Star Wars Holiday Special

Star_Wars_2I recently had the opportunity to view this never again released, made for TV movie and I have to admit that I now know why it was never re-released. In fact it should probably be buried in the deepest cess pits of Tattoine. It was the longest two hours of torture I have ever endured, yet strangely amusing. Like a train wreck, I found that I couldn’t walk away from it.

I am still not even sure what the plotline was or if there was one to begin with. I know that it started out with Han Solo and Chewbacca trying to get back to Chewbaccas home planet in time to celebrate Life Day. Apparently Chewy has a wife, son and father that he has abandoned so he can go hang out with a smuggler, but this Life Day celebration is important enough that he has to go back there. Beyond that the rest of the show really has nothing to do with Chewbacca getting home. Unless you speak Wookie the first ten minutes of the show is simply a bunch of furry creatures shouting at each other, and it pretty much goes down hill from there.

There are a variety of guest appearances from Bea Arthur, Jefferson Starship, Art Carney, Harvey Korman and a few others I couldn’t name interspersed with footage from the original Star Wars movie.

The one upside to this whole ordeal is that you get to see the first appearance of Bobba Fett, that made it just a little more tolerable.

However if you are like me, then you are just going to torture yourself again next Christmas as you dust it off and plug it back in to your machine.

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Being a movie geek

Movies and Lots of them

Only a fraction of my movie collection

Being a geek, I of course love my movies and I have a huge collection. Most of my collection is in VHS with many of them probably never making it into DVD format. When my movies do make it to DVD, of course I buy them but I frequently find that they have lost some of their charm because they have been remastered, colorized, enhanced or had something else done to them that was never intended.

Many of these old movies also lose much of their charm when shown on 52″ HD televisions. Instead of a creepy old mausoleum you can now tell that it’s a cardboard set with plastic gargoyles, once again some of the charm is lost.
Despite this loss of charm I am still a big fan of these movies and will continue to introduce them to my son as he hits the appropriate age for them.

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Hello again

I realize that I have been absent for a very long time, unfortunately life has taken me many places, not all of them good. I am back, or will at least try to be back and I think that I will start out turning this into my nerd blog. My blog about movies, cosplay, comics and all things nerd, geek or just catch my fancy. If that doesn’t work for you, then I am sorry and I won’t be offended if you chose to unfollow me.

Until next post

Live Long and Prosper

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Phone Scam from Microsoft?

For two days now I have gotten phone calls from “Private Number” ad each time they were from a Microsoft support group. Yesterday I played with them for a little bit.
The guy that could barely speak English and was obviously sitting in a call center. He told me he was calling about a problem with my windows computer, so I asked him which computer…after stuttering for a bit he responded that it was my windows computer, once again I asked which windows computer, what version. Stuttering again “XP“, I then asked him what the IP was, or the registry number…more stuttering as he tells me my computer is sending them error codes. I asked which codes, and now he changes it to be that my computer has downloaded spam and malware from a compromised site, so once again I ask him what site, can I have the IP?….and it just continued with this guy trying to read his script and doing what minor improvisations he can…he wasn’t even good at them, he apparently knew nothing about computers.

Today they called me again and I decided to play some more, this time it was 45 minutes and I wrote down the whole conversation while I was talking to him.

Him: I am calling from Microsoft Program Support. We are calling about a problem with your computer”

Me: Okay, which computer?

Him: Your Microsoft Windows Computer?

Me: Once again, which one?
Him: (a brief pause) the laptop

Me: Okay, that narrows it down a little, which laptop?

Him: The one with Windows 7

Me: Okay, what is the issue? (Note: We don’t own a Windows 7 laptop)

Him: We are getting a series of error codes, it seems that your system has a virus
Me: Are you getting the I-D-10-T error?

Him: We are getting a lot of different codes, that is one of them
Me: When I was dealing with Microsoft last week it was because of an ID10T code

Him: (A brief pause) Well, we aren’t actually with Microsoft, we work with them as an authorized support agent, I am with ** ********* (A legitimate company based in Virginia. I have let them know they are being used) and we are attempting to help you with your computer virus
Me: Which virus?

Him: it’s a trojan

Me: which one?

Him: uhmm, crf.exe

Me: okay, so what do you want me to do?( I know that CRF is an extension, not a virus name)

Him: Do you see the Windows button on your Windows PC?.
Me: Yes.
Him: Click on it and the R button at the same time. What do you see?
Me: The run box.
Him: Very good, sir. Now enter EVENTVWR and click OK.
ME: Ok (I didn’t bother because I know what the event viewer is)
Him What do you see?
Me: messages
Him: How many?
Me: A lot
Him: That is because of the virus in your system. Now I’m going to tell you how to download our software so I can help you clean your computer and it will work better.
Me: Okay, but doesn’t my antivirus and spam blocker do that?

Him: Somethings bypass those. Go Microsoft Internet Explorer.
Me: Ok.
Him: You have opened Microsoft Internet Explorer?
Me: Yes.
Him: Very good, now go to www.*********.com. What do you see?

 A this point, I didn’t bother typing the website because I didn’t want to give them traffic and it might have had something nasty. I told him that I was very familiar with computer and computer codes and that I had in fact been in a teleconference two days ago with Bing programmers(which I had). He then still tried to get me to download some program that would help my computer and probably take my money.

I still can’t believe that the ID10T error didn’t even phase him.


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Wow! Typo city and my rant

After looking over a few of my past posts I realized that I really need to proofread them before I hit the publish button. I usually glance them over, but I don’t give them the same critique that I do to paid articles and I can tell. I am very sorry for subjecting you to my clumsy fingers and lazy reading skills.

Now on to today’s minor rant.

SCHEMA -noun, plural sche·ma·ta [skee-muh-tuh or, sometimes, skee-mah-tuh, ski-] Show IPA , sche·mas.

1.a diagram, plan, or scheme. Synonyms: outline, framework, model. underlying organizational pattern or structure; conceptual framework: A schema provides the basis by which someone relates to the events he or she experiences.
3.(in Kantian epistemology) a concept, similar to a universal but limited to phenomenal knowledge, by which an object of knowledge or an idea of pure reason may be apprehended.
My son is in Kindergarten and he came home with this today:
schemaMost adults don’t know what schema means and even those that do know it will NEVER use the word. Why is 5-year-old learning a word that they won’t comprehend the meaning of, be able to pronounce correctly, or even spell?

When I asked my son what it meant he said “It’s something I do really good” WRONG – see above meaning.
Is this what they are teaching are children? Why don’t they teach them routine, plan, diagram, even sequence of events…teaching them schema is like trying to teach them how to write C++, it’s beyond their comprehension.


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WoW! Heart Rocks the Zep!

I am a fan of Led Zepplin. I always have been, but rarely to people manage to pay proper tribute to them. More often then not the cover bad destroys their better songs. Noone can quite carry it the same way as the Zep did…until now

Heart did an awesome tribute!


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Summer is over

School is progressing pretty much as I expected.

My son can’t sit still or be quiet so he’s getting in trouble. It’s also gone to a 50% chance that I will have trouble with him in the morning because he’s moving slow or being lazy. Other than that, he actually enjoys school once he is there.

I picked up a nice little job for a HVAC company. I enjoy writing about something that isn’t drug or tech related, it gives me a change up. I also have the benefit that I know what I am writing about so when it comes to terminology I’m right there with it.

Other than that, there isn’t a lot going on. I have a pretty boring life once summer is over. No more ren faire, all the comic conventions are over and I can’t do any more car shows.  This weekend I have a dinner party to go to that is Australian themed, should be interesting. I’m trying to come up with some side dishes and everything is what I consider British, so I may just cave in and cook what I know.

Well off to do some writing.



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School started with a bang

I swear for the first few days I had a pod child. He got up and dressed on his own, even made his own bed. However, by the time Friday rolled around it was back to the fights about getting up. He even started pulling out excuses he had seen on television such as “no one likes me”, ” ~blank~ hits me”, ” I don’t feel well”, and then when those didn’t work he resorted to “I’m tired”. Of course none of them worked and he gets no sympathy from me.

Of course, the one boy he mentioned as hitting him is a possibility, the boy has a few socialization problems and my son is probably one of the very few he knows there. I’ll give it a week or so to settle down and then I will look into it if I have to. Right now I know my son is actually being pretty good, because if he was really bothered I know that he would just throw a punch at the kid. I’ll intervene before it gets that far though.

It was hard to get him out of the house yesterday, he almost missed the bus. Today was much better. I will see how it goes from here.

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School Already?

I guess that summer is officially over as of next Wednesday when school starts. I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that I now have a school age child. And man, if school tough, I don’t remember this many restriction or issues back when I was in school, maybe it’s because it was a different country, or maybe the world has changed that much.
He’s going to be at school full time, which means he has lunch and an afternoon snack while at school. When we were in Kindergarten you only had a half day and you got a snack time and a rest time. None of that for these kids. Okay the full day was my choice, but the snack thing and no rest time? That’s a little ridiculous.

As for lunch, they only get 20 minutes, is 20 minutes enough for anyone to eat their lunch, let along slow, talkative five-year-olds? I don’t think so. It’s not like they can eat at their desk or anything and that 20 minutes includes time for walking to the lunchroom and getting your stuff, then also clean-up afterwards. What if the kid has to go to the bathroom? then they go hungry?

It’s going to be an interesting adjustment period for both me and my son

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Car Shows, Vacation and More

Well, once again I have fallen way behind on blogs and I am trying to make a point to catch them all back up. I think this will be much easier once winter rolls in because there is way too much to do in the summer. All summer I have the Bristol Renaissance Faire, Car Shows, and yard work. Not to mention the continual battle with the rabbits and the various things I need to do around the house or with my son. I always seem to run out of time.


Took Bernice, my 1940 Oldsmobile (all original) to one of the local car shows and got third place. Unfortunately I missed the big car show I normally put her in because we were on vacation, it’s nice to see that even if she isn’t the prettiest or flashiest at the show that she definitely has admirers.

Bernice's 3rd place

Bernice’s 3rd place


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