June 19th, 2007


Dual Booty

So now I have the big PC set up to dual boot XP and Vista, having partitioned my non-RAID drive 40GB and 200GB respectively. While I can see all my drives in XP, Vista will only show the non-RAID drives. Installing Intel's Storage Monitor in Vista shows me the array, and everything looks normal, but I still can't see anything on the drive. "Access denied" still. So before leaving for work I set the machine to XP and started running the check/repair widget.

Meanwhile it looks like the problem may a change in Vista permissions on a single-user machine. XP by default makes the sole user an administrator. Vista does not. A web search shows maybe what I have to do is either find a way to make myself admin, or re-assign ownership of the RAID array to my Vista user name. We'll see.

One side effect of Vista installation is I found the bug which the readme mentioned - it fried my USB drive. No biggie, it's an old USB 2.0 120MB memory stick, all it had on it was the Intel Vista drivers which I re-downloaded, and my Quicken backup from the laptop, which I'll just back up again next time I update Quicken's data. MicroCenter has 2GB USB drives for less than I paid for this puppy.

BASFA Meeting Madness

Last night's BASFA meeting wasted a lot of time, once again, on start-of-the-meeting mock parliamentary procedures. I arrived at 8:15, they were still debating some item which eventually failed almost unanimously. We only have 2 hours, tops, for the meetings (1.5 is the technical time, but our restaurant cuts us some slack), eating up such a big chunk on nonsense motions means not getting to the good stuff. The auction was so rushed we probably only got half the income we should have, not to mention the fun. I had three reviews I wanted to give, but didn't because we were so short on time. NP, I'll do them here. Eventually.

Through all this, our esteemed President continues to do a brilliant job of conducting the meetings with wit, charm and fairness, against all odds. The parliamentary madness is something he's stuck with, it's part of the club rules (which I like to call the Dread Pirate Roberts' Rules of Order). The abuse of these rules by the members is fun, don't get me wrong, I just prefer some meat under my piquant sauce. Announcements, reviews and auctions are all great sources of mirth, and they're high in nutrition as well. I guess what I'm asking the membership is to please not fill up on the appetizers.

And I found myself being rude to a new member who sat next to me, who was trying to ask me questions about something which had nothing to do with the meeting (a review I wrote). As much as I wanted to talk to her about that, it wasn't the time or place. And I'd just commented last week on how annoying the side conversations are. If she's reading this, my apologies, comment here and I'll make it up to you.
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Zerophilia - The Movie

The choice Sunday night was between some male Bond-ing with Casino Royale or popping this totally unknown movie called Zerophilia into the DVD player. Since I was going to be interrupted by computer re-imaging foo, I chose the latter. And am glad I did.

This is what an indie movie should be. Made in and around Eugene, Oregon by Microangelo Entertainment, the production values are so high it's hard to believe it was not done by a major studio. I love it when the technical side is done so well that I am free to enjoy the story.

The hook is this: there are otherwise normal people out there with an extra chromosome which makes them change genders when they orgasm. It makes them start to change genders as soon as they start getting turned on. Our first clues about this phenomenon arrive early in the film as Luke (Taylor Handley) looks in a mirror and thinks he sees less chest hair than usual, after having got lucky for the first time in his young life.

Really hot chick Michelle (Rebecca Mozo) goes on a date with Luke, and early in the awkward small talk Luke hyperventilates, and excuses himself from the table to run out back and examine his new 36 C's. His roommate Keenan (Dustin Seavey) had noticed the symptoms a while ago, and had corresponded with a doctor named Sydney who claimed to know just what was going on. The doctor turns out to be another really hot chick (Gina Bellman). She confirms his symptoms, though not the way she wanted to (she's out of Luke's preferred age range) and labels the condition "Zerophilia". Love of zeros? Oh well, I guess you can't have everything. The doctor suggests Luke try being female as a way to discover his True Identity, and there's a funny scene while he's in his room whacking off (while Keenan and his girlfriend Janine (Alison Folland) "guard" the door) in an effort to flip to the other side.

As a girl named Luca (Marieh Delfino), he finds he has the hots for Michelle's brother Max (Kyle Schmid). And the plot thickens.

The sex changes are well done technically, some editing, some stop-action animation as makeup is applied, and possibly some CGI. Acting is good all around, no Oscars here but no rotten tomatoes either. Ironically, the only "name" in the cast, model Kelly LeBrock, mostly ended up on the cutting room floor, and deservedly so, judging from the "deleted scenes" clips on the DVD.

This is a movie which deserves way wider distribution than it got. It would make a terrific main entry in the Morgan Hill film festival, among others. Highly recommended.
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