Thursday, November 23, 2006

Hanging out with 30,000 of my closest friends.

Thanksgiving was a good one today. I was up until about 1AM baking an apple pie that I wanted to try out. I learned one lesson, cast iron skillets make decent pie tins in a pinch, and having to end up with a deep dish pie is definitely a bonus.

Over the last few years, my wife has rediscovered one of her old college passions: running. She did a triathlon last year and has done the occasional 5k in the area. This year, she got me to enter the Turkey Trot with her. Thankfully, I was able to walk the 3 miles as I blew out my ankle last week and it's still not recovered. We arrived around 8am and hung around taking in the sights.
Around 9 am, we got in line and waited for the start. The announcer cracked some jokes, then came the count down. Due to the sheer number of participants, it was a few minutes before we could get a pace going.

Once we got going, it was fun to actually walk
down the middle of a street and not have to
worry about being hit by anything.

I was shocked at how far three miles can really be. The route took us through Deep Ellum, and back around to City Hall. Thankfully, the finish line was dead ahead.

My time was around 90 minutes. I know it's pitiful, but with a bum ankle and not really trying to set any land speed records, I'm happy.

Overall, this looks to be a new family tradition. It was crowded, a little hot, and crowded; but it was something that I would definitely do again.


Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Casino Royale

Wow! It's the night before Thanksgiving and wife, myself, and some friends went to see it. Yes, I was a big Pierce Brosnan fan, and Connery will always be sacred, but Daniel Craig is not just another pretty face ( I mean that both theatrically and cosmetically: this guy will not win any contests). What he does bring is a grittiness that the franchise has long needed. I didn't know it, but I was getting tired of the cliche'd lines, the over the top villains, and the too clean getaways. Casino Royale basically erases the past and starts over, but with much better results than the previous Superman franchise (so I gather). We are given a flawed, but likeable, hero and we get to see what makes him the way he is. The Bond girls (at least one in this case) are fleshed out (theatrically, not cosmetically), and the end result is a movie that leaves you panting, and applauding.

It also has a cool theme song: You Know My Name by Chris Cornell.


Tuesday, November 21, 2006 | The Office Space Thriller

Just installed IE 7. Nothing has blown up, but the day isn't over yet. It does have a cool feature that I decided to give a test run.
Check out this revised trailer for Office Space. The Office Space Thriller

Friday, November 03, 2006

An idea for a new law

If you vote early, you will be free from the barrage of campaign ads that always happen this time of year. I know it's a pipe dream, but I'm getting a headache.