North Carolina

Well I hope everyone had a great Christmas, I know I did. I totally dig North Carolina. I think I might move up there in the next few years. Homes and property are really inexpensive compared to some areas of the country. Plus the area has a great deal to offer – the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area has a great deal of culture mixed with a touch of country, a perfect mix in my book. I could have sworn the entrance to a Whole Foods near N.C. State was actually a transporter to the Whole Foods in San Francisco. The same cast of characters was there, hippies, dreds, tattoos, and dyed hair. Neat. The Research Triangle area offers tech for geeks like me, and it’s only a 12 hour trip 9.75 hour trip from my house on the beach in Destin.
On the side, my Z4 performed exceptionally well on the trip up and back. At 85 mph she feels like 45, at 100 she feels like 80, and at 106 mph on I-10 at 2am, she feels, well, just plain fast! I also learned a valuable lesson – that little yellow dot by the gas gauge means your almost out of gas, time to pull over. Ugh. I’d rather not go into the details. 😯

Batman Begins

Product Image: Batman Begins
My rating: 5 out of 5

People told me this film was good, but I was skeptical. Bruce Wayne meets Mr. ‘Governor of California’ Freeze ruined the series for me a long time ago. Turns out the luster is back in this film. In short, this movie kicks ass. It’s on DVD, I’d suggest you go rent it. Five stars.

Review: Grandaddy

Product Image: The Sophtware Slump
My rating: 5 out of 5

(Reposted because I somehow deleted the original in WordPress last night)

I originally heard a snippet of the band Grandaddy through a cool little video by Stewart, originally forwarded to me by my buddy Steve. Something about this video featuring Grandaddy’s ‘Jed’s Other Poem’ struck my ol’ internal college radio chord. On a whim I decided to take a chance and pick up the album, The Sophtware Slump, and I’m really glad I did. Grandaddy’s music is beautiful, fun, melodic, and emotional, very analog, and a wee bit digital. That probably doesn’t make much sense, unless you own the album. The music reminds me a little bit of Ween’s The Pod, although it’s much softer, more acoustic, much less caustic, yet has the same feel. Scotch Gaurd bongs would certainly feel right. Suffice it to say Grandaddy sets a mood, and if it’s the mood your in, it’s perfect. I highly recommend TSS. I haven’t checked out other albums by Grandaddy, somewhere down the line I’m sure I will. In the mean time, The Sophtware Slump will fill a void in my music collection I never knew I had.

Here’s a nice review of Grandaddy on Epitonic.
Here’s Grandaddy’s MySpace site.

Review: Prey

Product Image: Michael Crichton's Prey
My rating: 5 out of 5

I happened to notice this picture on My Yahoo! this morning of a swarm of birds over Milan. It reminded me of the Michael Crichton book Prey. The book was ripped apart a bit for not being accurate by the scientific community, but this doesn’t mean it’s a bad book. Quite the opposite in fact. It is science fiction after all, who said it has to be real? Anyway, when I read Prey this spring I found it to be a real page turner, highly recommended.

The Sex Lives of Cannibals

Product Image: The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific
My rating: 5 out of 5

Hillarious. Two kids who leave it all behind to work on a obscure little island in the middle of the south pacific. This is a really great travel book. Lite, fun reading. Troost’s sarcastic wit will have you smiling from cover to cover. Although sometimes you wonder if his jokes mask a true contempt for the islanders of the Republic of Kiribati. Highly recommended.