Of all the weeks to be away from home and returning on a plane, it looks like this one was the worse. Hopefully, tomorrow will be better than today was for travellers. I’m taking everything possible out of my carry-on bag to make the search easier. I need to remember to put my money clip in my checked bag. I’ve been caught with that thing twice! (It’s got a small knife blade in it as you find out from the Knife Sharpener Reviews)
Today was the first day of sessions that deal with the new technologies in detail. Five sessions from 9:00 am until 6:15 pm which makes you pretty tired by the end of the day. Luckily, Tuesday night is when Stump the Experts is held. Stump the Experts is a psuedo-competition between the developer audience and a panel of experts consisting of former and current Apple employees. The experts give questions to the audience via the big screen on stage and the audience submit questions to the experts via 3×5 notecards. The questions are focused on Apple history, technical knowledge and minute trivia. Scoring is done very loosely and correct answers from the audience are rewarded with prizes, some good and some bad. This year one of the booby prizes was an ADB mouse turned into a wireless mouse on the spot (the mouse was rendered wireless by a pair of scissors). As usual, it was great fun and the audience/expert relationship was humorously contentious. The event ended with a tie, but that’s hardly the point.
I’m waiting in the airport now for my flight to board for SFO. I had a middle seat but I bought a $24 upgrade for “Economy Plus” that gets me a window seat on the exit row. It’s a scam, but still worth it.
Yesterday Thomas and I went on the annual bike ride for his Cub Scout pack. This year I chose the route and it was quite enjoyable. There’s a length of bike path on Marine Drive along the Columbia that is about 4 miles long. When we got to the end, we pushed our bikes down to the beach and the boys played in the sand for over an hour. It was hot by the time we headed back and I was sucking wind by the end. Thomas really enjoyed it, though, and wants to go on more bike rides. I need to make time for that!
Graham and Tina are at Cub Scout Camp this weekend so Thomas and I are having a bachelor’s weekend. Some of the agenda items include: returning cans and bottles to the store, poker at Jonathan’s, Halo, Bust-A-Move and maybe some yard work if we find time.
Just woke up. I’ve been sick since Friday morning. Sore throat, cough, feeling like crap – that kind of thing. Everyday I think that maybe another day in bed will help, but then I wake up feeling like crap again. I guess I’ll just throw in the towel tomorrow morning and go back to work.
Current reading:Angels and Demons by Dan Brown, Smoke and Guns by Kirsten Baldock and Fabio Moon Recent listening: n/a Recent viewing: Heat at Mavericks, French Open: Men’s Final Recent playing:Poker Room, Halo Recently accomplished: n/a Imperative To Do: Get better, call Sears, call sleep doctor, bike repairs, get watch fixed, truck shopping, bank, Internet for Graham’s room Cool link:The Week in Unnecessary Censorship: My favorite “bit” on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
There was no school Friday, so Graham went with Tina to her school and Thomas rode his bike with me to work. This was his first big ride and the first time he took his bike on the Max. He did great and enjoyed playing games with they guys at work.
Bike odometer: 6211 miles Current reading:Barrel Fever by David Sedaris, Smoke and Guns by Kirsten Baldock and Fabio Moon Recent viewing: Pistons at Cavaliers, Spurs at Mavericks, Girl With a Pearl Earring, Punk’d, Cavaliers at Pistons Recent playing:GooBall Imperative To Do: Call Sears, Graham’s birthday present, bike repairs, get watch fixed, truck shopping, bank Cool link:Evolution of Dance: Awesome video with all your favorite dance steps
Have I mentioned how much I like Jon Stewart of The Daily Show? The shows I missed the most when my Tivo was broke were The Daily Show and Countdown. Here’s a few random thoughts:
One of Stewart’s specialties is taking something a politician says recently and then going back through old footage and finding contradictions and straight-out lies. He makes it funny but why can’t the “real” news do this? It seems so obvious.
Jon Stewart himself describes his job as “making faces at the camera.” This may be true, but he is the best face-maker in the history of television.
It’s hard to decide which I like best: the fake news at the beginning of the show or the correspondent story in the middle. After Steven Colbert left, the new crop of correspondents they got seemed like they weren’t as good, but last night I saw a story about a women’s prison in Minnesota that was incredibly funny. The interviews with the ridiculous questions are enough to make anybody laugh.
BTW, despite the ill-humored Hollywood denizens (Joaquin Phoenix, I’m talking to you) there that obviously didn’t appreciate his humor, I thought Jon Stewart was really funny at the Oscars. I think they were expecting a bunch of Republican bashing and when he started tipping their sacred cows, they just didn’t find it funny for some reason. For example, he said Walk The Line was a remake of Ray with white people. Or that you normally have to go to a Democratic fundraiser to see so many movie stars. Comedy gold!
For me, other parts of the program had negative entertainment value:
I counted at least three “reminders” about how the theatre-going experience beats watching movies in other venues. DVDs were specifically called out for their poor recreation of the theatre experience. Telling your audience how they are supposed to enjoy your product is condescending, but many would also argue that viewpoint is very flawed. Sometimes you just want to curl up at home in front of your TV and DVD player. Who the hell do they think they are to tell you that’s the “wrong” way to enjoy a movie? Total bullshit.
The film editing union must be very strong this year because the number of montage sequences was totally out of control. The worst was a montage about films that “change the world” (or something) which included The Day After Tomorrow. I liked that movie, but I don’t think it changed the world.
Aside from Dolly Parton’s performance from Transamerica, none of the other songs grabbed me. I thought they ranged from boring to over-the-top unbearable. BTW, how cool is Dolly? Despite the fact that she looks like total white trash, she’s got to be the coolest member of country’s “old guard.”
I’m a George Clooney fan and really dig when he sticks it to blowhards like O’Reilly, but his tirade about being “out of touch” early on was very self-righteous and hypocritical in the historical facts he mentioned. For example, he said Hollywood talked about AIDS when everybody was whispering about it, but Hollywood never made an AIDS film until 1992.