November 1st, 2006


Halloween Pix

These were taken by the company's jack-of-most-trades on his cell phone cam, so the quality is not so good (wish I had thought to loan him a decent camera), but they're good enough for LJ. ;-)

Click here.

The Prestige and other stuff

Running an integrity test on a 9-hour PVR recording on my right, re-imaging my laptop on my left, have some time to write between the two.

Last night a friend and I escaped the rampaging hordes by going to see The Prestige. I was not expecting it to be a science fiction story. It's a pretty good one. Nutshell review - it was okay, but a case where it would work better as a book than as a movie. But one doesn't know this until the final 5 minutes, when All Is Revealed.

Technical side: I did not like the sepia toned and grainy effect. It was done on purpose, the movie is set in Victorian times, but I think it got in the way of otherwise okay cinematography and the somewhat crude special effects. Audio was good, but actor enunciation was missing at a couple of crucial moments. Usually on close-ups and especially during the overly drawn-out death scene. The costumers had a field day, some of it excellent period stuff, some Just Plain Wrong, especially the prison outfits.

Acting: Pretty good, but no Oscars. If they gave "best character actor" David Bowie would win hands down for his amazing transition into Nikola Tesla. Is there a movie this year Hugh Jackman is not in? A fine actor, but why did he choose to keep his porn career stage name?**  Michael Caine in yet another boring performance playing a boring character. Scarlet Johansson is hot. Rebecca Hall isn't.

My Gateway laptop is happily cranking away, wiped out Vista RC1 and re-imaging XP Media Center Edition from the recovery DVD. In theory I am sad to go back to 32-bit OS, but since Vista was slow, I'm not crying real tears.

The Diet Coke in the company soft drink case tastes funny. Turns out they have changed the formula to use Splenda. For the first time in my life, I prefer Diet Pepsi.

Last night I finally got around to putting together the "company policy" page for the pet sitter's web site I've been helping out with. I tried to talk her out of it, it's basically an amateur's attempt at a legal contract between client and provider. It's not well done, and strikes me as a pretty stupid thing to put on your web site. But it's her site, and I agreed to help, so...

Time to go to former boss' goodbye lunch, Mexican (alleged) food in scenic Alviso. 

**Yes, that was a joke.

Oh Really?

Snagged from scendan
What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Northeast

Judging by how you talk you are probably from north Jersey, New York City, Connecticut or Rhode Island. Chances are, if you are from New York City (and not those other places) people would probably be able to tell if they actually heard you speak.

The Inland North
The Midland
The South
The West
North Central
What American accent do you have?

The poll is interesting - it differentiates between the common mis-pronunciations of the West Coast and the correct ones which are heard on network news. But they blow it in the end - my accent is the one you'll hear on the national news, not the West Coast one they claim. The test is definitely written by someone in LA. ;-)

Something to keep in mind: words like "pen" and "pin" are spelled differently because they are supposed to be pronounced differently. Ditto "don" and "dawn".  There's one regional idiosyncrasy which I am up in the air on. The "o" in "horrible", "orange", "Oregon", etc. The further west you go, the more likely it is to rhyme with "whore", but growing up I heard both.

For the record, my accent is New York, tempered with Seattle. I've dropped the worst of the Brooklyn bits, but still insist on pronouncing words the way they are written, with the exception of the "t" in "often".  W.S. Gilbert would be proud.
  • Current Music
    The Rain In Spain

It's Official

The apartment manager called, and I'm set for Nov. 25 move-in. Movers have already been reserved, current apartment manager notified & signed off. Saturday I'll go do the lease paperwork & bring a tape measure. Need to see how much space is left in the livingroom after the piano is in. They tell me I'm getting new bathrooms, and I already knew about the granite counter tops going into the kitchen.

Need to get some boxes & start packing up my slides, photos, books.
  • Current Mood
    chipper chipper

Amusing listing

I'm scrolling through the program guide, and see this listing:
Clifford the Bi
Emily tries to find an item for show-and-tell; Cleo gets a new toy.

Zoomed in - the title was truncated - It's really Clifford the Big Red Dog.

Still funny, in a somewhat different way.


Had a lovely Thai dinner with two theater friends, one of whom I have not seen in way too long. Excellent food at the tiny Amarin on the corner of Mission College Blvd and Great America Parkway.

We discussed lots of politics, and it seems none of us had heard the actual comments John Kerry made which started the whole Republican firestorm.

So I found the clip on CNN and here is what he said:

"We're here to talk about education, but I want to say something before...You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq."

He said this at what appeared to be an Angelides for Governor campaign rally, I think it was a college event in LA.

It got a pretty good laugh from the students. I think it was an appropriate message for that audience. If I wanted to play semantics, I could say that the well-educated soldiers who volunteered to fight in Iraq were not "stuck" there. Except that they are, aren't they? Education doesn't matter if you don't use it to make intelligent decisions. Or if you get screwed over but the lying scumbags in and around the White House.

Speaking of politics, in the next day or three I'll be posting my opinions on the way-too-many ballot measures.  My vote is secret, but my opinions are not.