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The Silent Man
5 of 5 stars
Another great John Wells book. I previously compared Alex Berenson and his hero, John Wells, with Vince Flynn and his troubled CIA agent/assassin, Mitch Rapp. Towards the end of Flynn's short life and in his final Rapp books, Flynn got a...
tagged: fiction and troubled-assassin
Getting Started with Hobby Quadcopters and Drones
2 of 5 stars
When I was looking up reviews of drones on the web, I found several mentions of this "book" (a pamphlet,really). It's OK,but all the information can be easily found elsewhere online. The repeated warning about crashing your drone and sta...
tagged: non-fiction
The Martian
5 of 5 stars
Wow. Just . . . wow. This was one of the most entertaining books I have read in a long time. The story is fabulous and the execution wonderful. Basically a diary of an astronaut left behind in an escape from a failed Mars mission (though...
tagged: fiction
The Target
2 of 5 stars
I can't even begin to imagine why this book has gotten good reviews. I have read and enjoyed Baldacci's books before, but this is the first book in the Will Robie series that I've read. Probably the last as well. It's the third one of t...
tagged: fiction and troubled-assassin
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
3 of 5 stars
I didn't love this book. While I generally like Gladwell's style and analysis, he seems to be running out of interesting observations or topics to cover. There are a few good tidbits and the book is short. If you love Gladwell, it's wor...
tagged: non-fiction
Anthem
4 of 5 stars
I love Ayn Rand's thought-provoking books and stories. I'm fundamentally aligned with her libertarian way of thinking so, for the most part, her stories are just one's that drive home a point that I already agree with or, at least, under...
tagged: fiction
Thinking, Fast and Slow
5 of 5 stars
This is simply a fabulous book about how the mind works and how our behavior is driven by our levels of thought. It's not a terribly difficult book to get through, although it does require a lot of System 2 thinking - Kahneman's term for...
tagged: non-fiction
Killing Jesus: A History
4 of 5 stars
As with the other "killing" books by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard, I really don't like the positioning that the book is based entirely on fact - insinuating the other crappy books I've read are made up. In the documenting of Jesus' li...
tagged: non-fiction
Wooden: A Coach's Life
4 of 5 stars
How can one not like a book about John Wooden? The man is a sports icon. Most of all, of course, he's a teacher, which is exactly what he wanted to be and prided himself on. He based his entire life on teaching basketball fundamentals an...
tagged: non-fiction and sports
Dead Eye
5 of 5 stars
Wow. Just. Wow. This is a great book. In the ex-CIA-troubled-assassin genre, this may be my favorite book ever. Greaney does a fabulous job of balancing action with storyline. Never gets boring, but the reader is overwhelmed by ridiculou...
tagged: fiction and troubled-assassin

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Speed Racer’s Back!

Speed Racer Movie For those of you who are less inclined to keep track of such things, I’m here to tell ya’ that Speed and the Mach 5 are back.  The new Speed Racer movie will fill a big screen near you on May 9.

The Speed Racer movie was written and directed by the Wachowski brothers of Matrix trilogy fame.  That alone should make it cool.  The movie appears to be a wild combination of colors, animation, and visual effects with real (non-animated) actors.  I’m sure it’s a trip given the people responsible for it.

Speed Racer was my Luke Skywalker long before Luke was a gleam in George Lucas’ eye.  He was my hero.  And the Mach 5.  What can I say . . . In elementary school, I covered every notebook I had with renderings of the car.

The Mach 5 could do everything and was not bound by the laws of physics.  At least not those of this planet.  All this power was placed in the driver’s hands through buttons on the steering wheel.  Year’s ago, I reproduced a diagram of the buttons for my kids.

Speed-Racer-Steering-Wheel

My favorite feature was the rotary saws that extended through the front bumper.  They could mow down a forest at 100mph.  Oh yeah.  The best example is when Speed escaped impending danger in the famous Mammoth Car episode.

YouTube Video – Speed Racer & MAMMOTH CAR

I rarely attend movies on the opening day, but I think I’m going to make an exception for this one.  You can check out the trailers for the movie here.

Maybe the modern Speed will even make out with Trixie.

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  • http://www.stillsecureafteralltheseyears.com/ alan shimel

    Will- I too was a big Mach 5 fan. Personally being the oldest child I always sort of related to Racer X myself. The good news is that my little sons have seen the trailers and are already talking up the movie. Can’t wait to see it!

  • http://www.stillsecureafteralltheseyears.com alan shimel

    Will- I too was a big Mach 5 fan. Personally being the oldest child I always sort of related to Racer X myself. The good news is that my little sons have seen the trailers and are already talking up the movie. Can’t wait to see it!

  • john bower

    Will,

    As an adult I’ve wondered what would happen if while sitting at a traffic light with people in the cross walk, Speed accidentaly hit the C button and deployed the saws, not a pretty sight.

    I’ve also wondered why Pops, for practical business reasons, didn’t accept a contract with the Brazilian government to de-forest all of Brazil’s rain forest. Given a few quick calculations yields a comfortable 50,000 sq. miles of forest cut down per year, which, if Speed started back in 68, the 1.6 million sq miles of Amazon rain forest would have been cut down by 2000. Perhaps a young Al Gore spoke to him…

    I think part of the appeal of the likes of a Speed Racer, is that his “super powers” not un-like Spiderman’s, seemed possible, unlike Superman, which by the time you’re 10-12, you realize, just ain’t gonna happen.

    Enjoy the movie, I’m sure I will.

    John

  • john bower

    Will,

    As an adult I’ve wondered what would happen if while sitting at a traffic light with people in the cross walk, Speed accidentaly hit the C button and deployed the saws, not a pretty sight.

    I’ve also wondered why Pops, for practical business reasons, didn’t accept a contract with the Brazilian government to de-forest all of Brazil’s rain forest. Given a few quick calculations yields a comfortable 50,000 sq. miles of forest cut down per year, which, if Speed started back in 68, the 1.6 million sq miles of Amazon rain forest would have been cut down by 2000. Perhaps a young Al Gore spoke to him…

    I think part of the appeal of the likes of a Speed Racer, is that his “super powers” not un-like Spiderman’s, seemed possible, unlike Superman, which by the time you’re 10-12, you realize, just ain’t gonna happen.

    Enjoy the movie, I’m sure I will.

    John

  • http://www.2-speed.com/ Will

    Maybe the key difference between Spiderman’s powers (who wants to be bitten by a spider anyway?) and Speed’s is that Speed’s are actually the powers of the car. He’s a normal guy, like you or me (OK, his brother talks to a monkey – so not completely normal), but when he gets into the Mach 5, he becomes a super hero. Sort like the Starship Enterprise and Captain Kirk?

  • http://www.2-speed.com Will

    Maybe the key difference between Spiderman’s powers (who wants to be bitten by a spider anyway?) and Speed’s is that Speed’s are actually the powers of the car. He’s a normal guy, like you or me (OK, his brother talks to a monkey – so not completely normal), but when he gets into the Mach 5, he becomes a super hero. Sort like the Starship Enterprise and Captain Kirk?

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  • tikamiha

    Speed Racer Video Review! Really worth seeing!
    http://yetmorefun.net/mov.php?v=Speed_Racer_Video_Review

  • tikamiha

    Speed Racer Video Review! Really worth seeing!
    http://yetmorefun.net/mov.php?v=Speed_Racer_Video_Review

  • http://www.kogmedia.com/ patrick

    The Wachowski bros certainly put a lot of effort into making Speed Racer… the movie overall looked and felt like a cross between anime, a kaleidoscope, that Flintstones movie, a video game and the Dukes of Hazard

  • http://www.kogmedia.com patrick

    The Wachowski bros certainly put a lot of effort into making Speed Racer… the movie overall looked and felt like a cross between anime, a kaleidoscope, that Flintstones movie, a video game and the Dukes of Hazard

  • http://www.voober.com/ Anime

    This is right here, in the present, not the future.

  • http://www.voober.com Anime

    This is right here, in the present, not the future.