Trying to be positive

If I have to try, it must mean I’m not positive. “Do or do not… there is no try.” (Yoda)

The bright spot is Harry Potter. No spoilers here. When can I start talking about it? I finished the last book today, instead of studying, instead of stewing, instead of bogging down. A most satisfying ending, imo.

I’m going to try and focus on the exam Friday, and not think to much about work.

Kula Lodge

The Kula Lodge, reminded me of the game Myst, with it’s little rooms on the side of the mountain, overlooking Maui’s southwest shore.

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Harry Potter, Order of the Phoenix

Post from Official SiteSeverus Snape

I have thoroughly enjoyed both the books and movies in this series (just like billions of others) and this latest movie is no exception. Gary Oldman is great as Sirius Black and so is Alan Rickman as Severus Snape. It is interesting to see the actors playing the students grow up and I’m so glad the main characters have stayed on. I still have never recovered from switching Darrins in Bewitched. If there is one character who I think is not convincing, it’s Michael Gambon as Dumbledore. I so wish Richard Harris was still around to play him.

I hope to see another game of Qwidditch played in one of these movies.

Harry Potter’s muggle family is so funny as is the pink cat lady, Professor Umbrage.

I look forward to my book coming!

Acorns? 4.5/5 of course!

The good and the bad news

Protea

Just another picture that has nothing to do with the post. The good news is that believe I have caught the rat or rats running around in the walls of my house and attic. The bad news is, that one or more have died in the ceiling and I don’t know if they can be retrieved. I arrived home from a nice few days off on Maui, to a putrid stench. So far it is confined to one hallway. From what I’ve read, if they can’t be retrieved, it can take 1 to “several” weeks for the smell to go away. Waaah!

Positivity (not the CD)

Shell Ginger

Okay, the picture has nothing to do with the post. I looked briefly for a picture of positivity and there were a bunch of cartoons with a sarcastic twist that were probably copywrited, and hey, is sarcasm positive? I think not!

So what am I positive about? Monday was a meeting at work I really obsessed about. The boss and mini boss called a meeting to discuss “issues that are causing a rift”. I set up a lunch with the bigger boss the next day in preparation for major whining. So Monday came. I was prepared for the usual…boss comes late, boss tells my team is going wrong, and mini boss says don’t do it, and envisioned fist fighting, stomping and general wailing. Instead, the boss was on time, and darn if my partner and didn’t leave the meeting both feeling like it went well. OMG, for the first time in the last year. The next day was another meeting with our team and the mini-boss, and OMG if we didn’t leave that meeting with a postitive feeling. So meeting with the bigger boss just seemed anticlimatic. I vowed not to whine, but alas old habits die hard, so I did share my concerns about un-supervisorly behavior in min-boss, and self centered behavior in bossman.

Time will tell. Trust has been broken, and it will be some time before I let my guard down.

Dang the Boards are coming up soon and I haven’t studied! Just hope there aren’t too many questions on shoulder dystocia

Transformers 2007

Yellow Bee

I still have a poster of the first Transformer movie upstairs, and a few pieces of Transformers laying around. The boys grandma really fed their Transformer madness. I have to admit, I liked them, too. The animation in this movie is pretty fantastic. The boy hero in this tale, is a nerd in love with hot girl that is dating the football star. His grandfather was something of an explorer and he tries to make money by selling grandpa’s glasses on Ebay. Little does he know that the Autobots will have to save him from Megatron, who comes to earth to get those glasses. They are the secret to the lost cube, the one that can power all the machines on earth and make them rise again mankind.

There are some corny moments, the pace is rapid, but the animation is terrific. It updated well. I will rate this movie 3.5/5 acorns. I want a car like Bumblebee.

4th of July, 2007

I celebrated the day early meeting for lunch at CPK. I’m very fond of the Milan pizza and my friend and I split the Cobb salad. It was a slight departure from the uh hum, diet. I am going to Maui next week, but decided not to wait. Exercise is a big challenge for me, but I managed a walk around the neighborhood.

Flower Around the Neighborhood

I watched 1408, a movie based on a short story by Stephen King and starring John Cusack, one of my favorite actors. 1408 is a room in the Dolphin hotel. The Jedi master himself, Samuel L. Jackson warns him not to rent the room, but a bogus lawyer says it is illegal to not rent the room to him. Cusack’s daughter died and his books about scary places are lackluster and unconvincing. He doesn’t believe in spirits, but is challenged to experience a real haunted room. Many have died since the opening of the hotel. No one has lasted more then on hour.

John Cusack

Let’s just by the end of the movie he becomes a believer. I’ll let you all see if he lasts more then one hours. I will rate this movie 3/5 acorns. No clives.

Angustia de Silencio, and The Prestige, Review

The title I viewed Angustia de Silencio, a Lucio Fulci movie, is Don’t Torture the Duckling. There is a Donald Duck doll in this movie, but really, something is very lost in the translation. According to the Internet Movie Database, Lucio Fulci was a medical student prior to becoming a director. He was also an insulin dependent diabetic He is known for his gore films. This is movie about a serial killer of children. There are some voodoo dolls involved, a newspaper man and a lovely girl. I’m not sure what she does, but she does take off her clothes and drive around in a cute car. The county side of Apulia is very quaint. I won’t say who the bad man is, but the viewer does get to see him meet his end falling off of a cliff. On the way down Fulci treats us to a little slo-mo everytime his head or face hit the rocks. Lovely.

wax doll

I am definitely scraping the bottom of the barrel. This movie does have it’s admirers . Perhaps if I spoke Italian and it wasn’t dubbed I would have liked it better. I will give it 2.5 acorns because at least it had a plot, and a clive for the blood and brains.

I also watched Trinity and Beyond, the Atomic Bomb Movie. It is a documentary about the American experience developing and testing the A and H bombs. Men with their toys. Power and destruction. The aftermath of Pacific testing. I’d like to believe it was ignorance. Irresponsible. Maybe that’s where the hole in the ozone came from. The footage of the explosions under ground, over and under the ocean and of Hiroshima and Nagasaki along with the facts makes me wonder how I lived throught that time without knowing more. I would have been about 7 years old when a test caused electrical disturbance in Honolulu. I hope we are smarter now.

Trinity and Beyond

The Prestige came out the same time as the Illusionist. I really enjoyed the Illusionist so avoided The Prestige so as not to compare them too much. Many of my friends and family really enjoyed both. I have a problem with Christian Bale. Okay, so he was Batman, but he was also the Machinist and the American Psycho. The Prestige turned out to be an interesting story with a twist, one I never saw coming. And it has the wolverine himself, Hugh Jackman in it.

I will rate this one 3/5 acorns, no clives.  I compared the two movies anyway.  The Illusionist won.  It has Edward Norton in it, and a romance.  It is clear who the bad guy is, but The Prestige is worth watching, too.

Silver Bullet Review, and Larry King Live

Stephen King’s Silver Bullet is a 1985 werewolf movie starring Corey Haim and Gary Bussey. If I did the math right, Corey Haim was 14 when he made this movie, but he looks much younger. Gary Bussey is his wise cracking, aloha shirt wearing uncle who builds his crippled nephew a motorbike, called the Silver Bullet. People in their town are dying, and not in a neat tidy way. There is a werewolf loose and he almost gets Corey Haim. Corey and his sister give up their silver medals to make a bullet to kill it. It is just a so so movie, 2/5 acorns. My favorite Stephen King movies are The Shawshank Redemption, Stand by Me and the Green Mile. He is such a prolific author. I liked the book The Stand a lot better then the movie. I have yet to see the remake of Carrie. Well I just can’t make Silver Bullet very interesting. Ho hum.

I rarely watch Larry King live, but as I surfed over tonight, he had Paul Mcartney and Ringo Starr on with the Cirque du Soleil. The ciruque’s show Love celebrates their music. He had a lot of clips of the Beatles. I tried to hold out in seventh grade and remain faithful to Elvis, but it didn’t last. I had all their LPs, the first in monaural sound. I collected Beatle cards. I saw their movies. I was sure I was going to marry George Harrison and still feel like I should visit Liverpool. Ringo pointed out that they sound even better now in 5.1 sound. Pretty amazing. Their sounds bring back so many memories of people, places, events and feelings. Abbey Road blasted throughout my dorm in college many a day and night.

The Beatles