Archive for March 3rd, 2005

Beware of the Boogeyman

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True
confession – the Dowbrigade has not watched a scarry movie all the
way through
since Vincent Price’s "Premature Burial". The last scary movie we TRIED
to watch was that one where you watch the video and then die seven days
later. Even though we turned it off midflick, we still jump every time
the phone rings just after a video finishes.

Now, in what could be the
start of a smart marketing trend, a British web
site
has
posted
the first
five minutes
of Sony Pictures new thriller hit "Boogeyman"
on their web site. We
have been trying to work up the nerve to watch it all afternoon.

Of course, two-minute movie trailers have existed for years, and
are all over the net. However, these are usually unrealistic compilations
of eye candy, one-liners and money shots, and give no idea what the
movie is actually going to be like. The first five minutes would be
a much more representative sampling. It could potentially help
us avoid dropping mucho dinero on duds and bombs at the local Megaplex,
which is probably why it will never catch on.

Meanwhile, we are almost ready to take a peek at the first
five minutes of "Boogeyman"
. Or maybe we’ll wait until
we stop having these claustrophobic nightmares of waking up inside
a sealed crypt.

from Ananova

Liberation Day

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Sitting
in our office at 7:30 in the morning, waiting for the shit to hit the
fan. The Bright Boys in IT have moved our academic
program over to a File Maker Pro database with a browser-based interface.
Unlike the staff, who use Filemaker every day, faculty only use it
twice a semester, to write midterm and final evaluations.
The idea was, with a browser based interface we could work from home.

We are sure the webberized version worked fine when the boys tried
it out in their alpha phase, but today is the last day of the first
half of the semester (Spring Break starts tomorrow – go figure) and
last night when all 32 faculty got on-line at the same time to write
their evals, the whole thing broke.

Everyone hoped the problem was just THEM, or that the computers
in their offices would be unaffected, so the office is crowded with edgy
irate teachers swilling caffeine and hovering in the hallways, waiting
for the techies to come in and feel their wrath.

It is an especially poignant moment for the Dowbrigade, as we
are teaching in a special, intensive, six-week program and so today
is OUR LAST DAY teaching until June. OUR students will not be
coming back following break. And good riddance. There have
been numerous incidents over the
last
six
weeks which have shaken our dedication to the vocation but which we
have been unable to blog due to our strict policy against writing anything
about current students. Perhaps, now that they are EX-students that
will change, but give us a few days to recover and think about it.