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Visionaries, the forgotten 80’s cartoon

June 29, 2007

visionaries.jpgThere was a show that I just loved as a kid, but have rarely ever seen or heard from since I last saw it back in 1987. The show was called “Visionaries”.

The show, according to Wikipedia, was “set on the planet Prysmos, located in another dimension, the Visionaries consist of two groups of knights — the Spectral Knights and the Darkling Lords, both of whom have their magical powers gifted from Merklynn after successfully completing a quest to reach Merklynn’s shrine on Iron Mountain. Each character had a different power that reflected their personality and could be activated by reciting a special verse.”

From what I remember, the show was about these mystical knights that wore cool futuristic armor suits with hologram symbols on their chests. Each knight had a different symbol, usually in the form of an animal, and could transform into that type of animal.

My favorite character was Feryl, who could transform into a Wolf. I remember I had the toy, which sadly, did not turn into a Wolf. It was still extremely cool, and was always one of my favorite non-Tranformers toys.

The other “good guy” characters would turn into animals such as a lion, bear, fox, eagle, cheetah or dolphin. The various animals allowed them to explore different types of terrain and battle on all sorts of landscapes.

The evil Darkling Lords would also “transform” into animals like the gorilla, lizard or shark. Apparently those are “evil” animals.

An interesting fact is that the character of “Cindarr” was voiced by Peter Cullen, the voice of Optimus Prime. The leader of the Darkling Lords, “Darkstorm”, was voiced by Chris Latta. Latta voiced such legendary bad guys, such as Starscream and Cobra Commander.

I don’t really remember the actual plot line of the episodes, but I sure remember the cool characters, and the cool hologram chest plates and of course the animals, as well.

I was surprised to learn that this show only lasted 13 episodes. It seems to me I watched a helluva lot more than 13 episodes. More than likely, I watched each one several times as most kids usually do with their favorite shows and movies.

As far as I know, there is a region-2 DVD series released, but if anyone knows of a Region-1 DVD (U.S. & Canada), please let me know. I haven’t been able to find any information on one.

I’d be shocked if anyone else out there remembers this show, but for some reason it’s stuck in my mind as a very cool show, and one that I wished had lasted longer. I still remember going from video store to video store with my Mom trying to find copies of the show on VHS.

You can add Visionaries to the list of incredible shows that boys of my generation were fortunate enough to grow up on. From Transformers to G.I. Joe to Ninja Turtles, we were a lucky bunch.

Better than all the crap like Pokemon and Digimon and whatever ‘mon show that is popular these days. My kids are going to have all the great 80’s and early 90’s cartoons on DVD. They won’t be watching any of these horrible new cartoons, or disturbing puppet-like shows that air on television for today’s children.

> Read My Top 10 Childhood Heroes

> Read My Top 10 Favorite Comic Book Superheroes

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Joke Of The Day

June 29, 2007

empire-state-building.jpgTwo men are sitting drinking at a bar at the top of the Empire State Building, when the first man turns to the other and says “You know, last week I discovered that if you jump from the top of this building, the winds around the building are so intense that by the time you fall to the 10th floor, they carry you around the building and back into a window”. The bartender just shakes his head in disapproval while wiping the bar.

The second guy says, “What, are you nuts? There’s no way that could happen.

“No, its true,” the first man says. “Let me prove it to you.” He gets up from the bar, jumps over the balcony, and plummets toward the street below. As he nears the 10th floor, the high winds whip him around the building and back into the 10th floor window and he takes the elevator back up to the bar.

He meets the second man, who looks quite astonished. “You know, I saw that with my own eyes, but that must have been a one time fluke.”

“No, I’ll prove it again,” says the first man as he jumps again. Just as he is hurtling toward the street, the 10th floor wind gently carries him around the building and into the window. Once upstairs he urges his fellow drinker to try it.

“Well, why not.” the second guy says, “It works. I’ll try it.” He jumps over the balcony, plunges downward passes the 11th, 10th 9th, 8th, floors. . . . . and hits the sidewalk with a SPLAT.

Back upstairs the bartender turns to the other drinker and says, “You know Superman, you’re a real jerk when you’re drunk”.

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Movie Review: The Holiday

June 29, 2007

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Last night I watched and thoroughly enjoyed The Holiday.  You might not hear many 25 year old guys admit that, as it would probably be categorized under “chick flick” or “romantic dramedy”.The Holiday has a great cast, and an interesting story. It’s basically two films in one, following stories on opposite sides of the world.

The film is about two women who are stressed out thanks to their troubled relationships, and decide to switch houses for a few weeks. One lives in LA, one in England. They’ve never met, but both are in desperate need of some new scenery, and make the unlikely switch.

The women are played by Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet, who both do an incredible job. Iris (Winslet) is a newspaper columnist, and after failing to get over her ex, moves in to Amanda’s (Diaz) beautiful LA home. She goes on to meet more than a few very interesting people that help keep her mind off the problems at home.

Amanda (Diaz) moves into Iris’ small England cottage. She recently broke up with her boyfriend (played by Edward Burns), and was looking to get away from the busy lifestyle she has. She happens to meet Iris’s brother, played by Jude Law. Even though the last thing she wanted was to meet a man, it’s obvious they are destined for some sort of relationship.

Like I mentioned, both stories basically feel like two different movies. I found myself a lot more interesting in the story surrounding Diaz’s character, but that’s not to say the other story wasn’t interesting.

Jack Black also appears in the film. I would definitely say Law was the stand-out of the movie. I loved his character, and he did an excellent job. It was nice to see Jack Black in a role that was more laid back, and I did enjoy it, but he didn’t have quite as much screen time as the other actors. It never really seemed like we got to know his character.

Women will love this movie, and guys… as much as you’ll want to act like you’re not interested, give the film a chance. It’s an enjoyable romantic movie, and one that she will love and that you won’t be entirely bored of.

My Rating: 7.5/10

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The Dramatic Chipmunk!

June 28, 2007

The funniest five second-long video clip you’ll ever see…

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My Top 15 Favorite “Classic Rock” Songs

June 27, 2007

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I love classic rock songs from the 60’s through the late 70’s. It’s some of my favorite music, and every time I listen to it, I’m instantly put in a great mood. I’m not really sure why, as I wasn’t even close to living through the times when these songs were first released, but I still enjoy them as if I was. Maybe it’s to do with the fact my parents used to play them when I was a kid, or that we used to play them before hockey, or just simply that they are great songs.

I’ve compiled a list of my Top 15 Classic Rock songs. The criteria I used was to only include Rock songs released between 1960-1979. I know there are so many wonderful songs not listed here, and I could make another top 15 list that would be filled with songs as equally as good as these.

If you click on any of the song titles listed below, you will be taken to a YouTube version of the song. Most of the videos are of live recordings, so they aren’t exactly the same as the originals, but you get the idea.

Either way, here’s the list I’ve put together. Feel free to list some of your favorites in the comments section.


15. Bob Seger – Old Time Rock & Roll

From the album: Stranger in Town, 1979

14. Kingsmen – Louie, Louie

From the album: Released as a single in 1963

13. Foghat – I Just Wanna Make Love To You

From the album: Foghat, 1972

12. ZZ Top – La Grange

From the album: Tres Hombres, 1973

11. Jimi Hendrix – Voodoo Child

From the album: Electric Ladyland, 1968

10. Stealer’s Wheel – Stuck In The Middle With You (links to the song, but I have no idea what the heck that video is)

From the album: Stealer’s Wheel, 1972

9. Foghat – Slow Ride

From the album: Fool for the City, 1975

8. Bachman-Turner Overdrive (aka BTO) – Takin’ Care Of Business

From the album: Bachman-Turner Overdrive II, 1973

7. Creedence Clearwater Revival (aka CCR) – Down On The Corner

From the album: Willy and the Poor Boys, 1969

6. Guess Who – No Sugar Tonight

From the album: American Woman, 1970

5. Tom Petty – Breakdown

From the album: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, 1977

4. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Tuesday’s Gone

From the album: Pronounced, 1973

3. Steppenwolf – Magic Carpet Ride

From the album: Steppenwolf the Second, 1968

2. Ram Jam – Black Betty

From the album: Ram Jam, 1977

1. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama

From the album: Second Helping, 1974


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Nelly Furtado’s Maneater… Acoustic style

June 27, 2007

Everyone knows Nelly Furtado’s popular club hit, “Maneater”, and have probably heard it 100 times. Yeah, I’m sick of it too, but check out this live acoustic version of the song that Nelly recorded a while back… it’s actually pretty good.

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He’s 72, but he’ll still kick your ass

June 27, 2007

tougholdman.jpgHere’s a really neat story I read today, over at Yahoo News today…

Bill Barnes says he was scratching off a losing $2 lottery ticket inside a gas station when he felt a hand slip into his front-left pants pocket, where he had $300 in cash.

He immediately grabbed the person’s wrist with his left hand and started throwing punches with his right, landing six or seven blows before a store manager intervened.

“I guess he thought I was an easy mark,” Barnes, 72, told The Grand Rapids Press for a story Tuesday.

He’s anything but an easy mark: Barnes served in the Marines, was an accomplished Golden Gloves boxer and retired after 20 years as an iron worker.

Jesse Daniel Rae, the 27-year-old Newaygo County man accused of trying to pick Barnes’ pocket, was arraigned Monday in Rockford District Court on one count of unarmed robbery, a 15-year felony.

Barnes said he had just withdrawn the money from a bank machine and put it in the pocket of his shorts before driving to the Marathon service station and Next Door Food Store in Comstock park, a Grand Rapids suburb.

He remembers noticing a patron acting suspiciously, asking the price of different brands of cigarettes and other items. While turned away, Barnes felt the hand in his pocket, so he took action.

“I guess I acted on instinct,” he said.

Kent County sheriff’s deputies said the store manager quickly came around the counter. The three of them struggled through the front door, where two witnesses said the manager slammed Rae to the ground and held him there.

“There was blood everywhere,” said another manager on duty, Abby Ostrom, 25.

Barnes was a regional runner-up in Golden Gloves competition in the novice and open divisions before enlisting in the Marines in 1956.

He lived most of his adult life in Comstock Park with his wife, Patricia, before recently moving to Ottawa County. The couple have three children.

After retiring as an iron worker, he now works part-time as a starter at a golf course.

Barnes said he’d probably do the same thing again under the same circumstances, if for no other reason than what he would face back home.

“I wouldn’t want my wife to give me hell for lettin’ that guy get my money,” he said with a smile.