8-31-03 (23:00)
  • updated movies list.
  • moviesiown list.
  • almost done with the table i'm building for melanie. i think it looks pretty good, but if i had better tools then it would be more up to my standards. but considering it's the first table i've ever built, it's good enough.
  • watched a lot of movies this month and that's a good thing.

  • 8-29-03 (23:40)

  • "If we're all God's children, what's so special about Jesus?"
  • i think it's important to remember that sometimes god does do some good...after all he killed kubrick before he had a chance to make Artificial Intelligence, right?

  • 8-29-03 (12:01)

  • madonna is officially washed up. now she's kissing female teeny boppers to try to be hip. it's almost sad.
  • updated movies list.
  • today's the last day that my mom and sister are in town.
  • updated cdlist. and by year.
  • moviesiown list.

  • 8-27-03 (02:36)

  • good interview with bill moyers.
  • updated movies list.

  • 8-22-03 (22:30)

  • there was a pretty big thunder storm last night.
  • updated movies list. four movies yesterday and four the day before. only one today.

  • 8-21-03 (02:25)

  • listening to ambient music helps develop my musical patience. when one listens to pop music a lot it's easy to grow bored of a song quickly if there isn't a chorus or a steady beat. ambient music combats that syndrome.
  • i set out to do nothing but watch movies today. i succeeded.
  • updated movies list.

  • 8-20-03 (02:35)

  • today was my friday. i have four days off, work one day, three days off, work one day, two days off and then business as usual from there. nice.
  • i've had good art overload the last few hours. watched all the special features on the bowling for columbine dvd and now i'm listening to a top five album of all-time - paul's boutique. dust brothers + beastie boys=transcendent. it's unfortunate that it's so late...if it were twelve hours later, or earlier, then i could give this album the proper three speaker treatment, but alas headphones will have to do for now.
  • ponce de leon
  • constantly on
  • cause you know why-a-u-c-h
  • i'm interested in watching the new kevin costner film.
  • "The following is an oft-repeated experiment in hypnosis. The subject is hypnotized and told that an ice-cold bucket of water is lukewarm. He is told to put his arm in the bucket. The hypnotist says, "How does it feel?" "Fine." "Is it uncomfortable at all?" "No, it's nice and warm." Then the subject is given paper and a pen and told to let his free hand write without thinking about anything at all, just letting it move by itself. The hand writes, "Stop the experiment! It hurts! It's freezing! " Below the hypnotized level of consciousness there is always this aware observer. This is the experiment we are now doing on a global scale. Media and advertising have hypnotized us to the materialist culture, while underneath there is a level of awareness screaming, "Stop the experiment! We are consuming a planet! This is insane!" It certainly helps to explain the pandemic of depression and violence and stress-related disease. The most important thing we can do is to stop the mad hypnotists." - linda palter. from the recent issue of adbusters.
  • ocs software is good. scanners are better.
  • "if i ate spinach i'd be called spinach D." there's the exact line...it's on the b-boy bouillabaisse found on paul's boutique.

  • 8-19-03 (00:51)

  • "In most of the U.S. and Canada, last Thursday's history-making blackout is little more than a memory:  The lights are on, the AC is cranking, transportation systems are running, and it's business as usual.  Still, some officials, including New York Gov. George Pataki (R) and Ontario Premier Ernie Eves, warned people that they might feel the lingering effects of the power outage and encouraged everyone to conserve energy wherever possible.  In some cities, such as Detroit, public transportation was free through the weekend as part of a plan to discourage the use of private vehicles.  Another environmentally friendly side effect of the blackout:  Alternative energy companies posted major gains on the stock market on Friday, the day after the conventional-fuel grid went kaput."
  • "The leak from the oil tanker Prestige off the coast of Spain last year probably caused more environmental damage than the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster, according to a new report by a private Spanish economic institute.  Some 78,000 metric tons of fuel have been cleansed from beaches since the November sinking, and the Prestige continues to leak at the rate of roughly one metric ton per day.  The estimated cost of cleaning up the Galician coastline is $2.8 billion dollars, about $8 million more than the Exxon Valdez cleanup cost, and the harm to the environment and the fishing industry is also thought to have been worse than in the infamous Alaska disaster. Contamination from the Prestige put 16,000 people out of work and indirectly cost 80,000 others their jobs.  The report also sharply criticized the Spanish government's handling of the spill."
  • psyched about getting 'roger and me' and 'bowling for columbine' on dvd tomorrow. i know it's lame to look forward to owning a dvd that'll sit on my shelf 90% of the time, but knowing i can watch either at any time i want is nice. plus the special features for bowling look pretty sweet.
  • revisiting "licensed to ill." what an album.
  • i forget what album it's on (i think paul's boutique), but mike d has one line that goes something like "i eat spinach, but don't call me spinach D." what a great, and definitive, beastie boys line. it's funny, but also has great word play. get it....he eats mics. har har.
  • "Perhaps Licensed to Ill was inevitable a white group blending rock and rap, giving them the first number one album in hip-hop history. But that reading of the album's history gives a short shrift to the Beastie Boys; producer Rick Rubin and his label, Def Jam; and this remarkable record, since mixing metal and hip-hop isn't necessarily an easy thing to do. Just sampling and scratching Sabbath and Zeppelin to hip-hop beats does not make for an automatically good record, though there is a visceral thrill to hearing those muscular riffs put into overdrive with scratching. But, much of that is due to the producing skills of Rick Rubin, a metalhead who formed Def Jam Records with Russell Simmons and had previously flirted with this sound on Run-D.M.C.'s Raising Hell, not to mention a few singles and one-offs with the Beasties prior to this record. He made rap rock, but to give him lone credit for Licensed to Ill (as some have) is misleading, since that very same combination would not have been as powerful, nor would it have aged so well aged into a rock classic if it weren't for the Beastie Boys, who fuel this record through their passion for subcultures, pop culture, jokes, and the intoxicating power of wordplay. At the time, it wasn't immediately apparent that their obnoxious patter was part of a persona (a fate that would later plague Eminem), but the years have clarified that this was a joke although, listening to the cajoling rhymes, filled with clear parodies and absurdities, it's hard to imagine the offense that some took at the time. Which, naturally, is the credit of not just the music they don't call it the devil's music for nothing but the wild imagination of the Beasties, whose rhymes sear into consciousness through their gonzo humor and gleeful delivery. There hasn't been a funnier, more infectious record in pop music than this, and it's not because the group is mocking rappers (in all honesty, the truly twisted barbs are hurled at frat boys and lager lads), but because they've already created their own universe and points of reference, where it's as funny to spit out absurdist rhymes and pound out "Fight for Your Right (To Party)" as it is to send up street-corner doo wop with "Girls." Then, there is the overpowering loudness of the record operating from the axis of where metal, punk, and rap meet, there never has been a record this heavy and nimble, drunk on its own power yet giddy with what they're getting away with. There is a sense of genuine discovery, of creating new music, that remains years later, after countless plays, countless misinterpretations, countless rip-off acts, even countless apologies from the Beasties, who seemed guilty by how intoxicating the sound of it is, how it makes beer-soaked hedonism sound like the apogee of human experience. And maybe it is, maybe it isn't, but in either case, Licensed to Ill reigns tall among the greatest records of its time. Stephen Thomas Erlewine (of allmusic.com, naturally)"
  • searchable books online. searched for "2+2=5" and it took me straight to the chapter in orwell's 1984 where it could be found.
  • i have 1000 cds now.
  • updated movies list.
  • "Bubbly actress Brittany Murphy has a slight problem with the upcoming launch of her singing career - she's yet to decide on which musical genre she'll perform. The Uptown Girls beauty, ex-girlfriend of Eminem and Ashton Kutcher, plans to show off her vocal talents on her debut album this autumn, but has yet to decide on the CD's style. She says, "I was raised on a lot of jazz and hip-hop and R&B and blues, so I have a lot of artists I favor. I'm sure it'll be a hybrid of all that stuff. Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand and Diana Ross - those are my career idols. Jennifer Lopez, Eminem and Ice Cube have done incredible jobs in juggling both careers. Who knows what my music will end up sounding like, but hopefully people will really like it. I need to get it out of my body and into a microphone.""

  • 8-16-03 (01:31)

  • this whole east coast power outage thing gives people a chance to get a day off work and look at the stars for once. big deal.

  • 08-15-03 (13:08)

  • updated movies list.
  • five more days of work. that'll make ten in a row, but then i get four days off. also my mom and sister are coming up to visit. this month has been hectic.
  • tuesday "roger and me" and "bowling for columbine" are coming out on dvd. looking forward to those.
  • i need to eat breakfast and get ready for work.

  • 8-14-03 (02:09)
  • over 300 movies in my netflix queue now.
  • fidel castro is fucking cool. what we've done to cuba, with our embargo, is so silly. i can certainly understand why most of the world hates us.
  • the english language is dead nowadays. with kids these days to, two and too are all the same. you're and your are also indistinguishable. it's all because they write the way they talk. it would appear to me that the worst thing to happen to writing is talking.
  • that was supposed to be sarcastic and facetious, but i don't know if it came off that way. it was supposed to be a subtle jab at those who insist we not split our infinitives (an antiquated rule that stems from the fact that in latin it was impossible to split the infinitive from the verb because they were one word!) or spell everything correctly. some people talk about our language woes in doomsday terms...as if somehow our language is going to one day die or be destroyed by people who "misuse" it. i, on the other hand, have a somewhat more liberal interpretation. i think that language evolves...it always has. i don't think in terms of better or worse, but more suitable to the times. with some it might indicate a lack of formal education. so that when the see a student use "to" instead of "too" they grow disheartened because it shows that the student hasn't acquired a certain level of education...i will agree to that, but to those who stubbornly cry out against splitting an infinitive or using "whom" instead of "who" when appropriate...well i just don't understand you.
  • when we first moved into our new apartment there were dozens of moths on the walls, on the floor, hidden here and there. so i took up a campaign of genocide. at the height of this campaign i was killing 10-15 moths a day. now i'm lucky if i find one a day. so i feel successful in this regard. i look at myself as the hitler of moths, but then i thought about this analogy and found it not optimum. for hitler is reviled and his memory is anything but pleasing. so i now look at myself as the columbus of moths. for three reasons columbus is more analogous: a) columbus was successful in his genocidal campaigns in the west indies whereas hitler was not b) columbus is revered to the point of being a hero in textbooks and even has a holiday in his honor whereas hitler is hated and c) it was not out of hate that i killed the moths, but more because of the simple fact that i didn't want them around when i was trying to settle down in my new home.
  • manifest destiny, it's killer.
  • "News:"
  • "Slimline movie actress Renee Zellweger is reportedly being paid a $3.2 million bonus to pack on the pounds for her reprised role as Bridget Jones. The petite Chicago star is already on a high-fat diet in order to achieve the rounder figure needed for the British singleton - and film producers have guaranteed her $112,000 for every pound out of the 30 she manages to put on. A source tells British tabloid The Daily Star, "Renee's getting nearly £15 million for the sequel and the bonus is on top of that. She hates gaining weight to play Bridget and know's she's going to have a hard time losing it again." Svelte Renee first played Bridget in hit 2001 movie Bridget Jones' Diary but soon lost the weight she gained for the role - with some believing she'd gotten too thin. But the amazing success of the Hugh Grant-starring flick meant Renee was tempted back to the role for Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason. However, the actress is having a hard time dealing with her calorie-packed diet. She told a friend, "I'm eating so much I sometimes feel sick. But I might as well enjoy it while I can.""
  • "Hollywood hunk Brad Pitt is planning to remake 1955 James Dean movie East Of Eden and play the lead role. The actor has approached the estate of classic author John Steinbeck in a bid to secure movie rights to the novel, which inspired the Oscar-winning flick about two Californian brothers who compete for the love of their father. A Hollywood source tells the New York Daily News, "Remaking a classic is a daunting prospect. Brad has to think it through." Steinbeck's novel recently surged up the American best-sellers list after being recommended by talk show host and literary connoisseur Oprah Winfrey."
  • i especially like that last part which refers to oprah as a "literary connoisseur." i would amend the last sentence like so: "Steinbeck's novel recently surged up the American best-sellers list after being recommended by talk show host Oprah Winfrey, who happens to read. congratulations to her. and by the way people are sheep."
  • updated movies list.
  • it's much too late to be awake.
  • it's much two late too be awake.
  • it's much two late two be awake.
  • it's much to late two be awake.
  • it's much to late too be awake.

  • 8-13-03 (00:47)

  • DJ Shadow "had already been fiddling around with making beats and breaks on a four-track while he was in high school, but it was his move to the NorCal cow-town of Davis to attend university that led to the establishment of his own Solesides label as an outlet for his original tracks. Hooking up with Davis' few b-boys (including eventual Solesides artists Blackalicious and Lyrics Born) through the college radio station, Shadow began releasing the Reconstructed From the Ground Up mix tapes in 1991 and pressed his 17-minute hip-hop symphony "Entropy" in 1993. His tracks spread widely through the DJ-strong hip-hop underground, eventually catching the attention of Mo' Wax. Shadow's first full-length, Endtroducing..., was released in late 1996 to immense critical acclaim in Britain and America. Preemptive Strike, a compilation of early singles, followed in early 1998."
  • i heard this super mario remix of closer by nine inch nails...it's an awful remix, but hearing all the old super mario brothers sounds brought back memories of nintendo days.
  • today i talked with the manager of the music store across the street. every once in a while i'll pay a visit and we'll chat about the business. his store has about a third of the square footage that our store has and maybe a fourth of the product that we have. i asked how many employees they have and he said "seven" which includes him. at our store we have eight which includes joe. when they do returns (very rarely - every other month at the most) they return no more than 20 cds. when we do returns (EVERY month) we return around 5,000 cds and a few hundred DVDs. since our inventory is probably four times theirs we also receive much more product than they do and, thus, have more to put out on a regular basis. our stores have identical hours almost identical staff and yet we have a) about twice as much business as them b) four times as much product as them and c) about 500 times as much product to return on a monthly basis. it's no wonder they have such superior customer service. they're business model makes so much more sense...it focuses on customer service, maintaining margins (rather than focusing on volume), and keeping things simple. stores like that are becoming an endangered species.
  • i have to work on friday and saturday, but the good news is that i have a four day weekend next week.

  • 8-11-03

  • got an all-in-one machine yesterday.
  • work was so so today.
  • i'll update my movies list soon enough.
  • i've been really busy lately. this weekend i hope to catch up on some things.
  • updated movies list.
  • "20th Century Fox has announced the DVD release for the virus/zombie flick 28 Days Later - Directed by Danny Boyle (who Directed Trainspotting) and Writer Alex Garland (who wrote 'The Beach'). Set for release on October 21st 28 Days Later will be released in separate Widescreen and full screen editions both with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio and featuring: Audio commentary with Danny Boyle and Alex Garland, 3 alternate endings (including the one playing at the end of the credits in theaters), deleted scenes, Pure Rage: The Making of 28 Days Later - featurette, production stills gallery with director commentary, Polaroid picture gallery with director commentary, Jacknife Lee music video, animated story boards, theatrical teaser and theatrical trailer."
  • 8-7-03 (01:09)
  • well i've been updating the page more frequently so i guess that's a good thing.
  • haven't watched very many movies in recent months.
  • why the obsession with terrorist attacks using planes? by now our planes are the most heavily guarded mode of transportation. anyone who tries to hijack a plane now is going to have half of the passengers go rambo on their ass. so unless you are somehow really well armed or manage getting a lot of your fellow bad guys into one plane you're not going to get very far. also, getting into the cockpit is near impossible now that the doors are locked and reinforced. so i don't understand why there is such a focus on air travel as a potential target. the only answer i can come up with is to strike fear in people or disrupt the economy. both of those would be better accomplished by ambushing a subway or freeway (more people, easier access). the only upside to getting a plane is that if you are able to crash it into something you can do pretty good damage. it just seems that everyone's efforts would be better spent focusing on other targets.
  • schwarzenegger is running for governor. i could certainly think of people who would do a worse job and i can think of people who are less trustworthy, but that doesn't mean he's got what it takes (experience, knowledge, connections, clout, etc.) to be a good governor. my feeling is that he doesn't have a real chance either, but i didn't take bush all that seriously either.
  • well the kings lost keon clark and our assistant coach - terry porter. sad day.
  • tomorrow is my friday and that's good news. the real friday and saturday will be filled with manual labor, air travel, and watching a couple movies with my dad.

  • 8-6-03 (01:39)

  • "A dozen varieties of soft drinks sold by Coca-Cola and Pepsi in Delhi, India, contain "dangerously high" levels of pesticide residues, according to tests conducted by the Center for Science and Environment, a Delhi-based nonprofit.  CSE accused the companies of drawing their source water from India's highly contaminated groundwater supply and then doing little to purify it.  The group also tested Coke and Pepsi beverages purchased in the U.S. and the European Union and found no traces of pesticides.  The problem, says CSE Director Sunita Narain, is that the U.S. and E.U. have regulations governing the water used to produce soft drinks, while India doesn't.  Coke and Pepsi vehemently deny the charges of contamination and are considering legal action against CSE.  In a separate bit of bad news for Coke, Greenpeace is calling for the shutdown of one of the corporation's bottling plants in India, accusing the plant of passing the toxic sludge it produces on to local farmers in the guise of fertilizer."
  • i read once that coca-cola (or maybe it was pepsi, but definitely one of the two) bought an entire lake in india to secure a source of water for use in their products. the downside is that all the hundreds of townspeople who once drew drinking water from this lake had to find new sources of water because the water became property of the coca-cola company.
  • today was.
  • tomorrow is my thursday and that's good. this weekend i'll be busy moving a bunch of books back into my grandparents living room.
  • saw a story on the news tonight about a bunch of starbucks (15) shops in san francisco which were plastered with "out of business" and "for lease" signs. whoever did it also broke off keys in the locks so employees couldn't go to work in the morning. i think it's a great prank and it sounds like it was well-executed since so far there aren't any witnesses and they got 15 different stores.
  • updated movies list.

  • 8-5-03 (01:15)

  • "High levels of radiation are showing up at a number of sites throughout Iraq, thanks to the use of depleted uranium (DU) weapons by U.S.-led forces during the war in March and April.  DU is considered a potential cause of cancers and birth defects.  Some Iraqi doctors and others say that use of DU ammunition during the 1991 Gulf War led to a significant surge in cancers and birth defects in Iraq a few years later. DU is also suspected of contributing to the Gulf War Syndrome that has afflicted thousands of U.S. veterans. Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) has introduced a bill that would require the U.S. government to study the health and environmental effects of DU, but the legislation is going nowhere fast.  The military says there's no evidence that DU causes health problems, and it insists DU ammunition is needed because it's dense enough to penetrate heavy tank armor."
  • "The greatest purveyor of violence in the world today (is) my own government" - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."

  • 8-4-03 (01:29)

  • updated movies list.
  • played softball tonight and so my knee hurts again. i'm not sure why physical activity makes my knee hurt. my body hasn't been kind to me lately.

  • 8-2-03 (01:45)

  • started work on making a desk for melanie today.
  • we got a couch for free tonight. it's big and comfy and now it's clean too. looks ugly, but that's the only downside.
  • johnny updates his webpage even less frequently than i.
  • i'll try to watch a couple movies and get some building done tomorrow.

  • 8-1-03 (01:29)

  • updated movies list.
  • "Let's start with Warner's A Christmas Story: 20th Anniversary Special Edition. The 2-disc set (10/7 - SRP $26.99) will feature anamorphic widescreen video, the Another Christmas Story documentary on the making of the film (narrated by Peter Billingsley), feature-length audio commentary with cast members and director Bob Clark, 2 featurettes (A History of The Daisy Red Ryder an Get a Leg Up: A Shining Light of Freedom), the Triple Dog Dare interactive trivia game, a "decoder match challenge" game, the Jean Shepherd Radio Program (featuring the author/narrator of A Christmas Story reading the holiday stories from his book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash which served as the basis for the movie), Easter eggs and more." it's about time they release that in widescreen format.
  • the artwork on amon tobin's new remix ep is pretty nice.
  • updated moviesiown list.
  • updated cdlist. year.

  • the trip was good on the whole. played golf, painted a lot, got free food and spent time with the family. i kept busy.