Aug. 15th, 2010

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I don't normally do weekend recap posts.  Perhaps it's because I'm lazy.  Perhaps it's because I don't think anyone wants to read, "Sat on my couch.  Caught up on my DVR show list.  Took a nap."  Perhaps it's a combination of both of these reasons.

Yep.  Definitely a combo deal.

This weekend, however, was a very good weekend.  It was the type of weekend I don't have very often so I believe it's best if I pay a quick homage to it here for posterity's sake. 

Not necessarily in any particular order:

1.  My older gaming laptop...the one that nearly got me thrown out of Canada...

...that's a long story...border guards thought they found porn on it.  Ok.  It wasn't that long of a story...

...died six month ago.  More specifically, the video card died.  Being a Dell, of course not just any video card would work as a replacement because of Dell's customized heat sink setup. Used video cards priced out over $400 dollars on eBay and I just couldnt wrap my  head around that cost.  So I declared the laptop dead and moved on.  A dead computer, to a geek at least, is never really dead though.  It's "resting".  Occasionally the laptop would return to my mind and I'd ponder and research options.  This is what happened last week when I came across someone else with a related issue that was solved through unorthodox methods.  With nothing to lose, I decided to give it a try.

I tore the old laptop apart, cracked open the video card assembly, and baked it in the oven at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.   Yes you read that right.  I baked a video card.  The scary thing?  It worked.  Worked like a charm.  The laptop works again like a champ.  I renamed it Lazarus for obvious reasons.  The total cost of the repair:  one long afternoon of cussing and 10 dollars for some thermal grease. 

2.  Yesterday I got to attend a very unconventional wedding with lots of good old fashioned conventional love.  Many good wishes and warm thoughts go out to my friend Joe and his new husband Mitchell.  The company in attendance was great.  The cake was good.  Noone died.  I believe that's the recipe of a successful wedding. 

The wedding was casual causal both grooms wore shorts.  I, however, cannot go casual to a wedding.  I tried.  I just can't do it.  However, I havent had occasion to dress "up" in many years.  My day to day work gear is cargo shorts and polo shirts.  I've never been to Denim Hell without a ball cap on.  Not once.  With this in mind, I had to go shopping.

I won't bore you with the details although I have to ask, when did Burlington Coat Factory go ghetto?  Like, big fake gold bling ghetto?  Like jeans with the ass sag to the knees precut into the fabric ghetto?  I used to love BCF.  Finding it all hip hop-tastic was like going back to my grade school and finding it covered in graffiti. 

In the end, I think I did ok.  I was a vision in brown.  A brown vision.  The summer sweater vest...not really a sweater at all...did unfortunately make me look like a big rectangular box in the photos.  So much so, in fact, that I had to go home and take a few other pictures of myself to convince myself I wasnt as broad as a barn door for comparison sake. 

Note to self:  quit bad mouthing barn doors. 

3.  Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.  Go see it.  Go now.  Quit reading Live Journal this instant and go see it.

Why are you still here?  I said go now.  You cant go now?  Fine.  Be that way.  But go see it when you get a chance.  Definitely the best movie I've seen this year and easily fitting into my top 5 movies ever.  (Sorry Steel Magnolias. You're now number six.)

Just how good was it?  Within one hour of seeing the movie plans were already in place to see it again this week.  I NEVER see movies twice in the theaters.  EVER.  This one I can't wait to see again and I can't wait to see it in BluRay on the Danieltron at Morning Glory Circle.  There's so much going on On-Screen it's should almost be mandatory to see it a second time just to read all of the hillarious captions.

Seriously, lines so quoteable it's "Girls Will Be Girls" level of awesomeness.

I'm pretty sure that's the highest level of praise I can ever give a movie.  Yep.  Just checked.  That's my level of Oscar:  Girls Will Be Girls levels of awesome. 


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