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TV - Nov 28, 2017

  • Currently Watching : Youtube, Survivor, Star Wars - Rebels, Star Trek: Discovery
  • Was watching / Waiting for: Doctor Who, Attack on Titan (anime), Game of Thrones, Westworld, Running Man (Korean), Humans

My Current Guitar Rig - Jan 10, 2018

  • In rig: ibanez tube screamer mini → Strymmon timeline delay → TC Hall of Fame → TC Boost
  • Own: nano POG, ernie ball jr 25k volume pedal
  • Considering: compressor, 2nd overdrive - timmy?, 2nd delay - analog?

My Top Ten Lists

  • Jenny commented when watching me surf the net one day that I liked “top lists”… Like best movies of all time… best computer games of all time, etc… This is quite true… I can surf top lists forever… I wonder if creating top lists is as fun as reading about them… let's have a go!


who remembers this?

Sat, Jul 30th, 2011 @ 5:50pm

  • Final Zoos - I can't believe I drew all those sprintes… :) It was pretty fun game to run…
  • Hangman ←- do you remember what happens when you win the game? It's actually harder now because most of the clues were submitted a while ago and are less relevant.
· Sat, Jul 30th, 2011 @ 10:51pm · jackson


Mon, Jul 25th, 2011 @ 8:50pm

“More than 1,000 people have been arrested in a crackdown on human trafficking and sexual exploitation in Ciudad Juarez, officials in Mexico say.”

As some of you know, I was in Juarez a few years ago helping build a house for the needy. Since then Juarez has become so dangerous many house building teams have stopped going down there to help. Here's a news video about mission trip safety to Juarez.

I still pray for them down there but sometimes it feels so hopeless. I told some of you how my Casas Por Cristo bracelet from the trip broke just earlier this year… I can't describe how it felt when I read this news article. It's like there's a glimmer of hope… Sometimes the cynicism just takes you over… and with the recent Norway shooting… -cynicism is not the right word… maybe despair is the word I am looking for… it's definitely not apathy… more like helplessness… I'm not sure… the worst part is that my previous blog entry was about how Harry Potter could have been done better… what nonsense is my life made up of? Forgive me father… and thank you for the work you are still doing in Juarez.

Let it load fully before watching…

· Tue, Jul 26th, 2011 @ 2:03am · jackson

Hayly Pawtor - *SPOILER ALERT*

Thurs, Jul 21nd, 2011 @ 11:44pm

The deathly hallows Part II - *SPOILER ALERT*

Ok. So I saw the movie. It was… underwhelming? Maybe my expectations were too high. I have not read the books but the previous movies really set up a bunch of expectations that they didn't meet. Also maybe Part I was too good. But it is definitely the end of a good run. No more looking forward to the next Potter film. I was wondering how they would keep the cast looking young…

Classic fantasy/adventure film basics:

  • Super bad@ss villian - Why did they make V so weak at the end. They totally built him up in all the previous films to be super crazy evil powerful dude. They should have had V kill off a a few teachers show his power and make him more menacing.
  • Epic battle / duel - The weak villian ofcourse made the final duel anti climatic. The big battle between the students/teachers/baddies was pretty weak sauce. It needed to be more epic and they needed to show more one on one type battles with the main characters with both sides winning and losing people.
  • Main characters are the focus - Ron and Hermoine were barely part of the movie. All previous films it was about the three friends and then in the finaly they focused on all these side characters we didn't care about. Nevil?
  • Redemption - Draco should have become a good guy and had some critical (not accidental) part in making the good guys succeed.
  • Puzzle/clues add up to something - Why didn't they give Harry all 3 deathly hallows and have him use them to kill V or atleast do something really cool. They could have also given all 3 to V and had him be super powered. And why was destroying the horcrux in Part 1 so amazing compared to Part 2?
  • The wonder/fantasy - Why was there no cool new spells or creatures?!?!?

If I had it my way, maybe the ending would have been:

  1. Ron has to face a super baddy (which killed many goodies during epic battles scene), to get a hallow or destroy a horcrux
  2. Hermione has to also face a super baddy, to get a hallow or destroy a horcrux
  3. Harry has to face V
  4. They all almost lose
  5. But then Ron succeeds and joins Harry and gives him a hallow
  6. Then Hermoine succeeds and joins them and gives harry a hallow
  7. Then the three of them fight V. Maybe Hermoine and Ron get knocked out of battle.
  8. Harry deals the final blow with some surprise/twist or maybe special ability that having all three hallows gives him.
  9. Have Hagrid or Draco do something more critical in the plot line that results in good side winning. Maybe delivering the 3rd hallow which was taken by the enemy or something.

Okay so I know this post is long, but I do have to mention the good:

  • The sad parts were done really well. It felt like Pixar.
  • The Snape story was really well done.
  • There was good closure, not too many loose ends.

Rankings - The movies are kinda a big blur in my brain so I need to rewatch them but if I had to rank them quick.

  1. Best: Deathly Hallows Part 1 - so good I bought it on blueray.
  2. Goblet of Fire - it was like the Magic Olympics!
  3. The Deathly Hallows – Part 2
  4. Prisoner of Azkaban - Yay! time travel.
  5. Order of the Phoenix - I don't remember this one at all…
  6. Half-Blood Prince - I don't remember this one at all…
  7. Chamber of Secrets - I don't remember this one at all…
  8. Worst: Philosopher's Stone - the ending was such a cop out. Totally ruined the movie for me.

· Fri, Jul 22nd, 2011 @ 3:50pm · Jackson Chan

Chrome: Replace New Tab with Custom Home Page

Sun, Jun 19th, 2011 @ 1:56pm

For those of you frustrated with having to type google.com everytime you hit the new tab (+) button in Chrome, install this Chrome extension. Works like a charm.

New Tab Extension

· Sun, Jun 19th, 2011 @ 5:58pm · Jackson Chan

My 10 Favorite Movies of All Time

Thu, May 12th, 2011 @ 7:08pm

Jenny commented when watching me surf the net one day that I liked “top lists”… Like best movies of all time… best computer games of all time, etc… This is quite true… I can surf top lists forever… I wonder if creating top lists is as fun as reading about them… let's have a go!

  1. Jurassic Park (I): Never get sick of watching this. Best movie evvvar! Love watching this on the projector with the sound cranked. Love the part where the guy fakes electrocution on the electric fence. Newman plays a great villain. The Raptors in the kitchen, -oh and the trembling water cups and puddles… soooo good. Too bad the sequels sucked crap.
  2. Indiana Jones - The Last Crusade: “Only the penitent man will pass”. Sean Connery adds so much to this film. The scene when they are tied up and the fire starts -classic! -oh and when the cup falls and Harrison Ford has to choose after the girl. Soooooo good.
  3. Back To the Future (I): “Great Scott!” Even the opening scene with all the clocks is amazing… This movie is made great by the sequels. I love how the 2nd one revisits the first film during time travel.
  4. Lord of the Rings (I): Yes, the Fellowship is my favorite of the three… Then the Two Towers cuz of the battle scenes… Then the last one.
  5. Star Wars (IV) - Return of the Jedi: Yes, I like the Ewoks too. After admitting that I guess I might as well just put it out there, Phantom Menace was better that people give it credit for.
  6. Twister: Too bad this movie is so old. They should update the special effects for HD. Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton have great chemistry and do a great job in this classic film.
  7. Goonies: “Come on, guys, this is our time.” Before there was Pirates of the Caribbean, there was Goonies.
  8. Mary Poppins: Dick Van Dyke shines. I love the Chimney scene and the laughing tea party scene.
  9. The Frighteners: Michael J. Fox and Peter Jackson
  10. Gone in Sixty Seconds: Something with Nic Cage had to make the list! :) It was either this or The Rock.

I bet after seeing this list, it makes you want to comment on this post… Too bad! Commenting disabled to stop spam…

Close to Making the list

Newer Movies that Still Need to Prove Themselves

  • Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows (7), X-Men: Last Stand (3), Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of Black Pearl (1), How to Train Your Dragon, Zombieland, Kick-Ass

Things That the Top 10 Movies Have In Common

  • Adventure / Fantasy / Sci-Fi
  • Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Peter Jackson, Robert Zemeckis
  • Michael J Fox, Harrison Ford, Sean Astin
  • Michael Crichton

Implied Recommendations

  • Teen Wolf, Arachnophobia, Gremlins, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Batteries not Included, Innerspace, ET, Willow, Howard the Duck, Forrest Gump…

Wow… that was way harder to write than I thought… hope you enjoyed the list. If you haven't seen one of the top ten, For Shame!!! … you can come over and watch it on the projector! Just ask! I can rewatch them over and over and over and over and over. :)

· Thu, May 12th, 2011 @ 9:58pm · jackson

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