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Hey y'all, Its another... MOVIE REVIEW MONDAY! this weeks selection was released in 2007 and is the fourth film in a series of four by the same title. Released in Theaters as "Live Free or Die Hard", it is also known as "Die Hard: Reset", "Die Hard: Tears of the Sun", and "Die Hard 4", and let me say, it lives up to the reputation of it's three predecessor. Here it is:

Live Free or Die Hard


Staring Cast: Bruce Willis (John Mclain), Timothy Olyphant (Thomas Gabriel), Justin Long of "High I'm a Mac" fame (Matt Farrell)

Supporting cast: Cliff Curtis (Bowman), Maggie Q (Mai), Jonathan Sadowski (Trey), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Lucy), Kevin Smith (Warlock)

Directed By: Len Wiseman


Written by: Mark Bombeck


What's It rated?: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, Strong language and one brief sexual situation.)

Synopsis: John Mclain is just another NYPD detective called in to bring a young computer geek (Farrell) to Washington DC for questioning by the FBI cyber-crime department. But when an unknown assassin attempts to kill Farrell, Mclain's mission becomes threefold: to protect Farrell, to kill all the bad guys, and to save his Daughter from the hands of a merciless terrorist who's goal is to "teach the country a lesson for not listening"

My Take: BEFORE I SAY ANYTHING ELSE I need to say, watch the first scene (Bad guy virus download/FBI building blackout), then skip about two minutes of the next scene (you will know this scene by the silver car parked in front of some buildings) this second scene has almost nothing whatsoever to do with the story and, although brief, it's very offencive. The other thing is this: In order to watch this film, I strongly suggest you get some sort of Language filter, practically every sentence has an offencive word.

With that out of the way, I highly recommend this movie to anyone who wants a roller coaster ride of a film loaded and cocked with nonstop action from beginning to end; you want it, Die Hard 4 has it, Explosions, gun fights, fist fights, kung fu, car crashes, airplane crashes, helicopter crashes, swat teams... The list never ends!

the film is easy to follow and the story has quite a few twist up it's sleeve. On top of this, Humor is weaved into the story with the coyness of "Bee Movie" but without the cheesy goofy-guy-who-likes-to-make-people-laugh kind of jokes prevalent in National Treasure and it's sequel of the same name.

All round, I wouldn't recommend this film without some sort of filter to almost anyone. but a censored version would be highly enjoyable for an action junky like myself and his movie luvin' buddies.

Story: 7 out of 10

Action: 10 out of 10

Overall: 8 out of 10

Thanks once again for reading, and as I said before, feel free to ask for me to review a movie, I'll will gladly consider each and every suggestion. Thanks! :-)

Graydon L

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Hey y'all, I had a great time today at church, although a lot of people weren't there, which is to bad; they missed out on the Chinese theme today :-)

tomorrow is Movie Review Monday, and you can look forward to seeing a review of "Live Free or Die Hard" on your computer screen tomorrow night. I know I already told most of you about it, but I'm reviewing it anyway because it's relatively new, and most of you haven't seen it yet.

gee, I really don't have much to say right now, I had a rather easy-going day today... So, I guess I had better let you go, look forward to tomorrow night... and tuesday, it's the first and april fool's day! :-)

-Graydon L

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Hey y'all, Well it's another Saturday come and gone; the Training thing at Ft. Nisqually went great, although it was so packed (about 35-40 people... I think) they almost couldn't fit everyone into the dining room of the factor's house! After that Mike took everyone on a tour of the new buildings, which was quite enjoyable and informative. Very cool!

After that, Dad picked us up and we headed out to Java Billiards for a couple games of pool. Final score: Jonny 1, Dad 1, Me 3 :-)

Once Dad and Jonny had enough, we turned our sights toward the nearest Mexican restaurant, picked up a movie, drove home, and chilled a bit in the warm glow of our explosion/gunfire/fistfight illuminated TV screen... mmm... nothing like a good action movie to spice things up ;-)

Well gotta go, Tom Cruise just called, he wants me to break out my MP-5 and help him take out the terrorists before flying my F-35 VTOL fighter jet across enemy lines to bomb the base of the evil, ugly lookin' dudes threatening the entire nation with their typical bad-guy plan... See ya' ;-)

-Graydon L

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Hey y'all, We got some more snow today, of course it didn't stick, but before it melted we probably had a half and inch. Sure that isn't a lot, but it's a start ;-)

I'm looking forward to tomorrow, not only because it's the start of a weekend, but because we have an interpreter training thing going on at Ft. Nisqually at 10:00. I'm not sure exactly what's going on, but the email we got said there's going to be a quick tour of the construction once we're done and I've been really wanting to see the two new buildings.

Aside from that there's been no big news recently, everything has pretty well settled down to normal again... when things weren't normal I'm not sure, if anyone has any ideas, please let me know as soon as possible ;-)

I'll see y'all later :-)

-Graydon L

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Hey y'all, I had a pretty good day today, I had to help my mom figure out how much our business made in 2007 for tax purposes, then we all headed to the Babcook's house to help them get it ready to sell. I had to chop wood the entire time so my back is just about ready to fall apart.

Considering all the interest in the computer game I played last night, I thought y'all would be interested to hear that I beat the game and placed 6th (I think) in the high-scores :-)

Anyway, I wish I had more items of business to deal with, but I'm afraid I have a grand total of nothing to say right now, with that out of the way I bid thee fair well and until next time... see ya'!

-Graydon L

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Hey y'all, Guess what! it's snowing! I'm not sure how many inches were supposed to get, but if this keeps up, we may get quite a bit of snow over night! Jonny wants at least six inches (yeah, keep dreaming) so he can make a gigantic brick and carve a VW beetle out of it! its highly unlikely we'll get that much, but he still may be able to make an igloo of some sort out of it.

Jonny and I have a new scene planned for Spy, we were going to film it tonight but we probably won't get around to it. Oh-well.

Now, if you'll excuse me, my presence is required in a computor game; I have to deal with some Su-35s and MiG-26s, I'll see you later! (several sidewinder missiles later that is) :-)

-Graydon L

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Hey y'all, Today I completed 5 subtests in my practice ASVAB test; Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Automotive Information, and Mathematics Knowledge. In case you don't know, the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery), is comprised of 10 subtests, 6 of which I have already completed. Your different scores determine what job you should be good at. I say "should" because test can make mistakes, as can anything. Anyway, I scored average on the Mathematics related subjects, extremely low on the Mechanical related tests and pretty high on Word Knowledge and Paragraph comprehension. On paper I scored low in everything (except Paragraph comprehension, in which I answered every question correctly), but I think I did OK because I only just turned 15 and I'm practicing for a test designed to challenge entry level college students. by the time I actually have to take the test, I'll be much older and I'll be more ready for the actual test.

Now for something a bit different, the airsoft blog (PBC Airsoft) is pretty well doing nothing so I think I will merge this blog and PBC airsoft. PBCA will be going down permanently in two weeks. (Tuesday, April 8th)

Actually there is one more thing before I go that y'all probably won't care about, but I find it quite exciting; Ever since I saw my very first Hogan's Heroes episode, I have found an interest in the German language, never anything serious, just answering with an occasional Jawol (meaning yes) or Nien (meaning no). But recently I just learned how to count to twenty completely in German! like I said, no big deal to you, but a fantastic achievement for me :-)

But anyway, I'd better not take anymore of your valuable time I'll "see" y'all again tomorrow!

-Graydon L

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Hey y'all, It's Movie Review Monday! The film I picked out today is one of my all time favorite movies, Every time I see it I like it more and more. It was released in 1952 and is based on the play by Donald Bevan and Edmund Trzcinski, written for the silver screen by Billy Wilder and Edwin Blum. And now without further ado...



Stalag 17
Staring Cast: William Holden (Sefton), Don Taylor (Lt. Dunbar), Otto Preminger (Col. Von Sherbach)

Supporting Cast: Robert Strauss (Animal), Harvey Lembeck (Harry Shapiro) Richard Erdman (Hoffy), Peter Graves, of Mission Impossible fame (Price), Neville Brand (Duke), Sig Ruman (Sgt. Scholz)


Directed by: Billy Wilder


Written by: Billy Wilder, Edwin Blum


What's it Rated? Not rated (I give it PG for violence)


Setting: Stalag 17, the Toughest POW camp in all of Nazi Dominated Germany during WWII.


Synopsis: A group of GIs are thrown together in the notorious German prison camp Stalag 17. For the most part, they spend their time scheming ways to help each other escape. But when two prisoners are killed in and escape attempt, it becomes obvious there is a spy among them.


My Take: This is a classic movie with a superb cast and story-line. A nice touch is the narration by Cookie, Sefton's young assistant. The entire film is weaved with clean comedy, and unlike most films about the military, there is no swearing at all in the entire movie. I love this movie and, if it weren't for the violence, I would recommend it for almost anyone.


Story: 9 out of 10


Humor: 7 out of 10


Overall: 9 out of 10


Well, that's the end of my review on Stalag 17, tune in next week for another instalment of Movie Review Monday!

-Graydon L


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Hey y'all, Today was sorta' uneventful; went to church, came home, played airsoft (I won), attempted making airsoft grenades, ate dinner, watched Hogan's Heroes... and now, here I am typing away at the computer... as you can see, another day in the life of a hunter on a safari in the concrete jungle of Auburn, Washington. But the airsoft battle was fun, Jonny and I didn't use our AEGs because we could only play in the back yard and we didn't want to run the risk of some nosey neighbor mistaking our airsoft guns for real assault rifles, so we used our clear spring pistols. I started on one side in a defencive position and Jonny came after me from the other side, but after a while I forced him back and pinned him down between the shed and the fence... he surrendered :-) and I was almost our of bb's too! :-D

I'm looking forward to the next AI meeting in April, all the second/third year AIs have to give a tour of the fort for all the new AIs. I'm sharing the Granary with David and Jonny is in the Laborer's dwelling, but I can't remember who's helping him with that.

Anyway, I had better let you go now, I still have to check my email before I go to bed. See Y'all later!

-Graydon L

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Hey y'all, Sorry for not posting yesterday, in order to appease y'all's obvious frustration and anger I finally uploaded the Lego vid that I promised you... and as a bonus, a small trailer for SPY! enjoy!

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-Graydon L

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Hey y'all, Sorry but I'm afraid I have bad news on two counts; first I can't upload the video of my Ak-Ak LEGO gun because for some technical reason or another, my new-post editor doesn't like videos. If this keeps up I'll make a youtube acount, upload them there and just post the links to them.

Second, Jonny isn't done doing his gun review either, and even if it was done I wouldn't be able to upload it here :-(

Sorry for any dissapointment this may have caused, I will try to upload it again tomorrow.

-Graydon L

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Hey y'all, Pretty well an average day today, although I did make an Anti-aircraft gun out of LEGOs that can eject used "shells," very cool, I'll get some pics up tomorrow... maybe a short vid as well.

A little word on something completely different, I was going to keep to my usual style of avoiding political/government/news-y stuff, not because I'm afraid of offending anyone (as all those stupid liberals try to do by being "politically correct"), but because It's harder to do... intelligently anyway. But all that aside, this completely different thing I'm talking about is the recent court case to do with the interpretation of the 2nd amendment. read about it here(Sam's blog), here(New York Times), and here (ABC news).

Protect the Second Amendment!

One more thing, Jonny is making a video review on his Airsoft AK-47 maybe tomorrow I'll put it up!

-Graydon L

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Hey y'all, I feel HONORED! today I received my very own copy of a variation of the Nigerian Scam email! here it is (for your ease of reading I have corrected the 20+ spelling/grammar mistakes):

FROM: MR william kabor - SECRETARY TO THE DIRECTOR OF FINANCE, FOREIGN PAYMENT DEPT, WEST AFRICAN MONETARY CONTROL BOARD(W.A.M.C.B) NORTH-WEST REGIONAL OFFICE OUAGADOUGOUBURKINA FASO.

SIR, REQUEST FOR URGENT TRANSFER OF THE SUM OF FIFTEEN MILLION, THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS (US $15,300,000.00) INTO YOUR ACCOUNT.


I am the Secretary to the Director of finance, foreign payment approval dept of West Africa Monetary Control Board (WAMCB). North-West Regional office ouagadougou burkina faso. My office oversees all developmental projects financed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Within this zone (Burkina Faso, Niger, Tome Togo Mali, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Guinea). With reference to an introduction and recommendation made of your esteemed firm by a friend who works in the burkina faso Chambers of Commerce and Industry, I do hereby, Wish to commence talk with you on a highly confidential level. After due consultations , I have decided to contact you in order to arrange for a possible transfer of the sum of Fifteen million three hundred thousand dollars (US$15.300.000.00) into your account. This money is a subject of an over inflated sum acquired from contracts awarded by my Agency in the past years. The original contractors have however, been paid and all projects executed by them commissioned. This over inflated amount can not be withdrawn locally from the paying Bank because the contractors concerned are foreign Firms. As a matter of trust, honesty and secrecy, I have decided to contact you as to assist me by providing an account for this transaction. If you have accepted to assist and fully participate in this transaction, kindly furnish me with the necessary information such as Bank address, Account number, Account name and your full address. With this information provided, the said sum will be transfer to your account without difficulties.The terms of sharing the money after a successful transfer will be discussed as you indicate your interest in assisting to transfer this money. As soon as all this information gets to me, I will then present every document to the Bank legally. Rest assured with my connections, everything will be through within a short time. After many years of meticulous services to the government and people of this sub region I would not want my image to be tainted. Therefore I expect you to handle this transaction with utmost maturity by keeping everything secret. I can assure you that if my instructions are carefully adhered to, there will not be any hitch throughout the transaction, there is no risk on your side, because I have perfected the deal very well over years. After the transfer, I will be coming over to your country for further sharing and possible investments after the completion of this lucrative transaction. I will be awaiting to hear from you urgently.

Best regards, Mr. william kabor

That my friends is a bank-account-clean-out variation of the classic Nigerian Scam. In case you didn't quite catch the gist of this, I'll tell you first, some history about the scam. Second, the basic outline of the original trick itself. Third, I'll tell you about some of the many variations of the original. And fourth, I'll tell you about a couple of dorks who fell for this very thing... big time.

the following are various excerpts from page 429-432 of "Uncle John's Slightly Irregular Bathroom Reader".

Out of Africa

cons like these are called Nigerian Scams because when they first started circulating in the 1970s, many came from the west African nation of Nigeria. They're also known as 419 Scams after the section of the Nigerian criminal code that deals with email crime. Today they can originate from any number of countries. Since the fall of Saddam Hussein, they've even come from people claiming to have connections to the former dictator or his two dead sons, Uday and Qusay. But Nigeria is still considered to be the capital of these scams, so the nickname has stuck.


The Basic Scam

collecting one half of $15.3 million (I do have to split it with Mr. Kabor don't I?) for doing almost nothing is a pretty attractive come-on and, for many, too powerfully to resist. If you do reply, the scammer will promise the money again - but this time, He'll also ask you to send a small sum up front, 1,000 or more, to help in transferring the funds out of Nigeria and into your bank account. Maybe they'll claim they need it to bribe an official, or to pay a fee or tax that's been holding up the millions that will soon be yours. But sending $1000, or even $5000 to secure a payoff of $8 million seems like a bargain, doesn't it?

What happens if you wire the $1000 to Nigeria? One thing is certain: You won't get $8 million.
The scammer will invent new obstacles to explain why the money is being geld up and will ask you for more money to clear up the red tape. No matter how many times you send more money, come new problem will always arise, requiring still more money to help sort it out.


Advanced Scams

Bank Account Clean Out: (that's the one I got) Why settle for stealing you money in installments? The emailer may ask you for you bank account number(s), as well as you business cards and blank sheets of letterhead. If you send then the number and the materials, they'll use them to empty all your bank accounts in one fell swoop.

The Travel Plan: Some scammers even invite victims to travel to Nigeria, where they pose as bank or government officials, meeting in borrowed offices in a bank or government building. While there, you'll be asked for even more money. If you don't have it, or refuse to hand it over, you can be beaten, held for ransom, or even killed. The U.S. State Department estimates that at least 15 people have been murdered after being lured to Nigeria as a part of a 419 scam.

Foreign Lottery: (I get spy-ware variations of this guy all the time!) Have you ever received an email telling you that you've won millions to a foreign lottery? or that you've inherited a fortune from a relative you've never heard of? Any time you're promised a fortune but are asked to pay money up front, it's a version of a 419 scam.

eBay Car Purchase: There's even a version targets people selling cars on eBay. The scammer will buy your car and ask you to ship it to Nigeria, but will explain that a friend in the U.S. who owes them money will pay for it. If the Car sells for $5000, the friend will send you a cashier's check for $10,000 - the amount he owes they supposedly owe to the buyer - and arrange for you to wire the difference to the buyer. By the time the issuing bank notifies you that the cashier's check is a fake, you've already sent you $5000 (and perhaps even your car) to Nigeria.


Big Fish

The national consumers league calculates that the average loss to 419 scams in 2001 was $5957. Have you been conned? Take heart - some of the largest losses have been racked up by people working in law, banking, or finance - people who should have known better. Take these folks for example:

Graeme Kenneth Rutherford. Rutherford, a star money manager and former Citibank executive in New Zealand, was taken in by scammers who told him they wanted to pay him $300,000 a year to manage $30 million for a Nigerian oil company... but first he had to help then transfer the money out of Nigeria. Rutherford poured $600,000 of his own money into the scam, borrowed more form his father, then talked wealthy friends and business associates out of $7 million more, telling them he was investing their money in safe European investments with "locked-in profits" of at least %70. He sank every penny into the scam and lost it all.

In July 2000, Rutherford was convicted on 23 counts of forgery and fraud and sentenced to six and a half years in prison. He blames his poor judgment on painkillers he was taking for his sore back. "My resolve was hardened by my absolute conviction that the Nigerian scheme was genuine," he says.

Nelson Sakaguchi. Sakaguchi, a Brazilian, was a director of the Banco Noereste Brazil in the mid 1990s, when scammers claiming to control the central bank of Nigeria "awarded" him a million-dollar contract to finance the construction of a new international airport in Nigeria. The airport didn't exist, of course, but that didn't stop Sakaguchi from transferring $250 million of the bank's money to Africa without notifying any of his superiors, making this by far the largest 419 scam to come to light so far.

Why'd he do it? The scammers promised Sakaguchi that they'd give him a $40 million kickback as his share of the deal, which, of course, he never got. Banco Noroeste collapsed in 2001. As of April 2004, Sakaguchi was jailed in Switzerland awaiting trial on embezzlement and bank fraud.

So... should I reply and give "Mr. Kabor" my bank account number? perhaps not... ;-)

See ya'

-Graydon L

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Hey y'all, I'm back! I had a great time at Ryan's house ( Ryan is my older brother) we played Settlers of Catan with the Cities and Knights expansion pack on top. After that, We all sat down and watched "Bee Movie" here's my review:

BEE MOVIE

























Warning, Synopsis DOES contain Spoilers!

Staring Cast: Jerry Sienfeld (Barry B. Benson), Renée Zellweger (Vanessa Bloome)

Supporting Cast: Matthew Broderick (Adam Flayman), Patrick Warburton (Ken), John Goodman, of James P. Sullivan fame (Layton T. Montgomery)

Directed by: Steve Hickner, Simon J. Smith

Written by: Jerry Sienfeld, Spike Feresten

Whats it rated? PG (for some suggestive humor)

Synopsis: Barry B. Benson is a young bee, who, after spending 3 days in college (hey, he's a bee and bees don't live for very long) with his best friend Adam, goes on an orientation tour of the honey factory (run by Honex corp.) inside his hive. Here he learns that he has to pick what job he wants to have for his entire life. He isn't very happy about this and decides to go outside the hive with a squadron of "pollen Jocks" (they're the dudes who collect nectar and who preform the pollination the flowers need) but he gets lost in Manhattan meets a human named Vanessa who saves his life by stopping Ken from squashing him with a size 10 1/2 winter soled boot, in gratitude he thanks her (of course she's surprised that bees can talk, she drops a dishwasher load of plates when he says "Hi"). One day in the Grocery store Barry sees all the Honey jars that are for sale... and decides to sue the human race for stealing the bees' honey. Barry, Adam, and Vanessa fight in court against the slightly corrupt southern lawyer, Layton T. Montgomery. eventually they win and with all the Honey that the humans give back to the bees all over the country, the bees can now take the vacation they have never been allowed to have. But there's a catch, with all the bees inside their hives, the flowers can't get the pollen they desperately need to survive ( I guess the Producers think that flowers need pollen the same way they need water, so in the movie, all the plants go all brown and start to die) Barry realizes this and goes to the annual Flower festival to get the last live flowers in order to pollinate all the plants in the entire Nation. In the end, all is saved and Barry sets up a Lawyers office specializing in Animal rights. The End.

My take: Sure it's a funny movie, even more so than Shark tale, Over the Hedge, and Open season, but not quite as classic as Finding Nemo, or Monsters Inc. The film is LOADED with some great parodies, but in the mix, of course, is some crude humor as well- no where near as bad as say, Shrek (1 or 2) or Open Season, but still, it's quite annoying. As for story, it is lacking in the basic fundamentals of Screen-writing such as Climax, and character development, things are left unsaid that you really do need to hear. The one thing I didn't like about is was that you're never quite sure what world view it's coming from; At one point, Vanessa says to Ken: "Why does his [Barry's] life have any less value than yours?" but later she clarifies and says: "I'm just saying that his [Barry's] life is worth something too". Also there is that all-to-prevalent "humans are the bad guys" view that finds a place in almost every feature that revolves around animals. But through the film you eventually pick up the world-view as being evolutionary, Animals-are-just-as-good-as-humans, Humans-hurt-the-environment kind of thing. Now, again, this is a funny movie that I wouldn't mind seeing again, I just point out all it's faults so you can decide if you want to see it or not.

Story: 5 out of 10

Humor: 8 out of 10

Overall: 7 out of 10

I hope you liked my first review, Hopefully I can come up with more movies to review on "Movie Review Monday" perhaps I'll do National Treasure 2 next time... maybe :-)

-Graydon L

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Hey y'all, Sorry for not posting last night, I was too busy watching movies, playing computer games, eating cookies... as you can probably tell, Jonny and I were home alone last night, not to worry though, the house suffered minimal damage at the hands of two berserk hungry teenagers :-)

I'm afraid I probably won't be able to post tonight, and maybe tomorrow night, So please excuse me for at the most, two nights. Thanks! See Y'all later!

-Graydon L

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Hey y'all, The party at Josh's house went well, we couldn't play airsoft because it was raining the whole time, but we played football instead, so that was fun. My team would have won, but we decided that since we were going to go in after the other team had their 4th down and we wanted to play longer, we would let them get a touchdown to tie, and prolong the game. Of course nobody believes us, why would they? They think that Josh scored a 40 yard touchdown of his own accord, but if they want to think that, who am I to stop 'em? ;-) But seriously, I had a lot of fun during the football game, afterward enjoying root beer and clam chowder, and playing as Japan in Axis & Allies. Happy Birthday Josh! (even though it was 32 days ago ;-D )

-Graydon L

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Hey y'all, I can't wait for tomorrow! we're going over to Josh's house for his birthday party to play football. We were going to play airsoft but we figured that football was more fun (and less damaging to airsoft guns) when played in the rain. Hopefully the next airsoft battle can be soon and sunny, we have been plagued with bad weather for our battles. comfound that weather-man, he's always right. ;-)

Nothing else big happened today, I had to pay five bucks for leaving the light in my room on for like, 10 minutes. Dad came up with this new rule, if He catches the light in you room on, you have to put $5 in the "penalty jar", and the worst part about it is that the penalty jar is made of glass, so all your money is just sitting there taunting you; "look at me, here I am, mwahahahaha!!!! >:-D" That, my friend, is the most horrible feeling in the world!

Well, I should let you go, maybe we can watch some Hogan's heroes before bed. <:-)

'later alligator.

-Graydon L

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Hey y'all, sorry (once again) for not posting yesterday, I was busy making a movie and listening to the Mission Impossible theme song. If you haven't heard it before... get it now! you are missing out! very cool!

As for today, Not much. We went to a book sale and got a few books, not a big deal.

SPY is going well, I hope to get some more filming done soon and finally get it over with, not that I don't enjoy making it, it's just that things get slow when you can't get ANY chances to get anything done. oh-well :-I

Any way, I think I'll go now, I want to check out Sam's blog before I go to bed, So, I' guess I'll see you later. Signing off -

-Graydon L

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Highlight #62

Hey y'all, We played "election" today (that's the name I decided upon for 'who wants to run for president'), so far I have 104 electoral votes, mom has 58 and Jonny has 125. unfortunately, the Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio elections are coming up soon and Jonny is almost sure to win all three, if he does, he'll have 196 electoral votes - putting him dangerously close to the 270 needed to win. But, I have a FIRM grip on Texas, so I'm not sure what will happen but things don't look good for Mom and I.

Well I have to go, Jonny wants to wrestle before we go to bed, so I'll write again once I have rug burns all over my face and head, See ya'!

-Graydon L

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Highlight #61

Hey y'all, Things are looking up for my Ft. Nisqually interpreting career, I have just purchased (for the puny sum of $30) a new belt, and hat from a vendor at the muzzle loader craft show. I am quite proud of myself I now own my entire wardrobe of ft. Nisqually reenacting equipment! The only thing I need now is a bag, which I am currently working on. And a coat, which Mom will have to sew for me, so I'll just have to wait for those, but that's ok, I don't mind. :-)

Check out this HILARIOUS video I found on yahoo, it tells all the features yahoo mail has... in a very funny, original, interesting way. P.S. I might be funnier if you have seen The Lord of the Rings. ;-)

just click this link:
http://overview.mail.yahoo.com/featured_video

Well, thanks for watching (and listening), I have to clean up the kitchen before I get a haircut and go to bed. But there is one more thing, Daylight savings begins tonight so be sure to set your clock forward and hour or you'll miss church!

-Graydon L

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Highlight #60

Hey y'all, Today was a great day for two reasons: I completely finished "who wants to run for president", and Jonny and I re-shot the three scenes we messed up on in our SPY movie, and also filmed some AWESOME stunts where the spy puts some poison in a wine glass, very cool, very spy-ish. Unfortunately, we had to film some scenes during the day time that were supposed to be at night. our problem lies in a lone window which, if it were dark out, would make the scene absolutely perfect, but it was about noon, so, we may have to re-shoot those :-I

One more thing which I have failed to mention before now (except in a few idle comments) is that tomorrow, Jonny, Mom and I are going to a historic reenacting craft fair thingy where I hope to buy a belt, hat, and maybe a bag. The one thing I don't like is the fact that I have to pay $5 to get in, not that it's a lot, but I only just found out about it, like, 2 minutes ago... annoying :-(
Oh-well, ups and downs aside, I had a great day I hope you did too. Enjoy the weekend!

-Graydon L

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HIghlight #59

Hey y'all, Sorry for not posting last night, I'll make up for it now.

Well, Jonny and I have taken up yet another movie project. we don't yet have a title, but its has to do with a spy sneaking into a Russian generals house and stealing some secret papers. I know, it's REALLY original, but we were just goofing around with a camera when we came up with this idea for a movie. so far we have two scenes (approximately 1 and 1/2 minutes) we can keep from a 3 hour shoot, since the entire movie takes place at night, we naturally have lighting issues, how on earth are you supposed to make it look dark out and have enough light for the camera to see the characters? it's impossible! at least, really hard. :-)

as for Who wants to run for president, I started making the board yesterday, but all I have right now are the outside edge squares, which will represent the states. I have yet to add the "Polls" and the "Map" you'll find out what they are soon enough :-)

one more thing before I go, My dad has had this GIGANTIC unused computer monitor laying around the office recently. Well, Jonny and I were cleaning up in the office when a thought struck me, "why can't we use that monitor?" the answer was " We can!". So we hooked it up pressed "on" and gazed in amazement as 22' of pure 1080x1024 glory lit up the entire room! wooooaaaaaah <:-O

Well, I gotta go, it's 9:30 so I have to get going on my school work now, I'll see ya later!

-Graydon L

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Highlight #58

Hey y'all, Not much to report today, same as always. I wish I could have done some more trouble-shooting on Josh's gun, but, I simply didn't have time.

As for "who wants to run for president", I have made some major advancments; I printed the first set of cards and finaly came up with a board design that actualy works. The main problem in a standard move-around-the-board game (like monopoly for instance) is trying to balance the element of chance with skill, knowledge, and decerment. On one side you have games like "candy land", which are based entirely on chance. And on the other side, games like "stratego" which are based entirely on skill. Right now, I have some major elements leaning on the dice, but these are (I hope) countered by competition and the urge to beat out your opponents. The idea behind the game is this; travel around the country making campain decisions and making speaches in diferent states. where you travel to has a lot to do with which states you win, and each state has the actual number of electoral votes used in real life.

The one thing I need help on is the title, "who wants to run for president" is waaaaay to long, if you have any ideas, leave a comment and tell me about them. Some Ideas I came up with are, "Pesidential election", "Campain tycoon", and "running for president". Like I said, I will welcome any sudjestions. :-)

Well, gotta go now, Hogan's Heroes is calling me. I'll write again tomorow!

-Graydon L

P.S. check out this amazing clip, I almost can't believe this came out of Hollywood. click here.

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Highlight #57

Hey y'all, I'm back, and quite happy to be so; some of my many acomplishments today are:

I finished my school work extraodinarily early,
came up with an idea for a board game called "who wants to run for president?",
figured out what was wrong with Josh Y's gun (with Jonny's help),
discovered the answer to Sam's latest genius of the hour contest (without even knowing it) and,
read the entire Constitution of the United States (which is something most lawers haven't done)

Maybe all that dosn't impress you very much, but thats OK, I enjoyed today's activities and I feel good about them... sigh. :-)

see ya'... sigh.

-Graydon L

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Highlight #56

Hey y'all, Today, as you know is Sunday. And today, as you also know, we go to Church. And, as you further know, Sam attends the same church I do... Which means I talked to him... which means he gave me a hint as to the "whereabouts" of Hank O'Grady's latest blog. it wasn't a direct hint, but it helped me quite a bit. Thanks Sam!

As for the non-Internet parts of my life, not much, except that Jonny and I are going to the Ng's house to help build some forts tomorrow for when we have a battle there again sometime.

Church was fun, It usually is, I would have found the sermon quite good this week except I was a bit "out of it", that was because Jonny and I stayed up till 12:30 last night reading. oops :-I

Anyway, I should go now, it's getting late and I need some sleep. Stay tuned for more exciting blog posts soon!

-Graydon L

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Highlight #55

Hey y'all, Sorry for not posting yesterday, We were watching Hogan's Heroes all night. They're SOOO funny, I couldn't help it, I just couldn't stop watching just to post on some sleazy blog... well maybe it's not a sleazy blog... perhaps just a little bit sleazy, but not all sleazy... hopefully :-)

Anyway, here's a rundown of all the exciting things I did yesterday:
  • Clean my Room
  • Clean the Bathroom
  • Clean the Family Room
  • Dust the entire house
  • Wipe the fingerprints off the doorhandles and light switches
  • Clean up in general
  • Clean more stuff in general
  • Randomly clean up stuff
  • Clean up
As you can see, a very invigorating and exciting day... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...

Well that about wraps things up, I hope your day was more fun than mine, if it wasn't... I feel for you. See Ya' later :-)

-Graydon L

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