Movies and Such

I've managed to see two movies in the theatre in the past few months, which is amazing because I hardly go out to movies anymore thanks to Netflix... there just isn't a need anymore.

But, I ended up making an exception for two movies.  I went to see Hancock about a week ago with F.. although it wasn't exactly what I thought it was going to be, it was all right.  Will Smith did a pretty good job of playing a jackass.

I've also seen The Dark Knight with F and a bunch of other people from work.  The movie was absolutely great.  Obviously there was a lot of hype around Heath Ledger's character and whatnot, and hype aside, he really did produce a great performance.  The entire movie was well-written and very entertaining, and even with the 2 1/2 hour length, it was very easy to enjoy.

As far as movie prices... I just don't know.  We saw The Dark Knight for $6.50 each, so that wasn't so bad.  But catching the 8:00 movie bumped the price to $8.75...  that's a hefty sum for a movie, no matter how you look at it.  Even after you look at all the costs of running a movie theatre, it's still pretty expensive.  While I'm addicted to movies, at least I've been able to wait until the DVD release and watch them at home, which keeps me on budget.  Kind of.

Woodgrain Just Sucks

Am I the only one in the world who hates vehicles with woodgrain interiors??

I've been doing a bit of research on cars and I just can't stand seeing that stupid woodgrain accent trim go around the cabin.  Or worse... some vehicles are put it on the steering wheels or gearshift!!

I just can't see what the point is.  It's supposed to add an air of luxury, but that's just pompous posturing.  We all know it's fake, so what's the damn point?

And it's not like I'm talking about older vehicles like a woodie, either.  Have a look at the brand new Ford Flex, it's a prime example.  The base model (which isn't that bad actually) doesn't have the woodgrain option, but the next few models have it standard.  Stop, please!

Nothing is more distracting to me than getting in a vehicle and staring at fake tree crap.

Naming Rights?

Seriously, this may be one one of the most retarded things I've heard in a while.

David Partin of Orlando offered the right to name his unborn son to a local radio station that offered $100 worth of free gas to the listener with the most interesting item to trade. Radio hosts Richard Dixon and J. Willoughby took Partin's deal. When the baby is born this winter, he will be named Dixon and Willoughby Partin, with the "and" included.

You've got to be a special kind of stupid to offer naming rights of your child... and for only $100 of free gas?  That's what, 20 gallons?  What a complete jackass.

Resurrection

Wow, it's been almost a year since I posted last.  Shut up, I've been busy.

Here's a list of crap that has changed or happened in the past 9 months:

Toliver turned 4 in November, Carter turned 7 in April.  I turned 30 a few weeks ago.

I've started dating again, believe it or not.

I took a new position at my full-time company.

I got to see a Google StreetView car up close.

I came down with pneumonia.

My company moved closer to launching its first web-based project..

I've had about 20 new ideas for new products for my company.  Unfortunately I'm still working on the first one (see above).

At my full-time job, we recently completed a multi-year systems refresh.  It was interesting, but now that it's done, I can start taking vacation time again.

So... while there has been a bit of silence lately, expect that to change.  I plan to convert this blog over to new software shortly, so that'll be my next big thing to accomplish.  I'll probably publish some articles on some of the above things when I get some time, too.

Philanthropy by Wristband

Okay, seriously.  The wristband fad is over.

Firstly, I'm tired of trying to figure out what the different colors mean.  Secondly, yeah sure, it's nice that you support a cause or a charity or something else that helps people out.  That makes you feel good.  It eases your conscience, makes you feel about yourself, and an angel may even get its wings.

But just because you're wearing a wristband doesn't mean I have to care.  Nor does it make you a better person for advertising your philanthropy.

The company I work for has chosen to support a particular charity.  As part of the incentive to raise money, a wristband was distributed.  To everybody.  In the corporate color.  With the corporate logo and whatnot on it.  Jesuchristo!  The pressure!  If I don't donate, it's entirely possible they'll move me to the basement.  Without my stapler!!

What ever happened to just helping people out without looking for the angle?  I donated money last year, but you probably didn't know that?  Why would you?  It's something I chose to do, but I don't need your confirmation that I've done a Good ThingTM.  I do it because I felt it was the right thing to do and I wanted the chance to help somebody out.

Why is that so many people need some kind of validation before doing the right thing?