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Mon 20 Jul 2009

Doctor 11 - Seriously, a Bow Tie?

First Photo of Next Doctor's Costume
(Doctor Who Official News Site, 20 Jul 2009)

His new costume comprises black boots, dark trousers, a smart shirt and bow tie with a light brown jacket completing the ensemble. It says adventure. It says laid back cool. It says Time Lord chic and we're loving it!
Uh huh.

Abulsme - Mon, 20 Jul 2009, 01:05:04 PDT - Fun
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Sun 19 Jul 2009

DVD: Sixteen Candles

So, this week was an Amy movie weekend. It actually was supposed to be for the last several weeks, but she never had a qualifying movie. This time she did. But then at the last minute she got an invite from a friend for some concert, so ditched family movie night. Brandy and I watched her movie anyway.

The movie was Sixteen Candles, which I had NEVER SEEN. I knew it was some sort of "classic" from the 80's that was always spoken of with nostalgia. I figured that meant it was a good movie. I was wrong. There were perhaps a couple of funny moments, but it was mostly just bad and full of annoying stereotypes. Now, did I recognize some of Amy's behavior in Molly Ringwald? OK, maybe. BUt for the most part, it was just people walking around doing things that didn't make sense, and for which the motivations were unclear and also made no sense. And almost everybody making bad decisions and acting irresponsibly at every turn.

I admit it, I just don't get it.

Why does anybody like this movie?

Abulsme - Sun, 19 Jul 2009, 22:43:38 PDT - DVD
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Sat 18 Jul 2009

Cinema: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

So, Amy went to see the Harry Potter movie with a friend of hers on opening night. And when I found out Amy was going, I insisted that Brandy and I go too. (To an overlapping showing though, we didn't crowd in on Amy and her friends. :-)

Anyway, I've seen a lot of mixed reviews for this, but I liked it. Yes, there were major parts of the book missing. But it was a long book. Yes, there were some silly parts. But it was fun. It was funny at the right bits and got sad at the right bit, etc.

Could some of it have been better? Sure. Was the book better than the movie. Sure.

But it was a good fun summer movie, and if you watched any of the rest of these, or if you've read the books, then you have to see this, right?

Anyway, none of the Harry Potter movies have been masterpieces, and I'm not sure they even strive for that. But this is one of the better of the bunch so far.

At least I think so.

Amy has already seen it twice.

I think I'll be fine with once.

But I wouldn't have missed it.

Abulsme - Sat, 18 Jul 2009, 14:11:59 PDT - Cinema
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Fri 17 Jul 2009

Thoughts on Mozy?

For the last few days I've been trying out Mozy for offsite backup, adding a bit more for it to back up each day. Does anyone out there have any thoughts or experiences on Mozy they would like to share, either positive or negative?

Abulsme - Fri, 17 Jul 2009, 19:20:04 PDT - Tech
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And that's the way it is, July 17th 2009

Goodbye Walter.

Abulsme - Fri, 17 Jul 2009, 17:36:26 PDT - News
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Curmudgeon's Corner: Capitol-ism

Sam and Ivan talk about:

  • DC
  • Hosting
  • History Lessons
  • Governor Palin
  • Holder Prosecuting?
  • Presidential Power
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Abulsme - Fri, 17 Jul 2009, 14:32:21 PDT - CC
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Abulsme - Fri, 17 Jul 2009, 14:28:18 PDT - Photo
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DVD: Doctor Who: Inferno: Disk One

This last Friday Amy wasn't home, and the movie of the week was another old Doctor Who. This time it was the Third Doctor story Inferno from 1970. My vague memory is that this is the first Third Doctor episode I ever saw back when I was a teenager.

As of late as we have been going through the old episodes, I have been anxious to get past the 1960's stuff and get on to the slightly more recent 4th Doctor and beyond stuff. But some of the 3rd Doctor stories actually aren't too bad. This is one of those. I didn't have strong memories of this story, so I've been pleasantly surprised. I've enjoyed it so far. Some funny moments. Interesting story so far, etc.

Now, this was only Episodes 1-4... 5-7 are on Disk Two. So we'll see if I continue to think the same way.

But for now, I think of the 3rd Doctor episodes, I kind of like this one.

[Edit 2009 Sep 22 02:48 UTC - We just went to watch disk two, only to find it was all extras, and in fact all seven episodes of this were on the first disk. So please ignore the above, a new review will be posted once we watch ALL of Disk One.]

Abulsme - Fri, 17 Jul 2009, 09:03:33 PDT - DVD
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Thu 16 Jul 2009

Amy Bottles

Abulsme - Thu, 16 Jul 2009, 23:00:26 PDT - Photo
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DVD: The Philadelphia Story

We've been pretty good the last few weeks at actually doing the family movie night every Friday. Two Friday's ago it was my movie again, and as I do every other one of my movies, it was time for working my way up the AFI 100 Years 100 Movies list and it was time for #51, The Philadelphia Story. With this movie I have now watched 50 of the 100 movies! Woo! I'm on my way!

Anyway, it is a funny little romantic comedy sort of thing. Amy was skeptical at first and did not want to watch it. It was old, it was black and white, and it was one of my picks. Harumpf!

Anyway, by the time it was over, she loved it. She keeps a little "Quotes File" on her iPhone, and she added several quotes from this movie. And she and Brandy both laughed a bunch.

Meanwhile, I thought it was OK. It was a fun little movie I guess, but I wasn't overly impressed, and if you ask me about it in a couple years, I probably will remember very little about it.

But in general people liked it, and the fact that Amy liked it made it a fun time.

So, good movie. Probably worth a rental once.

Abulsme - Thu, 16 Jul 2009, 22:33:41 PDT - DVD
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