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Jun. 4th, 2007

This weekend kept up the "interesting" theme for me. I forgot to mention that Saturday Jack and I went out and got a new laptop!!!! The most basic little MacBook. We're part mac people now, and I think Jack is unhappy about that. But I was going to have GarageBand!! Now I'm all psyched to order a laptop bag. I have my eye on a REALLY fancy one but if you guys have cheaper favorites, let me know.

We drove north to celebrate the newly minted M.D. zenthia yesterday (she rocks!!!), and had a fabulous crab feast despite the rain. I did manage to deeply puncture myself with a crab part, but that's not all, I also ate a Starburst and had it rip out one of my fillings. GREAT! Despite this I had a grand time.

Than Jack & I caught Pirates 3.

The plot was an indecipherable mess. But: Who cares??? It was a whole lot of rollicking fun and I enjoyed almost all of it. I had but one objection (apart from the insignificant bit about the plot, which some of you might find significant) which is that in the little post-credits moment? They could have at least weathered Kiera Knightley a LITTLE bit. Maybe just aged her a teeny, tiny tad? I know how different I look after ten years and um... yeah. Anyways, that was the only thing I didn't like. If you can let go of your need for coherence, go see the movie and enjoy.



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Jun. 4th, 2007 04:08 pm (UTC)
hee hee - misterdarkness had the exact same reaction. Ten years later? Did she find the Fountain of Youth?
Jun. 4th, 2007 04:20 pm (UTC)
Hot damn. You must have a magical gift of making sense out of virtually any plotline. I am now perfectly satisfied.

Although I can't figure out why she didn't just join the crew of the ... whatever that sharky ferrying-the-dead ship's called. Like Bootstrap did (once freed of his obligation). It all seems to have worked out okay given the whole fountain of youth thing but that was quite a gamble.
Jun. 4th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC)
well, for the same reason Jack Sparrow didn't ... the job has its perks, sure, but it's still a job. Immortal but only one vacation day every ten years?
Jun. 4th, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC)
um, don't you have to be dead to be on the crew?
Jun. 4th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
Ah, you may be onto something! Bootstrap's story is a murky mess to me but I think he's still my best indication of how that crew works. So he should have been kind of undead, like all the other naughty coin-stealing pirates in the 1st movie, but then once all the coins + blood were repaid they all became alive and thus able to die so he would have drowned? Except for maybe still being undead due to that whole years-of-servitude thing. So when Will freed Bootstrap, he was just free to be dead rather than spend some ridiculous amount of time on that ship, not free as in "alive again". But instead he chose some undead bonding time with his son. Unless due to his being above water (I think) when freed, he could have remained alive since that was the moment his undeadness might take effect.

Gosh, this is nearly as bad as the endless variations on "Why do some of the people the vampires kill turn into new vampires while others just die?" But it does make me want to watch all three movies again, so well done to the studio there.
Jun. 4th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
ha! that is what i thought too: "gee i should watch the first two movies again." they got me!
Jun. 4th, 2007 10:50 pm (UTC)
d'oh. Forgot the walking dead aspect of the aztec coins from the 1st movie.

On the other hand Davy Jones corrupted his mission - hence the tentacles - therefore when Bootstrap was tossed overboard, he could have been shanghaid by Jones for his crew, undead condition or not.

On the gripping hand, in the first movie, Barbossa describes their undead state as creeping up on them. The curse may not have been instantaneous. If so, when they chucked Bootstrap over, he might well have drowned.
Jun. 4th, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC)
Most characters' motives in this thing were entirely inscrutable to me. Like the major Bad Guy on the Endeavor or the Asswipe or whatever the Navy ship was? Who didn't give the order to fire? What the hell was that about??
Jun. 4th, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that was the really breaking character moment for me. Also, he did nothing with his 200 other ships, and was just sort of cool with dying? What?
Jun. 4th, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
Well, clearly they all had a talk during the Giant Maelstrom of Calypsodeusmachina and decided they liked pirates after all, those cute 'n' cuddly buggers.
Jun. 4th, 2007 09:40 pm (UTC)
Ha! The Asswipe!

I could sort of go with it, even though "fire" doesn't seem like such a hard word to say. He had his Big Scheme and as long as everything was going according to the plan he had made, he got more evil and more powerful. But as soon as something went seriously wrong, he wasn't flexible enough to figure out what to do on the fly so he just seized up. I'm much more like that guy than I am like a free-wheeling, constantly re-planning pirate. Which is why I will never rule the seas, apparently.

I couldn't believe Elizabeth married Will. I got almost exactly no sense that she was that interested in him during this movie and don't recall much evidence from the last one either. Maybe it was just all the adrenaline from the battle.
Jun. 4th, 2007 04:08 pm (UTC)
No way. She had to stay 'hot' for the male fans. You got the never aging hunk pirate elf. I say this tongue in cheek.
Jun. 4th, 2007 04:13 pm (UTC)
welcome to the family!!!
omg you got a mac! i think that is awesome. after nearly using Windows machines almost exclusively from 1995-2001, i switched to mac and don't think i will ever go back if i can help it. not as long as the company is alive! if you ever have questions or need advice, i'm a big ol' mac geek, as is my boyfriend and most of my friends. (this is what happens when one works for apple.) let me know if anything comes up. i have an m-audio thingie hooked up to my mac so i can play my bass right into the computer. :-D
Jun. 4th, 2007 06:07 pm (UTC)
Re: welcome to the family!!!
I was thinking of you when we were in the retail store. It was all very spur of the moment. :) I am very very happy - although why is extra RAM for the thing so friggin expensive? We stuck with the 1gig.

What is the m-audio thingie? Recording drums is going to be a pain in the ass no matter what, I think.
Jun. 4th, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC)
Re: welcome to the family!!!
yeah, the stuff at the store tends to cost more than elsewhere for a variety of reasons. you can get third-party RAM that will be less expensive. i recommend kingston.com or crucial.com rather than some of the cheap-o brands. RAM is always a good investment, and garageband will definitely use it.

i have an m-audio fasttrack (m-audio.com) and it's nifty. it sounds similar to the firebox your friend describes below. but yeah, drums not so easy fo' sho.

here's a handy list of freeware / shareware that can enhance your mac experience. note that windows media player is no longer available, so get the flip4mac free utility instead.

Jun. 4th, 2007 04:15 pm (UTC)
If you're serious about recording in GarageBand and you have an extra $300 to spend, pick yourself up a Firebox - I've had one for two years and I'd gladly buy it again. You get 2 line and 2 mic inputs in a small bus-powered (no need for AC adapter) unit, and the preamps sounds great. Let me know if you have any other GB/recording questions, I can probably help you out some.
Jun. 4th, 2007 06:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks! At the columbia store they apparently do a brief in-person tutorial for GB so I'll probably start with that. Thanks for the tip! Don't you worry I will let you know if I need more. :)
Jun. 4th, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
I don't know about you, but in *my* fantasy world, Kiera Knightley doesn't age.

Also, neither does Milo Ve... Vem... whatshisface.
Jun. 4th, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC)
Re: ...
Nope - I have a very strangely realism-tinged fantasy world. Seeing her a little grizzled from years on the sea would be way hotter to me.
Jun. 4th, 2007 06:15 pm (UTC)
I had to watch the original pirates twice to really follow the plot. Once to figure out what happened, and then the second time, knowing what was coming, I could figure out why. I expect 3 to be similar. Also, sometime in the 10 years that Will's gone there's a whole adventure that happens around finding the fountain of youth. It's possible that she got all up in that business.
Jun. 4th, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC)
I guess for their bizarre-neverending-relationship's sake that's good, if she found that. I'd rather they had never gotten married and she be independent, but they still get together for their once-a-decade funtimes. oh well. that's why no one pays me to write movies.
Jun. 4th, 2007 07:00 pm (UTC)
YAY!!! Thanks for coming!!! I so sorry about all the injuries! I hope you heal up and your dentist is nice!!! I hope it doesn't discourage you from coming out here again!!! <3 <3 <3
Jun. 4th, 2007 07:19 pm (UTC)
Pah! I will be back! It was so great to celebrate your HYUGE achievement. I will see you on Tuesday!!
Jun. 4th, 2007 11:05 pm (UTC)
Let me know if you need LJ Mac tech support, or leads on where to get any good software. I will always help my fellow Rogues!
Jun. 5th, 2007 02:45 am (UTC)
w00t on the mac...yes yes, join the shiny white apple based cult!
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