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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Latest nerdery

I have been ordered to finish the remaining third of a bottle of red wine, so naturally, the most obvious thing to do in a case like this is to complete the task and then get online and unleash some of my innermost thoughts into the interwebs. Ok, maybe these are not my innermost thoughts, necessarily, but how about some fluffy commentary on Avatar, which we went to see last night? Hmm?

I’ll start off by admitting that, yes, I was a skeptic. I knew it was going to be good, since the critics were giving it above average to good reviews, but I just can’t say I had much desire to watch it. However, you give me 3 straight hours of HGTV or TLC and you would get a resounding, “Hell yes, sounds like a great way to kill an afternoon!” from me. I don’t know, I guess I was just depending on the Hub to be the driving force and say, “We’re going to watch Avatar on such and such day at so and so time” since I figured he’d be in more of a rush to see it, but that wasn’t the case. It wasn’t until the buzz around the Hub’s place of work finally got to him and he decided we would go see it in 3D.

I’ll cut to the chase and say that the story itself was not groundbreaking, with its themes of being connected to our environment and community. It’s the world of the Na’vi, as well as the people themselves and their devotion to each other and their deity that makes this story so wonderful to look at and intriguing to think about. I won’t go into too much detail, but I will mention that I really liked how even the animals on Pandora play such a major role. They, too, feel a strong connection to their surroundings and act on their instincts to protect their home. Let me just say now, I want an ikran. How awesome would it be to sail above highway 50 on one of those?

The high attention to detail is in every aspect of the film: from the language of the Na’vi to the plants and trees, which were created by actual linguists and botanists, respectively. Oh, and I can’t forget the science labs where Dr. Grace and her hench-people worked, with their sexy glass touch-screens. Yes, not only would I love to go to Pandora, but I’d love to work in that lab too! Needless to say, I loved the movie and highly recommend it to anyone who might have even the smallest appreciation for any sci-fi or fantasy type nerdery.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

the blog title will make more sense after this

So the new year brought along with it the same old resolutions. Eat right and work out regularly, get more organized, get the house looking spiffy and take more pictures. So far, things have gone according to plan. I've hit the gym consistently, at least 4 times per week since the beginning of the year, the house has been coming along nicely and I'm planning on a new dslr come tax return time. But this whole food thing, man is that hard, especially when you consider that my whole day revolves around food. I'm constantly thinking about it: when I get to have my next snack, what it will consist of, and when I'll have the next snack or meal after that. Despite the thought-consuming power of food, I do eat pretty well. I start my day with oatmeal, but come 10 am, my good friend Hunger comes up from behind me and punches a hole through the back of my chair and wrings out my torso. You can imagine how inconvenient this whole scene is since it's a pretty small office and the resulting sounds from my stomach are cause for embarrassment. After the morning snack, the next 2 hours are ok, and then that bastard Hunger comes around again and the whole scene repeats. This usually continues for the rest of the day till dinner time. The easy thing would be to say, just snack on healthy stuff like nuts or fruit or something. Sure, I can do that, but why would I? Especially when the doritos in the pantry do such a wonderful and tasty job of taming the wild Hunger and then throwing it out on its ass.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

For reals this time

Ten months without a new blog post. I think the internet can officially consider me M.I.A. There's no real reason for my absence, other than the fact that I am lazy and didn't feel the need to post since I really don't have any readers. Then it hit me: if I want to practice writing, I've got to just do it (sorry Nike). If nothing else, I need to consider this little corner of the interweb as my own little outlet. It'll be my "something-to-do" when there is not a single thing to watch on any of the 300+ channels on TV. It'll be my frustration-reliever and thought-recorder. Are you ready blog? It sounds like I've talked you up quite a bit, so you better live up to the hype.