Outtakes: E*Trade Baby Superbowl Commercial

January 31, 2009 at 5:46 pm (Uncategorized)

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Fall Grades

January 25, 2009 at 4:13 pm (Uncategorized)

So those classes I was taking at RVC over the fall semester ended in December, and here we are nearing the end of January and I still haven’t gotten any grade reports in the mail from the college – not sure what’s up with that.
But – I logged into my account online where it lets you view your transcript, and the grades were up there –
Got an A in both my World History and my Visual Arts class!
Nudging up my GPA by like 0.1 or something like that! Woooo!

Probably a waste of both time and money, but at least the history class was interesting.

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TV Watchin’ Update

January 22, 2009 at 7:53 pm (Movies & TV)

Man, I have a feeling my Netflix Queue may end up getting backed up again from lack of time to watch movies (at least till summer 😛 ) – lots of nifty stuff comin’ back on the air!

Battlestar Galactica has started back up, now in it’s final season and the last 10 episodes before completion of the story. Some damned interesting stuff going on with the season 4.5 opener, and I still consider this to be among my top shows even though I have to Hulu the dang thing to watch it.

Although it could end up falling into that “guilty pleasure” category, I’m really enjoying Legend of the Seeker. It’s just fun and kinda campy fantasy-adventure. Good stuff.

Lost is back, and already has me worried. I’ve been a huge fan of this show for a long time, but it had really started to drag. Not only that, but they resorted to the storyline that almost always shows the writers are scraping the bottom of the idea barrel: fukkin’ time travel. Hopefully they move past it quickly and turn to something a little more interesting.

Crusoe is a pretty new series that I thought started out pretty strongly, but is also quickly getting tired. Loved the theme, but it appears there’s only so much you can do with a guy stuck on a deserted island during the 1700’s. Not sure how much longer I’ll be watching this one.

Returning in a week or so that I’m also looking forward to: Heroes, and Terminator

Not to mention, a couple of new shows starting up soon that I’m wanting to check out:

Dollhouse (the new Joss Wheden project that will probably get cancelled halfway into the first season):

and Castle, a new show starring Nathan Fillion, whom I really dig as an actor but who has been suffering from Fox cancellations for quite a while – hopefully this one being on ABC might mean it could actually run at least a whole season.

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Change! It’s Change! Or, uh, not.

January 22, 2009 at 8:00 am (Political Ponderings)

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A New President. Yay. Or Something.

January 21, 2009 at 12:45 am (Political Ponderings)


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So today the Presidential reigns have been handed over to Barack Obama, with an inauguration beginning his shift by blowing an estimated $170 million on the party, while today the stock market plummeted, the worst drop during a Presidential inauguration since the Dow was created in 1896.

I’m hoping that this isn’t a sign of things to come, but I have an eerie sense of foreboding about what is to come in the months and years ahead.

I think part of what’s bothering me is just the amount of hype around his election that has gone far and beyond the level of belief. Other than being being a good speaker, what exactly has he done to deserve it all? I really don’t get it.

I mean think about it – whenever the media over-hypes something, be it a new product, or movie, or idea – how often have they lived up to the hype? How often do they instead turn out to be a huge disappointment, with you considering this new product/movie/idea/etc and the thought of “Wait… what, this is it?” going through your head?
I mean, could Obama end up becoming the US Political equivalent of Microsoft Bob?

Like many others, although I didn’t vote for him, and I disagree with a lot of his policy ideas, and I find his cabinet choices, lack of accomplishments, and probable ties to corrupt state governments to be disturbing, and overall think there’s a possibility he could be extremely damaging for the country regardless of how much the masses mindlessly bow before him – the more responsible (or maybe just patriotic) part of me really hopes I’m wrong. The country is in a rocky place right now especially when it comes to the economy, and I’ve love to find out that my opinion that Obama’s policies will bankrupt the country actually turn out to be wrong and they somehow bring prosperity to the country instead.

To say the least, I’m not going to hold my breath.

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The Alien-Viking Monster-Fighting Team

January 18, 2009 at 1:14 pm (Movies & TV)

Now scheduled for “limited release” (aka not here) on the 23rd is the latest fantasy epic from the producer of the Lord of the Rings – this time, we explore the world of the Vikings!

And their adventures as they, uhhhh, team up with a futuristic spaceman who crash lands in 709 Norway in order to battle with a nightmarish dragon-like space monster that is now roaming free across the countryside.

Man, how I hope and pray this one will be available on DVD before my next Cheesy Movie Day!

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BSG is back!

January 18, 2009 at 2:45 am (Movies & TV)

Battlestar Galactica has fired back up, and man, what a great mix of answers, new twists, and a couple of WTF moments that hopefully will be explained later.

Some of the new info given in the season 4.5 opener got me thinking, and I have a theory that I think is really, really good about one of the biggest mysteries in the series – it doesn’t fit perfectly based on the info we have so far, but it’s pretty damned close. If you’re a fan of the show you might want to head here and give it a read. It does contain a small spoiler so be sure to be caught up before reading.

I’m really danged happy to see this series come back, even though I don’t get the Sci-Fi channel and have to watch it over Hulu. Although it’s had a few dull moments, this has seriously been one of the best TV shows I’ve ever seen, and when they finally conclude the story at the end of this season it will be very bittersweet. I’m already planning to add the “complete series” box set to the ole’ wish list when it comes out.

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Even Colder

January 16, 2009 at 8:16 am (Uncategorized)

It’s -24F out right now as I get prepared to leave for work. Holy crap!

BTW current temp in :

Anchorage, AK: +37F

Amery ice shelf, Antartica: +11F

Yes, it’s almost 30 degrees warmer in f-ing Antartica, and about 60-ish degrees warmer in Alaska, than it is here.
Yay midwest winters!

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Holy crap it’s cold outside

January 15, 2009 at 8:23 am (Uncategorized)

Bitterly cold temperatures will combine with northwest winds to
produce dangerous wind chills of 25 below to 40 below zero this
morning.

A wind chill warning means the combination of wind and very cold
air will create dangerously low wind chill values. This will
result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia or death if
precautions are not taken.

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A winter weekend with the girlie

January 11, 2009 at 11:51 pm (Dating and Girls)

Had a pretty fun weekend.
Yesterday/Saturday we took the trip into Chicago to go to the Field Museum.
The last time I went to downtown Chicago to see one of the attractions there it was to go to the Shedd Aquarium, which itself was fine (if overpriced), but the drive was an absolute nightmare.
So, this time, I decided that if I was actually going to enjoy my day, public transportation would have to become involved.
Thus, the day began with driving an hour to a town a little ways out (through so much snow that LabGirl made the comment that it might be considered stupid) where we could catch the Metra commuter train.

The train took another two hours to get downtown, but that was probably much quicker than it would have taken to drive through the snow, and it was completely stress-free – you can just kick back, read a magazine, listen to tunes, or whatever.
From the train station we then bussed our way to the museum, which took maybe another 20 minutes or so.

Although most of the time it’d take a bit longer, I think I’m liking the public transport method of getting to and around Chicago. It’s not hard to do so long as you pre-plan and have an idea where you’re going (and, in the case of the bus, the driver actually suggested a much better route than I had originally planned by transferring to another bus that it crossed paths with that stops right in front of the museum), there were scant few if any scary people on them, you don’t have to stress out in Chicago traffic, and it’s probably cheaper to boot. I pre-bought a couple of 1-day bus passes (gives you unlimited rides for the day) online which were I think $5.75 each, and round-trip weekend train tickets were $5 a pop. Getting to the train station cost me maybe $5 in gas (if that) and $1.50 to park for the day. In comparison to driving which takes almost as long, forces you to deal with seriously insane traffic, burn through probably 3/4 or more of a tank of gas to get there and back, plus nearly $20 just to park the dang car once you get to the museum park. About the only part I didn’t like was that in the late afternoon when we decided we were ready to go home, there weren’t any trains going back our way for another hour and a half, so we got to sit around bored in the train station for all that time waiting on it. If it was a nicer time of year we probably would have just gone out and explored some of the nearby shopping or something, but yesterday the weather was just too crappy to stay out in it for very long.

The Field Museum is pretty impressive as far as museums go – it’s a hugemungous natural history museum with gigantic displays of animals from around the world, the evolution of life though various stages of the Earth’s development, displays about geology and stones (including a room devoted to the rare sparkly kinds and another room dedicated to jade, which showed some truly amazing artistry applied to it) and a display devoted to meteorites which was pretty darned cool too. There was also areas covering the cultures of the ancient Americas and Africa, and I believe there was also a display about Egypt although we somehow missed it.
It wasn’t what I’d go so far as to say was a fun place to go, but it was definitely interesting and worthy of spending a day around.

We got home later that night, exhausted, and it didn’t take long for us to fall asleep.

This morning I decided to be all nice and help her shovel her driveway – the thing is huge (the garage is well behind her house and the driveway extends all the way out to the street out front) and she hasn’t yet invested in a snow blower (or thrower I guess is the official term now?) but she did have two shovels, so I figured she could use the help considering the probably 6-8″ of snow we got over the weekend – you should see drag marks where the underside of my car plowed through it the night before.
It was exhausting work, and afterwords we decided to unwind by going to Aldeen Park to try out the sleds that have been in the trunk of my car since like early November.
Unfortunately I couldn’t find any photos, but this park is great for sledding – it has a HUGE steep hill which during the thaw season actually serves as a dam, making the park into a sort of make-shift reservior. LabGirl was actually scared to go up on the thing 😉 I talked her into it once, but then we spent the rest of our time sledding on the tamer hills, probably giving it an hour or so before deciding the cold was getting to us and we needed to go. LabGirl hadn’t been on a sled since she was a little kid, and I have to say, she seemed to have a blast. 🙂
We went back home and warmed up with some hot cocoa and a blanket while we watched a movie, ending another fine weekend together.

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