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Category: Media Reviews
Monday, December 27th, 2004 @ 03:26 pm
Posted By Brent
The other day I took a little trip to go see The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, and I was so thoroughly displeased with it that I though I'd go ahead and share with the intarweb what exactly I thought were the movie's glaring flaws.

First off, it seemed like the director was not paying attention to when the story should actually start, and once he realized that the timing on everything was way behind schedule, he took off with the plot like a bat out of hell, almost forgetting his keys. This misstep really seemed to set the tone for the entire feature.

Next thing that really got my sack in a knot was that right when it seemed the story was catching up with itself, they had the girlfriend character decide to try to cross Bourbon Street in the middle of French Quarter instead of taking Canal. It was sort of pointless and I felt that it slowed the plot down way too much. I'd really like to know what the director was thinking there, I mean it would have been ten times easier for her to go down Canal Street, and the story would have progressed with much less hassle.

After that it just seemed to turn into a fucking greek tragedy. There was one scene where the two main characters go to a movie theatre, and the theatre was fucking sold out. What kind of gay-assed plot device is that? There's no pay-off for the audience there. The writer should seriously think about going back to movie writing school. If there is a movie writing school. And if there is, I hope it's got a more dignified name than "movie writing school."

Of course at this point it feels as if the writer didn't actually commit to the story he's chosen. It actually feels like he went and got a couple six packs and then went off on a tangent and wrote a completely different story about climate changes and global warming. I mean, there was a part where the characters were literally being chased down a hallway by frost. It was odd to say the least.


Category: Personal
Sunday, December 26th, 2004 @ 02:36 pm
Posted By Brent
Twas a White Christmas in New Orleans. I think the Earth is broken.


Category: Personal
Tuesday, December 21st, 2004 @ 06:12 pm
Posted By Brent


Category: Social
Tuesday, December 21st, 2004 @ 05:57 pm
Posted By Brent
Well, that time of year has come again, you know, the one where I don't buy anyone anything until the last minute.

I have for that past few Christmases called off the whole exchanging of presents thing with friends. It just got to be way too much bullshit, and it wasn't really the money. I'm just really bad with picking things out for people and usually end up getting them shit they never wanted and will probably never use.

Two years ago, the last Christmas I bought presents for all of my friends, I think I had finally gotten a handle on the situation. Scott got a t-shirt that we had both agreed was witty months beforehand, John got a Sigmond Freud action figure which I know he appreciated, Jason got the Hitchhikers Guide, and Pete got a putting green to practice his then budding interest in golf. I was thoroughly proud of myself and decided to end my gift exchanging days on a high note.

Of course I still have family and our annual gift exchange to contend with. You can't really tell your family that you're going to be the big douche bag that's coming to the traditional present exchange without jack shit. No, That would be uncouth. Instead I choose the more honorable option on not buying nary an item till the day before when I'm standing in a line out the door at some poorly stocked department store with arms full of crap.

I think it'll be another gift card Christmas this year, you deserve a better relative.


Category: Tech
Thursday, December 16th, 2004 @ 11:49 am
Posted By Brent
I've added a couple knick-knacks to the site. First and foremost, I got tired of being paranoid about posting too much (concerning fresh posts being schluffed off the front page before anyone got to see it because it only shows two at a time), so I rewired the system a bit. The way it works now is it will always show the last two posts but along with any other posts that have been posted in the last three days. So, if I post once 6 times in two days, all six will show up, but if I only post once in a month, the latest two will always be displayed -- confusing, but you probably won't even notice it unless it's helping you see more content.

I suppose I could have just made it display more posts but I think this pages layout works the best aesthetically with a shorter length.

The second change is probably a welcome one. I've added "preview" functionality to the per post and peanut gallery commenting. This should stop the annoying broken hyperlinks and images. Should stop them, but it probably won't because the people that fuck that kind of stuff up probably aren't the same kind of people that would hit a preview button. Anyway, be sure to test it out for me and drop me some feedback if you notice any bugs.