Believe it or not, that’s how many hits I’ve garnered since February 2004 when I began keeping track of stats. Keep in mind hits are not how many visitors but how many web pages have been viewed. The explanation for the high number are the Penn State Nittany Lion videos and more specifically the Ohio State game of the 2005 season. After I put the highlights of that game online I received 65,000 hits the first day and about 975,000 total that month. I had never thought to total up the website’s hits but when I redesigned the template I saw a plugin to keep track on the frontpage.

Speaking of which, you may have noticed the new site is up and running. I redesigned it from scratch using Joomla which is a CMS (Content Management System) that allows me to keep track of content and updating exponentially better. It also allows me to change the entire layout and template with a single click whereas before I’d have to change the code by hand with Dreamweaver. I could list about four dozen other improvements the website now has but mostly they’re behind the scenes.

This past weekend was the fourth of July- and while rainy- was a great time. CT from the Brill days came to Philly to visit some friends and we all spent the fourth having a nice BBQ (photos will be up soon). The weekdays prior I ended up heading to the theaters day three days in a row for Get Smart, Hancock and Wall-E.

Get Smart – As I told a few people, this movie confirmed two things for me.

  • The first is that Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson will soon be an A-list actor and is one of the funniest men out there. He can act and has fantastic charisma and presence. Yes he’ll probably keep making movies like Doom for a while (we all have to get paid) but eventually he’ll get that one right script that’ll catapult him straight to the top. Would you have ever though after watching Ace Ventura and The Mask that Jim Carrey could pull off something like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind? If you do want to see a glimpse of what Dwayne Johnson can do, pick up ‘Southland Tales’.
  • The second thing is it once again affirmed that Anne Hathaway is in fact my current #1. It wasn’t really in doubt before but seeing her up close on the big screen just leaves no room to question.

So as I just mentioned, Anne Hathaway is my new #1 and I’ll show you why very soon. But before her was Denise Richards. I know, I know. But I’m not talking current Denise Richards, I’m talking 1997 Denise Richards. Starship Troopers and Wild Things Denise Richards. Then she married Charlie Sheen and went insane. And now I’m sad. Below is a timeline for you:

1997 Denise Richards

1997 Denise Richards

2008 Denise Richards

2008 Denise Richards

Now you can understand what I’ve had to go through. It was a sad descent but there was nothing I could do (or so I keep telling myself). Instead I did what any guy would do… find a new girl! Rather than go looking I just waited for a pretty brunette to pop off the screen as Denise did back in Starship Troopers. And so that’s what Anne did… and luckily she’s only been getting prettier as time goes on. Hopefully she won’t marry Charlie Sheen and go absolutely bonkers. Actually as I’m sure you’ve read, she recently broke up with her boyfriend who was arrested for laundering money of some sort. There’s even rumors going around that she turned him in. Not helping was the fact she was coincidentally out of the country when he was arrested. Those stories really made my week… plus the underlying fact that she’s single again!

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway

Given the recent real life Law & Order episode of her real life, it seems like she’s commited to staying on the right track. Hopefully she’ll stay this way as long as she can! She’s already outlasted Lindsay Lohan 6x over…

Sorry, guess I got a little sidetracked there…

Hancock – I really don’t know what all the critics were on about. It wasn’t nearly as bad as I was expecting it to be. Sure there were huge plot holes and a boring villain but it doesn’t take an expect to see movie studio interference during the second half. Gee a sharp and edgy first half and then a mindless second half? They don’t call them Hollywood endings for nothing. By the end I found myself having a good time and having laughed many times. While it wasn’t as clever as most of Will Smith’s July 4th films, it was by no means a bad summer film. By normal standards it was pretty good- even though it clocked in at barely 90 minutes- but for a Will Smith blockbuster it definitely was lacking something.

Wall-E – As with all Pixar movies it was simply brilliant. The short film beforehand was hysterical and all I really need to say is this: Fred Willard rocks!

Next weekend is Arts Fest 2008 and as usual will be quite an adventure…

Stay Frosty…

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