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[Comments] (2) "He said to take any rug in the house.": I. Saw. Iron. Man. with Sumana. It was pretty fun. Sumana was hoping I would be blown away, and it was probably the best superhero movie I could hope to see, but I don't really like superheroes or movies made about them. If you go to Kris's old video where he figures out the exact dates he collected Iron Man back issues, that was the opposite of my childhood. It was like the childhood of someone whose religious parents forbad comic books as Satanic, except my parents weren't like that. I thought there was something wrong with comic books on my own.

I've grown up and I no longer think there's anything wrong with comic books per se, but I find superhero comics ridiculous. Super-inventor Tony Stark basically invents cold fusion and his first priority is to use it to power his robot exoskeleton so he can beat up terrorists. That logic may work in four colors in the 1960s, or even in a stylized format today, but it doesn't hold up well in a live-action movie. Now, they actually did a good job of depicting someone for whom that would be the first priority, but nobody else in the movie tried to present alternate possibilities.

Anyway, Jeff Bridges is always fun, and after the movie we went to the comic book shop and spent a total of $17.76 on comic books. Happy Fourth!

The Truth Is Out There: Oh, here's the real reason the PVR was overheating. I didn't take the little plastic condom off the heatsink before installing it. So the CPU wasn't actually sinking much heat--it was just shrink-wrapping the heatsink. I removed the plastic and there was some slight loss of thermal compound, but everything seems to be working fine now.

As you can tell, I don't put together a lot of computers these days.

: Excellent! The car from "One Piece at a Time" was actually built as a publicity gimmick, by a guy at this company. However, according to a Wikipedia talk page, surely one of the least reliable sources imaginable, "the car pictured never ran".

[Comments] (1) Watch Out: They put up an apartment building that blocks our view of the fireworks so we're watching them on TV, with all the pointless musical numbers and bizarre close-up shots of random patriotic things that implies. "Suddenly, giant American flags invaded. It was the perfect invasion! No one would fight back against an American flag. Soon they had overrun the country!"


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