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Movies, Continued May 31, 2006

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I go to the movies to be entertained, not to pay money to sit in a dark room with a bunch of strangers with the intention to be annoyed.  As such I tend to let a lot of things slide.  A LOT of things.  Because I do I can thoroughly enjoy all kinds of movies, great and poor.  It's all about expectations.

Like the goober I am I started saving my movie ticket stubs a few years ago and I have a fair stack of them now.  They are generally organized from latest to earliest.  How about a bunch of quick reviews?

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At the Movies with Enas Yorl May 30, 2006

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Mr. O'Spades has his X-Men III review up.

Personally, I enjoyed the movie a great deal.  As I walked out of the theater I had the thought that Ace would probably trash it.  Sure enough he did.  We almost never agree on these things.  This is because Ace goes to watch movies to critique them.  I never do.  He's almost always disappointed in these things because they aren't the movies HE would do, rather than the movies that they are.  At any rate – most of the things that annoyed him about this movie barely registered with me. 

I enjoy going to the movies, and I cheerfully check my disbelief at the door.  I tend to like most movies better than the critics.

Today’s “Oh, CRAP!” Moment May 30, 2006

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So I toodled over to my grocery store after work today to pick up a few things and as I stepped out of the Yorl-mobile I did my customary Wallet Pocket Pat and found my butt was somewhat less bulgy than usual in that area.  The cause for this was easily discovered – no wallet in wallet pocket.  Oh crap.  This sometimes happens, particularly when I go home to change clothes before heading out again, which I did in this case.  Except I only changed my shirt this time.  Somewhat concerned, I check the vehicle.  Nope.  I start to think back, when did I take my wallet out?  I had no recollection of doing so, nor any reason to do so.  Oh Crap.  A very nasty thought crawls out of a hole.  OH CRAP.  I desperately hope that the nasty thought is not true.  Before I get too worked up I have to check a few places first.  I hop back in and drive home.  I immediately check The Clutter Counter where end of the day items invariably congregate – keys, mail, pocket-junk-to-deal-with-later, occasionally my wallet.  Nope.  Work tote bag?  Nope.  Oh crap!  The nasty thought rears again.  It's at the hole!!  OH CRAP!! Today was a bit different at work as I was "out in the field" – a rare event.  I had to go install a piece of equipment on a meter for a small project I'm involved with.  This involved clambering in and out of a hole in the ground to do so.  This Enas Yorl unit is not designed for subterranean work.  My wallet could very well have fallen out during these awkward maneuvers.  The awful prospect of having to replace the important and valuable pieces of plastic and paper contained in the wallet hits me.  Desperately, I race upstairs to my room.  As I pass by my computer desk I glance at it – sitting serenely next to my laptop is one black leather wallet.  It seems that I didn't have the damn thing all day long. 

Once again, I'm reminded on a very personal level about how much of our lives are wrapped around little plastic or paper cards with numbers on them.  I know this intellectually of course, but this was a much more visceral thing.  Tomorrow I'm going to put together my OMFG I Really Did Lose It This Time action plan.

Sorry For the Quiet May 30, 2006

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It's just computers – BAH!

Bah, Computers

Song Remakes May 25, 2006

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Okay, "Hazy Shade of Winter" just came on the radio.  The original Simon & Garfunkle version, you know, the one you almost never hear.  The version you do hear is the remake by The Bangles, which happens to be my second most favorite Bangles song*.  This is one of those instances where a remake of a song completely blows away the original that it actually supplants it in the public conciousness.  Another would be "All Along the Watchtower".  It was years before I learned that it was a Bob Dylan song, and not Hendrixian in origin.  I've never even heard Dylan's version since It's NEVER played on the raidio.  I can only imagine how awful the Dylan version sounds in comparison.  Those are the only two I can think of off the top of my head.  Does anybody have any more?

*My most favoritest Bangles song is of course "Walk Like an Egyptian", which is kinda ironic considering my recent treatmet by an ancient Egyptian crocodile god.

The Croc-God Strikes Back May 24, 2006

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And he hits hard.  Funny stuff from the master.

It Seems That I Do Have Class May 23, 2006

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Since ceramics isn't an option this summer, I enrolled in a watercolor painting class instead.  This will be interesting.  I've played around with watercolors & acrylics of course, but I've never actually taken any classes in painting.  I'm really looking forward to this.

So, you readers in turn can look forward to some (hopefully) really neat art-blogging in the near future!  The class starts June 5th.

OMG! I Am Not Worthy! May 23, 2006

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Not Worthy

As regular commenter Muslihoon has pointed out I have garnered comments from such luminaries as Sobek and holy fracking cow Chris Muir!

Wow.

Sobek was even kind enough to link my interview on his site.

Thanks guys!  You rock!

I Am Now One of THEM May 20, 2006

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The happy-go-lucky Enas Yorl you once knew is gone.  My resistence has been eroding and finally I submitted to the inevitable today and converted.  I am now one of the Pod-People.  I'm scanning all my CD's in even as I write this, to be eventually transferred into the gianormous capacity of the 60 gig version of the iPod.  When the process is complete, I will then be connected at ALL TIMES to my ENTIRE music collection. 

This is only the beginning of the process of mutation from normal human to Podhuman.  Over time I expect that my now easily removable headphones to become permanently fused to my outer ears.  This will eventually render me deaf to all non-Pod aural communication.  I will only be able to take verbal communication in Pod-cast form.  Also, I assume my eyes will adjust to only see things that are in the size of a 1.5 x 2 inch screen.  All other visual information outside of those dimensions will be ignored.  Again, I expect that I will ultimately become fully dependent on Pod-casted visual communication.  By that time I will have acheived ONENESS with the iPod.

Seriously, though – this was a very easy set up.  In about two hours I had all the software installed, registration complete, all music converted over to iPod compatibilty, all music and pictures and videos on the system transferred, and the thing fully charged!  One quibble – during the installation of the software I had to type in the serial number of the iPod "located on the back of the iPod" the instructions said.  There were no serial numbers on the back.  I searched, and not a trace of a serial number could be found on the thing.  It was on the box it came in instead.  Other than that, it's been pretty good.  The iTunes software is pretty intuitive, and easy to use.  It's a little less responsive than I'd like when ripping CD's, but other than that it's working pretty well.

Anyway, I'm going to go look for Pod-casts to subscribe to!  If there are any fellow Pod-people out there that have suggestions, please post them in the comments.

The Official Enas Yorl Blogger Interview: SobekPundit Continued May 18, 2006

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Hi folks!  Below the fold is the continuation of my interview with Sobek!  Be sure to read the original post first if you haven't already.  Enjoy! 

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