Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
The cache we located, GCY92B (Anne Carroll Moore,) was a well created one inspired by the history of an early advocate of the then Utah State Agricultural College and it's library. Emma was thrilled to exchange goodies and we set free a Travel Bug we'd had for far too long.
The great thing about Geocaching is that it seems we have fun regardless of whether, or what we find.
Aren't spring break trips supposed to be made to sunny and warm destinations? I think the folks in Jackson Hole missed that memo because my impromptu spring break getaway to Teton County, WY was like taking a trip back to December.
The great thing about Jackson is that anytime of the year it's a beautiful place to visit. The hotel hot tub may not have been quite the same as a warm beach, but you can't stare at the majestic mountains whilst you warm your chilled body.
I don't enjoy shopping. Particularly, I've never understood shopping as a vacation actvity. Imagine my amazement when I entered the town of Jackson to find it was filled with "70% off" sales and I caught myself shopping around the town square.
Yes it was bitter cold, but lot's of fun to have an excuse to fly with mom to Jackson.
A break in the weather brings a chance to break out of the house and break out the bike for an afteroon ride around the backuyard. Emma sponsers spontanious races around the patio with arbitrary finish line locations that have the uncanny habit of favoring her victory.
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Wow! How did a dark and scary movie end up being released in February and end up being so much fun. Not fun in a bubble gum way, but in an enjoying a devilishly decadent dark chocolate mousse kind of way. Coraline is, like that mousse, a remarkable story that unfolds smoothly and evenly.
The plot expands in a very organic way, nothing feels contrived or forced. Characters, which are initially unappealing (by design) become endearing by film's end and Coraline herself becomes the heroine you'd like to see in pretty much every movie. Add a fantastically stimulating visual style and the wonder of stop motion photography and you've got yourself an outstanding film.
All but the very young will enjoy this film (I'd suggest not younger than 5ish.) The film has a scary fantasy feel but doesn't dwell on the scary in favor of the fantasy. Also, there is a disturbing fantasy sequence where two aging actresses reveal scantily clad young bodies. The animation is so distorted that there isn't really a sensual element at play, but it was rather disturbing to me and I would think that anyone with an idea of how the human body comes together might benefit from brief eye shielding. (If not for this sequence, this would have been a five star movie in my opinion.)
A Note on 3D: 3D technology seems to be coming of age in a sort of way (loosing the gimmick and gaining credibility) but there are still some kinks to be worked out - primarily increased cost and integrity of the optics used by viewers. While Coraline was fun to watch in 3D and certainly added a dimension (excuse the pun) that a standard viewing would have lacked, I don't feel as though it was worth paying an evening fare at the matinee to see it, particularly considering the glasses I was provided seemed foggy around the edges - marred by scratches and smudges. If you're a real videphille (as I am) you'll appreciate the 3D experience - otherwise, I'm not sure I'd encourage you to see it in "Real 3D."
Emma has a fever! The only perscription is more gaming! Emma has become quite adept at handling the gaming controls and enjoys both the Xbox and the DS. Although dad sometimes fears he has created a monster, he does not regret time spent playing Wall-E, Dance Dance, or Kefflings with Emma.