A Zarthosti Marriage Ceremony

This weekend, I attended a wedding ceremony for one of Ed’s friends from RPI. His family is evidently of Persian descent and the wedding was in the Zarathusti tradition. I have to say, I thought it was pretty cool. It was interesting to see how a different culture celebrates marriage. This was definitely unlike any wedding I’ve been to, which have all been of the Christian tradition.

The priest explained the various parts of the ceremony to use before it began. I thought this was kind of pointless, since it was all explained in the program, until I realized that we couldn’t really see or hear what they were doing up front. The real fun was at the reception, though. Boy, do these people know how to party. It reminded me of Monsoon Wedding. Lots of food, lots of music, lots of dancing. Even the song that was in Monsoon Wedding that some of the characters performed a dance to was played. Apparently, it’s sung by a famous Indian pop artist. They were still partying when we left.

Also at the wedding, I got to meet a bunch of Ed’s other friends from RPI. I had met a couple at the last wedding we went to. They’re a pretty fun group, and I’m glad I had the chance to meet them. We stopped at the home of two of his friends on the way home and had dinner with them before we returned to Andover. All in all, a very nice weekend.

The Hulk: Lean, Mean, and Green

The Hulk was not your average comic book film. Ang Lee gives it a deeper feel, which I think suits it well. The Hulk is all about internal struggle, between his higher-functioning brain and the more primal corner that contains his power. Lee focuses on that introspectiveness.

To those who say the CG graphics are horrible, I say “phooey.” Well, except for the part with the mutant dogs. That just looked bad. But the rest is the Hulk as he was meant to be. Large and in charge… and green.

Really graduated now

I attended commencement at Drexel this past weekend. I picked up my diploma. I am now really and truly officially graduated and finished with Drexel now. Patti LaBelle was given an honorary Ph.D., which I wasn’t too interested in when I read about it, but she gave a sweet speech. I was particularly amused by the part where some kids in the audience yelled “We love you, Patti” and she responded “I love the freak out of you”. She also went off on Christina Aguilera and the other girls who covered Lady Marmalade. “You may think those girls did that song, but we did it first.” All in all, it wasn’t bad, except for the rain. My diploma got a little wet on the edges, but hopefully that will be hidden when it gets framed! I’m glad it’s over, I’m glad I did the ceremony, and I’m glad my loved ones were there to see it.

Enter The Animatrix

The Animatrix is a collection of animated short films that are based on the world of The Matrix, including The Last Flight of the Osiris, a computer animated film done so well that you could almost believe that the people were actually filmed. Some of stories were written or outlined by the Wachowski brothers and others were created by the animation artists themselves. The different interpretations that each artist brings to the visual world of the Matrix is fascinating. Some of the stories fill in history of the Matrix. Others are more explorations of the idea of the Matrix. If you’re a fan of the Matrix movies, you must see this.

The Ice Storm

The Ice Storm is a movie about family. It’s about the people who tear us apart and put us back together. Not a lot actually “happens” in this haunting Ang Lee film threaded through with images of ice. The ice storm itself is a major event, but it’s only secondary to the true meaning of the story. It doesn’t matter what happens, but instead how the characters react to it.

The film is also an interesting portrayal of life in 1973. The parents are searching for identity and experimenting with drugs and sexuality as much as the kids are. Watch it, and think about what family means to you.

Brian Takle examines The Matrix Reloaded in detail

Check out this really in-depth analysis of The Matrix Reloaded.

My basic thesis is that Matrix Reloaded is a story about Genesis. Not the creation story. I mean the transcendence story that comes immediately after the creation story, in which the serpent, who is Loki the Inventor God, who is Neo, leads humanity from the Garden into Middle Earth. (I have a sneaking suspicion the three-movie arc is going to be about machine evolution as well.)

Laundry and the art of not knowing Chinese

Okay, so I’m not perfect. I’m a little lazy, I’m a little depressed, I’m having more than enough trouble looking for and finding a job because I’m an utter coward. However, I don’t see how any of these things make me responsible for magically knowing that there’s laundry in the dryer that I should be folding when I didn’t even put it in there. My boyfriend’s mother appears to think so. Or at least that’s how I heard it secondhand from Ed. It’s bad enough that I don’t know what people are talking about in this house 90 percent of the time, let alone when they’re actually talking about me.

I’m sorry I’ve been around the house too much. I’m sorry I haven’t found a job yet. I hate depending on people who aren’t my family. Hell, I hate depending on people who are my family. I just don’t know what to do about it right now, and I resent the implication that I should be psychic and know exactly what needs to be done.

To tell the truth, I’m a little afraid of Ed’s mother. She’s a perfectly nice woman, just a little intimidating, and my living with her son and not making very much money isn’t helping. I’m feeling a little cornered. I can’t find a job, and the only other thing I could do is move in with my parents, but that would mean moving far away from Ed again.

Well, now that I’ve gotten that at least partially out of my system, back to your normal programming. I hope that this at least made some sense, I’m a little too generally upset to be sure.

Good friends, good food, good drinks

Last weekend, we went to Philadelphia to visit some of my friends from college and pick up my regalia for graduation. Happily, I was able to coincide that errand with my friend Emily’s birthday on May 31st. We had dinner and Buca di Beppo and then headed to Dave and Buster’s.

Buca di Beppo’s was pretty cool. It’s a family-style Italian restaurant, where the entrees serve about four people. The food was really good, although I would have liked some more pasta. We had a stuffed pasta assortment and veal and eggplant parmigiana (one of my friends is a vegetarian). I actually only ate the eggplant and a couple pieces of pasta. By that point, I was too full for anything else. We also tried some of the orangecello, since they were out of the lemoncello due to exportation (or was it importation) problems. Man, that stuff is strong. You have to swallow fast or you taste that grain alcohol way too much. Our waiter was pretty cool, although I think you have to pass some kind of extroversion test to work there. He was really really friendly.

Dave and Buster’s was pretty typical. Played some video games, skee ball, and some gambling games. I ended up with a shot glass for my trouble. ;)

While I was in the area, I also had the chance to have brunch with my friend Yoni, probably the first person I really connected with at Drexel.

It felt like old times, which makes me more than a little nostalgic for college. Some of my friends I haven’t seen since fall term, when I was last at Drexel, and some for even longer than that, so it was quite a get together. I didn’t really have friends like this before college, and it reminded me of what I’m missing. It’s not the same up here in Boston. However, I was really happy to get the chance to visit, and hopefully there will be more opportunities in the future to keep in touch.

Better case for my Palm Tungsten T

The next case I want for my Palm Tungsten T is the lovely Slipper from E&B Company. It’s got thinner leather than the RhinoSkin I’m currently using, which would make it a lot easier to hit the front buttons. The magnetic closure is also easier to open than the snap that RhinoSkin uses.

The Italian Job gets the job done

The Italian Job is that perfect mix of comedy, action, and romance. A group of thieves pulls off an inspired scheme to heist a load of gold bars. The adventure leads them from Venice to Los Angelos and finishes with a car chase with three Mini Coopers, my favorite part.

Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron are sparkling as the leads. Seth Green is a riot as the token geek. The Italian Job has fast cars, good quips, and plenty of ingenuity.