Friday, July 19, 2024

Review Day

There are no major spoilers in these reviews.

In the Heights:
The movie adaptation of this musical is pleasant, harmless fun. The music is Lin-Manuel Miranda's signature style of "safe" hip-hop that sounds a little too similar to what he's written elsewhere. The inclusion of a main character, Benny, who seems identical to the Benny in RENT seems like an odd creative choice.

Final Grade: B-

Death to 2021:
The sequel to Death to 2020 is just as enjoyable as the first, and is a great way to reminisce about this crazy year now that we aren't living it anymore. On Netflix.

Final Grade: B+

Hitman:
This was a fun one-off movie about a philosophy professor mistaken for a hit man, after which "hilarity ensues". It's better than the title card suggests, and thankfully doesn't fall into the trap of making things too serious in the climax. On Netflix.

Final Grade: B

Beverly Hills Cop Axel F:
The new Beverly Hills Cop sequel feels really obligatory. Eddie Murphy phones in his entire performance (his work in Dolemite is My Name was way better). There are a lot of talky scenes which make it seem like the director was hoping for some great ad-libbed banter but none of the actors have enough chemistry to say anything memorable. I laughed maybe twice during the whole movie. On Netflix.

Final Grade: C-

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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Memory Day: Snapshots

This picture was taken in the summer of 1983 in our backyard, when I was 3 years old (maybe 6 months older than Ian is now).

Clearly, finishing my Slurpee was more important than looking at the camera.

The wagon eventually rusted away, but it was often used to drag both kids down the Holmes Run bike trail to the nearest supermarket on Duke Street, called Magruder's. We'd tie it to a bike rack out front and do some quick grocery shopping. One time, we came out in the nick of time to find another family wandering away with the wagon, claiming it had been abandoned!

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Monday, July 15, 2024

Battle Reports Day: Maia's First Weeks

I have created a compilation PDF of all the Maia-themed posts I wrote during her first year of life. Nothing earth-shattering -- just the mundane details of what we were doing at the time, what was going on around us, the songs we sang, and how Maia evolved into her next level of Pokemon.

This is kind of a practice run for a longer-term project I've been incubating in my brain for the past few years -- what happens to the URI! Zone when its patriarch has been smashed? Do I hope the domain name and web hosting just coast along online forever? Does it just devolve into a splintered collection of broken pages in the Internet Archive?

I would like to write some code that automatically exports my news posts into PDF files for printing and preservation, then maybe get them professionally printed and bound for my kids to enjoy 50 years from now. I'm doing some trial runs now to see the sorts of technical issues I might run into with an automated process.

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Friday, July 12, 2024

Chad Darnell's 12 of 12

12 pictures of your day on the 12th of every month

5:36 AM: Starting the day with a Beat Saber workout.
6:21 AM: Showered and ready for work.
7:51 AM: Good morning from our vibrantly-coloured home!
7:52 AM: Straight to the Hot Wheels after wake-up.
8:01 AM: Bagel for breakfast.
9:42 AM: Working from home.
12:45 PM: Running on the treadmill and watching the not-yet-good Warcraft movie.
3:48 PM: Working on the Paravia Wiki.
4:46 PM: Excited for his new gift, a Hot Wheels book (while wearing a Hot Wheels shirt).
5:28 PM: Chipotle for dinner.
6:46 PM: Deserts and books.
8:05 PM: Reading time with guest cat, Abby.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Memory Day: Snapshots

This picture was taken 7 years ago today, on July 10, 2017.

Maia was 4 days old, having just come home from the hospital one day earlier. She had eating troubles that necessitated this "syringe taped to my index finger" approach until she could regain her birth weight (6 pounds exactly).

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