April 1st, 2013

FFXI COR drawing 2 names

TV, movies, games

What a night last night was. Four TV shows on at the same time that I wanted to see! Yay for Tivo and downloading.

Walking Dead: Watched real time.
Game of Thrones: Downloaded, will watch tonight.
Celebrity Apprentice: Recorded.
Big Brother Canada: Downloaded.

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Before all the shows started, I watched Lion King. I've been avoiding watching it again. It's probably been 10+ years since I last saw it. I loved it so much that I didn't want to watch it again and maybe ruin my memory of it. But I was watching Mulan and Lion King started next, and before I could change the channel the first song caught me, and there was no escape.

Watching it again, I found that the movie stayed the same, but I had changed. I had backed Scar so intensely, I had thought he was the wronged one, that he was justified in everything he had done. Now I'm wondering what younger me had been smoking. Scar could have had a place. Second place yeah, but that's better than nothing. He could have been a good uncle and helped raise Simba to be a good king, but instead he tried to kill him and Mufasa.

I still very much disliked all the Timon and Pumbaa parts. The "humor" (which didn't amuse me one bit), felt out of place. (Though, kids movie, so I know why they did it.)

Oddly, though it's been so many years since I last saw it, I was able to mouth all the dialogue and songs nearly word for word. I knew when characters would raise their head, look that way, all the details.

Games! My first attempt to get into a beta succeeded! I'm in the Final Fantasy XIV beta. :D FFXI has been on my mind so much lately, I'm hoping I'll really enjoy XIV. I'm going to download it tonight after work. :D

Edit: Wow, and today's Awkward Stock Photo:

So much for after Easter discount candy sales?
Sigh cat

Beautiful commercial for something not so good

It's rare that a commercial makes me pause it and rewind it so I can watch it from the beginning. This song is beautiful and I had no idea what it was advertising. Even as it got to the end the tagline had me guessing. "Believe in something bigger." Was this a religious commercial? I could buy that.

But nope...

Powerball. Sigh. People are free to spend their money on whatever they want, but your chance of winning Powerball is less than getting hit by lightning twice. Is hope worth something? When it's really just false hope?

When I had decided to move to California, I used my vacation time to come out here for a week. I gave two weeks notice at work, came out here for a week to get a job and an apartment, then went back to NY for a week to pack and such. This song was stuck in my head those whole two weeks, and I didn't mind it at all. It's so beautiful.

I can't blame Powerball for using it for their "We're coming to California!" campaign, I just hope... well. Unreasonable things. That people don't get into trouble with this, spend money on it they shouldn't, etc.

When I was younger, I just called lotteries "tax on stupid people", but not anymore. Maybe people have fun buying tickets? Maybe a few days of hope and happy thoughts while they wait for the drawing are worth a couple dollars? It's not like California had no lotteries before Powerball got here, so I'm probably worrying for nothing. (I know some money goes to schools, but I'm more worried about people spending money on this instead of doing something more productive with it.)