Darty Vader in the Field of Dreams

The Register is running a bit about Microsoft advertising that people should upgrade to Windows 2000 for increased uptime.  No shit.  The only reason I reboot my Win2K machines is to add hardware, or the annoying software packages that actually require a reboot.  They don't crash very often at all, and any crashes that I do experience are almost always a single application crashing, not the entire OS.  Unless you do what I did the other day, plug your webcam into a non-powered USB hub.  That crashed my box, but plugging it into a powered hub quickly corrected the problem.

James Earl Jones James Earl Jones James Earl Jones James Earl Jones James Earl JonesI just stood in line for half an hour to get two tickets to see James Earl Jones when he speaks/performs here on Monday.  They were free, and available only to students.  Fortunately, my dual student/staff status pays off for things like this.  I'm not really sure what the performance is going to consist of, maybe he'll just walk out and say:




And walk offstage amid cheers from the crowd.

I figure if anyone talks in capital letters, it's James Earl Jones.

Here's the press release:

James Earl Jones to speak at the University of Northern Iowa

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — The University of Northern Iowa will host internationally celebrated actor James Earl Jones at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 22 in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

The Tony award winning actor will discuss his life and career -- from his stuttering problem as a youth in Mississippi to a Tony award, Oscar nomination and roles in blockbuster films such as Star Wars and Field of Dreams.

"An Evening with James Earl Jones" is free of charge, but tickets are required. Current UNI students will have first chance at tickets. Remaining tickets will be made available to the public at 8 a.m., Friday, Jan. 19 at the following UNI ticket offices: Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, UNI-Dome, Strayer-Wood Theatre and UNI Conferences and Visitor Services. Limit two tickets per person.

For more information, contact Guy Sims, UNI assistant director of student activities at (319) 273-2683. This event is funded through student activity fees and is sponsored by the UNI Speakers Committee in conjunction with the UNI Entertainment Committee, Student Life Team and the Office of Student Activities.

Update: John sent me an e-mail pointing out that today is James Earl Jones' 70th birthday.  I confirmed it at the History Channel even.

1931 - James Earl Jones (actor: Star Wars [Darth Vader], The Hunt for Red October, The Lion King, Sneakers, Roots, The Great White Hope; "This... is CNN")