New Year’s weekend

Hope everyone’s having a good New Years weekend. Mine’s been pretty quiet so far, but am planning on hitting a rave tomorrow night, hopefully that will be pretty cool.

Other than that, not a lot has been going on recently.

Time travel

If anyone ever tries to tell you that time travel is impossible, tell them to start looking into their family history.

After the family reunion of my dad’s side of the family that we had while on vacation, I got to talking with my mom about the genealogical records we had lying around the house. I’d looked at them a few years ago, but was interested again after seeing just how much family I actually had that was still alive and kicking. So, while I was over at the folks’ house for Christmas dinner, I grabbed the box-o-documents that we had, and spent about five hours last night going through it.

This stuff is just fascinating! While many of the branches peter out eventually, we’ve got one line that can be traced back to Richard Warren, who came to America on the Mayflower, and was the twelfth signer of the pilgrim’s compact when they arrived. I’ve also found records of ancestors who were in the Revolutionary war, homesteaders moving across America, soldiers in the Civil war…tons and tons of stuff. Really neat, and I’m hoping to be able to use some of the resources I’ve found on the ‘net to start filling in the blanks.

If all goes well, I might even be able to start finding a way to put some of this info up on my website here — the casual visitor may not be to interested in investigating it, but family members might, once I get it up. Woohoo! Another project…just what I need. :)

Congratulations Kevin and Emily!

I’m really not supposed to be doing stuff like this at work, but I wanted to put this up as soon as I heard.

I just got a visit from my dad, and it seems that my little brother (not that little anymore, he’s 24, but he’s still my little brother) proposed to his girlfriend Emily last night on Winter Solstice — and she accepted! The marriage won’t be for a couple of years, as Emily is going into the Peace Corps for two years, but I understand that they’ll be getting married once she gets back. Wow…. So, congratulations to my bro, Kevin Hanscom, and his lady love, Emily Shroyer — I’m looking forward to the wedding.

So…does this mean I might be an uncle in three years or so? ;)

Mononoke, eye candy, and John Doe

Well, seeing as how my life has one very happy coincidence that payday and video release day both happen on the same day every week…Tuesdays are my usual day to go out and get movies. Picked up quite the trio today, too. Here’s the scoop:

Princess Mononoke: A very impressive anime film that was released in Japan in ’97, and just hit the U.S. this year. I’ve never been very big into anime — I enjoy it, but there’s very little of it that I pick up — but even without seeing it, the unanimous good reviews that Mononoke got were enough to get me to add it to my collection. I just got done watching it, and was quite impressed — a good choice for my third anime DVD. Breathtaking animation, a very well-written story, and if you choose the English dub, a great translation by none other than Neil Gaiman. Well worth it, I’d say.

The Cell: Okay, okay, so if you take the time to really study it, it’s not that great of a movie — a contrived and predictable plot, with acting that occasionally has a tendency to push the limits of medocrity. However, for someone like me who’s always been fascinated with movie effects and visual work that veers towards the darker side (H.R. Giger and Dali are two of my favorite artists) and good audio mixing, this movie is an absolute treat to watch. Visually astounding every time you enter the dreamscapes of the characters, and an aural experience that is as much a treat for the ears as the visuals are for the eyes. Now, if only that much creativity had been put into the plot….

Se7en: While David Fincher is one of my favorite contemporary directors (he’s the director of Se7en, The Game, and Fight Club), I’d yet to pick up this movie, as the only edition out until today was a early “flipper” disc — the movie broke in the middle, and you had to flip the DVD to the second side to finish the movie. Well, thank goodness for New Line, because today marked the release of an incredibly extensive 2-disc special edition of Se7en — disc 1 for the movie and four commentary tracks, and disc 2 for a ton of supplementary material. This one will take hours and hours for me to go through — just the kind of release I like!

So, that’s it for this week. Between those three, and working my way through season 2 of the X-Files, I’ve got enough to keep me a couch potato for days lined up. Too bad I’ve got this silly thing called a job to get in the way…ah, well — since it’s the job that lets me indulge my movie collection, I guess I shouldn’t whine too much, eh?

[From Usenet: 12.19.00 0228]

[Note: This was originally a post to the alt.culture.alaska Usenet newsgroup. I’m including it here for completeness. Originally archived here.]

Hey all –

Just a quick note that I’m working on starting a new website tracking local Anchorage musicians, who’s playing where, things like that. Features on the site include a calendar of events, downloadable .mp3 files of some performances, and a BBS. I’m mainly focusing on underground/alternative stuff, from punk to rave to urban, but tend to wander all over the place depending on what information I get to post.

Feel free to stop by and take a look sometime…

http://djwudi.dyndns.org/akevents/

Thanks! :)

Mulder, Scully, Carey Grant, and Max Schreck

Just thought I’d put up a quick note of the new movies I picked up this week…I may start doing this from time to time as I add to my already extensive collection. This weekend I picked up two that had come in while I was off on vacation, then one today that we rarely get into the store, so I figured it was worth grabbing when it showed up.

X-Files: Season 2: I’d never seen any of the X-Files until just a few months ago, when I picked up the Season 1 box set purely on the strength of what I’d heard people say about it. Have to say, I’m glad I did…one of the few downsides to my policy of not watching television is that I do occasionally miss out on a show really worth watching, and X-Files is definitely one of those. I got really sucked in to Season 1, and the show just keeps getting better. So far I’m 4 episodes into Season 2, and realizing that I’m going to have to wait until March for Season 3 is really starting to hurt.

His Girl Friday: This has been one of my favorite classic comedies for a long, long time. This adaptation of the play The Front Page with Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell moves at a mile a minute, and is absolutely hilarious through and through — this is one comedy I’d recommend without reservations to anyone. Just make sure you can listen quickly, this is one of the fastest moving films I’ve ever seen.

Nosferatu: This is the one that I grabbed on a whim, as it doesn’t appear in the store very often — the original 1922 version of the classic horror film Nosferatu. This is almost a legendary adaptation of the Dracula story, and I’m currently really looking forward to the upcoming film Shadow of the Vampire, a highly fictional (but fascinating looking) account of the making of Nosferatu, starting John Malkovich and Willem Dafoe. If you haven’t seen previews for this one yet, track them down….

And that’s it for my post-vacaition binge…thank goodness I get paid on Tuesday, there’s another good batch coming in then!

Back again

Okay…back again, new and improved. Or something like that.

Got in (late…damn airlines) from my vacation last night, and am currently enjoying my last actual unscheduled day, as far as I know. I may not be on the schedule at Suncoast this weekend, but this being the Christmas shopping season, I’m not betting on that, and just working on the assumption that this is my last “day of rest.”

Vacation was great. Saw tons of family, got to hit some clubs in the states (man, does Anchorage bite!), hung out with some friends who’ve already made it down to Seattle, and generally had a very nice time. I am so looking forward to moving out of state next year — didn’t really want to come back from Seattle, but somehow I didn’t really think that either my jobs or my roommates would appreciate me just disappearing like that. Damn responsibility…when did I have to grow up?

In any case, I’m about to head out and pick up the X-Files Season 2 DVD set and spend the evening vegging in alien land. What fun, what fun!

Quick update from Seattle

I’m actually still in the midst of my vacation, but while sitting here at a friends house checking e-mail, I figured I might as well take the opportunity to get a little updating done here. If nothing else, just to get something changing on here to assure people that I am alive, and have survived my travels so far.

I’ve stripped out the last of the manual updates from this mainpage…from now on, all updates and archives of old posts should be handled by this CGI script — assuming I’ve got it set up correctly.

Which may be a pretty big assumption…we’ll see.

In any case, I’m back in town this Thursday, so things should start getting back up to speed sometime around then. See you all soon….