Thursday, January 17, 2013

And now a few thoughts about

Kung Fu Louie's visit to the Honeycomb Hideout...


  1. When I think of venerable and time honored Chinese surnames, the very first thing I think of is "Louie."
  2. Not quite sure of the correlation between Kung Fu and the need for big taste but perhaps I'm missing something.
  3. Also not entirely sure of the ethnicity of the antagonist (see paste-on moustache and entry on "Louie" supra).
  4. Once again, just to be clear - Honeycomb's big, yeah yeah yeah.  It's not small, no no no.  You just can't argue with logic like that.
  5. How is it exactly that a bunch of kids relegated to living in a ramshackle clapboard hut are able to affort an anthropomorphic robot whose only function at all appears to be measuring cereal?  Is he also a refridgerator?  If not, where do the kids keep the milk?
  6. Lastly, now that he has been rehabilitated from his Kung Fu ways by the power of sugary cereal, will he fix their door?
We may never know the answers to these questions.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

return of the son of the nearly impossible movie trivia quiz - ANSWERS

And so, since I know you are all staying up nights gnashing your teeth and rending your garments in frustration, here are the answers to the latest quiz.

1. What does the TPS of the infamous “TPS reports” in Office Space stand for?

The official definition and creation is provided by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) as follows:

IEEE 829 - Test Procedure Specification
The Test Procedures are developed from both the Test Design and the Test Case Specification. The document describes how the tester will physically run the test, the physical set-up required, and the procedure steps that need to be followed. The standard defines ten procedure steps that may be applied when running a test.'
"TPS Reports" are also used in many banks to report activity on the "Transaction Processing System" that is used on mainframe computers to process financial transactions.

TPS can also stand for "Transactions Per Second", used to measure database speed or the number of transactions a financial computer system handles.

2. In the original screenplay for Misery (as well as in the book), Cathy Bates would not have hobbled James Caan. What would she have done?

Sawed his foot off without anesthesia.

3. In the movie Ghost Story, how does the character die that later becomes the Ghost?

During an argument she is pushed and hits her head on a heavy mantelpiece and is apparently killed. In an effort to cover up the accident, the other characters load her into a car with some alcohol and roll it into a deep lake to make it look like an incident of drunk driving. It is only then that they realize she is not dead from the blow to the head. She wakes up, is unable to extricate herself from the car, and drowns directly in front of them.

4. What are the Greek letters of the fraternity in Animal House?

Delta Tau Chi

5. In the movie Wargames, what is the password that Matthew Broderick uses to gain access to the W.O.P.R. computer at NORAD?

Joshua

6. For that matter, what does W.O.P.R stand for?

War Operations Plan Response

7. Loki, the Angel of Death after killing several executives in their boardroom was going to kill the only woman there when he was called away by his companion Bartelby. He tells the woman that “She got off light”. What was the woman’s offense for which she was about to die.

She failed to say “Bless you” when he sneezed.

8. What is the mangler in the remarkably-cleverly-named movie “The Mangler”?

A possessed laundry folding machine.

9. Name Two Movies which feature unprovoked violence on Thanksgiving turkeys.

The Doors and Rocky

10. Who is the only person to speak in the movie “Silent Movie”?

Marcel Marceau

11. What movies featured the following weapons?

a. The Glaive
b. A three bladed sword that could shoot two of the blades
c. The Green Destiny
d. Broken candle vs. broken milk carton
e. The Cobra Assault Cannon
f. Cherry Darling’s leg/machine gun
g. Thermal Detonator

A. Krull
C. The Sword and the Sorcerer
D. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
E. The Big Bus
F. Robocop (State of the Art Bang Bang)
G. Grindhouse
H. Return of the Jedi

12. Name three movies where a character can no longer think off the top of their head.

Hannibal, Kill Bill Vol. I, and Dawn of the Dead of course.

13. When Tom Cruise was hanging upside down centimeters from the floor in Mission Impossible, what is it that he was trying to steal? Extra credit if you know what the acronym stands for.

The CIA’s NOC list. NOC stands for “Non Official Cover”.


14. What is the subject of the modest advertising claim that “[it] is now the ultimate power in the universe!”

The Death Star

Friday, October 8, 2010

Return of the Son of The Nearly Impossible Movie Trvia Quiz

Greetings minuscule following. Its been a bit since I did one of these so I thought we'd start up with the movie trivia again. Enjoy...

1. What does the TPS of the infamous “TPS reports” in Office Space stand for?

2. In the original screenplay for Misery (as well as in the book), Cathy Bates would not have hobbled James Caan. What would she have done?

3. In the movie Ghost Story, how does the character die that later becomes the Ghost?

4. What are the Greek letters of the fraternity in Animal House?

5. In the movie Wargames, what is the password that Matthew Broderick uses to gain access to the W.O.P.R. computer at NORAD?

6. For that matter, what does W.O.P.R stand for?

7. Loki, the Angel of Death after killing several executives in their boardroom was going to kill the only woman there when he was called away by his companion Bartelby. He tells the woman that “She got off light”. What was the woman’s offense for which she was about to die.

8. What is the mangler in the remarkably-cleverly-named movie “The Mangler”?

9. Name Two Movies which feature unprovoked violence on Thanksgiving turkeys.

10. Who is the only person to speak in the movie “Silent Movie”?

11. What movies featured the following weapons?

a. The Glaive
b. A three bladed sword that could shoot two of the blades
c. The Green Destiny
d. Broken candle vs. broken milk carton
e. The Cobra Assault Cannon
f. Cherry Darling’s leg/machine gun
g. Thermal Detonator

12. Name three movies where a character can no longer think off the top of their head.

13. When Tom Cruise was hanging upside down centimeters from the floor in Mission Impossible, what is it that he was trying to steal? Extra credit if you know what the acronym stands for.

14. What is the subject of the modest advertising claim that “[it] is now the ultimate power in the universe!”

Monday, June 28, 2010

He's more machine than man now... twisted and e-vil.

Yes, still alive. Take THAT space time continuum! FWIW, I haven't had the transplant yet but we're inching closer. (When last we left our hero, he had just found out that he needed a kidney transplant) Since then, I have been through the evaluation process, was approved, and am now on the list to be transplanted. Waiting for a random cadaverous donor can take years (yes, really) and since I would prefer to get on with my life, I have been working on trying to get a living donor. We got close with one but for super-technical anatomical reasons, the surgeons counselled against it and so we are now going through the evaluation process with potential living donor number two. Things are progressing and with some luck I should be on the other side of this in a couple of months.

In the meantime though, probably as specific kharmic retribution for finding Julie Andrews attractive dressed as a nun in The Sound of Music, my kidneys have gotten so bad that I have to go on dialysis. So, as we speak, I am currently hooked up to a machine for several hours. Not all that bad really. At this point, since I just sort of started this whole dialysis thing just last week, it is still somewhat novel. I'm sure I'll get tired of it but for now I suspect I'll get a lot of reading done and give my netflix subscription a workout. So be it.

So, for some good kharma (seriously, with the short hair and dirndl and everything, Julie Andrews was pretty happenin' back then) I hope all is well with anyone reading this out there in radio and TV land and we'll see you next time.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Everybody's gotta have a hobby ;)

We interrupt this blog, really before it got going particularly, to wrench it away from its moors and head it in another direction. So, what's the deal?

As you may have read in an earlier post, after a long illness, I had a liver transplant about 12 years ago. The transplant was very successful and my liver problems have essentially disappeared. Unfortunately though, the medicines that I had to take post-liver-transplant are pretty hard on you and, on your kidneys especially. Not so gradually, the immunosuppressant medicines that I had to take for my liver scarred and thickened and befouled my kidneys. We've been following the decline of my kidney function over the years, knowing that it was possible that it would eventually get bad enough that I would also have to get a kidney transplant and sure enough, last week, my nephologiest said that things had gotten so bad that yes, I need to get a new one.

So, now in additon to no one reading about the other stuff I post, everyone can also enjoy not reading about this process as me and my family wend our way through it. Is it a bummer? Yes. Unfair? Perhaps - but really though, I don't really think of it that way. I mean, we were playing for keeps with the whole liver thing and without the transplant I would have died. Further, specifically without the medicines I took I would have rejected the donor liver and also would have died so, these twelve years, my marraige, and two kids later I can't be too bent out of shape about now having this issue. Besides, for regular ol people walking down the street, having a kidney transplant is a big damn deal but comparitively, its pretty small potatoes next to having a liver transplant. I've seen the elephant already and I suspect that I'll just walk right through this.

There's lots more to say and as we go through the evaluaton and get on the list and everything I'm sure we'll learn a lot and can share that too. For now though, suffice to say that the spring forward shift has me tired and morning is going to come pretty early so I should go. Stay tuned...

Monday, December 14, 2009

Answers to the Son of the Nearly Impossible Movie Trivia Quiz

At long last here are the answers to the latest quiz. Sorry for the delay and thanks again for reading...

1. It’s Soylent Green. The populace is told that the new variant of Soylent (there are also Soylent Red and Soylent Yellow) is made from plankton and sea kelp but we all know that SOYLENT GREEN IS MADE OF PEOPLE!!! Btw, Soylent is a portmanteau from the combination of Soybean and Lentil, just FYI.

2. What technology is the following exchange referring to:
“Sorry, I have three other interviews to do before this party's over.
Yeah, but they're not working on something that'll change the world as we know it.
They say they are.
Yeah, but they're lying. I'm not.”

Teleportation Pods from the movie The Fly. This is how Jeff Goldblum convinces Geena Davis to come back to his flat.

3. Name the movies which feature these villains:

a. Clarence Boddiker – Was the head of a gang of drug dealing violent neer-do-wells in the original “Robocop”. He was responsible for nearly killing officer Murphy, the policeman that was later turned into Robocop. He was played by Kurtwood Smith who also played the father on that 70’s show and the President of the Federation in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country among other roles.

b. Walter Peck – Was the representative of the Environmental Protection Agency who fatefull forced the Ghostbusters to shut down the power grid they were storing all the ghosts on in Ghostbusters. According to both Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray in the movie, he has no dick.

c. Hans Gruber – Was the German terrorist who led a group of other Teutonic bad guys to take over the Nakatomi Plaza Building in “Die Hard.” Unfortunately they did not know that one of their hostages was the wife of disgruntled cop and perennial shoe-eschewer Bruce Willis. Hans later is defenestrated (look THAT up in your Funk and Wagnalls!) by Bruce Willis at the climax of the film. Incidentally, Hans Gruber was also the brother of Jermy Irons character in the third Die Hard movie “Die Hard with a Vengeance”.

d. Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg – Was the villainous business mogul/arms dealer/stooge for Ultimate Evil in “The Fifth Element”, which may, I’m not totally positive, but it may also feature a scene of Bruce Willis without shoes.

e. Brick Top – extra credit if you know why he believes that one should “be wary of any man who keeps a pig farm.”
This was probably the hardest of the bunch. He was the extraordinarily dangerous gangster/promoter of illegal bare knuckle boxing matches in “Snatch”. Here is why you should always be wary of people with pig farms according to him: You're always gonna have problems lifting a body in one piece. Apparently the best thing to do is cut up a corpse into six pieces and pile it all together…. And when you got your six pieces, you gotta get rid of them, because it's no good leaving it in the deep freeze for your mum to discover, now is it? Then I hear the best thing to do is feed them to pigs. You got to starve the pigs for a few days, then the sight of a chopped-up body will look like curry to a pisshead. You gotta shave the heads of your victims, and pull the teeth out for the sake of the piggies' digestion. You could do this afterwards, of course, but you don't want to go sievin' through pig shit, now do you? They will go through bone like butter. You need at least sixteen pigs to finish the job in one sitting, so be wary of any man who keeps a pig farm. They will go through a body that weighs 200 pounds in about eight minutes. That means that a single pig can consume two pounds of uncooked flesh every minute. Hence the expression, "as greedy as a pig".


4. What psychological malady did Sigourney Weaver’s character suffer from in the movie “Copycat”? She had agoraphobia. Not necessarily the fear of open spaces as is often thought; here is a good definition of it http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/agoraphobia/DS00894

5. What was “the score” in the remarkably-cleverly-named movie “The Score”? It was a 17th Century French Scepter worthier $30,000,000.00 being stored in a huge safe in a bonded Customs Warehouse in Montreal. They opened the safe by drilling a small hole in the top, then filling it with water, then dropping a small charge into it and the resultant concussion blew the door off the safe. Very cool cinemagraphically but apparently not at all plausible. Mythbusters had a field day with this.


6. Where is the nuclear bomb hidden that destroys Baltimore, MD in the movie version of “The Sum of All Fears”? It was in a soft drink machine delivered to the side of the stadium that was having the Super Bowl that year.

7. What is in Lyman Zerga’s briefcase, “The contents of which are werry waluable to me.” Inside the briefcase appeared to be six giant emeralds each about the size of a cellphone. What they actually were were explosives used to blow the columns apart in the door of the vault in the Bellagio Casino in the remake of “Ocean’s 11”.

8. What was “Gluttony” forced to eat until he died? Canned spaghetti. His legs were bound to the chair he was in and his wrists bound under the table at which he had been sitting. At gunpoint he was forced to eat continuously or risk asphyxiation until he died from massive internal hemorrhaging as his stomach gave way.

9. Where does Sam Neil want to retire to in “The Hunt for the Red October”? Montana. He doesn’t make it though as he is shot at the end of the film by a KGB agent masquerading as the cook on the Red October.

10. What is “the cornerstone of any nutritious breakfast?” Samuel Jackson, playing hit man Jules in “Pulp Fiction” declares, “Hamburgers! The cornerstone of any nutritious breakfast!” The unfortunate soon-to-be-victims had gotten burgers and a large Sprite at Big Kahuna Burger that morning.

11. What, specifically, was Tim Roth paid to do by Quentin Tarrantino in the movie “Four Rooms?” This may have been a bit of trick question but no one got it right so I refuse to apologize. So there, nyah! Anyway, Tim Roth, the hotel bellhop in the movie was asked to deliver a block of wood, a doughnut, a ball of twine, three nails, a club sandwich, a bucket of ice and a hatchet, "as sharp as the devil himself". After substituting a giant meat cleaver for the hatchet and making delivery on everything else, he is then asked to take part in a challenge: Quentin Tarrantino’s friend bet him that he can light his Zippo ten times in a row (without fail). If he succeeds, he wins Quentin's car, but if he fails, he loses his pinky finger. Tim Roth is offered to perform as an impartial "hatchet man" and cut off Quentin's friend's finger, should he fail. After he hears this request Tim Roth initially tries to storm out of the room, but a $100 bill convinces him to stay and listen for one more minute. Over the next minute Quentin incrementally places another $1000 on the table that Tim Roth can earn if he agrees. Tim eventually agrees and Quentin’s friend lighter doesn’t work on the very first try. Tim slams the meat cleaver down and, sure enough, cuts off the guy’s pinky. He then grabs the $1000 and walks out of the room as the closing credits roll over the frantic rush of everyone else trying to get the guy to a hospital to get his finger reattached. So, for those of you keeping track at home, that’s $100 to listen to a one minute pitch and $1000 to cut off a character’s pinky.

12. What is the correct answer to this question, “Where is my auto-mobile?” In “Sixteen Candles”, foreign exchange student Long Duk Dong borrows the car of Molly Ringwald’s grandfather to go the dance towards the end of the film. After quite a lot to drink, he is found passed out on the front lawn of Molly Ringwald’s house the next morning by her whole family as they are headed out to her sisters wedding. After discovering that Dong was still drunk, Grandpa, in his most slow and patronizing voice possible inquires, “Where is my auto-mobile?” while overly pronouncing each syllable for the foreign students benefit. Dong makes a variety of exaggerated driving gestures and vrooming and screeching tire sounds to Grandpa’s growing dismay and apprehension and finally responds, “Lake. Big Lake.”

13. What can be found at the following locations:

a. P. Sherman 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney. This is the address of the dentist’s office where Nemo was taken in “Finding Nemo”.
b. In a safety deposit box at the Cathcart Towers Hotel. This is where the jewels stolen at the beginning of the film were hidden in “A Fish Called Wanda”. The key to the safety deposit box is hidden in a treasure chest in the fish tank containing Wanda for part of the film.
c. The Palace Hotel Ballroom on Lake Wassapamaunee. This is where the Blues Brothers had their last public concert. Their last concert in the film takes place behind bars. Steve Lawrence set up the gig after being blackmailed by John Belushi with revealing some extramarital hijinks to Steve Lawrence’s wife.
d. Along those same lines… Here is the question: “Just where to do guys think you are?”
Here are the wrong answers given: “Library of Congress? My house? Detroit? Beyoooond the suuuuunnnn?”
What is the correct answer? This also was a very hard one. The correct answer from the movie “Bachelor Party” was The Parkview Hotel. Truly, this was the most trivial question on here.

14. What is the name of the china company that manufactured U.S. Customs Agent Kujan’s coffee cup in The Usual Suspects? Verbal Kint (played by Kevin Spacey) was arrested as one of the few survivors of a supposed drug deal with a bunch of Hungarian mobsters that went bad and ended up in a gigantic fire and explosion in the Port of Los Angeles. He is being interrogated by Agent Kujan about the events that led to the disastrous occurrence. Verbal tells a long involved story about how a group of criminals were recruited unknowingly and later blackmailed by a mysterious underworld boogeyman named Keyser Soze to, among other things, disrupt an enormous drug deal that was to take place on the ship that later was destroyed by the explosion and fire. His story involves numerous individuals and events including a Mr. Kobayashi (played by Pete Postlethwaite) who was Keyser Soze’s threatening front man who was the one who actually interacted with the group of criminals to blackmail them. Turns out that the entire story verbal spins is fictional and made up on the spot using names and references found in Agent Kujan’s own office, among them the name “Kobayashi” which was the name of the china company that made Agent Kujan’s coffee cup. Every time Agent Kujan took a drink, he lifted the cup up and showed the name Kobayashi to Kint. We never do find out what Pete Postlethwaite’s real name was in the film.

15. How often had Ferris Bueller been absent from school during that school year? In Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Dean of Students Edward Rooney calls Ferris’ mom at her work to check to make sure that Ferris is actually sick and not just playing hooky. He lets her know that Ferris has missed school nine times already that year. She says that she doesn’t remember him being absent nine times and Rooney says, “Mrs. Bueller, I have it right here...” and turns to his computer where we see that the number of absences is now highlighted and gradually being lowered to 2 in front of Rooney’s eyes. Cut to Ferris at his own computer in his house who it is revealed was the one changing his attendance record.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Just Cuz' - Son of the Nearly Impossible Movie Trivia Quiz

Due to the completely overwhelming demand of one person saying that they kind of liked the movie quizzes... sort of... kind of... here is another one to joggle your memories. Remember, using IMDB probably would be considered cheating. Thank you so much for reading and good luck.

1. What is this and, more importantly, What IS this?











2. What technology is the following exchange referring to:
“Sorry, I have three other interviews to do before this party's over.
Yeah, but they're not working on something that'll change the world as we know it.
They say they are.
Yeah, but they're lying. I'm not.”

3. Name the movies which feature these villains:

a. Clarence Boddiker

b. Walter Peck

c. Hans Gruber

d. Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg

e. Brick Top – extra credit if you know why he believes that one should “be wary of any man who keeps a pig farm.”

4. What psychological malady did Sigourney Weaver’s character suffer from in the movie “Copycat”?

5. What was “the score” in the remarkably-cleverly-named movie “The Score”?


6. Where is the nuclear bomb hidden that destroys Baltimore, MD in the movie version of “The Sum of All Fears”?

7. What is in Lyman Zerga’s briefcase, “The contents of which are werry waluable to me.”

8. What was “Gluttony” forced to eat until he died?

9. Where does Sam Neil want to retire to in “The Hunt for the Red October”?

10. What is “the cornerstone of any nutritious breakfast?”

11. What, specifically, was Tim Roth paid to do by Quentin Tarrantino in the movie “Four Rooms?”

12. What is the correct answer to this question, “Where is my auto-mobile?” I

13. What can be found at the following locations:

a. P. Sherman 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney.
b. In a safety deposit box at the Cathcart Towers Hotel.
c. The Palace Hotel Ballroom on Lake Wassapamaunee.
d. Along those same lines… Here is the question: “Just where to do guys think you are?”
Here are the wrong answers given: “Library of Congress? My house? Detroit? Beyoooond the suuuuunnnn?”
What is the correct answer?
14. What is the name of the china company that manufactured U.S. Customs Agent Kujan’s coffee cup in The Usual Suspects?

15. How often had Ferris Bueller been absent from school during that school year?