Tuesday, May 29, 2001

I don't know if I ever shared this in my blog before, but I came across this link again and thought I'd share it. This is my submission into the Webmasters 98 competition. It was a competition where individuals or groups had 24 hours to create a site with a given set of criteria. This was wayyyyy back in November of 1998. I don't believe that they had any subsequent competitions. I was pretty proud of how my little site turned out especially since I had only me and my limited webby knowledge at the time. If I remember right, I spent about 12 hours on the beast. So, anyway, just thought I'd share this piece. It's not as clean as my In a BIG Way site which was created in about 4 hours time, but the IABW site is pretty simple in design.

Sunday, May 27, 2001

Two two second movie reviews to start off the Summer movie season:
  • Pearl Harbor --- I had really high expectations for this movie. I loved the trailers that they had in the theaters for months. Emotional, romantic and historical looking. Well, I was disappointed. The quality of the art direction is high, so it's a "pretty" film, but it's lacking in character development and there is far too much "cheese" in the movie. I couldn't help but laugh at Captain Cheese, Alec Baldwin himeself. His delivery of the overly staged lines was ridiculous. The love story was painfully predictable. The actual attack scenes were decent. The post-attack hospital scenes were much too "artified"...blurry vision, lack of color, etc. There wasn't a focal point with who had the bad vision...it just kicked in every so often to shield us from the true gore (gotta keep that pg-13 rating, don'tcha know?). Anyway, it fell flat. Flat. Flat. Pretty, decent story, but really, you felt the flatness for THREEEEEEE LOOOOOONG HOURS. I think they tried to cover too much ground and din't have a clear vision...hence a long movie with a dulled vision. B-
  • Memento-- A brilliant film that is completely staged backwards. It starts with a murder...and then you find out what happened prior to the killing. The main character has a short term memory problem and he photographs key elements of his life with a polaroid so that he's not completely lost in the world. Does it work? Absolutely one you should not miss this summer. Catch it when you can...I have a feeling it will be buried by the blockbusters that are overly advertised. Don't discount this one just 'cuz it doesn't have a huge advertising budget! A

Thursday, May 24, 2001

I am soooo excited. The U Film Society has started utilzing the Galtier Cinema in downtown St. Paul. When it closed a couple of years ago, I always said that it would be a perfect theatre for independent films. Now....VOILA! Yay! Yay! Yay!

Wednesday, May 23, 2001

Urban Legend Machine -- Make your own Urban Legends. This is a hoot! Give it a try.

Sunday, May 20, 2001

Two second movie review:
  • Shrek -- What a fabulously fun movie. The personalities of the characters were adorable. The animations were pretty amazing. A few too many fart jokes for my taste, but aside from that this is a masterfully crafted funny film. I laughed and giggled my way through the movie. A
  • Friday, May 18, 2001

    Fun Facts about Minnesota -- Contrary to what this page says, the mosquito is the Minnesota state bird. I had the pleasure of getting bit by one last night. Yes, it's a sure sign that summer is here. Yay!

    Monday, May 14, 2001

    Loooks like my pal Blogger is working again. Yay! I've been trying to get my words out for a few days now....

    Sunday, May 13, 2001

    Two two second movie reviews:
    • A Knight's Tale -- I really enjoyed this film. I liked the use of classic rock music peppered throughout, but especially the "We Will Rock You" tune used at the beginning. The actors were fabulous and adorable (can't beat that!). I especially enjoyed the portrayal of Geoffrey Chaucer. He played the role with lots of rock n' roll flair. (The costuming didn't hurt either!) It wasn't a perfect film by any stretch of the imagination, but it was enjoyable. Can't say that about many movies these days. A-
    • The Mummy Returns-- Boring. Boring. Contrived. Boring. Some especially BAD special effects. This one should have skipped straight to video. I didn't care for the first one, but in comparison, the first Mummy movie looks like an academy award winner. D
    A little bit of heaven -- Cracker Jack's new French Vanilla Almonds. Nummy with a capital N!!! If you like almonds, you can't go wrong with these.
    Well, it happened. My first letter from an incarcerated man. Yes, "Tim" has written to me from his cell pleading to know more about me. He saw me in the Pioneer Press article and just *had to* write. I'm betting that Tim writes a lot of women from the newspapers. What better way to find out about chicks and their last names?!? Anyway, the funniest thing about the letter? He wrote, and I quote, "I read the story about you in the St. Paul Pioneer Presss about a month ago but haven't had time to write to you, until now, although I've been thinking about you ever since that day." Yes, an incarcerated man who has nothing BUT time on his hands didn't have time to shoot of a letter even though he had been thinking about me every day since. hehehe. Gotta love that. He claims to be a changed man and he lets me know that he isn't in prison for a sex-offense. As if a sex-offense is the WORST thing that you can be jailed for. Gads. He's probably just killed 10 people. That's all. No worries about rape however.

    Tuesday, May 08, 2001

    Attention all lead foots in the Minnesota area: be aware that not all State Troopers drive Crown Victorias or similar model cars. I spotted an unmarked dark green mini-van pulling over a speeding motorist. The flashing lights are installed in the front windshield. Purty clever, eh? No one would suspect the mini-van!!

    This is in no way an endorsement for exceeding the speed limit on Minnesota highways. No, that would be wrong. Remember 55 saves gas and lives!

    On a similar yet unrelated note, gas prices are rediculously high right now. 1.90/gal is pretty average near where I live. If you'd like to find cheaper gas while in the Twin Cities, check out this site. It's a listing of the highest and lowest price gas at local pumps.

    Wednesday, May 02, 2001

    Gotta do this one too...also in Chicago...City Critters from around the country will be at Lincoln Park Zoo. Wheee! Hey, how come none of the cities used "rats" as the city animal of choice to be decorated by local artists? Hmmm..It seems that the vermin have been overlooked.
    Dept. of Cultural Affairs: Suite Home Chicago -- I have GOT to get to Chicago for this. It's like the Snoopy's around St. Paul or the artsy cows in NYC. This year Chicago is doing living room furniture. I think it just screams "photo shoot!". :-)

    Tuesday, May 01, 2001

    It's May Day! Go out and buy a stranger some flowers! I remember as a kid picking dandelions and violets and making cute paper baskets in which to deliver 'em. I brought 'em to the neighbor's door, rang the doorbell and ran. Ahhhh, sweet youth!