Friday, March 27, 2009


Minor correction - it is Deus ex Machina, not duex. So much for me sounding educated :-)
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Bad taste in my mind

I believe the term is "Deux ex Machina" - the literal translation being "god in the machine". It comes from greek theatre, where at the end of the play a god would drop down out of the sky and save the day. In modern usage, it is where in a movie (or tv show, novel, whatever) the solution sudenly appears out of left field, with no logic or reason - often leaving you with a feeling of ?!?WTF?!?

Diane and I went to see "Knowing" last night. OMG what a horrible movie.

The best anology I can make is imagine eating a big chocolate candy bar - like a Snickers. Good, chewy, nuts. Then as you pop the last bite into your mouth, you suddenly realize that you eating a chocolate covered turd - with nuts. No matter how much you enjoyed the first 3/4 of it, you can't get the taste of the turd out of your mouth.

It could have been a good movie - if they took out the last 15 minutes or so (the huge Deux ex Machina turd) and actually wrote a real ending.

Not the absolute worst movie I have seen, but it really works hard for the honor.

I have to wonder if Nicholas Cage was broke or what to have made him make this steaming piece of cinematic crap.
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Monday, March 23, 2009

Back to work full time

I'm a bit nervous and excited. Starting a new job, this one 'permanent' (as much as any are) with great benefits. I don't like learning a new routine, but I'll be working with three people I have worked with in the past, so that is good.

It is funny, I always worry about timing and first impressions - I usually leave around 7:00 am and get in early, but getting in early really isn't an option the first day.
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Monday, March 16, 2009

Unemployed, again

It feels a little like I'm back where I started. The one month assignment I took in December is finally over - after only 12 weeks. Talk about a long month. :-)

I guess I should consider myself fortunate that I got it extended as long as I did - it gives me some breathing room until the next one.

Maybe that one will be soon (I hope!!!). I have several opportunities that look like they are progressing, though very, very slowly. And all of them local (ok, one is about 30 miles south between here and Cincinnati, but close enough). The waiting is the worst part though.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

I've seen 160 out of 239 films

SUPPOSEDLY if you've seen over 85 films, you have no life. Mark the ones you've seen. There are 239 films on this list.
(X) Rocky Horror Picture Show (live, no costume)
(X) Grease
(X) Pirates of the Caribbean
(X) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest
( ) Boondock Saints
(X) Fight Club
( ) Starsky and Hutch
(X) Neverending Story
(X) Blazing Saddles
(X) AirplaneTotal: 8

(X) The Princess Bride
(X) Anchorman
(X) Napoleon Dynamite
(X) Labyrinth
( ) Saw
( ) Saw II
(X) White Noise
( ) White Oleander
(X) Anger Management
(X) 50 First Dates
(X) The Princess Diaries
(X) The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Total so far: 17

(X) Scream
(X) Scream 2
( ) Scream 3
(X) Scary Movie
(X) Scary Movie 2
(X) Scary Movie 3
(X) Scary Movie 4
(X) American Pie
(X) American Pie 2
(X) American Wedding( )
American Pie Band Camp
Total so far: 26

(X) Harry Potter 1
(X) Harry Potter 2
(X) Harry Potter 3
(X) Harry Potter 4
( ) Resident Evil 1
( ) Resident Evil 2
(X) The Wedding Singer
(X) Little Black Book
(X) The Village
( ) Lilo & Stitch
Total so far: 33

(X) Finding Nemo
( ) Finding Neverland
(X) Signs
(X) The Grinch
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
( ) White Chicks
(X) Butterfly Effect
(X) 13 Going on 30
(X) I, Robot
(X) Robots
Total so far: 40

(X) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
(X) Universal Soldier
(X) Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
(X) Along Came Polly
(X) Deep Impact
( ) KingPin
(X) Never Been Kissed
(X) Meet The Parents
(X) Meet the Fockers
(X) Eight Crazy Nights
(X) Joe Dirt
(X) KING KONG (which one? 1933? 1976? 2005? - oh well I've seen them all)
Total so far:51

( ) A Cinderella Story
(X) The Terminal
( ) The Lizzie McGuire Movie
( ) Passport to Paris
( ) Dumb & Dumber
( ) Dumber & Dumberer
( ) Final Destination
( ) Final Destination 2
( ) Final Destination 3
(X) Halloween
(X) The Ring
( ) The Ring 2
( ) Surviving X -MAS
(X) Flubber
Total so far:55

( ) Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
(X) Practical Magic
(X) Chicago
( ) Ghost Ship
( ) From Hell
(X) Hellboy
( ) Secret Window
(X) I Am Sam
(X) The Whole Nine Yards
(X) The Whole Ten Yards
Total so far: 61

(X) The Day After Tomorrow
(X) Child's Play
(X) Seed of Chucky
(X) Bride of Chucky
(X) Ten Things I Hate About You
(X) Just Married
( ) Gothika
(X) Nightmare on Elm Street
(X) Sixteen Candles
(X) Remember the Titans
( ) Coach Carter
( ) The Grudge
( ) The Grudge 2
(X) The Mask
( ) Son Of The Mask
Total so far: 71

( ) Bad Boys
( ) Bad Boys 2
( ) Joy Ride
(X) Lucky Number Slevin
(X) Ocean's Eleven
(X) Ocean's Twelve
(X) Bourne Identity
(X) Bourne Supremecy
( ) Lone Star
( ) Bedazzled
(X) Predator I
(X) Predator II
( ) The Fog
(X) Ice Age
(X) Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
( ) Curious George
Total so far: 80

(X) Independence Day
(X) Cujo
( ) A Bronx Tale
( ) Darkness Falls
(X) Christine
(X) ET
(X) Children of the Corn
( ) My Bosses Daughter
(X) Maid in Manhattan
(X) War of the Worlds
(X) Rush Hour
(X) Rush Hour 2
Total so far: 89

( ) Best Bet
(X) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
( ) She's All That
(X) Calendar Girls
(X) Sideways
(X) Mars Attacks
(X) Event Horizon
(X) Ever After
(X) Wizard of Oz
(X) Forrest Gump
(X) Big Trouble in Little China
(X) The Terminator
(X) The Terminator 2
(X) The Terminator 3
Total so far: 101

(X) X-Men
(X) X-2
(X) X-3
(X) Spider-Man
(X) Spider-Man 2
(X) Sky High
( ) Jeepers Creepers
( ) Jeepers Creepers 2
(X) Catch Me If You Can
(X) The Little Mermaid
(X) Freaky Friday
(X) Reign of Fire
( ) The Skulls
( ) Cruel Intentions
( ) Cruel Intentions 2
(X) The Hot Chick
(X) Shrek
(X) Shrek 2
Total so far 114

( ) Swimfan
(X) Miracle on 34th street
(X) Old School
(X) The Notebook
(X) K-Pax
(X) Krippendorf's Tribe
( ) A Walk to Remember
( ) Ice Castles
( ) Boogeyman
(X) The 40-year-old Virgin
Total so far: 120

(X) Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring
(X) Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
(X) Lord of the Rings Return Of the King
(X) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
(X) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
(X) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Total so far: 126

(2) Baseketball
( ) Hostel
( ) Waiting for Guffman
( ) House of 1000 Corpses
( ) Devils Rejects
(X) Elf
(X) Highlander
( ) Mothman Prophecies
(X) American History X
( ) Thor ???? out in 2011 unless you mean cartoon?
Total so Far:130

( ) The Jacket
( ) Kung Fu Hustle
( ) Shaolin Soccer
( ) Night Watch
(X) Monsters Inc
.(X) Titanic
(X) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
(X) Shaun Of the Dead
(X) Willard
Total so far 133

( ) High Tension
(X) Club Dread
(X) Hulk
(X) Dawn Of the Dead (which version again (black & white is better))
(X) Hook
(X) Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
(X) 28 days later
( ) Orgazmo
(X) Phantasm
(X) Waterworld
Total so far: 143

(X) Kill Bill vol 1
(X) Kill Bill vol 2
(X) Mortal Kombat
( ) Wolf Creek
( ) Kingdom of Heaven
( ) The Hills Have Eyes
( ) I Spit on Your Grave aka the Day of the Woman
(X) The Last House on the Left (original)
( ) Re-Animator
(X) Army of Darkness
Total so far: 148

(X) Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace
(X) Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones
(X) Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith
(X) Star Wars Ep. IV A New Hope
(X) Star Wars Ep. V The Empire Strikes Back
(X) Star Wars Ep. VI Return of the Jedi
( ) Ewoks Caravan Of Courage
( ) Ewoks The Battle For Endor
Total so far: 154

(X) The Matrix
(X) The Matrix Reloaded
(X) The Matrix Revolutions
(X) Animatrix
( ) Evil Dead
( ) Evil Dead 2
(X) Team America: World Police
( ) Red Dragon
(X) Silence of the Lambs
( ) Hannibal
Total so far:160
Now add them up and...Put "I've seen...out of 239 films" in the subject line and repost it

Monday, March 02, 2009

Again with the beauracracy

Once again I am sitting here at the client site (only two more weeks! (Careful though - it isn't like I haven't gotten extended before)) unable to work. My network access has expired - so I am waiting for the swift beaur*cratic machine to begin huffing and puffing and churning out whatever reams of paperwork are required to have the sys admin reset my account.

This job has been interesting, but having it go on for 3 months instead of one has been a bit hard. Not as bad as the off-shore people that they brought on-shore for 4 months, but still the weekly 4 hour drive each way on Sunday and Friday evenings is very tiring.
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