Category Archives: Chicago

Source Code's Target Audience: Me

Time Travel + Chicago + Jake Gyllenhaal. It makes me feel pretty good that somehow a movie that involved these three things is being promoted as heavily as it is because I would have thought that combining those three things would narrow the target audience size down to 1. Moi.

I mean, let’s just do a quick (abbreviated) recap of Jake G:

  • Prince of Persia – Awesome except for the fact that it was a Disney movie (bonus points for time travel, of course)
  • Zodiac (loved him in it)
  • Brokeback Mountain (haven’t seen, but I guess it won some awards or something)
  • The Good Girl (in which he legitimized Jennifer Aniston)
  • Donnie Darko

Yeah, there were other movies… but the four of those that aren’t based on video games make for a pretty good filmography by themselves.

Time Travel movies I liked:

  • Back to the Future (all of them; classic)
  • Time After Time (not bad, really)
  • Terminator (again, all of them, even the bad ones, and the canceled TV series which was awesome)
  • The Butterfly Effect (Ashton is dreamy, but also, it was kind of good)
  • The Jacket (wicked awesome)
  • 12 Monkeys (one of the best evar)
  • Timecrimes (AWEsome)
  • Primer (modern classic)
  • Groundhog Day (if it counts)
  • Deja Vu (underrated if you ask me)

Others that weren’t that great, but still good cause of the time travel part:

  • Timeline
  • Flight of the Navigator (when I was young)
  • Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
  • Timecop

Throw in TV shows:

  • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (mentioned above)
  • LOST
  • Journeyman (another show canceled just when it was getting good)
  • Flash Forward (dealt with time travel themes)
  • Daybreak (fits in the Groundhog Day bucket)
  • Quantum Leap
  • Phil of the Future (sorry, I liked it)
  • Tru Calling (not great, but good enough)
  • Heroes (which I stopped watching, but I am considering going back to finish since I made it half way through season three; I was almost there)

That’s kind of a lot of good stuff there. Hopefully I won’t get too hung up on the fact that the Source Code is evidently a computer program that allows you take someone’s body for the last 8 minutes of their life… over and over… So, it’s like the Matrix, but for time? As someone who writes code for a living, the movie is just unfortunately titled. But at least it provides for a fun Twitter Meme that probably won’t catch on. And having a bit of Michelle Monaghan can’t hurt.

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3 Things Share

1. Three names I go by
Nels
Dallas
Lars

2. Three jobs I’ve had in my life
Computer Geek in C++
Computer Geek in SQL
Computer Geek in Java

3. Three fun places I’ve been
Val’s softball games
The Internet
Your Mom’s House

4. Three favorite drinks
Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino® Blended Crème
Sprite Zero
McFlurry

5. Three TV shows that I watch (or am looking forward to watching)
30 Rock/The Office/Parks & Recreation/Community
Terminator/Dollhouse/Fringe
Chuck

6. Three Chicago neighborhoods in which I’ve resided
Irving Park
The Villa (in Irving Park)
Independence Park (in Irving Park)

7. Three favorite cuisines
Pizza
BBQ
Thai food

8. Three ways I keep in shape
Try not to eat too much
Walking the dog
Walking other places

9. Three songs that I currently listen to

10. Three things I’m looking forward to
Fantasy Basketball Season
NBA Season
Basketbarcrawl 2010

The Really?!? Weather Edition

Paisaje en la niebla
Image by una cierta mirada via Flickr

I mean, yeah, it’s probably worse in other places than in Chicago, but honestly (as a boy from Portland, Oregon), I don’t think I’ve ever seen this much snow on the ground ever in my life. I mean, really? Really, Chicago weather? Really?!?

We’ve only got 20 more inches (decreasing every time I look outside) to go before we match last season’s snowfall output, and that was a “once every 30-40 years” kind of snowfall. Okay, maybe not that extreme (since the 60’s and 70’s were really bad for snow and Chicago). But if we’re heading for another period like that, I’m going to be about to pitch a fit.

I guess part of my issue right now is the amount of snow actually on the ground. It seems like last year, we at least had some warm-up periods where all or some of the snow would disappear. The past two weeks have been cold enough that the snow hasn’t dissipated at all. So, when that 2-5 inches came last night (and continues to come today), it’s not just like a 2-5 inch snow that you might actually see in Portland. It’s 2-5 inches on the places you’ve already shoveled, but it’s up to close to 2 feet in the unshoveled areas, and even higher when you’ve got the displaced snow on top of the original snow.

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