right after i uploaded that last update my computer crashed...i haven't
been able to get it to work reliably since then. i had to format the hard
drive and it's still having problems with the registry which means either
the hardware is dying or i have a virus that nav couldn't find.
other great things that happened in the last week...i need to goto an oral
surgeon to get my wisdom teeth pulled and won't be able to afford the luxury
of going under while they're doing the operation. my bike blew a tire on
wednesday so that set me back about 30 bucks...i'm just happy it didn't
make me crash. i've come down with a cold in the last couple days. i thought
that the asst. manager job would be offered to me shortly since it makes
the most sense for everyone involved, but the boss said he wouldn't offer
me the job but would "let me submit my resume and interview for the job."
my fantasy baseball team is back in last place.
i'm back online using mel's computer so i still get email, but my computer
is officially dead so until i get 500 bucks i won't really check it all
that often or update my webpage very much either.
i am sick and that sucks. this has been a really shitty week.
another lame day at work.
the environment sucks.
class was pretty decent today. i don't think i'll end up buying the
"The World Summit on Sustainable Development opened today in Johannesburg,
South Africa, with more than 40,000 delegates gathering to discuss issues
such as water, energy, health, agriculture, and biodiversity. South
African President Thabo Mbeki opened the 10-day summit by urging attendees
to bridge the gap between "islands of wealth" and "a sea of poverty."
That's a tall order, since the conference is characterized by a dramatic
gap between rich nations and poor, with the former hoping to focus during
the meeting on environmental concerns and the latter more interested in
discussing ways to improve standards of living. The summit has already
been marked by clashes between police and protesters, and friction both
within and outside of the official conference halls is expected to continue.
No formal treaties will be signed at the conference, but delegates do hope
to draft a "credible and meaningful" action plan to be presented to heads
of state next week. More than 100 world leaders are expected to attend
the summit -- not including President Bush, leader of the world's largest
economy and biggest polluter."
my computer has finally started to show its age lately.
wasn't able to buy my book for class today so i'm not going to have my
homework done for tomorrow. i have to buy the book online or goto sacramento
so that's not going to happen for a while. still don't even know how much
it's going to cost me.
first day back to work was so so. overall i had a lame day in and out of
sac city college has the worst website i've ever encountered.
updated movies list.
i did nothing today. watched three movies, changed the saddle on my bike
and sat around the house.
levis commercials have had some amores perros influences lately...the guy
from the movie was in one of them and the crazy legs commercial has the
"si senor" song from the movie. melanie also pointed out to me that in
the same commercial with the actor from the movie there is a truck chasing
him and some french girl...well in the first scene of the movie there is
a truck chasing him, his friend and his dog. pretty crazy.
dandy warhols are good.
i need to listen to the music i have before buying more.
first day back to work tomorrow. it sucks having to go back to work, but
having been gone for so long i know there will be plenty to do and that
always makes the time go by relatively quickly.
need to buy a book for class tomorrow and get cracking on my first hw assignment.
i was depressed most of the day.
the apprentice system seems to be all but defunct these days and that's
really too bad. pretty much all my life i've wanted to follow someone around
who was really skilled in whatever interested me that month. i know that's
not really how the apprentice system works, but with something that was
more than a passing phase it would be most useful.
i had a good break on the whole. thanks to melanie for the use of her car,
dad for the use of his gas card (though he doesn't know it yet), to nora
and family for use of the house and my (belated) b-day and xmas gifts,
to jonique for inviting me over, to johnny for being a good friend, to
luke for the giants ticket, to nic for being good company, to mom for keeping
her hangers in the closet, and to god for all his grace and wisdom.
"OK, this is gonna be short and sweet. If you're a fan of Koyaanisqatsi
and Powaqqatsi (not to mention Anima Mundi, the cute 'n' cuddly baby brother
of the Qatsi series), suffice it to say that Naqoyqatsi is in every sense
the movie you've been waiting 14 long years for. If you think those are
just elaborate typos instead of movie titles up there, then you owe it
to yourself to get on board and discover three of the finest art films
ever made." it went on to review the newest installment, but i didn't want
to read it.
built some speaker stands today.
haven't had time to update much during my break from reality, but that's
a good thing. i've done a pretty good job of staying active (different
from busy) while on my break.
visited johnny in berkeley on wednesday and thursday. thursday luke, johnny's
brother, was able to get tickets to the giants game. johnny got out of
his previous engagement and so we four (nic also came along) went to see
the giants complete their sweep of the mets. it was a good game because
the giants won, i got to add one more ball park to my short list of parks
visited, and the company was good.
watched a game of slam ball on tv tonight. it's a new game that's based
upon basketball, but has trampolines near the basket to facilitate dunking.
seems like a pretty fun game. overall i think they did a good job with
the rules and such. they kept the game short, jump shots are still important,
there is a certain degree of teamwork involved...i don't think it'll last
forever, but it looks better than the xfl.
updated movies list.
yesterday i was in "the city." hung out with jonique, watched some episodes
of the awful truth, got to see where they're living now, and even got a
free chair out of it. overall it was worth the two bucks i paid for the
toll and the pain of being in traffic. living in davis has made me forget
that traffic exists. the few times i do drive these days it's on open highway
or in town to buy groceries. so driving into san francisco was a brutal
reminder of driving in los angeles. driving in LA is a lot easier than
driving in the bay area, there are lots of reasons for this, but i don't
feel like enumerating them here.
i think that the bay area is overrated, just like nyc. during the trip
last year i spent a while in both cities and on the whole i see the (unique)
charm of each, but neither impresses me all that much. that said, there
wasn't any city that really "wowed" me and i haven't lived in any city
other than LA and davis. upon reflection there isn't much in life that
really wows me so nevermind.
bob barr lost the primary election in georgia. i've seen him speak a few
times and have always been impressed by his stupidity so i really feel
bad for him.
today was my first day of class in 15 months. it was odd being back in
a classroom. being in an intro course makes it all the more boring and
unexciting on all levels. granted it's only the first day, but we were
going over some really basic stuff. i suppose, though, that that's why
i signed up for the class - to go over the route facts of american history/governmental
process so i can pass the subject exam.
stumasa.com has good simple cd/dvd
cases if you're in the market.
i've done quite a bit more driving the last few days. driving can be fun,
but these days i'm a lot more concerned about getting a ticket. i suppose
i've become well trained.
i haven't done all that much with my time off so far. tomorrow i'll hang
out with johnny and maybe go for a bike ride. friday i have a dentist appointment,
but other than that i don't have anything planned.
i like building things. i would rather go into a career as a carpenter
than as a teacher at this point, it's more physical, more predictable,
the results are more readily seen, it's easier, but still rewarding, it
still requires brain power and creativity, and it's fun. keep comments
"Figures from the 2000 census show about 76 percent of workers 16 and older
drive alone to their jobs, up from 64 percent two decades earlier and 73
percent in 1990, even though commutes are taking longer." i commuted by
myself a lot this week.
"For many cities, the shift to the suburbs means the need for massive highway
construction projects to accommodate more solo drivers. Work on such a
project is under way in the Denver metropolitan area, home to Douglas County,
the fastest-growing county in the nation. The Transportation Expansion
Project, dubbed "T-Rex," will add more lanes to Interstate 25, the major
north-south route into Denver. A light rail line also will be built along
the corridor." when i was in denver they had started work on the t-rex
and there was a story on the news about it - they made it seem like it
was going to be an amazingly big undertaking.
planned on leaving for sf today, but the traffic was horrible and i forgot
the keys to the house anyway. i'll leave tomorrow.
changed the oil on melanie's car. built melanie a small table using found
scrap wood and leftovers from my last project. if i had a digital camera
i could take pictures of all this stuff.
johnny isn't in berkeley right now so there isn't any compelling reason
to leave today.
signed up for a class through sac city, but it's in davis so it'll be easy
to actually attend every week. unfortunately the music class was full so
i had to settle for a poli sci class. i'm hoping that the class will refresh
my memory enough to make passing the government subject exam possible.
here's to wishful thinking.
i feel like having roundtable pizza tonight.
it's amazing how quickly money goes. i don't totally hate working with
the new boss so i've decided to be on my best behavior in an attempt to
secure the assistant manager position. the way i figure it i have a leg
up since i've been at the store longer than anyone else who would be in
the running, i know how to do everything an assistant manager needs to
know, and the staff like me. it's easier for joe to just have me get paid
more for doing what i'm used to doing than it is to hire someone with assistant
manager potential from another store. the extra money would be more than
updated movies list.
cartman, from south park, crapped out of his mouth tonight. south park
is a great show.
tomorrow i'll finish making my LP crate, listen to music, watch a movie,
sit around the house and plot revenge on all those who have wronged me.
i like building things.
it's too bad our apartment came furnished. on the one hand it's nice because
we didn't have to worry about acquiring furniture upon move in, on the
other hand it means we're stuck with crappy furniture.
tomorrow is my last day of work until the 26th.
not entirely sure what i'll do during my time off. i know i'm going to
visit johnny and vern and i'll hang out with jonique one night, but other
than that i don't have any big plans.
found some good scrap wood near the co-op today. took a couple pieces home
and i've started to make a case for my LPs. i'll need to brainstorm for
two more work days until my long break....the first of more than two consecutive
days in just less than a year.
started putting together a best of 2002 list for music and movies today.
there aren't very many movies released in 2002, that i've seen, which really
deserve to be on the list. the only academy award worthy film was road
to perdition. and in music there just aren't that many that i've gotten
a chance to wrap my head around yet.
i shouldn't be up so late.
i should drink more water.
it's been pretty hot lately.
i sure don't update much these days.
updated movies list.
johnny came over on sunday, that was good of him. we watched a movie, ate
at jack in the box, played basketball, had two chicken fights, and chatted
about ketchup. no kidding. johnny makes going to jack in the box fun.
rjd2 reminds me of dj shadow.
lord of the rings has already sold as many dvds as harry potter has, it's
been exactly a week since it came out.
jj, from work, was on sorority life last night. when i see him at work
next i'm going to give him shit about it.
today was my first day of full work with the new boss. he seems alright
this week is a four day work week for me. i have all of next week off....it'll
be hard to come back from the long break.
stephanie, from work, accused me of being too politically correct because
i didn't assume jewish people looked a certain way. actually it was a little
more complicated than that, but that's pretty much what it came down to.
fuck that stupid texan...hope i'm not being too politically correct.
lately i've been exploring more of the warp records stuff.
finished rebuilding my entertainment shelf doo-hickey, it's new and improved;
i even stained it.
gotta sleep now.
turned in all but two of my vhs tapes for credit at armadillo music today.
after buying a few cds there i went to tower and bought a few cds there
as well. new music is nice.
it was over 100 degrees today.
one of my wisdom teeth is starting to come to the surface. think i'll get
that taken care of soon.
randy johnson's recent accomplishment impresses me more than barry bonds'.
i hope to rebuild the case which currently houses my computer, receiver
and cd player
"I blow elephant cock." - Eminem, Rolling Stone Interview
eminem is great because he doesn't take shit seriously.
i get to sleep as much as the heat will allow me tomorrow.
updated moviesiown list.
today was james' last day. it was a sad day in my tower career. no verdict
in on the new guy yet. he seems like a bit of a corporate tool whereas
james kinda did more of his own thing. granted there are some potentially
good ideas coming from above, but implementation seems a bit unrealistic
unless they sacrifice in other areas. overall it seems as though things
are going to be less laid back which will be both good and bad.
i'm glad to hear that my (our) suspicions about charleton heston were confirmed
"Despite its foreign-sounding name, the West Nile virus is becoming an
undeniably American concern. Eighty-eight new cases were reported
in three states last week, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
announced yesterday that the mosquito-borne virus is here to stay.
About one in five people who get the virus develop flu-like symptoms; less
than 1 percent face the most serious complication, encephalitis, or inflammation
of the brain. The virus is bad, of course -- but what if the cure
is worse than the disease? In Louisiana and other places experiencing
West Nile outbreaks, mosquito populations are being sprayed with chemical
and biological pesticides from trucks and planes, as well as by hand.
The pesticides include malathion and naled, both of which can cause health
problems ranging from nausea, dizziness, and confusion at low exposures
to paralysis, respiratory failure, and death at high exposures. Although
the amounts being used are said to pose minimal risks, pregnant women,
children, and others sensitive to chemicals are being warned to take shelter
when spraying occurs."
remember ddt? will we ever learn?
"In other news from the halls of justice, a different federal appeals court
ruled yesterday that the U.S. government must foot the bill for cleaning
up hazardous waste stemming from a World War II effort to produce synthetic
rubber. During the war, most of the natural-rubber exporters were
under Japanese control, so demand was high for synthetics to manufacture
tires, life rafts, gas masks, medical supplies, and other military necessities.
In the 1940s, Dow Chemical agreed to operate a synthetic rubber plant in
California "at the expense and risk" of the federal government. Waste
from the plant polluted the ground and water, but the government, although
aware of the problem, did not try to stop it. After the factory changed
hands and a flurry of lawsuits ensued regarding the contamination, the
government tried to pass the buck (or part of it) to Dow. That didn't
fly with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which said the feds "owned
the sites, the pits, the plant, and all materials including the wastes,
knew just what Dow was doing, had unfettered control over it, [and] approved
i'm pretty tired right now.
"South Park: The Complete First Season, which streets on 11/12 (SRP $39.98).
Look for "irreverent audio commentary for all thirteen episodes from South
Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Jay Leno's South Park guest appearance
as formerly seen only on The Tonight Show, two classic Christmas music
videos that haven't been unwrapped since their original airing in 1997:
Cartman's O Holy Night and Ned's O Little Town of Bethlehem, priceless
on-camera intros to all thirteen episodes from Parker and Stone, and the
original on-air promos for the show's debut."
updated movies list.
updated moviesiown list.
james hooked me up with a few dvds using the product exchange. the way
a product exchange works is a representative from any given vendor will
comp. you some "clean" product. that is, they'll give you product (for
free) that can be sold. you take that product and get half of its cost
as an exchange credit good towards anything at tower. in essence tower
is buying the product from the employee at half the usual cost. it's a
win-win situation for tower and the lucky employee getting the product
from the representative. james wrote to vivid and asked that they send
any free product to me from now on. so all the "clean" porn dvds (no pun
intended) we get will be mine (instead of the new gm's) to convert to tower
store credit. that's a pretty sweet going away present from him especially
since porn dvds are usually about 30 bucks a pop and they regularly send
5-6 dvds a month. in sum, i'm looking at about 70 bucks of credit just
about every month.
i need to drink more water.
went to the baseball game today. the rivercats don't totally suck so that's
good. they played the iowa cubs and were down most the whole game, but
never really gave up. the cubs played pretty fundamental ball - manufacturing
runs by moving runners into scoring position (usually by stealing) and
then driving in runs from there. seemed like they had a pretty good team,
but i've only seen them play once.
i get paid in a couple days, but the money will be gone before i deposit
rent is more now than it was before.
most likely going to get a couple more dvds tomorrow...lord of the rings
and possibly the usual suspects.
read a short article in the nation today about california paving the way
for nation in terms of automobile emissions standards...yay. i think a
big hurdle to overcome, and one that is often overlooked, is the problem
of vehicles with more than two axles - that is, large trucks. they have
different standards than all the other automobiles on the road and with
nafta we have more mexican trucks (with even more lax regulations) coming
through the state. it's a problem that is overshadowed by the suv issue.
it seems that everyone, even suv owners, is against suvs. suv owners usually
defend themselves by saying they only have a ford explorer or a dodge durango...not
"one of those other ones." again i'm preaching to the choir.
i need to get more sleep.
updated movies list.
the fight club soundtrack is rad.
there's a prefuse 73 track on a footlocker commercial. that's pretty cool.
personally i don't have a problem with good music being used on commercials.
the situations i despise are: 1) using great, politically aware/anti-establishment
songs to further the establishment. i have two fantastic examples - mercedes
benz using the janis joplin song "mercedes benz" to sell cars. in the song
joplin says "oh lord won't you buy me a mercedes benz...." never mind the
fact that she's being sarcastic; if you know anything about janis joplin
it's that she is rolling over in her grave because mercedes is using her
song to sell cars to ex-hippies. the other example is the target commercial
that uses devo's song "beautiful world." beautiful world is an amazing
song because during the whole song devo paint a picture of a beautiful
world..."beautiful people everywhere, the way they show they care...a sweet
romantic place....it's nice to be alive...it's a wonderful place, for you."
but the final line is "it's a beautiful world for you, it's not for me,
it's a beautiful world for you - not me." apparently the target executives
either haven't listened to the final 30 seconds or don't understand sarcasm.
those two instances make me absolutely insanely mad, just ask melanie.
2) the moby syndrome - at some point you need to stop whoring out your
music. other than those two situations i don't really mind commercials
using quality music. when i hear an aphex twin track on a commercial it
makes me happy that someone else is being exposed to his work, it doesn't
make me think that he's sold out or any other such indie reaction.
" Devo took its name from their concept of "de-evolution" — the idea that
instead of evolving, mankind has actually regressed, as evidenced by the
dysfunction and herd mentality of American society. Their music echoed
this view of society as rigid, repressive, and mechanical, with appropriate
touches — jerky, robotic rhythms..." -allmusic.com. i couldn't have said
el-p, rjd2, and atmosphere do right by underground hip-hop, but i still
today was a pretty interesting day.
got a visit from darren, whom i used to live with, he's taking a break
from princeton monastery or something like that. james, my boss, told me
that he's not going to be working at tower anymore - that was a big surprise.
a new guy is going to take over which will be interesting. elanda might
come back to tower in which case i'll probably leave. either way i need
to take steps towards substitute teaching since it'll pay bills and is
the direction i need to go.
blockbuster is going to try implementing a netflix type program - flat
rate for a few videos for an unlimited time.
likely to get a few dvds for free this week from james...product exchanges
the next month should be interesting.
tomorrow i see a rivercats baseball game, should be fun.
big trade in the nba today, i think it benefits both teams, but the nets
made the exact move they needed to make in order to be back to the finals
next year. whoever is the gm of the nets gets my props. kidd and mutombo
in two seasons, bigest turnaround in the league...pretty nice moves.
started the second season of the awful truth today, this season has commentary
for a few of the shows.
my fantasy baseball team looks to stay out of last place now so that's
my mom came to visit the other day, she spend two nights here. she bought
me a much needed pair of shorts and jeans. i also have a lot more food
than before. all i wanted was a pint of ice cream and i got more groceries
than i know what to do with.
haven't been very good about watching movies lately. ordered koyannisqatsi
and powaqqatsi on dvd yesterday, they both come out in mid-september. lord
of the rings, super troopers, and simpsons season two all come out on tuesday
so i'll be purchasing those soon. also there's a beavis and butt-head dvd
coming out which will have 32 episodes of the infamous show. it's called
'the history of beavis and butt-head.' i'd rather they released all the
episodes, one season at a time, but this will work in the meantime. that
should also come out in september. mr. deeds is slotted for october, panic
room is coming early the same month, and that's all there is of any interest
off the top of my head.
going to some jazz show later tonight.
"Norwegian Cruise Line, the fourth-largest cruise company in the world,
will pay a $1.5 million fine for illegally dumping oil and untreated wastewater
into the ocean, and subsequently lying about its actions. The company
kept a false logbook and for three years lied to the Coast Guard about
unlawful discharges off the coast of Florida; it was caught when a fired
employee blew the whistle to the U.S. EPA, but no one knows how much pollution
the cruise line dumped into the ocean. The fine, which includes $500,000
for environmental projects in Florida, is part of a federal crackdown on
ocean polluters and marks the seventh environmental conviction against
a cruise line. Norwegian got off easy compared to some others; Royal
Caribbean, for example, has paid a total of $27 million in fines. But hard
times might not be over for the company; shortly after the fine was announced,
the state of Alaska, which successfully sued Royal Caribbean, said it would
investigate whether Norwegian committed illegal activity in state waters."
updated movies list.