|Tuesday 7 January 2003||Volume: 1 Issue: 001|
The Irregular News"Whatever the news, we prints in fits."
Fellowship of the Ring
Boxed set, 4-DVD special edition
I'll refrain from re-reviewing a film that has been over-reviewed to begin with and talk solely about added footage and the goodies on the extra discs. The extra footage was considerable and of considerable value. The box stated that there was an hour of extra footage. They oughta know, but I'd have bet anyone that it was a couple hours at least. I won't be specific about the scenes that were increased, but they were all seamlessly reinstated in the film and added quite a bit to the flow of things. Given the immense detail conferred on the story by Tolkien, it is impossible to make a movie that directly corresponds to every scene and every nuance of the book. This addition of extra footage improves the correspondences between the book and the movie and therefore was well worth it.
The special features were not much of a hit with me. There are hours of explanations of how the actors have their "hobbit feet" glued on and how gorgeous the locations were, but little that actually interested me. A few interviews and some filmography information pleased me but basically didn't do much. "A day in the life of a Hobbit" was a short feature worth a quick look.
Vin Diesel comes across as an incarnation of James Bond as he would have been if invented in this Millennium. Primarily an action film, the plot, the story, and the exposition of those is less than elaborate. Filled with stereotypes of Eastern European gangsters instead of the cold war stereotypes of the Bond era, the story could easily have pleased Ian Fleming or Albert Broccoli.
For my part, I enjoyed the film. The shortfalls of plausibility in the story were not of consequence in the greater scheme. The flow of the story was good and led me right where I wanted to go.
Praise for Vin Diesel these days is lost in the chorus but I think he did a very good job in this film. He is the likely inheritor of those roles that used to go to Stallone and Schwartzenegger when they were younger. I like the knife-edge feeling I get watching Vin Diesel and his voice will make him instantly memorable to nearly anyone. Can't wait for the sequel
This should be exciting. I'm moving sometime. I don't know quite when. I can't afford a mover so I have a gang of bikers moving me. Really. Ten or a dozen of them have agreed to move my stuff (oddly enough they all have pickup trucks) for beer and pizza. I won't go into how I've met 'em, but this moving crew is unique and among the best I could likely find.
The first weekend that the weather is neither too wet nor too cold They'll show up and I'll be moved in one day. I don't really have much stuff. Almost everything I own is in boxes at the moment anyway as I never really got unpacked here.
Back on the West End, I'll probably not unpack quickly either. I am trying to decide just how to handle the house. I may live there for a while or I may try and sell it just to get out from under. If I stay there are a lot of things that need done to the place.
I do know that if I stay very long I will have to re-model the kitchen. It should probably be a low priority after replacing soffits and the heating/cooling plant but I live much more directly with the kitchen than the soffits.
Transportation will be more difficult on the West End. My bus ride to (and from, of course) work is considerably longer. Cab fares will be higher. One benefit is that the grocery is quite a bit closer. My bus drops me there of an evening and then I cab home. At my Oak Street location that is a $10 ride. To the West End it is under $5.
My work holidays are fairly few:
1. My Health isn't improving
1.1. I don't sleep well
1.2. My feet twitch and wake me up at night
1.3. My legs cramp and wake me up at night. k
1.4. I have had a headache since august
1.5. I am always tired
1.6.1. It's been over a year
1.6.2. The urologist says "well, we all get older"
2. I am depressed
2.1. I'm seeing a psychologist
2.2. I don't seem to be benefiting from this
3. My weight is not under control
3.1. I don't follow my diet
3.2. I eat the wrong things
3.3. I overeat
4. I don't take my medicines as religiously as I should
5. I can't read
5.1. Talking books are irritatingly slow
5.2. I have no alternative forms of input
5.3. I am dying for a source of information and stimulation
6. I have no topics of conversation left
7. Braille is unpleasantly slow
7.1. All my input is very slowly acquired
7.2. My output is slow too, my typing speed has dropped from ~95wpm to just over 20 wpm (guesstimate)
7.3. I am spending my whole day in high concentration mode
7.3.1. Figuring out where things are on a page
7.3.2. Memorizing sequences of things to identify graphics and the like
7.3.3. Counting steps to various places
7.3.4. Memorizing landmarks
7.3.5. Memorizing phone numbers
8. I'm broke
8.1. Any really big bills would wipe me out
8.2. Because of this I can't quit my job or change jobs
9. I hate my job
9.1. I can "read" JCL and COBOL but can't retain much and can't use what I read effectively.
10. I hate Missouri
10.1. They have attitudes I hate
10.2. It is a backwater culturally and socially
10.3. The people here don't like me and I don't like them
10.4. I hate the laws
10.5. The bureaucracy is inefficient and obnoxious
10.6. The weather sucks
10.7. I can't find good restaurants
10.8. The groceries are poor quality and not much variety
11. I'm not having any fun
11.1. I don't socialize
11.1.1. Don't want to very much
11.2. Can't find people with whom to do so
11.3. I have no hobbies
11.3.1. Tried everything I know and don't want to revisit any of 'em
11.4. I don't do anything for fun
11.4.1. Can't think of anything
11.4.2. Don't have the energy to do much anyway
For those faithful few who have been following my monthly udpates of Kodrus, I offer my regrets. I haven't done my duty this month. I promise a long update next time.
I want to see a star
I wish I lived in the land of dreams
I'd like to live where fair skies are