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Sunny days!

It's sunny and warm and bluesky today. I like it! Spring and Autumn are my favourite seasons. I like April and October the best.

I have a feeling this will be a bit of a rambling update since I haven't posted in a while. But I haven't posted in a while because life has been good lately without anything really remarkable happening.

They "upgraded" our workstations at work to Windows XP. I can't stand it. There are so many helpful (read: annoying) features that I can't figure out how to turn off (stupid Alt-Tab task-switching window with damned little application-window-preview-images that just slow everything down grr), and they seem to have concentrated so much on making everything prettier that they forgot to make sure it was actually better. The only thing I like about it is ClearType. I wish that would get ported to Windows 2000.

My birthday is in a week and a half (next Saturday) and I will be turning 23. Wow! We will be in Florida (more about this below) then, so mangofandango and I will be having a little celebration this Saturday on our own. I want to have Chinese take-out and rent a movie or perhaps go to Providence and see "Bend It Like Beckham" at the Avon if the weather is nice.

From Friday morning next week until Wednesday night after that, we are going to be in Orlando, Florida with my parents, my older brother and his fiancée, my little sister, and my little brother. We are staying at the Disney World resort and getting a park-hopper pass so we can try all the parks there. I've only ever been to the Magic Kingdom before, so it is exciting to be able to go to other parks! Plus I am looking forward to the Wild Nightlife at Pleasure Island! But I hope I do not grow donkey ears!

I will be sure to take a lot of photos to post when we return.

We are watching the director's commentary track of Fellowship of the Rings. It is quite enlightening and interesting! However since I am not a movie-maker I do not understand why the scenes in the movie are shot out of chronological order when it doesn't seem like they really need to do it that way for locational reasons or whatnot. I guess once I am a famous director I will understand!

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cassiggity
Apr. 10th, 2003 12:49 pm (UTC)
Happy Early birthday :)

I think they tried to make XP idiot proof - I hate how, when you go to shut off the computer, they have the big baby buttons and "Turn off" "Restart" like I didn't know what that stuff meant without colorful buttons to tell me. Although the fade-to-gray thing is kinda cool (when ya shut down the comp)... I used Windows 98 until August, when I got XP. We partitioned my hard drive so that I could have both... what a mistake... I never used 98 and it just made my computer uberslow...

So, since it's already slow as a mofo, I'm gonna put linux on it this summer and just be the coolest person ever.
rfreebern
Apr. 10th, 2003 01:58 pm (UTC)
I have one Win2000 computer and one Linux computer. Hah! And soon I am going to put together a massive fileserver and replace a lot of the hardware in these two boxes because they are massively outdated.

But I will NEVAR upgrade to WinXP on my home computer! NEVAR!
isquiesque
Apr. 10th, 2003 01:58 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
(...in advance, in case I foget)

Also, it's beautiful here today, too. Sunny days are indeed nice.
rfreebern
Apr. 10th, 2003 03:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Happy Birthday!
Thank you oh most isquiesque one! I am glad you are having a nice sunny day too!
jrw
Apr. 11th, 2003 07:41 am (UTC)
Shooting scenes out of order
>I do not understand why the scenes in the movie are shot out of chronological order
> when it doesn't seem like they really need to do it that way for locational reasons or
> whatnot.

It's always for reasons of efficiency, for the larger reason of staying on budget. You
group all scenes with certain actors or certain locations. Locational reasons does
have a lot to do with it; I'm not clear why you got the impression that they don't. All
scenes shot outdoors at a real location are done separately from the shooting
done inside studio sets, which naturally breaks things up, and then you have to
imagine that the order in which outdoor stuff is done is arranged for logistical
efficiency rather than story-chronology. And then you need backup plans in case
of poor weather, so that you can always be filming something.

For studio sets, soundstages are large, but not large enough to hold every standing
set at the same time, so they have to be assembled, used, and then disassembled
to make room for the next set or set of sets. Some require more construction time
than others, or more space, and all of this is worked out on a schedule that makes
the most practical sense.
rfreebern
Apr. 11th, 2003 08:32 am (UTC)
Re: Shooting scenes out of order
I was thinking in terms of the Fellowship commentary. Peter Jackson I think said something about how the scenes at Weathertop were nearly the first things they shot, which seemed kind of like an arbitrary place to start. I'm sure I would need to know a lot more about the schedule to understand why they did it that way.

I would like to see the shooting schedule for a movie (preferably one I've seen, so I can compare it to the finished product in my head) sometime just to see how it's planned. That seems interesting.
popeyechicken
Apr. 11th, 2003 01:15 pm (UTC)
Ok
I'll talk a look at that cut thing. Thanks -B
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