The highlights of the albums i picked up in 2015, as per the 'Date Added' field in my iTunes:
Well, i must be old, because the one thing i wanted more of was Han and Leia. Shit, i could have watched a whole movie of them talking about their relationship.
What i dislike about this movie is that i am surrounded by people who are deeply invested in their childhood memories of the original trilogy and have intense feelings about it. This makes appreciating the movie extremely complicated because i have to separate my own feelings about the original movies from my feelings about this mass of fannish children and their expectations. I can't review it as a movie that stands on its own merits because it's tied in a bow topped by a cultural Gordian knot and, quite frankly, i blame you all for this. As that great American William Shatner once said, "Get a life, will you people?"
On the other hand, the movie was crafted as a continuation of a previously set story, and it is impossible to assess it without taking that into consideration.
In sum, fuck you, i'm doing it my way.( omg spoilersCollapse )
el_muchacho's theory is that, once they've gotten the fan service out of the way, they will now focus on making awesome new stuff. Given Abrams's Star Trek movies, i am not holding my breath. Was it better than the prequels? Sure. If that's your bar, maybe you need to take a long look in the mirror.
Yes, indeed, it's a new year's resolution ("dear journal, i never thought this would happen to me..."). Reasons follow:
So there you go, wah wah wah, all the drama you've been craving. This is being crossposted to Twitter, where i'll pin it for whoever actually reads pinned posts. I'll probably check DMs there for a while, but really, send me email instead. If you can't figure out my address, ask.
Some test we were running at work today involved the ZIP code 12345. So i threw it into Google Maps and it gave me Schenectady, NY:
"I wonder what's under the pin," i said to myself. I clicked the zoom button once and saw:
"... Berlin? I wonder what that is." I clicked on that and...
So, yeah, it's a magical place. I suspect that Google Maps is looking through a window into an alternate dimension where the Nazis won and own Rotterdam:
Further digging shows the actual Berlin address's Street View as an empty storefront for lease, and the gym's domain name is now for sale; the Schenectady location shows a tree. It will have to remain a mystery.
I've suddenly realized that my aversion to holidays puts me in the same boat with Jehova's Witnesses.
My consumption of social media was heading to a bad place and taking my attention span with it, so i've logged out of Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ in my browsers and devices. Instead, i'll use LiveJournal to crosspost stuff to FB/Tw for when i actually have something useful to share, and people can comment on LJ with either account if they want me to see it right away, or on FB/Tw and i'll maybe look at it someday. Meanwhile, i can work on focusing on stuff i want to get done at work and at home.
In the meantime, this story about chinlone, Burma's de facto national pastime, is a long but richly rewarding read.