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crimulus’ weekly Twitter updates — 2010-10-24

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Posted by on October 24, 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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Twitter weekly updates by crimulus for 2009-12-06

  • Wow … black coffee + cookies & cream ice cream = HOLY F&$KING SMACK DOGS BATMAN!! #
  • If the son and daughter of the king and queen mate, is it called "Princest"? #
  • It just occurred to me I still have a lot of songs to write … maybe that is something I can do today ……………….. or not #
  • Actually enjoying the snow … not making for good hunting (off the porch) or driving, but nice day anyway 🙂 #
  • RT @YouQuotedQuotes Speak when you are angry–and you will make the best speech you´ll ever regret. ~ Laurence J. Peter #Quotes #
  • RT @YouQuotedQuotes I submit to you that if a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live. ~MLK Jr. #
  • I have no idea why, but I just decided that a good band name would be "Iron The Scrotum" #
  • RT @QuoteDaily "Eternity is not something that begins after you are dead. It is going on all the time. We are in it now." -C P Gilman #
  • @gstephanopoulos Please don't go to GMA! You are the perfect fit for This Week, and it would be a shame to see you leave it. #
  • People are classified 2 ways: those with lots of potential, and potentially others. I think I have potential to have lots of potential. 😀 #
  • Again, somehow @KarlRove (of all the freakin people) shows you flamboyant right wing nitwits how to properly criticize. #
  • The latest #Rasmus sale is coming up Dec. 12 at @CIESurplus Great deals on all kinds of surplus (Berryville, #Virginia) #
  • If there were a way to be professionally mediocre, I'd so be "ok" at that. #
  • – Why I'm Rooting for the #Salahis @FOXNEWS | haha … well said! #
  • – Why I'm Rooting for the #Salahis @FOXNEWS link » | haha … well said! #
  • "Every positive integer is one of Ramanujan's personal friends." —J. E. Littlewood, upon hearing of the taxicab incident. #
  • RT @History_is_cool On this day in U.S. history , 1828: Andrew Jackson is elected the seventh U.S. president. #
  • RT @NFLfootballinfo With 3 rushing TDs, LaDainian Tomlinson (134, 2000s) passes Emmitt Smith (136, 1990s) for most rushing TDs in 1 decade #
  • RT @Historyday Today in 1823 Pres J Monroe proclaimed a bold new US foreign policy initiative that became known as the "Monroe Doctrine." #
  • RT @YouQuotedQuotes An ambitious horse will never return to its old stable. ~ Chinese Proverb
    #Quotes #
  • Tell me this is not a great #gift idea! @silverclassics #28SidesDesigns #zodiac #pillow #
  • RT @Discovery_News Heterosexual contact has become the chief transmission route for the HIV infection. #
  • heresay / heresy … #
  • RT @Historyday this day in 1824 the US pres. election went to the House to decide when none of the candidates received an electoral majority #
  • Custom Embroidered Zodiac Travel/Decorative Pillow by 28SidesDesigns. @silverclassics #

Posted by on December 6, 2009 in Twitter Updates

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Black Swan Vineyards 2006 Shiraz & Merlot 70%/30% Blend

So this particular saturday night I ended up with a bottle of the 2006 70% Shiraz, 30% Merlot red wine blend from Black Swan Vineyards, southeastern Australia.

My rating?  4.5 stars out of 5.

It is excellent at a slightly elevated, Virginia summer room temperature.  An incredibly velvety smooth berry and grape texture, followed by just the hint of a pointed tart and a molasses laced finish note and a subtle enough smoky bouquet that you can ignore it if you like.  After all, the smoked barrel lost its edge about 20 years ago.  (-0.2 stars).

The major down side?  Nothing amazing (-0.3 stars), but it’s perfect for this night.

Cecily says it goes well with Fudge Stripe cookies.


Posted by on July 25, 2009 in Reviews

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CIE Surplus — new, richer, e-commerce ready website!

After a year and a half or so of lots of business at geeXmedia, we finally had some time to build a more robust web front-end for CIE Surplus, whose commissioning of ListApp is really what brought about our company.

Anyway, I wanted to highlight the new features.

First of all, the most important enhancement is the ability to buy items directly from the website!  None of the other optimizations we’ve done are worth anything without that functionality.  That means you can buy an awesome steal of a deal from a CIE Surplus eBay auction, proceed to check out using the much-upgraded CIE cart, and pile on a bunch of additional blowout deals right from the site, and pay right there.

You can even specify customer pickup.  What does that mean to people in the northern Virginia, Winchester and Berryville Virginia, and West Virginia eastern panhandle area?  Super deals with no shipping charges!

And for the savvy user, there are RSS feeds to track new inventory from wherever you choose.  They are as follows:

Check it out today!  They can ship to anyone, so even if you’re not stopping by to pick up, you can get some seriously awesome deals.


Posted by on July 7, 2009 in Commentary, Computers

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