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I wasn’t feeling well today so I spent a lot of time watching Netflix on my Xbox today.

Let’s see…Morning Glory with Rachel McAdams and Harrison Ford.  Great movie, well acted by the principals.  McAdams plays an executive producer for a national morning news show (think The Today Show) that strong arms Ford’s distinguished news caster to co-anchor the program in an effort to boost ratings.  Ford is particularly brilliant, bitter even when he’s being nice and demonstrating why he’s had such a lengthy career.

I also watched Baldr Force EXE.  This is an anime that has a net runner feel to it.  It’s only four episodes, about two hours, and thankfully lacks a lot of the exposition that burdens many anime shows.

I had seen Walking with Dinosaurs when it was first shown on The Discovery channel back when it wasn’t all reality TV like Ice Road Truckers and American Pickers or whatever.  It was worth seeing again.  There’s probably a lot of supposition in the show but it’s still cool to see “real”, “live” dinosaurs.

Finally, I wrapped up the evening with the first episode of The Universe.  I’ve only seen a handful, so the series will be mostly new for me.

I might actually be TV’d out for today!


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Watched a bunch of movies over the past few days.

Red Riding Hood wound up being better than I thought it would be.  There’s an element of that Twilight-y, teen love so I’ve been told.  I haven’t actually seen any of the Twilight films.  But there are sound themes covering abuse of power and what fear can do to a community.  Plus, the movie did a good job of hiding the wolf from me at least.

I had never seen Poltergeist but it’s one of my wife’s favorites from childhood.  It’s a pretty freaky movie, even now.  I enjoyed it and so did my younger daughter Madison.

Tonight, the whole family watched Romeo + Juliet, the 1996 retelling of the classic tragedy with Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes.  I’m not sure what the deal is with this retelling.  It’s almost slapstick in the opening scene before settling into a more mature and steady pace.  The beginning almost ruined it for me.  The performances are worthy of a Shakespeare.  It’s crazy to think DiCaprio was only 22 when this movie came out.

I remember not liking They Live when I was a kid.  The pace is a little slow and there is an ending that may dissatisfy.  But that was then and this is now.  It’s a great satire about our consumerism and quest for the almighty dollar.  Roddy Piper is better in the lead role than you might think.

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Been a few days again.  I’ve been keeping busy with movies, books, and work last Saturday.

Friday night, Jen and I watched Proof of Life and The Crow.  I had seen both before.  Jen had never seen The Crow.  I like Proof of Life.  It’s a movie that moves along for me even though it’s over two hours long.  Plus it ends with a great firefight.  The Crow has lost some of its luster with age.  Jen was pointing out all sorts of dislikes, things I had glossed over when I was younger.  It’s still a fun watch though.

I worked on Saturday and had a generally laid back weekend otherwise.  We watched The Highlander on Sunday.  Again, one I had seen but Jen had not.  Again, she criticized some things I ignored when I was younger.  This is a movie that could benefit from a solid remake (not another sequel, God no).  Great soundtrack though.  That would be hard to replicate.

Last night was Heartbreak Ridge.  Great movie.  There are too many liberties taken with delinquent Marines (in Force Recon no less) and with incompetent, glory-seeking officers.  But Clint Eastwood is so awesome in this movie it’s worth it.

I’ve moved onto the magic items in my Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition Dungeon Master’s Guide.  This and the spells appendix in the Player’s Handbook will take some time as they’re reference sections.  I may stop with the first level spells so I can start working on getting a game off the ground.  We’ll see.

I’ve also started reading Poul Anderson’s Three Hearts and Three Lions.  I’ve never read any Poul Anderson or even heard of him.  I’m sure this would get me lynched at a gamer convention but better late than never.

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It’s been a few days.  Not much going on.  I’ve been reading my Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition Player’s Handbook and Dungeon Master’s Guide.  I waffle between all of the versions of D&D because they all have something to offer.

Jen and I saw Hellboy II: The Golden Army last night.  It really was a missed opportunity.  Great mythology, great visualization, but just too campy for me to enjoy.  Also caught Dracula 2000.  It wasn’t bad – there was some good mythology in the movie – but it wasn’t that great either.

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The big achievement for today was actually an achievement.  I got The Peterson achievement today ahead of my planned schedule.  Fifty hours of FIFA Soccer 09 – crazy.  It’s the last achievement I can get for the game since the EA servers supporting the game were turned off earlier this year.

My playtime was interrupted when my daughters broke the toilet seat connectors in the upstairs common bathroom wrestling over who was going to get a particular orange towel.  I had to run to Home Depot to get replacement parts and fix the toilet seat.  A small kink in the day.

The rest of the day was just hanging out with the family.  We watched Family Guy’s Blue Harvest and Something, Something Dark Side, parodies of Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.  The movies are hilariously inappropriate like all Family Guy episodes.  The blu-ray set has profanity, so be advised.  I read some of my Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition Player’s Handbook and hit some roleplaying-focused blogs during the movies.  At 9 PM, we switched over to the Discovery channel to watch Shark Week.

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The family had a great Saturday.  Jen and I got up a little later than planned so we didn’t get done with our “morning” news reading and get-the-day-going routine until about 12:30.  Everybody worked hard on the yard today.  We had to pull about 50 square feet of raspberry bushes and other weeds from our back yard and got the lawn mowed.

I barbequed some awesome chicken and we ate dinner out on our back deck – it was a gorgeous day.  Jen and I had a bottle of 2010 Chateau St. Michelle Midsummer’s White Limited Release we picked up a few weeks ago and we enjoyed the sun until it retreated behind the trees here in aptly named Woodinville.

The kids enjoyed the TV for a little while until Jen put in Just Go With It with Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston.  If you’ve seen one Adam Sandler film, you’ve seen them all but it was a cute movie.  Sandler and Aniston had great on-screen chemistry and the main theme of be true, especially to yourself, at least has value.

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I finished The City of Towers last night.  I had pretty much wrapped it up and just needed to finish reading through the appendices for good measure.  Gotta be thorough.  Smile  No I can move on to The Terror by Dan Simmons.  It’s a horror/thriller set against the backdrop of a mid 18th-century expedition in search of the Northwest Passage.

I got a lot done this week at work and it’s looking like I’ll get more tasks wrapped up next week.  I’ve had a number of long brewing projects and tasks that have been percolating so it’ll be a lifting of some burden.

Got some more FIFA Soccer 09 in today.  I think I’m on schedule to get The Peterson by August 2nd.  I may even get it this weekend if I knuckle down in the evening or if the weather turns foul.

Also watched a few movies tonight with the family.  We watched Willow with the girls.  They liked it.  I haven’t seen it in years but it’s a great fantasy film that’s tween appropriate.  Jen and I also watched John Carpenter’s The Fog from 1980 (I think a remake has been made recently).  It was OK.  Probably a little more scary 30 years ago.  Not bad.

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