Monday, October 25, 2010

New 3D Godzilla Movie!!!!

Godzilla 2012. Image courtesy of Legendary Pictures. 



Bet you won't be dreading 2012 now. The mother of all large and terrifying lizards, Godzilla, will be returning to the big screen in 3D! The word out is that Godzilla will of course be fighting another large monster (or monsters), but don't expect to see too many human deaths. According to producer Brian Rogers, Godzilla versus something like the U.S. Army doesn't jive with the "spirit" of the traditional Godzilla character. The new movie will be a "reboot," mixing some of the old with some of the new, including a freshly designed CG-lizard.

   Bring on the monsters! 

Favorite Quote #6

Photo courtesy of the Howard Hughes Corporation.




"I'm not a paranoid deranged millionaire. Goddamit, I'm a billionaire."
                 -Howard Hughes

Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Tesla Model S














Your Space-Age Chariot Awaits You....

It's almost here. The sleek, fast, zero-emissions electric car that will make today's hybrids seem like...the Tin Lizzie.
Production of the much-anticipated Tesla Model S (which stands for sedan) is scheduled to begin in 2012. It can seat five adults and two children, since the bulky combustion engine has been removed for a much slimmer, entirely electric engine. Besides the roomy interior, this car features many exciting and innovative concepts, including its appearance. While the Toyota Prius was the first mass-produced, gas/electric hybrid, (as well as the current top-selling Japanese car), it's hard to deny that it is....ugly. Tesla Motors has recognized this atrocious trend in "green" cars and has dealt with it accordingly. "People don't want to sacrifice anything, including style, to own an efficient car," states Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen on the Tesla webpage.
The Model S is anything but ugly, and it doesn't lag in the performance department, either. It is a purely electric car, not a hybrid, yet it can accelerate from 0 mph to 60 in 5.6 seconds. You can choose the battery pack that best suits your mileage needs: 160, 230, or 300. Swapping the battery is touted to take approximately one minute.

The interior of the car has a 17-inch touchscreen with 3G connectivity for easy GPS navigation and browsing capabilities. There is a refundable $5,000 reservation fee to place an order for the Model S. The base price of the car is $49,000, including a $7,500 tax credit.

The story behind Tesla Motors as a company is quite interesting and worth reading:
http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/09/ff_tesla/

The Tesla Motors website has more information about the Model S and their first all-electric car, the Roadster, at: http://www.teslamotors.com/




Tuesday, October 5, 2010

30 Years Later


















Jennifer Lewter and Jim Ledbetter, 2010.


Okay, so it is 31 years later, not 30. Who's counting? This was at my birthday party this summer. It was nice of Jim to come out and meet the gang.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Every Rose has its... Prickle












Jennifer Lewter and Jim Ledbetter, 1979.
Some things in this world are wrong. Lying feels wrong, cheating feels wrong, stealing feels wrong. Losing friends feels wrong. Not being able to see a friend in the hospital because his new wife is an evil _itch, is WRONG.

This is my Uncle Jim in our old front yard in Huntsville, Alabama. This picture was taken in 1979. That's me with Jim on his motorcycle, shortly after one of his cross-country drives from California. The little dog's name was Brownie, and she belonged to our neighbors across the street.
Uncle Jim isn't really my uncle, but I don't know what else to call him. He's known my parents longer than I have. They lived in the same apartment complex when my parents first got married in the 60's.
I remember visiting Jim's house in California when I was a little kid. (I was older than I was in this picture.) He had an apricot tree in his yard, and I couldn't stop eating the sweet little fruits. How did he get so lucky to have an apricot tree growing in his yard?! That is probably why California has always been a magical place to me. I was born there, two of my grandparents and Jim lived there, and California had the most wonderful flowers and fruits. Magical.
My family and I visited Jim in Arkansas many years later, when he decided to move back to his home state. He lived in Russellville, on a road near a large lake with huge, shady pine trees. I had no idea Arkansas was so pretty. I'd never been there before.
Jim told me I should come spend a summer with him and take some classes at the local college. At the time, I couldn't think of a good enough reason to do that. A few years later, that's exactly what I did. And then six years later, I returned to Jim's town to teach at that same college.
I am currently studying botany, and learning new plant things daily. I was a little amused to learn that Poison's famous rock ballad is all wrong....roses don't have thorns - they have prickles. A prickle is much smaller than a thorn, and it is made from a different part of the plant. Prickles can still hurt, of course, since they are designed to defend the plant. A thorn, however, has the potential to hurt a lot more...

Jim had a stroke last week and is currently in the hospital. He recognizes me, and can communicate well enough to ask me to come back to see him. But his new wife has opted to use her wifely powers to keep me from visiting him or talking to any of the medical staff about his progress. I saw her sitting next to him, a blond parasite with no respectable skills, like a huge Dodder plant in the flesh, colored all wrong and waiting to opportunistically wrap her creepy tendrils around my injured uncle.

I wish I had a truck-load of Roundup so I could set him free.