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Oscars 2011

March 1, 2011

Howdy folks, it’s that time of year again where anyone who’s sat in a movie theatre at any point in time during the past 12 months thinks they’re a damn expert on cinema, and coincidently knows what it takes to be a “good film”. Well we here at The Mug Rack are no different. So that’s why I’m taking this opportunity to feel like a pretentious movie aficionado and give my picks for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards Ceremony tonight. In fact, I’ll even through in the possible upsets that could occur. I’m not going to go through the full list because quite frankly…who the hell seriously has the time to read through the best foreign film that no one has seen? Anyway, here we go!

Best Actor: Colin Firth from “The King’s Speech”. Say what you will, Colin Firth has always done a hell of a job so it’s going to be good to see him get this. If he doesn’t win it for some strange reason, Jesse Eisenberg will most likely take it from his role in The Social Network.

Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale from “The Fighter”. Hands down he’s got this, if not, pick up your jaw and give Geoffery Rush or Mark Ruffalo the applause they could very well receive for their respective roles in “The King’s Speech” and “The Kids Are Alright”.

Best Actress: Natalie Portman for her fantastic role in “Black Swan”. Truth be told this is going to be a runaway W for the Portman camp, but in the event the academy had a bout of amnesia and forgot how great she was, Annette Bening would be the next best choice from “The Kids Are Alright”.

Best Supporting Actress: Helena Bonham Carter of “The King’s Speech”. If not her, Amy Adams of “The Fighter” would take this.

Best Animated Film: “Toy Story 3”. No need for an upset choice here because let’s face it…it’s a Disney/Pixar film.

Best Art Direction: I really want to see “Alice in Wonderland” take this, but it’s going to be “Inception” or “The King’s Speech”.

Best Cinematography: “Black Swan”. If not, “Inception”.

Best Costume Design: This one is always a toss up, but “The King’s Speech” has a good shot. I want to see “Alice in Wonderland” walk away with the Oscar, but we shall see.

Best Director: This one is going to David Fincher of “The Social Network” as much as I want to disagree with that, I can’t. If he doesn’t get it, Darren Arnofsky of “Black Swan” should give David a run for his money.

Best Original Score: This goes to either Hans Zimmer for his work on “Inception” or Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for “The Social Network”.

Best Picture: It feels like the academy decided to include every freaking movie released this year, but “The King’s Speech” will be the won who takes this. If this film doesn’t, “The Social Network” will most likely pull the upset.

Best Adapted Screenplay: This one is another toss up, but the Cohen brothers always do a damn good job of film adaptation. So don’t be surprised to see “True Grit” to get this one. Otherwise it’s up in the air as to who could get the toss up, maybe “127 hours” or “The Social Network”.

Best Original Screenplay: This goes to “The King’s Speech”. Otherwise “The Kids Are Alright” would be the best option to pull the upset.

So there are my picks. It’s ultimately up to the Academy, but these are pretty safe bets if you’re a betting man and/or woman and you happen to put money on an Oscar spread…If you’re into that kind of thing, but I digress, round up the bros and girlfriends, get a dirty 30 of High Life and have yourself an Oscar party tonight!

-Walt

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NASCAR 2011 Video Game Reboot

October 11, 2010

Sorry about the lack of blogging lately. It’s not like there hasn’t been stuff to blog about (new awesome guy movies, political stuff, The Event, sports and various news stories) it’s just that We’ve been very busy.

However we’re gonna make it a point to start blogging again and this is something you need to check out, if you’re a sports, video game or NASCAR fan. Got this from A Blog 4 guys:

Looks like coming in February of 2011, NASCAR gets a reboot courtesy of Eutechnyx and Activision. Click the link for the trailer, which looks AWESOME.

I’ve been a fan of NASCAR games but after 2005 or so, they really started jumping the shark with the additions while doing little more than updating the cars/drivers. And the crashes always sucked, there was nothing entertaining about that. Read: EA Sports sucks, has a monoploy and thinks they can put out a shitty product because of it. But there are some chinks in that armor, with NBA 2k’s newest game with Jordan and now this. Maybe the Evil empire will soon fall.

If that trailer is indicative of how cool the game could be, I think this could be  a game worth looking into buying.

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Hurricane Milwaukee

July 23, 2010

-The Morning After-

Things aren’t good out there. Milwaukee General Mitchell Airport is closed, Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency and New sink holes are forming in Milwaukee

BREAKING NEWS: Huge Sinkhole Forms Between Homes in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE – A huge sinkhole has formed between two homes on Milwaukee’s north side.

The hole formed between homes in the 5000 block of north 19th Place.  That’s near Green Bay Avenue and Villard.

Police are considering evacuating the neighborhood.

Newsradio 620 WTMJ’s Erik Bilstad reports from the scene that one of the homes is teetering on what little is left of its foundation.

Here is the Video of Nicolet High School’s flooding:

GLENDALE – It’s a flooded mess all over the place, including Nicolet High School in Glendale, and its football team’s training camp may become a flooded mess as well.

“We were supposed to start Monday with our summer contact days, four day camp,” said Nicolet Football Coach Brian Sommers.

But he tells Wisconsin’s Morning News that he’s scrambling to get new equipment for his players.

“I can’t put an unsanitary piece of equipment on a kid.”

Most of Nicolet High School in Glendale damaged by severe flooding

Here is video from Shorewood, which became a raging rapids

The rain was over waist high in Shorewood.

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General Mitchell is closed until 2 pm. See above. Here is some video to understand how bad things are out there.

Fox6 Milwaukee has a large collection of user submitted photos from yesterday’s events.

WISN has a large selection of user submitted photos as well.

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There is a lot of weather happening in Milwaukee and across the state right now. It’s causing a lot of Problems. Here is a collection of what is going on because of the storms.

25,000 Remain are currently without power:

MILWAUKEE – The storms of Thursday evening have caused tens of thousands to lose their power.

We Energies reports that 25,000 customers in the area have lost power.

9,000 customers have lost power in Mukwonago.

Lots of street lights are out of power, and so people have had to treat roads that are normally controlled by lights as if they are four-way stops or uncontrolled intersections.

As many as 20 tornadoes have been reported so far

I-43 was shut down around Good Hope Road because of the high water and traffic had to be diverted.

The department of Public Works in Milwaukee told drivers to stay off the roads because manhole covers have been blowing off through the city.

There were numerous reports of cars trapped in water and even floating in the high water.

The Department of Public works requested drivers stay off the roads because of numerous reports of flooding and missing manhole covers.

So far there have been reports of tornadoes in Eagle (again) and Franklin.

Several roads and freeways are closed. It seemed like every east/west street between North Ave and Mequon and every north south street between 76th street and the river had some flooding.

Closings include:

I-43 in both directions at Good Hope Road.

-U.S. Highway 45 in both directions at Hampton Ave.

-Southbound U.S. Highway 41 (Miller Parkway) from I-94 to National Ave.

-The center and right lanes on the High Rise Bridge (I-94/I-43) through the Marquette Interchange.

-Lincoln Memorial Drive in both directions.

-The tunnel exit from northbound I-43 to Kilbourn Ave.

Lightening struck a building downtown (video)

Currently, two TV stations have been knocked off the air:

The thunderstorm and flash flooding knocked WISN-TV (Channel 12) and WDJT-TV (Channel 58) off the air Thursday evening.

WISN-TV took on water at its transmitter, said station president and general manager Jan G. Wade. The station’s signal, however, was available on Charter Cable and AT&T.

And realizing that severe weather coverage was going to be a continuing event throughout the evening, WTMJ-AM moved the Brewers broadcast to WLWK-FM (94.5), according to Steve Wexler, vice president of radio and television for Journal Broadcast Group.

Nicolet high school is completely submerged.

This was my view before the first drop hit:

Flooding in Menomonee Falls:

The JS Has started collecting pictures of Flooding in Shorewood.

Pictures of the storm (via various twitter folk)

Escalade in a sinkhole – looks 20+ feet deep and 40+ feet around outside of the East Sider.

A man was rescued from that sink hole on North Ave, where his car fell in:

Mark Pawlik, 46, was walking across the North Ave. bridge and talking to his friend on the phone when he noticed a traffic light had sunk into the ground.

Just the red, yellow and green lights were above street level. He told his friend he’d call him back. It was still pouring rain, but he wanted to stop and take a picture.

A moment later a man driving a black Escalade pulled up to the intersection at North and Oakland Aves., going east on North Ave.

“The Escalade just went wham!” Pawlik said. “Everything went down. The power line went like “pow” and then I think it was sewer water was just pouring into the hole.”

Pawlik leaned over the edge of the sink hole, which was then about 15 feet by 15 feet.

“I said, hey, man, are you OK, are you OK?”

Pawlik said the man kept saying, “What happened, what just happened?”

The driver pulled himself onto the hood and then fell down into the hole. He pulled himself back up onto the hood and Pawlik took his hand and then his belt loop to get him out of the hole. He said he was the only person in the car.

By that time, several people had gathered around the edge of the hole.

Pawlik could see that the ground had given way beneath the asphalt and yelled at people to get back.

Pawlik said he and several others tried to reach 911 but got busy signals, so a few people flagged down a city bus and asked the driver to call in the emergency.

Police arrived and put emergency tape up, and an ambulance took the driver of the Escalade away.

Pawlik, who owns a towing company, said the hole was about 20 feet deep.

Sinkhole on Oakland and North Ave, from a different angle.

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The View from Germanfest

Burger Aficionados should start help AJ Bombers bail out. I can only imagine the terrible things bars on Water and 3rd are facing at the moment:

That's a lot of water. @AJBombers rescue from the storm!

The view from the front door

Flooding at the Legends at Bristlecone

The view from the Milwaukee River, looks to be up 4-6 feet from its usual levels. Thank God most of it is deep in the valley once you get towards the East Side and UWM.

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More Tornadoes, This time in Cambria Wisconsin

July 8, 2010

This is a great video of a tornado that ripped through farmland in Cambria Wisconsin.

There isn’t a whole lot of news on the issue, just a quick blurb.

In Columbia County, the emergency management office says a tornado Wednesday evening destroyed some farm buildings near the Village of Cambria, but no injuries were reported.

Seeing a tornado is still on bucket list.

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Tornado in Eagle WI

June 22, 2010

Heck of a storm last night. There was a big lightening show a little hail but thats it where I live but, there was a tornado in the town of Eagle, in South East Waukesha County of Wisconsin at about 9:15pm.

Here is raw amateur video of the tornado. The person on this video is getting raked through the coals because she decided to film the tornado. Frankly I would have loved to be able to film the tornado. I enjoy storms and lightening, they don’t scare me. Seeing a tornado live is something I want to check off my bucket list. I would have filmed that tornado as well.

A friend of mine from the nearby town of Genesse Depot reported a few down trees and branches but not a whole lot of damage.

The National Weather service said this about the tornado:

The NWS survey crew in the Eagle area (Waukesha County) has reported that the tornado in Eagle was rated:

EF2 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale

The tornado path/track was about 4 miles in length. One (1) home was completely destroyed and two (2) cars were flipped over.  Exact details on the tornado path will be posted as the details come in.

Based on video coming in from the local news,  there are many more than just one home destroyed. TMJ4 says as many as 50 homes destroyed.

“We really are very lucky,” said Waukesha County Sheriff Daniel Trawicki to Newsradio 620 WTMJ’s “Wisconsin’s Morning News” in describing the fact that no one died from what the National Weather Service described as an F2 tornado in Eagle.

“We came out of this very fortunate, a lot of storm damage, but no fatalities,” said Village President Richard Spurrell Tuesday morning, describing both the good news and the challenging news after the weather disaster.

Preliminary reports from the National Weather Service say the tornado was four miles in length.

Spurrell told “Wisconsin’s Morning News” that one or two people had to go to the hospital for injuries.

“All the injuries are still minor,” said Spurrell.

A press conference in the town of Eagle added this information: Tornado sirens did not go off. 2000 homes in the area are without power. After a 75% review, 25 houses are completely destroyed.

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A quick comment….

April 26, 2010

on comments.

If your comment does not show up immediately, it’s not that I have anything against you, or disapprove of your comment. It’s because of our comments settings which is: “Comment author must have a previously approved comment.”  This is to keep spammers out. but I don’t check the blog hourly, or sometimes daily, so if I don’t get to your comments right away, don’t worry. I’ll put them up, virtually uncensored.

Also we’re adding http://wisconsintruthproject.wordpress.com/ to our blog roll or suggested reading. A quality anonymous cynical conservative(?) Blogger. Seems like a younger guy too.

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Rep. Paul Ryan’s workout routine

March 31, 2010

Damn. This sounds pretty intense