4-25-02 (01:17)
  • updated movies list.
  • 90% (27/30) of the movies i've seen in the last month have been new to me.
  • i don't think a question should ever hurt a person. if it does then it means you haven't asked it of yourself already and that means you've been sleeping on the job.
  • there are only four movies on the afi top 100 movie list which aren't on dvd or aren't in production for eventually being release on dvd...grapes of wrath is one of them, it's also one that's (in my opinion) within the top 15 of the movies which made the list. in other words chris miller once again gets the shaft.
  • work a closing shift tomorrow...my only closing shift of the week. today went by really quickly since there was plenty to do. at one point erin, while three supervisors were in the same room, looked at a pile of papers and said "oh, look at this, all this stuff is supposed to go on sale today. well, i'm not going to touch it. har har har." after that he went back to picking his nose and walking in circles (only a slight exageration).
  • got the hook up on the newest john paul jones cd. updated cdlist.

  • 4-23-02 (02:58)

  • updated movies list.
  • watched two basketball games and the kings hockey game today. all the games were good, but the hockey game was the most exciting since i had a vested interest. went shopping, watched a movie, painted the newest lamp i'm making and that was all. on the whole i had a lame day off.
  • tomorrow, it turns out, i'll have another day off because the person who's shift on sunday i took would rather have tuesday off than thursday.
  • i think it has finally settled in that you can't change other people and their actions, you can only change your reactions to their actions. take a basketball game for example...if someone fouls me and the ref doesn't call it then i could spend time complaining or trying to find justice or i can continue to play my game unaffected by it. this has become especially evident to me since i started working with elanda. constantly things happen in the workplace which are not to her liking ranging from people taking her pen or box opener to more legitimate complaints. but no matter what it is she spends copious amounts of time and effort complaining, talking and worrying about what other people are doing and doing to her. she doesn't see it as someone being unthoughtful about which pen they take, but rather as an attack on her and her space. i try to inform her that people aren't really going to change (especially when the complaints are directed to them) and that it would be better if she just learned to deal with things differently. maybe my way of looking at things is just a sad product of today's complacent society.
  • in 1993 jim carrey, who at the time was a little known, mostly unsuccessful, actor,  wrote himself a check for 10 million dollars and post-dated it one year. in 1994 ace ventura, the mask, and dumb & dumber made him rich enough to actually honor that check. when most people hear that story they think it's pretty cool that he was able to set such a goal for himself and succeed as he did. but if in 1994 jim carrey was peddling for change in front of a movie theater and we heard that same story we would have thought him to be a dreamer, at best, and delusional and psychotic at worst. i wonder what that says about society.
  • it's almost four so i should get some sleep.

  • 4-22-02 (00:35)

  • "The stats are out on global temperatures for March -- and both the Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration agree that the month was a scorcher.  How hot?  The hottest March on the historical record and the 71st month in a row that global temperatures exceeded the 1971-2000 mean.  Whew. If the trend continues, 2002 will top 1998 as the hottest year on record; so far, the heat has contributed to severe dust storms in Asia and widespread coral bleaching in the South Pacific."
  • "In the absence of federal leadership on climate change issues, New Hampshire yesterday passed a precedent-setting bill to curb global warming.  The measure, which was approved 21-2 by the state Senate, was supported by a broad bipartisan coalition, the state's largest environmental groups, and its largest utility, Public Service Company of New Hampshire.  It would require Public Service to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to 1990 levels (about a 3 percent reduction) by 2007, as well as cut sulfur dioxide emissions by 75 percent and nitrogen oxide emissions by 70 percent.  If the utility failed to meet those targets, it could buy credits from out-of-state utilities that had cleaned up their acts.  The company estimates that compliance would cost about $5 million per year and add about 40 cents per month to customers' electric bills.  Gov. Jeanne Shaheen (D) promised to sign the bill and urged other states -- especially those upwind of New Hampshire -- to pass similar measures."
  • spent about 30 minutes today looking over my baseball team and figured out how the scoring works....i'm used to an absolute scoring system, but this one is a relative one which makes it more interesting and, i think, more time consuming.
  • updated cdlist. updated moviesiown list.
  • "you just have to remember that whatever the people think is right is right, even if it isn't" ahhh yes, the tyranny of democracy.

  • 4-20-02 (23:46)

  • updated movies list.
  • i think humor is better than love. all you need is to laugh. the onion firmly embraces this idea...they make fun of everything and i commend them for that. tom green laughed his way through cancer and made the world a better place in the process.
  • last couple albums i got have been really really good. sun ra is, of course, the shit. boards of canada, despite all the hype, still exceeded expectations. prefuse 73 is pretty great too.
  • if you're going to play an ugly game then you may as well win ugly rather than lose ugly. in other words, i'm glad the kings won today even if they didn't really seem to have their shit together.
  • speaking of not having your shit together...shannon, from work, is as dumb as a sack of hair.
  • got a $50 gift certificate from work for being a good worker. the incentive programs they have at tower are pretty sweet overall.
  • near the end of my tenure at the theater i found the most joy came from traning new hires....after things get to the point where you know how things work and haven't learned anything new in a while then you have to find something to occupy your interest. that could be anything from letting people into the theater for free or training newbies.
  • US Children Getting Majority of Antibiotics From McDonalds
  • too bad about the alice in chains lead singer.
  • haha. these stories are why i stay away from "news."
  • tomorrow i have to work for someone who has a couple midterms this week....so i'll have monday and thursday off this week.
  • "We've got a few things in the works for this afternoon, so be sure to check back for that. In the meantime, we've gotten word that the classic 1983 film Koyaanisqatsi, which depicts life in motion in all its visual splendor, is finally coming to DVD. In late January IRE and MGM reached an amicable agreement that will allow the release of Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqqatsi on DVD as early as the Fall of this year, hopefully coordinated with the theatrical release of Naqoyqatsi by Miramax. Naqoyqatsi's release will coincide with the 20th anniversary of the premiere of Koyaanisqatsi."
  • "Just wanted to jump in here with a cool bit of DVD news. The Washington Post.com today published an interview with Roger and Me director Michael Moore. During the interview, he confirms that the film will be released on DVD this year."
  • rock fucking on.
  • back to the future, all three, might come out late this year.
  • gotta sleep.

  • 4-20-02 (00:52)

  • got about 4 hours of sleep last night. today was really really long. took a long nap after work which will probably mean i won't be able to get any sleep tonight.

  • 4-19-02 (00:26)

  • "Almost 6,000 people will die prematurely from respiratory illness due to emissions from power plants owned by eight utility companies that the Clinton administration sued for violating the Clean Air Act, according to a private report released yesterday.  In addition to the deaths, the report predicted that the pollution would lead to 140,000 asthma attacks and 14,000 cases of acute bronchitis.  Residents of the Midwest and the South will be hit hardest, and the nation's overall productivity will suffer aswell, because Americans will miss an estimated 1.2 million days of work per year due to related health problems.  The energy industry pooh-poohed the study, with one spokesperson calling it the "45 millionth" of its kind and questioning the science behind it.  The report, which was prepared by Abt Associated and paid for by the Rockefeller Family Fund, comes as the Bush administration is lobbying to change the Clean Air Act in ways that environmentalists say would weaken it."
  • i open tomorrow and saturday, but get sunday and monday off. i think that my new schedule will have my days off as sunday and monday.
  • gave myself a haircut yesterday.
  • the last two times i've listened my new ravi shankar album i've preempted it with a couple harrison penned beatles songs.
  • they're going to release two versions of black hawk down...the movie only version and then a few months later the version with commentary and other extras. it seems this trend is not likely to decline any time soon.
  • la kings lost today, that's too bad.
  • somebody quit work the other day, but we have a new person already. did some receiving at work...that was really boring. it seems like i've done most of the things that one can do at tower.
  • "The Heat started the season 5-23, losing 12 consecutive at one point and causing Riley to slam his expensive Hugo Boss watch against a wall in frustration before a game in Houston.

  • The watch shattered into pieces.

    ``I said, 'How are we going to survive this?''' Riley said. ``You have to survive it by being very realistic with it.''

    Jim Jackson hit a game-winning shot to beat the Rockets that night, and Riley picked up the smashed pieces of the watch and handed them to Jackson following the game. The Heat followed with a six-game losing streak, but they started to pick up the pieces of a shattered season soon after."

  • that's poor writing.
  • i need to wake up early tomorrow

  • 4-18-02 (01:33)

  • updated movies list.
  • close nhl games today...all of them won by one goal. saw the overtime pertiod of the detriot game. hockey is a cool sport.
  • saw the kings lose pretty badly. they're not going to be able to beat the lakers this year, again.
  • hear they're going to make a spy kids part two.
  • people spend too much effort trying to save the world when they haven't yet looked inward.
  • i'd like to have a house.
  • i think one reason i was able to enjoy 'the blair witch project' more than most people was because i was oblivious to the hype and advertising that surrounded it. watching the news (particularily entertainment news) has rarely done anything for anyone.

  • 4-16-02 (01:37)

  • updated movies list.
  • i really want koyaanisqatsi to come out on dvd...maybe when the third movie comes out they'll re-release the previous two.
  • got atomic cafe on dvd today, it came out last tuesday. updated moviesiown list.
  • ``We basically have stopped playing,'' Sonics coach Nate McMillan said. ``We're going through the motions, I guess, until the playoffs start. But whoever we face, we'll be swept. There's no way you can flip the switch as we think we can.'' ouch.

  • 4-15-02 (01:21)

  • i work with mostly irresponsible idiots.
  • updated movies list.
  • not really sure what's going on with my fantasy baseball league. i think i made one change in my lineup since the draft and haven't messed with it other than that. i think i have sammy sosa and the infamous korean reliever for seattle, but other than that i couldn't name any of my players. i think marc knows my roster better than i do. really not sure why people wanted me to join the league. johnny claimed that it was to provide some competition for him at the bottom of the ranks, but i think he's in the top three so that doesn't really make much sense. basically anything johnny says about doing poorly i consider to be false...whether it be that he's bad at golf or fantasy baseball. i can't recall a time where he's been right about being bad at something.
  • slept quite well last night.
  • lakers and kings lost tonight. kings clinched first place, but that doesn't really matter because they're still going to face the lakers in the playoffs and have to get that old all too familiar monkey off their collective back. i firmly believe that the kings are a better team than the lakers, but the lakers have two exceptional players who can take over a game at any point.
  • i don't care for baseball all that much unless i'm at the game.
  • sleep time.

  • 4-13-02 (00:32)

  • work was pretty slow today. i have tuesday and wednesday off this week instead of the usual mon. and tues.

  • 4-12-02 (00:21)

  • some good basketball games tonight...three overtime games and two others which were within a couple points. can't believe the outcome of the last two bulls games.
  • tower records sold its japan operations to some japanese bank or corporation or something, but the management is going to remain intact and it'll still be run as tower records so i suppose that should help tower corporate focus more on its domestic operations.
  • poor sam.
  • i haven't been listening to as much music as i would like these days because i've been watching more movies than usual. 100 days into the year i've seen 65 movies which isn't bad considering the slow start and the fact that i work full time.
  • i should get some sleep.

  • 4-11-02 (02:37)

  • updated movies list. se7en is a great great movie.
  • april 19th is car free day so try not to use your car that day, or maybe carpool with co-workers or something along those lines. make a difference!
  • april 20th is don't jack off in a tissue day. if you usually jack off into a piece of kleenex or maybe toilet paper, try not to waste any paper on april 20th. cum somewhere else for the environment!
  • april 21st is hold your farts day. methane gas is harmful to the ozone layer and is a greenhouse gas which are known to raise the earth's temperature. so on april 21st don't fart for mother earth!
  • info on the writer of "se7en" from imdb.com: "Spent three years working at Tower Records while writing the script for "Seven"."
  • one day check out the cast list for 'true romance'....lots of big names, but it seemed like no one really saw it when it first came out....much like reservoir dogs.
  • gotta work a closing shift tomorrow.
  • "As building materials go, straw generally gets a bad rap:  A straw man is something that can be knocked over easily, and, as everyone knows, any decent wolf can blow down a straw house.   But people have been building homes in the U.S. from straw bales encased in plaster or drywall since at least the 1890s, and the practice is experiencing something of a boom as more and more people recognize that it is an energy-efficient and eco-friendly way to build.  Straw bales insulate so effectively that they can reduce energy costs by as much as 75 percent.  Moreover, straw is a cheap, abundant waste product:  As much as 200 million tons of straw are wasted or underused every year in the U.S. alone -- enough to build about 4 million 2,000-square-foot buildings."
  • it also burns real well. hope you have a lot of fireproof coating on that stuff.
  • "Can a miniature car gain a foothold in America, land of the super-sized everything?  That's what B.M.W. plans to find out:  Last month, the company started selling the Mini Cooper, formerly the flagship vehicle of a British company, in large U.S. cities.  So far, the car has done well -- you'd have to put your name on a waiting list if you wanted one -- but the jury's still out on whether it can compete against the ever-popular (and, it would seem, ever-growing) sport utility vehicle.  The tiny car, which since the 1970s has been the vehicle of choice for celebrities ranging from John Lennon to Kate Moss, is just 12 feet long and 5.5 feet wide, and sells for about $17,000.  In cities like New York, where crowding, competition for limited parking, and heavy gasoline taxes make a small car desirable, the Mini Cooper has a niche market."

  • 4-10-02 (16:03)
  • i think the bug is like a pet dog...for the most part you love it, but it shits on your carpet all the time so you get really mad at it every so often. unlike a dog though, it costs a lot more money. economically it would make a lot more sense to sell it...i wouldn't have to pay for insurance, gas, break downs/maintenence, and i could still use melanie's car if i really needed to.
  • so i go the bug back today and the total bill came to $170 which isn't all that bad i suppose. apparently there was some bad wiring and other small electrical problems. i'm going to bring it back in a couple weeks from now for a follow up and that'll be free so that's pretty nice. overall i think that university imports (which is only a few blocks from my place) takes decent care of their customers and their cars.
  • updated movies list. 41 out of the 64 movies i've seen this year were movies i hadn't seen before.
  • the world makes me want to retreat into apathy and isolation.

  • 4-10-02 (00:42)

  • went to sleep early last night.
  • back has been hurting again the last couple days.
  • the bug is going to get looked at tomorrow. it'll cost 140 bucks just to run some tests so that's fantastic...especially since elanda informed me that she can't make this month's payment of $500. good thing i wasn't counting on that money for anything other than food and getting the car fixed.
  • went golfing today and that was really fun. got to drive around in the golf carts all day. we played a full 18 holes which was a first for me...i definitely did worse than vern and johnny, but that was expected. i broke the steering column on one of the golf carts, but not while i was goofing off so that was ironic.
  • work is pretty much the only thing i'm good at these days and that's starting to become a drag.

  • 4-8-02 (01:17)

  • from the nation article "Fighting for America's Energy Independence"....
  • "The Energy Department estimates that wind in the Dakotas alone could meet two-thirds of America's electricity needs; Texas could meet the last one-third. But there are good winds across America--in a ranking of the top states for wind, California, the wind-power poster-child, comes in at a lowly seventeenth. Solar power is equally bountiful: The Union of Concerned Scientists says 100 square miles in Nevada could produce enough solar electricity to power the nation."
  • "There are other status quo costs as well. Last year we depended on foreigners for 55 percent of our oil. As noted in a bill before Congress to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, America "spends over $100 billion per year for foreign energy and equally significant amounts on our military presence in the Persian Gulf oil arena." Status quo costs also include 1.56 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide--to say nothing of more poisonous particulate matter--put into our air in 2000 alone, just by energy generation. That in turn drives health problems like our asthma tragedy: Asthma affects every twentieth American, including 5 million children. In 1998, the CDC says, asthma killed more than 5,438, put a half-million people in hospitals and led to 100 million days of restricted activity. The CDC puts the asthma price tag for 1998 at $12.7 billion."
  • "This is not about "conservation"--i.e., living without air conditioning or making other virtuous sacrifices--but about "efficiency"--high-tech solutions like better lighting and appliances. Amory Lovins, co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute, calls it installing "negawatts." "Negawatts" are the cheapest, cleanest, most-quickly-installed--and, by the way, the most terrorist-proof--of all energy sources. As Lovins has noted, a 0.4 mile-per-gallon improvement in the average vehicle would save as much oil each year as we'd ever get from the Arctic refuge. The National Academy of Sciences concluded in July 2001 that a 40-mpg average, nearly double what we have now, is within quick reach."
  • i hadn't ever bothered checking out the nation's website, but now that i have i'm pretty impressed...it's pretty straightforward and lacks a fancy layout, but it's quite functional and offers more free content than i expected.
  • barry bonds is kinda all right.
  • my two favorite Nation covers...feb. 25 and april 15 2002.
    4-7-02 (02:03)
  • updated movies list. finally saw barry lyndon tonight.
  • work was hectic today.

  • 4-5-02 (01:04)

  • "From the department of creative activism:  You've heard of hunger strikes, but what about baby strikes?  Hundreds of Finnish women have signed a petition declaring that they will not bear children for the next four years unless the country's Parliament scraps plans to build a fifth nuclear reactor in their homeland.  The protest has a precedent:  In 1986, following the Chernobyl disaster, some 4,000 Finns signed a similar petition to block construction of a nuclear power plant.  The government eventually caved and agreed not to build that reactor, but it now claims a new one is necessary to meet the country's growing energy demands without increasing greenhouse emissions.  Elina Venesmaki, one of the organizers of the current petition, said, "This form of protest is logical because this issue doesn't concern just our generation.""
  • bought a dvd rack today. james purchased a bunch of different cases from some guy in oakland and put them on consignment at the store. they're made of white pine and pretty well constructed...rounded edges, no signs of screws or nails, etc. got a dvd/video case which should hold about 180 dvds for $30. as a result melanie and i had to rearrange some things in the living room. i think it looks better now.
  • opened at tower today, opening tomorrow as well. since matt quit a bit prematurely i have to pick up the slack.
  • updated movies list. getting into movies for free is just about the coolest thing possible. michelle got a haircut and it looks quite different. she commutes about 150 miles a day in her 1974 beetle without a lot of trouble. her mechanic also lives next door so that's pretty nice. i think 74s are fuel injected so that's also more reliable than a carb.
  • big trouble is on the list of movies to see...as are the todd solondz movie which is going to be at stadium soon and steve martin's newest flick which is also coming to the stadium theater.
  • update moviesiown list. updated cdlist. finally got the newest money mark album.
  • "After Sept. 11, the folks in the White House found a favorite tune -- the need to decrease U.S. reliance on foreign oil any which way but through conservation -- and it seems they just can't stop singing it. First it was used to promote drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; now, in a variation in a miner key, the Bush administration says our national security depends on increased coal-bed methane development in the Rockies.  Yesterday afternoon, Interior Assistant Secretary Rebecca Watson said the Bureau of Land Management, which she oversees, is studying potential coal-bed methane development in five areas to help meet the goals of President Bush's energy plan. Methane gas is collected by pumping groundwater to relieve the pressure trapping the gas in coal seams.  Because it harms both crops and other vegetation, the practice does not always go over well with landowners or environmentalists."
  • plan on going golfing on tuesday, that should be fun.
  • so far i like the money mark album, despite the lack of vocals.
  • might need to purchase new jeans.
  • going to sleep.

  • 4-4-02 (01:37)

  • updated movies list. saw panic room, liked it a lot, read more you know where.
  • yojimbo is a pretty dope movie. mifune is a bad ass only to be surpassed by the likes of eastwood. i need to see that movie again.
  • i have almost 200 movies in my netflix queue.
  • i might take up watching taxi driver on a regular basis in order to keep myself focused. i forget who said it and in what context, but i remember hearing that all great stories are about loneliness. not sure i agree entirely, but loneliness does seem to be theme among a great many stories.
  • the best thing about working at tower has been my renewed interest in film. because i'm in charge of supplying the store with good stuff i've got to do research by watching, and getting acquainted with, all sorts of movies. on the one hand it means i watch more crappy movies than i might otherwise, but it also means that i'm naturally subjected to a greater range of films....this of course is only enhanced by my netflix membership.
  • i'm looking forward to the next in the hobbit series.

  • 4-3-02 (00:28)

  • updated movies list.
  • "upgraded" to internet explorer 6.0 today in the hope that it'll fix the problems i've been having with my ie browser lately.
  • yesterday i was driving the bug to safeway and it broke down. it's funny because when i got to davis after the long trip up here the engine died as i was pulling into the driveway, i figured it was just because i came to a relatively quick stop (the engine has died for that reason in the past). but since i was only able to get about two block from home yesterday on my way to safeway i'm thinking the problem is a bit larger. so the money pit strikes again and i'm going to have wait a week before the mechanic can take a look at it. at least it got me to davis without breaking down. another stroke of luck is that in between my home and safeway is the volkswagen repair shop so i was able to push it to the front door of the shop without much trouble. the last 1,000 miles have cost around $500...about 50 cents a mile. at first i thought it might be that i was low on gas, but i put gas in it today and it still wouldn't turn over. i'm going to look seriously into selling it after i get whatever is wrong with it fixed. i should also find out what my insurance policy says in regards to it getting stolen...
  • ie 6.0 seems to have a few nice upgrades to ie 5.5.
  • i want to see panic room and blade II. also 'the man who wasn't there' is going to be in the theater closest to my house tomorrow so i'd like to see that one as well.
  • i should ask my dad if he wants to trade cars.
  • work early tomorrow.

  • 4-2-02 (02:43)

  • i'm up too late.
  • updated movies list.

  • 4-01-02 (01:39)

  • march went by pretty quickly.
  • lakers won another close game today. i fucking hate that.

  • updated movies list.