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Personal Factoid 005 - Where Did I Leave Off?
When in the course of reading a book I find myself forced to discontinue its pursuit, I never dog-ear the page to mark my spot, and I rarely use a bookmark. Instead, I just remember the page number I was on. This works fairly well as long as I’m not trying to concurrently make progress in multiple books, and the delay before returning to the book is not too great.
Personal Factoid 004 - The Battle of the Beverages
I don’t drink alcohol. At some point during my formative years, I sampled beer and wine and came to the conclusion that alcohol tasted like shit. I’ve no desire to experience the behavior altering properties of alcohol, so I’ve never been tempted to overcome my initial impression. I don’t drink coffee (nor do I eat coffee-flavored foods). I find its flavor revolting,...
Personal Factoid 003 - The Art of Waking Up
I do not own an alarm clock*, nor do I use any mechanical or electronic device to prompt my waking in the morning. My body just wakes up between 6 and 7, and then I climb out of bed. The former is a matter of practice, the later a matter of will. This works as long as I go to bed around midnight. Of course, when I travel the time zone changes foul me up (at this very moment I’m struggling...
Movie: Star Wars: Clone Wars
Star Wars: Clone Wars fell flat because there was no tension. Without exception I already knew the fate of every hero and villain in the story, because their lives and deaths had already played out in other movies or TV shows. Likewise, the outcome of the mission was a non-event, because successful or not, the Clone War had already been resolved elsewhere. Without tension, there was never an...
Movie: Hell Boy 2: The Golden Army
For a movie filled with special effects, the adolescent Hell Boy’s imagining of the framing story was a travesty. That this came at the beginning of the movie nearly torpedoed the entire feature. And since I’m nit picking, I could have done without the ridiculous story sequence altogether. Just start the movie in media res and weave in some subtle exposition. The audience, even those...
Movie: Meet Dave
I possessed not the slightest iota of interest in seeing this flick. I long ago outgrew Eddie Murphy movies. Alas, Sunday was hot, the kids were bored, and Meet Dave was the only kid-friendly choice available. The kids loved it. Me? I wish I could have those two hours back.
So, work is sending me to a couple training courses. Between the two, there’s a week gap where I’ll burn up my accumulated comp time. All in all, I’m going to spend entirely too much time on planes. (The Dashboard fouls up this table something fierce.) Depart Arrive Notes19 SEP 13:45 Pohnpei19 SEP 02:30 Honolulu119 SEP 19:55 Honolulu20 SEP 14:04 Dulles227 SEP 14:40...