Jon Goes On…Pacific Rim Movie Review

Pacific Rim


  • It’s a love letter to old school Giant Robot/Monster movies, video games, comics, and anime.
  • The effects were beautiful and the robots and monsters had very good designs.
  • The sound design was terrific.
  • The action scenes were very well done and you could tell what was going on.
  • Voice actress Ellen McLain (GLaDOS from Portal) was the AI.


  • The story and characters were very cheesy and cliché.
  • There were a few too many subplots that didn’t go anywhere.
  • The ending was a bit anticlimactic.


This is a perfect example on how to do a summer block buster. It’s a movie where you can turn off your brain and enjoy the spectacle. It’s stupid, but it’s fun stupid. What more can you ask from a movie about giant robots and mega-monsters punching each other in the face?

Precious Time

Bertrand Russell Quote

Bertrand Russell takes away the guilt and gives us permission to play!

He is rich who owns the day…

Jonathan Murphy's New Website

Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day
who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.

Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with your old nonsense.

This new day is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Welcome to my new website and a brand new day! It’s the best day of the year…
until tomorrow.

Inspiration…Note to Self

Monday Morning Inspiration

Can’t pass this one off on someone else…gotta own our own happiness.

Source: Nico Lopez via Behance

Anything Spock Can Do, Spock Can Do Better


I know it’s an ad, but PLEASE watch the entire clip…there are so many brilliant moments, including a reference to the Bilbo Baggins song.

Monday Morning Message: Sherlock & His Alter Ego

Monday Morning Message

“The further you get away from yourself, the more challenging it is. Not to be in your comfort zone is great fun.”
Benedict Cumberbatch

Graphic by Tom Trager

Monday Morning Message…The Doctor on Life

Dr. Who on Life

Monday Morning Message: George R. R. Martin on Writing

Game of Thrones

“The odd thing about being a writer is you do tend to lose yourself in your books. Sometimes it seems like real life is flickering by and you’re hardly a part of it. You remember the events in your books better than you remember the events that actually took place when you were writing them.”

George R. R. Martin

Image source: nommon on etsy

Monday Morning Message…Steve Jobs and the Wizard of Oz

Monday Morning Message: Steve Jobs

In other words, have a brain, heart and courage… 🙂

Dorktales: Classic Storytelling with a Geekish Twist

Geek Club Books: Dorktales

The Three Little…HOGS? Who has ever heard of that? According to Mr. Redge, it’s a classic tale from the fairy tale cannon! According to Percy, “It’s epic, man!”

It’s the first of an original script created exclusively for Geek Club Books by Karen Simpson Gardiner with audio recording and editing by Michael Meyer.

Mr. Redge and I are the “storytellers” and we share the classic tale of three little pigs…I mean…hedgehogs. I voice all the characters:

  • Porky, a goofy, lovable hedgehog who builds his house of straw
  • Percy, who’s more amped about surfing, dude, than building, so it’s sticks for him
  • Peregrin, the uber-brain who knows how to use a rapier and outfox a wolf
  • And, the wolf who is just doin’ his wolfy thing

The audio recording is available for FREE download to all of Geek Club Books subscribers.