Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Re-Animator: Live

Friday night, Pat, Andrew, Jason and I went to see a theatrical production of Re-Animator. Prior to this weekend, my familiarity with the story was simply the line from American Beauty. It was quite a show.

The troop producing it is the Primitive Screwheads (who did a similar show for Evil Dead 2 that I missed), and one of their tennants seems to be to cover the audience in as much fake blood as is possible. Much like Sea World, except rather than just the first few rows, the whole audience will get wet.

Upon entering the theater, all the seats where covered with plastic sheets. This meant that I could stow the stuff I wanted to keep unstained under my seat safely. But it also meant that several audience members sat under the plastic to try and keep themselve neat. Which mean that I got to hear a large bear say something to the effect of "quit hogging all the plastic". That was priceless.

And after the show we went bar hopping. That was particularly fun with how we looked.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

I wonder if I'm getting smarter...

From Slashdot...

"Here's a sample to consider: You're in a dark room with 50 quarters, 18 of which are heads up. You are allowed to move around the coins or flip some or all of them, if you wish. Problem is, it's too dark to tell what you're moving or flipping (no, you can't figure it out by touch either). Your job is to split the coins into two groups, each of which has the same number of heads up coins. How do you accomplish this?"

I thought about it and was able to run it through an analytic set of assumption challenges, reduced it to an algebra problem when I found the assumption that would most likely be the "puzzle" part, and then worked through a solution. I am so smart. S-M-R-T. I mean S-M-A-R...

And I have an new interview question. 'Cause anyone who wants to interview for me and doesn't hav passing familiarity with slashdot gets a little more scrutiny anyway.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

San Carlos, CA has a Graffiti Officer

I ran into him today coming back from breakfast. Apparently the same person that tracks when and where graffiti occurs is also responsible for cleaning it up. Learn something new every day.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Eye Trouble

All day long I've been having trouble with my right eye. Focus was a little off, and my contact fell out at least once. And I think there were some headaches that couldn't fully be explained by the carpet fumes at the new office.

I just found out why. As I took my contact out tonight, it turns out I had two in my right eye. Not really sure how that happened, but man was it weird to see.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Point Reyes National Seashore

I went backpacking with some squinks this weekend on the beach. And while it was only a short walk to camp we had some fun. Actually it was only 2 miles to camp so I think of it more as car camping. In fact when Mike forgot his Swiss Army Knife I almost ran back to the car to get it figuring the round trip might be shorter than opening the cans without it. On the other hand, I'm glad I didn't since I learned that a $0.99 beener from Home Depot works better than a Swiss Army Knife to open a bottle of mole.

In spite of the nearness to the car we had some good adventures. We played in the tide pools and wandered along the rocks at the coast where you had to run between the waves to stay on dry sand as you went around an outcropping. Or in the case of one of them waded out through some freakin' cold water at 'nad and nipple depth as the waves went past.

But I'm getting better at picking out spanish. Not enough to get by, but enough to sometimes follow the gist of conversation. (I was one of only 2 people on the trip who didn't understand spanish). I really need to go spend a couple of months in Vera Cruz. Y'know. For the children.


Friday, October 07, 2005


I've added the ginyu.com vanity thumbnail to my rss feed. Time to see if I can see myself in bloglines.

I've also updated it with something halloweeny for October. Not sure if I'll updated it monthly but maybe I'll update it as regularly as I update my calander at home.

Thursday, October 06, 2005


I just spent the last 20 minutes reading 3 .h's to figure out how this works. I am so impressed and scared, but it's really damn cool. And a hell of an exercise to figure out how it works. And as opposed to my setjmp/lngjmp ideas, this appears to actually work.


Wednesday, October 05, 2005


I had one of those 'you have chosen ... wisely' moments. Well it's probably more luck, but that doesn't sound as good. I had to decide on Friday which of the two new movies that came out to go see and I picked Serenity over MirrorMask (mostly so no one spoiled it for me). As it turns out that was the right decision.

Pat invited me to come down to Santa Cruz for the Midnight Mystery Movie Marathon. 6 movies from midnight to noon, and you didn't know what they would be ahead of time. Since I hadn't been to a midnight movie in a while I figured I'ld go down and watch a couple. And the first movie was MirrorMask.

And it was gorgeous. It was one of those movies that just made me happy because it was so pretty. The reality portion of the story was offbeat enough to blend naturally into the fantasy, and the computer graphics were unobstrusive. And did I mention it was beautiful. The rest of the pieces of the movie where enjoyable. That is it has the Neil Gaiman feeling to the narrative that I enjoy.

Anyhoo. If you get a warm fuzzy from watching the sun rise over the horizon, find a theater where this is playing and go see it.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

I need Serenity

Watching the Joss Whedon movie made me elated in ways I haven't felt since the heights of Buffy and Angel. But it also makes me sad that I'm not regularly exposed to that humor and style any more. The movie was incredible. I am very happy with the results

Though, there was one thing of note. I had a hard time viewing the assassin as evil. That comes from the fact that I heard a story from one of the people I went to comiccon with who had been at a picnic with the actor and his wife and had overheard him being told "well you need to go take care of your daughter." It was kinda hard to see him as the bad ass alpha male after hearing that.