Of Movies And Cubes

“Thanks to my solid academic training, today I can write hundreds of words on virtually any topic without possessing a shred of information which is how I got a good job in journalism.”
–Dave Barry (Dave Barry is from Mars and Venus)

I need a break from what I am supposed to be working on right now, so I thought I would come by and ramble on for a bit about nothing in particular.

It’s funny, when this year started, I was most excited about seeing Star Trek XI, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Dark Knight, and Get Smart, in that order. Now, the list has almost turned upside down.

Star Trek XI was bumped to next year, so that is out of the running for 2008. The Indy IV teaser trailer seems to have deflated some of my enthusiasm for that movie. I am still looking forward to it, but not as much. The death of Heath Ledger has dampened my enthusiasm for The Dark Knight.

That leaves Get Smart as my most anticipated movie for this year. All of the clips I have seen from this one, in both trailers, have looked fantastic. Both Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway seem to be taking the right approach to the characters. Who knows what I will be doing three months from now, but I sure plan to find the time to have a seat in a theater that weekend to check this one out.

Of course, there is also the unexpected gift of Star Wars: The Clone Wars this year, but that animated movie just does not take the spotlight away from Get Smart for me. Besides Star Trek in 2009, a movie I am really waiting for is the sequel to Superman Returns – maybe 2010.

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I have two, count them, two Rubik’s cubes here on my desk. One is the standard version and the other is a miniature keychain version. Both share one thing in common, though: They are unsolved. They will likely remain that way, too, as the only reliable way I have found of solving a Rubik’s cube is to disassemble and reassemble it. (Sure, you could take the stickers off and reapply them, but that’s not a very elegant approach.) The only other way I have found is to work step-by-step through a solution book or site. It is a lot more efficient to just disassemble it, though.

I found that trick in a solution book I read when I was a kid. I also worked through the manual solution portion, but found the disassembly trick to be a lot more convenient. When it comes to Rubik’s cubes, I am pretty much an idiot. I have never been able to beat the cube without cheating. I doubt that will ever change. Maybe I should get one of those new 2×2 versions – but what if I am unable even to solve that?

Better not to know.