Tom and Daughter

“Visiting China” by Thomas Alexander

On this blog post I will copy my lifelong (he is three months older than I) friend’s recent trip to China with his daughter, Marty.  I thought it was FASCINATING and wanted to preserve the experience FOREVER instead of it just being on Facebook (which we all know, goes away very quickly and you can’t […]

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Movie Reviews

"If I can go to a movie and be taken away from reality for 2 hours...that was a good movie." Mike @


“Tammy” Movie Review

(Goofball Comedy with a Message) - - "Tammy" was universally panned by the "critics". We have learned NOT to listen to them and to judge a movie (the whole movie not a poorly made trailer) on it's own merits and see if it meets our … Go here for more...

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“Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes” Movie Review

(SPECTACULAR, Hail Caesar, Hail Serkis) - - The human population has been decimated by the simian virus. Very few remain. 10 years after Caesar (Andy Serkis) organized the apes and colonized in Muir Woods north of San Francisco, the … Go here for more...

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“How to Train Your Dragon 2″ Movie Review

(Wonderful) - - Five years after the events in the last movie.....the people of Berk and the dragons are living in harmony. Instead of participating in the dragon races, Toothless and Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) are exploring, and … Go here for more...

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“Transformers: Age of Extinction” Movie Review

(Extreme Action) - - Evil CIA manager, Kelsey Grammer (as Harold Attinger) has made a deal with an alien species to help him eliminate the last of the Autobots. For some reason, Grammer has decided that our friends were now our enemies, … Go here for more...

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“Think Like A Man Too” Movie Review

(Crazy Funny) - - The friends head to Las Vegas for the wedding of two of their own.  Kevin Hart (as Cedric) made himself the best man and has great plans for a terrific bachelor party. On the female side, Carter....err, Lauren (Taraji P. … Go here for more...

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“22 Jump Street” Movie Review

(VERY Funny) - - Jenko (Channing Tatum) and Schmidt (Jonah Hill) have graduated from high school and are heading off to college to find the drug dealer selling a new drug. At college, Jenko joins the football team, joins a fraternity, … Go here for more...


“Blended” Movie Review

(Sandler & Barrymore Shine) - - Sometimes Adam Sandler gives you stupid. Sometimes he gives you a really good movie. "Blended" is the latter: A low key (for the most part) comedy about two single parents trying to do the best for their … Go here for more...


“Maleficent” Movie Review

(Mag-leficent) - - I loved everything about this movie: the script, the acting, the pacing,  the colors, the computer graphics, the scenery, the humor, the battle scenes, the fantastical creatures (one even looks like Dobby), Angelina … Go here for more...

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“X-Men: Days of Future Past” Movie Review

(Time Traveling Wolverine) - - To change history (and save them all from annihilation), the remaining X-Men send Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back in time so he can stop Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) from killing that one crucial person that … Go here for more...


“Godzilla” Movie Review

(Exciting. Electrifying. Epic.) -- -- Fifteen years ago, nuclear power plant engineer, Joe Brody (Brian Cranston) was concerned that a recent swarm of tremors near the power plant in Japan were not natural. Brody went to work one day, … Go here for more...


“Neighbors” Movie Review

(Raunchy Brainless Fun) -- -- It is a relatively safe bet that if you go to a Seth Rogan movie you are going to a funny,raunchy affair. No difference here. "Neighbors"  is not an Oscar winning film, but, rather a movie you can get away … Go here for more...

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“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ Movie Review

(Not Amazing) -- -- Not good when my mind drifted during the movie to the mantra "Where is Tobey?"  This version of Spider-Man, although more accurately depicting the comics, is juvenile, goofy, and predictable. Andrew Garfield is … Go here for more...


“Mud” Movie Review

(Powerful) -- -- Mud (Matthew McConaughey) is a drifter wanted by the authorities for the murder of the boyfriend of the woman he loves, Juniper (Reese Witherspoon). Two boys (Tye Sheridan as Ellis, and Jacob Lofland as Neckbone) ride … Go here for more...

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“The Other Woman” Movie Review

(Cheating Husband Gets His) -- -- Cameron Diaz (as Carly Whitten) is seeing the man of her dreams (Nickolaj Coster-Waldau as Mark King). He is handsome, great in bed, caring, and......married. Whooops. Leslie Mann (as Kate King) is … Go here for more...

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“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” Movie Review

(Scarlett Johansson) --- --- Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) fight evil forces from WWII and a very powerful opponent, the Winter Soldier … Go here for more...


“Transcendence” Movie Review

(Thought Provoking) - - For all the critics who panned this movie.....THINK FOR YOURSELF RATHER THAN FOLLOWING THE CRITICS WHO CAN'T SEE BEYOND THEIR NOSE! Lemmings....arrrgh. "Transcendence" is a quiet, thought-provoking, movie … Go here for more...


Noah Movie Review

 (The Bible meets Transformers) -- -- The cast is good,  the action is good,  the script leaves a lot to be desired. Emma Watson rocks, and so does Russell  Crow as a slightly deranged Noah. It was #1 in the box office this … Go here for more...

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“The Lego Movie” Movie Review

(ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ)--Other than a catchy tune, "The Lego Movie" is sleep inducing terrible.I fell asleep several times, and Lori took a nice relaxing snooze as well.  Leaving the movie several adults were talking about how awful it was.  One mimicked … Go here for more...

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“Non-Stop” Movie Review

(Liam Neeson) - - Bill Marks (played by Liam Neeson) is a depressed, alcoholic, chain smoking, air marshal who is deathly afraid of take-offs. On a flight to London, Marks gets a text message on his secure cell phone (and network) … Go here for more...

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“The Monuments Men” Movie Review

(Interesting History Lesson) - - Based on a true story, this is a truly fascinating history lesson on how six brave men (none of whom are soldiers) save an incredible amount of cultural history including books, paintings, sculptures, etc. … Go here for more...

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“Ride Along” Movie Review

(Frenetic) - - Kevin Hart (as Ben Barber)  is a wanna be policeman dating a real policeman's (Ice Cube as Detective James Payton)  sister. The deal Payton makes with Barber is that he will get his blessing to marry his sister if he … Go here for more...

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“Saving Mr. Banks” Movie Review

(SUPERcalifragilisticexpialidocious) - - A very interesting look into the behind the scenes work that is involved in making a movie from a book. Author of the "Mary Poppins" series,  the curmudgeonly P.L. Travers (played superbly by Emma … Go here for more...


“Frozen” Movie Review

(Wonderful) - - Princess Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel) has a special power.  She can summon ice, snow, and cold with the wave of her hands. She and her younger sister, Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell), have fun playing in the instant snow and … Go here for more...


“The Wolf of Wall Street” Movie Review

(Overly Long Debauchery) - - Superlative acting dragged under by lack of editing. What started out crack-ling good, ended up being way too long.  As things started to get repetitious, cell phones started lighting up in the theater … Go here for more...

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“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” Movie Review

(Dreamy) - - I read the short story and it was interesting.  The movie is a bit different, and obviously expanded, except for the fact that it deals with a somewhat timid man who escapes reality by daydreaming adventures.  In the short … Go here for more...

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“Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” Movie Review

(Stupid) - - I liked the original Anchorman.  I did not like Anchorman 2. Ron Burgandy (Will Ferrell) and crew are off the New York to join a groundbreaking news organization specializing in 24 hour news coverage.  GNN. Stuck in the … Go here for more...

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“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” Movie Review

(The Adventure Continues) - - The trilogy continues from page 123 to page 252 of the 330 page book read my review here:  "The Hobbit" by J.R. Tolkien. In this episode, the dwarves and Bilbo set out through the Mirkwood Forest on the, … Go here for more...

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“Last Vegas” Movie Review

(Old Guys Do Vegas) - - Hilarious if you are 50 plus and can relate to the humor.  Interestingly, two teens next to us were also laughing. I just don't know if they were laughing at us...or the movie. I suspect it was us. Haha. Four … Go here for more...

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Cult Movies: How Many Have You Seen

I saw this list of cult movies on Facebook. Go to this web site and see how many of the 150 cult movies you have watched. I have snipped a few pictures to whet your appetite.   -- Drive Safe!  Never … Go here for more...

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“Delivery Man” Movie Review

(Surprisingly Good) - - The trailer that was shown on TV did not do justice to this movie. In fact, if it was not for Vince Vaughn (as David aka "Starbuck"), we would not have gone to see it.  I'm glad we did, as "Delivery Man" was much … Go here for more...

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Top Grossing Movies of All Time

I did a search the other day for the top grossing movies of all time. I found this awesome web site.  Please go there to find several hundred more movies. I hope they don't mind that I copied up to "Ted" which was awesome. UPDATE (12/4/2013): … Go here for more...

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“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Movie Review

 (WAY better than the book) - - Where the book failed miserably, the movie succeeds beyond my wildest dreams. To think I almost did not want to go see it....what a mistake that would have been.  "Catching Fire" is a terrific movie … Go here for more...

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“About Time” Movie Review

(Heartwarming Tearjerker) - - Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) turns 21 and has a heart-to-heart talk with his Dad (Bill Nighy). This is when Tim learns that he has the ability to travel back in time, with restrictions. Tim gives it a try and … Go here for more...

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“Thor: The Dark World” Movie Review

(Fun) - - The cast returns as the dark elves from long past are awakened.  They want the universe to be the way it was....dark....and have the opportunity with the convergence of the realms to destroy everything we know and love. But … Go here for more...

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“Before Midnight” Movie Review

(Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah) - - "Is this over yet?"  "When is it going to end?"  Those were the conversation points while we were watching "Before Midnight". "Before Midnight" is the third in a series of movies (we did not know this until … Go here for more...

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“Captain Phillips” Movie Review

(Terrifying, Tense, Terrific) - - The best movie of the year. Tom Hanks (as Captain Phillips) is outstanding and should get an Oscar nod.  The four first-time actors who played the Somali pirates are equally convincing....especially … Go here for more...


“Backwards” Movie Review

(Sweet) - - Abi Brooks (played by Sarah Megan Thomas) is an Olympic level rower.  In the last Olympics she was an alternate. This four year period, she worked extra hard and did everything the coach asked of her.  Unfortunately, at … Go here for more...


“Gravity” Movie Review

(Mesmerizing) - - "Gravity" is mesmerizing.  Spectacular special effects, and acting, bring the terror of being lost in space to life. Sandra Bullock (as engineer Ryan Stone) is at her very best.  George Clooney (as Astronaut Matt … Go here for more...

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“Safe Haven” Movie Review

(Surprising Ending) - - Julianne Hough (as Katie) flees Boston where she apparently stabbed a person to death. We don't know who that person was, but, we do know she successfully eluded the police and ends up in a small North Carolina … Go here for more...

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“Don Jon” Movie Review

(Perfection:  Scarlett Johansson & porn in the same movie) - - ******This review is rated R.  You have been warned. ****** Joseph Gordon-Levitt (as Jon)  wrote and directed this very unique groundbreaking movie. The fact that he … Go here for more...


Build Your Own App for Android or IOS

I bought a book on programming a few months back.  But....I decided I was just too damn old to learn all this stuff again. I wished they had an app maker that was easy to use that worked well and … [Read More...]


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Guess the Candy

We saw this in Parade Magazine one Sunday (yes, we still read the paper….). Guess the candy. The answers are upside down on the bottom of jpeg.       About these ads

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Keith Urban at Shoreline Sept 21 2013

Keith Urban ROCKED Shoreline last night.  He is simply STUPENDOUS.  We have been to a ton of country concerts…just about everyone who is country (or close to country) and Keith Urban, in my opinion, puts on the BEST concert EVER.  Sorry George, Kenny(s), Tim, Toby, Reba, Taylor….but, keith urban out plays, out-sings, and out-shows, you […]

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Funny Doctor Quotes

A friend posted these on Facebook….VERY FUNNY! *** The following quotes were taken from actual medical records dictated by physicians. They appeared in a column written by Richard Lederer, Ph.D. * By the time he was admitted, his rapid heart had stopped, and he was feeling better. * Patient has chest pain if she lies […]

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Skirt Length Photograph

I saw this article on the Huffington Post.  Very interesting how a science class spawned a viral photograph by Rosea Lake.  (she is selling prints of the above picture, after she fixes the word prudish). Here is a quick quote from the Huffington Post web site.  I hope they don’t mind. “Lake, who studies graphic […]

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Facebook Inspiration, Part 1

My Facebook friends switched from funny to inspirational. I have no idea why… Anyway here are 10 inspirational pictures from Facebook…yeah, some are even funny, especially the one directly below.  :-) – Rock Chalk, Jayhawk!  Good luck in the 2013 NCAA Tournament! – Drive Safe!  Never Forget. About these ads

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