Random thoughts on most things from A. M. Craig.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
I just discovered something.
It's a straight ripoff from this sad movie. How do I know that? Robot Jox just showed up at my house from Netflix, both spelled with a stylish "x". I really, really have to stop watching movies that I just know are going to be crappy. But apparently I'm not the only one watching...I'm looking at you Brad Bird. He must have a thing for giant robots. Can't say that I blame him.
If you're interested to see for yourself, jump past the remarkably phalic chainsaw (2:25) to the part where our protagonist pulls the robot rocket hand stunt (3:55). Exact same ending.
I'm realizing more and more as I watch more and more movies, read more and more books, and take more and more classes, that real originality is:
A) Very rare
B) Almost impossible
C) Probably over-rated
D) Simply synthesis
E) All of the above
considerable time, talking to many an orchardist. "Jazz Apple" is a
variet I have never heard of. I think the only people who have heard of
them are the stockers and shoppers at this particular chain of grocery
-Sent from Austin's phone.
I think this is probably the last season I'l do bowling league. I joined
to have fun. I've done that and managed to not get any better. I also
think the fun has peaked out. It doesn't help that we won first place
the first league we did, and now we're in dead last. That is probably
tied to me/us having less fun, cause or effect or just tied. I need
Farewell, bowling league. It has been a good time.
-Sent from Austin's phone.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
manually washing my relatively nice car that my dad paid for. In any
previous age this would probably indicate I was some kind of royalty or
nobility. Its a strange arrangement, the whole thing, and I feel odd
about it. What has brought him to his position and me to mine?
Its some deal at Jiffy Lube. I got an oil change, and they said this
guy would wash my car. Okay.
As I pulled away, he said, "Tell your friends." I'm not sure exactly
what I should tell them.
-Sent from Austin's phone.
Monday, February 25, 2008
The Academy Awards were predictable and ultimately boring.
The award for "Accident Most Likely to Look like Not an Accident" goes here.
An interesting view on Changing Faith in America.
That is all. More and more interesting material to come soon, you have my word.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
I want you to go to this website and vote for my friend of a friend Alex. I would call him a friend directly, but we've only hung out a couple times, and he lives on the other side of the country.
Here is the story. His mom tricked him into entering a modeling competition. TRICKED HIM! She said there was an emergency and they had to go right away, something like that. However it went down, she didn't tell them where they were driving to, and then when they got to the mall, HA! The joke's on him. He never would have entered voluntarily.
Please, be a part of this tremendous prank. I want you to, and I have a sinking suspicion that you want to too. I'd love to hear any comments when you've voted.
Also, I would STRONGLY encourage you to blog about this on your own blogs. Be a part of the movement that is Alexander Kouts, Model in the Making.
For validation of my claims, visit David's or Amy's blog.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
But it got me thinking. By raise of hands, who remembers the Captain EO 3-D movie they used to play, with Michael Jackson as the fastest dancin' space captain this side of the galaxy? I do. I remember how awesome it was. And they weren't slouchers, those guys. Fracis Ford Coppola directed it, George Lucas produced, Anjelica Houston as the Supreme Leader, and of course Michael Freakin' Jackson as the Captain himself. The short became influential on later science fiction, notably The Borg from Star Trek.
I say that like it's some epic. In all honestly, it was a short film done by Disney once years ago. But I loved it.
Anyway, I thought, "Why isn't this available on DVD? Sure, Michael Jackson is a freakshow, but come on, people still listen to Gary Glitter." So I emailed Disney.
I have fond memories of Disneyland as a child. One of my favorite attractions was the Captain EO film. I have become a great fan of popular cinema. I know there are many like myself who would love to see Captain EO released on DVD or HD disc. I would eagerly add it to my personal video library. Thank you for your consideration.
This is the response I got:
Thank you for your email regarding CAPTAIN EO. We value your interest in Walt Disney Home Entertainment. At this time, we do not have a DVD release date for CAPTAIN EO. We will forward your request for release to our Marketing Department for consideration.Please visit our website at http://www.disneydvd.com/ for a list of titles that are currently available and to check for new DVD announcements from Walt Disney Home Entertainment.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to reply to this email. You may also contact us at 800 723-4763
(Canada: 888 877-2843), Monday 9:30-7:30 and Tuesday through Friday 9:30-6:30 CST.
Walt Disney Studio Home Entertainment Consumer Relations
Well, that didn't get me much of anywhere, but it's better than nothing. So I did it again.
Okay, raise of hands again, who remembers Back to the Future: the Ride? Universal just got rid of that one just last year (except in Japan). Also a great ride, one of my fondest from the theme park. Here is what I told them.
I was saddened to hear about the close of the Back to the Future Ride at the United States Universal Studios theme park locations. I know there are many like myself who would like to see it released on DVD or HD disc. I'm sure many collectors would eagerly add it to their home video libraries. Thank you.
Dear Mr. Craig
Thank you for writing to express your concerns regarding the closing of Back to the Future the Ride(r). Universal Orlando(r) appreciates the enormous following of Back to the Future the Ride(r) fans, as well as the historical significance of this attraction, and we have not made the decision to close it lightly. We understand how much our guests will miss this attraction. We feel it is important to take a bold approach to providing our guests with the kind of state-of-the-art and innovative entertainment experience they expect from Universal Orlando. Sometimes, that approach means change. In the past, we have replaced The Funtastic World of Hanna Barbera with Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast(tm); Kongfrontation with Revenge of the Mummy the RideSM; and the Wild Wild Wild West Stunt Show with Fear Factor Live. In each case, a popular attraction gave way to a new and equally popular experience. While our newest attraction is still in development, we anticipate that it will quickly become a new guest favorite.
Once again, thank you for sharing your remarks with us. Your comments are important to the success of our resort. We hope you will visit soon, giving us the opportunity to provide the greatest entertainment experience.
Coordinator, Guest Services Universal Parks and Resorts Vacations(tm)Universal Orlando(r) Resort
-That analog TV you've been watching for the past few decades? Well, I'm sorry to tell you, but aside from upgrading for the sake of a better picture, channel options, and size, it looks like you'll have to trade it for a digital TV of necessity. Analog cellular networks, R.I.P.: 1983 - 2008
-Ray Kurtzweil, who has been right about a number of other issues, thinks that machines will match human intelligence by 2029. Awesome. Kurzweil predicts that machines will match man by 2029 -- bring it on
-The Kota Triceratops and the Elmo TMX prove something I said a while back.
-DSLR Movie Shooting reminds me of a couple videos Ross Ching did. I mentioned him a little while ago.
-iPhone nothin'! Okay, they're pretty cool, but they're not the end-all, there are many phones with better specs, if not as sleek or nifty of features. I think I'd go for something like the Nokia N96. And if it ran the Android OS from Google? Even better.
-I've been betting on Blu ray for almost a year now over HD DVD. It now looks like the battle is almost over. Warner went Blu exclusively, followed by some other big players right after, including Netflicks. This would all be great if our stupid Samsung Blu-ray player worked like it should.
-A tragic end to a wonderful thing, Polaroid will not longer make...Polaroids. If you've been reading this blog at all, you'll know how much I am saddened by this news.
-It looks like there won't ever be a Sidekick running Android OS. Microsoft dropped a bundle to pick up the mobile developer. Really smart move on Microsoft's part, acquiring innovative smaller companies to infuse the corporate giant with some new blood, but sad for consumers. Especially since Danger founder Andy Rubin is now working with Google to develop the Android OS. It would have been like reuniting long lost family members if there had been a Sidekick with Android.
-This is just cool. Read about the most powerful laser...ever.
-When I pick up a blue-tooth adapter, I'd want to get something like this.
Gizmodo is pretty good too.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
concrete terms, gossip about ME. So I couldn't help but laugh the other
day when I heard something a friend had said in my absense.
Like most people, I spend my time between a few different social
circles. One group is a bit more free spirited than the others. One of
them noticed on my facebook profile that I'm listed as "Very
"Wait, this says Austin is really conservative. Is...is that a joke? Is
he being sarcastic?"
I guess a debate ensued as to my political orientation, with no clear
answer until my input was sought.
Now I won't go into the accuracy of that label, "Very Conservative". I
put that on my facebook profile over three years ago, right after I got
home from my mission, and haven't thought about it since. Probably in
the world at large, I am very conservative. But at BYU, well, that's a
whole different world really.
What was so funny was that my political affiliation was a point of any
interest. That means it
A) Wasn't clear
B) Mattered to some degree
And, because they thought it might be sarcastic
C) it was assumed that I was something else, i.e. Liberal
Just something to think about. We all make assumptions about people,
sometimes without even realizing it. I certainly do, so you'll have to
remind me next time I do that.
I don't even consider myself party affiliated at heart. If my views
happen to coincide more with one group than another, so be it, their
gain. I'll stand my ground regardless of who claims that territory.
Thanks can be given to D. Smith for this line of thought, but I feel I
am not so much Republican or Democrat as somebody looking for long term,
feasable answers for the Big Problems. That means managing the here and
now without necessarily taking the quickest, easiest, or most popular
answer. But who ever said the popular answer was the right one?
Listen. I'm talking on and pretentiously on like any of this has any
true depth or meaning. Really, I'm bored bowling by myself at the alley
and wanted something to do between frames. Next time I'm alone at the
alley, I should give you a call.
-Sent from Austin's phone.
Monday, February 11, 2008
UPDATE: If anybody knows anything about this picture (origins, photographer, where it was taken, with what camera) I'd be VERY interested to know. Please leave a comment.
But it's true.
I'm sinking in all this responsibility, and I don't even have that much. Drowning in the pool of things I'm supposed to do, things a good person does.
I ran into an old friend the other day. I asked him how he had been, he said busy. I asked for details. He is taking...15 credits, I think? Plus two jobs totalling to 27 hours of work a week. And he just got married. Oh, and he volunteers in his spare time. His Spare Time. He said he gets about four hours of sleep a night.
There is no way I could ever do that. It would be as impossible as alchemy. I may just as soon fly to and from campus by flapping my arms as I would maintain such a schedule. I'm sure, beyond doubt, that if I tried to do that for any longer than a week, I would contract some serious illness and probably collapse on campus.
I have 14 credits, a job, a calling, and I'm supposed to spend time dating, home teaching, and serving. For my major, I'm supposed to stay abreast of local, national, and world news. I'd like to find time to read for pleasure, write something (like a blog), exercise. I should find time to spend with my family and stay in touch with old friends. I won't list the menial tasks that are simply inherent to living. Cleaning, organizing, eating, shopping. I'd like to travel. There are a thousand ventures I'd like to embark on. There is just too much. There is too much.
We'll see if I make it through the semester.
Thursday, February 07, 2008
pessimism. It's convenient, cheap for the customer, and certainly
profitable for the businessmen behind it. You can even use it for free,
if you look up the free rental codes online before you go. So go.
However, upon my most recent visit, they appeared to be undergoing
maintanance. There were windows open, just as you would see on your own
computer if a technician were fixing it. They were obviously flying
through, remotely taking care of some problem. And the touchscreen
controls were still active.
How could I resist?
We stood there for a minute or two, confounding their efforts. Every
time they would try to click on something, we would touch and pull the
curser to the side. Every time they opened a window, we'd close it. It
was fun. Stupid, juvenile fun.
I won't do it again. I won't have occasion to do it again. But it was
-Sent from Austin's phone.
Monday, February 04, 2008
Saturday, February 02, 2008
In case you weren't sure, that is the film's director, Michel Gondry. The Genius.
Here are a couple videos I should have included the first go around.
The White Stripes again.
A a little fun with a piano, paint, and Björk.
Björk is a bit of a loon, but the video is very enjoyable. It's a clip from The Work of Directory Michel Gondry, a DVD with many of his short films and music videos. If you have something like Netflicks or happen to see it at Blockbuster, I would highly recommend checking this one out.
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