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Friday, August 31, 2012

Muscle Music!!!

Have you guys seen this yet?!

This is the most awesome thing I have ever seen!

THIS is the reason the internet was invented!



Old Spice Muscle Music from Terry Crews on Vimeo.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

It's Business Time!

No...not like that...

I got my own BUSINESS CARDS!!!



Pretty neat, huh?

This job is really starting to feel like a real career.

:)


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

"Pretty Cunning, Don't You Think?"


I have a friend named Ginger.

She knits beards.

This one is mine.

You can all be jealous now.

(PS. Anyone who can identify the source of the quote in my title, without the help of any interwebs, will receive a virtual pat on the head by yours truly.)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Registered...

Well folks, I registered for my first triathlon!

The event will take place next week on Labor Day.

It's just a sprint triathlon so I think it will be fine.

350 yard swim
12 mile bike
5k run

Prior to registering I decided I had better test my swimming abilities to make sure that I wouldn't die.
I'm a pretty poor swimmer.
I realized that I am totally inept at swimming "freestyle".

I can however swim sidestroke almost indefinitely.
I easily covered the 350 yd distance, so I figured that this was enough of a green light that I could confidently register without fear of death.

It won't be pretty, but I will get through it.

I'll let you know how it goes.


Monday, August 27, 2012

Awkward Badge Update

Ok, remember my post about the awkward security badge moment?

Well, the other day I got my new security badge at work.

I carefully selected my shirt for that day.

It had to be a shirt that looks pretty good on me, and simultaneously one that I don't like very much.  One that I wouldn't mind never wearing again.

I had the perfect shirt!

I wore the shirt that one day, got my picture taken, and now it has been donated to my local thrift store.  Never to be worn by me again!

Hooray for no more awkward badge moments!





It Hurts So Good!

Tuesday and Wednesday I went with my waard to Pineview reservoir to do some boatin'.
It was so much fun meeting new people, and hanging out with some of my favorite friends!
There was lots of fun stuff to do.

I water skied...

It has been a long dang time since I last went water skiing.
I am stiff and sore now.
I mean REALLY stiff and sore.
So stiff and sore that I struggle to wash and clothe myself!
So sore that I can't open doors or drawers without pain!
In fact, I can't remember the last time I was this sore!
Getting old blows...
But it sure was fun!

My personal triumph from the trip was that I spend literally all of Wednesday out in the sun, and didn't get sunburned!

SPF 50 is a life saver!



 This is my favorite picture from the trip. :)






Photo bomb!

SuperSix

Guess what...

I got a new bike!

It's a 2012 Cannondale SuperSix with Shimano 105 components.

I've put about 130 miles on it so far.

I like it... a lot.

That is all.




Sunday, August 26, 2012

Memorial Day Activities

(I know this is super late, but better late than never I suppose...)

I had a great Memorial Day weekend this year!

It all started Friday after work.  My dad picked me up because my car was in the shop getting a new radiator. The previous radiator pretty much exploded.
Seriously, it was blowing antifreeze all over the engine compartment!
This allowed me to have a nice pizza dinner with my family.

The shop had called earlier and said that my car probably wouldn't be ready by the end of the day, so I was all prepared to not have a car at all over the weekend.
During dinner, at 6:45, I got a call back saying that it was ready for me to pick up!
Normally the shop closes at 6:00, so I think they stayed late so I could have my car for the long weekend.
I was extremely grateful!

Saturday was really good.
It had been quite a while since I had had a whole day free of plans, so Saturday I made the most of it by not doing much at all.
I stayed in my pajamas until about 6pm.
I spent most of the day reading.
I really wanted to finish the book I was in the middle of.
I watched a movie, went to dinner with some friends, and then got some things done around the house. It was a pretty relaxing day.

Sunday I was busy doing my normal church/meetings stuff.  I read some more, and then stayed up way too late listening to music, and playing a movie trivia game with friends. I rock at movie trivia! It was a good day.

Monday was the best day though.
In the morning (not too early) I went hiking with the same group of movie trivia friends from the night before.  We hiked up to Elephant rock in Mueller Park Canyon. I believe it was six miles round trip.  It was a perfect day, and a great hike, mostly in the shade, and not too strenuous. Just a pleasant walk through the hills.
After the hike, I met up with my Mom and brother and we planted flowers at my Grandma's house.
This is a regular summer event for us.
Following the flowers, we went to my Mom's aunt's house for a pool party/BBQ. It was fun being with the extended family for a little while.
Last of all, I finally went to see The Avengers!
It was actually pretty good. I liked it more than I thought I would. It was totally over the top, and definitely mindless entertainment, but as far as that category goes, it was very good. I would give it three stars out of five.

Now it's picture time!

The path of the pipeline. 


Elephant Rock. 



Moi. 

Lunch! 

This dude was hanging out on the rock with us. 

Avengers!

Monday, August 20, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises


I think enough time has passed that I can safely post my review...

I hate to say it, but I was pretty disappointed by this film.
I had so many problems with this movie, and I thought that it failed to deliver in almost every way.

I've thought a lot about this film in the weeks since its release, and I have discussed it at great length with many of my close friends.
So far, everyone has agreed with the issues I had with the film.
For some, those issues weren't enough to make them dislike the film, and for others, those issues totally ruined it.  I'm not going to say that you have to agree with my assessment, but there is no question that the film is seriously flawed.  If you are able to look past the flaws and still enjoy TDKR, then I envy you. I really wanted to like this movie, but I just couldn't.
Basically I felt like all of the coolest scenes were shown in the trailers and TV spots. This is usually a sign of a pretty weak film.  For me, the full version didn't add anything but length and frustration.

I don't want to bore you with a lengthy review, and frankly, I don't want to put in the effort to write one...so instead, I will just link to reviews that adequately cover how I felt about the film. Also, doing this will affirm that I am not alone in my dislike of TDKR.

And here we go...

1. This is a link to the best all-around review I have read. I agree with everything he says. The only difference is that while he was never bored, I actually got bored enough to check my watch twice during the movie.
Anyway, he gave it a C rating, and I feel that this is completely accurate.
It's worth noting, that there are no spoilers in this review, so if you haven't seen it, this is a safe read.

2. If you want an article that actually does talk about some of the specific problems with the film, and does contain spoilers, this is a good one.

3. In fairness, here is a rebuttal to that article.
In my opinion, the rebuttal article fails to adequately address the criticisms from the original article. They only seem to give a surface explanation of what happened, and completely overlook the deeper problems.  I think anyone who is used to evaluating films and books, beyond just their outermost layer, can easily see that TDKR is a pretty poor film.

*I had one other problem with the film that wasn't discussed in either of these articles.
SPOILER ALERT
One major thing that bothered me, is that Batman never actually defeats Baine. Catwoman comes in right at the last second and just shoots the guy with the canon on the batpod. To me, this felt very cheap.  It felt as though Batman never did 'rise' to save Gotham.  Ultimately, he failed, as he feared he would.
Throughout the three films, Batman is put up on a pedestal for his vow to not take a life, but when his own life is about to be taken, it required someone who was willing to take a life in order to save him.  It kind of felt like they slapped Batman in the face and proved that killing actually is necessary. And so if killing Bane was the solution all along, then somebody should have just done it earlier and saved lots of people a lot of trouble.  Honestly this whole resolution felt extremely disappointing. It felt like it contradicted the great purpose of the other two films.
END OF SPOILER

4. If those articles are too long for you, here are some brief excerpts from other reviews that I agree with:

Others will see it differently, but for me this is a disappointingly clunky and bombastic conclusion to a superior series -- Nolan's biggest and worst movie to date. -Tom Charity (CNN.com)

What worked beautifully in "The Dark Knight" seems overworked and almost ridiculously grim in "The Dark Knight Rises." -Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune)

This is the problem when you're an exceptional, visionary filmmaker. When you give people something extraordinary, they expect it every time. Anything short of that feels like a letdown. -Christy Lemire (Associated Press)


Groping for shape and substance in the long shadow of The Dark Knight, this movie is an unexpected disappointment. -Kurt Loder (Reason Online)


The Dark Knight Rises is by far the worst of the trilogy and surprising in its ineptitude. Lifeless and overlong, one can't make many excuses for this dull, empty, unfocused mess that is a sad end to what was a wonderful ride. -Diva Velez (TheDivaReview.com)


Moments are stretched. Every recollection must be illustrated by a flashback. Character motivations shift on a dime, and if you understand even half of what's going on -- not generally, but specifically -- you'll be doing better than most. -Mick LaSalle (San Francisco Chronicle)


(All excerpts taken from Rottentomatoes.com)



There you have it! If you took the time to read through all of that, you will now understand how I felt about The Dark Knight Rises.

I've actually seen all of Christopher Nolan's films; so just for fun, here is a list of his films, ordered (by me) from best to worst.
1. Memento
2. The Dark Knight
3. The Prestige
4. Batman Begins
5. Following
6. Insomnia
7. Inception
8. The Dark Knight Rises

Yes...I really did just say that TDKR is his worst film so far.

Parental Quote of the Day

"Forget it! It's straining my non-existent uterus..."
-My Mom

P.S. These immortal words were uttered last night while my mom was attempting to perform a safety check on one of my pistols. For some reason I think that makes it even more funny. :)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

A Storm is Coming...

I'm turning 30 in October.

That ominous month is right around the corner.

I'm not much of a party person.

I don't like being the center of attention.

I don't like planning things.

I don't like decorating.

I don't like finding mass quantities of party food...

...But I also feel like I shouldn't let this event slip by un-celebrated.

I want to enter my 30's with a bang, so to speak.

So, what should I do?

I don't have anyone in my life that is likely to throw me a party.

Is it totally lame to throw a party for yourself?

Let's face it, I don't have the ambition or desire to throw one for myself.

Maybe a small gathering will have to do.

Maybe the necessary ambition will suddenly come to me.

Hmmm...I'm going to have to think about this one.


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Brief Update


(This blog post originally began as a comment on another blog. It seemed like a good idea to post it as an actual post on my own blog.)

My summer reading has hit a major bump.
I'm reading The Fountainhead, which is really good, but at over 700 pages, it's considerably longer than most books I read. And I also don't have much reading time anymore. I'm lucky to get through a chapter a day.  Anyway, I am way behind on my reading schedule. After I finish it, I may have to read a bunch of easier books so I can catch up.  This might be a good reason to finally get around to some popular fiction. Maybe The Hunger Games series, or possibly Harry Potter.
I've also been in a bit of a blogging slump. Again, I don't have much time. I keep starting blog posts but not finishing them. One of these days I just need to sit down and bust out like 12 blog posts all in one day. I could easily do it. I have more than that in the works. Part of the problem is that I feel like hardly anyone is reading my blog anymore. Probably because I haven't been writing as often.
Also, I spend all day at work in front of the computer. So when I get home, the last thing I want to do is sit down in front of another computer.  That's part of the reason reading has been difficult. I get home and I want to go do stuff, be outside, be with people. Maybe when winter hits I will feel more inclined to stay inside and read after work.
Also, I've been in a bit of a slump in my personal life. For the most part everything is going well. There's just one area where things didn't go how I wanted them to go, and it's had me down lately. But I'm determined to get back on top and back into my usual good spirits! Maybe finishing up all those blog posts is a good way to start! :)

Hey, this comment might actually make a good blog post to update everyone with...

(Do any of you have any recommendations on how to get back to normal when you are stuck in a rut?)

Friday, August 3, 2012

Wise Words

Yesterday a friend of mine shared this quote on Facebook:

"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."

This advice couldn't have come at a more appropriate time.
I really needed to hear those words of wisdom.

:)