Since life and work have totally been kicking my ass this summer I thought I'd make a meme about other kick-ass things.
If you want to play along, just put together a list of things that you think kick ass and post it on your blog or in my blog's comments - - - then you get credit for playing!!
#1 KickAss thing:
The Dark Knight. This one really kicked ass . . . no shit. I went to the theater thinking that this was going to be another pretty good superhero movie and hoping that the whole genre was still on the upturn (after Iron Man and the generally good quality minus the third movie of Spiderman). This movie went beyond the genre and beyond all my expectations. It was forehead-sweat tense throughout the whole movie. Heath Ledger put in a performance I couldn't have even nightmared. He combined malevolent anarchy and sociopathy in the Joker to make him the one villain who could turn the Batman into his own worst enemy. Christian Bale was turned into a bit player in a movie dominated by superior performances - Michael Caine, Aaron Ekhart, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman all stole scenes from our beknighted superhero. No one, however stole a scene from Ledger. This movie was his from the opening prologue to the batman's final decision. I thought talk of an Oscar nomination was hype . . . not so for he displayed a depth and extreme not even shown in Brokeback Mountain.
Canoing. I haven't really been out on the water in a while and I forgot how much I like it. Here I live in a state with more shoreline than any other and I never go to the lakes . . . well that's going to change. I'm going to buy a canoe. Here in Minneapolis you can buy a permit and just leave your canoe locked up to public racks like bicycles. I'm going to do that. Alan, want to paddle around a bit when you visit?
Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog. Joss Whedon, creator of some of my favorite series has done it again with the Dr. Horrible show - a straight for the web 45 minute singing extravaganza starring Doogie Howser (Neil Patrick Harris). I thought it inordinately clever and completely over-the-top and as a web-based form of entertainment, it was groundbreaking. Oh, and Sugar bought me the t-shirt for my birthday and you've gotta love that.
#4 KickAss thing:
My house. The jump from 1,000 sq feet to 2,000 sq feet has been incredible. I have an office, the kids have full, real bedrooms. I can cook in the kitchen without fighting for every inch of space. The hardwood floors don't hold all the allergens in and I'm noticeably less sneezy this year. The garage is an oasis of space where I can fit all the equipment I need for work with room left over for tools, bikes, and the rest of our recreational equipment. A year here has been a year of freedom, space, and growth.
Sean Tevis. This guy is running for the state legislature in Kansas. He's web saavy and has a great platform concentrating on privacy, security and rights. Check out his site, the intro comic in xkcd style is brilliant and I don't know about you, but the guy got a little contribution from the Ninja Writer.
Have a KickAss weekend.