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July 19, 2007

1408

We went to see 1408 the other day. I have to say that I was quite impressed with the "thrill" aspect of it. It had good suspense and a lot of "Oh, $h!t!" moments. It was certainly one of the better thriller movies that we've seen in a while.

We had planned on seeing it a week earlier, but just as we were heading out the door, Angus decides he's going to start throwing up. So much for our evening out.

Surprisingly, when we did see the movie, it was playing in a small theatre and there were only a couple of dozen people there. I guess that's what happens nearly a month out from its release date when Harry Potter and Transformers are playing.

July 21, 2007

Quantum random bits...

...and one heck of a Captcha! The venerable Geek source Slashdot covered a story the other day about a true random bit generator service that went online. I thought it sounded interesting, but did not follow it up until a coworker pointed me to another blog about it.

I was given the Captcha to provide the least zero for the polynomial

    p(x) = (x + 3)(x + 3)(x + 2)

which any human can tell you is clearly -3. Now that I'm registered, I need to start a running bit stream of quantum data...

July 30, 2007

The Simpsons: Bigger, Longer, Just as Pointless

I went to see The Simpsons Movie today, on my employer's time and money, of course. The entire Engineering department made an outing of it. Had it not been paid for, I would not have seen this movie. Unless you really like The Simpsons (And really, who does? It's only been on the air for 18 years. This fall, college freshmen will never have known a world sans Simpsons.), I would not bother with the box office experience. Oh, sure, there were some snarky jokes. There was general lampooning of the executive branch of government. There was even Fox poking itself in the eye when it not only advertised for another show during the movie, but acknowledged how lame an idea it was.

However, Homer sums up the movie before the opening credits: Anyone who would pay to see something that they can get at home for free is crazy. The overall story arc of the movie was what one would expect from a TV show gone Big Screen. It could have been done in a half an hour, possibly 45 minutes. To stretch it to nearly an hour and half required excessive ancillary story development. Or, the could have better developed some of the other story potential (Lisa's new boyfriend?) to make a more compelling movie, but that would have required The Simpsons to step out of the "funny" realm and develop a slightly more serious tone. We couldn't have that now could we?

The biggest kicker for me: the whole premise for the main conflict (rampant pollution) is not resolved, or even really addressed in the entire second half of the film. It's a problem that just quietly goes away. Isn't that part of the problem that have in this country? If we don't talk about the nasty issues, they'll just disappear. But I digress.

The Simpsons Meh-vie. Meh.

Connections to the Past

I was recently emailed, through a former employer, by a high school girlfriend. Through her blog, I've started "stalking" (of sorts) a couple of other people I went to high school with. I don't think they know that I'm watching them yet...

The funny thing is I had been wondering whatever happened to these two when Melissa writes to me and I go trolling through her blog(s) and flickr to find these guys lurking about. The Universe does tend to bring about what one puts energy in to.

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