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June 3, 2009

Up

Well, all I can say is Pixar hit another one out of the ballpark. First of all though, I have to say that Wall-E is still my favorite of them all. Everything from the homages to sci-fi movies of the past, to the almost silent film nature of the first half, and including the underlying environmental message, made that movie very hard to follow up. The opening montage of “Up” was packed with so much emotion and tenderness, showing me all the wonderful things to look forward to in life, but also warning me to seize the day before it’s too late, to be spontaneous with my decisions (which is the theme of this blog, right? :P). There were wonderful sweeping CGI landscapes, completely random, off the wall, inventive, and undeniably memorable characters, a plot that indulged the inner adventure seeking aspirations of our childhood, and just the right amount of humor (I mean, who didn’t think Alpha’s first words were hilarious? I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard in a Pixar movie.). Kristine’s captivated state throughout the whole movie peppered with “Awww,” “Go go go!,” “Nooo!,” “Point!,” “Squirrel!,” and “Gobble gobble” only solidifies and provides evidence of the imaginative power of  “Up.” Although we watched it in 3D, I’d have to say it’s not a necessary feature when watching this movie. Nonetheless, I give this a solid:

A-/A

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habitat for humanity

June 3, 2009

This past weekend, I volunteered for Habitat for Humanity. I had always wanted to do it, but just never took the initiative (story of my life) to do it. Anyway, when Kristine brought it up, it seemed like as good a time as any to start. This particular project was a construction project, and it was more of a remodeling of a deteriorating house. The day’s tasks were basically to put up new siding on the wall (made out of a cement/wood mix) and also to paint. Kristine went with the painting group, while I went with the siding group. I have to say overall the experience was pretty awesome. Sure, it was in some pretty intense Austin summer heat, but I got to meet great people, most notably the self-named “A-Team of Siding,” which included Me, Chong, and Tara. I got to play with a bunch of tools that I have never used before, like the Nail Gun, Cement Shear, Chalk Line and Combo Square. :-P It was like a little boy in a toy shop. I’d love to be involved in another project in the future that is a completely construction of a house from the ground up, instead of just a remodeling project. I’d like to see how a house is constructed.

A Team of Siding