Sunday, February 24, 2008

eye candy sunday

Liz turns 30 on monday, so we headed out to Camp Lizard last night for a little birthday fun. To ensure compliance with the camping theme, Ollie and I brought our PBR, beer cozies, and s'mores cupcakes--chocolate chip graham cracker cupcakes with toasted marshmallow-y frosting. Yum!

Liz and I have a lot in common, and one thing we both do very well is procrastinate the law school studying with arts and crafts. I knit her up a pair of spanish dancer socks, in a nice bubble gum pink to wear while studying, or not studying.....

and she sponge painted a ton of t-shirts so that we all could remember our awesome camp experience:

I didn't get my leatherworking badge, and Ollie sat out the three-legged race, but we had an awesome night nonetheless. So now the question is, do I study today, or do I get to work on more birthday surprises?

Monday, February 18, 2008

Yep, we bought a beta....

Last week, Netflix sent us an email to let us know that they're switching exclusively to Blu-ray high def DVDs. Now, we all know that economically, it's not a wise choice to shop for a tv two days before the superbowl, but I figured it was completely safe to buy Ollie the HD-DVD player attachment to the Xbox as a Christmas gift. Boy was I wrong. Reuters confirmed it today:

"Sony Corp's Blu-ray technology is close to winning the format war for home movie DVDs after a source at Toshiba said it was planning to exit its HD DVD business after Hollywood studios and big retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. backed Blu-ray."

Anyone wanna buy an HD copy of The Bourne Ultimatum? It's like-new! We're rolling back prices!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

amazing jellies and aging rock stars

Ollie, Emily and I ventured out to the waterfront yesterday to see the U23D show at the IMAX, and to check out the aquarium. While it pales in comparison to the Shedd, the Jelly exhibit was mezmerizing, and apparently, the IMAX is the largest in New England, so that was a big selling point.

I don't really count the
Achtung tour as a concert, I had to use binoculars and really couldn't see A THING. Needless to say, coming home to learn that Bono pulled Shelby Dinwoodie up on stage during mysterious ways really blew the whole experience for me.

Redemption came when we saw them in Buffalo with P.J. Harvey on the ATYCLB Tour. I skipped out of the lab early and we ended up on the floor, at the tip of the heart. It was easily the best live show I have ever seen. Each and every time Bono was anywhere near us, I screamed like a little girl, even as his wrinkles and short stature diminshed the remnants of my school-girl obsession.

It amazes me that Bono can smoke like a chimney, yet still sound like he did when I was 12. The 3D IMAX show captured all that the live show has to offer and more; you're so close you can see minutia like the Edge's cute freckles, and the flat head on Larry's beer. My only complaint, and I mean only, was that while I appreciate the band's fervor, I think that the community experience of a live show really nails home the politically charged nature of the songs and leaves you feeling like you can make a difference. Even on New England's largest IMAX screen and in 3D, the message was lost on me. I guess it just felt sort of contrived. Maybe I'm just too old?

One thing's for sure...we're never too old for Jellies!

more pics here