7-29-02 (18:51)
  • woke up at 5:15 this morning. inventory took longer than it should have because six people didn't show up. i got overtime so i'm not too mad.
  • i should watch a movie since i haven't even seen 20 yet this month.
  • i'm tied for last place in my fantasy baseball league, that's been a long time coming.

  • 7-28-02 (11:54)

  • i'm up before noon!
  • tomorrow i'll be awake around 5am. i need to goto work at 530am for inventory purposes. everyone else gets to come in at 6am, but james needs my help to set up before inventory, it sucks.
  • friday night was a good night. after work i came home and basically just camped out in front of the tv thinking about things we could do instead of just sitting around all night. we needed a filter for our piece of crap air conditioner so going to ace to pick that up was our excuse for getting out of the house. a while ago a five dollar ace certificate was mailed to our address in the name of susan manning (she lived here the year before us). so i took that along hoping we could redeem it towards our purchase. while at ace we picked up the filter and a little piece of cinnamon scented foam in the hopes that it would freshen the place up a bit. the total came to just under five bucks so we had to buy something else to make it more than five. we each picked out some candy and went on our way, having spent only 26 cents for the smelly thing, the filter, m&ms, and peanut butter cups. on our way back home i noticed that one of the side doors to the nearby theater had a good flow of people coming out. i told melanie that we should try to get in to see k-19, which was about to start any minute. we crossed the street, waited a bit and someone exited the theater which was our cue to enter. the theater employee was too busy picking his ass to notice has we came in so it was smooth sailing from there. we walked into the theater that was playing k-19 and sat down just as it was starting. so for 26 cents we had outside candy, a movie for two, an air filter, and now our apartment smells nicer.
  • later we watched some more of michael moore's show "the awful truth." we're two episodes away from having seen the entire first season.
  • last night i watched tom green's new show which takes place in japan. let's just say it's quite the clash of cultures. he's funny.
  • updated movies list.

  • 7-25-02 (23:18)

  • it's amazing what a 15 minute nap can do.
  • had a long day today, drove the bug over 60 miles and it did fine.
  • bought a pull-up bar the other day.
  • think i'll take a class at the davis outlet of sac state. if i take american history or american government then it'll prepare me for the subject test which i still haven't taken. it'll also make me more confident about teaching the subject.
  • finished the first dvd (of two) from 'the awful truth' season one set i got the other day. so i'm a quarter of the way done with the entire series.
  • listened to an old (1984) whoopi goldberg comedy cd on tuesday and found out that she used to have a much more ghetto sense of humor. i think she was funnier then than she is now, but it's interesting that that's how she started out.
  • updated cdlist. broke the 600 cd mark.

  • 7-24-02 (22:06)

  • "California Gov. Gray Davis (D) signed trailblazing legislation yesterday that will require automobile manufacturers to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions coming from the tailpipes of passenger vehicles in the state.  Under the terms of the new law, the California Air Resources Board has until 2005 to set "maximum" but "economically feasible" emissions standards for gases that contribute to climate change; new automobiles sold in the state must meet those standards by 2009.  In signing the law, Davis said, "I would prefer to have Washington take the lead, but in the absence of that we have no choice but to do our part. ... It is my hope that other states will do the same thing."  In fact, the law is likely to have nationwide ramifications, because California accounts for 10 percent of the national car market.  The industry opposes the new law, and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers has announced plans to take California to court."
  • what i make in a year michael eisner (ceo of disney) makes in 10 minutes; even while he's sleeping.
  • updated moviesiown list. got the awful truth, both seasons, on dvd today. james gave them to me fo free.
  • need to wake up early tomorrow, that'll be a drag. hopefully i can leave early though.

  • 7-23-02 (23:43)

  • updated movies list.
  • thursday morning i have to work at a different tower records location to help them with their inventory. need to wake up early and drive 30 miles to do that, shucks.
  • reorganized my cd collection over the weekend. now it's in alphabetical order, but still separated by genre. erin, from work, said his roommate organized their collection by the color of the cd cases once, but obviously they couldn't find anything so that didn't last very long. must have looked neat though.
  • watched an interesting show about lying and reading brain waves to detect when someone is lying. they used several methods to detect lying, first they had an expert watch a person's facial expressions and that seemed pretty successful, second they tried to have a computer do the same thing, but i guess the computer program isn't advanced enough yet to read a person's facial movements and apply the same logic that the experts use when determining if someone is lying. lastly they hooked people up to a machine which monitors brainwaves and they were able to read a person's mind about 85% of the time. pretty crazy stuff.
  • i have too much new music again. i almost never download mp3s anymore.
  • didn't feel like working today.

  • 7-20-02 (20:15)

  • "Eighteen months ago, throngs of Filipinos gathered at a religious shrine for a rally that ended in the resignation of corrupt then-president Joseph Estrada.  The massive turnout was widely attributed to mobile texting, with hundreds of thousands of Filipinos passing along messages encouraging people to attend.  Now, the cell-phone-happy people of the Philippines are turning to text messaging to fight a different enemy:  air pollution.  The nonprofit organization Bantay Kalikasan, or Environmental Watchdog, has launched a campaign to get dirty trucks and buses off the streets of Manila, among the most polluted cities in Asia.  People with cell phones are encouraged to report, via mobile text, any vehicles they see emitting black smoke; BK then sends lists of vehicles that have five or more complaints filed against them to the government agency responsible for issuing licenses to trucking and commercial vehicle companies, and the agency summons the owners for emissions testing. In the first two weeks of the campaign alone, 123 vehicle owners were called in.  BK's ultimate goal is to get the government to enforce its Clean Air Act, enacted in 1999, so that cell-phone owners can go back to texting their friends."
  • updated movies list.
  • plan on watching "baraka" tonight. might watch "kids" too.
  • haven't checked the mail yet today.
  • went shopping, took malcolm and washed him also.
  • nothing really exciting or noteworthy happens these days. that might be a good thing, maybe a bad thing. maybe just a thing.
  • last week at work was interesting - i had all sorts of things to do. the universal representative came by and i put in orders for a bunch of new cds. ordering cds is tougher than ordering dvds because the rep is there giving you all sorts of data about the number of "scans" an album is getting and what kind of advertising it's getting, how much airplay it's getting, etc. and all that builds to them trying to get you to buy big, especially if they know you've never done new release record buying before.
  • amelie sold better than i thought it would considering it's about an insane stalker, granted she's a cute insane stalker, but still...
  • "If Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack (D) has his way, a part of his state's share of the national tobacco settlement will be used to fund alternative energy projects.  On Wednesday, Vilsack suggested spending $50 million of the $438 million settlement to help cities in Iowa build renewable energy plants such as wind turbines.  The governor said his goal was to develop statewide energy resources, reduce how much money Iowa spends on buying out-of-state energy, and ultimately reverse the tables, with Iowa selling excess energy to other states.  Vilsack's energy proposal, which is part of a plan to raise per capita income in Iowa, was heavily criticized by Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Gross.  Gross said the funding source would be temporary and asked, "What would happen in year two?"  But a spokesperson for the governor noted that energy plants don't require recurring funding sources: "You don't rebuild a wind farm every year.""
  • watched a documentary on the life of FDR up to his becoming president for the first time. lots of stuff i didn't know about him and his wife.

  • 7-19-02 (00:29)

  • updated movies list.
  • updated cdlist.
  • haven't been getting much rest lately. also haven't been sleeping all that well lately.
  • had a blueberry, strawberry and banana shake today, it was good.

  • 7-17-02 (23:46)

  • a pretty uneventful day for the most part.
  • i'm looking forward to this week being over so i don't have so much stuff to worry about at work.
  • my fantasy baseball team seems to go nowhere.
  • haven't watched very many movies this month. hopefully i can catch up a bit over the weekend.

  • 7-15-02 (21:04)

  • updated movies list.
  • james is gone this week so i have to take his place. there are too many little things that need to be done and i didn't really do anything today.
  • finally filled out the substitute teaching application today. now i'll take another few months to get a tb test and get my fingerprints done. then another few months to actually turn it in.
  • the hella show was fucking rad. that's really the only way to describe it. it took place in a pretty small room and when we (there were about 120 people) walked in there was a square sectioned off in the middle of the room using large pieces of plastic which hung from the rafters above. all around the plastic there were pieces of artwork, mostly paintings and drawings. after walking the four sides of the room to view the artwork we kinda stood around waiting for something to happen. eventually hella started playing, but the plastic and the artwork on the plastic hid them from our view. while they were playing a couple of the show organizers walked around slowly and strategically pulled off some of the drawings. slowly we were able to see through the plastic and see who was making the music we had been listening to. it was interesting that people were so concerned with seeing the performers. when one of the organizers would pull off a piece of artwork people on that side would bend their bodies to see inside the box hoping to catch a glimpse of the band. on the start of the fifth or sixth song ("city folk sitting, sitting") the organizers pulled down the plastic altogether and that was probably the climax of the show for me. it was a seven minute jam (by far their longest track on the album) and it (at least for me) made the whole performance utterly sublime. it was a good production and an even better show from hella.
  • i wonder how many millions of dollars could be saved if we revamped the outlay of the qwerty keyboard to be more efficient. the current layout was actually intended to be inefficient so that people with typewriters wouldn't lock up the arms of the typewriter, now that that isn't an issue they should give the keyboard an overhaul.
  • read a chapter or so of "stupid white men...." last night. there's only so much truth a guy can handle and michael moore always shovels it on.
  • made myself a strawberry/blueberry shake today, it was good.
  • sounds like johnny is going to be slaving away for the man this summer.
  • i'd like to take a road trip this summer, but everyone i know is busy and i have to make a trip to the bay area this summer to visit some people so it doesn't look like i'll really be able to get away like i'd wished.
  • i've never been able to really get into the wu-tang clan.
  • listened to a kronos quartet album today where they played music by philip glass. it was very good, i shall buy it. i'm sure beethoven was a better musician that philip glass, but when it comes to classical music i prefer glass to anyone else i've heard, especially now that i've heard some of his string quartet stuff.
  • it got warm today, but not hot, it was nice.
  • "Very few groups have the ability to pull off instrumentals as abstract, as unforgettably chaotic, or as decidedly original as does Hella. The spazz-core style contained within the nine tracks of Hold Your Horse Is is a beauty to behold, yet is certainly not for the meek or close-minded. It should be known that these nine songs are purely instrumentals, that no vocalization is needed, and that no matter what you have heard before, Hella is bound to make an impression you won't soon forget. The enjoyable cataclysm of sound seems to come from a whole orchestra of musicians, yet this wild album was in fact created by only two people, Spencer Selm and Zach Hill. Drawing on classic rock, jazz, electronica, and hundreds of other influences that would take too long to list, Hella has perhaps outdone itself, as Hold Your Horse Is happens to be an album there simply could never be a sequel to. Those familiar with the progressive rock group Dredg may enjoy the hectic sonatas conjured up by Hella, as it is certainly an artistic vision that launches this duo's creative force to weave such intricate, spastic tunes. One of the most intriguing things about this album is that, if you strip away most of it and just listen to the core guitar/drum combination, each song is a solid tune, complete with direction and melody. The way Hill and Selm conceal detailed avant-garde musical emotion beneath a churning veil of noise could be considered brilliant. Unfortunately, this also could be deemed nothing more than two individuals tinkering with their instruments and calling the mangled mess of sound music. Those who think that way should avoid Hella, but those listeners who are a bit more adventurous and interested in hearing a group that is deftly original and remarkably skilled should check out Hold Your Horse Is. Jason D. Taylor"
  • i listened to the hella album a few times today at work, i think i'll take my copy home next week. i'll take home my dredg album tomorrow. getting new cds for free is pretty nice.

  • 7-13-02 (01:25)

  • updated movies list.
  • updated cdlist.
  • haven't had much to mention here lately, but i've been thinking just as much as always.
  • saw jon and monique today, they were driving through town and i chased them down on my bike. we chatted for a bit and then i went back to work for the man.
  • james, my boss, is going on vacation next week so i'm going to kinda be in charge while he's gone. hopefully nothing big goes wrong.
  • finally saw christopher nolan's "the following" - very good picture.
  • i've been listening to the newest eminem album a lot lately. the first two times i heard it i didn't feel too passionately about any of the tracks, or the album as a whole, but since then i've definitely gotten into it. once again i must state my support for eminem as an innovative artist and real person. he definitely goes through life feeling things...some people go through life sort of numbed and apathetic from day to day, he certainly doesn't and the fact that he's able to convey that through his music makes his work all the more successful. i'm not sure why people have such adverse reactions to eminem without really knowing anything about him, but i had the same reaction to him at one time and learned from it. him and tupac both turned out to be a lot different and multi-faceted than i had originally been led to believe.
  • my fantasy baseball team is at a bit of a stand still...still in last place that is. i'm inching closer to seventh place, but probably won't make it.
  • davis is having a sidewalk sale this weekend...a lot of the downtown businesses bring some of their product onto the sidewalk for people to browse. on july 4th there was a bike race that brought a lot of foot traffic to downtown. i think davis does a pretty good job with promoting commerce without compromising the small town feel. of course it's inevitable that davis will grow quite a bit in the upcoming years, but if you live by the gun then you die by the gun. that is to say that the university is a large reason davis is the nice town that it is, but because the uc system has certain admission requirements based upon state population davis will grow, just as CA will. i don't see anyway of stopping this from happening, but in the meantime i think they've done a reasonable job of limiting growth. on the one hand you don't want rent to be too high and on the other you want growth to be limited, as is true with all life it's a delicate balance.
  • going to watch Hella play at uc davis tomorrow, should be a good show. it'll be the first paying concert i've been to in more than a year.
  • finished the 13th episode on the simpsons season one dvd tonight. in a month i'll have season two, and thirteen more episodes to absorb.
  • it was pretty warm today.
  • finally got my money from what's her face. most days i fall asleep thinking less of humans than the night before.
  • i'm looking forward to the next basketball season.
  • the new red  hot chili peppers sound pretty decent from what i've heard of it so far. different from their other albums, but the same so that's good. not as different as californication was from their previous works, but still different enough.
  • why does the term "old school" almost always have a positive connotation? the answer is easy if you ask it, but most people don't.
  • i need to do laundry.
  • played frisbee today and the crotch on my shorts split while attempting a between the legs catch. had to sew that up since i only have two pairs of shorts.
  • the new wyclef album is pretty weak.
  • i like learning about the origin and evolution of things...from sayings like "making ends meet" to the evolution of planets. i'm interested in what happened to make x what it is.
  • buffalo '66 is a good movie.
  • need to buy food tomorrow.

  • 7-10-02 (01:48)

  • had a productive day at work today.
  • watched the abbreviated all-star game today. i think baseball owes its fans more than that crap.
  • it hit 104 today, it's forecasted to be 112 tomorrow; no joke.
  • probably going to see hella play this weekend, that should be neat.

  • 7-9-02 (01:05)

  • didn't do much worthy of noting today.
  • listened to talking head, perrey-kingsley, spike jones, boards of canada, and outkast.
  • watched the home run derby and some game shows.
  • made a milkshake and had pasta for dinner.

  • 7-7-02 (23:20)

  • updated movies list.
  • my dad and sarah visited this weekend.
  • i played catch with my dad, we went out to dinner both nights, we watched a couple of movies, we picked on sarah and that was about it. sarah is definitely a teenager.
  • lately i've been contemplating living in an rv.
  • haven't done any laundry in a while.
  • plans are in the works for a trip to lassen with johnny.
  • it's so hard to get me to do anything.
  • need to get some sleep.

  • 7-4-02 (00:06)

  • not much to report on these days.
  • it's my birthday.
  • i get paid time and a half for working on a holiday so that's a nice birthday present.
  • there seems to be a lot of spiders in our apartment lately.
  • the subwoofer i got could probably shake the drywall off the studs.
  • been pretty tired lately, need to start getting to bed a bit earlier.
  • we might be getting a new assistant manager pretty soon.
  • going to sleep now.

  • 7-03-02 (01:16)

  • updated movies list.
  • saw the last two episodes of politically incorrect last week. michael moore was on the penultimate episode, which was actually the last issue oriented episode. that was a good one.

  • 7-01-02 (00:26)

  • updated movies list.
  • updated cdlist.
  • updated moviesiown list.
  • didn't do much of anything this weekend.

  • bought some speakers yesterday and i like them a bunch, now i'm broke for another two weeks.