updated movies list.
also made some changes to the best
of movies page. added best soundtracks/scores and best film characters.
also added an index of best films by year for easier/quicker navigating.
my arm didn't hurt much today until about 7pm. right now it hurts, but
not as badly as it did 24 hours ago. don't know what's wrong.
two days of work and then a few days off.
so fahrenheit 9/11 did almost as much in a weekend (21 million) as bowling
for columbine did in its entire run (22 million). this is impressive for
several reasons...it's a documentary so that's huge for a documentary,
it's the first time a documentary opened at as the number one movie, and
it's rated R. films with an R rating don't generally do as well as the
PG and PG-13 movies. in fact a lot of films edit the content down to get
a pg-13 rating. so congratulations to michael moore and his new movie.
i have to be honest though, i have mixed feelings in seeing his movie blow
up the way it has. it's like seeing an indie band you really like put out
an album that becomes huge. maybe green day fans felt this way when "dookie"
came out. i'm sure there are better comparisons, but that's the first independent
band with a huge breakout album that i thought of.
i have tomorrow off.
"Just FYI, according to Moore (speaking to the USA Today) the film will
be available on DVD by September and will include new footage and commentary
not in the theatrical release. "Among scenes being considered: additional
footage of U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and man-in-the-street interviews
Moore commissioned in 30 countries in which participants are asked what
they love - and hate - about the USA.""
that's even quicker than i anticipated. good stuff.
for some reason my left arm hurts quite a bit when i raise it in front
of me. if i reach to grab something i feel a sharp pain from my elbow to
my shoulder. it feels like a nerve problem rather than a muscle issue.
i don't know what's wrong with my body.
"Market research leading up to the weekend had shown that the documentary
would rank second or third at the box office after the two mainstream comedies.
But "White Chicks" took in $19.6 million for the weekend on 2,726 screens,
while "DodgeBall" took in $18.5 million on 3,020. "Fahrenheit 9/11," rated
R, was released on 868 screens."
i'm trying to think of great landmarks in documentary history. nanook of
the north is certainly the biggest because it's generally considered the
first and it was a big success at the time. triumph of the will for obvious
reasons. gimme shelter/don't look back are big ones. and now bowling for
columbine, which is the film that made movies like "supersize me" and "fahrenheit
9/11" possible. there are probably a couple others i'm forgetting. those
aren't necessarily the best, i'm just thinking of landmark documentaries
in terms of what they did for the form.
updated movies list.
why do we continue to redesign our currency as often as we do? they say
it's because counterfeiting is easier now because of readily available
technology like scanners and high quality printers. but if i was a counterfeiter
i wouldn't try to counterfeit new currency, i'd just counterfeit the old
stuff. everyone honors the old currency and there enough of it out there
that it doesn't raise any eyebrows. if someone tried to pass me a bill
from 1910 then i'd be suspicious, but people don't generally think anything
when they see a bill that's 20 years old, and those are relatively easy
to counterfeit. i suppose it's a long-term strategy, but if that's the
case then trying to stay ahead of the curve is impossible. people who want
to counterfeit bills will figure out ways within a year and you can't pull
old bills off the market anywhere near that quickly. it just seems like
they're doing it to say they're doing something. though admittedly it's
an uphill battle so i'm not knocking the treasury for the actions they've
taken, it's just that there seems to be a notion that new bills equals
better protection from counterfeits and that's not the case at all.
heard a story on the radio about a study that found that 43% of the people
polled felt they had "common sense." there were a bunch of other figures
separated by geography, gender, etc. the study found that when given a
test, only 7% of the people actually had common sense. there are so many
things wrong with this i don't know where to start. first, if it's common
sense and it's not common (only 7% of people have it) then it's a paradox.
secondly, it's common sense that common sense is relative. for example,
somebody from the hood knows it's common sense to bring some heat when
going out to acquire drugs from a new source. for some rich guy it's common
sense to have a tax-sheltered offshore account in case he divorces his
wife... how does one measure "common sense"? i think what they really mean
by it is logic, which of course could be deconstructed as well, but i'd
have to use logic and that would, again, be a paradox. how can you defeat
the validity of logic by using logic? the ability of logic to defeat itself
would be testament to its power which would then revalidate itself. at
least that's my thinking.
i like the word "pedantic." it's the only word i can think of off the top
of my head that makes a person it just by using it. that is, in using the
word you become it. i suppose that's a matter of opinion because some might
consider the word common place...at any rate, it's a good word.
updated movies list.
this month has gone by pretty quickly.
i have two days of work, then a day off, then two days of work then three
today i didn't do much of anything. i cleaned up a bit and did some laundry,
but i slept more than i should have and watched three movies.
updated movies list.
i don't know why i'm still awake.
if i'm michael moore i'm gunning for october 19th as a dvd release date
for fahrenheit 9/11.
fahrenheit 9/11 has 2,203 votes on imdb.com (6.4 rating) and it hasn't
been released yet. i don't think i can wait to watch it so i'm planning
on waking up early tomorrow and catching the first show of the day before
i have work. i wouldn't doubt a 10 million dollar opening week for 9/11.
relative to spiderman or something similar $10 million is pretty weak,
but for a documentary it's great.
"the big one" is the film that is most strictly a documentary, the other
films are more along the line of film essays. the big one is also the least
popular of his films.
bowling for columbine had a price reduction lately, it's now only 14.99
so pick it up if you haven't already.
updated movies list.
is fucking hilarious.
updated movies list.
Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori.
the last few days have been pretty nice. on sunday luke stopped by and
we had lunch and a nice chat. on monday jon stopped by work and gave me
a bomb ass birthday present. on tuesday i got a free subway sandwich for
filling out some credit card applications (i faked all my information so
i don't have to worry about actually getting them). and today i got free
pizza at work and found out that i got my birthday off. i also got eight
free dvds in the mail from one of the product representatives who comes
by work on occasion. i'm looking forward to checking them out.
found a book on amazon called "one stop shopping: the west's love affair
with laziness." seems like a good idea for a book. it details who obsessed
with a one-stop lifestyle we westerners are...from religion to walmart
to vegas style weddings (where you get a tux, a cake, and a certificate
all in one neat package).
actually i just made that book up, but it seems like a viable enough topic
on which to write a book.
i saw a commercial on tv yesterday (not kidding this time) that had some
prison worker talking about getting beaten by out of control (black) prisoners
because (this was her reasoning) our budget for state prisons is too low.
more prison guards means fewer riot-like outbreaks, so the logic goes.
my first thought was: why don't we start treating drug users and other
non-violent offenders like human beings? fewer people of this ilk being
caged like animals means less strain on the prison system. that's the short
term solution. the long term solution is spending more money on education
so people have a greater range of options later in life. i fucking hate
"as governor, bush came to oversee, in molly ivins' words, "the largest
prison system on the planet earth." according to a study published in august
2000 by the justice policy institute in washington d.c., texas - population
20 million - has over 163,000 of its citizens in jail, with well over 700,000
under some form of juridical control. with one out of every twenty of the
state's adults in prison, on parole, or on probation, texas can account
for one fifth of all the people jailed throughout the nation in the 1990s.
for every 100,000 of its citizens, texas has 700 behind bars - 248 more
than the national average. if texas were a separate country, the jpi concluded,
'it would have a higher incarceration rate than russia, china, the u.s.
, and the rest of the industrialized and nonindustrialized world.' such
are the results, in texas, of the nation's 'drug war' - which is in fact
a race war waged by legal means. although 72 percent of all illicit drug
users are white and only 15 percent black, african-americans account for
36.8 of those arrested on drug charges, constituting 42 percent of those
held in federal prisons for narcotics and nearly 60 percent of those held
in state jails." pages 228-9, bush dyslexicon.
the hot topic in sacramento these days is the proposed downtown arena.
arco arena (where the kings and monarchs play) is outdated and in disrepair
so the team owners, and plenty others, want a new arena. the problem becomes
one of funding. who is going to pay and what kind of plan are they going
to adopt. the plans range from 200 -500 million bucks depending on how
big the facility and surrounding areas are. the better plans seem to incorporate
more rebuilding of the downtown area in general, with the new arena being
its center. use fees (raising ticket prices) make sense, but won't fund
the entire project and would make for a lame crowd (just look at the lakers
games). i personally have never been a fan of raising ticket prices above,
say, 15 bucks for the cheap seats (right now they're about 12, i think).
i just think that sports teams should be accessible to all community members.
these days there is much more emphasis on raising money from corporate
interests (3com park, target center, pac bell park, arco arena etc.) which
is unfortunate, but necessary. in the best cases the owners pay about 25%
of the cost and the maloofs have consistently said they would pay whatever
the going rate is. i hope that it becomes part of a greater revitalization
effort in downtown and gets funding from corporate interests, the maloofs,
the public, use fees and various taxes (i've heard suggestions like hotel
taxes and other tourism-related activities).
Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori.
i like the sound of japanese and persian.
"The U.S. EPA reports that the volume of toxic pollutants released into
the atmosphere increased by 5 percent in 2002 -- only the second increase
since 1988, when the EPA started keeping track, and the largest -- but
according to enviro groups, even that grim figure is a gross underestimation.
Immediately preceding the release of the EPA's annual Toxic Release Inventory,
two groups, the Environmental Integrity Project and the Galveston-Houston
Association for Smog Prevention, released a report alleging that last year's
TRI (covering 2001) underestimated the amount of 10 toxic pollutants by
some 330 million pounds. The groups criticized the EPA for allowing
industrial plants to estimate emissions, using what the report calls outmoded
formulas, rather than actually measuring them. "The bottom line here,"
said Kelly Haragan of the EIP, "is that the public is being exposed to
far more toxic air pollution than the EPA acknowledges.""
updated movies list.
jon came by tower today on his way back from tahoe. he dropped off a birthday
present from him and monique - a copy of "project hollywood" which looks
like a pretty great book.
i need to finally get around to finishing the bush dyslexicon so i can
get started on project hollywood.
updated wish list and recommendations.
seven of the last eleven films i've seen have been foreign features.
need to watch more movies in the theater. 25 so far this year which is
pretty good in absolute terms, but as a percentage of the total films i've
seen this year (251), it's not that hot. i enjoy going to the theater,
especially independent theaters...not because the movies are necessarily
better, rather it's because the low budget chairs and theaters bring back
good memories. plus, the trailers are for films that don't generally get
press so they're almost always new to me.
updated movies list.
luke and i had lunch today. after work he came by to pick up a dvd. we
talked about film and other things. it was a good time. i can't remember
the last time i had a friend over, which makes me pretty lame.
at work we have these plastic cages around cds so that people can't open
the cd case and steal the cd; we call them "keepers," which isn't a very
thoughtful title. at any rate, one of the keepers was behind the counter
with a post-it note on it that said "broke." under that, in a different
color ink, someone else had written "as a joke." under that, again with
a different pen and different handwriting, someone wrote "so throw it away!"
i thought that was funny, and pathetic. i threw it away.
it seems a contradiction that american society is supposed to be so much
about the individual and doing things for yourself, yet businesses, which
are thought to be great american institutions (by republicans at least),
emphasize a dedication to the company above all. perhaps i'm misreading
things, but it seems that they would have us be great individuals who,
at the same time, sacrifice everything for the benefit of the company.
it seems like a form of communism, without the "everyone gets an equal
slice" part. i'm simplifying things a bit for the sake of brevity. i think
that the whole "rugged individualism" thing only goes up to the point where
you get a job, after that you should become useful for the company. in
theory the company has to spread the wealth based upon merits in order
to keep the good employees, or as a further carrot in front of the mule.
but, in my experience anyway, most of the people in america work more to
not get fired than they do to try to attain a raise or a bonus. also, i
think the job market is such that companies don't worry too much about
losing the vast majority of their employees. a few reasons for that 1)
jobs have shifted more and more toward the service sector and are thus
low skill jobs. 2) tasks are more specialized (especially in manufacturing)
so replacing a worker is far easier. 3) again, the job market is such that
there is always a fresh supply of labor. this last point is what makes
unions so weak. the most powerful tool a union has is a strike, but what
good is a strike when there are plenty of scabs willing to cross the lines
for fewer benefits or lower wages?
bill moyers was on radio parallax the other day. he had a couple good quotes.
one was actually him quoting someone else whose answer to the question
"what is good news?" was: "good news is what information we need to keep
our freedoms." the other quote from moyers himself was "news is what they
don't want us to know...everything else is publicity." which makes me think
of the documentary "control room." reporters are more likely repeaters
than anything else.
updated movies list.
back to work in seven hours. weekends go by too quickly.
updated movies list.
updated movies list.
i heard that the democratic national convention is five million dollars
over budget and part of the problem is that labor costs more in boston
than in la (which is where it was held last time) and that some of the
unions are going to strike. in the spirit of objectivity i mentioned how
funny that liberal guilt commercial was, so i gotta point out the obvious
stereotype here as well...if i were a republican i would love this news.
what, democrats overbudget? never! what, labor a pain in the ass? never!
i don't think the story is all that significant (relative to the 9/11 commission
and such), but a story like this is still a PR nightmare for the democrats.
they just can't seem to lose the image as overspenders and union sympathizers.
i'm going to mention this for hopefully the last time...regarding celebrities
and politics...people like john mccain and others say stuff like "i don't
try to make movies so why are you (speaking of barbra streisand, alec baldwin
and others) trying to tell me what to do in politics?" this argument is
made all the time by various ignoramuses. you may find it annoying that
streisand and others have differing opinions, but it is their right and
their duty to inform politicians, and anyone who will listen, what their
political views are. this is integral to a democratic society. part of
being a politician is listening to your constituents and the american people
in general. it's our job to tell politicians what we think they should
do. you can criticize the media for giving her opinions more than their
due attention, but that's a different issue. so hopefully you don't misdirect
your anger the next time you hear some celebrity's uninformed opinion.
saw a broken egg in my patio today. it was on the edge of the planting
box which is right up against the fence so the only way someone could have
thrown it there was if they threw it at an 80 degree angle or something.
it also seemed like a small egg, as evidenced by the small amount of shell
that was present. i quickly figured out that it must have been a bird's
egg that had fallen from the branches above the patio. it made me sad.
this coming from a guy who had this remedy to our
updated my wish list.
updated movies list.
watched letterman tonight and saw the beastie boys' performance. they started
out in the street and made their way into the studio. it was pretty cool.
bought their cd today. watched the video and wasn't too blown away. it
was pretty similar to their shake your rump (i think) video...the one from
paul's boutique where there are three cameras on a rooftop and they take
turns doing their thing in front of the various cameras.
saw a trailer for fahrenheit 911 tonight, also on the letterman show. obviously
looking forward to that.
getting pretty fucking hot lately. it's impairing my ability to think right
the biggest news today was actually the pistons win. i heard some people
(kobe and phil jackson among them) making excuses for the lakers because
malone and grant were injured or fisher was playing hurt. when the kings
lost chris webber in the mavs series two years ago and we pushed it to
seven games, with the seventh game being a close loss, then we had plenty
of reason to make excuses. webber was our number one scorer, passer and
rebounder (yes he led the team in all three categories) so there was a
valid excuse. but when a team like the lakers lose a couple of secondary
players and get outplayed in 90% of the minutes played in the series there
just aren't any excuses. if i were a lakers fan i'd be really fucking embarrassed
by bryant and jackson and the other excuse-makers out there.
let me also make it clear that it wasn't that the lakers lost, it's that
the pistons won. it's not that the lakers didn't show up or try, it's that
the pistons took them out of their game in almost every conceivable way.
i've never seen a defense (in the nba) that was as consistently tenacious
as theirs was in this series. on most of the possessions they used at least
a 3/4 press to challenged the ballhandler up the court which ate up time
on the shot clock which made it tough for the lakers to run their offense.
people kept asking why they weren't getting the ball into shaq more frequently
- they just didn't have the time to get the ball up the court, dump it
into shaq, create a weak side play and pass the ball around. occasionally
the lakers were able to exploit weaknesses in the pistons defense, but
they only had one significant run in the entire series. the pistons defense
was relentless, methodical and consistent.
billups deserved the mvp, but i, like doc rivers (who i really have come
to like by the way), think that everything on the defensive end starts
with ben wallace. he sets the tone, he grabs important defensive rebounds,
and interior defense is almost as important as pressuring the ball. wallace
had more offensive rebounds (10) than shaq had total rebounds (8). shaq
is four inches taller and 100 pounds heavier than ben wallace and yet wallace
grabbed 22 rebounds while shaq grabbed only 8. shaq also went 6-16 from
the free throw line. shaq has long maintained that he would make his free
throws when it mattered. i'd like to point out that this was an elimination
game, he missed ten free points and they lost by 13...in other words, if
he had made his free throws then the lakers would have been only one possession
behind. i'll grant you that in trash time the lead dwindled a bit, but
i just wanted to rub it in his face a bit. al michaels asked the question
"when was the last time there was a player who had a sense of where the
rebound was going to go like ben wallace?" doc rivers, rightly, pointed
out that dennis rodman had this same ability. the first time i watched
wallace play i made this same comparison. he has a similar rebounding style.
there are just some players who dedicate themselves to rebounding the ball
and, in my lifetime, rodman and wallace have been the best in that category.
and no one in the last fifteen years, in my memory, comes all that close
to either of them. al michaels is a decent announcer, but i like bob costas
more for basketball. i also like bob costas and joe morgan as a team for
if we had ben wallace on the kings then we'd win the title. no doubt. he
brings exactly what we lack - interior defense, interior athleticism, and
solid rebounding. i wish we used the press more, it can be very effective.
i think adelman is hesitant to use it because it makes it harder to settle
into a set defense in the half court, and i suppose he knows his team better
than i, but i still think we should employ it more often.
detroit literally schooled the rest of the nba during these last five games.
i think everyone in the nba who watched that game learned a few things
- 1) teamwork is more important than individual play (something the last
few nba champs [bulls had jordan, lakers had kobe/shaq, spurs had duncan]
haven't shown), 2) defense not only wins championships, but embarrasses
your opponents and 3) the lakers are beatable (not that it matters anymore
because the lakers will be a completely different team next year).
if i was phil jackson i would have started derek fisher the last couple
games. payton is a whiner and hasn't gotten shit done. fisher runs the
triangle better and, at this point in their careers, fisher's defense is
just as good.
are just great.
"Radical enviros are turning their attention from forests and wilderness
areas to the nation's sprawling suburbs, prompting growing concern among
law-enforcement agencies and the developers and homeowners whose money
is invested in said sprawl. The Earth Liberation Front has claimed
responsibility for more than a dozen acts of sabotage and vandalism in
the past year, with damage totaling more than $60 million; most of the
damage was done to houses and SUVs in areas where forests were cleared
or wetlands filled to make room for suburban development. Despite
hundreds of thousands of dollars of reward money and intensified efforts
by the FBI to infiltrate the group, few arrests have been made and fewer
convictions secured. The ELF is comprised of loosely affiliated cells
and has no top-down hierarchy of the sort that enabled law-enforcement
agents to penetrate and take down traditional criminal enterprises like
the mafia. The ELF website strongly discourages any harm to people
updated movies list.
there's this great stereotypical left wing commercial that i hear a lot
on air america radio. it has this really light, fluffy harp (or something
similar) music and it's a woman narrating the actions of a person's dog.
"she wags her tale at you with her tongue out and you rub her belly...blah
blah blah" the first part of the commercial goes like that and then it
comes to the part where the narrator says "she runs to the door and barks
hoping you'll run after her and play outside." then the music stops and
turns really heavy "but you can't because you're a paraplegic. you didn't
know that most car accidents occur close to home so you didn't buckle up
that one time, and now you can't play with your dog anymore." it's pretty
funny. they have a whole slew of commercials like that on air america.
stuff that preys on the fears of not being prepared or "not doing your
part." other than that i like the station.
the "under god" case was thrown out today because the father apparently
didn't have the right sue because of custody issues. pretty lame. i don't
see the purpose of a pledge at all. forget the "under god" part of the
pledge....secularism is its own form of religion so i think we should just
get rid of the pledge of allegiance altogether. the same way i think we
should just get rid of the benefits we bestow upon people who get married.
on the majority report they had a guest who is the founder of some gay
parenting magazine and she was talking about the level of hate mail she
got. she said that "two percent of the e-mails i get are hate e-mails."
i was astonished at how low that number is. she seemed upset by it (somewhat
understandably), but i think that if only two percent of the people out
there hate what you're doing then you're doing pretty well. a lot more
than two percent of my e-mails are negative.
got rejected from the last job i applied for.
i'm absolutely stunned by the outcome of today's game. i've known for some
time now that the pistons are a great team, and i picked them to come out
of the east, but i didn't really feel that any team in the east had a shot
against the big three in the west...not in a seven game series. i'm pleased
that i was wrong. the lakers certainly were flat and didn't make the timely
shots that they are used to making. instead it was detroit making timely
shots and protecting the ball well down the stretch. the lakers have still
only made one notable run in the entire series, and that's the 11-0 (something
like that) run that won them the second game. i'm very impressed by the
mental toughness of detroit, and that's coming from a guy who knew this
was a tough team. that said, the series isn't over. i was very pleased
to see that, in the waning moments (and aftermath) of the game, none of
the detroit players were smiling. this is a good sign because it shows
me that they're not pleased with a commanding 3-1 lead. since no team has
ever come back from a 3-1 deficit in the finals there might be an inclination
to think that you have the series finished up. detroit knows this is not
heard the new beastie boys album today. it's their worst album to date,
but i knew that was going to be the case. that said, i thought it was pretty
decent. hip-hop isn't a genre that is kind to the elderly, and that's what
the b-boys are now. the album is different from most of their other stuff
and that's good. i'm just happy it doesn't suck.
updated movies list.
updated movies list.
eight movies this weekend. i should write my reviews right after i've seen
the movie because writing them all at once is tiring.
got a good amount of stuff done this weekend.
johnny's birthday was today. my grandfather turns 75 tomorrow.
updated movies list.
got to see most of the game tonight and was pleased. if you told me that
rasheed wallace was going to score only three points and the pistons were
going to win by 20 i'd tell you that you were crazy. tonight was the best
er, worst, drubbing of the lakers i've ever seen. the only game that came
close to this one was the last kings/lakers game of the season when the
kings won by about 17 and dominated kobe and the lakers the entire game.
this game was even better though because the lakers were completely shut
down. two players barely in double-digits, no one with double digit rebounds,
they couldn't shoot threes, they didn't get to the line, their defense
was piss poor, everything about the lakers looked bad. there's really no
way you can explain away a loss like this - you can't say it was because
malone was (sorta) injured or shaq's big toe was hurting or anything -
they just got beat and they got beat badly.
the lakers need to win the next game because if they don't they'll
be down 3-1 and that's a very difficult spot to be in. tonight it was clear
that detroit wanted to win more than the lakers, but that's not going to
be true on sunday so that game will be the most interesting game of the
series. will detroit be able to take the best the lakers have to offer,
or will the lakers make it a three game series, with two of the three being
in LA? every bit of knowledge i have says that the lakers will win the
next game and, again, if i were a betting man i'd bet my speakers that
they'll win on sunday. but detroit has proven to me that they're a tough
team and the lakers have only had one significant run in the three games
they've played so far....detroit's defense has been that good. so, in other
words, anything could happen.
losing a game like this is humiliating and that's one reason why i think
the lakers will have plenty of reason to come out on sunday and give detroit
their best shot.
last night some detroit fans were outside the hotel in which the lakers
were staying causing all sorts of noise - yelling, honking horns, etc.
in an attempt to keep the players awake. i heard some guy on the radio
the night of the second game telling fellow detroit fans to do this sort
of thing...i guess it worked. i think it's great when a city gets behind
its team on and off the court like that. the celtics used to turn up the
heat in the opposing team's locker room. i'm sure there are all sorts of
examples like this.
kobe bryant isn't as good as michael jordan and i'd fight anyone who says
otherwise. rip hamilton, who played with jordan the last year or two of
his career, had 31 points tonight and his team won. kobe had 11. then again
kobe has three championships. then again kobe has shaq and phil jackson.
then again....debating sports is fun.
in the long view the bigger news of the day was the passing of a real hero
- ray charles. unlike ronald reagan, the guy was good at what he did and
had a positive impact on the world.
if anyone ever finds a copy of "aka
don bonus" on vhs (it's not made on dvd) please let me know. i want
to buy it.
today was my friday so that's good.
i've heard rumors2
about a remake of the graduate. i'd watch it, but only out of morbid curiosity.
an interesting chart.
my favorite is number 75 which shows that overall between 1989-2004 world
com. contributed fairly equally to dems and republicans, but in 03/04 they
contributed overwhelmingly to republicans.
updated movies list.
realized today that my birthday is less than a month away. time has gone
by quickly lately.
i really like the part in the second installment of the matrix films where
the "creator" talks about the most human of emotions - "hope." hope, in
the case of neo, is precipitated by love and causes him to feel as though
he can beat the matrix despite being told that all his predecessors have
failed. i mention this because my hope has consistently led me to bouts
of depression in regards to the lakers. i watched part of the game tonight
and with two minutes left detroit was up by six. i had hope that the lakers
would finally lose a critical game. i had hope that i would be wrong when
i said that "i'd bet my speakers that the lakers are going to win the next
game." but i wasn't. and it was like watching a movie whose outcome i know
because i've seen it a dozen times before, but still hoped that things
would turn out differently. i had this same hope when they were down 2-0
against the spurs. i had the same hope when, with a couple seconds left,
the divac tapped a rebound out of the lane to a waiting robert horry whose
shot meant the difference between the lakers being down 3-1 and being tied
2-2. i had the same hope when the blazers had the lakers against the wall
four (or so) years ago when they entered the fourth quarter up by 15 points.
i've seen this before several times and every time i am inextricably drawn
to hope that things will go my team's way, but they never do. rationality
should win out eventually. eventually i will realize that hope is a futile
enterprise and become a soulless person. when that happens i will have
only the lakers to thank.
most writers who don't have a vested interest in the series will say "hey
the pistons lost, but they still got a split on the road and that's what
they wanted." anyone who writes that should cease to write sports columns
because they haven't yet (and probably never will) picked up on the subtleties
of the game. losing a game like that in a situation like that is almost
a series-ender. it happened to the kings in the second game when they were
up by ten with four minutes left and it happened today with the pistons.
you can't look at it as a split on the road, you have to look at as "they
were this close to going up 2-0 on the road." because that's the
truth. and every time the pistons let the lakers get a little run in they're
going to start thinking "uh-oh here it comes again." and that's what comes
with being champions. and that's what happens when you are playing against
the best clutch shooter in the game today. at this point it looks almost
certain that the lakers will win the series (probably in six games). the
only x-factor for me is larry brown's post game interview. he said "we're
crushed" but he said it in this very subtly sarcastic way as if to hint
that his team is stronger than anyone thinks. so, for now, that post game
interview is the hope that i am once again foolishly holding onto.
updated movies list.
i was thinking today about the fact that i've never been stung by a bee
or a wasp and how strange that is considering how often i used to fuck
with bees. i used to be pretty mean to bees. at any rate, i was thinking
about the fact that bees die once they sting something and how strange
of a defense mechanism that is. it's like me ripping out my heart and hitting
you over the head with it...or something. it hurts the victim a bit, but
kills me...that doesn't seem very darwinian at first. then i came to the
conclusion that, for would-be attackers, it becomes about the threat of
being stung. even though a few bees will die as a result of their defense
mechanism, most bees won't be harmed because predators know not to fuck
with bees. so nature has built in this idea that the betterment of the
whole is more important than the individual. it even goes to the extent
of killing off the defender to prove this point. the fact that bees as
a species (actually probably genus) have survived using this defense mechanism
(not to mention their social structure) is testament to the power of the
group (and the threat of pain as a deterrence). of course it's also possible
that they don't have very many predators or that they breed so quickly
that they out populate their predators. that would make their defense mechanism
less integral...in that case it would just be(e) about breeding faster
than they are killed. it's also possible that i've been misinformed my
entire life and that bees don't actually die after losing their stinger.
in which case my whole treatise on bee defense mechanisms, and their greater
implications, would be for naught.
i have ten cents in my checking account right now. get paid friday.
updated movies list.
tampa bay won the stanley cup. i predicted that, but not because i know
much about either team. with hockey i always go with the goalie. the goalie
is like a pitcher in baseball or a quarterback in football - one person
who can, in special circumstances, be all the team needs to stay in the
game. obviously a goalie can't score, and, in the AL, a pitcher can't score
either, but those positions are such that they can single-handedly take
over a game. so i went with khabibulin since i know he's pretty great.
wish i could have seen the game.
i did get to see the lakers game yesterday. it was fun seeing them lose.
detroit just came out and did what they wanted. i'd bet my speakers that
the lakers are going to win the next game. i hope they don't, but in hating
them all these years i've come to know them as well as many of their fans
and i know they'll show up tomorrow. i think detroit really had to win
one of the first two because of the 2-3-2 schedule, but i mentioned that
already. doc rivers mentioned the same thing on the broadcast - it's very
difficult for the road team (by definition the team with a worse record)
to win three in a row at this point in the year. so assuming they lose
one of those middle three they'll still need to win another game in LA
if they want to win the series. very difficult.
noam chomsky made an(other) interesting point on the majority report last
week. he didn't phrase it in this way because there was a larger context,
but i'll simplify it here...what would people think of germany if they
had missiles called "jews" or "faggot" helicopters, or something similar?
naming missiles after the very people you tried to eliminate from the earth
is a pretty fucked up and arrogant thing to do. punchline here
on reagan. ouch.
charting various rationale for going to war. check out page 19, 160-170,
updated movies list.
neighbors have apparently moved out so now i can play music loud even at
this hour. not so loud that it bounces off the opposite wall, which annoy
the other neighbors, but loud enough to feel the bass.
i was really depressed last night and then early this morning. went to
sleep last night at 5pm after watching part of american history x on tv.
they showed the anal rape scene in the prison shower, but they bleeped
out "shit" and "fuck," doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. woke up
around noon today and still felt bad. didn't know what i wanted to do with
my day. nothing seemed to excite me so i just laid around. eventually resolved
to watch a movie so i turned on the tv and found out that ronald reagan
had finally died. last night i was looking at my chart of presidents which
i have above my computer. i wondered who lived the longest and three names
were in the running - reagan, hoover and adams I. reagan was the oldest.
so that was a weird coincidence. at any rate, i was happy after hearing
about his death so the rest of the day went well.
i don't think he was completely evil, few people are, but i never liked
the guy. i don't think he was very intelligent, i think he got away with
too much stuff because of his charm, his economic policies were a joke
and he waged a sly and insidious war on the poor and non-white of this
country that we still haven't recovered from. but he told a good joke or
two once in a while so it's okay.
in other important news, j. lo is married again.
watched the nhl stanley cup finals game today. it was a good one. ended
within the first minute of the second OT. game seven should be fun. i have
agree with the goal,
but not the organization.
if the nba finals go seven games i'll get to watch three of them. i don't
like the 2-3-2 format, i think it gives the team with home advantage even
more of an advantage. in the playoffs it's very difficult to win three
in a row so, in the case of detroit, it's very unlikely they will win all
three home games in a row. that would mean that they'd need to win two
games on the road in order to win the series. i don't know why they switch
from H(ome)-H-R(oad)-R-H-R-H to the H-H-R-R-R-H-H format in the final round
of the playoffs. i heard today that the pistons averaged 98 points against
the lakers during the regular season.
i like this
q&a session with coach adelman. i like it because it shows adelman
as a balanced thinker. he seems like a good guy.
ever since i lost my high school track coach i've missed having that sort
of mentor presence in my life. i'd like to learn a trade from someone like
so tenet is the first of hopefully many dominoes to fall in the administration.
at first i thought bush would use this as an opportunity to say the problem
is gone, but instead "Bush said at the White House. "I told him I'm sorry
he's leaving. He's done a superb job."" one second bush blames failures
on intelligence, the next he says the director of the central intelligence
agency "has done a superb job." hmmm.
"Tenet also has faced tough questioning from Congress about the CIA's prewar
claims that Iraq possessed large caches of chemical and biological weapons.
At a meeting Dec. 21, 2002, Tenet told Bush there was a "slam-dunk" case
that Iraq had doomsday weapons, according to author Bob Woodward. But no
weapons have yet to be discovered by U.S.-led forces more than a year after
the invasion ended."
tenet isn't actually one of the close bushies since he was cia director
under clinton as well, but it may be a sign that other dominoes will fall
(rumsfeld would be the next logical person to "resign").
updated movies list.
list so it includes quick links to my reviews for the individual films.
i'm excited about the lakers/pistons series. i've liked the pistons ever
since they got rasheed wallace because i felt that was the missing piece,
and a really good fit, for them. i also think they have a better chance
against the lakers than anyone else in the east. it should go six or seven
games. hopefully prince and r. wallace will be aggressive offensively.
i'd love to see larry brown take phil jackson down a peg.
tomorrow is my friday.
called regarding a driving position today and they said that i needed to
show two years of on the job driving experience as required by their insurance
company. i don't understand what the difference is between driving on the
job for two years and driving for myself for seven years. it doesn't make
sense to exclude me just because i wasn't driving a company car the whole
i seem to get one good job lead a month. one that is good for me (money,
location and schedule-wise) and one that i think i could reasonably do
"Rounding out today's news is MGM Home Entertainment's September slate
of catalog announcements, which will focus on some of Hollywood's most
acclaimed classics. Streeting on September 7th are: Judgment at Nuremberg,
Blithe Spirit, Brief Encounter, the 1946 version of Great Expectations,
In Which We Serve, Madeleine, 1948's Oliver Twist, The Passionate Friends
and This Happy Breed."
that news may mean that the criterion releases of great expectations and
oliver twist will go out of print. fyi.
i was listening to autechre's "incunabula" again and got to thinking...that
album, as i've said before, is transcendent, but what i didn't realize,
or put into words, is that the album actually has the feel of an alternate
nature. sometimes when i listen to it i get the sense that what booth and
brown did with "incunabula" was to create something with all the power
and sense of rightness of nature. by rightness i mean that the album seems
like it belongs in the world. it feels as though it was meant to be. it's
like nature because, to me, it seems to create its own language, texts,
rules...its own world. that said, the album is not perfect (the b side
of abbey road is the only continuous musical moment that approaches perfection),
but it does belong. i'm also not saying that it's the only thing, before
or since, to sound the way it does, but somehow "incunabula" stands out
as a unique vision of an alternate nature with autechre as its God.
no, i didn't smoke anything tonight.
been listening to a lot of air
america while at work lately. pretty good stuff. it's clearly leftist
reporting, but we can't rush limbaugh (and his ilk) be the only force on
am radio. my only potential problem with it is that it feeds the fire of
division that seems to be growing every week. that is, more and more there
seems to be those for bush and those against bush (his fault
since he put it in those terms) and the radio is now one more arena that
is divided. i suppose that's just the way things work.
no movie today.
it's hot again.
good idea, but
it needs more flexibility.
updated movies list.
lakers won tonight which wasn't at all surprising. i was a little surprised
to see the series go six games, and to minnesota's credit they did a good
job without cassell, but they're just not that great a team. it hurts to
see minnesota lose to the lakers because it really should have been the
kings taking down the lakers in a western conference finals rematch.
today was uneventful. memorial day so most people had the day off. i got
paid time and a half which is nice.
the majority report was a rerun today, but they i hadn't heard any of it
before. in one segment they talked to a representative for diebold and
an activist who is trying to get rid of electronic voting machines, or
at least make a paper trail mandatory. it was informative. they also talked
about the differences between our campaign cycles and those of the british.
ours seem to start earlier every cycle...this time major coverage began
about a year and a half before the actual election. granted, most of that
was for the primary, but since then election coverage has gotten considerable
coverage. of course along with that comes campaigning by both sides - for
money and for votes. in england candidates can't buy broadcast ads - they
can buy ads in newspapers and magazines or on billboards and the like,
but they can't buy tv ads like we do here. for at least the last couple
months bush has been buying ads in key states that attack kerry. so we're
talking an active campaigning of at least six months. in the uk it's apparently
more like six weeks. over there they also allot a certain amount of free
television time for each party. one problem with our system is that so
much money is required to run a campaign in large part because of the broadcast
fees. of course now that the flood gates are open it wouldn't really matter
if we prohibited broadcasting of political ads because that money would
just get spent elsewhere. in the uk they have limits on the amount of money
that can be spent on non-federal campaigns so that's one way they deal
with the problem. i'm not sure what other limits they have on federal campaigns,
but it seems that money is less of a factor in their system.
it seems to me that there are lot of changes that need to happen in our
system and you can't just choose one or two reforms. if, for example, we
were to prohibit the broadcast of political ads, but not place a cap on
the amount of money a campaign could spend then the big money would still
be raised and it would still get spent elsewhere. i think a lot of these
problems of ours stem from our ideology that people should be able to spend
their money in the marketplace as freely as possible. most people seem
to think that there isn't much of a problem with this ideology spilling
into the political realm.
today i reached my maximum queue size on netflix. apparently you can't
have more than 500 films in your queue at a time.
so recently i've been thinking about two of the world's
major problems (energy and over-population) and potential remedies. i've
come up with two ideas: 1) round up all the kids under five years old,
throw them in a furnace, and use them as fuel in power plants. 2) round
up all the kids under seven years old and put them on bikes hooked up to
generators. the kids who can survive the 12 hour days are freed after 12
months of service. being proactive is essential.