Archive for May, 2009

Star Trekkin’ Across the Universe

Saw Star Trek. Was good.

Now, I’ve never been much of a Trekkie. I put it in the same category as Buffy, World of Warcraft, and cocaine – I avoid it because I suspect that if I ever got started, I’d black out and wake up six months later unemployed, single and sleeping in line at a convention or something. But I heard good things about this movie – specifically that it appeals to non-Trekkies. I guess that makes it some kind of gateway drug.

One comment, without going into too many spoilery details… It usually annoys me when a prequel or reboot or whatever does the Parade of Characters and How They Met. (It’s practically my job to make fun of this in the Star Wars prequels.) F’rexample, the recent Wolverine movie handled this really badly. Star Trek did this as cheesily as any other franchise – more so – and somehow managed to pull it off. In fact it worked really well. Maybe the franchise has a higher tolerance for cheesiness than, uh… X-Men. Hmmm. That doesn’t sound right.

Also, Simon Pegg is awesome.

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The metapuzzle that I mentioned earlier is now available in its component pieces.

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Well, probably not. But the photo that won our work photo competition was… um… not what I would have voted for. And I did vote. And not for it. Or for myself.

Anyway, here’s my entry.

Golden Delicious

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CiSRA Puzzle Competition

We’re entering the last leg of our company’s puzzle competition. The overall winner has been decided (congrats Tweleve Pack!), but there’s still a race for the prizewinners.

Nailbiting stuff. For us, anyway.

I made four of the puzzles this year – Système International (which is turning out to be harder than we thought), White Elephant (which is easier but still turning out to be harder than we thought), Already Taken (which we already knew was obscenely hard) – and the metapuzzle, which I can’t link to. Yet. It’s fun though.

Also, I got back into POVRay mode for All Sorts and the medals, which I’m quite proud of.

Later today: the results of our work photo competition!

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