Saturday, August 31, 2013

SKATE 101 starring Skatewoman, Skate101.com (playlist)


Hobbitcore's College Football Corner (Week 1)

It's finally here!  The next best day to Christmas has arrived and Hobbitcore couldn't be happier.  With a pipe full of longbottom leaf, he dictates to me his prophetic prognostications of the pigskin...







 HEADLINES


Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel

-Gee, what could possibly be the biggest story of the college football offseason?  That's a noodle of a scratcher.  How about The Self-Destruction of Johnny Football?  What I'm really looking forward to is how he responds on the field after all the hoopla and distractions.  Most ESPN experts feel confident that once he steps on the field, all the distractions will melt away and he'll be relieved to finally be playing football again under the bright lights and that makes total sense to me.  He's clearly a kid that doesn't shy away from the spotlight and tends to play biggest in the biggest moments.  But he's also 20 years old and a sophomore and I just don't feel confident that he can set aside the distractions and focus on preparing himself to play football.  The preparation is where it gets you, not the games.  If he starts making mental errors against the Tide in Week 2, everyone is gonna know why...


-As far as Hobbitcore is concerned, the second biggest story of the offseason has been the ridiculous debacle that is the NCAA investigation of the Miami Hurricanes.  After being forced to investigate themselves for obtaining information improperly (and clearing themselves in two weeks), it has now been over ten weeks since the investigation of the Hurricanes was closed and the NCAA informed them they had found infractions and yet they STILL have yet to hand down the sanctions.  Many in the sports world have called for the NCAA to end this farce and clear the Hurricanes since they've self-imposed bowl bans the last two years and no one involved in the scandal is still on the team.  But that's the NCAA for you.

CLICK "READ MORE" FOR PICKS ON BAMA/VATECH, LSU/TCU, AND GEORGIA/CLEMSON

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Monday, August 26, 2013

Writing Wasted Youth.

I love fiction. I love comics. I love movies.

I have always been inspired by directors that write and direct their own film. Directors like Robert Rodriguez, Kevin Smith, and Quentin Tarantino among many others. I have always aspired to do it myself. To be like those guys in the 90's and write and direct my own way into a Hollywood career. I don;t know if a Hollywood career is what I want. I'd love to stay indie as long as I can pull off the types of movies I want to make. I definitely have a couple of action film trilogies that would be my perfect dream Hollywood fodder. But I'm getting way ahead of myself. As I often do.

In 2005 I wrote a very "bad" script for an Idea I had called Zombie-Boy. I rushed through the screenwriting and was unhappy with my script when reading it now in hindsight. I've lost most of the footage. The only ghost of it's existence is this video her which was a thank you. To the many people who helped make it possible.

I failed.

But I've always known I'd get back on the horse. And I have wrote some more, tried some more, and failed some more since then. Today I start writing again. I will start now. And write for the best hour I can. If I get stuck. I'm going to write about my process and will let you know how I'm doing.

Was just about to write and a friend came to visit. Now I will start writing.

Okay 8 minutes in on my timer.

In the first 3 minutes I was repeatedly asked questions and distracted even though I said I'm writing now.

I wrote about 1 description and three lines of dialogue. back and forth.

Then I started feeling really self conscious about what I'm writing and started to feel stuck.

I have been writing down on ideas on index cards so I had just picked out one and began typing away.

Gonna grab another index card that works with the scene I'm working on, and see what happens.

Ok. I'm done for the day went to for a little over 30 minutes. But am getting to distracted by co-workers to get in a good groove again. I'm done for the day. But let's see how much I get done next time. Possibly tomorrow.

VIDEO GOLD: CHECK OUT NIGHTWING

Check out Grayson: Earth One is a new web series that follows an alternate life for Batman's prodigal son Dick Grayson. I like it cause it draws from a lot of Dark Knight returns mythology. Carrie Kelley, and the mutant gang for starters. Tell us what you think. In the comments below.




Sunday, August 25, 2013

VIDEO GOLD: Breaking Bad: The Middle School Musical



If you've never seen Breaking Bad don't watch this. Watch all fifty plus episodes of Breaking Bad then watch it and enjoy, cause it is pure video gold. 

Friday, August 23, 2013

SCARY PARTS: ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE




I loved Amber Heard in Drive Angry and John Carpenter's the Ward.
I love Jonathan Levine's the Wackness, with the Mandarin Ben Kingsley.
I was on the fence about Warm Bodies, but I like the twist on the slasher genre this is playing.
Probably will check this out if the positive buzz around it stays.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

CBW Our vanellope @ Fsc pt. 10

It's amazing when your some where that Deadpool can photobomb your picture.


Stephen found a sweet Seven of Nine. He was so shocked that someone else remembered Star Trek Voyager. 


SCIENCETASTIC: Don't mess with Superman's Fist


It turns out you don't tug on Superman's cape cause his fist will be worse than a nuclear bomb to the face.



Wednesday, August 21, 2013

CBW: Our Vanellope @ FSC 2013 part 9

Our Vanellope Von Schweetz met up with a cool Remy LeBeau




While Stephen was supporting Team Venture, when he met an awesome Dr. Mrs the Monarch and Hank Venture working as her man slave.


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

CBW: Our Vanellope @FSC pt. 7

Here's our Vanellope with Aquaman his Lad from the epic tv show Young Justice and some Dick.


Here I am with an amazing Jubilee. Her coat even had Sentinel battle damage. 





Monday, August 12, 2013

CBW: OUR VANELLOPE @ FSC pt. 6 THE Adam BaldWIN


Here's our Vanellope and her brother in a professinal Florida Super Con photo op with none other than Jayne Cobb aka Adam effing Baldwin.



 Here I am with a Princess of the deep blue sea.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Hobbitcore's 2013 College Football PREVIEW!

Well.  August is finally here.  And you know what that means:

FOOTBALL!!!
Today the 2013 Preseason USA Today Coaches Poll was released and with it, five months plus of punditry, speculation, and analysis BEGINS!  Hobbitcore is SO EXCITED!  Let's dive right in and discuss everything right and everything wrong with our first poll of the season...




1. Alabama (58)
-Well.  Yeah.  Remember last year when Alabama was in a "rebuilding" year?  Well now all those young guys on defense are a year older, QB A.J. McCarron is a savvy Senior gunslinger, two thousand-yard rushers return in Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon as well as a thousand-yard receiver in Amari Cooper.  Two of the Tide's three toughest games come off of two-week layoffs (@ Texas A&M, vs. LSU) and the SEC championship may end up being a repeat of last year's de facto national championship game that turned into an instant classic between #2 Alabama and #3 Georgia.





2. Ohio State (3)
-OK, Seriously.  Someone has to know who the four coaches are who didn't vote Alabama #1.  Can we get those names, please?  My money is on Urban Meyer being one of them.  But I digress.  Braxton Miller is back along with a talented defense but the biggest question about the Buckeyes has to be whether they will be able to perform as highly as they did last year now that the pressure is back on.


3. Oregon
-Marcus Mariota may be a year older but I have a hard time justifying Oregon at #3 without Chip Kelly.  I'd be very surprised to see the Ducks even win their division without the evil genius in the baseball cap.  The schedule is relatively light, every game is winnable, but they're going to have to be able to stop the run if they want to beat Washington, UCLA, Stanford, or Oregon State.



4. Stanford
-The Cardinal are probably my preseason pick to win the Pac 12.  The loss of Stepfan Taylor is tough but people thought they'd never get over the loss of Toby Gerhart, too.  Oh, and this guy Andrew Luck.  Maybe you've heard of him.  David Shaw is making Stanford a real thing, guys.  Get used to it.



5. Georgia
-The defense took some big hits from the draft but the offense could be special with Aaron Murray and the rest of the backfield returning.  The season starts off  at Clemson and then back home to host South Carolina.  A bye week and a warm-up against North Texas then lead up to the showdown with LSU and then a month later is the Gators.  If the Dawgs make it to the SEC title game, they may be ranked #1 by then.


6. Texas A&M (1)
No, seriously.  Did Kevin Sumlin give his ballott to Johnny Manziel and then he lost it in a game of beer pong?  I can't wait to see how Johnny Football responds to all the offseason scrutiny (y'know, once he's done serving out his suspension for selling autographs).  I feel like either he'll win another Heisman and bolt for the NFL or he'll totally collapse and be stuck at A&M (where he is, apparently, miserable) for another two years trying to escape his "loose cannon" red flag with NFL scouts.  There's no in between here.  The Aggies have little chance of dethroning the mighty Tide in the SEC West--especially if they'll be missing Manziel for the Week 3 showdown with 'Bama--but have a favorable enough schedule to easily win 10 or 11 games, especially if Mr. Football is Mr. Football.

 
7. South Carolina
-The Legend of Jadaveon Clowney continues to grow.  Over the offseason we learned that he almost made Zach Mettenberger shart himself and he ran a 4.46 in the 40 yard dash (anything under 4.4 is pretty much what elite WRs and RBs run).  This guy makes me so excited at the prospect of a purely defensive player finally breaking the glass ceiling and winning a Heisman.  Can he carry his team to an SEC title?  The road starts out mighty rough with games against North Carolina and Georgia to open the 2013 campaign but after that, every game is very winnable until Florida rolls into town.  Florida and Georgia are both big challenges.  The defense will be up for the challenge but on offense, either Connor Shaw or Dylan Thompson is going to have to emerge as "the guy" at QB, especially in a post-Marcus Lattimore world.


 
8. Clemson
-With Heisman contender Tahj Boyd returning along with a whole slew of offensive weapons, the Tigers are the overwhelming favorite to destroy the rest of the ACC.  The schedule is bookended by two TOUGH SEC opponents in Georgia and South Carolina but the rest should be a walk in the park with the possible exception of Florida State (doubt it).



9. Louisville
-I can't believe Teddy Bridgewater is already a Junior.  Imagine him and Duke Johnson in the Canes backfield right now.  (No, I will never forgive Teddy for turning his back on the Canes after they fired Randy Shannon and taking Eli Rodgers with him).  Louisville is in a prime position here with a potential Heisman candidate at QB and prime position to start moving up into the national title picture as those ahead of them fall like dominos.


10. Florida
-Considering all the weapons Jeff Driskel loses from last year's offense (not to mention the entire left side of the offensive line with a combined 48 starts between them), I'm not sure this isn't a little high for the Gators.  The defense takes a major hit, too, losing its top two tacklers (and leader in tackles for loss), its top two sack leaders, plus Jelani Jenkins, Matt Elam.  Driskel is a talented kid but he was recruited to run Urban Meyer's spread and right now he's just their best option until Will Muschamp finds his guy.  I feel like Miami has a good chance of picking these guys off in Week 2 and if that happens, it could be the start of a long season.  I know it's early but I can't imagine this team beating Georgia OR South Carolina.

AND THE REST...

11. Notre Dame
12. Florida State
13. LSU
14. Oklahoma State
15. Texas
16. Oklahoma
17. Michigan
18. Nebraska
19. Boise State
20. TCU
21. UCLA
22. Northwestern
23. Wisconsin
24. USC
25. Oregon State

Ranked Too High: Oregon, Louisville, Florida, Notre Dame, Florida State
Ranked Too Low: Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska

My Top 25

1. Alabama
2. Alabama
2b. Ohio State
3. Georgia
4. Stanford
5. Texas A&M
6. Oregon
7. South Carolina
8. LSU
9. Clemson
10. Notre Dame
11. Michigan
12. Nebraska
13. Louisville
14. Texas
15. Oklahoma
16. Oklahoma State
17. Florida State
18. Florida
19. Boise State
20. TCU
21. UCLA
22. Northwestern
23. Wisconsin
24. USC
25. Miami (FL)



WAY-too-early BCS Preview/Predictions

American Athletic Conference (formerly Big East): Louisville
-Yes, the Big East is now the AAC for some reason (probably because it's not really that "big" anymore and by all rights, probably shouldn't even have an automatic BCS bid--which is fitting because "American Athletic Conference" sounds like a conference in Division I-AA).  Not much more to say about the ol' AAC.  It's Louisville's league to lose.  Everyone will be gunning for them but there isn't a single game on the schedule that the Cardinals shouldn't win convincingly.

ACC: Clemson over Miami (FL)
-Florida State is overrated but it doesn't really matter because the Tigers are stacked and in a great position to actually make a run at a BCS title.  The Coastal is wide open as always but I really like Miami's chances.  Once they make it to the ACC title game, all bets are off, but the defense is going to have to play out of their minds to slow down Tahj Boyd and co.

Big XII: Texas
-To be perfectly honest, I have absolutely no idea who might win this conference.  It could be fucking Baylor for all I know.  I do know that Mack Brown is not someone you should ever count out and that he and his boys want BADLY to return to prominence.  In a wide open Big 12, this might just be their year to do it.

Big Ten: Ohio State over Michigan
-It's going to take a miracle for the Buckeyes not to win the Leaders division (not that miracles don't happen constantly in college football) but the Legends division is wide open.  Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern, and even maybe Michigan State and Iowa could compete for a spot in the Big Ten title game.  I think this year might be the year we get the rematch everyone has been salivating over.  Imagine if both teams go into the third Saturday in November knowing they're going to play again in two weeks.  How intense would that game be?



Pac-12: Stanford over UCLA
-The North will be decided November 7th in Stanford.  The South will be decided November 30th in the Coliseum.  That's pretty much all you need to know.



 

SEC: Alabama over Georgia
-This is going to be like 2008 and 2009 all over again where the Gators and Tide met in consecutive SEC title games with familiar teams.  In 2009, 'Bama avenged a loss to the Gators with a 32-13 stomping on their way to a national title.  This time, there will be no avenging of anything but the end result will be the same as 2009.  Alabama will win the SEC and their third consecutive national championship

Our Vanellope @ FSC Pt. 5 the Photo Shoot


I finally can splash these pictures everywhere, because I made time.

These pictures are by David Ho of Askani photography a fabulous photographer who was kind enough to shoot me in my Vanellope cosplay. He also has more great photos at model mayhem.


I'm self conscious though because my damn wig was falling off at this point...