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More scattered thoughts (movies, etc.)

First off, some extra spoiler-cut thoughts for Pirates 2 (since like I said some other stuff I'd meant to mention cropped into my thoughts eventually):

Mostly it was about Bootstrap. I'm really glad they actually decided to revisit him, because there was some stuff I was wondering about after the first movie. We knew that he'd at least handled the cursed treasure, since he sent a piece to Will. But we were never told for sure if he took it out of the chest (which seems to be what places the curse, since Will handled it just fine), or if he was given it by the other pirates (which would have made him unique amongst the crew as far as we could see) or what. Which as far as I could figure, left us with three choices:

1) He was unique, and didn't actually take any of the gold from the chest, just getting some of it secondhand, and thus died when dropped to the bottom of the sea, bootstrapped to the cannon.

2) He was cursed, and remained caught to the cannon unable to break free for the entire time the pirates were cursed, and then died instantly once Will released the curse.

3) He was cursed, and eventually worked free somehow of the cannon, and thus when the curse was lifted was restored to "life" and was wandering around somewhere, possibly ready to be reunited with Will unexpectedly.

What I didn't really expect at the time was:

4) He was cursed, and couldn't take the torture of being crushed by the sea but unable to die, and so made a pact with a different sort of "undead" crew and agreed to serve as Davy Jones' minion. Yow.

But I'm glad we at least got an answer.

Anyhow, I'll also mention that I really liked the scene where Will is leaving, and promises that he won't abandon him, and leaves completely unsaid but practically tangible in the momentary silence: "The same way that you abandoned me."

Oh and I do wish they'd have gotten someone who looked a little more like Orlando Bloom (if that's even possible) to play Bootstrap. Not that the actor didn't do a good job, but... I was struck last time by multiple people mentioning how Will looked just like his father, then we turn around and they look nothing alike. I mean, as far as you can tell, past the sealife being part of dear ol' dad's face, and all.

I... think that's all I have to say now. This time. For now. Maybe. Possibly.

And as for other movie stuff: previews! Dude, I have to admit, Night at the Museum actually looks like it might be fun. I'm not the hugest Ben Stiller fan, but it still looks cool. Now, I don't know what the *plot* might be like, since it seems like one of those "mainly the premise, throw the plot in afterwards" type flicks, but hey, could still turn out well.

And Transformers? Dude, I'll admit I'd been paying NO attention to this, since I figured that the new upcoming movie would be basically an extention of the newer (crappier) version of the cartoon that's been airing on Cartoon Network. But wtf? Is this going to actually be live-action? (Or rather, since it's giant transforming robots, live-action *style*?) Or was just the teaser trailer in that style, to entice us? If it's the former, I may have to start paying attention. o_O

Other than that... how was my day, you ask? Well, for one thing, my monitor decided to just up and y'know, TOTALLY DIE on me. It'd been kinda acting wonky lately anyhow, suddenly distorting and all like it needed degaussed, even if it had been turned off for a while not too long before. Today, it just... went off, while I had the computer on, as if it were going into sleep mode from non-use of the computer, and just wouldn't come back on. The little light beside the power button just kept blinking at me, taunting me. Sooo... I ended up making an emergency trip over to the nearby computer shop, and getting a used monitor for 35 bucks. Could be worse. It's just weird getting used to it though, since it's slightly smaller, the settings are slightly different, and the monitor itself is white (or off-white anyhow) whereas my old one was black, so it's weird looking at the totally different framing.

Oh and... (edited to ask a question): Is there any possibility of a bum monitor somehow slowing down your actual computer processes? I'd noticed that my computer has gotten EXTREMELY freakin' slow on rebooting, etc etc... taking forever to load up and all. However, either a) I've suddenly gotten used to that and now see it as normal, or b) once I replaced the monitor, it sped back up a lot, because it didn't seem to take nearly as long booting up and accomplishing some tasks. Anyone?

Also, I'd previously finally finally gotten the freaking cattail jungle out of my pond. Today I was looking at my pond more, and first off, I saw *something* scaled in there, I coulda sworn. Which would mean that I may still have at least one fish in there, after I'd given up hope of any being left alive in my pond.

I also had thought I had two adult frogs in there, but now with all their hidey-spots gone, I counted at least four adult-sized frogs, alongside at least a couple kidlets. No wonder they seem noiser than last year.

I tested the water for various stuff, and it all looks smashing except maybe it could use a little more pond salt (which isn't actually necessary, just helps keep fish healthier and less stress-prone), and the Ph balance might be a toooouch on the high side, but not horribly. So tomorrow hopefully I'll make it out to get a) some more surface plants to keep the water cool, b) possibly more potted plants now that I have some room cleared again, and c) maybe even a fish or two, and hopefully some snails to help recycle some of the bio-litter.



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Jul. 11th, 2006 12:50 am (UTC)
I saw *something* scaled in there

Godzilla is living in your pond.
Jul. 11th, 2006 12:51 am (UTC)
Ooooh no!

There goes Tokyo!
Jul. 11th, 2006 02:22 am (UTC)
I'm going to be humming this all night, now.
Our love was so true, now she's three foot two, and she used to be five foot eleven.

Her death was unintentional, but now she's two-dimensional. My angel is truly in heaven.
Jul. 11th, 2006 02:42 am (UTC)
Re: I'm going to be humming this all night, now.
Ah see, I don't know that one. So your attempt at a reciprocal earworm has FAILED, sir!
Jul. 11th, 2006 02:50 am (UTC)
Re: I'm going to be humming this all night, now.

We had a love that was so bright
I used to dream of her each night
And rush to her side every morning (whoooo!)
I had her all to myself
We never noticed anyone else
We didn't even hear the radio warning

Our love was no joke you know
It was the talk of downtown tokyo
We'll be happy forever, i promised her
But just as i proposed
Her feet were made to touch her nose..
As she was crushed by a japanese monster! (ahhh.. ahhh.. ahhh.. ahhhh!! godzilla!!)

Our love was so true
But now she's three-foot-two
And she used to be five-foot-eleven
Her death was unintentional
But now she's two-dimensional
My angel is truly in heaven.

She's the one i'd kiss and hug
Till she was crushed like a bug
I guess it's hard to
See a monster above you.

She said she'd save her heart for me
But now it's there for all to see
And her last words to me
Were "i.....arghhh!"

Our love was so true
But now she's three-foot-two
And she used to be five-foot-eleven
Her death was unintentional
But now she's two-dimensional
My angel is truly in heaven.

Take it, george!

She was young (so young)
And sweet (so sweet)
But now she's part (she's part)
Of the street (the street)
I want (so much)
To have her back (come back)
So i'll get a putty knife so i can scrape her from the crack.

Ewww.. you might need a wire brush.

Our love was so true
But now she's three-foot-two
And she used to be five-foot-eleven
Her death was unintentional
But now she's two-dimensional
My angel is truly in heaven.
My angel is truly in heaven..
My angel is truly in heaven!

(I'm looking for an MP3 now. This song is wonderful)
Jul. 11th, 2006 12:20 pm (UTC)
Transformers is a live-action film with heavy use of computer effects to pull off the Autobots and the Decepticons themselves. It's a mix of new plot and old TF history - they even have the obligatory obnoxious kid cast.

Bad moon rising: Bumblebee is being played by a Camaro.
Jul. 11th, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC)
Not a VW? o_O Blasphemers!!
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