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By gzt (Mon Mar 15, 2010 at 10:40:17 AM EST) gzt, st patricks day, george lucas, superman, sore, special effects (all tags)
They put up a new film every weekday. Very clever. No links because YouTube is blocked at work.

I'm sore all over in a good way. I did some lifting, then I came home and did some cardio, then showed the wife how to use the foam roller and did some experimentation myself, since some retired chiropractor lady told her she really needs to use one every day. Anyway, my abs are sore, but my thorax sure is mobile. I blame a combo of front squats and fiddling with the foam roller.

I'm somewhat ashamed of myself: I've been throwing in sets of curls at the end of my workouts.

I only get mandatory password changes on Fridays, it seems. It's terribly annoying because I've forgotten by Monday. I think they do it at a straight 60 days and if the 60th day falls on a weekend, it bumps to Friday, so you have a 43% chance of needing a change on a Friday. Wait, let's do the math. If it really is like that, it resets the mod 7 counter, as it were, each time so you end up having it on Friday 50% of the time rather than 43% once you get into that cycle. Well, no wonder.

I went to a CoinStar machine and turned in $58 in change. I had 1611 pennies. I got an amazon giftcard.

George Lucas' descent into madness distresses my wife. Fortunately, she's not as disturbed by the rape of the Indiana Jones franchise as the Star Wars fiasco, because that one may still be going on. Anyway. We are eagerly anticipating the coming review of Attack of the Clones from the same guys who did the magnificent Phantom Menace review. Their Avatar review is also pretty good. No links because YouTube is blocked at work. I think they're called "Red Letter Media" or something like that.

All this talk about films with John Williams soundtracks (I hate John Williams) made me think about the original Superman. That was a pretty decent film, wasn't it? I haven't seen it in ages. Like every kid, I really dug the whole Superman thing. I'm glad it was made before the dawn of computers, because modern takes on the story would just be too absurd. The late '70s and early 80's is pretty much my favorite era for special effects and camera tricks, though the silent film era also had some pretty good camera hacks (Buster Keaton FTW). Fact: Darth Vader helped Superman get bulky enough for the role.


Quite fortunately, the revelries for St Patrick's Day over the weekend did not inconvenience me much. I have a severe hatred for that kind of nonsense. I have to keep it in perspective, though: St Patrick's Day is the closest thing the Irish will ever have to Christmas.

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Superman had some nice bits. by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #1 Mon Mar 15, 2010 at 10:52:07 AM EST
One that I recall is Clark Kent runs up to a phone boot, but it's one of the late 70's style open booths. Not suitable for changing in to Superman in. He shakes his head and runs on.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

"You will believe a man can fly" by ana (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Mar 15, 2010 at 12:51:51 PM EST
...said the blurb.

Coming out, I realized I did.

"And this ... is a piece of Synergy." --Kellnerin

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coin star and pennies by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Mar 15, 2010 at 11:22:11 AM EST
hey, didn't they do that trick in Superman III ?

Bastards! by gzt (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Mar 15, 2010 at 12:50:02 PM EST
They could be slighting me pennies since I have no independent verification of their counts. Foile again!

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why coinstar over a bank? by garlic (2.00 / 0) #5 Mon Mar 15, 2010 at 05:18:10 PM EST
doesn't coinstar take a cut?

not if you get a gift certificate by gzt (2.00 / 0) #6 Mon Mar 15, 2010 at 06:12:29 PM EST
I didn't want to bother checking if the closest branch of my bank had a coin machine, if they preferred I rolled my own, etc. Since I buy crap from amazon all the time and they don't take a cut if you get an amazon certificate and there's a coinstar machine right by a train stop I get off of all the time, it made sense.

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Many banks charge fees these days by lm (2.00 / 0) #7 Mon Mar 15, 2010 at 08:04:59 PM EST
Some won't even accept rolled coins.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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