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Quantum of Solace was not rated very highly. However, I had fun and really enjoyed the movie.

Frameshift

May. 24th, 2008 05:12 pm
caffeine: (Books)
[livejournal.com profile] geohard was right, "Frameshift" by Robert Sawyer is pretty damn awesome. I finished reading it this afternoon, after [livejournal.com profile] mle292 and I walked to and from the library.

Torchwood

Mar. 17th, 2008 10:13 pm
caffeine: (Ianto Snark)
Non-spoiler review of Torchwood Season 2, Episode 10.

Teh Suxxor.

[livejournal.com profile] mle292 informs me that the last 3 episodes (11,12,13) were written by the same person who wrote Episode 1, which I very much liked. I hope they make up for number 10.

Awesome

Feb. 1st, 2008 10:51 pm
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Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] mattmn who alerted us to the Sci-Fi music concert by the Minnesota Orchestra. It was a great time! The music was wonderful. George Takei has a fantastic speaking voice and provided introductions to much of the music. The Assistant director was conducting tonight and she is very passionate about the music. I do not think I have seen any conductor move as much with the music as she did.
caffeine: (Badtz-Maru)
But I did test the anti-lock brakes of the rental 2008 Dodge Charger. They work very well. I was traveling East on 27/18 at a leisurely 70 mph and I saw the signs to watch for cross-traffic. I was watching for cross-traffic. I saw the fuel truck slowing down in front of me and turned off the cruise control and braked lightly. Then I realized the truck was stopping to make a left into the service station. I don't fucking care how fast the Charger goes 0 to 60. What I care about is that it goes from 60 to 0 very fast without skidding or losing control.

Dodge/Chrysler cannot build a decent commuter car, but let them build a heavy, powerful, cruising car, and they do a pretty good job. A couple weeks ago it was a rental 2008 Volvo S40. This is the one that Ford is building on the same frame as the Ford Focus? and Mazda 6. It looks like the other "S" models, but compared to a friends slightly older S60, the S40 is crap. Lots of road noise and nothing very impressive. The dash is not presented well, and the combo heat/AC/fan/stereo controls are on a fake-wood front panel that has wasted space behind it. Also, when you put on the defroster (windshield), it kicks the fan to full. And you cannot put heat on both the floor and the defrost Crazy.

The Charger does not get great mileage. 21 mph City, 28 mph Highway. But it has low road noise, and very smooth to drive. And as I mentioned, good brakes. It has a comfortable cockpit and mostly easy to access controls. Except the wiper blade controls are on the left side of the steering wheel instead of the right.

Compare either of those to the Mazda 3. Now that is crap. Cramped cockpit, knees jammed against the console and window-roller. And for a car 10-years newer than mine, had just as much road noise.
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spoilers )
caffeine: (Harry Potter)
The cloudy sky, the cool air flowing through the house, and me curled up in a chair. I finished HP7:DH. I read the last 200 or so pages of it today. Quick read when you get more than 15 minutes at a time on the bus.

It was a decent book. Not extraordinary, but enjoyable. That reminds me, I should see HP:OotP sometime...

Stardust

Aug. 9th, 2007 10:08 pm
caffeine: (Capt Jack)
Spoiler free Review:

Stardust is teh awesome.

Season 3

Apr. 8th, 2007 09:59 pm
caffeine: (DrWho and MdP Close)
Season three starts off good!

Here there be spoilers )
caffeine: (Harry Potter)
I finished Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

It is clear that another book was intended. Many things were intentionally left open. Rowling is a decent writer, but she tends to leave a few too many loose ends. HBP is supposed to have some things that lead to the next one. But at the end of Order of the Phoenix, there was one glaring item that should have been resolved, and it bothered me the entire way through HBP.

Spoilers )

Movies

Dec. 3rd, 2006 12:39 am
caffeine: (Capt Jack)
Clerks II: Funny, but not as good as the first Clerks. I still laughed damn hard. After watching the extras, I am glad Kevin cut some of the scenes. MMM, Cake!

Casino Royale: On Her Majesties Secret Service it is not, despite how hard it might have tried. Now I liked OHMSS, and I did enjoy Casino Royale, but it was rather predictable.

Spoiler Alert )

The Departed: Good old all-American street violence. I enjoyed this film. But for the whole movie, given the cast (Jack Nicholson, Leo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin, Mark Wahlberg...) I kept expecting Pacino or Deniro to suddenly show up....

BSG

Nov. 15th, 2006 06:35 am
caffeine: (Tattoo)
Caught up on BSG last night, or maybe it was the night before. Wow. Just wow.
Spoiler-free comments:
"OMGs"
"OH! Didja see that?!"
"and, ooh-ooh that scene with the..."

And now I need a new user pic for BSG.

Live 34

Jun. 23rd, 2006 04:15 pm
caffeine: (Default)
More Dr Who audio. Live 34. Fantastic.
That is volumes 1 and 2 complete. Volume 3 in my bag for next week at work.

It is my favourite of volume 2. Not sure yet if I liked Sirens of Time or Live 34 better. And you (you know who you are) were absolutely correct about the format of Live 34 being nifty and bringing you in.
caffeine: (Tardis)
About half-way through volume 2 now. Makes the work day go much faster, but getting to meetings harder...

Quote (ok, mostly a quote, but probably messed up a little) from the current episode:

Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart! So good to see you again. Do you know who I am?
Judging by your sudden appearance, strange clothes, and that you know who I am, I am guessing there is a blue police box nearby?

Well, I think it is funny

HP:GoF

Dec. 2nd, 2005 02:50 pm
caffeine: (Coffee)
I am not going to go into a long-winded review here, but I will say I was somewhat disappointed in the movie, for 1 key reason. But first, a little background:
I have read books 1-3. I wanted to read GoF before I went, but I ran out of time (being Thanksgiving with family and all that). I have seen the first 2 movies.

Here it is: Much like SW Ep 3:Revenge of the Sith, I did not get a sense of the passage of time. In RotS, the only passage of time shown is Amidala's pregnancy. You don't get the sense that this war is dragging on and on. It could be days or weeks passing, or it could be months. Same with GoF. The only indication is the Holiday Dance, which is just one point in time. The rest of the movie could have happened days, weeks, or months before and after, and I just did not get a good sense of time flow. Movie starts, thing happens, thing happens, holiday ball, thing happens, thing happens, end of school.

Maybe it is the adaptation from book to screen. I will know more once I read it.

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