Monday, March 29, 2010
Really, what an awesome idea. It's a hot tub AND a time machine.
I haven't seen the movie yet, but I will. You don't let awesomeness like Hot Tub Time Machine pass you by. Just ask John Cusack and Darryl from The Office.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Lights, Motors, Action! didn't really seem like my thing. I'm not into cars. But, the show is actually all about car stunts and car chases and other movie stunts. It's like The Transporter, except without Jason Statham (which is totally tragic).
So, you go into this huge stadium and soon enough cars are revving up their engines and racing around the stage. Then there's some motorcycles, then there's some gun shots, then something EXPLODES! You can feel the heat. Then we get to some jet skis and some people fall off of buildings and then someone gets lit on fire and then something major happens (it may or may not be another EXPLOSION). It's super awesome.
One hint...sitting in this stadium is mad hot. They cram about a thousand people into this place and part of it is covered, but part of it isn't (note...sit in the covered part). My mom and I were there in September one year and it was about 90 degrees outside. We got there about 30 minutes before the show started and had to sit in the stagnant heat. It was awful. They have about 5 fans towards the top of the bleachers and I would sit somewhere in the breeze of the fan. You will thank me.
4/5 or 8/10. It's a good show, but the bleacher seats are uncomfortable and hot.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
-Rainer Maria Rilke
This quote reminds me of the coming of spring. Especially after my mom says that one of her tulips is starting to come up already!
Monday, March 15, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
But, I have a book to review and more importantly I have a list that I can check something off of and nothing brings me quite so much joy as checking something off of a list. Gang Leader for a Day was a compelling read. The author recounts his time studying the Chicago projects and its gangs. He didn't just study the projects, he basically lived in them and became an honorary member of the Black Kings gang. Wild right, but sort of inappropriate for a sociologist student at the University of Chicago.
The information that Sudhir Venkatesh obtains is fascinating. He sees the gang at work, watches how they recruit, how they make their money and conduct their business, how they run the projects and justify their crimes. In the projects, the gangs run things like a large and corrupt corporation. They are often brutal and unfair, but surprisingly community oriented and just. It's bizarre.
Towards the end of the book, the author really gets into his moral and ethical dilemma. He's becoming more of an accomplice to crimes than a casual observer. He wonders if he's crossing a line...and he is. About midway through the book you start to see that Venkatesh has become so enmeshed with the gang that he's no longer a subjective researcher. I actually think it helps his research in this case. The gang members and other residents of the projects became more human which you don't often find in these types of scholarly studies.
It was good, but perhaps a bit long. 4/5 or 7/10 stars.
Friday, March 5, 2010
For those Minnesotans, remember that Valleyfair ride called Wild Rails? Well, it's like that ride, sort of a rollercoaster, except more jerky with less dramatic drops. Primeval Whirl has the added bonus of a spinning car. So, you're spinning in a car, the track has lots of turns, then a few drops and some hard stops and starts. Basically, if you didn't have neck problems before the ride, you likely will afterwards.
But this ride always makes me the happiest of people. I'm literally laughing the entire time. You really can't beat 5 minutes of straight laughter. Just don't drag little kids on the ride, especially if they don't want to go. Because it's worse than it looks.
P.S. The whole Valleyfair thing was a total blast from the past. I wikipedia'd that shit and found out that it's completely changed from the last time I was there!
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Anyhow, starting this week, I started a new assignment in my same job. I will be at the county hospital 2 weeks at a time with the judge that I work for doing civil commitments and then the next 2 weeks will be back at the courthouse doing trust/probate hearings. The main issue is that while I am at the hospital I have very limited Internet access. I share a computer with someone else and can only use it when they aren't doing examinations in the room that the computer is in. So, I'm not really on the computer at all at work and then get back home and have to look at work email, my regular email, my regular websites and anything else. It feels so frantic and I don't want to spend my entire night on the computer, so I haven't even been able to think about updating ye old blog.
So, being a few days into March, I thought I'd do a little bit of an update. I sort of forgot about March's Eve until about 8:00 the night of. Whoops. But I spent it eating Thai food and watching the closing ceremonies of the Olympics. So, it was pretty good. I did make a resolution for March. Drumroll please...I am going to try to plan less. I don't know if this makes sense, but the last half year of my life has felt very planned out where every weekend I have a couple of obligations and most weekdays I have something going on. I want to find a better balance of being planned and doing nothing, so this month I'm not going to plan much.
On another note, how much do you miss the Olympics?