Monday, October 31, 2011

Real Steel review

My wife and I went with friends to see Real Steel the other night.  WOW!  This was a movie that pulled you and rewarded you with an awesome story and incredible action.

Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) is a former pro boxer who is trying to make a buck in the underworld of professional robot boxing.  His lives going from town to town finding a fight, praying for the one that is going to get him to the pro circuit, but never quite getting anything to work out for him.  One night, as he is running from another bad bet, he is told that his old girlfriend is dead. Only problem is that he abandoned her and, Max (Dakota Goyo), his eleven year old son years ago.

What happens next is pretty predictable, but the path we follow for that formula is so far from what we are used to.

I would describe Real Steel as a hybrid of Rocky and your typical Father\Son movie.  However, I have to tell you, this movie has you cheering for the fights and getting emotionally involved in the life of Max and Charlie as they spend the summer together fighting robots and being together.

Personally, this was a great movie and by the end I was left wanting more.  More fighting, more of Charlie and Max, more of Bailey (Evangeline Lilly) and Charlie.

Will they make a sequel?  Most likely, there are plenty of story lines to pursue, and I am looking to forward to what they will be doing with it.

Is it worth it?  Most definitely!

-- TT

Friday, October 28, 2011

Happy Birthday Lady Liberty!

125 Years ago today the French gift of what has become generally known as "The Statue of Liberty" was completed on Bedloe's island in the harbor of New York City.

I visited NYC a few years ago and shot quite a few shots.  A first I was disappointed that the sky was overcast, but then I realized that it reflected the mood of the world, and that the light of liberty still shine even when the sky is dim.

For the story of what it took to get her built and set in place, go to this webpage.

Happy birthday Lady Liberty!

May your light continue to shine for generations to come.


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A view of a geeks office...

A client I recently worked with had an awesome office.  I walked in and he and his office mate had  Mario-themed decorations on the wall, and there was a Master Chief collectible action figure on a desk.  But the big surprise was the bookshelf with Dunnies and other collectibles, and the drawer chock full of Diet Coke.  A sure sign of the presence of a master geek or two if I have ever seen it!


Monday, October 24, 2011

The benefits of this job...

Sometimes there are really cool benefits to the job I have.  A few years ago I did some work for the Black & Decker Corporation.  I spent quite a few hours on their campus training their admins and configuring their systems.  All in all I counted it a great experience.  But the benefits were awesome that trip... Full access to the employee store (all products at 50% off), a guided personal tour of the R&D area, and a chance to put my hands on an actual NASCAR race car.  B&D owns Dewalt so they have the car and the trophies on display in the lobby.  I had this taken for my records.  My only regret?  I couldn't get in it.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Which button is go?

I checked into the hotel this week and needed to warm something up real quick.
I bend down and hit the button to open the microwave door, place the item in there, and then start to hit the microwave.  Wait, which one is start?

I look at the panel and apparently this hotel in the middle of the United States has a huge population of French speaking visitors, either that or they bought the cheapest units they could find on that truck that stopped out front.

Never did figure out which button it was.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Again with the obvious signs!

I recently attended a conference and they provided breakfast every morning.  I had to laugh as I read the sign for the hot dish we were served...

Egg and Cheese Muffins (May Contain Nuts)

I'm sorry, how did the nuts get in there?
Did the chicken eat them and leave them in the eggs?

This is as bad as the Low carb bacon.


Monday, October 17, 2011

Somethings just can't get a break.

If you are a regular reader you may remember the previous post I made regarding a car at the office that took a beating from a hail store a while back.  Well, that car just can't catch a break.
The car in question
Not long ago I had to drive it out of town, and took it home the night I returned rather than going to the office and then driving home.  So the next morning I go out the garage door, load up and start to drive away.  Halfway out the driveway I realize that I have not closed the garage door, and I do not have a garage opener in the car either.  I put the car in reverse, back into the driveway again, put it in park and get out to close the door.  I had no more than entered the code then I hear a strange noise and turned to see what is going on.  I see the door coming down, and the car is stealthly rolling UP the driveway and aiming for the garage door.

This takes skill!
Jumping into the car, I slam on the break and put it back into park, but not before I hear that sound a driver just hates to hear... Crunch.  I pull the car forward (this time being treated to a sickening scrape sound) and check out the damage.  Fortunately I had replaced the frame of the garage door with vinyl so there were only scuff marks on the frame.  However, I somehow had dented the body without breaking the tail light.  The only other damage?  A scuffed bumper and my pride.

Some things just can't catch a break.

-- TT

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Oops, sorry

Soory for the lack of post today.  Client needs delayed me. I will be back on schedule Monday.  See you then!


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Random Pic - 4 (bonus round)

More pictures from the "I take strange pictures" bucket.  The first is little scene in the front of my house.  I thought the weeds actually made this work.

The second?  Well, I will leave you to decide what this is.  Leave a comment below with your thoughts on what it actually is. ;)

Monday, October 10, 2011

What happened to "100% Maple Syrup"?

The other day we celebrated a family members birthday. We have a tradition in this family that the person celebrating their birthday gets to pick what is cooked for the meal.  We have had hot dogs, steaks, Mac & Cheese, and so many other strange things.  This time the meal of choice was waffles and bacon.  A meal I could really get into.  Everybody had good 'ole Mrs. Buttersworth on their waffles, but for the birthday person there was Cracker Barrel Syrup.  Sounds great until we looked at the label closer...

Wait, that's not 100% Maple Syrup, it's 55% Maple Syrup and 45% Cane Syrup!  Must be a problem with the trees drying up or something. Time to form a group to save the maple trees!

After all breakfast isn't the same without syrup, right?


Friday, October 7, 2011

Cult of Done

If you have never heard of the Cult of Done Manifesto then this post may be of benefit to you.  I have a problem with procrastination myself.  If given a choice between getting something done and relaxing, I will go to the relaxing in a swift second.  However, over the years I have found that the best way to deal with the problem is to just do it when it comes up. 

It drives my wife nuts when I will walk into the kitchen and suddenly wash knives or put things away. I find that the best way to get the little things done it to do them now instead of putting them off until later.

Then I found the Cult of Done Manifesto.  Now I can put my approach to dealing with issues quickly to words, and I get it.

How do you deal with the detritus of life?


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Random Pic - 3

It's Wednesday.  In most of the northern hemisphere it's getting colder.  What would you rather be doing about now?  Not working is a common answer.  Thought I would post a picture from the summer that will help you stay warm for just a little while longer.

Took this as a one shot while I was at the nearby park last summer.


Monday, October 3, 2011

San Diego Sea Lions

No, this is not some new team playing in San Diego, this is all about he sea lion population in San Diego.  The Mrs. and I took a trip on the SEALs while we were in San Diego last year. (Same time frame as the Comic-Con post).  This was a great ride and we saw some incredible sites from both the water and the land.  We were also privy to the conversation of the gentleman behind us who apparently thought it necessary to impress the young lady with him and make up information as we are moving around town.  Our favorite was the one where we were floating past the Navy aircraft repair station and this gentleman leans over and tells his girlfriend, in a conspiratory tone, "Too bad they don't fly on Sundays." Not 2 minutes later we hear the roar of not one but 4 F-18s taking off from the station and flying out to sea.

But I digress.  The most interesting natural site we encountered was when we pulled up to the floating bait boxes in the bay.  There are several companies that have large containers chained together and floating in the water.  These containers have live bait fish in them for the local fishermen and charter boats to use for thier operations.  These containers look like a platform to stand on, but apparently the sea lions feel they are perfect for sunning themselves as well.

Now there seems to be no lack of sea lions in the San Diego area, and they have certainly found themselves a place that is out of the way.  But they also seemed to be pretty comfortable with the boats coming up close to the containers.  We had one particular sea lion who was posing constantly and never stopped while we were in the area.

Take some time out of your busy schedule and take a ride on the SEALs while you are in San Diego.  One word of caution for you though.  Dress warm the breeze out on the water is pretty chilly even on the warmest days.