6-22-05 (20:25)
  • saw the afi top 100 quotes list today. it's certainly got some good ones on there, but it's got two major omissions - it doesn't have anything from die hard or pulp fiction - both of which are endlessly quotable. the only die hard one that got nominated was "yippie-ki-yay, motherfucker."
  • "there are only two things more beautiful than a good gun - a swiss watch and a woman from anywhere" - cherry valance in Red River.
  • been really busy and tired lately because of all this moving and because work is crazy.
  • game seven tomorrow at 530pm. i'm off work at 6pm and on the road to la at 615. around 7pm i should be in south sacramento finding a sports bar to watch the remainder of the game. should be a good one. if i had to pick i'd go with the spurs because they're at home, but it really is a pick'em game. should be great. i really liked billups last year, but i love him this year. he's a great, underrated player and i'm glad he's on a good enough team to showcase his understated talent. he makes the right decisions, makes the big shots, doesn't turn over the bal a lot, plays tough defense and can finish around the hoop.
  • won't update the webpage for a while. will keep notes during the trip and post them sometime after my birthday.
  • have watched a few episodes of the o.c. in the last couple weeks. it's jerry springer with rich, good looking people. that said, there's some talent in a few of the compositions and there are a couple people who aren't beyond redemption. i can understand why people like it, but it can't help but feel bad about our society when i watch it.

  • 6-21-05 (17:13)

  • leaving for la on thursday night. it's sarah's graduation.
  • after that i'm driving with meryl around the southwest part of the country because she's living in texas this summer. that'll be fun and sad.
  • detroit pissed me off the other day. i was watching the game with meryl and telling her how rasheed wallace was a dumbass for letting horry be open within the last two minutes of the game. then, with the spurs down by two, i told her that if i were larry brown i'd give the pistons two pieces of information - don't foul and don't leave horry. sure enough they double teamed ginobili, leaving horry wide open in OT to win the game. very stupid. also, rasheed tried calling a timeout after a rebound when the pistons didn't have any timeouts left...that would have been very chris webber-esque and would have resulted in a loss because a technical foul would have been called. luckily for him time had expired already.
  • went to the bay area this weekend. helped meryl move her furniture to her grandma's house yesterday.
  • more to come...

  • 6-17-05 (15:01)

  • yesterday's game was surprising not in its outcome, but in the margin of victory. detroit just destroyed a team i've always (since duncan anyway) thought of as one of the most consistently competitive in the league. ginobili is overrated and i've thought so since last year. parker is overrated and i've thought so since i first saw him. that said, the spurs still have a great team and are still likely going to win this series...it's just that it's more interesting now. i hope the pistons pull it off.
  • when you're a good gambler you pick your bets wisely. you don't just bet on all the games every day. you don't go with your gut feeling and you don't just use your intuition to pick a winner. the good gamblers chart out several criteria and it's dependent upon the sport and the gambler. for baseball one might pick home vs. away, night vs. day, indoor vs. outdoor, pitching matchups, umpires, etc. you look at a team or a pitcher that has certain tendencies in these categories and when two or more of these line up in the same direction then you lay a bet on it. so if you have mark mulder (this part is merely speculation) who is 6-1 on the road and 8-3 indoors and 5-2 when joe blow is the umpire then when those things line up you lay money on his team to cover the spread. the better the gambler the better their ability to find these bits of data that other people might not look at. it's simple, for example, to look at mulder's overall record, but it's a more indepth process to look at how often he covers the spread or to look at how a certain umpire calls a game might affect the outcome. i bring this all up because it relates to the pistons/spurs series. "Detroit is 1-7 when either Ron Garretson or Dan Crawford has officiated its games and 11-1 when neither has been on the court." a stat like that is difficult to ignore. now i'm not saying that there's a conspiracy or anything...what's happening is that those officials call more touch fouls and the pistons rely on a harder defensive style. when they can't play that way they lose games. oh, and that quote is old, the revised numbers would be 2-7 and 12-1. my favorite official is dick bavetta, i think he calls a fair, clean game.
  • it's weird how my life changes during major sports events...march madness, nba finals, olympics, etc. i don't watch movies as much and most of my posts are sports related.

  • 6-14-05 (21:01)

  • tonight's game is a perfect example of one of the many reasons i don't gamble. the over/under was 172 and in trash time there was four points scored to bring it three points over the line. i knew the pistons would cover the spread so i would have won that, but losing the over/under in trash time is the kind of thing that drives gamblers crazy.
  • despite what people might say about tonight's game the mvp was antonio mcdyess - 19 minutes, 9 (4 offensive) rebounds (third most in the game, second most on his team), 12 points (6/9), 3 steals and 2 blocks. when you have a bench player with that kind of impact on both ends of the floor and that kind of scoring efficiency you're likely going to win the game.
  • all that said, the spurs are still going to probably win the series. they're just too stacked. they have glenn robinson playing five minutes a game...this is a guy who was the number one pick and who, two years ago, averaged over 20 points a game. add brent barry and robert horry coming off the bench and i just can't see detroit pulling this one off. they're a great team, but the spurs are better.
  • vcr broke the other day.
  • updated movies list.
  • have one movie to review, will do later.

  • 6-14-05 (18:18)

  • don't know what the over/under is on the nba game tonight, but i'd take the under. also, the pistons should win by about 8-12 points.
  • over/under = 172

  • 6-13-05 (20:28)

  • getting pretty hot lately; was 95 today.
  • updated movies i own list.
  • bought a paul robeson LP today. also bought a sun ra record.

  • 6-13-05 (00:42)

  • watched the pistons suck ass today. they'll probably lose in six games. i was pretty confident before the series started that the spurs would win, but i didn't think they'd do this well.

  • 6-11-05 (19:14)

  • updated movies list.
  • updated cds i own list.
  • the deluxe edition of dj shadow's endtroducing has some pretty good quotes from "heat" on one of the tracks.
  • so i didn't hear until yesterday about anne bancroft. that's unfortunate. obviously i loved her performance in the graduate.
  • brown bunny is coming to dvd in august. after the whole 'worst movie ever at sundance' (or was it cannes?) fiasco gallo recut it and ebert ended up liking it.
  • the movies that have been coming out lately look like crap.
  • just got a call from a telemarketer. she had an indian accent and was talking about chase manhattan bank...blah blah blah. i cut her off and asked her where she was located. i repeated. she told me she was in india. i know it's a common thing to outsource this sort of stuff these days so i guessed as much, but i didn't want to assume something just because of her accent. after she confirmed that i asked her how she liked it there. she said it was okay. i asked her how things were with pakistan and she didn't understand. i repeated. eventually she understood what i was getting at and she said they were okay. i said that i knew that things were strained for a while and wasn't sure how things were now. she told me that politically they weren't very good. i guess she better understood what i was getting at by this point. i asked her why the two countries were not able to get along and she said she couldn't talk about those matters because it was a professional call. i told her i didn't want to talk about professional stuff right now. she said goodbye. it's about 930am over there right now, maybe i caught her a bit too early.

  • 6-11-05 (01:13)

  • saw jon on wednesday. he's doing pretty well. entry and exit wounds are healing quickly. it's amazing the bullet didn't hit anything. i guess it makes you appreciate life a bit more. i know i've thought about it more than usual as a result. guess that's pretty cliché and whatnot, but clichés are such for a reason. of course, saying that is a cliche itself.
  • working on catching up on my movie reviews. seen some great ones lately.
  • updated best of film list.
  • updated recommendations.
  • foot has been hurting a bit lately again. if it's not one thing it's another.

  • 6-6-05 (15:09)

  • just found out that jon, while in north carolina visiting old friends, was witness to the murder of five people. he was shot in the neck, but should recover. this fucking sucks. going to see him on wednesday. story.

  • 6-5-05 (19:20)

  • updated movies list.
  • played a good amount of basketball with meryl yesterday.
  • today i watched a couple movies and read meryl's mom's screenplay.
  • been trying to watch better movies lately since the last few weeks have been littered with crappy movies. pulp fiction and traffic the last couple days. boogie nights tonight.
  • work tomorrow and tuesday, off wednesday, working again thursday, friday and saturday.

  • 6-4-05 (18:24)

  • "Corporations based outside of the U.S. are increasingly spending big bucks to lobby the U.S. federal government, many with an eye toward weakening environmental protections. Take, for example, the London-based oil giant BP, which doled out $33 million from 1998 through mid-2004 to push its agenda in Washington, D.C. One of its key aims during that period: opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling."
  • missing the pistons/heat game right now. listening to it on the radio just isn't the same.
  • updated movies list.
  • pretty tired right now.

  • 6-1-05 (21:34)
    updated movies list.