Hal's News Archives for May 2004

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Sunday, May 9th 2004 10:45PM

Today was lived in two phases, doing battle with the lawn, and seeing Van Helsing.  Early this morning I ventured out seeking materials to repair the lawn mower.  I needed air filters, spark plugs, oil, oil pan, and gasket makers.  After an aborted trip to Wal-Mart I found what I was looking for at Lowes.  I have no idea why I went to Wal-Mart on a Sunday... I should have predicted that I'd get fifty percent of what I needed only to be presented with a twenty cart checkout line.  Grrr...  After that, I fixed the Snapper and mowed both the back and front yards!  My fixes worked swimmingly and I think I've finally figured out the problem with the carburetor.  But enough of that boring crap, the real event of the day was Van Helsing!  What a great movie!  I expected it to suck, and man I loved it.  I'm working on a separate review page for it, but I might not finish it tonight since I'm not even fully sure I can explain all of the reasons I liked it.  I'll hammer it out over the next few days.  Do yourself a favor and check it out ASAP!

Saturday, May 8th 2004 11:55AM

The Freak Engine show last night was great!  The guys invited another group called the Wise Guys to perform with them and it was interesting to see their different take on standard improv games, plus some new ones I hadn't seen before.  I thought that the one called "Slide Show" came off best.  It consisted of two guys describing their trip to France while the rest of the troupe acted out their travel photos.  At one point it looked as though the picture was taken outside plane on the ride home.  You could see the passengers through the small windows, and someone said, "Look there's a troll on the wing!"  Reminded me of Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, that Shatner Twilight Zone episode.

Thursday, May 6th 2004 11:30PM

Congratulations go to Kimberly who was elected President of her chapter of Phi Theta Kappa!!!  Hurray!!  My wife rules!!

I also posted a new weekly comic review.  Check it, yo.

Wednesday, May 5th 2004 11:30PM

ALL-RUSH Month continues!  On my commute today I finished off Caress of Steel, 2112, and got halfway through All The World's A Stage!  Yes, there was a lot of traffic!!  Comic-run today yielded a good crop, with Ultimate Spider-Man, Y The Last Man, Captain America & Falcon, and a DCU 100 page Super-Spectacular.  I'll post a new weekly review tomorrow evening.  Chatted on AIM with my good buddy and ex-roommate, Brian Prater... the infamous "Patchcat."  For those of you who don't have it, I highly recommend trillian, which is a multi flavor instant messaging application that works with AIM, Yahoo, MSN, IRC, and ICQ.  George Huff got the boot on American Idol tonight... which bums me out.  I never thought he'd win, but he was cool.  Sniff Sniff.

Tuesday, May 4th 2004 08:20PM

What is more nightmarish?  Barbara Streisand singing Cher songs, or Cher singing Barbara Streisand songs?  Perhaps Celine Dion singing a Cher/Streisand medley?  On a lighter note, ALL-RUSH Month is in full swing and I have determined that a one way drive to/from work equals 3/4 of a Rush album.  I'm on the last song of Caress of Steel,... which, although I love all things Rush, is pretty much a dog.  I mean, Bastille Day rocks hard, and I Think I'm Going Bald is groovy,... but I don't really care much for The Necromancer.  And why is Prince By-Tor a good guy all of a sudden anyway?  Last album he was the "Devil's Prince," now he's the traveler's savior?  What gives?  Anyway... tomorrow is 2112 day, so it's all good.

Sunday, May 2nd 2004 10:20PM

Today, Kimberly, Steve, and I hung out at my brother's house for a little while and took pictures of my niece Allison's 6th birthday party luau.  On the way, we picked up a 128meg smart media card for Kimberly's digital camera, and boom... the thing went from about a 15 picture capacity to over 800 pictures, and that's at a better quality setting than before.  We were able to take pictures at will without any thought to how many or if we want to keep them or not.  Later I just burned them to a CD to give to Sam and Lynn, easy as that!  After the party, we ran by a comic book store in northern Memphis that I'd never been to before.  The place was small and the people working there were too busy playing video games to notice that there were actually shoppers in the store.  Their stuff looked fine, and they had a great selection of trade paperbacks and storage materials, but if the guys aren't the least bit interested in taking my money then I ain't gonna give it to them.  All in all a textbook example of how to not run a business.  Then, we took in the new Ben Stiller/Jack Black flick, Envy.  I must say I laughed a whole lot... since I'm a big fan of both of those guys, but the plot of the movie never could figure out what it was trying to accomplish.  After it all fizzled out I was left with an, "Eh, whatever" feeling.  Funny at times, but not recommended.

Saturday, May 1st 2004 09:20PM

I am on-call today, so that means I can't venture far from a computer, but that's good news for gusline.net!  I completely redid the guitar's page and I'm about to do some work on the comics page right now.  Also since today is May 1st, that means that RUSH ONLY month kicks off today.  My plan is to cycle through all of my cds while in the car, and listen to the several LPs I have in my office.  I can't explain it, but the tunes just sound different on vinyl.  Pretty much all of the LPs are my brother's property, but I'm taking good care of them.. Sam, I promise!