Monday, July 31, 2006

Homos on the Range, Sick at Sea, -and- Bang!

Homos on the Range - Europe introduces same-sex advertising
Sick at Sea - 221 fall ill on cruise ship
Bang! - man shoots himself in groin, crashes car

On this day in history: July 31, 1945 - Wearing a stolen army uniform, prisoner John Giles attempts to escape from Alcatraz island by boarding an outbound cargo boat. But instead of San Francisco, the vessel heads for Angel Island, where Giles is promptly captured.

Born on this day in history: July 31, 1954 - Laura Lynn Harter, executive assistant to the owner of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and wife of the author of this blog.

Today is Laura's birthday. We celebrated last evening with a delightful meal of shrimp and linguine with Alfredo sauce, toasted garlic bread, and champagne. My mother joined us.

We watched A Sound of Thunder Saturday. [Gamer Travis Ryer (Ed Burns) chases the ultimate thrill--hunting dinosaurs--by turning back the clock with the help of a time-travel outfitter run by Charles Hatton (Ben Kingsley). But after unwittingly destroying a butterfly-like creature, Ryer finds his game going horribly awry, leaving him stranded in a prehistoric past that promises to erase all hopes of a future. Can he undo the damage he's unleashed? Or is the world doomed to end?] The story was exciting and inventive, the acting was excellent, the photography was very good, and the special effects were incredible. It was a highly entertaining movie, and I recommend it.

We watched Shark Tale after dinner on Sunday. [In this DreamWorks animated tale, Oscar (Will Smith) is a small fish whose big aspirations often get him in trouble. Lenny (Jack Black) is a great white shark with a secret: He's a vegetarian. When a lie turns Oscar into an improbable hero and the truth about Lenny makes him an outcast, the two form an unlikely friendship--much to the dismay of Lenny's mafioso dad (Robert De Niro). Angelina Jolie and Martin Scorsese also lend their voices.] Everyone enjoyed this delightful movie. The story was humorous and heartwarming. It is a wonderful movie for the entire family to enjoy. The soundtrack is superb, the animation is first-rate, and the voices are excellent. I highly recommend it.

Here is a photograph of the scene that greeted Laura upon her arrival at work this morning. Sierra Nevada takes birthdays seriously! Click to enlarge.