The Entertainment Shack

Jun 29 '06

 
An Inconvenient Truth

An Inconvenient Truth

B

As Stephen Colbert said, this is the best (and most expensive) "powerpoint presentation" I've ever seen. Al Gore's multimedia presentation, which is actually created in Apple Keynote, shows us the dangers of our gas guzzling cars and the serve impact that they have on the environment. With a little current administration bashing mixed in, this will probably be one of the most interesting lectures you have ever seen. Regardless of your stance on global warming or politics, you will find this to be an impressively well-put together presentation and that Al Gore is a wonderful public speaker.

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Jun 27 '06

Chicago Pride

OnlookersThis past weekend I went to visit a friend of mine in Chicago, and Chicago Pride happened to be going on so we decided to check out the parade on Sunday.

It was quite the spectacle. It was approximately 3 hours long... and that was without any gaps between the floats. The types of floats were a lot more diverse than I had expected. While the media makes the parades out to be like all stereotypes there are of the LGBT community, it was a lot more.. sophisticated than that. All the local news stations had floats with their news anchors riding on it, many big companies such as Starbucks, Pepsi, and Miller Lite had floats, as well as several politicians.

Candy wasn't the main item thrown from the floats as per your 'normal' parade. Almost every float had beads (I caught about 30) and many of the bigger companies threw their products from their float. I caught things such as a bag of coffee from Starbucks, a bottle of Juice from Naked, and a bag of chips from Frito Lay, and a mix cd from DJV.

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Jun 24 '06

The Code Book by Simon Singh

The Code Book by Simon Singh

A

From the history of hiding messages to the future of encryption using quantum physics, this book covers it all. For anyone interested in secret writing this is a must read. As the book steps though all the different ciphers and encryption methods, several examples are demonstrated in conjunction with real-life analogies making even quantum mechanics easy enough for a 12 year old to understand. The back of the book features coded messages so you can test your ability to decipher using the methods the book clearly demonstrates.

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Jun 22 '06

 

Jun 21 '06

The Da Vinci Code (Movie)

The Da Vinci Code (Movie)

C

I saw the movie after I read the book-- and was significantly disappointed. A lot of the mystery and suspense was removed from the story as the movie skipped over or rushed through all the good parts of the book. The movie was a significantly dumbed down version of the book, and the only thing that saves this movie is the perfect ending shot.

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Jun 20 '06

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

A

Practically everyone has already read this book, so by now you've heard of hundreds of opinions from everyone else. I'll have to concur with the majority-- it was a well-written book full of suspense, mystery, and history. It's definitely not the "best book in the world", but still a really good read. Pick it up if you haven't already.

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Jun 18 '06

New York Tip

Apple StoreI just got back from my week trip to New York with the family. Spent a lot of time with the family, but some highlights were the new Apple Store on 5th Ave: A store design that was more like an art gallery than a store. Probably one of the coolest stores I've ever been in, Times Square, Central Park, Museum of Modern Art: Unfortunately too much to see in just the few hours that we had there, NBC Studio Tour: The SNL set is a LOT smaller than it looks, and Phantom of the Opera: I almost got a couple of obnoxious middle school girls sitting behind me kicked out. It was funny. The house manager was going to get the police if they didn't shut up.

Now, I got a bajillion of emails to catch up on. Econ class starts tomorrow and I go back to work.

listed in: apple, life, new york, travel |

 

Jun 10 '06

The Kid by Dan Savage

The Kid by Dan Savage

A

This book by Dan Savage, the author of the famous "Savage Love" sex column, is a hilarious look at adopting a child as a gay couple. Dan and his boyfriend Terry decided to adopt using an option-adoption process, where the child knows their mother, and the mother plays a part in the child's life as they grow up. Their adoptive mother turns out to be a girl by the name of a Melissa... a "gutter punk"... homeless by choice. Dan Savage is not at all modest as he doesn't hold back anything while explaining every part of his voyage through the adoption process. It's not in the least sugar-coated, and an honest must-read autobiography.

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Thank You for Smoking (Movie)

Thank You for Smoking (Movie)

B

Unfortunately I haven't read the book this movie is based after so I can't do any comparisons between the two. However, this was a funny satire on the tobacco industry, the movie industry, and the government in general. It was fast paced and never left you twiddling your thumbs. It could have been a lot longer though-- the movie ended before you knew it.

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Jun 7 '06

 

Jun 6 '06

Mission: Impossible III

Mission: Impossible III

A

I was incredibly impressed with Mission Impossible 3. Although in real life Tom Cruise has gone a little loopy, he's still a great actor. I was expecting a cliche action movie, but a significant portion of this movie was about the espionage. The lip-reading portion of the movie is quite impressive; you'll know what I'm talking about when you go watch the movie. They don't dumb down this movie for anyone. You have pay attention to keep track of all the plot twists and to figure out who the bad guy really is.

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Jun 5 '06

 

Jun 3 '06