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Battlestar Galactica Mormonism September 27, 2006

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I was talking to one of my co-workers today and the subject of TV came up.  I remarked that I seldom watch broadcast TV anymore but that I do watch TV shows on DVD.  I mentioned HBO’s Six Feet Under and of course the new Battlestar Galactica series season 2.5.  He said that his father was a fan of the show and had told him that the much of the basic story structure was actually based on Mormon theology.  He googled BG + Mormon and got back a bunch of hits immediately.  I scanned through a couple this evening and, yeah  – it’s almost certainly true.  One of those “Huh – well waddayaknow?” moments.

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The Hobbit September 19, 2006

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Will almost certainly be made into a movie.  Via Ghost of a Flea we get this: Hollywood wants Jackson.  Dunno if they will get him – his schedule looks busy.  The fact that they are considering doing it in two parts rather than trying to cram the whole thing into one two – or even three hour movie is promising.  As I recall there’s a good break in the action near the middle of the book between Bilbo & Co. getting out of the Misty Mountains and before they venture into Mirkwood.  Mr. Flea also has a link to a You Tube “trailer” of The Hobbit.  Pretty neat.  Obviously much of the footage comes from LotR, but bonus brownie points to anyone who knows where the Smaug stuff comes from!

Re-Podulated September 16, 2006

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Well I was down at the mall buying tea so I popped over to the Apple store to inquire if they had the new 80 giggers in.  Frickin’ mob in the store today, but it’s usually crowded on the weekends.  I found an unoccupied Apple dude and asked if they had the new ones in yet.  Why yes, yes they did.  They’re behind the counter, sir.  After about 10 minutes in line I was the owner of a new, shiny BLACK iPod.  It’s in mourning for the untimely demise of it’s elder sibling.  Anyway, I downloaded the new iTunes software and the thing is charging up and re-loading all the stuff the old one had.  Urp – make that it’s already updated and charged!  Amazing things modern technology can do these days eh?  Oh, and you can buy and download games for these things too – just nine so far that’s compatible with the click-wheel interface.  Classic Pac-Man is one of them – and Tetris.  Of course.  I’m convinced that these two games are artifacts from the 20th century that humanity will carry with it far into the future.

Autumn Tactics September 15, 2006

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Deep river runs it’s course
To a warm horizon
Shadows of falling leaves
October moon and rusty skies
Ever changing feelings
The seeds of autumn in my mind
Hiding sun, like the hiding sun
Feels like its just begun
Hiding sun, like the hiding sun
Waiting for summer sun
Hiding summer’s age no more
No more leaves in summer sky
Turning dark on empty carlots
When summer was my only friend
Sail back this way again
Winter’s one breath away
Sail back this way again
Winter’s one breath away
It’s turning cold…
Hiding sun, like the hiding sun
Feels like its just begun….

These are the lyrics to the song “Autumn Tactics” by Chicane.  Lovely song, and the gal who sings it has a wonderful voice. I don’t know the “official” date of when fall begins, but today was the first day I said “Summer’s done – the Great Baking is over.”  Oh, sure it still gets up to the mid-90’s around here as our high, but this morning when I left for work was the first time I smelled The Smell here in the Las Vegas valley.  The change from summer to fall here is accompanied by a distinct change in the odor of the air in the morning.  Summer always smells like hot dust, fall is like – well, I don’t know quite how to describe it – NOT hot dust I suppose.  I’m not the only one who thinks like this.  One of the gals at work remarked last week that she’s looking forward to the fall season, but that summer isn’t over because she hasn’t smelled The Smell yet.  “You know what I’m talking about, right?” she asked.  I told her that I certainly did.

iPod Update September 13, 2006

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iPod ResQ called – both the screen and the hard drive got damaged.  Repair costs $280.  That’s with a break on the price because the new 80 gig pods are out.  Crap. Crappittycrappittycrap.

Looks like I’ll be getting a new iPod. Hmm, should I go with another white one – or switch to black?

So I went to the Apple store on the way home tonight.  They do not have the new ones in yet, nor do they know when they will get them.  Grr.  How can you do a big launch of new product and not have your stores ready to baptise the teeming throngs of people anxious to join the Borg-like collective of the iPodinistas?  Oh, sure I can order the thing on-line of course and pay extra for S&H.  I’m paying quite enough as it is thankewverrymuch.

Hmph.

It’s Too Soon September 12, 2006

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Note to grocery store chains – It’s.Too.Soon!

Stop it.  It’s not even mid-September!  Really this stuff started popping out right after Labor Day even.  Take it down and put it away until October.  ALL OF IT!!  Yes, all the cobwebbing, the spiders, the bats, rats, “spooky” Dr. Shivers full-sized-talking-sort-of-animatronic-dude.  ALL of the Halloween stuff!  Yeah, I know you’ve splurged a lot on the candy budget and you’ve got to move the product – it’s still too soon.  Market the appropriate holiday stuff in the appropriate season please! 

Oh, and if I see a Santa Claus on ANYTHING before this month is out someone is gonna have to learn how it feels to squeeze that item out in the bathroom the next day.

Fair warning.

Movie Review – The Covenant September 9, 2006

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Synopsis: Magical teenager dudes threatened by another, more powerful magical teenager dude.

Starring: No one you’ve heard of.

Review: Meh.

I’ve been seeing the trailer in the movies for a while now and it looked interesting.  I should have seen Crank instead.

I’m a Sad Man Tonight September 8, 2006

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Leaving work tonight I had a mishap with my iPod and it took a 20+ foot drop onto hard concrete.  It was in a solid plastic case and that prevented it from shattering into little pieces, but it wasn’t enough to keep it’s beautiful little screen from getting fragged though :(.  Hopefully it can be repaired, but I don’t expect it will be cheap though.  Not a great way to start a weekend, that’s for sure.

Happy Birthday Dave! September 2, 2006

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It’s Dave In Texas’ birthday today!  Make sure you pop over an wish him well.  He’s turning 47 I believe – inching ever closer to the big FIVE OH.  And make sure you check out the special birthday video I found for him by They Might Be Giants