Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Movie review: Doom

I (Tim) rented Doom for $1 at the McDonald’s Redbox on Saturday night. When you rent a movie based on a video game, you do not expect Shakespeare. However, I did expect it to be better than it was. Doom is dumb and boring. Most of the movie was spent having underdeveloped characters (Marines) wandering around in the dark with a blond woman giving pseudo-scientific answers to why everyone is turning into an evil monster. The audience of this movie wanted to see one thing: monsters being blown apart by big guns. There was one sequence where they showed the first person shooter perspective and that was super cool. Unfortunately, it was three minutes long and was about the only cool part of the movie. Otherwise, there was hardly any action in this action movie. Do not bother with Doom.

Sweet scene: First person shooter perspective

Turd in the punchbowl: The rest of the movie

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Tim's thoughts on a beautiful April day.

These are my thoughts today.
• The new Plumb album, “Chaotic Resolve” is amazing. Out of the 4 Plumb albums, this is easily the best. It has the rock of the first album with the real life lyrics for which Plumb is known. This is as good as anything on mainstream radio, and if there is any fairness in the entertainment industry, this album should receive awards and airplay. Do yourself a favor and pick up this album.
• Heidi and I watched two movies recently. Both were terrible, but for different reasons. The first, a Sixth Sense rip-off called Stay was well acted and directed with style, but made absolutely no sense. We watched it with Chris and Zong and when the movie ended, we all said, “what the heck?” It was not even like Memento where everyone would talk about it afterwards, we just agreed “that was dumb” and moved on. The other movie that Heidi and I saw at the cheap seats was The Family Stone. If this movie was supposed to be a comedy, then it was not funny. If it was supposed to be a drama, it was not dramatic. It succeeded in being a chick flick, in that all the males cried the whole movie and everyone that was single at the start was dating someone at the end. Please do not waste your time with either film. (Heidi does share my opinion of both movies.)
• I forget to put on the blog that the HR position that I really wanted went to someone else. It bums be out, but life goes on. Work has been more interesting lately, so that is good.
• Yesterday Heidi and I enjoyed the good weather by running on the Greenway. We did not stay together the whole time, but it worked out well. Running with Heidi is the most fun way to go running. I sure do love my wife.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Dog People

The past few days Heidi and I have been watching Sully, her brother's dog. He is a nice dog and it has been fun to walk him and have him around the house. The only problem we have encountered so far is sleeping. We stayed a couple nights at Heidi's parent's house with Sully and he insisted on sleeping on the bed with us. Mostly at or on my feet. That would not be a problem, except that he is a big dog. Big enough to hog a section of the bed and keep us from a decent night's sleep for several nights in a row. Aside from that, he is a big dog trapped in our upstairs apartment, and he kind of reminds me of the dirty polar bears at Como Park. I feel bad for a big, strong animal reduced to freaking out at the squirrels he can see through the windows. All in all, this has been a good experience to help us realize that, at least for now, we are not dog people.