An Invading Alien Force Would Destroy Us All

Will Smith is as dangerous as a rabid gerbil.

Will Smith is as dangerous as a rabid gerbil.

Let’s face it, if a superior alien force from another planet came to Earth we could never defeat it. Seriously, if a race of aliens has the technology to be able to travel through space quickly they sure as hell are going to have some majorly superior firepower and technology.

You know that film Independence Day? Well, it would never happen in real life. How could humans figure out an alien’s computer system without understanding its form of communication? I watched it and kept thinking ‘There is no fucking way…’ through the whole entire film. I could not suspend my disbelief to enjoy the film because the premise was just so incredibly preposterous. That is not to say that I don’t enjoy these type of films. I love the original War Of The Worlds, Predator, and Battle :L.A.. However, those films more realistically portrayed battles and the techniques that humans would have to use against a force that is superior in every way.

If an alien force were to invade you can bet they will have been observing us for a good long while before coming for a visit. That would be easy to do since we broadcast everything from satellites and have actually sent recordings into space for others to find. Do we really want others to find us? Is that really such a great idea? Stephen Hawkins has expressed in the past that maybe we shouldn’t be doing such things because we don’t know exactly what is out there. I tend to agree with this. There are going to be other inhabited planets out there, the odds are for it, so the chances of their being other species who are far more intelligent than us is pretty much a given.

Battle L.A. is more realistic.

Battle L.A. is more realistic.

An alien invading force would do one of two things: they would either just simply wipe out all life on this planet by detonating something huge and deadly, or they will bring the fighting to the streets. There is nothing we could do against the first since we don’t have force shields to protect us. The second would involve people actually physically fighting the aliens with weapons. In countries where guns are allowed this would be a much easier prospect. For instance somebody in the United States would have an easier time taking down an armed alien than say somebody in the UK who could only tut tut at them and wave a finger.

Would human weapons even adversely affect an alien creature? I’d imagine, since they’ve done their research first, that these aliens coming to invade would have combat ready armor that could easily deflect the weaponry of Earth. For all of out talk about how smart and intelligent we are we really don’t have anything too advanced beyond guns. Usually it’s just a better caliber gun that’s invented or a weapon that can fire bullets faster. If we do have laser type weapons the government is keeping them tight to their chest and not really telling us anything about it. Humans can be tricky though and fight fiercely when their land is being invaded, so humans might be able to put up a little bit of a fight.

All in all though we are totally fucked. Hollywood can spew out crap like Independence Day to try to make people feel like they are at the top of the universe’s food chain, but we all know that there is something, or someone, out there that has the ability to wipe us all out at a moment’s notice.

The Sci-Fi Videos Of A Flock Of Seagulls

I really, really like A Flock Of Seagulls and I think that they are a totally overlooked band in terms of their music. To me they don’t sound dated, and in fact sound more original than most of the snythpop coming out these days.

 

Anyway! Some people consider the band a one hit wonder, being that I Ran was their only huge single, but they were much more than that. A Flock Of Seagulls were a new wave era band that not only wrote some really good songs they also produced some really cool sci-fi themed music videos. The above video for I Ran featured mysterious women walking about with new wave make-up while appearing to be dressed in plastic garbage bands. Yes, it’s kind of silly but yet at the same time it was innovative because it connected the new wave movement with the sci-fi universe. Yes, you could be a new waver and be a total sci-fi geek at the same time! Obviously Mike Score must really like sci-fi, and that’s neat!

 

This second video is for the song (It’s No Me) Talking. It is shot as if it’s an old-fashioned episode of a serial, the kind that would show in a theater before the main movie. An alien ship has made contact and is coming to Earth. The military, and the men in black, show up when it lands and Mike Score steps out in a silver suit while holding a laser weapon. It’s really awesome! From what I remember reading it cost them a lot of money to make this one, which is understandable since it looks really professional.

 

This one is called Transfer Affection and it’s got to be the strangest one. There is a woman who is lead into a room and during the whole video she’s lying back on a lighted board with  fog machine stuff swirling about her head. Then totally unrelated there is a guy dressed up in an alien suit with a giant green head who is holding a little monkey. Mike Score is walking about singing and the whole band is wearing silver space type suits.

Space Age Love Song’s video isn’t exactly as sci-fi themed as the others but, eh, look at the title! This song literally gives me the shivers because the lyrics are so beautiful. I used to listen to this before I moved here to the UK while thinking of my now husband. How romantic! *sniffles* During the whole song they are standing on a stage outdoors with a bunch of fog behind them and it kind of looks like they are on some sort of launching pad? If that was the desired affect, it works!

 

Lastly there is Wishing (I Had A Photograph Of You). This one is my favorite and features Mike Score singing along with the song while walking around a spaceship and sitting at a computer. He looks really sincere while singing and as always he has really nifty hair! People have always made fun of the hair but I think it’s original, so there! There are primitive computer effects and shots of the band standing about playing.

The Dystopian Future Of The Purge

Can we come in to play?

Can we come in to play?

At this moment I’m watching the film The Purge. I’ve seen it lots of times so it’s okay if I type and watch it at the same time, don’t worry! No, I have not seen The Purge: Anarchy, mainly due to the fact that our movie theater here kind of sucks. I will see it though, by golly!

Why am I talking about this film? I simply love the idea of it. Once a year for twelve hours you can commit any act of violence and you won’t get in any trouble. Want to kill your boss because they’re a dick? Go ahead, it’s state sanctioned! Of course that wouldn’t happen in the society we currently live in. However, in the near future there is a new government that thinks that people are inherently violent. It seems to be working for them because unemployment and violence are both down, the former at an all time low of 1%!

What’s interesting to me is what could possibly be the back story of the kind of government that would allow this to happen. In the film they are called the New Founding Fathers. In my mind that conjures up visions of the far right and their tea-bagger brethren taking over the government and installing their new laws. On the surface this new society that they have built seems to be working, but at what price? This new government has quite a low opinion of the population if they think that people are just always going to be violent. I mean they have a point, but to advertise that kind of idea on a national level is dangerous and encourages people to go out and kill others for petty reasons.

 
Who are the kind of people who would indulge in this night of murder and mayhem? In the film it’s everybody, there is no single stereotype that goes out and murders. That is the real frightening part of all this. Your next door neighbor who brings you over cookies can secretly be jealous of you and want to kill you. You can’t trust a single person, except perhaps your own family. Even then doubts about whether you children really indeed hate you will race around in your mind that night. In the dystopian future maybe the way that people react to one another will be different from today. Perhaps people will be more polite in fear that the person that just stole their parking space will find them and kill them later on.

In this depiction of the future there are huge differences when it comes to class, and whether or not a person will survive this night. If you are poor you can’t afford security so you are forced to bunker down, hide and hope for the best. On the other hand if you are rich you can afford to buy the best security and feel more protected. In the film the security system isn’t as good as first thought so in the end even that can’t save you. Maybe there is something to be said about that. Even with all the money and material things you want you still can’t escape the fact that you could die. The New Founding Fathers must love the fact that The Purge gets rid of mostly the ‘undesirables’, that it solves the problem of having to provide for those who for whatever reason can’t help themselves.

Sometimes when I watch a dystopian film I dream about visiting that specific place in time but in this case I really don’t know if I’d want to inhabit it. Perhaps it is better to watch it depicted in a film that to really live through it.

 

Andrew Eldritch Hates Goths, Yet They Pay To See Him

This man hates you.

This man hates you.

I don’t understand why people, especially Goths in particular, pay money to see Andrew Eldritch perform live. After all he has let it be known that he doesn’t consider the Sisters Of Mercy to be Goth, and he has said that he actually hates Goths on several occasions. However, all of this hasn’t put off the gullible from giving this self-important twat their hard earned cash.

Yes, I own all of the Sisters Of Mercy albums, but these were all bought over 20 years ago. I like the albums until Vision Thing, which I think is mostly a pile of garbage. Eldrtich had kicked out everybody from the band who made actual good music and that album is the result. So, he hasn’t released an album of all original material in over twenty years, yet he still thinks his shit doesn’t stink. He has this attitude mainly because he knows people will still pay to see him live.

Now, why would people pay this man any money after they know that he specifically doesn’t like them? I think one of the main reasons is because people think they are seeing some sort of living legend perform songs that are club classics. That is like paying a bunch of money to see an Elvis hologram perform with a backing band! Yes, that is actually happening! Eldritch is living off of some warm fuzzy memories that people have of his music, so why should he even bother writing any new tunes? He knows that his concert going audience is filled with a bunch of self hating people, so why even pretend that the band is ever going to move forward into any new territory?

His hatred of the Goth subculture goes all the way back to the 1980’s. I remember around 1990 knowing somebody who met him and Eldritch told him off because he was dressed Goth. Seriously, Eldritch is that much of a dick. From then on I promised myself to never pay money to see him. I think it’s hypocritical to pay to see a man perform who hates you, then complain when other people say they hate you for being Goth. Really, what’s the difference between him hating you and somebody else? Is it okay for him to hate you because he’s some sort of ‘living legend’? Screw that and get some self respect. Stop giving him your hard earned cash because you deserve better.

Morbid History – The Moving Of San Francisco’s Cemeteries

Photo of workmen removing bodies in 1933.

Photo of workmen removing bodies in 1933.

San Francisco is a small city where land has always been valuable. To deal with a growing population, and a lack of space to build new housing, it was decided that all of the cemeteries located in San Francisco would be moved south to the town of Colma. Only three places of burial in San Francisco were left intact and are still available to visit; the burial ground at the Mission Delores, the military cemetery at The Presidio and the Neptune Society Columbarium.

Big Four cemetery map located in what is now the inner Richmond district.

Big Four cemetery map located in what is now the inner Richmond district.

There used to be many cemeteries in San Francisco, however the most famous of them were collectively known as the ‘Big Four’. These were the Masonic in the south, Calvary in the east, Odd Fellows’ in the west and Laurel Hill in the north. They were all grouped together on the edge of what is now the Inner Richmond district. In 1902 Inner Richmond property owners began to complain about the cemeteries driving down their property values so they started a campaign to move the cemeteries out of the area. Personally, I think they were greedy bastards because the cemeteries were there before they bought their properties. I mean, it’s like buying a house near an airport then wanting the airport closed because it’s making too much noise.

After years of litigation the bodies started to be removed in 1929 down to Colma. The gravestones were more often than not dealt with as scrap because in order for a family to have it moved with the body they would have to pay for it themselves. That’s awfully unfair considering that they aren’t the ones who wanted the bodies removed in the first place! Many of the gravestones were just dumped into the ocean while others were broken up and used for the construction of gutters in Buena Vista Park. It took until after WWII to supposedly move all of the bodies out of San Francisco’s cemeteries. But this wouldn’t be a Morbid History post without something gruesome to add would it?

Grave found at Legion Of Honor during renovations.

Grave found at Legion Of Honor during renovations.

Not all of the bodies were removed! That’s right, there are people right now living on the top of thousands of corpses. It’s like something directly out of Poltergeist! After the 1989 earthquake renovations were being done to the Legion Of Honor in Golden Gate Park when builders discovered hundreds of bodies in the foundations! Golden Gate Cemetery used to be located there and the I suppose that removing the bodies wasn’t done as thoroughly as thought! How morbidly cool is that! Also, when the old main city library building was being converted into the new Asian Art Museum workers found 19 bodies! I used to go to that library all the time when I was growing up so to think that I was treading above a bunch of old graves! Neat!

Besides all of the official cemeteries that were located in San Francisco people were also just buried in simple wooden coffins in the sand dunes that once covered the entire west end of the city. So, all of the houses in the Sunset and Richmond districts could be sitting on top of unmarked graves. That makes me shiver in delight! On an interesting note my grandmother, who was born and raised there, remembers the hearses that drove the bodies out of the city. So, the next time you are in San Francisco remember all of the people still buried there whom you may be walking over!

The Mad Max: Fury Road Trailer Is Out!!!

 

I can’t tell you how excited I am about this FINALLY coming out! As you can tell by the amount of post-apocalyptic type posts I make on here I love the genre. The Road Warrior (Mad Max 2) is one of my favorite films so when I watched this trailer yesterday for the first time I squealed and clapped my hands like an overactive seal. Well, I don’t have flippers but you get the point!

There are concerns going on about how the film has been delayed but I am keeping an open mind when it comes to how it’s going to turn out. World War Z was delayed and it turned out to be a pretty good so I’m not going to get all negative concerning that. I’m guessing that this film is going to be more of a reboot than strictly following the timeline of the previous films. That’s okay by me since I think that Beyond Thunderdome was a total mess. Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron are among my favorite actors so I have faith that they aren’t going to suck.

I saw one guy complaining online already about how the film looks too ‘Michael Bay’. First off it’s just a damn trailer, and trailers tend to show the more violent bits to get people excited. Secondly, the other films in the franchise show an enormous amount of explosions and violence. In fact those films highly influenced a bunch of modern directors in terms of how they shoot action scenes. So, if you are thinking the same thing as the aforementioned idiot you’ve obviously never paid attention to the other films.

All in all I’m being very positive when it comes to Fury Road and I can’t wait for it to come out next year!

That Time I Saw A Ghost

Booooooo!!!!!

Booooooo!!!!!

This is a true story of the time I, and a group of people, saw a ghost. No really, we all saw one at exactly the same time. Spooky!

It all started when two friends and I went to a club in Santa Clara called One Step Beyond. I haven’t spoken to either of these women in twenty-five years so they could be dead as far as I know. Anyway! We went to this club one night and discovered that nobody had really shown up. We were about to leave when we heard some loud music being blasted in the back area of the parking lot. We discovered three guys just hanging out in a truck bed and listening to music. They were pretty cute so we decided to hang out. Then one of them came up with the brilliant idea of driving to a burnt out monastery to hang out for the night.

To this day I have no idea where this place is located. Trust me, I’ve tried searching for it on the internet and I can’t find it anywhere. All I remember is that it was in the hills in the southern area of the Peninsula. We followed them in my car and we parked at the foot of a dirt road. There was a full moon that night so it wasn’t that difficult walking the quarter-mile up the dirt road to the buildings. Actually, they weren’t buildings as much as they were empty burnt out shells. There were walls standing three stories unsupported by anything and a large multi-storied burning that was totally burnt out. We decided to hang out in the later.

Now, all of us were actually sitting on a large balcony that formed part of one of the still standing walls. We were all facing the same direction, which was looking directly at a three-story wall that stood alone covered in ivy. There were no trees directly around it that could cause spooky shapes on top of the wall to appear. For some reason we were all looking at the top of this wall at the same time at one point and saw the outline of a man appear with its arms outstretched. I don’t remember who said anything first, all I remember is everybody yelling to get out of there! We literally ran out of there and down the dirt road until we got back to our cars.

Was it a ghost? It had to have been because there was nothing on top of that wall before and there was no way anybody could have climbed to the top of it. Literally, there was no way for anybody to scale it without killing themselves in the process. Like I said before I have searched online over the years for the location of this place but have been unable to find it. Shades of the Twilight Zone, right?

Why Aren’t There More Women In The Post-Apocalyptic Landscape?

Home sweet home!

Home sweet home!

After watching numerous short post-apocalyptic films the other day it damned on me that women are not equally represented within the genre. Of the ten films I watched that day only one had a woman in it. Only one! Do they think that women all die because they aren’t strong or brave enough to survive a disaster?

In most post-apocalyptic films that I have watched the female characters either die or are some kind of sex slave, very rarely are they actually the main character. The male characters get to kick ass, take names and wander off into the sunset. Why can’t a woman be the main character and hero? There is Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome starring Tina Turner,but her character is a woman who is pretty much evil and is thwarted by the hero Max. In Book Of Eli the character Solara, at the very end, wanders off into the sunset, but not before following Eli about so that he can protect her. Women have to be cosseted and protected because they are not strong enough to handle the new world in which they are inhabiting, at least that is what filmmakers want us to believe.

Michonne rules!

Michonne rules!

The Walking Dead is a total exception. There are a lot of very strong female characters on the show, and quite frequently they are stronger physically, and mentally than the men. Michonne is quite possibly my favorite character on the show because she can hold her own and doesn’t take crap from anybody. Plus, she’s very independent and can survive in the wasteland all on her own without having to be rescued by a man. Women on the show are deemed just as important as the men and are given interesting story-lines so that they don’t feel like simple followers or victims that need to be constantly saved.

I would like to see more balance as to how women are portrayed in the wasteland. In fact I would like to see more women in the wasteland period! One of the things that I really love about the game Fallout 3 is that I get to play a woman who kicks all sort of ass and can survive mutant creatures without having to scream for help. Women can be just as tough as men, and in fact scientific studies have concluded that women have more stamina and a better tolerance for pain than men. If this is the case wouldn’t women be able to survive just as easily in the wasteland than men?

Bill Paxton’s Best Roles As A Total Dick

This man knows how to play a dick.

This man knows how to play a dick.

Last night the husband and I watched a newish film called The Colony that stars Bill Paxton, and in it his character is pretty much a total dick. That got me thinking about how well Paxton plays total dicks. Seriously, this man is good at playing those who have major attitude problems. No two dicks are exactly the same as shown by this list.

As Chad in Weird Science

As Chad in Weird Science

Chad is a dick of the older brother military type that wants you to obey everything he says or he’ll tell mom and dad. The guy is in fact such a big dick that he is turned, literally, into a pile of shit. The guy deserves it and should lighten up a bit. If he didn’t learn after being turned into shit then he’s doomed.

Game over, man! Game over!

Game over, man! Game over!

Private Hudson is in the Colonial Marines, in the film Aliens, and has an arrogant dick attitude to go along with it. He tells dumb jokes, thinks his shit doesn’t stink and pretends he’s scared of nothing. Underneath that tough exterior is a little boy who wants to run away when the xenomorphs come running. Game over indeed!

He should have given Arnie his clothes!

He should have given Arnie his clothes!

This could possibly his shortest dick role. He played a punk, in a group of three, who refused to give the Terminator his clothes when asked to by said cyborg. Instead of being a totally drunk dick with an attitude problem he should have just given up his clothes. I mean, really!

Am I a dick? I must ponder this thought for a while.

Am I a dick? I must ponder this thought for a while.

As I said earlier the husband and I just watched a film called The Colony. Paxton plays an ex-military dick named Mason who shoots people in the head when he isn’t supposed to and doesn’t listen to the wisdom of others until it is too late. Mason’s ego got in the way of common sense!

Tell me I sparkle again...I dare you!

Tell me I sparkle again…I dare you!

Severen is a homicidal vampire dick in the film Near Dark who is totally devoid of any shred of humanity. Seriously, this guy is a dick and will forever be a dick! Get on his wrong side and he will kill you in a very nasty way and then drain you dry.

Playing a dick who wears a hat.

Playing a dick who wears a hat.

In Predator 2 he plays Lambert, who is a dick show-off cop who transfers to LA to try to prove himself. He’s a sexist dick but somehow manages to make a coworker pregnant. He must have looked at her funny!

Ghetto Gothic Is Neither Gothic Or Original, So Get Over It.

This woman is stealing the ghetto gothic look! Oh noes!

This woman is stealing the ghetto gothic look! Oh noes!

Just this morning I read this stupid article on Vice about how black subcultures, particularly Ghetto Gothic, are being appropriated from the people who created it. Ghetto Gothic is spelled an entirely different way than the form I’m using here, however the other version hurts my eyes so I’m being a bit proper about things.

Anyway! A DJ in New York who goes by the name of Venus X claims to have started the Ghetto Gothic subculture and went on a rant a few months ago about how Rhianna was stealing the look she invented without giving her any credit. A look that some random DJ invented? What? Wait a second, our friend didn’t invent dressing in black, in fact she copied another subculture and spawned some hybrid creature that shouldn’t exist. Venus X claims that Ghetto Gothic is all about art and isn’t about how expensive the clothes are. Yeah, sure, and I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell to you! Hip hop and rap have only been about just the image for a very long time. Venus X actually threatened to close her club night after all of this happened because she was so angry about it. Maybe she is Goth after all, because I’ve seen TONS of Goth DJ’s do this over the years. Drama llamas.

It’s obvious that this Venus X chick thinks that the Goth subculture is only about dressing in black, that dressing in black automatically makes you dark and mysterious. Venus X comes across as dark and mysterious as an egg salad sandwich. I find it the height of comedy that somebody complains about a celebrity stealing ‘their’ look when they themselves stole the look from somebody else. What next, is she going to say that nuns are stealing her look? People have been dressing in black for ages, besides those who are of the Gothic persuasion, so who the heck is she to get all up in arms about all this?

So, what it comes down to is a mostly white subculture being borrowed by a mostly black subculture, then that black subculture getting mad at a black woman for stealing the look. I couldn’t make up this teenage drama even if I tried! If a person is only dressing in black, and doesn’t listen to Goth subculture based music then I don’t consider them to be a Goth. End of story.