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Benjamin Oakes

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Hi, I'm Ben Oakes and this is my geek blog. Currently, I'm a Ruby/JavaScript Developer at Liaison. Previously, I was a Developer at Continuity and Hedgeye, a Research Assistant in the Early Social Cognition Lab at Yale University and a student at the University of Iowa. I also organize, ICRuby, OpenHack Iowa City, and previously organized NewHaven.rb. I have an amazing wife named Danielle Oakes.

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by Ben

We don’t have a big family around here. For Thanksgiving, it’s usually just my sister, my mom, and I. Usually, we don’t bother making a turkey. That would be more than a little too much food. It probably doesn’t help that I’m a vegetarian.

So, the tradition is to go to a casino in Council Bluffs and eat the buffet. No dirty plates, no cooking, just eating, family, and enjoyment. After that, we usually go see a movie.

I really wanted to see Ray, as did my mom. However, my sister doesn’t even know that Ray Charles is a musician. Obviously we made a compromise. They both wanted to see National Treasure. You’d have to drag me screaming to see that. Maybe not screaming, but I definitely would have to be forced.

We settled on The Incredibles. It’s a Pixar flick, and, likewise, I knew I would probably enjoy it. That was an understatement. It was very good and worth my time. (I’m trying to avoid using the word “incredible.” Honest!)

At the expense of being overly analytical, I’m going to tell you why I liked it so much.

First of all, because it is a cartoon, the characters are not proportional. This adds to the humor immensly, especially when Mr. Incredible is in his cubicle (view the trailers to see what I mean). The man is so huge and powerful, everything else around him is dwarfed. The timing of the characters actions contribute to the feel well; obviously very well directed.

I personally love the music. It was big band Jazz during most of the movie, giving a great underlying feel of energy and excitement. By the way, in the trailers they use the Propellerheads’ song called “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” on the CD Decksanddrumsandrockandroll, one of my favorite songs of theirs. I recognized it instantly; a very good choice.

I could go on and on about this movie, and some time in the future I might. But as of yet, I still need to work on homework and stop blogging. If you can read Spanish, here’s an email I wrote partially about the movie:

Querida Señora,

¡Ay, olvidé! Fue el pavo, te digo, ¡el pavo! Me duerme fácilmente…

Esto fue un mentira. No pudo el pavo porque soy un vegetariano. No sé que fue, entonces… Tal vez porque soy tanto.

¿Disfrutó usted el día de gracias? Lo disfruté. Porque hay solamente tres personas en esta familia (y un no come pavo), nosotros usualmente vamos a un casino (Ameristar, Harrah’s) y comemos su buffet. Es siempre agradable; no platos sucios, no trabajo dificíl haciendo la comida, y después de la cena… ¡Nosotros vamos a una película! No hay mucho de elegir, no obstante. Quise mirar “Ray,” la película sobre el músico quien, tristemente, murió, pero mi hermana no sabe quien él fue. Así, nosotros miramos “The Incredibles.” Es un película por los niños, pero lo disfruté.

Sé que yo no estoy el sólo que olvidó escribir una carta. Ah, los días feriados…

Su estudiante,

Ben Oakes

P.S. Puse esto en un traductor y… me gusta como mi nombre es traducido:

Loved Lady, Ay, I forgot! It was the turkey, I say to you, the turkey! To duer to me easily to me… This was a lie. The turkey could not because I am a vegetarian. I do not know that it was, then… Perhaps because I am as much. Enjoyed you the day of thanks? I enjoyed it. Because there are only three people in this family (and he does not eat turkey), we usually go to a casino (Ameristar, Harrah’s) and eat their buffet. He is always pleasant; dirty nonplates, work dificíl not making the food, and after the supper… We go to a film! There is much no to choose, despite. I wanted to watch “Ray, ” the film on the musician who, sadly, died, but my sister does not know who he was. Thus, we watched “The Incredibles.” It is a film by the children, but I enjoyed it. I know that I am not only who forgot to write a letter. Ah, the holiday days… Its student, Horseradish tree Oakes

Ay, el tecnología…


by Ben

i just finished watching the movie momento. i’d definetly recommend it to anybody. in fact, thats how i heard about it. one of my friends told me about it and said i should watch it and, well, i saw it at the video store and we got it.

very interesting plot development. it’s about this man who has a short term memory problem, and he’s limited to only about 10 minutes of memory. after that, the man has no idea whats been happening. he remembers things by writing them down, or taking pictures. the story starts at the end and works to the begining, leaving you to wonder what is real and what isn’t. definitely have to watch it again tomorrow, maybe at the thing wyatt and i have been working on.

since i haven’t said anything about it before, i’ll mention something about the room wyatt and i are fixing up. his grandpa is letting us use a room in a building he owns to set up a place of some sort. the place we’re are working out is basically a hang out spot; we have a t.v., videogames, and so on. we are bringing a fridge that’s laying around down to the room… its gonna be sweet having it done. i’m planning to have people i’ve told about it to come see it possibly tomorrow. i hope it turns out to be received well! (but i don’t think i’m gonna go with murray‘s idea of charging people to get in)