Sunday, February 28, 2010

Promise made on 22810 - next month's word cloud (and, by extension, next month's blog entries) will be far more interesting than the one for February.

Wordle: Feb zolo

Friday, February 26, 2010

Haiku Review: Lost - Lighthouse

Jacob, through Hurley,
gets Jack to smash some magic
mirrors. What's his plan?

"I've been on Craphole
for a while now. Know what
I've never seen before?"...

..."A big ol' honking
castle lighthouse?"
Don't worry. I doubt
we'll see it again.

We get a nod to
Season 1 with the Adam
and Eve skeletons
.

Still don't know who they
are, but at least the writers
know they still exist.

Clarie's been living in
the jungle with her "friend" for
three years now. Poor girl.

In that time, she has
gone batshit fucking insane.
To put it mildly.

She's put a boar's skull
in Aaron's crib. Insert "This
Little Piggy" joke.

Claire kills an Other,
threatens to kill Kate, and shows
Jin her "friend". - It's Smocke.

In the other realm,
Jack has a teenage son named
David. Oh, that's great. ...

...Now Jack can be the
cause of some daddy issues.
But, gasp!! Not so much!!

Jack is determined
to NOT repeat his father's
mistakes. Good for him.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

blah blah blah blah blah blah Hollywood

It hasn't been a good year for movie watching thus far.

Up until a few days ago we had put our Netflix account on hold, and I can't remember the last movie I watched.

But! We're all (semi) settled into the new house now, so we're once again receiving those wonderful red envelopes.

The other night we watched 9, but I don't think I'll be writing a Haiku Review of it. For one, I didn't see the entire thing - there was a 15-20 minute window where I was trying to get Silas to sleep in the other room that I missed out on.
Secondly, it wasn't that great a movie. Not that a movie has to be good for me to do a HR of it, but 9 wasn't really horrible either, just sorta... average.
Thirdly, I'm somewhat out of practice in writing haiku reviews for films, rather than Lost episodes. Heh.

I also recently watched Funny Games. Not sure how I felt about it, but I'm leaning toward "didn't like it". But then, when I start to think that's my final verdict, a voice speaks up and says, "but some of the performances...and what about the message the filmmaker was delivering about violence and whatnot?"
But then again, it wasn't something I would ever really want to rewatch... So, until I can get my opinion straight on Funny Games, probably won't write a haiku review for that, either.

Tonight (maybe) we'll watch District 9. And I suspect I'll be able to write a haiku review of that. (hopefully!)

So, have any of you guys seen any movies recently that you can recommend? I mean, there are still good films out there, right?

Friday, February 19, 2010

Haiku Review: Lost - The Substitute

Reality X:
Locke gets fired (rightfully so).
Hurley rehires him.

Locke is engaged to
Helen, and they seem happy.
Can they stay that way?

I hope Helen's
aneurysm doesn't kill
her off. That would suck.

So, Locke is a sub.
He meets another teacher -
Benjamin Linus!

Ben's a history
teacher. Which means he should have
reports on John Locke.

On the Island,
Locke's body gets buried, Ben gives
a great eulogy.

Ilana tells Ben
Smocke can not take the form of
anyone else now.

(How does she know that?)
She takes Jacob's ashes. Bet
those will be useful.

Smocke and Sawyer see
a blonde haired little boy who
Richard does not see.

Richard tells Sawyer
"Smocke wants to kill you and all
your friends. Beware!"

The boy tells Smocke that
he "can't kill him". Smocke: "Don't tell
me what I can't do!!"

Smocke leads Sawyer down
a cliffside ladder, shows him
Jacob's graffiti.

Locke, Shepard, Reyes,
Ford, Jarrah, and Kwon all have
a Number by them.

Names not on the wall,
but should be: Austen, Dawson,
Rutherford, Vincent.

Smocke says Jacob brought
all ya'll here to take over
his Island duties.

"You have 3 options,"
Smocke tells James. "1. Do nothing.
See how this plays out...

...That would make for some
boring television, though,
so let's not do that.

Option 2 is - do
what Jacob wanted - become
Island Protector."

"Protect it from what?"
James asks. "That's the joke," Smocke laughs.
"It's just an Island!!"

"Option 3 - join me.
What do you say, James? Ready
to go home?" "Hell yes."

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Mama, my ass is tired

So very tired. And, sadly, so very very sore.

Some things I've learned from my biking experience today:

1) Downhill is MUCH easier than up.

2) riding down Decatur at 5:30 in the morning is less stressful than riding down Decatur at 5:30 at night (less cars. Dude. Cars? SUCK.)

3) my butt is bruised. I don't know if it's because the seat I have on the bike is too hard or I'm just not used to sitting on a bicycle seat, or if I have a weak/bony butt, but. There ya have it. It hurts to sit down right now. I'm not happy about it. But (ha!) there's not much I can do about it, either. Other than just get used to it and/or wait as it heals. *sigh*

4) ...Um. I can't remember if there was a 4. I think I did have other things to say, but that was way earlier this evening, and now I'm so beyond tired that I'm having a hard time knowing what I'm even talking about now.
On the plus side, I get to be one of the countless masses tomorrow, and I'll be able to drive in to work. (Hooray!) Steph isn't needing the van tomorrow, so I can a]sleep in and b] not have to worry about being run over by someone like me.

Oh, I remember. 5) Vegas is totally NOT bike-friendly. Mad props to my brother-in-law, Sean, for driving his bike all over the city for as long as he did. Especially in this town. I mean, seriously, would it kill the city planners to, I don't know, make sidewalks that didn't mysteriously end for no reason? And for them, when there are bike lanes on the road, to not place obstacles in the middle of them? Gah. No wonder people don't bike anywhere.

But, overall, it was a pretty cool experience. I'm not unhappy iwth it, I'm just semi-cranky due to being overtired.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Woo hoo! new bike!

New bike!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Forecast: Sore today... sorer tomorrow?

So I did a bunch of boxing* yesterday, and today my arms, shoulders, and upper back are somewhat achey. That's a good thing, though, right?

Tomorrow, Wednesday, and Thursday, Steph is going to keep the van. Tonight (in just a matter of minutes, actually) we are going to go out and purchase a bicycle for me so that I can ride the 2.4 miles from home to the bus stop in the morning.

Then, once the bus gets to my stop, I still need to ride another mile to get to work.

Add that to the return trip, and I'll be bicycling just about 7 miles tomorrow (and the next day, and the day after that). This ought to be interesting.


*on the Wii - I'm not insane. Real boxing hurts.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy (Chinese) New Year!

Well, let's see if I can restart my resolutions, since the ones I had made for zolo have all failed horribly at this point.

So far, so good. (Or maybe I should say I'm doing g-r-r-r-eat!!, since this is the year of the tiger.)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Haiku Review: Lost - What Kate Does

Why are Kate-centric
episodes so damn boring?
Guess that's What Kate Does.

What Kate Does - she runs,
butts in when she's not needed,
loves Jack... James... Jack... James

Specifically, What
Kate Does: In Reality
X, hijacks Claire's cab...

...then gives her a ride
to the adoptive parents
and the hospital.

Sure, none of it makes
much sense, but, hey! We get to
see Ethan again!

What Kate Does in the
other Reality is -
chase after Sawyer.

Not surprisingly,
the best parts had nothing to
do with Kate at all.

Sayid fails a test.
(But in his defense, he had
no time to study.)

Sayid's infected.
Just like Claire. Who is now a
Rousseau look-alike.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Some things never change

Buffybowl 9 is now one for the history books.

I don't want to spoil the ending, but it's not that difficult to guess.

It was another matchup between Adam and the Scoobies (we've decided that the way to determine which villain is used is the following: Whomever is Evil rolls one of the 6 sided die: 1 = Master, 2 = Judge, 3 = Mayor, 4 = Adam, 5 = Evil player rolls again, 6 = Good player rolls again).

I was Adam, while Saren and Harper were the Good guys - Saren controlled Useless Xander and Oz, while Harper was in charge of the female counterparts: Willow & Buffy.

It's difficult to get things done with Adam, since all your minions are vampires, and are allergic to sunlight. So, I foolishly brought Adam out, and was promptly surrounded by Willow, Xander and Oz.

I was able to kill off the witch, and Adam and Spike managed to get a few hits in on Buffy. She was, at one point, down to 3 hit points. Victory was within my grasp! I rolled Adam's 4 fight dice, and came up with three blanks and 1 stake.
Sigh.

Buffy finished Adam off in the next round.

Next year, I swear.

On the commercial front, there were several that were quite good. The Simpsons-Coke ad was an early favorite (even if it was for Coke), and I thought the beavers that played fiddles was pretty good.
We all liked the Human Bridge ad, and the Human Dolphins were funny as well, but the one that got the biggest laugh was the Dorito's ad with ...Tim. ("Tim loves Dorito's.") (Sadly, all the other Dorito's spots were painfully unamusing.)

The movies that were advertised: Prince of Persia: Sands of Time [get on DVD. maybe.]
The Wolfman [meh. DVD. Which is surprising. Steph even said, "You like wolfmen!" Which is true, but I'm just not feeling this one]
The Crazies [definitely rent]
Shutter Island [yup, want to see this one too.]
Robin Hood [pass]
and
Alice in Wonderland [looks....Tim Burtony. Which means we'll see it, of course, but while I'm excited about it, I also have reservations. There's only so much weird one can handle, you know, and I fear the scale may be broken on this one.]

Friday, February 05, 2010

Haiku Review: Lost - LA X

Looks like this season
is "It's A Wonderful Life:
Island's POV"

In other words, what
if the Island wasn't there
during the Pilot?

Well, we begin to
find out. Looks like there are two
realities here.

Reality X:
In '04, flight 815
doesn't crash. Because...

...the Island is now
an octopus's garden.
It's under the sea!

The effects here were
supremely awful. I was
all, "Lost jumped the shark!"

On the flight, Jack talks
with Rose, saves Charlie's life, sees
Desmond's twin brotha.

On the Island, Jack
gets his ass kicked by James, who
also gives death threats.

Who else is on the
flight? Hurley, Kate, James, Locke, Boone (!!),
Charlie (!!) and Sayid.

Notoriously
absent: Shannon, Nikki and
Paulo, the Tailies.

We don't see Michael,
but I bet he's off looking
for Walt in first class.

Some things are the same:
Boone still sucks as a lifeguard
("Ocean crash? We'd die.")

Jin is sadly, still
a jerk.  Kate is arrested,
Hurley won lotto.

(Although Hurley says
he never has bad luck. So
that's a big difference.)

Locke's still wheelchair bound,
and Jack still wants to fix things.
Can he fix Locke's spine?

(question - did Jacob
not touch John, Jack, Kate or James?
Does Jacob "live" here?)

Oceanic lost
Jack's dad's body. They are the
worst. airline. ever.

Lots of things happen
on the Island, in the "real"
time line. Let's review:

Juliet dies a
second deaht, so James can feel
the loss once again.

Before she dies, she
hints James should "go then. There are
other worlds than these."

A recently dead
Jacob tells Hurley to get
to the Temple. Now.

At the statue, the
fake Locke becomes Smokey and
kills Ilana's men.

Fake Locke/Smokey (Smocke?)
tells Ben he wants to go home.
He's just like E.T.!

Tells Richard it's good
to see him out of his chains.
That's slashfic fuel, there.

Tells everyone else,
"I'm disappointed in you."
Jeez. Judgmental much?

The 70s group
gets to the Temple. Some more
Others are there. Like:

Secret Asian Man.
They've told us he's an Other,
won't divulge his name.

Also, Cindy, the
stewardess from 815.

The guitar case that
Jacob gave Hurley held a
giant wooden ankh.

Inside that was a
piece of paper. So it's a
fortune cookie, then?

Supposedly the
note says "if Sayid dies, they're
in danger. ....in bed."

The Others then hold
Sayid underwater 'til
he ceases to breathe.

Talk about sending
mixed signals. But then, Others
have always been...odd.

Hurley says Jacob
is dead. The Others spread ash,
shoot off some fireworks.

Dead Sayid wakes up.
"What happened?" he asks. Dude. That's
what we want to know!!

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Here we gooooo!!

If I were a billionaire, I would totally make a Nintendo-themed amusement park. I'm honestly shocked it hasn't been done already. A real life Super Mario World? Where you could go around riding Yoshis and saving princesses and defeating Bowsers (where's my refund?) and wearing Raccoon Suits and bouncing on flying turtles? It. would. be. AWESOME.

And that could be just one section of the park. There could also be the Zelda/Link world, and the Sonic the Hedgehog section, and the Metroid area....

Man. This so needs to happen.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010