Christmas has come and gone all too fast. I was too busy working and running errands to experience the whole Christmas feeling. Plus, we didn’t get any snow this year either so that didn’t put me in the mood. The only thing that helped me remember that it was Christmas were the songs that were being played over the radio.
Unlike most people in this country, I was stuck working the night before Christmas. It was a rather quiet and boring night and there wasn’t much to do either. I tried to see if I could see Santa delivering presents but he must be invisible or something because I couldn’t see it. It’s not like it’s hard to spot a fat man in a red suit with a sack full of toys.
Towards the end of my shift, I received a text message from my brother. He was supposed to set up the exercising machine that we got for my mom but apparently he was too drunk to assemble it. He mentioned earlier that he was going to ask my dad for assistant but he must have forgotten or something. I was already starting to get tired from the night shift so I didn’t think I’d be able to put it together by myself.
During the drive home, the streets and highways were super quiet. I managed to drive all the way home without having to touch the brakes. There was absolutely no traffic anywhere. I put the car onto cruise control and just relaxed. I hadn’t eaten anything the day before so I was thinking of grabbing something before going home but nothing was open. Tim Horton’s is usually open 24/7 but this is the one day of the year that they close. If only my company decided to do the same thing. We operate out of Canada so the international clients should understand that we have holidays. But I guess we can’t afford to close for a day since down time means a loss of profit.
Nonetheless, I had planned on being awake for Christmas morning anyway. I wasn’t expecting to be up assembling a present. I didn’t want to go bed without putting it together because then my mom wouldn’t have a present. My brother thought it was more important to spend time with friends and get drunk rather than putting this together.
I had to stay up an extra two hours to make sure it was fully assembled. The instruction manual was a little hard to follow. This is probably why nobody likes to read it over before putting things together. The diagram looked nothing like the parts and the pictures were really small. I’ve seem better instructions to put together Lego. Why can’t these companies make the instruction as easy to follow as Lego?
After finishing with the assembling, I just went straight to bed. I didn’t plan on sleeping long since there was still the whole gift opening thing to do. But I was so tired that I didn’t wake up until 9:00pm. My friend invited me over for Christmas dinner but it’s a bit too late to attend because I had to head out to work again at 10:00pm. Luckily, there was Christmas dinner at my house. There was turkey, corn, mashed potatoes and gravy, the usual holiday feast. I hadn’t eaten for a day so I was starving.
As I ate, I started to open up my presents. Not everyone in my family is into the gift giving idea so I was only expecting something from my two brothers. One brother bought me “Hackers” which is on of my favourite movies of all time.
The movie included a whole ensemble of cast members who are famous now but weren’t that big back then. Angelina Jolie (Acid Burn), Jonny Lee Miller (Zero Cool/Crash Override) and Matthew Lillard (Cereal Killer) and Jesse Bedford (Joey Pardella) to name a few. The movie is about a group of young hackers who try to stop a dangerous computer virus, “The Da Vinci virus” from launching. If the virus launches, it will affect the computer system of oil tankers and cause it to capsize which in turn will pollute the water.
Here’s a little something from the movie. It’s called the “Hacker’s Manifesto” or “The Conscience of a Hacker” and it was written by Loyd Blankenship aka “The Mentor.”
“This is our world now… the world of the electron and the switch, the beauty of the baud. We make use of a service already existing without paying for what could be dirt-cheap if it wasn’t run by profiteering gluttons, and you call us criminals. We explore… and you call us criminals. We seek after knowledge… and you call us criminals. We exist without skin color, without nationality, without religious bias… and you call us criminals. You build atomic bombs, you wage wars, you murder, cheat, and lie to us and try to make us believe it’s for our own good, yet we’re the criminals.
Yes, I am a criminal. My crime is that of curiosity. My crime is that of judging people by what they say and think, not what they look like. My crime is that of outsmarting you, something that you will never forgive me for.
I am a hacker, and this is my manifesto. You may stop this individual, but you can’t stop us all… after all, we’re all alike.”
I think that it was because of this movie that I am so much into computers now and rollerblading, but I’ll save that for another blog. I wanted to be able to do what the characters did but not to the extent where I would be arrested. Back in high school, I knew so much about computers that people actually thought I could hack but I didn’t. One time, I was banned from the Science computer lab because the teacher thought I was hacking the computer. All I did was change the screen saver.
The other present that I’ve received was a 5 set DVD of “The Da Vinci Files.” It came in a golden tin collector’s can. I’m not sure what it’s about but it looks like it’s regarding Leonardo Da Vinci’s work and everything that leads up to “The Da Vinci Code.” I’m always curious about these kind of things. I’ve never had much interest in history before but something that gets my brain ticking is something I’ve always liked.
Also, I’ve received “Transformers: The Movie” which is the 20th anniversary edition. I’ve seen the movie before but this is a 2 disc set which contains the theatrical wide screen version and the full screen version. Each disc has a bunch of bonus features as well like deleted scenes and other featurettes. This version is supposed to be the remastered version so the picture quality should look a lotter better than the original. I can’t wait to watch it!
After my shift tonight, I’ll get two days off so I’m going to have a lot of time to watch the new DVD. I just hope that I don’t lose this DVD like I’ve lost my other DVD. People just keep borrowing and never returning them. But since these two DVD are gifts, I don’t think I’ll be lending them out to any. You’ll just have to buy your own copy if you want to see it.