I'm typing this on Mark's computer right now (he's up in Portland discussing a new open-source project with people in Linux) and I feel really relaxed. Which is good, because today was one of those days where I spent all day doing something, and I realized at 4:00 pm, I could have done it a different way and it would have taken me half an hour instead of all day. Grr...
I haven't been posting here much, but that's because I've been totally distracted by Yelp
, this social network thingie where the hook is that its users review everything, from restaurants to random stores. I blame angeeela
for this new addiction. I even got a message from someone I didn't know!
We watched Cars over the weekend. I really liked it, but I didn't love it like I did The Incredibles. It's the most contemporary of the Pixar movies - meaning that they've picked up on Dreamworks' schtick of sticking current pop-culture jokes in there - Schwarzenegger as Hummer,import cars straight out of Fast and the Furious, etc. The story itself is solid; the movie drags a bit in places, but the ending is very, very sweet. For the first half hour, I kept trying to figure out how in a world of cars, things get made - are cars born from older cars? How come they still have wood doors? After that, though, the story sucked me in, along with all the different cars' personalities, from Paul Newman to George Carlin to Tony Shalhoub. It was great.
Oh, and if you watch this, definitely stay for the end credits. The cutest Pixar goodies yet.
In the previews for upcoming cartoon movies, we noticed a trend emerging - animals fighting against humans. Is this a prediction of things to come, as polar bears start to each other
and perhaps may come to prey on us?
Speaking of cars, Mark's latest obsession is car races, specifically the Indy500. He doesn't like Nascar, and insists that they're different, even though to me they both look like cars going in circles for several hundred pointless laps. It's boring. What is the point of going in circles? Where's the challenge in that? Cars, the movie, actually made a Nascar race look interesting for a while, but seeing the live races just don't do it for me. Podcast interview with John Lasseter, animator and chief creative executive at PixarCars Wikipedia page