Oh the pain, the pain!

I know, I promised an update sooner, but this last week has been bizarre. I’m not going to get into details, but I’ll just suffice to say that this morning I’m sitting in my study with a back-brace on trying desperately not to move for fear of extreme pain. Even typing is a chore because my right hand is hurt.

So is there anything to update? Yeah, a little. I’ve decided in the last few days to buy myself a motorbike for commuting back and forth to work. I’ve actually been toying with the idea for months, but only now have I made the decision to actually pull the trigger and buy it. A friend of mine is selling it to me; a Honda Nighthawk 750. Nice bike… low mileage… killer deal. Already gotten myself a helmet, gloves and a nice new jacket… anyone around town should see me on it sometime around the last two weeks in April. Happy birthday to me :)

Speaking of my birthday… yep… it’s coming. Less than a week left. Damn, I feel old.

Not much else to write about today. I still haven’t had a chance to write up that review of Robots on IMDB… but rest assured there WILL be a link. I have been thinking of ways to improve this blog engine and will get down to implementing them soon. Hopefully time should be better this next week; I have a few projects reaching “wind-down” of phase I, and though I already have a new project starting up I’ll not be doing the late night thing like I was before.

I do enjoy my job, but I have to wonder if the new reorganization at work is actually going to amount to much. So far the only thing it’s changed for me is my reporting structure, but that’s only because I have a lot of long-term projects still running that really won’t end for a little while yet. Once those projects wind up though, who knows?

For now I’ll sign off… got coffee to drink and pain killers to consume :)

Movies

OK… well not a lot of stuff to update. The last week has been REALLY hectic at work and has involved an awful lot of late nights. Yeah I know, I sound like a stuck record sometimes. Still, at least I managed to cut the carbs :)

On the brighter note, I took time out yesterday to go see Robots at the theater. I’m not sure if it’s because of the St. Patricks Day parade down in St. Louis or just a lack of advertising or what… but for the second day actually on the screen it was damned quiet. Quite concerning actually. It could also have been the movie theater itself. I went to the Wehrenberg 18 in St. Charles on 94. Not a bad theater really, but starting to show its age and a slight lack of maitenance. It’s starting to look like it’s not doing as financially well as some of the other theaters in town, and probably only a matter of time before it goes the way of the dodo. It’s really been surpassed by theaters that are located in major shopping districts or even inside malls… that’s where people GO. Having a theater on 94 makes no real sense… the location sucks for bringing in people since it’s still quite a way from the nearest shopping districts.

Wow, I’m rambling a little here. Ah well, it’s my blog and I’ll ramble if I want to :)

So what about the movie? Well, I’ll probably do my usual and post a review on IMDB sometime in the next day or so and then provide a link from here once it posts. The upshot is that I really enjoyed it. It provided a few out-loud laughs that I really enjoyed. Robin Williams was good, but wasn’t at his best for an animated feature. I still think his best work in animation was as Genie in Aladdin… here he was more than a little subdued and not quite as funny as he could have been. I’m not even really sure it was the material; most of the jokes were pretty good (even the adult joke in the first 10 minutes of the movie was prety amusing), but a few fell flat. All in all a good movie that’s worth seeing, but it’s not as masterfully funny and touching as Ice Age managed to be (the same people made it and there’s a good intro in Robots starring Scrat that had me laughing out loud).

Another thing I enjoyed was the latest trailer for Star Wars Episode III. OK… so the first two prequels haven’t exactly been masterpieces of cinema, but I think this promises to be good. Maybe not Empire Strikes Back good, but maybe A New Hope good. It looks dark, it looks foreboding and it looks like it actually has the balls to pull off the story that I feared Lucas would avoid; death, torture, fall to the dark side. Lucas has a chance to redeem himself with this one. Phantom Menace I didn’t like much… Attack of the Clones I have to admit I enjoyed despite the forced and horribly out of place “love scenes”.

I have to say that I hope I’m right; I hope that the prequels can’t really be taken as single movies… they’re a single story that will only really make sense when the rest of the story is complete. I must admit that events in AotC shed some new light on events in TPM; like Jar Jar being one of those responsible for the rise of the Empire, however accidental. I liked that touch and am hoping for more.

Maybe I’m getting my hopes up… but I will be seeing this in the theaters. I’m of the right age that I can honestly say I’ve seen EVERY Star Wars movie in theaters on first run, and remember fondly going to see the original trilogy with my father and brother(s). To me it would be a waste for me to not see this last chapter in theaters too. I’ll give Lucas another chance… and yes, I’ll give him my $$$ come May 19th. YMMV.

Another day, another way

Good morning, greetings and salud! I bid you greetings from the fortress of ignorance!

Hmm, that didn’t sound good. Ah well.

You may note (if you visit here often) that the page hasn’t changed this week, either in appearance or text. Well, there’s a reason for that. I’ve spent this entire week working with some consultants from Microsoft Consulting Services on 3 seperate projects that are going on at work. Now, this is a lot of fun and is a learning experience… but part of the deal is I need to be at work a LOT of hours, and need to keep our guests from New York and Boston entertained. It’s a lot of fun but has meant a lot of late nights at the office or having dinner meetings. The postitive aspect is that I get to eat for free for a week… the negative is that I get too little sleep and not enough time to do anything else!

Oh… and the CARBOHYDRATES!!!! UGH!!!!!

Let’s see, Tuesday was Cafe O’s, Wednesday was PF Chang’s and Friday was Harpo’s. Thursday I “took the night off” to do some work for a friend diagnosing problems with his Windows 2003 server (I suspect it’s been 0wn3d).

Today I’m sitting here renting a truck so I can go pick up some stuff in Illinois for home, grabbing lunch at the Cracker Barrel in Troy, IL and having loads of fun going over my taxes with a fine toothed comb. Fun, fun fun!

Oh, and if you didn’t see last night’s episode of Battlestar Galactica then you’re REALLy missing out on the best quality television currently being produced. It’s a phenomenal series that I’m glad to hear has been renewed for a 20 episode second season.

While I wonder a little whether or not the second season SHOULD be 20 episodes, I’m still looking forward to it. Why not 20 episodes? Well, I worry about the ability of Ron Moore to actually keep up the level of storytelling and the incredible pacing of the show over such a long season. I mean, in the short 13 episode first season it keeps the hits coming hard and fast, and it might be tough to spread that so much. Well, we’ll see. Of all the people working in TV today, only John Straczynski and Ron Moore could pull it off anyway.

Speaking of which… JMS… now that you’re not doing The Memory of Shadows, how’s about pitching your ideas to save Star Trek to Paramount? Might be a good time to try to relight the flame that petered out sometime around the last season of Deep Space Nine!

Ah well, off the soapbox for another day…