Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Bridge on FX Network

My sister Lucy has been bugging me about watching a new show on FX. “It’s great,” she said. “You have to watch this show!” But until yesterday, I never had the chance; my bad.

"The Bridge" is one hell of a good cop show that is based on the Danish/Swedish series, “Bron.” Now you can watch this American version developed by Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m.
I’ve seen three of the episodes on “On Demand” and hope to watch the rest during the week. I’ll try to give you the Readers Digest Condensed Version of what the show’s about.

The Plot

A body lies on the bridge that connects the borders of Mexico and America. The top half of the woman’s body lies on the El Paso Texas side; the lower half on the Juarez, Chihuahua side. Two police officers are called to the scene by border patrol, Det. Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir) a homicide detective for Chihuahua and Det. Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) the American homicide detective. The victim is discovered to be Judge Lorraine Gates, a person who is against immigration and wants to build a wall to keep foreigners out.
When Det. Ruiz allows an ambulance carrying Karl Millright and his wife Charlotte (Annabeth Gish) to go past the crime scene on the bridge; Det. Cross sends him home. Ruiz tries to explain to the homicide detective that the man was having a heart attack, but she doesn’t care; he did not follow the rules. When the paramedics try to place the body on the stretcher it comes apart; the victim’s been cut in half.
Det. Sonya Cross is an excellent detective; quick to pick up clues; not afraid to ask questions, but there is one slight problem which makes it hard for her co-workers to understand her abrupt ways; Sonya has Asperger Syndrome. Thankfully, for her, her boss Lieutenant Hank Wade (Ted Levine) acts like a father figure and tries to guide Sonya through the twists and turns of social behavior.

Det. Ruiz is a good cop in a bad situation; his superior officer is part of the Cartel and Ruiz needs his permission to work on the case; he’s had a vasectomy, but his wife is pregnant again; his teenage son might fall under the clutches of the Cartel; and young women are being killed and dismembered. Is it the Cartel or a serial killer?
When the coroner (Mary Pat Gleason) does the autopsy on the victim, she gets another big surprise; the top half does belong to the Judge, but the bottom half belongs to Cristina Fuentes, a missing girl from Mexico. Det. Ruiz is called back on the case and now he and Sonya are racing against the clock to find another girl before she is killed.
The subplots also keep you on the edge of your chair. Charlotte finds out after her husband’ death that he may have been involved with smuggling people into the country and the people in charge don’t take kindly to the word,  Charlotte saying, no!
Steven Linder (Thomas M. Wright) plays a loner who might or might not be the killer, and Matthew Lillard plays the down on his luck reporter, Daniel Frye, who has a knack of getting himself into serious trouble as he tries to hunt down leads to the identity of the killer. There are many plots and side stories going happening in this series, but you'll find yourself (like me) anxiously awaiting the next episode.
If you have the chance watch “The Bridge” and if you like the show; you can thank my sister Lucy for her good taste.

                                                         Lucy and me at the Art Museum                

Friday, August 30, 2013

News from the Dark Side 8/30/2013


Yes, my little zombie snacks; it's that time of the week again. I have more weird news thanks to Huff post and a few other sites. Hope you enjoy the latest in weird.

This came from the Upworthy site by Adam Mordecai. How to get the politicians to admit that our climate is changing and not for the good? You'll love this solution:

I've always thought that some of my relatives were a little strange, and now I know why. From Huffington post science:

From the weird news section of Huff post we have this story:

I've always wondered why we don't have a museum for Tesla. I guess other's are asking the same question. From G4 and Huffington post, we have:

To end this week's weird news update, I have this little gem. In honor of the first man on the moon, a tribute from NASA:

Stay safe; run fast, my little zombie snacks. See you next week and if you come across an interesting article; submit it to me.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

In every myth there is a modicum of truth…


The reason we believe in Fairy Tales—and Monsters.


As the sun’s rays peeked above the horizon, lighting the abyss below her, she inhaled a deep breath, closed her eyes, and jumped. She didn’t scream; she didn’t look down. As much as she hated her life, she hoped it wouldn’t end this way. She’d really like to see him one more time.


Her life didn’t flash before her eyes as she’d always heard. Just an image of her mother covered in blood and her Dark Angel telling her he was sorry.


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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A Visit to the Art Museum and Zombie Fishes


No, I didn't see zombie fishes at the Art Museum; that story I'll tell at the end of this post. But, I did go to the Art Museum in Philadelphia and I can tell you about the wonderful experience. My sister, Lucy, and I have been trying to get to the Art Museum all summer, but it was hectic with my sister Jane's visit.
                                From the left, Marie, Jane, Lucy and my daughter ReRe

For all of you who have been following the "Sister Episodes," Jane is home safe and has a new grandson named Joshua.
                                                                   Joshua Lemmons                                                          

After spending hours enjoying European and Asian art, we had time for lunch in the impressive cafeteria. I intend to visit the museum again next month.

Having worked at a museum, I know how important floor staff is and I have to say that the Security staff and docents were outstanding. Every single staff person was pleasant and helpful and knowledgeable.
One Security staff person was so very helpful in getting Lucy and I started on the right direction (God seemed to skip our family when he was handing out internal GPS systems) Stephanie Washington even took the time to explain a peace of modern art to us.
                                                     Stephanie Washington

If you're visiting the Art Museum, make sure to say hello to Stephanie for us. She and all the other floor staff went out of their way to make this an enjoyable day for "The Sisters"



Now let me get to the story about the zombie fish. Life is never boring for “The Sisters.” I think GOD loves to watch us stumble through life; we are his personal sitcom. But we don’t mind the weird things that happen to us; we thrive on it.

Now, back to the fish story! My sister Lucy had a 20 gallon fish tank with two nice sized goldfish. You noticed I said “had”

Wanting to increase the number of fish, Lucy recently purchased another goldfish. It turned out to be  an escapee from “The Walking Dead,” only Lucy didn’t know it at the time of purchase. After several days, the other two goldfish began to look a little worn and torn.  Lucy thought that maybe the water needed to be changed even though it looked clean; so she cleaned the tank.

Did this help? Hell no! But she did notice that the newer fish, who we will call Merle, was pecking at the other two. After a few days, the other two fish were dead and Merle was swimming around with a “Make My Day” tee-shirt; not a good sign.

Lucy went back to the pet store to buy more goldfish and asked the clerk if goldfish eat other goldfish, if they’re all the same size. The clerk didn’t think so, and Lucy brought home the two new and larger sized goldfish. Larger because she thought Merle would behave if the other fish were larger than him. Ha! 
Merle attacked the other fish like they were piñatas. What do you do with a zombie fish?  Lucy had to play Rick Grimes and take matters into her own hands.

 To make a long story short, the remaining fish are doing fine, although a bit jittery when Lucy passes the tank.

Speaking of zombies, make sure to watch the premiere of Season 4 of "The Walking Dead" this October 13th. Let me know if you see Merle the goldfish.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Under Glass, A Victorian Obsession


Calling all lovers of science! The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is hosting a free event featuring Author John Whitenight on Tuesday, October 8th at 6:30 p.m. The event will take place at the Academy of Natural Sciences on 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Spend an evening at The Academy of Natural Sciences with author John Whitenight as he explores the role that natural history played in the everyday lives of people from the 19th Century. During that era an obsession developed with the natural world which has never been surpassed. Mr. Whitenight will be sharing images and information from his book, Under Glass, A Victorian Obsession, which is a comprehensive study of the incredible array of objects that were created and presented under glass. Included will be botanical arrangements made from wax and sea shells as well as domes and cases filled with beautiful birds of every description. The focus will be on how the Victorians not only embraced natural history but included it in their home décor.


John Whitenight was born over 50 years ago in a small upstate Pennsylvania town. By the time he was five years old he had developed an avid interest in art. This continued into his teenage years when he decided he would explore this talent further and ultimately share it with others by pursuing an Art Education degree. Upon graduation he began his art teaching career in a senior high school where he remained for the next 30 years eventually becoming the chairperson of the department. During this period he also acquired a Masters equivalence in decorative arts-related studies in Philadelphia where he now resides.


Always a collector of Victoriana, one fateful day in 1973 friends gave him a small glass dome containing three canaries. The following decades have been rich with the study of the why and wherefore of these lovely domed items. Currently, the author’s collection contains over 175 domed displays ranging in height from four inches to some over a meter in height.

I'm sending a shout out to all my Steampunk friends; this is a lecture that would interest you. To all my Facebook, Twitter and Google friends, check out the Academy of Natural Sciences' site for the listing of all their family friendly events. Tell them Steampunk Granny sent you.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

News from the Dark Side 8/24/2013



Sometimes, if I find an uplifting article, I try an share it with everyone…because we have enough crazy…we need nice, too.

My sister sent me this  time lapsed video; you need to see this.

A little science from Huff Post Science: Sometimes bigger is not better:

From Huff Post: So maybe that bad boy or girl that you love so much in spite of the pain is really BAD! 

In the "if only" department we have this article from Huff Post. My question? Would John like how messed up the world is now?

I saved this upsetting article for last. Who is this crazy as bat shit woman? And hopefully, the child has been taken away from her.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Spying at the Franklin Institute


Yes, my little zombie snacks, I do other stuff besides ghost hunting, Steampunk Events and writing about zombies. Sometimes, I head on over to Philadelphia and visit museums. A few weeks ago, I was at The Academy of Natural Sciences Bug Fest with my grandsons, and Nathan even got a chance to be a judge in the Cook Off; he ate bugs and liked it!
This past Wednesday, my two friends and fellow renegades and I went to the Franklin Institute to see the new exhibit. Jean took her two granddaughters. We headed straight to the Spy Exhibit and had the best time learning about the original OSS organization that lead to what we know today as the C.I.A.
                                 The girls and I even got to crawl through an escape hatch.
                                        We didn't get to see Maxwell Smart's Shoe Phone,

We liked the kiosk that showed how the spies strapped cameras onto pigeons and sent them off to gather information.

They had some weapons that even James Bond would have loved to use, like the items below.
We were even able to make it to the Demonstration Theatre to learn about fireworks: how they’re made; how they work; why they’re loud.

 The instructor was Al Bruno, and not only was he knowledgeable about the subject matter, but he made the whole demonstration fun for adults and children alike.
                          Sunday, my sister Lucy and I are heading over to the Art Museum

                                             I’ll try not to get yelled at again for touching the art.



What's Gilbert Up to Now?


What's Gilbert Up to Now?

I'm getting ready to write the reviews for Season 4 of "The Walking Dead for Biff Bam Pop!; I can't wait to see Rick and the gang again on Sunday nights on AMC..


I'll also be doing the reviews for the new Sleepy Hollow series on Fox on September 16 at 9 p.m.


And the new Dracula series starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as our favorite blood sucker of all time. This show premieres October 25th on NBC following Grimm


For all my followers who enjoyed my article about the angry ghost


                                     will probably like my newest story on Biff Bam Pop!


Let me know if you like this story. I'll be going on more investigations and promise to share my findings with you.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Come Back!!!

I write reviews for Biff Bam Pop! on movies and books, but mostly, I review T.V. shows like “The Walking Dead”  Orphan Black, Bates Motel, and of course, True Blood. I love True Blood and have read most of the books, and although Alan Ball presented the series much differently than the books, I loved what he did for the show.
Then right before season six began, True Blood fans learned that Alan Ball would not be the show runner, and that someone else would take over. I’m the type of person who gives the new guy a chance to prove themselves; someone with a new perspective. I was wrong.

Every Monday, after the review of the show was posted, I would receive calls from tons of friends and relatives who’ve been following True Blood since its premier on HBO. We would chat or squabble about the events of the night before: what’s with Bill; who the hell is Warlow; what’s with Andy’s faerie daughters; and what a bitch Sarah Newlin is; but I'm partial to bad girls.
We liked the show, but there was something off. We couldn’t put our finger on it, but there was a change. Still, troopers that we are, we remained faithful to the show. That is until the Season six Finale.

WTF! Did the writers all get writer’s block at the same moment? Why did they have Sookie’s grandfather save the day? Why didn’t he save her while she was still in faerie land? What was Eric doing sunbathing in Sweden, instead of warning the vampires around the world of the tainted blood? When he flew away, that’s where we all assumed he was doing. Eric is thousands of years old and I’m pretty sure he would have brought a cloak with him; just in case. But, no! The writers did away with him or at least that’s what it looks like.

 And as far as Alcide and Sookie together; I don’t think so. How did Sam become Mayor? Where is the former Mayor? Protection for blood: yeah right! I don’t think the townsfolk of Bon Temps are that naïve. Zombie vampires heading towards the town was laughable. Leave the zombies to people who really know how to use them. I’m talking “The Walking Dead.”

Okay, I’m done my ranting, but I intend to write a letter to Alan Ball. We need you back at the helm, Alan! Now, Alan, before they start shooting scenes for season seven, and while you’re at it, bring Eric back with you!