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Monday, February 28, 2005

... and the naked little gold guy went to... 

I haven't seen The Aviator, yet. It won a number of Oscars, so maybe I will go see it, soon.
I have no desire to Million Dollar Baby, brilliant or not. I'm sure that Clint and Hillary deserved the Oscars they received. I'm just not in the mood to get depressed.
I got to see some of the show, but had to go to sleep relatively early. I was thrilled to hear it when The Incedibles won for Best Animated feature. Well deserved.

This morning, I found out that Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind won for Best Original Screenplay. Hooray for Charlie Kauffman! 'bout time!
I guess I'll go see Sideways, too. It won for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Now... I'd better get back to work.



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Friday, February 25, 2005

...and the naked little gold guy goes to... 

This time of year, many of us recall the movies we’d seen the previous year. Because, very soon, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will give awards in their yearly popularity contest… err... in their Oscar Ceremony.
I used to try to go to the movies once every other week or so.
It’s been a bit harder to do that, of late.
I did, however, get to see some pretty good movies, this year.
Fahrenheit 9/11 was a blast to see, but obviously didn’t change many minds. I’m afraid that nasty propaganda only works well on conservatives. Moore was preaching to the choir. And MM pulled out of the Oscar contest to let some others share his slime-light. (I have a Love-Hate relationship with MM. Sorry.)
My favorite of the year had to be Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. Charlie Kaufmann really blows my mind (as we used to say in the sixties). I guess I love having my mind blown.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was a lot like the others only a little bit darker. It’s an improvement. Of course, by nature, there were no real surprises.
I, Robot was okay. I hadn’t read any of the Asimov stories, so I had no preconceptions. And the Fresh Prince is always fun to watch. (Okay. Maybe not so fun in The Wild Wild West).
Shark Tale got the whole family to the theater and was worth the visit for that, alone.
Shrek 2 got rave reviews, but I still think the first one was better.
Spider-Man 2 surprised me. Pleasantly. I think that they’re doing the right thing for that property. I can’t wait to see if the next movie includes “Son of The Green Goblin”.
The Incredibles were. That was my second favorite movie of 2004. What a blast. I especially liked the soundtrack.
The Polar Express was another fun family film. I saw it in 3D IMAX with the kids. I don’t think it would have been nearly as fun in a regular 2D theater.
Troy was a waste. Eric Bana was the only actor that seemed to be putting forth much of an effort, and (as I understand it) the script writers made no efforts to stay true to the original stories. Where’d the gods go??
Movies I didn’t see but really wanted to include Oscar nominees: Finding Neverland, House of Flying Daggers, Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events, Sideways, Super Size Me, The Aviator.
So… what movies would you like to see taking home Oscars? Or could you really care less?



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Whoopee! Now I'm a Half-Nerd! 

I decided to take my technical woes to Haloscan and post a question in their technical forum. See my last post if I'm losing you (you'll just have to scroll down, since I'm not exactly sure how to link to old posts, yet (thereby making me only a Half-Nerd)).
So anyways... the techie-guy was very nice and replied to my issue very quickly (nice surprise). Turns out I was pinging correctly but using the wrong URL to refer back to my blog. I tried pinging Wil, again, and finally got it right!
Whoopee!

I never did find out how someone else's text got blended in with my own and posted to my blog. That's still a bit of a Twilight Zone mystery, to me.



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Thursday, February 24, 2005

I'll Never be the Techy Nerd I Want to Be 

A bit ago, I just tried two things that are supposed to be simple easy web-type things to do.

#1. I posted a message to this blog. Somehow, though, it double posted the same post. But with a twist! A portionof one of the messages had content that I had never written. I wonder if Blogger can cross wires when two people try to publish their blogs at the same time? I simply deleted the unwanted message. But it kills me that I can't figure out what the hell happened.

#2. I tried to "ping" Wil Wheaton's Blog so I would have a track-back metioned on his blog. Essentially, his blog would end up linking to mine. For some reason, that never seems to work. Instead, it links to a separate trackback page that says:
Trackback URL for this entry:
http://haloscan.com/tb/mrlizardy/110927544815215049

But that URL only tracks back to itself!


I am a bit frustrated, at this moment. Is there anyone out there who understands this shit?!



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I guess now I HAVE to read Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 

I'd been putting it off for years. The book, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is now considered a classic that's influnced many witers. Now I guess I have to read it.
People I look up to seem to think that it's a sorry shame that Hunter S. Thompson has put a bullet in his head.

My friend Kevin likes to write. Sometimes he does a great job of it. Is he trying to be a crossbreed of HST and William S. Burroughs? (Does he have some "thing" for writers with the middle initial S?)
Wil Wheaton writes (and has even sold a few books). He says that HST was "...one of the people who made me want to be a writer..."
Terrible T seems to have no patience (nor remorse) for anyone who's abused drugs, though she realizes that HST's past drug use may not be connected to his death in any way.
Me? I can't make any judgements until I pay my dues and read something he's written. I try not to judge an artist by his past personal behavior.

Belushi made me laugh.
Michael Jackson made me wanna dance. (Okay. I admit it. Way back when, I almost bought a copy of Thriller.)
I even kinda liked Elvis. Uh-huh.

Anyone have a copy I can borrow??



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Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Weird Life 

Life's been weird, of late. I feel as if I have so little time for anything fun. Or maybe I mean that I'd like some fun time just for myself.
Weekday night time is for helping the kids with homework, making dinner, getting them ready for bed, and then collapsing. I've no stamina whatsoever.

My sister's boyfriend passed away and we celebrated his life with a wonderful picnic, this past Sunday. Thanks for all who came out to join Scott's friends and family.
I've been trying to spend weekends with the family, but even then... Marc gets tutored on Saturday mornings, then we take my father out of the home to get him some fresh shopping mall air, and then Terrible T usually has something for us to waste the rest of Saturday on.
More projects on Sunday, not to mention going to church.

I Wish The Big A would send me on a business trip. It'd be like a vacation!
In The News:
I sent my finds to Found Magazine, a while back. They've returned them, as I'd asked them to. No note or anything about whether or not any of it will be published in their next issue, due out in March, I think. Keep your fingers crossed. I'd really love it if something makes their grade.

Anyways... I'll try to be better about updating my blog. Maybe I'll get more of the blug (Blog-bug) when I have my own real website. My friend at work, Mike, is getting me a copy (legal... I promise... really) of Dreamweaver which I'll use to build Mister Lizard dot Net. It's parked, for now, which allows me to keep ownership of the domain.

As Jerry Seinfeld said, "I am the master of my domain!"
Okay. Not really. And if you really don't know what that referred to, Google it.



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