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A mid-week update

Haven't updated the last few days, so I shall now. I might even play with those tag thingies.

Although Saturday was a perfectly schpadoinkle day, Sunday turned out not so much. The mechanic called around noon and said my rear brakes needed to be resurfaced but, lucky me, they were covered under warranty - yay! Then they called back later and said while they'd have to grind them below specs in order to resurface them, which meant I needed new rotors, which weren't covered under warranty. However, in light of the huge dime I dropped on them on Thursday, they just charged me parts and no labor, so I guess I was luck for $150 (bringing my grand total to almost $700). Bah. However, Corby, Jen, Wyatt and Kevin came over and we gamed and had a barbeque, so that was fun.

Well wouldn't you know it, Monday on the way to work my battery light went on again. Much lack of happiness going on, since they said it was probably a bad alternator and I'd have to bring it in again.

I escaped my troubles temporarily by seeing Batman Begins with SDQSF, and it was sooooooooo good! I had my doubts going in about Christian Bale, but I'm surprised to say I find him to be a better Bruce Wayne/Batman than Michael Keaton. Add in the cast that all seemed perfect for their roles - Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Gary Oldman, Tom Wilkinson, Morgan Freeman, even Ruger Hauer - and I was quite impressed. The only thing I found lacking was Cillian Murphy as Dr. Crane/Scarecrow - seemed too short for the role and too ineffective a villain in his own right, although he did a passable job with what he was given. Oh, and Ken Watanabe was hot. :) And they got the whole love interest thing right for a change! Very refreshing.

Side note: Batman Begins, like so many other movies released over the past couple of years (Constantine and Van Helsing, for example), has a very distinct "'00's" kind of style. The first film I can recollect that had this style was The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Were there any others before League? Does anyone else know what I'm talking about?

Anyway, today I left work early, dropped my car off again, and Daniel picked me up on his way home. They called back a few hours later and said that although the light was out again, they put in the new alternator anyway. I rode my bike over and picked it up, and we'll see tomorrow whether or not that solves the problem.

In other news, my boss has been interviewing people for both our open positions, and yesterday were the second-round callbacks, so a decision is imminent. Should be interesting, but the timing is good - I can train them over the next few months, and still have enough time for my replacement to be up and running before my boss leaves on maternity in December.

Finally, I have discovered yogurt. It's... ok. I'm going to try a couple different flavors before I make my decision.

CoH is down, so I'm at a loss what to do with myself tonight, but I'm sure I'll find something non-constructive to do. :)


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Jun. 22nd, 2005 03:43 am (UTC)
(I haven't seen Batman Begins, yet, so don't spoiler it for me, pls.)

I think I know the style you're talking about, and I think its origins in some ways go as far back as The Usual Suspects.
Jun. 22nd, 2005 03:45 am (UTC)
Also (Forgot):

Check this Metaquotes from earlier. Not the comments so much, but the quote itself.
Jun. 22nd, 2005 04:08 am (UTC)
Yup - right out of the movie.
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Jun. 22nd, 2005 04:36 am (UTC)
No, I know what steampunk is - I'm talking cinematography.
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Jun. 22nd, 2005 05:02 am (UTC)
It's hard to put my finger on it - it's that (mostly) seamless blend of CGI and live action; dark, vast cities/landscapes; a noirish feel without being stereotypically genre. Compare the movies I mentioned and see if you can adequately describe what I'm thinking of.
Jun. 22nd, 2005 06:17 am (UTC)
hm, i think i know what type of movie you are talking about but i dont remember when it started. it just seems like a lot of movies of that type are coming out now-a-days. was sin city an extreme version of that type?
Jun. 22nd, 2005 06:53 am (UTC)
I didn't see Sin City so I can't say.
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