OK I promise this will be the last post about the Lord of the Rings for a while. But after seeing the film for the third time I can say without a doubt, that it gets better with each viewing. When I saw it for the second time, I was able to relax and let the film wash over me without being all swept up in it like the first viewing. The third time (I had to bring my Dad and my wife’s parents) I was able to see many details that show how much love went into the film despite the alleged 37 errors found in the film.

I keep expecting to be tired of the movie or to be satisfied but I am not. I could see it again! During this third viewing, I was able to check out some of the supposed errors in the film. Many people say, for example, that they could see cars driving in the distance. Cars in the distance? I didn’t see any cars but I did look for some of the other so-called-errors and verified some while others seem less like mistakes and more like misconceptions.

The AFI just named The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings as its Best Picture of 2001. If it wins the Best Motion Picture – Drama Golden Globe that it has been nominated for, it will have a very strong chance of winning the Best Picture Oscar.

Because of the timing of its release and its recent nominations and awards, I look for this first Lord of the Rings movie to be very successful at the box office. How successful? When all is said and done (which might not be until the 2nd movie releases – or even beyond that) I expect The Fellowship of the Rings to come in 6th or 7th all-time, or just over $300 million. As a franchise and in the very long run the movie could do as well as Titanic’s $600 million, but I won’t be holding my breath. Here is a site that is watching LOTR’s progress vs. Titanic. Maybe if I see it a couple more times…

There’s some good news for fans disappointed by some of LOTR’s omissions (they had to cut something – it was already 3 hours). “The DVD, being released later this year, should have an extra thirty to forty minutes of footage on it. The additions would include some more interaction and development among the members of the Fellowship. Another addition would include the sequence in which Gimli falls for Galadriel, a turning point for his distrust of Elves.” I really hope that the additional footage is in added right into the movie as it runs, or there is an option to do so, rather than in some extra features or deleted scenes.

Finally, my favorite quote from someone reviewing the Lord of the Rings movie:

“The movie’s length is its only possible deterrent: I really wanted it to be longer.”

– Brendan L. Agnew


“Every young man who desires to remain strong, or to regain his physical, intillectual and moral powers, should have an absorbing purpose in life. Live with an aim, and let that aim be high. The man who aims at the sun will shoot higher than the man who aims at the earth. If you do not build a few castles in the air, you never will own any that are built on earth.”

– From What a Young Man Ought to Know, 1897


“The general tendency among young men and young women is to devote the hours designed for rest and sleep to social enjoyment, and oftentimes to exhausting and even debasing amusement and recreation.”

– Excerpt from the book What A Young Man Ought to Know from the Self and Sex Series by Sylvanus Stall, 1897 that I happened to pick up this weekend at an antique shop.

Moving right

The numbers for the U.S. Census are in and they do not bode well for those of us to the left of the political center. The U.S. population rose 13% over the last 10 years but most of the gains were in the southern states of Texas, Georgia, and Florida, as well as some new found conservative centers in Arizona, Colorado, and Nevada.

You can check out the U.S. Census site and the U.S. Census 2000 site for some very good information and links. I especially commend them on spending our taxes on the following site: the factfinder that allows you to do an amazing number of diverse sorts on current data and view it in maps, charts, and more.

On a somewhat related note, there is a new book called the New Geography that’s all about how the Internet is changing where people live. There was also a program on NPR (RealAudio) discussing the ideas presented in this book by Joel Kotkin. The gist? That the Internet allows people to move out of the big cities and typical technology havens like Silicon Valley and Alley to live wherever the hell they want. It’s actually much more interesting than that sounded however.

Why can’t I play?

I haven’t had much exposure to Dave Eggers before reading this. I think that is a good thing. I had a fresh perspective on him and allowed this one article to shape my opinions.

Aside from coming across as very arrogant in parts, I think he really hits a chord with me on a particular rant about “selling out” at the end of the “interview.” I have been thinking about the very same things and he sums up my views pretty well.

Here is an excerpt:

“No is for wimps. No is for pussies. No is to live small and embittered, cherishing the opportunities you missed because they might have sent the wrong message.”

Thanks Jason for leading me to this.

I can’t believe living.com went under. I really like that site, its functionality, design, store interface.

Do you think it is fair that other political party candidates are not going to be allowed to debate the republican and democratic candidates?

Ralph Nader does. Here is his ad to prove it (MasterCard is suing him for this too!)

Upcoming geek-fare at the movies or how I learned to love to read and forego the crowds of popcorn munching freaks

I have always wanted to see some of these stories turned into a movie, however I will likely take that back when they are released.

Here are some concrete and not so concrete links to information about movies all geeks wanted to see:

D & D – the movie
What do you get when you stay up all weekend rolling dice, and looking thru books, while speaking in Olde English? What… I wouldn’t know. Really. It looks like they are finally going to make a movie based upon Dungeons & Dragons. Prediction: It will do poorly in theaters but be huge on VHS and DVD. (those people don’t leave their homes)

I heard rumors long, long ago about them making a movie based upon my favorite childhood novels. Unfortunately it would suck, and I don’t think it is going to happen. Prediction: I will be able to retain the positive images I have created in my mind, without the likes of Daymon Wayons (see cast of the D & D movie) getting in the way.

Lord of the Rings
This movie is going to happen, for better or worse. I am looking forward to it despite my better judgment. It is going to be 3+ years in the making and be set in New Zealand, but can any movie live up to nearly 70 years of hype? I don’t think so. Prediction: Fans will be disappointed but the public will see something pretty darn cool.

Here is a story at Salon about an announcement from Wizards of the Coast about a new open source endeavor for the Dungeons & Dragons games. Open Source + D & D = geek orgasm.