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Movie Review: X-Men: The Last Stand

May 29, 2006 Leave a comment
Tracy and I went to see X-Men: The Last Stand, a.k.a., "X-Men 3". The critics have been, well, critical of it but I found it to be at least as good as the second X-Men movie in the trilogy. It had a lot of action, although a lot of people (mutants and humans alike) died. A quite unfortunately effect of war.
 
Warning: Spoilers Ahead
 
 
It’s hard to talk about the movie without giving some things away. From the commercials you should get that a "cure" was found. I must admit at this point, too, that I’ve always agreed with Eric Lensherr’s sentiments, just not his tactics. This "cure" was used on many mutants, including some you might be thinking, "but wait, I thought they were still powerful later in the X-Men story line?" Well, you should be pleasantly surprised, then, by the very end of the movie right before the cut to credits.
 
While some creative freedom was taken with various characters – and I think that’s okay; if I wants the right story I’d just read the comics – there were a few confusing parts. For example, a brilliant move by Kitty (the one that could walk through walls) to stop Juggernaut put him in the floor and made him immobile. Thing is, that should’ve stopped him since he had no momentum, so how did he get out? There were a couple of other oddities, but nothing major.
 
All in all, I thought it was a pretty good movie and am looking forward to adding it to our collection of DVDs, right along with the first and second movies.
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Categories: Entertainment

Healthier

May 26, 2006 Leave a comment
Back in January I went in for a physical and found that my BMI was high (no shock there), as was my cholesterol and blood pressure. I knew I was out of shape compared to when I was very active in high school with biking, martial arts, carrying heavy drums around fields, etc. My blood pressure was over 130/90, though I don’t remember the exact numbers.
 
Since then I’ve been exercising my gym membership and have noticed an improvement, including getting old muscle mass back. Tracy and I have been eating better, too, though even before my checkup we did cut down on fatty foods and ate more chicken and fish.
 
Wednesday I went in for a checkup and the nurse had to take my blood pressure twice just to make sure she read it right, and she did: 117/78. The doctor joked about taking my picture to put up on the wall as an example that it can be done!
 
I owe a big thanks to my former development manager who inspired me. He got in such great shape that his diabetes isn’t a huge problem anymore. I even stopped drinking soda – at least during the week and limiting intake to 1/day on the weekends. I need to get my caffeine fix somehow.
Categories: Health

Back from Our Getaway

May 6, 2006 Leave a comment

We had a pleasant time during our getaway. The food was fantastic and the rooms had old-world charm with Asian accents all around – a unique experience. After dinner and very delicious dessert we walked over to the observation deck overlooking Snoqualmie Falls and took the pictures you see below with a 1.5 second exposure. I didn’t think to bring my tripod but I thought they turned out pretty decent at small sizes.

Tracy had the Northwester pasture-raised chicken with "a celeriac puree, cinnamon pancetta, glazed young vegetables, [and] natural jus scented with cinnamon and cloves". I had the potato-wrapped fallow venison loan with "garnet yams, “pain d’ épice”, vanilla poached pears, and crisp honey brittle". Tracy had the crisp pear and chocolate Bavarian with a candied orange, while I had the masquerade of crèmes brûlées. Mmm!

What certainly helped us enjoy this lavish experience was the perks of the Microsoft Prime card, from Passport Unlimited. Xbox Live members can also get such benefits from the Xbox Live Diamond Card.

We had a relaxing time; it was a wonderful getaway.

Categories: Holiday

Our Getaway

May 5, 2006 Leave a comment
Yesterday, May 4th, 2006, was our 4th year anniversary. We’re dumping the dog with some friends who have a beagle of their own named Charlie and another dog named Suzie, and heading out to a beautiful resort called Salish Lodge overlooking the 268-foot Snoqualmie Falls for some fine dining and relaxation.
 
We looked at some places in Seattle but while there are some great views overlooking Elliot Bay you just can’t beat God’s great natural views – at sunset no less – and there’s not nearly so much traffic.
Categories: Holiday

Finally: The Original Star Wars Trilogy on DVD

May 4, 2006 1 comment
After pissing off his fans for an age with abuse of CGI and "Jar Jar", due to overwhelming demand George Lucas as LucasFilm, Ltd., will finally be releasing the original Star Wars trilogy on DVD.
 
Back when he used models it looked so much better. I can remember only one scene in the entire trilogy in "Star Wars" (episode 4) that looked fake because of inadequate shading. When he threw all that CGI in much of the movies looked fake. Face it Hollywood, CGI just isn’t there yet.
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