Quotes froma friend…

Charles Darwin said “to suppose that the eye could have been formed by natural selection, seems i freely confess, absurd in the highest degree. if man cannot begin to make a human eye, how could anyone in his right mind think that eyes formed by mere chance.? in fact man cannot make anything from nothing. We dont know how to do it. We can re-create, reform, develop…but we cannot create even one grain of sand from nothing. yet the eye is only a small part of the most sophisticated part of creation – the human body.”Albert Einstein once said “everyone who is seriously interested in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the universe – a spirit vastly superior to man, and one in the face of which our modest powers must feel humbled. ”

George Gallup a famous statistician said, “I could prove god exists statistically: take the human body alone, the chance that all the functions of the individual would just happen is a statistical monstrosity”

Wisdom from Matt:

“.look at the american flag. imagine that there were no stars on it and you had them in your hand. now dropping them into their correct place. this is pretty much an impossible task…dropping a perfectly straight row of five stars is mind boggling but fifty? but thats kinda like how our cells are. and for this not only to occur in humans but plants and other animals…for all this to happen in time for other things to be able to feed off of eachother is just impossible”

 “if god controled the actions of us humans then we would not truely be alive. for what separates us from machines is we have the power to choose our own path. if god steered our course for us then we would be little more than puppets…and then i ask how would you like to live a life where you had no choice?”

Thanks Matt, for always being there.

September 11, 2006 at 3:15 am 2 comments

Holy Crap…I Molted!

Here is something I thought you guys might get a kick out of….

 Frank. Ive molted since then....

That there is an original illustration of me, way back in the day. Its funny how much a person can change over the years, eh? Credit goes out to my dear, dear friend Carly for scrounging up this old photo! Frankly,

Frank

September 10, 2006 at 7:53 pm 1 comment

Advanced Screening: The Covenant

I havent seen either of the Underworld movies, so I didnt exactly know what to expect from this movie (made by the same people). Lets just sumamrize it this way…If you dont mind a few sub-par actors, undeveloped plots, and annoying rivalries, then you will absolutely love this movie! Do you know why? Because from a general standpoint, its a good movie. But from an action genre/witchcraft/special effects angle, its a GREAT movie!

I refuse to give major plot details away, but allow me to give you an early, insiders view of what to expect….(VERY MINOR SPOILERS)

First off, this is a witchcraft movie. Yet, do not let this turn you away from this flic, for it far surpasses any serious attempt ever made in this genre. It is genuinely serious and quite believable (aside from sparse actor mishaps). Now, onto the plot summary…

The movie revolves around the four sons of Ipswitch(sp?) who are the descendents of the five survivors of the Salem Witch Trials, back in the 17th century. Now, one of the first questions that should have crossed your minds….”why did five families survive the trials, and there are only four descendants in the movie?”…..is easily answered, for this is the entirety of the plot. To put a long story short, the fifth son surfaces (wont spoil who or how) and intends to expand his own powers by forcing the sons of the Covenant (the four descendants) to “will over” their powers to him. However, when one “wills” away their powers, their life leaves them as well. Sacrifice, anyone?

Witchcraft is, in this movie, addictive and destructive. Every use wears away at the users body. This makes for one of the most unique attributes to the movie. I really dont want to spoil too much…so Ill sum up this entry by saying GO SEE THIS MOVIE! It is worth the admission price, and is a very entertaining, edgy, and all-around fun film.

I promise for better reviews in the future, but I am tired and about to pass out. If anyone wants, I can work up a more detailed analasys sometime soon. However, I reccomend experiencing this for yourself! Oh and the advanced screening was alot of fun, radio stations and the media were there giving away prizes and such. It all made for a very enjoyable evening. Until next time! Frankly,

Frank

September 8, 2006 at 3:20 am Leave a comment

INTRODUCING…..

Today is exciting. Mainly for me, because this blog hasnt built up a fanbase yet. But the rest of you will catch on sooner or later. Anyway, today is exciting because…. Frankly Frank’s main ‘posse’ is being revealed! Thats right, you get to see me and my two best pals!

 The Mallard Gang!

To the far left is the tough guy, Chaz. To the far right is the ever merciful Robert. And in the middle is the duck of your dreams, yours truly, Frank. Check the “Frank & Co” page tonight or tomorrow for profiles of Frank Mallard, Chaz Wood, and Robert Pond! For a full version thats not cut off and lacking in quality, check the “Frank & Co” Page.

 Enjoy, and expect MANY web comis featuring us!

Frankly,

Frank

September 6, 2006 at 1:44 am 3 comments

A Hero Becomes Legend…. RIP Steve Irwin

ARTiCLE:
Associated Press
Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin Killed
09.04.2006, 06:14 AM
Steve IrwinSteve Irwin, the hugely popular Australian television personality and conservationist known as the “Crocodile Hunter,” was killed Monday by a stingray while filming off the Great Barrier Reef. He was 44.

Irwin was at Batt Reef, off the remote coast of northeastern Queensland state, shooting a segment for a series called “Ocean’s Deadliest” when he swam too close to one of the animals, which have a poisonous bard on their tails, his friend and colleague John Stainton said.

“He came on top of the stingray and the stingray’s barb went up and into his chest and put a hole into his heart,” said Stainton, who was on board Irwin’s boat at the time.

Crew members aboard the boat, Croc One, called emergency services in the nearest city, Cairns, and administered CPR as they rushed the boat to nearby Low Isle to meet a rescue helicopter. Medical staff pronounced Irwin dead when they arrived a short time later, Stainton said.

Irwin was famous for his enthusiasm for wildlife and his catchword “Crikey!” in his television program “Crocodile Hunter.” First broadcast in Australia in 1992, the program was picked up by the Discovery network, catapulting Irwin to international celebrity.

He rode his image into a feature film, 2002’s “The Crocodile Hunters: Collision Course” and developed the wildlife park that his parents opened, Australia Zoo, into a major tourist attraction.

“The world has lost a great wildlife icon, a passionate conservationist and one of the proudest dads on the planet,” Stainton told reporters in Cairns. “He died doing what he loved best and left this world in a happy and peaceful state of mind. He would have said, ‘Crocs Rule!'”

Prime Minister John Howard, who hand-picked Irwin to attend a gala barbecue to honor President Bush when he visited in 2003, said he was “shocked and distressed at Steve Irwin’s sudden, untimely and freakish death.”

“It’s a huge loss to Australia,” Howard told reporters. “He was a wonderful character. He was a passionate environmentalist. He brought joy and entertainment and excitement to millions of people.”

Irwin, who made a trademark of hovering dangerously close to untethered crocodiles and leaping on their backs, spoke in rapid-fire bursts with a thick Australian accent and was almost never seen without his uniform of khaki shorts and shirt and heavy boots.

His ebullience was infectious and Australian officials sought him out for photo opportunities and to promote Australia internationally.

Irwin’s public image was dented, however, in 2004 when he caused an uproar by holding his infant son in one arm while feeding large crocodiles inside a zoo pen. Irwin claimed at the time there was no danger to the child, and authorities declined to charge Irwin with violating safety regulations.

Later that year, he was accused of getting too close to penguins, a seal and humpback whales in Antarctica while making a documentary. Irwin denied any wrongdoing, and an Australian Environment Department investigation recommended no action be taken against him.

Stingrays have a serrated, toxin-loaded barb, or spine, on the top of their tail. The barb, which can be up to 10 inches long, flexes if a ray is frightened. Stings usually occur to people when they step on or swim too close to a ray and can be excruciatingly painful but are rarely fatal, said University of Queensland marine neuroscientist Shaun Collin.

Collin said he suspected Irwin died because the barb pierced under his ribcage and directly into his heart.

“It was extraordinarily bad luck. It’s not easy to get spined by a stingray and to be killed by one is very rare,” Collin said.

News of Irwin’s death spread quickly, and tributes flowed from all quarters of society.

At Australia Zoo at Beerwah, south Queensland, floral tributes were dropped at the entrance, where a huge fake crocodile gapes. Drivers honked their horns as they passed.

“Steve, from all God’s creatures, thank you. Rest in peace,” was written on a card with a bouquet of native flowers.

“We’re all very shocked. I don’t know what the zoo will do without him. He’s done so much for us, the environment and it’s a big loss,” said Paula Kelly, a local resident and volunteer at the zoo, after dropping off a wreath at the gate.

Stainton said Irwin’s American-born wife Terri, from Eugene, Ore., had been informed of his death, and had told their daughter Bindi Sue, 8, and son Bob, who will turn 3 in December.

The couple met when she went on vacation in Australia in 1991 and visited Irwin’s Australia Zoo; they were married six months later. Sometimes referred to as the “Crocodile Huntress,” she costarred on her husband’s television show and in his 2002 movie.

Ive lost one of my heroes…this is indeed quite the downer for me….RIP STeve Iriwn

September 4, 2006 at 4:01 pm 6 comments

To be, or not to be…Torso-less Presidents?

Rushmore     If you’re American enough to be on the Internet, then you’re American enough to know what Mount Rushmore is…which is exactly what this topic is about.

     Mount Rushmore began its path to completion on August 10th, 1927, almost eighty years ago. These amazing stone icons were the brainchild of an incredibly ambitious sculptor, Gutzon Borglum. However, his vision for these massive craniums actually included torsos, a scroll of history, and a hall of records. Yet, in the fourteen years of construction, only the heads we see today, and ‘half-a-hall of records’ could be completed before the great depression settled in, which called for the money to be used for more ‘vital’ interests of the country. In the end, Mr. Borglum eventually passed away, and his son Lincoln was left to manage the crew. Lincoln instead ended the project in his father’s honor. Many citizens rooted for the continuation of labor on the monument; others applauded Lincoln Borglum for his respect of his father’s dream.

So here’s your question: Should the monument be completed (add torsos, scroll, and Hall of Records), so it may shine as Gutzon originally intended… OR should it remain as is, to respect Gutzon’s fantastic dream?

September 4, 2006 at 4:23 am Leave a comment

Bats and Beasts and Spiders, OH MY!

   Spiderman1  The 21st century sure is a good time to be a comic book fan, because (incase you haven’t noticed) just about every stinkin’ superhero you can find on a bookshelf has been featured in a film within the past ten years. As most moviegoers know, the only superheroes to be featured in successful, popular franchises in cinematic history were DC giants Superman and Batman. Now, Marvel leads the bandwagon with the incredibly successful Spiderman and X-Men franchises. But of course, what’s showbiz without competition? Batman and Superman both are back, but have not performed anywhere close to the Marvel heroes in terms of box office. And thanks to the performance of their better known stars, Marvel has launched other franchises such as the recognizable Fantastic Four, Incredible Hulk, and even Daredevil. And, you guessed it, to compete with Marvels ever-growing slate of movies (upcoming movies include Ghost Rider and Spiderman 3), both a Batman and Superman sequel are on the way. Not to mention the smaller comic book company icons such as Hellboy are even returning with sequels…

     Now stop for a second, and scan the paragraph above…how many superheroes can you spot in the text? And I didn’t even mention others like The Punisher, Tomb Raider, Elektra, and The Incredibles. If you haven’t clued into the point of this article already…..THAT’S A LOT OF FREAKIN HEROES! The new comic book movie age started with X-Men in 2000, after comic book movies disappeared for a good half-decade because of the utter crap that was Batman Forever, and Batman & Robin. Since 2000, we’ve been treated to over twenty-five comic book oriented movies! Not that I’m complaining or anything…I absolutely love comic book movies (and comic books themselves). Hell, I wish I could just slip into a coma tonight and awake when Spiderman 3 comes out next May. All right, all right…Ill stop ranting…Here’s the question: Is it too much, and is the comic book movie genre already becoming ‘burnt-out’? OR are solid scripts, like the Spiderman series and Batman Begins, keeping the genre fresh enough for it to continue?

What do you think?

September 3, 2006 at 6:51 pm Leave a comment

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