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Tonight’s the Night

Posted by Mick on March 1, 2010 – 3:04 pm

I’m sneaking in an early blog today, because my night will be full.  Actually, the entire week will be full.  There’s something every night this week, if you count work on Wednesday as “something”.  I certainly count it as something, just not something good.

Today, I’m at my day job, but I’m not really teaching.  I’m sitting in our Mentored Learning room, acting as a Mentor.  In Mentored Learning, the students are working on self paced independent study versions of the classes.  The lectures are on video, they have their books, and we provide them with access to labs.  My function, in theory anyway, is to provide assistance with the courseware on an “as-needed” basis.  This works really well for the students who are taking classes I teach.  The students taking application classes, or DBA stuff, or (worst of all) Developer classes?  They can bring their questions to me and I have to track down someone who can answer them. 

Sadly, the only ones who typically ask questions are the ones I can’t help.  The students studying the courses I can help with don’t ask enough questions.  This means I’m relegated to sitting here watching them, providing tech support and a sort of clerical function checking them in and out.  It’s a bit frustrating, because I actually enjoy teaching.  This is part of the job, though, so I do it as best as I can.  I was raised to take pride in my work.

I try to be my best.

Speaking of being my best, I’ll be heading off to the gym again today.  I didn’t go as much as I wanted to last week due to the weather and work and a few events, and it looks like I’ll miss a few das this week.  Today may be my only chance until the weekend, it’s a busy week, so I’m going to hit it hard.  I want to get some benefit out of going, and I know that if I fail to go often enough, I’m just wasting time.  I’m already beating myself up for not going yesterday, but there was writing to be done, and a Richard Boone movie too.  What’s a boy supposed to do?

After the gym, I’ll head home, shower, throw on some clean threads, and head downtown to the Alamo for Music Monday.  Tonight, we’ll be treated to what I consider to be one of the finest concert films of all time, Rust Never Sleeps.  A solo/acoustic set from Neil Young, a live electric set from Neil Young backed by Crazy Horse, roadies dressed like jawas, it’s everything you could ever want.  Actually the documentary elements are not as solid as The Last Waltz, but this is a concert film, and the performances are what matter.

If you can’t make it to the screening tonight, you should go buy the DVD.  Now.

That’s my evening in a nutshell.  Some of my movie geeking brethren will be headed to the IMAX for a sneak of Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland.  There are many reasons why I will not be attending.  When I mentioned that I was looking forward to this film, my friend Geoffrey Glass went in to a 5 minute rant about how he could not care less, specifically citing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Planet of the Apes as reasons why he thinks Burton has lost it.  He’s got a valid point, those movies weren’t good.  Charlie was quite a let down.  On the other hand, Johnny Depp is always worth watching.  Even in the regrettably horrid Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Depp’s performance was brilliant.  I didn’t like the movie, I didn’t particularly like the character, but I liked watching Depp give it his best shot.  I fully expect the film to let me down, but I’m going to give it a shot.

I do not, however, have any wish to see it in IMAX.  I believe IMAX has it’s place – in films specifically made for IMAX.  I do not want to see a feature film in that environment.  I’ve resisted up to now, and enough of my friends have confirmed by expectations that I will almost certainly continue to resist.  The Drafthouse has Sony 4K digital projectors that can do RealD 3D.  I think that’s good enough. 

At least until there’s an Alamo Draft House IMAX.  I’d give that a shot.

I’d even pass on the 3D, to be honest.  I think 3D is really cool for some movies.  Some movies being defined as animation.  I don’t need 3D for a live action film.  It’s never been anything more than a gimmick, and you’re going to have a hard time convincing me it’s ever going to be anything more than a gimmick.  We’ll live through this resurgence of the 3D fad, and then hopefully everything will go back to normal.  I’m tired of 3D, I’m tired of the overuse of CGI, I have no interest in your DBox, whatever the hell that is.  I want a story.  Technology is no replacement for good storytelling. 

This is turning in to a rant, and I’m just not in a ranting mood, so I’m going to call this one completed.  Thanks for stopping by, it always means so much when you drop in and check on me.  Never forget, i treasure your visits.

Be good to each other.

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