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March 2010

On a White Unicorn

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner…

Sam and Ivan talk about:

  • Healthcare Reform
  • No Process Hawks
  • Stupak Stuff
  • Party Shifts
  • iPad Preorders
  • US-Israel Kerfluffle
  • Healthcare Reform Again

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First Standing

At 19:32 UTC today, a little under 90 minutes ago, Alex did the pulling himself up from sitting to standing with no external human intervention for the first time. Yay Alex!

Alex with DC Grands

2010 Feb 25 01:14 UTC

I actually liked a different one taken three seconds earlier a bit better, but this one was on “the list” so I used it instead, even though that violated my rule of not letting the list affect my editorial choices and just cropping or blurring or skipping ones not on the list. :-)

Wild Child

So, we finally started doing video nights again after not having done one for awhile, and it was Amy’s turn. Her movie this time around was Wild Child. This is a 2008 teen girl oriented movie. Misbehaving rich girl from California gets sent to boarding school in England. From that one sentence you can probably guess exactly the entire plot of the rest of the movie, and you would most likely be right.

Lets see…. culture clash between the new bad girl and the boarding school girls. Conflict ensues. But through a series of events the girls find they can relate after all, and the boarding school girls learn a bit from the new girl, and the new girl learns a bit from the boarding school girls. Oh, and of course there is a romantic interest, and a few people to act as advisories. In the end the bad girl learns a lesson about friendship and humanity and they all live happily ever after.

Yeah, pretty much that.

Brandy was groaning and asking when it would be over almost from the very first scene. I didn’t mind it that much. I thought it was actually kind of amusing. No depth of course. No surprises. Nothing super interesting. But yet amusing. It killed a couple of hours.

If your teenage girl wants to watch this, it won’t kill you. But otherwise, if you are not yourself a teenage girl, you can very safely skip this.

William and William

2010 Feb 25 01:13 UTC

That would be William Maynard Minter and William Alexander Minter of course.


So yes, Amy and I did see Avatar. (Brandy and Alex stayed home.) And no, although it was by new means new when we saw it, it wasn’t just last week or anything either, I am just way behind in posting these sorts of things.

We saw it in a real Science Center IMAX place (not one of those fake multi-plex IMAXes) and of course in 3D.

Of course, I have nothing of real value to add that hasn’t been said many hundreds of times over about this movie. It is indeed visually impressive. The technological advances involved in making something like this are exiting. It is good stuff on that front.

On the story front it is pretty formulaic and predictable, but it is one of those movies where that is not the point, and you are supposed to just hang on and enjoy the ride rather than spend much time on deep thoughts about the plot, what anything means, or about the actual characters. Which is fine.

But one thing I could not forgive… the floating mountains. Really?? And without so much as a throw away line trying to explain it. OK, maybe a throw away line saying people still didn’t understand or some such. But not even a “the insides are filled with helium” or something. Come on! At least try! But again, it doesn’t matter in the end I guess.

I’m sure everybody who wants to see this already has. So, you know, whatever. But it is worth seeing. And it is worth seeing in IMAX and in 3D.

Dad and Cathy

2010 Feb 22 21:30 UTC

This one was actually on the list of approved pictures, so no blurring or cropping people out or anything. :-)

I skipped one picture that would have come before this one in sequence because it wasn’t on the list.

One Stuck Pixel

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner…

Sam and Ivan talk about:

  • Sam’s Computer Migration
  • Ivan’s New Old Computer
  • Google vs Apple
  • Google China
  • Al-Qaeda 7
  • Taxes Again

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Alex at Six Months

So, everything was still busy being transferred from my old computer to my new computer when the actual moment happened slightly over 13 hours ago at 7:33 UTC on March 14th (11:33 PM on the 13th Pacific, 3:33 AM on the 14th Eastern), but Alex is indeed now 6 months old. Half a year. Wow. The now semi-traditional monthly video was actually filmed a couple of days earlier on the 12th. But here it is. Happy half-year birthday Alex!

For those who prefer it to the embedded version, here is a direct YouTube link.