10/13 and 10/14/2011

These days were Thursday and Friday – 10/13 and 10/14/2011. I have “Humanity Part II”, The Thing (1982) Original Score by Ennio Morricone,  in my head because I just saw the 2011 version of The Thing, which had a music cue from the 1982 version of The Thing in it as well. I love this music – it evokes the creepiness and solitude of The Thing so well. More on this later.

The only major thing that happened on Thursday is that I upgraded my iPhone to iOS 5. I really like this new OS a lot! The new notification system rocks. Wireless sync kick ass. There are new options to customize all your sounds, although jailbreaking is still required to do complete customization – which I will do since I want to create my own sounds and not have to frakking buy them you greedy shits! Still – it’s nice to see Apple reducing their douchebaggery a little at a time with each new OS release. It’s cool that you can bring up the camera from the lock screen without having to unlock the phone. It’s cool that all your notifications show up on your lock screen as well. I love the new newsstand (central location for periodicals that you buy / download) and reminders app. Now I don’t have a create a calendar event just to set a reminder for myself – I love that! I’m sure there are other cool new things that I don’t know about right now, but it’s all good. The iPhone just got better for me, and that’s always a good thing!

I chatted with Mom and texted a bit with Elisha on Thursday. Nothing major. I went to bed ultra early to catch up on some sleep. I had this wacky dream that I was in a car with Barbara. She was driving, where to I don’t know, and I was sitting shotgun with my laptop on my lap doing some kind of work or something. Mostly I was admiring the shape of her leg and bare foot, though, as she was wearing these ridiculously short shorts and was driving barefoot. Dreams are so strange sometimes – I wish I could understand why the brain plays these movies and why. I haven’t seen Barbara in years and a barely think of her anymore. Same goes for Savannah, but I had a dream about her last week where we were contestants on The Amazing Race, and we were kicking ass too! You can look but you can’t touch…maybe that’s the lesson of the dreams lol. In all honesty, though, I don’t want to be dreaming about these chicks who I will never be able to wake up with. It’s depressing! Why does the brain do this to you? Agh! Anywy…I went to bed early and got a lot of sleep.

Friday was a really slow day at work. I think it’s likely because a lot of Atlanta based employees took most of the day off to prepare for Six Flags day. I really wanted to go myself, but I didn’t want to spend the PTO. I tend to spend the bulk of my PTO doing stuff early in the year, and by the time it gets to Autumn I don’t have much left and need to save it for Christmas. This is the case right now. So I missed out on Six Flags day today, but I benefited from it anyway insomuch that work was slow.

I chatted with Mom about what I want for Christmas – which is a camcorder. For the past several years I’ve been shooting 720p video using my HD Kodak camera. It shoots decent vids, but I want a full fledged 1080p camcorder. I’m always shooting video for stuff – mostly family events – so it would be nice to have a really good camcorder to do that with. I’m going to do some research and try to get the best one I can in our price range. Woo Hoo!

I had a good texting convo with Elisha. She was on her way to their condo on Lake Norman. We texted mostly about Doctor Who – which is a great topic of conversation if you ask me. 🙂 Why in the name of the Lord can’t a find a chick to marry like Elisha? A chick who loves sci-fi / fantasy shows and movies like Star Wars and Doctor Who. A chick who will at least go to football games, but I would prefer one who actually followed the game with me and enjoyed it as well. One who is just as absolutely beautiful as Elisha. I don’t think that’s asking too much. Ah blah on the world! Blah on it all! Anyway – Elisha and I had an awesome conversation and I’m glad that is happening more often now.

After work I went to see the 2011 version of The Thing, which just came out today. I thought it KICKED ASS! A lot of people are bashing it in their reviews online. Mostly for the predictable reasons because it can’t possibly live up to John Carpenter’s 1982 version. However, I’m a HUGE fan of the 1982 version (which bombed at the time it was released, but gained a cult following on video. I wonder how many people douching on the 2011 version of the flick because of 1982 comparisons actually saw the 1982 version in the theatre like I did and loved it at the time it was getting bashed – like I did.) One very cool thing about this 2011 version is that it serves as a prequel to the 1982 version. I really loved how the things that happen in this movie set up the things that happen in the 1982 version. It’s pretty awesome. The familiar synth music cue even makes a few appearances in this movie too. It’s not as awesome as Carpenter’s movie; Carpenter is a directing master after all. The CGI isn’t great, but it worked for me. Nothing is ever going to top Rob Bottin’s make up effects from the 1982 version of The Thing. No CGI ever looks real or tangible enough in my opinion – I don’t care if they spend 100 million on the CGI alone. There are a lot of people online complaining about these things in their reviews. I suggest, then, that if you can leave any nickpicking nature you might have in you at the door, on your way in to watch this flick, then you should do that. You will allow yourself to enjoy the movie more than you otherwise would. And that’s the whole point, right? To enjoy yourself and escape for awhile into another place and another time. The movie has scares, thrills, and chills and I enjoyed it. I can’t wait to add it to my blu ray collection when it is released. I’m looking forward to placing it beside my copy of the 1982 version, and watching them back-to-back. I give The Thing (2011) a 3.5 out of 5, whereas the 1982 version is more like a 4.5 out of 5.

Well that’s about it for this entry. Time for bed. I will catch you all up the next time, when those things are, of course, After the Fact. Until then….

B

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