persona non sequitur

a review of media by a slightly jaded baby boomer.

Thursday, January 31, 2008


Wherein I discover some annoying poster....

The Mail Handler's union has this poster on the wall. It has been there for decades. It says: "If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem."

Anyone who has studied science knows, "If you're not part of the solution, you're a solid."


Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Thanks to the news media, more in known about the sex and social lives of airhead starlets than is known about the visitor's list of the Bush administrations White House.

I think some priorities have been screwed up.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

FROM BEYOND A DVD from Stuart Gordon....

I'd seen this film before in the VHS version. The "new" version doesn't seem much different. It's nowhere near as good as HERBERT WEST, RE ANIMATOR. Okay, so the actors tear open Barbra Crampton's blouse. That was done better on HERBERT WEST, and it was more...weird?

I'm familiar with the original story, having read it several times.

I'll admit the movie isn't the story, but only touches upon it.

But there are several flaws in the movie...when Pratoreus "comes back" after having his head sucked off, why does it say "human beings are such easy prey"? There have been other humans? Or how does "it" know what "it" ingested? Why can't the thing maintain a shape?

Why does Tillighast, after being affected by the resonator and grows an eyeball on a stalk, find himself unable to eat food? He has to go eat chunks of hospital's transplant liver specimens and suck eyeballs out of people's eye sockets? Why is that? Why does he spit them out?

Pure exploitative trash, worthy of Herschel Gordon Lewis.

Carolyn Purdy Gordon can't act. She always sounds like a shrew. She has a mouth like a purse. She's the director's wife. She's in a couple of films that he's directed. She's a pin up girl somewhere in Bizarro World.

When you have a clock countdown, don't keep adding visual seconds. I mean, when the clock is down to four seconds, you do not have ten seconds of screen time.

There about five minutes of time where this story hits upon the H.P. Lovecraft story. The rest is good actors who were working to get paid. A bit better than the director's SPANISH INQUISITION movie (the worst sucky ending for this director).

Thursday, January 10, 2008


Forgot to add some extra details of fragmented stories long past...

Once a visitor going to the older New Castle Delaware post office asked why there were a signifigant number of "x's" marked out with duct tape on the floor.

He was told: "That's where we put the buckets when it rains."
The post office has had a few people who like to clock in, and then go after food while on the clock and drive off the premises. One guy does this daily, just to get coffee.

One man who was fired got his car slammed into while not being on the grounds. He tried to beat the red light a couple of seconds too late. Must be something to explain to your spouse about why you got fired. For this man that I know, being the fly on the wall would have been entertaining.

Not sure who "Linda Pollard" was, but she was on the payroll for five years while I started off and there were paychecks, and raises, and no one ever saw this person. A note on the board said she had retired, but no one had ever seen her.

Sunday, January 06, 2008


When operating your forklift, please remember where the wall is, and that the wall is not easily replaceable.

If you have a worker who is called "Buttcrack cheese" behind their backs, you'll eventually find out why.
One worker who was dismissed recently for saying things like "I know munitions. I can level this building," was also responsible for taping a dead crab to the underside of a tool box of a mechanic he did not like. The odor was around for weeks and no one could pin point it as to where.
One time a supervisor was dismissed for responding to a worker who phoned in sick by going to his house to prove it one way or another, and attempted to bring him back to the plant. PS: you just don't do these kind of things.
I work with a man who has a grasp of the obvious and he frequently says things like "You're here today, right?"