Sunday, May 11, 2008

Catching up with pop culture

So Collin & I started watching Season 1 of Heroes Friday night - and we're totally hooked!!! I love it -- at first I was hard pressed to pick a favorite character but now I know my fave is Hiro, the little Japanese man with the round face. He's so adorable and naive and persistent. I adore him!

We also watched a flick called Shortbus. If you're into different kinds of movies and aren't freaked out by a lot of nudity, sex and talking about sex, watch this movie!! It was done by John Cameron Mitchell, the guy who did Hedwig and the Angry Inch...after watching the extras with him talking, I've decided I'd like to be friend with him. :D

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!!

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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

A Bit of Sunshine

Sometimes something happens that restores your faith in - - maybe I won't go so far as to say "humanity" but at least you know that people are on your side and it makes you smile.

Or laugh out loud for an hour.

We have here at work a thing called "PASSDOWN." What is that, you ask? Well, it's where throughout the night, all of us dedicated operators keep track of everything we've run on our machines and around 4am or so, I collect it all, type it up in a nifty, easy-to-read format and send it to the supervisors, specialists, engineers, operators and other people in charge. I've been doing it for 9 1/2 out of my 10 years here.

Well, Monday night the new supe decided that passdown was being sent too early and Heaven forbid in the hour or so between the time I sent it and he presented it to his big bosses that something had changed. Like a lot ending or a system going down to maintenance. So he told me not to even start working on it until 6:30 am! We HAVE to leave by 7 because we're not allowed ANY overtime so I had to call him and enlighten him to the fact that it takes me anywhere from 30-40 minutes to type the thing up, not to mention the end of the night is my busiest time what with catching up on all the summaries, getting the numbers in the book and readying for the next shift. So he graciously extended my time to 6am.

Wow. Thanks a heap, White Man.

So what I did was I got together with the other two best-known dissenters in our group and we decided to write a novel - the littlest thing that happened while we were working, we were going to write it in the passdown. It took me an hour to write - I added colors and a brand new format and everything. And guess what?

He thought it was the coolest thing since New England lost the Super Bowl.

So tonight, Big Mike, one of my rebel buddies, sent me his passdown (at 2:03 am, mind you! 4 whole hours EARLIER than Hitler said to give it to me)...this is what it said:


Hot off the press. Another gripping best seller!!!!. Destined to be a classic !!!! By that (WELL ???) known author HEATHER KNIGHT. ((((( PASS DOWN 2 ))))) This thrilling epic takes over where ( PASS DOWN 1 ) left off. Read about the joys and the tragedies that befell the infamous B SHIFT. (ALSO KNOWN AS KNIGHT SHIFT )Was the system up or down ??? Did it make yield ????? Did she check every third wafer ??????? These are just some of the questions you will have answered when you read (((((((( PASS DOWN 2 )))))))). Now at selected terminals near you.

I loved it! That is the shit right there! :D I loved how he called it KNIGHT SHIFT! heheh. It was just what I needed to turn my yucky week up a little.

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Saturday, May 03, 2008

March & April combined

Once again I read no books in the month of March. None. Nada. Zip! I blame work - we weren't sure if the new supervisor was going to take away books and since I was the one caught with the headphones that 2nd day of his regime, I sure as hell wasn't going to be the one caught with the book.  So....on to March's movies....

35.  Run Fat Boy Run - I loved this movie!!  So incredibly funny!  Simon Pegg is too good to  be missed and I adore Hank Azaria!

36.  Run Fat Boy Run - Yeah yeah, loved it so much I saw it twice.

37. The Other Boleyn Girl - I honestly don't know why they even bothered to link this with the book - they changed everything.  They said it was for dramatic purposes but what about the actual events wasn't dramatic??  Natalie Portman was awesome as Anne Boleyn though and I bawled like a baby when she was beheaded.  And any  movie is worth it with Jim Sturgess in it!

38.  No Country For Old Men - So - - after all the hype, it wasn't what I expected.  It was good, Javier Bardem definitely deserved the Oscar - he was scary - but the ending annoyed me.

39.  Evan Almighty - I had heard bad things about this movie but Shanon said she liked it so we gave it a shot and it was cute.  The monkey cracked me up and I'm not usually amused by monkeys.

40.  Chuck Jones - Extremes & In Betweens - This was a documentary on the man who created Bugs and was very interesting and lots of fun!!

41.  Shoot 'Em Up - This is a fun fun fun movie with a weak plot and lots of action.  But Clive Owen is freaking COOL!!!  And Paul Giamatti as the bad guy?  Aw, hell yeah!

42.  Boy Eats Girl - I don't usually enjoy zombie movies because I don't like seeing people get eaten.  But this one was cute and low on the flesh eatin's so...worth watching.

43.  Enchanted - Finally!!  And worth the wait - this was really cute and fun!

44.  30 Days Of Night - Enh.  Ending sucked.  No pun intended.

45.  War - Jason Statham and Jet Li in a movie together?  Fighting each other?  How much yummier can you get?  The plot - who cares?  It was Jason Statham and Jet Li fighting each other....

MOTM goes to Run Fat Boy Run

TV4.  Six Feet Under Season 4
TV5. Six Feet Under Season 5

And now we move on to April....

47.  Jungle Book - The original Disney cartoon....Jordyn had never seen it and she loved it.  I hadn't seen this in years and loved it just as much, especially when I saw George Sanders was the voice of Sher Khan.  :D

48.  Stardust - There seemed to be a lot of competition between this movie and Enchanted...I loved this movie and liked it more than Enchanted.  This was an almost perfect movie for the romantic in me.

49.  Drillbit Taylor - Cute movie...there's a cameo in this movie that made me scream out loud in the theatre!   

50.  Cloverfield - I didn't expect to like this movie but I did.  Might not watch it again but I enjoyed it.

51.  National Treasure: Book of Secrets - I loved the first movie and this one was just as fun.  The little sidekick kills me!!  And I love that Helen Mirren was Nicholas Cage's mother!!!

52.  Juno - Saw this at the $1 movie with Christina - Just as much fun the 2nd time around.

53.  Star Wars - The first was on Spike before work and I had nothing better to do.

54.  Juno - Collin bought this the day after it came out so we made Justin watch it.  Still great after 3 viewings.

55. Wild Hogs - This was a cute little movie.  Nothing deep or serious, just cute.

56. The Mist - I read the Stephen King short story a long long time ago so I don't remember much about it - but this was a decent movie with a disturbing ending.

The MOTM goes to Stardust.  Hands down.

TV6.  Dexter Season 1

Hallelujah, I started reading again! Saints be praised.

7. Strangers in Death - JD Robb  It's always a good day when you read an Eve Dallas book.  And this one was cool cuz I fugured it out and I usually don't.

8. Please Don't Eat The Daisies - Jean Kerr  Did you ever see this movie with Doris Day and David Niven?  Well, the book is just as good...cute, funny and fuzzy.  

9. Darkly Dreaming Dexter - Jeff Lindsay  Ooo, I love me some Dexter Morgan!  It helps that Michael C Hall plays him on Showtime but he's still so cool in the book!  This book was scary, funny and cool all wrapped into one!

10. Dry Ice - Stephen White  His books are always good for thrills and this one was no exception.  He brought back some old characters that caused some serious chills!!

11. Dead of Night
  • Eternity In Death - JD Robb 

  • Amy And The Earl's Amazing Adventure - Mary Blayney 

  • Timeless - Ruth Ryan Langdon  

  • On The Fringe - Mary Kay McCormas  
This was one of those 4 story books where  the big author gathers 3 smaller authors and gets you to read their stuff.  The JD Robb story was good (not one of her best though) and the other 3 were as well.  The problem with short stories is that everything has to happen so fast!

12. The Mysterious Affair At Styles - Agatha Christie I started reading this online at work and it was soooo good - I love Poirot.  I didn't figure the mystery out - I usually don't with hers - but it was clever and delicious as always.

13. The Man Who Was Thursday - GK Chesterton Another online book but I haven't finished it yet.  So far it's excellent....

BOTM goes to Darkly Dreaming Dexter.

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