Saturday, December 6, 2008

Rest In Peace Uncle Forry

I can't sleep. So I get online and what do I find out? Forest J. Ackerman has passed away.

He did what most of us wanted to do for a living.  He was a professional fan of all things Sci-Fi, Horror, and Fantasy. 

This was the man that coined the phrase "Sci-Fi."

 I always enjoyed seeing stories about him on TV because they would always show his museum full of movie memorabilia.  The "Ackermansion" was a HUGE collection of all things Horror/Sci-Fi/Fantasy.  Spocks ears, Drac's original cape.

He was such an enthusiastic lover of the Sci-Fi / Horror Genre that it would make the geekiest of geeks fall in love with it all over again.  The man knew how to be a fan.  He made me proud to love monster movies.   His magazine, Famous Monsters of Filmland, was really the first Monster Magazine, long before Fangoria.  He really did make me proud to love this genre.

I'm sad that I'll never get a personal tour of the Ackermansion.  But mostly I'm sad that I'll never get to meet him.

Rest in peace Uncle Forry.

Monday, December 1, 2008

It took me sometime, but here you go.

So in accordance to the rules set forth by Mr. Marcellus, since he tagged me and all, I have to reveal 7 things about me. So here we go.

1) In 1993 I was held up by airport security in St. Petersburg, Russia, because the X-ray showed that I had some sort of specialized military handgun hidden in my bag. Several Russian Military gaurds surrounded me, followed by Airport Security, all of them armed to the teeth, hands on their weapons, ready to shoot me down or beat me with clubs. They all laughed when they realized it was a video camera. All guards and personell left giggling at the situation, as the gaurd at the end of check out asked in a thick Russian accent: "How much is camera?" I shoved the camera into my bag and replied, "It's not for sale." I walked away.

2) I play blues harmonica, and for the past 2 years have slowly been learning to play classical harmoninca.

3) When I have writers block or when I am in deep thought about solving a problem, I do magic tricks.

4) My first concert was going to see Tiffany at Six Flags Over Texas. The, then unknown, New Kids On The Block opened for her.

5) I am taller than both Dennis Hopper and Jackie Chan, both of whom I've had the privilege to stand next to.

6) My first feature length film was a black and white horror drama called Vampire Killer, and no one will ever see it, unless you are one of the unfortunate souls who has a copy of it. I apologize.

7) I have a major obsession with anything and everything about weaponry and combat, especially it's history.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Tactical Research

Brushing up on the Tactical Research. Thank god for YouTube.

Tactical Reload

Tactical Reload Demonstration

Scene From WAY OF THE GUN.
Benicio DelToro does a tactical reload.

And for good measure, the PROPER way to clear a room.

More room clearing examples.

And just for shits and giggles, Room CLEANING procedure.

And I thought this one was funny as well.