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Too much stuff [May. 6th, 2015|11:51 pm]
Aw, geez, falling way behind.

We did dining out for life last Thursday with Bob & Pyro and Matt & Jason and... a couple friends of theirs whose names I have forgotten, because I am terrible with names. We went to Jewel of India, and as usual, it was delicious.

Friday we went to see Avengers 2, which I enjoyed muchly. It's a long movie, but I didn't feel it. The first ten minutes or so, the 3-D really seemed like a pop-up book to me, but after that either it got better, or my eyes adjusted to it. I have heard complaints about the farmhouse bits, but honestly, those were some of my favorite parts. We saw it at Cinebarre, and I was good, and had a salad.

Plans to join a group for dim sum Saturday morning fell victim to oogy digestion. We recovered in time to go to 1-Up in the afternoon for Garrett's birthday party. They have Oversize Jenga, which is probably more fun than regular Jenga. Also 4-player Versus Pac-Man! Jerry stayed there and hung out with that group; I can home and rested for a bit then went over to Floyd's for games. It ended up being just me and him; we played a game of Star Realms and a couple of Dominion.

Sunday I attempted to be productive, with varying degrees of success. I did get bills paid, and I fixed the sticky knife switch on the minivan with a couple squirts of WD-40. I also bought a replacement headlight bulb for the Jetta, which I was not able to get changed. The old one was really stuck, and I had to pull out the tools to try to get it twisted around to where it would come out. I got it most of the way, and then the plastic bits started breaking and before long I had to give up. (I was resigned to taking it in to the garage to get them to pull out the old bulb, but then yesterday Monkey took a look at it and was actually able to get it out -- apparently I had turned it enough, and just didn't pull hard enough afterwards. So hooray! I guess it wasn't as much of a disaster as I thought.)

Work has been feeling a bit ack-too-much-to-do stressy lately, but I banged out the content part of a Letter of Intent and a couple annual reviews and a draft of a new position description, so now it feels a bit better and hopefully it won't be too long before I can go back to doing actual science-y things instead of just administrative writing.

Also I read a paper for review and got really annoyed at the authors for having an excellent and interesting idea with a clear and very well-articulated motivation (well, modulo the no native English co-authors aspect of the writing) but then failing to show that their method actually, y'know, DOES anything.

[User Picture]From: dendren
2015-05-07 02:39 pm (UTC)
Avengers was good, but I think my expectations were a bit too high also. Something felt missing for some reason and didn't quite feel as Whedon-esque as the first one did. But, I did enjoy it.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2015-05-07 05:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I had my expectations dialed back pretty far. I also avoided as much hype as I could, so I'd seen almost nothing in the way of trailers, etc. The more I do that, the more I find I enjoy my movies.

I've heard that it got a good hour chopped out (much of it by studio exec demands), so it wouldn't surprise me at all if the full director's cut (if we ever get it) is more coherent.
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