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Month: March 2008

Just Saw Vantage Point

I just saw Vantage Point, the crappy new Dennis Quaid movie.

This movie must have been written during the writer’s strike because the script was pretty terrible. At one particularly awkward moment, Dennis Quaid, playing a secret service agent, radios into headquarters and says, “I have POTUS in hand.” How do we know he is telling the truth? Well, right before saying this he reaches over and grabs the President’s shoulder. So the President is literally in his hand. Get it?

A few moments of cliched Hollywood pontificating stood out. When the President is asked to order an attack on a confirmed terrorist camp he pauses and then says something like, “No! We have the world’s sympathy now. That’s important and we can’t compromise that!”

Seconds later all of the President’s men are killed by a terrorist. I’m not sure the irony was intentional.

First Look

I got a first look at an ASUS Eee PC today in CS51. A girl in class was using one to take notes and I grabbed a nearby seat to check out its functionality.

The keyboard actually didn’t look as small as I worried it would – the girl seemed to be touch-typing easily enough. The monitor, rather, seemed to be the limiting factor. I really think I’m going to get one of these, though probably the 9” instead of the 7”. Now I just need to find a nice camera and I’ll be all set for tour…

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