1-30-04 (23:49)
  • interview was decent, we'll see how decent next week.
  • this story is interesting for more than a strictly historical reason. it's about a black guy named white who played for the greys and went to brown university. wow.

  • 1-30-04 (00:52)

  • elo's "el dorado" is a pretty fucking great record.
  • some background for the following excerpt from michael moore's website....recently moore decided to officially back clark for president. in a speech in NH, moore said he looked forward to clark debating bush, describing it as "the general versus the deserter." he said this many times before (including in santa cruz and davis), but for some reason the media (peter jennings in particular) picked up on it this time. here's an excerpt from an interview jennings had with clark:
  • Jennings: Now, that's a reckless charge not supported by the facts. And I was curious to know why you didn't contradict him . . .

  • Clark:  Well, I think Michael Moore has the right to say whatever he feels about this.I don't know whether this is supported by the facts or not. I've never looked at it. I've seen this charge bandied about a lot. But to me it wasn't material . . .
    Jennings: Since this question and answer in which you and Mr. Moore was involved in, you've had a chance to look at the facts. Do you still feel comfortable with the fact that someone should be standing up in your presence and calling the president of the United States a deserter?
    Clark: To be honest with you, I did not look at the facts, Peter. You know, that's Michael Moore's opinion. He's entitled to say that. I've seen -- he's not the only person who's said that. I've not followed up on those facts. And frankly, it's not relevant to me and why I'm in this campaign.
  • and michael moore's response...

  • "Well, I'm glad they have gone nuts over it. Because here we have a Commander in Chief --who just took off while in uniform to go work for some Republican friend of his dad's -- now sending our kids over to Iraq to die while billions are promised to Halliburton and the oil companies. Twenty percent of them are National Guard and Reserves (and that number is expected to double during the year). They have been kept in Iraq much longer than promised, and they have not been given the proper protection. They are sitting ducks.
    What if any of them chose to do what Bush did back in the early 70s -- just not show up? I've seen Republican defenders of Bush this week say, “Yeah, but he made up the time later.” So, can today's National Guardsmen do the same thing -- just say, when called up to go to Iraq, "Um, I'm not going to show up, I'll make up the time later!"? Can you imagine what would happen? Of course, none of them are the son of a Congressman, like young Lt. Bush was back in 1972.
    Today, MoveOn.org has put together its response to this issue, and I would love to reprint it here. It lays out all the facts about Bush and the remaining unanswered questions about where he went for many, many months:
    Here are what appear to be the known facts, laid out recently in considerable detail and documentation by retired pilot and Air National Guard First Lt. Robert A. Rogers, and in a 2003 book, “The Lies of George W. Bush,” by David Corn.
    1. George W. Bush graduated from Yale in 1968 when the war in Vietnam was at its most deadly and the military draft was in effect. Like many of his social class and age, he sought to enter the National Guard, which made Vietnam service unlikely, and fulfill his military obligation. Competition for slots was intense; there was a long waiting list. Bush took the Air Force officer and pilot qualification tests on Jan. 17, 1968, and scored the lowest allowed passing grade on the pilot aptitude portion.
    2. He, nevertheless, was sworn in on May 27, 1968, for a six-year commitment. After a few weeks of basic training, Bush received an appointment as a second lieutenant – a rank usually reserved for those completing four years of ROTC or 18 months active duty service. Bush then went to flight school and trained on the F-102 interceptor fighter jet. Fighter pilots were in great demand in Vietnam at the time, but Bush wound up serving as a “weekend warrior” in Houston, where his father’s congressional district was centered.
    A Houston Chronicle story published in 1994, quoted in Corn’s book, has Bush saying: “I was not prepared to shoot my eardrum out with a shotgun in order to get a deferment. Nor was I willing to go to Canada. So I chose to better myself by learning how to fly airplanes.”
    3. Sometime after May 1971, young Lt. Bush stopped participating regularly in Guard activities. According to Texas Air National Guard records, he had fewer than the required flight duty days and was short of the minimum service owed the Guard. Records indicate that Bush never flew after May 1972, despite his expensive training and even though he still owed the National Guard two more years.
    4. On May 24, 1972, Bush asked to be transferred to an inactive reserve unit in Alabama, where he also would be working on a Republican senate candidate’s campaign. The request was denied. For months, Bush apparently put in no time at all in Guard service. In August 1972, Bush was grounded -- suspended from flying duties -- for failing to submit to an annual physical exam. (Why wouldn't he take this exam from a doctor?)
    5. During his 2000 presidential campaign, Bush’s staff said he recalled doing duty in Alabama and then returning to Houston for still more duty. But the commander of the Montgomery, AL, unit where Bush said he served told the Boston Globe that he had no recollection of Bush – son of a congressman – ever reporting, nor are there records, as there should be, supporting Bush’s claim. Asked at a press conference in Alabama on June 23, 2000 what duties he had performed as a Guardsman in that state, Bush said he could not recall, “but I was there.”
    6. In May, June and July, 1973, Bush suddenly started participating in Guard activities back in Houston again – pulling 36 days at Ellington Air Base in that short period. On Oct. 1, 1973, eight months short of his six-year service obligation and scheduled discharge, Bush apparently was discharged with honors from the Texas Air National Guard (eight months short of his six-year commitment). He then went to Harvard Business School.
    Documents supporting these reports, released under Freedom of Information Act requests, appear along with Rogers’ article on the web at http://democrats.com/display.cfm?id=154.
    In the absence of full disclosure by the President or his supporters, only the President and perhaps a few family or other close associates know the whole truth. And they’re not talking.
    Bush was apparently absent without official leave from his assigned military service for as little as seven months (New York Times) or as much as 17 months (Boston Globe) during a time when 500,000 American troops were fighting the Vietnam War. The Army defines a “deserter” -- also known as a DFR, for “dropped from rolls” – as one who is AWOL 31 days or more: www-ari.army.mil/pdf/s51.pdf."
  • fyi: in 1992 clinton got third in the IA caucus and second in the NH primary (just like dean) and still ended up winning the election (obviously). i hope this serves as a bit of a reality check since it seems that people are counting dean out already. you need 2160 delegates to win the primaries so far kerry has 13 and dean has 9. so chill out. on the other hand, you might point out (rightly) that clinton was more moderate than dean is and thus was able to do better in the south and midwest, whereas dean is more liberal than kerry and really should be winning the relatively more liberal states.
  • there's a right wing think tank (called project for the new american century) that drafted a report called "rebuilding america's defenses" which called for the invasions of afghanistan and iraq as a way of securing future oil reserves. this report was issued sometime late in the clinton administration. it goes on to say that because the american government lacks the will to invade two countries and topple their government, we need a galvanizing incident on the order of pearl harbor. within 24 hours of that event (9/11) cheney and wolfowitz were calling for an invasion of iraq. i've heard other accounts that say a war in iraq was in the planning stages prior to 9/11. related information. primary source. i originally got word of this from john buchanan who is running for president on the republican ticket.
  • a good website.
  • updated movies list.
  • kings won another close road game today. that made me happy.
  • finished franken's "rush limbaugh is a big fat idiot and other observations" yesterday.

  • 1-29-04 (02:37)

  • updated movies list.
  • these days it seems that kerry is the guy for the democrats. a month ago i would have picked dean, for better or worse (i like him more, but i think he doesn't have as good a chance against bush), because he had more momentum, money and support (grassroots as well as gore and others). but now kerry has support and now is all that matters. he polls better with moderates and conservatives which means he'll have a better chance against bush. hopefully he doesn't totally sell out if he does get elected. for the record, i still think bush will win.
  • fascists.
  • "The State Treasurer has estimated that Governor Schwarzenegger’s bond will burden every California family with a $3000 tax burden over a 30-year period, compared to a cost of about $1100 for the five-year revenue bond approved earlier this year.
  • The governor would set a dangerous precedent by funding the ongoing cost of California government with general obligation bonds. California has traditionally used general obligation bonds to pay for long-term capital improvements such as construction of schools, roads and bridges, but not for day-to-day costs of providing services.
  • The Consumer Federation of California recommends that the legislature adopt better alternatives for funding the 2003-2004 shortfall. California could increase its revenue by as much as three billion dollars a year by closing corporate tax loopholes that provide no benefit to the California people. We could raise as much as two to three billion a year with a temporary income tax surcharge on the very highest income earners (a surcharge of 0.7% on individuals earning over $137,500 a year and families earning over $275,000, and a surcharge of 1.7% on individuals earning over $275,000 and families earning over $550,000 a year).
  • Increasing marginal tax brackets on the top two percent of income earners is a matter of fairness. While real income stagnated during the 1990s for most Californians, those at the top benefited disproportionately. From 1993 to 2000 inflation adjusted earning for the middle quintile of Californians (those in the 40th to 60th percent of earners) rose by only 8.5%, while those in the top five percent increased their incomes by 113% and the top one percent boosted their earnings by 181%. Clearly these top earners have more than an ample ability to make a modest contribution to preserve our education, health and public safety services.
  • dean got rid of his campaign manager. i don't see that as that much of a problem. i think that the last guy did a great job of getting dean into the race and this next guy (who i think ran the gore campaign) will hopefully help him win the campaign. there are different strategies for each stage of a campaign so, to me, it makes perfect sense to change at this stage. the bigger problem is that he's broke already. that's just pathetic.
  • like i said, i'm not all that interested in who wins the primary...unless it's kucinich or someone really progressive like that. my major concern, like many people, is what happens in november against bush. possibly even more important than who wins the primary and their merits relative to bush, is the turnout levels that we can get in the primaries. i think that if there is a healthy increase in voter turnout, especially in swing states, the democrats have a good chance of unseating bush. if the increase is minimal or stagnant relative to 2000s primaries then we're in big trouble. if i were in charge of the democratic party i'd push voter turnout programs more than anything else...more than anti-bush campaigning or pro-kerry or whatever. i don't have any data on this, but if i'm really organized and i remember then maybe in november i will revisit the question.
  • once in a while i'll check out some reviews from metacritic.com to see what people are writing about movies. all the worst reviews for return of the king mentioned the length. i don't know what's wrong with people.
  • i'd like to get more comedy cds.
  • it's interesting that customers "patronize" a store...meaning they give the store their business. interesting because as a customer service person i feel "patronized" all the time by the customers.

  • 1-28-04 (01:19)

  • more program-related activities.
  • updated movies list.

  • 1-27-04 (02:20)

  • updated movies list. 36 already.
  • busy watching movies and working.
  • "Already, the Kay Report identified dozens of weapons of mass destruction-related program activities and significant amounts of equipment that Iraq concealed from the United Nations." - george bush in the state of the union address. i love that, "weapons of mass destruction-related program activities." that's politico-speak if i've ever heard it. it makes me laugh, it makes me cry. sorta like when lacy (ex co-worker and super-psycho republican chick) said she thought led zeppelin reminded her of dashboard confessional.
  • i also liked this part "Key provisions of the Patriot Act are set to expire next year. (Applause.)" i guess there were a few real democrats in the crowd, that's partially encouraging.

  • 1-26-04 (02:50)

  • ner.
  • updated movies list.
  • up too late. had to update my movies list and that takes a long time these days.

  • 1-24-04 (03:59)

  • updated movies list.

  • 1-23-04 (01:18)

  • i need more bookshelf space.

  • 1-22-04 (22:31)

  • "Democratic Sen. John Kerry (Mass.) would be the best environmental president the United States has ever seen, argues Denis Hayes in an opinion piece in Grist.  Hayes, national coordinator of the first Earth Day and now chair of the international Earth Day Network, says Kerry is the only candidate who mentions the environment in every speech -- and he's earned a 96 percent career environmental voting record.  Plus, Kerry's proven to be a resilient and resourceful campaigner.  Hayes is troubled by the environmental movement's failure to support a true friend."
  • to tell you the truth i don't know much about any of the candidates right now. i've listened to a couple debates and i listen to npr on a regular basis, but i don't think that i know enough to know who to vote for. but the bigger truth is that i'm not voting for any of them. i'm still registered green party so i can't vote for them in the primaries. and so far dean is the only one with a shot who has piqued my interest at all because of the fire he has. i think that's a turnoff for most voters though. the important thing about dean, even if he doesn't get the nomination (and i think he will), is that he showed the other front runners what the people wanted. his angry schtick and internet grassroots campaigning raised a few eyebrows and it seems that nowadays kerry is talking more like dean. the big difference being that kerry was the frontrunner in the early stages and he has more experience, especially having served in vietnam. i think edwards is the clear vice president choice for whoever does get the nomination since clark and the others don't seem willing to be vice presidents and also because edwards helps with the southern vote. i haven't really studied the new electoral college breakdown, but i know that while CA gained a vote (55) NY and PA lost a couple and florida and texas gained a couple. so it'll be all the more necessary to gain votes outside of the NE and west.

  • 1-22-04 (01:13)

  • i officially have 300 dvds now.
  • updated movies i own list.
  • updated cd list. by year.
  • just listened to autechre's "chiastic slide." i've heard the album plenty of times, but not recently. other than the first song it was like experiencing it for the first time. great stuff.
  • i noticed just a couple months ago that autechre's "incunabula" actually has a picture of booth and brown on the cover. it's very tiny and it's in the upper left hand corner.
  • rediscovered this article. worth reading again.
  • interview tomorrow. nervous.
  • i was utterly unimpressed by the state of the union speech, but to be fair i only heard about a quarter of it, maybe the other three fourths were fucking great.
  • "In a State of the Union speech that found time to discuss the evils of steroid use among athletes -- an issue entirely outside the purview of the federal government -- President Bush did not mention the environment, or the environmental challenges facing the country, a single time.  Foreign policy loomed large, dominating the first half of the speech.  The latter half, which focused on domestic policy, was bereft of new proposals and any mention of clean air, clean water, threatened species, or public lands.  (In contrast, in his 2003 SOTU address, Bush lauded his "Healthy Forests" and "Clear Skies" initiatives, as well as his support for hydrogen-fueled cars.) The Democratic response to the speech, delivered by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (S.D.), addressed Bush's conspicuous omission by ... also failing to mention the environment."
  • i put that here to call attention to how blinded some people are by their pet causes. i mean really, who cares about the environment in times like these? the environment is going to be there tomorrow. who cares if there are a few thousand trees missing? or rivers are a little polluted? have you ever been to yellowstone, or montana/wyoming in general? i have. there are a lot of trees and rivers and stuff there. trees are all over the place. there's one in my backyard that keeps dropping leaves onto my patio. you can have it. jeesh.

  • 1-21-04 (02:39)

  • updated movies list.
  • wish i could watch more of the kings games. we lost a tough one tonight. we shot only 32.9% and still only lost by 5 in OT. we had only 19 assists (we had twice as many in the win against the clippers last night). christie had a bad night.
  • interview on thursday. hope that goes well.

  • 1-19-04 (23:56)

  • listening to godspeed you black emperor! right now. it fits my mood.
  • watched a couple episodes of curb your enthusiasm tonight instead of a movie. i was thinking about watching requiem for a dream, but that's a depressing movie so i opted for larry david instead.

  • 1-19-04 (01:06)

  • updated movies list.
  • watched the carolina game today. that was the most dominating 11 point win i think i've ever seen. donovan mcnabb also took a big step down in my book. stevonne smith didn't do anything spectacular, but he didn't really need to either. philly had more total yards, more first downs, and a higher average per rush, but carolina had five sacks and four interceptions, philly had zeros in both those categories. carolina is a solid team. i've watched them more than any team this year (that's pretty sad) and they don't have any real weaknesses. their front five are solid on both ends, their secondary proved their strength today, their offense is more balanced than they get credit for (look at what they did to dallas), and their special teams are also good. their quarterback (delhomme) doesn't make very many mistakes, and in the super bowl that can be more valuable than a guy like peyton manning (the new john elway, or worse, the new dan marino) who can give you six touchdowns on any given day, but also chokes (4 interceptions today) in big games. in other words, this guy doesn't seem like the kind of guy who is going to take you out of a game. granted he can't win a game for you like michael vick can, but he'll keep you in it. i think it'll be a good game and i think that carolina has a real decent shot at it considering how brady plays on the road.
  • today went by fairly quickly. i don't like waking up early, but once i'm awake it's worth it. i got off work a bit early so i could watch the game. it's the first time in months that i've gotten off of work while it was still light outside.
  • i recommended 'ikiru' to someone today and they bought it. that always feels good.
  • i've done well with my movie watching this year so far. i've seen a relatively good number of films in the theater, a good number of pre-1960 films and a good number of total films. i honestly think that i could watch over 365 movies this year, and that is exciting.

  • 1-18-04 (00:42)

  • updated movies list.

  • 1-17-04 (02:00)

  • updated movies list.
  • i forgot to write that i heard back from the city of davis yesterday. i have an interview for next thursday. i haven't wanted anything in a while as much as i want this job.
  • i'm only happy about a couple things in my life these days - my film viewing and the amount i've been reading lately.
  • politically i think bush's immigration and mars/moon proposals will work to his advantage. this of course assumes that people don't see right through them and that the media does the usual. the immigration thing probably won't get through congress and he has said that the proposed space program will need an additional $12 billion in funding, yet he's only proposed a $1 billion increase. that's kind of funny.
  • vanishing point is finally coming to dvd. february 3rd.

  • 1-16-4 (02:37)

  • "Former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt is throwing his weight behind Howard Dean, making Babbitt the first top environmental official from the Clinton administration to publicly back a candidate in this year's presidential campaign.  Babbitt joined three prominent environmental activists and writers -- Paul Hawken, Terry Tempest Williams, and Bill McKibben -- in penning an impassioned endorsement of the former Vermont governor."
  • updated movies list.
  • what's the difference between deer nuts and beer nuts? beer nuts are a dollar seventy-eight at the liquor store and deer nuts are still under a buck.
  • under the three strikes law, as of 1996, the number of convictions for third offenses of rape and murder has been 65, and the number of third offenses for petty theft and drug charges has been over 5,900. in other words 65 people have gone to prison for life because their third offense was either rape or murder and 5,900 have gone to jail for life because their third offense was either petty theft or drug-related. radio parallax is my source on this, and the joke above.

  • 1-15-4 (02:13)

  • kill bill vol. 2 isn't coming out until april 16th. i had heard earlier that it was coming out in february.
  • two of these guys (zack and lucky) worked at tower with me for a little while.

  • 1-14-4 (01:12)

  • apparently in ten commandments when charleton heston raises his right hand to part the red sea you can see his rolex on his left hand.
  • updated movies list.
  • "As of next year, Subaru's Outback sedan will be classified as a "light truck," thanks to some technical modifications to its ground clearance and back bumper position.  The revised classification will place the car ... er, truck in a category requiring (as of 2005) 21.2 miles per gallon; in contrast, each automaker's fleet of standard passenger cars must average 27.5 mpg.  More than semantics are at stake:  Since the regulatory categories were put in place in the 1970s, the automotive industry has developed the minivan and the SUV, both wildly popular and both classified as light trucks, meaning that well over half of all passenger vehicles sold in the U.S. are held to less stringent fuel economy standards.  As a result of this loophole, average fuel economy is lower than it was two decades ago, despite a variety of advances in fuel-saving technology.  The move is particularly ironic for Subaru, whose vehicles are popular among SUV-disdaining enviros in college towns across the U.S."
  • doc came into tower today to say high. he was in washington d.c. for a while and is back in davis. that was unexpected. we had a pleasant conversation about our ex-roommates and bush being a fucking mentally retarded fascist. doc, as usual, was more reserved in his anger.
  • luke and his crew also stopped by tower today.
  • overall a decent day.

  • 1-13-4 (01:26)

  • "Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill, Volume 1 will street on 4/13 (SRP $29.99). The disc will include anamorphic widescreen video (2.35:1), both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 audio, a Behind the Scenes with Quentin Tarantino documentary and additional extras TBA."
  • updated movies list.
  • dawn of the dead special edition march 9th. psyched about that one.
  • an older lady came into work today and asked me where elvis presley was located. i politely pointed to the rock section and told her to look under "P." the first blackalicious album was playing on the overhead since i had put it in earlier. blackalicious are a sacramento hip-hop group who rhyme about spirituality, the interconnectedness of humanity, empowerment and other positive themes. the lady came back up to the counter and asked "what's this music that's playing?" "oh it's blackalcious, they're from sacramento," i said. she paused and then said "i guess i should go rob a bank then." i felt like tearing her racist head off, but felt that would have just fed her beliefs that people who listen to hip-hop are violent by nature. so i just gave her her bag and wished her well. it made me very mad. my hope is that people will educate themselves about hip-hop. it's such a misunderstood genre. there are a lot of people out there who claim it isn't music or that it's all about bitches and hoes and robbing banks. i don't like people.
  • started reading the older al franken book: rush limbaugh is a big fat idiot, and other observations.

  • 01-12-04 (00:12)

  • updated movies list.
  • day went by quickly enough.
  • kings won their game. webber still isn't back which is concerning.
  • for years there was a law on the german books that prohibited beer anything besides water, hops and grain in beer. yet, until recently, there was no such law regarding their meat. the same sort of inconsistencies occur here. we're allowed to force companies to recall toys and dozens of other products, but our government still lacks the power to force a recall of beef.

  • 01-11-04 (01:04)

  • updated movies list. two movies today, four yesterday. fifteen on the year.
  • watched the best football game i've seen since ohio state won the national championship over a year ago...granted i've only seen five or six full football games in that time, but it was still a great game. st. lous versus carolina. i don't care about either team, though i do hate st. louis. but the reason for my watching it wasn't to root for st. louis to lose or even just for the love of the game, rather i was rooting for my old high school track team member steve (stevonne) smith who plays wide receiver for carolina. what a fucking game it turned out to be. already up by 11, we (carolina) hit the goal post with six minutes left in the game. they got the ball and scored a touchdown, converted the two point play, and got back the ball on an onside kick. they drove down to the 15 or thereabouts only to squander away their time instead of going for the touchdown. they kicked the field goal and went into OT. we got the ball, made a field goal and won the game. but wait, five yard delay of game penalty - replay the down. so we run the ball a couple times and only get two of those yards back. try another field goal and miss, by a couple feet at most. they get the ball march down the field and miss their field goal. we get the ball back. twenty yard play and we're just a couple yards away from field goal range. we get sacked a couple times, and get a penalty and are back in our own territory. they get the ball back. they drive down easily again and are really close to field goal range (about the 40) when we get an interception. we get the ball. we can't move it for shit though. first overtime is over. the second overtime starts and we still have the ball. i kept yelling at the tv for them to throw it to stevonne. after all i've seen the guy work his magic in the conference and city finals. no one could catch this guy in the 300m hurdles. get him on a slant or a post and he's gone. after all, the rams have been blitzing quite a bit which means fewer guys in the secondary. even daryl "moose" johnston who was the color man in the booth said they were going to either need a big play from their defense or a long play because trying to move the ball methodically down the field wasn't working for shit. so what do they do with their first play of the second overtime? they throw it to fucking stevonne smith who's running a post. he catches it, outruns everyone (including jason sehorn who always wins those super athelete contests they hold in hawaii) in the stadium and scores the game winning touchdown. 69 yard game winning touchdown catch - the longest game winning catch in nfl playoff history. he's got a big paycheck coming next year and, despite being only 5'9", he outplayed both terry holt and isaac bruce in today's game.
  • i'm going to write him a letter.
  • here's a funny little anti-bush ad.
  • work early tomorrow. i should be asleep now, but i know i won't be able to sleep if i get in bed already.
  • for a long time i've felt pessimistic about change. i've been pessimistic about the ability for real change to happen and i've been pessimistic about the changes people try to make. people have their little causes like planting trees or getting people to sign a petition or such and i've felt in the past that that stuff has such an insignificant influence that trying is borderline laughable and mostly selfish (like giving a dollar to a homeless person so you don't have to feel guilty for a while). i guess i'm a pretty pessimistic guy in a lot of ways. i know that a lot of people doing little things like planting trees or getting petitions signed is what makes for real change, but it's always felt so petty to me...like a half-committment. it doesn't really make sense, but it's more of an emotional response than an intellectual one.

  • 01-09-04 (02:55)

  • updated movies list.

  • 01-08-04 (10:35)

  • woke up early yesterday and only got about two hours of sleep. woke up early and got about seven hours of sleep. we finished up inventory early today so i have the rest of the day to myself. i'll probably take a nap, watch some movies and play some video games. wish i had someone to play basketball with.
  • i finished fast food nation the other night. good stuff. i think it's less of a partisan book than some have said. it offers both conservative and liberal solutions to the problems he presents. although he indicates that most of the problems seem to stem from the unchecked workings of market forces - which is a liberal assertion. at any rate, it's a fine piece of investigative journalism that should be read by anyone who eats meat or at fast food chains. i'd say the biggest problem with it is that it has too much information; and that's only a problem because now i feel obliged to read it again since it has so much to offer, a lot of which i've already forgotten.
  • updated movies list.
  • i'm pretty tired now so i'm going to take a nap.

  • 01-06-04 (23:43)

  • have inventory at work tomorrow. going to wake up at 530am tomorrow. inventory days are awful.
  • expect a doctor strangelove anniversary edition dvd in the near future.
  • in the spirit of fairness...i think the bush administration did a good thing in sending aid to iran after the earthquake.

  • 01-06-04 (02:32)

  • harsh.
  • a good 30 second bush ad.
  • i don't know how true this is, but i'll throw it out there anyway...i think that in the last 20 years it's become more and more difficult to track how much is being spent to get a particular candidate elected. sure there are pretty good figures on how much the candidate spends for his/her campaign, but the wildcard is the special interests. it seems that more and more often there are individuals and groups who are paying for anti-bush or anti-democrat ads. it goes way beyond just giving money to candidates or their party. recently there was an ad that attacked howard dean and, according to npr, we won't know who funded the ad until after the primaries in new hampshire are over because the law says the information isn't available for a certain time period, or doesn't have to be disclosed until a certain time - i forget the specifics. regardless, it is one more example of ads that are being funded by someone or some group (in this case we don't know who) that further a political goal. i've only noticed this kind of thing more recently. maybe it existed before. maybe it was as bad before. maybe it's a recent phenomenon that has come about because of campaign finance reforms (mccain-feingold perhaps?), i honestly don't know. info is appreciated.
  • it's scary because it's the kind of thing that strengthens the bonds between big business and government.

  • 01-05-04 (01:19)

  • updated movies list.
  • the grass outside was frosted over when i left for work today. if there had been rain clouds it might have snowed.
  • i'm going to try to get some sleep tonight.

  • 01-03-04 (23:47)

  • watched some of the carolina/dallas football game tonight. i expected dallas to win, but only because of the coach. in the playoffs i usually go with the coach unless i've followed the team and know more about them. at any rate, what's interesting is that i switched back to the game right after steve smith caught his touchdown pass. they showed him on the sidelines and i recognized his face. i haven't watched very much football this year and i knew i recognized him from something more personal. i figured it out pretty quickly. he's really stevonne smith, born in los angeles, went to university high school and was on our track team (as well as our football team). he ran the 100m and 300m hurdles and was one of only a few runners on our team to make it to the state finals. pretty cool to see a guy from my high school on tv catching a touchdown pass, even if we only talked once or twice very briefly. after seeing him i looked at my yearbook from our senior year just to make sure i wasn't crazy. i'm not. i remember him being a pretty fiery guy, but he seemed to have his shit together a bit more than most of the other guys on our team. anyway, i'm pretty happy he made it.
  • updated movies list. only watched one movie today.
  • special editions of goodfellas and heat are coming in july.
  • getting down to 29 degrees tonight.

  • 01-03-04 (01:18)

  • updated movies list.
  • big news for today is that grapes of wrath is finally coming to dvd. april 6th of this year.
  • seinfeld season one will probably be out in december, another season or two of south park, another season of simpsons, curb your enthusiasm. new records from the beastie boys, boards of canada, hella, maybe zach de la rocha. star wars on dvd, return of the king, michael moore's 'the big one,' and plenty more. it's going to be a good year for dvd and music releases.
  • finished the top ten albums/films of 2003 list.
  • it's been pretty damn cold lately.
  • osu beat ksu today. ksu beat oklahoma. osu lost to michigan which lost usc. so, if you follow bcs logic, usc is better than michigan (obviously), osu, ksu and oklahoma. also florida (the only team to beat lsu 19-7) lost big in their bowl game 37-17 which makes lsu look worse. also cal won their bowl game so all of a sudden usc is looking pretty fucking good, at least to me. i think it's more important how a team finishes the year than how they start the year. thus i think that oklahoma's loss in the penultimate game of the season should count against them more than the loss usc had early in the year. i think this because if college football had a playoff system like most sports do the last few games would be most important. personally i hope that oklahoma beats lsu 3-0 in the sloppiest game of the year. then it would be pretty clear, even to bcs lovers, that usc is the best team in the nation.

  • 01-02-04 (02:34)

  • i'm pretty psyched about watching the new errol morris (fast, cheap and out of control, and thin blue line) film - fog of war. he's one of the better documentary film makers today and philip glass is scoring it (he also scored thin blue line) so it should be good.
  • elvis mitchell's film reviews kinda suck.
  • usc came up big today. the win was bigger than just 14 points. they allowed a lot of yardage, but it was all in the middle of the field. i think they're the national champs, unless LSU wins by a few touchdowns in which case you probably have to give it to them.
  • updated movies list. new year, new lists.
  • watched my first movie the year on the big screen, for free. went to the tower theater in sacramento. since i work at tower records i get into the theater for free. i plan to exploit that frequently this year.
  • last year i watched 329 films.
  • breakdown by month: jan-16 feb-31 mar-27 apr-19 may-15 jun-16 jul-17 aug-31 sep-26 oct-56 nov-33 dec-42
  • breakdown by decade of film's release: 10s-(1) 20s-(3) 30s-(6) 40s-(8) 50s-(8) 60s-(19) 70s-(22) 80s-(44) 90s-(81) 00s-(137)
  • this year i'd like to watch another 300+ films and watch both more films in the theater and more pre-1960 films.
  • i hope to have the top ten albums completed by tomorrow.
  • two colds last year. pretty good.
  • my one prediction for this year is that bush will win the presidency. this time he'll win for real.