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Written By: Gary on July 31, 2008 No Comment

As I mentioned last week I was going to watch Stealing Beauty with Liv Tyler. I’m pretty sure that was the first thing I ever saw her in and she was so enchanting in it. She’s plays this sweet 19 year-old name Lucy (and Liv was 19 at the time) who goes to visit close family friends in an isolated mini-artians community in Italy. Most everyone there is older and they’re all interested in every little thing about her.

Jeremy Irons plays another friend of the community who is ill and just staying there to live out his last days. Lucy and Alex get to be close friends and being with her just adds new energy to his life. It’s almost as if these older characters are psychic vampires and are just absorbing whatever than can from her (it’s a strange analogy but I thought it more than once), it’s kind of funny in their limited gossipy community that she just brings a new energy to their little community.

I was disappointed in the quality of the DVD, I really expected more from the wonderful scenery in the movie. It was something that I originally at the “arts theatre” and it had some great scenery and it just didn’t transfer very well.

It’s a strange movie with some odd little sub-plots that I had forgotten about (it was 16 years ago) but like I said it was at the arts theatre and I don’t remember it getting released in the major markets (at least in Michigan).

Written By: Gary on July 26, 2008 One Comment

I felt like they were giving it away. That’s really really sad…

Written By: Gary on July 26, 2008 2 Comments

So I’m tempted to migrate to WordPress (from Movable Type) I think I’ve got it all figured out on how to even retain my current URLs (as crummy as they are) so that I don’t have a bunch of broken links.

One of my worries is right now a lot of my pages score pretty good in Google searches, amazingly good sometimes, especially since my site doesn’t rank super high anyways, and I’m afraid of losing that rank. I’m not sure if it’s just that I built my pages well? or maybe my meta tags or if the structure of the page helps? or what? It’s just always done pretty good so I don’t mess with it.

What will I lose if I convert? What might I gain?The other thought is to leave my Movable Type site alone, delete the index page and use WordPress from now on but have links to the old pages. I’d need to keep the MT software so that comments and search would still work (I’d modify the WP search pages to say “you only searched the new site, click here to search for old stuff”). But I’d still have to maintain updates and such on the old site and check for spam and more….

Hmmm…. I’m either talking myself out of keeping the old one separate or possibly not migrating at all. I’m not sure which…

Written By: Gary on July 26, 2008 No Comment

Google hits One Trilion unique URLs!!! That’s huge! They have an intersting article titled “We knew the web was big.

I’m proud to supply 0.0000002 percent of those pages! (At least I think I did the math right).

Written By: Gary on July 24, 2008 4 Comments

Have you seen my news coverage yet?!? I’m so excited!!!

If the video doesn’t start, click the image once the video finishes loading.

Or go straight to http://GaryForPresident.com/

Written By: Gary on July 23, 2008 One Comment

So last summer my Sebring convertible roof was peeling from my rear window. I didn’t want to replace the roof (the most common suggestion) so I glued it with some Permatex Black Super Weatherstrip Adhesive for a mere $5. I can’t believe how well this held up throughout the winter and this summer. It doesn’t appear to be peeling at all, I thought I might have to re-glue it a few times a year but it’s holding up great.

I know this is kind of a boring entry but I’m amazed every time I notice how well this has held up…

Written By: Gary on July 23, 2008 No Comment

There seem to be lots more rumors on new MacBook refreshes lately and with their free iTouch (or Nano) promo (students, teachers or staff), I really want to buy now before the promo ends on September 15. I’d prefer they’ve added GPS to the iTouch but that’s just not happening yet. I’d more excited about an iTouch with the new Apps store :)

Written By: Gary on July 20, 2008 3 Comments

So I’ve gotten a few searches here lately for “favorite movie characters” so I went and checked out the old post. Now I think it’s time to watch a few f those old movies again:

  • Stealing Beauty with Liv Tyler
  • Leon The Professional with Natalie Portman + Jean Reno.

    Yes, I realize they are completely different types of movies. But those happen to be a few from that list that I own…

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    Written By: Gary on July 20, 2008 No Comment

    So I’ve always enjoyed the Waiter Rant but now he’s got a book called Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip–Confessions of a Cynical Waiter. Most of the stories are pretty good, but probably a bit embellished. Spend a few minutes at the site if you think you might like it but go back a few week to before he starts talking about the book.

    I think the cover is a little boring, they’re a little more open overseas, here’s a picture of the UK cover of Waiter Rant

    Written By: Gary on July 18, 2008 One Comment

    So I watched the 1951 version of The Day The Earth Stood Still last night and as I said last week it is still an amazing science fiction movie. I made Kelly sit through it so I was hoping it was as good as I remembered, it was (and she seemed to think so too).

    The line this movie is the most famous for is

    “Klaatu barada nikto”

    It’s certainly not as mainstream as “these aren’t the droids you’re looking for”, but…

    This was one of the first movie DVDs I ever purchased (maybe the first), it hit a good price on-line so I picked it up (I never bought movies for VHS but that’s about the time when I started for DVDs). I never watched it until now. THe sound was THX remastered and was very clear but the voices just weren’t as loud as the sound effects so if you turned it up to hear the next time the sound effects came on it was blaring. The good part was there wasn’t a lot where people were talking and there were effects.

    One of my favorite quotes from the movie was

    “I am fearful when I see people substituting fear for reason.”

    It was definitely a thinking sci-fi movie…

    Instant gratification: You can rent it from Amazon for your TiVo or from iTunes (but it’s only $7.50 to buy it from Amazon).

    Written By: Gary on July 17, 2008 2 Comments

    Highbiosept19I wish things like biorhythms were more reliable! Why? Check out my biorhythm for September 19th, 2008!!

    As a result I think for that weekend:

  • I’ll be playing the lottery,
  • applying for a new job,
  • entering a marathon,
  • competing on some gameshows and
  • asking anyone I have a crush on out for a date (be sure to tell them to say “yes” since it’s abundantly clear I’ll rock their world for the rest of the weekend).

    And I think it’s pretty clear for the few weeks after that I just need to hide out as I begin my downward spiral. I guess that’s the downside of these things…

    This image is from a widget for my Mac desktop. But I just found this web site that calculates the primary and secondary biorhythms.

  • Written By: Gary on July 16, 2008 One Comment

    While a lot of people seem to complain about the .Mac / MobileMe service I’ve always had pretty good success. The biggest thing I use it for is iDisk so that all my laptop files get automagically backed up to the server, I can then access those same files from the web and have the get mirrored to one of my other Macs. It does the same for the my bookmarks and mail settings (and it’ll do the same for contacts and calendar, but I haven’t been using my mac for that). They are removing the web access to the bookmarks, I only occasionally used this, but I don’t understand why they took this away (it was an already written feature so why remove it); I’m especially annoyed since I renewed for a year and then they took the feature away.

    For the same cost they just increased storage from 10 GB to 20GB so that’s a bonus. They’re still more expensive than most storage on-line but the connivence is what makes it worth it. It’s also slow if you just decide to sync up gigs and gigs of data, but it’ll get there eventually and it resumes seamlessly (usually) the next time I connect.

    I did have some MobileMe problems during the transition and the iPhone 2.0 launch (I don’t have an iPhone) but they all resolved themselves. As a result for those problems and the ones others had they are offering a free MobileMe MobileMe30-day credit extension to your account (you were a .Mac member whose account was active as of July 9, 2008 or you are a new MobileMe member who created your account on or before July 15, 2008 at 7:00 PM PDT).

    Written By: Gary on July 14, 2008 One Comment

    So I’m in some restaurant having the best Philly Steak and Cheese sandwich ever! It”s more of a real steak sandwich than a sliced one. The French Onion Soup was great too, but it was way too hot!

    But I have no idea where I am! Some Bistro on Washtenaw Road near Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti. The name doesn”t appear to be written anywhere inside the restaurant…

    Nice place. With lots of TVs for the sports crowd, but not really a sports bar. A few pool tables here too. Free WiFi too…

    I’ll have to check the sign on the way out for the location and update this later!
    Later:
    Ahh, it”s just called the “Bistro Bar and Grill”, it does say “Bistro” all over the place in there…

    It’s at 4735 Washtenaw and I’m still not sure if it’s Ann Arbor or Ypsilanti but it’s in the area of St Joseph’s hospital.

    Written By: Gary on July 13, 2008 2 Comments

    Okay, so this woman got hit by lightening while taking video of the storm.
    Read the caption (and watch the original) at direct link.

    Written By: Gary on July 11, 2008 No Comment

    It’s the weekend! I have nowhere that I have to be and I’m pretty excited about that. Happy hour today, a movie some time and who knows what else but I definitely plan to sleep in for a few days in a row. I think it’s raining tomorrow, so I’ll try to get some stuff done around the house. My Mom got her new bike yesterday (we went shopping a few weeks ago) so maybe I’ll visit her and we’ll go for a ride Sunday.

    That’s it! I’m just happy the the next two days don’t fall on a Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday…!

    Written By: Gary on July 7, 2008 One Comment

    So the idea of putting your life on the internet came up at work today. It was really more about people putting inappropriate things on-line. But the question was asked and I couldn’t come up with a good answer. I had some answers but I didn’t think I could make someone understand if they didn’t get it just a little bit.

    I remembered back into the days when Heather was trying to get me to understand blogging and I just didn’t get it. Partially because I always put my life out there so it wasn’t something new, but the (semi)regular posting and using special software to do it I just didn’t understand. Let alone when she tried to explain trackbacks and pings. And if a geek like me didn’t get it, how can I get other people to?

    Now here I am 1800+ posts later (and a million spam comments) and I still don’t have a good answer.It’s a lot of little things, it’s fun, it’s great to get feedback from others, sometimes it’s therapy to vent (and it’s free!) and sometimes it’s the thinking it out & making it coherent for others makes you think about it & understand it more.. It depends on the topic. I certainly get different things out of it when I type about a movie review than when I discuss a funeral I just went to. I generally try to avoid certain things: (complaining about) work, dating people (but I will complain about not dating), anything that would turn off a current or future employer, sex and a few other topics.

    Back to the original question, why? I guess it’s what some people do these days. Some people keep quiet, some people talk, some hate using the phone, some people you can’t get off the phone, some people blog publicly, and some blog in secret.

    I did mention that I blog all my vacations, which they understood as sharing. But they just see it as sharing with friends and not with the whole world. But it’s out there for the whole world too. “If you build it” and all that…

    Yeah, I guess that’s what I should have said as an answer, that whole previous paragraph (not just the first sentence of it).

    Written By: Gary on July 7, 2008 One Comment

    So the original The Day The Earth Stood Still is one of the quintessential science fiction movies ever made. I can barely remember any old SciFi Black & White movies that I’ve seen (that didn’t have Godzilla in them) but this one has always stuck in my head. Very little action but an excellent story. I never knew it was such a classic, I just thought it was a great movie that I liked, but I’ve seen so many references to “Klaatu barada nikto” throughout my life I realized* I wasn’t the only one who thought so (but as a by-product I also realized I was a nerd).

    They’ve decided to remake remake The Day The Earth Stood Still with Keanu Reeves. The trailer looks interesting but I’m not sure if it’ll live up to the original. While I’m a fan of Keanu Reeves, I won’t say he’s the most excellent actor out there but his movies are either great or lame (generally not in the middle). And even though there was only a quick glimpse of Gort, the preview made me feel like it will not be lame. So I’m very hopeful.

    Written By: Gary on July 5, 2008 3 Comments

    Woo Hoo! More guest stars!!! And now on to the good stuff…

    WARNING!!! BIG SPOILERS BELOW!
    So it turns out I was right on target with one of my guesses and what I hoped would happen did, they just showed David Tennant’s hand-in-a-bottle way too many times this season for me to think it was a coincidence. They used that hand (hi hand) to keep David Tennant as this version of the Doctor after he regenerated. And used it for a few other things…

    And amazingly my guess about Donna becoming the Doctor came out to be mostly-true. It was a wild guess and since I hadn’t seen anyone else talking about it, but it sure felt that way to me. I wanted to get it in writing so I could get credit for it later!

    Now while the above two Doctor items were mutually exclusive, it wasn’t likely I’d be right on both but I think I should get at least one-and-a-half points out of two; she was “a” Doctor just not “The” Doctor. But with a title like “Journey’s End”, I wasn’t too hopeful about Donna but it did turn out to be a strange ending for her.

    (I have to put these things down somewhere ever since I’ve never truly gotten over that I had completely worked out how X-Men’s Jean Grey was going to come back to life and I never wrote in about it…)

    No preview for the Christmas special, I’m under the impression they are filming it already. So that’s a little surprising we didn’t get a peek like the last few years. Not even a reference to it. The Christmas special preview was after the credits, more Cybermen, didn’t notice for sure if there was a companion.

    I’m not a big Dalek fan, when there’s a bunch of villains (1,000s) they generally get rid of them with some non-reproduable miracle cure, so I didn’t like that part of the story-line. That part was a little bit slow for me, but they had a lot to wrap up too.

    All in all, it was a bit of The Doctor dumping everyone off somewhere and him being alone (again). It’s not like he didn’t have some choices of a new (return) companion.

    But, still, I can’t wait until the Christmas special! Unless we get a Torchwood (mini)series before then. Although, I’m thinking Torchwood is getting Martha and Mickey and that’ll make a completely different kind of team…

    Written By: Gary on July 4, 2008 2 Comments

    So I just saw Hancock and I really enjoyed it. A lot of laugh out loud moments. An excellent part for Will Smith. If you think this is yor type of movie than I bet you’ll enjoy it.

    But the movie was different than I expected, I’m not sure if “twist” is the right word but it was something completely not expected. So go see it quickly, before you hear about it or before they change the TV trailers to reveal it.

    The more interesting stuff is in the twist, so that’s all I’ve got to say…

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