Saturday, April 25, 2009

The Neglected Blog

With the discovery of the time-waster that is Facebook, I find I no longer need to waste my time here. This is mainly why I haven't done any quizzes or other memes here in a cat's age. (I'm not a dog person...) They're all over there. Also why tell you all about what's not going on in my life when I can better waste time by making fake money off Lindsay Lohan's hi-jinks? Added to that, you can regularly follow the mundaness that is my life on Twitter.

I don't want to say I'll never blog again. Frankly, this site and I have chronicled much over the years and I'm not ready to give it up fully. Every so often, something comes up worth sharing.

Case in point, Thursday night, there was a retirement celebration for our outgoing OT professor complete with a guest lecturer from Boston, dinner and a vesper service designed by the professor herself. It was good Thai food, though admittedly not my favorite Asian cuisine, and saw many people I knew. My parents came down for the occasion. I stuck with my father as he felt he really didn't know people. Sadly, they couldn't stay the night.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Quiet Geek Uncensored.

Today, relatives came to my aunt's apartment (Did I mention that she lives in our building now?) to celebrate my grandfather's 87th birthday. Nothing completely annoying happened but it frankly tests my love of mature conversation. It didn't help that it was scheduled during a Red Sox game. I had heard all the news already. I don't care if my uncle is shopping around for truck to plow is driveway...

I don't think I mentioned this last time I did it but for the second time, I was the roamer/floater for my Sunday school this morning. All you do really is wander back and forth between the classes and make sure there's no murder or molestation going on. OK, there's more of a point than that but you understand...

Yesterday, I went to the mall and got my haircut. The guy who cut my hair asked me twice if it started raining yet. Do I get weather reports beamed to my brain every ten minutes? Sadly, no.

When I returned home, I started to do some writing but was interrupted by my roommate who's beta OS was expiring and he needed to reload Windows again. This was about 6pm in the evening, mind you. When he asked for help, I figured he just needed help typing in a password or dropped his mouse again. When I told him I was in the middle of writing, he was quite apathetic claiming he needed to do it so he had audio to listen to that night. So we search and search for the disk we need and end up just making a new one. Long story short, it only loads 4 more files on his iPhone meaning he already had 86 files on the phone that damn well would have gotten him through the night. I'm still pissed. Between him and his neurotic cat, it's a wonder I get any time to myself...

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Stargates, Potlucks And...

Watched Stargate: Continuum last night. Overall, I liked it. Never have I seen an alternate timeline actually complain about getting fixed. Of course, they were going to anyway because yuck...Alternate timeline stories on Stargate all have similar elements. Teal'c is always First Prime to someone although making it Ba'al instead of Apophis was different. Also, because Vala is part of the cast now, having Quetesh was of course mandatory. (That was a cool part however.) When I was watching it, I thought Apophis being the last Ssytem Lord to resist Ba'al seemed strange but I realized today that Ba'al helped take down Anubis in the proper timeline so...Two questions/statements about Daniel: One, his losing a leg was glossed over as the movie went along. I realize a whole year went by but...And Two, why does he just happen to to know the name of the ship that brought the Stargate to America? I realize he probably read it somewhere or Catherine told him at some point but even I have my limits on useless trivia...Finally, questions about Cam: What did he do in the ten years he had to wait for the incident and what happened to him after? The picture on the locker suggests he and his grandfather, or great-grandfather, became good friends but more might have been nice...

Thursday, my church had another Maunday Thursday potluck. There seemed to be more people overall in attendance but only kid as there were at least three last year. The kid did give a "What was that?" when the pastor banged the pot from the other room. There were only chocolate chip cookies for dessert this time but there still really wasn't enough time to eat it before the service started. The pastor accidentally skipped two scripture readings but no big deal I guess. In case your wondering the best menu item was boneless hot wings that someone actually made!

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Busy Weekend #235

On Friday after work, I helped set up for Saturday's string quartet concert and then walked to the bank in the pouring rain. Fun times but I suppose if you walked in a nor'easter, that was nothing. Besides, I had Chinese food waiting...

Saturday was the concert itself. I showed up when I was told but I really think I could wait at least another half hour before going. Since I'm "the guy" now, I may negotiate this. Nothing really that exciting happened. I did get approached by a woman who complained the water fountain just gave a "weak stream." She must have been using only one finger or something because I found, when I "palmed" it, it worked fine. I liked that they do afternoon concerts now as I can be home for dinner but attendance at this one in particular wasn't good.

I arrived home to discover our movie-loving friend who I knew was coming up for the day was still there so we had pizza and beer and watched the following movies...

Hellboy 2: This was very good. I honestly don't remember enough of the first one to say definitively if this better or worse but I will say they upped the fantasy quotient which I think both helped it and hurt it. The fairy prince was an awesome villain but the demon or whatever that helped save Hellboy's life in Ireland was a little too out there in my opinion. And they traveled there in a WWII-era plane? The black-ops unit that they are should have more advanced aircraft than that unless it's important to the story; which it wasn't... Overall, I liked this so much, I wonder how they can top it except if they deal with more of his past.

The Women: Normally, even "chick flicks" have at least a couple men in supporting roles but this had none whatsoever. What it did have was certainly not every actress of the last thirty years but quite a few nonetheless. The two main stars were Meg Ryan and Annette Benning. Meg's husband is having an affair with a perfume-spritzer girl played by Eva Mendez (Joan Collins in the 1939 version.). Benning, Debra Messing and Jada Pinkett-Smith play her friends. The four women are different archetypes. Ryan plays a married socialite with one kid. Benning plays a career woman with no plans for children. Messing is a Jewish artist who's married and pregnant with her fifth child. Pinkett-Smith plays a commitment-phobic lesbian. Guess which archetype is the only one to appear in the '39 movie...I enjoy a good chick flick and "buddy chick flicks" are even easier for men like myself to swallow I think so this was great. I mean add Candace Bergen, Chloris Leachman, Bette Midler (whose role here is based on a different, and much larger, role, I guess, in the other movie...) and Carrie Fisher and how can this movie suck?

Today after church we had book group at a couple's home and had a fabulous birthday lunch for another member. One member never came even though he told people he was. Don't know what happened...

As I ponder the gorgeous weather today, I leave you with something I've meant to post for days...

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Updating Previous Topics

Some of you may be interested in knowing what's new in my life. A couple weeks ago, I finished reading Ernie's Ark which is a collection of short stories written by Maine author Monica Wood. Recently, I read on fellow Maine author Tess Gerritsen's website that she felt the short story format was dead. I agree it's dying but I'm not sure it's totally dead as this book, put out only a couple years ago, proves. The important factor here, I think, is that the 9 stories are connected; moderately in some cases, tightly in others. I enjoyed the book overall. Of course, given the format, I enjoyed some stories more than others... I enjoy accurately described Maine. We've been reading a lot of non-fiction in my book group so I was pleased someone else picked a fiction book. I think I missed it...

Remember I mentioned the seminary was searching for professors in both Old Testament and New Testament? The appointments have been officially announced. In OT, they went with the one I suspected. Given that I didn't see Candidate 3's presentation to the student body, the NT race was harder for me to nail down. The current visiting NT professor seemed better on paper but the other one I saw seemed a better fit personality-wise. (My boss suggested that she also had a broader area of interest...) I suppose it's good I never met Candidate 3...
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