Friday, January 30, 2015

End-of-the-Month Highlights Day

New photos have been added to the Life, 2015 album.

  • Events
    • Entered the year sick with the flu, like Rebecca (We are The Floo Fighters).

    • Had a Fake New Year's Party for all of the people who work normal weekday schedules on 1/3.

    • Had dinner with Amanda and Frank on 1/10.

    • On 1/16, had dinner with West Coast Mike, who is imminently moving back to DC (so it's kind of like his Recapitulation).

    • Celebrated Uncle Dave's birthday at Creek's Edge Winery on 1/17.

    • Went to the doctor for my lingering cold on 1/22 and got antibiotics and an asthma inhaler.

    • Had Rebecca's work folks over for a party on 1/23, just before the wimpy snow.

    • Returned to Crooked Run Brewery on 1/25.

    • Went to Mellow Mushroom for dinner three separate times this month because we are addicted.

    • Planning to go to Richmond to see Sam and Kristen this weekend.

  • Projects
    • Released DDMSence v2.5.0 on 1/1.

    • Started studying for an AWS Certification, but lost focus during flu fighting.

    • Transitioned to a new R&D project at work, while still supporting proposals, only to find that the old project still needs me for a bit longer. Now multitasking.

  • Consumerism
    • Enjoyed seasons of Lilyhammer, Modern Family, and Black Mirror.

    • Listened to the Hilltop Hoods ad nauseum.

    • Got bored with World of Warcraft again at level 80, and letting my account lapse. Playing The Talos Principle and Hearthston in the meantime until something better goes on a Steam Sale.

January's Final Grade: C, too much cold air and coughing muted the high points

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Review Day

There are no major spoilers in these reviews.

Down Dog:
This new comedy pilot about a dumb, hot guy running a yoga studio (from Amazon's Pilot Season) is uniformly awful. The tone is uneven, the jokes are broad, easy targets, and it brings nothing new to the mocking of LA lifestyle. Free on Amazon Prime, but they should pay you to watch it.

Final Grade: F

Black Mirror:
This is a short (6 episode) British anthology of sci-fi tales. They're not quite dystopian or fantastic, but are told in a near future that is just believable enough to sell as real. Occasionally unpleasant and always unsettling, they'll really make you think more about the effect of technology on daily life. The first episode is definitely the weakest of the bunch, but I enjoyed them all. Free on Netflix.

Final Grade: A

The Sting by Gabriella Cilmi:
This third album from Cilmi is more understated and mature than the previous two. I didn't like it at first, but now I find that the mellow timbres and unexciting arrangements make it good for background music.

Final Grade: C+

21 Jump Street (R):
This movie remake of the old TV show comes across more as parody than homage, but is pleasantly funny. Jonah Hill plays (pre-Wolf of Wall Street) Jonah Hill, and Channing Tatum has no personality.

Final Grade: C

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Memory Day: Snapshots

This picture was taken twenty-two years ago in June of 1993, after the yearly school awards ceremony at Hammond Jr. High. At the end of my freshman year, I had just won the award for outstanding band member, along with other white noise awards in every other subject offered at the school. This was a completely expected outcome, based on the pretentious, cocky smirk on my face -- a bold statement for someone wearing giant glasses, a clip-on tie, and white socks with black shoes.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Snow Day

I had hoped to get a nice time lapse of a historically proportioned blizzard, but alas, it was not to be. Even our neighbour's car displayed more signs of activity than this weather system.

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