2-28-03 (02:42)
  • updated movies list. saw two good films today. actually one good film and one fantastic film....and actually both of them were documentaries. i love documentaries.
  • it seems to me that racism (actually many forms of bigotry) is almost innate. this does not, in my opinion excuse a person from acting or speaking out in such bigoted ways, but i can see where it may come from. hear me out...in the most simple breakdown we have spent the vast majority of our time as homosapiens as "uncivilized" and largely ignorant of the (what has now become) fact that people who look different (color, size, shape, etc.) than us are not enemies, inferior or really that much different (at birth) than we are. but for most of our evolution people who look different were probably of a different tribe, etc. and were thus seen as alien and thus a threat (though this conclusion isn't necessarily the right one, it is the most base and immediate one). jared diamond concludes that we are attracted to people who look like us or those we are comfortable with (our parents or close kin let's say)...whether it be the look of a person's eye sockets, their cheeks or whatever he says (i've been told) that small things like this contribute to who we are attracted to. if this is true then the opposite would, in a way, support my claim that somewhere within we may, to varying degrees, be predisposed to forms of physical bigotry. i think it sounds bad, but really it's just applying "fear of the unknown" to a more touchy subject.
  • i have a lot to do tomorrow so i should get some rest.

  • 2-27-03 (01:24)

  • updated movies list.

  • 2-26-03 (17:54)

  • well if i decided to stay at the theater watching gods and generals i'd still be there right now. instead i walked out after an hour. it was really heavy handed, trite, and just poorly executed. the acting was poor and the score seemed to be a bunch of finale pieces strung together...every scene was acompanied by music that made it seem as though god was himself was on screen explaining the meaning of life. that is, there was no sense of ebb and flow, everything was treated as being of the utmost importance and i'm sorry but mary beth sewing a confederate flag isn't as important as stonewall jackson giving a rally speech which isn't as important as billy bob's flesh being torn by a ball of lead. i wouldn't have lasted another three hours so i'm glad i walked out....oh and i was the third person to walk out of the theater which only had about 10 people to start. laughable.
  • earlier in the year i had a theory that any game in which peja stojakovic scored more than 30 points would be a kings loss. recently i checked that theory out and four out of the four times he scored more than 30 points we lost.
  • "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers DVDs will follow the same August 2-disc/November 4-disc schedule as was used last year for The Fellowship of the Ring."
  • south park season two, the family guy seasons 1 & 2, homicide season 1, terminator 2 extreme edition, cheers season 1 and fraiser season 1 all are likely to be announced in the first part of this year. i'm looking forward to a special edition of ran, punch drunk love, femme fatale, bowling for columbine, spirited away, final edition of army of darkness and the ring. i hear that evil dead will have a fourth installment coming out in the future.

  • 2-26-03 (01:15)

  • well i've got tomorrow off so i'll try to get some things done.
  • might watch gods and generals...it's four hours long though so that requires quite a commitment.
  • i also have some work to do on the car before it goes to my sister.
  • updated movies list.
  • i'm listening to the 50 cent album right now. it's the best selling album we have nowadays and it totally sucks. it's the same dr. dre/nwa formula, only 12 years later and not as good....samples of bongs, gun shots, and sirens, plenty of posturing and mad dogging and a few praises to god. to enter the annals of ganster rap history you have to bring originality, social commentary, or a degree of intimacy...this album has none of that. tupac, eminem and dr. dre have some of all of the above and that's why they'll be remembered while others will not.
  • hitting up the sacbee classifieds right now.
  • it's too bad a job has to involve such work.
  • having a good desk chair is nice.

  • 2-25-03 (17:18)

  • the blackalicious concert for tomorrow was canceled due to illness. gift of gab has had a sore throat for a while. so now i have to goto work tomorrow. life hasn't had much good news lately. i guess it's a good thing since i get to work more and thus earn more money....i also get a refund for the ticket.
  • right when i sat down to get my wisdom teeth pulled last week the secretary told me i was going to have to pay 440 bucks instead of 215 because my insurance wouldn't cover the anesthetic. i told her that they covered part of it last time so they should cover it this time. she looked into it and said that sometimes they do and sometimes they don't. so i have to wait a couple weeks to see if i'm going to have to pay another a couple hundred bucks in the near future.
  • monster.com seems to have plenty of shitty jobs, but nothing that's even halfway appealing to me.

  • 2-25-03 (01:15)

  • updated movies list.
  • i'd like to watch gods and generals one day soon. gettysburg was a very good film so g and g holds promise....also movies about war and war strategy appeal to me.

  • 2-23-03 (21:54)

  • since kobe's scoring streak he hasn't had a game where he's gotten more than eight rebounds or seven assists...before this 13 game streak of scoring 35 or more points kobe had not had a streak longer than eight games without grabbing 8+ rebounds and no streak of more than three games without 7+ assists. so even though he's scoring more points he's not helping his teammates and he's not playing the all-around ballgame that he has prided himself of in the past. in the past 13 games his assist to turnover ratio is worse and even though the team has been playing pretty well they've only beaten a couple quality teams during that stretch...indiana, a very beat up sacramento (without the the help of bobby jackson and chris webber), and houston.

  • 2-23-03 (20:44)

  • my wisdom teeth are now all gone. the top ones weren't as painful as the bottom, but i still took today off.
  • watched a lot of movies this weekend.
  • updated movies list.

  • 2-19-03 (00:23)

  • listening to the dandy warhols. i would like it if they came out with another album soon.
  • updated cdlist and by year.
  • weird how things synchronize sometimes. i finally got around to finally getting sharrock's "black woman" album and now i see that one of his albums was recently reviewed on pitchforkmedia.com.
  • saw the second overtime period of the rockets/lakers game...that was a pleasant surprise given the time i usually get home. the outcome was predictable and somewhat sad. shaq proves, once again, that he is a little bitch. kobe earns a bit more of my respect, but none of my love. i want the lakers to make the playoffs so the kings can play them and finally get the monkey off their collective back. i also want the rockets to make the playoffs, but it looks like that won't happen. kobe, carter, iverson and especially mcgrady all need to learn how to encorporate their teammates into the offense better. i agree completely with charles barkley on this point.
  • i think that jon stewart would back me up on this one...i don't think that there has been fair, equitable and level-headed coverage of the possibility of war in iraq. if you read, watch or listen enough you can pick up the pieces, but most of the coverage is either dim-witted, one-sided, or not comprehensive enough and that's a shame. there are differences between iraq and north korea, there is some reasonable evidence that iraq has naughty toys, bush does want to go to war to disprove his dad's impotency and to secure oil for the u.s., there are lots of countries that support us, there are lots of countries that don't....furthermore there is often a lack of solutions presented in the media. so far the solutions have been inspections or war. i'd like people to voice other avenues for deflating the problems abroad.
  • a good source says that the indiana jones triology should be out on dvd later this year. finally.
  • there's going to be a show with plaid, prefuse 73 and weatherall in SF on march 29. that could be pretty cool.

  • 2-18-03 (13:49)

  • i've been making an effort lately to revisit some of my older albums since lately it seems i only listen to stuff that is new (or at least new to me). while working at tower i've expanded my knowledge and collection of music vastly, but that has come at the cost of some of my old favorites. when i quit working at tower i'll have plenty of time to soak up all the new stuff i got while working there and also revisit the older stuff that has been on the back burner.
  • applied for a city of davis job today. the position is for a stock clerk somewhere in the city offices. on paper i'm familiar with a lot of the requirements that were listed (receiving, purchase order system, etc.) so i'm confident that if i were to be hired i could perform the required tasks, but on the other hand the salary is twice what i make now so i think that makes me think it's out of my league. that is, i don't think the actual job is that hard, but i think there will be stiff competition because it's a good paying job with good benefits. if i did get the job i'd be out of debt in eight months rather than forty. so i'd really like to get the job.
  • "i want a god who stays dead, not plays dead."
  • updated movies list.

  • 2-17-03 (11:57)

  • updated movies list.
  • it doesn't matter how many americans are against the war now because when the war starts most anti-war or undecided people will rally around the flag and make most of the anti-war sentiment go to the fringes. not only is this backed by history, but also by one simple adage we political scientists apply to anything in politics: "people are sheep." we've got enough countries on our side (including much of eastern europe, britain and italy) to make it seem like it's not a unilateral move against iraq. so the simple truth is that we are going to go to war with iraq and the majority of the country will support it. it doesn't matter how many pictures vern takes of people exercising their worthless rights to stand around shouting, it's still as good as done.
  • i'm such a pessimist sometimes.
  • work just keeps getting worse. the job market seems pretty lame right now. to tell you the truth i'd like us to just get it over with and start bombing iraq because the longer the uncertantity lasts the longer the economy drags along. that, to me, has been the worst thing about this whole situation. given the length of time we've had since our last real military action and all the personnel in the bush administration i've always thought war was inevitable. so it never really entered my mind (once the war talk began) that there wouldn't be war. i guess it's a sad state of affairs when war is seen as inevitable as soon as the president mentions it.
  • michael mercury was very funny last night. that guy is truly lost.

  • 2-16-03 (01:53)

  • updated movies list.
  • the job search has not gone well so far.
  • i hope the hours doesn't actually win any academy awards.
  • worked on making a small stand for shoes so they have a place next to the door. the more tools i get the more useful stuff i can make. having spare wood makes little projects like this a lot easier and (most importantly) free.
  • this next week i have oral surgery to look forward to. on the 26th, though, i get to see blackalicious live at freeborn hall....that's both fun and already paid for so it should make up for the wisdom teeth being extracted.
  • i'll try to update more often.
  • gotta sleep now.

  • 2-12-03 (00:59)

  • today was pretty shitty.
  • the tires on my bike that i got a while back wear down on the exterior walls relatively quickly. as a result i had to replace the front tire a few months ago and now the rear one is starting to bulge and the innertube is almost exposed. it's just a matter of time before i hit a bump and get a flat so i'll be using melanie's bike for a while. the wheel is also pretty old and out of shape so i figure i may as well just get that replaced at the same time.
  • i live a relatively simple life...i mean when my major problems consist of bike tires being flat and wisdom teeth needing to be extracted it's not as bad as my car blowing a gasket or my house having a leaky roof.
  • looked into working at an autobody shop today. i need to spend a couple hours at the dmv tomorrow to get a print out and attach that to the application. i would assume that working at an autobody place the pay would be pretty good....a) people are always getting in accidents so there's no huge dips in business like there is in sales b) usually the insurance company is paying you so prices can be a little higher c) 'skilled' positions usually pay better than 'non-skilled' ones.
  • updated movies list.

  • 2-10-03 (12:22)

  • tower lowered its health coverage for employees, we also have to pay more now. my hours are being cut by one hour per day which adds up to 20 hours a month (1 hour a day, 5 days a week, 4 weeks a month) which means at least 100 bucks less in my pocket every month which means about 300 pounds of rice or 20 subway sandwiches or 10 CDs or 5 months of netflix subscription or...what it really means is i need to find another job now. i hate my boss.
  • got up relatively early today. started looking for a job...unsuccessfully thus far. also made an appointment to have my wisdom teeth pulled on the 21st of this month. that'll be pleasant and expensive
  • i don't understand how people who earn minimum wage make a living.
  • melanie's car got a flat tire the other day while we were driving to vacaville...luckily i noticed it before we got more than a block from home.  it was fun changing the tire, but her car didn't have a jack or tire iron so we had to walk back home and pick up my tools. i showed her how to change the tire so after she gets a jack and tire iron she'll be able to do it herself.
  • found a nickel outside the apartment today.

  • 2-7-03 (20:09)

  • updated movies list.
  • found two dimes today...one on my way back home from the bank and the other in front of safeway. i also won a free two liter bottle of sierra mist at safeway.
  • got a call today from uc davis announcing that melanie was accepted into their graduate program. so at the very worst i'll be in davis for a while longer...it's better than moving to tennessee or something.
  • my sister might get the bug in the near future. that would be optimal.
  • haven't had much reason to update the page lately.
  • the loss prevention agent at work was fired the other day. another friend lost. tower really doesn't conduct themeselves professionally at all. joe is an asshole and tries to come off as everybody's friend. in sum, i've pretty much had it with that place.
  • dr. strangelove came out just a year after It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World and it seems so much less aged. It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World wasn't really funny to me.
  • i need a haircut.
  • bought tickets to the blackalicious concert. the show is on the 26th on campus. it'll be good.
  • the new massive attack album is pretty good by my standards. it's a little different than their other stuff, but i think that's good.
  • also digging the postal service album.
  • next month should see the release of the new aphex twin remix album.
  • going to see the hours tomorrow because philip glass scored it so that's enough of a reason for me. would also like to see confessions of a dangerous mind, about schmidt, and adaptation.
  • it's always cold in my room.
  • rent is going up by another 70 bucks next rent cycle.
  • i wish i saw johnny more often.

  • 2-2-03 (22:08)
  • updated movies list.