4-29-03 (01:28)
  • found a good city job to apply for.
  • looking for a new job is a really depressing process.
  • kings won today and that was both expected and pleasant. i only saw the last 29 seconds, but seeing the score was nice anyway.
  • my life seems to be in a state of suspended animation right now.
  • kdvs fell short of last year's earnings. that is pretty lame.

  • 4-28-03 (13:00)

  • it's raining pretty hard right now...actually hailing too.

  • 4-28-03 (01:38)

  • the new madonna single is one of the worst singles i've ever heard.
  • the newest boards of canada, which is actually a reissue of the oldest boards of canada, is quite good.

  • 4-27-03 (00:55)

  • kings lost today which isn't good, but as long as they win the next game everything will be okay.
  • updated movies list. saw four movies yesterday, one today.
  • kdvs is way short of its goal. may even come short of last year's earnings. that would be tragic.
  • back to work tomorrow. oh well.

  • 4-25-03 (01:10)

  • started looking for jobs again. i don't know what to look for, but i started looking anyway.
  • today is my friday and that means that the weekend starts now. yay.
  • got to see the lakers lose today. i should say that i got to see the timberwolves win since it was more about them doing what they needed to do rather than the lakers self-destructing. it was one of the most poorly officiated games i've seen and the timberwolves still won, in overtime, in la. they should feel pretty good about that, but not so good that they get sloppy. as much as i love to see the lakers lose i really want them to win this series and the next series so the kings can play them. it just won't be right if we don't get a chance to avenge our previous losses.
  • saturday is a big sports day with three playoffs games and the nfl draft.
  • i haven't seen a movie in the last two weeks.
  • i should get some rest.

  • 4-24-03 (00:58)

  • about half way through the new prince paul album right now and i'm not impressed. so far it seems to just rehash a lot of the old hip-hop conventions....inter-album skits, posturing, and stripped beats. granted he helped create some of these conventions, but i'd like to hear more progressive stuff coming from him. it also has more of a gangster rap feel than i expected considering the direction he seemed to be going with handsome boy modeling school.
  • today wasn't too shabby. pledged to kdvs twice for a total of 55 bucks.
  • michael moore is coming to the mondavi center in october so i'll pick up tickets for that asap.
  • now that i've looked at the liner notes in the prince paul album i might have to rethink my first impressions of the album. it seems to say that the album tries to use a lot of the same methods that have become cliche as a way to shed light on the fact that those methods are, essentially, wack. at least that's the way i intepreted what he said. how much i buy into that is a question that time will answer.
  • "Yes, we have a new 16x9 20th Anniversary CHRISTMAS STORY special edition coming in time for the holidays."
  • lots more interesting WB DVD news here if you're want. WB is the biggest DVD distributor so it's cool to see what they're up to.
  • "SHAWSHANK and ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN are under consideration for the SE treatment subject to talent availability. No plans for revisiting Kubrick."

  • 4-23-03 (00:44)

  • too much happened in the last four or five days to sum it up here. it was good to get away from work and see the family. sarah is a lucky little girl and she's also my buddy.
  • lakers lost big today and that's great.
  • don't forget to pledge a few bucks to the kdvs fundraiser this week.
  • gotta sleep.

  • 4-17-03 (02:22)

  • my cold seems pretty under control right now so that's good news. that cold ease stuff works pretty well.
  • saw most of the final kings game of the regular season today. also saw part of the final michael jordan game today. that guy is pretty good.
  • i'm really anxious about the playoffs. they're going to be pretty hectic and fun. i feel good about our chances, but the west is so stacked it's not going to be easy for anyone.
  • this time tomorrow i'll be half way to LA.

  • 4-16-03 (01:23)

  • just another day.
  • listened to my new saul williams and dr. octagon cds today. very good stuff.
  • zach came by and visited me at tower today. he's moving to la on saturday and i'll likely never see him again.
  • my cold hasn't gotten too bad yet.
  • bugformance called today to ask how the car was. i told them that the engine sounded quieter and seemed stronger. i said thanks. i'll miss the bug.
  • reading over past updates i notice that my days were once more eventful and yielded more noteworthy items for this page.
  • 4-15-03 (01:57)
  • today's tax day. i guess that's a big day for some people.
  • listening to dr. octagon right now...that's one of the aliases of kool keith of the ultramagnetic mcs. he's got some crazy flows. some mcs have such dense lyrics that it's really tough to keep up. beastie boys on paul's boutique, saul williams, kool keith, and sage francis all come to mind.
  • going to see anger management on wednesday.
  • the loss prevention person at work no longer works at our store. he does less work that alex did which i find odd since alex was basically fired because he didn't do work while on the clock. he made friends with a bunch of local teenagers and never made an attempt to be anonymous. in other words this guy turned out to be worse than alex was even by joe's standards. i'm not sad to see him go since all he ever did was talk to me about transformers figures and wishing he was black. i'm not kidding.
  • abby asked me why i always wear the same thing to work - blue jeans and my blue hooded sweatshirt. i told her that i only have two pairs of jeans and two of my sweatshirts are blue hooded sweatshirts so she might get them confused. for a moment i considered asking her why she never wears a belt or underwear thereby exposing her ass crack to the world on an hourly basis, but(t) i decided not to. i didn't really mind her asking the question, though i did find it funny coming from her considering her clothing choices.
  • i have a cold.

  • 4-14-03 (00:32)

  • updated movies list.
  • saved by the bell seasons one and two are coming to dvd. also the simpsons third season will come out sometime in the second half of this year. the new led zeppelin dvd comes out may 27th. i hear it's really good with plenty of footage that wasn't used in the song remains the same.
  • fixed the latch on the hood of the car so it actually locks up when you close it now.
  • i also built a dvd case for the living room this weekend since the old one was too small. took about two hours and it looks just like my cd cases, only six inches slimmer.
  • picnic day was rained out this weekend for the first time since i've been in davis. odd since plenty of other years it looked as if it was going to be rained out only to have one good day of sunshine fall on the same day as the event. this year was the exact opposite - the day before picnic day looked bright and sunny and couldn't be better, but the day of picnic day looked dark, grey and very wet.
  • i think i might be getting sick. it would suck to be sick during my mini vacation.

  • 4-11-03 (11:03)

  • picked up the car this morning. drives real smooth, the brakes are strong and it doesn't pull as much to the right as it used to. overall the car is pretty damn good shape, especially relative to its sad past when it looked like the pictures below and had squishy axle boots in the rear, ran poorly, had a shitty transmission, had very bad alignment and just looked like crap. since i've gotten it it's gotten: a new paint job, three out of the four quarter panels replaced, new running boards, new 009 distributor, new transmisision, new body trim, new chrome fixtures all around, new rear bumper, new brakes, new axle boots, new steering coupler, new spark plug wires, new steering wheel, new engine compartment seal, new seat belt and plenty of engine work along the way. thanks are due to my mom and my grandmother for funding the majority of those projects. sarah will be the recipient of all that hard work and money. lucky little shit.
  • speaking of lucky little shits...i scored two suite tickets to the kings game tonight from my boss (see not even my boss is as evil as he seems). he has to be in LA or something so he couldn't go and they got passed down to me since i'm a swell guy and the only person left at work who likes basketball (or sports in general for that matter). tower sponsors kings basketball (since the first tower was in sacramento) and they have season tickets to the kings home games and i guess usually only the managers or big wigs get to go, but this time i got lucky.
  • onto the bad news: the kings lost to the lakers yesterday and that was tragic. we settled for too many jumpers, couldn't make any threes, and the supporting cast for the lakers had a pretty good night. i don't think we'll face them in the first round of the playoffs which gives us time to get our shit together against a lesser team, but it also gives them a chance to build more momentum and that's not good. at any rate the playoffs should be good as always and we've got an easy opponent tonight so it should be an easy and fun game to watch.


  • 4-10-03 (01:48)
  • updated movies list.
  • well the war is mostly over now. so i guess the public will take the "i told you so" approach and lose even more faith in the UN. i hope not, but that's what i expect.
  • "give peace a chance" is a pretty lame anti-war slogan. so is "violence never solved anything." the second one is false and the first one just defies reality. the reality is that peace is almost always given a chance first and that we have more peace time than we have war time. furthermore, peace just isn't interesting - the media doesn't do a very good job of reporting diplomatic successes...just like they didn't do a good job of reporting all the terrorist attempts that were thwarted before 9/11. we only hear about the times when diplomacy or our safeguards against terrorism fail and that gives the impression that diplomacy isn't employed or that the fbi/cia don't thwart terrorist attacks.
  • i guess "give peace more time" just doesn't sound as good as "give peace a chance" even though the former is more accurate. violence has solved plenty of problems and we're all aware of this fact. whether it's the best course of action or not is debatable (i happen to think that it almost always isn't), but saying unequivocally that violence hasn't solved anything is a lie.
  • don't get me wrong i'm not a proponent of war, but just because you don't like drugs because it tore apart your family doesn't mean that drugs are bad. drugs have done plenty of good things (including at least the last five beatles albums) and ignoring that fact is just silly. sure it's easier to say that violence hasn't ever done anything positive, but if you're committed to at least a modicum of rational thinking then you can't say that.
  • all that being said, despite the apparent outcome of this "conflict," i still disagree with the way the bush administration approached the situation and the unilateral way in which they acted. i think that in the long run the UN is going to be necessary for global peace and to undermine it in such a way at a time when immediate action wasn't necessary is short-sighted, arrogant, and damaging. i don't think that every action condoned by the UN is "just," but it at least gives the illusion of justice and in this world we need that because i believe there's a fine line between "justice" and tyranny.
  • tomorrow is my friday. kings play tomorrow and that's been eagerly anticipated for a while now.
  • i get the car back from the shop on friday. an amazing amount of work has been put into it so it should be in as good shape as its been for quite some time.
  • heard the new blur album today and it sounds pretty good despite the departure of coxon.

  • 4-9-03 (02:12)

  • got the new autechre and aphex twin albums today. had to buy them.
  • the new autechre is more along the lines of confield (their second most recent album) than, say, incunabula (their first album). it's not exactly background music.
  • haven't listened to the aphex twin yet because i watched a movie so that killed most of my night.
  • there's a hip-hop song called bush and blair which i heard on kdvs, but i haven't been able to find it on kazaa yet.
  • speaking of kdvs...the annual fundraiser is coming up april 21st through the 28th (i think). so save up so you can contribute. www.kdvs.org
  • kings kicked some ass tonight. i'm psyched for the game on thursday...i'll tape it and watch it after work.

  • 4-8-03 (00:37)

  • new autechre album comes out tomorrow.
  • i went 47-16 in the tournament. had i chosen the higher seeded team every time i would have gone 42-21 so i did okay.
  • i finally picked up the run lola run soundtrack after having a tape of it in my car for so long. a wise purchase.

  • 4-7-03 (22:44)

  • so i have pictures of malcolm (the name i attached to my vw beetle) up on this page. apparently someone found a link to those pictures from some search engine and here's what she had to say about seeing them:

  • subject: you should be ashamed
    "How dare you post pictures labeled el hajj malik el shabazz.
    A educated and well respected man that stood for justice and you use he name to represent otherwise. You need to educate yourself first:
    When a person places the proper value on freedom, there is nothing under the sun that he will not do to acquire that freedom. Whenever you hear a man saying he wants freedom, but in the next breath he is going to tell you what he won't do to get it, or what he doesn't believe in doing in order to get it, he doesn't believe in freedom. A man who believes in freedom will do anything under the sun to acquire . . . or preserve his freedom. el hajj malik el shabazz"
  • some people are just plain funny.
  • tom waits came into the store today. he wanted the new lucinda williams cd, but i told him it didn't come out until tomorrow. he asked if i could bend the rules and i explained that i'd get in trouble because breaking street date is against the law. he asked again and said "i come in a lot, come on...i gotta be here for a couple weeks and i gotta get that cd." i asked joe and he said it was okay as long as i sold it as a used cd so it wouldn't come up in the computer as having broken street date. it was funny to see tom waits begging me for a cd. i would think a) he would be able to get the cd for free b) he would know about street date violations. he wasn't an ass about it or anything...the whole asking over and over was done in a more cutesy way than an annoying one.
  • didn't get to see the basketball game tonight and that sucks. i always miss the good ncaa games. i didn't get to see ucla's run because i had some stupid youth and government meeting to go to.
  • i'm hungry. dinner at 11pm is lame.

  • 4-7-03 (01:52)

  • "In what may be the worst industrial accident in Brazil's history, a massive chemical spill into two rivers has cut off the supply of clean water to some 600,000 people in three states near Rio de Janeiro.  A reservoir at a pulp and paper factory leaked 320 million gallons of caustic soda and chlorine into the Paraiba do Sul River last weekend before being contained on Monday; the toxins then worked their way into the Pomba River and will soon reach the Atlantic Ocean.  Fish and other river species are dying in high numbers in the rivers, and fishing and irrigation have been banned in affected areas.  Scientists say it could take as many as 15 years for the ecosystem to recover.  The pulp factory was shut down and fined nearly $15 million and criminal charges could be forthcoming, but that's done nothing to allay fears that heavy rains could trigger another spill from a second reservoir at the facility."
  • updated movies list.
  • i like the spring forward portion of daylight savings a lot more than the fall back part. i don't like losing the hour of sleep, but i like having daylight later into the day...i think that most people feel the same way.
  • saw a preview for an episode of dragnet that takes the same story that was used in kurosawa's "high and low." for those who don't know it's about a wealthy industrialist who has his son kidnapped and is forced to pay up a large sum of money as ransom. shortly after the ransom is requested, though, the industrialist discovers that the kidnapper took his private driver's son instead of his son. so he faces the dilemma of going broke to save the driver's son or not. it's a good story and a good movie.
  • saw tom waits hanging out in davis today. also saw jordan of the sorority girls show on mtv.
  • 9: the number of movies i've seen this month.
  • 50: the number of new (to me) movies i've seen this year.
  • tomorrow i should find out whether i'm going to get the 18th-21st off so i can drive down to la. i've seriously considered just quitting if i don't get the time off, but i'm too rational to do something like that without having another job in place. maybe i'll surprise myself. maybe i won't have to.
  • 241: the number of dvd movies i have in my netflix.com queue. netflix is the best thing to happen to me in long time. being able to have a constant flow of new (to me) cinematic art is such a nice thing.
  • zach called me at work today. it was good to hear from him...i thought that after he quit work he wouldn't keep in touch. he's a pretty cool guy it's too bad he's moving to la to be a rock star.
  • i should get some sleep.

  • 4-6-03 (03:00)

  • it just turned 3am. i didn't know about daylight savings until just a few hours ago. that sucks.
  • updated movies list. watched six movies in the last two days.
  • picked both the winners in the tourney today. i pick kansas to win it all.
  • lakers vs. kings this thursday. i'll have to tape that one and watch it after work. should be good.

  • 4-4-03 (01:33)

  • right now i'm listening to dr. timothy leary's "turn on, tune in, drop out." i also dropped some acid. earlier today i watched apocalypse now. well the last two statements are false, but i am listening to dr. tim and it's pretty trippy. kinda cool, but nothing profound so far.
  • updated movies list.
  • a short list of movies that are all the more relevant given the times we live in:
  • network
  • 1984
  • Dawn of the Dead
  • koyaanisqatsi
  • all quiet on the western front
  • modern times
  • cdlist updated.
  • all the movies i've seen since i started keeping track in 2000. in the last three years i've seen american movie more than any other. it was one of the first dvds i owned and it's a great movie.
  • i'm tired.

  • 4-2-03 (00:51)

  • "Not content to let timber companies chop down trees in the name of fire prevention, the Bush administration now has a new rationale for clear-cutting in national forests:  preventing terrorism.  According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, overgrown forests could be used as hiding places for terrorist cells planning attacks on U.S. cities and civilian populations.  The department has proposed creating tree-free "clearance zones" of at least five miles around major population centers and reducing the acreage of dense, overgrown forests on federal lands by at least two-thirds by 2007.  The administration is also considering transferring control over parts of the national forest and park systems to Homeland Security agencies, and replacing trained foresters with "security rangers" who would cruise forests looking for suspicious activities.  Enviros expressed outrage that the administration would use fears of terrorism as an excuse to open up national forests to more logging."
  • har har har. thankfully that's just an april fools joke.
  • kings won a close game today. scot pollard, from my point of view, was the mvp of the game - 13 points and 16 rebounds (8 offensive). scot has always been my type of player...i love players who come to play every day. malik rose is a lot like scot pollard like that...not necessarily blessed with atheletic ability, but plays hard nosed defense and has good fundamentals.
  • this week i'm doing well in fantasy baseball. i noticed today that i have seven yankees players.

  • 4-1-03 (00:29)
  • updated movies list.
  • another dvd version of vertov's "man with the movie camera" is coming out...this time it'll have a different score (since a score wasn't recorded when it was first released in 1929) done by michael nyman a minimalist composer. so i'd like to hear the score for that version, but the score done by the alloy orchestra was good and that dvd came with an excellent commentary from a film historian so if i were to buy one i'd buy the one that has the alloy orchestra and the commentary.
  • new prefuse-73 album comes out in may sometime. some good guests are supposed to show up...mr. lif and tommy guerrero are among them.
  • kurosawa's throne of blood is coming to criterion dvd in may.
  • zach de la rocha has a new war protest single out...produced by dj shadow. get it legally and for free here. this one song is better than the entire audioslave album that was put together by chris cornell and the remaining members of rage against the machine so you might want to check it out.
  • the new soundtrack put out by the guy from the eels sounds pretty good.

  • the truth about charlie is coming to dvd tomorrow and will include charade - the movie it was based upon. i think that's a pretty good idea.