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"Only two things are infinite--the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." Albert Einstein

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public." Theodore Roosevelt

"I'm not as think as you confused I am." Someone, somewhere, at some time

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Friday, May 22, 2009
Where no one has gone before

So, I finally got around to seeing Star Trek today. I will say that I was definitely satisfied with the flick. Obviously, Zachary Quinty was perfectly cast as Spock. Most of the other casting was also well done, though contrary to what seems to be popular opinion, Karl Urban's performance as McCoy/Bones was rather disappointing, in my opinion. I felt he was trying a bit too hard to mimic DeForest Kelley's portrayal of the character, which came across as "forced." But just my opinion. The movie would have likely been much more entertaining for me personally had it not been for one particular scene (those who have seen the movie and who are aware of certain recent events in my life will likely know to what I am referring). But, overall, a fun romp.

Word of advice, though . . . try to get seated after the previews have rolled. Believe you me, you'll be better off avoiding the agony of the G.I. Joe trailer.

Saturday, May 16, 2009
I am geek, hear me roar

Yes, I am a geek. I am such a geek that I have begun collecting the Burger King Star Trek glasses and kid's meal toys without even having seen the movie yet. Of course, I think that also means I am not much of a geek, having not yet seen the movie. So apparently I am a confused geek.

Saturday, May 09, 2009
Missing in action

My sincerest apologies for the absence. Lately I have not had much time for anything. Which actually sucks considering I've been off from school this week. But between prepping for finals, taking finals, attending a wedding, house sitting for my folks, a cousin's birthday party, and dealing with issues revolving around my sister's death that we are still dealing with, I have not had much opportunity for blogging. But I have a few minutes, so here's a quick update.

Finals went tolerably well. I'm fairly certain I passed them all, though likely not with flying colors. The instructors threw a few curve balls in there (meaning I slacked off a bit and neglected my studies in a few specific areas). But I'm done with first year! Hurray! Only three more to go lol. We got a whole week off, and we'll be starting back up next week. As expected, we already have reading assignments, and due to a hectic schedule I have already fallen behind. Not a good start.

With my sister's passing, my folks inherited her two dogs. Due to my schedule, and his increasing age, Duncan has also been living with them rather than getting left alone. The two girls (Sammi, my folks' dog, and Liza, one of my sister's) recently began fighting. Yes, fighting. To the point that blood has been drawn. This is so not good. They took the two girls to Tulare this week, thinking it might help them bond without the boys around. Liza broke out of the yard (literally broke--knocked the gate off the hinge), which of course put my mom into an absolute panic. Fortunately, she made it back home a few hours later--a neighbor having picked her up. But those few hours were frantic.

Speaking of my sister, more information has become available to us recently via the FAA investigation. Understandably (I hope), I do not wish to discuss it further at this time. And truth be told I may never do so here. I don't know. But things have been difficult for the family.

Last Friday I furthered my life's goal and went to see X-Men Origins: Wolverine. It was a bit of a last minute decision, and I was a little worried about a crowded theater on opening night. Surprisingly, the theater was less than half full. Anyway, the movie was about as expected--a fun romp, though hardly award winning (it is, after all, a comic book flick). There were some parts I didn't like, in part because they didn't fit (imo) with other parts of the movie franchise. Or because they didn't jive with my recollection of the comic books (though admittedly it's been some 20 years since I last followed the print X-Men/Wolverine). But it was still fun, and nice couple hours of relaxation and distraction at the end of finals week. I need to go see Star Trek but not sure when I'm going to find the time.

That's pretty much the relevant updates. Rather boring, I know. But that seems to be my life as of late. I had a Babe of the Month entry planned, but obviously missed it. I'll try to get one in soon, though it may not be until the next scheduled installment lol. Finally, I want to wish a Happy Mother's Day to all you mothers out there.

Sunday, April 26, 2009
Avast ye scurvy dogs!

Finals begin tomorrow. I feel pretty confident about one, not so confident on the other two. But I think I'll do well enough to pass. I hope. Anyway, quite a while back I developed a little "system" for test preparation. One of the most important things I do is to take a complete day right before the test to not study. That's right, I find something fun and relaxing and don't even think about the exam or subject matter. So that's what I did today.

sails up 3You may (or probably not) recall that last year I took a look-see at the Privateer Lynx during its Monterey stopover. Some of the imagery in my pics I really, really liked. Unfortunately, I later discovered that my camera had a slight problem, and has been throwing an errant red splotch in all my photos. Somewhat annoying. Since I recently inherited my sister's camera, I figured it might be a good idea to try and re-create some of that imagery. And the Lynx's stop in Monterey happened to be this weekend. Perfect timing. So, I took my relaxation day to wander out and tour the boat, along with wandering around Monterey & Cannery Row while I was out that way. This time (as you can see from this year's photos) I was smart enough to reposition my vantage point after the dockside tour to get some good shots of the ship under sail. I also took some short videos of the ship as it deployed the sails, viewable here.

All in all, it was a nice, relaxing day. Though I was disappointed that I was unable to recreate some of my favorite shots. They must have had a different crew this year--the ropes were tied differently (and less elegantly), the life-boat was stowed on deck rather than towed, and the small pintle-mounted cannons were not present. Oh well. It was still worth the time.

Thursday, April 16, 2009
Snakes on a plane!

Snakes on a plane! Snakes on a plane! Who ever thought such a rediculous movie plot could come true? Where's Samuel L. Jackson when you need him?

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