Sunday, December 28, 2008


THE EAGLES MADE THE PLAYOFFS! After being counted out, they still made it. Also, the Cowboys missed the playoffs so now the Lions get an earlier second 1st rd. pick.

Matt, are the Saints in the playoffs? Ha.

Kal El

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Hopefully this guy is right.

I was doing some sports reading online and saw this comment from a person on an article. I hope it is all true, and be sure I will be tuned into that radio station all day monday.

Here it is:

Fellas believe what you want to believe. I have my source.

Make sure you have 97.1 on Monday all day. It's going to be an exciting day and a sad one. Marinelli is a good man but he's overmatched as a head coach in the NFL. Marinelli will most likely head back to Tampa Bay as the DC for Gruden.

Now on to the good news again. The Lions will hold a press conference either Monday morning at 11:00 or 2:00 in the afternoon. Lewand will announce Marinelli and his staff have been relieved of their duties. Lewand will announce Mayhew will remain with the Lions as their head of scouting or a scout or understudy to the next GM. The Lions think highly of Mayhew but he's just not ready for the job.

The Lions have been speaking to Ron Wolf for quite sometime. In fact Terry Foster is going to have a story in the Detroit News next week about it. Ron Wolf will be the Lions next GM. He will then try to pry Hemedinger (OC) or Schwartz (DC) from the Titans. If those avenues fail then Wolf will turn his attention to Rex Ryan in Baltimore.

I trust my source. In fact Terry Foster leaked some of this information yesterday afternoon on his drivetime show. He said exactly everything I've been saying to you guys for the past week and Terry even went on record to guarantee this will happen (meaning the entire scenario I've painted for you above).

This process will take three weeks to complete but rest assured things will be changing for the Lions and they will begin on Monday. This is regardless of what happens tomorrow at Lambeau Field.

Kal El

Monday, December 22, 2008

Message to William Clay Ford Jr.-"DUR DUR DUUUURRR!"

You've got to be kidding. William Clay Ford Sr., with the garbage product he disguises as a football team, actually said he wanted his two-headed front-office team to RETURN next year? It's beyond belief, isn't it? On a day when the Lions players showed how truly awful they had become, the owner one-upped them in ineptitude. It was like the owner of the Titanic, as the ship was sinking, announcing, "Next I'm gonna build an airplane." Ford wins the prize. He is the worst. He is the biggest problem in this franchise and easily the most maddening. The fact he can contemplate returning anybody or anything from what already has tied the worst single-season losing streak in NFL history is incomprehensible. And yet there he was, telling a Booth Newspapers reporter before Sunday's 42-7 loss that he wanted Tom Lewand and Martin Mayhew back next year, possibly in their roles as chief operating officer and general manager. Those would be the current roles that have led to 0-15.

Kal El

Friday, December 19, 2008

Absolutely outraged.

I swear I hope this is not true.

Please someone confirm to me this is false. I thought it was a joke/rumor at first but I just heard someone say it was true on the radio.

Eddie Murphy was cast as the Riddler in the new Batman movie? And Rachel Weisz as Cat Woman?

And Steve, you were upset about the great Johnny Depp playing the Riddler? Now see what you get?

Eddie Murphy's career died after Beverly Hills Cop. And, not to be racist, but since when is the Riddler black? Has he ever been?

And Rachel Weisz, I enjoyed her in The Mummy, maybe even The Mummy Returns, but Cat Woman? She might be passable, but if Eddie Murphy is The Riddler, then this movie will be a disgrace to the two previous ones.

Kal El

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Friday, November 14, 2008


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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


If you were the Lions and your already has you scouting next year's top prospects, why would you take Drew Stanton out of a game that he starts 4/6 for 94 yards and a TD? That doesn't make sense. Why aren't they planning for the future? Why aren't they starting all of their highly touted draft picks? Why are they dumb? Why?

Kal El

Friday, November 7, 2008

Good song, amazing video.

This video was shot originally with real people, then sent to Hong Kong for 65 animators to go over every pixel.

This is also one of my new favorite songs for some reason.

Heartless from kwest on Vimeo.

Kal El

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

I want this man making Superman films.

Mark Millar keeps gaining my support more and more to start making Superman films. Here is what he had to say about his vision.

Mark Millar wants to create an epic 8-hour screen story which will follow the entire life of Kal-El from his birth on Krypton a thousand years ago, until he is the last being left on Earth.

Empire sat down for a chat with comic book writer and creator Millar, the man behind Wanted and the upcoming Kick-Ass, and he filled us in on his pitch for the follow-up to Superman Returns.

"Mark has been working closely with a ‘big-Hollywood action director’ – who he refuses to name at this stage – on a pitch for what he is calling the Magnum Opus of Superman stories. His idea is for an 8-hour saga, split into 3 films to be released a year apart, in a Lord of the Rings fashion. Although several other sources have reported similar conversations with Mark, he went into further detail, fleshing out the story arc a little more.

“It’s gonna be like Michael Corleone in the Godfather films, the entire story from beginning to end, you see where he starts, how he becomes who he becomes, and where that takes him. The Dark Knight showed you can take a comic book property and make a serious film, and I think the studios are ready to listen to bigger ideas now.”

“The problem with Superman Returns was like releasing Star Wars in ’77, The Empire Strikes Back in ’80 and then waiting 28 years to release Return of the Jedi, it wasn’t relevant. I understand what Bryan Singer was trying to do, to pay homage to Richard Donner’s original vision, but I think you should pay homage by doing something completely different.”

“I want to start on Krypton, a thousand years ago, and end with Superman alone on Planet Earth, the last being left on the planet, as the yellow sun turns red and starts to supernova, and he loses his powers."

Certainly no-one can ever say that Millar lacks vision and if he and his ‘bigHollywoodaction director’ friend get backing for the project, and we certainly hope they do, it might just prove to be the Godfather of superhero films."

Kal El

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Too Little, Too Late.

Warning: This post is about the Detroit Lions. Since Matt is the only one to really ever respond or show interest in these posts, I am putting this up so those who don't care don't have to waste their time reading. But if you're interested, please, read on.

I woke up this morning to reports that the Lions were having a Pro-Bowl player coming in to work out for them. Usually, I would be the happiest man on the planet upon recieving this news, but I'm not.

The reason is because of who it is. Daunte Culpepper. Anyone who watches football, Culpepper's best years were with the Minnesota Vikings when he was teamed with freak-of-nautre wide reciever, Randy Moss. Culpepper was a young QB with accuracy, a cannon arm, and had lots of mobility. Culpepper and Moss were thought to be one of, if not the best WR/QB combination in the NFL. Eventually, Moss, with his flamboyant attitude and me first mentality, became a problem for fans and ownership. He was shipped to Oakland a few years back(now with the Patriots) and Culpepper's career has gone down hill since then.

He has always had trouble holding onto the ball when he ran with it or got sacked. Without Moss to dump it off to for a guaranteed catch, he was sacked more and more, losing the ball more and more. Needless to say, he wasn't the same Daunte. One sack ended his career that season when he tore 3 ligaments in his knee and required surgery. Once he was healthy and back able to play, he was traded to the Miami Dolphins where he was not the same Daunte, then shipped to Oakland(the year after they got rid of Moss incidently) and he wasn't the same Daunte, but did show more improvements.

For this entire 2008-09 season he has been in the news talking about retiring because no team was going to pay him what he was worth, correction, what he THOUGHT he was worth. Due to his knee injury and his age(31 going on 32) he isn't as mobile as he used to be.

For anyone who has watched the Lions this year, for the first 4 games they lost, Quarterback was a big problem for them. I hate to age discriminate, but I think Kitna's years are behind him, he was forcing too many balls and giving up on too many plays(i.e. the game against Green Bay). In comes Dan Orlovsky who had a shaky start at first but has improved each game and has yet to throw an interception. So it is safe to say that our Quarterback is not losing our games for us anymore.

So why waste money on a new Quarterback while you have one that has so far proven to be worthy? I'm not completely counting Culpepper out because if he is back to 100% mentally and physically, there is a possibility he can help us. It will be a risk, with a potential upside, but still not a risk I'm completely willing to make. We might as well save the money.

Right now, I'm at work bored, but things are starting to pick up so I have to cut this post short, maybe I'll continue it later.

Kal El

Friday, October 24, 2008

November 4th

On November 4th, while you're voting YES on Prop 2, don't forget to vote YES on Prop 1, the legalization of medical marijuana.

Here are some reasons...

For more info, go to

Kal El

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


I have been waiting for this for so long!

Kal El

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Can't live without my iPod anymore.

Months ago my iPod went down the crapper. Needed to be restored. It's happened to me before, so I didn't panic. Until I realized it was really broke this time and needed to be fixed. I figured it dead to me because my warranty was up but all my friends tell me "I just took mine in there past my warranty and they just gave me a refurbished one and took mine. So did so and so and so and so." So I drive an hour out to Somerset, go to the Apple store(which being right next to the Puma store almost bankrupted me.) Gave them my iPod, but I had to make a Tech Appt. Annoying. So I drove an hour back home. My appt. is today, and today will either be the day I get my life back, or the day I go absolutely insane. I can't really function without my iPod. I am a proud music pirate and have so much music I want to listen to and I can't, unless I just carry my laptop around. I can't run without my iPod, workout without it, I'm starting to get annoyed with CDs and the radio in my car, it's killing me. Hopefully they fix it, free of charge. If not, looks like I'm getting a new iPod since their asking price is almost as much as a new one. Maybe I'll go big and get the new 32GB iPod touch, by shelling out a good $400. Apparently, "money ain't a thang."

Wish me luck.

Kal El

Monday, October 6, 2008

Please, please, please happen!

Former Titans general manager and current ESPN analyst Floyd Reese has his eye on the Lions GM job, recently vacated by Matt Millen. From

“The ownership is there,” Reese said. “[Lions owner William Clay Ford] wants to win, wants to win badly. They’ve got a great stadium, they’ve got a great facility. The people there are great fans. They really are. I started my career in Detroit way, way back when. But right now they have to go through a total evaluation.”

So does Reese think he’s the person who should oversee that total evaluation, and take the reins of the franchise? When asked directly, he said he’d love the job.

“Are they giving me the job? If they are, I’ll be there. If not I’ll be here at ESPN."

Kal El

Sunday, October 5, 2008


Get on your Facebook, go to Settings, click Account Settings, click Language and change it to English(Pirate). It is freaking amazing.

Kal El

Why the Lions suck(ed), and why I hate the Steelers.

To read and understand this, you have to believe in curses. This one is the curse of Bobby Layne, the curse that has plagued the Detroit Lions for 50 years.

Bobby Layne was the Lions Hall of Fame Caliber quarterback in the 50s and led them to 3 championships(yes, the Lions have won something before). Bobby Layne was a great player, not really a model citizen, sort of a mix between Chad Ocho Cinco and, well someone who gets in off field trouble. Although he was a great, great player, the Lions organization and fans grew tired of his off field antics. One game, he suffered a broken leg. He was then replaced by another quarterback while he was hurt, and the Lions won the championship again that year. The next season, the Lions were content with their current Layne replacement that led them to a championship, so, thinking he was through and wanting to get what they could for him, the Lions traded him to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers were a team, at that time, that had not won a single thing in their 25 year history. Apparently Layne felt spurned by the Lions. While he was leaving for the Steelers, his most famous quote was born, he said Detroit "would not win for 50 years." That was in 1958. It is now 2008, 50 years later. For the past 50 years, the Lions have been AWFUL, just terrible, embarrassing. They have been plagued with bad drafts, and were most inconsistent at Layne's position, quarterback. They could never find a solid QB to take the rains and win something. It was the curse of Layne. Layne went on to a successful career in Pittsburgh and for the past 50 years the Steelers have won many championships, something they did not do before Layne. Their latest championship, if you all remember, was in the Lions home, Detroit.

It's 2008, the curse has been lifted. No, the Lions aren't going to automatically be great, as we have seen this season so far. They are, in fact, taking the correct steps towards greatness, such as firing the cancer that was Matt Millen, and are finally beginning to build a powerful offense. Now the defense must learn to tackle.

For Lions fans all over, including myself, a ray of sunshine, a sign of hope, has been shined upon us and my faith in the Lions has been restored, thanks to the firing and the lifting of the curse. So Bobby Layne, screw you, the Lions are going to be good from now on, back to our old winning ways.

Another reason I hate the Steelers in I am a huge fan of their cross state rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles. Go Eagles, Go Lions. Fuck the Steelers, and Layne.

Kal El

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Superman to the NBA.

Howard's new model of Adidas shoes feature a "Superman" logo on the back and the tongue of the shoe has "Superman" written across it. Howard won the NBA's Slam Dunk contest last February in New Orleans by dunking while wearing a blue "Superman" shirt and a red, flowing cape.

In the days following the Slam Dunk contest, Howard and his representative team met with Adidas bosses to formulate plans for a Superman-themed advertisement and shoe line.

I really am thinking about buying those shoes if they sell them in stores.

Kal El

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Not happy.

First, I'll give you guys the less devastating news. McBest is gone, for good. I'm not very happy about that. I've immediately started to save money to go visit him.

Now, for the really devastating news. Without notifying other members, there have been two(that I know of) new members inducted into the Scurvy Squad. I know, right? Not cool.

On a better note, what exactly are we doing for the Artichoke Reunion on the 18th of October? Is my drunken karaoke idea totally out of the question? If it is, I think it needs to be taken under further consideration.

Kal El

Monday, September 29, 2008

Sunday, September 28, 2008


This kid is amazing.

Yo-Yo to "Stronger"

Kal El

Thursday, September 25, 2008

One of the funniest videos...

...that I have watched in a while. I saw this on the Kanye West blog when I woke up this morning and laughed my ass off. It's good to start your day with a good laugh, try it out sometime.

Diesel SFW XXX - Watch more free videos

Kal El

Monday, September 22, 2008

There may be hope!

"DETROIT -- Bill Ford Jr. has seen enough of the way team president Matt Millen is running his father's Detroit Lions.

NFC North blog

Bill Ford Jr.'s comments about Matt Millen have made for a very awkward situation for the Lions, Kevin Seifert writes.

The Ford Motor Co. executive chairman spoke to reporters Monday after a Detroit Economic Club meeting. The vice chairman of the Lions said he was disappointed in the team's performance and said fans deserve better.

When asked, Ford said Millen should leave the team, but he didn't have the authority to make such a significant change.

His father, William Clay Ford, is the owner and chairman of the franchise.

The Lions are 0-3 this season and an NFL-worst 31-84 since hiring Millen, who won Super Bowls as a linebacker and was an acclaimed TV analyst but had no front-office experience when he was hired in Detroit."

Kal El

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Smallville Season 8 review.

It’s a problem that plagues almost every drama series on broadcast television that is not a procedural crime drama: How to keep the narrative’s ongoing mythology interesting as the show’s characters age through the seasons without jumping any sharks.

You don’t hear much about it, especially in the mainstream media, but Smallville, which on Thursday will begin its eighth season (its third on The CW, following five on The WB), has throughout its run emerged as a textbook study on how to roll with the realities of television production and remain vital while staying true to its core story. The first seven seasons of this series should be required viewing for every show-runner who is fortunate enough to face these challenges.

The Season 8 premiere makes clear that this isn’t the Smallville that captivated viewers and advertisers alike when it debuted in 2001. (I remember the excitement in the ballroom at New York City’s Sheraton Hotel in May of that year when The WB presented clips from the thrilling Smallville pilot to hundreds of advertisers and dozens of journalists.) The series, like its characters, is grown up now. When it began, it was about teenagers -- including Clark Kent (Tom Welling), the most famous super powered humanoid alien in the history of American popular culture – coping with the pressures high school, family and first romance, plus the lingering after effects of a devastating, long-ago meteor shower, the remnants of which continued to turn local citizens into Kryptonite-fueled madmen, if not genuine monsters. The Smallville canvas has expanded dramatically over the years to include interplanetary intrigue, cross-dimensional conflicts, the introduction of additional aliens (Supergirl, Brainiac, the Martian Manhunter) and other super-powered individuals (The Green Arrow, the Black Canary, Impulse, Aquaman, Cyborg), star-crossed romances (Clark Kent and Lana Lang, Lois Lane and Oliver Queen), a marriage made in hell (Lana Lang and Lex Luthor), three significant deaths (Whitney Fordman, Jonathan Kent, Lionel Luthor), and the departures of the two women Clark has loved most, his mother (for a political career in Washington, D.C.) and Lana (to begin a new life and allow Clark to fulfill his true destiny unencumbered by their relationship), as well as his best friend, Pete.

Smallville these days bears little resemblance to its younger self, yet it still feels remarkably fresh. Only two characters remain from its first season: Clark Kent, now finally pursuing a career in journalism at the Daily Planet and newly determined to move into adulthood (with ongoing guidance from his mentor, Oliver Queen), and his new best friend Chloe Sullivan, an intrepid young reporter who recently developed healing powers as a result of exposure to Kryptonite fragments from that long ago disaster. (She is now a “meteor freak,” as people who are dramatically altered by Kryptonite are known.) With Lana out of the picture (though she will briefly return in the months to come), Clark is free to pursue a new romance with his new colleague, Lois Lane, while Chloe finally declares her love for cub photographer Jimmy Olsen. And with Lex out of the way (mysteriously missing after the Fortress of Solitude collapsed on top of him at the end of Season 7), Clark has a new adversary in corporate cut-throat Tess Mercer, Lex’s designated successor as CEO of LuthorCorp.

Wisely, the season premiere includes appearances by three heroes from the still young Justice League: Green Arrow, Black Canary and Aquaman, all looking for Clark, who has also gone missing after the collapse of the Fortress. Martian Manhunter also returns at a critical time. Green Arrow (Justin Hartley) will remain on the canvas indefinitely, and the others will likely return. The growing awareness of other super-powered humans from well beyond the Smallville borders has been the most tantalizing subplot in the show’s ever-expanding mythology. For millions of comic book fans past and present it is as if the D.C. Comics universe is taking shape right before their eyes. The potential spin-offs and movie franchises are dazzling.

And yet, that isn’t what Smallville is about. It remains the story of Clark Kent, a young man who, upon reaching adolescence, began to realize that he was different from other kids. Young Clark’s adventures were stories of family, friendship, community, responsibility and tolerance. Clark has been somewhat slower to mature than most young men, despite prodding from Lana and Oliver, but he has experienced enough loss and seen enough change to realize that it is time to step up and be the person he was meant to be. That doesn’t simply mean taking on the challenges of manhood. It means respecting the responsibilities that come with great power and accepting the challenges that come with being Superman.

There. I said it. Superman. When Smallville premiered, its creators freely used the expression “no flights, no tights.” This series would be a reimagining of the Superman saga, not a simple retelling. Those producers and writers (and those who have since assumed control) have remained true to their original pledge. But Clark has flown quite a bit in recent seasons. It may be time for him to finally don that classic costume, especially if this proves to be the final season for this unexpectedly durable show.

TV on the Radio-Golden Age

Ha, I love this video. Watch it, it's a trip.

Kal El

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

They are losing fans.

Some guy wrote this letter to the Lions head offices...sad.

"To Mr. Ford, Mr. Millen and Coach Marinelli:

After 20 years of passionately supporting the Detroit Lions I find myself in a painful predicament. My natural tendency is to remain loyal, but as a matter of principle I can no longer support the Detroit Lions organization in any way, shape, or form. As I write this, my jerseys, t-shirts, hats and other such things are all burning in a barrel. I once had dreams of watching games with my kids, forming family traditions of the Lions on Thanksgiving, etc....those dreams are gone now. I refuse to pull my children into the heart-breaking dysfunction of this franchise.

It's not that the team isn't very good, it's that for decades this team has been mismanaged by incompetent people. As the owner and the GM, you two are the ones who are responsible for this. Mr. Millen, while I respect your desire to keep working at it until you get it right, I have to tell you that it now looks like smug arrogance and selfishness. Every man has to know his limitations, what he is good at and what he isn't good at. Competent men are able to admit their shortcomings and graciously concede defeat. Insecure men don't do the right thing because they are either afraid of what people think or they don't have a grip on reality and they think that they can still get the job done. You can't. You have already failed more than any other GM in NFL history. I am leaving the Lions because of you. Mr. Ford, I don't have ANY respect for you or anything you run. You are the most incompetent owner in sports, and your automobile company isn't far behind. I refuse to purchase any of your products from here on out and if it is in my power I will influence my friends, family and acquaintances to [do] the same. Coach Marinelli, I was in your corner and on the bandwagon for every single day up until today when I watched this team perform as incompetently as any I have ever seen (particularly in terms of inability to tackle). I still respect what you are trying to do and I feel bad that you came into such a screwed up situation. With such high draft picks available and in the day of free agency there is no franchise that has suffered as badly as the Lions have in terms of developing a competitive team. I can't watch the games any more because I feel so sad and so sick to my stomach that I have literally thrown up. I'm tired of this.

It must be nice to live in such a fantasy land where there is no such thing as true accountability, no requirement of productivity. If anyone at my company performed the way this organization has, they would be fired. If my company kept such poor performers it would go bankrupt. That is why I say that this is a matter of principle--you take the money of loyal fans, but NEVER deliver a product. If I thought I had a chance, I would take this organization to court and sue you for fraud. The love and positive feelings I once felt for the Lions has now been turned to hatred and sour bitterness. As far as I am concerned this organization is nothing more than a scam owned by a senile old man and run by an incapable GM that doesn't have the decency to step down. And I'm not the only one. Oh, I know that you think that the disgruntled fans will be happy if we win...but one day you will wake up and discover that there is a deep undercurrent that is brewing in the fanbase and you will reap what you deserve. At this point the only chance the Lions have of keeping me as a fan is if Mr. Ford sells the team and fires Mr. Millen. I am willing to give Coach Marinelli time because as I said before, he came into one of the worst scenarios possible. Do this and this franchise will stand a chance. Keep doing the same things the same way and I wouldn't be surprised if disgruntled fans turn to more aggressive means of forcing your hand because desperate times call for desperate measures.

To the person who will probably get this email and decide not to pass it on to those who it is addressed to--you are part of the problem. Why don't you try growing a pair and actually send it to the people it is supposed to go to? Obviously you shouldn't fear losing your job since no one else does.

[A] former fan in South Dakota"

Kal El

Monday, September 15, 2008

Is it Monday yet?

YES! Monday Night Football! There is nothing I love more during football seasons than Mondays, especially ones like today when I have an unexpected day off AND my favorite team(next to the Lions, of course) THE Philadelphia Eagles plays possibly their biggest division rivals and former cancer of their team, The Dallas Cowboys and Terrell Owens. Last year, with Lito Sheppard and Sheldon Brown, two pro-bowl corner backs, Lito Sheppard blanketed T.O. for no touchdowns and they forced Romo into 3 INTs. This year, they still have Sheppard and Brown and added another pro-bowl corner in Asante Samuel. Yes, the Cowboys have a high powered offense, but can they stop Brian Westbrook and a rejuvenated Donovan McNabb? Let's hope not. GO EAGLES!!

Kal El

Friday, September 12, 2008

This looks pretty good.

It's called "The Soloist." It is starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr.

The Soloist from videos11 on Vimeo.

It looks like it will be pretty good.

Kal El

Gas. You might want to read.

I was just told from a friend that he has heard a nasty but very possibly true rumor about gas. Gas has hit the price of $6 even in lansing and $4.09 in Flint soon to be the same as Lansing. I honestly have no more of a reason to believe this than to not, so don't take my word for it. But I think it might be a good idea to go fill up ASAP just in case, it'd be worth it. Hopefully if it is true, everyone reads this in time.

If it's true, no need to thank me. As I always say, "I do, what I can do, when I can do it."

Kal El

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Day of new.

Day of a lot of new things.

Got home from work and went for a run and just relaxed in front of the T.V. and I realized a few things. I caught an encore of the VMAs, didn't watch a whole lot of it because I don't really care, but that comedian, Russell Brand, is pretty funny. It surprised me because well, from my experience there is no such thing as a funny Brit.

Also, I think I am in love with Katy Perry. Her music is alright, but there is something about her that I see as beautiful. She is only about a year older than me, so anything is possible. I can dream.

NEW BEER! I discovered a new beer that I like, possibly love. Heileman's Special Export. I believe it come from the Chi, check it out. It's the bee's knees.

Kal El

Monday, September 8, 2008

I don't say this much...

...but, I'm impressed.

Off road unicycling....ever heard of it?

Kal El

Saving Superman- Part 1

Saving Superman - Part 1

By Kevin Aheam (aka TMW Man)
[Date: September 8, 2008]

In August, Warners announced that it was going to 'reintroduce Superman', and begin the franchise all over again as if SUPERMAN RETURNS (2006) never happened.

As the studio had already disavowed SUPERMAN III (1983) and SUPERMAN IV (1987), it's been thirty years, before the vast majority of Man of Steel's target audience was even born since a SUPERMAN film (II 1980) worth paying to see has played on the silver screen.

What went wrong? Will Warners learn anything from the disappointments of the past and finally get SUPERMAN right?

Of course, the Internet has been deluged with comments, suggesting writers, actors, directors, costume changes, villains, budget, marketing...Whoa! This is 'cart' thinking? The 'horse' is Superman.

"Leaping over skyscrapers, running faster than an express train, springing great distances and heights, lifting and smashing tremendous weights, possessing an impenetrable skin - these are the amazing attributes which Superman, savior of the helpless and the oppressed, avails himself of as he battles the forces of evil and injustice..."
SUPERMAN, Action Comics, August 1939

Oh, you mean that 'Comic Book Character?'

The super-misconception: Superman came from a comic book as he did from Krypton. The 'Adam' of costumed superheroes, his appearance in 1938 begat an entire industry from which he has long since transcended.

Half a century ago, seven different comics a month starring the Man of Steel sold 25,000,000+ copies a year, but in the new millennium, to a market three times larger, comic book sales are going the way of Superman's home planet.

Not a "quality" or "economic" issue - expanding TV, movies, and video games and DVDs have sorely diminished the power and impact of comic books as an entertainment medium.

This guts the accepted logic that comic book writers would best be able to reboot Superman - they can barely save themselves. The beancounters are quick to boast that the 'Death of Superman' (1992) arc sold millions of copies and became the bestselling graphic novel of all time, therefore, that has to be the way to re-boot the character.

Wrong. According to Warners, SUPERMAN RETURNS made the brand "toxic". No matter how well made, 'The Death of Superman' would be akin to beating a dead horse.

Leaving the 'comic book mindset' back in the 20th Century - Superman is the greatest hero in all of literature. Get over it, literary lights and SF&F fanboys. No Star Fleet Captain or Jedi Knight or boy wizard or elf is even close. Every hero everywhere, real or imagined, one way or another, is compared to Superman.

Said Aunt May to Peter Parker in SPIDER-MAN: "You're not Superman, you know."

Tell us about it, lady!

Yet SPIDER-MAN 3, a cut-and-paste embarrassment of a movie, beat SUPERMAN RETURNS at the box office by more than $150,000,000!

What has gone wrong with Superman?

Unlike Bat-Man's vengeance crusade, Spider-Man's guilt trip and Tony Stark's and Hancock's struggles to redeem themselves, Superman is about being the hero. Those who would apologize for, or worse, compromise the Man of Steel's mantle as the greatest hero ever created, should re-boot somebody less.

But, and here's where the process could go fatally awry, "It's always best to start at the beginning," said the Good Witch of OZ and how right she is.

Oh, no! Not another 'origin' story! Hardly. The first 20 seconds of the next film could do that. And another 10 seconds for the Clark Kent 'secret identity' angle.

And then?

Show some confidence in and knowledge of the character as created by Siegel and Shuster 70 years ago. The hero's tale is a quest. "Truth, Justice and The American Way" is only half of it. The other half is Lois Lane.

Oh, no! Not another 'closet' Lois Lane fan? Make that a Jerry and Joe fan.

Back to the beginning...

As observed by Jules Feiffer in 'The Great Comic Book Heroes' (Dial Press 1965), what separated Superman from the other 'fakes' is that (paraphrasing) "When Superman wakes up, he is Superman. Clark Kent is the put on."... "Superman's opinion of the rest of us - his fake identity is our real one."

Feiffer then brilliantly states: ..."Among Lois Lane, Clark Kent and Superman there existed a schizoid and chaste ménage a' trois."

Bottom line: resolve or consummate the Lois Lane quest and the hero's story has nowhere to go but down.

Substituting Doomsday for Richard Pryor would not have made SUPERMAN III much better. Instead of a lifeless, unengaging Nuclear Man in SUPERMAN IV, a rampaging Kirby-esque creation and all 'The King's" men would not have saved the film.

What if... the Man of Steel comes back after being away for five years to discover he's the father of Lois's 'love child'?

How did that work out?

As we know Superman's story, the "question word" in the re-boot is not Who? or Why? or How?, but WHEN?

Don't misunderstand me. A 'period piece' would be unthinkable. The 'new' Superman must be young and fresh already a part of the 21st Century. The question: When in the Superman story does the re-boot begin?


Superman, unlike the rest of the crowd who came after him, because of him, is a timeless icon. To reintroduce a 'new' Superman, it is mandatory to pay tribute to an 'old' Superman. (To do BATMAN BEGINS and DARK KNIGHT, Nolan did not go off on an ego trip to spin his own Caped Crusader. Instead he dug into the very blood of Bob Kane's character and let all hell spring loose!)

For the Donner-led I-IV series, Noel Neill, the original Lois Lane from the Paramount serial, got a cameo. But SUPERMAN RETURNS didn't go to the well once too often; the movie jumped in.

Opening with that big, beautiful S logo from the Donner film from 30 years ago and Williams' incredible score from the old series, on came the ghost of Marlon Brando looking like Kal-El's grandfather with a touch of Odin...cut to Noel Neill dying in the opening scene.

As a result, SUPERMAN RETURNS was DOA before we ever saw Brandon Routh.

Let that serve as a warning to Warners: their Superman re-boot will fly or die with the opening credits. Come on 'dark' and 'gritty' and the film is going to be over before it begins.

"We must hold on to our loyal fanbase," declares Warners.

Cut to George C. Scott's opening speech in PATTON: "We're not 'holding' anything. We are attacking!"

The mission of the SUPERMAN re-boot must be to expand the DCU fanbase and leave Marvel in its wake.

Hollywood is a 'Big Idea' Culture. Mark Millar, a comic book writer and long-time Superman fan, has had a "plan for like 10 years for a big three-picture Superman thing, like a big 'Lord of the Rings' epic, starting over from scratch again with a seven-hour Superman story. And hopefully release them one year after another. If it works out, we'll have to start shooting next summer."

Not so fast. While Millar might have a thrilling, three-part Superman 'epic' on paper, but equating a "seven-hour Superman story, starting from scratch" with 'Lord of the Rings' is apples and oranges logic. 90% of those who saw 'Rings' did not know the story going in. As 90% of the market already knows the Superman story, how many will pay to see not one, but three movies?

The 'Big Idea' for Superman must be about energy and spirit and the right when in his story.

Two words: Max Fleischer! - Lois in her "damsel in distress' period before she becomes a love interest. A 'homage' to the 1940s cartoons with a live-action $250M action-packed spectacular in super-scale featuring the most evil villains in the DCU that'll blow away the world!

Imagine it's the summer of 2010. With a large soda in one hand and a tub of popcorn in the other, you grab your seat just as the main feature begins...

"In the endless reaches of the universe there once existed a planet known as Krypton. Their civilization was far advanced and it brought forth a race of supermen, whose mental and physical powers were developed to the absolute peak of human perfection.

"But, there came a day when giant quakes threatened to destroy Krypton forever. One of the planet's leading scientists, sensing the approach of doom, placed his infant son in a small rocketship and sent it hurtling in the direction of the Earth just as Krypton exploded!

(A ten-second CGI cataclysmic event!)

"The rocketship sped through star studded space, landing safely on Earth with its precious burden, Krypton's sole survivor. Found by Jonathan and Martha Kent and raised in Smallville, as the years went by and the child grew to maturity, he found himself possessed of amazing physical powers.

(Cue Sammy Timberg's trumpeting score!)

"Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound...

"The infant of Krypton is now the Man of Steel...


"...Disguised as Clark Kent, a mild-mannered reporter for a great, metropolitan newspaper, he fights a never-ending battle for Truth, Justice and The American Way."

Roll the 97-minute, stand-alone film.

(Please keep the spoilers to yourself.)

What do you think, Kessel? Matt?

Kal El

New Kanye Song.

I like it.

Kal El

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Bringing Star Wars to life.

This Star Wars Landspeeder is a full-sized, drivable, Jedi-approved replica built by former LucasFilm employee Daniel Deutsch, who designed his version from the ground up. Neatorama dug up this 1:1 scale speeder, which has a custom aluminum chassis, fiberglass body, and an electric drive system that hits lightspeed at 25 mph.

Kal El

Thursday, September 4, 2008

A week in review.

This was a pretty eventful week for me.

A few small key things. The Lions signed the running back I wanted them too shining a little more hope on the season. I went to another Tigers game this week, they won, and it was the first Tigers game I have been to that they have won. Also decided I may want to move into Downtown Detroit in the near future, it's not as bad as it is cracked out to be if you're in the actual downtown.

I'll start off with more current events, save the big one for last.

I was quite the good samaritan the other day before going to the Tigers game. I was driving in my neighborhood when it was about to storm pretty bad. I saw someone, around my age, running down the street. I didn't know them personally, actually never met them I know they lived in my neighborhood because I have seen them many times before. I stopped, promised I wasn't a creeper, and offered him a ride to his house so he didn't have to run in the rain. I figured if he hates running home in the pouring rain as much as I do, he would want a ride.

Later that day, we went to the Tigers game, and on the way from the parking lot to the stadium we past plenty of homeless gentlemen asking for change, I gave them what they had in my pocket(as far as change), it felt good to help people in need.

Just on the next block there was someone selling tickets. He wasn't a regular scalper, he was selling tickets to support disabled veterans, so again, I gave what I could, but insisted he keep the ticket, since I already had one and was happy with my seat. He insisted back that I take it anyway, so I did. I had them check it at the gate and the ticket was legit, so hopefully my mom actually did go towards something good.

So much for my good deeds, sorry if I seemed like I was bragging, just needed something to talk about on here other than music videos and Superman.

This Saturday my friend called me to go out on the lake. Lake Penoma I think it was, in Fenton. We went out on the sand bar and were having a good ole drunken time and I squinted my eyes to look about 5 boats down and saw someone who looked just like Kid Rock. I shouted "Hey, he looks just like Kid Rock." Someone turned to me and said "Yea, that is him." It really was Kid Rock, just hanging out at the sand bar on a shitty pontoon boat just drinking beer with locals. Once he was noticed, naturally he was swamped with people asking for pictures, which he gladly invited people on the boat to take them, he is a real cool guy. I didn't want to be one of those annoying fans that get all gitty and giggly around celebrities so I just went up to him and said "I don't want a picture or an autograph, I just want to shake your hand." He said "Gladly man, especially since you have a great T-Shirt on." I had a Johnny Cash T-Shirt on. At the time I had a fifth of Jager in my hand, which I reached my arm out towards him to offer him some, and he started taking shots of Jager with me. You guys may not like Kid Rock or think that is cool, but I think Kid Rock is great and really think highly of him for being such a cool down to earth guy. If you ever see him, I'm sure he won't mind if you said hi, apparently he goes out on local lakes a lot and hangs out with people like that. Keep an eye out.

Football season finally kicked off and I couldn't be happier. That's it.

Kal El

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

I love this commercial.

Quite possibly the corniest(that must be a real word, I didn't get t he red squiggly line) acting performances on a t.v. commercial. Every time I see this commercial, especially the guy at the very end, it makes me laugh.

Kal El

Mark Millar's plan for Superman Trilogy.

"I've had this plan for like 10 years for a big three-picture Superman thing, like a Lord of the Rings epic, starting over from scratch again with a seven-hour Superman story. One to be released each year."

That is a quote from Mark Millar, the write of one of the greatest Superman stories ever told. My fingers are crossed.

Kal El

Monday, September 1, 2008

Here you go Matt and Steve.

This is what a pre-Doomsday Superman Movie needs. With more realistic looking villians maybe, and maybe no Parasite.

Kal El

Monday, August 25, 2008

Can't help but laugh...

...every single time I see this clip. This is the first movie scene that has ever brought me to tears laughing in the theater. WIll Ferrell has the voice of an Angel.

Kal El

Thursday, August 14, 2008


In case you can't tell or haven't heard anything about it, this is a team photo of the Spanish Olympic Basketball Team posing while pulling their eyes back to imitate the Chinese.

I'm pretty sure the Women's team did this too.

Do you think this is inappropriate? Offensive? Both?

Kal El

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


This is why Kanye West is the man, videos like this.

Kanye West-"Champion"

KANYE WEST official "CHAMPION" video.. Directed by NEON from nabil elderkin on Vimeo.

Kal El

Monday, August 11, 2008

Hello, I'm Johnny Cash.

Well this weekend I went up north with my friend, Josh, to St. Helen. We went and met his parents and their two friends at their cabin. We got there at 11 and were immediately handed beers, were told to get our bathing suits on, packed a cooler full of Bud Lights and jumped on the boat and spend a few hours on the lake. Although it was 65-70 degrees and cloudy, it was still one of the best times I've ever had on a lake. I was presently surprised when we got there, thinking it was going to be lame being with his parents and their friends, but it turned out they are more immature and perverted than most people my age, meaning they are hilarious. With the combination of a giant lake with few people on it, lots of beer and 6 intoxicated "adults" passing the time by getting excited for the sun to come in between clouds to warm us up, I some how was roped into explaining the his parents what a "blumpkin" is, not my proudest moment, but it was hilarious and I have no regrets. To sum up the next couple hours: we ran out of beer, went out to eat, took naps, woke up and went to the bar...a karaoke bar. Once they all found out I have never done karaoke before, it pretty much guaranteed myself to be forced into it, they at least let me pick the song. I picked my song, wrote it on the slip and strategically placed it in my pocket so that I could hold it as long as possible. I went towards the end of the night when I, along with everyone else in the bar, were pretty drunk, almost wasted. I sang "Folsom Prison Blues" by Johnny Cash. When I went up there everyone at my table yelled out "HE'S A VIRGIN! A KARAOKE VIRGIN." and it drove the locals fucking crazy which only made me even more nervous, luckily I was drunk. The music hit an it seemed like I had been doing this for years, it pays off singing to yourself in the car, trust me. Within 10 words of the song I looked and everyone was on the dance floor going crazy, and something in me clicked and it was like I was performing a concert. I was complimented after my performance with people saying "You were amazing, you sounded so much like him." I had adrenaline pumping through me so naturally I ordered a round of beers and shots. Great time.

There was this guy there that was identical, and I mean IDENTICAL, to Eminem. It was ridiculous. He went up onto the stage and we all joked that Eminem was about to perform. It must have not been the first time someone said he looked like him, because "The Real Slim Shady" came over the speakers and he started rapping, it was quite hilarious.

I was able to talk some elderly lady, and I mean old...60s maybe, into letting me grind on her, which was one of many highlights of my night.

I'd definitely go and do it all again, karaoke was fucking awesome and we should definitely have an Artichoke Karaoke night at some random bar...maybe all go up north and rent a cabin and just get drunk and have a good ol' time in Northern Michigan.

Kal El

Friday, August 8, 2008

Europe or the NBA?

It seems to me that Europe is trying to make their brand of basketball more popular by shelling out ridiculous amounts of money for disgruntled NBA free agents that can't get that kind of money out of their respective teams. For example, former rookie prospect and solid Small Forward for the Atlanta Hawks, Josh Childress, became a restricted free agent this offseason. It was reported of him working out for many NBA teams(most of which I would say desperately need him), but not teams, not even his current team, offered him a contract. Well, the NBA snoozed, and eventually lost when the Greek Olympiacos offered him a 3 year $30 million deal to play with them overseas and he accepted. A list of other NBA players who were lured overseas this offseason after being unsatisfied with offers(or lack there of) from NBA teams: Earl Boykins(who is now Italy's highest paid player but wouldn't even have cracked the top 20 over here), Carlos Arroyo, Nenad Krstic, Juan Carlos Navarro, Carlos Delfino, Bostjan Nachbar, and Primo Brezec. Yes, a few of those players came from overseas at some point in their college/NBA career, but does all of these players jumping ship and going back to Europe mean the NBA is losing it's international appeal? And is this good for the sport of basketball? or bad? Lebron James becomes a restricted free agent in 2010. European teams are already salivating over him, as well as other NBA teams. James has been quoted saying he would consider a deal with a European team if he was offered a $50 million a year contract. That's a lot of fucking money and way more than he is making on his NBA contract alone. With all of his endorsement deals, I'm sure he is making close to that amount or more. I can't decide whether or not he threw out that outrageous figure to make it impossible for a European team(even though they have the money) to want to sign him for that much, or if he was serious and he thinks that is a way to better reach his goal that he stated at the beginning of his career to become the richest man in the world.

To have the world's current leading basketball icon leave the States to play overseas, bad for the NBA, but would that be good for the sport of basketball? Would it make it more popular with other countries having a superstar like him on a European team? Although it would upset me to see NBA stars go overseas and make the NBA boring, I think it would be good for basketball worldwide. I also wouldn't mind it if they played international games on American T.V. other times besides the Olympics only. What do you think?

Kal El

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Coolest Music Video of All Time.

Music video for the "Everyone Nose Remix."

Kal El

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Last year's camp movie looked better...

...even though McBest stars in this one, I still have to give it to Joe.

Kal El

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Enough with the "Movie" movies!

I'm sure people who read this have heard me say this before, but they really need to stop making spoof comedies. Yes, Scary Movie 1 & 2 were hilarious. Those movies were hilarious for 1 main reason, and that reason was the Wayans Bros. The Wayans Bros. were a huge creative part of those movies, but once they left to make other hilarious movies such as "White Chicks" and "Little Man." The less funny people decided to keep that ball rolling and make "Scary Movie 3 & 4" and 3 was ok, but 4 was terrible. Date Movie: Sucked, Epic Movie:Sucked, Superhero Movie: Sucked and now they are making "Disaster Movie" which looks like it will take the cake on suckiness. I really hope no one goes to see this movie, I really don't.

Kal El

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Step Brothers.

My friend got free tickets to an early screening of "Step Brothers" and it was fucking hilarious. I highly recommend everyone goes to see it.

Kal El

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


If Hip-Hop was all like this, everyone should be a fan. The video and song are both amazing.

Kal El

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Dear Abby.

I was at work today on a little break waiting for an employee of mine to come back from running an errand and started to read the newspaper. I came across a headline that caught my eye in the "Dear Abby" column. The headline was "Struggling single 'father' discovers he's clueless." Admittedly I thought it was a funny headline so I read it, turns out it was more inspirational than funny. I would classify the man in this article as selfless, a great person, and maybe even somewhat of a hero. Here is the entry...

DEAR ABBY: I am a single parent, although I never intended to be. Last fall, I was asked to baby-sit a 14-year old boy. He has been in my custody ever since. His mother abandoned him. Only in the last month have I actually gotten legal custody of him from Social Services. The problems he had prior to being with me have caused me legal expenses I never could have imagined. (They are all paid now.) I sold my truck and moved out of my original apartment, so I don't have much. We have no furniture other than the beds we sleep on and a dining room table we received as a gift. I have no idea where to go for help. I have no idea what I am doing as a parent. But I made a promise to that boy, and I fully intend to make sure that I carry it through. What do I need to know?-NEW FATHER IN NORTH CAROLINA

DEAR NEW FATHER: Congratulations on becoming a father. You have already mastered the most important lesson on becoming a parent--and that's being there for your child. The library is filled with books on parenting, and I'm sure you will find some answers there. But you are already a stable influence, and that's what the boy needs. You should also know that there is money available to take care of your boy, and the Department of Social Services should be able to help you get it.

If only every person who has their own child could be as responsible and caring as this man who just had a teenager dropped onto his lap with lots of baggage. This man is a hero in my eyes.

Kal El

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

I know I posted this already but... wasn't the official music video and I now have the official music video and I think this is a great song so here is the video.


Kal El

Monday, July 7, 2008

My legacy lives on.

You can take Adam Resh out of Day Camp, but you can't erase my memory.

I was talking to my friend today, Darnell Tyrone Humphrey, today about coming to visit Day Camp this friday with Kit. No, not to cause a stir, just to visit some of my kids and some returning counselors. When I pitched the idea to him, he gave me some news that made me smile. During the Frankenstein song, little Tyler Beitrus used his turn to say "Let me see your Adam Resh!" and continue to do Oh-Eh chant with the fist pump. They only thing that could have made that moment better was if I could have been there, along with Big Shell to witness it and see the look on her face.

Matt, this is more reason for you to use Oh-Eh at your new camp. EmLaw, you too. Kate, use it at your camp in France as well...anyone who is working at a camp this year.

Kal El

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

New James Bond Trailer

Kal El

P.S.-For all of you that have missed me, I promise to start posting more. Actual words instead of videos and songs.

Oh-Eh again.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Wedding Crasher

Here are some pictures of my friend's wedding I went to and took full advantage of the open bar...

Me being held up.

The bride being held up.

Jess and I

Jess, Josh, and I

From L to R: Marc, Aaron(groom), Josh, Me, Brett, Trevor and Aaron/Brett's mom in the middle.

From L to R:Josh, Marc, Brett, Aaron, Me

Trevor, Brett and I

Kal El


New song from Nas.


Kal El

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


...for this movie to come out.

"Pineapple Express"

Kal El

Monday, June 16, 2008

Bin Laden

I just recently heard of this guy called "Immortal Technique, he's a hip-hop artist from New York. I thought this was a good song, so here you go.

This song is called "Bin Laden"

Kal El

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Need some help... trying to figure out if this is worth it. My car, 06 Impala, is a flex fuel car which means I can use either regular gas or E85. I noticed that E85 is 50 cents cheaper than regular gas. I'm trying to think green in both ways of keeping money in my wallet, and using what is best for the environment, which I'm hearing E85 is. I looked it up because some people were against it because the fuel efficiency is less. When I looked it up it said it is 20-30% less efficient than regular gasoline. So what I'm looking at here is saving 50 cents on each gallon, but 20-30% less miles per gallon.

Is the money I'm saving worth it?


Kal El

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Nelson vs. Hall & Oates

Which do you prefer?

Kal El


This movie looks pretty good, even though I don't like Nicole Kidman.

Kal El

Here you go Matt...

...In case you never saw the movie I was talking about in my comment, here's the trailer...

He Got Game

Kal El

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

My Philadelphia 76ers

I know I have written about football on several occasions and stated that I didn't expect many comments from anyone because only a few of you even care about American Football. Well, this post is about basketball, I already know Kit's take on basketball, he hates it so I don't really expect anyone here to even care about this post. The only reason I am writing it is because I was logging in 1 of my many hours either watching ESPN or looking on for sports updates and heard good(potentially great) news. If anyone reads this and doesn't know what I'm talking about, feel free to do research and become interested.

The Washington Wizards All-Star point guard, Gilbert Arenas, has just opted out of his contract which makes him a restricted free agent. Restricted free agent means he is no longer with the Wizards to an extent, so any team can offer him a contract and sign him, only if the Wizards decide they do not want to match the contract he was offered. Why am I excited you ask? Well, for those of you who don't know much about basketball, Gilbert Arenas in the past couple years has established himself as a prolific scorer and one of the best closers in the game, ranking him up there with Kobe Bryant, T-Mac, and Lebron James. Calling him a closer can go both ways. If anyone watched game 2 of the NBA Finals the other night they would know the Celtics were beating the Lakers by as much as 21 points. When they got that huge lead they kind of got fancy with passes and ended up fighting off a Lakers team who came within 6 points of winning the game. If the Celtics did not have the closers they had there to take the game over in the end to hold of the Lakers, they surely would have lost it. That is what Gilbert can do, he can score when he needs to, when his team needs him to. Another way he is a closer, well I guess instead of calling him a closer, I can call him clutch. He is very clutch in the end and has made several, I believe the most in the league last year, shots from 3-point range at the buzzer to win his team the game. How can you argue with that? Why wouldn't you want that on your team. The only down side for teams is, he is looking for a $120 million dollar contract, I don't usually say this about athletes, but hey, he is worth it.

Now, my excitement is for my team, the Philadelphia 76ers. This year they were one of the youngest and most successful teams in the NBA. They had a decent veteran point guard who was the only one in the starting 5 over 30 years old. They have an amazing starting Small Forward/Shooting Guard in Andre Iguodala, an emerging rookie Small Forward/Power Forward, a solid shot blocking and rebounding and scoring Center/Power Forward in Samuel Dalembert. They did have a very hard working and productive Power Forward this year, but I don't think he is worthy of a starting position, definitely a good bench player. Their bench right now consists of 3 solid Small Forwards, the two I already mentioned and 3rd year man Rodney Carney.

Here was their starting lineup this year:
PG-Andre Miller
SG-Willie Green
SF-Andre Iguodala
PF-Reggie Evans
C-Samuel Dalembert

Andre Miller has great trade value. For starters, he is 32, that may seem "old" for athletes, but not point guard, point guards mostly get better with age, he also is on the last year of his contract, so any team he is traded to will have a solid point guard for a year which they can resign if they want, or they have an expiring contract to free up some salary cap space. Trade Miller, sign Arenas. Something else Arenas can do, he can be a veteran aid for 21 year old PG Louis Williams, essentially the PG of the future for the 76ers. Williams has already established himself to be a future scoring PG that can also dish out double figure assists, which is what Arenas is, and Miller is too, just a lesser version of Arenas.

You usually don't have a problem when you have 2 people that are solid backing up a position, but when 2 of the 3 are starting material, you do. Andre Iguodala is 6'6" and a GREAT defender who practices with Kobe Bryant, another 6'6" player that plays SG. Putting A.I. at SG would give us a big, strong, speedy SG with great leaping ability and a scoring attitude with great defense, just like Bryant. He is also one of the only players in the league that can guard Bryant 1 on 1. Having a back court of sharp shooting and lane driving Gilbert Arenas and high flying Andre Iguodala is a back court I have been dreaming of for years.

Putting 2nd year sensation Thaddeus Young at small forward is a great idea. He is a great scorer, perfect size for a SF at 6'8", but too small for a PF, so it works out. He will have a solid backup in Rodney Carney. Now the next position takes me to the NBA draft. If the 76ers get a chance, they should draft 7'2" Center Roy Hibbert out of Georgetown. He has great footwork, good scoring ability, and obvious great rebounding and shot blocking at 7'2". That would move the slightly undersized current center, Samuel Dalembert, at 6'11" to Power Forward where I think he can thrive. He is slightly shorter than most Centers in the league, but taller than almost all Power Forwards, almost all. He is one of the best shot blockers and rebounding in the league and has great scoring ability and is a great low post banger, as is Hibbert.

New lineup(with backups) if I was the GM:
PG-Gilbert Arenas/Louis Williams
SG-Andre Iguodala/Willie Green
SF-Thaddeus Young/Rodney Carney
PF-Samuel Dalembert/Reggie Evans
C-Roy Hibbert/Jason Smith(another 7 footer)

That is a freaking dream lineup for me, and this dream could very possibly come true. You have a SG that can do it all, even defend the likes of Kobe Bryant, a PG that can shoot lights out from anywhere on the floor, or drive to the whole or pass it out, a SF that can score from mid range or drive to the whole and dunk, a PF/C combo that could rebound over anyone and block anyone. I dare, double dog dare, anyone to drive to the hole with a shot blocking duo like that waiting for you.

Honestly, if this signing and drafting happens, look for the 76ers in at least the Eastern Conference Finals, if not the NBA Finals, in the 2008-09 season. Ed Stefanski...MAKE IT HAPPEN!

Kal El

Monday, June 9, 2008

Laughed really hard when I saw this.

Best diaper commercial ever.

Kal El

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Had to get off the boat so I could walk on water.

The Science Museum in South Kensington London has an interactive Living Image exhibit called The Arcstream AV. The installation replicates the feat of walking on water. Kit, you should go here when you go home.

Kal El

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The World's Biggest Tongue

Gene Simmons, eat your heart out. This is gross and cool at the same time. Plus he can damn near eat his face.

Kal El

Monday, June 2, 2008

LOLCats? No...


From the genius minds of Kessel, Erk, and myself we bring you the first installment of photoshopped LOLCats, turned into LOLKits. Who knows, maybe we'll come up with more of these. I hope everyone finds this as hilarious as we do, but my guess is Gallagher and Matt will be the only ones.

Kal El

Friday, May 30, 2008

If this doesn't win it for him...

...nothing will. haha.

Kal El

Man, I miss this show.

Remember ALF?

Kal El

Wednesday, May 28, 2008


I heard this song today, thought it was pretty good. Enjoy

Kal El

Aston Martin? No, pool of snakes.

Remember those fake commercials when Kobe Bryant jumped over an oncoming Aston Martin? Well, now with the help of the Jackass crew, he "jumps" a pool of snakes.

Kobe Jumps Snakes

This goes to show I could never join the Jackass crew. A pool of snakes is probably on my top list of my worst nightmares. The only thing that could make that worse is if the lifeguard is a chain saw wielding clown.

Kal El

I can't believe I'm actually saying this...

...but I saw Speed Racer in IMAX, and it wasn't that bad. It definitely wasn't a kids movie like everyone said it was going to be, it was long, but there was a lot of "race" action so it kept the whole thing rather interesting. I know it's hard to believe that it was a good movie, when my friend called me the only thing that sold me was when he said IMAX because I've heard great things about that. But maybe the movie wasn't that great, maybe my expectations were just so low I made it impossible for the movie to not go above them. Eh, either way, I enjoyed myself.

Kal El

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Never liked Weezer...

...until now.

This is the video for Weezer's new song "Pork and Beans" calling out all the tool bag trends with clever usage of everyone's favorite YouTube tools, or YouTools.

Kal El

Artist of the Week-Photographer, David Field

David Field centers his work around concept and composition in the creation of surrealistic imagery. He uses a variety of photoshop techniques. Each image often takes him months to complete.

For more work from him, go to his website by clicking HERE.

Kal El

Monday, May 26, 2008

Conflict Diamonds

By:Lupe Fiasco

Kal El

Us Placers

Child Rebel Soldier-"Us Placers"

Kal El

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Lupe Fiasco on Hood Affairs TV

No one but me probably cares about this, but oh well.


Kal El

Unfortunately, for New Yorkers...

...they can see Kit whenever they want when he is home.

A telescope has been completed linking NYC to London. The installation's creator Paul St George claims to have just completed a forgotten tunnel connecting New York to London and, using giant parabolic mirrors, has reconstructed a Victorian-era optical device enabling people on either end of the tube to wave at each other. It installed the webcams and broadband internet sending live video in both directions. You can also at the Tower Bridge in London see a same electroscope.

Bow in the presence of greatness.

Videos from the most amazing experience of my life time. I like to think the "Intro" is so long before he comes out because they were all chanting "Oh-Eh" to get pumped up.



I Wonder:

Lupe Fiasco-Go Go Gagdet Flow:

N.E.R.D.(The guy dancing next to Pharrell, that's Chris Brown)


Even Rihanna wasn't bad:

Kal El

Saturday, May 24, 2008

I swear...

...this video never gets old to me. Saw it on T.V. again today and felt like putting it on here for the rare, rare possibility that someone hasn't seen it yet.

Kal El

Friday, May 23, 2008

Erk, you may want to wait...

...until this comes out before you get your moped.

Designed by Jake Loniak, a student at the Art Center in Pasedena for Yamaha.

Kal El

I think I now believe in God...

...and his name is Kanye West.

If you have been reading my blog or talked to me in any way, you would know that last night I was at the Detroit stop of the Glow in the Dark Tour. I went in expecting nothing but greatness and perfection, and this concert absolutely blew my expectations out of the water. It was more than perfect and it was WAY more than great. I've read reviews from past tour stop and they've all said he was the best one man show you've ever seen and that is an understatement.

Kal El

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

I like this.

Ecostore Street Guerrilla advertisement from Auckland, New Zealand.

Kal El

Monday, May 19, 2008

Would you rather...

...Have no teeth and unable to get dentures, or have no eye lids so your eyes would constantly be open, no eye lashes, and when you slept they would just roll back in your head?

Kal El

Sunday, May 18, 2008

I'm probably going to hell for this...

...but I saw this on T.V. today and I thought it was hilarious! Awful, but hilarious.

Kal El

Four More Days.

Four more days until the Glow in the Dark Tour.

Kal El

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Five More Days

The excitement is growing more and more!

Five days until the Glow in the Dark Tour!!

Kal El

Awesome, awesome, friggin' awesome.

I saw this, thought it was pretty cool, so I figured I would share it with all of you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

MUTO a wall-painted animation by BLU from blu on Vimeo.

Kal El

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Iron Man who?

Yves Rossy flying 180 MPH, in his Jet Pack he invented, over the Alps.

Kal El

Seven Days

Counting down until the days I go to the Glow in the Dark Tour and experience the time of my life.

Thankfully these guys will be there...

...New video from N.E.R.D.-"Everyone Nose"

Kal El