Top 111 Movies

Top 111 Movies….with no pretense, just great films
– Listed alphabetically because the order depends on one’s mood
– The “The’s” are in the “The” section

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1999)
Ace Ventura Pet Detective
Airheads
Airplane
Along Came Polly
American Beauty
Apollo 13
Amadeus
…And Justice for All
Arthur
Back to the Future
Belle Epoch
Being John Malkovich
Bull Durham
Bullitt
Caddyshack
Casino Royale (2006)
Casablanca
Contact
Cool Hand Luke
Dances with Wolves
Dead Poets Society
Doctor Zhivago
Dogma
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Elizabeth (1998)
Enchanted April
Erin Brockovich
Falling Down
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Forrest Gump
Gattaca
Good Will Hunting
Groundhog Day
Harvey
Heartbreakers (2001)
Hulk (2003)
I, Robot
It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
It’s a Wonderful Life
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
Jean de Florette / Manon of the Spring
Jerry Maguire
Liar Liar
Lord of the Flies
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Mister Roberts
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Moonstruck
Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
Multiplicity
My Man Godfrey (1936)
Office Space
Platoon
Postcards from the Edge
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Rain Man
Rear Window
Reversal of Fortune
Roman Holiday
Saving Private Ryan
Saving Silverman
Schindler’s List
School of Rock
Shakespeare in Love
Soapdish
Spaceballs
Stalag 17
Star Trek: First Contact
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Star Wars – Episode I
Star Wars – Episode II
Star Wars – Episode IV
Star Wars – Episode V
Star Wars (Episode III stunk and I did not include Episode VI due to the Ewoks)
Sunset Boulevard
The Apartment
The Bad News Bears
The Big Lebowski
The Birdcage
The Blues Brothers
The Bourne Identity
The Bourne Supremacy
The Bourne Ultimatum
The Cider House Rules
The Dark Knight
The Fifth Element
The Front Page (1974)
The Game
The Graduate
The Hunt for Red October
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
The Matrix
The Omen (1976)
The Petrified Forest (1936)
The Princess Bride
The Shining
The Silence of the Lambs
The Sting
The Thomas Crowne Affair (1999)
The Three Musketeers (1993)
The Truman Show
The Usual Suspects
Tin Cup
Titanic
Uncle Buck
When Harry Met Sally
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Young Frankenstein
Zero Effect

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Approaching Pluto

Pluto on July-8-2015 - Best pic so farOn July 8th, 2015 NASA released this photo taken of Pluto from the spacecraft named New Horizons on the previous day.  (As an update to this post, a sharper photo taken days later during the Pluto Flyby is posted below).  At this point, New Horizons is about 5 million miles from Pluto and will get there in 6 days…. so it’s moving at a good clip.  I never thought I would see this in my lifetime.  For that matter, I never thought I would see vehicles on Mars and the vacation photos they are sending back.  Its all incredible to me and I thank the people at NASA for this.

Pluto has a weird orbit but at present it is about 3 billion miles from Earth.  Any signal that NASA sends to the spacecraft (which travels at the speed of light) takes about 4.5 hours to get there and of course photos or information sent back takes the same time.  So for NASA to get results of instructions sent to New Horizons, it takes 9 hours.

Pluto orbit - from above and from the side (17° angle)

Pluto orbit – from above and from the side (17° angle)

I saw someone online state that we are the first people in Earth’s history to be able to see up-close images of all the planets in the solar system (yes, they are including Pluto as a planet since that was convention when we were born).  That fact though amazed me.  It made me think of what people being born today might think growing up.  To them, all this will be standard knowledge.  To me, people being on the moon was conventional knowledge and before that, many people thought none of this would ever be possible.  Future generations will of course look to explore further.  That is how technology and science move forward…new people.  What will they explore?  The Oort Cloud (if there is one)?  What must beings on other planets know about the universe?  Way more than us?  Do they explore space at all?  Can they explore space?  Do they have satellites already exploring other solar systems?  Could we be the most technologically advanced race in the universe?  I suppose its possible.  Who knows.

New Horizons is moving about 36,000 mph and so it travels about 864,000 miles per day…and it has taken 9.5 years to get to Pluto from Earth.  To go that fast and to conserve fuel, New Horizons had to be slung-shot around Jupiter using Jupiter’s gravity.  In doing that, it increased its speed by about 9,000 mph to about 51,000 mph.  You might notice that it has slowed down.  Why?  The gravitational pull from the Sun.Pluto Encounter

 

In addition to a couple of cameras, there are instruments on board measuring space dust, plasma and high-energy particles.  Pluto was discovered in February 1930 by an American named Clyde W. Tombaugh.  He noticed a small dot in a different place on two photographs of the stars that he took.  The photos are below.

New Horizons long range camera being installed

New Horizons long range camera being installed

New HorizonDust Counter

New Horizons – Dust Counter

New Horizons Plasma Analyzer

New Horizons Plasma Analyzer

 

 

 

New Horizons - Ralph - a color camera - Ralph was designed after a camera on the Pluto satellite named Alice. Get it?  The Honeymooners

New Horizons – Ralph – a color camera – Ralph was designed after a camera on the Pluto satellite named Alice.  Get it?  Like The Honeymooners

 

Pluto discovery plates

Pluto discovery plates

 

Pluto - high res - released 7-25-2015

Pluto – high res – released 7-25-2015

 

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The Sport of Golf? A Few Suggested Tweaks

Robert Allenby of Australia hits out of the bunker on the 17th green during the third round of the Sony Open golf tournament at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii.I love how golfers pretend that they are athletes. Sure, they talk a good shtick about their frustrations and tribulations, but then they travel around the golf course in carts. When they get to their ball, which is resting on freshly cut grass in a plot of land designed to be relaxing, they have caddies carry their clubs over and even suggest which club to use. And if the ball goes in the water, they just get a new ball. This is a sport?

GolferAssuming the average par is 4, and one putt per hole, then they only swing their clubs 54 times per entire round (not including all the impressive, thoughtful and macho looking practice swings before actually hitting the ball). Please, tell me what is athletic about this game. It’s a game that old people play. Do golfers want to be athletic about it? How about they carry their own fucking clubs and jog the course. Maybe at the beginning of each hole, the golfers can fight it out to see who goes first. Of course, knowing them, they would make their caddies do the fighting.

hiking-trail-huashan-mountain-china-1Here is an idea: Someone should make a golf course in the Himalayas or the Sahara or a swamp. If the golfers are going to be pussies about the rest of the game, the least they could do is fight the elements. If the golfers can keep from falling down a ravine or avoid a 100 foot deep desert sand trap, then I might be interested in watching. If they can battle Antarctic winds or even find their ball in a snow drift, that would be something.  Maybe if they had to hack their ball out of a forest or battle alligators in a Louisiana swamp, I would have some respect for them. In the meantime, what else is on TV? Oh, Caddyshack!

Par 3 - Alligators

Sand Dune

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8 / 7 Central – C’mon Central Time, Just Be Yourself

US Time ZonesI saw a commercial the other day for a TV show and it stated that the show starts at 8 / 7 Central. So everyone sees the show at 8 except for the Central Time people who essentially see the TV shows at the same moment that the East Coasters do.

Why?

Why do the Central Time people have to watch TV with the East Coasters? Are they lonely? Are they insecure? Gotta pretend to be East Coasters? You don’t see the Mountain Time people changing their schedule or the Pacific Time people changing their schedule. I guess the Central Timers want to be East Coast Time People when they grow up. They should just accept the fact that they aren’t East Coasters. Be yourself CT peeps. It’s ok.

Maybe Congress should pass a law forcing the entire Central time population to go see therapists. Of course, the therapists in Central Time are also Central Time people so the law should require that the therapists should have to be outside Central Time. That would really boost the economy too wouldn’t it? They are forcing us to buy health insurance with no price regulations on it, right? Why not force us to see therapists too and then force us to travel to other states?

Red and Blue StatesHere is an interesting fact: If you look at the map of political party support, you will see that the Republicans dominate in the Central Time Zone. Maybe that is why Republicans are so mean and angry…They don’t like watching TV on someone else’s time. Its a psychological reaction. They are being forced into a way of being that’s not them (and they don’t talk about it…they are kind of living in the closet).  Maybe getting their time zone to have their own TV viewing time will fix Middle USA.

Bottom line, this 8/7 Central thing is what’s ruining America. How about the TV networks stop coddling and reinforcing these Central Time people insecurities and get them on their own TV time. Maybe we can avoid the forced therapy after all and people will start believing in themselves more. Maybe letting the Central Time people be themselves, will help heal our country. Amazing that all our problems in America come down to the TV viewing hours dictated to the Central Time Zone. Well, this has been an interesting sociological study on what started out as a comedic vent.

 

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Creative Use of Technology

Transporter PadScientists are working on developing teleportation, the idea from Star Trek where people can be “beamed” from the spaceship to the planet surface or anywhere else. Instead of sitting in traffic, you could avoid it all and beam yourself to work. Instead of driving to the airport and going through the huge hassle that is, beaming yourself overseas would just take a few seconds. Avoiding travel time and the stress of travel is great, but I think there is another use for teleportation that would be a huge benefit to especially one sect of our population. Pregnant women. Can you imagine? No more long, painful births filled with blood loss, massive doses of anesthetic that can be harmful to the mother and the child, not to mention horrible muscle contractions, tearing of all sorts of things and even trauma to the baby. Just get Scotty in the control room, lock on the fetus and …..beam it out.

Update:  Great comment below that I am adding – “If the technology was refined enough maybe we could “beam out” other things such as tumors or shrapnel.”

beam me out

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The Dalai Lama, Reincarnation and a Question

Dalai Lama from his websiteI am not big on religion or the belief of supernatural beings, especially ones that claim to inhabit human bodies.  I will admit though that the Dalai Lama seems like a nice guy with good values.  His first priority in life is stated to be promotion of values such as compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment and self-discipline.  In contrast to most world or religious leaders, I would like to meet him some day.

The organization claims he is the reincarnation from the previous Dalai Lama who was the reincarnation of that previous Dalai Lama, and so on and so on.  As stated on his website (and he has a Twitter account too), the Dalai Lamas are believed to be manifestations of enlightened beings of compassion and the patron saint of Tibet.  They are also believed to be beings who have postponed their own nirvana and chosen to take rebirth in order to serve humanity.  I don’t know how anyone could prove this, but OK.

By the Himalayan tradition, “phowa” is the discipline that transfers the mind stream from the deceased to the intended body.  Upon the death of the Dalai Lama and consultation with the Nechung Oracle, a search for the Lama’s reincarnation is conducted.  High Lamas scour the country of Tibet, if not the world, to find the reincarnation.  This search can take years.  The search for the present Dalai Lama took four years.  My question is, when this Dalai Lama dies and the reincarnation grows up, will he know the password to the official Dalai Lama Twitter account?

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Apparently, I was Evil in a Past Life

Good Evil SignI never used to believe in past lives, but that has now changed. Clearly I did something wrong in a past life and its coming back to haunt me.  Do you know how I know?  Everywhere I go I see a Kardashian.  It’s terrible!  In the grocery store, in the pharmacy, on tv, on the internet, they are everywhere!  I don’t know what I did, but it must have been really bad.  What did I do lord?  What did I do?  They are all over the fricking place.  I am deluged by the Kardashians.  These people don’t even do anything except get pictures taken of them doing nothing.  Even Paris Hilton has a career.  Kourtney is wearing this, Khloe is wearing that, Kim is divorcing whoever.  I even know their fricking names!  Please oh heavenly father, tell me what I did.  I’m begging you.

The Kardashians weren’t just inflicted upon me though.  They even corrupted a United States Olympian.  Bruce Jenner, this guy won the Decathlon, had his photos on cereal boxes, was an American icon and now he wants to be a woman.  Poor Bruce.  The Kardashians are evil, they are destroying the world and they are here because of something I did.  I’m sorry everyone.  I’m sorry god.  I’m so sorry!

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