March 16th, 2006


Quick Clarification: Ultraviolet ! -->Atheism

I'd like to make it clear that my post last night about the fact that I no longer believe in God had nothing to do with the fact that we went to see Ultraviolet last night. I can easily see where one might assume a causal relationship between the two events, but I actually made the post before we went to the movie.

Yeah. It was pretty much that bad. It was not, however, completely without value. Just mostly.

Quick summary of the movie:
* Milla's naked ass
* Interesting color filters a pleasant surreal look to everything
* The outdoor sets were visually interesting
* Soundtrack didn't suck
* Most of the special effects were good
* Printable cell phone- nifty idea
* Nifty font/written language
* Motorcycle chase on the side of a building hasn't been done before. Absurd but innovative
* Color-changing hair and costumes. Not innovative, but nice to look at
* phyrra probably has some 'con costume ideas
* Milla saying that she wants to "kill every single human being" would be a great sound sample

* 5 minutes after expressing her desire to exterminate humanity, her mission in life mysteriously switches to protecting this one human child whom she's never met before
* Kid seriously creeped me right the fuck out. I think he's related to Christopher Walken or a clown or something
* Every other single word spoken by every single character
* So, what? The motorcycle's windscreen is impervious to minigun rounds or something?
* Any scene that Milla wasn't in
* Just about all of the scenes that she was in
* OMG they stick needles IN HER FUCKING EYES!!! AIEEEEEEE!!!
* The plot, or lack thereof
* Opening the movie with a 20 page voiceover explaining what the plot is supposed to be
* The indoor sets were freakin' ridiculous
* Nowhere near enough naked Milla
* In the future, everyone is a freaking idiot!
* Bad guys with machine guns insisting on using them as melee weapons
* Bad guy uniforms so bulky that they waddle through martial arts scenes
* Later, big bad guy sends a squad with just swords to attack Milla, who is clearly using IDKFA.
* Big bad guy seriously needs to pull the plugs out of his nose. This isn't the kiddie pool!
* They've taken the very very cool idea of Gunkata and twisted it into a mockery
* Fight scenes that are so absurdly unrealistic that they have to portray it in closeups or off-camera to keep the audience from laughing
* Narrative style, which in this case means "random scenes jumbled together with no logic whatsoever"
* A building shaped like a biohazard symbol? C'mon! That's too dumb to be stylish!
* Likewise the building shaped like a needle, with a heliport in the eye. No!
* Bad bad BAD cosmetic fangs! I've owned better!
* The special effects at the end make it clear that everyone working on the movie had just given up
* No ninjas
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Oh fuck all.

As a desktop support tech for a large call center, I end up meeting a whole lot of people and interacting with them on a fairly regular basis. Some folks are only here a short while. Some have been here almost as long as I have.

Many (actually most) pass through with only a few interactions, and don't leave lasting impressions. Maybe hearing their name in 5 years will still ring a bell, and maybe it won't. Others leave a stronger impression and are memorable. Usually the ones who stand out are the particularly outgoing ones, the ones with a lot of interesting stuff at their cubes, the assholes (mercifully few of those), the really hot chicks (thankfully many of those), the problem children, the freaks, and the ones who are just really nice people.

Lisa Karl was one of the really nice ones. (Okay, admittedly, she was also one of the really hot ones.) She was very outgoing without being overbearing, always happy and friendly. Running a ticket for her was usually a bright spot in the work day. She worked as a phone rep at Cap One for several years, but was clearly intelligent and vibrant enough that she had better things in store for her in the future.

Well, it's not to be. I heard through the grapevine today that she was killed in a swimming pool accident in January.

This makes me sad. redheadlass put it best just this afternoon: "Death is a useless loss and I want to stop it!" I really don't know what else to say.

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