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Summer Movie Reviews

Speed Racer


Saw it in IMAX. Harmless family fantasy fare. We went in expecting an eye-candy homage to the cartoon and weren't disappointed. I can't imagine ever watching it again, but it entertained us.


The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

My bar: "Was it good enough that they'll make Voyage of the Dawn Treader?" Apparently, yes - $96M so far. Yay.

The actual plot of the book itself is rather short, and unlike LWW or VDT focuses on atmosphere, character development, and parable. (In the lovely form of "If your friends didn't have the faith to jump off a bridge, why should that stop you?") It can be summed up as "the Pevensies appear in Narnia, note that it has aged a thousand years, meet a dwarf who provides details in flashback, and trump across the world being teased by Aslan. The boys arrive in time to rescue Caspian from some nasties in a cave, then defeat his uncle in single combat, while Aslan and the girls wake up the pagan gods. The…

Caspian's future plans

So we were out for dinner with friends last night, whom we know via their daughter who is probably Caspian's best friend. There was a prize bit of conversation:

Caspian says:  [she] is my very best friend.  I think we should get married, when we’re older.  We can go to the president, and if he says it’s okay, then we can do it.  We’ll have a real small party, just a few people…*turns to her* unless you want a big party, then we’ll have a big party.  And we can have 8 kids…

Friend: Whoa… I don’t think I’m up for that.

Caspian:  Okay, two then.

What Slashdotting looked like

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FYI, here's what being Slashdotted did to my calormen.com site traffic:

A Lot of Pressure

Last year's "Su and Caspian go on vacation without me" project - an Applesoft interpreter in JavaScript (discussed here, here and here) just made Slashdot.

This year's "Su and Caspian go on vacation without me" project - streaming a desktop to an Apple II (discussed here) made Boing Boing and MAKE Blog.

This is putting a lot of pressure on me for next year!