Sunday, August 15, 2010

There goes another chunk of money: Star Wars Saga Goes Blu-ray in 2011

George Lucas annnounced Star Wars on Blu-Ray at Celebration V yesterday.

The Star Wars saga will at long last be released in a high-definition home video format as all six movies come to Blu-Ray in a Box Set in Fall 2011, as announced by George Lucas this morning at Celebration V. At the fan convention's Main Event, thousands of Star Wars fans braved the muggy heat of an Orlando morning to queue for a one-time only stage session between George Lucas and The Daily Show's Jon Stewart. Stewart asked Lucas questions submitted from the fan community, and one of the most frequently asked questions submitted online prior to the Main Event was about the saga's release on Blu-Ray.
"I wish I could say it was coming out this year," said Lucas, "but it will come out next year."

The set will feature all six live-action Star Wars feature films, with the highest picture and audio quality, along with extensive special features.

I have not switched to Blu-ray yet and Star Wars together with The Ultimate Matrix Collection and The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy should make that pretty much a no-brainer. It is funny how the LOTR Blu-ray got horrible reviews because these are not the extended editions you are looking for but the regular editions, and of course they will come out with the extended editions sooner or later so people will have to buy both sets. SO yes, maybe once the LOTR EE comes out I will switch to Blu-ray, for now I am fine with my plain vanilla DVD collection. Also be aware that you won't see the original trilogy theatrical versions because necessary restoration would cost too much. These are the Special Edition remastered version of the original trilogy that were released on DVD.

Below is the long-lost deleted scene from Return of the Jedi.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Lamborghini and Porsche cars at the mall

I went to the small MarketFair mall next to my house and found 2 Lamborghinis and 1 Porsche GT (I believe it is a Porsche GT3) within 50 feet. I had my camera with my so I snapped these pics. Click on the pictures to get to the flickr page which will have a larger image.

Yellow Lamborghini

Lamborghinis back view

Orange Lamborghini


Porsche GT

Porsche GT

Porsche GT front view

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Recap of MVP Summit 2010

I attended the 2010 MVP summit this year for the first time.

So it all started for me at 4:15 AM (EST) on Monday, this means it was only 1:15 AM in Seattle. I took a 7:35 flight from Newark New Jersey to Seattle Washington. I met Denny Cherry at the airport and we took a cab to Bellevue. This summit all the hotels for the guests were in Bellevue.

Bellevue at night

View from the hotel room

I have been checking the weather in Seattle for the last couple of months and noticed that it is 55 degrees and it rains 6 days out of 7....I was thinking to myself who would want to live here? Well as it turns out it was sunny every from Wednesday till Saturday and we really lucked out. I even took a little visit to Lake Washington.

At least I think that is Lake Washington but I could be wrong.

Microsoft Campus
I was really impressed with the campus, they have a ski shop, a barber shop, a bike shop, many restaurants and even an artificial turf soccer field.

There were 2 full days of sessions on Microsoft's campus. These were really interesting sessions, I met some of the people who worked on SQL Server and it was interesting to pick these people's brain or complain about some of the stuff that they created. The SQL team really put some interesting sessions together and I would like to thank them for that.

After these sessions we had dinner with some of the Microsoft employees, I was seated with the Azure team and we had some interesting conversations about Azure and databases in the cloud in general.


I finally met and talked to so many of the people I only knew from online newsgroups, blogs and forums. Here is just a small list:

Kevin Kline
Erland Sommarskog
Rod Colledge
Adam Machanic
Louis Davidson
Itzik Ben-Gan
Kalen Delaney
Joe Web
Dejan Sarka
Pinal Dave
Matija Lah
Michael Coles
Hugo Kornelis
Alejandro Mesa
Arnie Rowland
Kevin Boles

I (and many others) also signed two copies of the SQL Server Deep Dives book that will be given away at SQL Saturday in NYC on April 24th

Jet lag really kicked my behind the first couple of days, even though I didn't go to sleep until 11:15 PM on Tuesday night (meaning I was up for 22 hours already) I woke up at 2:30 AM on Wednesday..after tossing and turning for 30 minutes I decided to hit the gym. Luckily for me the gym is open 24/7 at the Hyatt.

I read or listened to the following things while flying or being awake during vampire hours and walking around Bellevue.

Finished In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto

Finished half of The Lost Symbol

Finished 40 % of MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-448): Microsoft SQL Server 2008-Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance: MCTS Exam 70-448 (Self-Paced Training Kits)

Listened to the following podcasts:
This week in tech
This week in google
Security now
Windows weekly
The disciplined investor
Dotnetrocks (2 episodes)

Shutter Island
After all the sessions were done on Friday I decided to go see Shutter Island. I really liked this movie and highly recommend it. The ending is very interesting.

Mount Ranier
On my way home I snapped these two pics of Mount Ranier from the parking garage at Seattle airport

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Euro 2012 draw

So the World Cup is still months away but already we can start preparing mentally for Euro 2012. Euro 2012 will be held in Poland and the Ukraine. Below is the draw, I don't think that there will be any surprises, the groups seem pretty easy for the top teams.

Group A

Group B
Republic of Ireland
FYR Macedonia

Group C
Northern Ireland
Faroe Islands

Group D

Group E
San Marino

Group F

Group G

Group H

Group I
Czech Republic

Already places (hosts)

So what do you think, which is the group of death this time? I don't think there is one