Thursday, July 19, 2018

Starbuck's is Really Hearing Now.



So, check this.

An all-signing Starbucks, isn’t that the coolest?  Yeah, we have trouble getting around with our chairs sometimes, but we never have a shortage of people, who can hear and understand us.  Now, whether they choose to listen to us is another thing, but that’s on them.

Some of the deaf community’s at a disadvantage, because some don’t lip read and A LOT of "normal" people don’t sign.  Yeah, they can carry a pad around or have an interpreter, which’s adapting to live, which’s the definition of a crip, but, and we can attest to this, you want to do things without, say, a provider or, in the case of the deaf community, without an interpreter.

D.C.’ll be the first come October to break down that barrier for that demographic with the hiring employees from the deaf community to cater to the deaf community’s needs…like they did in Malaysia in ’16! 

Sorry, here I’ve got to rag on the good ol’ US of A for bringing up the ass of the parade…again.  Inclusion’s all people, crip abled included.

I know it’ll catch on, so I wonder how long it’ll be before they’re rolled out nationwide.

D.C. readers, come October, go check it the place out, and tell us your thoughts, we’d like to hear from you.

Be good to each other.

-J-

Cracked Article Pitch-6 Popular Horror Characters They Need to Let Die.


Afternoon, Fam…

So, I signed to write for the classic Cracked magazine as a paying gig.  My first pitch’s 6 popular Horror characters that should be allowed to die off.

Here’s the article I wrote for it.  Tell me what you guys think:

Slasher characters have been a popular draw for the Horror film genre since ‘73’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre with many sequels and actors portraying them.  But, when does the storyline and character run his course?

Jason has had an illustrious career racking up a body count of nubile counselors at Camp Crystal Lake all the way to Manhattan and even space since ‘80.  He has even squared off against fellow fan fave, Freddy.  He’s had multiple actors play him with various corn becoming part of his personality, most notably stunt master turned actor, Kane Hodder.  Then, the powers that be seemed to run out of ideas, so Jason got the dreaded remake treatment.  Of course, because of the namesake, it made money, so a sequel to the remake was in the works with one idea being a found footage angle…a dead (pun intended) angle, in my opinion.  Now, the property is in legal hell with New Line and Paramount, who got the franchise started, fighting for it.  The dude has already gone to hell once, let his stay there.  I love the character, hell my name is Jason, but there is nothing left, honestly.

Freddy has been slicing and dicing since the late Wes Craven introduced him in ‘84’s A Nightmare on Elm Street, killing kids of the folks that killed him when he was a living kid killer.  Now, his MO is getting them through their dreams.  You’d think this angle would endless possibilities.  Wrong.  In ’10, Freddy got the remake treatment without Robert Englund, the actor, who created Freddy.  For the most part, it bombed, and Englund, isn’t jonesing to get back into the make-up again into his 70s.  They are floating the idea of rebooting the franchise with, say, Kevin Bacon taking over Freddy.  Bacon got his career started in ‘80’s Friday the 13th, so he his genre history, but he’s no Englund.  The last we saw of OG Freddy, he winked at us as Jason was carrying his head back to his trophy room.  Sorry, Fred, why don’t you hang there for a while.

Leatherface is the granddaddy of the five.  The late Tobe Hopper’s ’74 A Texas Chainsaw Massacre was created based on the real serial killer Ed Gein from Wisconsin, who had mommy issues and a penchant for human meat, making masks out of his victims.  The late Gunnar Hansen created the character of Leatherface but didn’t take part in any of the sequels or prequels that added so much corn to the character, he was more of a buffoon than someone we were supposed to be scared of.  With the prequels, they humanized him and gave him a reason to wear the masks other than he was a twisted mother.  He’s no longer scary and *gasp* boring.


Michael is our second oldest when he came out in John Carpenter’s ’78 Halloween, which also put Jamie Lee Curtis on the map.  Starting with his sister inexplicably, he comes back for Curtis’s Laurie Strode, who winds being the final girl, and in the inevitable sequel, we learn she’s, wait for it, his little sister, which ran the rest of the original storyline even though Curtis was not in any of the sequels until H20 and Resurrection, which she dies in the first act.  They tried giving him a backstory of being part of a cult, which I dug and thought had possibilities, but apparently, the powers that be listened to the part of the fan base that did not like it, and it disappeared as Curtis reappeared.  Then, when Laurie died, they ran out of ideas, so they “reinvented” (What the heck is that?) the franchise with Rob Zombie, who gave Mikey a run of the mill white trash, abused backstory that you hear about everyday in the paper.  This carried through two POSs, in my opinion.  John Carpenter (as producer), Curtis, and the OG Michael, Nick Castle are back for one more go this October with a storyline that is a direct sequel to the original, essentially erasing the others including the storylines…no more sister issues.  They claim this will finish the franchise.  It’s time to settle down into old age at the home and hang up the William Shatner mask.


Pinhead from the Hellraiser series seemed to be another with endless possibilities…until character creator, Doug Bradley quit playing him after ‘05’s Hellworld.  With new actors and new looks, Pinhead has never been the same, going to hell like the last couple movies the powers that be have cranked out.  And like Forrest Gump says, “That’s all I’m going to say about that.”

The Creeper is an interesting feller in that he only comes around every twenty-three years to feed.  He, like Freddy, feeds on victims’ fears, but unlike, Freddy, he’s real-world.  He literally smells and tastes their fear, knowing what part of their body he wants to eat.  It’s a fun franchise, but the sequels, there have been two so far, take so long to come out, the audience has moved.  The reason for this is, the director’s past won’t leave him alone, so no one wants to work with him.  He wants to make a fourth and final Jeepers Creepers, but the last one, which came out last year on VOD only after fourteen years of nothing, was pretty much universally panned as watered down and all over the place…however, it did tease Gina Phillips’ Trish’s return from the original ’01 cult hit.  Here’s hoping they can get the final one done, and the Creeper can either fly off into the sunset or die a good death and leave us with fond memories.

Be good to each other.

-J-

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Tripple C's the Place to Be-Faith Renewed in Home Health in the 21st.


So, today, Diane had her orientation for Nursing school that starts the 3rd.  She’d been telling her boss that she need coverage for her clients, but hadn’t heard anything as of last night, so I wasn’t hopeful to get out of bed today.

When I got up, I called the agency to ask if they had anyone for me, which the secretary went to ask the admin.  When she came back, she told me the admin was personally going to come to get me up.  I said, “What?”  She repeated herself.  All I could reply was, “OMG!”

You see, agencies claim their admin’ll come if no one else can, but it RARELY IF EVER happens.  Normally, they find SOMEONE, ANYONE, so they DON’T HAVE TO.

Yeah, last week was cool meeting and having Diane, but of course, that was only one week.  What happens if she can’t come?  Yeah, I was worried and prepared myself to hang in bed with Putlocker…and, the Boys when they decided to hang with their old man.

Joey had an appointment, so I was on my own until someone showed.  Then, the doorbell rang, so I opened the garage like we do people that don’t know the drill.  Eventually, a girl named Hannah came in and back.  She said admin was going to be coming through, but we waited and waited…and, waited with her texting,

Finally, we gave up on him and got down to business.  Hannah did well for just being thrown into the mix.  She was sweet, but said she works the office part, so unless they need here to go out on the field, it was nice meeting.  She was appreciative for the stuff I taught her like cathing, which of course, she was nervous about.  She also learned how to change a dressing on my sore.

Tripple C passed the first faith test.  Today was a good crip day.

Be good to each other.

-J-

Learning Real's Better in Real Player One.

Afternoon, Fam…

So, we talked about escapism and blurring the line between reality and fantasy in Kiss Me First.  In Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, we continue that theme, but instead of the escapism’s need from a tragedy, it’s from a fear of life.

Based on Ernest Cline’s novel, we jump to 2045 where James Halliday (Mark Rylance), the creator of OASIS, a worldwide popular VR game, has died.  In his final message, he tells the community of players that whoever finds the Easter Egg he’s hidden in the system, that person gets his fortune and thereby gets to run OASIS.  Being that this’s worldwide, everybody and God wants it, of course, to push their own agenda.  Some people’ll even kill in real life to attain this prize.

Tye Sheridan is Parzival, real name Wade Watts.  He just wants a better life with his online friends, Art3mis/Samantha (Olivia Cooke), Aech / Helen (Lena Waithe), Sho (Philip Zhao), and Daito (Win Morisaki) that make up the High Five while on the other end of the spectrum’s Ben Mendelsohn’s Nolan Sorrento, who’s head of Innovative Online Industries, the rival company that wants a hostile takeover of OASIS. He leads the Sixers, an army of indentured servants in the OASIS.

As we’ve said here in multiple blogs, life’s a bitch, when it gets real, it gets real.  That’s scary.  Some have what it takes to weather any storm (cliché), some cower at the littlest thing.  Some just need the cause to step up (Wade).  Still, that’s hard.  It’s all about getting out of our own heads, out of our own way and not get a distraction, so we don’t have to face life.

BECAUSE, IT AIN’T GOING AWAY when the distraction’s over.  Also, when we do check out, I’m a firm believer we carry whatever we thought we failed at in life to death (purgatory) until we learn from it.

Granted, I haven’t read the book yet, it’s on my “to do” list, so I don’t have anything to compare it to, which might be a good thing since I’ve heard people say the film’s weak even with all the awesome throwbacks Easter eggs Spielberg’s thrown in.

Still, the message’s real and it resonated with us, because our life is always changing, some good, some bad, and it’s that unknown that’s scary as hell.

Check it out, see what you think…and, be good too each other.

-J-

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Passion!


So, I was talking to a friend today on FB, who would desperately love to be a figure skater.  I know she has the drive and the work ethic to make it happen, but I get she doesn’t think it’s going to happen.

I told her to not sell herself short.

She asked what I meant.

I told her if she wants to be a skater, be a skater, to make her passion her life instead of merely a hobby she does when she’s not working.

Her reply was that she’d like to, but she doesn’t know how.

I did some quick research and found a link for her, telling her to forget about age, because age’s just a number.  One of her other friends I believe’s a skater, told her the main thing’s money.  Everything takes money unfortunately. 

HOWEVER, if you want it bad enough, money can be made to make said passion a reality.

This’s not solely a crip or able-bodied thing.  Just doing something for the love of doing whatever’s something, making it your life’s something different whether it’s a hang up like thinking you’re inexperienced like my friend.

No matter how much you do whatever, you can always learn more, that’s just the way it is.  Don’t let inexperience deter you from making that “hobby” your life.  Like I said earlier, money shouldn’t be a deterrent either.  Yeah, there’s always something sucking dough from us, that’s called life.

Story time:  When wee started Two Feet Below, I had NO idea what I was doing.  I knew I needed to buy the domain, but where to start?  I researched and shopped.  On Jan. 3rd, I bought our domain with the money I’d saved.  Of course, then piecing together the site’s been trial and error and error and error.  But, I can say, everything’s been us.

That’s the thing, when you put the effort in, when you make it, you can say it was on you.  It’s pride.

Crips, I know we feel more at a disadvantage and it’s easier for people to write us off.  DON’T EVER FEEL LIKE THAT!  You guys have just as much opportunity as anybody else.

Like the old Nike says:

Be good to each other.

-J-

Imagination Not Needed...Anymore.


Afternoon, Fam…

So, this morning we were talking about the difference in toys we had compared to toys nowadays.

Take, say, Stars Wars.  It could be any figure for that matter, but I most had Star Wars figures from Kenner.  They looked like the characters, maybe not as good as the 3-D printing done today, but you could definitely tell who you were holding.  However, they were small and you had to pose them manually.  What’s more, you had to make the blaster or lightsaber sounds.  The same for the ships.  As the Original Trilogy expanded, we got action models of set pieces to place our figures and ships, but still had to use our imaginations.


Hasbro bought Kenner in the 90s, but as with all takeovers, a new guard wants to do things their way.  By then, the Prequel Trilogy was made with Lucas capitalizing on the CG technology that came up.  Some say he overused the technology, ruining the trilogy us OT fans’d been waiting 15-odd years to see.  That technology carried over to the new line of figures and ships.  Now, they made sounds from the movie in monotone, tinny sound effects.  We could make better, fuller sound effects with our mouths.  Of course, they looked more like said character, but that in itself was weird.  You know that creepy feeling when you feel something’s watching you, because they’re so life-like?

As Lucas sold the Star Wars property and the new trilogy started rolling out, a new line of toys started rolling out with today’s technology.  Nowadays, toys practically move on their own…damn near like Chucky from Child’s Play…no imagination needed...at a little over double what we paid for for figures the exact same size.

It’s a sad testament to technology doing the work for the kids.

Be good to each other.

-J-

Monday, July 16, 2018

A&E Still Blowing Perceptions Away.



So, A&E’s Born This Way season 4 starts Aug. 15th.  The season’s going to follow the young adults of Leaps N Boundz (Rachel, Sean, John, Steven, Cristina, Megan, and Elena) as they prepare for Christina’s and Angel’s, who she met at a dance with another facility, wedding.  Along the way, we get to catch up everybody’s lives like John’s budding rapping career and Megan’s business.  There’ll be two episodes a week until the finale Sept. 5th.

Also, on the 5th, Deaf Out Loud will debut.  It’s a documentary special executive produced by actress Marlee Matlin.  Deaff Out Loud will follow the lives of three predominantly deaf families as they raise their children in a hearing world.

Born This Way blew the roof off perceptions of the MR community.  Deaf Out Loud spearheaded by Mrs. Matlin is sure to do the same with the deaf community.  Here’s hoping good things for both shows come Aug. and Sept.

Be good to each other.

-J-