No more SlaglePod6000

My iPod is no more. It croaked last week, probably after taking one to many spills at the gym (I thought that's what those freakin' protective cases were for!). I guess I got a lot of use out of it in 3 years, but I still expected to hold onto it for a little while longer. So, basically this sucks.

My options? According to the Mac Genius, I can shell out 129.95 for a replacement of the exact same model (a 30GB iPod) or 10 percent of any iPod at the Apple Store (I would probably lean toward the 80GB iPod classic -- which, with the discount, would run me about $225. Not bad I guess...)

Nonetheless, I'll miss SlaglePod6000, we had some good times. It'll be on to SlaglePodII or SlaglePod8000 now... haven't quite pinned down the new name yet...


At the Cardio Cinema: Evan Almighty

The old testament was never this much fun!
Movie: Evan Almighty (2007, full runtime 95 minutes)
Running length: 18 minutes, 3-minute cool down)

Review: Spoilers can and may follow and they will ruin the entire movie. Not much to spoil actually. If this were an indie called Bill and the Ark there might be question of whether or not there'd be an actual flood, but in a big budget Hollywood flick the movie hinges not only on having a flood, but making it supercool and CGIing the bejezus out of it. Also, God is apparently a big C+C Music Factory fan. The credits are painful...but as long as everyone was having fun I guess...

Plot: So there's a flood at the end. And I saw it. However, I found it only moderatecool. There's also some sort of political backstory that I didn't quite figure out. I'm pretty sure John Goodman and Molly Shannon were evil in some way.

Good: More folks I like getting paychecks. Wanda Sykes and John Michael Higgins play variations on the same characters they always play. I'm almost certain have a contract to be in the same movies with each other. Apparently they've inducted Jonah Hill and Ed Helms into the fold - they're also here doing the same thing they always do. It's scary too, because Jonah and Ed are a little too new to be doing a standard routine.

Also, if I were in first grade, I would almost certainly have loved this movie.

Bad: Maybe I'm thinking about it too much, but from what I saw the whole thing is just kind of weird. I never want to see Bruce Almighty, but were Bruce and Evan close? And wasn't that just a movie about a dude who uses God's power to look up girls' skirts? Is this a sequel? Is it supposed to have a religious subtext? Or is this just God reduced to a generic, nondenominational symbol of all-powerfulness? Why does Evan have three kids who basically look the same and do nothing? Couldn't they just have had one kid do that? There are a lot of unanswered questions here.

Grade: C. It might have fared better, but the closing credits took everything down a notch (they involve dancing to "Everybody Dance Now"). I'm pretty sure I could've made it another mile had I not seen that...