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[livejournal.com profile] hellbob & I got up at 6ish this morning to go shop. We only hit 2 stores, Target & Best Buy, but we got everything we'd had on our list. I got another portable external hard drive for storing my photos. I'm going to take the one I'd been using as my main drive and drop it off at [livejournal.com profile] genevra's house so that I've got an offsite backup of everything I've shot since 2002.
Other than that we mostly got movies & video games that were on sale.
I got Supernatural Season 4 for only $14.99!!! We also got Coraline, The Dark Knight, and Star Trek in Blu-Ray and a bunch of non-Blu-Ray stuff that was cheap. Zack and Miri Make a Porno was only $3.99!
Rick got some flying game for the PS3, and we got Arkham Asylum which he is playing right now. Very pretty.
We met up with [livejournal.com profile] romeoa & [livejournal.com profile] pinkshaya for the shopping, and got some yummy breakfast at Fat Nat's afterward! Nom nom nom.
At that point it was about noon and I really only wanted to just go home and nap. But I went into work instead. I did the same thing I did last year where the minilab was closed for the day, but I went in just to clean my photo machines. Thelma & Louise are all nice and clean now. Hopefully they'll just behave for the holiday season now.
Tomorrow, we help [livejournal.com profile] pinkshaya move & then go out to celebrate LJ-less Curt's birthday.
Are we really only a month from Christmas?
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I have been such crap about updating lately. Sorry. :(

Ok, my life lately...

School. Lots of school. This semester started on January 12th, and I have class 3 days a week. My FINAL THREE CLASSES!!! are Career Planning & Professional Practices, Portfolio Prep/Exhibit, and Graphic Design Problems 2. So this semester will consist of mostly getting my portfolio ready for the portfolio show that we will be putting on in May, and doing my part in putting the portfolio show together. Only 3 months. Eeep! And we are the largest graduating class the program has ever had.

What else have I been up to? Well, in the middle of January, Minneapolis was blessed with a visit from our Future Dark Overlord, Scott Sigler. He's a podcaster who got a book deal after releasing his novels as free podcasts, and hit the NYT bestseller list with his newest release, Contagious. He is not, however, the Scott Sigler who writes about adult incontinence. At least he claims he's not...
[livejournal.com profile] johnboze picked up [livejournal.com profile] hellbob and I for the book reading, and afterwards we walked a couple blocks to Old Chicago for beer with Scott. A good time was had by all. :)

On Friday the 23rd we had our holiday party for work. Free dinner at Lord Fletcher's. Yummy!!! And, as always, my co-workers were fun to hang out with!

Saturday of that weekend was the annual holiday party/white elephant gift exchange with the geek friends. Too much yummy food!

[livejournal.com profile] hellbob and I took off from there to go to see some bands at O'Gara's Garage. [livejournal.com profile] ninja_tech & [livejournal.com profile] floppycorpse met us there. (Yeah, you all were wondering about the subject of the post, weren't you? Sorry. I just couldn't resist!). We had all missed the 1st & 2nd bands, and got there just as Mass Drastic *MySpace Link. Music will play* was setting up. They played a great set, and I still want them to put out a CD! After their set we listened to a little bit of the next band, but we were all just too tired to feel up to staying. What can I say? We're old! We did chat a little bit with MD's drummer Jim and his family. Hi Jim! Hi Jim's mom!

This last Wednesday I got to MonkeySit [livejournal.com profile] technomonkey_m & [livejournal.com profile] gigglemonkey_b for a while because [livejournal.com profile] genevra had a meeting at her house. I took them to McDonalds so they could run wild in the playland after eating. I do still have the CUTEST niece & nephew in the ENTIRE WORLD! Even if [livejournal.com profile] gigglemonkey_b did tell me she doesn't like my scarf. :)

This weekend was mostly lazy. We went to lunch at Jun-Bo for Dim Sum with LJless Jeanine & LJless Curt today, and then to see The Wrestler. Good movie. I really need to get out there to see some more of the Oscar nominated stuff though.

So that's what I've been up to lately. Also, I ♥ my iPhone! And since I've got the iPhone I'm on Twitter a lot more now. So if you are on Twitter too go ahead and follow me. If you can't figure out my username there you really haven't been paying attention, have you?
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Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] killerweasel for pointing out this link!

You can download 10 of the Sundance short films for free from iTunes HERE. I'm not sure, but I'm guessing it's US only though.
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Bruce Campbell is doing a promo tour for his movie, My Name Is Bruce.

From his site: Hey, folks, here are the tour dates and venues for My Name is Bruce. Barring union strikes, hurricanes, flat tires or diptheria, I will be personally appearing at each of these cities to introduce the film and do a spirited Q&A afterward. Please bear in mind, this isn't a "signing," so I recommend that the only thing you bring is your smiling face. I will be doing the 3 major show every day - roughly the 7:00, 9:30 and midnight screenings I look forward to seeing you all there!

The cities, dates, and times are HERE.

His Minneapolis dates are Dec 5-7 at the Lagoon Theatre. [livejournal.com profile] hellbob and I have our tickets already for the Sunday, Dec 7th show at 7pm.
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I'm done w/Guitar Hero for now.
Now I am watching James wander around in boxers & a tank top! Amazon delivered my copy of the Shadow Puppets today. I'm not expecting it to be a great movie, but you can't go wrong w/skimpily dressed James Marsters!
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Kevin Smith just had a new movie greenlighted by Harvey Weinstein.
It is called Zack and Miri Make a Porno. As a complete whore for anything Kevin Smith does I was pretty much guaranteed to be excited about this anyway, but there's one bit in the article that totally makes my inner fangirl go nuts:
Because the story unfolds during a snowy Minnesota winter, Smith plans to film "Zack and Miri" there in February (although, Smith jokes, global warming may force him to shoot at one of the poles).

Kevin's coming back to Minnesota to do a movie! No one has been cast yet.

LATimes article

Full article under here )
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So, weekend is over. I'm back at work. Bleah. 

Our party on Saturday was wonderfully crowded and folks seemed to be having a good time. 

OK, here's the list of who all came and I hope I'm not forgetting anyone: [profile] akdar, [personal profile] genevra, [profile] gigglemonkey_b, [profile] technomonkey_m, Cousin Dave, Don, Julie, Dalton, Halle, [profile] kaldeth, [profile] kalfoley, Anna, James, [profile] shrique, [profile] mhuot, Erik, [profile] gunthar, [profile] gingerpook, [profile] davidkingsley, [profile] kditzy, [profile] boliviafang, [profile] irishdragon, Mark, Darek, Nissa, Jeanine, Curt, Steve, Tammy, Ted, Emily, Dwan, Jennifer, their three kids, [profile] geohard, [profile] realsarah,  Chewbacca!, [profile] lucky13charm, [personal profile] michaellee, [profile] jmanna, [profile] mle292, and [profile] vanaabegra. I don't think I forgot anyone...

There was TONS of food and plenty to drink. We now know that [profile] boliviafang can exist outside the presence of the Nibleys. We did indeed weep pitiously a couple times at their absense, but then [profile] boliviafang & I toasted them with the yummy French cider that had been sent home from Chicago with me. 

The fire pit wasn't the usual draw that it is because of the chilly weather. WTF? We've had October BBQs that were warmer! 

Then on Sunday [profile] hellbob & I went to see 28 weeks later. Fun movie. NOT a zombie movie! It is a disease/outbreak movie regardless of how zombie-like the infected are. 

Now that the house is clean and we have chairs for our dining room table it is time to start having folks over for dinner and game nights! 
I think a Killer Bunnies night should happen in the near future. One where everyone already knows the game so we don't have to spend time teaching. :)

We are 2.5 weeks from Vegas! Yay! I'll have to send out an email to all who are going to get details settled on who is arriving when so we can arrange to get folks checked in and stuff. 

Some sad news. Chiana has to go to the Mac doctor today. She won't run off the power cord and the battery doesn't charge. This is the same problem that was repaired last October so they'd darn well better have a warranty on the part & repair! Grrrrrrr.
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So, who wants to go with me to a movie about a font?
The Walker Art Center is showing the film Helvetica next week!
And yes, this news did excite me! I'd wanted to see this movie.
And yes, it is an entire movie entirely about the font Helvetica.
I'm not the only font dork in the cities though because they sold out two screenings on Thurs, May 31st already and added a 3rd for Friday the 1st.
I have two tickets. Who wants the second one?
Friday, June 1st, 7:30 pm
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Hey [livejournal.com profile] chebutykin, this movie, Fido, has your name written all over it!

Trailer here
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This was just posted on Whedonesque by Joss himself earlier tonight.

SATIN TIGHTS NO LONGER. Joss will not be fighting for our rights after all.

You (hopefully) heard it here first: I'm no longer slated to make Wonder Woman. What? But how? My chest... so tight! Okay, stay calm and I'll explain as best I can. It's pretty complicated, so bear with me. I had a take on the film that, well, nobody liked. Hey, not that complicated.

Let me stress first that everybody at the studio and Silver Pictures were cool and professional. We just saw different movies, and at the price range this kind of movie hangs in, that's never gonna work. Non-sympatico. It happens all the time. I don't think any of us expected it to this time, but it did. Everybody knows how long I was taking, what a struggle that script was, and though I felt good about what I was coming up with, it was never gonna be a simple slam-dunk. I like to think it rolled around the rim a little bit, but others may have differing views.

The worst thing that can happen in this scenario is that the studio just keeps hammering out changes and the writer falls into a horrible limbo of development. These guys had the clarity and grace to skip that part. So I'm a free man.

Well, sorta. There is that "Goners" movie I can finally finish polishing, and plenty of other things in the hopper I've wanted to pursue. I'm as relieved as I am disappointed, and both of those things lead to drink, so that's a plus. Truly, you may be hearing some interesting things brewing in the coming months. But all potential jets therein will be visible.

But most importantly, I never have to answer THAT question again!!!! And you don't have to link to every rumor site! Finally and forever: I never had an actress picked out, or even a consistant front-runner. I didn't have time to waste on casting when I was so busy air-balling on the script. (No! Rim! There was rim!) That's the greatest relief of all. I can do interviews again!

Thanks for your time. You are the people who make the world go 'round. Or, no, science does that.


ps All right, it was Cobie Smulders. Sorry, Cobes.

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If any of y'all on my friends list are near Austin, TX and want to be in a movie, here's info from [livejournal.com profile] poyboy on a casting call for extras:

Jay & Mark Duplass finish up shooting Baghead in Bastrop tomorrow (I think) and move to Austin proper. They've sent out a call for extras for their Sunday shoot. They need extras to fill out a "film festival audience" at the Arbor Cinema from noon to 4:30. If any of you Austin readers have time, please come on out. It'll be fun, trust me.

Information below...


ATTIRE: CASUAL (no corporate logos please)
DATE: 10/29
SHOOT DURATION: ends 4:30pm or earlier
LOCATION: Shoot at Regal Arbor Cinema
9828 Great Hills Trail, Austin, TX 78759

I-35 go North
Take the US-183 N exit 240B to Research Blvd - go 4.3 mi
Take the exit to Capital of TX Hwy/Great Hills Trail/(TX-360-LOOP) -
go 0.3 mi
Continue on Research Blvd - go 0.7 mi
Turn left at Great Hills Trl - go 0.2 mi
Arrive at Regal Arbor Cinema At Great Hl
9828 Great Hills Trl, Austin, TX 78759

Feel free to spread the word. They need about 150 people and I think they've only got 40 now.
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I don't wanna go to work tomorrow! Why can't I just be independently wealthy and live a life of leisure?

Tomorrow is likely to be my last day down in Shakopee, if B. comes back to work. It will be nice to not have to drive that far, but I will miss the windows, and the company.

Went to Snakes on a Plane Friday night. It was a blast! It actually ended up being better than I expected. [livejournal.com profile] hellbob & I saw Descent today and it was ok. It didn't suck, but it wasn't really good either.

The Pink Bridesmaid Dress of Dooooooom is impervious to Rit dye. I tested a sample, and even soaking overnight in straight dye it was still pretty damn pink. *sigh* So, Labor Day weekend I will be shopping, and I won't stop until I have a dress suitable for hanging out w/James Marsters in a tux!

[livejournal.com profile] hellbob colored my hair for me tonight. I haven't seen it in natural light yet. It is either kind of burgundy or possibly a bit reddish. My hair will be a frizzy bitch for the next few days though because all the wonderful conditioners & such that you put in your hair w/today's dyeing kits strip out all my natural oils and so my hair frizzes like I'd shampooed it or something. But, in just over 2 weeks it should be looking good for the California trip!

Well, off to bed now so I can be all rested for another fabulous day at work! Yay!
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The UPS guy knocked on my door yesterday with an Amazon package. I hadn't ordered anything...
Turns out that [livejournal.com profile] genevra took advantage of my wish list (it's over there, on my links list, the one that says buy me stuff...) and got me the movie Jeffrey for my birthday! I love this movie! And it has Patrick Stewart as a gay interior decorator named Sterling.
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I know y'all are asking yourselves, "What's a HellZiggy been up to lately?"
You have been asking that right? right? You cry every day that goes by without me posting, don't you?
Good minions! Scooby snacks for all of you!

So, my life lately...

Last Tuesday was the Superman Returns preview night. We met [livejournal.com profile] stark0228, [livejournal.com profile] cajones, [livejournal.com profile] chebutykin, [livejournal.com profile] vorrant, [livejournal.com profile] romeoa & [livejournal.com profile] cleo at Old Chicago. Lots of good conversation and good food. Hard cider on tap too! Then we were off to the theater for the movie. It was just not a comfortable theater though. By the end of the 2hrs 45 min I was more than ready to stand up and stretch. I liked the movie. Visually it was gorgeous. Storywise, it was ok. Not great, but not bad.

Thursday I went to Landroval Studios one day to be an extra on Midnight. I was a filthy peasant! And there was a beheading in the town square. Even though there was a lot of sitting around waiting, it was a much more pleasant way to spend the day than at work!

Friday night we went to dinner at Big Bowl with Becky, Tyler, Jeanine, Mark and [livejournal.com profile] lucky13charm. Yummy yummy food! Then it was off to see Superman again. It was much more comfortable this time. I even managed to get a 20 minute nap in...during the movie...

Saturday [livejournal.com profile] hellbob & I headed on up to his dad & step-mom's cabin with Jeanine and her beautiful dog Zoe to celebrate dad's birthday. We stayed until Sunday afternoon. There was a wonderful boat ride on Saturday night and dinner at the restaurant on the lake. Jeanine and I also played quite a few games of 10 Days In Europe. It's kind of an addicting little game.

Monday was a work day for me, but then the KalFamily came over in the evening and we had porketta for dinner and committed random act of bunnycide.

Tuesday I went on into work for 4 hours of overtime. Then, after coming home and napping for a while we headed to [livejournal.com profile] mhuot & [livejournal.com profile] dragonsden's house for their annual 4th of July party. This year was the first time we'd made it. Their front yard has an AWESOME view of a local fireworks show. True to her name, the fireworks made the [livejournal.com profile] gigglemonkey_b giggle. The [livejournal.com profile] technomonkey_m, however, did not like the loud noises.
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[personal profile] genevra had babysitters last night so she came over with Chinese food and Underworld:Evolution. Wow. That movie just wasn't very good. But it was oh so pretty. I'm glad I never spent money on it though!


May. 22nd, 2006 01:49 am
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It was a good weekend.

I got outta work at 1:00 on Friday and saw the aforementioned snakes. Then, Friday night, [livejournal.com profile] hellbob & I headed over to the KalHouse where [livejournal.com profile] lucky13charm joined [livejournal.com profile] kaldeth, [livejournal.com profile] kalfoley, GirlChild, [livejournal.com profile] hellbob and me for a game of Killer Bunnies with the new pink booster cards mixed in. I drank some Strongbow Cider while playing and it was yummy. 'Twas a late night though.

Saturday started with meeting Darek & Nissa at Southdale to see The DaVinci Code. All four of us had read the book and the movie was a pretty good retelling of it. Nothing wonderful, but nothing horrible either. We chatted over coffee for a bit after the movie until it was time for us to head to the Mall of America for dinner.

[livejournal.com profile] freyjakj was going to be in town for 3 days and so it was determined that for fitting as smoothly as possible into her schedule that we'd do dinner at the MoA. We had decent food at Ruby Tuesday's. Much like the movie, nothing wonderful, but nothing horrible either. I got to spend pretty much all the time we didn't have food cuddling little Mr. [livejournal.com profile] technomonkey_m who was a perfect angel. [livejournal.com profile] hellbob claimed custody of Ms. [livejournal.com profile] gigglemonkey_b who lived up to her name. I had finished knitting a nano sock for [livejournal.com profile] freyjakj that I was able to bestow upon her in person instead of mailing it! It looks a lot like this one that I made for [livejournal.com profile] lucky13charm. I also acquired [livejournal.com profile] dakegra's Moleskine for the Magnificent Moleskine Migration.

After the mall we headed home and when the KalFamily and Mark all got here we trekked through the backyard, through the gap in the hedge, and into the land of Tiki!
Our neighbors, Steve & Tammy, were having a party. We ended up hanging out there until the weeeeee hours of the morning.

Today was Lazy Day. I didn't even shower until about 5 pm and that was only because we were headed back over to Steve & Tammy's for dinner to help them eat up the party leftovers. Steve had already "found" a copy of last night's Doctor Who so I just confiscated a copy of it. Evidence, don't you know?

Six episodes in. I've used my superior psychic abilities to remotely view British airings of all of them from the comfort of my living room. The episode called The Girl in the Fireplace was just freakin' great. I really loved that one. Especially the line mild spoiler ) I really like this new doctor. I didn't want to because I had liked Eccelston so much, but this new one is good too. As far as the Cybermen go, I really don't know anything of their original story, but this one was good.

And now, as usual, I am awake far too late at night and I'm gonna go to bed now.

'night all!


Apr. 24th, 2006 01:26 am
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[livejournal.com profile] hellbob & I went out to see Slither with [livejournal.com profile] kaldeth (whose face was all bruised from a fight at the jail...)
I have to admit, I don't think I would have gone to this if our favorite Captain Tightpants wasn't in it. It just didn't look like the kind of movie I would get into. I was wrong! I really liked it. It was disturbingly gross in parts and very funny in others, and often the gross & funny just blended seamlessly together. This movie is no grand Oscar winner, but it was a darn bit o' fun! And the song at the end? I just had to get it. It's called "Baby I Love You" by the Yayhoos. Emusic has it. Go check it out!
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I have to write a paper for my Interpersonal Communications class. It had to be a minimum of two pages. Now those of you in school are probably thinking that's nothing.
And in the college level of school it really is nothing.

One small issue with it though.

This is the first paper I've had to write in a very long time. I'd say probably at least 10 years. So even though it's easy, it's still a bit of a struggle. It's about a movie fer cryin' out loud! How tough can that be?

We watched the movie Beautiful Girls in class two weeks ago and now we have to write a paper on a conflict in the movie. I've got it about half written and I know what I'm going to write for the second half. I just don't wanna!

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This weekend flew by...
Yesterday was the bridal shower for Dawn. We ended up spending a good portion of the day over there, but I bailed on going out for drinks. Maybe if I'd had my own car I would have gone for one or two, but I didn't so I would have had to make whoever drove take me home or call Rick to come and get me.

It was nice though. We got to see Dawn & [livejournal.com profile] genevra's high school friend Leigh who I hadn't seen in about 9 years. It was like a really weird flashback though because the basement at Dawn's hasn't changed much since the high school days of hanging out there.

Heck, that basement is the very first place I ever got drunk way back in June of '88. I believe I am the only person Mom & Dad Johnson ever let drink there who was under 18, and that was only after I got my parent's permission and I promised that I would not leave the house even if someone else was driving. I was about a month shy of 18 at that point.

Saturday night was just hanging out at home being a bum.

Today we met Mark for dinner at La Casita and I had a really yummy seafood enchilada. Then we were off to the theater to see Lucky Number Slevin.
I didn't really know anything about the movie going in except who was in it, but it was really good. Lots of fun. Some of the most f'ed up out there wallpaper you've ever seen. The story line was really confusing at the beginning, but it had all these bits that wove together so well by the end. And there were also lots of funny parts.

We'd been joined at the movie by [livejournal.com profile] lucky13charm & her brother Chad. Hey Lucky, I don't know why but I expected your brother to be taller. And he didn't have the beard in that family photo you'd had at work, did he? On Saturday night when I'd been watching tv with Rick I IM'd Lucky but it turned out that it was her brother online. Strange boy. Funny though. Just don't let him near your pet rabbits. :)

I am on vacation this fall from 4:30 pm September 6th thru 7:00 am September 18th. [livejournal.com profile] hellbob and I will be going out to Los Angeles on vacation for part of that time! Yay! A whole week leeching off of [livejournal.com profile] scubagrrl's hospitality. *grin* I have to see what's available for plane tickets from the timeshare since we can use our points to purchase tickets, but I'm thinking that we should fly out the 7th and then come back around the 14th or so. The event stuff wherein I will get to stalk James Marsters & touch him again would go from the evening of the 8th through late afternoon on the 10th. I'm sure [livejournal.com profile] scubagrrl can keep [livejournal.com profile] hellbob amused during that time.

We don't have any specific plans yet. I was thinking that it would be nice to meet up with [livejournal.com profile] anonymous_greg but when I GoogleMapped the city he lives in from Camarillo where we'll be staying I found that it's listed as a 6 hour drive. Uffda!

Also, [livejournal.com profile] scubagrrl, Oxnard is the airport it would be most convenient for you for us to fly into, right? I saw that some flights to Oxnard connect through LAX. Is it worth it to do that or at that point are we just better off flying into LAX and you pick us up there? Of course, if we rent a car the part about you picking us up is a moot point...


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