3.19.2008

No Point

So, this post doesn't really have a point. I'm just trying not to work and this seems like a halfway productive non-working exercise that I can engage in.

This week I have been completely destroyed by the weather. I am not generally one who's mood/demeanor is dictated by the weather. I love bad weather and good weather about equally. After a long and cold winter, enjoyable as it may have been, I found myself actually looking for to the Spring (something that doesn't happen every year). We finally got a little taste of it last week with sunshine galore and warm temperatures, but this week, someone flipped the switch on the big lightbulb in the sky and we have been wallowing in Doom and Gloom since Monday.

I have been completely deflated by this. It also doesn't help that I haven't been getting enough sleep this week and all I can do is spin my wheels on the projects I'm working on at the office. I feel like Superman after he got shanked with kryptonite. Or maybe Nuclear Man... I guess Nuclear Man is a better example. They both get their powers from the sun though, so whatever. Also, Nuclear Man looks exactly like Dolph Lundgren (in fact, I mistook him for Dolph for a good chunk of my life). I wouldn't mind taking a nap in a tanning booth right now, or maybe just rigging up some kind of UV heat lamp like those ridiculous cameras they make people wear on reality TV.

Blargh, indeed.

In other news, I saw a woman this morning with bright orange hair. She was older and at first glance I thought she was wearing a hat. It just made me wonder, how it can be socially acceptable for an old lady to walk around with neon orange hair (or at the very least, overlooked) while a punker kid with green hair gets demonized. I guess the grandma probably isn't blaring death metal from her mom's minivan, but whatever. Down with the double standards!

Let's see, what else can I talk about? In computer news, I'm pretty happy with my new setup. I've got Mac OS X and Windows XP running on my new computer and Linux on my old desktop. I'm running gOS, which is a really slick and light, Internet dependent flavor of Ubuntu, I believe. I like it a lot, but I can't get my wireless card to work with it.

I'm not going to lie, I don't understand shit about Linux. Loading drivers, installing packages, that kind of crap makes my head spin and I don't want to deal with it. gOS is one of the most user-friendly flavors of Linux too, so if I can't hack that, then I should just give up. I am thinking about moving the thing into the living room where I can plug it into a landline, loading Linux MCE on it and just using it as a media center. But that would require buying an adapter cable though and probably more learning, so I can't just do it on a whim.


Whatever. It seems like computers are all I ever talk about anymore.

Oh yeah, I know; I can mention that April is Cyberpunk month and it's coming up soon! To be clear, this is a distinction that I have completely made up, but it serves a good purpose for me to set aside a month to get caught up on all things cyberpunk. You can read more about it if you follow the link but the short version is, April is my least favorite month, typically, so I am basically just trying to turn a frown upside down.

Last year I finally watched Robocop 2 and 3 and Tron. I'm excited this time around, although I'm not really sure what I'm going to go for. I was thinking about reading some more Richard Morgan from his Altered Carbon series, but my buddy Jeremy warned me off and told me they were pretty pale compared to the first book. Instead, I'm thinking about checking out Tea From An Empty Cup by Ms. Pat Cadigan. I can't remember what movies I am going to look for. I will definitely watch The Terminator trilogy again. Sarah Connor Chronicles started that itch a while ago and it will finally be scratched.

In other movie news, I just watched The Last Starfighter for the first time in my life last night. It's not cyberpunk, but, like Tron it was one of the first movie to use 3D CGI special effects. It wasn't bad. I'm sure if I had seen it in 1984 when it originally came out I would have a much bigger sweet spot for it, but I was decently entertained 24 years later and that's not too shabby.

*Update: So, I'm feeling a lot better, now. The sun has come out, I managed to find some traction on one of my projects at work and it's all thanks to the magic of the Internets! Next up, I'm going to take a damn nap!

3 comments:

Hammer said...

The Last Starfighter is still one of my favorite movies from my childhood. I wanted to be a starfighter too! No matter how bad the cheese level, I still get a kick out of it.

Nuclear man? awesome. Superman IV:The Quest for Peace, right? I'm glad they disowned that movie when they 'rebooted' the franchise. I still think that Superman III was given the shaft, though. I mean, come on, Richard Mother Trucking Pryor, skiing down a building and building a supercomputer a few degrees less cool than HAL9000 that turns the bad guy's sister into Mecha-wenchzilla. I loved that Superman destroyed the computer not with his super-skills, but with some red acid goo stuff and that they played a pseudo-Atari 8 bit game to 'shoot down' Superman as he's flying in the canyon.
It doesn't get much better than that, really.

Ahren said...

Oh man, I could barely get through Superman 3. Then again, I didn't see it until last year or the year before (watching all the Superman movies before Superman Returns came out, 3 was the only one I'd never seen). I think it's another situation where if I had seen it when it actually came out I probably would have liked it a lot more. I think I'll call that Batman Forever Syndrome.

Truthfully, I'm not a big Superman fan. I really don't like any of the movies except for Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. That movie is the dopest shit. Superman fights Dolph Lundgren on the m00n! I like it more than Superman Returns! They clone Superman! In the 80's! What the shit?!

Anyway, not to hate on Superman too much. He's an alright dude. It's just hard to make a compelling movie about a dude that is basically omnipotent.

Hammer said...

LMAO, nice.