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I saw Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull last night.

WARNING. Big honking spoilers behind this lj cut. )

And while I'm complaining, I don't like the new favicon that Google is using -- that super-serif'd lowercase g. The capital G was so much cleaner!

On the plus side, I love Jim Broadbent! I hope that someone makes a movie of Connie Willis's Doomsday Book or To Say Nothing of the Dog, just so he can play Mr. Dunworthy.

Awesome!

May. 5th, 2008 12:14 pm
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There are several awesome things floating around that I need to share:

  1. My brother got into a maritime archaeology program in Denmark, and will be spending two years in Denmark! Yay! That is so exciting, and the eeee! and I are already planning a trip to Denmark and Norway.

  2. I was pointed to a Pirate Dictionary recently. It has all sorts of real navigation terms, and . . . actually, it's a bit short on things like pirate insults. But the fact that it exists is pretty awesome.

  3. Someone on a recent Left Behind Friday post pointed to an excerpt from Kingdom Come, one of the later Left Behind books. The writing is so, so bad, that it must be seen to be believed:
    "When you see My throne, join those on My right, your left."

    The words of Jesus were more than impressed on Rayford's heart.

    [...]


    Rayford deduced that the sun was brighter without being hotter, because Tsion Ben-Judah taught that its light was somehow enhanced by the ever-present glory of Jesus. A simple contraption out in the open allowed Rayford to concentrate the light through a magnifier and heat vegetables he and Irene and Raymie had gathered for a special feast. Irene had made butter from milk she had collected from a cow, so when everyone had assembled, they were met with steaming piles of fresh produce, drenched in butter.

    [...]

    And strange about Cameron and Chloe's relationship was that they still loved each other, but not romantically. Their entire hearts' desires were on the person of Jesus and worshiping Him for eternity. In the Millennium, they would live and labor together with Kenny and raise him, but as there would be no marrying or giving in marriage, their relationship would be wholly platonic.

    "It's bizarre," Chloe told Cameron. "I still love and admire and respect you and want to be near you, but it's as if I've been prescribed some medicine that has cured me of any other distracting feelings."

    I'm not saying that I'm any sort of expert on post-millenial dispensationalism, but none of that makes any sense.

  4. Speaking of making no sense, Mark Trail clearly takes place on another planet. The Comics Curmudgeon has barely mentioned the current plot, so here goes: a little girl wins an essay contest about responsible pet ownership. As a prize, she wins a puppy, because clearly the first rule of pet ownership is "pets make great surprise gifts for people!" The puppy cures her of the depression she's suffered since her deadbeat dad left the family. But then she dumps the puppy outside and he vanishes. So now let me enumerate the stupid things that have happened since then:

    1. Mark Trail offers to replace the puppy, because she is a responsible young woman and pets are interchangeable.
    2. Mark Trail also assumes the dog was snatched, rather than it simply ran away and/or was hit by a car.
    3. A van was spotted, and apparently this is suspicious.
    4. Mark Trail is going to bait the thieves with his own dog.

    WTF?

  5. There was a one-day conference here for local people on Friday, to see the range of research in the department. Eight-minute talks all around! Mine was originally twelve minutes, and I thought I had pared it down, but apparently not well enough. Hence, when I got the two-minute warning during my talk (and was definitely not 3/4 of the way through my material) I let out an "Oh my gosh!" mid-sentence. This got me the award for "Best Reaction to the Two-Minute Warning." Yay?


I hope you all have fantastic weeks! My workload is not insane this week, and my brother will be here this weekend. Hooray!
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  1. I got an email today from the Body Shop with a free shipping code with a purchase of $29 or more. Great! I need more face wash, and . . . the code expires on February 29. Of 2008. Well done, Body Shop.

  2. This Mark Trail strip really pisses me off. Now, I only read it ironically, so I'm not entirely clear on this, but I thought that part of the goal of the strip was to teach the kiddies to respect animals and nature. Maybe I'm being bizarrely touchy about this, but pets are not interchangeable. Excuse me, I have to go hug Doc now.

  3. I'm giving a short talk on Friday, which is good because it's forcing me to put together stuff that's going into the short paper (Chapter 3 of the thesis!) that I'm writing right now.

  4. I have to submit the talk by 1 p.m. Thursday. This is sort of annoying, yes. But my students have an exam on Friday morning, meaning that my Thursday afternoon is free, free, free!* I'm going to get a pedicure, and we might finally make it down to First Thursday, which we always forget about until about the second week of the month.

  5. I've started using Twitter. I'm still not sure what to make of it, but there it is.


I hope the rest of my week makes a little more sense.

* It also meant that my week was very top-heavy -- I spent the weekend and yesterday writing lectures and a midterm and working on the talk and aaaaaah.

Aaaargh

Mar. 3rd, 2008 10:18 am
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Today I went to buy a card for a friend who just had a baby. The front of the card is a drawing of the night sky, with the moon and some stars, and says "a thousand lullabies." The inside says "congratulations." See if you can guess what the card was filed under at the store.

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"Baby boy."

Because the night sky is blue, and blue is for boys!

ARGH.

I'm sure that my friends and their newborn daughter will like the card just fine.
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My brother is in Spain right now, for a two-week program at an underwater dig in Menorca. He's having a great time, and he seems to have completely caught the diving bug. Right now my parents are in Scranton, and they keep calling me to ask if he's emailed me in the past few days. No! Of course he hasn't! He barely has email access, and he's in Menorca diving and drinking with a bunch of other cute archaeologists!

My mother was complaining that I'm still going to Burma, and told me that my father would be a wreck while I was gone. "He was wondering if we should bring our passports* to Scranton with us."

I was very confused by this. "What? Are you guys planning on committing a crime and fleeing to Canada? Are you expecting martial law to break out, or something?"

No, it's in case something happens to my brother, and they need to get to Spain suddenly. Or something. This is a possibility that had honestly never occurred to me. I don't remember them being this nervous when he was in England for a month back in 2005, but he wasn't scuba-diving then. In retrospect, my mom did seem a little nervous the day he took his open-water test, but it's just scuba. It's not like he's wrestling sharks.

I seriously don't understand my parents sometimes. I guess the feeling is mutual.

* My parents only got passports back in 2006 because they didn't want passports with RFID chips in them. Paranoia won out over inertia, I suppose.
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For various reasons, I was reading up on the Christian-themed distribution of Ubuntu someone put together, and it is honest-to-God hosted at What Would Jesus Download?. Awesome.

I'm not going to knock the Christian Ubuntu, which has all sorts of Bible-related software (okay, I don't know why they can't just package the Christian-related software, instead of putting together the entire Ubuntu distribution, but whatever). And I give the site some props for having Catholic-related links, instead of using the word "Christian" to mean "evangelical Protestant".

But I can't make heads or tails of this cartoon:


WTF? The eeee! thinks they're supposed to be condoms. Are they gay condoms? Are they supposed to be a gay stereotype? I'm not entirely sure what's going on in that cartoon, but I don't like it.

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