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July 27, 2005

Feh! No fair! Two tags in one day!

Okay, I'll take 'em in order. First up is "What's on my Nightstand" where I got tagged by Les Jones, in response to Countertop, who was mugged by Jeff Soyer, and it apparently was started in the GunBlogging community by Jeff James. (and most of you have *no* idea how pathetic that error really is...)

I'm only doing this because Les is 3rd most prolific referrer to the Castle, after I got him to simply refer to this post, rather than just hotlinking and swiping my bandwidth! 8^D But, since I check my referrer logs a lot (like to keep track of the LEO and other government visitors... ) I know this string by heart: since it's been a referrer 13,000 some-odd times since he linked. Who knows how many times my poor server delivered it before he linked... So Les, this one's for you!

Though the gun bloggers will be a little disappointed. No gun.

There's a now-empty Margarita mug. Two booklights, so I won't annoy SWWBO (and two so if batteries run out, I don't have to go fiddle with batteries), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, TV remote, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. The CPAP mask, and, because I was checking it over for authentic manufacture tech, a spearhead reputedly made by the Whirling Dervishes and used against "Chinese" Gordon and his troops at Khartoum. It's made correctly, though that isn't conclusive. Sadly, even if I were willing to spend the money to get the analysis done, a composition test of the metal wouldn't be conclusive - though absent any modern alloys it would be very persuasive. I didn't pay that much for it, it isn't worth the cost to me.

That doesn't mean there isn't a gun handy... but it isn't on the nightstand. Oh, wait - I *don't* have a nightstand. So, everything is on the bookshelf next to the bed, which has a mixture of videos and books, and no I'm not going to list them.

Okay, consult the rulez. (flip, flip, flip) I gotta tag 5 more people. Hmmm. I could be mean and tag SWWBO, but I can see what she's got on there, and we don't have the storage space on the host for that post... hmmm.

Okay. Time for some payback. Cassandra, Barb, AFSis, ALa, and... Bill. Yes, Bill, you. There's probably a law in some state against that kind of thing, tagging a co-blogger...

The second one is an assault on my privacy from Damian of Babbling Brooks in Canada. Damn Northerners! If he wasn't such a frequent linker I'd have ignored this one like I usually do... but even us curmudgeons got to do a little reciprocal backscratching now and then.

Sigh this one requires *thought* dammit. Damian: Argghhh! Hmmm.

Favorite movies...

Wanna find out what *those* are - check the Flash Traffic/Extended Entry.

As a kid (defined as high school and earlier, I guess).

Rocky Horror - my senior year. Not too many movies I've seen more often than that one! Hell, I *paid* $70 when it first came out in video - what, 1988/9 or so? Got your toast, rice, lighter, etc? Let's go!

Michael Rennie was ill
The Day the Earth Stood Still
But he told us where we stand.
And Flash Gordon was there
In silver underwear,
Claude Rains was the Invisible Man.
Then something went wrong
For Fay Wray and King Kong.
They got caught in a celluloid jam.
Then at a deadly pace
It Came From...Outer Space.
And this is how the message ran:

As a college student... A Bridge Too Far. I almost opted for the Infantry because of this movie. Fortunately, I came to my senses. But it inspired me to read the book, and later, I got meet John Hackett and John Frost. General Frost in 1984, the 40th anniversary of the fight, while walking on the bridge that replaced his. Did some learning that day, did this young Captain.

Recent favorite... Here I break discipline. Two. No order implied.

Team America, World Police. America, F*ck Yeah!

Passion of the Christ. I'm not a church-goer. I'm not an overly religious man. But Mel Gibson did an excellent job of letting the story tell itself. Whoof!

All time favorite... Schindler's List. Reminds me one of the reasons I became a soldier - so I could break things like the Nazis.

Prolly surprised a few of ya, huh? I'm not tagging this meme on. I've had my payback, and someone has to Stop The Madness!

I lied. I am tagging this on. All Denizens - yer it! If ya don't blog - send it to me and I'll post it. (This is also a test... let's see who's reading...) Oh- Dusty - that means you, dude, too!

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Comments on Feh! No fair! Two tags in one day!
Cricket briefed on July 27, 2005 07:32 AM

So yeh finally got around to reading the HBP? It is a good read. You will enjoy it.

How do you want us to break down the movies? By time period, as you did or by genre?

John of Argghhh! briefed on July 27, 2005 07:35 AM

Just like in the post, Cricket, just like in the post. And I'm not done with Potter yet, just started, and only doing a chapter at a time.

AFSister briefed on July 27, 2005 07:35 AM


tagged..... Guess I'll have to play along, eh?

Cricket briefed on July 27, 2005 07:57 AM

I can't think back that far. Oh. High school: Mel Brooks' "Silent Movie" and "Young Frankenstein."

College: "Chariots of Fire."

All time: "Gone With The Wind" and "Back to the Future."

Barb briefed on July 27, 2005 08:10 AM

HeeHee - A test and a tags ... gotta love it! Ya, Sure, Ya betcha!

BloodSpite briefed on July 27, 2005 08:16 AM

Mission accomplished

PhantomObserver briefed on July 27, 2005 08:39 AM

Well, seeing as how I'm the one tagged Damian in in the first place, I suppose you could say I've got immunity.

But hey -- it's good to think about things OTHER than matters military, right?

AFSister briefed on July 27, 2005 08:41 AM

My answers are up on my site.... and I tagged some unsuspecting bloggers for the nightstand meme. We'll see if they answer.

Beth briefed on July 27, 2005 08:52 AM

After reading AFSIS's description of her nightstand, John, I don't feel quite so bad about mine - probably the same number of things, don't you think?

John of Argghhh! briefed on July 27, 2005 09:22 AM

Heh, well, actually, your's prolly has more stuff... but be glad I said *on* not *in*!

Jack briefed on July 27, 2005 11:00 AM

I remember reading Sir John Hackett's two books on a hypothetical Third World War. It was my first exposure to the possibility of a collapse of the Soviet Union due to economic pressures.

His books had a huge impact on my thinking.

John of Argghhh! briefed on July 27, 2005 11:40 AM

(Meaningless preen)

I have autographed editions! Being the Battalion AUSA rep did have some utility!

Marvin briefed on July 27, 2005 11:41 AM

Well, I can't say I have any favorites, seeing as how I don't actually enjoy any of them. (Plus, when you're 38 times older than the universe itself all the while with this terrible pain in all the diodes down your left side, time periods seem to run together a little bit).

Here are the movies I detest the least.

Early period: Star Wars (OT). I just don't understand C3-PO. He brags incessently about the number of languages he speaks as if it's a lot and then seems to genuinly *want* to actually talk to people.

Middle Period:
The Matrix: Totally unbelievable. If I actually cared enough to wipe out a planet, I certainly wouldn't spend my time re-creating a depressing virtual reality I had just done the universe a favor by destroying.

Recent Period and All-Time:
The LOTR Trilogy. Yes, Yes, I know, the scenery is ugly, the story telling is awful, Liv Tyler as an elf does absolutely nothing for me, but not even The Enemy was sadistic enough to imagine creating an almost immortal robot and then give it a depressed personality.

Mythilt briefed on July 27, 2005 11:59 AM

Hmm, my list is pretty straight forwards.

Early Years:
Guns of Navarone; Peck, Niven, Quinn in what I still consider to be the greatest millitary yarn of all time. Whats not to like, and I've loved this film since I was 6.
Dr. No; Connery is Bond, James Bond...

Middle Years:
Dragon Slayer; I've been playing D&D since I was 7, thats over 25 years...How could I not have loved a film starring a big bad*ss dragon?
Raiders of the Lost Ark; Whats to say?
Aliens; Cameron did a better job telling StarShip troopers than Veerhoven ever could have...never mind the story wasn't related or even similar in basic plot...The touches inspired by ST, makes it far-far superior.
Terminator; Cameron telling a story, he's great at it.

Bladerunner; I enjoyed this film far earlier, its in college I actually started to *understand* it.
Patton; Same as Bladerunner, in college I started to understand things about Patton, and how well done the film was.

Lord of the Rings- Fellowship of the Ring; Might even endup in the all-time slot if it ages as well as I think it will.
The Incredibles; Brad Bird and Lasseter are the new Walt, great story tellers who actually get *it*, the story is more important than the special effects, and Plot does matter.
Spirited Away; Myazaki is a genius, pure and simple.

All Time favorite
Star Wars; And I mean the original Star Wars, not that special edition cr@p. Han shot First! Now and always.

ry briefed on July 27, 2005 01:24 PM

Early years: Destroy All Monsters. Good vs. Evil and Good wins--while wearing rubber suits. Godzilla!
HS and the years before I went off to college: It's a Wonderful Life. Life may suck but it still is worth living. Needed that back then.
Current Favorite: The Seven Samurai. Tremendously honest movie. describes the bifarcation of civillians from warriors well, and tells the truth about who benefits from wars won or lost(it ain't the warriors).

Cricket briefed on July 27, 2005 05:44 PM

ohohohohohoh! The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape and Chicken Run.
Von Ryan's Express
The Devil's Brigade

All of the aforementioned came at mid life in my late twenties and mid thirties.

Justthisguy briefed on July 27, 2005 11:42 PM

Movies, huh?

Well, from when I was a little kid, I remember seeing that great Spig Wead movie, "Dive Bomber", with Douglas Devastators, and those Northrop dive bombers I don't remember the designation of, and there was an F3F in which Fred McMurray got killed testing a pressure suit. Errol Flynn was in it, too, as a flight surgeon, and as a participant in a fist fight with Fred while shirtless, for you gurlz. Oh yeah, there were some gurlz in the movie, too, but they mostly got in front of , and ruined my view of, the airplanes.

I saw "Guns of Navarone" in a theater when a kid, and liked it immensely.

"Bridge on the River Kwai" was cool, too, and I appreciated it more when I saw it again as a grownup.

Then there was "2001" which brings me up to about age 17. Later, I watched "The Graduate" at the EE auditorium at Ga. Tech, with traditional rude repartee from the audience.

The first Star Wars movie, of course, for which I stood in line. (Watched *some* of the rest of them on TV, won't pay money for that stuff.)

Later, got turned on to "Zulu" and "The Man Who Would be King" by an ex-Airborne acquaintance, and of course there's always "True Grit", which movie expounds (among other things) that having ridden with Quantrill does not necessarily mean that one is an evil, bad person.

Lately, "Twelve Monkeys." Now *that* is creepy.

Oh, I must not forget the Director's Restored Cut of "Lawrence of Arabia" I watched in the Fox Theater in Atlanta a few years back, when it came out.

That Lawrence critter was as twisted as I, but accomplished more. Sigh.

Oh, almost forgot! "Forbidden Planet!" Saw it on TV when a kid, paid money to see it in a theater later, have it on tape from the TV, watch it at every chance!

"When Worlds Collide" is really cool, too.

And, of course, anything with Bogart in it.

Justthisguy briefed on July 28, 2005 12:00 AM

Oh, and as a grownup, *anything* by Kurosawa. "Seven Samurai" will make you weep in places, if you have any kind of soul. "Yojimbo" contains my favorite line from all movies ever made, when Mifune first confronts the criminal badasses.

Criminal Badass: See those? Those are prison tattoos. I've done every bad thing! Kill me if you can!

Mifune: It'll hurt. (as in, "Are you really sure you want to proceed with this here social transaction?)

( Then the fight begins, and he kills them, and it hurts.)

ry briefed on July 28, 2005 01:22 AM

I'll have to watch Yojimbo again. I missed that somehow(means another trip to Suncoast for something other than the wife's anime this time. Hmmm. This could work out well JTG. Thanks).

James R. Rummel briefed on July 29, 2005 03:11 AM

"First up is "What's on my Nightstand" where I got tagged by Les Jones, in response to Countertop, who was mugged by Jeff Soyer, and it apparently was started in the Gunblog community by Jeff."

Thank you kindly for the link, John, and I did start the whole thing in the gunblog community, but my name is James .


Cassandra briefed on July 29, 2005 04:07 PM

Geez. You *would* get me before I cleaned my room.