2008-12-02

 

New and improved! Bigger,! Bolder! Less Fattening!

Well ... maybe not.

Forbidden Planet has new space-time coordinates. You can find it, in all its infancy (for the time being - eventually it will grow up) here.

I have no plans to move this blog and its contents over (ok, maybe I might move 1 or 2 things).


Image nabbed from here

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2008-09-16

 

Belated Summer Movie Review

Over the summer I saw a bunch of movies with the kids and here are my reviews of them:

Prince Caspian
A movie with no plot, no substance, just lots of fighting. To give you idea of how violent the movie is, whenever I asked the kids what they were watching on TV they would reply, "Don't worry, it's not as violent as Prince Caspian."

I think the movie can be summed up as follows:

Susan: (Examining the ruins of Narnia) "What happened here?"
Peter: "I don't know, but lets go thump something"
Lucy: "Shouldn't we wait for Aslan?"
Peter: "Aslan's not coming. Let's go thump something."

(One epic battle gone wrong, a macho hand-to-hand battle gone well for the hero, and in the midst of another epic battle going wrong, Lucy comes across Aslan.)

Aslan: "Why didn't you wait for me?"

(Lucy looks shamefaced.)

Aslan: (Laughing) "Ok, let's go find your friends and help them thump someone."

The movie was easily 30-45 minutes to-o-o-o-o-o long.

I give it 2 out of 5. Pity, because I did enjoy the first one.

Speed Racer
Ok, not my choice in a movie. I was expecting a mindless racing movie with testosterone pumped men, well, doing mindless racing because "that's what we do."

It was actually a lot of fun. Its primary emphasis was on doing what is right in the face of everyone else telling you not to do it. Great cinematography, wonderful colours. I really enjoyed this one. The trailer for it does not do it the least bit of justice.

I give it 4 out of 5.

Kung Fu Panda
Pretty silly. Light movie going fare. The kids enjoyed it. What kid doesn’t like slapstick cartoon humour?

I give it 3 out of 5.

Get Smart
This was pretty disappointing. Not as funny or silly as the original. I found most of the jokes fell flat. Though it was nice to see McGill University used as one of the sets (I believe they were using the Redpath Museum as Control HQ. Also had a shot of Bernie Kopell just outside the main gates of the university).

I give it 2 out of 5.

Journey to the Center of the Earth
I saw this in 3D. This is not a retelling of the Jules Verne story, but rather it treats the original story as historical fact and follows our heroes as they make a parallel journey, using the book as a guide. It was fairly entertaining. Took the kids, my goddaughter and her brother to see it. They all enjoyed it. Compared to Beowulf, this is 3D light. Beowulf was shot in a way to make keep it constantly in your face - which made it a bit tiring.

I give it 3.5 out of 5.

Missed seeing Ironman, which a friend told me was very good. Said it reminded her of Ultraman.

On a personal note: busy learning out to set up a website. I am very, very disappointed in the available tools for doing so. You would think that by now we would have really good, easy to use tools for this. I have not found Kompozer, Amaya, nor Visual Web Developer (all free) to be satisfactory. Page layout is a real pain. Visual Web Developer does work more the way I would expect a website builder to work, but it is far too much overkill for my needs. Seems I am going to have to handcraft it using a normal editor (Notepad++).

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2008-09-05

 

"Contents filled by volume. Settling may occur"

Erm ... if it is filled by volume, settling of contents should not be an issue.

Read this on the side of a bottle of pigment. I was tempted to buy the pigment, but decided against it. It came in a variety of colors, red, blue, green, yellow, black white as well as copper and silver and gold. The metallic pigments were more expensive.

I can't deny that the thought of possessing those bottles filled with their exquisite powders excites me. Not that I would know what to do with them - aside from making a mess.

[This was prerecorded]

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2008-09-04

 

Yard waste bags are not created equal

I hate Home Depot yard waste bags. Every single one I have used has torn. I cannot even tamp down the yard waste in it without the sides splitting.

I find the ones sold at Canadian Tire or Loblaws to be much more robust. Heck, I can jump on them and the don't rip.

Makes me wonder were Home Depot gets theirs, because there cannot be that many different manufacturers of yard waste bags.

[This was prerecorded]

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2008-09-03

 

That was an interesting question

Found this as one of the search terms leading to my blog:

"do you need sunscreen to protect against fluorescent lights?"

My answer is: No. If they are high UV emitting fluorescent's, then your best option is to turn them off, leave the area, or dress up.

I still maintain that sunscreen is carcinogenic. Over the past 30 years or so that sunscreens have been heavily promoted, the incidence of skin cancer has significantly increased (not decresed). A little bit of sun is good for you, a lot can be damaging. Potect yourself by wearing loose fitting clothing and staying in the shade. Roasting yourself in the full sun, like a turkey being browned, is just plain foolish.

[This was prerecorded]

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2008-09-02

 

Guess I am not going to be buying any books for a while.

I was laid off last Wednesday (27-August-2008) - for economic, not performance reasons.

Not that I am upset or shocked or dazed and confused. It was a great company to work for, I was well treated and respected. I had no complaints (except that possibly the work was not always as stimulating as I hoped).

It renders some decision making a bit easier. Clearly I will be moving to Montreal now, instead of Sofia coming to Ottawa.

Sofia and my dad (especially my dad) seem more shocked by this than I am. My dad even dropped by on the weekend to try and cheer me up, gave me the "blessing in disguise" sermon. I don't believe in blessings in disguise. I don't think God plays mind games with people. "Oh look, you have cancer. Isn't that a blessing in disguise?" Erm ... no.

Sofia is wondering what happened. "They loved you. You said the company was doing well. It is so cold and brutal." Well, yeah, they did like me and they treated me well. Yes, the company, as a whole, is doing very well. When I started 8 years ago, they were around a $200 million / year company. I believe they are on track to do $3 billion this year. The problem is that the particular facility I worked at was counting on landing some Canadian Navy contracts. With the cancellation of the JSS program, a lot of their hopes are dashed.

Is being laid of cold and brutal? Not really. Once you are let go, you are escorted out of the building (policy). After all, they don't want some employee, in a fit of emotional pique, erasing their hard disk, stealing company secrets, destroying work, etc. Understandable, if unfortunate.

What am I going to do in the next little while? Enjoy being at home. Take the kids to school, be at home at the end of the school day for them.

My dad seemed mortified that I have not been scouring the help wanted adds. That I am not hitting the pavement with both feet looking for work, angling for leads. Erm ... well, I am busy. Right now, I have to fix up the house in Ottawa to get it ready for resale. Over the past two days, I have filled 17 yard waste bags with, well, yard waste and I am still not done. Amazing how much yard work piles up over 4 years of inattention.

We could be in a better fiscal position (can't we all), but we will survive for the time being.

I look forward to detoxing and then opening a new chapter in my life.

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2008-08-21

 

Out of the corner of my eye ...

It is interesting how we sometimes notice things in our peripheral vision (although, I am sure there is a lot more we miss).

I don't think I parsed this the right way, but ... then again, I am totally oblivious to the latest trends.



Screen capture, cropping and highlighting by Richard of Forbidden Planet. Content and layout of screen capture copyright Sympatico / MSN

[Also noticed they changed the layout of the Blogger dashboard].

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