Sunday, December 20, 2009

Finished at last!

This term, at least. My presentation and my final exam were on Monday, and they both went swimmingly. I installed a solid state hard drive on my computer and put Windows 7 on it. Wow. SSDs are amazing. They're eerily silent. The only thing I hear from my computer is the fan running.

Because I am temporarily without responsibilities, I finally took Jamie up on his offer of going to Bo'diddley's for wing Wednesday. I really wish I had gone sooner, a plate of ten wings is, like, $4.50. That's crazy! They get mad at you if you order a water though. Too bad, Bo.

Saw James Cameron's Avatar on Friday. In *sigh* 3-D. 3D is pointless. 3D is the OPPOSITE of immersion. Like when it doesn't work, and there's an out of focus branch that is looming a bit closer to me. Or when it does work and the computer terminals look 3D is just makes me think of a corny Disneyland ride. And I'm paying an extra $3 for the privilege.

But how was the movie, eh? Did it revolutionize film making for years to come? I hope not. I hope that 3D dies the same horrible death that it died in the 50s and 80s. But was it an enjoyable movie? Indeed it was. The CG was flawless, and the action choreography will blow your effing mind in the last forty five minutes.

Now, I don't mind it when a sci-fi movie adheres to the classic tropes, but there was actually one instance where they literally quoted from the sci-fi action cliché handbook. It's early on, watch it, you'll know it when you see it. It was something along the lines of "So you're a marine with no scientific background that signed up for this delicate mission just to see what would happen?" Really, James Cameron? Really? You spend $500 million on this movie and that's the best dialogue you can come up with?

It's a strictly utilitarian script that doesn't challenge or surprise you in any way, but it does it with such panache that you don't mind it at all. Avatar is recommended.

Christmas is Coming

Merry Christmas everyone!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

It was so cold this week...

How cold was it?

It was so cold that when I drove to school, Morgan Freeman narrated my entire commute!


Word on the street is that the Edmonton International Airport recorded a -59 degrees Celsius (with windchill) this week. Second coldest place on Earth, apparently. Nice. Real nice. And my car still starts through it. Good girl, Hoth.

And on an unrelated note:

Handed in and completed almost all my assignments now. The only thing left is to present our documentary in class and take my Web Writing final. Almost there...

Saw Fantastic Mr Fox. Really good show. Recommended if you have a sense of humour.

On Friday Beth and I went to Janice's for latkes, in Chonour of Chanukka. Here is how you make crispy, brown latkes:

After that we went to the Rolfson's for an Edmonton family Christmas snackstravaganza. I have come to the point that if I do not bring Cheetos to family gatherings, I disappoint. This pleases me greatly.

Spent most of Saturday working on my Documentary. It finally turned into something that I'm not embarrassed to show the world. I had a great group to work with, so hopefully our nutty diabetes jokes will make sense to other people in class that we're presenting to.

Today we had an amazing Christmas dinner with everyone here at the house. Turkey, stuffing, garlic potatoes, and I finally redeemed myself on the yam front. I had a different recipe this time (which called for abhorrent, Paula Deen levels of butter) and didn't try to broil marshmallows. The end result was very tasty, and very greasy. So... much... butter. It had a candied pecan topping and lots of brown sugar. I think I'll cut the butter in half next time.


Maury Povich: Still The most Horrible Man Alive

This one is pretty depressing. Watch the progress of the recessions by county!

Now we're all sad. Let's have some 5 Second Films to liven things up!


Family Arcade

Professional Opinion

Sunday, December 6, 2009

City Eaten by Blizzard - City Officials Not Concerned

It's December!

People have been saying that my blogs are hard to read, and that's probably because I've got so many videos linked. I'm going to switch to the format where it only posts the first paragraph on the main page, so that will mean more clicking for some people. Let's see if that fixes things up.

Sorry about the lack of update last week. I'm barely getting this one out as it is. All of my year end projects are wrapping up so I'm just trying to keep my head above water at this point.

As everybody knows at this point, Edmonton has received a winter's worth of snowfall in a day and a half, and I've spent approximately two hours of my life digging my car out of the road. It's insane. It took the city two days before they started plowing.

My harrowing tale comes from Friday morning. I left for school about twenty minutes earlier than I usually do and I was still late. I was turning right up 105 St from 97 Ave downtown. You know, that steep hill? Well, we're crawling along up the hill and I notice that my car starts veering to the right. A few quick adjustments put me back on the path, but then I start to notice everyone around me. There are cars to the left and right of the road that have slid off and are stuck. There's no going backwards on this hill, and the only possible escape route is right on 98th street, and some guy decided that he would stop his Trailblazer in the middle of the road, completely blocking it.

So here I am crawling up this hill behind a guy that can't go over 3 kph. Every time I stop I start sliding backwards, so I have to keep up a pace that fast enough to not crash into the guy behind me and slow enough to not crash into the guy in front of me. It was about five minutes of terror (in Edmonton's pitch black 7:30 AM) until we finally cleared the stranded cars on either side and I had enough room to pass him. Because my car survived this feat, I finally bestowed a name to her. Henceforth and forevermore my Mazda3 shall be known as Hoth.

Now I've got snow tires on my car. Best $700 I've ever spent. You can feel the difference immediately.

Homework wise, I've finished all but three of my major projects. My Web Writing presentation will be done tomorrow, my magazine article will be done Wednesday, and my Documentary final will be done the Monday after next on the same day as my Web Writing Final exam.

Wow, I am so sick of homework.

So you want movies?

Surprised kitty

Everyone has seen it by now, but it still fills me with sunshine and rainbows.

Deathmetal Grindcore Baby

Don't worry, they edited in the music later. But may the kid learned to sing metal from this thing...

I may be the only person in my family that gets that last one.