Totally Lost

Posted May 24th, 2010 (7:41 pm) || 2 Comments

So Lost is over. I watched the finale on Hulu today. While I wish there would have been more, I was satisfied with the ending. I really would have liked to discover more about the island and its history, but I guess the show was really more about the people who ended up there rather than the island itself. I can deal with that.

Of course, that means I’m free to make it all up on my own and use it as part of my D&D setting. My main dilemma is determining why that statue only had four toes on a foot. My previous theory was that the builders watched too much Family Guy, but I don’t think that will translate well into an RPG.

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Long Time

Posted May 10th, 2009 (11:58 am) || Comments Off

It’s been awhile since my last post. I once said that I have found that I have most enjoyed life during the times when I blogged about it. As you can likely imagine, I have not been enjoying life lately. I lost my job in March and spent the remainder of that month and most of April looking for new work while trying to keep all the bills paid. Thanks to some extremely helpful and understanding friends all the bills have been paid, and I have also found a new job. I started training two weeks ago and so far all is good and it looks like this place will be a good fit for me. I could probably do better, but better seems to require either experience or a degree I don’t have. As my new employer provides over 5K/year tuition reimbursement I think it will do for now.

As I have been without a steady paycheck I have not been keeping my resolution to see movies. I saw eight films before losing my job, and only managed to blog about one (though I might go back and fix that). I did see Star Trek yesterday though, and I must say it was extremely good. They got all the good parts right, including the requisite phrases of “Kirk to Enterprise”, “Are you out of your Vulcan mind?”, and “I’m giving it all she’s got captain!” They even killed a red shirt. The only quibble I have with the film was their application of time travel (um… that’s not really a spoiler, it’s obvious from the beginning). The method is naturally pure rubber science, but they look at the long term effects from a point where the time stream can’t be fixed. That’s okay of course, but in every other instance of time travel in the other movies and episodes, the time-line had to be maintained for the continuity of the franchise. Star Trek (the movie) is unique in that it told the story from the point of view of those who’s future was being altered by actions taking place in their present, rather than from the point of view of those whose present was being altered by their meddling in the past. All in all it as an excellent show and well worth the watch for both the long time and new Star Trek fans alike.

As it is right now, it’s time for me to wrap this up. It’s Mother’s Day and even thought we really celebrated it yesterday (by seeing Star Trek), I should be giving Mom a hug, handing her the lovely give I got for her, and telling her that she is loved.

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The Day the Earth Stood Still

Posted January 3rd, 2009 (8:47 pm) || Comments Off

IMDB

Directed by Scott Derrickson and starring Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly.

This is the remake of the 1951 classic, and while the original can never be out done this was a good try. My favorite part was probably just the fact they got Keanu Reeves to play the part of an emotionless thing pretending to be human. He’s kinda gotten typecast as that I guess. And the fact he is opposite Connelly the wooden actress is just hilarious. The best acting is from the supporting cast. The SFX are good enough, but about what I’d expect from modern movies. Overall I liked it and I’ll probably buy it on DVD when released just for completeness’ sake.

Well, one movie down and 51 to go.

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New Year’s Resolution

Posted January 1st, 2009 (12:36 am) || Comments Off

I’ve never been one to make resolutions of any kind, especially due to some sort of traditional expectation that I should do so. Normally my New Year’s resolution is not to make one, and I’d say I’ve either succeeded (because I haven’t) or failed (because that one counted). This year, however, I’ve had something of an epiphany.

You see, I realized that while resolutions are made in an effort to improve one’s life, one need not resolve to sacrifice anything. Sure I could lose some weight, eat healthier, go to the gym, etc…. but am I really going to do those thing and stick with it throughout the year? I could also just make myself a promise that at some point I’ll do some specific thing, like join a gym. But nah… I’m not gonna bother. Instead I’ve chosen to make a resolution that will improve my life by making it more entertained.

I like movies. Most of the time I end up buying them once their released to DVD and then I sit at home and watch them. Most of my friends have of course already seen all the good ones because they went while they still showed in the theaters. Well damnit, I’m gonna see some movies in the theaters this year. In fact, my resolution is to see a movie in the theater every weekend this year.

It occurs to me I should clarify something. There are 52 weeks in a year, so I’ll assume 52 weekends, and I will see 52 movies. I may skip a weekend because of illness, work, family, budget…. but that just means I’ll make it up the week before or after. My goal is to see 52 movies. Specifically attend 52 showings of movies. I may end up seeing the same movie more than once simply because nothing better is showing. I hope this won’t happen too often but I’m not promising to sit though something I don’t want to see just so I can say I watched an extra movie.

So 52 movies it is and it starts on Jan 3, the first weekend of the year.

Wish me luck.

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