Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Lego Star Wars Wii game addictive

Memorial Day involved hours of play of lego star wars: the complete saga. The little lego characters are really cute. The controls aren't too good, but there is a lot of levels to clear so it should provide many hours of frustration for the money!

Wii Fit was waiting at my door when I came home from work. I have the feeling this will go the way of my DDR dance pad...

Unrelated: the band Cut Copy sounds like O.M.D. plus New Order. New Order fans, check it out.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Indy 4 and Iron Man

Saw Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull yesterday. Luckily I had Thursday off to see this before hordes of people came to see it. (Funny how the Memorial Day weekend begins on Thursday now.) It does not disappoint! Harrison looks older but you get used to it. Action packed even without CGI and funny in the right places.

Saw Iron Man without too much of an expectation. It was a big surprise to see a superhero movie that actually had some emotional heft to it. Robert Downey, Jr. (who knew?) is charming as Tony Stark, playboy genius. Plus, the iron suit is awesomely kewl.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Why do I keep watching "Starship Troopers?"

Guilty pleasure: Casper Van Dien, a whole lot of carnage (beheadings, dismemberment, lots of bodies cut in two, etc.), icky bug aliens that do all that stuff I just mentioned, tough-talking soldiers (ala "Aliens"), brain sucking, and Neil Patrick Harris add up to 2 hours of gory entertainment. Officers look like storm troopers and members of the SS. Is this a pro-fascist or anti-fascist movie? Either way, it's damn entertaining.

Unread Books

All from the Quality Paperback Book Club:
The Last Templar, The Thirteenth Tale, The Traveler, The Road, The Dangerous Book for Girls, Duma Key, The Dark Tower: the Gunslinger, The Illustrated Man, The Book Thief, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, The Sultan's Seal

Friday, May 9, 2008

"The World, the Flesh, and the Devil"

Watching this on TCM now. Seen it once before. Pretty good post-apocalyptic movie even considering it is from 1959. Harry Belafonte ("Day-o") and Inger Stevens seem to be the last 2 people on earth. They make an appealing couple...but the black-white issue lingers even after the atom bomb drops. When it's just them...the possibility of being a couple exists, but would it exist otherwise? (Kind of reminds me of the beginning of the Stephen King miniseries "The Stand" where everyone is killed off by a superbug and all the streets are deserted, before the it ended in stupid way and got ruined.)

Woot off over... no bag of crap...again

Sadly enough I was there to witness the final product of the woot off as it happened. I managed to get a women's timex watch which what I was looking for anyway, but the price wasn't that great. Oh well. Bout time for another woot purchase.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Woot off!

I missed the beginning, but looking at the ones I missed, that was ok.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Mario Kart on Wii

Ranks up there with Guitar Hero III. The guitar is fun to "play" and the wheel is fun to "drive."

Sidenote: Cooking Mama is a very strange game. I like seeing all the food though.

HDMI vs component

Finally connected my blu-ray player to my tv with an hdmi cable. I left the component connection to compare the two pictures. Watching "Ratatouille," I can see the difference, but you wouldn't know unless you had a comparison side by side. There is this part where the player is loading up the movie and there is a little white circle with a rat doing the hula-hoop inside against a black background. You can see the little hairs of the rat more clearly and the circle is less pixelated. I think the sound is better. I don't know if it's because I just read HDMI cables can transmit Dolby 7.1 channels or if I can tell. But I think the surround sound is more surrounding.