Maybe Catholics are right — confession IS good for the soul.
Weird day at work. They’re remodeling our building in a MASSIVE way for the next 6 months, and the first wave of the attack begins in about 3 weeks when they destroy my boss’s office. Sure it sounds like fun, right? Nope. He’ll be sitting 3 feet from me after that for about 4 months. It’s okay, though. I can keep an eye on him that way. ;)
I got home from work to find out that our main air conditioner went out today, just 3 weeks after being serviced (and working just dandy ever since). I immediately called the service guy and insisted that he do something about it PRONTO. I live in Arkansas, gentle reader, where it is hotter than hell and twice as humid. It was 100F here today, with a heat index well over 110. Nasty, nasty stuff. At least our bedroom A/C is still working, so I can sleep in comfort. Ah, the joys of home ownership. Will they never end?
Went to see Planet of the Apes today. I give it a B+. First, the good stuff. Visually very impressive. The sets are cool, the spaceships are pretty original designs (what little you see of them), the ape costumes/makeup kicks ass, and the ape city is more arboreal than in the original. The acting is excellent, especially Tim Roth’s Thade (the head bad-ape) and the lovely Helena Bonham-Carter, who remains lovely, even when all chimpy. They obviously spent a lot of time coaching the actors on ape behavior and the results are that the ape characters are sometimes just funny-looking humans and sometimes startlingly simian. They sniff each other a lot.
The bad stuff: iffy science (evolution doesn’t happen that fast, though the modified genetics could account for that some), iffy time-travel, iffy astrospace (“magnetic storms” in space that last thousands of years in the same spot and allow time travel?). So, basically, if you don’t do like me and over-analyze the science part of the sci-fi, you’ll enjoy it.
I had a good birthday. We had fun hanging out and eating Japanese food earlier this evening, even though everyone didn’t really know each other at the beginning. Fayetteville’s still small enough that you can play “It’s A Small World” and quickly find a handful of common friends or acquaintences between just about anyone who’s lived here for at least five years. I posted some photos and some relatively lame accompanying text in Birthday 2001.
Another important thing about the Birthday 2001 section is that it’s my first homegrown dynamic app (even though it’s just a little slideshow-type thing and it’s not fully dynamic) using PHP and MySQL. At work, we use WebCatalog to do just about everything, but with Mac OS X supporting PHP, MySQL, and Apache, I’ve started learning how to code in PHP/MySQL, since Mac OS X is our future at work, and the present of more and more places. It was fun, but I’ll be happier once I get more comfortable with the PHP syntax.
So, it’s my birthday. Tonight, some friends and I are going out to eat SUSHI! (I have to write SUSHI! in all caps and with an exclamation mark — which I generally eschew — because I am deep in the throes of a serious sushi addiction). I’ll be able to document the outing with actual photos because my lovely wife (and her parents) did get me a digital camera for my birthday! It’s a Kodak DX3500, their new entry-level digicam. So far, in just screwing around with it, I’ve taken some decent shots with it. And downloading pics to my iMac is stupid-easy, and I don’t even have the nifty dock thing that they make for it (though it’s now on the short list of things to get). Stay tuned for the pics and details.