Monday, May 31, 2004

Shrek II

Still have not sat down and completely watched LOTR: The Return of the King. But I've made my way through the "extras" DVD. Tam and I went to see Shrek II. Puss 'n Boots stole the show. I'd have to say the movie was at least the equivalent of the original, and perhaps even better. Good story, excellent animation, and very funny.

Don't forget the Venus transit coming up. I've seen some news broadcasts demonstrating how to make pin-hole cameras to view the transit, but unless magnified, I can't imagine that a pin-hole camera would be a satisfying way to view (very very small as viewed from Earth) Venus crossing the solar disk. Perhaps the safest and easiest way to view the event is via live webcast.

Friday, May 28, 2004

Return of the King

Bought the LOTR: Return of the King DVD yesterday. Spend 2 hours just "scanning" it, not even really watching the movie, but just perusing my favourite bits. Wow. I've yet to really sit down and watch it again, and have not even attempted the extra materials. I need a large flat screen TV.

Next on the movie viewing list: Shrek II, Troy, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Gonna be a busy few weeks.

Tried Lapsang Souchong today, a Chinese black tea. I gotta say, I've met at least one tea I don't like. Next time you're at a camp fire, take some of the partially burned embers, crush and soak in water... same effect. When they say it's "smoky", boy do they mean it. I thought the guy next door was going to call the fire department. The odoriferous emanations are enough to discourage casual attempts to drink the tea. I was courageous however, and managed to imbibe a few sips. Let's just say it's probably an acquired taste.

Monday, May 24, 2004

Phantom Menace

Been playing Star Wars: The Phantom Menace on the Playstation. As usual, I've become completely engrossed in the game. Almost finished now. Soon I'll be able to communicate as a normal human again.

It's really strange, but I've always gotten really weird when I become engrossed in a video game. Luckily, I don't really play many games, though Tam might tell you differently.

Civilization (and later Alpha Centauri) are the ones I remember becoming most addicted to, and noticing later that I'd think about them all the time, dream about them even... And be really grumpy generally until I bored of them, or solved them... Whichever came first.

Of course, I'm much better now than I used to be. But still. I generally don't give much credence to the wackos that say cartoons harm children... But sometimes I wonder. Especially when I can see a dramatic impact on my own behaviour. I do have vivid memories of learning from television. Of course, at the tender age of 7, David Suzuki was my hero.

Well, I'm at The Final Battle... so I'd best be off before Qui Gon dies at the hands of Darth Maul.

Nothing wrong with what the dog does!

My baby boy is important to me! And deep down inside I know that Steve really wants to hear everything that he does! Like chased a bird in the park, or dug a hole in the flower bed.

Sunday, May 23, 2004

Everyone else is, why not us?

As I can't think of a good reason, beyond lack of interesting things to say, not to blog. Conformity is fun, therefore we shall.

When I mentioned the idea to Tammy, she thought it was something she might also like to do. Having had zero interest in learning HTML, and yet very net-active, blogging seems a reasonable means to quench her thirst for electronic communication.

Here's the first of what we hope to be a large collection of mindless drivel, complaints, happenings and daily updates about what the dog did. Consider it our contribution to the to the medium which has given... from which we have taken, so much.