Wednesday, July 11, 2012

It looks like I will be only putting up one post this week. Many things have been afoot at the homestead and I've just not been able to pay any attention to the internet. I'd probably just take the summer off if I were being smart about it, but I'm not, so here I am.

It’s been hot… We had an incident and I’ve been living without AC since Thursday of last week. It’s true, I’m now dealing with the heat just like 99.999% of all humans that have ever lived have done. I’m probably not going to get a lot of sympathy from many people about this. But 100 degree temps outside have meant 100 degree temps inside - well, it might be 105 inside, it's like a greenhouse in here.

If there is a plus to this, it’s that our ice cream didn’t have such a hard freeze when I pulled it out of the freezer, if was perfectly creamy, so that’s good. Also, the family huddled around the small portable AC unit we borrowed and placed downstairs (where part of the home is below grade and we hoped it would hold the cool air better) and played The Settlers of Catan. It’s kinda like monopoly, but with a set of rules that makes it much, much, more difficult to establish dominance. Anyway, it’s a cool game. We tried to play Xbox some - my wife has been enamored with the Assassins Creed games for a long time, but she’d only watched the commercials and never tried to play. So, we started to play but the Xbox kept crashing, it would work fine just long enough for us to get into the game before it would crash… Some investigative work by me determined that the crashing thing started about the same time the Air Conditioning unit went out. But again, creamy ice cream. It was magical.

 I was going to continue with the Higgs Boson stuff I brought up last week. Mostly because I was surprised at the number of people that commented and were unfamiliar with it, or why its discovery would be a big deal. As Andrew alluded to in his comment, scientists are sure they’ve found something (not just experimental error), and they have no idea what it is that they found, however, it just so happens to be right in the spot they were expecting to find the Higgs Boson. I did some looking and found another video – this one is an awesome cartoon that gives the best 2 minute lecture I’ve ever seen on Quantum phenomena. They deserve an award.

*Edit* This is the wrong video... I created a whole new post to share the correct one. Sorry about that.*

 I did see Spider-Man last weekend – holy wow! I did not have great expectations and so I wasn’t prepared, it blew my doors off. I’m going to watch the Rami versions again to see if I still hold my opinion afterwards, but I left the theater thinking this new one was way better than any of the other versions. I read the comics when I was a kid, and have them all as PDF’s now (ahem... totally legal) and while there were tons of changes to the origin story from what I remembered, if felt way more like Spider-Man than I thought a movie could. I tip my hat to this film. Well done. I can’t wait to see how Gwen Stacy’s story plays out, especially seeing as how she was kinda absorbed into the Mary Jane character in the Rami films, I wonder how confused fans would be if they saw certain elements of Gwen in future movies that they saw with Mary Jane in the Rami film, especially the first one.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Dude, I feel for you on the no air! (Even if the ice cream just right.) Why does it only happen when it's the hottest outside?
And Spiderman was all kinds of awesome. Really liked his snark - more like the comic books.

Huntress said...

oh, heck. My sincere condolence on the loss of AC. I know people managed w/o it and still survived. But back before electricity they had more trees and less concrete. And lived in caves *G*

I wasn't interested in Spiderman until reading your review. *note to self: must check this out*

Tonja said...

I think I'd be going to a hotel. I hope the weather eases up a bit.

Anonymous said...

I love the Higgs Boson cartoons and these are actually some of the better ways to help explain stuff like this. This is truly a very exciting time we live in!

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I hope that your a/c position changes soon. I hate to see you suffering this summer (or anyone for that matter who has been hit hard by storms). I too enjoy Settlers of Cataan. It's a great, quick game. Please don't get heat stroke or anything like that and try to stay cool. *hugs

Briane P said...

I used to be anti-AC but then I got old and also had to wear a tie to work, so now I'm pro-AC, at least when I have to look like an adult. I sympathize with you.

As for the Higgs Boson, what DIDN'T get lots of play in the press was Cornell's announcement that probably the CERN people were jumping the gun on this a bit and that there are at least two other explanations for what they found, which is kind of significant because the measurements for the Higgs Bosons that CERN found don't actually match up with what was predicted, because what CERN found was lighter, so now they think there might be LOTS of Higgs Bosons instead of just the one and you know what I think about all this, right? I think it's another brontosaurus.

PT Dilloway, Superhero Author said...

I remember being without power for 2 days back in 2003 and how annoying that was. For almost a week would drive me crazy. But at least you have some amount of power, which is good.

Everyone says the new Spidey is great, but whatever. I think it and the Nolan Batman movies benefitted from having a previous version of the franchise already existing. It's probably easier to improve on someone else's film than to start from scratch.

Andrew Leon said...

Settlers is a great game! We have expansions and stuff.

My Spider-Man review is going up for Friday. I'm more ambivalent about it; it's not the Spider-Man of my childhood.

Sorry about the a/c. I've gone pretty much my whole life without one, though, including summers for 27 years in Louisiana, so, yeah, empathy but no sympathy.

PT Dilloway, Superhero Author said...

BTW, I almost missed this entry because it didn't have a title. The bar on the right side of my blog only listed the blog title which was yellow. Then I saw the last updated time and it was like, WTF?

Jay Noel said...

We had so many people around us with AC issues, since they ran for two weeks straight in our recent heatwave (just broke Monday).

I hope you got it fixed.

I still have yet to see Spider-Man!

Donna Hole said...

My ice cream melts almost as soon as I pull it out. And I have a/c, but it runs too long and doesn't cool well. But, at least I have it. Poor dude.

yes; I'm still reading. Sorry, I had to take a couple weeks off for other things.


S. L. Hennessy said...

I so agree about Spider-Man. It blew me away, and it was so much better than the Rami series, which disappointed me somewhat. Score one for Spidey.