Stephen Won’t Watch ‘Gremlins’

My son Stephen and I were watching TV when a commercial for a showing of the movie Gremlins came on. I was a little excited because I thought he might want to watch a movie that I remember liking when I was younger, but at the same time I thought it might be a little too intense for him. He is seven years old, and while he is really advanced for his age, Gremlins isn’t exactly the type of movie you show to a seven year old.


I was worried for nothing, because when he heard the rules for having a Mogwai, he was uninterested. ‘Don’t get them wet’ and ‘Keep them out of sunlight’ didn’t bother him, but ‘Don’t feed them after midnight’ killed any interest he may have had in the movie. He got this really odd look on his face like he was trying to figure out something that didn’t quite make sense. Finally, he just turned to me and said “Wait a minute, it’s always midnight somewhere, so you’re NEVER supposed to feed them? That’s stupid.”

I didn’t want to admit to him that little bit of logic never occurred to me until they pointed out the same thing in the second movie. I didn’t want him to think his old man was a dopey guy when he was a teenager. I also didn’t want to make up excuses for the creators of the movie.

I just shrugged, said “Good point.” and changed the channel. He went back to doing what he was doing and hasn’t thought about it since.


Video: Microsoft Buys Skype

I am not a big fan of Skype and haven’t been one for a long time. On the flip side, I have always liked Microsoft products for some reason. I just hope Microsoft can straighten Skype out or if they can’t, put them out of their misery.

The whole eBay/Skype thing didn’t make much sense to me. I know they thought that it would help buyer/seller communication but who really wants that? The best part about eBay was that you didn’t have to waste time talking with other people. You just clicked a bunch of times and a few days later you got your stuff in the mail.

The only time you should ever want to talk to someone is when you had a problem and needed to contact Tech Support, but since eBay always tried to stay above little things like buyer/seller disputes, it seemed odd that they would want to get involved, even in such a peripheral way.

I hope Microsoft gets their money’s worth. Part of me doubts it, but I wouldn’t be broken hearted if I was proven wrong.