May 2009

 movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] We put off watching this for awhile.

PEOPLE: Directed by an animator for Toy Story 2 and some other nobody, this did have well-known voice actors, none of whom we recognized while watching: Jim Carrey played Horton (but we never realized this while watching it, so it’s not “over-Jim-Carrey’ed” like some movies). Steve Carell played the mayor of Whoville. Carol Burnett was the bitchy Kangaroo. Will Arnett (aka GOB from Arrested Development) (who we had previously been on a quest to see every movie of) played Vlad, the vampiric vulture. Seth Rogan was Morton. Voice actor Jess Harnell, from Comic Book:The Movie, was in this too.

QUIRKS: Based on the Dr. Seuss book. Computer animation. There’s also a lot of subtle references to other Seuss works, that may be missed by anyone who doesn’t read the IMDB trivia page.

BAD STUFF: Mostly directed at kids. The humor is not particularly sophisticated. There aren’t [m]any jokes that only adults would get.

GOOD STUFF: This *is* a chance to see one of Dr. Seuss’s stories come to life. And there are some good lessons:
1) Just because you’re the only person who believes in something, doesn’t mean you’re wrong.
2) A person is a person, no matter how small.
3) Authoritarians who want their rules and opinions obeyed at all times are douchebags.

CONCLUSION: Generic pass. At least it looks nice in HD. Seuss is great, but this wasn’t really any more complex than the book itself.

RECOMMENDATION: Seuss fanboys might want to watch this. People who want something to watch with their kids could watch this — it’s not nearly as annoying as some of the childrens’ stuff out there.

MOVIE QUOTE: “I meant what I said, and I said what I meant — an elephant’s faithful, one-hundred percent.” Yes, this quote actually isn’t from Horton Hears A Who, but another one of Seuss’s stories with Horton. But it’s not like we remembered that. These were books we read as kids. It felt very authentic because Horton did say that in the books. Just not in this book. It’s still the quote-of-the-movie as far as I’m concerned.

FRIENDS’ RATINGS: Benj loved it. Christian D liked it. (more…)

Pointlessness warning! I found an old file stating in way too much detail what my computer configuration was in 1998. Figured I’d post it here as a backup/old-school-computing memory, so that I could delete the file without a feeling of loss.  I’m gonna add some comments in red (11 yrs later!) to make fun of the past. (more…)

I dreamed I was in some sort of sporting event, which was a sled race. It was in a supermarket parking lot. During the summer. No, this doesn’t make sense. I managed to win by sledding all the way across the entire supermarket parking lot in about 2 seconds, beating everyone else. My “sled” was comprised of an 8×11 wooden clipboard, covered in clear plastic. No.. No sense here.

I dreamed I was back at Virginia Tech again, in a dorm. No clue why. I didn’t have a roommate, and the room was perhps a bit smaller than those dorms really were. Brent (Mark’s brother, who was my roommate in college, and who’s getting married tomorrow) was in a room in my hallway. There were a lot of drugs around. We ate at the cafeteria, which was in the same building as our dorm rooms. My high school ex-girlfriend Tiffany D was there. I had a lot of disdain for her in the dream, as in real life. I never knew who did it, but in the dream, someone stole a joint from us.. and we think it was her. The food was pretty good. I went back to my dorm room and started to clean up/move in, but then the real life phone rang repeatedly and woke me up.

Normally I dream I’ve gone back to high school, pretending to be a senior when I really had graduated the previous year. My sister has that dream too. Not this time — this time it was college! (more…)

Another stupid Facebook quiz with terrible, terrible questions like how you would react if your friend fell in love with a monkey.

Your Result: You are German.

You are precise yet romantic, efficient yet dreamy, friendly yet somewhat suspicious of others. You rarely smile, but when you do it’s very meaningful. You like it best when there is a group consensus, and yet you are easily annoyed by the slowness and/or stupidity of others. Sometimes you think that if only you could live on an island or move to some wonderful place far away, everything would be better, and if you can’t realize this dream you often lose yourself in books/vacations/recipes/sports — anything for an escape! All in all, however, you make your peace with life, and have many old friends. (more…)

Cute kitty about 3/4ths of the way through!


 movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] Another sexual comedy! (We actually watched this about 3 months before Strictly Sexual, the last movie I reviewed.)

PEOPLE: Josh Cook (Dixon from Wasted (2006)) is in this, but really it’s another movie full of (and made by) people we’ve never heard of.

QUIRKS: It’s one of those “separate stories” movies. Most of the script was written over email.

A fast-paced sexual comedy about five couples going through 7 stages of sex. Each couple is shown in the same order for each stage, so the movie breaks into 35 sections. The movie is shot in 5 bedrooms. There are 258 profanities (avg = ~3 /minute). “Fuck” is said 178 times. Strangely, I didn’t remember this movie as being particularly vulgar. It’s just humans being humans, with all their exciting variety and strangeness.

POLITICS: It caused national uproar in Canada, with religious leaders and government officials picketing the release of the film. They then introduced bill C-10, a bill to allow Canada’s federal Heritage Department the power to deny funding to films and TV shows it finds offensive. The bill was rescinded due to public outcry — of the sane, secular, human, non-religious people.

And why the fuss? Because it has a controversial title?! It’s a pretty straightforward movie. Sure, a strap-on dildo is introduced, one of the 5 couples is actually a threesome, sex is talked about openly, and people … GASP … have sex … But C’mon. Most of that happens in most movies. Fucking religious nutheads protest a movie that is frank about sex? Governments tried to take away freedom from the people over this? Figures!

The war for sexual freedom, the war to use technology how we want (we can fuck, but make a movie about it and suddenly it’s bad?) — most government oppression is about keeping us from fucking how we want and using technology (including movie cameras) how we want.

BAD STUFF: Not super-memorable.

CONCLUSION: The structure of this movie was the ultimate quirk, and made it very interesting. Being able to compare 5 sexual situations in 7 different stages was extremely interesting. This movie has a higher-than-average interest factor to make up for the fact that it’s not the most exciting movie. The 5 separate situations have nothing to do with each other, so it’s almost more like a loose anthology of sexual [mis]adventure.

Still, this is a good movie. This gets better than a “generic pass”. Perhaps 7/10 on IMDB and 3.5/5 stars on Netflix. Except Netflix doesn’t let you do half-stars, so I’m gonna go with 4.

RECOMMENDATION: Better sexual comedies would be Zack & Miri Make A Porno or Strictly Sexual. But this movie has a more interesting structure than both of those. And is, perhaps, slightly more sexualy explicit. It is unrated, after all.

FRIENDS’ RATINGS: Glen & Melanie B have it in their queue :) (more…)

Sometimes I hate the domino effect of computer problems.

Our downstairs machine (“Hell”, Gateway XpHome 2004 computer) had been rebooting INSANELY lately. After weeks of this bullshit, I was just planning to downgrade it from XP to Windows 2000 Advanced Server, in hopes that that would stabilize it. Finally we got an error message stating that the CPU had overheated, and that was why it shut down. The previous weeks, it was probably just getting hot enough to crash windows. Today, it finally got hot enough that the Gateway BIOS shut it down without even consulting windows. This was good — I finally knew the problem.

Opened up Hell and cleaned it out. Indeed, a dust/cathair combo had completely clogged up the CPU cooling part. We finished our last 2 cans of almost-empty compressed air (can someone steal me a can from work or something?!?!), and that was that.

But I had to go and make things worse — I decided that since Carolyn’s CD drive on her computer stopped being able to rip CDs this week, that we should take the DVDRom from Hell and put it into Carolyn’s computer (“Magic”). Then she wont have to rip CDs downstairs, AND the missing drive would allow Hell to stay cooler.

Well, Carolyn puts it in, but her machine is the machine that absorbed all the harddrives from TWO dead file-servers. She has *eight* harddrives and 2 optical drives in this machine. *THREE* external SATA controllers, because her motherboard came out just before SATA harddrive support started being included on all motherboards.

Well damn. One of the drives was not recognizing; and all the standard tricks were NOT bringing it back up. Of *course* it’s the drive holding the 18,000 mp3s that need to be tagged. Fortunately, I *JUST* started backing those up 3 weeks ago, and we had a backup from 5 days ago. But I don’t want to lose 5 days work! Or the drive.

Finally, I move it to my computer. So ALL THREE computers had to have their cases open! At least I got my L: back! All the files are there! Nothing is lost! Yay!

I imagine most people as:
1) Not having backups.
2) Not having spare computers, or cases large enough, to simply move a drive to another computer.
3) Losing their files and just going out and buying another computer. (more…)

I'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Wikipedia link] [Not available on Netflix] [WATCH CLIPS ONLINE HERE]

PEOPLE: Directed and produced by Peter Girardi (Friday After Next, Crank Yankers, The Batman, Teen Titans, and producer of Saul Of The Molemen, Minoriteam). Also directed by Dave Willis (Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Space Ghost Coast To Coast, Squidbillies, Perfect Hair Forever, and writer of 6 episodes of Sealab 2021).

Starring a rarely-seen-in-live-actrion Dana Snyder as Benjamin Franklin (he was Master Shake in Aqua Teen Hunger Force, The Alchemist in The Venture Bros., Granny in Squidbillies, Todd in Code Monkeys, Gazpacho in Chowder, Strata Operator in Saul Of The Molemen, Dr. Wang in Minoriteam); Hugh Davidson (Robot Chicken, Bertrum from Saul Of The Molemen, and writer on Robot Chicken and Saul) as Thomas Jefferson; Gary Anthony Williams as Paul Revere (Malcolm’s friend’s dad Abe in Malcolm In The Middle, Uncle Ruckus in The Boondocks, Stroker And Hoop, Saul Of The Mole Men).

And with the shortest appearance of Tim And Eric ever. They’re in it for about 30 seconds, then they get “replaced”.

This is basically the same team that did Saul Of The Mole Men, and it’s produced in the same style — live actors with computer-generated/animated backgrounds. It’s actually a spinoff from the “Poor Clancy’s Almanack” episode of Saul.

QUIRKS: What… The… Fuck!?!?!?!? This history is not accurate! This history makes NO SENSE WHATSOEVER. Ahh, AdultSwim. You know how to melt my brain just right.

CONCLUSION: I’m not sure how this would have fared had it been picked up as an actual series. But as 22 minutes of insanity, it works VERY well.

RECOMMENDATION: AdultSwim fans should find this and watch it! Or use the link at the top of the article to watch various clips of it. I’m not sure that watching the clips in order even matters! This is one of the most random things I’ve watched in my life! (more…)

John The Canadien recently posted a Theatre Of Tragedy fanmade anime music video to his Facebook. I thought I’d respond by posting another Theatre Of Tragedy YouTube video, which is really just a compilation of gothic photos.

This is “Der Tanz Der Schatten”, pretty much my favorite Theatre Of Tragedy song ever. It’s in our party playlist. Such daulity/disparity between the two vocalists. It’s beautiful to me. The genre is “gothic metal” or “black metal“:

And no. Their songs aren’t normally in German.

If you’re really curious, here’s a live version:

And here’s “Seraphic Deviltry”, which I consider the song most similar to Der Tanz Der Schatten:

Unfortunately, they ultimately ditched the 2nd (low growly) singer, become more industrial metal instead of gothic metal, then became a more dancy/clubby/poppy no-guitar band, and are pretty terrible these days. You gotta stick to their first 2 albums or so.

One more! “A Fair And Guiling Copesmate Death”:

Okay! I can’t stop! Here is “Dying – I Only Feel Apathy”. Another one full of gothic photos. This one has lyrics, if you click through to the YouTube page:


And old quiz I took in 2002… No longer online… But here are the results:

You are Heavy Metal!
Angry, sad, and disillusioned, you are Heavy Metal. You are the embodiment of the darkness of the human heart. Your main themes are sadness, anger, and hopelessness. You are frequently misunderstood by others and many link you to devil worship. However, those willing to look through the shell of darkness and anger find you to be very intelligant, poetic, and artistic. Too bad your inclination to look for the beauty in darkness and your general attitude of frustration with humanity as a whole tends to send most people running for the nearest exit. But despite that, you wouldn’t have it any other way.


yard sale

Got out of bed around 9:15AM and yardsaled for 3 hours. Not nearly as hot as 2 weeks ago. We even wound up at the Jamaican yard sale we’d blogged about before and got a better bread machine from them!

Total money spent was 37.75$, counting an estimated $5 of gas (~30 miles). Estimated value of our take is $645 (60% of that was 1 item). Only $2.50 of that was stuff that was definitely needed (lamps shades, plumbing snake), but it was all great stuff.

In total, we “made” $645 for $37.75, a profit of $607.25 for 3 hours work. That’s $101.20/hr per person, or $202.41/hr as a couple (if we actually worked for that money, we’d have to pay 30% to the government!). To take $607.25 home from a job, you have to earn about $910 before taxes!

Most of that was the faucet we got. If you don’t count the faucet, the numbers are still pretty good: We “made” $258 for $27.75, a profit of $230.25, which is $76.75/hr as a couple and $38.38/hr each. To take that much money home from a job, you’d have to earn $387 before taxes.!

So here was our take:

  • $10: Moen faucet – Monticello Series – matches the one that we paid $110 for in our other bathroom, but it’s polished bronze instead of chrome, which would match the existing color in the other bathroom. It’s a low arc instead of a high arc, but still higher than the previous one. Best of all: It costs $387 new! The sick part is I just loaned Eve C my crescent wrench 12 hours before getting this :)
  • $10: Breadman Deluxe Rapid Breadmaker – 59minute 2lb bread ($65 online, though retail is $120)
  • $2: *10* rolls of Christmas wrapping paper; some is more fabricy-feeling than the cheap paper we usually get (EV:$15+)
  • $1.50: 3 lamp shades – generic white – 1 ~15-inch (EV:$13), 2 ~10-inch (EV:$8/ea)
  • $1: Nordicware Belgian Waffler (stove-top/non-plugin and thus space-saving cast aluminum waffle maker, still in 1970s-looking box) (EV:$26 is the cheapest I can find formodern versions online, tho some sell for $50)
  • $1: Misfits girl t-shirt with skeleton hands covering the boobs. Carolyn didn’t even realize it was a Misfits shirt when she got it! ($20)
  • $1: plumbing snake. Amazingly, we’ve misplaced ours. ($30)
  • $1: picture frame: wooden, engraved corners, 3 circular vertical pictures (EV:~$20, maybe more – can’t find something like this online)
  • $1: step stool. Carolyn’s short. They’re useful. We’re always having to move ours between upstairs and downstairs. (EV:$9)
  • $1: dispensing cat feeder (EV:$5)
  • $1: Pencil Sharpener. Boston brand. Table/wall mount. These are hard to find for us, though simple to get online. Home Depot never has them. Been looking for one for a long time for our wood-filling pencils (and Carolyn’s makeup pencils) (EV:$12 — current $9 ones have plastic parts, where mine is old-school and has metal parts, and some are $20 too…)
  • $1: Delicious Ways To Control Diabetes Cookbook, for my diabetic cousin (EV:$5, various books in this series range from $1 used to $20 new on Amazon)
  • $0.50: 2 12’x9′ picture frames with Van Gogh art in them. Will keep Starry Night, but replace Arles With Irises with something of my own (EV:~$10 for frames, $0 for prints)
  • $0.50: container full of 12 Christmas bows – slightly fancier than generic / more variety (EV:$2 tho it could be more)
  • $0.45: belt-attaching lighter (knife) holder – I refused to pay $1 for one of these 2 weeks ago. They wanted $0.50 but I was a nickel short. (EV:$3???)
  • $0.10: safety googles (glasses-style/no straps) – now my chemistry-class googles (straps type) can go back to the kitchen for onion-cutting (EV:$2, tho they can come cheaper and more expensive)
  • $0.10: large (~0.5in) drill bit (EV:$5??? drill bits of this size range from cheap to over $100, but the expensive ones are specialized and this one’s pretty generic)

An amazing take with the faucet. We broke the $200/hr mark, a first in our entire life of yard saling. (Though I’ve done better as an 8-year-old, getting two pool tables for $40 each.)

And here it is, finally installed:
20090626 - Operation Farrah Faucet - GEDC0133 - old faucet - diptych - GEDC0135 - new faucet

Click here for other Yard Sale-related postings. (more…)

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