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Moon Phase

March 2019
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Bruce [userpic]

It turns out the new laptop can read CD+Gs quite readily. On the other hand, the only player I know for Linux, pykaraoke, won't show anything, at least not on this display. I'm beginning to suspect that I should have shelled out for the more expensive video card option. I'm running into a truism of software testing, which I'm sure is more blatantly true with free software: No engineer ever tests things out on the low end hardware.

None of this is vital right now, but I like to keep things flexible.

I've downloaded a cute new toy for the Treo: My Location. It uses cell tower info to approximate where you are, then loads the phone's copy of Google Maps with that location. It can be up to half a mile off, but that can still be useful.

Even if it thinks I'm sitting on the southbound 101 sound wall...

timenchanter and I had a nice dinner at the Macaroni Grill with the wonderful and vivacious rebekie, then all three of us met up with kizmet100 at Shoreline for a showing of The Golden Compass. Very cute movie, though it was fascinating seeing the changes from the book. It's a given that a lot had to be compressed, but it was amusing to note that the Magisterium being a branch of the Catholic Church was simply not mentioned, and that the attempt to shoehorn "dust" into dogma was glossed over.

Timmie and I somewhat suspect that having Lyra learn who her mother is from said mother was partly done as a joke - the scene felt much too much like "Lyra, I am your mother!" "Nooooo! That's impossible!"

Ian McKellen as Iorek was a little jarring, too. I mean, he did a fine job, but I kept on expecting the bear to place himself in front of a group of enemies and cry "You shall not pass!"

But again - much, much fun. And a few scenes - the first introduction of Nicole Kidman was shot from behind her, as she walked into a hall in a slinky dress. Maggie and I were salivating in stereo.

Afterwards, Maggie, Timmie, and I just happened to drop by the Infirmary, which was actually reasonably busy. I ended up talking a huge amount with (annoying) Bob, who does have interesting things to say. Still annoying, though - though he bought me two Jack&Cokes. I got to spend a fair amount of time talking with the quite drool-worthy hektikat, and even dancing with her. Sorta. I was exhibiting my usual level of grace...

Then back home, where I've finally finished putting up the third bookshelf. Nothin' like standing on a bed playing with power tools when you're tipsy. Now I just need to move a clotheshook, then vacuum up some of the sawdust.

Well, and maybe shelve some books. But let's not be too hasty.

Current Location: The Duplex
Mood: calmcalm
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I especially liked my mime version of China Girl...

You're more than welcome, dear. Much fun, and besides, it meant I got to watch you dance. :-D

I'm going to be craving Ethiopian until we get there. I still find it amusing that neither of us could find a clear spot on our calendars for two weeks.

I missed Bruce dancing!?!? DAMN!

Magisterium as not church was an admitted marketing ploy with the author acknowledging his distaste for hegemony by any name. That goes along with the only battle scene where it was light enough to see anything being bloodless. More jarring was knowing that the final chapters were filmed and post-produced and then chopped off the release. They never get to the phenomenon which was the original title of the book! So, if they decide they can afford to make any more of the trilogy, they'll stick the end of book 1 onto the beginning of movie 2. If not, I suppose we'll be able to see it on the DVD.

It was a shock when the movie ended there - but that's what you get when a dark children's adventure gets "lightened up."

I'm curious, though - I wonder if they would have made more, if they'd kept the controversial parts in...

It was great fun - dinner and a movie. :)

*mumble mumble* stupid bread taker *mumble mumble*

We shall definitely have to do that way more often, though you must let me pay *once* in a while! :)

More often would be wonderful, though you're going to have to learn to move faster if you plan to pay - especially if you're going out with both Timmie and I.

Besides, you provided the movie. So na!