the premiere of watchmen at alamo

Along with the twelfth issue of Young Liars, I picked up four ticket vouchers to a private midnight screening of Watchmen at midnight on March 6th organized by one of my favorite comic shops in town, Capstone Comics. I’m looking forward to this movie, because the graphic novel is excellent.

I also look forward to being in a theater filled with dedicated comic fans for this 163-minute film and enjoying a late night meal and a beer or two with Neil, Mare, and K$ at the most brilliant movie theater concept on the planet: Alamo Drafthouse. (Real) food, beer, and movies were always meant to be together. They say that theaters make almost nothing off ticket sales and rely on their concession to keep them in business. Alamo has no problem with that.

Nevertheless, this movie should be a good watch in the theater. I’m picky with which movies I spend ticket prices on, and I usually wait until the DVD is released to completely enjoy films in the privacy of my home. When the time arrives, I see myself saying how much I liked seeing Watchmen. Tune in after March 6th for that. Peace out.

the days you never want to end

Saturday and Sunday have come and gone. I always dread when these days end, because the weekend is too short compared to the work week ahead.

This weekend was enjoyable for a change. It usually goes by before I really get a chance to grasp it, but I think I had some good use of it this time around.

Friday night was my company’s holiday party. It was a casino night party. The food was much better than last year, but I would say last year’s party was much more fun.

Mare and I played blackjack with a couple co-workers and then left early to go downtown to enjoy the rest of night. We had some drinks at Creekside Lounge on 7th. Surprisingly, their drink prices are very decent and the bartenders know how to make them. A couple DJs were spinning. The music was loud as you’d expect from a downtown bar on a Friday night. Before we knew it, the whole place was packed with people. That was the signal to close out the tab and call it a night.

Of course, the late night munchies after drinking surfaced. Mare and I went to Jack in the Box for some 2am breakfast. We also had to get some bacon cheddar potato wedges, because those are the best late night fast food drive-thru fries that I’ve found anywhere in town. Please let me know if you know any better fries that you can get at a drive-thru open at 2 in the morning, but I’ll be doubtful. They also had a new menu item we had to try: mini-churros. They were decent for late night dessert.

On Saturday, I cleaned the Hex 5 aquarium. I cleaned up the wires behind the television set. I went to the Crown and Anchor Pub for the first time in a few months and had an excellent time. We had a decent-sized posse present, and more fun is always to be had with strength in numbers.

On Sunday, I did the two to three times a year deep cleaning of the betta bowls. I finally beat Portal. I haven’t beaten a video game in years, and it’s a good feeling and was definitely worth the effort. I’m working on Half-Life 2 now. I read the first issue of Watchmen. DC has reprinted this series and will be releasing the 12 issues weekly until the movie is shown in theatres on March 6th. I’ve been hesitant to get the graphic novel, but I’ve decided to collect the single re-issues.

In less than eight hours, I will be back to my occupation as an office zombie. I should have VPN’ed today but decided to enjoy my entire weekend instead. I feel it is my obligation to worry about work when it’s time to work or when work needs to be done and relax when everything work-wise is mostly stable.

Mare will be going to North Carolina on Wednesday. I will be going next Wednesday. I finally get a much-needed vacation elsewhere. This year really came and went. I’m glad I will be able to get some time away from this town real soon. Peace out.

the prodibase max

WP tells me this is the 1000th time the post-writing skeleton has been set up. A while has gone by, my friends.

[from a sticky note that has been sitting on my desk since its date, February 10th.]

2:37a 2/10/8
the prodibase max
250w video recording device from the
’70s that recorded onto hot dogs

From Tim Lindenschmidt’s World’s Longest Hot Dog | source: Wikipedia

I was up late one night, and Mare had fallen asleep but briefly woke up long enough to tell me about the prodibase max, a 250-watt video recording device from the ’70s that recorded onto hot dogs. 😀

the boy you hit pay dirt

I haven’t been writing much about my life in here lately, because it’s been pretty monotonous and unexciting for the most part.

K$, Mare and I watched The Onion Movie followed by The Love Guru tonight. Both comedies had a couple similar elements. The ones I noticed were the penis jokes galore and elephants.

I wrote this post back in May for a writing contest and recently got the news that I won. The prize is my choice of either a Wii, PS3 or 360. [email protected] Fanboy #1 is definitely going with the PS3. I also like the fact that the PS3 has a Blu-ray player and I think Life with Playstation is kind of neat:

I’m not much of a gamer, so the PS3 seems to have the bells and whistles that attract me more than the other two consoles.

This was coincidental with a comment I made yesterday to Mare about how I’ve been able to obtain things without exchanging money. My Altec Lansing 5.1 computer speaker system was given to me in exchange for designing a business card. The bed I sleep on was won by making a short video that advertised the mattress. Those are just a couple pricier items I own that I did not spend a dime on. I can look forward to adding a Playstation 3 to that family of belongings.

I am happy that I will own a Cell processor that will compute for the cause. The last gaming system I owned was the Nintendo 64 with my family.

DQ Blizzard by MC Chris has been stuck in my head for a while now:

the compliment of talking about questionable charms

Here are some quick highlights for each category to keep you in the loop.

life: wake up, go to work, go home, eat my one good meal for the weekday with Mare, stay up ’til it’s time to go to sleep, sleep, repeat until the weekend, then the weekend flies by in two days and the cycle begins again.

comics: (new this week on the reading list of Sig & Mare) Cable #6, Hulk #5, Wolverine: Killing Made Simple, Echo #5, The Amory Wars (volume 2) #3

computers: c0rey is back up and running. ASUS is giving me a bad time for not getting a tracking number for my RMA, so I purchased an ABIT mobo compatible with my Phenom and it’s performing better than ever minus the strange start/restart ritual it likes to go through when loading Ubuntu. k0rma & 1nertia are scheduled to move offsite which will either happen tomorrow or some time over the weekend. Diode has been upgraded with a Maxtor 750GB SATA II/300 internal hard drive with 32MB cache for a total of 1TB disk space. w00t!

DVDs: One of the August project is to back up K$’s collection.

food and recipes: I tried Dan’s Hamburgers for the first time a couple weeks ago, and they are so much better than Mighty Fine and cost so much less, too! Dan’s has made my Top 5 burgers in Austin. I’m still finalizing that list, but off the top of my head in no particular order: Dirty Martin’s, Burger Tex, The Crown and Anchor Pub, Bagpipes, and now Dan’s. Suggestions are welcome.

movies: The last one I saw in the theater was The Dark Knight at Alamo. Joe finished his short film, but I can’t indulge you with the details ’til after it’s official screening.

music: Delay the Inevitable (DxTxI) is an amazing band.

work: Same ol’ gig that pays the bills. I have a review and a raise pending, but I’ll believe it when I see it.

That’s what I have for now. I really want to update this more often, but we’ll see. Peace out.

the dark pint

Mare and I really enjoyed the midnight showing of The Dark Knight at the Alamo on Lake Creek. Thanks to PK for hooking us up with the tickets.

The story was great. The actors did very well. The special effects were amazing. The pace of the movie kept you in your seat no matter how bad you had to pee. This is definitely a movie that I’d love again time and time after. I’m willing to go as far as say this is one of the better comics-based movies I’ve seen. Iron Man was great, but this movie was a little better. Yeah, I said it.

Alamo Drafthouse
had a bonus for purchasing pints on top of their two-dollar pint special. They had special pint glasses made that had the modern Batman logo with ‘ALAMO’ on it and in little letters below that read ‘THE DARK PINT’ for a buck and a half each. The location we went to was limited to 300 glasses, and our waiter said they’d most likely be out before the weekend was over. We took the limited offer and got ourselves a couple. Now we’ll have a collector’s item that we can enjoy our Mothership Wit out of.

Well, I basically just got back, and I’ve been since eight this morning. I have tentative plans to go to North and South for some Chinese buffet action this weekend. I got that heatsink I had my eye on at Fry’s today and will probably switch it tomorrow if not tonight. I’m tired. Peace out.

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the alley oop

I finally had the chance to watch Semi-Pro on DVD tonight. I enjoyed it. I don’t watch enough comedies. I’m looking forward to the midnight showing of The Dark Knight tomorrow night.

I’m winding up for that explosion I mentioned at the end of last month. I’ve just been really hesitant to sit at the computer working at home like I do at work, and updating what you’re reading here right now can feel like work sometimes.

I’ll give you the quick life update, since I’m not sure when I’ll be writing in this again (but I will soon I promise!).

Work is pretty much the same as usual. Tomorrow is my literal nine to five, but I can enjoy the afternoon into the evening with the few extra hours I get to savor. Thursdays fly so fast, too. Then it’s Friday then the weekend. My workload has been lightening up some, and it’s not so hectic as it was a few months ago. I still have to deal with fixing human error all the time, but that’s part of the job description.

I’ve been trying to read more and more. I’m into the third chapter of The Worthing Saga which isn’t very far but it’s the farthest I’ve gotten in a novel in a long time and these chapters are long.

I’m working through reading my recent back issues of series that are still going right now. Let me just mention a few: Young Liars, Cable, X-Force, Young X-Men, 1985, The End League, Transhuman, Omega the Unknown, and Hulk. Those are the fresh titles I’m keeping up with right now. Uncanny X-Men #500 comes out next week, and it has something like four variant covers of course. One is by Alex Ross, but I’m sure that’ll be one of the rare ones. I’m just going for the one the regular one, because I only read Uncanny X-Men in 1991 when they were about to hit the 300th issue. You know… when Bishop made his first appearance in #282.

I’ve also got a stack of Asimov pulp that I’ll be slowly churning through for summer reading.

I RMA’ed c0rey’s motherboard. I think I mentioned that in an earlier post, but I’m too focused on getting this done and going to sleep to wake up way too early tomorrow for work to check if I did or not. They said a ten business-day turnaround. It’s been way longer than that. I called them up, because their RMA search engine does not work at all for me. They know they have it, but they told me that they’re still working on it. I hope it shows up next week. It’s been too long.

The Twin Machines are doing well. k0rma folds 24/7 now. When they’re both on, the case gets way too hot. I haven’t fired on 1nertia in days, because the fan on the heatsink it too loud for my taste when the processor is on full load. I’m thinking of getting a silent HSF, but I’m still thinking about it. The one on c0rey is pretty quiet. I’ve also been looking at a Thermaltake, but I have that dilemma of having an X2 5200+ with 1MB L2 cache that gets really toasty and the Thermaltake I’m looking at is really designed for low-wattage processors.

Gas has practically hit four bucks a gallon. I have posts from not too long ago where I’m surprised it was three bucks a gallon. The summer is too hot for me. I’m not really an outdoors person during the summer except at night.

I’m reaching the end of my ramble ’cause I’m done with things to type for tonight. Peace out.

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