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28 January 2005 @ 11:18 pm
Death, taxes and science fiction but not in that order  
Just finished e-filing our 2004 tax return. It was a nice thing not to have to wait on a dial-up connection like last year. It cut down on the time it took to file. I'm hoping for an iPod, however, while doing a load of laundry, Rachel and I heard a really loud * BOOM! * from the laundry room while the washer started to go into its first spin cycle. Rachel moved the switch onto the rinse cycle to see what would happen next. The washer ended up going on to the final spin cycle, but nothing. Noise, yes, but no spinning. We could smell a fainting burning odor from the washer, and when Rachel opened up the washer, there was some slight wisps of smoke from it as well.

In my opinion, the washer is most likely D.O.A. If we chose to put a call in for a repairperson, I get a feeling we'll spend just as much to get it fixed as we would getting into a new washer. Maybe? My opinion, anyway. I get a feeling that's going to put a kibosh on my iPod dreams. Oh well, I still need a new hard drive to hold all the music I eventually want to have on my iPod, so perhaps it's for the best. Sadness.

If I haven't mentioned it recently, I'm really loving Battlestar Galactica. A lot. The new Cylon raiders are just SO cool--as evidenced by my choice of Cylon raider wallpaper.

Fox Movie Channel is running Big Trouble in Little China right now, and ever since I read somewhere that Buckaroo Banzai was supposed to run into Jack Burton at one time, I've always imagined what that would've been like. That Lo Pan is one crazy joker. Loving this movie, too. "Chinese have a lot of hells."

Lastly, did Predator 2 really need a special edition?
 
 
Current Mood: giddygiddy and a bit sad as well
Current Music: Battlestar Galactica on SciFi
 
 
 
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Michaelservermonkey on January 29th, 2005 05:38 am (UTC)
New Cylons STILL much better than John Travolta's Psychlo. Ugh.
Michael: Marvinservermonkey on January 29th, 2005 05:19 am (UTC)
Man, sorry to hear about the dishwasher. Those kinds of purchases are never fun, as you already know.

It's saddening about the STEP-daughter thing. Especially when you feel/think of them as your own.

As far as the original 70s Cylons, they seemed pretty intimidating to me, large metallic hulks that weren't too good aiming and piloting. Even the Imperious Leader had an odd look to him, lizard like, like you say. My favorites were the Lucifer like robots. Something of a protocol droid, but not as neurotic as C-3PO.

AVP. Heh, yeah I'd like to see it, but have a bad feeling about it. I wanted the AVP games SO badly, but never bought them. They should be pretty cheap now.
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Michael: Cartoon meservermonkey on January 29th, 2005 10:08 am (UTC)
Cool! I should keep an eye peeled for AVP PC games on the cheap.

Did you ever see the AVP card game? Very interesting, but it never took off.
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Michael: Rorschachservermonkey on January 29th, 2005 10:46 am (UTC)
I'd have to dig up the game, the little bit of it that I had and see. It had some interesting mechanics to represent the Predator's invisibility and Alien abilities.

I never played against anyone to see how well the game played out. Sad, really.
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Michael: Cartoon meservermonkey on January 29th, 2005 09:11 pm (UTC)
Oh man, Rage! I remember that one. I hated the cardstock, and how the cards felt, but I always wanted to play it and see how it was. Yet another CCG that I never got to fully experience.
The Irony Maidenghostinmarble on January 28th, 2005 11:10 pm (UTC)
I'm waiting on an iPod...they'll probably end up being uber-cheap in the next few years or so, kind of like DVD players and CD players are now. A friend of mine bought a DVD player in 1999 when they first were on the market, and paid out the nose for it (and Blockbuster hadn't even started carrying DVDs for rent yet) - the lesson being, don't buy technology when it's brand new =)

Sorry to hear about your washing machine, though...that really sucks, especially with two kids in the house =/
Michael: Young Server Monkeyservermonkey on January 29th, 2005 05:13 am (UTC)
I'm pretty bummed about the washer, however, Rachel's mom and dad may let us use their credit and let us pay them back after our tax return has been direct deposited. We're really lucky to have their help. Still have to spend the money nonetheless.

Good story about my first, well only so far, DVD player. It was my second faculty/staff Christmas party, and there was a history of giving out door prizes. Some were really cool, some were just nice. Anyway, the whole night, I had joked with our table, "DVD player, DVD player!"

My name was called for a nice sized box, and sure enough, it was an RCA DVD player. After unrapping it and seeing what it was, I yelled something out that embarassed Rachel. Good times.

True story.
The Irony Maidenghostinmarble on January 29th, 2005 10:42 pm (UTC)
Well good God man, don't keep a lady in suspense...what manner of uncouthness did you unleash upon the festivities that embarrassed your fine wife so? =)
Michael: Young Server Monkeyservermonkey on January 30th, 2005 05:10 am (UTC)
Well, thankfully, it wasn't profane in nature.

I did, however, stand up and yell "YOU ROCK!" at the president's administrative assistant. If I thought that I wouldn't have broken her back, I'd have run up to her and jumped into her arms.

I was that excited.