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With a career that has spanned advertising, production, technical services, and project management, Michael is able to articulate the wide range skills and professions that make the Internet work. This eclectic understanding and his desire to shine the light on those hiding behind techno babble has brought success to a wide range of projects.

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New York, New York

Made it to SXSW in Austin

Good Morning America, now Go Fight Traffic

More surreality in Portland

Irish Music in Oregon City

Landing on an Aircraft Carrier

Got Curry? And some bizarre art?

Random Music and Random Life in Portland

To the dump, to the dump, to the dump dump dump

Flight Simulator

Cold night, hot fire, happy cat

Walking to work in the snow

A window into Moreland of the Past

Big and Little Beirut

Reflections on my DC Trip

Born Again American

The wall of pissing

National Treasure/National Archives

My trip to DC so far

Everyone is insane

Getting ready for DC

The Very Model of a Modern Major General

Race to Witch Mountain

Christmas Fire

CAT Scan!

Follow up to the shoulder injury

Ironic Injury

On the Santa Monica Pier

Oil prices and birdsong

Watching Starship Troopers AGAIN!

You can't build life

Accidentally Drunk in Portland

Al Gore the Winner

Intelligent life is out there (but itís bugger all down here on earth)

Aussie Rules Football

Trip to Nostalgia Land

I am such an idiot

Long day of travel

Miami -- as far from Portland as you can go in the US

I'm fascinated with modern plumbing

Leaving Seattle (or why you should keep your ticket close)

On the Rails



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Watching Starship Troopers AGAIN!
2008-08-02 23:10:00

Surfing around the OnDemand choices, I came across Starship Troopers, and I just couldn't help myself. I've lost track of how many times I've watched the thing, but there I sat, watching it again (now in HD!)

What is it about Starship Troopers that I like so much? I hate the restriction of chain of command, I'm inherently opposed to violence as political tool, and the movie makes it clear that the "good guys" we're rooting for are actually the invaders.

But it's so campy. Lines like "They sucked his brains out" while someone sticks their fingers into an empty cranium. And the cinematography -- the allusion to the Zulus in the desert fort is great film.

But, you know, what I really think I like... It's that sense of purpose, the ability to rise to the challenge, even if you don't know the whole story, you still have to survive. The poor mobile infantry doesn't need to know what's right or wrong on the big picture, they just need to stay alive, and the platoon does what it can to keep everyone alive.

And the effects are STILL cool.


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