MonthJanuary 2010

Big Love

For a while now, Delissa has been in love with the Big Love show on HBO. The concept is pretty far out there as far as I am concerned, but it does make for a great show.

The show revolves around a family of Mormon polygamist who happen to live in Utah. The land of the Mormons from all that I have ever been told. They are trying to live a normal life outside of the Mormon reservations that exist in the state. I am not exactly sure if this is the case, but the show says that it is. I am honestly too lazy to go look it up.

The family lives everyday life just like the rest of us, but their homes are all connected together through the backyard. So to the neighbors, there is nothing going on. It is crazy. The man sleeps with a different wife every night based on the schedule they have come up with, and they are trying to add another wife. The husband owns several home improvement warehouses, and they are looking to buy a casino so that they can make sure that their families are taken care of.

The real losers here are the children because they are unable to show everyone the real lives. No one can come over because people can’t see the life that they are living. In most cases, the children want to escape the life, but they are unable to. If they leave, they are brought back to the reservation so that they can continue the life they were brought up in.

The show is honestly a great show, and it makes you want to watch week after week. We are in the process of watching Season 3 so that we can watch the current season. I highly recommend that you go back to the beginning so that you can get the full scope of the show. Tom Hanks is one of the producers of the show, and I believe that his wife brought the idea to him. Who would have thought it would have been such a hit.

-Drew

Avatar

Over the Christmas break, I was able to get out to the movies a few times, and this is one of the movies that I saw. I have to say that it was pretty good. I didn’t know what to expect in the beginning, but I had heard about these amazing special effects that were suppoed to be in the movie. To be honest, I didn’t really see anything that I hadn’t seen before. Maybe, I have an untrained eye for viewing special effects in a movie, but it seemed to be like most heavily computer animated movies that have real people in them.

The story is pretty interesting though. A man who was in the armed forces loses his legs and becoms a drifter of sorts. His brother is an amazing scientist who has been selected to go to a alien planet to try to learn about the native inhabitants. The brother is killed, but the ex-marine goes in his place because their DNA is a close match. This gives him the ability to contril the Avatar.

The Avatar happens to be the blue creature that you see in all the previews. He is a genetic hybrid that was created for the scientist to get into the alien group without being detected. I guess they didn’t realize that the aliens would notice them as outsiders. Until the ex-marine arrives, the scientist have had no luck getting clost to them. This all changes when the ex-marine arrives. He is able to gain their confidence and learns about their culture.

The whole reason for the humans to travel to this planet is a rare mineral.  This mineral is worth millions of dollars, and they are mining it. The home of the main tribe of aliens happens to be on the most abundant deposit of this mineral. The plan is to kill all of them just so that we can get some more money. Of course, the ex-marine is against this, and he fights back.

In the end, the aliens win, and they drive the humans away from their planet. At the end of the movie, the aliens are able to convert the ex-marine into one of them forever. I think this is where the second movie will start off. If I had to guess, the humans are going to come back to get the mineral that is so precious to them.

-Drew

Server Speed Improvement

It looks as thought the internet speed has improved. The technician came out yesterday, and then placed a new piece of equipment in the garage. It works much better now from the testing that I have done. I still wish that I had a faster internet provider, but it is what it is. They are pretty fairly priced, and they have the best customer service that I have ever dealt with. I don’t think that you can get better than them in that regard.

-Drew

Server Speed

The site is really slow right now. I am working with the ISP to make it better, and they are replacing some equipment to make it work better. From what I understand, they are done, but it does not seem to be any better. I will have to send another email to get it improved.

Bear with me until I can get it improved.

-Drew