Well, now that's done. 
2009.05.28 19:46 - Meatspace Stupidity, Miscellanea
Booked a room for homecoming 2009 at the TH Best Western.

This is a pre-emptive act aimed at avoiding the EconoLodge or similar establishments, a goal that was not met during last year's preparations.
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Terminator: Salvation 
2009.05.28 16:46 - Guns, Magpul Masada/Bushmaster ACR, Entertainment, Movies, Internet Stupidity, Meatspace Stupidity
2.5 out 4.

Terminator: Salvation is okay. It doesn't manage to be as interesting as the first of the Terminator films, nor as much fun as the second. (The third, I have not seen--consensus seems to view that as a wise decision.)

The lighting was murky, the acting was serviceable, and the characters mostly not as sympathetic as intended. I liked Marcus Wright, but I was ready for the film to be over by the time the credits rolled. Lots of callouts to previous films in the series.

In the end, one is left with the distinct feeling that nothing genuinely significant just happened: the only character that was really developed in the film was also removed from the stage.

Recommendation: since most of the people reading this probably have home A/V setups that can give a mid-range theater a good run for its money, I'd recommend waiting for the inevitable Blu-Ray/DVD release. At least you won't have to wonder if the slimy mess you stepped in on the way out of the aisle was somebody's melted Slurpee ... or a puddle of Astroglide.

If you're just looking for an excuse to see a science-fiction film in the theater, however, have you seen Star Trek, yet? I'm not sure it makes much more sense, realism-wise, but it's a heck of a lot more fun. Of course, Pixar's latest is also out this week.

Gun dorkiness follows:
To be honest, I spent a good chunk of my time trying to see the Magpul Masada that was hiding behind Barnes in about 60% of the shots he was in. Didn't see it: between the constant shadows and the distracting chatter from the row behind me, I managed to miss the one shot it was visible. It's plenty visible on the Internet, of course.

As an ancillary matter, the weapons seem to have been chosen primarily on the basis of coolness. Hence the Deagle, all the HKs, all the 5.56...
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Tomorrow, I'm bringing my umbrella. 
2009.05.27 13:41 - Meatspace Stupidity
Or the club.

Was startled by a goose on the way from my car to the building this morning, and seem to have fallen over backward and hwanged my head good. One ambulance ride, four hours, Six staples and a CT scan later, I'm back at the office. Couldn't see for about twenty minutes, but that cleared up and there appears to be no permanent or visible damage.

Farging geese.

Strangest thing? Noticing that I seem to have pocket-dialed Pikafoop about the time this all happened.
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2009.04.21 22:25 - Meatspace Stupidity, Miscellanea
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Let your tea be dark and impenetrable as night. 
2009.04.20 09:51 - Meatspace Stupidity, Tea
That is how that one goes, right?

I'm on black tea this week. Pu Erh Tuo Cha, specifically. The bag is printed with some brief instructions, specifying one brick for three six-ounce cups. Last time I had this stuff, I was using about one brick for every six ounces.

I thought it was pretty strong at the time.
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