Random Music Recommendation

February 6th, 2009

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Jangly, somewhat shoegazery, somewhat melancholy (but not mopey) indiepop that sounds more cohesive and polished than garage rock, but isn't at all overproduced.

Incredibly late movie reviews!

February 5th, 2009

The good:

28 Weeks Later: Not quite as good as 28 Days Later, mostly because I knew exactly what was going to happen. But it was still fun, and damned if it doesn't start with a wonderfully frantic Zombie Swarm of Doom scene.

The not-really-bad:

Sunshine: Honestly, it wasn't bad. I've seen it described as "a mess," and that's about right. It has some stuff I like, some stuff that is silly, but that I was willing to suspend disbelief for, and then...well, it just tries to pack too much in. But I'm just not certain whether I kinda liked it, or if I'll start liking it more the more I mull it over. Probably entirely dependent on my mood.

And the God-it's-so-ugly-I-hate-everyone-involved:

I Am Legend: Maybe, with another title, with a protagonist with a different name...maybe I might have accepted this. "Missing the point" doesn't even come close. Either the scriptwriter and director didn't get the point, in which case they're idiots, or else they got it, thought they could do better, and willfully fucked it all to hell.

There are just so many things wrong with this movie. The way his family dies is wrong. Wrong and stupid. And, again: MISSES THE POINT.

I knew I should've have watched this movie. I'd heard that it was crap. Damn my curiosity, and a weekend of free HBO.

Just...arghghg. You idiots really thought you could do better than Richard Matheson? You take a smart, well-written story, one that I love because it's smart, well-written, features a smart, sympathetic character, and has a smart ending that completely subverts your expectations...and you throw all of that out, just rip out the strengths of the story, and serve up a steaming plate of inane shit?

Oh, so he dies at the end, in such a noble, self-sacrificing way! So heroic! So touching! And so NOT THE FUCKING POINT.

And then, just to kick me when I'm down, you tack on some cheesy narrative after that, explaining your new, entirely stupid explanation of what "I am legend" is supposed to mean.

What the hell? Why can't anyone just film the story as written?

In case you're considering a career as a pimp...

February 2nd, 2009

...or SuperFly, I've found the perfect car for you!

A 1976 black Cadillac Eldorado. Two door coupe. With a mere 33,000 miles.

Starting bid: $400

Located in Oakland.

I have no use for it, but it's almost tempting, just to have a huge, badass car like that sitting in my driveway.

Interlude: It's only a 3D representation of "work," anyway

January 26th, 2009

Or, "Our world may be a giant hologram."

Because string theory didn't have a high enough SAN loss value:

The idea that we live in a hologram probably sounds absurd, but it is a natural extension of our best understanding of black holes, and something with a pretty firm theoretical footing. It has also been surprisingly helpful for physicists wrestling with theories of how the universe works at its most fundamental level.

Which is good...I suppose. Good in that any model that helps scientists better understand the nature of the universe is good. As long as it applies directly to the real thing. Or the hologram of the real thing, as it may be.

Our everyday experience might itself be a holographic projection of physical processes that take place on a distant, 2D surface.

Not exactly comforting, but it really doesn't matter: Whether it's a hologram or not, I still have to make payments on my house. I doubt I'll consider it, or anything else, less "real" if astrophysicists decide that we're all holographic data.

I am certain, however, that from now on I am going to laugh like a particularly demented, universe-destroying mad scientist when I shred old credit cards.

What's my line?

January 20th, 2009

For 13 1/2 years now, I've been employed as a technical writer. By half a dozen companies (and one consulting job), and writing damn near every type of software doc possible. But in my current position, "technical writer" doesn't cover my role or responsibilities.

It's only taken me about 3 years to figure out what I'm actually doing.

(Warning! Long, rambling post ahead!)

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