Urk. Had to go to the dentist’s and get a filling today. (Yeah, I know, that’s nothing. It could have been much worse.)
Well, today’s my 35th birthday. Relatively good day so far. Thai for lunch. Nice pastrami sandwich for dinner. Star Trek tonight. A little Stravinsky on the stereo right now. What could be better? 🙂
Dang, I just wrote a long blog entry, only to have it obliterated when I hit “post”. Well, I’m going to try to recreate it now. Hopefully, it won’t get swallowed up by the web monster this time.
I’m spending Christmas Eve home alone, and going over to my parent’s house tomorrow for Christmas. Having little better to do, I have decided to share my thoughts on a few subjects here.
Lord of the Rings
Good movie. Given all the competing pressures on him, Mr. Jackson made the best movie he could reasonably be expected to make. It won’t alienate any but the most ardent LoTR fanatics, and it does remain accessible to the general public. It’s interesting to think about the decisions he made about what to take out, what to leave in, what to change, and what to add. I didn’t have a problem with any of the actors. They were all good, and a few were great.
The Sneaker Bomber
Is it just me, or does this sound like something out of an old episode of Get Smart?
Despite the layoffs, the terrorism, the crappy economy, and the uncertain future, I have still managed to work myself into a very Christmas kinda mood over the last week. I’ve been listening to Vince Guaraldi’s Charlie Brown Christmas a lot. (I downloaded it from EMusic.) I also enjoyed Bill Plympton’s Twelve Tiny Christmas Tales on Cartoon Network last night. Fun stuff.
Alright, I know a lot people would probably consider this a cardinal sin, but I’ve been paying money to download MP3’s from the web. Call me crazy, but I think it’s worth $10 or $15 a month to be able to download complete albums easily, and to have that warm glow that comes with the knowledge that the people who made the music I’m listening to are getting a little money when I download their stuff.
Well, that’s just about everything I had in the entry that got eaten by the web monster. Hopefully, this one will survive.
Yum! Leftover turkey!
I got a cable modem a few days ago, so this weekend will likely be filled with pointless web surfing instead of holiday shopping and/or meaningful social interaction with friends and relatives. Also, I don’t feel real good right now. I think I’m getting a cold. Hey, nothing leftover turkey and pumpkin pie can’t cure, right? 🙂
Okay, I know everybody’s got it, but I’m just not feeling it. Can I just do red, white, and blue peace signs? Is everyone cool with that? Thanks.
Pics from last weekend’s Boston hike are up. I screwed up most of my right leg, but it was fun.
Here’s some pictures from Ankur’s Wedding. Enjoy.
We had to lay off a couple of people in my department today. It wasn’t my responsiblity to make the decision, or to deliver the bad news, thankfully. Still, I’d rather it hadn’t happened, and I wish there was something I could do about it. Check out this Bob Lewis column from InfoWorld for a couple of thoughts on being downsized.