Archive for March, 2009

Watchmen Overkill

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Look, I’m SUPER excited to see Watchmen when it hits theaters tomorrow. I’ve been absolutely giddy about it since I read the graphic novel last year. I’ve been following movie news sites for leaked images and updates for quite some time. I don’t think I’ve been this excited for a movie since the Lord of the Rings trilogy came out (and if you know me, you’ll know that that was 3 years of me totally geeking out). I just bought tickets for the 4:15 IMAX screening tomorrow (sorry, Stew!). So you’ll be hard pressed to find someone more excited about Watchmen than me.

That said, I’m starting to get weary of the marketing blitz. Seriously, folks, don’t you think this is a bit much?

Watchmen Overkill
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Seriously, RottenTomatoes, I think that people are well aware that this movie is coming out. Do you REALLY need to devote over 50% of your front page real estate to Watchmen? I think this is the definition of “obtrusive online marketing campaign”. Let’s take a closer look at this disaster:

Watchmen Overkill
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1. Header image link to “Watchmen Headquarters” (whatever that is). I think the costumed heroes in the grass is a nice touch. Cute.
2. A standard 728×90 banner ad for the Watchmen Motion Comic DVD. (I’ve seen one episode of this and it’s actually pretty cool)
3. Featured article on the Heroes of Watchmen. Okay whatever.
4. Small banner advertising the Watchmen Motion Comic DVD. TOTALLY UNECESSARY!
5. Noting that Watchmen is coming out tomorrow. And that it has gotten a disquieting 64% on the RottenMeter.
6. Thumbnail for the Watchmen Character Guide, as featured in #3… I think.
7. Photos from the Watchmen Premiere Gallery.
8. Another link to the Watchmen Premiere Gallery, this time featuring the two female leads and the words “red carpet”. For some reason, I get that they’re trying to appeal to the Grey’s Anatomy viewing demographic. Wait, Denny’s in this movie?!? OMG!!
9. An unnecessarily large rich media banner, again hawking the Watchmen Motion Graphic DVD. This one actually plays the trailer (whether you want it to or not) and expands to “take over” the page you originally navigated to (with the intention of finding information). Although I have created a few of these ads in my time. I’m not a big fan of them. They are deceitfully distracting and rudely obtrusive, and not to mention in this case, laughably redundant. Moving on…
10. Headline from RT News saying that Watchmen broke a record for the biggest opening (aka most theatres) of an R-rated movie.
11. Oh yeah, caught this one late – Watchmen is in the list of most anticipated upcoming movies. And understandably so. How could anyone miss it?

So there you have it, folks. The Watchmen overkill is official (at least at RottenTomatoes.com) and didn’t even scroll down the page. in 30 hours from now, I’ll be sitting in my seat with a bucket of popcorn and Finn at my side eagerly waiting for the lights to go down wondering “How the heck did these people hear about this movie anyways?”

Sledding Playdate

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Yesterday we had a HUGE snowstorm that was all over the national news. I loved it. We stayed inside most of the day and promised the kids we’d take them sledding… “later”. By the end of the day, we didn’t end up going and Cricket was sad. Marylynn and I felt like crummy parents for not delivering on promises. This morning was much brighter and the roads were clearer, so she went and got the sled out storage and we took the kids out to play in the snow.

Cricket and Daddy Ready to Sled.
Cricket and Daddy Ready to Sled.

Cricket in the Snow
Cricket in the Snow. I got a little artsy with the color corrections on some of these. Let me know if you like ‘em!

Buster at the Wheel
Buster hated the snow and liked the cold even less. He sat in the van and we threw snowballs at him. He liked it. Really. I swear.

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Here’s Cricket and I sledding and crashing into a snow bank. Her first reaction cracked me up.

Cricket's Name in the Snow
Cricket and I found a great little sled trail we liked a lot, so I signed her name in the snow so we’d know to come back to it later.

Sunny, Snowy Hill
Later in the afternoon, we invited Cricket’s buddy, Thomas over to sled. He brought his mom, Mara and his little brother Sethie along. What a pal. We headed out with them for a second round of sledding.

Top of the Hill
Cricket at the top of the hill sitting with me in the sled, ready for another run!

Me and Thomas
Thomas and I crashed into a rocky ditch. It was all good!

Snow Buddies
Cricket and Thomas make a cute couple. :) I love this photo.

Mara and Finn
Here’s Mara & Seth and Marylynn & Buster following us at the bottom of the hill. This gives you a sense of how high up we were.

Thomas About to Go
Thomas is ready to go!

Sethie in the Snow
Here’s little Sethie garnering his support for us at the bottom of the hill. I do believe I took him down once or twice. He’s a good sport.

Thomas and Cricket Sledding Together
It’s all smiles and fun until you crash into a tree. Which Cricket did shortly after I took this picture. She wasn’t hurt, luckily, so we went inside and made hot cocoa for our guests. Sledding is awesome.

Rough Housing with the Kids

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Dogpile on Daddy!

Okay, this one’s for the grandparents (and aunts and uncles). The other night the kids and I were rough housing, being silly and whatnot and Marylynn busted out the camera and got some pictures. They were turned out pretty cute, so I thought I’d post ‘em.


Fighting with Batman

Hiding Behind The Table

Helping Out With New Warriors

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Current Mood:Playful emoticon Playful

Mankind ProjectSo this weekend the Philly Mankind Project (MKP) held another NWTA (New Warrior Training Adventure). They usually have 2-3 per year. I went through on my own weekend last year and if you read my post, you can see how much it meant to me. It was awesome. I love MKP and so I wanted give back for all that I’ve gotten. Because of weird transitional phase our life is in right now, I didn’t apply to staff. And since the weekend came around and we were still around, I went up to volunteer some service. I was what they call a Man of Service (or MOS if you will). I was only able to spend Saturday there, but other men were up from Thursday to Sunday afternoon. Basically, I helped do dishes, prepare food and clean up. There was also plenty of time to get together, meet new friends, play cards and hang out. It was awesome.

Some of the other MOS rolling meat in the kitchen.  These guys are seriously awesome.
Some of the other MOS rolling meat in the kitchen. These guys are seriously awesome.

We built a Temple of Lunchmeat.
We built a Temple of Lunchmeat. It was a force to be reckoned with. (Whatever that means).

YUK IT UP, GUYS!  A candid moment with Jeff and Keith.  To be honest, I was laughing too.  Laughing until my head hurt.  What's so funny?  I'll tell you later.
YUK IT UP, GUYS! A candid moment with Jeff and Keith. To be honest, I was laughing too. Laughing until my head hurt. What’s so funny? I’ll tell you later.

Some of my brothers from I-Group.  I love these guys to death.
Some of my brothers from I-Group. I love these guys to death.

I only got a few pics taken, but the whole day was awesome. I’m looking forward to the next one so I can spend all weekend there. Thanks guys!

“So, How’s The Job Hunt Coming?”

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Current Mood:Alarmed emoticon Alarmed

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that question (or a variant thereof) in the past three and a half months. I’m lucky enough to have a lot of people that care about me and care to know how the near future is going to be for me and my family. I am very grateful for that. It’s tough because more often than not, there’s not much news to report and I find I need to repeat myself. This is why I created a blog in the first place – to post up my thoughts and updates in life so that friends and family can see and I don’t have to repeat the same stories over and over. So why haven’t I posted anything here vis-a-vis the “jobhunt”?

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