Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Katy and I decided to go out and see a movie this evening, and settled on the 7PM showing of Tangled at Fresh Pond Entertainment Cinemas. This movie theater is never my first choice; the theaters are small, the sound insulation between them is poor, and they're expensive. Usually I try to go to one of these:

But Fresh Pond was the closest place we could find with Tangled, so off we went - only to return home without seeing the movie. The sound level was extremely low (as opposed to the usual ear-splitting over volume...) and the image jittery. As soon as the previews started and the problem became apparent I went out the lobby and notified a theater employee; nothing happened. Eventually the actual movies started, and we walked out.

The manager was very polite, and refunded our money without any hassle, but it just seemed so pathetic. Evidently there is so much automation that the one "projectionist" they have was unable to actually do any troubleshooting.

The price of two adult tickets is $18.50; that's about the price of most Blu-Ray movies on Amazon (plain old DVDs are even cheaper). With this kind of experience, how long do the movie theaters think they can stay in business?

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Now it can be told...

Today we released expressor Studio 3.0. We've worked really hard over the past year for this moment.

(This is from a more recent release...)

We also had a great Yankee swap and Chinese take-out lunch. I got a cool Lava Lamp out of the deal!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Lord of the Dance

I'm a member of of the Pinewoods Morris Men; we dance every year in the Christmas Revels at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge. The traditional ending of the first act is always a performance of the Lord of the Dance, which ends with the Morris dancers leading the audience into the lobby for intermission. Here's a video clip of my teammates Steve and Joe (along with cast member David Coffin) at a recent Revels (not this year):

Well, last night Owen and I had the privilege of performing the dance together, one of the few father/son pairs to do so.

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

More about Torrent

I found a brochure from 1997. 

Pretty cool/scary looking, eh?