12-29-01 (12:44)
  • thought i was supposed to goto work at 12 today, but ended up having to go in at 10, so now i'm going in at 230 instead. whoever is in charge of scheduling now that leslee left messed something up because i know that i was scheduled 12-9 today. at any rate it turned out to be kinda good because i took in my car and went to the post office today.
  • updated movies list.

  • 12-28-01 (23:55)

  • updated movies list.
  • one more day left at the theater...new year's eve.
  • my first day off in six or more weeks will be january first. it has been a fun run so far, but it's starting to get old.
  • nothing exciting has happened lately.
  • right now i'm going to relax. maybe later i'll have something of worth to say.

  • 12-25-01 (01:36)

  • updated movies list.
  • they should rename the movie "a christmas story" to "the christmas story" because it's that good.
  • work was a zoo today, until about 5pm anyway. after that it was almost completely empty.
  • today started off bad, but ended up being pretty good.
  • xmas doesn't need to be as consumer driven as we've made it.
  • talked with alex at work today about xmas in ghana. he says it's a much more communal holiday over there. we also talked about the political climate over there. interesting stuff.

  • 12-24-01 (00:52)

  • the good thing about xmas this year is i won't lose any sleep on xmas eve.
  • happy birthday vern.
  • i hope stupidity isn't contagious because if it is then working at tower might not be so good for me....not to say that there aren't smart people working there, or even that the theater was any better (it wasn't), but tower has a few people who are exceptionally dim-witted.
  • the kings crushed the suns today.
  • the niners have been doing well. wish i could watch a game one of these days.
  • updated movies list.
  • traveling wilburys cds are going for $30 plus.

  • 12-22-01 (01:12)

  • there was a power outage last night.
  • weather was pretty good today.
  • work was very busy.
  • got two free t-shirts.
  • bought my sister and dad xmas presents today. still don't know what to get my mom.
  • got a box full of xmas presents from my mom and my sister today. opened all my presents prematurely.
  • today was a good day.

  • 12-20-01 (23:10)

  • work was pretty lame today. all day i've been clumsy and that made the day go by more slowly.
  • some guy came into work today and wanted a refund for a cd he had already opened i explained to him that unless it was defective we couldn't take it back. he told me that we used to in the past and that we still should. what i didn't explain to him was that as time changes so do policies...this particular policy probably changed because of the proliferation of cd burners and the accessibility of music on the internet. instead of saying that i just said that our policy has been like this for a while now and that i was sorry if he didn't know about it. it was at this point that he began to take the cd out of its case and bend it to the point of breaking...after a few tries he got it to break and then he just left. the guy had serious anger management issues.
  • i figured out the good thing about bands like blink 182 or artists like britney spears...their sales really do keep stores like tower alive. if it weren't for the massive revenue we get from boy bands and the like we wouldn't be able to provide all the quality music we do offer. naturally we don't have every band you're looking for, but for the most part i think tower keeps a pretty good selection (especially if the manager is good) and the reason we're able to take risks like keeping sections open for indie rock, goth music, or world music is that we make a lot of money selling bullshit like britney spears. so, in a way, i have to thank all the bullshit artists who go multi-platinum on zero talent because they keep stores open. i like walking into music stores and browsing so i'd prefer they stick around rather than having to buy everything on the internet.
  • the good thing about work today was that james wants me to be in charge of purchasing DVDs. that should be cool.
  • got a fat shipment of food today from my grandmother so i won't have to buy food for a few months. also got to play with dry ice and that's always a fun time.

  • 12-20-01 (02:03)

  • kept busy at work today so the day went by pretty quickly.
  • melanie leaves for WA tomorrow so i'll be by myself for about a week.
  • maybe one of these days i'll wake up early and take the car in to be fixed up so i can sell it.
  • got a blue hooded sweatshirt for xmas. i like it.
  • video codecs are stupid.
  • same today as the day before. hopefully that'll end pretty soon.
  • updated movies list. vanilla sky sucked, read my review to find out why and how much.

  • 12-17-01 (16:40)

  • worked at the theater today, but got to go home early because they had too many people.
  • told michelle that i was going to quit and that the 31st would be my last day. it felt good to quit. i don't regret working there. i don't regret working there as long as i have, but it's time to move on and starting getting weekends again....even if they're not really on the weekend.
  • the worst thing about economics is that its first teaching is that nothing is free. though that may be true in most facets of society it isn't a helpful outlook. it would be better, in my opinion, to discard that notion for one that preaches the benefits of giving and receiving. by highlighting the fact that there is an opportunity cost to everything you choose to do with your time i think economics does humanity a disservice. i'm just saying that if you think that for everything given there is something lost then that, though true, is a pretty lame way to live your life.
  • probably going to go to a movie tonight.
  • chico's tacos makes burritos with serious mass. i like.
  • lately i've been trying to goto all the food places in and around downtown. there aren't many i've missed at this point. eating out is fun. i hardly ever eat bad food when eating out and i almost always find myself content with the amount of food i've had.

  • 12-16-01 (01:48)

  • i've been pretty productive while at work lately. keeping busy makes the day go by more quickly and at the end of the day i feel better having actually gotten something done.
  • updated movies list.
  • in terms of mental domination of one's opponent i think ali is the best of all-time; mj being a close second. at their peak both of them could absolutely mentally dominate their opposition. both of them amaze me.
  • i'm really tired.
  • tower is a good company overall. while i've been there i've had at least three (good) meals paid for by them...they offer a benefits package...they reward handsomely for being employee of the month or working holidays...they give bonuses and they're pretty laid back (no uniforms or dress codes, flexible scheduling, etc). even though they pay minimum wage i think they take relatively good care of their employees.
  • updated cdlist. in the last year and 10 days i've purchased 84 cds.

  • 12-14-01 (01:30)

  • computer has been freezing up more lately....more than almost never is still not that much, but it's noticeable. i guess after 5 years of almost flawless service it has the right to be a little finicky.
  • didn't goto the screening for 'not another teen movie' tonight. i like movies which are the equivalent of comedic hip-hop on film. "scary movie" i and ii, "don't be a menace to society while drinking your juice in the hood", wrongfully accused, etc. it's fun to catch all the references and usually they're funny enough to watch.
  • i wonder if 'big trouble' will ever come out.
  • the royal tenenbaums should be good.
  • now, more than ever, i feel political effacacy is almost nil.
  • raining pretty good today.
  • i feel like i haven't had a day off in a month, but it's probably only been a couple weeks. i guess when you're spoiled by two free days a week you just get used to the break.
  • while at work today i looked through a folder filled with people who have been caught shoplifting in the past couple years. i found a picture of the guy who would have been my supervisor if i decided to work at papa murphy's. apparently he came in all the time and tried to steal gay porn magazines and eventually they caught him in the act. there were other stories, but most weren't as interesting as that one. lots of kids trying to steal porn. lots of teenagers, as expected. the most interesting thing was that the most anyone attempted to steal was about 45 bucks worth of cds. i think when i got busted for trying to steal it was something like 7 bucks worth of stuff.
  • "From the department of mad consumerism, reckless fuel consumption, and paramilitary chic comes this latest gem:  the Hummer H2, the latest sports utility monstrosity from General Motors.  Built to resemble the Humvees rumbling through Kabul, the Hummer H2 gets about 13 miles per gallon and, at 8,600 pounds, weighs just enough to evade federal fuel efficiency standards.  It's not cheap to own the beast -- fifty grand sticker price, plus all that fuel -- but nonetheless, GM expects to sell around 40,000 Hummers per year. Enviros are outraged, but hope the new vehicle will help spur the fight for fuel-efficiency standards for SUVs."

  • 12-13-01 (00:31)

  • "The fixings for a traditional British turkey dinner could travel more than 24,000 miles before they reach the table, according to a report released yesterday by the U.K. lobby group Sustain. On average, food consumed in Britain travels 50 percent more than it did a decade ago, at the expense of human and environmental health.  Sustain said that the country's food system had become "almost completely dependent" on oil, and that internationally, food distribution is a major cause of pollution and climate change.  The organization also criticized a food system in which countries essentially swap food. (For example, in 1997, the U.K. imported 33 million gallons of milk and exported 71 million gallons).  It urged Britain to improve food quality and safety and protect the environment by supporting local food suppliers."
  • the other day while i was working the box at the theater a couple came up and purchased tickets. while i was getting the change and tickets the girl commented to her boyfriend "i can't believe i spent $50 on alcohol last night." to which i replied "that was stupid." she came back "what?" i gave them the tickets and didn't say anything. i hope i provided the push she needed to get her life together. not likely, but either way i had a laugh.
  • today was like any other day.
  • "Environmentalists in Florida are concerned about state plans to weaken protections for the manatee and the red-cockaded woodpecker. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has developed a new set of criteria to gauge what levels of protection animals deserve, and it has indicated that the woodpecker and manatee may now merit lower levels.  To qualify as endangered in the state, a species must now have lost at least 80 percent of its population during the past 10 years; a threatened species must have lost at least 50 percent of its population in the last 10 years.  Enviros say the criteria will effectively guarantee the extinction of more species. The woodpecker population, for example, has dropped 97 percent in the last century, but not even 50 percent in the last decade."
  • it seems like most of our problems come because of the lazy and moronic philosophy "if it ain't broke why fix it?"
  • it just makes sense to care for the environment a little more than we have. to have more diversified energy sources is good policy; to do otherwise is retarded. if there was money in good policy then maybe bush would give a shit.
  • bush's smirk makes me laugh.
  • updated movies list.
  • regardless of whether humans are to blame for the rise in global climate, the hole in the ozone or myriad other environmental problems we should decrease our use of fossil fuels, we should preserve our forests, avoid polluting our waters, etc. there just isn't any good reason to work a little more to do those things. basically i think it would be good policy to make our presence on earth as unnoticed as possible. obviously this is impossible because we consume more than any species, ever. we also reach to just about ever corner of the globe. we have more waste per capita than any species, ever. we've wiped out more species on the earth than any other species...we're probably the equivalent to a meteor impact in terms of our affect on the diversity of species on earth.
  • "truth has three phases; the first is denial. the second is hostility. the third is universal acceptance because it's apparent." - Spinoza
  • bush has convinced me that he's one of the worst presidents ever...if not for the simple reason that he appointed ashcroft as att. general.
  • i always thought that conservatives were against the government taking over their lives and robbing them of their liberties, but in this (and most) case(s) it is a conservative who is doing it.
  • "First they (nazis) came for the Jews. I was silent. I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Communists. I was silent. I was not a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists. I was silent. I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for me. There was no one left to speak for me." - Protestant Pastor Martin Niemoller

  • 12-11-01 (18:49)

  • i like the bends more than ok computer.
  • got an attachment for my dremel to keep it perpendicular to the cutting surface. should be useful.
  • talked to michelle at work today. she seems like a pretty decent person once you get past the thick shell. we talked about michael moore and it turns out she's met him once before...said he was smelly, but seemed like a good guy. i asked her if she felt she'd ever be appreciated by the home office (her bosses). she said no. i asked what was keeping her at the theater and she replied "fear and inertia." i totally agree with her and hope that she decides to do something with her life. she says that the only satisfaction she gets from her job is when she positively affects one of her customers or employees. i hope i don't ever get stuck like her. it's easy to get stuck like that and some people don't realize just how easy it is.
  • updated movies list.
  • might watch ocean's eleven again tonight.
  • i think what gandhi and i are trying to say above is that people should match their reality with their ideology. if you think it's wrong to eat meat then don't eat meat, if you think the world should recycle and reuse products more then that change should start with yourself. he says it his way and i say it mine, both are effective.
  • this whole lack of US cooperation with the kyoto stuff makes me very disappointed.
  • took 13 cds out of my collection yesterday...i'm trying to thin my collection a little.
  • the good thing about led zeppelin relative to the beatles is that their albums are more consistent. that means that when i'm in the mood for led zeppelin i can pick any of their eight albums and be happy. whereas if i'm the mood for some beatles it's usually a choice between abbey road and the white album...occasionally it might be sgt. peppers, let it be, or revolver, but their great stuff so overshadows their good stuff that the good stuff gets left in the dust.
  • haven't rented any movies lately because it requires me to do too many things...go rent them in the first place, watch them, return them, and pay for them. watching a movie at the theater is more fun, free, and doesn't require me to return the movie by a certain date. because i work all the time it just makes more sense to watch new movies rather than renting old ones. i do want to see 'when we were kings' again before 'ali' comes out.

  • 12-10-01 (18:06)

  • michelle (my boss at the theater) said "so the question of the day would be: is my box big enough." she was talking about a box for shipping a broken register, but i didn't know that until i told her to stop coming on to me.
  • talked to a new co-worker about politics today. he believes the death penalty is good, anyone who tries can get a job, and the war is "just." naturally we hit it off right away....that's when i got my ass kicked.
  • "Scotland has enough potential wind and wave energy to power the entire U.K., according to an independent study that has been met with excitement by the Scottish government. Known as one of the windiest spots in Europe, Scotland could apparently provide almost a quarter of the U.K.'s energy needs from onshore wind farms, without having to construct the farms on designated scenic areas.  Wave and tidal stream energy could meet the other three-quarters of Britain's power needs.  A second report issued today said Scotland could achieve its goal of generating 18 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2010."
  • watched 30 minutes of coyote ugly the other day. it's right up there with the fast and the furious in terms of best movies to laugh at.

  • 12-9-01 (00:54)

  • got some more cds today.
  • www.stealitback.com has good deals on police seizures.

  • 12-8-01 (10:16)

  • got up early to goto a meeting at work.
  • was going to take the car in, but they're too busy to take it.
  • i have a lot of promo cds i need to sort through and not much time to really listen to anything.
  • the chemical bros. single "it began in afrika" doesn't disappoint.
  • "In a blow to environmentalists and unions, Republicans in the U.S. House pushed through a plan yesterday to give President Bush broad authority to negotiate trade agreements.  The bill, which was approved by a single vote, would take away from Congress the power to amend trade deals brokered by the administration; lawmakers could merely vote yea or nay on the pacts.  Enviro groups and unions fear their concerns would receive short shrift under such a system. Democrats also argued that the bill would enable foreign investors to challenge environmental regulations in the U.S..  To win the vote, the White House and GOP leadership played the terrorism card and doled out favors to any fence-sitting House members.  A similar bill is expected to pass easily in the Senate."
  • "What's with all the talk about national energy security and a recession?  American consumers aren't listening to the worrywarts -- they're out there doing their patriotic duty, lining up to buy SUVs at a record clip.  Sales in November were up 13.7 percent last month from the year before. In fact, so far this year, half of the 20 best-selling vehicles in the country have been SUVs, according to the Commerce Department.  (Could this have something to do with an announcement by the U.S. EPA in October that fuel efficiency for all 2001 model cars is only 20.4 miles per gallon, the lowest in two decades?)  Senate Democrats said this week that they would fight to increase fuel-efficiency standards for SUVs, but somehow they forgot to mention just what size increase they would push for."
  • why do we "ride" bikes, but "drive" cars. as a bike driver i'm offended by this. i think that driving should be reserved for bikes and riding for cars. when "riding" a bike i am actually driving the wheels with my own power, whereas in a car i'm just along for the ride that the engine power gives me. both require some driver interaction - steering, braking, paying attention, etc., but with a bike there is more of an interaction (not to mention the fact that driver balance comes into play). so for the sake of all bike drivers out there, please don't demean us by insisting we are merely along for the ride.

  • 12-6-01 (01:32)

  • i think people should wash their hands more and their bodies less. hands should be washed frequently because of health concerns and bodies don't need to be washed everyday because, under normal conditions, they just don't get that dirty. it would save a lot of water.
  • aphex twin set out to compose one of his songs only at times when he was masturbating. he's funny.
  • my head kinda hurts.
  • wish final doom worked.
  • heard grand theft auto 3 is really cool.
  • i like getting a check every week, but i don't like having to work two jobs/seven days a week. still haven't decided to quit the theater. lately everyone has been really nice, at least to me, and that is despite business being slow. lord of the rings is coming out in a couple weeks though so maybe an argument could be made that michelle is just happy because she knows we'll make money soon. working there two days a week means i don't get burnt out, but i still get the benefits of working there (extra money and free movies). if i quit the theater then i think i'd get xmas eve off.
  • i'd like to have some time off to goto a movie in sacramento or possibly catch a kings game or goto sac state and figure out what i need to do to become a real teacher.
  • being in retail for the first real time in my life has made me appreciate what people in retail have to deal with everyday. it's also made me realize how lame franchises can be. it's also resparked my interest in opening up my own business where i could sell good milkshakes and breakfast burritos and other grill items. being your own boss is really the way to go. being a teacher would kinda be like that, especially given the right circumstances. at the high school level you'd most likely have to deal with some retarded administration and lame curriculum requirements, but if you're creative then i'm sure those can be skirted or cheated a bit.
  • next time i buy cds from tower i'll get ravi shankar, the four (which includes yellow submarine) remaining beatles albums, and some bill hicks. it should be a fun day.
  • definitely should take the car in some time soon while i have a little money. after i get a few things looked at i can go ahead and sell it.
  • i don't like it when it's so cold.

  • 12-5-01 (23:10)

  • worked for another eight hours today. nothing exciting.
  • bought some cds...the first since i've worked at tower. it's amazing how easy it is to be broke and how hard it is to get out of the hole.
  • i like the new aphex twin album a lot. rolling stone has crackheads for reviewers nowadays.

  • 12-5-01 (01:13)

  • got to about level 9 of final doom and then it started to freeze whenever i loaded my saved game so i'm not going to bother playing it anymore.
  • thought i had work at 11am today...actually didn't have to go until 130. missed out on some valuable sleep.
  • work is getting old so i'm trying to learn how to receive shipments and order things.
  • ups is lame.
  • updated movies list.
  • one guy at work was looking for pink floyd cds under "F" that was probably only thing worth noting all day.

  • 12-3-01 (01:36)

  • johnny will be in santa cruz for a month or so. planned on watching a movie with him today, but i guess he skipped town early.
  • got to make next week's schedule at the theater today. that was new and kept me busy for a little while. i've discovered that i like to learn new things and keep my brain busy with new challenges. it's one reason why i think i'd have fun as a professional thief...it's the kind of thing that would never get old and if i made a profession out of it i would constantly be traveling and keeping my brain busy with new scams. it would be a fun and fruitful life.
  • final doom is a pretty hard game. overall quake is better, but not by much. anything past quake is too advanced for me.
  • lord of the rings is reputed to be over three hours long.
  • my computer is over five years old.
  • i'm going to play doom and then sleep. i've got work at 12 tomorrow.

  • 12-1-01 (01:48)

  • i guess it's december. decembers are usually pretty good.
  • close by myself tomorrow...hopefully i know everything i need to know.
  • got employee of the month at tower so i'll get fifty bucks for that.
  • saw jeopardy while i was on lunch today...it seems they've raised the rewards since the last time i saw the show. i was wondering if/when they were going to do that.
  • working seven days a week isn't that bad overall, but it does get annoying in the long run. the key is taking it one day at a time and not thinking about the fact that you don't have any days off to yourself.
  • it was sad to hear that george harrison died today. he was my favorite beatle and i've maintained that for a long time.
  • the beatles were a better studio band than led zeppelin, but led zeppelin was better live. you take the studio trickery away from the beatles and there is no doubt that led zeppelin has them beat, but things as they are...i've decided that the two are tied in my book.
  • i'd like to buy some new speakers. something smaller, but with just as much performance. when have more money than i can justify keeping in my checking account (usually anything above 50 bucks) then i'll buy some new speakers.
  • saw jessica simpson singing some xmas crap on the daily show last night and it made me laugh and cry at the same time.
  • reorganized the whole singles section at work today. each day i try to give myself a big project and it makes the day go by pretty quickly.

  • i've gotten a couple people coming into tower during my shift wanting to sell their old beatles cds. yesterday i bought the white album from this guy and gave him 8 bucks store credit for the 2 CD set...he came back with a used alanis morissette album and bought that with the credit he got for the white album. i pleaded with him to not get rid of his beatles album in exchange for alanis...but to no avail. i was very disappointed. then there was a girl who came in and sold the beatles anthology 1. she was willing to take 8.60 in store credit for it. there are just some cds you need to keep and it distresses me that people are so willing to get rid of such good albums.