Daily Archives: May 23, 2016

This is my 15ooth Post

This one. Right here. 1500 posts in two years and three months.

1500 rantings about nonsense.

1500.

I wish I had planned something better for it but I just noticed I was at 1,499 and decided to make it an even 1500.

I’ll have to plan a party for my 2000th post.

Blogging has been quite a trip.  Often, I feel like it isn’t worth it.  That I write so much and there’s so little response.

But then I see progress.  All those followers and clicks add up.  I’ve seen more progress add up in this than anything else I’ve done.

Anyway, thanks 3.5 readers.  I’ll keep writing as long as at least 3.5 of you keep showing up.

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Daily Discussion with BQB – Which Came First, the Chicken or the Hodor?

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Ahem.

SPOILERS. SPOILERS. SPOILERS.

You have been forewarned about spoilers.

I have a question about the whole Hodor hullabaloo.

So last night we found out that Hodor’s name is Hodor because in the present timeline of Game of Thrones, Bran worged into the mind of young Hodor, back when he was Willis, and told him to “hold the door” to keep some monsters at bay in the present.

Young Willis had such a bad reaction to it that it broke his mind and he just kept repeating “hold the door” over and over until that was shortened to “Hodor.”

And then the poor guy’s life basically became walking around saying “Hodor” until he grew old and got to the point where he could hold the door for these dumb kids.

OK. Here’s my question.  Hodor, at some point, would have had to have gotten the kids to the tree place where this all goes down.

Is there an alternative timeline where Hodor was like a person who spoke normally and got the kids up North while being a sophisticated, intelligent talker and then once Bran worged back in time, the timeline changed and made it so that Hodor had been a guy who just says Hodor all along?

Time travel can be so difficult.

It’s like Terminator.  John Connor sends Kyle Reece back in time to protect his mother, Sarah Connor.  Kyle boinks Sarah and ends up as John’s father, but at some point, there had to have been some timeline where some other guy boinked Sarah to create John so that there would have been a John in the future to send Kyle to the past to inevitably boink his mother.

What say you, 3.5 readers?  Was there a well spoken Hodor before there was a Hodor speaking Hodor?

Bonus Question – Do you think George RR Martin knew from the start that Hodor would one day become a Hodor who holds the door and that’s why he named him Hodor?

Or did he coincidentally name him Hodor because he thought it would be funny for a guy to be wandering around who just says Hodor and then eventually he was like “hey Hodor sounds like hold the door maybe I can use this…”

As others have said, I think GRRM knew from the beginning.  But wow. That means he’s been holding onto this secret since the 1990s.

 

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Movie Review – The Nice Guys (2016)

Once in awhile a movie I haven’t heard too much of surprises me and this one is it.

Comedy. Action. A little bit of history/1970’s nostalgia. Rapid fire humor.

A depressed, drunken detective teams up with a leg breaker for hire to search for a missing porn actress.

BQB here with a review of The Nice Guys.

It’s the late 1970s. Ryan Gosling is Holland March, a private detective with a penchant for booze who doesn’t mind billing his clients but doesn’t have a lot of follow through when it comes to solving crimes. He gets paid just the same.

Jackson Healey (aka Russell Crowe) beats the crap out of people for money and in his free time, gets depressed over the wife who left him.

When a porn actress goes missing, they team up to take the case.

Many jokes ensue, some going so fast if you don’t concentrate you’ll miss them.

Jokes about waiting in gas station lines, phone cords getting in the way, and other things that well, people old enough to remember the 70’s (hell even the 80s) would find funny.

Rounding out the duo to make it a trio is Angourie Rice, who plays Holland’s thirteen year old daughter. March’s dedication to his fatherly duties is pretty much his one redeeming quality, though as a viewer, I was left thinking many of the situations Holly was put in weren’t exactly ordeals you’d want to see a thirteen year old go through.

1970’s clothes, fashions, and hairstyles. Russell Crowe is looking a little long in the tooth and far from his Gladiator days, which makes me sad. But he was still good in this.

There were a few moments that left me scratching my head. Kim Basinger plays the head of the Justice Department and uh…come on.  A lady Justice Department head wasn’t happening in the 70’s.  And Kim wasn’t made up to look very 70’s looking. She was just pretty much Kim, like she is in every movie she’s in.

It’s hard to explain the plot without giving it all away. And without delving into spoilers…it has an ending that, well, isn’t a traditional one. I might write about it after people have more time to see it.

Anyway. Worth it. Shelf-worthy. Check it out.

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Game of Thrones Recap – Season 6, Episode 5 – “The Door”

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SPOILERS, 3.5 READERS!  SPOILERS, I SAY!

BEWARE THE SPOILERS!

Holy crap.  What an episode. What a season! This show is firing on all cylinders.

Enjoyed the SNL-esque parody.  Robert getting gored by the boar, the actors making fun of Cersei, Ned, Sansa, Joffrey, Tyrion et. al.

People have been poking fun at their leaders for a long time I suppose.

It made me realize this show has been on for so long it can make fun of itself. Where did the 2010’s go? It feels like it just started yesterday.

We learned how the Whitewalkers were made.

Sansa is unhappy with Littlefinger. But she and Jon are off to attempt to whoop Ramsay’s ass.

Varys looked bested for the first time due to yet another red woman i.e. Lord of Light priestess.

And we, very sadly, learned how Hodor got his name.

What say you, 3.5 readers?

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