Runaway Jury

Runaway Jury (Widescreen Edition)Watched this movie last night on the new TV and was pretty happy with it. It was an interesting plot line with a few twists and turns along the way.

I thought Gene Hackman, John Cusack, Dustin Hoffman, and Rachel Weisz did a great job with this movie. I didn’t recognize Weisz from any other movies, but she did well in this one. She’s also a fine looking woman, which never hurts. Hackman’s character is a man who makes a living by investigating possible jurors and helping a team of lawyers select the best possible matches to get the verdict that they are looking for. Throughout the movie there is a constant struggle over who has control of the jury and will end up winning the case.

I was really surprised at how good this movie was so I’ll have to bump the rating a little bit for that fact. It gets an A- and my stamp of approval (for whatever that is worth).


All I Can Say Is WOW!!

My TV is amazing! I’ve never seen a better picture before watching DVDs or playing XBOX. Mo came over last night, I whooped his ass in NBA Live and then we watched a movie.

Both my DVD player and the XBOX output an HD signal and the picture is unbelievable. Movies and games have never looked to real. Combine that with my surround sound and it’s better than being in a movie theater.

I’m definitely happy with my choice. One thing I’m a little disappointed with is that digital cable is exactly the same as analog. I seriously could not tell the difference between the two. So…I’m going to disconnect our digital. The reason being, when the digital cable box is connected to the TV, some of the features don’t work as they do when using analog cable. I can get the sweet Twin-View? feature to work, but it’s a PITA and is so simple to use when using analog cable.

I’ve had the TV for less than a day, so I really couldn’t recommend it yet, but I don’t have any complaints yet either. I’m glad that I bought the matching stand for the TV, because it really looks great. The stand appears as an extension of the TV the way it is designed.

Charter Communications is supposed to be rolling out HDTV in the Saginaw area in a few months and I can’t wait. ESPN HD is going to be kick ass on this thing.

It's A Go For Saturday

Didn’t get the TV today because something happened and it didn’t get on the delivery truck from the warehouse. Joel at ABC Warehouse is having it delivered right to my front door tomorrow free of charge because of the mishap. It’s nice when they go the extra mile for a customer! I picked up the TV stand tonight and put it all together so that I’m ready to go. When I get up in the morning I’m going to disconnect all of my equipment from the current TV and set the stand in place. As soon as the new TV arrives I’ll be golden. I can’t wait!!

BIG Purchase!

Sony Grand WegaI just made the purchase of my life! I bought a 50″ Grand WEGA LCD rear projection TV (KF-50WE610).

Joel over at ABC Warehouse hooked me up with some sweet deals. I got the TV for $2870, which is $430 cheaper than the price at Circuit City, Best Buy, and Sony. I also bought the 5 year extended warranty on it, because on such a big purchase it’s a must. The bulbs in this type of TV usually go out after 4 or 5 years and some people have experienced more frequent bulb changes. Each new bulb is $200+ and that doesn’t even count the cost to have it installed. If I have the bulb replaced once during the warranty period, I’ve paid for the service plan. If after 5 years I haven’t used the extended warranty at all, I can get half of it back. I also purchased the stand that you see in the picture, which is made specifically for this TV. I got $50 off of the stand and Joel also threw in an extra $50 gift card. I was approved for Sony credit so I have no payments and no interest until June of 2005. This deal is so good you can’t beat it with a stick!

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The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci CodeI finished reading “The Da Vinci Code” by Dan Brown last night. It is easily the best book I’ve ever read. I’m not a big reader, so that might not be saying much for me, but it has also been a hot item on best seller lists.

It only took me 4 days to read the book (compared to the one day that elapses from start to finish of the story), which is an amazing feat for me. I’ve never read a book so quickly in my life. Hell, I think I’ve taken longer than that to read some of the email messages I receive.

The chapters are really short (the longest was like 10 pages) in his book, which was a major factor in the time it took me to read it. Since I knew the next chapter would be short I was constantly telling myself that I would just read one more chapter and then get to bed. Going to bed would of course take many more chapters than just that one more. Another thing the short chapters helped to do was to keep 3 or 4 different events/places/situations going without getting lost. It was very easy to remember how everything was happening at once.

I couldn’t put the book down since I picked it up. The plot was amazing, especially when you throw in all of the history about Christianity, the bible, Leonardo Da Vinci, and the holy grail. I’ve always hated reading history books because they are so dull and boring, but learning history in a story like Dan Brown can write is like nothing I’ve ever read before. I plan to check out some of his other books or books written by other authors that are in a similar fashion.

I recommend this book to anyone and everyone. It really was that good. Definitely an A++ in my opinion.


Home Sweet Home

DuplexI found a place to live! 2317 Congress. For those of you familiar with Saginaw, go south on Bay Road past State Street, take a left on Congress and it’s about two blocks down on the right hand side.

It’s a nice little two bedroom with a carport. The living room and one of the bedrooms have a nice hardwood floor, the other bedroom and hallway have nice carpetting, and the kitchen and dining room don’t have the greatest floor but it’s fine for me. It’s freshly painted, has washer and dryer hookups, and a nice little bathroom. It’ll be the perfect little place for me. For the time being I’ll just use the second bedroom for my computer shit and storage, but will most likely get someone to move in with me in a few months. I’m excited!

After looking for only a week, I was sick of searching through the paper, calling people up, and going to see places. Not my idea of a fun time. The landlord is really nice and is going to hold it for me for three weeks, so that works out well. I’ll only have to pay rent on two places for 2 weeks and then I’ll be out of here and into the new place.


March MADNESS

It has been one hell of an NCAA Tournament so far, and it’s only the first weekend! We’ve seen two number 1 seeds fall, Stanford (ESPN’s pick to win it all) and Kentucky (Dick Vitale’s pick to win it all). Duke (my pick) is one of the few teams to dominate both of their games.

I don’t remember ever seeing so many close games in the first two rounds. Every other game is down to the last few seconds with either team having a chance to come out on top. It’s great to watch, but I need the next few days to recover from all of the emotions!

My bracket is all fucked up. I’ve lost 3 of my Elite 8 teams already and I had Kentucky playing in the final game. I don’t think I’ll be winning any money this year. All that matters right now is that Duke is still playing and playing the best out of any team that I’ve watched. I also realize that they could easily fall like other teams have done. I’m looking forward to the next round of action to begin on Thursday.

Political Campaign Goals

Over the years I’ve seen far too many presidential campaign commercials where the goal is to discredit the other candidate in the race. Maybe I just don’t get it. I would think that the main goal of a campaign should be to inform people about your own stances, thoughts, and goals.

In a job interview the average person doesn’t talk about what’s wrong with the other candidates for the job, we discuss our own strengths with the company and attempt to sell ourselves. If we had dirt on the other people being interviewed and brought those things up during the interview, we would quickly be overlooked as a serious option for the job.

Why is it different for the men (and someday women) that are essentially selling their views on how to run the United States government? Is their own vision not enough to win the majority of the votes? Why do we even consider someone for President who doesn’t have enough confidence in themselves?

I see it as a weak tactic to discredit someone else with the goal of making your own campaign stronger.

The Friday 5

I know it’s a little late and I missed last week, but here it is…

If you…

  1. …owned a restaurant, what kind of food would you serve?

    Chinese food.

  2. …owned a small store, what kind of merchandise would you sell?

    Video games and computer software.

  3. …wrote a book, what genre would it be?

    Something philosophical, with a lot of thinking behind it.

  4. …ran a school, what would you teach?

    Something to do with computers or technology.

  5. …recorded an album, what kind of music would be on it?

    I’d have to say it would be something of a mix between John Mayer and Norah Jones.

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Half.com Listings

I just listed over 30 items on Half.com, which are all books and DVDs. Go check them out…if you are interested in buying anything, contact me directly (not through Half.com). We’ll set up some type of deal so that Half.com doesn’t make any money off of the sale. 😉