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Posts Tagged ‘about freakin’ time’

Mr. Hamill Is On Line Two, Mr. Iger

October 30th, 2012 No comments

Holy. Shit. Disney acquires Lucasfilm, sets Star Wars Episode VII for 2015.

Can we please have the original Original Trilogy now, Mr. Walt?

At This Moment, This Is My Favorite Thing In The Entire Universe

November 3rd, 2009 No comments



(Ask for it by name!}

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I Voted

November 4th, 2008 No comments

My polling place is considerably more crowded than usual. The excessive amount of democracy has caused a corresponding drop in the oxygen level, and I’m pretty sure that prospective voters will start passing out around 9:30 am if they don’t prop open a door.

That said, it only took about a half hour to vote, most of which was spent carefully darkening circles on the ballot–to ensure that I didn’t accidentally vote for Ralph Nader–and reading the needlessly obtuse referendum verbiage. (Actual question: “Shall the limiting rate under the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law for the Champaign County Forest Preserve District, Champaign County, Illinois, be increased by an additional amount equal to .02% above the limiting rate for levy year 2007 and be
equal to .0919% of the equalized assessed value of the taxable property therein for levy year 2008?” Fuck if I know.)

As I took my voter form to a charming African-American poll worker, I thought to myself about the remarkable nature of this day. The span between Martin Luther King having a dream and millions of Americans marking a ballot to elect our first black president seemed simultaneously a few heartbeats and far, far too long.

I went back and darkened in my circles a bit more, as I listened to a parent with a gaggle of children in tow explain the voting process, and a couple of first-time voters struggle through the ballot questions. And after I’d deposited my completed form in the electronic scanner and received my “I Voted” sticker (which today I wear with pride), I felt for a moment that maybe all the nonsense of the past two years had been worth it. Perhaps this crazy democracy works after all.

Get back to me about it tomorrow.

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Death Star Diary: Day 6

September 22nd, 2008 No comments

9:30 am: It’s Sunday morning, but there’s no day of rest for the wicked!

10:05 am: Here’s the first stage of the superlaser cannon. It would’ve taken less time to finish if I hadn’t erroneously used the crucial spiral gear piece on the handle of the trash masher mechanism back on Thursday. In the instruction book illustration, I mistook it for the intended hose piece. Thankfully, I remembered using it previously.

10:28 am: Again, I take my hat off to the Lego designers. The big dish is initially built as sixteen hinge pieces with various plates attached.

10:40 am: Goodbye, Alderaan!

10:40 am – 1:05 pm: Even a Sith Lord’s gotta eat.

1:35 pm: I guess that this is meant to be a repair shop. The knob underneath the table controls the gantry in the hangar bay below.

2:00 pm: After spending 15 minutes searching for a tiny angle brick amongst the diminishing parts piles, I decide to write it off as a loss and fetch a replacement from my storage closet. Yes, I am a cheater pants.

2:19 pm: I really like this scaled-down version of Darth Vader’s personal fighter.

2:20 pm: Here it is hanging from the gantry.

2:37 pm: This control station literally controls the superlaser cannon on the deck below. The station turns to pivot the cannon assembly, and the knob raises and lowers the dish.

2:40 pm: Assembly is getting much faster now. I’ve sorted the relatively few remaining parts into individual piles, making it easy to locate the pieces I need.

3:17 pm: A lever beneath the deck causes this pair of turbolaser cannons to pivot in tandem. A control knob on each cannon raises and lowers the guns.

3:50 pm: Almost there…

3:55 pm: Governor Tarkin’s conference room. The table top lifts up to reveal a secret weapons storage space. Just in case Tarkin needs to shoot a recalcitrant admiral.

4:05 pm: Almost there…

4:12 pm: The central elevator seems a bit less elegant than the rest of the model, but I guess it’ll do. The large knob on the wall lowers the platform.

4:20 pm: DONE!

4:21 pm: Hey, what are these bits doing on the floor?

4:22 pm: Crap! I pull out the elevator car and add the missing end caps.

4:24 pm: DONE! REALLY!

Elapsed Time: 18 hours, 40 minutes.

Current Page of Instruction Book: 260 (of 260).

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A Red-Letter Day

February 11th, 2008 No comments

Years of hopes, prayers and human sacrifices have paid off: Chick-Fil-A has finally come to town! A Chick-Fil-A Express opened this morning in the basement of the Illini Union.

Anticipation never tasted so good.

Surprisingly, I am NOT in this suit.

About Effin’ Time

December 19th, 2007 No comments

Yesterday, New Line Cinema and Peter Jackson announced that they have buried the hatchet Sword That Was Broken and are proceeding with plans to make the film version of The Hobbit as well as a sequel to be named later. I think it was inevitable, as New Line was soon going to lose the rights to Tolkien’s books. Besides, making a follow-up to Lord of the Rings without Jackson’s involvement would’ve been just beggin’ for a public ass-whoopin’.