// June 7th, 2006 // No Comments » // Brain dumps, Movies
I have had yet another lapse in the frequency of my writing, I know. Sometimes one just feels like the daily activity of their life isn’t really worth explaining. Then again, if you’re me, you like rendering out the details like a Carl Sagan novel because one, you’ll read it anyway, and two, I like using words. If you’ve read Sagan, you know that the [lack of] quality in his writing isn’t so much embedded in thorough character development, or a moving plot, or thrilling exposition. No, basically he just doesn’t know how to shut up. He can write a book because he can use words ceasingly, whether or not they or appropriate, or whether or not we even care. In this regard, I write here because I can.
My parents are visiting this week. I have to drive to KC Thursday to retrieve them from the hellish transportation nightmare that is MCI. While it will be good to see them, I loathe driving to Kansas City. Oh well. The second verse is that they are here to go to a family reunion which I, by obvious association via the bloodlines, am also bound to make an appearance at. Let me be clear in stating that I like my immediate family. The rest…well…I see no reason to pretend to be interested in their lives and happenings any more than I would a stranger. I keep in touch with who I want to. You know what? I could have been on day three of the BAK right now. That’s how I avoided it last time, it was very convenient.
I have been racking my brain at work over a pretty slick CMS (Content Management System) called Joomla. Lemme tell ya, it’s something else, that’s for sure. Very powerful and full featured. Naturally, however, some of the stuff I need it won’t do natively, at least in this version. If you have ever done portal development, don’t start with this. It’s powerful but a pain in the butt. I’m still trying to convince myself of whether or not this is the one to work with. Given the options though, I think it is probably the best route.
OOH! Looks like I might have my old car sold finally. If so, it’s new TV time baby. I am really tired of my old POS set. It’s only like fifteen years old, and the colors only bleed about halfway across the screen. That’s not so bad, right? All I watch are movies, but I would still like to be able to really watch and enjoy them. That’s hard to do when watching the TV is like an LSD trip through a blind man’s eyes.
I made it through a number of movies recently. The Island wasn’t actually half bad. Not totally what I expected, but I had heard that ahead of time. Plus I think I could watch about anything with Scarlett Johansson in it. Yeah, I’m shameless, wanna make something of it? Ultraviolet was…crap. Like bad, drunk, taco-shit crap. At first I thought: Hmm…okay, stylized like a comic book, corny dialogue, but I guess it could work….No. Okay just fuck no. The dialogue wasn’t corny, campy, comic fun. It was just bad writing. And the special effects weren’t stylized, they were low budget. I tried to convince myself otherwise. Frankly, I wanted to like it. But alas, I cannot. The Producers was also some classic theatrical inspired cinema. Worth seeing. Underworld: Evolution was a gamble of my precious time that I felt paid off, and A History of Violence though strange, was worth sitting through. Trainspotting is good because it’s Scottish. It’s good for other reasons too, but that’s the main one. Babies with spinning heads score high points too. God Ultraviolet was bad.