After work today, some friends and I are going out to see the brand new The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy movie. In anticipation for this, my wife and I bought most of the books in the trilogy and have been frantically trying to read them. I am currently on Life, the Universe, and Everything, which I have read before.

In other news, play practice started this week and I have been going to rehersals. I am doubly cast as a Thug and as a singer in the Angel Chorus. Of course, I like to sing, so I’m happy to be in the chorus, and we have been choreographing a fight scene in which I get to do some old-school thuggery, so that is pretty cool too.

My stake is putting on a play, which I am going to sing and act in. The play is called First Light, written principally by Brett Raymond, a member of the stake. This will be the first time it has been performed, and I think it will be a very fun experience. I don’t know what part I will play yet, but I expect to find out soon. My wife is going to help with behind-the-scenes stuff like props and sets, and I have an uncle who is interested in singing and acting in it. I’ll let you know how it goes!

In other news, I’ve finsihed reading The DaVinci Code last night. I couldn’t put it down! I read it in just two evenings. It was a rivoting, thrilling storyline full of puzzles that were fun to solve. Three things I didn’t like about it, though:

  1. It was kind of dirty. Parts of it, at least. Cussing, blood, and sex. None of which were very glamorous.
  2. It portrayed the Catholic church in an unfairly dark light. I’m not catholic, but I sure got offended by the first Sherlock Holmes story, which portrayed the Mormons as a secret conspiracy with hired assassins. I could understand why a Catholic might feel the same way about this book.
  3. Much of the philosophy around the book centered around how Jesus Christ is not divine, and that pagan goddess worship is the real truth. I mean, if I wanted to hear that, I’d just take a social science class at the university.

It was an enjoyable read, though. Certainly good movie material. (They are making a movie about it, by the way. As we speak.)

Lately, I’ve been spending much of my free time working on an old game project, The Forgotten Star. My friend who I had been developing Miniature Warfare with has moved on to a game ratings calculator in Visual Basic, which has left me free to return to this project.

The Forgotten Star, for those of you who don’t know, is a computer-role-playing-game (CRPG) that I had been developing back in High School with some friends. Unfortunately, the project fell apart because of poor organization, but I have been tinkering with it off and on for the past couple of years. Most of my effort lately has been revamping some of the back-end 3D graphics code to make it better, and cleaning up and organizing the code.

I hope to update a little more about the game as time goes on.