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SXSW 2009 - Day 1 - Friday

SXSW 2009 - Day 1 - Friday

I took the first day of SXSW off, even though the movies didn't start until the evening. I have to have time to prepare you see. Rest, relax, basic slacking. I had planned on going to the panel on getting the most out of SXSW. But as usual I didn't plan well. The traffic at 2 pm was worse than rush hour then combine that with the pouring rain. Not pretty. So it took me 45 minutes to get down to the convention center. I still needed to get my goodie bag. I managed to snag a meter spot and only had to pay 75 cents to park. Even that was overkill cuz it didn't take me but ten minutes to get in and out. The ride home took me an hour cuz of the scared pansy drivers. You'd think it was ice and not just a wee bit of water.

Later, Mike and I headed down to Paramount to catch I Love You, Man. I went to my badge line which was INSANE and Mike went into his little film pass line. I got us seats, Mike was able to get in, and voila. The entire main cast were there and it was very cool to see them. Excuse the blurry picture, but we were quite far up the balcony.

The movie was hilarious. Paul Rudd was excellent. Understated, which made the hilarity that much more yanno, hilarious. The Q&A afterwards was a bit of a bummer, because Janet Pierson obviously didn't think about what kinds of questions she would ask her first Q&A at her first screening of the first year as her being the director for the SXSW Film. If that were me, I think I would have practiced about 100 questions to ask. Just to have them in the pocket and ready to go. Instead of fumbling around, hemming & hawing. Bah. Makes me miss Matt Dentler, that's for sure.

We stayed at Paramount and watched ExTerminators, with Heather Graham, Jennifer Coolidge, and Amber Heard. It was filmed in Austin, so that was excellent of course. It was about a group of ladies in an anger management group that decide to take matters into their own hands when it comes to the men in their lives. Very good stuff. Heather Graham was very good and I'm not usually that impressed with her. Mike also said she has "awesome boobs". Yes, yes she does.

Me, Happier.

Me, Happier.

Labor Day weekend, Mike and I purchased a PS3. We had acquired quite a number of gift certificates for Best Buy, and a couple of 'em were about to expire, so we decided a PS3 was the best use for 'em. We bought it mainly for the Blu-Ray player. I do play some Playstation games, but not enough to warrant spending that much money. However, we are movie folk, so it does make sense from that stand point.

It seems like a simple thing right? Go to the store, get your product, and be on your way. No, no, of course it wasn't that easy. First we walked into Best Buy and Mike got quite disgusted by their new advertising slogan. "You, Happier."  I believe he said something to the effect "exactly what is wrong with our society".  We then get over to that area of the store and see there is not even 1 PS3. We ask a rep to see if there are any units anywhere in the city. It seemed to take him quite a while, but about 10 minutes later he comes back with a PS3 in hand. HA! nice. We grab me a Ratchet & Clank game, and a Nyko remote thingy and head to the register. The cashier rings it up, then puts the following into the computer:

  • 2 Best Buy Rewards coupons totaling $30
  • 3 Best Buy gift cards totaling $150
  • 2 PrePaid Visas from Sandisk rebates totaling $220

However, he manages to put the PrePaid Visas in twice, once as cash, and once as gift cards. Apparently, there's no easy way to correct this, so they void out the sale to start over. Then, they realize the PrePaid Visas are screwed. The way they were rung up means they can't be used again. The manager comes over and attempts to fix this but can't for whatever reason. He says to give him about 5-10 minutes so he can call the Visa bank to get it situated. 15 minutes later he comes back and tells us that bank is closed. After another 10 or so minutes, he finally issues a gift certificate to us in the amount of $220, so that we can finally get our PS3 and leave.

Not once during this whole process do I get upset of huffy or anything. I was pretty impressed with myself. The manager was super nice and seemed truly concerned about getting us situated. However, looking back on the whole situation, I did get slightly annoyed at the cashier's nonchalant attitude about screwing up. He seemed to be like "oh well, NEXT!"  Granted, he looked like he was about 17 years old, but still. Take some ownership for screwing up royally. Oh well.. such is life.

I was surprised that when we got home I wasn't super crazy psyched like "Hook it up! Hook it up! NOW!"  I wait a little bit, then finally decide to attempt to hook it myself. It involved me disconnecting the Xbox 360 and our Dish DVR... don't ask. Finally got it up, set it up, pop the game in. Ooooooh Pretty. I play for about 45 minutes, then go read or something. SHOCKING! I would usually sit and play for a minimum of 4 hours on a new game. And it wasn't cuz it was boring. It was beautiful and fun. I've played 2 or 3 more times since then. Mostly short 20-30 minute bursts. I have watched a couple Blu-Ray DVDs, and a few DVDs (awesome upconverting!!).

I think my next post will be about one of the Blu-Ray movies I watched. It was so monumental, I just have to discuss.