Thursday, May 05, 2016

Review Day

There are no major spoilers in these reviews.

Firewall (PG-13):
This is one of those movies that I will not even remember having watched in about six months. Harrison Ford stars as the network security manager at a bank, in the crosshairs of a team of thieves who want to steal money. The soundtrack is noticeably awful, and Harrison Ford puts on a strong game face in spite of the fact that the role was written for someone twenty years younger. Also, there were no firewalls playing a role in the plot, so the title is rather nonsensical. Free on Netflix.

Final Grade: C-

The Secret Service by The Hoosiers:
The latest album from The Hoosiers falls somewhere between Bumpy Ride / Illusion of Safety and News from Nowhere on the bombastic energy scale. It has better beats than News, and seems more exciting, although there are no stand out single tracks. This will probably be an album that grows on me over time, not unlike this mushroom on my ankle.

Final Grade: B

Spotlight (R):
This movie about investigative newspaper reporters and the Catholic Church child abuse scandal is a very slow build. The first forty minutes are almost too slow, but you'll be heavily invested by the end. The characters and even the scandal itself are secondary to the process of investigating. It's well-made but you need to be in the mood for a picture with heavy talking and too many old white guys that look similar (Rebecca's words, not mine).

Final Grade: B-

V for Vendetta (R):
I watched this movie because Rebecca was out of the house and it seemed like one she wouldn't be interested in. It's set in a near future dystopia and is full of big ideas, but doesn't really add up to much in the end. Free on Netflix.

Final Grade: C+

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Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Memory Day: Snapshots

This picture was taken back in 1980.

The setting is our backyard, and the fact that I was brought out in a stroller suggests that I was still at the age where I was unable to do a single thing on my own, and could just sit there like a lichen or Kuato from Total Recall.

My sister has on a jumper with the positive motto, "Girls Can Do Anything!", while my mom is wearing the Romanian flag, but with pizza toppings as the official seal.

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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Scores Day

To note the passing of 15 years since my undergraduate composition recital last week, I put together these two videos of performances synced up with their sheet music.



Some of the notation might be a little off, as I'm now several hundred versions of Finale behind, and I find it amazing that these old files even open anymore, much less render properly.

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Monday, May 02, 2016

Weekend Wrap-up

Welcome to May, the month where Facebook feeds are overrun with overused memes telling you what day of the month it is!

This weekend was an indoors weekend due to the continuous rain. On Friday evening, I ate Domino's Pizza and watched V for Vendetta while Rebecca spent the day with the visiting Emily Gillis. On Saturday afternoon, I went over to a work-friend's place for some board games and homemade mac and cheese, followed up with Wegmans sushi and Spotlight with Rebecca.

I spent Sunday morning working on Sparkour. For dinner, we tried a brand new Mexican restaurant, Chuy's, just up Route 7. I don't know how it managed to fill up so quickly or how it expects to survive with three other Mexican restaurants in a 1 mile radius, but our first meal was promising and we'll definitely go back.

How was your weekend?

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