I watched a good chunk of the debate between Bush and Kerry and I was pleased to see Kerry do well. I thought Bush repeated over and over that Kerry flip-flopped on issues. Ok. Got it move along. Bush often didn’t use his full time either. I guess it is best he speaks as little as possible. Kerry seemed confident and self-assured. Bush seemed clumsy and uncomfortable. If the Americans re-elect Bush, which I hope they aren’t stupid enough to do, then clearly they deserve all the misery they get. Kerry is a legit contender.
I haven’t seen many older movies (from the 50s and 60s) but I have seen a few. The wonderful black & white Sci-Fi films with the robots, evil scientists, UFOs with that funky laser sound (which was used in this film) and so on. All of these motifs made it into this visually stunning film. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is fully stylized to mimic the older films and I really enjoyed this modern take on the older genre. Once the plot gets going you find the world is under attack by robots created by a mad scientist bend on destroying the world. (Gawd, I hate when that happens!) Enter Sky Captain to save the day. I enjoyed all the characters, their banter and how they fit in this film. There was a lot of action and tons of eye candy, whether it was big evil robots, alien fighters, massive cityscapes or death rays, they all had that old school feel to them. The plot was pretty simple but I didn’t feel it really mattered. This seemed more like a tribute to a past genre then an attempt to raise the bar for stoytelling. (Although visually the bar is clearly up a notch) This felt like a spectacle, like a film should feel. There was drama, action, romance, good guys, bad guys, gadgets, suspense and tons of eye candy. The reasons why I want to see a movie in a theatre instead of at home. Impressive, I enjoyed it.
Yes it has been ages since I’ve had time to do a meme. I’m still at school. Killing some time before some of the class goes to see a movie together. Strange. More than 9 people said they needed a lift there but only one person ask me if they needed a ride. (I was one of two people who said they could drive) Meh. I’m going to see Sky Captain yadda yadda.
September 29, 2004
1. Why does mankind feel the need to claim and possess?
Helps to establish an identity. Gives them a location where things are familiar. Things they like and can relate to.
2. Why does the cost of living rise?
I guess some natural resources become less available so their value increases.
3. After gaining power, what else does one get?
Likely a splitting headache.
The night before Kirk’s wedding, myself, b. and Kirk went to Ichiban Sushi on King St. in Toronto. No, yours truly does not eat uncooked fish, but Kirk and B. do and there is more than sushi on the menu, so I gave it a shot. For the most part I really enjoyed it. I started with tempura (you must try this!) vegetables which were amazing, then I had noodles with Chicken and Egg. I forget the proper name, Don something. Which was decent. I didn’t care for the kelp and funky mushrooms but overall was enjoyable. The service was excellent. The chef even threw in a few freebie dishes. I don’t think I’ll be eating raw fish anytime soon, but there was still enough on the menu for this white boy to return. Yum.
Yes. Another wedding this weekend. My good friend Kirk tied the knot this weekend to his long time girlfriend Sandra. I was happy to be in the wedding party so I could share this special day with him. It was a long day. It was hot as hell (ironically) in the church. Phew. Turn on the fans! I’m wearing a black tux! Feh! The groomsmen had fun with the photographer. We has some funny shots playing hockey and posing with a stuffed penguin and guitars. Later we ventured into a more traditional setting and had many shots taken in some beautiful gardens. I thought it was interesting that you needed a permit to take photos in the gardens. Don’t have that in Niagara. The hall was quite striking and beautfully decorated. I was, however, not impressed with the DJ. The head table was setup along the front of the hall with the DJ table behind it. Instead of moving the speakers in *front* of the head table they were *behind* us. One bridesmaid was given a migraine and I also developed a nasty headache. It was often too loud (I saw guests with fingers in their ears). Yes guy you are a DJ and have a loud system. Do you see a rave crowd here? No. Mostly older people who may not like volume on 11. Wise up. I enjoyed the dinner and most of the dancing. I didn’t get the Spanish dancing but it was fun towatch those who did. They certainly danced up a storm. To ‘get the bride and groom to kiss’ you had to share some wisdom. The tired ‘do whatever she wants’ ‘the bride is always right’ ‘she is the boss’ was echoed over and over. I found it got stale fast. How many times is that really funny? The bride and groom, most importantly, seemed to be enjoying themselves. Again, congrats, you two seem very happy, and well suited to each other.
Looks like another busy weekend. I’m happy to be part of my buddy Kirk’s wedding, whcih takes place on Saturday. Picking up my Tux and hanging out with him tonight. Maybe dinner. We shall see, he mentioned Thai, which is always great in my books. It will be good however to get into a more standard routine. Driving all over the GTA does seem to bode well for me anytime I do it. meh.
Still enjoying my class. It will clearly be a lot of work, but I think it will be rewarding on many levels. Thanks to B. for being so supportive about school. It was obviously a daunting undertaking for me at my age, but I think it was the right thing to do. And I’ll have mad $K!LLZ when it is done. Phew. Looking forward to Sunday and relaxing with some Fable or a nice long walk with my honey. Or both. 🙂
A few days ago we had a guest speaker to our IMM (interactive MultiMedia) class. The speaker was Bill Buxton. I’ve never heard of him, not that that means anything at all. But some of my profs seemed very excited about him having come to Sheridan. He certainly was an impressive ideas man. To use a trite metaphor, he thinks outside the box. I agreed with a lot of what he said. He really tried to challenge us to think. My favourite idea was his comment on books. A book is only a book if it is useful 5 years down the road. So, your Photoshop 7 book, CSS for Dummies etc. aren’t really books, their documentation. For some reason that made a lot of sense to me. He also referred a lot to new media not being new at all. In fact he said, any emerging and new technology is likely been around for years, possibly decades. He also emphasized the importance of remembering that when designing technology to remember the human aspect of any device, interface etc. Anything is useless if it can’t be used. What good is a cell phone in the Arctic? (I think he had some better analogies too) Huh. Brain certainly hurt after his lecture, I guess that must mean something. -smirk- My first assignment is finally done. Nothing spectacular, but it was kinda fun to do. It wasn’t made to be web friendly but I could post a URL if there is any interest. Ciao.
First off I want to thank Mapquest for making yesterday a miserable hell by sending me the wrong direction down Keele. To you I offer the biggest finger on my right hand. With all these weddings and school I feel like I’m doing a lot of running around the past week. I’m actually having to go to bed on time because I’m so tired. Meh. I’ve been having issues with compatibility between the flash at school and at home. It would be nice to work from home. Hopefully I can work on my assignment from home tonight (and not sit in the lab for 4-5 extra hours working on my assignment). Work damn you!
This weekend was spent in Bracebridge for my buddy Dean’s wedding. The weekend began early Saturday after a somewhat tumultuous morning with B., we were running late and become a little short with each other. We talked it through and eventually got on our way. We stayed at the Inn at the Falls hotel. It was nice, although the service was disappointing at times. The wedding itself was a lot of fun. Dean and Jeanine seemed to have a great time and were happy with how everything went. The evening was full of dancing, drinking, teddy bears and talking with various guests (some where very um, interesting). Hopefully we will spend more time with Dean and Jeanine, they were wonderful hosts at the wedding. Bracebridge is also quite a neat place, sadly we didn’t really have a lot of time to explore. Perhaps we’ll return one day.
My class is a small class. There are about 22 people in it. While everyone might not know each other on a first name basis, it is hard to believe anyone wouldn’t recognize each other. So, I’m waiting in line to get some food at lunch and one of the guys from the other side of the room is in line behind me. I try to make eye contact so I could start some small talk. I mean I really haven’t talked to this guy before. But it becomes obvious he is avoiding my look. Staring down, looking away, looking through me. Holy snubbage batman. I haven’t felt that feeling since high school. Thanks for bring it back dumbass. Is it possible that someone could be that self absorbed or am I over sensitive? -shakes his head- Feh.