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August 17, 2003

Well, I finally spent a little time on the site. The tabs in the favorites section were driving me crazy when I had the browser open in smaller resolution windows (less than 1024x768), so I made them a little more small-window friendly. I also fixed the "misc" tabs in the favorites page so that the tab border will now change when different tabs are selected.

I haven't bothered to go through the summer vacation pictures yet, so there haven't been any new pictures added to the princess gallery.

I have seen a few good movies since the last update: Pirates of the Carribean rocked! Johhny Depp was a convincing pirate. He is such a great character actor. His character's appearance was surprisingly authentic.

The only other movie I can remember seeing is Johhny English. It was pretty good. I like Rowan Atkinson and what a surprise to see the lovely Natalie Imbruglia in a movie.

The Return of the King will be here in about 4 months. I can't wait...

I discovered (last week) that Terry Pratchett is coming to the Mysterious Galaxy book store for a book signing on October 9 at 8:00 PM. His next book is apparently entitled Monstrous Regiment. Also, this is rumored to be a ticketed event, so I guess I'm going to have to buy a ticket in addition to the new book to see him. I did finish The Wee Free Men and The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents. They were both great. If you haven't read Terry Pratchett, get out there and pick up one of his books now! It would be advisable to start with The Colour of Magic (which has been reprinted recently) and work your way through the DiscWorld novels, but each novel, with the exception of the Disc World's mythology, stands pretty well on its own.

I also finished Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere. It reminded me a lot of the Tim Powers books I have read recently (although with much more of a "fantasy" leaning). I picked up StarDust, but I haven't started reading it yet. When I finished Neverwhere, I started in on a re-read of the Dune (Frank Herbert) novels. I haven't read them in over 10 years, so other than the general plot elements, most of the story is new. I'm almost finished with Dune Messiah (the second novel) now. It could be a while before I get to StartDust. I also bought the latest 2 Myth books by Robert Aspirin. I haven't started them and when looking through the "stacks," I realized that one of the books in the series, Myth Inc in Action, is missing. I also discovered that The Plague (Albert Camus), is missing. I can only imagine how many other books that I haven't read lately will turn up missing.

I was able to attend the San Diego ComicCon for a few hours on Saturday. It was overwhelming, as usual. I was disappointed that Mark Oakley (I Box Publishing/Thieves and Kings) was unable to make it, but I assumed he would be broke after his big move across Canada. I did see Ryan Woodward (Invincible Ed), Mike Kunkel (Herobear & the Kid), Billy Martines (WildFlower), the Dark One (Brutal Planet, Animal Mystic), and quite a few aspiring comic book guys. Neil Gaiman was there, but I didn't see him. The young actor who played Boba Fett in The Attack of the Clones, the much older actor who played Boba Fett in the orginal trilogy, Kenny Baker (R2-D2), the actor inside the Chewbaca costume, and probably others I didn't see, were all there, too. The line to get in was a mile long (literally) and I had to wait about three hours to get in, but it was cool. I'll be back next year and hope to see you, Mark. Angelina Jolie was supposed to be there, but I didn't see her either.

I bit the bullet and bought the Warcraft III expansion. I had to reinstall (since it was uninstalled at some point) Warcraft III and decided to replay the campaign before trying the expansion pack, so I have yet to see the new and improved features.

I still need to get to work on bringing my bio up to date, finishing the Little Princess story, and making the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy functional. But there never seems to be enough time in the day.

I did get my mom's notes on her thoughts and experiences from my brain-damaging experience (when I was 9), so I will link to that when I get the bio back online.

Well, I guess that's all I have to say. There was probably more, but I can't remember now.

Thanks for dropping by..

Bad Bart

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