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28 Weeks Later

Neal Grosskopf
10/23/2007 8:25:04 PM
28 Weeks Later is post apocalyptic movie based in Britain. It is the sequel to 28 Days Later and is set in the time period after that movie. The movie is loosely related to the zombie horror genre although the characters in the movie aren't technically zombies but infected people.
This movie seems to be a bit more on the action side than the horror side. The reason being for this is our main cast doesn't remain in one locale for very long in the movie unlike most other zombie movies where the cast is tied up in one building for the entire movie. By making the characters constantly on the move, it is harder to get to know them better and your attention is focused more on the events happening than the characters. This is a vital flaw in the movie. The action however is good and we are given an accurate sense that Britain has really been evacuated and that people are being brought back to it.
I would recommend this movie for the casual movie goer and horror fans. I think even non-horror fans might like the movie and horror fans should be pleased with it.
Compared to many of the other zombie genre movies coming out now days this one is ahead of the pack but is in no way ahead of the classics from the 70's and 80's. I give this movie a 8/10

John Carpenter's The Thing

Neal Grosskopf
2/10/2008 7:05:08 PM
I recently got "The Thing" through my Blockbuster Online movie rentals by mistake (well out of order anyways) I decided to rent it because I was a big fan of his other movies such as Halloween 1 & 2 and Assault on Precinct 13.

The Thing is very similar to the movie Alien which came out around the same time. The only difference is it is set on earth in Antarctica. The setting in Antarctica helped the movie out a lot.

The movie is basically about an alien(s) that can morph into any living creature it encounters. There is a good amount of gore in the movie and the story seems pretty good as well.

It stars Kurt Russel who apparently did numerous movies with John Carpenter during the 80's and 90's. The rest of the cast is quite small so you can get to know the characters well enough in the movie as well.

The movie felt very long which was good because often times movies rush into things too quickly and don't give enough time to develop the characters and plot line very good.

I give The Thing a 9/10.

Diary of the Dead - Official Trailer

Neal Grosskopf
2/10/2008 6:51:58 PM
A movie coming out next week in select theaters (probably not one in Wisconsin unfortunately) from legendary zombie film maker George Romero. Looks to be somewhat promising. The movie is filmed from the actors point of view similar to The Blair Witch project or Cloverfield.

The Theory of Relativity

Neal Grosskopf
8/2/2012 9:34:00 PM

E=MC2 For a long time I've had a theory, or more appropriately, a method at which I view life with. I've jokingly called it my Theory of Relativity because it deals with relativity but probably not in the same way that Einstein did. Along the way, it's helped me out so I thought it would be worth writing a blog post about in case it would help other people out.

I first thought of it, when I was programming at work one day. I was dealing with some data that could be sorted from lowest to highest. In programming we'll often get the lower and upper bound of a range of numbers. This is essentially the lowest number and highest number in a series of many numbers. After I thought about it, I learned that pretty much everything in life can be organized by its lower and upper bound.

Happy vs. Sad: Happiness Range

Lifetime Happiness Chart

Probably the easiest way to apply this is after you've had a bad day. Say you had a bad day at work, or maybe you were delayed by traffic on the way to something. Regardless, these types of things can frequently put people in a very bad mood.

When something like this happens to me, I immediately create my dataset in my head with a range of positive and negative experiences. I'll think of the worst experience I've had (my lower bound) and then my best experience (my upper bound) and determine where my current situation falls within that spectrum.

For me personally, I consider the entire year of 2009 to be my lower bound and my trip out to Utah to be my upper bound. So while getting stuck in traffic might really suck, it pales in comparison to 2009. You see, everything's relative to everything else.


Depending on your level of empathy, you may also be able to consider other people's lower and upper bounds. I think the majority of people struggle with this so I recommend sifting through your own history if possible.

The Rage Guy internet meme (coupled with a demotivational poster) illustrates a great example of what I'm talking about.

Rage Guy Perspective

Are You Experienced?

As I thought about my range of positive and negative experiences I began to think about how I reacted to events in the past. Say, you're in high school and in your first long-term relationship. For whatever reason it ends. For most high schoolers, they're simply devastated. Many adults will look at them and shake their heads as it isn't really that big of a deal but, those adults are forgetting something important: relativity. That break up is probably the worst thing that's ever happened to that high schooler.

Emo, Canada

Me being an Emo teenager in Emo, Canada. I'm an Emo adult now.

On the flip side, an elderly person has experienced a lot of things. Perhaps they've served in the military, or their wife or husband has passed away already. Regardless, when they look back at that high school break up, it's no big deal anymore.

The theory sounds simple, but when you hear people complaining about their day, it apparently isn't.

Other Applications

Another way I'll frequently use the theory of relativity is when I'm in a public setting with other people. Based on any attribute you can think of, there's lower and upper bound when you rank all of the people you're with. Some common attributes might be: age, height, attractiveness, body-mass-index or intelligence.

"I Work Out"

For example, when I'm at the gym weight lifting, I'm usually somewhat bored exercising, so the only other thing to do is observe all of the other people working out. Depending on the time of the day that I'm working out there may be a whole range of people working out. Sometimes, the gym is filled with people trying to lose weight who are usually overweight. Seeing as I have pretty much no fat on me, I'm essentially the most fit/muscular/etc. person in the gym at that moment.

If, in a few minutes later, a group of muscleheads walk in, I'm suddenly not even worth noticing anymore.

At Da' Club

The same applies if you're at a dance club or a bar. You might be the most attractive guy in the club on a given night, but then a group of Matthew McConaugheys walk in and suddenly girls wouldn't even give you a chance.

Neal at the club

Above, I dance with a couple girls while another guy watches in shame.


Finally, my last example of relativity is age. I find this one comes up quite often with people. Usually in small talk, somebody will say "oh you're still young...". While you may actually be young, age is 100% relative to the person considering it. If at work, you're the youngest employee, suddenly you're "young" to everyone else but if you're hanging out with a bunch of your younger cousins at a family get-together, you're old!. If you're 50 years old and visiting your 70 & 80 year old aunts and uncles you're young. If you're at a bar or dance club, you're likely going to be very old.

Final Thoughts

Nothing stays constant or fixed. Maybe you really had the worst day of your life. But I suspect that in a year, you'll look back and think how insignificant it was. Don't let your current state of mind scribble all over the big picture. And remember, everything truly is relative.


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