September 7th, 2005

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Work after a weekend full of movies (and very little else)

Work is particularly sparse this evening, so I'll probably be heading home early again. I wish I had enough to interest me here to keep me for longer, as I truly enjoy being paid. The soul-sucking-ness of this place, however, is getting too much for me. Good thing I'm working on getting me a new line of work.

Still not a lot of movement on that goal, but I'm working on defining what it is I want out of a job. So far, I've made commitments that are close to what I've said for a long time that I'd implement as office rules for anyone that I have the privilege of having work for me. These commitments are:
  1. No one working for me is required to wear a tie.
  2. My regular working schedule will be during the day. I will not both go to work and return home in the dark.
  3. I will take those that work for me off site for drinks and discussion once a week.
Other than that, I have a long list of wants and dreams that haven't sorted themselves into things that I'm committed to yet. The next phase is questions about what I want, both internal and external, and figuring out how to get answers in order to build up those commitments.

The long weekend was, otherwise, filled up with watching movies. erickavan went out and got herself a cheap DVD player which I then hooked up to the TV in her room. This allows her to watch DVDs more easily, as being in the living room for an extended period of time can be difficult for her sometimes. So we've watched a few movies together there, including National Treasure and Kung Fu Hustle. I caught up with my Netflix, getting in (finally) Citizen Kane and the rather pastoral Badlands. We are having free HBO from our cable company for a while (part a free preview and part a plan of theirs to suck us into paying for it regularly), so I've been able to catch some movies there including Collateral and Man On Fire of late.

I am, as I watch more HBO movies, reminded of how much I like letterbox-presented films. Full screen versions on TV seem to be too cramped in many cases. Sometimes, this works well with the content. In close, tense shots, for example. Other times it's reasonably OK but leaves off nice details. In an early shot in Blade for example, you miss seeing the title character slip off from an opening scene in the full-screen version; not a big deal, but a bit of detail that makes the scene just a tad more complete. Most of the time, it's just painful to watch, though. There's a scene in Star Trek IV, for example, with Kirk, Spock and a third character side-by-side-by-side in a pick-up truck (IIRC). It works in wide-screen because all three are in frame as they converse. When forced to pan-and-scan for TV format, only two of the characters fit on screen. So you miss a full third of the reactions to the conversation as it happens. Ick.

(One of the things I'm considering in looking at new career options is doing something with movies.)
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