Friday, July 27, 2007

Thomas and Grandma Davis

Adria's mom spent the week with us, and besides doing other things like going on a hike in the mountains, she enjoyed playing with Thomas.

Monday, July 23, 2007

More Than Meets the Eye

Saturday night when Adria's mother was visiting us, she took care of Thomas and allowed us to go on a date. We went to go see the Transformers movie. We both enjoyed the movie. However, it lacked the "I don't believe that just happened" factor that the original Transformers movie had, and the 1986 movie was full of those moments where you thought (and I still thought when I watched the movie again during the spring of 2000 for the first time in a long time, and when I watched it again recently) "I can't believe that just happened!" Among these moments were:
  1. They used Weird Al Yankovic's song "Dare To Be Stupid" as part of the soundtrack. This was an odd choice not only because Weird Al wasn't a pop success at that point in his career (and really wasn't until he recorded "White and Nerdy"), but also because the song didn't relate to anything that had happened to that point in the movie. This is easily the most bizarre 3 minute sequence of the movie.

  2. Optimus Prime dies in the first 30 minutes of the movie. One of my brothers told me this before I saw the movie and I was convinced that he was lying to me for quite some time. What other movie based on a TV show kills of the most popular character in the first 30 minutes? What were the chances that Mulder or Scully were going to die in the X-Files movie? Less that zero?

    As a side note, in 1987, one year after the release of Transformers: The Movie, another Hasboro toy-based movie was released in the form of GI-Joe: The Movie. In a scene that is eerily similar to the death of Optimus Prime, GI-Joe: The Movie has a scene where Duke slips into a coma after getting hit by one of Serpentor's snake spears that was meant for the heart of his half-brother Falcon. However, due to the massive shock that the death of Optimus Prime caused one year earlier, after Falcon has saved the day and destroyed Cobra-La, it is announced that Duke has come out of the coma.

Anyways, the new movie doesn't have anything that even remotely approaches the shock of those moments, nor does it have nearly the star-studded cast as the original (which among other things leads some to claim the original to be the better movie).

Anyways, so while we enjoyed the movie, it wasn't without its flaws. Here are my issues with the movie:
  • While I don't mind Megatron changing into a Cybertornian Jet instead of a pistol, or Bumblebee changing into a Camero instead of a Volkswagen Beatle, I couldn't believe that they had Devastator as a tank. Devastator was formed when 5 Decepticons merged (one of which was Bonecrusher). There are some claims that naming the tank Devastator was a mistake and that it should have been brawl, to which I say if you are going to spend $150 million and create some of the most complicated computer effects ever, how do you mess up something as simple as a name, when the only thing identify the Decepticon was a subtitle?
  • Optimus Prime showed off a sword when he battled Bonecrusher. Why didn't he pull that out during his fight with Megatron? Wouldn't that have helped him out?
  • No Dinobots. Who doesn't love to hear Grimlock say things like "Grimlock smash"?

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Flat Top Mountain

Adria's mother flew up to visit us for a week and to help take care of Thomas. One of the things that we did was to take a hike up Flat Top Mountain, which is appropriately named as it bears a striking resemblance to a certain Dick Tracy villain.

Not far from the parking lot there is a viewpoint where you can look out over the Anchorage area. We stopped to take some pictures before we started on the trail up the mountain. And like every family portrait that we have taken to date, Thomas was asleep for it.

Here is Adria with her mother

We didn't hike all the way to the top of the mountain, as we were getting tired and Thomas was starting to wake up and would want to eat, but here is a picture of the view from the trail

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Thunderbird Falls

Adria, Thomas and I went for a little hike today to go see Thunderbird Falls. We had a pleasant hike to the falls (the trail description in the link states that this hike is "incredibly easy", but Adria says that it was merely "easy" because of some hills). Thomas was a trooper, although he fell asleep on the car ride to the trail and didn't wake up until after we had returned home. Here are some pictures from our excursion:

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Another Family Portrait

We took another family portrait (from the comfort of our futon this time), but like the first one, Thomas is taking a nap:

Here are some pictures of Thomas in what appears to be one of his favorite places to hang out, the space on top of the washing machine and below the dryer.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Family Portrait

We took our first family portrait this evening from the comfort of our own couch.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

More Pictures of Baby Thomas

Here are some more pictures of baby Thomas:

For some reason, when I look at those last few pictures I think of what is probably the most absurd yet strangely entertaining site on the Internets Seriously, look at this and you will probably laugh.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Baby Thomas

Adria and I welcomed Thomas into our family on Friday. He is 7lbs 7oz and 19.5 inches of cuteness. Below are some pictures of our little one:

Here is Thomas with me

Here is Adria with Thomas just before we left the hospital to go home.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Independence Day

On the 4th of July Adria and I went to watch the Anchorage Independence Day Parade with some friends. Here are a few of the entries in the parade that I found interesting:

If you can't view the slideshow, the pictures can be viewed here

Having been to this parade and the 4th of July parade last year at Cannon Beach, I am of the opinion that a parade isn't a good medium to celebrate the Independence of the United States of America. Of all of the entries in the parade, only a float that depicted the Boston Tea Party even attempted to remind us of the events and struggles that led up to our country gaining it's Independence. Nor was there (or can there be in a parade) much teaching or discussion about some of the principles upon which our nation was founded. So while large portions of the parade focused on celebrating members of the military both past and present and to remind the parade viewers that "Freedom Isn't Free", there was nothing about the benefits that our freedoms provide. I think of it like this: imagine that there was a garden, and the owner of the garden built a fence around the garden so that wandering moose or other woodland creatures don't get into the garden and ruin the vegetables. At the end of the summer when the owner of the garden harvests the vegetables instead of talking with his friends about the fruits of the garden that he planted, he just talks about how great the fence that he built was. This would seem weird, but it is what overwhelmingly happens at 4th of July parades when they have various military organizations walk by, but with very little focus put onto what exactly they are protecting.