON will probably be disappointed by this story, but fans of TRON: LEGACY will probably enjoy it and not even notice the discrepancies with the original film.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Doubting Thomas Tag Cloud

Wordle: Doubting Thomas

A tag cloud about the apostle Thomas

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Teaching Perseverance

--Jonny Hawkins, 2012 Teacher Cartoon-a-Day Calendar

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Yoda on Jeopardy

--"The Argyle Sweater", Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Dr. Oz in the Land of Oz

--"Mother Goose & Grimm", Sunday, July 1, 2012