Indiana Jones

We watched the first three movies again before watching the latest Indiana Jones movie and enjoyed all of them.

Since the new Indiana Jones movie was coming out, we had to watch the older ones again before the new one.

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark was the first Indiana Jones movie and I believe the best one. I rate it 9/10.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was the worst of the old series. The child’s character was mostly for comedic effect and even the adventures of Indy weren’t that fun. I rate it 6/10.

The third movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade was much better with Sean Connery as Indiana Jones’s father. I rate it 8/10.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull has come out after a break of almost two decades. It is a reasonably good movie. However, considering the progress of computer generated graphics in recent years, this movie is not good. It uses too much CGI and does not do it very well. Overall, I would rate it 7/10.

If you are interested in the archeology related to the things mentioned in the Crystal Skull, you can find out more here. As always, don’t rely on movies for archeology, history or science.

In the end, I would highly recommend this series of fun movies. And if you haven’t watched them, you must have been living in a cave.

Register to Vote

If you are a US citizen and are not registered to vote, then you should register at the earliest.

If you are a US citizen and are not registered to vote, please do register.

For the November general election, the registration deadlines for most states are in October.

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If you are overseas, then you can request an absentee ballot. You can register and request an absentee ballot together, but you need to do it at the earliest.

If you are not a US citizen and register to vote, you can be deported and permanently barred from becoming a permanent resident according to law.

Iron Man

Iron Man is a decent superhero movie, worth watching, though it’s no Spider Man or Batman Begins.

Iron Man is another comic book superhero turned into a movie.

In recent years, there have been quite a few good supehero movies and this is no exception. The plot has some holes and is a bit weak at times, but the movie delights.

If you stayed till after the credits, there was an extra scene setting up The Avengers movie.

Michelle got hold of an Iron man toy at McDonald’s and wouldn’t stop talking about Iron man. We thought about taking her to watch the movie but after reading reviews thought that it wasn’t appropriate for a 3 year old.

Overall, I rate Iron Man 8/10.

Geocaching

It’s a fun treasure hunt game using a GPS.

Geocaching is:

an outdoor treasure-hunting game in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers (called “geocaches” or “caches”) anywhere in the world. A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook and “treasure,” usually toys or trinkets of little value.

Geocaching started when selective availability of the GPS system was turned off in May 2000, increasing the accuracy of consumer GPS units by ten-fold. You can read more about its history here.

My friend Wayfarer got me into geocaching in April 2006. I became a member of the Geocaching.com and was off finding caches. My first find was one my daughter and I found together in a park that we visited often.

My best day was when Wayfarer and I found 14 geocaches together in April last year. May 2007 was my best month when I found 22 caches.

At times, geocaching has been a lot of fun. It’s especially fun to hunt for them in the wilderness. However, sometimes geocachers hide microcaches (those that are very small) in parks etc, and those can be difficult to find. In the city, some hiding places are so crowded that one arouses suspicion during the search. At times, the bomb squad is called.

The houses were evacuated, the bomb squad called to disarm the suspicious device that was found in a quiet Tustin neighborhood. A member of the bomb squad placed an explosive device to detonate the offending object and BAM!

The lid blew off the rectangular ammunition box and revealed … some notes and a few pieces of candy.

Bounty from what turned out to be nothing but a high-tech scavenger hunt.

On the other hand, some tourist destinations, like Jekyll Island or Callaway Gardens, have hidden geocaches all over the place as a way to attract visitors with another activity.

So why write about it more than two years later? Because I passed a milestone: On July 9, I finally got to 100 geocache finds.

I use the GPS receiver Garmin GPS60CSx for navigation/finding the cache and Treo 650 smartphone for storing all the info about the caches from the Geocaching website. GSAK is the software on my PC which keeps a database of caches I might be interested in and Cachemate runs on the Treo for the same purpose. I also use Garmin MapSource (I have the Topo maps, Google Earth (on the PC) and Google Maps (on the Treo) for mapping.

The Departed

It is a Martin Scorsese crime movie. What more can I say to get you to watch it?

The Departed is a crime movie involving moles. There is an undercover policeman in the mafia and a mafia man in the police. The movie involves their predicaments as they realize that there is another mole.

The Departed is great as should be expected from a Martin Scorsese movie. I rate it 9/10.

Hilton Head

We went to the beach on memorial day weekend where we had a lot of fun and ate lots of great seafood.

As is our tradition, we went to the beach for the Memorial Day long weekend. This trip was to Hilton Head Island, SC.

We spent most of our time there on the beach. Michelle was very excited about getting into the water. The first day she spent most of the time in the ocean, but on the second day, it was very windy and the waves were much higher. She would go into the water and then run back when a wave crashed on the shore.

Here are some photographs.

A Bird
Birds flying
Wave crashing
Ocean
Waves
More waves
Beach 1
Beach 2
Waves
Riding the waves
Sunset
Pier
 

We had some great dinners there. At Truffles Grill, I had salmon with mango barbeque glaze which was heavenly. CQ’s the next night was pretty good too. We sat outside at Old Fort Pub where I had a very tasty Bouillabaisse.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

The Kid was frightened at some of the fight scenes but was otherwise engrossed in this movie.

Michelle has been excited about watching movies at the theater since she enjoyed Enchanted. So we decided to take her to see The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.

That wasn’t such a great idea since I didn’t realize how much violence there would be in the movie. Michelle was scared of the fight scenes. On the other hand, she was so engrossed in the movie that she didn’t even look away when she was scared.

Since Michelle enjoyed the movie despite some scary stuff, I would rate it 7/10.