Despite his statement that he would never release the original, unaltered versions of the original Star Wars trilogy on DVD, yesterday George Lucas announced that the original, unaltered versions will be available in September 2006. He's also following the Disney model - the new DVDs will only be available until December 31, 2006 - then they go back into the Lucasfilm vault.
Supposedly the reason for the about face is to test whether the demand for the unaltered originals is really there.
The bad thing about this new release is that it also includes the DVDs that were released in 2004 as bonus material, so anyone (like me) who already has the 2004 DVDs will essentially purchase them twice. I should buy stock in Lucasfilm, although I can't, since it's a private company.
I wonder when George will change his mind on Episodes 7-9 :)
Across the street (basically) from my work, there used to be a Jersey Mike's sandwich shop. It closed down a few months ago. Today I noticed some "Coming Soon" banners in front of the closed store and drove by to see what was replacing Jersey Mike's. I was surprised to see that it was Jersey Mike's that was coming soon. At least I know I like that place :)
Yesterday, Nintendo rebranded their next generation gaming system. Formerly known by the code name "Revolution," it is know known as "Wii." In case you're wondering how to pronounce "wii," you can view this video.
BTW, google video rocks. Take a look at this Berlitz commercial
Early last week, before we went to Massachusetts for Thanksgiving, our furnace broke. We bought another space heater when we got back to town, but it doesn't heat like good ol' central heating. On Tuesday, I finished up my research as to what exactly the problem with our furnace was and ordered a replacement part from Arnold's Service Company of Louisville, KY. I highly recommend them for any furnace repair you might have to do. Not only did they have detailed descriptions of possible problems on their website, they sell replacement parts at wholesale rates too!
Krissy said our computer room got down to 42Â°F this morning. We shouldn't have to go through that again for a long while :)
Someone sponsored me for a month's access to Totalfark - thank you to whoever sponsored me!
I visit Fark (a website with links to sites that Farkers find interesting/amusing/etc.) fairly often. Whenever I come across something quirky, I submit the link to Fark with the hope of getting "greenlit." There are two viewing modes for Fark: TotalFark (which has a monthly fee) and Fark (which is free). Only greenlit articles get shown on Fark, whereas TotalFark shows every link that's submitted (or so I've heard, I've never signed up for TotalFark).
After submitting dozens of links since I started visiting Fark (I created my account on June 3, 2003), I finally got my first greelight today:
Yay for me!
Sam and I were busy working away when we heard what sounded like a police radio. Sam wrote it off as just regular talking, but I glanced outside of our office into the common area to check it out. Sure enough, a Marion County Sherrif's Deputy was talking to our colleagues in the office next door. Apparently the sherrif's department got an automated call from some office in the area with a 579 exchange. All of our numbers at work are in the 578 or 913 exchange. The deputy didn't explain what the call was about (at least, not that I heard) but he did check all of our offices to make sure everyone was OK. I wonder what the automated call was about - at least the sheriff's department was thorough and sent someone to check it out rather than writing it off as a false alarm.
Even though nothing really happened, it certainly added a bit of excitement to an otherwise typical day :)