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July 26th, 2004
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... and busy. Trying to make good use of my last day off before returning to work. Don't have a whole lot of computer time and have a heck of a lot to catch up on.

Trips were good. Came back sunburned from the first and bug-bitten from the second (can't fully bend my right index finger due to a mosquito bite near the joint that has it swollen), and the hiking was grueling as always, but the scenery and the company were inspiring. Got some great pictures and have some writing to transcribe. Got reset somehow into a day schedule -- will have a heck of a time readjusting to my swing-shift job in the next 18 hours.

Went and saw "I, Robot" this afternoon with Rene and Kai. A much better movie than "Chronicles of Riddick." (In other news, water is still wet and a hammer dropped on your foot still hurts.) I'm not certain what it is about the movie that seems to inspire such grumpiness in the apparent minority of folks who have seen it and dislike it -- Will Smith fits pretty well into an unusually serious role; the action flows naturally enough from the plot; and the insulting of the audience's intelligence is kept well to a minimum. It's not a candidate for top 10 best ever, but it's a reasonably solid film for a summer blockbuster.

Also, I <3 my halyn and kadyg, who got along together wonderfully on the trip. Happy birthday to halyn, whose special day tomorrow will be marked by ... um ... my returning to work. ]B=8P

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From:xiphias
Date:July 26th, 2004 07:15 pm (UTC)
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I haven't seen I, Robot, but I would guess that part of the grumpiness comes from the fact that Asimov wrote the original books to be a way for science fiction to move AWAY from action-oriented plotlines into plotlines of pure ideas.
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From:baphnedia
Date:July 26th, 2004 11:01 pm (UTC)
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Glad to see you're back. If you or Kai wind up in Arizona over the next few weeks, give me a hollar. You're a bit too far north for me to drive up on a weekend, though.

Also, I noticed (I know this isn't the place to say such things - sorry), that the forum hasn't been acting nicely lately. If there are any projects that you want syndicated/added/whatever, I can make some space for you on http://www.paradice.net. If you know how to do a site mirror, it'll be simple to get the other pages working, and either playing with SQL or informing the forum members of where they can continue the discussions that were once so active on Tlands. Now, I'm almost done with my internet rounds tonight, and will have to turn in soon, and eventually, I shall see I, Robot, even if the movie sorta/kinda reflects what I remember reading (it was written by Asimov).
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From:necama
Date:July 28th, 2004 12:09 am (UTC)
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So, any good stories from this trip?

As for "I, Robot," what most people who saw it objected to is that it bore very little resemblence to the book of the same name. I've seen the movie, and read the book, and apart from character names, and Asimov's Laws, there's almost no similarity.

But, I like both. The movie was a fun ride. The book was more thought provoking.
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