Posts Tagged '2010'

The Kinect is really cool

For Christmas, I bought our family a Kinect.  It was tough having to wait to play it, but I didn’t want to just buy it so close to Christmas and miss the opportunity to have it be a cool present instead.  Previously I wrote about a funny aspect of this device but didn’t reveal when I would get a Kinect so that it would be a surprise to my family.  Anyhow, it is really cool as many people are finding.  Although it’s not perfect, it works pretty well for the most part and is a lot of fun.  You do want to give yourself some room to play it to avoid injury to yourself and others, but the game actually does a pretty good job of trying to make sure you know this and tries to ensure you are unimpeded.  It actually will pause when it detects someone else where you are supposed to be.  Not bad. 

kinect

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Mary and Max

I saw an interesting Indie film this weekend that I thought I should write briefly about just to pass along the info to those who might not have noticed it otherwise.  The movie is Mary and Max and was a surprisingly moving and entertaining movie.  I think it actually released last year, but it took some time for me to find and watch it.  First, it is really a movie of ordinary people, perhaps a little less ordinary than some, but basically people we could relate to.  Second, it is done in plasticine/claymation, stop motion style, so the visual itself is really quite entertaining.  And finally, most people will recognize the voice actors, so that makes it even more interesting.  The story is a bit sad but also happy.  I personally found it inspiring.  Do check it out if you have a chance.

mary and max

My father is a writer part 2

Well, he’s done it again.  Here is the link to my father’s second published book, State Trooper.  Way to go Dad!  I haven’t read it yet, but I have heard a lot of the details.  Should be a great read for anyone who likes a little suspense.

State Trooper bookcover

Deathly Hallows

This weekend I took the family to see the latest Harry Potter movie, the Deathly Hallows Part 1.  Although the movie had some more somber scenes than usual, I thought this movie was the best of the series so far.  It had a lot of depth and drama.  I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to the second part.  I continue to be astounded at how amazing the movie looks.  They have really done a good job at bringing the books to life.  It will be bittersweet when it is all over.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Winter has arrived in Seattle

Wow, what a day yesterday was.  It started out typical.  I got up early.  I took the bus into downtown Seattle (south) where I work.  It was cold, but the streets were clear and so I proceeded to give my coworkers, who chose not to come in or come in late, a hard time about their wimpiness.  The day went fine and then I started to see the snow come down a bit heavier as the day went on.  By early afternoon, people were starting to get the idea that they might want to leave a bit earlier than usual to beat the rush and maybe get home at a reasonable time.  I didn’t end up leaving until 4 PM, which was a mistake.  I went out to the nearest bus stop with some of my coworkers and we waited out there for a while until we realized that no bus was coming anytime soon and that we might need to think about an alternate route home.  The traffic on 1st was already backing up as well, so it didn’t look good.  Luckily just a short walk away was a light rail option, so we went to that area and picked up the train into downtown where we were hoping we could grab our respective buses and get home sooner than later.  The light rail got us there quickly, but then a coworker who lives near me and I went to a bus stop to wait for our ride home.  One of our buses came by in about 1/2 an hour but it was standing room only by the time it got to us, so we opted to wait for the next one.  We already knew we were in for a long ride, so we figured that we should have a seat for that experience.  In the meantime, I saw a friend or two.  One who was able to head home on a different bus that arrived and left well before mine did.  Another friend was heading home on my bus.  So we waited and waited for a 1/2 hour more and another bus finally came.  My toes were pretty cold by this time.  We all got seats but we proceeded to sit in the bus for a while since the traffic was not moving by this time.  We got on the bus around 5:40 and by the time we finally pulled into our stop, it was 10:15.  That was a long time to be stuck on the freeway on a bus.  The riders were pretty good about it however.  We chatted and napped and texted our families and did our best to keep our cool while we watched the storm rage outside our bus and as we crawled our way home.  Conversations of how we might be able to handle going the bathroom either outside or inside the bus were starting to float around, but luckily we didn’t end up having to resort to any of those options.  We also wondered how much gas the bus had.  Well, we finally made it and the park and ride was covered in snow.  I had to scrape my car so I could drive and then lend my scraper to my coworker since he didn’t have one in his car.  Getting home in my car, which is not ready for snow, was a little precarious, but I made it home safely and was able to even get it parked in my driveway.  By that time I got the email from work that it would be closed just like the schools so that we could safely work from home rather than trying to trek it in.  Our city must look pretty desolate today after last night.  I doubt many people ventured out if they could help it.

winter image

my backyard

Seattle Auto Show

I was able to visit the Seattle Auto Show for a short time this weekend and had a good time looking at all the latest models from all the manufacturers.  They also had some interesting older collector cars there as well, although they were definitely a side show compared to all the shiny new cars on display.  I captured a lot of good pictures of some of the vehicles that caught my eye, which were most of the cars that I might not ever be able to afford.  Ah well, it was fun to get a chance to look at so many nice cars in one place.  The show definitely attracted a large crowd, which made it challenging to get clear shots.

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Happy Veteran’s Day

I hope that all the veterans out there are having a great day.  Either off from work and having a nice relaxing day or at least getting some recognition from those around them.  They certainly deserve it.  I am personally not a natural soldier and thus have not volunteered to enter service, but I of course would happily serve if needed.  I personally would support the concept of having everyone required to put in a year or two like some countries do.  I think it would be a great thing.  I really take my hat off to those who entered service to help protect our freedoms because they felt that calling.  I believe they deserve the greatest respect in our society.  I truly value the freedom we enjoy in this country and understand that it is because of veterans that we have maintained it.  And special thanks to my dad who served many years himself.  Such a great example to me.


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