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crimulus’ weekly Twitter updates — 2010-10-10

  • Is it weird that I actually find this sort of … intriguing? #
  • RT @NFLfootballinfo Kyle Orton´s 1,419 passing yards is 2nd-best in NFL history thru 1st 4 games (Warner, ´00, 1,557) #
  • I’m not a jackass, I just play one in real life. #
  • Saving money is exactly what will materialize our total conversion to renewable energy, and it’s starting. #
  • RT @washingtonpost Randy #Moss trade to Vikings is done; Patriots get third-round pick: [Retirement?] #
  • Getting very aggravated with #Ubuntu and having to reboot every few days for package updates … GRRR #
  • New features from Facebook? Yep: Downloadable profile, Enhanced Privacy Dashboard, Segmentation of visibility of posts. #
  • Salmon & Parmesan stuff Potatoes « 28 Sides Designs & Crafts #
  • A Little Climate Change Goes A Long Way In The Tropics – Science News #
  • Vitamin D Is Essential To The Modern Indoor Lifestyle – Science News “D”oes a body good … #

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Posted by on October 10, 2010 in Twitter Updates

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A few thoughts on How To Train Your Dragon

Cecily and I saw this last night as a double feature (paired with Iron Man 2) at The Family Drive In Theatre in Stephens City Virginia.  Short and simple — great movie. The plot was intriguing and somewhat surprising (not like EUREKA! but Oooooh … interesting). Had all the appropriate elements, but most importantly, it kept me interested.

Summary: a young boy growing up in a village of dragon-slaying Vikings is neither strong enough to slay a dragon, nor eager to do so. In fact, he befriends one, and eventually is able to reveal things to both the dragons and the Vikings that neither knew.

Good date film, good kids film, and good manly man film as long as you don’t tell anyone how much you love it (and I loved it!). 😉


Posted by on May 17, 2010 in Personal, Reviews

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The Family Drive-In Theatre (Stephens City, Virginia) — new ownership

Recently, The Family Drive-In Theatre in Stephens City, Virginia came under new management, and I had some thoughts about the experience that I conveyed to the new owners. Rather than write a formal review here, I’m simply posting the contents of the email:

Hi, just wanted to give feedback on the theater experience.  I'll try to keep it brief, but my wife and I watched Iron Man 2/How To Train Your Dragon.

The new ticket price is still a deal, so that is good, but what I most wanted to comment on is the "announcing" over the broadcast system.

Please, if you really want to do a message like that, record it in advance, and keep it concise.  It was some very boring rambling about the new ownership, the new website, patronizing the concession stand, and while all these points are worth knowing about, it seemed like 10 minutes.  Record it early, keep it brief and upbeat.

Also, the film cut out quite a few times in the middle.  It would have been nice if someone came over the system and explained what was going on.

Otherwise, same old theater, and I look forward to seeing more movies there.  It is also a welcome change that you are bringing new movies, although an unfortunate side effect to that is increased wait times and longer lines.

Anyway, just my two cents, thought you'd be interested.

And the reply (addended 5-18-10):

Thanks Jeremy for the feedback.

We will attempt to keep announcements short.   As for the projector cutting out, it normally doesn't do that--it was pulling the film harder than it should have been on one of the projectors and we had to adjust the film tension a few times to keep from damaging the print.

look forward to seeing you again.


Jim Kopp
Family Drive-In Theatre
Stephens City, VA 22655

Posted by on May 17, 2010 in Personal, Reviews

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A few thoughts on Iron Man 2 (Review)

Cecily and I went to see Iron Man 2 at The Family Drive In Theatre in Stephens City, Virginia (not necessarily relevant, but I thought I would mention). Actually, the film was paired with How To Train Your Dragon (film) — very good pair. Anyway, I wanted to jot a few notes/give a small review (and this should be fairly brief).

Overall it was a fair to good movie — certain it would have been just as good as the first had it actually been the first. That being said, in my opinion it went a little over the top with the cheese/tongue-in-cheek/comic book cliche. The biggest example to me is the pepper spray scene. While funny, the timing was very awkward and it really kind of cheapened the scene.

Best line of the movie? (paraphrased) “Excuse me I’m fighting off a Hammer-Roid attack.” 😀 That is good stuff!

Also another major high point? Scarlett Johansson in tight leather (a la Uma Thurman — The Avengers) and a very hot hairdo.

So while the movie didn’t wow me, it was actually very good, just familiar and so it didn’t excite me, but it’s certainly worth seeing, and I would definitely see it again.

And the icing of the experience was when our two-year-old son woke up at the end of the movie (when AC/DC was playing over the credits) and very sleepily headbanged and rocked out. 🙂


Oh and if anyone else wondered what they found in the teaser at the end of the credits, apparently it was the Hammer of Thor.


Posted by on May 17, 2010 in Personal, Reviews

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Independent Film Casting Call “The House at the End of the Lane”

This is the transcript of an email I received from Steve Smith — just passing the word.

Hey, Everyone!

I hope you are having a great Summer!  I just wanted to let you know about an opportunity to be in an independent film:  The House at the End of the Lane.  If you like the Sixth Sense, suspense films by Alfred Hitchcock or stories by Stephen King, I think you would really enjoy this film.  There are numerous and varied parts available.

Cinematographer Glenn Paoli will be working with me on this film.  Glenn will also be composing the musical score.  Glenn has extensive experience in all facets of production.

Casting/Audition times are:  Saturday, July 11th, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Sunday, July 12th, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.;  and, Thursday, July 16th, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  All of these auditions will take place at the Hardy County Public Library in Moorefield.  If available, please bring an 8 x 10 photo and an acting resume.  A dramatic monologue would be nice, but is not essential.

I realize that this is a new experience for most of us in this area.  With the growing amount of talent and technical skill which our area can offer, I believe that this can be a great opportunity for all.  If there is someone you know who might be interested in auditioning, have them contact me.  If you have any questions, please let me know.

Thanks,  I hope to see you all soon!
Steve Smith (304) 851-6535


Posted by on July 10, 2009 in Personal

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