The Irony Of It All by Brad Hollerbach http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/hollerbach/ en-us Presidential Debate Drinking Game http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/hollerbach/entry/67204 I have never looked so forward to watching a Presidential Debate as I am for this evening's 90 minute throw-down between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the two most despised candidates to ever run for that office. At our house, the beer is cold and the popcorn is ready, but we were missing a drinking game. Here's a start, but suggestions and additions are welcome. 1 DrinkClinton wears a pantsuit.Trump wears a red tie.Trump says "Yuge."Trumps mentions Benghazi, the wall or... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:00:00 -0500 The REAL Reason The Attorney General Is Trying To Close Down Safe Harbor... http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/hollerbach/entry/61923 Thu, 02 Apr 2015 22:07:08 -0500 An Even Better Location For The University... http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/hollerbach/entry/61774 Thu, 19 Mar 2015 21:26:36 -0500 The Center for Mass Mediaocrity http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/hollerbach/entry/61188 It was announced this past weekend that Southeast Missouri State University is going to be investing in its Mass Media Department by leasing two long vacant floors of a downtown ex-bank building and creating the "Center for Excellence in Mass Media." The department plans to move the offices of the campus newspaper, the television production studios, the student public relations agency and the student advertising creative services into the building. They will be in the heart of Cape... Wed, 04 Feb 2015 08:30:36 -0600 <u>'Gone Girl' Cat-astrophe</u><br>Giving Credit Where Credit Is Doo(Doo) http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/hollerbach/entry/60815 The movie 'Gone Girl' is now available from iTunes and since I had a balance in my Apple account and no plans to spend it, I downloaded a copy. I had already seen the movie at the theatre, but because I was an extra, I wanted to see exactly how much I was visible no matter how inconsequential, and if we -- of the background artistry -- got any kind of credit. One surprise I discovered while trolling the movie's credits was that the cat, which played Nick and Amy's pet (Bleeker in the... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 06:00:00 -0600 Amazing Restrooms! http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/hollerbach/entry/59673 I was recently filling up my truck at the Mercato convenience store at the intersection of Bloomfield and Mount Auburn, when a message on the business' digital signboard caught my eye. Sandwiched somewhere between advertisements for fuel prices and beef jerky was the following bit of self-promotion: Amazing Restrooms! That made me very curious. First of all, restrooms are not exactly something a business -- almost any business unless you happen to own a Port-a-Potty franchise -- tends... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:00:00 -0500 Cape Schools To Spend $16 million <br>On Dress Code Colorimeters http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/hollerbach/entry/59067 In order to make sure that students and staff are wearing clothes from the approved color pallette this coming year, the Cape Girardeau School Board has approved purchasing walk-thru colorimeters for all schools in the district at a cost of $16 million. "We felt it had to be done," said Wes T. O'Muny, District Coordinator for Dress Code Enforcement. "Color is far too subjective. What one person sees as brown, another thinks is a grayish taupe and a third believes it is medium nutty cocoa... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:00:00 -0500 Latest "Gone Girl" Movie Trailer Deconstructed; <BR>Cape Locations Appear In Around 50 Seconds http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/hollerbach/entry/58815 NOTE: In the spreadsheet I compiled this breakout in which appears at the bottom, I flagged which scenes were local or likely local. However, I failed to copy that information over to this blog entry, which was the whole point of this blog. Duhhhh! It is there now. -- BH --- This blog is for the Gone Girl and movie geeks who are keenly interested in the upcoming release of the David Fincher film. If you're not interested, then this entry will have zero appeal to you, so don't waste your... Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:53:41 -0500 Old Federal Building Has A Parking Perk http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/hollerbach/entry/58362 The old Federal Building finally sold, and I was immediately curious as to what was going to be done with this albatross. The article on this website indicates that the new owner plans to subdivide it into professional offices which made me wonder, how that could be allowed since it has almost no parking? Its lack of parking would be a big problem if this building were located almost anywhere else in Cape Girardeau. Section 25-203 of the city ordinances mandates that the change of... Wed, 28 May 2014 21:17:16 -0500 America's Got Crisis! http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/hollerbach/entry/58192 America appears to be facing a crisis of talent, and I feel we must act now and we must act decisively, or China and a horde of other countries are going to leave us in the dust. Now, I'm not talking about our expertise in math and science. We've been trailing China and a bunch of other countries in those areas for years. Frankly, I've pretty much given up on America ever improving in those subjects. According to a {http://www.businessinsider.com/pisa-rankings-2013-12 recent survey,} U.S.... Wed, 14 May 2014 06:00:00 -0500 The Actual Cost of Charter's $7-A-Month Cable Boxes http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/hollerbach/entry/57930 Charter Communications switched to an all-digital cable signal in this area on April 15. This upgrade is being touted as an enormous enhancement to customers, that the freeing of the huge amounts of bandwidth which had been tied up by the old analog signals will now allow customers to have dozens of additional digital channels. But the fine print to that sales pitch is that every TV a customer wants connected to cable -- from the 64" Sony just bought this past Christmas to the ancient 19"... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:00:00 -0500 "Gone Girl" Movie Trailer Deconstructed;<br>Cape Locations Appear In Almost 30 Percent http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/hollerbach/entry/57826 The first {https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esGn-xKFZdU trailer for the movie "Gone Girl"} premiered this evening. Of course, since I was a background artist playing a still photographer in the movie, I first wanted to see if I made the cut in the one minute and thirty-seven second clip. I did, twice, at :60 (that's me standing with my back to the street in the doorway of the bar) and at :86 when "the media" is pursuing Ben Affleck's character Nick after he abruptly leaves a candlelight... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:24:49 -0500 One Neighbor's Trash Is A Squirrel's Treasure http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/hollerbach/entry/57775 I was sipping a cup of coffee from the confines of our screened porch while our cat romped around in the backyard doing her morning rounds, when a squirrel and what it was carrying caught my eye. The half-dozen or so tree rats that occupy our two 100-year-old elms shunt around nuts all the time, but this was something new. This squirrel was lugging a large tuft of fiberglass insulation, the pink stuff made by Owens-Corning. Where it got the insulation was no mystery. A few years ago... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 06:00:00 -0500 Where Exactly Are Those 325 Bicycle Racks? http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/hollerbach/entry/57702 The bike racks that are sprinkled around town have intrigued me since many of them started appearing a couple years ago. In the spring of 2011, the city of Cape Girardeau and Southeast Missouri State University were awarded a grant to improve conditions for local bicyclists. According to stories on this website, a large part of the grant went towards buying {http://www.semissourian.com/story/1784859.html 325 bike racks -- 68 for the city and 257 at the University}. The reported cost was... Wed, 02 Apr 2014 06:00:00 -0500 When Honey Boo Boo Becomes A Medical Necessity http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/hollerbach/entry/57428 A legal notice in the classifieds caught my attention last week. It was for Charter Communications alerting readers that the cable provider will be encrypting all of the systems it operates in this area within the next few months. This switch will mean access to Charter cable service will now require their customers to have a converter box for every TV in a given household. Charter's current offering requires a user to have a converter device only if they pay for digital cable. Users with... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 06:00:00 -0500 Repercussions From Dealing With A Newspaper Thief http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/hollerbach/entry/56470 As soon as I saw the two men knocking on my door the other evening, I knew they were Feds. While their suits indicated they might be Jehovah Witnesses, they're usually not going door to door at night. And the sunglasses could have meant I was being visited by the Blues Brothers, but neither looked like Dan Ackroyd. But the little round buttons pinned to their lapels that said "I &#9829; Surveillance" tipped me off. To be honest, I'd been half expecting a visit. "How can I help... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 12:00:00 -0600 A Brief Interview With The William Street Traffic Analyst http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/hollerbach/entry/56413 The City of Cape Girardeau is proposing dramatic changes to William Street including reducing much of the 4-lane thoroughfare down to just two plus a center turn lane. This reduction is being justified by a traffic analysis that was reportedly done by the consultant for the project. While the consultant was unavailable for the comment, the person hired to do the traffic research -- Boone Doggle -- did agree to an interview with this blog. Irony Of It All: Thank you for talking with... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 06:00:00 -0600 The Back Story For My 'Gone Girl' Character http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/hollerbach/entry/55538 I was an extra in the movie Gone Girl playing a member of the media and I was not alone. There were lots of extras playing media in the movie -- TV reporters and producers, camera and sound boom operators, bloggers, print journalists and, what I played, still photographers. Playing someone in the media was not much of a stretch for me. While I've never been a professional journalist or photographer, I have worked in the newspaper business for over 25 years so just by sheer proximity... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 06:00:00 -0500 'Gone Girl' Filming Inspires Local Workout Class http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/hollerbach/entry/55313 A local health club has created a fitness class inspired by the making of the movie Gone Girl, currently being filmed in Cape Girardeau. Healthpoint Fitness presently offers workout programs such as BodyFlow, BodyPump and BodyStep. Starting in December they will start holding BodyExtra classes, influenced by the background artists used in the making of Gone Girl. "The range and level of fitness benefits being a movie extra are just amazing," said Anna Robic, head of new fitness program... Wed, 09 Oct 2013 06:00:00 -0500 'Gone Girl' Book Boners http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/hollerbach/entry/55197 I usually reserve this blog space for general asinine commentary, but I thought I would diverge a bit this week and see if anyone else had noticed mistakes while reading the book Gone Girl. First, let me say this is not the type of recreational literature I normally read. I typically lean towards fantasy and science fiction, not "chick-lit" as this book's genre is sometimes referred to. But with the making of the movie version of Gone Girl in Cape, I decided to read the novel so I wouldn't... Wed, 02 Oct 2013 06:00:00 -0500