December 27, 2007

Backronyms for Fun and Profit

Posted in Critical tagged , , , , at 12:02 pm by Ian

Honorable mention to the new Alien vs Predator movie, for making the rating a major part of the marketing campaign, albeit probably not in the way that the MPAA ratings board would hope. The full title of the movie is Alien vs. Predator: Requiem, or …Reservoir or something. The particular R-word chosen is of no more interest to me than it was to whichever studio honcho dictated that it start with the letter “R”. Because what’s important is that it can be abbreviated AVP-R to put the R-rating front and center on the movie poster. In fact, although I’d heard about this movie a few months ago, and saw a billboard or two, I didn’t even know the whole title until recently.

There’s a good reason for this: the previous Alien vs Predator movie they made was lametastic. It was not just a terrible movie, it was a pussyfootedly terrible movie. They took two of the most bad-ass and unrepentantly violent action-horror franchises and produced Alien and Predator play Patty-cake Somewhere Off-Screen. The general success of past sequels has demonstrated that the fan base is content with banal plots and mediocre actors, but only as long as the cameras are drained of fake blood after each sequence

So it was a big disappointment for many people, and the PG-13 rating served as a high-visibilty target for their derision. Look forward, in a few months, to the marketing of the AVP-UR DVD. Maybe they’ll throw an Ultra in there, or something.


December 21, 2007

The Birth of a Holiday

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:35 pm by Ian

Last night, we were over at Jason and Ashley’s for dinner.

Dore: So, we’re having omelettes tomorrow!

Ryan and Dore high five each other

Jess: Why are you having omelettes tomorrow?
Ian and Ryan (together): Omelette Day.

Ryan and Ian high five each other

And thus was begun the tradition of Omelette day. On the morning of the Friday before Christmas, good will and omelettes for all.

December 19, 2007

Did You Hear the One About the Fruit Flies…

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:32 am by Ian

It turns out that they can make fruit flies homosexual by turning on a particular gene.

Turn it off, and they just become flies.

December 11, 2007

I Should Not Start an eBay Business

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:22 pm by Ian

I’m selling off some magic cards on eBay.

Not all of them; just a few that fall in the intersection of “I don’t use” and “worth money.” So I should be low-stress about this. Really, I don’t much care what I get, since I wasn’t using the cards anyway. And, deep down somewhere, I know that the market for such things on eBay is quite efficient. That knowledge is stored alongside the knowledge that 50% of the final price of an eBay item comes in the last 3 minutes of the auction.

Yet it’s all I can do to keep from continually refreshing the listing page. I’ll think of reasons to go visit the site (maybe I’ll find a Christmas present) and—just while I’m there—I’ll quickly check my listings.

Yes! Up $1.56!