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American Superheroes - Played by Brits

So we all loved Christian Bale as Batman. He brought a needed gravitas back to a role that had been plagued by overacting and visible nipples. We ignored the fact that a Welshman was playing the role of probably the second most popular American superhero (after Superman himself - What's more about The American Way than Supes?).

But my British wife was absolutely gobsmacked to hear that after the next three major American Superhero moves come out (we're not counting you Aquaman), the top three American superheroes will all be played by Brits.

Let's Recap:

Christian Bale. British Actor. Batman. Yet his family left England when he was the tender age of two, so he is acceptable as an American Batman. He also played Rugby, which is probably why my wife fancies him.

Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill. The new Superman. How British is that name? Fans of The Tudors will recognize him. But yes, he does look acceptably Clark Kent-ish in those glasses. I can see it. I think he wi…

It's all right, You can all sleep sound tonight

My wife is a huge fangirl for Superman. She loves the old Christopher Reeve movies, especially, Superman - The Movieand Superman II, gives me withering looks when I disparage Lois & Clark - The New Adventures of Superman (tho she does admit the series is almost as crappy as Superman IV), and has watched Smallville religiously. I've always liked Batman a bit more, what with his humanity, darkness and general willingness to go a bit further than that goody-two-shoes Supes who won't kill a human even if the world depends on it.

But lately I have to admit it's rubbing off. I loved Superman: Red Son, and particularly enjoyed the interplay between Batman, earth's coolest human superhero, and Superman, the √úbermensch who acts almost in a "Father Knows Best" fashion towards us frail mortals in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.

That's why I particularly enjoyed the post from Waiter Rants on The Man of Steel. To Quote in part:

"So I rented the 2006 film Su…

Where do you get your news?

Where Do You Go For Your News?

I find that I get more balanced news from international sources, rather than the 80% US news and 10% Int'l news that US news sites report. Where do you get news?

How to Make Your Own Hard Cider

Hard Cider is a British tradition, a tasty apple-based alcoholic drink. It's simple and cheap to make. Check out this article about how to get started making Cider at home.

How to Make Your Own Hard Cider

The Masonic Myth: A Book Review

The Masonic Myth

I have reviewed The Masonic Myth by Jay Kinney. This is the first in a series of book reviews that I will be writing about books every Mason should read.

Future books in the series will be:
Freemasonry for Dummies by Chris Hodapp
Born in Blood by John Robinson
The Origins of Freemasonry: Scotland's Century by David Stevenson
Solomon's Builders by Chris Hodapp

A Human Being Should Be Able To...

So currently trending on Twitter is "Everymanshouldknowhowto."

In that vein, a quote from Robert Heinlein

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

-Robert A. Heinlein

Ryan Giggs: Man-whore, Crybaby, and Aspiring Censor of the Internet

First of all, some background for those who aren't on Twitter or don't follow UK news. Footballer (soccer player) Ryan Giggs obtained an injunction prohibiting UK newspapers from revealing that he was the Man United player alleged to have had an affair with Imogen Thomas. People on Twitter then tweeted his identity, and now he is demanding Twitter turn over personal details of people who may have breached the injunction.
Info from Wikipedia

Then the UK's Guardian newspaper had the testicular fortitude and incredible stupidity to post this article arguing, wait for it... the imposition of a 5 second delay on all tweets, and that Twitter be required to screen every one of the 50 million tweets sent every day.

Here's my response:

This has to be one of the most laughable articles I have ever read. British privacy injunction law ranks up there with the UK's tortured libel laws as glaring examples of a western free society trampling the right to speech.

The author of th…

5 Rock Stars Who Should Have Died A Long Time Ago

5 Rock Stars Who Should Have Died A Long Time Ago

Go there, read the latest in my original writing, and vote for which rock star has led the most excessive life!