Summertime. By Will Smith and “Dj” Jazzy Jeff.

July is almost half done… summer is almost half done. So far, its been the typical run of the mill summer.

A few highlights:

War of the worlds is a sweet movie. (more on this later)
I have just gotten 4 cavities filled.
Actually saw fireworks this year.
Work going very well.
Almost my 25th birthday.
Steve Jobs, here I come.

To elaborate on some of the finer points, I am having a great summer. My career is really growing with the company. I definitely joined a great organization at a great time. They’re hiring two more people in the department, one of which will be actually a level below me. Basically they are trying to get me away from helpdesking and support so that i can concentrate on maintaining the growing network and server infrastructure. In two weeks they are sending me to a week long Active Directory 2003 training course. Blah Blah Blah, I really like my job. Although I can’t help but look forward to retirement… I’ve got a pretty good chunk in my 401k already and I havent even been working there a year yet.

Also, as a benefit of my job, I am entitled to a “PC loan” which would allow me to spend up to 2,600 bucks and have it be auto-deducted from my checks over two years, interest free. So, 99% sure that im buying a 20inch imac. I was really considering a G4 powerbook… but they cost more than an iMac with 5 inches less screen, less processor power, less video ram, etc. etc. etc. I’ll keep everyone posted. However, I do think im going to try to get 500 bucks together and at least start a savings account before i commit to a new main terminal.

Now let me discuss my thoughts about “War of the Worlds” – THIS WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS… DON’T READ IF YOU HAVENT SEEN IT YET.

I really thought the movie was simply amazing. It feels very real. You really feel like you are there with the characters.. Which is odd, because it really spends very little time on character development. The visual effects are amazing… I’ve already heard people say that they didnt like the second half of the movie, but I would disagree. Ray Ferrier goes through a complete revelation as a character. He goes from doing nothing for his family to doing literally everything.

I liked the effects. I’m almost embarrased to say I liked the acting. I liked everything… EXCEPT the very end. All the characters… All the world pretty much… Went through the worst ordeal ever documented; And some how, some way, “Robbie” just happens to have made it to his mom’s house in Boston completely on his own (and 16 year old) accord. It was obvious that he died, there was no other “buts” about it. I felt like spielbergs made the movie have a happy ending because he felt he had to. The ‘happy ending’ in that movie layers it with a pretty substantial cheese factor. However, it’s not nearly enough for me to dislike the movie as a whole. Im sure i’ll go see it again. Better than A.I. – Not as well done as Minority Report. Most likely better than Indiana Jones 4 will be. I respect your work, steve.

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