Archive for November, 2009

Geek joke

Thursday, November 26th, 2009 | Language, Misc, Quirks | 1 Comment

Today somebody posted a nice geek joke in our team chat, it seems to be quite common, but nevertheless it was new to me:

Why do programmers always confuse Halloween and Christmas?
Because 31 Oct = 25 Dec.

If you dont get it, read the Mathematical jokes Wikipedia article for an explanation. But I assume that people who dont get it right away wont find it funny even after reading the explanation. Revenga of the nerds! Merry Christmas 😀

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Review: Zombieland (2009)

Saturday, November 14th, 2009 | Movies, Reviews | No Comments

Zombieland (2009)

Earth’s population has been decimated by a virus, related to the mad cow disease, that turns everyone into flesh-craving zombies. Only a handful of humans remain, including Columbus, trying to make his way to his home town, where he hopes his parents are still alive. Columbus has long been an outsider and somewhat phobic, which he uses to his advantage in avoiding zombies. In fact, zombies are not his greatest fear: clowns are.

Woody Harrelson and dork Jesse Eisenberg in a zombie flick? Well, you kinda get what you expect, a quite cheesy comedy, but the zombie part is very well done – and very graphic (almost feels real). After watching the opening scene I was completely hooked. See for yourself (wait for the opening credits part starting at 2:35!):

Zombie splatter in slow-mo accompanied by Metallica’s “For Whom The Bell Tolls”. An instant winner 😉

It’s a pity the film cannot stand up to this brilliant start, it’s coming down to a quite good zombie comedy (Zombie Bill Murray, muhhaha), but towards the end it feels kind of random.  I am impressed this film made it into the IMDB Top 250, well done!

I also have to state that I disliked the “senseless destruction” scene. Watching a bunch of Whities whacking an Indian store to pieces…  felt kinda racist to me (yes, there was a cowboy, too, but come on, next time whack a Wall Mart!).

7.5/10 – a modern zombie comedy that almost rocks completely, almost …

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