January 15th, 2008

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Sweeney me

There's a hole in the world like a great black pit
and it's filled with people who are filled with shit.
And the vermin of the world inhabit it.

This past Sunday, a bunch of us headed out to see Sweeney Todd. For some reason, it was deemed acceptable that we catch the 10:20 showing, which in my opinion is an ungodly hour for a movie on a Sunday. Not to mention that I think it's actually against the law the see a Tim Burton film during the hours of daylight. It just dosen't seem right somehow. If you can't manage a midnight showing then it should at least be after sunset. I managed to stagger my way there on time but it was a pretty close thing.

Overall, I liked it a lot. I had never seen or heard Sweeney Todd before, other than a snippet on NPR sung by Angela Lansbury. I went in with some amount of trepidation because most musicals either click with you or end up being irritating as hell. Not to mention that George had seen it recently and written a screed about it over the mailing list. He had apparently thought it would make for a good date movie. That might have worked out if he were dating a goth but apparently a flick about slitting throats with blood gushing everywhere and cannibalism didn't put his paramor in the mood.

As for the film, it was just classic Burton. Everything from the gothic setting with the washed out colors to the surreal beach scenes during the song 'By the Sea'. The only complaint that I think George hit on the nose is that the singing was a little lackluster at times. I'm not sure that's due to the voices as much as it didn't seem they were supported enough audio enhancement. It just seemed a bit too hollow in some odd places. The only reason I don't think it's just a voice issue is that I noticed pretty huge differences in a couple of Tobias's songs. In some his voice sounded pretty rich and strong and in others, hollow and weak.

The story and plot appealed to me, though that's probably no surprise. Dark and misanthropic is right up my alley. I've already grabbed the broadway cast recording in addition to the movie soundtrack that Randy got me and I'm looking forward to learning some of the songs. It's not exactly the sort of thing people usually wander around singing to themselves, but I've never quite been like most people.
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Keep your fingers crossed

My new DVD-R drive has arrived from newegg and I'm just finished removing it from its packaging. I'm trying to steel myself and gather my courage to shut down the computer and try to install the thing. If I were a drinker, I imagine this is the point where I'd be downing straight shots of scotch or whiskey as extra fortification. Feh.

Well, if you don't hear from me again for a while, you'll know that my computer is likely borked again. I really fucking hate computers.
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The glass is half full

Sometimes you get the bear
Sometimes the bear gets you
And then there are a few times when you mutually maul one another and both end up bleeding to death in the woods.

If I were to fit this dvd-r installation into one of those three categories, it would be the third. On the plus side, my computer is still working despite my fiddling with its guts. Yay! On the downside, I do not have a working dvd-r installed into my computer. Boo!

I'd never really taken a good look at the enclosures inside my computer, figuring that I would burn that bridge when I came across it. It was thus, with some amount of surprise, that I realized it's pretty much impossible to get crap in and out of the case in the amount of space provided. There were screws actually under parts of the case itself with maybe a quarter inch of clearance. I went at it with a pair of needle-nose pliers from the side for around 10 minutes before I realized that all of my effort hadn't caused it to so much as budge a quarter rotation. So instead of trying to remove the old drive and place the new one in its place, I simply tried to get the new one into another slot. I can only assume that the morons who design computers believe that each person will have their own matter transporter so they can beam components in and out as needed. There is absolutely no frakking way to get anything in there from the back. Even after unscrewing and removing just about anything that looked like it could be moved, it was a no-go. Trying from the front didn't work out any better since it turns out that the dvd-r they sent me is wider than the hole in the front of the case. GAH. I spent a good chunk of time trying to bend and twist plastic to ram it in there to no avail.

For the moment, I decided to put aside the whole issue of getting it into the computer and just make sure it worked. I couldn't get the computer to recognize the drive at first but realized that was because the thing had been set to Slave as default. A jumper switch and it seems to be working just fine. I even test-burned a dvd with absolutely no problems. It turns out that all those coaster issues were due to the drive and not ram after all. The problem I'm facing now is I can only use the drive if I have my computer lying on its side with all of its guts exposed. That's not going to be a good idea in the long term.