Monthly Archives: April 2005


We went to see Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy last night with Steve and his MENSA moving group.

I never read the books … and when I watched it on PBS, I gave up quickly because the production values were so low (really bad props & special effects and pretty marginal acting, IMHO).

The movie certainly had far better production values … and was pretty funny, but seemed kind of disjointed to me. From what I could tell, they took a bunch of sections of all the book and stuck them together in a bit of a hodge-podge. There were also a lot of important elements that they used but never explained (Towels, in particular … and the “Peril Sensitive Sunglasses” that Ford & Zaphod wore).

I did laugh a lot … but only at the individual gags … the movie lacked a cohesiveness that I would have liked.

Clean-fuel tax breaks

Automakers on Wednesday praised President George W. Bush’s call for incentives to boost sales of energy-efficient vehicles, saying the tax credits would help drive more of the technology into the marketplace.

Automakers support clean-fuel tax breaks

Ok, this probably the FIRST thing he’s done that I agree with.

It feels wrong, and I suspect there’s going to be some twist, but I’ll endorse the idea for now.

Grey Gibbs drives the Grey Ghost

Ok, he’s not THAT grey … just a bit ’round the temples.

Ginny and I went down to my folks house for dinner last weekend.

Of course the first thing he wanted to do when we arrived is take the new Escape Hybrid for a spin around the block.

I think he was impressed … although he admitted to being a bit disconcerted when he put the car in gear without the engine running, and pressed on the accelerator … and it moved. He did like the smooth transition from electric to gas engines.

Although I don’t need my father’s approval … it’s nice to have.


Dammit … why did they cancel Star Trek: Enterprise?

This last season is the best one they’ve had yet.

I just watched In a Mirror, Darkly – Part 1 and loved it.

Even the opening sequence was reworked … and it a really good way (I was swearing at the Tivo, however, because it was glitching at that point … need to open it up and check the hard drive).

Scott Bakula did a fine job as a hard-ass Archer.

This last season has done a good job of establishing some of the canon from the original series and the movies.

I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that they have some veteran Trek authors writing the stories … I’ve always enjoyed Judith Reeves-Stevens & Garfield Reeves-Stevens books.

Weather Report

[A] bill, introduced last week by Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., would prohibit federal meteorologists from competing with companies such as AccuWeather and The Weather Channel, which offer their own forecasts through paid services and free ad-supported Web sites.

Palm Beach Post — Weather info could go dark

I wonder if this bill would make it illegal for us to look out the window to see if we need an overcoat or sunglasses?

I guess it was just a matter of time before the weather got political.