3-31-02 (01:50)
  • i've been trying to get up before noon lately. i think it'll make my days better overall.
  • johnny, vern and i are going to go golfing sometime soon, that should be fun.
  • indiana upset oklamhoma today. i'll be able to see the championship game because it's going to be on monday.
  • the other day i woke up early enough to watch a movie before going to work. usually i wake up with only enough time to brush my teeth and get dressed, so that's progress.
  • heard that billy wilder died the other day. he made some amazing films; to say the least.
  • updated movies list.
  • watched a couple episodes of the simpsons from the first season dvd today.
  • the collector's edition of the 'lord of the rings' dvd sounds like it's going to be pretty intense...four discs, special artwork, all sorts of documentaries and extras...basically everything the hardcore fans want.
  • memento is going to be re-released on dvd...this time as a two disc set with god knows what as special features. i hate it when studios do that shit.

  • 3-27-02 (21:42)

  • went golfing yesterday for the first time in a while. played pretty well overall. got a birdie on hole 8, that was a first for me.
  • updated movies list.
  • watched part of 'the osbournes' on mtv last night. ozzy did too many drugs and the rest of the family is pathetic. ozzy's wife is an insane english elitist and their son is a teenage metal head.

  • 3-27-02 (15:53)

  • back home. took the bug into the shop before leaving and it got a tune-up. ran well on the way up here so that's encouraging. didn't get much sleep last night so i was pretty tired on the way up, but i made it alright....and in under 7 hours.
  • not too long ago i asked people to send in their desert island discs lists, but only vern sent his. i sent my list to pulse magazine and got the following response via email today: "Chris, Thanks for sending us your DID list. We'll be running it in the May issue of Pulse magazine. Tell all your friends, that way they can envy you. Take care, Chris Chandar Pulse! magazine p.s. -- enjoyed your website"
  • internet explorer is being fickle again, it's really strange.
  • i'm grateful for the fact that malcolm didn't break down on the way up here. he's a good enough car to have never left me really stranded. last time when he broke down on the way to l.a. he did so before i was even outside of davis.
  • expected to have some netflix dvds waiting for me in the mail, but there weren't any when i checked earlier so i might not watch a movie tonight.
  • having only four days of work this week will be nice.

  • 1. Beatles - Abbey Road
    2. Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
    3. Orbital - In-Sides (UK Version)
    4. Rage Against The Machine - Self-Titled
    5. Autechre - Tri Repetae ++
    6. Led Zeppelin - Houses Of The Holy
    7. 2PAC - All Eyez On Me
    8. Nirvana - Nevermind
    9. Koyaanisqatsi Soundtrack
    10. Beatles - Revolver

    3-25-02 (02:15)

  • updated movies list.
  • for a while my internet explorer wasn't working. last night i tried it and it wouldn't work, but netscape navigator would. now all of a sudden it's working again. computers show a complete lack of consistency.
  • heartbreaking kings game today.
  • jon came by today while i was on my lunch break, that was unexpected, but it was good to see him again. we talked about (among other things) how a 'w' should be called a double 'v' or possibly have it's own name and 'v' should be called half of it.
  • leaving early tomorrow so i should get some rest.
  • i'm happy that denzel washington won for best actor, he has deserved it in the past and he deserved it this time as well.
  • work was mediocre today.
  • got hit with three overdraft charges this week, that was pleasant. i think that life is naturally about struggle and subsistence, but in today's advanced society - with our advancements in technology (both in terms of organization and machinery) i believe that struggle and mere subsistence should be a thing of the past. sadly, at least for me, it is not.
  • ran into vern's cousin the other day at tower. she told me that vern needs to get a job and stop being lazy. i thought that was funny.
  • i should goto sleep before i start thinking about the fact that i'm doing nothing with my life. i'm not on my way to self-actualization, i haven't found my place in god's world, i'm not helping my fellow (wo)man, i'm not even building a plush ikea lined apartment like ed norton in fight club; instead i work like most people and earn under what most people earn and.....
  • "...the sun is not yellow, it's chicken..." bob dylan is cool.
  • reverend horton heat have a song about bales of cocaine falling from the sky and becoming a millionaire drug dealer as a result. it's funny.

  • 3-23-02 (01:20)

  • "More than 2.7 billion people will experience severe water shortages by 2025 if the world continues to consume water at the current rate, according to a U.N. report released today, which happens to be World Water Day.  The report goes on to say that another 2.5 billion may be living in areas where it will be difficult or near impossible to meet their water needs.  (Yep, two out of three people in the world could be up the creek with only a paddle, no water.)   Semi-arid regions of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa are most at risk.  Already, 1.1 billion people in the world have no access to safe drinking water.  The causes of the problem? population growth, changing weather patterns, and mismanagement of existing water resources, the report says."
  • the real problem isn't a lack of water or rainfall, it's just a matter of capturing that which does fall. i'm not averse to reusing sewer water or increasing the number of de-salinization plants.
  • "Meanwhile, drought conditions in parts of the U.S. are driving up sales of water-efficient toilets, faucets, laundry machines, dishwashers, and other appliances.  Home Depot and Sears are among the companies benefiting from consumers' itch to shift away from water guzzlers.  Sears spokesperson Larry Costello said water- and energy-efficient appliances now represent 17 percent of the company's appliance sales, compared to 10 percent a year ago.   Shoppers appear to be motivated by new drought restrictions like those in New Jersey, where residents can be fined up to $5,000 per day for violating water-use limits."
  • the debut de la soul album gets its name from a johnny cash album, i think that shows class on their part.
  • ran into my old boss from the library today. talked to her for a while about dvds, super audio cds, and life.
  • james and elanda got into a little spout today, it was funny to watch. elanda is a very picky and controlling person and james is really laid back so sometimes that doesn't work well. luckily james is the gm so i think that makes the work environment better overall.
  • "U.S. Democratic Sens. Hillary Clinton (N.Y.) and Harry Reid (Nev.) yesterday proposed creating a national tracking system to monitor both chronic diseases and environmental pollution so that any correlations between the two could be more easily identified and studied.  Last year, the two senators held hearings in Fallon, Nev., which is home to a cluster of childhood leukemia cases, and Long Island, N.Y., which is home to an above-average rate of breast cancer.  Clinton said, "Whether these clusters are actual or perceived, the rates of chronic diseases in our country is, unfortunately, rising.  And we don't know why."  The findings of the proposed tracking system would be made public through a national environmental health report."
  • surprised they don't have something like that already.
  • updated movies list.
  • rained today. there are some trees in downtown davis which have bright white flowers and remind me of the cherry blossoms during spring in D.C. i think davis has good potential, but i think the mandatory rising of the school population will become the city's demise.
  • going down to la on monday, will be back on wednesday assuming the bug makes it.
  • good onion article about teachers mocking a student.
  • gotta get some sleep.

  • 3-22-02 (01:17)

  • thursdays go by as slowly as wednesdays go by quickly.
  • have amadeus and easy rider on dvd to watch sometime.
  • i'm not a very exciting person. i like watching a lot of movies and listening to music. those are mostly activities that aren't very social. i think going to school so far from home had an adverse effect on my already lacking social skills.
  • i'd like to read an essay, or short book, on the effects of commuting on our culture. from how it contributes to the lack of community in our culture, to the environmental effects. i think it's become a large enough part of our society to write a book on it and to address it as a serious problem.
  • one woman on politically incorrect today said that the past CAFE standards didn't really help us get off the oil. she cited statistics about increased commuting (both in number of people/cars and in miles driven per day) since the last change in CAFE standards and said that since then the amount of oil we use has increased dramatically, adding that "when something gets more efficient people use more of it." i'll let you figure out for yourself why she's so retarded.
  • was looking at the sports scores today and saw some great news - duke was defeated by indiana and as i was raising my arms in excitement i read onto the part about ucla losing to missouri. shucks. arizona also lost. i think oregon will win.
  • i guess the big news of the day is the campaign finance reform that passed today. even though it probably won't do that much in actuality, i think it's good on a symbolic level. maybe people are starting to be heard on this issue.
  • i'd like to own and run a business of my own.
  • so what'cha want is one of my favorite music videos of all time.
  • i agree with johnny about bjork being annoying sometimes.
  • listened to a couple of great, but recently neglected, records today - rage against the machine's debut and beastie boys' check your head.
  • the DVD format has been a great example of marketing. when dvds first came out the average new release disc cost somewhere in the high $24 range, now, five years later, new release dvds cost around 21 bucks. all the while catalog titles (from the great escape to casablanca) have gone down in cost and usually cost 10-15 bucks. whereas CDs are more costly, especially when comparing catalog titles. some vendors try to have a consistent supply of cheap catalog titles, but for the most part older cds remain at the 'regular' price of 18.99. so when you have a new cd come out which is on sale for 13.99 or 14.99 then you are in a sense accenting the fact that the other titles are disproportionately overpriced. what's more is that one purpose of a sale is to bring people into the store in the hope that they will purchase other titles, but if most of the catalog titles are overpriced then they won't bother. this whole problem is made even more prevalent with the burgeoning of mp3s. further, as one journalist pointed out, to pay 20 bucks for a movie which cost millions of dollars makes a lot more sense than to pay 20 bucks for a catalog title by crosby, stills, nash and young.
  • word on the street is that traffic is going to be re-released with all sorts of features and commentary. that's one thing about dvd that can sometimes be a drag...when they come out with the movie without features and then a few months later come out with a collector's edition with tons of commentary and features. they're going to do that with lord of the rings and i think that sucks. they know they can get away with it though because so many people are big fans. the hardcore fans won't be able to wait for the second version to come out so they'll buy the first one and then when the other one with all the features comes out they'll buy that one too. movie studios do have the advantage of not having to rely on revenues from dvd sales so they have that advantage over the music industry, but i still feel that the music industry is mostly screwing consumers over. dvd-a might be a good chance for artists to include commentary, pictures, videos, etc. in order to pay back the consumer for their support; it's also better audio quality. all told there are plenty of possibilities for the music and movie industry in the next couple years...it should be interesting how each try to combat pirating, demand for cheaper product, etc.
  • "An enormous section of Antarctica's Larsen Ice Shelf collapsed and splintered into thousands of icebergs this week after one of the region's warmest recorded summers.  The section, designated Larsen B, was 650 feet thick and about the size of Rhode Island.  Although scientists stopped short of attributing the collapse to global warming, they did say the area disintegrated with astounding rapidity and noted that it had survived 12,000 years of natural climate change before human activity began altering the environment.  Temperatures in the Antarctic Peninsula, where the ice shelf is located, have been gradually increasing for 50 years, and the area is considered an early indicator of the impacts of global warming.  In 1995, the northernmost part of the shelf, Larsen A, collapsed in a similar event; the shelf is now about 40 percent of its original size."
  • "In 1986, it rained for three weeks straight in Midland, Mich., headquarters of Dow Chemical Corp.  A wastewater containment facility at a Dow plant on the banks of the Tittabawassee River overflowed, and waste from the plant was carried downstream into the Saginaw flood plain.  In 1995, Michigan began finding elevated levels of dioxins -- chemicals that have been linked to cancer, birth defects, and disruption of hormone and immune systems -- in area fields, playgrounds, and residential neighborhoods.  In some cases, the levels were as high as 7,200 parts per trillion; the residential cleanup standard in Michigan is 90 ppt.  Dow denies that the plant, which at various times has produced mustard gas, Agent Orange, napalm, and pesticides, is the source of the dioxins.  Even more alarming, the state Department of Environmental Quality dragged its feet in releasing information about the testing, and only did so after a whistleblower provided information on contamination sites and levels to Michigan environmental groups."
  • "Maybe President Bush can learn a thing or two about environmental policy during his visit today to Monterrey, Mexico's third-largest city and home to an innovative program to turn rotting garbage into electricity.  The city government is working with a local energy company to construct an electricity plant at the Salinas Victoria Landfill; the plant will turn methane produced by decomposing organic waste into energy, which will then be sold to local municipalities at 10 to 15 percent below the market rate.  The project will be the first of its kind in Latin America, and its proponents say it has tremendous promise for impoverished and off-the-grid regions.  Such regions are prime candidates for methane-based electricity generation, because the majority of trash from these areas is organic."

  • 3-21-02(00:38)

  • work went by quickly, like it does every wednesday.
  • updated movies list.
  • i don't have a very good memory and that can get annoying.
  • haven't gotten much sleep the last couple nights so i'm going to bed on the early side today.

  • 3-20-02 (02:03)

  • spent most of the day hanging out with johnny.
  • not getting the tv apparently. oh well.
  • updated movies list.
  • vern has a girlfriend now.
  • tomorrow is my early day.
  • went to sacramento and listened to one of the two pairs of speakers i'm thinking about getting.
  • watched a show on the learning channel about urban legends.
  • lakers lost today so that should put the kings in first place.
  • rode johnny's new bike today. it has clipless pedals and i've never riden with those before. they take a little getting used to since you can't just lift your foot off the pedal, but since your feet are locked onto the pedals it becomes more efficient on the upstroke. nice overall, but only a consideration for people who do plenty of biking.
  • a young girl died because a puck bounced off another person and then struck her in the head. that seems a pretty big longshot...it was hit by the guy taking the shot, was deflected by a defenseman's stick, bounced off another spectator and then struck the girl in the head. a couple days later she died, despite having walked away from the injury.
  • i have to sleep.

  • 3-19-02 (01:57)

  • johnny came over and we watched a movie. then he left and melanie went to bed and i watched another movie. updated movieslist. more than half the movies i've seen this year are new to me so that's good, but i haven't seen very many old films this year...yet. i added about 60 movies to my netflix queue today and the bulk of them are "classics."
  • i should listen to the newest red hot chili peppers album more.
  • i should make more mix minidiscs.
  • there's a good reason 'under the bridge' was so popular.
  • talked to my dad today about netflix, ucla, sarah, and teaching. will call my mom tomorrow.
  • probably going to fry's electronics with johnny early tomorrow.
  • the reason i don't know if i got the tv or not is because on thursday night i looked at the tv on a website and even went so far as to put it in my online shopping cart and fill out my bank card information, but elected to wait until later to actually purchase it. when i went back to the site the next night the tv was no longer on the site. i checked my shopping cart and apparently i lucked out and the cookie hadn't expired, so the tv was still ready to be purchased in my shopping cart. so on friday night i went ahead and got it. but since it wasn't on the website anymore there's a good chance they had run out of them (it was a limited time clearance special). i wrote them an email today and they replied later saying that "we have had to contact a third party for resolution." sounds to me like they don't have the tv and i'll be s.o.l., but they want to let me down lightly. guess i missed my chance.
  • "One day after declining to support tougher fuel-efficiency standards, the Senate yesterday voted down a measure that would have required 20 percent of the nation's electricity to be produced from wind, solar, and other renewable energy sources by 2020.  Currently, less than 2 percent of U.S. electricity comes from renewable resources.  The measure that could have changed all that, which was sponsored by Jim Jeffords (I-Vt.), was defeated by a disheartening 70 votes to 29. Opponents claimed it would have caused dramatic increases in the price of electricity.  Advocates remain optimistic that the Senate will pass a less ambitious proposal for 10 percent of U.S. electricity to be generated by renewables."
  • once again both senators from california as well as hilliary clinton were on the losing side in favor of the environmentally friendly measure. i'm glad that feinstein and boxer have been decidedly pro-environment on the last few votes i've been tracking. other notables for this measure include both senators from ma (kerry and kennedy), feingold, lieberman and tom daschle. oddly strom thurmond, jesse helms, orrin hatch and trent lott were on the other side of the issue.
  • "After months of internal debate, the Bush administration has decided (surprise, surprise) to replace pollution lawsuits with voluntary incentives to encourage coal-powered utilities and oil refineries to clean up their acts, according to U.S. EPA officials.  The Clinton administration sued dozens of the country's worst polluting power plants for violating New Source Review rules, which require that companies install state-of-the-art pollution controls when upgrading power their facilities.  Energy behemoths like Southern Co. launched a huge lobbying effort to stop the lawsuits and gave millions of dollars to Republican political campaigns.  The Bush administration is expected to announce its formal plan to revamp the rules in the next few weeks."
  • "After months of internal debate, the Bush administration has decided (surprise, surprise) to replace pollution lawsuits with voluntary incentives to encourage coal-powered utilities and oil refineries to clean up their acts, according to U.S. EPA officials.  The Clinton administration sued dozens of the country's worst polluting power plants for violating New Source Review rules, which require that companies install state-of-the-art pollution controls when upgrading power their facilities.  Energy behemoths like Southern Co. launched a huge lobbying effort to stop the lawsuits and gave millions of dollars to Republican political campaigns.  The Bush administration is expected to announce its formal plan to revamp the rules in the next few weeks."
  • found out last week that tower does business with facets.com so i should be able to buy any title they have in their vast catalog of rarities. hopefully in the coming months i'll be able to whittle down our dvd collection to a point that allows more ambitious purchasing i.e., get it to the point where i can go out on a limb and start buying more indie and foreign films.
  • i've seen the searchers twice and wasn't impressed at all either time, but i decided yesterday to put it in my netflix queue and give it another try. since it's so well liked by people whose opinions i respect i shall give it one last chance....this time i promise not to fall asleep.
  • i discussed A.I. with matthew the other day when i ran into him at work. he said he liked it because he felt it tried to be more, and better, than the usual hollywood drivel and i conceded that point and could see where he was coming from, but i felt that the ending of that movie failed so miserably that it wiped out the fact that the rest of the movie was actually pretty good. he said i shouldn't place so much meaning in the ending. i said i'd think it over. to me the ending of a movie can make or break the movie. naturally, though, the ending is contingent upon that which has preceded it. take hurricane for example...it has a fairly corny touchy feely ending. had i not felt for the characters involved then the rather regular tear jerker ending would have been more hollywood trite bullshit which would have gone down the toilet with my nightly dump. an even better example might be magnolia...i think that most people who watch the film seriously are able to connect with the characters and feel for them in some genuine sense, if not then the end is just bizarre and probably obnoxious, but for those who connect with the characters the ending is really powerful. in A.I. i didn't really feel very much for the characters (and even if i had the film's ending would have killed it for me). but i do feel that had it ended about 15 minutes earlier (with the camera backing away while osment is begging for his mom at the bottom of the sea) then it would have made all the difference to me - it would have been an homage to kafka's "before the law," it would have been been true, intelligent, poignant, far more touching, and not the sing-songy fairy tale that it ended up becoming. that being said, simply "trying," as matt put it isn't enough, especially for someone as obviously talented as spielberg. e.t. was a real piece of work, the indiana jones trilogy (soon to be four parts) was excellent, saving private ryan was amazing, and so was empire of the sun. no, for spielberg, and those anywhere near him, i hold the bar much higher. it's really frustrating sometimes when i see a movie that has it so right up to a point and then loses its guts at the end. i suppose you could say that a.i. succeeded in one sense - it has evoked all sorts of feelings despite having seen it only once 8 months ago.
  • i hope the bug can make the trip back up to davis. i'll change the oil before i leave, but that's not really going to make a big difference in terms of the likelihood to break down.
  • a train passed by while i was on my way back home today. i got up real close to it while it was going by and just marveled at the machinery and size of it. i like trains quite a bit more since i crashed on one.
  • on a related note - if you are ever nervous about riding a train somewhere just take vern or me with you; since we've already been on a train that's derailed we are essentially immune to further train disasters. i can't speak for vern, but i would be willing to accompany you wherever your train travels take you - for modest compensation of course.
  • back when i used to work at the theater and i saw the poster for "ice age" i thought it was a throwaway movie. turns out that in three days it's earned 48 million bucks. it really is about targeting the kids these days...titantic, britney spears, take your pick all of them cater to the young audience.
  • it's a pretty interesting phenomenon we have with kids having so much excess money, so much purchasing power. with the teenagers they have the money themselves and with the pre-teens it's more about them dragging their families with them to toy story, ice age, monsters inc., etc. i'm not really making a judgment on the quality of these movies, i liked toy story and heard really good things about monsters inc., but it's just interesting to ponder the reasons behind this apparent shift in economic power. i wonder if there are any stats out there regarding the total purchasing power of teens compared to that of blacks in america. i wouldn't doubt it if the figures were relatively close. additionally there is the fact that teens are more likely to spend whatever cash they do have, much more so than any other segment of the population; i would posit. seeing as people under 18 can't vote and have fewer rights than those afforded to "adults" it might be fitting for teens to have power in this new sense. however i doubt this power is actually present considering the control the media has on a child almost from the moment they pop out of the womb. so though there may be a newfound power in the under 18 population it's unlikely it will ever be realized or wielded in any real manner since mobilizing teens is left strictly to advertisers. when i worked at the theater i talked to one young girl who got a few hundred bucks a month as her allowance. what, besides stay current with fashion and pop music would she do with this excess money? having done the math i calculated that she'd either have to take up a hobby such as fixing up a 1967 beetle or start a drug habit. seeing as there has been no marked increase in beetle restoration projects in recent years, whereas drug use has risen dramatically in the teen age group i might assume that people like her have chosen to take up the latter hobby.
  • the ramifications aside, it is also interesting to conjecture as to the origin of this seemingly new wealth for this sector of the population. obviously it's coming primarily from parents. a) why are parents showering kids with so much money these days? b) what does this say about our culture? seeing as i have to wake up early tomorrow i shall retreat to my bed.
  • 03:45.

  • 3-18-02 (01:20)

  • the big news for the day is that i was right about UCLA...gadzuric scored over 20 and UCLA won. granted it took two overtime periods to settle the matter, but they beat cincinnati today. wish i could have seen the game.
  • guess i've been out of the loop for a while...discovered today that there are cd writers out there that write at 24x. 80 gig hard drives are 90 bucks. it's getting to the point where you can get a gig for every buck you spend. that's literally a thousand times cheaper than it was 5 years ago.
  • work was long today.
  • michael moore's new movie is in post-production, but i read one review of it already so hopefully it comes out this year.
  • johnny makes good milkshakes.
  • i eat out a lot these days because cooking isn't all it's cracked up to be.
  • gotta sleep.

  • 3-17-02 (02:26)

  • "Predicting anything about UCLA is always dangerous in March, especially in light of the way they walloped Ole Miss, but the Bruins have played soft all year and will get muscled out of the tourney by Cincinnati." - Seth Davis of sports illustrated. he's right about the first half and i was right in saying that they would either win big or lose big in the first game of the tourney...they won by 22. ucla is such a weird team, they can beat kansas by ten when kansas was ranked third in the nation and they can lose to ball state by 18. it's just a question of which team will show up. gadzuric scores 20 and they win the game.
  • tomorrow is my friday so that's nice.
  • updated movies list.
  • i guess i'm in a fantasy baseball league with johnny and his brother's marauders. it should be interesting to see who doubles my score first. i spent a total of 5 minutes looking at my team today. i haven't heard of half the players i have so that's pretty funny.
  • we had two loss prevention agents at tower today. when alex came in i told him that their goal for the day was to catch three shoplifters (in a typical month loss prevention will catch 5 or 6 shoplifters). alex caught two and the other guy didn't catch anyone. that made for a pretty exciting day overall. the first one to get caught was this kid who tried to steal an ICP (insane clown posse) cd. when his dad came into the back office he was cursing up a storm and telling us that he wasn't going to pay the $250 fine and such. he was ranting and raving and ended up hitting his kid, i didn't see it, but i heard a slap and assumed that he his his son in the face; alex later confirmed this. the father swore he was going to sell his the kid's bike, playstation, and other wordly possessions to pay for the fine. i felt bad for the kid.
  • james gave me access to the tower help website so i can search inventory and sales history for any store in the US. i can also place orders through the website now. it's a pretty sweet hook up considering he's not even supposed to have it, but his friend at the corporate office hooked him up.
  • ran into matthew weinberg at tower today. we talked music and movies for a bit. he told me that he had decided to quit kdvs and for mostly the same reasons as me - elitism and aversion to anything mainstream are not flattering qualities, but are ones prevalent at the station.
  • had some apple pie and french vanilla ice cream today. also had two ham sandwiches with tomato and avocado. food is as good as sleep.

  • 3-16-02 (03:16)

  • updated movies list. there are some movies that seem to have complete control of my emotions...paths of glory is the first one that comes to mind. it really strings my along throughout the film, when kubrick wants me up he has me there, when he wants me depressed i'm right there and he does it all through a film like that. i'll have to watch that one again some time.
  • i wish the big one and roger and me were on dvd. i wish the same for a lot of the classics not yet released on dvd...back to the future, indiana jones, grapes of wrath...
  • some lady came up to me while i was at work and asked me "do you know the album by oscar peterson, or maybe another black jazz guy, with that other guy..." i gave her the back of my hand and returned to pricing.
  • there was a time when i didn't really have much music that i felt like listening to, now i have a stack of about 20 cds that i want to listen to. one reason i like hip-hop is that if it's done well you can get the experience of a few different genres of music within a single album. you can have hip-hop, jazz, rock, world, and classical all on the same album. wyclef does that well.
  • reverend horton heat was on conan tonight. they performed well. i like them and jon spencer blues explosion.
  • american beauty has some pretty classic tracks within the movie, but not necessarily on the soundtrack.
  • i think i bought a tv today, not really sure though.
  • might have my work schedule changed in the next couple weeks...an old supervisor decided he wanted to work again.
  • started using audiogalaxy today...pretty simple program, and is thus limited, but it still beats the stupid version of morpheus. not sure what the idiots at morpheus were thinking.
  • the netflix website is well thought out.
  • ate at togo's today.
  • listened to ocean colour scene, dexter romweber, velvet underground, jimi hendrix, bob dylan, the beatles, and will probably fall asleep listening to the orb.
  • going to bed.

  • 3-15-02 (02:12)

  • "A proposal to increase Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency standards for vehicles by 50 percent over the next 13 years was effectively voted down 62 to 38 in the Senate yesterday, to the delight of automakers and dismay of environmentalists.  The Senate instead approved an industry-backed measure that would give the Bush administration two more years to study the economic and safety implications of changing CAFE standards.  Senators also voted (56 to 44) to exempt pickup trucks from any future changes to mileage standards. Opponents of tougher CAFE standards argued that Congress should not dictate what kind of cars people can drive; supporters noted that the measure would save up to 2.5 billion barrels of oil a day, about the amount the U.S. imports from the Middle East.  CAFE standards have not been raised since 1985; meanwhile, average fuel efficiency has been falling for years due to the popularity of gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles."
  • mccain was one of the few republicans to vote on the 38 side, both senators from CA were also for cleaner vehicles. both also voted against the amendment which exempted pickup trucks from any future standards.  it really is sad that something like that can't pass especially when it stands to help save so much oil...which is the reason bush wants to drill in alaska, so he says.
  • received and viewed my first netflix dvd today. they have a shipping warehouse in west sacramento so the dvds will get here really quickly which is nice. updated movies list. a lot of the music for the last of the mohicans sounded like the score for fargo.
  • gonzaga lost today, that's unfortunate. i thought usc had a better team than they showed today, oh well.
  • i look for ucla to either choke tomorrow or slaughter mississippi tomorrow.
  • it's too bad arizona state didn't make it to the tourney, i thought they had a good team.

  • 3-14-02 (01:33)

  • "If the president of Senegal has his way, the West African nation could one day be home to a model eco-town that mitigates the problems caused by both poverty and environmental degradation. The project is the brainchild of architect Nader Khalili, who pioneered a construction method known as "Superadobe," in which sand and barbed wire are used to build beehive-shaped homes.  The houses are flood-, hurricane-, and earthquake-proof, take advantage of solar and wind energy, and do not rely on timber for structural support -- a critical factor for developing nations facing severe deforestation. Senegal, which was hit hard by floods in January, plans to approach the World Bank or the European Union to help fund the innovative eco-town."
  • ran into a few girls asking for money on a street corner today...they were asking for money to fund their trip to africa to build schools and engage in other worthwhile activities. they weren't part of any faith based organization so that was reason enough for me to try to help them out. rather than give them cash i offered my employee discount at tower if they were in need of portable cd cases, batteries, or anything else they might need for the road.
  • exit planet dust comes off sounding like a mix album.
  • johnny and meredith came over tonight. johnny is the loudest friend i have. i'm mostly a quiet person.
  • actually elanda might be the loudest friend i have, but johnny is a close second and makes up for it with the variety of ways in which he makes noise. with elanda it's just shrieking and yelling, but with johnny it's jumping around, yelling, bouncing off the walls, etc. meredith seems pretty quiet compared to johnny.
  • the sky was really beautiful today during my lunch break...then 20 minutes later it started to hail.
  • going to watch jay and silent bob with johnny on monday.  i remember it being a funny movie, especially if you are familiar with kevin smith.
  • started thinking about converting to a mac the other day, but johnny talked me out of it. i like the simplicity of the new imac, but i'm a lot more familiar with ibms.
  • it would be nice to make more money.
  • i should try to sell the rest of my VHS movies.
  • signed up for netflix...have three dvds on their way already. it'll be nice to get more variety in my movie viewing. lately i've only been watching relatively new movies a) because i don't own very many old ones b) because at work we only get promos for new releases.
  • got a couple more magazines for luke and ryan today.
  • people don't seem to dig on the selected ambient works II by aphex twin, but in some ways i like it a lot more. the first one (85-92) has gotten a little old for me.
  • roger waters, in a recent interview, said that it was pretty hard to write lyrics like "breathe, breathe in the air" because on paper it sounds so corny. so is it that the begining of that album, which includes those lyrics, has never sounded corny to me at all? if it was some dc talk song i would have laughed, but coming from pink floyd and within the context of the rest of the album it works to support themes i relate to.
  • art and one's affinity for certain pieces thereof is such an arbitrary mess that it makes talking about it quite a drag sometimes. to me it seems almost meaningless to argue about art in technical terms (use of negative space in sculpture or painting, chordal progression in music, etc.) and when discussing art simply in artistic (non-technical) terms it's agreed that that is more arbitrary than the former. what i mean to say is...just as i believe history isn't really progressing towards one point i don't think art is defined in a greater sense as good or bad by any real rules. i think that we have evolved ("evolve" doesn't necessarily mean towards a rational end, but rather the mere unfolding of history as haphazardly as the power structures that create it)  the science of art in a mostly arbitrary way and thus to argue a band's worth on those merits is almost as arbitrary as if one were to judge a band based merely on their emotional response. i suppose that the argument to all this might be that studying art isn't about trying define what makes art great, but rather about trying to find ways to understand and discuss it. maybe it's more about developing a vocabulary and tools for understanding how parts function. "euphony in poetry functions to... or syncopation in music functions to..." that, i suppose, is understandable. but what happens to those who aren't equipped with the vocabulary? if you've ever tried to discuss music with someone who knows a lot about music and happens to be a bit of an elitist then you know what can happen....your favorite band becomes run of the mill, technically simple, and not as good as their predecessors x, y, and z. chalk that up as an unfortunate side effect, i suppose. what about our undying desire to explain everything in our universe? does knowing how a piece of art was made make it more or less enjoyable? does knowing how a tree goes from a seed to a tree make it more spectacular or more calculated and thus mundane? is the person with infinite wisdom more happy with life than the completely ignorant person? is it better to know the whys and hows of everything or, like a child, to question everything from the ant crawling vertically up a wall to the presence of the moon and stars? i think there's something to be said about both. perhaps that is what many avant-garde artists are conveying...here you have an established artist, classically trained in his/her own art form, let's say jazz...coltrane can play the most complex of compositions and has worked with the greatest artists of his time and rather than continuing in their tradition he resorts to complete atonality in a sense shunning all that has been established and trying to be as unaffected and innocent of form and the past as possible. in a lot of ways unlearning is the more difficult part and, i think, should be praised. just ask daryl strawberry who learned to take drugs and have sex with whomever he wanted. it's taken him more than half his life to unlearn that stuff.
  • if i ever become a teacher i think one of the things i'm going to say the first day is that a lot of what i'm going to do throughout the course is try to make them unlearn things.

  • 3-13-02 (01:37)

  • work is at 9am tomorrow. i know i won't be able to go to sleep until later so i don't even try until at least 2am.
  • yahoo has some really annoying ads these days...they pop up and obscure whatever it is you're trying to read or look at.
  • lakers destroyed the hornets...41 points and mostly with defense, that's the scary thing.
  • i feel bad for daryl strawberry.
  • the first de la soul album is really good, and just the kind of hip-hop i enjoy.
  • updated movies list.
  • talked with my sister tonight.
  • got the newest all music guide today.
  • updated moviesiown list.
  • updated cdlist.
  • it's really intriguing to see and hear what other people think our future might turn out to be.
  • haven't watched very many movies this year. heard about netflix from a couple different people and it seems that it's a lot better than it was a couple years ago when i first checked them out. they have a deal where you can get as many dvds as you want for $20 a month. i might look into that so i'll have an easier way to keep up with my movie watching for a relatively cheap price.

  • 3-12-02 (02:30)

  • my back still hurts quite a bit. really not sure why. would have liked to have gotten more done today, but couldn't. that's a drag.
  • updated movies list.
  • hopefully things are better tomorrow so i can make good use of my time here on earth.

  • 3-11-02 (01:48)

  • i remember laughing at george bush when early in his presidency he smiled and revealed to us that the cold war was over. he said it with a grin and bobbed his head as if he was exceedingly proud of himself for discovering something that we had known for ten years. but only recently did i discover why he was grinning while imparting this knowledge to us - the every time he said those words in the back of his vacant head he was thinking "yeah, but not for long!" and just this week the american public was clued in - we are now ready and willing to use nuclear weapons on a handful of nations. so i guess it was foolish of me to think that bush was such a moron the whole time he was talking about the cold war being over, because as it turns out it was just foreshadowing his long term goals - return to reagan era policy; something bill simon and others might have you believe is a good thing.
  • gonzaga kinda got shafted in the ncaa seeding. on the one hand they were ranked number 6 in the nation, on the other they played only three top 25 teams during the whole season and only one of which was on the top 25 at the end of the season (illinois), which happened to be the team that gave them their first loss of the season. they also stand to play arizona in the second round of the tourney so they've got a tough test relatively early.
  • from what i've seen the pac-10 has a good chance of having four teams in the sweet 16.
  • work was pretty lame today.
  • my back hurt pretty bad today, at least this time it was my upper back.
  • some idiot dropped over $1500 on paul mccartney tickets today. i was looking through the visa stubs and saw the receipt for fifteen hundred bucks and it made me sad....6 tickets for $1500. i suppose that's not as bad as tickets to a laker or kings game, but it's still insane.

  • 3-10-02 (01:08)

  • tomorrow is my friday.
  • "Thumbing its nose at a reputation for endless rain, Oregon is poised to become the first state to boast solar panels on its capitol building.  Next month, about 850 square feet of photovoltaic (PV) panels will be installed on the west wing of the capitol, generating an average of 7.8 kilowatts -- sufficient electricity to power the four floodlights that illuminate the 23-foot-tall Golden Pioneer statue gracing the top of the building.  Although primarily a symbolic move, the project reflects a genuine commitment to solar energy in Oregon, one of the first states to offer tax credits for investing in PV systems.  The solar installation is the brainchild of Christopher Dymond, a state energy analyst, and is being bankrolled by Portland General Electric to the tune of 60 grand."
  • one of these days i'd like to have a house and have solar panels on the roof. when i get them installed i'll be sure to tell the installers to point the panels towards the sun.
  • brimful of ahsa is probably the worst song on that particular cornershop album.
  • elanda got the car smog checked today and also got the title transferred at the dmv. i'll miss the car. i have it for another two weeks and then it's bye bye. lots of great memories with that car. in a lot of ways it was the perfect car for me...small, but plenty of space, good gas mileage, good looking, cheap, and practical. it wasn't as fun to drive as my dad's cabriolet and didn't have as much pep as a lot of other cars, but it was stylish and perfect for the trip. i'm referring to it in the past tense as if it no longer exists...in two weeks it'll only be a fond memory.
  • shannon, at work, was being pretty stupid today. still work has been ten times better since paris left.
  • india.arie was good on snl today. like the tina fey/jimmy fallon team for the weekend update.
  • the dvd section at work is finally starting to take shape. there's still a ways to go, but in a couple months i hope to have a steady flow of good product.
  • rained today.
  • the onion is one of the last sane media institutions. Bush Calls On Business Leaders To Create 500,000 Shitty Jobs By 2003.
  • "Dog Chastised For Acting Like Dog SACRAMENTO, CAŚ Obeying the instincts bred into him by millions of years of evolution, Shiner, a 2-year-old golden retriever, incurred his owner's wrath Monday by acting like a dog. "Stop barking at that damn squirrel!" Terri Solanis shouted at the dog. "Can't you sit still for five minutes?" Solanis has previously scolded Shiner for sniffing feces encountered on the sidewalk, licking his own groin, and wolfing down his food."
  • i should sleep.

  • 3-9-02 (01:41)

  • watched politically incorrect tonight. michael moore was the only guest worth mentioning. one lady was disagreeing with michael and kept telling him that he was "so out of touch with the american people." that's a funny thing to say to the person who has authored two best selling books and was consistently getting a good deal more applause than anyone else on the show.
  • went to eat out today.
  • work was long today.
  • it really is too bad that our economy is so fundamentally antithetical to our morals.
  • i have an alanis morissette song stuck in my head. read another interview of her's...she's about as psycho as anne heche.
  • despite the fact that a lot of the foreign and lesser known art films that i've gotten on dvd for tower lately haven't been selling, there are examples of some really good movies selling pretty well. great escape and the good, the bad, and the ugly are the ones that come to mind most readily. both were selling for only 10 bucks on dvd so we sold out of them pretty quickly.

  • 3-8-02 (01:16)

  • luke came by tower today, didn't know he was in davis. i think he came there to look at the porn magazines.
  • updated cdlist.
  • updated moviesiown list.
  • "How's this for a good way to scare up a few votes?  As debate heats up in the Senate over the energy bill, the White House criticized the Democratic proposal, saying a provision mandating more fuel-efficient vehicles would result in -- heaven forbid! -- smaller cars and -- huh? -- more traffic deaths.  In a message to congressional leaders, the White House said the fuel-efficiency proposal "would contribute to many thousands of additional passenger fatalities and injuries" by requiring smaller and lighter cars.  Supporters of stricter fuel-efficiency standards dismissed the White House statement as fear-mongering, saying that improvements could be made without shrinking vehicle size or imperiling lives.  Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass), who wrote the fuel-economy plan, called the criticisms "hysterical distortion" and "scare tactics" promoted by the auto industry. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and a handful of other Republican senators seem poised to sign on to a version of Kerry's proposal, which would represent the first significant increase in fuel-efficiency standards since the 1980s."
  • so far as i know cars like the civic and the camry are plenty safe yet adequately effiecient at the same time. why is it that people can be so stupid?
  • wish i had a better memory.

  • 3-7-02 (02:32)

  • took a long nap today.
  • saw the last 15 minutes of "end of days" looked really stupid. bad acting, poor script, used biblical themes, but didn't seem to deal with them intelligently. the action scenes were predictable despite only watching a few minutes and reading the info blurb that comes with digital cable.
  • rent is going up next year, but that's the norm in davis. i don't think it's actually possible to keep davis small. uc davis is required by the state to admit a certain percentage of the california population and at the same time the city doesn't want to grow in size. it's just unrealistic and i don't see how a practical solution could be reached.
  • i think i had heard this before, but i was reminded of it yesterday - students living on the davis campus don't technically live in davis and therefore aren't allowed to vote in davis city elections. i should find out whether that is a fact or just a rumor, but i seem to remember hearing it from a couple different sources. if it's true then that's pretty messed up.
  • put in an order for ocean's 11 today. that should sell well. simpsons season 2 dvd is coming out on june 4th. it's going to be 4 dvds this time and will have director commentary on every episode; seems really cool.
  • still no real word on the new rage against the machine band, but i did hear that they have a name (civilian) for it. also no word on the new dj shadow album. last i heard it was slated for june.
  • need to sleep.

  • 3-5-02 (22:37)

  • updated movies list.
  • listened to the reagan cd i got the other day. he was a funny story teller, he was also a pretty stupid person. seems he did more to reverse the new deal progress than any other president. he also used a lot of the same jokes over and over.
  • yesterday i went shopping with johnny. he rode around on the little electric gimp cart while i pushed a regular cart along side him. we played bumper carts most of the night.
  • went speaker shopping today and checked out three different models of speakers. did a lot of driving around sacramento today.
  • i didn't end up voting for any of the winners in the election today. although a couple of the measures/proposistions i wanted seem to have gone though.
  • haven't really listened to the beastie boys lately so i decided to listen to paul's boutique tonight. anyone who really pays attention to the layering of that album - both musically and lyrically - has to be impressed. it's so much more complex than anything mainstream these days. only dj shadow gets close in terms of sampling while still maintaining listenability.

  • 3-5-02 (02:36)

  • here's a great site breaking down probably the best hip-hop album of all time. http://www.moire.com/beastieboys/samples/songs.html
  • i miss being on the road traveling the country.
  • cleaned up my room a bit today and got rid of some crap i don't need.
  • hope to do a lot of things tomorrow, should set my alarm so i'll get up at a reasonable time.
  • kings lost today.
  • gonzaga won.
  • morpheus is lame nowadays.
  • march madness is coming up soon, that should be fun.

  • 3-4-02 (16:44)

  • kobe bryant is a stupid person.

  • 3-4-02 (01:37)

  • work was about the usual today.
  • went over to border's and visited jon there. apparently he does still work there and so we went out for some lunch and caught up.
  • had part of a strokes song stuck in my head last night and couldn't go to sleep because of it. i've had all sorts of songs stuck in my head before, but never has it prevented me from sleeping. i'm not going to put strokes in the playstock at work any time soon and i certainly won't be listening to it on my own time. for some reason it's started to rub me the wrong way lately. it's unlike anything i've ever experienced.
  • blackalicious on the other hand is rubbing me right these days.
  • haven't gotten a credit card bill in a while. i'll just ignore it and assume that i'm debt free.
  • last night i decided to listen to a discarded cd which i wasn't able to sell back. turned out to be pretty good so i might hang on to it. it's the witchman 2cd 'heavy traffic' album.
  • i might be addicted to buying music.
  • checked out 'programmed to love,' by bent and decided i like that one so that's what i'm listening to right now.
  • going to speaker shop on tuesday.
  • i should get to sleep so i can be productive tomorrow.

  • 3-3-02 (01:49)

  • this work week has gone by pretty quickly. tomorrow is my friday.
  • i hear that hubble is getting a considerable upgrade. that's pretty nifty. science is really cool for a hobby...on the one hand i liked being in science classes because i was always learning new and fascinating things, but on the other hand it was a lot of information to be tested on and since i've never been one for studying i wasn't ever able to do very well in the classes.""If you had two fireflies six feet apart in Tokyo, Hubble's vision with ACS will be so fine that it will be able to tell from Washington that they were two different fireflies instead of one," says Holland Ford, professor of astronomy in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at The Johns Hopkins University and leader of the team that built the ACS over a five-year period. Ford thinks there's an outside chance that the ACS might even be powerful enough to obtain "direct evidence" - i.e., an image of some type - of planets in other, nearby solar systems. Although planets have been detected around many stars, all of them have been inferred through the gravitational wobbles they impart to their stars, rather than detected through a direct image of the planets themselves. "I think that there is a chance" we'll be able to directly image a planet, says Ford, clearly tantalized by the prospect. "It's going to be difficult, for sure, but we're going to try it.""
  • updated cdlist. updated moviesiown list.
  • got a ronald reagan cd yesterday. it's titled "well....there you go again! the humor that shaped america." i'm hoping that it'll show how truly insane he was.
  • besides the free promos i get at work i get the opportunity to buy back cds from people in need of cash or just wanting to unload excess albums. the reason this is nice is because it's a cheap and easy way to get some of the older titles that we don't have promos for or are more expensive when purchased new. also, since only supervisors do cd buys i'm one of the few people who has the first shot at incoming product.
  • james told me that the supervisor raises should be going through pretty soon so that'll be pretty sweet.
  • the new alanis morissette album is surprisingly well done. i particularly enjoy tracks 3, 4 and 8. she's really an amazing artist. oh, and bush is a great guy. i read an interview with alanis and she seems to mention quite a bit about how intellectual she can be. she also mentions that all but one of her songs on the new album were written in half an hour. here are a few lines from the interview:

  • the song 'flinch' is that directed toward the same person as 'you oughta know'? uh, no, although it may as well have been! (laughs) they all sort of meld into one person after a while. i have found myself attracting the same kind of person over the years. i take responsibility.
    do you have a psychologist to work with on that? oh yeah. and believe me, they don't cut me any slack in that department. (laughs)
    the song 'ironic' got lots of criticism for its too liberal definition of the i-word. had you to do it all over again, would you have done it exactly the same way? i wouldn't have changed a damn thing. the sweetest moment about the 'ironic' song to me was when i was in new york in a bookstore, this woman walked up to me and she said, 'you do realize that a lot of what you write about in 'ironic' is not ironic at all?' and i said, 'yeah.' and she said, 'so....that's the irony, right?' and i went, 'sure.' and she just went, 'oh,' and walked off. and it was like all of this whole process was made totally worth it to me for that little moment in new york. it's just like, yeah, that's it! the irony about 'ironic' is that they're not ironic! but no, when i was writing that song with glenn, we were just laughing and we were so not precious about it. so, still to this day, i'm not precious about what i write, and the truth of the matter is that there are probably a few thousand malapropisms throughout most of my songs anyway.
  • this woman is seriously off her rocker and little girls need to stop listening to her music. although in her defense she was raised catholic so you gotta give her some slack.
  • pulse magazine has been asking readers to submit a list of their top ten "desert island discs...." in other words the ten albums you'd have to bring with you if you were stranded on a desert island. making lists has always been fun for me and it seems that this sentiment is shared by a lot of people, but what's possibly even more fun is arguing over the lists other people make. i am interested in hearing what your top ten d.i.d. are.
  • finished the michael moore book the last night. need to get his newest one soon.

  • 3-2-02 (02:26)

  • work went well today.
  • updated movies list.
  • "There's a new voice in the debate over President Bush's energy policy:  God's.  Religious groups in the United States are increasingly invoking the word of God to oppose drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, support stricter fuel-efficiency standards, and call for increased reliance on renewable energy.  The National Religious Partnership for the Environment, a coalition of 135,000 congregations of many denominations, circulated letters to senators yesterday calling for a more progressive energy policy.  The letters were signed by 1,200 religious leaders.  It seems some peace has been made between religious followers (traditionally painted as conservatives) and environmentalists (traditionally painted as wacky lefties):  Phil Taylor, the 19-year-old founder of Christian Youth for Conservation and once a campaigner for Bush, said, "I personally thank [environmentalists] for taking up our slack.""
  • "BP, the world's third-largest oil company, announced last night that it will halt all of its political contributions worldwide.  The decision appears to reflect a desire to avoid accusations of influence peddling in the era of Enron, and could set a precedent for other companies.  It could also be seen as a triumph for anti-globalization activists and other organizations, which BP CEO Sir John Browne said had "intensified scrutiny" on corporate activities.  Browne said the company would continue to engage in policy debate, but would not fund any political activity or party. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, BP, which makes about half of its money in the United States, spent $1.1 million on the 2000 U.S. elections, with two-thirds of the total going to Republican candidates.  BP was the first major oil company to acknowledge the threat of global warming."
  • "What do you do with 11,000 tons of garbage per day?  That's the problem -- well, one of the problems -- plaguing New York City, whose trash disposal system is becoming a political, logistical, and financial headache for the beleaguered metropolis.  A $6 billion long-term garbage-management plan devised by the Giuliani administration is stalled and may fail entirely, and a short-term plan to truck waste out of the city is extremely costly. But any move to store the waste within one of the five boroughs -- which Giuliani promised not to do -- is sure to touch off a firestorm of debate, with concerns likely to be raised about racism and classicism in the siting of the trash.  Meanwhile, a plan by the Bloomberg administration to cut the city's recycling program almost in half for 18 months may be extended indefinitely, much to the dismay of environmentalists.  Financial assessments suggest that unless the city's economy recovers dramatically -- or recycling becomes more profitable -- the program itself could be trashed."
  • it bothers me that everyone was getting on the giuliani bandwagon post 9-11. the guy did a decent job considering the circumstances, but that doesn't erase the things he's done in the past and it also doesn't mask the fact that post 9-11 his administration didn't tell the truth about the environmental and health problems that the smoldering pile posed. not to mention the fact that he turned down a ten million dollar donation from the prince of saudi arabia because the prince felt one of the causes of the bombing was poor u.s. foreign policy. it seems we were so desperate to make heroes of people that we even rose bush and giuliani to that status. oh well.
  • something i learned a long time ago was that i agree with a good portion of what most politicians say and that's because that's a big part of their job. bush saying that education should be better and that what happened at the wtc and pentagon was a tragedy doesn't mean shit other than that he's not completely blind. what he plans on doing about both issues is what is most important and least discussed. policy is more important than principle. the means are more important than the ends. most people want to have a perfect world, but how we get there is where we start to really disagree. i hope people keep that in mind when trying to choose who to vote for in the elections on tuesday.

  • 3-1-02 (01:01)

  • they talked about using "the n-word" on politically incorrect tonight so there's another place in the mass media where the issue was addressed.
  • listening to the felix da housecat cd - james let me have it.
  • i was suggesting to james that stephanie and shannon get employees of the month for february and he told me that he had planned on giving it to shannon and me. getting another $50 would be nice, but they've worked pretty hard this month so i think they should get it.
  • jon may have visited me at tower today before i came in. erin said someone came in, but he couldn't remember his name...something with a "j," but he didn't have a broken leg so maybe it was jon. hopefully he comes in again when i'm around.
  • work was okay for most of the day, but got stressful the last couple hours. i learned how to do deposits the other day so now i'm going to have to do those. it's mostly a time consuming process rather than a difficult one, but it's just one more thing that i'll have to do from time to time. one thing about working at tower and knowing as much as i have the four months i've been there is that i don't get bored easily. knowing how to do things from purchasing, returns, deposits, running the top 25, and all the other things that can be done makes it so that i constantly have something i can be doing and it's not as monotonous as simply putting away product.
  • watched an hbo comedy show of dave chappelle doing a stand up routine. that guy is seriously funny. when he was on conan a while back i remember him being a really good guest and he only confirmed his comic talent in this show elanda lent me.
  • the daily show had a really funny segment on a guy who had a goal of driving 15,000 miles in a year while naked. if you've ever seen the daily show you can only imagine how that one played out. during the whole interview the guy was naked, except for the hat on his head. near the end of the interview the interviewer said seriously to him "now there will be nay sayers out there who will claim that you're hiding something. that in fact you're not truly naked because you're wearing a hat. i'm going to ask you to take off your hat." the guy gave a somewhat toothy grin (as he was missing a few of his front teeth) and removed his hat and it revealed "a classic horse shoe" receding hairline (as george castanza might refer to it). as is the case with many episodes of the daily show you kinda had to be there.
  • heard that john madden is going to be with monday night football. this means that MNF gets overhauled...dan fouts is out the door and so is eric dickerson. i think it'll be a lot better with al michaels and john madden in the booth and melissa stark on the field. people on the field don't matter that much to me...i prefer a good color man to anything else. if the color man is really good then he can carry the whole operation. it's too bad that summerall had to leave fox because i think him and madden were good together, that and i think fox did a better job with nfl games than abc or cbs. well now that the dust has settled i'm pleased overall with the changes and maybe monday night football won't suck anymore.
  • haven't seen super troopers very good reviews. that's odd because i thought it was a lot more funny than either of the american pie movies and it was a smarter humor as well...it didn't rely on the corky's humor that american pie did. oh well.
  • jay and silent bob came out last tuesday. harry potter is coming out in may, not sure how many of those i'm going to order yet.
  • about 25 pages away from the end of the michael moore book. i didn't realize it was over 300 pages long.
  • wish they made a 10 disc cd changer without it requiring a magazine. i don't like magazine style cd players, but i yearn for the ability to have more than 5 discs in my player at any given time. i could make the jump to a mega storage cd player, but with the number of cds i have i'd probably have to get two 400 disc cd players and link them, that would cost about $600 and be a headache in terms of organization. life really is full of sacrifices.
  • i meant for that to sound as shallow as possible, hopefully you caught that.
  • johnny is back in santa cruz. he sure does move around a lot for a guy with two broken bones.
  • wonder where i'll be in a year or two.

  • going to read and sleep. work at noon tomorrow.