#920

6:25 pm, Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

I’m not dead. Just haven’t posted lately because I’ve been busier than usual. Plus I don’t quite have the easy online access I’m accustomed to, what with being out of town and my notebook’s wifi getting half-borked. I’ve stayed on in Pasco for an extra ten days or so to take care of my parents’ animals while they’re at a symposium in Florida but I’m leaving for Seattle tomorrow morning so I can attend a seminar on year-end payroll processing. Brett’s meeting me up there.

Been hanging out with Jones, Logan, et al. a lot. When the Futurama movie came out on the 27th we got a bunch of people together at Adventures Underground after closing. I borrowed an LCD projector from the clinic, Logan and Amanda ordered a ton of pizza. It was awesome. Great movie, even though the two musical numbers were kinda lame. I really like the updated theme song. Can’t wait for The Beast with a Billion Backs (rumored to be released in April or May of 2008).

Other movies seen lately: Beowulf (last night w/ Jones) and Reefer Madness (a couple nights ago at Logan and Amanda’s). Both were pretty awesome. Beowulf had more than its fair share of kitsch, but it worked. Vikings are supposed to be kinda crude and dumb, so the cheesy dialogue didn’t seem too out of place; plus it’s easier to accept the ridiculous boasting and bravado when it’s coming from a CG character. I don’t think I would’ve liked the movie if it’d been made with real actors. In fact, I wish Angelina Jolie’s character hadn’t looked like her — it temporarily ruined my suspension of disbelief.

Reefer Madness is a terrific musical. Ana Gasteyer has a flinty face, but boy can she sing. Logan’d been talking this thing up for a while, but I was reluctant to see it because I was afraid it’d be a cheap, Troma-esque collection of pot humor with Shock Treatment-like music/choreography. Fortunately, my preconceptions were all wrong. It’s definitely not a “Dave’s not here, man” parade of idiocy. The message is heavy-handed and wrapped in as much (sarcastic) hyperbole as the original film, but the great production values and catchy music more than make up for it. When I got home, I immediately ordered a copy of the DVD.

What else? Got my studded tires put on, bought a new corduroy sport jacket, met up with Steve Tate (an old LAN party acquaintance), played a bunch of games (including some new ones: Gheos, Weinhandler, and Power Grid — will talk about them later), got sucked back into M:tG, and stayed up way too late shooting zombies in Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles on Jones’s Wii.

GTG. Here’s an awesome acappella performance of Movin’ Out I found on YouTube.

3 Responses to “#920”

  1. Chuk:

    Any flooding in your area? Or is that all closer to the coast?

  2. hjo3:

    Nah, that’s all over on the west side of the state. Thanks for the concern though.

  3. JediBear:

    Um. Go Cascades?