Tuesday, February 15, 2005

War of the Worlds

I've been very ambiguous about Steve Spielberg's upcoming remake of "War of the Worlds", but I'm very encouraged by this report - maybe the film will have some unique, worthwhile identity. Other details mentioned in the linked articles also sound fun!

Sci Fi Wire -- The News Service of the Sci Fi Channel: "Speaking to reporters during a break in filming, Spielberg said that the movie holds special resonance in these unsettled times. 'I gave the benevolent aliens a couple of shots [in Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E.T.],' Spielberg said. 'And now I'm going to try my hand at the worst kind [laughs]: ... the kind that's just bent on ending civilization as we know it and beginning their own. If you read the original book, you know they terraform the planet. They reap and sow. ... And I think in the shadow of 9/11, there is a little relevance with how we are all so unsettled in our feelings about ... our collective futures. And that's why I think, when I reconsidered War of the Worlds, post-9/11, it began to make more sense to me, that it could be ... a tremendous emotional story, as well as a very entertaining one, and have some kind of current relevance.' "

Recreational Musings

Yup, I'm still here! It's been a busy couple of weeks and when I've relaxed I just haven't, uh, felt my muse to post. But all's well... went to my favorite blues jam last night in Ashland at Stone's Public House, this absolutely awesome 160-year-old pub. I had an epiphany there, I usually go with my friend Bon-Bon but I've been wanting to bring The Momma there sometime too. I've also been wanting to bring C to a live blues show sometime, presumably a family-friendly summer blues festival.

But last night a mother had her two young kids with her, wearing hearing protectors... I checked with the waitress before leaving, "That's okay here?" Some bars may permit this, others frown on it; the place is also a restaurant so it's okay with them, and hearing protectors we have! So we're already thinking next Sunday night, being the beginning of school vacation week, may be an opportunity for a family blues outing... here's hoping!

We're also planning an overnight in Boston next Monday night, a mini-vacation to check out the Science Museum and perhaps the Aquarium. If I can manage it I'll make a push for taking a Fenway tour also, of course...!

(I hate Internet Explorer. Just lost four paragraphs because of its feeble attempts to handle pop-ups when I started the spell-checker. It thinks it's trying to help! But Firefox doesn't work properly with some of the intricacies of our company intranet so I can only use that at home so far. So to retype maybe some of it.... grrrrrrrr!)

Anyway, we'd originally thought we'd go to Florida during vacation week, as C hasn't been to Disney World in a couple of years now. (I was fortunate enough to get there myself at least last fall, along with my sister, and our friend Jeanne - Hurricane Jeanne, that is!)

But ultimately the timing didn't seem like it was going to work well this month. So we're now thinking we'll try a Florida trip at the beginning of summer, hopefully right after school gets out in late June. Add to that our planned trip to the SHORE LEAVE Star Trek convention in early July, which we're planning to bring C to with us for the first time, and it could be quite the busy summer vacation!

I'm working overnight shifts at the office this week... sigh. Did that for 15 years and enjoyed it, but I don't tolerate it as well these days as when I was a younger blues lad! Still, half of my staff works this shift so every now and then it's good to have the boss (ha! ha-haa!!) hang out and scope the sitch, so this week will give me that opportunity. I'll be tired, but hey, it'll be like old times!

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Blue Jays to [...] rename SkyDome

Yahoo! Sports - MLB - Blue Jays to increase payroll, rename SkyDome and buy new turf: "The Toronto Blue Jays will have a higher payroll, a new ballpark name and a new artificial playing surface that's more like grass.
Team owner Rogers Communications renamed SkyDome the Rogers Centre on Wednesday, two days after the company completed the acquisition of the ballpark. "

The "Rogers Center"? I've been to SkyDome a couple of times and found it one of the most detached, impersonal baseball experiences ever with its domed roof and fake turf. But "Rogers Center"? Now it REALLY seems more like just an office building where they happen to play indoor baseball!!

Having said that, if they get more money for payroll theoretically it IS a good thing for that team over the long run. I don't disagree with selling naming rights on stadiums and ballparks... I just don't necessarily LIKE it!

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

2 Short Years Ago....

Rick Husband, Willy McCool, Michael Anderson, David Brown,

Kalpana Chawla, Laurel Clark, Ilan Ramon

- STS-107 Columbia, 1 February 2003