Monday, September 30, 2002

Ain't It Cool News recently released a review of the latest proposed Superman movie script that contained a plot synopsis. If what they say is true the script is a major, major stinker that has been heavily screwed around with by Warner Brothers. I used to keep up with the postings by the creator of Babylon 5, J. Michael Stracynski. He often complained bitterly about how bizarre of a company WB was. I don't really care that much about Superman, since I was always a Marvel fan for the most part, but hopefully they'll come up with a movie script with a more coherent plot. The action sequences sound cool at least.
I'm currently listed as #32 on the Top 100 Factoring Producers report for the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS) homepage. I've been at the relatively same position for quite some time now. Hopefully I can boost my computing power sometime soon and gain a few notches. It may be just me, but the list of Distributed computing projects has not seemed to be very interesting lately.
You know, sometimes you can get excited about a new computer game, but then you find out that one thing that makes you decide never to touch it. Earth and Beyond looked like it would be a really cool massively multiplayer space based game. I heard about it several months ago and was seriously considering buying it. Then I read the FAQ and it says that it does not support joysticks. I did a little more digging and find out that the spaceflight model is only 2 dimensional, so no Z axis. What kind of dumbass designers came up with this? Is the lack of a Z-axis supposed to help me with the total immersion factor? Hopefully the space flight portion of Star Wars Galaxies will get it right.

Sunday, September 29, 2002

The wife sent me out to the grocery store earlier tonight to buy "feminine products," kitty litter, and milk. If that doesn't hammer home the fact that you're married nothing does. Heh. It's a good thing I love her.

Friday, September 27, 2002

Well, I guess I'll have to disagree with Mr. Cranky on this one. "Sweet Home Alabama" was actually a pretty good movie. They didn't really make as much fun of rural Alabama as I thought they would. As far as movies that are mostly chick flicks, this one rates pretty high. On the Mr. Cranky scale I'd have to give it only 1 bomb. The only thing I didn't like was the cheesy pop remake of the classic Lynyrd Skynyrd song at the end of the movie.
My brother Brian and I have pretty even tempers for the most part. He loses his a little faster than mine. I ran across an email from him that was posted by the recipient on a web board today. I had to leave my cube and go out in the hall and laugh after I read it. I've rarely seen him lay into someone the way he did this lady. When you click on the link, scroll down or search for 'Hatcher.'

My brother, by the way, lives off a small rural "Highway" and has owned several Dalmations. I have to agree that keeping a dog with as much energy as a Dalmation has inside a house all the time is much more cruel than letting it be "a yard dog."
My friend Jeff Falkner thrives on finding the most cheesy of things to add to his house. His latest find is the Lime Bomber. Some day I'll have to create a virtual tour of his house so others can share in my stunned amazement of how he's created a monument to tackiness and the white trash dream.
Mr. Cranky has always been one of my favorite movie critics. He's definitely not for the faint of heart. Tonight I'm going with Marissa and Victoria to see "Sweet Home Alabama," yet another movie using my home state as a setting for a comedy. Mr. Cranky is giving the movie 3 bombs in his review. That's actually not too bad of a rating by him. The ones he rates with 3 bombs are usually at least stomachable. (Is stomachable a word?) I'm hoping it ends up being somewhat entertaining, but I'll know more later tonight I suppose. I don't really mind a movie making fun of Alabama, since I always love a good joke no matter how inappropriate.
My wife and I have recently taken the plunge and are actively pursuing the purchase of a house. It's unbelievable how may options there are for mortgages out there. Right now we're scheduled to close on the house on Oct. 29. I'm just working on the mortgage right now. Here's a bad picture of the house . It's a 4 bedroom 3 bath home with 3 levels and a bonus room in the basement. The lot is about 0.2 acres and the back and the left side are dense woods which are part of the common property of the subdivision which will never be built on.