Showing posts from July, 2009
I have to participate in a customer training session this evening at 9:00 PM. It's scheduled for this strange hour, because the people we are training are located in Hong Kong, and that is 9:00 AM their time. I don't really mind, and the session is only going to last an hour. There was talk a few weeks ago that I might be sent to Hong Kong for a week for training, and I think I'd rather do that instead of having to work from home at 9:00 at night. I've never been to Hong Kong, or anywhere in Asia, so it would be a cool experience for me, I think. But hey, I do what I gotta do. And this is only one night, working from home, rather than a week away from home...
I'm a fan of Stephen King, though I will admit that I didn't read his last two novels: Duma Key and Lisey's Story. I did read Cell, however, and enjoyed it immensely. I dunno, the plots of the former two just didn't appeal to me.

Regardless, I'm looking forward to his next book, due out in November and called Under the Dome. A synopsis:

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester’s Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener’s hand is severed as “the dome” comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when—or if—it will go away. Dale Barbara, Iraq vet and now a short-order cook, finds himself teamed with a few intrepid citizens—town newspaper owner Julia Shumway, a p…
I saw this headline this morning:

“American Idol” Hopeful Alexis Cohen Killed In Car Accident
Read it very carefully. Say it out loud. It sounds like American Idol is hoping this woman is killed. I realize that's not what they mean, but it's a horrible way to word a headline.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game

Not bad. Not bad at all. When picking up this game to play it, I had hopes that I would be subjected to the same kind of experience I got when I watch the movies, and happily that's exactly what I got. It's a game that captures the feeling of the movies perfectly, mixes in the right amount of comedy, and doesn't take itself too seriously. Add in the fact that all the ghostbusters are rendered to look exactly like they did back in the 80's and are voiced by the respective actor's who played the parts, and it's hard to find something bad to say about it.

The one thing I was wondering about was how they were going to handle the whole ghost catching thing. Obviously you're going to be doing a lot of ghost catching in the game (duh), so how do you prevent it from becoming too repetitive? They did a pretty good job at this. At it's core, they made ghost catching just complicated enough to remain interesting throughout the game, but at the same time make…
Ok, I could totally do this for a living.

These guys composited stuff they filmed with Half-Life 2 game footage and created a short film. That had to be fun. And it looks damn good, too.

Being a child that was born, relatively speaking and especially during the time I was born, late, I knew that I would have to have a certain level of maturity beyond what my age suggested. I would have to deal with certain things in my life ten, fifteen, maybe even twenty years before other normal people my age.

My parents were 40 years old when they had me. While not totally uncommon these days, it's still not something that's regularly practiced. It was even less common back in 1981 when I was born. From the time when I was mature enough to generally think for myself and ponder life's problems, I knew that I would have to deal with at least one certain fact of life long before normal people my age -- that of my parents getting older.

My parents are now 69 and 68 respectively, and I am 28. And this week, the first sign that my parents are getting old has not only shown itself, but has come crashing into my life way too loudly than anyone would have liked.

Currently, …
Remember that old arcade game Asteroids?

Someone bought the rights to make a movie out of it.

Yes. They're out of ideas, ladies and gentlemen.
So here is the most memorable moment I have of this weekend:

My sister and I were up in the attic, going through all the crap and separating things out into stuff we wanted to keep and stuff we could throw away. She had just finished filling up a garbage bag full of stuff to throw out, and I picked it up to toss it down the stairs. As I picked it up, I noticed a light coming out of the bag.

She threw her flashlight away.

I'm spending part of my weekend doing some much overdue cleaning out of my basement. It's quite amazing the amount of CRAP one person can collect over the course of time. Just to give you an idea of how long it's been since I've gone back into that corner of the basement, I found the wristband that my mother wore when she went to the hospital to give birth to me. Yeah. Get the picture?

It's a painfully arduous task, sifting through all this stuff. But, I have come across some cool stuff, too. Stuff that I've forgotten all about and hadn't thought of for at least ten years. Most of it was the usual stuff: photographs, old toys, my old magic stuff (I loved playing magician), things of that nature. Two things kind of stood out to me however. In an old, dusty box I found two nearly crumbled up sets of papers. One is the final issue of my high school newspaper. The other is a paper I wrote for my senior year World Literature class.

It was reading thr…