In the heat of the night

After our huge volleyball win we weren’t too tired, and with the weather, it made sleeping impossible. Last night it didnt’ drop below 30 degrees!

At about midnight, I had the great idea of going and sitting on the grass in the memorial garden across the road from us. The sprinklers had been on recently, and the grass was nice and cool. But that wasn’t all. Steve and myself dragged my TV and DVD player along too, and ran several large extension cords back to the house. This gave us power, and entertainment.

We watched Gladiator, and the world go by. Most cars slowed down to see what we were doing, and the security guard came past. He didn’t have a problem with it (and why should he?), plus a few guys on bikes, and a jogger at about 2:30AM.

The frivolity ended at around 3:00AM when the movie finished, and we lugged the system back inside. Sleeping wasn’t any easier – it had dropped by 0.3 of a degree int he 3 hours we were outside. I need an airconditioner.

Our romantic rendezvous

Maggie and myself spent last night at Rendezvous Observation City thanks to Sandi (Maggie’s boss). It was a Christmas bonus that we decided to cash in on, as it was our 18 month anniversary on the 10th of February. Also, with Valentine’s Day tomorrow, staying on Thursday night meant we were in the middle of the two celebrations.

Maggie got off work at 2:00PM and was at my house for about 3:00PM. Richie came over and we chatted fora few minutes (he has a new lady in his life now ;) before leaving for the hotel. We checked in, and went straight down to the pool for half an hour.

We got fish and chips and ate them on our balcony, overlooking the pool, and beyond that, the beach. With the sun going down and the lights coming up, it was really romantic. Later we hit the spa, and spent the whole night chilling out. As usual, we talked heaps, mostly about getting a place together in the middle of the year. Yay! We went for a walk around Scarborough, and along the beach, and I got some glass in my foot. I got one piece out, and didn’t notice the other until this morning.

This morning we had breakfast at the hotel (again, thanks to Sandi) and then we went to the chemist to get some surgery tools to remove the glass in my foot. I got this cool digging stick (it is called a splinter removal officially) that has two sharp pointed ends, one at an angle. I didn’t manage to get the other piece of glass out (I don’t think, it may have been removed, and it’s the cut in my foot that hurts now) but did succeed in making a hole in my foot.

We then took our bags to the car and spent about 30 minutes in the pool and spa, before leaving.

Maggie has an appointment with her optometrist this afternoon, so I’ll see her after that, when we go to Kristy and Chad’s for dinner tonight.

Transformers: Energon

I’ve finished watching the first episode of the new Transformers cartoon. Very, very impressive. The animation reflects the generation one characters better I feel. It was a fair complaint that shows like Beast Wars and Armada didn’t have enough in common with the original generation of Transformers cartoons.

I think that this latest series has been targeted at viewers my age, as it contains many of the original, favourite characters. On top of this, they now display the very-Japanese idea of robots joining up to create bigger, stronger robots. We saw this with Voltron, then with a rip-off Voltron (who I can’t remember), and more recently with the “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers.” Optimus Prime has some magical power he carries inside himself called “The Spark of Combination” (it sounds like a classic case of “lost in translation”), which allows Hot Shot and Inferno to connect and form a single, bigger robot. He also has “Prime Force” in his truck-trailer, which is a team of four smaller Transformers. There’s a fire truck, a helicopter, a rock driller and a submarine, which join using some “Power Link” magic to make Optimus Prime, Super Mode.

Man, enough with the joing and becoming bigger concepts. Transformers are tough and kick ass on their own, they don’t need to display teamwork by linking together. To top this off, the Decepticons are now working with the Autobots, though this will change within a few episodes no doubt.

On the upside, they transform really quickly, which looks cool. The people have a more anime look to them, and will probably have more personality as the show develops. Already, Kicker, the reckless youth, has shown a disliking towards the Transformers and a passion towards his own species.

Also, in the first epiosode, there’s a shot where a Transformer is washing some cars, and one of them looks to be Takumi’s AE86 Trueno from InitialD :)

Interestingly, I saw this article showing Snow Cat, a new character which is based on the GI Joe vehicle of the same name. The only difference is that the GI Joe toy was “good” and the Transformer’s Snow Cat is a Decepticon (“bad”).

Now, I just have to wait for episode two.

It’s all about style

I’ve settled on the Georgia Blue style for the site, until I get my crayons out and whip up a more personal stylesheet. There’s a problem, where the right columns are not wrapping properly for me, but that might just be because of a lack of entries so far… we’ll see.

Edit: it appears that indeed it is just a lack of content causing the display to run wild. I guess I’ll have to think of interesting things to say. Actually, I should import the interesting things I wanted to keep from the ol’