Date Knight

by ian
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Published on: August 9, 2008

Last night kami and I were able to go to dinner and a movie…alone.  Yeah I know.  It was nice to get out sans-children.  We went to a Thai restaurant that was excellent.  We had some veggie tempura and Phad Thai and some chicken that I can’t pronounce.  We were both good a brought most of it  home to eat later.

After dinner we made our way to the movie theater.  We saw The Dark Knight.  There has been a lot of media hype about this movie.  I’ve heard some good reviews but I thought most of the popularity and talk was because of Heath Ledger’s death.  This was the best Batman movie yet.  Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker was so incredible.

Before last night my favorite Batman movie was the first one with Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson as Joker.  I loved Jack as the Joker and I didn’t think it could be done better.  I stand corrected. The new Joker was so believably insane.  I thought he was crazier than Hannibal Lector.  He was soooo creepy.

It was an incredible movie.  I loved it.  I highly recommend it.  It is definitely PG-13 though.  It was pretty graphic.  If you haven’t seen it you should.

Random stuff this week

by ian
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Published on: June 29, 2008

This is going to be a little random.  A few cool things happened this week.

1.  We ditched our phone company on Wednesday.

A couple of months ago we  switched from DSL internet to Cable internet.  Verizon decided they didn’t want to disconnect it because that would disconnect our internet connection so they kept charging us.  I’m not sure why they didn’t want me to disconnect the internet but they didn’t.  So I was talking to a guy at work (Jeremy) and he was telling me that he just got VOIP (Voice Over IP).  I have always been interested in trying that but I haven’t heard good things about Vonage and that seemed to be the only option.  So Jeremy did all of the leg work in the research and found that phonepower.com had the best support, service and price.  So now we have phone through them.  We kept our phone number and have pretty much every feature imaginable and free unlimited long distance in the US and Canada.  Not a bad deal if you ask me.

I don’t know why the large phone companies suck so bad.  Maybe it is because they don’t have much competition within the regions so they don’t have to try very hard.

2.  Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition.

I got my Father’s Day gift on Wendesday.   The new core rule books came out a couple of weeks ago and now I have them.  It is very cool.  I think I like the changes they made and I’m excited to play more.  I have done 3 sessions now but they were all pretty limited because we are learning the rules still.  We are also going to be running a couple of them on our rpg site, Alternating-Reality.com.

3.  Aluminum casting progress

We fired up the furnace again yesterday with some modifications.  We used a plenum to distribute the air evenly through the coals.  It worked fabulously.  We also used a dish washer dryer fan instead of the vacuum.  The dryer was very quiet and pumped plenty of air.

The furnace was much hotter this time with the new setup.  We need to redesign our setup now to be able to handle the heat.  The tin cans won’t work.  We destroyed 2 of the 3 cans we were using.  We also need to figure out how to get our aluminum shavings into the crucible.  Right now we can’t get them in fast enough.

4.  Wall-E

We saw Wall-E yesterday and it was awesome.  They did such a great job telling the story.  There was very little dialog and it was just visually stunning.  It really is a must see in the theater.

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