Author Archives: John Blanton

About John Blanton

I'm a retired engineer living in San Antonio, Texas. I have served in the Navy, raced motorcycles, taken scads of photos and am usually a nice guy. I have political and religious opinions, and these opinions tend to be driven by an excess of observed stupidity. Gross stupidity is the supposed target of many of my posts.

Water, water, and all the boards did shrink.

Further Adventures in Italy So we arrived in Venice this month and hiked almost immediately to see the San Marco Cathedral. And I told Barbara, stand over there because I want a photo of you standing there, completely dry. That’s … Continue reading

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Bad Movie of the Week

Number 18 of a series As promised, here is Species: The Awakening, now streaming on Amazon Prime Video. I previously reviewed the original Species and the sequel Species II. There is a Species III on Amazon Prime Video, but I … Continue reading

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Wednesday Bad Movie

Number 31 of a series This came out in 1966, and I do not recall what was happening at the time that caused me to miss it. It’s possible I was undergoing a fit of good sense. This was directed … Continue reading

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Bad Movie of the Week

Number 17 of a series This is Species II from 1998. If you liked Species, you are going to like Species II, but not as much. In the sequel the pace slacks off a bit, and there is a considerable … Continue reading

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Wednesday Bad Movie

Number 30 of a series This is a grim tale, loaded with suspense and noteworthy action, much of it manufactured. It’s Switchback from 1997, featuring headline stars and streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Details are from Wikipedia. Dennis Quaid as Special Agent Frank … Continue reading

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Bad Movie of the Week

Number 16 of a series From 1996 this is Species, apparently now a franchise. It’s a racy, horror, science fiction plot with diabolical characters to fill your nightmares, and I’m catching it on Amazon Prime Video, your go to place … Continue reading

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Wash & Art in Freiburg

Another travel story Halfway into our month in Europe, and I figured I needed to do some laundry. Google to the rescue. A short walk from our hotel in Freiburg was Wash & Art on Wilhemstrasse. It was Saturday and … Continue reading

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