RiffTrax Plan 9 Broadcast
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Morning watch, 5 bells (6:44 am)

Last night Lorien and I, her father, Suzanne (a friend), and Ellie and Taylor all drove to Spokane for the RiffTrax (MST3K) live event. Even though, for the west coast, it wasn't really live—it was delayed-broadcast.

Anyway, it was probably the funniest riffed movie I've seen. The jokes came at a mile a minute, and I laughed more in that short time than I have in the past week.

Jonathan Coulton made a guest appearance and played a couple of his songs: The Future Soon, and RE: Your Brains.

There was also a short film at the beginning: Flying Stewardesses. It was hilarious, and (hopefully) will be available on their website for purchase soon!

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Ponyo
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Morning watch, 4 bells (6:18 am)

Last Wednesday night Lorien and I went to see Ponyo at the theatre. It was, like all Miyazaki movies, a great story. I'm just not a big fan of the 80's style animation they always use. The backgrounds are amazingly detailed, stories are inevitably great, but their animation, for me, leaves a lot to be desired. I don't know why they can't step that up like everything else.

Anyway, I saw Ponyo very much as a retelling of Andersen's The Little Mermaid. Last year, when I was in Copenhagen, I took a picture of the famous statue. I also took one of (what I call) The Big Mermaid: check it out here.

It was still a good movie, and if you're a Miyazaki fan I'm sure you've probably already seen it. If not, go, I'm sure you'll like it.

One last thing, though: Was anyone else creeped out by a love story about 5-year olds?

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Office Issues
Morning watch, 3 bells (5:31 am)

My server alarm went off this morning at 4:40, but it didn't wake me up—I was already awake from the thunder of an hour previous, and still hadn't gotten back to sleep.

Anyway, I had to come in to make sure things are working fine. And they are. It seems to have been just a hiccup on the ethernet card, the server was only unreachable for a few minutes, but I had to check. Unfortunately, I didn't get the UP signal from my server monitor, just the DOWN signal. I was sure it was a power issue, but I was wrong.

So I'm at work early with about three hours of sleep last night. I can tell it's going to be a spiffy day.

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