January 15th, 2015

#4533: I am having fun

Today turns out to be Thursday. Whee!

Yesterday we de-festooned the conifer in the living room, and it's going out to the curb tonight. So endeth the holiday season.

Last night I watched Buckaroo Banzai for the first time in about 25-odd years. There are still catch phrases I use from that movie (eg "Why me, John Bigboote?"). I really enjoyed watching that movie again, even though many of Mrs. Fungus' questions about it were best answered with, "Because it was the 1980s."

Then we happened across "Einstein and Eddington", a made-for-TV movie about Sir Arthur Eddington's astronomical demonstration of the validity of General Relativity, and I have to say that I liked that quite a bit. Bonus points for Dr. Who (David Tennant) playing Arthur Eddington and Gollum (Andy Serkis) playing Einstein.

Not sure how well-grounded the story was in the facts, though. All the science was right but the personal stories, such as Eddington being gay for his best friend and Einstein porking his second-wife-to-be in a storage room at the university--those are what I wonder about.

Well, it could be worse.

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In my stocking on Christmas morning there was a Hershey bar. It proudly proclaims itself to be "XL", meaning "extra large", and indeed it is probably the largest size Hershey bar you can find in a typical retail setting.

It's 4.4 ounces, a quarter pound of chocolate.

When I was a lad, the big Hershey bar was a pound of chocolate. Now it's this.

You can still get one pound Hershey bars, of course, though they are not regularly available. (You can get a five pound bar for $45, too.) You can also get a 1 lb Hershey's Kiss (which is the size the giant kiss was originally available in) but--again--not at retail.

A pound of chocolate in one wrapper is a bit much, so the 8 ounce bars made more sense to me--but this 4.4 ounce BS is ridiculous.

There's no inflation, but the prices are higher and packages are smaller. Yeah.

#4534: Saw the last Hoobit movie

...in IMAX 3D, no less. It was fun, and I have to admit the 3D is pretty sophisticated. I had a bit of a problem correctly seeing things in extreme foreground, but otherwise it was like I was there.

That's actually the first time I've seriously tried watching a 3D movie of any stripe. I don't think I'm going to seek out 3D movies, but I'll no longer try to avoid them, either.

The last movie in the series featured that 45-minute battle scene, and we finally get to see how a dwarven army does things, which--by itself--was worth the price of admission for me.

No spoilers here, but I'll say that I enjoyed the movie quite a bit.

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So the theater we go to is in Indiana, and on the way there I was pleased to see gas selling for $1.89 a gallon. I resolved to tank up after the movie, on our way home.

When we got out of the theater, the same gas station was selling gas for $2 a gallon. *sigh*

$2 a gallon is still cheap, though, so I tanked up. WTF.

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And my hunt for full-time employment has garnered me an interview, finally. Same job I'm doing now but in a different location, so here's hoping I get it. I could use the health insurance, even if it is going to consume about 40% of my take-home pay. Thanks, Obama! Thanks, Democrats!

A step in the right direction for me, though, and one that's sorely needed.