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"Wanna know how I got these scars?" [Jul. 18th, 2008|12:01 am]
Beautiful Stranger
From having my FACE THOROUGHLY ROCKED BY THE DARK KNIGHT.

Midnight showing at the Somerville Theater. Place was absolutely packed. But I was there -- at one of the first public theatrical showings of the most epic movie in the superhero genre, full stop. You should have had your tickets a week ago so you could see it sometime this weekend. If not, sucks to be you.
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YE GODS [Jul. 26th, 2007|08:54 pm]
Beautiful Stranger
ALICE IN VIDEOLAND OWN YOUR EARS
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For those who don't know... [Jul. 22nd, 2007|10:52 am]
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I'm in the Boston area on a 3-month contract. I rented a little room in Medford from a sweet Asian lady for the next couple of months out at least with only my lappy, a few changes of clothes, and a couple of books. I feel like quite the vagabond. Somehow the notion that I will find a single place to settle down and put down roots feels a bit foreign. Portland, Oregon felt the most like such a place; but it's doubtful that I'll make my way back there.

Saw Transformers. It was awesome. The whole theater erupted in applause at the end.
Saw Live Free or Die Hard. It was the exact movie Swordfish tried too hard to be. Watch it. Laugh at all the pseudo-technological bullshit. (Bruce Schneier probably sat in the theater, nunchuks hung around his neck, laughing at every other line and nearly popping a vein when the computer kid goes, "My algorithm...") In spite of it all, you better believe that Bruce Willis is still a fucking pimp.
Saw Ratatouille. THE MOVIE EVENT OF THE SUMMER. This brings the drive-in total to two 2007 movies featuring CG rats -- the first being March's TMNT with the best Splinter ever, whose voice is for the first time in franchise history actually done by a Japanese guy (Makoto Iwamatsu, who sadly has passed on and won't be reprising the role).
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WONDERFUL ELECTRIC... [May. 27th, 2007|05:05 pm]
Beautiful Stranger
I have discovered Goldfrapp.

Ye gods... *cream*
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WHAT MAGNETO WILLS, MAGNETO DOES. [May. 4th, 2007|11:00 am]
Beautiful Stranger
Well as you probably know by now, they managed to work "I'm the Juggernaut, bitch" into the 3rd X-Men movie. And now they're planning a movie based on Magneto. If they do, then Sir Ian McKellen really needs to deliver this line because he'd sound totally badass:
"No one may dare contradict me, for when they do, I get angry. And when I get angry, THINGS BEGIN TO HAPPEN."
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How to fix a clog [May. 1st, 2007|02:15 am]
Beautiful Stranger
Plunger plunger plunger plunger plunger plunger plunger plunger plunger plunger plunger plunger DRANO DRANO,
Plunger plunger plunger plunger plunger plunger plunger plunger plunger plunger plunger plunger DRANO DRANO,
Plunger plunger plunger plunger plunger plunger plunger plunger plunger plunger plunger plunger DRANO DRANO,
Plunger plunger plunger plunger plunger plunger plunger plunger plunger plunger plunger plunger ARGH! SNAKE!
A SNAKE! SNAKE, A SNAKE! OHHHHHH, USE A SNAAAAAAAAKE!
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Another funny thing: [Apr. 21st, 2007|09:46 am]
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The "E" in the EBGames logo looks exactly like Katakana mo (モ). So from now on I'm going to call that place Mo-B-Games.
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Why is it? [Apr. 4th, 2007|03:45 pm]
Beautiful Stranger
Why is it that every time I read the name of the company Deloitte & Touche, my mind subconsciously elides the "eloitte & T"?
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LIVEBLOGGING FROM ROCCO'S FTW!!! [Mar. 31st, 2007|11:00 am]
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I'm inside Rocco's, a pizza joint in downtown Portland. Portland is one of the most WiFi-enabled cities in the U.S., which means flipping out the lappy and doing internets-related stuff becomes feasible from anywhere in the city.

Rocco's appears to be something of a local punk hang-out. It has the tragically hip look of a pizza joint that might be frequented by Zero Cool, Acid Burn, and Phantom Phreak from Hackers; many of its patrons and a few of its staff look like they may have walked out of that movie. I feel vaguely out of place here, but they have teh wiffy and their pie makes some of Hoboken's finest pale in comparison.

Overheard in the bookstore: "There is a Goddess, and her name is Caffeina." A-fucking-men.
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The Transformers movie [Mar. 29th, 2007|04:54 am]
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I really want to give the upcoming Transformers movie a chance. I think people are dismissing it prematurely, saying "it's gonna suck", etc. To be perfectly honest, though, I'm not one of those geeks with a huge emotional investment in the Transformers franchise; it was just another of the many (in retrospect, mostly really shitty) cartoons I watched as a kid. I had the Optimus Prime, Jazz, and some other jet guy from the Decepticons (not Starscream, somebody else) toys. We were a poor family; the practice of conspicuous consumption by proxy (our parents) to which many of us 80s children had been accustomed (especially in rich-prick suburban districts like Ridgefield, Connecticut) was not really an option for me.

So no, I really can't afford to shed many tears over the fact that Optimus Prime is not a cab-over-engine semi in this new movie, and that Bumblebee won't talk and will be a Camaro instead of a Volkswagen, etc. I take it in the same spirit as the Spider-Man and X-Men franchises. I mean the general consensus is that those movies were fucking awesome. No one except hard-core, basement-dwelling nerds really complains that Wolverine is really short in the comics and really tall in the movies; Hugh Jackman is fucking badass and plays the part perfectly.

Granted, it's possible to completely fuck something up. Aeon Flux for instance. I think Peter Chung is kind of a prick and I have mixed feelings about his style. He was one of the originators of what I like to call the "glossturbing" trend that all the emo punk goth kids these days seem to like. Sin City and the videogame Killer 7 fall into the same category. My feelings on Aeon Flux the work are perhaps best reflected in my feelings on the character herself: I never found her sexy. I found her ugly, but it was an ugly that was sort of purposeful. And many of the glossturbing aspects of Aeon Flux worked in a way that was really cool, from a science fiction geek's standpoint.

Along comes the live-action movie, which factored the disturbing parts out of glossturbing, leaving only gloss. A completely vague, undirected, but shiny ricecake of a film with all the weighty juicy bits left in the trash bin.

Transformers doesn't have a big enough concept to be ruined in precisely this way. It's good bots vs. bad bots, and as long as they transform into vehicles and blow shit up with their laser cannons, people are going to pack into the theaters and genuinely enjoy this movie, provided of course that they're not the type who spend four hours each day meticulously polishing their G1 vintage Starscream figure.
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