A Magical Summer So Far
Since I last posted here, I’ve taken classes and started a summer job, and just today I saw what is quite possibly the best movie of Summer 2009. There’s a lot to cover here, so let’s get started.
In late June, I started two classes at American University in Washington, D.C. I took a class in Video Production in the morning (9am-12pm), and a Broadcast Journalism session in the afternoon (1pm-4pm). The afternoon class was much more fun – we got more hands-on experience and had much more success with our endeavors. I still enjoyed the morning class – although I didn’t actually learn anything about making movies, I got the opportunity to further hone my skills and work with like-minded young people. In the afternoon class, we produced news packages, organized them into a full newscast (complete with an intro animated and voiced by yours truly), heard from guest speakers, and even took a tour of the NBC News Washington bureau. All in all, it was a great two weeks, and when the dust settled on the last day of the sessions (the day on which we showcased our work for the full summer program), I was proud of what I accomplished.
Recently, I started a long-term job at my school. For just about the whole rest of the summer, I will be helping the tech department deploy new software and hardware, sell off old equipment, provide IT support for teachers and faculty, and prepare the new computers for use in September. I’m working from 9:30am to 4pm, but I often arrive early to get settled in and oriented for the day. We take our lunch breaks in the computer lab (anathema during the school year), and we usually watch a movie or TV episode. I really enjoy this job, because it combines several of my passions: working with people I get along with, learning more about technology, helping less-gifted individuals, and playing with cool new technology that arrives in our inventory.
In good news (although I’m pretty sure I shouldn’t be characterizing it that way), my sister is away at camp for the summer. Although dinner conversations will be less lively, I don’t have to wear headphones when I watch movies or enjoy podcasts. I’ve written her once or twice already – I really need to be better about that – and she has written me several times. Unfortunately for her, this is her last summer at camp. While she has many privileges and responsibilities as a member of the oldest age group, she is very sad that she won’t be returning for another summer after this.
I’ve been getting a lot of packages in the past few weeks. First it was three Star Wars books (including Fate of the Jedi: Omen, which I’m still in the middle of), then it was some wireless gear to extend our home network, then it was a new 20” LCD monitor that I scored for an awesome price, and then it was a new podcast microphone and a set of headphones. Lots of great gear, and all at great prices. I don’t think I’ll be ordering much for at least a few weeks.
One of the most highly-anticipated Star Wars events of 2009 is just around the corner. San Diego Comic-Con will take place from July 23rd through July 26th, but the day I really care about is July 25, also known to SDCC fans as Star Wars Day. Lucasfilm is holding a “Star Wars Spectacular” panel at 5:15pm, and gaming news channel G4 will be there. Their coverage will actually air the next day, along with several additional hours of Star Wars events from the convention, but I’ll be following all the news out of SDCC on Twitter and a variety of live-blogs. I’ll actually be in Maine with my family that weekend, but I’ve made sure I’ll be at a computer for the hour-long Lucasfilm panel. I’m also taping the entire G4 Star Wars rundown at home, so I can have it for posterity when I return.
Today I saw Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. One word: wow. I know many people thought it was too light on action, but I personally loved it. It had just the right mix of romance and adventure. The acting was flawless. The comedy was perfectly timed; I was in stitches at all the right moments. And don’t get me started on how well they did (BOOK SIX SPOILER) Dumbledore’s death scene. I am extremely happy about how this movie turned out, and I can’t wait for the first “half” of the seventh film (they’re releasing it in two parts).