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Jeffrey Siniard
Interests: I'm a pretty shallow guy... Favorite teams (Professional): San Diego Chargers San Diego Padres Phoenix Suns College teams: Arizona State Sun Devils Tennessee Volunteers As far as movies go; Alien is my all-time favorite, while 2001: A Space Odyssey is the best film I've ever seen. I also have tremendous affection for the American West, have hiked the Grand Canyon and read Edward Abbey with enthusiasm. I also enjoy creative writing (when I get the time)
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What's interesting here is that being "closed off" from Kirk in that moment doesn't allow Spock to focus on what Kirk is feeling... he has to focus on what he's feeling in that moment. This reminds me of when my grandfather passed away almost 20 years ago, and I was so busy worrying about how other people were taking it, that I forgot about my own grief.
Toggle Commented May 19, 2013 on Star Trek Into Darkness at A Beachfront Cineaste
Gene... I agree that's a haunting scene that works on 2 different layers. I think that Spock in his way is trying to comfort Pike, but Pike's emotion in the moment is too intense for him to shut out. It certainly seems to reinforce Spock's decision to shut out emotion in the wake of Vulcan's destruction. It plays back nicely to Kirk's death, where Kirk tells him he's afraid and Spock is confronted with an emotional surge he can't shut out. It's also possible this younger Spock isn't quite mature enough to handle a complex emotional moment of that kind - consider Sarek's mind meld with Kirk in ST3, or Spock Prime's mind-meld with Kirk in ST2009 as comparisons. for handling strong emotional content.
Toggle Commented May 19, 2013 on Star Trek Into Darkness at A Beachfront Cineaste
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J.J. Abrams' second Star Trek feature delivers on the action, grows some of the characters nicely, and features strong thematic and allegorical subtext. He also settles on telling a story that's been told before, and told better. Jeffrey Siniard 5/18/13.... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2013 at A Beachfront Cineaste
by Jeffrey Siniard 5/3/13 Nothing is worse than being a fan of a sports franchise with a jerky owner. As it stands today, fans have only one recourse to fight an owner they don’t like: Stop being a fan. Period. Stop going to games. Stop buying jerseys and hats. Stop... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2013 at Fathers, Suns, and Lightning Bolts
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Steven Spielberg's biggest missed opportunity, and possibly his worst screwup. Jeffrey Siniard 4/8/13 There shouldn't have been more of a sure thing than Steven Spielberg directing a modern (2005, in this case) adaptation of H.G. Wells' classic story of a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2013 at A Beachfront Cineaste
I generally am not in favor of super strict gun laws. I have no desire to see law-abiding gun owners lose their guns. I generally think that whatever guns someone owns are their business, except when they make it everyone else’s business through use of said guns on someone else. Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2012 at An Undeclared American
Time to visit the brain of the "smart" Chargers fan. Ahhh, that's more like it. I was beginning not to recognize the San Diego Chargers. Where was the disheartening early season loss? Where was litany of gaffes, and just general unprepared-looking play that makes everyone crazy for Norv Turner's head... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2012 at Fathers, Suns, and Lightning Bolts
Mitt Romney is a giant, shit-eating grinning, sociopathic bastard! Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2012 at An Undeclared American
The look on your fecally speckled conservative faces was priceless; it was worse than you expected, and way less than you deserved. Your slavering devotion to denying affordable health care to millions of Americans, simply to score political points against President Obama, is nothing less than despicable. Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2012 at An Undeclared American
I like people who have an opinion. I really like them when their opinion is backed up by facts. I "Sally Field" like them when their opinion concurs with mine, and is backed up with facts. I also like people who have opinions that I disagree with, provided they can... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2012 at An Undeclared American
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Prometheus is no mere summer blockbuster. In fact, we’re getting something rare here: a talented filmmaker calling his shot, and swinging for the fences. This is Ridley Scott’s attempt at an epic science fiction masterpiece to rival, if not surpass, the achievement of both Alien and Blade Runner. Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2012 at A Beachfront Cineaste
Mr. President... I want to share with you one of the most important ideas that was ever communicated to me by my family. The idea is a simple one, and it goes like this... "Principles and morals are just like friends and family. They only matter if you stick by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2011 at An Undeclared American
By Jeffrey Siniard. I was listening to a a rerun from the Randi Rhodes show this afternoon, and the topic was privately owned and operated prisons. During the discussion, she talked about a pair of judges in Pennsylvania who had been prosecuted for taking kickbacks from private prison corporations, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2011 at An Undeclared American
By Jeffrey Siniard In a letter to the Congressional leadership, Treasury Secretary (and Wall Street enabler) Timothy Geithner has said that if the debt ceiling is not raised by early August, the United States will default on its debt. Wall Street is quietly prodding members in both sides of Congress... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2011 at An Undeclared American
On Sunday, May 1st, I participated in my 2nd protest against the current direction of the United States, and in support of working Americans in their fight to free America from the clutches of sociopathic corporatism. You can see a summary of the protest here, and photos of the protest... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2011 at An Undeclared American
By Jeffrey Siniard *Attention non-football fanatic family and friends - take this with a grain of salt.* Dear Mr. Commissioner... This is not going to be a diatribe on how much you and the owners (and the players) spit the bit over the recent labor impasse in the National Football... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2011 at Fathers, Suns, and Lightning Bolts
By Jeffrey Siniard You hear this all the time, usually when a group of people have just suffered some sort of challenge, rebuke or defeat. The group that is on the losing side almost always laments that they would have been proven right, except that they compromised their values. Here... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2011 at An Undeclared American
By Jeffrey Siniard Three things occurred over the last month that have shifted my political attitude from that of a "Monday Morning QB," to that which must stand up for what they believe. These three things, in order, are as follows: The release of the Ryan budget plan. Michigan's seizure... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2011 at An Undeclared American
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By Jeffrey Siniard I was rereading the early chapters of Marc Reisner's Cadillac Desert, a landmark study of water and water politics. In particular, I was reading the sections dealing with John Wesley Powell. Powell was a Civil War veteran, who lost his arm at Shiloh, but he is still... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2011 at An Undeclared American
By Jeffrey Siniard 4/15/11. The American people have stated that they want an end to tax cuts and tax breaks for wealthy Americans and corporations. They have said that they want an end to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They have said that they don't want anyone fooling with the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2011 at An Undeclared American
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By Jeffrey Siniard 4/15/11 San Diego has a reputation as a conservative, pro-military city, which is fairly reflected in elections - of the 5 U.S. Congressmen who represent San Diego, there are 3 Republicans (Bilbray, Issa, and Hunter) and 2 Democrats (Filner and Davis). That being said, there are at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2011 at An Undeclared American
By Jeffrey Siniard 04/16/10 Somehow, the Phoenix Suns managed to resurrect themselves this year. Head Coach Alvin Gentry and General Manager Steve Kerr, against all hope, put the ball back in Steve Nash's hands, they added more proficient 3 point shooters, in the persons of Jared Dudley and Channing Frye(!),... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2011 at Fathers, Suns, and Lightning Bolts
On the plus side, the Chargers have survived some serious injury issues to remain at .500 through the first four weeks. On the negative side, problems with the offensive line and defense may make it nearly impossible to climb above .500. By Jeffrey Siniard10/05/09. Injuries are a factor for every... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2011 at Fathers, Suns, and Lightning Bolts
A second great outing from Philip Rivers and Darren Sproles isn't enough to save the Chargers against the Baltimore Ravens. By Jeffrey Siniard 9/20/09. You hear football coaches harp on the importance of the redzone ad naseum. In the case of this game between the Ravens and Chargers, the redzone... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2011 at Fathers, Suns, and Lightning Bolts
By Jeffrey Siniard 9/15/09 A great 4th Quarter from Philip Rivers and Darren Sproles saves the Chargers from a brutal opening game loss. It's a good thing for the Chargers that they have one of the best young QBs in the game, and maybe the most electric running back in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2011 at Fathers, Suns, and Lightning Bolts