Archive for February, 2005

Countdown to wedding bells.

Posted: February 28, 2005 in General, Wedding

Of course our wedding will not have bells (being the non-religous type.) Cara and I went to Lighthouse Inn (our reception site) to do our tasting on Saturday. I think we were both very happy with the food, and hopefully everyone else enjoys it as much as we did/will. After that we went to the bakery to try to get that knocked off our list too.

I’m not Italian, and I have to admit that with the exception of most pasta dishes, I’m not all that fond of Italian cooking. There’s something odd about Italian baking. As you might imagine the bakery that Lighthouse Inn works with is an Italian bakery. I have to admit that there is a little fear there, and I’m wondering if I’ll like the cake.

Of course then again, I have a feeling that a great majority of these decisions that are made will barely be remembered in the future. As I’ve told Cara many times, it doesn’t really matter to me that much, and I only offer my opinion because she asks.

On Sunday we drove to the Providence Place mall to browse Crate and Barrel and Potterybarn for wedding registry stuff. Per usual Cara and I had differing opinions on what we liked (or didn’t like.) I know there is a happy medium, but it’s not that easy for us to get there.

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Chasing after the production

Posted: February 25, 2005 in General

I’m still dreaming of doing a small video production, and I’m slowly working up to getting things done with that goal in mind. Every few weeks I pull out my slowly evolving script and type a bit more (although I do seem to be a little stuck.)

Over the last couple years I’ve started actually shelling out cash for software. It is odd. There is a certain joy in actually owning a piece of software (and a certain frustration if it doesn’t work right.)

With that in mind I purchased a copy of Final Cut Express. Although I had a bootleg copy of Final Cut Pro, I am working on a corporate video as part of my Freelance business so I thought it would be worth actually owning the software (since I will actually be making money using the product.)

I still have a long way to go on my script, and I need to build/buy a couple more pieces of equipment, but things are coming along nicely. I think after the wedding I’ll have to look at how the money situation is to see if I can afford the production costs to do my project.

Wonderfalls

Posted: February 24, 2005 in General

I finished watching Wonderfalls last night in the second of two marathon sessions in as many nights. This show definatly goes in the “What was FOX thinking?” when they canceled the show after four episodes. Below is my review:

Wonderfalls : The Complete Viewer Collection
3 DVDs : 13 Episodes
Rating : 3.5 of 4 stars

Wonderfalls isn’t truely an original concept, but the combination of qwerky comedic moments with a “dash” of drama made sure that the show didn’t fit into a genera. Maybe that is why the viewership suffered and FOX took the axe to it after a mere four episodes (replacing it suddenly at the last moment with an episode of “The Swan”.) It’s a shame it died an early death.

I skipped the first of the three discs because it contained the episodes that did air and jumped into episode five. This is one of the few DVDs that actually shows a breif reintroduction of any particular plot points that you may have missed, which certainly was helpful for a reminder.

If you missed it the first time around, Wonderfalls is the story of Jaye Tyler a college graduate that doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life. She spends her days working for a Nigra Falls gift shop (called Wonderfalls.) One day inanimate animals begin talking to her. Their mysterious message is usually misinterpreted, but that’s part of the fun of the show. It’s a mystery without a murder or a crime (well for the most part.)

In all honesty, the season tended to be a little uneven. There were very good episodes, and some… well… mediocre episodes, but for it’s flaws, taken as a whole, it is an excellent series that leaves you with a twinge of regret when you finish the last episode with the knowledge that there aren’t any more. I felt that by that thirteenth episode we were just starting to get into a stride and that the best was yet to come.

Kudos to the writers though. The series stands complete without any additional episodes. There are still a number of unanswered questions (that will unfortantly stay unanswered,) but maybe that’s best.

If you are looking for an entertaining (and fairly inexpensive) DVD set, I highly recommend picking up Wonderfalls.

New beginnings

Posted: February 24, 2005 in General

I admit it. I broke down and said screw it. After a number of years of dabbling in writing my own blogging scripts, I give up. I barely have the time and energy to write a blog never-the-less try to refine a piece of software to do what I really want it to do.

So, I’m dumping the idea of “I can do it better” and I’m just rolling over going with the flow. I hate having these little ideas and thoughts that I want to save for posterity and not having a place to keep them (or share them.)