Monday, January 29, 2007

Oh well, so much for Vista

Looks like I won't be rushing out for a Vista machine after all. The office ended up getting me a new Dell notebook last week, so I'd have it in time for the Paris trip. 1.86 Ghz Duo Core with 1 GB RAM -- not too shabby.

I'm heading out tomorrow night, and I'll be in Paris Wednesday through Sunday. Too bad I never got around to actually learning any French.

Friday, January 26, 2007

The Vista Anticipation

Windows Vista finally launches on Tuesday, and I hate to say it, but I’m actually excited. I’ve already decided I want a new duo-core machine with Vista Premium, which I think will be new equivalent to XP Media Center Edition. With all the traveling I’ve been doing the need to have a machine available with Photoshop, InDesign, Powerpoint and Mobile Broadband has become very apparent. Plus, it currently takes 10 minutes to import a 3-minute video clip, and then 30 minutes to compress and save the clip to a new file on my home machine – talk about a time-consuming process. My 3GHz work machine is able to import the clips in about 30 seconds and compress and save the files in about 2 minutes.

However, the question remains, do I upgrade now with a standard DVD burner or do I wait a few more months for Blu-Ray or HD DVD drives to come down in price? We’re already shooting all our films in HD, but have to drop the resolution to standard DVD to play them. It would be nice to be able to just burn them in their High-Def format. Then again, who knows which company is going to win this format war. If BetaMax and MiniDiscs are any indication, Blue-Ray may not be around long. Then again, maybe it’s possible that Sony has finally learned something from their mistakes.

There’s actually a Vista Release Party at 10 p.m., January 29 at the CompUSA on Westheimer, but I don’t think I’m actually nerdy and excited enough to attend.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Necrophobia finished and set to premiere in March

The ambitious Texas-lensed chiller NECROPHOBIA will premiere Wednesday, March 21 at 7 p.m. at the River Oaks Theatre (2009 West Gray), and director Stacey Davidson informs, “It will feature special appearances by the stars of the film, myself and executive producer Leo D. Wheeler. The audience will also be treated to a few surprises before the movie! Admission is just $5, but we are asking people to arrive early because seating is limited to 500. An after-party will be held at Cecil’s Tavern at 600 West Gray, just down the street.“

NECROPHOBIA is about a hitchhiker who takes a job at a roadside haunted-house attraction called Screamworld, where he discovers that terrible things are lurking in the basement. You can get further updates by keeping your eye on the movie’s official website and MySpace page.

Another fan incident!

Another fan incident!
Originally uploaded by ffacker.
So I'm just unpacking groceries, minding my own business when I hear this CRASH and the sound of glass shattering. I know I'm alone in the house, so I go walking room to room to see if somebody just broke a window or if a shelf fell down or what in the world the noise was. When I got to the music room I found this. The globe from the ceiling fan vibrated loose, fell off and shattered. Why do ceiling fans hate me?


I watched Mike Judge's newest movie Idiocracy last night. If you're not familiar with Mike Judge he's the guy that created Beavis & Butthead, King of the Hill, the SNL Milton cartoons and the movie Office Space.

The premise of the movie is that due to advances in technology, natural selection is no longer a factor in human evolution. The strongest and smartest no longer have any sort of advantage when it comes to breeding and are completely outbred by trailer park trash. Therefore over the course of 500 years, human society actually devolves to the absolute lowest common denomintator. Meanwhile, Luke Wilson, whose character is completely average in every way in 2005, is frozen in a military experiment gone wrong and wakes up in 2505 as the smartest man in the world.

I found the whole thing entertaining, especially the fact that the President of the United States in 2505 was the 5-time Smackdown Champion and that one of the cabinet members was a 12-year-old who had won a contest -- his prize being appointed a cabinet member.

Of course Judge's depiction of the ridiculously stupid future is more of a commentary on civilization today as we do have action heroes holding gubernatorial positions, the correct use of the English language has all but vanished, and the raving success of his Beavis & Butthead cartoon could easily be parralleled to the fictitious future hit television show Ow, My Balls.

Is it vulgar? Yes. Is it stupid? Yes. Are there huge holes in the plot regarding how people evolve to become so incredibly dumb and incompetent that they can't grow crops, yet they still have technologically advanced machines, homes, cars, etc.? Yes. Is it worth the rental? Absolutely.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Fighting illness and tempting fate in the new year

I'm sick again. I had a sinus infection over my entire Christmas vacation. Now I've got freaking strep throat on my three-day weekend. What's up with that? Anyway, I went back to the doctor this morning for more antibiotics. Hopefully this will all be cleared up before I head out to California next week.

So far so good in 2007. I wore a new white dress shirt on Wednesday. AND I had lunch at Prince's Hamburgers with Kyle. AND I got the King's Favorite, which is a chili-cheese burger. Yes, I tempted fate by ordering a chili-cheese burger while wearing a white dress shirt. This is the same chili-cheeseburger that I ate the afternoon before my wedding in 2004, which not only got all over my shirt, but also gave me HORRENDOUS gas that threatened the very sanctity of the matrimonial ceremony. (It took a last-minute overdose of Gas-X to save the day, and thankfully TLC left all the gassy scenes out of the final cut of A Wedding Story.)

Did I end up with chili and cheese all over my new white dress shirt? NO. Did I end up with gas? NO! Do you know why? Because 2007 is my year!

Well, it's my year after this freaking strep throat is done. Strep kind of puts a damper on little things like singing, swallowing, making out with hot women, etc.

I just watched Little Miss Sunshine while doing my laundry -- funny movie. Next up is You, Me and Dupree. I think I'm going to pick up some McDonalds first though. Some people eat chicken soup when they feel bad, but McDonalds is my comfort food. Supersize me when I've got the flu.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

I saw a UFO during rush hour

I was driving home from work today on Beltway 8, and as I went through the Jersey Village area I saw a red light in the sky out of the corner of my eye to the west. I glanced over to take another look thinking it was a plane, but it wasn't a blinking red light. It was a solid red light surrounding a whitish orb. At first I thought it was just sitting stationary in the sky, but then I realized it was slowly moving down. I watched it for a good 3 or 4 seconds before it dissapeared below the rooflines. It looked kind of like a shooting star or something. It was probably a firework of some sort, but usually they don't stay lit up that long or drift down that slow. Whatever it was, it was cool to see even though I almost had a wreck because I was watching it.