I finally saw Star Trek a couple of days ago. My friend Jem and a couple of others went to see it this past Thursday. I think we were four of the fifteen people in the theater.
At first, I was rather skeptical, especially about the casting since I found out that Chris Pine had been given the role of Captain Kirk. In this generation where movie remakes usually suck, I really wasn’t expecting much.
It was okay. Although I have to admit the most convincing character in the movie was Spock. Zachary Quinto was a good Spock – probably because he was able to work alongside Leonard Nimoy. I had a bit of a problem with Hikaru Sulu because I kept thinking of Harold & Kumar whenever I saw John Cho on screen. Chris Pine was an okay Kirk – I’m happy he didn’t imitate William Shatner’s speech pattern (the frequent pauses).
Overall, I was happy with the film. The script was pretty good. There were a lot of funny parts, and it was decent for a movie remake. The film isn’t bad, but it isn’t spectacular either. I’m not sure if the hardcore purist Trekkies would appreciate it, though.
Now I’m going to see if any of these area rugs catch my fancy.
I’ve been wanting to go shoe shopping for a while now. My last shoe purchase was a pair of yellow wedges, and that was a couple of months ago. I really really want a nice pair of pumps or heels now.
I’m a bit of a footwear addict. I think I got that from my mom. My mom and I can spend so many hours just choosing shoes. Back when I was preparing for a good friend’s wedding, I remember that my brother was so frustrated when I spent hours selecting the right pair of shoes for a wedding.
The rainy season is coming soon, so I’m thinking if it would be the perfect opportunity to purchase a pair of boots. I’m also thinking of taking up running or a form of exercise, so I’m wondering if it’s time to get a pair of running shoes as well.
Anyway, I’m going shopping with my mom soon, so I guess I’ll think about the shoes on shopping day itself.
I’m currently waiting for a call from my church to find out which small group I have been placed in. I’m looking forward to it.
But I’m bored. I’ve started looking at table covers. Random, yes. My former employer used to do a lot of trade shows, and we were assigned to look for necessary materials for their trade show exhibits, such as table top display.
I really don’t miss it at all. But looking at these materials just gives me a small jolt of nostalgia. Strange.
It’s 11PM and I’ve spent most of the night playing Audiosurf.
Last night, my older brother introduced me to the game, Audiosurf. Audiosurf is a rhythm puzzle racer game. The player chooses music, and navigates the “car” through the track, hitting colored blocks which appear in sync with the music. There are 14 available characters, divided into three difficulties. Each character has its own unique ability. I’ve only been able to play the Mono character for each difficulty level, and the Pointman in the Easy level. The car in the image above is the Pointman.
It’s actually rather interesting, because instead of being totally dependent on the difficulty levels that the engine provides, it will still always depend on the beat of the song you’ve chosen. I’ve played songs which I found somewhat difficult because the track appeared to hopping up and down (because of the drum beats) while I was navigating through it.
Audio-Surf.com is offering a free demo for users who want to try it, and you can buy the game from Steam for about $10.
It can get boring if you keep playing it for hours without stopping, but it’s good when you have nothing better to do.
I’m off to learn how to build gazebos in The Sims 2 now.
This has not been a good week, and I blame it on PMS. Today has been especially annoying, since I woke up with a painful zit on my chin. I hope things start looking up.
Apart from that, Aja shared a link to a blog post about how book importation has somewhat been halted in the Philippines for the past few months. This has gotten me even more irritated at our Bureau of Customs. This just proves how unfair and corrupt the Philippine government is.
On a lighter note, I have gotten into a fuck yeah! tumblelog phase. I’ve created three fuck yeah! tumblelogs. If you’re a fan of any of these people, please follow the tumblelogs I’ve created for them:
Now I have to abandon the Macbook and go check out my desktop computer, because my little brother has somehow destroyed my The Sims 2 installation and I have to fix it. Don’t ask me how he did it, he seems to have a knack for destroying computers within twenty minutes of contact.
Anyone want cheap birthday supplies?
A lot of my friends constantly remind me that Norway (and Sweden) are the metal meccas of the world, but I never knew that they had a decent collection of singer-songwriters as well. I’ve been downloading a lot of them lately, and they’re pretty good. Not spectacular, but still good to listen to.
First is Sondre Lerche. I haven’t had the chance to listen to Duper Sessions, but I have given his old albums a listen and they sound great.
I’ve also started listening to Maria Mena. Her albums have been collecting dust in my computer for about eight months now, and I regret to admit that I actually forgot about them when they finished downloading. I like her music so far, and I love her voice.
When I was in my early teens, I was a huge M2M fan. I wasn’t heartbroken when they disbanded (because I was a bit turned off when they recorded a Mandarin version of some of their songs). When Marion Raven came back on the scene, I wasn’t really impressed with her music. But recently, I found out that Marit Larsen has been back for about four years – although she’s with a Norwegian label instead of an international one unlike Marion Raven. I really like her music now, since she seems to know how to use her voice properly. And she performed at the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. How cool is that?
I remember listening to Lene Marlin’s song Sitting Down Here, some years ago. I didn’t know it was her, then. I’ve listened to her new album, Twist the Truth, and it’s really nice.
There are a few others such as Ingrid Olava, Thom Hell (really good), Elvira Nikolaisen, and Thomas Dybdahl. I haven’t listened to them much, except for probably one song each.
Going to look at outdoor dining sets now.