October 15th, 2001



Iron Monkey was very good. I haven't watched any "old school" martial arts movies for a while, it was fun.

One gripe: I HATE when they speed up the action. I know, I know, it's actually slowing down the camera, shut up. I'm tired of trying to explain it to people that don't know, so I just generally say "speed up the action". Anyways... it annoys the fuck out of me. I have no problem suspending my disbelief about things like them running across walls, or jumping 30 feet in the air, or using his sleeve as a battering ram and smashing through walls... that's fine. But when they speed up the action, everything speeds up, so it just looks silly. When Neo moved faster in The Matrix, everything else moved slower, which is as it should be. That worked. Speeding up everything is just silly and bothers me. The actors they use have freaking phenomenal amounts of skill and agility, there's no reason to not let them show off what they can do at normal speed - or slightly faster speeds. Doing it so it's fast enough that you notice the difference is annoying.

Agree? Disagree? I don't care, it annoys me, and if it doesn't annoy you, light your hair on fire. If you're bald, like your pants on fire. If you're bald and nude, and you still persist in insisting that it's ok... well, this time you're off the hook. But I've got my eye on you, [mister|missy], so no more of that tomfoolery or you'll really get it.


I've got a bunch of mail filters running in Pine, and apparently I forgot about some of them... went through and found several imap folders I had been forgetting to check for a few months. So far today I've probably removed 4000 emails from my imap spool, maybe more. Probably hit the 5000 or 6000 mark by the time I leave.

Movie previews

So before Iron Monkey last night, they had a preview for the upcoming Jet Li flick, Crouching Matrix, Hidden Highlander... er... I mean, The One.

Looked sort of fun, but can you say derivative? Apparently not only can they say it, but they make it a way of life. Mix in matrix-style action, with a multiple dimensional sliders idea, where each time he kills himself in an alternate dimension he (and the remaining versions of himself) go through the quickening and get their powers ala Highlander. And, for kicks (bad pun, sorry, it wasn't originally intentional) throw in a Hong Kong action star who has moves like you wouldn't believe but speaks english like a 3 year old, since we're looking for pure action.

Shake well.

What do you get? The One.

Still, it looks like it'll be a lot of fun, although I'm worried my brains will melt from watching it.