Soon To Be Classics

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Mac Propoganda

I received the image to the left in my email today. I'm not sure what exactly I did to get put onto a Mac email list but I suspect treachery on the part of Shocho.

To answer their questions:

A. Elvis is alive.
B. The Internet is the world's largest group-hallucination behind "size doesn't matter".
C. Pluto is a planet. If you disagree, you can stick it in Uranus.
D. Macs run might.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Save the What??

Is anyone else cheesed off that Heroes is not delivering on the marketing messages from the weekly promos? This last week, we were supposed to "learn what 'Save the cheerleader, save the world' means". This was stated over and over in the promos, including the one that aired seconds before the show started.

Did we? Nope, not a thing. The 'save' was actually pretty lame and a huge letdown. So Syler doesn't get her. Was the world saved? Do we know?

The other thing that's pissing me off is that the show intro on at least three occassions keeps referring to Claire's father as "the face of evil" and then two weeks ago states something along the lines of questioning whether or not he really is. Let me decide based on his actions if he's the face of evil. I don't need the idiot voice over telling me who is what. Just give me a good show and deliver on the promises. I'm hoping that Heroes doesn't go the way of Lost. Don't even get me started on this season of that.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

And Still #1

And...nuff said. :)

I Love It When A Plan Comes Together

It's been a heckuva week.

My first big product line released under my "reign" as Tiffany puts it, and it's the fastest sellout of our product since it's initial release in 2002. One crazy plan, alienating half the staff, and some zombie goodness sprinkled in and we have one smashing success. I got to celebrate for about 1 hour before some relatively minor, in retrospect, quality control issues were discovered and the bosses turned their sights toward my NEXT release. Don't worry, there's another completely frickin' crazy plan in store for next year. Yippie ki yay!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Hot Wheels Sunday!!

My boy and I tried the impossible tonight. There's nothing more terrifying or maddening, than the challenge of the Hot Wheels "Double Loop"!

The large unit on the bottom left is the launcher. It actually propels cars with enough velocity to get the car around a loop made of about 4 pieces of track and two turns. However, it proved woefully inadequate to launch a car into the double loop.

Most the cars succumb to gravity at the apex of the second loop. Out of about a million cars, we had one that seemed to work.

This one car made the loop about four times. For some odd reason though, it didn't actually traverse the track on the second half of loop two. Instead, as it fell, it just happens to flip perfectly, landing back in the track and the bottom of the straight connector. Is that cheating?

We also determined that this car seems to be the best suited for the two Hot Wheels playsets we have as it is also the only one that perfectly handles the Raptor Trap and whatever the damned downhill loop thing we have is. We call this one "Daddy's Favorite". I'm letting the boy hold it only for the picture.

Jameson insisted the answer must be in the directions. Silly boy. He doesn't read Spanish.

Friday, November 10, 2006

I'm A Doctor, Not A Colonial Warrior Dammit!

Ron Moore officially began recycling Star Trek plots with tonight's gawd-awful "A Measure Of Salvation". Spoilers ahead, so jump now if you need to.

The plot revolved around the virus that wiped out a Cylon base ship. The Cylons are afraid that any Cylons who die and get resurrected could spread the virus to the entire Cylon race and wipe them out. Sounds familiar. Oh yeah, Data created a mathematical formula that, when downloaded into the Borg collective concious, would destroy the entire race. Enter 20 minutes of postulating on "genocide".

Maybe I'm lacking the necessary humanity to "get this" but if the Cylons / Borg are intent on destroying your entire race, and you have a way to stop them, why wouldn't you? As the Borglons are closing in and murdering the last of you, do you reach up your broken and bloody hand and pat yourself on the back for being the better species? Faced with genocide of your own race, do you not defend yourself? I realize that this is turning the other cheek to the extreme but I just don't see the drama here. Maybe Helo didn't know any of the BILLION people that were killed on Caprica.

I think Mal said it best in Firefly. "Someone tries to kill you, you try to kill 'em right back."

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

A Cube With A View

I made mention in my last post about our new offices. They are nice even though it takes me even longer to get to work. Still, I thought I'd give you a quick taste of my daily view.

I'm on the third floor of a complex that already sits up on a hill. My "cube" if you can even call it that is right in the corner, with full windows on both sides. These pics were taken on a VERY rare sunny day.

In the distance, (and on a clear day) I can see downtown Bellevue, then downtown Seattle beyond that, the Space Needle, and beyond that, the Olympic Mountain Range.

Out the windows to the right, I can see the duck pond in the complex plus more trees and sky. Today, for some reason, the ducks were determined to make their presence known as they kept dive bombing my windows. Breaks up the spreadsheet surfing a bit.

The only bad thing is that when the sun is out, I can see my monitor. However, on principal I refuse to close the blinds to block out the sun. That way lies madness.

Friday, November 03, 2006

I'm Not Dead Yet

Sorry I haven't updated in a bit. Been really busy. Here's the short scoop:

1) Moving offices today. My new desk is in a windowed corner with an awesome view of Seattle and the Olympic Mountains. Good stuff but I hate moving.
2) Halloween was a blast. My little guy ran so hard to keep up with the other kids. It was just the cutest thing I have ever seen.
3) My van battery keeps dying every morning. We had the (new) battery tested as well as the alternator and both are fine. I'm ferklempt. Help!
4) My latest marketing plan seems to have worked great. There are actually people requesting I be fired. That's awesome!
5) October was nice here. The rain is about to begin. *sigh*

All for now!