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Marathon Log: May 30 from Council Bluffs

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Written by Jason Bryant

May 30, 2009 at 1:23 pm

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Star Trek: The “I don’t do movie reviews” version

This might contain spoilers … so that being said SPOILER ALERT!

I’m not a Trekkie. I’ve never been a fan of anything in the Star Trek franchise. Whether it be the original, the Next Generation (with the guy from Reading Rainbow), Deep Space Nine or whatever the others were — I’d have to actually look them up to tell you their names.

I never watched any of the original Star Trek movies, with perhaps the beginning of The Wrath of Khan, where Captain Kirk is scaling the side of some mountain.

The only experiences I’d had with Star Trek were watching some of the animated series back when it was on Nickelodeon back when I was a kid and sitting through it with my dad and step mom. I never thought she’d be much of a Trekkie until I tried to change the channel one day and she snapped at me.

I’m a big fan of reliving things from my childhood, even though they might have been someone else’s childhood. For this Star Trek is an anamoly to me. I don’t have any Star Trek memories, other than the aforementioned animated series.

I was enthralled with Transformers when it came out. I saw the animated movie when I was like seven. Peter Cullen as the voice of Optimus Prime thrust me back into childhood.

But now with Star Trek, this was all new. I knew who the charachters were … Spock, McCoy, Kirk, Scotty, Sulu, Checkov, Uhura. I wasn’t familiar with any backstory and didn’t go in with any pre-conceived notions about it.

I knew about Vulcan, the Romulans, Kirk’s womanizing (which I thought was comedically tactful in the movie). I didn’t recognize Winona Ryder for some reason.

One big chuckle came early in the film where the screen showed “Iowa,” immediately getting a rise out of the college kids situated in the back of the theater.

I’d consider this movie highly enjoyable to the non-Trekkie. I was captivated, engaged and entertained. At the risk of sounding like a complete douche, I never quite understood the Trekkie culture, but if people felt this way about the original, I can see why one could be caught up in it. I won’t do conventions or whatever, but here’s a few things that made the movie campy enough, but exciting to watch again (gasp!).

Simon Pegg as Scotty was freakin’ awesome. I agree with one critic who said he stole the movie. No way was the guy from Hot Fuzz and the guy from Harold & Kumar going to be in a serious movie … but holy shit, they pulled it off.

The catchphrases were worked in, sometimes seeming forced, but not without a laugh. I don’t know much beyond the fringe of it, but I understood everything that was going on. That could be a credit to the movie doing a lot to educate, without being overbearing. This was a great Tuesday at the movies and I’d highly recommend it — Trekkie or not.

Terminator Salvation, on the other hand … not impressed. And I LOVE the Terminator series.

Although I am growing tired of seeing The Terminator and Terminator 3 on TV constantly because of the rise of the new movie. Why no T2, which I feel was the best of the series.

The Wrath of Khan is on right now, I don’t think I’ll be watching it.

But Leonard Nimoy was one of those people when you see in film or TV, that just makes you go “DUUUDE, SPOCK!” I liked his role in Star Trek and might actually go see the movie again (double gasp!)

Written by Jason Bryant

May 27, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Marathon Log: May 26 … Back at it

I read “Stuff White People Like,” the book based on the web site/blog with the same name. Christian Lander’s posts and book is quite hilarious. I love it and read it frequently.

As I got through the book, I realized I could check off a couple (well, more than a couple) entries in the book. So as I’m guilty of such, I mentioned it prominently in Tuesday’s video blog of my marathon training.

That being said: Here’s the trackback.

And for Monty Python fans out there, there’s some stuff in there for you.

So Christian Lander, thanks for the inspiration into Tuesday’s post on marathons and documentaries.

Written by Jason Bryant

May 26, 2009 at 11:41 am

Quinnipiac gets women’s volleyball back, two lost men’s teams irrelevant

Over the weekend, the news broke that a federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction in the Title IX case brought on by the ACLU-CT on behalf of the women’s volleyball team at tiny Quinnipiac University, a Division I program in Connecticut.

Here’s the AP Story link here.

This is the part of the story I want to know more about, though.

Underhill also agreed that the students would be harmed, saying they have a limited amount of time to compete in college athletics and specifically chose Quinnipiac to play volleyball.

The interruption in competition and the need to break into new programs with new coaches and established rosters will necessarily stunt the plaintiffs’ development as volleyball players at the highest level of amateur competition,” Underhill wrote.

These statements CAN NOT be used to save a men’s team and the same defense is used. The response from the university in the case of men’s track and golf (which was also cut by Quinnipiac) was this: “Uh, What?”

So the thousands of men’s opportunities killed by gender quotas aren’t worth saving. But wait, they were cut because of finances. Sorry men, you can’t win.

And guess what, at this rate, they won’t. Soon men will have two sports, women will have 14. Reparations are a real b*tch sometimes, aren’t they?

Written by Jason Bryant

May 25, 2009 at 5:52 pm

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Marathon Log: May 22 … Girl Wrestler Day!

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May 22, 2009 at 3:07 pm

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Marathon Log: May 21 … Broken Barriers bounded by the bomb beat

Written by Jason Bryant

May 21, 2009 at 10:37 pm

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Marathon Log: May 20

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May 21, 2009 at 2:27 am

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