August 27th, 2007

Q - Major Boothroyd (James Bond)

SPECTRE of the past...

Courtesty of shelleybear over at bondfans comes this interview with Paul Haggis. Apparently Bond 22 will begin 2 minutes after Casino Royale ended and will maintain the edgy quality about the character that was so lauded in the previous film.


Fine by me. Casino Royale was to my taste the best of the recent Bond films (possibly the best since On Her Majesty's Secret Service), and I am quite eager to see the character developed in this path. Of the post OHMSS films, the one I felt closest to the Fleming feel was The Living Daylights, and I enjoyed how The World is Not Enough played with the Bond formula, though I am not without reservations about it. Casino Royale managed to slot Fleming's character perfectly into a modern setting, aided in no small part by Daniel Craig having taken the Bond persona and making it his own. He is the first Bond performer that didn't seem to come in the shadow of Sean Connery.

Okay, so a lot of people seem to be confused as to what Microsoft bribing Paramount over to exclusively producing HD-DVDs means.

Yes... it does prolong the format war somewhat, though not as much as people seem to think; Paramount initially stated they would be releasing on HD-DVD and loosened up to admit a few Blu-Ray releases. No, it doesn't mean the death of optical discs... if optical discs are slated to die (and they may well be), this isn't going to be the cause of it. What it does mean is that the price of the equipment will plummet even more than they already have.

The doom and gloomers seem to forget that there was a format war for every video format... VHS vs. Beta, laserdisc vs. CED Videodiscs (video on vinyl), DVD vs. DIVX. If one format is destined to win, it will eventually (and the VHS/Beta war proved that it isn't always the technologically advanced option that does). If not, combo players are coming down in price as well.
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Gromit (Wallace & Gromit)

Bones to pick...

VOICES IN THE ETHER
Art's screening went rather well. I've been in films before, both mine and those of others. While seeing and hearing oneself on screen can be a bit odd, and it can be quite shocking to see yourself looking much younger than you've gotten used to seeing yourself. However, hearing my voice (altered as it was) coming out of a cartoon character's mouth was definitely one of the strangest experiences in my life.

You can read more about the project or watch the short at Art's website. I play Capricorn, the leader. One would think that as the leader I would have had more lines. So there it is, then. Art says that this burned him out for the moment and that he isn't about to start a new one anytime soon, even though he clearly sets up several sequels.

MORE VOICES IN THE ETHER

After having a relatively disastrous first experience with Bluetooth with the short-lived Samsung phone, I paired up the Motorola headset with the Sanyo and it was much better. Some people were complaining about the ambient sound, however, a problem that is apparently common among most Bluetooth headsets. However, armed with a bunch of Best Buy Reward Zone coupons earned from the recent laptop, wireless router and printer purchases, I was able to get a significant discount on a Jawbone.


So far, it seems to be working quite well. Manhattan is very, very noisy, but I am able to be heard and understood under almost any conditions. In fact, at one point during a conversation with suitboyskin Thursday night, I was at an intersection and two very loud trucks turned in opposite directions, crisscrossing in front of me as I was speaking. I couldn't hear my own voice, but suitboyskin could understand me perfectly.

I keep it in my pocket with the earloop tucked into my wallet; I refuse to walk around with a Bluetooth constantly in my ear like I'm Locutus of the Borg or something. It's a convenience, not a status symbol, regardless of what any mangy fleabag seems to think.

MEME TIME
...yes, I'm a meme whore...

I've been tagged by melancthe to do this:
  • List seven habits/quirks/facts about yourself.
  • Tag seven people to do the same.
  • Do not tag the person who tagged you or say that you tag "whoever wants to do it."

  1. I prefer having several remote controls instead of one universal remote. The universals never support all of the functions I want to be able to use, and the programmable ones never worked that well for me. Instead I have a remote control caddy that I keep all of them in (and there are a lot of them).

  2. I performed as George Washington, the Native American who sold Manhattan for $24 to the Dutch, the Tin Woodsman and Long John Silver in various school plays when I was younger. I also played Kretin from Visit to a Small Planet in a very different interpretation than that of Jerry Lewis.

  3. Tattoos seem to be coming up a lot on my friends' page of late (congrats dollyknuckles, nice non sequiter there, lehah). I have never gotten a tattoo because I have never found an image that I was so taken with I've wanted it permanently emblazoned upon my body. I think it is possible that there may be some subconscious association with tattoos and concentration camp numbers as well, although those postulating that I don't want to get a tattoo for any religious reasons are dead wrong.

  4. My temper has a direct relationship to the amount of sleep I do or don't get. When I'm sleeping well (which is most of the time), I am a very mild-mannered person, and will most often err on the side of prudence. When I am not sleeping well (which is rare, but it does happen), my temper is on a very short leash and I may get angry at relatively minor things. The best thing to do in such a case is to wait for me to calm down.

  5. I do not dance. This is not a moral or political statement of any kind, it is a psychological block I obtained because of my elementary school's torturous annual Dance Festival.

  6. My four years at Tower Records was the best job I'll ever have.

  7. My worldview has changed a bit over the past few years, even though the foundation remained the same. It has become much less politically oriented since I've started viewing people from a more biological perspective. My politics haven't changed much, but my own attitudes about them have. I just can't bring myself to care as much about them anymore.

Since I can't just tag whomever wants to do it: suitboyskin, celisnebula, heybishop, paintedponyxox, mortimusmonk, janetweiss69 and theladyrose... and anybody else who wants to can do it.

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