Mark Richards


Thursday, May 19, 2005

12:01 AM = Stupid

"Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith" opened last night, I guess it was today actually, at 12:01 AM. I have my tickets already and will be there with lightsaber in hand (I am just kidding, but damn that was dorky). The reviews have been very positive, and combine that with a trailer that looks awesome, I must say that I am rather jazzed about this movie.

I do have a problem though (as always). If the movie was scheduled to be released on May 19, 2005, why on earth do the showings need to be at 12:01 AM? Last time I checked, 12:00 AM and zero seconds officially makes it May 19th. Does having a show time of 12:01 AM validate to both people and theaters that it truly is May 19th? Do people not believe it otherwise? Is 12:00 AM not really the first minute of the day? Do people need to finish one minute of the day before accepting that yesterday is over and today has begun? Assuming people and theaters are not this stupid, are the Lucas people insisting on holding the movie hostage for an extra 60 seconds? Do they plan for consumer sales to double or triple in the 12 o'clock hour, which is all of 1 minute? Does 12:01 AM have some greater importance in "a galaxy far, far away"?

Obviously, I never learned to tell time properly. I will make sure to laugh at everybody on New Year's when they start cheering at midnight.

UPDATE: Tomorrow is payday and there is a system that sends me an automatic email notifying me of that fact. Here is the first line of the email:

"Your current pay period direct deposit advice will be available for viewing after 12:01 AM on payday."

Apparently, this system, be it a bank or an internal department, does not comprehend the fact that the day actually begins at the stroke of midnight and not 1 minute after midnight either.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Well, Shit

Team Bad Guy returned to the field last night looking to even its record at 3 and 3 against a team with only 8 players (10 is the norm). Guess what? We didn't! We lost...badly. Damn, that was disappointing. A win would have brought us into third place and given us a distinct shot at making the playoffs. Definitely a missed opportunity. We just did not do anything right: we hit like crap, we fielded like crap, and people's attitudes in general were crap. I think the last part is what bothers me the most.

On a positive note, my latest swing changes have virtually erased my constant lazy pop fly hitting. Over the last two games, I have gone 3 for 6 at the plate while hitting 5 ground balls. Honestly, the hits have been weak at best (mostly seeing-eye singles), and my swing still needs some tinkering, but I think I am headed in the right direction. I really should go to the batting cages and get myself straightened out and see what works.

Oh well, there is always next week.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

National Teacher Day

Today is National Teacher Day. I would like to send some love out to my fiance Sarah, who teaches third grade, and the thousands of other teachers throughout the country. They perform a service that I surely do not want to perform, as they shape the minds of the future of our great country.

Keep up the good work!


Somebody please save Toby!