I finally watched 2008's Get Smart, and while it was a funny movie, I can't figure out how it fits with the TV series. Normally, I'd look at it as a separate entity, but they specifically reference CONTROL fighting KAOS during the Cold War. So CONTROL was definitely active during the series' run, and the museum above CONTROL's HQ is full of the original Smart's equipment. Okay, I can get behind a revamped CONTROL set in modern times. And 99 and the Chief aren't difficult to swap, because their names aren't mentioned. Larabee could easily be a codename, like James Bond.
Carell plays Maxwell Smart in the movie, and some have complained that he played it too differently. The thing is, Carell's Smart and Adams' Smart are two different people. They just happen to share the same name (and that might have been the reason Carell's Max was assigned #88). An incredibly unlikely coincidence? Sure, but it could happen.
What really confuses me is what happened to Hymie. In this movie, lab techs Bruce and Lloyd mention working on "the HyMIE project", and Patrick Warburton appears at the end of the film as the new prototype. The problem here is CONTROL already had a highly-advanced robot named Hymie some forty-odd years ago that they captured from KAOS. Why would they need to rediscover a technology they already studied and benefited from? Did a major catastrophe destroy the original Hymie and all records of his inner workings somehow?
Yes, I know the real reason for Hymie's reinvention was likely just a lazy writer's way to give another character a cameo (and to include Warburton's silky sweet voice), but complaining about it on the internet gives me an easy way to get back into Livejournal.
I'm not sure what happened, but I can't look at any of the data on my 1.5tb HDD anymore. I think all I had left on there was mostly source for my United State of Pop video that I (finally) started a few days ago. In other words, I'm not going to be able to finish that video in time for NDK like I was hoping to do. Of course, my laptop fan has been clicking lately too, so there's a chance the entire computer would have collapsed if I'd pushed it, but we'll see what happens.
My transfer to the Kohl's in Chicago is officially complete. I was expecting an interview, but I guess Kathie did a great job talking me up. Now I've got an apartment and job waiting for me in Chicago, all that's left is to finish boxing up all my stuff (and working on my routine for AX's Last Comic Standing dealie). I'm so excited I can hardly wait to take off!
Let the countdown begin!
My dad just told me that the man who played Captain Kangaroo was originally from my hometown. Granted, I haven't seen any Captain Kangaroo, but it's still cool learning obscure bits of local history.
I just got back from the premiere of The Bill Collector, a local no-budget film that I helped with as a production assistant for one day back in 2008. According to the credits, I was also an extra during the bar scene, but I don't remember it at all. I think I would have remembered a half naked girl dancing around too, but it was two years ago.
Anyway, I think the movie turned out pretty well, considering what they had to work with. A lot of the acting was pretty mediocre, but the lead (Jason Bortz) was fantastic. He totally made me believe he was an irredeemable scumbag, even though the actor himself seems like a pretty cool guy. During the Q&A session after the film, the director mentioned that The Bill Collector is supposed to be one of the first movies to be offered by Google/Youtube's upcoming video on demand service, which is pretty cool. Depending on how much it costs, I might rent it just to see if I can spot myself in the bar.
Rightstuf just shipped the last two volumes of One Piece I ordered months ago! I'll be able to continue in the story soon! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
I also found a cheapish copy of Wicked with the same cover as the copy I lost years ago, so I can reread that soon too! Double woo!
Over the course of today, this computer has crashed four or five times. I'd think it might be because of the movie I'm encoding for source, except I managed to encode it fine last night. I saw it had some weird banding across it though, so I rendered it again with deen commented out, but it barely finished 15% before the whole computer shut down. What's worse is I saved it over the original encode that had actually completed, so I can't just stick with the bandy version. Right now, I'm trying a halfsize mjpeg to see if that'll finish before the power gets cut again. Either way, constant crashy is pretty annoying.
In other news, I watched The Invention of Lying a little while ago, and it was really cute. Ricky Gervais is a funny funny guy, and his lies sparked some hilarious reactions from the other characters. The whole thing had an Idiocracy vibe to it, but with more focus on obliviousness than raunchiness. Gervais's character in this was almost exactly the opposite of his character in Ghost Town. Ed Norton playing the bad cop was my favorite though.
Why the heck did I agree to start taking Art Institute classes before I move? I'm getting sick of these online classes...
Oh well, only two and a half weeks before I get a month or so off.
Later this year I'm driving up to Portland to visit my older sister while I'm still close enough to drive. While talking with her earlier today about what sort of events are going on (so I can have something to plan around), and she mentioned somebody told her
you've got a boyfriend that Owl City is performing in Portland in April. We missed the show when Owl City played down here in Orangevale, so another chance to go see them was a pretty exciting prospect.
I just finished looking at the tour dates, and the Portland show is already sold out. Same with the San Francisco show and the Denver show (in case I wanted to go visit my younger sister). I get the feeling like somebody doesn't want me to see them live...