Busy busy

Well, it’s been a long time since I’ve had a moment to come here and write about something. I finally got all the issues ironed out without Dreamhost. One of their SQL servers was really overworked or just borked. I ended up moving the blog to a new server myself (thanks Dreamhost). Only the finest tech support at Dreamhost! Regardless, blog is back up with no downtime in sight.

Recently, things have been getting really busy for me. I’m in training for some stuff at IBM. I’m taking on more responsibilities here and there, so with that, the stress accumulates. Nichole doesn’t currently have a car so I’ve been getting up at 5:45am to drive her to work and then drive right back to fall asleep until 7:30 to get up and go to work. In addition, we have a new member to our family: Ashley.

Ashley the Kitty

She has definitely made things interesting in our apartment. She manages to get into the smallest places. She manages to navigate the rat’s nest that has grown like a Spaghetti Monster. She enjoys eating, sleeping, and biting the hell out of our hands, feet, arms, and faces. However, we still love her, even if she managed to knock over a full cup of water during a 7am conference call I had not too long ago.

I’ve really gotten lazy about my Netflix as of late. I’ve haven’t been sending them back in any regular time schedule. I guess I’ve found that I may have an abundance of these goddamn things. The three discs that are sitting on my desk are the following films:

Syriana, which I would have to give a 7.5 out of 10. I waited for this movie to come out on DVD, which might I add, felt like an eternity for it to get released. The premise of the movie is to explain the intricracies of the Middle East, oil production and the dirty dealings of corporate America and the irresponsibility of the U.S. Government and it’s intelligence agencies. This movie uses the same format as Traffic, which has interweaving stories which seemingly have nothing to do with another until you realize the connections between the different plots and sub-plots. The director from Traffic was also the director of this film. I give it a only a 7.5 because for more than half of the film, I had no idea what the hell was going on. Either, I was not paying attention or they didn’t do enough explaining on what was happening. My second time through, I had a chance to understand a lot more of the story and was able to enjoy the writing and powerful acting. Put it on the Flix.

The Net, which I would have to give a 5.7 out of 10. This movie is always being shown on cable. It’s a classic, at least for the internet conspiracy genre. It has some ground breaking moments, especially with the idea that your identity can be stolen very easily. Something the American public still has yet to realize. Some of the ‘hacking’ which can be seen is laughable, but it’s an enjoyable thriller with a few decent moments. The score is awful and some of the acting is a bit on the pathetic side but it’s one of those bad movies you have to store away and watch over and over again. Watch it on cable.

Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which I would have to award an 8.0 out of 10. This is definitely one of those movies that has stuck with me and will always be in my favorites list. I remember watching the original, in 1988 on the Disney Channel. When I originally heard about this film, I had to see it. However, I somehow didn’t manage to see it in theatres, that whole busy thing… Anyways, when it got here, that was the first movie we watched. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of this film. The story was true to the original, the CGI was amazing, the acting was spot on and the direction was superb. I hoped that they could do justice to the original and they hit a homerun. The epic battle scene was not overdone and executed quite well. Put it on the Flix, and change it’s queue status to #1.

Finally, I’ve kicked my Half-Life addiction and uninstalled it completely. However, it’s tough to completely succeed in curbing bad habits, I’m still addicted to Half-Life 2. I’ve been playing a lot of GMOD lately. It’s just a modification of the HL2 engine with the ability to do just about anything. Weapons and gamemodes have been coded by community members to make the game even more interesting. I find myself making some rather strange contraptions (death machines is more accurate) and the occasional vehicle. However, in the end, I usually just end up going on a vehicular manslaughter rampage and aim for any silly pedestrian that gets close enough for me to hit. Yes, I know I’m sadistic.

Well, it’s getting late and that 5:45am wakeup call is looming closer already. *Cringe* Here’s a little peak at what the folks at Valve have been messing around with, it’s called ‘Portal.’ G’night.

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