I've been suffering from the most obnoxious cold these last few days. Today is the first day I've woken up since Monday that I haven't felt like hammers were smacking my head with sinus pressure though, so it means I'm very much on the mend. In fact, beyond the cough and runny nose, I think I'm feeling pretty alright this morning - so I thought I'd write a quick update here before I started working on, y'know, important things.
First off, I saw Transformers the other day (in my sickened state even - I may have missed the premiere night, but I sure as heck wasn't going to miss seeing the film as soon as possible). Without posting any plot spoilers, I just have to say I loved the film. Sure, there were a few moments of cringe-worthy dialogue - but a lot less than I expected. Transformers actually managed to make the involvement of the Witwicky family make sense, which is a rare thing for the franchise. Usually the humans are tossed in, or they sit back and do nothing. In this case, the humans picked up weapons and started shooting at the death machines invading their planet.
Because, y'know, that's what we'd do.
What I don't get is how some of the movie reviewers out there don't bother to do five minutes googling Transformers and actually getting to know what they're talking about before they open their mouths. I mean, if I have to see another article talking about how they're "reviving" the Transformers property... geh. I have news for you guys, in the last 23 years, for 20 of them a Transformers Comic book or Television series has been in production. It has been a highly successful toyline for most of those years as well. They are trying to open it up to an older audience again, not having done so since the Beast Wars/Beast Machines series of the late 90s/early 2000s, but the property didn't need to be "revived." It has been very much alive this whole time.
Duane Dudek, I'm looking at you.
Of course, I have my own problems with Duane Dudek from over the years and my dislike for him as a movie reviewer is quite engrained, so that's not really news of any sort. Maybe I'll talk about that some other time.
I seem to always be last on the bandwagon on these things, as it was several years ago that my sister pointed me towards this service, but I finally (FINALLY) checked out Pandora. I would jump on the internet radio bandwagon (part II) the instant it is at risk. Pandora is cooler than most internet "stations" though because it generates a custom channel for you based on your own personal tastes. It takes the songs you like, and using the Music Genome Project, tries to figure out WHY you like a song, and inserts songs with similar elements. Who knew I liked "excessive vamping," "subtle use of harmony," and a "vocal-centric aesthetic?"
Apparently Pandora did.
But it's nice to have background music while I'm working on things. See, the problem is that I have a lot of stuff in my iTunes library, and some of it I'm not always in the mood for - so Shuffle ends up in disaster, and I'm too lazy to make a playlist. Not to mention, I've heard all of the music in my iTunes library. Pandora gives me the chance to hear new things. I'm already considering buying a few new albums...
...y'know, the instant I have the money to buy anything. *grins*
Damn it, Trae, now you have me addicted to that Pandora thing. I had long since stopped using Yahoo! Music's internet radio thing, which was similar in theory but way crappier in practice. Now you show me a good one. Thanks a lot, bud.