Simple Minded Weekly Recap-ITATION! – 08/02/2019

PASO DEL NORTE-CENTRIC NEWS

TIME TO NUMB YOUR ASS BY SITTING DOWN FOR 11 DAYS OF NON-STOP MOVIE MADNESS.  THE PLAZA CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL IS BACK – The Plaza Classic Film Festival is celebrating its 12th anniversary and this year promises more cinematic goodness in and around Downtown El Paso.  The festival began on Thursday and continues until August 11.  Most of the great movies range in price from free to just under $10, so it’s a great bargain to see some of the best the cinematic world has to offer.  Prepare your ass for hours and hours of non-stop sitting.  (cbs4local.com)

BUILD SEESAWS, NOT WALLS – The border is so dangerous that ……. seesaws were installed across the stupid border wall for children to play with.  That’s right, seesaws were installed on the wall along Sunland Park and no cartels came by to shoot the children and give everyone free drugs.  The seesaws are the work of California professors Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello, whose work brought joy to a structure that has become the symbol of Donald Trump’s hatred and racism in America.  (cbs4local.com)

SMELTERTOWN NEEDS OUR HELP – The Smeltertown Cemetery is in pretty bad shape and needs volunteers and supplies for cleanup efforts.  The cemetery was in much worse condition but a volunteer group led by Willie Cordero jump-started the revitalization process and his group has been cleaning up the cemetery for some time.  So lend a hand and help out the friends of Smeltertown Cemetery.  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

REST OF THE WORLD-CENTRIC NEWS

RWANDA HAS 99 PROBLEMS BUT EBOLA AIN’T ONE – The Ebola crisis continues to grow in the Democratic Republic of Congo and now Rwanda has taken the controversial step of shutting down the border between the two countries.  The border has now reopened but the temporary closing of the border between Goma, DR Congo and Gisenyi, Rwanda has rattled nerves in the area.  This all comes after the third confirmed Ebola case in the large city of Goma that is the major urban area in the region of DR Congo that has been plagued by Ebola in the past year.  The outbreak has already claimed close to 2,000 lives and there is genuine concern that the virus can spread in this densely populated part of the country.  Rwanda has a ton of problems and Ebola jumping over the border would be pretty bad for the country’s medical infrastructure.  (bbc.com)

WHY YES, JULY WAS VERY HOT THIS YEAR.  SOME WOULD SAY IT WAS THE HOTTEST FUCKING MONTH IN HISTORY – Scientists at the Copernicus Climate Change Service say that preliminary results indicate that July was the hottest month on record in relation to the decades of data they have available.  July was filled with record-breaking heatwaves all over the world and most people would agree that July was pretty hot.  Overall, this follows a trend that shows the past few years are among the hottest in recorded history.  So yeah, maybe climate change is real and the world is heating up to some very worrisome levels.  (bbc.com)

THANKS TO ‘FROZEN ZOOS’ I’LL BE ABLE TO SEE ALL THE ANIMALS THAT HUMANITY HAS DESTROYED IN EXCITING FROZEN TISSUE FORM! – Cryobanks are locations where animal and plant samples are frozen and/or stored for future generations to study and possibly to help in the revival of extinct species.  The scientific branch for this is known as cryobiology and is becoming a very important area of study thanks to humanity’s wanton destruction of the environment.  Fresh off the heels of the most recent meeting of the Society for Cryobiology, Discover Magazine has a great summary of the amazing cryobank projects happening all across the world.  Not all humans want to destroy the environment for a few pieces of silver, some people actually care about things.  (blogs.discovermagazine.com)

 

Simple Minded Weekly Recap-ITATION! – 07/26/2019

PASO DEL NORTE-CENTRIC NEWS

EL PASO WATER’S TECH20 LEARNING CENTER AND WILDLIFE HABITAT IS LIKE A ZOO BUT WITHOUT THE PESKY CAGES.  SO IT’S ACTUALLY BETTER THAN A ZOO BUT SLIGHTLY MORE DANGEROUS – A hidden gem wildlife preserve exists in far East El Paso that protects local wildlife and preserves the Chihuahuan Desert from the encroaching urban environment.  The wildlife habitat is run by the TecH20 Learning Center and welcomes the Paso Del Norte community.  The El Paso Herald Post has a nice write up on the habitat but you can do one better and go visit it in person to learn more about the Chihuahuan Desert in all its natural glory.  Just don’t get bitten by a coyote, mountain lion, jackrabbit, snake and/or tarantula.  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

FORT BLISS IS ACTUALLY GOING TO PRESERVE A HISTORICAL MURAL.  GOOD JOB, FORT BLISS – In 1943, soldier and artist Baron Carl Rudolph Von Ripper painted a mural at the William Beaumont Hospital Library of a multi-ethnic group of people holding up a map of the United States.  The mural has stood the test of time and, even though most of the buildings are now dilapidated, the mural is still in pretty good condition.  Even though there was some confusion on the ultimate fate of the mural, Fort Bliss has just announced that the mural will be restored and preserved.  The City of El Paso is currently in negotiations to lease the old land of the William Beaumont complex from the base and this is the first word we have received that the mural will not be destroyed as part of any demolition in the area.  Kudos, Fort Bliss.  Now if they can just finish up the new William Beaumont Medical Center before the end of the century.  (cbs4local.com)

LOVE THEM OR HATE THEM, THE TRUE VALUE OF A PROFESSIONAL SPORTS TEAM IS THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS THEY BRING TO A CITY – The El Paso Locomotive has announced that they will be adding the Locomotive Futures Program to their youth futball development program.  The Locomotive already provide plenty of youth development for under-17 futball players and the new programs announced will offer even more opportunity for local youth to take their game to the next level and maybe get a scholarship or professional playing opportunities in the future.  Though many people don’t like pro sports teams because of the perceived taxpayer benefits they feel the organizations get, you can’t deny they do provide a boost to the local community.  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

REST OF THE WORLD-CENTRIC NEWS

EUROPE IS BURNING, THE ARCTIC IS ON FIRE AND SIBERIA IS COVERED IN SMOKE.  THE WHOLE WORLD IS GOING TO BURST INTO FLAMES! – Fresh on the heels of last month’s European heatwave, another dome of high temperatures has parked itself over most of the continent bringing even hotter temperatures to some places.  Paris saw a record all-time high temperature of 42.6C (108.7F) and many places in Europe have also experienced record temperatures and evaporating rivers and lakes.  Not to be outdone, a record amount of fires are burning throughout the Arctic and a part of Siberia – of all places – is experiencing an extreme influx of smoke because of the fires in the area.  Although climate change is not responsible for these events, most scientists agree that global climate change is making these types of events more severe and more frequent.  So get ready to become a giant desert, Europe.  (bbc.com)

I’VE GOT NO PROBLEM WITH WOODEN SKYSCRAPERS.  LET’S START BUILDING MORE OF THEM – On the topic of our imploding environment, researchers have found that building with wood is much more sustainable and beneficial for the environment than using concrete and steel.  It might seem counter-intuitive, but when done correctly and with proper forest management, using wood as the main construction material has great benefits for the environment as opposed to traditional concrete and steel construction.  Hell, thanks to new laminated timber technology it is possible to build rather tall structures using only wood.  The BBC has a great write up on the people pioneering the use of modern wood products in construction projects and the ways they can help the environment.  Who knows?  One day you might be living in a wooden skyscraper.  (bbc.com)

HEY KIDS!  DROP OUT OF SCHOOL AND JUST FOCUS ON PLAYING VIDEO GAMES.  THAT’S WHERE THE MONEY IS AT! – This weekend will see the Fortnite World Cup in New York City where a bunch of teenagers will compete for millions of dollars in prizes.  Who needs an education when you can get Fortnite money!  The event will feature the largest shared purse for an e-sports event – worth $30 million – and the winners of each event will get around $3 million.  Not bad for giving up your entire social life and ignoring people of the opposite sex as you play video games non-stop for 10 hours a day, seven days a week.  (polygon.com)

 

Simple Minded Weekly Recap-ITATION! – 07/19/2019

PASO DEL NORTE-CENTRIC NEWS

GOOD JOB, IDIOT ANTI-VAXERS.  NOW EL PASO HAS MEASLES – After more than 25 years of no measles cases reported in El Paso, the city has now reported a fourth case of the disease this year.  The first case popped up a few weeks ago and is part of the new wave of measles that has spread across the country over the past few months.  Now people that legitimately can’t get a vaccine because of legit medical reasons are at risk because more and more people read random bullshit on Facebook and think they are suddenly medical professionals.  Fucking moron anti-vaxers.  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

MINERS F.C. IS THE REAL DEAL – Congratulations to the Miners F.C. youth (13 and under) futball team on winning the National Championship at The 2019 U.S. Youth Presidents Cup.  The Miners defeated the Las Vegas Pros by a score of 4 to 3 in extra time to capture the prestigious title for the club.  Good job, mini Miners.  May the full grown Miners at UTEP get some inspiration from this and win some games (in all sports) this season.  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

IF YOU HAD YSLETA INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT XAVIER DE LA TORRE AS YOUR PICK IN THE SUPERINTENDENT UFC OFFICE POOL, CONGRATULATIONS – After news of a San Antonio Whataburger brawl involving Socorro ISD Superintendent Jose Espinoza broke out a few weeks ago, there has been much speculation on the identity of the other superintendent that allegedly started it all.  Despite the sketchy attempt at redaction by the San Antonio Police Department, El Paso news sources were able to determine that the other superintendent was none other than YISD’s Xavier De La Torre.  By now we all know the details and the “he said, she said” game is about to start.  But don’t worry about the two chuckleheads.  Overpaid government officials rarely get more than a slap on the wrist when they do something stupid.  (cbs4local.com)

REST OF THE WORLD-CENTRIC NEWS

THE HONG KONG PROTESTERS ARE NOW JUST DOING IT BECAUSE THEY DON’T LIKE THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT.  THEIR ORIGINAL DEMANDS WERE MET LONG AGO AND NOW OLD WOUNDS ARE LAID BARE – The protests in Hong Kong continue and the demonstrations are getting more physical and disruptive as time goes by.  While the original demands against the extradition bill have been met, it seems the protesters now want to voice their full disapproval of their relationship with Beijing.  If this is how it looks like now, I can only imagine how things will be in 2047 when China officially becomes full “owner” of Hong Kong and the city-state loses its autonomy.  The waters only get rougher from here out to 2047.  (bbc.com)

FINALLY, THE EBOLA CRISIS IN DR CONGO HAS BEEN DECLARED AN EMERGENCY BY THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION.  ALL IT TOOK WAS AN EXTRA THOUSAND INFECTIONS AND HUNDREDS OF DEATHS, IT SEEMS – The World Health Organization has declared a public health emergency of international concern over the Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  This is the highest level of warning that can be given out by the WHO and has only been issued 4 other times in the past.  The Ebola crisis has been raging for close to a year in DR Congo and has recently reached a critical point with over 2,000 people infected – of which over 1,600 have died.  In addition, the Ebola virus has now popped up in the city of Goma – a city of over 1 million people that is the largest in DR Congo to face the infection thus far.  It is hoped that the emergency declaration will bring more attention to this crisis and encourage nations to send more aid.  Good luck, DR Congo.  (bbc.com)

HAPPY FIFTIETH BIRTHDAY, SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON – The massive pop culture convention and marketing tsunami known as San Diego Comic-Con will be taking place this weekend and celebrating its 50th anniversary in the process.  The convention started from humble beginnings in a hotel basement conference room and exploded over the decades into one of the largest conventions on the planet.  Be sure to check out the excellent history of Comic-Con article over at NPR for a very entertaining and informative look at how it all began.  (npr.org)

 

Simple Minded Weekly Recap-ITATION! – 07/12/2019

PASO DEL NORTE-CENTRIC NEWS

EL PASO AREA SUPERINTENDENTS MAKE EL PASO PROUD! – In hilarious news this week, it was just revealed that two local superintendents got in a fight in a San Antonio Whataburger in mid-June.  The conflict started when an unnamed El Paso area superintendent (cover-up much?) went up to Socorro ISD Superintendent Jose Espinoza and criticized his clothes.  To be exact, the unnamed idiot said, ““Where are you coming from? Soccer practice?”  At that point, Jose Espinoza did the obvious cholo-thing and told him to repeat the question.  The exact quote was not listed, but the natural Socorro cholo phrase would be, “Why don’t you come say that to my face, ese?”  Unnamed idiot took the bait but then head-butted Jose Espinoza after repeating the question.  The situation broke down into a mini-brawl with Jose Espinoza throwing a punch after the head butt.  There is no detailed specifics, but I like to think they both started slap-fighting and then they wrestled around on the floor like some comedy involving yuppies fighting.  There is obviously some special treatment going on and the other superintendent should be named and hopefully ridiculed for getting into a drunk fight at a Whataburger during a “leadership” conference.  Our superintendents might not be too good at educating kids, but damn can they drunk fight with the best of them.  (cbs4local.com)

MAYBE THOSE “SAVE CRAZY CAT TRAIL” PEOPLE CAN FINALLY DO SOMETHING USEFUL AND “SAVE RED SANDS”.  ARROYO TRAILS ARE A DIME A DOZEN IN EL PASO, SAND DUNES ARE MUCH RARER AND NEED TO BE SAVED – To no one’s surprise, irresponsible morons flooded Red Sands during the July 4th holiday and left the beautiful dunes covered in trash and debris.  This Sunday morning the Texas Rescue Patrol (TPR) will be holding a volunteer cleanup at Red Sands with the hope of cleaning up all the trash left in the aftermath of July 4th.  TPR is a great volunteer group that tries to keep Red Sands clean and safe for the community.  It would be nice if the government could finally turn Red Sands into a regional, state or national park area – but the dunes lie amid a hodgepodge of private lots with no unified ownership.  It would take a lot of effort, but turning Red Sands into regulated public park land should be a high priority for all local stakeholders.  If a random arroyo trail like Crazy Cat can be saved, then why not Red Sands?  (cbs4local.com)

WELCOME BACK, CODY DECKER – Ex-El Paso Chihuahuas player, Cody Decker, recently announced his retirement from professional baseball and his return to El Paso.  Decker will now be the Associate Executive Director for Athletic Development with the El Paso Border Youth Athletic Association where he will help local youth reach their athletic potential.  He and his wife, Jenn Sterger Decker, will also be doing a radio/podcast sports show in the area and we wish them the greatest success on their return home.  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

REST OF THE WORLD-CENTRIC NEWS

NEW ORLEANS SHOULD HAVE LEARNED ITS LESSON AFTER KATRINA, RIGHT?  THE NEW ORLEANS GOVERNMENT ISN’T THAT INCOMPETENT, RIGHT? – Tropical Storm Barry is expected to hit southern Louisiana as a category one hurricane over the weekend and people all across Louisiana are bracing for impact.  Although not a severely powerful storm, Barry will bring a ton of rain to the region and will test the flood protection capabilities of New Orleans and surrounding areas.  Much was learned after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city and, hopefully, New Orleans is now better prepared to handle hurricanes and extreme flooding.  (reuters.com)

IT’S CRICKET-MANIA AS ENGLAND AND NEW ZEALAND PLAY FOR THE CRICKET WORLD CUP TITLE – The world cup final (the cricket one, not the futball one) is finally upon us as England take on New Zealand for the championship on Sunday.  Both teams had some shaky moments during the tournament, but persevered and pulled off some outstanding wins to get where they are.  The Cricket World Cup is played under the one-day international format that consists of 50 overs a side and is not to be confused with traditional cricket where one game can take days, months or even years to complete (only a slight exaggeration).  So get ready for some exciting cricket action!  It’s like baseball only cricket is actually fun.  (bbc.com)

THIS IS HOW THE SEAWEED MONSTER COMES TO LIFE.  ONLY GODZILLA CAN SAVE US NOW – 2018 saw the largest seaweed bloom in history stretch from West Africa across the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico.  A scientific study of this amazing phenomenon did not pinpoint an exact cause, but it is believed a series of events and conditions created the explosion of Sargassum weed that eventually washed up in beaches around the Atlantic.  I’m not saying this giant mass of seaweed will become a sentient seaweed monster, but I’ve seen enough monster movies to know that this is exactly what is going to happen.  (blogs.discovermagazine.com)

 

TOURNAMENT OF FILM 2018 – Grand Prix Final / Bohemian Rhapsody Vs. Black ’47

And so we have come to the end of the Tournament Of Film 2018.  Congratulations to the winner and make sure you watch all the great movies of 2018.

GRAND PRIX FINAL

(2 Points Per Category Win, 1 Point Per Tie)

  Vs. 

Bohemian Rhapsody Vs. Black ‘47

ACTING

Advantage:  Bohemian Rhapsody

WRITING/DIALOGUE

Advantage:  Black ‘47

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Advantage:  Bohemian Rhapsody

PRODUCTION DESIGN/VISUALS

Advantage:  Bohemian Rhapsody

SOUND/MUSIC

Advantage:  Bohemian Rhapsody

EDITING/PACING

Advantage:  Bohemian Rhapsody

STORY/MEANING

Advantage:  Black ‘47

DIRECTING

Advantage:  Bohemian Rhapsody

TIME MANAGEMENT

Advantage:  Black ‘47

LASTABILITY

Advantage:  Black ‘47

A FILMS GOAL

Advantage:  Black ‘47

FINAL SCORE

Bohemian Rhapsody – 12 (2018 Grand Prix – Best Movie of 2018)

Black ’47 – 10

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CONGRATULATIONS TO BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY FOR BEING NAMED THE BEST MOVIE OF 2018!

 

And here’s the final tournament graphic in all its filled-out glory.  Enjoy.

Click to embiggen and revel in the full majesty of the 2017 Simple Minded Entertainment Tournament of Film.  Join us next year for more movie tournament action!

 

TOURNAMENT OF FILM 2018 – Semifinal #2 / Drama Vs. Popcorn Movie

SEMIFINAL #2

(2 Points Per Category Win, 1 Point Per Tie)

DRAMA VS. POPCORN MOVIE

  Vs. 

Bohemian Rhapsody (6 – Drama) Vs. Isle Of Dogs (4 – Popcorn Movie)

ACTING

Advantage:  Bohemian Rhapsody

WRITING/DIALOGUE

Advantage:  Isle Of Dogs

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Advantage:  Bohemian Rhapsody

PRODUCTION DESIGN/VISUALS

Advantage:  Isle Of Dogs

SOUND/MUSIC

Advantage:  Bohemian Rhapsody

EDITING/PACING

Advantage:  Bohemian Rhapsody

STORY/MEANING

Advantage:  Isle Of Dogs

DIRECTING

Advantage:  Bohemian Rhapsody

TIME MANAGEMENT

TIE

LASTABILITY

Advantage:  Isle Of Dogs

A FILMS GOAL

Advantage:  Bohemian Rhapsody

FINAL SCORE

Bohemian Rhapsody (6 – Drama) – 13 (Advances to Final)

Isle Of Dogs (4 – Popcorn Movie) – 9

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THE TOURNAMENT CONTINUES!

TOURNAMENT OF FILM 2018 – Semifinal #1 / Action Vs. Comedy

SEMIFINAL #1

(2 Points Per Category Win, 1 Point Per Tie)

ACTION VS. COMEDY

  Vs. 

Black ‘47 (9 – Action) Vs. Sorry To Bother You (3 – Comedy)

ACTING

Advantage:  Black ‘47

WRITING/DIALOGUE

Advantage:  Sorry To Bother You

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Advantage:  Sorry To Bother You

PRODUCTION DESIGN/VISUALS

Advantage:  Sorry To Bother You

SOUND/MUSIC

Advantage:  Black ‘47

EDITING/PACING

Advantage:  Black ‘47

STORY/MEANING

TIE

DIRECTING

Advantage:  Sorry To Bother You

TIME MANAGEMENT

Advantage:  Black ‘47

LASTABILITY

Advantage:  Black ‘47

A FILMS GOAL

Advantage:  Black ‘47

FINAL SCORE

Black ‘47 (9 – Action) – 13 (Advances to Final)

Sorry To Bother You (3 – Comedy) – 9

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THE TOURNAMENT CONTINUES!

TOURNAMENT OF FILM 2018 – Popcorn Movie Bracket / 3rd Round & Quarterfinal Results

POPCORN MOVIE BRACKET – THIRD ROUND

(2 Points Per Category Win, 1 Point Per Tie)

1) Spider-Man:  Into The Spider-Verse Vs. 4) Isle Of Dogs

ACTING

TIE

WRITING/DIALOGUE

Advantage:  Isle Of Dogs

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Advantage:  Spider-Man

PRODUCTION DESIGN/VISUALS

Advantage:  Isle Of Dogs

SOUND/MUSIC

Advantage:  Isle Of Dogs

EDITING/PACING

Advantage:  Spider-Man

STORY/MEANING

Advantage:  Isle Of Dogs

DIRECTING

Advantage:  Spider-Man

TIME MANAGEMENT

Advantage:  Isle Of Dogs

LASTABILITY

Advantage:  Spider-Man

A FILMS GOAL

Advantage:  Isle Of Dogs

FINAL SCORE

1) Spider-Man:  Into The Spider-Verse – 9

4) Isle Of Dogs – 13 (Advances to Quarterfinal)

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TOURNAMENT OF FILM 2018 – Drama Bracket Final / 3rd Round & Quarterfinal Results

DRAMA BRACKET – THIRD ROUND

(2 Points Per Category Win, 1 Point Per Tie)

5) A Star Is Born Vs. 9) Green Book

ACTING

Advantage:  Green Book

WRITING/DIALOGUE

Advantage:  Green Book

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Advantage:  A Star Is Born

PRODUCTION DESIGN/VISUALS

Advantage:  Green Book

SOUND/MUSIC

Advantage:  A Star Is Born

EDITING/PACING

Advantage:  A Star Is Born

STORY/MEANING

Advantage:  Green Book

DIRECTING

Advantage:  A Star Is Born

TIME MANAGEMENT

Advantage:  Green Book

LASTABILITY

Advantage:  Green Book

A FILMS GOAL

Advantage:  A Star Is Born

FINAL SCORE

5) A Star Is Born – 10

9) Green Book – 12 (Advances to Quarterfinal)

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TOURNAMENT OF FILM 2018 – Comedy Bracket Final / 3rd Round & Quarterfinal Results

COMEDY BRACKET – THIRD ROUND

(2 Points Per Category Win, 1 Point Per Tie)

5) Champions (Campeones) Vs. 16) Ladies In Black

ACTING

TIE

WRITING/DIALOGUE

Advantage:  Ladies In Black

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Advantage:  Ladies In Black

PRODUCTION DESIGN/VISUALS

Advantage:  Ladies In Black

SOUND/MUSIC

Advantage:  Champions

EDITING/PACING

Advantage:  Ladies In Black

STORY/MEANING

Advantage:  Champions

DIRECTING

Advantage:  Champions

TIME MANAGEMENT

Advantage:  Champions

LASTABILITY

Advantage:  Champions

A FILMS GOAL

Advantage:  Champions

FINAL SCORE

5) Champions (Campeones) – 13 (Advances to Quarterfinals)

16) Ladies In Black – 9

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