01.08.07

Children of Men

Posted in movies, personal at 12:49 am by wingerz

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There has been some buzz about Children of Men. Jen and I went to see it last week, and I thought it was a great movie; the first one that I’ve seen in a while. It’s about a not-so-distant and almost plausible future where the world is crumbling and human beings are infertile (the youngest person in the world is 18). While quite gray and bleak, it is also quite charming at times. The protagonist is thrust into a what-the-hell-is-going-on situation, taking the audience along with him on an incredible journey. The visual style is quite striking; a lot has been made of the long, one-cut scenes. Anyhow, if you’re on the fence about this one or just looking for a refreshing film experience, go see it.

01.07.07

Mii time

Posted in games at 11:52 pm by wingerz

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Over the past few weeks I haven’t had a lot of time to myself. Of course I cherish spending time with the people I love (and explaining to them how to create a Mii and play Wii Sports), but all of that in addition to preparing for the holidays and taking care of Jen during finals meant a month-long hiatus from Zelda. Since I’ve gotten back I’ve logged about 8 more hours (bringing the total to 22). The game is fantastic and the world is beautiful, especially around Lake Hylia. So far the only real complaint that I have is that the bosses are a bit on the easy side; I’d prefer it if they made me sweat a little more.

One thing that I am very thankful for: Traveling around the world is much easier than it was in Wind Waker. All that sailing was a little bit too much for me. The horse is much better.

Gone, but not forgotten

Posted in personal at 12:53 am by wingerz

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Today the temperature was in the high 60s. At some point this afternoon, Jess left me a voicemail. She said, “You’re probably out biking and taking pictures,” and she was exactly right. I had biked to the corner of Mass Ave. and Comm Ave., where I parked my bike before taking a long walk down to the Common and back.

As I was walking back, something didn’t feel quite right. I thought I had parked it closer, and a few blocks later I was pretty convinced that I had already passed the sign post to which I had locked it. I walked back and forth several times to double-check, but it was gone. No sign of the lock or helmet either. I checked a nearby bike store; maybe someone had taken it in after discovering that the bike was improperly locked. Of course they had no idea of what I was talking about.

In the grand scheme of things a stolen bike isn’t a huge deal, but the whole ordeal has left me a bit depressed. The bike was a very nice birthday gift from Jen, and it had been a great companion of late since Jen has been busy with school and the winter has been unseasonably warm. I enjoyed the rides on the Minuteman Trail, along the Esplanade, and most recently through Middlesex Fells, not to mention the short rides to work and Harvard Square. I suppose things could have gone differently had I decided to stay in, biked to a different destination, or not left it alone for so long, but I also suppose that it’s silly to think about that now. In any case, the bike will be missed greatly.

01.03.07

Moon halo

Posted in photos at 1:54 am by wingerz

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Tonight as I was coming back from dinner I looked up and saw the (nearly?) full moon shining through a thin layer of clouds. There was a faint halo all the way around, so I tried to take a picture of it. Unfortunately, my shortest focal length is 28mm so I couldn’t get all of it.

01.02.07

Holiday happenings

Posted in personal at 2:07 am by wingerz

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Happy New Year! It has been an eventful few weeks. Highlights include:

Visiting the Getty Villa. J. Paul Getty, the extremely rich founder of Getty oil, collected Greek and Roman antiquities. He decided to house all of them in a building modeled after the Villa dei Papiri in Herculaneum, Italy, which was buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. It was a very pleasant visit; we enjoyed strolling through the courtyard and gardens and viewing the exhibits.

Hiking on Christmas Day. Most Christmas mornings are spent opening presents. Ours was spent hiking 7 miles uphill to Mount Wilson with my family. We stopped for lunch along the way. The hike wasn’t too strenuous, but definitely tiring. We were almost too tired to open presents after dinner.

Spending an afternoon in Union Square. Wandered around downtown San Francisco with Jen’s family. The weather has been gorgeous; we ate outside at Santana Row this afternoon.

Eating huge meals. Our huge Christmas Eve dinner, two trips to Souplantation, lots of Chinese food, and all-you-can-eat hot pot for dinner last night.

Taking lots of pictures. Having the DSLR has been a lot of fun, but I think people are getting sick of me lugging the camera bag around and snapping pictures every few minutes. I’ve been trying to take pictures in manual mode for practice. Jen also gave me one of her old photography books. Since I’ve been constrained by my 256MB cards, I end up deleting 80% of the pictures before they get off the camera. So if you see me snapping a picture of you, chances are very good that I’ve already deleted it, so don’t worry.

Playing the Wii. Everyone loves Wii Sports! We have a ton of new Miis. It’s kind of fun to look through them to see who has given it a try.

Hanging out with family friends. Got to spend some quality time with old friends (and new). It’s been great catching up in person. Wow, a lot of our friends have moved out to California!

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