January 27th, 2005

Andrei in the office

Atlanta: Squeee redux!

So, I guess work is a good thing :)

I have been tapped to take a software presentation to each of our locations. I am ELNK's RSS guru... sorta.

So, I will be back in Atlanta in mid February. If you are in the area... tell me :)

Mind you. I already have a good chunk of my free-time happily scheduled. *poing* :)
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What is evil

What is evil?

Evil is that which effects changes. It does so using methods that we can not understand or rationalize; or worse does so by a manners that we simply can not accept as the correct path by our own definition. Evil is the force that does things that we wish never happened in the first place.

Granted this definition almost suggests that evil is powered and fueled by our own limited understanding and comprehension.

I remember reading somewhere once that the Gods got their powers from the belief and acceptance of their worshippers. Thus the old Gods of Greece exist but are weakened by the fact that most people in Greek are now Greek Orthodox and follow the Christian deities.

It amuses me, that we could power evil just as much as any other personification of a concept with a combination of belief and naivety.

What is evil to you?

Edit: I always get affect/effect backwards. This has been fixed. Thank you to tiggr93 and jnanacandra
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Memetime: opening that can of worms...

As if I don't have enough open ended meme's that I need to catch up on (which I am currently reseaching)

From the home office in lunaetstellae comes this mini participatory meme:

Scan my interest list and pick out the one that seems the most odd to you.

I'll explain it.

Then you post this in your journal so other people can ask you about your interests.

Edit: Already answered...
unicursal hexagram
cross stitch
ethical hedonism
Star Ruby
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Andrei in the office

They say....

That one of the biggest turn-offs on LiveJournal are people who don't use proper English. I can understand that. But, I admit... I also fall prey to it.

I have my English foibles or more properly my one English f&$k ups.

So, here is today's quote and the conversation that caused it.

After discussing with jnanacandra the complexity of the forms of affect and effect.

jnanacandra: gotta love english
lordandrei: No, I'd say it's more of a contemptuous understanding and forced appreciation. I love Japanese. It follows rules. I respect French. It has anal defenders of it's chaste purity. English?... It's those ruffians playing Chess in the park.
jnanacandra: yep
lordandrei: And that's your quote for the day
jnanacandra: just fix the typos before posting it
lordandrei: Typos there, too?
jnanacandra: an its/it's; and chess should be decapitalized
lordandrei: Ah, misused the first one.
lordandrei: As for Chess. I could mean they are playing soundracks... yeah.. that was it
jnanacandra: heh

Do I love English? No, I'd say it's more of a contemptuous understanding and forced appreciation. I love Japanese. It follows rules. I respect French. It has anal defenders of its chaste purity. English?... It's those ruffians playing chess in the park.
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Hitchhiker's Guide... the non-spoilery version

It's actually kinda hard to talk about a film without adding any spoilers. When Star Wars I came out, the person I was dating went thru hell to not have any spoilers. And when the film was promoted that hard, I knew that at some point she'd find out and look at me and say, "Liam Neeson?"

So, let's start off by explaining how I got to that point. Last Saturday we ran into Pasadena to pick up an adapter at the Apple store for the new G5. (yum) A guy was on the street corner passing out Film preview invites. Normally, you blow these off. The guy said it was for HHG2G. I remember responding, "I don't know how emphatically I can say Yes."

We grabbed a few others and I tried calling people to see who could join us this evening. They said we needed to be there by 6:30 which ruled several locals out. I even invited a person or two from SF to take the drive down. So... once you had the magick paper, you had to call a number and RSVP. You read some codes off the invite paper and they told you to write a woman's name on the top corner.

(Fast forward) we got to the theatre about an hour before the hour before they told us to show up. The film was at 7:30, they said be there by 6:30. We got there at 5:30. We walked aroud for about 20 minutes and then went to see the theatre. Damn, I'm glad we got there when we did. At 5:50 we were about 80th in line. After about 15 minutes they collected our yellow sheet. You absolutely couldn't trade in sheets for people that weren't in line. This really sucked because some really good friends were coming at 6:30 like the sheet said. And the way things were lining up... it didn't look good.

At 6:30 they opened the doors. They gave us vouchers for free popcorn and soda. They use metal detectors and searched bags. Cameras were confiscated. Somehow, the gods were merciful and they paid no attention to my SK. Just as we were going into the theatre my friends called. I got the seat. Ran out, (getting my hand stamped) and delivered the invite paper to my friend. Sadly that was the last I saw him. I have a feeling they cut off entry on them. Grymble. (I have since found out that the line was cut off right in front of them and then the bastards let people in from the line behind them. Why I hate corporate suits 103)

Inside we waited while they sat people. At about 7:30 a woman made an announcement. This was one of the first public viewings by an audience. Sound and effects may not be polished. And there'd be a poll afterwards. Then it was movie time.

From a NON SPOILER point of view.

There is good news and bad news. Both are: this movie was made with fans of the book in mind. There are definitely differences and some new material, but in general it's very faithful, not only to the original writing, but to Adams' humour as well.

The reason I say that this is bad news is quite simply because I think Adams humour is going to go right over the average audience member's head. This isn't Galaxy Quest. Those however who love Adams' writing.. they will enjoy it. There is more than one treat for fans. Not only fans of the Book, but fans of the original radio series and the video series.

I will of course post a more spoilery review shortly... But for now.. let me say... I liked it.

I will go back to see it in release. And if it doesn't change much... I'll probably pre-order the DVD now.

Love to all

-A hoopy frood who knows where his towel is.
(His towel is possibly the only autographed towel by Douglas Adams)
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