I want the A’s to come to San Jose. I am not going to help you make presentation materials to argue against it. I don’t care if you think people will park in your neighborhood. I don’t care if you think your property will be more valuable as a parking lot and will be leveled. I don’t care if you are concerned about noise. I disagree with your proposal that the site be moved to the site where the Earthquakes soccer-specific stadium is going. They should not share stadia. Adjacent to the site is the future location of the California high-speed rail station and future BART station. Adjacent to that site is the HP Pavillion. The site makes sense. You are dumb. Especially when you don’t pay me. Double so when you ask me with coffee breath while grossly munching on a Taco Bell burrito.
I went with a friend of mine to see Star Trek: The IMAX Experience at the AMC Theatre in Burbank today. I drove out of my way to see the film on the large IMAX screen and paid an extra $5 for the ticket, which felt worth it at the time.
HOWEVER, we get in the theatre and its just a slightly bigger than normal screen and NOT the usual standard huge 72 ft IMAX screen. I was very upset and apparently this problem is happening all over at Regal and AMC theatres. Here’s a graphic representation of what’s happening at these “FAKE IMAX” screens:
If you don’t want the whole long story, I did some research online and found this article that explains it. Basically IMAX is whoring out their brand name and trying to trick people. These new “IMAX” theatres are really just nice digital screens with good sound, but they ARE NOT IMAX, in that they don’t have the huge 72 ft gigantic screen which people would expect. However, they still charge $5 more for tickets as they would for the regular IMAX.
REGAL, AMC, AND IMAX - YOU ARE LIARS!
Boycott them. Fuck them for taking advantage of people and charging them $5 extra. If you’re in LA, go to the Arclight from now on, and fuck the IMAX screens (fake and real).
Some people at Regal and AMC both wanted to call these screens IMAX Digital so as to differentiate it somehow from the giant IMAX screens people are used to associating with the name IMAX. Apparently IMAX doesn’t see anything wrong with duping customers like this and insisted on simply keeping it as IMAX. Well, I have a better term how about - “BULLSHIT IMAX.” Cause that’s what it is.
According to this piece, IMAX CEO, Richard Gelfond said the company only puts IMAX digital systems into multiplex auditoriums that meet certain criteria. He jokingly said, “It’s a very scientific test. It’s called the ‘wow’ factor. So if you don’t go in and go ‘wow,’ we won’t do it.” HAHAHA! REALLY FUNNY RICHARD!!!! What happens if I go in the theatre and go “This isn’t a fucking IMAX screen, I just got ripped off for $5!!” Do I get my money back?
At the AMC theatre this was my experience at guest services:
Aziz: Yes, I’d like my $5 back. I paid $5 extra for an IMAX screen and that’s not nearly as big as what I have known IMAX to be. Guest Services: I can’t sir. Its IMAX quality picture and sound. Aziz: But the screen isn’t big, that’s the whole reason I pay $5 more for IMAX. Guest Services: Well sir, you watched the whole movie, you could have come out and we could have given you tickets to a different one. Aziz: Why would I do that? I’d leave Star Trek, the movie I wanted to see and you’d give me a ticket for Ghosts of Girlfriends Past? Oh yeah that’s fair! No, you need to give me the $5 back, its the principle of it. Can I see a manager?
Manager: Sir, we can’t refund the money, you saw the whole film. Aziz: I don’t want $15, I just want $5 cause AMC lied about IMAX. Manager: Sir, I can give you popcorn and a drink. Aziz: I don’t want to go home and drink a nasty soda and eat nasty ass popcorn. I want my $5 back. Its not about the money, its the principle of the matter, ITS NOT IMAX. Manager: Sorry, I can’t do anything. Aziz: You know what Twitter is? I have 25,000 followers, I’m tell 25,000 people you run fake IMAX’s and that they should boycott AMC. Manager: I don’t really care sir. Aziz: Yeah, I wouldn’t care either if I worked here, but you know you are in the wrong! You should give me $5!! Manager: SIR, I CAN GIVE YOU POPCORN AND A SODA. Aziz: I DON’T LIKE POPCORN AND I DON’T LIKE SODA, I WANT MY $5!!! Manager: Ok here’s two free passes. UPDATE: In addition to this terrible tragedy, there are also terrible things going on in Darfur. Please Google around for more info on how to help there.
“…certainly fits the bill as a beach read in that it is fast and fun. But is it good?”—
-A book review
I understand it’s the job of film and book critics to determine whether something is good, but most times when I’m looking to read something, I care whether something is fun, not if it’s good. I guess this is about whether a book or a movie is art or entertainment. My belief: to those who make them, movies and books are art. For the rest of us, they’re entertainment. So if you’re a writing a book review for consumers, tell me if the books is fun to read. If you’re writing in some peer-reviewed journal for writers (does that exist?) tell me if the novel is good.
“The mayor will have to hash this out with public health officials,” press secretary Nathan Ballard said. “It’s the mayor’s job to weed out bad legislation. And to be blunt, this sounds pretty bad.”—Spokesperson for Mayor Gavin Newsom’s office on a proposal that would make San Francisco the first city in the nation to sell and distribute medical marijuana
“I will need a new number two. My ideal choice? Jack Bauer. But he is unavailable. Fictional. And overqualified.”—Dwight Schrute, “The Office” Seems appropriate these days, as I am currently the office’s #2 and don’t plan to be here past June.
For the life of me, I don’t get the appeal of non-alcoholic beer. It seems diametrically opposed to say, diet soda, which makes perfect sense. Diet soda has everything one could possibly want from soda- sweetness, flavor, caffeine, fizz- minus the one thing most of us would rather do without, namely, calories. Non-alcoholic beer has all the characteristics of beer that a beer drinker must reluctantly accept- the calories, that “acquired” taste, the propensity to cause bloating and gas- minus the end result that makes it all worthwhile, namely, inebriation.
It’s like working at a tedious job and not getting paid. I mean, I like drinking beer, but not enough to volunteer.