Archive for April, 2009

Photos: German ROBOT NINJA hijinks!

April 20th, 2009 | 1 Comment »
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Movies, Publicity, Tempe Entertainment


As I mentioned in a post back on March 23, my second “epic of the imagination” ROBOT NINJA got a screening in Kiel, Germany on April 14, and here’s the proof. I’m told a good time was had by all, and that the attendance was better than similar screenings for I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (so take that, Camille Keaton!).

More photos after the break. Check it!
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Blockbuster about to hit the skids?

April 7th, 2009 | Comments Off on Blockbuster about to hit the skids?
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Movies, Random Thoughts, Seen & Heard


According to a bit posted today on, Blockbuster may be wailing its final death throes at long last. Apparently, Big Blue has told the Securities and Exchange Commission that it “doesn’t believe it can continue business” and that it doesn’t believe it can remain a “going concern”.

I doubt anyone will be surprised by this… personally, I’ve had it out for Blockbuster for nearly two decades after watching their uncompetitive practices, particularly with their bullying abuse of independent studios. So, crash & burn, guys… Hell has a special place set aside for you.

P.S.: I should clarify that my hostility is aimed at Blockbuster Corporate and not at the former Movielink staff (disclaimer: Tempe deals with them), or the occasional cool franchise store who’s given indie flicks a chance to shine on their shelves.


Google Voice: If you were a chick, I’d kiss you with an open mouth

April 6th, 2009 | Comments Off on Google Voice: If you were a chick, I’d kiss you with an open mouth
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Gadgets, Random Thoughts, Seen & Heard, Technology


I’ve been a subscriber of the free, little-known GrandCentral service for several years, and have gotten a lot of use out of it. GrandCentral’s aim was to give you “one telephone number for life” — a motto that wound up being rather ironic when they notified me some months back that the number I was using would no longer be available and they assigned me a new one. I’ve still got company checks with that old number printed on them, how annoying. (They swear it will never happen again.)

That hiccup aside, about a year and a half ago, they were bought out by Google. And time passed with no news. Like many frequent users, I began to worry that Google had wasted their investment and would toss it to the curb at some point. That is, until a couple weeks ago, when they unveiled their overhaul of the service, now dubbed Google Voice.

So what makes it so cool?
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