Jan 13 2011

Hulk Think Entertainment Media Not Get Hulk

Here are DaddyTips, we sometimes turn our blog over to those with different points of view. The views expressed in this post may or may not reflect the views of Brett Singer, the founder of DaddyTips.com. If you would like to be DaddyTips guest blogger, please contact us by email at daddy AT daddytips dot com.

And now, The Incredible Hulk:

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Hulk like Internet. Hulk enjoy sharing views with others. Hulk still believe that best way to make two people of one mind is to smash heads together, but Hulk mellowing in Hulk’s later years.

So Hulk shake head when Hulk read stupid article on puny website. First, even Hulk know that E! is not a word. Stupid puny humans. Hulk grammar less than perfect at times, but Hulk is Hulk. Hulk not known for witty repartee. Hulk never accused of being journalist! So when Hulk see debate about Hunky Stars of Hulk movies (which Hulk think not show best side of Hulk, but that another topic) and who would win in fight, Hulk get mad. Not as mad as Hulk used to get; Hulk working on anger management. Hulk live for today. Still, Hulk feel need to point out that Hulk is Hulk. Banner is Banner. Puny Banner! Does stupid writer think Hulk would call Banner puny Banner if Banner not puny? Does stupid writer think Hulk stupid? Hulk not stupid! If writer saying Hulk stupid, Hulk smash!

OK. OK. Hulk take breath now. Hulk find deep breathing to be effective form of calming Hulk when Hulk angry. Hulk strongest one there is. But Hulk know that Hulk need to be more careful. Hulk learn hard way that coffee tables don’t grow on trees.

So Hulk leave you with this. Hulk want to make sure people know that HULK NOT BANNER and BANNER NOT HULK. Banner is Banner (puny). Hulk is Hulk (not puny; also strongest one there is). Hulk not concerned about hunkiness; Hulk does think Hulk handsome in rugged, purple-pants wearing way.

Leave comment if agree with Hulk. If not agree, leave comment anyway. Hulk promise not to smash.

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Thank you, Hulk. You are welcome anytime.

The Hulk Smashdown: Which Hunky Star Would Win in a Fight? – E! Online


May 19 2010

Movies I Saw In Theaters – Love at First Bite [Movies]

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There are a lot of movies I saw in theaters when I was a kid that I wouldn’t take my kids to see now. One of them is the George Hamilton / Susan St. James non-classic ‘Love at First Bite.’

Love at First Bite‘ is a parody of Dracula movies. I saw it in theaters, despite being about 8 years old at the time. Either my mother or my father took me, I don’t remember. Probably my father, since he was more likely to take me to something like this.

I don’t remember much about ‘Love at First Bite’. Judging by the clip, it looks like there wasn’t anything in there that was overly questionable for a young man to see or hear. I think I heard an s-word. Ooo! They say “shit” in the animated ‘Transformers’ movie and ‘Short Circuit’, both movies that were intended for kid audiences.

So why wouldn’t I take my kids to see ‘Love at First Bite’?

For one thing, there are a lot more choices now. Tons of movies specifically meant for kids, and also all of the films and television shows that I love and now want to watch with my children.

Also, the way we consume media has changed. Going to a movie theater is no longer an easy way to spend a couple of hours with a child. Well, it’s still easy, but it costs a fickin’ fortune. In Manhattan, adult movie tickets are typically $12.50, kids are about $7.50. That’s too much.

If ‘Love at First Bite’ were made today, it would probably have a lot more sex and explicit language. This comment from YouTube is telling (and unlike most comments from YouTube, doesn’t call anyone gay):

Ah yes, I do SO miss the days when comedy could just be silly and funny and didn’t have to be “edgy”….thanks? for this blast from the past !

‘Edgy’ is rightly in quotes. The word is so overused that it doesn’t mean anything anymore.

That’s from ‘The Hangover’, which is rated R. ‘Love at First Bite‘ was rated PG. If they remade ‘Love at First Bite‘ today, I imagine they would go for an R. You know. To get the kids in.

To be clear, I’m not knocking ‘The Hangover’ or the current wave of R-rated comedies. I actually think it’s better for movies like that to get a R-rating, which is meant to tell parents that a movie isn’t appropriate for children under 17. That doesn’t stop parents from bringing kids to movies like ‘Kick-Ass’ of course, but that — stupid parents — is a different topic.

I also don’t think my kids would be damaged by seeing ‘Love at First Bite‘. I think I’m more uptight about what they see, although my butt enclenches when it comes to superhero movies. Both of my boys have seen ‘Iron Man'; the youngest hasn’t seen ‘Iron Man 2′ because I decided it was too much for him (he’s pretty young). A lot of that is because of the intensity of ‘Iron Man 2′. For much of the movie, Jon Favreau puts his foot on the gas and doesn’t let up for long stretches, which was a lot of fun to watch but could potentially freak out a little kid.

That’s something that older movies didn’t do as much. We watched ‘Star Wars’ recently, and I was pleasantly surprised by a couple of things. One was how well it holds up. (I did have to explain to my son that Han shot first, despite what George Lucas edited into the movie after the fact.) Another was how it manages to be fun and exciting without being INTENSE. Or, to borrow from a YouTube commenter, ‘edgy’.

In some ways, that lack of ‘edge’ makes ‘Star Wars’ more kid-friendly than a lot of what passes for kiddie fare these days. ‘Star Wars’ doesn’t insert overly intense music during key scenes or employ schlocky horror movie techniques intended to get the heart pumping. It just starts a good story.

‘Love at First Bite’ (although I admit I can’t remember a lot of it) does the same kind of thing. That’s probably one of the reasons I can’t remember it. It wasn’t traumatizing. Another movie, ‘The Twilight Zone’, I walked out of and will never forget. The girl with no mouth. Here’s the clip. I just watched it for the first time since 1983 when I saw it in theaters, and I really regret doing so. Um, here’s the clip. But be warned. It’s still really fucking scary.

That’s a horror movie, of course. But my point is that if a movie doesn’t have stuff like that in it, scenes that are intended to be frightening or ‘edgy’, odds are it won’t be something that your cause your kids to flip out.

(Shit. I can’t believe I watched that clip of the girl with no mouth from ‘The Twilight Zone’. I’m really not happy right now. Dammit.)

A better way to look at this could be that if I were a parent in 1979, I should be OK with taking my kid to see ‘Love at First Bite’ in theaters. But today’s equivalent of ‘Love at First Bite’, whatever that is, not so much.

Love at First Bite DVD image from Amazon.com


Mar 02 2010

New Netgear Powerline adapters [DaddyTech]

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For some reason no one that I know uses Powerline devices for home networking. And they should, because it’s incredibly easy.

You know all those cool new Blu-Ray players that can stream Netflix? New TVs that have built-in YouTube? They won’t work unless you connect the stupid thing to the Internet. Some home entertainment devices have built-in Wi-Fi, but frankly, Wi-Fi isn’t always fast enough to produce a smooth video stream.

Powerline, also known as HomePlug (the official name seems to be the HomePlug Powerline Alliance), lets you use electrical outlets to stream data. Plug one Powerline/HomePlug adapter into your router, then put another one anyplace you need it. I find that I get the best results using wired Ethernet; there are wireless Powerline adapters, but I think that defeats the purpose — wired Ethernet is stable, but running cable all over your house is very expensive. Even if you have the electrical knowledge to equip your home with Ethernet jacks, that takes a tremendous amount of time. (Does the phrase “I’ll install a drop ceiling and run wires that way!” sound appealing? Try running that one by your wife.) Plugging in a wall-wart-type of device is about as easy as it gets.

The speed isn’t what you get with real Ethernet jacks, but it’s better than wireless, and certainly more than enough for most users needs. You also don’t have to worry about dropped signals, Netgear’s new offerings include the Powerline AV 500 Adapter Kit (XAVB5001), which has a smaller form-factor than previous adapters, according to published reports. That’s important, because you can’t plug a Powerline adapter into a surge protector and expect it to work. It wants an outlet of its own, and since most electrical outlets are jammed close together, not blocking one or even two is important. (Note: I’ve read that you can make Powerline work if it is plugged into a surge protector; I’ve never tried it.)

The new stuff isn’t available yet. If you can’t wait, pick up the NETGEAR XAVB101 Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter Kit from Amazon.com. Or look for older model adapters from smaller companies, either on Amazon or even eBay. If you prefer to buy new gear, the Actiontec MegaPlug 85 Mbps Ethernet Adapter Twin-Pack is under 80 bucks on Amazon and has very good customer reviews. Remember that no matter what you buy, you’ll need at least adapters — one for the router, one for the device you want to connect to the Interwebs. In my experience, mixing brands doesn’t matter — I’ve used at least three different brands of Powerline/HomePlug adapters over the years and they all worked fine together.

Netgear unveils new Powerline, Wi-Fi adapters to connect HDTV, home theater devices to home network | Home Theater [ZDNet.com]

Netgear brings the goods to CeBIT: HD streamers, HomePlug AV adapters [Engadget]


Jun 22 2009

Breaking News: Hugh Jackman Not Dating Miley Cyrus

Hugh Jackman not dating Miley CyrusThis is one of the strangest lines I’ve ever seen in a story.

From something called My Park Magazine comes a story about Hugh Jackman possibly doing a movie with Miley Cyrus. But they are careful to point out that the married Mr. Jackman is not, well, doing Miley Cyrus. If you know what I mean.

Nauseous yet? Here’s the quote: Read more »


Apr 06 2009

Kelly Bensimon Loses Modeling Gig (AGE CORRECTION)

So you know Kelly Bensimon of Real Housewives of New York? Apparently she’s got troubles. Read more »


Apr 03 2009

DadNews Daily – Miley And Nick Sing Together

Happy Friday! Some entertainment news today, defining the term “entertainment” loosely, as well as why I may be done with Windows after the Conficker non-event. Read more »


Nov 19 2008

Cody Linley next Brad Pitt; also annoying

Cody Linley dancing with Julianne Hough. Hough says Linley is the next Brad Pitt. Not since Election Day has there been such incredible news.Let’s start with “Who the hell is Cody Linley?”

He’s on “Hannah Montana”, and just got kicked off of Dancing With The Stars.

His dance partner, the incredibly hot Julianne Hough, says that, “He’ll be the next Brad Pitt, are you kidding?  We’re going to look back in 10 years and be like, ‘Oh, I danced with him on Dancing With the Stars.’ ”

Um, Julianne? You’re the only one who will say that. Because you danced with him. The rest of us were denied that experience.

Cody also showed his sensitive side by bursting into tears, according to E! Online. He went on to say something so exciting I almost can’t type the words: “I’m excited for all the opportunities to come. Thank you, Dancing With the Stars! It’s been amazing. I don’t know about the modeling thing, but definitely films are in my future. Music is my largest passion, so there will definitely be a future there for me.”

Wow. Someone for the kids to look up to.

Not to be a “hater” but sometimes it’s better not to say anything at all. Really? You want to do movies? Maybe a CD? Music is your “passion”? The word “passion” should be banned from the mouths of celebrities — and I use the term loosely here — everywhere.

And Brad Pitt should be annoyed. He’s probably too busy raising his 57 children, but still.

Source: E! Online via Yahoo! (too! many! exclamation! points! YEAH!)