Category Archives: The Bucket

When you’re lazy, everything just goes in the bucket… Yup.

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Every Day Carry

If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you may have seen the reports of major bushfires in Victoria. While this is nothing new, it made me think of something that preppers are known for. The Bug out Bag. It’s that bag that we who believe in preparedness are mocked for by those who have no idea what it really is. Everybody, in one shape or other, has a bug out bag, or if you like, it’s younger sister the every-day carry bag. Some are just poorly equipped. Men have their wallets, women have their handbags Soldiers.. well NO-ONE is more equipped than they are.

I have two bags now. I have my BOB in my car, something that if I didn’t have, I would have had to turn in my apocalypse card. As a nurse though, I’ve had to carry what amounts to an EDC. In aged care, this was a pouch that consisted of ID, scissors, tape, pens (many, many pens), Handover sheet, alcohol (swabs!! gee, I’m a little more professional than that!) and I usually throw a simple dressing in there at the start of the shift. trust me, it’s needed more often than not, and having it on me saves a lot of time!

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Wash Your Hands!!

So given that my entry into the geekyantics world was through my zombie/apocalyptic/horror book, I figured it made sense that I should do at least one post on what I know. If you’ve read my book, you know I come down hard on the side of the virus based zombie outbreak. I like it because it’s actually feasible. Don’t worry, I’m not running around clobbering every drunk guy staggering towards me on the street. I believe in a much simpler way of preventing the spread of a potentially zombifying disease (Clue: It’s in the title).

Whether the infection is a virus or a bacteria or an alien parasite (Ok, I have nothing to support this last one), this is always your first line of defense. Let’s look at the most common virus, the flu. This is actually seasonal not because the cold weather invents a new virus. This is a problem because people huddle together en-masse to escape the cold! the close contact is the reason this is so virulent. The zombie virus will act exactly the same way! Sure you have the added risk of bite transference, but we’ve known about salivary transferal since glandular fever. The concept is largely the same.

I am not a virologist mind you. I am a nurse and a writer. If there is one thing any nurse can tell you though? Wash your bloody hands! (haha pun!) you are the first step in stopping the zombie apocalypse!

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Three More Days!

Day one of my new career is so close now. I am so ‘nurited’! I like that description. It a combination of nervous and excited while sounding close enough to neurotic to be apt.

While I am hoping that it won’t take too long for me to get comfortable in new scrubs -literal and metaphorical- I know the adjustment will be less than easy. I decided that I would write this so I would have some ‘baseline obs’. Something to look back on and measure progress by.

I think at the moment, my biggest fear is that the skills I’ve spent years learning have been smothered (too harsh?) by my years in aged care. I’m good at that. I know I have the technical knowledge. I know that I’ve studied everything I need to know. What if I forget it all? Can I put on a good enough act that my patients don’t pick up on my nerves? Will I be able to transfer my time management into such a different platform?

I’m not going to answer any of these yet. That can wait until I have more than assumptions and self platitudes to base those answers off. Plus, I’m sure there will be more worries and freak outs to come and tack themselves onto the list. Like how it took years to feel comfortable with making friends in my last job. Am I back to square one? Should I be stocking up on books for the break room again?
Time will tell I guess. Am I the only one who freaks out with big changes? Leave me a note, tell me I’m imagining it, or the last time you had a major freak out.
Really, I wasn’t even this anxious at my book launch! Given, the only lives at risk there were fictional, and mine to do with as I please.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Review

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tmnt_posterTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT), the 2014 live action reboot, is finally here.  I say this because we’ve been seeing coverage on the movie’s development for over a year and it all seemed to be bad news for the franchise.  That’s significant for many of us that were kids when the comic launched in 1984 and eventually transcended every major medium over the course of the fifteen years that followed.  In short, you couldn’t get away from these “heroes in the half shell” in the late 80s/early 90s if you were tuned into pop culture in the least.  TMNT is a bare-bones, predictable plot where a vapid lead reporter stumbles into one troubled situation after another while immature childlike creatures try to protect her with pointless explosions and IQ-free action sequences.  Don’t think I’m being negative; that’s exactly what the Ninja Turtles have been all along, and this film nailed it.

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It’s the strangest dichotomy from start to finish.  On one hand you’re watching a familiar plot as April attempts to break a story on the nefarious foot clan that has plagued New York City.  On the other hand you’re introduced to a new aesthetic for the Turtles that takes some getting used to.  As you progress through the film’s 100 minute jaunt everything will begin to bleed together and suddenly you don’t question a Shredder that looks like the Predator.  Despite these visual setbacks, TMNT still remains quite self-aware and has no problem digging deep into the vaults and featuring characters like Vernon Fenwick (Vern) or using the line “tonight, I dine on turtle soup.”  There was even a line where Vern asks April if the Turtles may be aliens and she mentions how dumb that concept would be – which those that followed the film’s development will note was the original idea for this reboot.  I even have to commend the frantic camera work of Lula Carvalho that seems to borrow from some of my favorite parts of the cartoon show, in some cases matching the shots exactly, because I never would have imagined it be allowed in a major film.

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While Michael Bay did produce this film, his touch is barely present in the grand scheme of things and probably is the last name you should be interested in.  I wasn’t thrilled with writing duo Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec (of Alias fame among others) penning the script, but a third involvement of Evan Daughtery (Snow White and the HuntsmanDivergent) did assist in grounding the plot and giving it a justifiable ending.  Director Jonathan Liebesman’s Battle Los Angeles and Wrath of the Titans work clearly came in handy for some of the crazier action sequences – there’s an excellent snowy mountainside sequence.  Many criticized Megan Fox for being the hot chick without much talent, and while I sadly must admit her acting leaves something to be desired, I would argue she fills the shoes of April O’Neil appropriately in every way except for her visual similarity to the character in comics and cartoons.  As usual William Fichtner is underutilized as Eric Sacks, who has a large role in the script but always falls short of any true character development.  I’m sure many would argue that the Turtles themselves should be mentioned, but I neither knew much about the actors nor could recognize them enough in the film to consider it notable.

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If you grew up with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles you probably were introduced by a frantic cartoon whose ability to withstand the test of time is debatable.  When the live action film released it was clearly forced to use drama and one-liners to conceal the fact that big guys in rubber suits cannot emulate their cartoon counterparts.  This new film is finally able to keep up with what the cartoon started, which may be great for kids and fans of the original, but dwindles to nothing more than Hollywood summer blockbuster spectacle to most others.  That doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for it, but if you’re hoping to see some sort of gritty new well-written world where the Ninja Turtles are handled like Nolan’s Dark Knight saga, look elsewhere.  Still, I can’t help but feel that perhaps this license just isn’t suited for something so high brow, it’s just big dumb fun.

Final Score: 3 out of 5

The reviewer paid to see this film and was provided with no press passes or other promotional material.

Essential Albums of the 80s and 90s: KMFDM – Angst

Join me as I take you on a musical journey through time as I share the albums from the 80s, 90s, etc that are a must own or at least a must listen!

KMFDM – ANGST

Year of Release:  1993

Essential Tracks:

  • “Light”
  • “A Drug Against War”
  • “Sucks”

When I say the word “Industrial” when it comes to musical genres, what comes to mind? Groups like Nine Inch Nails, I’m sure. Maybe you even think of Stabbing Westward or, more recently, Korn and a whole crop of Nu Metal groups. All these answers are acceptable. There are even hundreds of other groups that I don’t even know.

Well, there is one group that always comes to mind for me. Straight out of Germany, it’s KMFDM! The band which started as a project of artistic expression and whose full name,<Kein Mehrheit Für Die Mitleid, loosely translates as “no pity for the majority” originated in 1984 and released 18 albums and countless singles. All the albums are great but one stands out to me as an essential album you must own or at least listen to before you die.

Angst came out in 1993 and solidified the group as a mainstay in the metal scene at the time. They were featured in metal magazines and even had one of their songs, “A Drug Against War,” featured in Beavis and Butthead.

The album is completely mindblowing. It opens with “Light” and gets you pumped with a grindingly heavy guitar riff blending with some synthesizers that sound like the 80s and 90s are fighting each other with no clear winner. The refrain of the song will get you prepared for the album as a whole too with the line “KMFDM. Doin’ it again. A treat for the Freaks.” Yup. Get in and get pumped. The second track on the album, “A Drug Against War,” may very well be the best one and is easily the definitive track with fast paced, seizure-inducing guitars and drums, distorted vocals, sampled lines which distinctly sound like George Bush Sr saying “Bomb the living bejeepers out of those forces” and a random “Kill everything.” This is easily the most over-the-top speed metal track the band ever did and when people think of them or at the very least of this album, “A Drug Against War” is what comes to mind.

The angry and distorted lyrical style continues through the majority of the album mixing with guitar riffs that sound like they belong to classic rock greats before them like Black Sabbath (Listen to the guitars in “Blood”) and bands that came after like Rammstein mixed with 80s and 90s synth programming that could easily come from a Depeche Mode album (“Lust”). All in all, the mix of speed metal and synth is what makes the band fantastic and I feel it’s best expressed on this album.

Aside from “Light” and “A Drug Against War,” this album brought us the definitive moment in KMFDM’s history. The second to last song on the album is “Sucks.” Leave it to a band that started as a performance art project to produce a techno song discussing how much they suck. The lyrics are rapped over some of the cheesiest and most hollow sounding synth pop. “Our music is simple. Totally fake. It’s done by machines ’cause they don’t make mistakes.” There are references to hating all music “especially rap” which adds to the irony since the lyrics are rapped and a mention of hating Depeche Mode which has become a running joke as there was a rumor that the band’s name stood for “Kill Mother Fucking Depeche Mode.” (It doesn’t.) Why is this song so pivotal aside from being hilarious and dangerously catchy? Look at any band shirts from KMFDM in the 90s and look at any fan posts online about them. You’ll see this: “KMFDM SUCKS!” This is especially funny when non fans see it and think people are bashing the band (they aren’t)!

The band is one of my personal favorites and this album is my absolute favorite from them. I am happy to make this the first entry into my series of essential albums from the 80s and 90s. Even if you do not like them or this type of music, please do yourselves a favor and check this one out.

…And remember: “KMFDM SUCKS!”

Woman Crush Wednesday – Jaimie Alexander (Lady Sif – Thor)

Tonight I will be joining Chip Cella and Andy Uruqhart over at the Agents of SHIELDcast so this g33k Grrl (emphasis on the “Grrrrrr”)pick by our friends at Be Like Water comes right on time. I just saw the Thor: Dark World movie and loved it, possibly more than the first. Lady Sif is definitely easy on the eyes.. We hope to see more of her on the S.H.I.E.L.D. show..  Giggity.

I bet we’re all curious to see how many people will be cosplaying Lady Sif now that she seems to be a mainstay.  Now, on a more serious note, do you think Lady Sif added more substance to the S.H.I.E.L.D. show?  Better yet…

Lady Sif – Sizzle or fizzle?

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Woman Crush Wednesday

Jaimie Alexander (Lady Sif)

Thor

Written by: Ryan Fu @fu_beatz

Jaimie Alexander was born Greenville, South Carolina but moved to Grapevine, Texas when she was four years old. She has 4 brothers. She took theatre classes in grade school as a hobby but was kicked out in high school because she could not sing and so she took up sports instead.

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Her first role was back in 2004 on an Indie flick called Squirrel Trap (2004) where she played a co-lead role of Sara. She landed her first leading role of Hanna Thompson in the small-budget (USD$15,000), The Other Side (2006). A year later she was cast as Jessi XX in the hit ABC Show, Kyle XY (2006) where she played the role of a super human being created by scientists as an experiment in a lab. She was nominated for the Saturn Awards as “Best Supporting Actress…

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