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Archive for July, 2005

Vacation Weekend

Wednesday, July 27th, 2005

Melissa and I had a wonderful weekend away from home this past weekend. We went to Houston and spent the night. While there, we saw Broadway Across America’s rendition of Phantom of the Opera. Having only previously seen the movie, I loved it! The only thing I had to get past was the non-gruff, tennor-esque voice of the Phantom. What left the greatest impression on me was that, while the movie left some of the most dramatic segments of the songs feeling somehow hollow, during the musical they often took place in the midst of massive set changes. Now that was a spectacle, highly recommended!

Amongst other things, we also visited the Houston Museum of Natural Science to see the special Lord of the Rings exhibit. It was filled with original props, costumes, and miniatures from the filming of the movie, not to mention documentaries playing of the cast and crew telling their stories. They had a demo of a 3D modeller that would scan your face with a laser, create a point map, and finally texture your face with stone. I did to my face, and it’s amazing how much it looked like me.

They were also playing a Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon laser show at the planetarium, but I was disappionted to find that it wasn’t playing that day. I’m tempted to go back to Houston before it ends so I can see it.

Finally, on our way home we stopped off in Galveston to see the Battleship Texas, a New York class battleship veteran to both World Wars and the last remaining World War I-era Dreadnaught in the world. We didn’t take the tour, but we did go there and walk around the ship. I used to have a great fascination with the World War II-era Pacific navy, so it was extremely interesting.

More Progress

Monday, July 25th, 2005

We’re making continual progress on the bathroom. It shouldn’t be too much longer that we’ll simply be touching up and adding decorative stuff. Melissa has already enjoyed herself quite thoroughly buying decorative items and “pretty stuff” to have ready for when it’s done. Here are a few more progress shots:

After sanding and putting up the base coat
After Sanding and Basecoat

Me while sanding
Me While Sanding

Bathtub running for the first time
Bathtub Running

The room as of tonight, with tile and faux finish
The Room as of Tonight

The Room as of Tonight

The Passing of a Legend

Saturday, July 23rd, 2005

Just read on the news that James Doohan has passed away, due to pneumonia and Alzheimer’s disease. A sad day for Trekkers like myself, Scotty was one of the most enduring, most approachable characters in the entire franchise.

Here’s to you, Scotty.
Scotty

Transformers Live

Wednesday, July 20th, 2005

Sweet! There’s now a website for the new Transformers live action movie, now due out on July 4, 2007. It’s a two year wait, but I’m excited. Spielberg producing (with the promise that “we’ll be making many, many Transformers movies in the future.”), Michael Bay directing, and a massive effort to bring back Peter Cullin and Frank Welker as Optimus Prime and Megatron, respectively. I doubt the latter happens, but despite that 2007 might be a great year!

All that said, here’s the site: www.transformerslive.com.

PULSE Delayed Again… Again

Wednesday, July 20th, 2005

Further to this entry, Pink Floyd Management have just announced via representatives at Brain Damage that the PULSE concert DVD has been delayed yet again. The news was “They are hoping that it can still be released later this year, but in an effort to manage expectations, warn that it is not guaranteed. It may slip into the early part of next year.”

Although the concert is finished, they are putting together documentaries and special features. They are ensuring that the special features will be well worth the wait, but I am wondering at this point whether or not the sun will go out before PULSE sees a DVD release. I dare not even wonder where Delicate Sound of Thunder is hiding.

“Pigs Have Flown”

Friday, July 15th, 2005

As one fan in the audience had it well stated on a homemade sign, “Pink Floyd Reunited – Pigs Have Flown — Live 8 London”. I was fortunate enough to see it live on MTV and again on ABC’s rebroadcast. It was a historic event for a fan of the band to see these four faces together again. Despite MTV’s cutting away during the guitar solos during Money and Comfy Numb, and ABC’s only playing one song (Money), it was a remarkable experience. All of the band members were on with the exception of Roger sounding a bit tired.

Next day reactions are that Pink Floyd stole the show. More than 60,000 people have voted at AOL Music, with Pink Floyd ranked as the #1 gig at 35% of the votes. Second place was Robbie Williams and Madonna in at third. Pink Floyd’s album sales have skyrocketed 1,343% as people scramble out to pick up their Best-Of disc: Echoes. David has stated that all profit from the sales spike will be given to charity, stating “Though the main objective has been to raise consciousness and put pressure on the G8 leaders, I will not profit from the concert,” continuing with “This is money that should be used to save lives.”

So what’s next? I sincerely doubt that the Floyd are going to reform to produce any new material, or likely even get together again. All of the members, primarily David Gilmour, feel that they are all too old to tour again as Pink Floyd. David has indicated that this is a once-in-a-lifetime event. Roger has also stated that he doesn’t feel anything will likely come out of the reconciliation, but finishing with “never say never.”

Pink Floyd at Live 8

I’m proud of this

Sunday, July 10th, 2005

None done yet, but getting close
Almost Done

The Whole Cheese Circuit is Down

Wednesday, July 6th, 2005

A coworker had a hillarious story to tell about his over-the-weekend Pizza Hut experience. Since he doesn’t have a blog I felt inclined to post it. You might expect it out of a rurual town of less than 4000 people, but it was nonetheless amazing.

He went in to the town Pizza Hut and ordered his pizza, having company coming over in a few hours to celebrate the Fourth of July and otherwise blow various things up. All was fine until he asked for extra parmesean cheese. “I’m sorry, we don’t carry that,” the girl told him. “You don’t have parmesean cheese? That’s like Burger King not carrying burgers.” She went on to tell him that they hadn’t had any for some time, that there was a recall, and that they’re not ordering any more. “How can parmesean cheese go bad?” my friend said, “They have to age it for seven years before they even sell it. Being old is a good thing.”

Not to be outnumbered, she called for backup: the delivery guy. Indeed he did confirm her story about the cheese: “Yeah, everything is all screwed up. This entire cheese circuit is down.”
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The story from Keith’s point of view:

Many believe that terrorism strikes only those in far away places and could never happen to them. Others think that our government can keep us safe from the evils of the world, only dealing us hardships through taxes and MTV marathons. Sadly, these people have never heard the horror of: The Cheese Circuit.

It all started July 3rd, 2004 – a renowned holiday that celebrates the insomnia of all those involved in the United States creation the day after, back in 1776. After paying homage to this glorious day by setting off larger explosions than the neighbors, I decided to celebrate by taking my girlfriend out to Pizza Hut – the home of the great American (trademark 1776) staple: Pizza.

I ordered the aptly named “Dinner for Two” – a fantastic display of shrewd gimmicks designed to persuade customers to fill their stomachs with yeasty goodness. Naturally, I expected two things with this meal:

1) The correct price
2) The goodness that is parmesan cheese.

Sadly, I got neither.

After noticing that my $15 ticket had magically turned into $20+, I sought out the waitress so that she might solve my dilemma. I approached the waitress cautiously, gingerly – fearing that she may strike at any moment. Meekly, I asked: “Are you sure this is correct? It seems that we didn’t receive the correct discount for the meal.”

“It’s because you got drinks,” she responded. “I’m getting the manager so she can tell you.”

Wondering why she got the manager to explain this, I waited for countless nanoseconds for the manager to walk all …. 1 steps to get there. “We don’t give the discount here until after you pay,” the manager said.

Well this made perfect sense: Give the customer a different price, and then change it after they pay. I suppose it’s like a rebate on your pizza. Charming. I guess that’s to help out incase you double the tax for their tip – thus cheating you out of several pennies.

But that held no candle to the horror that was about to ensue.

Biting into my beloved pizza, I noticed a lack of something – a lack of cheese. I thought that I’d correct this personally by adding a thick layer of parmesan goodness to my pizza – a very important tradition for pizza goers everywhere. Searching around my table, I was unable to locate the fabled cheese shaker. I thought “maybe there’s one on the table behind me…” But I thought wrong.

After a frantic search, I came to realize that there was no cheese to be found in the establishment’s dining area. Okay, I thought. I’ll just ask for some at the counter and maybe I can get some packets or a shaker from the back.

… if only I had known…

I asked the lady at the counter – “could I please have some parmesan cheese?”

“I’m sorry, sir.” she said. “We don’t carry that anymore.”

She didn’t say “we don’t have any” or “we ran out.” No, no… it was much worse. Infinitely worse. “”We don’t CARRY that anymore!”

Confusion raced through my brain like Speedy Gonzales in a crack house.

“That’s like Burger King not carrying … well … burgers,” I remarked. Not one to be argued with, she called in backup: The Cheese … Guy.

The Cheese Guy (Lovingly called: “TCG”) emerged from wherever the cheese guys stay in all his cheesely grandeur. “It’s all screwed up. The whole Cheese Circuit is down!” announced TCG. “We’re backed up for months – this whole Cheese Sector is out!”

What could have caused the fabled Cheese Circuit to fail? Swiss Hackers (yeah, so it’s a bad pun)?

Logically, the only thing that could take down something as intricate as the Cheese Sector would be bioterrorism or nuclear warfare. Terrorism must know no remorse to take down something like the Cheese Circuit without so much as a warning to those pizza lovers most touched by this travesty.

We must be strong in this time of famine.