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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Aeon Flux

Is anyone else excited about this being made into a movie? I can remember staying up late to try to catch the episodes when MTV aired them. I never knew what time they were on, so I think I missed a good deal of them, but the ones I did catch, I liked...alot.

I remember thinking that she was a fairly hot animated chick and she kicked ass all the time. Yes, I said she was hot, not as hot as her or her, but hot enough for anime. I'm secure in my femininttiee to say that kind of stuff. Does Aeon Flux even count as anime since it's an Mtv production? Or is anime strictly a Japanese thing? I don't know those kind of specifics. Maybe Spyder Dragon could help me out.

I hope this movie turns out to be as cool as it should be. So many times I'm dissappointed, but I'm trying to keep positive and hope that this is a kick ass movie worthy of the title.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Christmas Music

I know, same title as another blog, sorry it fits here too.

I was browsing through a hallmark story last night searching for a birthday card for my mom. BTW-did you know hallmark doesn't have belated birthday cards? Anyway, about five minutes after I was in there they started playing christmas music. I don't know what it is about christmas music, but I really don't like any of it. Maybe there's some long stemming, childhood bad memory that I've convientely blocked out, or maybe it's just that christmas is associated, in my mind, with winter and I don't like winter. Whatever the reason, I just don't like christmas music. It also occured to me that after this Thursday, that's all I'll be hearing in stores and some radio stations from now til the end of the year...great.

It's not that I don't like christmas in general. I do, I like the decorations and the getting together with family and friends and the getting and giving presents and the foods associated with said holiday, but that music has got to go! I feel bad about it sometimes, I don't ask people to turn it off, but it grates on me at times. Anyone have any insight into this problem? Am I alone out here in the dispise of hristmas music? Holla back!

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Kids Today

So I have this history class this semester, History 101; The World in the 20th Century. This is a required class since everyone needs to know at least a little something about the last 100 years. The majority of my class is made up of 18ish year old girls. Most of whom I assume just graduated high school this past May. They are really unbelievable as students. First of all, they still have that high school note-taking mentality where they write down every single word the prof says. I know this for fact because I hear them whispering behind me when one of them misses an adjective (or any other non-essential part) from the lecture. This leads to the proverbial cricket sound when he asks a question. They're hearing what he says, but not actually listening, or maybe it's the other way around, but you know what I mean. In fact, it's usually the same three people that respond to what he says, me being one of them.

About a month ago, we had a midterm. There are only 5 items that are graded in this class--class participation(15%), 5 quizzes (25%), midterm (15%), paper(20%) and final(25%)--no homework, no chapter tests, no nuthin' else. That's it and it's all stated very clearly in the syllabus which we got on the first day. Ok, ok the midterm. So the midterm was going to be the first test, first major graded item we were getting from him and it FREAKED them all out. I understand the first test, you don't know what to expect, how he grades, what kinds of questions he asks, but DAMN! They started asking retarded things like, "What's the average grade students get on your midterms?" or "What if I miss the test?"or "Will there be a chance for extra credit afterwards?" there were plenty more, but I've blocked them out. But trust me, they were a retarded waste of time. Some of them were surprised at their poor grade on the midterm because they took "really good notes", but then it came out that they didn't buy the book! WTF? He's not going to spoon-feed you everything!

It annoys me because I like the prof (a local film critic) and I also enjoy the subject, although most of the stuff I've already learned from other history classes, and they just waste time with their incessant whining. If they'd just shut up maybe we could get oat early for once! If it weren't for the participation grade, I would have stopped showing up a long time ago.

Today, the paper is due. The last few weeks have been trying for me because the first fifteen (at least) minutes of class are nothing but them whining about wanting him to push back the due date until after Thanksgiving. Luckily he hasn't melted like butter. Nope! Paper due today, no questions! As of Tuesday, a couple of the girls were having problems writing a 1700 word paper because they hadn't read the book! Well no shit, I say. We got to choose from a list of three books/topics to write about. These were all listed on the syllabus which we all received, once again, the first day of class. This paper and the books involved were no secret, it didn't say, "major paper due, details to be discussed at a later date". It was all clearly stated in English even! My paper, for the most part, was finished two weeks ago sans conclusion which I just finished up. I had the book read about a month ago. I guess I'm a planner.

All I can say to them is 'Good luck with the next four years!' I hope, for their sake and the sake of us other, serious (or quasi-serious) students that they just find some rich guy to marry so they don't have to get a real degree-requiring job and then they can let someone else into the class who really wants to be there and doesn't mind doing the work.
Sheesh!

Monday, November 14, 2005

The Year In Review

About this time last year, a lot of people were waking up with alcohol, cigar and/or chocolate fountain induced hangovers. It's gone by somewhat fast, but the 13th marked one year of marriage for Ben and I.
The past year has been a good one for us. After our first honeymoon to Florida, we came back just in time to start the rush of the holidays. Thanksgiving in New Albany, Christmas in Richmond and New Year's in Chicago. Shewww! I got tired of lugging around those albums with all 500 million wedding pictures. For those that missed them, you can go here to check them out. After the holidays were done, we could finally relax.
Then, in Febuary we decided to go out the day after Valentine's Day and totalled the truck. Mind you, we didn't decide to total the truck, that was just bad timing.
In March we celebrated actually living in our house for a year.
April came with the standard April Fools Day joke that some family members actually took seriously. Also in April Ben went out to DC to run the Cherry Blossom Run with Stutz and Irwin. May included the running of the Indy Mini Marathon in which Ben finished not as well as he would have liked, but at least he finished which is more than I could say!
In June we took a road trip up to Michigan with many wineries in between. Lots of wine and beer!
In July we held the second annual Summer Duck Plunge. Good times! Except for when Ben cut his wrist, but other than that...
In August we went to Germany as our second and "official" honeymoon. It took a lot of time to plan, I think I started getting the deets together at the first of the year. I could go on and on about how great it was, but I won't. Just know that a good time was had by all.
We had the sixth annual HalloBean this year also. Good times again!
Which brings us back to where we started this blog adventure. November 14th, 2005. It's been a good year with many more to come.
I heart Ben!

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Blog More Blogs!

It's amazing how that comment from Dooley will make me post something new. Even if I don't have much to blog about, I still pull something from somewhere, let's see where this goes today.

I woke up this morning and it was 70 degrees outside, which is totally alright with me. Give me year-round 70's and I'll be a happy little beaver. Then, I turned on the news only to find out that by 5pm it'll be in the 50's. WTF? I've really never been happy with Indiana's weather patterns, but damn! Let me ease into winter alright? I don't care, I still put on a sleevless shirt today--damn the man, fight the power and all that stuff. So there's that.

Our first three NetFlix of the year have now been watched and I was happy with all of them. First, we watched Batman Begins. That was a cool action flick with fairly good acting. Christian Bale did good as Batman, but I'll always be a Michael Keaton fan, don't you think he was the best one? I didn't care much for Katie Holmes, but whatever.

Next, was Ocean's Twelve. Let it be known that I didn't walk away from the first one thinking it was the best movie EVER, like so many others. That said, I enjoyed the sequel, however, it was a bit complecated which makes me like the first one better. Vary rarely is the sequel better than the original. A few examples: The Godfather II, Aliens and Evil Dead 2. Oh, and it also had my favorite comedian/actor in a bit part as well, Eddie Izzard. I HIGHLY recommend checking out his Dress To Kill special.

Last night we watched Crash. This one was a good drama, very engaging from the start. Great writing, good cast, good acting, four stars in my book. It was a very raw look at prejudices in different walks of life. It was refreshing to see such real-life issues in a movie, nothing sugar coated and not really hitting you over the head with consequences either. It was just there.

Anyone seen any good movies lately?

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Which File Extension Are You?

I saw this site posted on my cousin's blog. It was interesting and geeky all at the same time. I don't exactly know what to think about my result, but you should try it yourself.

You are .*     You are a wildcard.  You are everything to everybody.  You can't make up your mind as to what you want to be.
Which File Extension are You?