Monday, October 31, 2005

Halloween 2005 or How I'll Never Feel a Woman's Touch

I like Halloween and pumpkin carving best of all. Here's my pumpkin this year.

It's a departure from my Batman mouthed one from last year but I like it. I always get tons of compliments on it. People at the door have even asked me to carve them pumpkins next Halloween. Anyway, now to my costume.

We had to dress up at work so naturally I chose the character I most identify with. Obi-Wan Kenobi :p. Sigh...

Here are some pics.

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Big ups to my momz for making my costume. Sigh x2.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Gay Takei

So George Takei is gay. George friggin' Takei! Sulu himself! At 68 years old, he comes out and says he's had a partner for the last 18 years. Now I'm not shocked or anything. The guy is neat and speaks eloquently and poses for pics like this.

Now, I don't care if he's gay or whatever. It doesn't change my opinion of him. He can do what he likes in his spare time (although, that time he said "Hi there" to Kevin Vo in Toronto takes on a whole new meaning now...) but it got me thinking, who else is secretly gay in the other Trek casts?

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Let's see. Geordie? He was an engineer but no. He was just a loser, unlucky at love. I mean, he did try to tag Dr. Leah Brahms (in holographic form, though). How about Wesley? He did wear rainbow body suits. But then again, he did try to get with Ensign Ashley Judd. Fine, he's off the list. I have it! Data. Yep, Data the Gay Android. Think about it. The dude lives with a cat. Case closed.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Despite Chris's mom's assertions, Sisko is not the one here. Odo was more asexual than anything. Yeah, he dabbled with Kira but he was experimenting. Dax made out with that chick once but that's only because one of the chick's symbiote's previous hosts was the wife of one of Dax's previous male hosts. Following me? DS9 is a toss up. Let's say...Worf. His uber-aggressive, alpha-male shtick is just a cover for his latent homosexuality. He plays the role so well, that he convinced himself to marry Dax! I'm not buying it, fanny-head! Worf, you're outed.

Star Trek: Voyager

Easy, right? Neelix. Wrong. He wasn't gay, he was just from a different species. And calling him gay makes you...a homophobe. No, the gay character on that show was Harry Kim. He never got promoted. Ever wonder why? Glass ceiling, baby. They kept him down just for his orientation. Shame on the Federation for such tactics. That's why Sulu waited till after he was captain to come out.

Star Trek: Enterprise

Everyone.

Except Trip. He got some from T'Pol.

So there you have it. Wait...it seems I've blurred the lines of fiction and reality. My apologies to all characters involved. And to Glen for appropriating his linked-picture style.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Quit; how I will score a half price Xbox 360

So I officially announced my 2 weeks notice today from work. I will stop taking calls for a living November 4th, then I will have a (paid) week off (due to my unused vacation time) before starting as Junior Programmer at Gameloft. There, I will port cell phone video games. Sounds fun. I can't wait to see what this new joint is like.

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So I already preordered and Xbox 360 at EB Games. The price: $500. But I will get it half price. How? Simple.

They have this policy where if you sell them a game for which they would have given you $8 or less, they'll instead give you $10 if you put it towards the 360. And if the game would have fetched you $8-16, they'll give you $20 towards a 360.

So, I scoured Walmart, Blockbuster and some other places for cheap $5 games, bought them (sometimes multiple copies of the same title) then showed at at EB. There, they don't care about multiple copies. Long story short, so far I spent $51.65 out of my pocket and EB gave me $120 in credit for my 360. That's $68.35 free money that I would have spent anyway. I will continue buying the same cheap games to try to do this until my 360 goes down to $0. Yesssssssss...

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Quarter Century

How does it feel to be 25? Well...a lot like it felt being 24, except now I can check out Le Lovers. Fathers, hide your older daughters...provided you fathers are still alive.

Anyway, today was rather uneventful. I went to work. I was greeted with "Happy Birthday" banners taped across my cubicle like it was a police crime scene out of "CSI: Birthday". There was some sort of McCain's chocolate cake involved. I received a bda ycard filled with rude and crude comments written by my co-workers, most of them involving me having twisted relations with male co-workers. Good fun.

I got home and my bro and the baby came. We had dinner and more cake. That is all. I quietly turned 25, the way I like it. No hoopla.

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Funny story. Yesterday, we had a couple of cans of Pringles chips at work and Neil got each arm stuck in a can. So, like a complete moron, he started waving his arms around, much like the recycling box incident. And no, he did NOT realize what he was doing until I reminded him. Upon realizing his foolishness, he quickly pulled out of the boxes before a manager or someone important walked by.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Neil...we'll miss him when he's fired

So tomorrow, Neil (and I) have to meet with this Pascal dude to see if we can switch over to another department, doing actual eng work (highly unlikely, given the nuttiness of the work and Pascal's nutty reputation). In any case, Neil, Manesha and I are in Neil's cubicle near quittin' time and I draw the following on Neil's recycling box:




So then, as he's dancing like Liam Neeson in Darkman, with his arms flailing about, this dude walks into the cubicle. Manesha and I stop laughing, but Neil, with no eyeholes in the box, continues his routine. After a moment,

"Very nice," says the dude.

Neil sheepishly takes the box off.

"Are you Neil?" the dude continues.

"Yes," Neil concedes.

"You have an interview with me tomorrow. You forgot to give me your grades."

Neil blurts out some hilarious ramble about getting the grades to him tomorrow at the interview. The dude, obviously Pascal at this point, ends with, "Oh and you don't need to bring the box." He leaves...then Neil turns a shade of purple (brown skin+red blood = purple blushing) as I collapse to the floor and cry with laughter, literally rolling on the carpet.

Long story short, I don't think Neil has much of a chance at this job.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Best video game movie ever?

http://entertainment.tv.yahoo.com/entnews/va/20051004/112845991400.html

Microsoft, film studios tap Jackson for 'Halo'

Tue Oct 04, 2:05 PM ET


The Oscar-winning creative team behind the "The Lord of the Rings" films, including director Peter Jackson, has been named to run the production of the upcoming film based on Microsoft Corp.'s blockbuster "Halo" video game, the company said on Tuesday.

Jackson and his wife, Fran Walsh, will serve as the executive producers for "Halo," which is targeted for worldwide release in mid-2007 by Universal Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox film studios.

Universal will oversee the film's production and domestic distribution. Fox will handle international distribution.

"Halo" will be shot in Wellington, New Zealand, and will use Jackson's production and post-production facilities there.

"I'm a huge fan of the game and look forward to helping it come alive on the cinema screen," Jackson said in a statement.

The executive producers will collaborate with Universal, Fox and Microsoft's Bungie Studios, which created the game.

"Halo," the best-selling franchise for Microsoft's Xbox game console, follows the adventures of the futuristic super-soldier "Master Chief" as he battles an alien onslaught.

Screenwriter and novelist Alex Garland wrote the original feature film adaptation of Halo. A director will be named in coming weeks, but the cast has yet to be announced.

Jackson and Walsh are currently in post-production on Universal's "King Kong," slated for release in December. This is the first time that the duo are acting as executive producers on a major film that Jackson is not directing.

The video game industry -- whose sales rival those of the U.S. box office -- is gaining stature, taming the industry's maverick image and moving closer to Hollywood. By the time of its release, "Halo" will join other video-game inspired films such as "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider," "Resident Evil," and "Doom." But the industry's Hollywood inroads have not been without bumps.

Hollywood's major film studios gave Microsoft a cool reception last spring when the company came to them with an initially high asking price for "Halo" -- the script which was delivered by laser-gun toting costumed messengers.

As part of their deal with the global software giant and No. 2 video game console maker, Universal and Fox will pay Microsoft $5 million plus a percentage of movie ticket sales. The price is capped at 10 percent of domestic box office receipts.

Universal Pictures is operated by the NBC Universal media division of General Electric Co., and is co-owned by Vivendi Universal. Fox is owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp Ltd..