Random thoughts(By Les)

Greetings, Manic Fans.  Les here today to wax philosophical on whatever comes to my mind.  Ever wonder if the refrigerator   light really  goes out when you close the door?

Today

I thought about Minute rice and the Microwave….I wonder if you cook Minute rice in the microwave, does it get done sooner?

Is

it truly better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all?….that’s a tough one…I’ll get back to you.

My

favorite paradox comes from “The Pirates of Penzance” by Gilbert and Sullivan.  In it, young Fredrick is apprentice to a pirate until he reaches his 21st

Birthday

The paradox?  He was born February 29th on a leap year!  Which means at 21 years of age, he’d only had 5 birthdays!

Today

I marvel at the power of numbers.

I

watched the spedometer of my car turn out 111,111 miles last week!  Now I gotta wait a bit to see it

Turn

to 222,222.  Also, I love how adding 21 and 28 gives you

49

And at that age you really start to see the

Years

go by a lot faster.  That’s what it means to get

Old

Anyways, I’m on my way to a party.  I’ll see you around the blog, my friends.  Peace.

Les’ Science Fiction Aliens Hall of Fame #41: Lieutenant Commander Bortus

Greetings, Manic Fans. Les here to continue my Science Fiction Aliens Hall of Fame. As before, I will induct a different alien from film or a television show that made an impression with me. Let’s face it, half the fun of great science fiction is the wonderful characters who came from other worlds. For each alien, I’ll give a detailed bio about their species, who portrayed them, first appearances and abilities and why I think they’re amazing.

 

Today, I’m selecting:

 

Lieutenant Commander Bortus(Peter Macon”The Orville”)

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My Top 12 Ricks(By Les)

Greetings, Manic Fans.  Les here to take a break from the various Science Fiction Hall of Fame lists I’ve been posting to talk about Ricks.  You know, those cool guys that happen to have that particular great first name.  They can be real people, or fictional characters.  Either way, they made an impact on my imagination or gave me great sources of entertainment.  And so, I’d like to present my Top 12 favorite Ricks of all time.

 

Warning:  Some small spoilers and great Rick Goodness ahead….

 

#12.  Rick Jones(Marvel Comics character.  Best friend of Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk in the first incarnation of the superhero)

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My Top 12 Favorite Horror Cinema Kills for the 31 Days of Halloween for Manic Expression(By Les)

Greetings, Manic Fans.  Les here for holiday blog #2 for the 31 Days of Halloween at Manic Expression.  After talking about Halloween treats(after which, I gave myself a tummy ache pigging out on the delectable sweets, but I digress…) I thought I’d talk about Morbid cinema-specifically, Horror film fatalities.  Whether it’s the victims of the monster, or the monster, itself, seeing a horror movie character snuff it can be quite entertaining.  And so, I’d like to present my top 12 favorite Horror Cinema Kills.  They’re not in order, as I love them all.  Also, I must apologize for posting this a day late.  I’m afraid life intervened and I had to finish this at the 13th hour…..

 

Warning:  Some spoilers and some great fatalites ahead.

 

Ash kills Henrietta in the root cellar(The Evil Dead II(1987))

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Les Plays Guitar #5: “Free Falling,””Mary Jane’s Last Dance” & “Yer so bad” Tom Petty Tribute

 

Greetings, Manic Fans.  Les here to bring my tribute to the late great Tom Petty.  As most of you know, we lost the rock and roll legend last monday and it left many reeling from the shock of it all.  I was no exception.  I grew up listening to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers like they were a group of best friends who just were there to jam and make me feel better about life.  On Monday, I felt like I lost my best friend.  I decided to do a tribute video and sing one of his songs…then I realized, screw that!  I’m doing 3 of his songs.  Why should I limit myself to just one song, when he had so many wonderful tunes to pick from?  Here is “Free Falling,” “Mary Jane’s last dance” and “Yer so bad.”  I’d have done “Zombie Zoo” as well…but I already recorded and posted that one last year for the 31 days of Halloween at Manic Expression, so it would’ve been superfluous.  I hope you all enjoy these songs, my friends.  Peace.

 

RIP Tom Petty

My Top 12 Favorite “Treats” on Halloween Night for the 31 Days of Halloween at Manic Expression(By Les)

Greetings, Manic Fans.  Les here to talk about Halloween Candy.  You know, those delectable treats you get for daring to go out in costume and utter the magic phrase, “Trick or Treat!”  Over the many, many, MANY years I put in in the trenches, I came to favor several great candies and treats, so I’d like to present my top 12 favorite Halloween bag fillers that weren’t rocks.

 

These won’t be in any particular order, sugar is sugar, after all LOL!

 

Milk Duds

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Les’ Science Fiction Robots/Androids/Cyborgs Hall of Fame #16: Bender

Greetings, Manic Fans. Les here to continue my Robots/Androids/Cyborgs Hall of Fame. Science Fiction has had a huge impact on artificial intelligence and mechanical advancements in robotics through the wonderful characters that fall into those 3 categories. Whether it’s a mechanical man, a part man/part machine, or an artificial person, these characters frequently show us personalities that end up being just as, or more human than we are. And so, I will select a new Robot/Android/Cyborg at a time. I’ll give it’s origin, abilities, actor portrayal, first appearance and why I think they’re amazing.

 

Today, I’m selecting:

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Les Plays Guitar #4: “Wichita Lineman” Tribute to Glen Campbell

Greetings, Manic Fans.  Les here to give tribute to one of my idols.  Guitar master and singing superstar Glen Campbell passed away yesterday from Alzheimer’s Disease.  I’d been following his decline since watching his documentary, “I’ll be me.”  It is saddening to realize that this kind hearted musical genius lost his memories in such a cruel way, but his legacy is assured.  He is remembered fondly by those who enjoyed(and continue to enjoy) his incredible talent and showmanship.

 

I took the time today to attempt to perform one of his biggest hits on the guitar:  “Wichita Lineman” by Glen’s longtime collaborator Jimmy Webb.  This is a hard song to do(particularly in the open strings position).  It has 10 chords, 2 of which are barred, and a very intricate turnaround lick after the choruses.  In my defense, I’m no Glen Campbell, but I did do my best to record this song in his memory.  I hope you enjoy it, my friends.  Peace.

Les’ Science Fiction Vehicles/Spacecraft Hall of Fame #23: The Eagle 5

Greetings, Manic Fans. Les here to continue my Science Fiction Vehicles/Spacecraft Hall of fame. One of the great things about science fiction is the fantastic ways they show how to get from point A to point B, whether it’s across town or across the Galaxy. I will induct a new craft at a time, give its origins, abilities, first appearances and why I think it’s amazing.

 

Today, I’m selecting

 

The Eagle 5(“Spaceballs”)

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Les’ Science Fiction Aliens Hall of Fame #40: Barf

Greetings, Manic Fans. Les here to continue my Science Fiction Aliens Hall of Fame. As before, I will induct a different alien from film or a television show that made an impression with me. Let’s face it, half the fun of great science fiction is the wonderful characters who came from other worlds. For each alien, I’ll give a detailed bio about their species, who portrayed them, first appearances and abilities and why I think they’re amazing.

 

Today, I’m selecting:

 

Barf(John Candy(“Spaceballs”))

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Les’ Science Fiction Robots/Androids/Cyborgs Hall of Fame #15: C-3PO

Greetings, Manic Fans. Les here to continue my Robots/Androids/Cyborgs Hall of Fame. Science Fiction has had a huge impact on artificial intelligence and mechanical advancements in robotics through the wonderful characters that fall into those 3 categories. Whether it’s a mechanical man, a part man/part machine, or an artificial person, these characters frequently show us personalities that end up being just as, or more human than we are. And so, I will select a new Robot/Android/Cyborg at a time. I’ll give it’s origin, abilities, actor portrayal, first appearance and why I think they’re amazing.

 

Today, I’m selecting:

 

C-3PO(Anthony Daniels)

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Les’ Science Fiction Vehicles/Spacecraft Hall of Fame #22: The White Star

Greetings, Manic Fans. Les here to continue my Science Fiction Vehicles/Spacecraft Hall of fame. One of the great things about science fiction is the fantastic ways they show how to get from point A to point B, whether it’s across town or across the Galaxy. I will induct a new craft at a time, give its origins, abilities, first appearances and why I think it’s amazing.

 

Today, I’m selecting:

 

The White Star(“Babylon-5″(1995-1997)

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Les’ Science Fiction Aliens Hall of Fame #39: Griffin

Greetings, Manic Fans. Les here to continue my Science Fiction Aliens Hall of Fame. As before, I will induct a different alien from film or a television show that made an impression with me. Let’s face it, half the fun of great science fiction is the wonderful characters who came from other worlds. For each alien, I’ll give a detailed bio about their species, who portrayed them, first appearances and abilities and why I think they’re amazing.

 

Today, I’m selecting:

 

Griffin(Michael Stuhlbarg-“Men In Black III”(2012))

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Our Top 24 Disaster Films(By Les and T-Kun Unusual Wordsmith III)

Greetings, Manic Fans.  Les here to get back into the blogging swing of things by talking about disaster films.  You know, those films that have either natural, man-made or alien threat large scale death and destruction disasters in them.  You get the thrill of seeing things explode, collapse, burn, shatter and watch helpless victims getting snuffed in the process and it really makes you feel a whole lot better about the day you’re having, right?  Ahem!  In order to do this properly, I’m going to need a friend along on this one.

 

*activates Dick Tracy 2 way wrist radio

 

LES:  T-kun?  You there?

 

*Catchy Jazz Theme Dial Tone to Electric Static*

 

Robot Voice: Transmission Delay of Unknown Vocalize Member Reading. Reconnection to Section HK Delta Max Code GINXZ. Please state order of business or have satellite radiation automatic commence will fire on your location for cross trespassing. If not, please turn your dial twice counter-clockwise in the next five seconds . . . four-three-two-

 

*Les looks at his 2 way radio with bemused expression, whips out his sonic screwdriver and deactivates T-kun’s security system.

 

LES:  C’mon, T-kun.  Aren’t we past this yet?  Why do you have such tight security around you…are you expecting some kind of apocalypse or something?

 

*T-kun Looks at the hologram screen in confusion with a box of popcorn in hand*

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Les’ Science Fiction Robots/Androids/Cyborgs Hall of Fame #14: Cylons

Greetings, Manic Fans. Les here to continue my Robots/Androids/Cyborgs Hall of Fame. Science Fiction has had a huge impact on artificial intelligence and mechanical advancements in robotics through the wonderful characters that fall into those 3 categories. Whether it’s a mechanical man, a part man/part machine, or an artificial person, these characters frequently show us personalities that end up being just as, or more human than we are. And so, I will select a new Robot/Android/Cyborg at a time. I’ll give it’s origin, abilities, actor portrayal, first appearance and why I think they’re amazing.

 

Today, I’m selecting:

 

Cylons(“Battlestar Galactica”(1978-79))

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Les’ Science Fiction Vehicles/Spacecraft Hall of Fame #21: Lightcycles

Greetings, Manic Fans. Les here to continue my Science Fiction Vehicles/Spacecraft Hall of fame. One of the great things about science fiction is the fantastic ways they show how to get from point A to point B, whether it’s across town or across the Galaxy. I will induct a new craft at a time, give its origins, abilities, first appearances and why I think it’s amazing.

 

Today, I’m selecting:

 

Lightcycles(“TRON”(1982))

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Les’ Science Fiction Aliens Hall of Fame #38: Odo

Greetings, Manic Fans. Les here to continue my Science Fiction Aliens Hall of Fame. As before, I will induct a different alien from film or a television show that made an impression with me. Let’s face it, half the fun of great science fiction is the wonderful characters who came from other worlds. For each alien, I’ll give a detailed bio about their species, who portrayed them, first appearances and abilities and why I think they’re amazing.

 

Today, I’m selecting

 

Odo(Rene Auberjonois”Star Trek Deep Space Nine”(1993-1999)

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Les’ Science Fiction Robots/Androids/Cyborgs Hall of Fame #13: Gort

Greetings, Manic Fans. Les here to continue my Robots/Androids/Cyborgs Hall of Fame. Science Fiction has had a huge impact on artificial intelligence and mechanical advancements in robotics through the wonderful characters that fall into those 3 categories. Whether it’s a mechanical man, a part man/part machine, or an artificial person, these characters frequently show us personalities that end up being just as, or more human than we are. And so, I will select a new Robot/Android/Cyborg at a time. I’ll give it’s origin, abilities, actor portrayal, first appearance and why I think they’re amazing.

 

Today, I’m selecting:

 

Gort(Lock Martin “The Day the Earth Stood Still”(1951))

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Les’ Science Fiction Vehicles/Spacecraft Hall of Fame #20: The Proteus

Greetings, Manic Fans. Les here to continue my Science Fiction Vehicles/Spacecraft Hall of fame. One of the great things about science fiction is the fantastic ways they show how to get from point A to point B, whether it’s across town or across the Galaxy. I will induct a new craft at a time, give its origins, abilities, first appearances and why I think it’s amazing.

 

Today, I’m selecting:

 

The Proteus(“Fantastic Voyage”(1966))

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Les’ Science Fiction Aliens Hall of Fame #37: Princess Allura

Greetings, Manic Fans. Les here to continue my Science Fiction Aliens Hall of Fame. As before, I will induct a different alien from film or a television show that made an impression with me. Let’s face it, half the fun of great science fiction is the wonderful characters who came from other worlds. For each alien, I’ll give a detailed bio about their species, who portrayed them, first appearances and abilities and why I think they’re amazing.

 

Today, I’m selecting:

 

Princess Allura(Kimberly Brooks “Voltron Legendary Defender”(2016-Present))

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