January 11th, 2003

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Movie Review

Short really, because I know most of you have already seen it, but we watched
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Short really, because I know most of you have already seen it, but we watched <a href="http://us.imdb.com/Title?0181689: target="_blank"><b>Minority Report</b></a> this evening, and I was very pleasantly surprised. I normally don't like Tom Cruise, and I'm not a big fan of most of Spielberg's work...but that was a GREAT film. Major props to the screenwriters for making a beautiful thriller with plenty of plot twists. I might actually own that one.

And now, off to bed. *yawn*
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Happy Geeking

Di's computer, "Tonguey", has been starting to make clicking noises as it runs...bad sign. Since she just got her bonus check from work, we went today to buy her a new hard drive. Simple enough, and she backed up the important things to floppy (since her second drive is not a separate drive, but a partitioned "D" drive), and she watched in paranoid silence as I replaced it and ran her recovery discs...it's a good thing she kept those, since I don't have a copy of Windows in the house. Needless to say, it went smooth and fine (we aren't talking something that needs a lot of technical skill here, folks). She is happily setting up her system again, with a whisper-quiet 30 GB Ultra ATA Maxtor drive as we speak (as I suspected, the offending drive was a Western Digital), and I got a couple games as thank you's.

Hey caliban, one of those games is 'Syberia', so next time you come down, we'll have to try and copy it. Hell, the other was the original 'Thief', if you want it.
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LJ Analysis? Sure, What The Hell...

Short version: I post a lot, have a lot of friends, am probably not stopping anytime soon, and what-have ya. But I'm sure anyone reading this on any kind of regular basis knows that. This is just so you don't have to go below the cut to read the long version.

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Where Were You...

1. When John F. Kennedy was shot (11/22/1963)
~~ In a previous incarnation, i imagine.

2. When Mt. St. Helens blew (5/18/1980)
~~ I was 7, and had moved to Jacksonville not too long before...I barely remember it, I was too busy with other things.

3. When the space shuttle Challenger exploded (1/28/1986)
~~ I was 13, in the seventh grade, and I remember being in homeroom at school, and everyone getting weird about it...and later, re-telling the first Christa MacCauliffe joke I'd heard (about her blue eyes).

4. When the 7.1 earthquake hit San Francisco (10/7/1989)
~~ I'd have been 16, but that wasn't important enough for me to notice. Dammit, I had girls and cars and other REAL things to deal with. ;)

5. When the Berlin Wall fell (11/7/1989)
~~ I was still involved with other things, but I actually noticed. I think I was watching TV with my girlfriend as the rioters watched the heavy equipment tear it down.

6. When the Gulf War began (1/16/1991)
~~ Teaching my brother to play 'RISK', actually. Nice touch, I thought.

7. When OJ Simpson was chased in his White Bronco (6/17/1994)
~~ Drunk and cheering him on.

8. When the building in Oklahoma City was bombed (4/19/1995)
~~ Drunk and giggling about it.

9. When Princess Di was killed (8/31/1997)
~~ Sober and laughing about it. Planned a party, later...I know, I'm a dick.

10. When Bush was first announced President (11/7/2000)
~~ Seattle, and didn't care. I didn't vote for him, I didn't like him, and the country was gonna regret it. See, I was right.

11. When the 6.8 earthquake hit Nisqually, WA (2/28/2001)
~~ In my apartment, realizing that going out on my balcony was probably not a good idea.

12. When terrorists knocked over the World Trade Center (9/11/2001)
~~ At work, having flown back to Seattle the day before. I was chatting with discordian, who was telling me that he could see the burning from his office window.
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Random Laughter

Man, odd convos this evening...

First oddness: after commenting that she heard what I said but thought something else, I asked her why she couldn't just hear what i was saying. Her response? "I can't help it, I've got 'McAfee Brain' running.", to which I said, without thinking "Ah, no wonder it's not working."

Second oddness: I seem to be having a problem with hiccups these last couple days. When I started again, earlier, I mentioned this. Di turns to me and says, spontaneously and straight-faced: "Well, you must need to eat more pussy." I think I can follow those doctor's orders, no sweat.

Third oddness: discordian, after a long, stressful week, finally managed to get some sleep, and over the course of a couple comments back and forth, I gave him a mock 'blessing' (a running joke between us). He pops up on messenger to tell me that I need to start wearing a warning sign, due to the danger factor the resultant laughter can cause. Apparently, though, it also gave him hiccups. I immediately told him he needed to eat more pussy.
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Reviews

Watched K-19: The Widowmaker this evening. I'm really glad I never saw the trailer for this, because it made the film out to be more of a war movie, and it isn't. Actually, it was pretty good. Not an action film, but a situation film, if you dig. If nothing else, Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson were wonderful, pretty much as always. The details on this movie made a lot of the difference. If you can get the DVD, do, because you gotta see everything that went into this movie. If nothing else, it was a beautfully shot film, incredibly well-researched, and a fairly moving story (though it doesn't seem that way). However, i can see why it didn't do well at the theatre...as with so many great movies, you need to have a brain, and you aren't gonna get a lot of flashy action (though there were some really cool sequences), which cuts out most of the American public. I don't think I'll own it, but I'm glad I saw it. Thoroughly enjoyable.