Monday, June 29, 2009

Nick and Norah's Infinite Waste of Time

Their look of confusion is fitting. This movie is so bad, it baffles the mind.

This movie is really not good. I just finished watching it and I feel like it was a complete waste of time and I got nothing out of it. So I picked up my computer and was committed to getting at least a blog post out of it. Interesting idea, good MacGuffin, lots of hipster music; I'm in. I like a good teen comedy and absolutely love Michael Cera. This movie disappoints on every front. The story feels like it never gets off the ground. It's full of cheesy dialogue trying to be sold as poetic musings of a teen lyricist. Just because you wear hip clothes and play a bunch of bands that aren't popular doesn't make your movie good.

In my opinion, Michael Cera needs to reconsider his choices with movies like this and Year One. Arrested Development and Juno are the kinds of films that he needs to make. This is like the generic version of Juno, missing the story and the soul. I'm sure his agent sold him on this film because it's a leading role but maybe he's not there yet.

Overall this movie goes into the, don't waste your time category. It's boring, trying to be current and not engaging. I hope you're able to save your time and money.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

I joined a Mafia

For the last 9 months I've been getting a request twice a week to play an online game. It's an application through Facebook called Mafia Wars. I'm reading a book right now about the reason Facebook is so successful and they say it's because of the applications. When I first got Facebook I was hesetant to "install" any application. When I had a PC that was the cardinal sin that would give you a virus that no medication could fix. Eventually I let my guard down and understood that is was just a Facebook thing, not an install to my machine. Still, every week a request to join someones mafia.

Finally 2 weeks ago I caved. I went on there to see what the deal was. I spentsome time learning the layout and how to play and then I played the game. This took 10 minutes. After initial frustration I learned the beauty of this game. I can't play it for more that 5 minutes because that's how it's built. Sure I can play 3-4 times during my day, but that's it. I started timing my games and it was on average 2 minutes online for each session.

It's a simple little game about accumulating money and getting more skill points. This is done through a series of missions and fights. There is no skill required, no hand eye coordination, it's just managing your profile for a few minutes. I know I keep mentioning the time thing, because to me that's what makes the game beautiful and accessible. You're not getting into something that's a giant time suck. Instead, this is something that will be a fun distraction for a few minutes and leave you wanting more.

You may not be a fan of the game, this kind of thing isn't everyone's cup of tea. But if you'd enjoy a few minutes online while sitting at your computer then this is for you.

If you don't want to play but have a facebook, join my MAFIA! All you have to do is join, then turn off the notifications so you don't get the messages "so and so just gifted you an untraceable cellphone." Then you're helping people and making me quite happy.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Remembering Michael

I'm sure this is how he'd want to be remembered.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

bye MJ.

This makes me really sad.


here's a link to an article I wrote last year.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Random: A discussion of governemnt

More or less government? Luckily the people at Fox News bring in these titans of politics to discuss.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Random: I should visit Iran

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

why math is nerdy...

This guy is no where near hip but I'm still amazed at what he does.

Monday, June 1, 2009

I usually don't watch Discovery...

I need a house to watch Discovery Channel Tuesday Night... If you want me to visit you, TiVo this and I'll be there.

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