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Sunday, October 24th, 2010
4:01 pm
Tennant's opening credits were better
Anyone else think that "Matt Smith" filling the screen is a bit of an anticlimax for when the main melody kicks in?
Sunday, October 3rd, 2010
4:04 pm
I'm really enjoying Stargate:Battlestar Universe. Is that so wrong?
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
10:14 pm
Stargate redux (season 3)
Thanks to those who suggested that I continue to watch SG-1. Despite some clunker episodes, it has a great sense of its characters, continuity, and mythology.
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009
6:24 pm
Thursday, February 26th, 2009
3:05 pm
Best of luck to all ACPTers! May minds and pencils remain sharp throughout. Sorry I can't make it this year.
Sunday, February 22nd, 2009
11:24 pm
First few episodes of SG-1 Season 1. Uh...
It's like the writers of Smurfs decided to remake old-school Star Trek. Does this stuff get better tolerable? Cuz I'm about to return some Netflixes unopened.

"I'm sure this week's humorless collection of noble savages whose grammar doesn't include contractions learned a valuable lesson from their civilized and well-armed Earthling friends blah blah blah overdone music blah."
Thursday, February 19th, 2009
11:42 pm
Friday, October 24th, 2008
8:12 pm
Candidates on Executive Power
A question that's been weighing on my mind lately is how our next President would handle the "enhanced" executive power bequeathed by the current Administration.

Looking around, I found a Q&A from last year's Boston Globe (hence the large number of candidates involved). Apologies to those for whom this is old news.

Outside of the scope of the questionnaire is: what steps can/should the entire government take to close the legal/Constitutional loopholes that allowed the power of the executive branch to be wielded so, for lack of a better word, autocratically? Has either remaining Presidential candidate mentioned a specific plan for relinquishment? I couldn't find anything on (my rather cursory tours of) either one's website.
Sunday, August 10th, 2008
5:32 pm
Wonderful hike + all-u-can-eat sushi with tablesaw and ojouchan and their friend Delia (who very kindly treated for the sushi!!)

Plus the hike offered great exercise and sights. Bug highlights were: a robber fly with a captured wasp, and a female Tarantula Hawk, the largest type of wasp in the US. Rather a freaky thing to see it buzzing about; fortunately, it was not aggressive towards us.
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008
2:44 pm
I just finished watching BBC's miniseries "Jekyll." Just great. Some slight contrivance and corniness, but as the person who recommended it to me said, "One of the best adaptations of any classic that I've seen." Check it out if you like the story!
Wednesday, June 25th, 2008
4:40 am
Adventures in distraction
Videogames: finished Fable, Oblivion, Okami, Zack & Wiki, Metroid Prime 3. All were a lot of fun, though Z&W and Okami were standouts for both format and content. Currently playing Oblivion: Shivering Isles and then on to Grim Fandango (which I somehow missed the first, second, and third times around).

TV series: finished Deadwood season 1 (excellent), Battlestar season 4A (some truly amazing episodes), Arrested Development season 3 (still great, but self-consciously stuck in a rut. Maeby there'll be a movie!?!). Currently watching Deadwood season 2 and then on to Spooks/MI5 seasons 5 and 6, and Lost seasons 3B and 4.

Printed matter: finished Infinite Jest (mindblowing-- quirkily written books often have me thinking in their idiom for weeks afterwards, especially if they're long and engaging books), League of Extraordinary Expensive Gentlemen: The Black Dossier (fun!), Invisible Armies and Dark Places (Neal Stephenson lite?), and some airport books by David Baldacci that I can't remember. Currently reading Dhalgren, and no idea what after that.

Also, way too many puzzles. Looking forward to Conorado, and to Ghost Patrol and Hunt after that.

Current Mood: chipper
Monday, June 23rd, 2008
1:30 pm
For [way too long] now, I've been working on solving a customized minesweeper (classic) game that's as far beyond expert in mine density than expert (5/24) is beyond intermediate (5/32). So, in a maximum field of 720, 5/16 = 225 mines. Over the last several years, I have discovered how difficult this is (while learning quite a number of solving tricks), so I've ratcheted down the density a little. 210 mines? Solved a while back. 215 mines? Just solved, with hella luck. 220 mines? I'm taking a break. Maybe I'll start it back up next year, maybe not.

clean sweepCollapse )
Saturday, May 17th, 2008
12:11 am
Yahoo Chat Turing Test: not only determines if you're conversing with a human or a robot, but can also detect a male robot pretending to be a female robot.
Sunday, March 23rd, 2008
6:38 pm
The breakup turned out to be based on mutual misunderstanding. The situation, while still complicated, is more reasonable; + no love lost (in a good way).
Tuesday, March 11th, 2008
4:56 pm
...to all of my friends. Things will work out in time, I'm sure.
Monday, December 24th, 2007
10:06 pm
Another one unearthed
I've been looking for this for a while: Red Hot Chili Peppers, George Clinton/P-Funk, and allied freaks blow the lid off the 1992 Grammy awards. Not the highest quality recording, but even what's left of the jam is overwhelming. Groove It Away
9:41 pm
Fave early mashup video
Dread Zeppelin's Heartbreaker Hotel featuring Tortelvis (or maybe Blue Suede Goo?)
Wednesday, August 1st, 2007
10:55 am
Saturday, July 7th, 2007
12:18 pm
If anyone here present knows of a good adventure-game style (e.g., figure out the plot/solve mysteries & puzzles as you go along) tabletop RPG suitable for adult players, please let me know...

Monday, July 2nd, 2007
12:08 pm
Mr. Box set here, watching seasons 1 of Smallville and [recent] Dr. Who. I had an idea to make the Superman origin story a bit more (sigh) believable: what if the Kryptonians looked absolutely nothing like us, and li'l Kal-El's ship was programmed to format him humanoid during the voyage? Just asking. Also, loving the Dr. Who (and Billie Piper on general principle).

The show I worked on recently, Camouflage, starts today at 7PM. Reviews have been favorable so far!

I'm looking forward to the NPL con in a week or so, especially for lots of long-awaited reunions.
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