Archive for February, 2010

Dealing with Email

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Email is a hassle. My inboxes (I have multiple email addresses) get jammed chock-full of marketing trash, “helpful” advertising from my online billpay, bank accounts, and credit cards. It is a pain in the tuckus.

Using filtering rules (a la Outlook Rules) helps some. But my inboxes still get full.

Plus there is the legal end of things: If you run a business, and conduct business through email, you had better keep those records. For IRS audits (to prove that yes, you do use your computer for business) if nothing else.

So why do my various inboxes total over 2,000 emails today?

Be Grateful For What You Have

Monday, February 8th, 2010

There are people in far worse shape than you.

There are homeless, starving children in Africa whose parents were killed.

Your parents aren’t in jail.

At least your mother/father loves you.

Be grateful for what you have.


Avatar Movie Review

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Fun: 9
Action: 7
Drama: 6
SF: 9.5
Fantasy: 6
Sex: 6* – see review below
Violence: 7.5
Effects: 10* – see review below
Other: 8* – see review below

I saw this movie at the regular flat screen. S.O. and I are planning to see it in 3D, because the non-3D version is just that good.

Overall: Avatar is great! Go see this movie. It is a landmark in film production, even if the story has been done over several times before. Cameron has done it well. The extremely well-done SF setting pushes this into the category of Must See Movie.

(Fun: How much did I enjoy the movie?
Action: How much engaging action?
Drama: How much did the drama “get” me?
SF: How did this rate as science fiction?
Fantasy: How did this rate as fantasy?
Sex: How much sex was there in the movie?
Effects: How were the special effects?
Other: How did any other parts of the movie, such as the Moral Of The Story, work?)