December the 7th, and thoughts on the best and worst of us

 

So, today in history, two very important things happened…

In 1941, the Japanese fleet attacked the Pearl Harbor naval base in Hawaii.  They did so in order to destroy the backbone of the American fleet, which was supposed to be stationed there.  (As it was, while they did destroy most of the Pacific fleet battleships, the US aircraft carriers were not in the harbor.)  The attack was unprovoked, and war had not been declared.  It prompted US entry into the Second World War, which is still the single largest and most devastating war in human history.

In 1972, Apollo 17 launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida.  It was the last manned mission to the Moon, with a three-member crew consisting of Commander Eugene Cernan, Command Module Pilot Ronald Evans, and Lunar Module Pilot Harrison Schmitt.  It holds several records, including the longest manned lunar landing flight; the longest total lunar surface extravehicular activities; the largest lunar sample return, and the longest time in lunar orbit.  They returned to Earth after twelve days.

So, perhaps we should take some time today to think about the fact that our species, working together, can do both great and terrible things.  And that we should always do our best to listen to the better angels of our nature.

Just a thought, is all…

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By wearehugh

WIN TWO PREVIEW PASSES TO SEE “THE HOBBIT” ON 12/11!

WOULD YOU LIKE TO WIN TWO PASSES TO SEE A PREVIEW OF “THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY” ON 12/11!? OK, here’s how:

I recently obtained two passes to “The Hobbit” for the evening of 12/11 at the King of Prussia Theater, at 7pm, but I can’t use them.

So, I thought, WHY NOT GIVE THEM FOR A GOOD CAUSE!?

This Saturday, I will be helping out at the KoP Winter Festival during the day (10-4). I will have paper, and a hat. Anyone who shows up from my FB F-list with a brand new unwrapped toy to donate will be entered to win… one entry per toy donated, so bring LOTS of toys! I will draw a name from the hat just before 4pm.

Now, here are the disclaimers: I am not a part of the festival, and I’m doing this on my own. They are giving away passes as well (first come first serve, so they’ll go fast!), and I won’t start doing my thing until theirs are all gone (I won’t compete with them… I’m trying to add on here!). The passes are courtesy of Patience Tew, and you have to meet up with her at the theater before the movie (which starts at 7pm) to get in.

So, come on out to King of Prussia on Saturday, see me, do some good, make a kid happy, and hopefully see THE HOBBIT before the rest of us do (you lucky dog, you)! See you then!

By wearehugh

Where You Can See The Nine-Minute “STAR TREK” Preview

 

So it turns out that not every theater showing “THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY” in 3D will be showing the first 9 minutes of “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” preview beforehand.  Thankfully, BLEEDINGCOOL.com has provided a handy list of all of the theaters showing the preview.  You can check out the whole list there, but in the meantime here is the list of theaters in the local (to me) Philly area:

Pennsylvania

  • AMC Neshaminy 24 & IMAX- Bensalem
  • UA King of Prussia Stadium 16 & IMAX- King of Prussia
  • AMC Franklin Mills 14 & IMAX- Philadelphia
  • RC Reading Movies 11 & IMAX- Reading
  • Regal Warrington Crossing Stadium 22 & IMAX- Warrington

New Jersey

  • AMC Loews Cherry Hill 24 & IMAX- Cherry Hill

Delaware

  • Penn Cinema Riverfront & IMAX – Wilmington
By wearehugh

New stuff at Amazon!

 

You can pre-order Game of Thrones: The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) for only $49.96, which is almost 40% off the regular price.  This includes the GRRM-written episode “Blackwater”.

You can also pre-order the latest, critically-acclaimed Bond film, Skyfall [Blu-ray], at 30% off it’s regular price.

And Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey Season 3 [Blu-ray] (Original U.K. Version) is now available to pre-order for only $37.00.

Also, a new version of Disney’s Peter Pan (Three-Disc Diamond Edition: Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy) can be pre-ordered for 1/3 off it’s regular price.

And for those of you who, like me, are into classic sci-fi, Westworld [Blu-ray] starring Yul Brenner, is available for 25% off!

Speaking of classics, one of my favorite movies, The Quiet Man (60th Anniversary Special Edition) [Blu-ray], can currently be ordered for only $27.99!  If you’ve not seen this film, SHAME ON YOU!  Go watch it ASAP!

It’s time for Animaniacs, Vol. 4!  This is the last volume in the set… the whole series is now available on DVD.

Finally, if you’ve been enjoying the online webseries of Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome (Unrated Edition -Two-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet), you can order it at 30% off!

Enjoy, everyone!

By wearehugh