updated movies list.
updated movies list.
"Gwyneth Paltrow is so embarrassed about her new movie View From The Top
- she's dubbed the film "A view from my a**". Paltrow stars alongside Christina
Applegate, Mike Myers and Rob Lowe in the much-delayed romantic comedy
about a woman's dream to become a flight attendant. Critics have not been
kind to the film - which was released in America last week. A New York
Post review called it "a dire stewardess comedy that's the movie equivalent
of airline food." And it seems the movie's lead has similar opinions about
her latest work. A source tells gossip site The Scoop, "Paltrow thought
it was sort of awful even while she was shooting it. She was calling it
that until she was asked to stop. The people making the movie thought it
wasn't a very supportive thing to be doing.""
black backgrounds are so much easier on the eyes.
didn't do much today.
finally got the south park commentary in the mail though so now i can hear
what was so awful that warner felt they should cut the commentary from
The Dungey war formula
the nation april 11, 2002
"derrida queries deman" by mark tansey
updated movies list.
i've said it before and i'll say it again. ELO are an underrated band and
el dorado is an underrated album. boy blue is a great song.
didn't do very well in this round of the tournament. maryland, pitt, duke
and dayton were all losers and i picked all those teams to win so that
sucks. i'm over it.
tomorrow is my sunday so i had better make good use of it.
"A plan by the California Public Utilities Commission to levy an "exit
fee" against anyone who stops drawing electricity from the state's grid
-- read: alternative energy users -- has come under fire by lawmakers,
renewable energy producers, and consumers. The proposed exit fee
is a holdover from the state's 2000-2001 energy crisis, when the commission
tried to discourage people from jumping ship during the darkest days of
deregulation. But the fee would also apply to people who installed
solar energy panels after Jan. 17, 2001, effectively functioning as a disincentive
to switch to green energy. Under one version of the plan, the fee would
add anywhere from $2.50 to $13.50 per monthly utility bill. Happily,
the CPUC seems likely to exempt renewable-energy users from the fee in
the face of the firestorm of criticism. There are about 8,000 homes
and small businesses powered by solar energy in California, many of them
so efficient they pump surplus energy back into the state's grid.
i was wrong about the new baaba maal album...it's actually just a reissue
(lam toro) and it's very good.
one good thing has come from losing zach and lucky. the boss told us today
that we will get back our 8 hour shifts for the upcoming work week. he
made it clear, though, that this was only for one week. once something
like being able to work eight hour shifts or get a discount on used product
is taken away it's extremely difficult to get those "benefits" back. and
once the current employees are cycled out the new employees won't even
know about how it used to be.
it's interesting to me that the word "news" is just the plural of "new,"
but we don't really think of it that way. if we did then we wouldn't say
things like "oh that's old news." or "any new news about such and such?"
the way i figure it "new news" is redundant and "old news" an oxymoron.
in these times i find it important to immerse myself in international music
as much as possible. in doing so i'm reminded that there is more that exists
than mcdonalds and britney spears. listening to afrobeat greats like tony
allen and fela kuti or the music of the balkans or tabla beat science or
baaba maal (of nigeria) provides perspective which is increasingly important
now. i encourage you, too, to branch out from the johnny cash and jay-z
that you may be listening to now.
"truth has three phases; the first is denial. the second is hostility.
the third is universal acceptance because it's apparent." - Spinoza
the sage francis album is damn good.
with mr. lif whose album "i, phantom" and EP "emergency rations" made
for the number two album of 2002 on my
top ten list.
"In a groundbreaking move, New York state has developed guidelines for
ensuring that low-income and minority neighborhoods are not disproportionately
subjected to environmental health risks by developers. The environmental-justice
guidelines were drafted by the state Department of Environmental Conservation
to limit the ability of developers to build unpopular and potentially hazardous
projects in communities that lack the necessary resources to oppose them.
Under the new policy, a project with potential environmental-justice problems
will receive additional scrutiny to determine how it will affect the proposed
neighborhood. In addition, existing projects will be examined to
determine their impact on local communities."
laws like that are the very definition of useful government.
today, zach (my favorite co-worker), quit. he was good friends with lucky
and apparently was kicked out of his apartment by his roommates because
of internal issues so he more or less decided to move to LA on a whim.
1) i wish i had that sort of flexibility 2) now work has taken on new lows.
zach and lucky, although very different from me (both were party hard rock
stars with the tattoos, hairstyles, and piercings to match), were (besides
melanie) my favorite people in davis.
Lucky, a co-worker whose real name is bradley, was fired today. he was
a good guy and i liked working with him. he was actually my second favorite
co-worker. to be fair he wasn't the greatest worker, but it still sucks
to see him go.
as a result i had to close with joe today. closing with your boss isn't
fun. it wasn't awful, but it meant i had to look busy the whole night.
i wanted to broach the topic of the boxes upon boxes of promotional cds
that he stores under his desk, but couldn't figure out how to do it. you
see those cds are supposed to be for the store and the employees...they
are supposed to serve as educational tools for every employee. so when
someone asks me how the new baaba maal cd is i can tell them my opinion.
or when someone asks what's new and good i have more albums to draw from
than the 10-15 that make it into the store playstock or those that i purchase.
the way it works now we can request cds and he may or may not remember
to pass those onto us if/when he gets them or if we see something on his
desk we can ask to have it and again he may or may not give that to us.
ideally all the cds that come into the store should be fair game for the
in store playstock and open for employees to take home. i don't understand
why that's not the case. i don't understand what purpose they serve under
his desk. but maybe i'll just always find something to complain about.
unproductive employees need to be fired and promos should be tightly monitored.
i should be asleep by now.
taped most of the oscars and fast forwarded to the good parts. got to see
michael moore's speech. that was pretty much the highlight of the whole
thing. i renew my rejection of the academy's importance.
i wish that philip glass would have won for the score to the hours.
the hours had potential to be a really good movie...the idea was good,
but i think they chose a bad book (mrs. dalloway) and executed it poorly
and some old lady who was shopping at tower the other day agrees with me
so that makes at least two.
"And Warner Bros has announced that they'll be releasing the first four
(in a series of ten) two-disc Chaplin Collection DVDs on July 1st: The
Gold Rush, The Great Dictator, Limelight and Modern Times (SRP $29.95 each).
Four more films in the series will follow in the fall (titles TBA)."
yay! modern times is one of the few titles on the afi top 100 that hasn't
been released on dvd yet. the other one that i really care about is grapes
i went 11-5 in the second round of the tourney. a drop percentage-wise,
but still better than i expected.
of davis against war.
i'm going to sleep now.
updated movies list.
i can't believe i have to go back to work tomorrow. i don't feel like i
got two days worth of time off.
i worked on the car today. adjusted the valves and replaced the spark plugs.
two of the plugs looked pretty black which means things aren't entirely
kosher...either the plug wires are messed up or the compression is bad
or something. no telling what the problem is, but they weren't completely
caked in oil and carbon so it could be worse.
watched a couple good finishes in basketball today. the gonzaga game was
very good and the wisconsin game was also good. both ended up going as
i predicted, but they were nailbiters and that's what march madness is
the kings game tonight was good, so was the one the other night when they
beat the lakers.
plan on watching brotherhood of the wolf tonight. it's a french action
flick that's gotten lots of praise and i'm finally getting around to seeing
it. i like watching movies that have been on my list of movies to see for
a long time. it feels like i'm getting something done when i watch a movie
like that. i've seen most of the big classics like citizen kane, casablanca
and the godfather, but i still have plenty of gaps to fill.
i've gone 27-5 so far in the ncaa tourney. that's amazing considering how
few games i watched over the course of the year. i decided to make picks
round by round rather than filling out an entire bracket at the beginning
and i just did it for fun so i don't have any money or bragging rights
riding on it. it's too bad too because so far i'm doing very well.
"The war against Iraq that began last night will lead to "massive and possibly
irreversible" environmental damage to the Persian Gulf region and contribute
significantly to global warming, experts cautioned this week. Environmentalists
who have been monitoring the situation say the ecological destruction could
be radically worse than the damage sustained during the 1991 Gulf War.
In that conflict, Iraqi forces dumped 4 million barrels of crude oil into
the Persian Gulf and set fire to more than 600 Kuwaiti oil wells, releasing
almost a half-billion tons of carbon dioxide. A new war in the region
could compound lingering problems from the 1991 conflict, while doing further
harm to the environment, water resources, and endangered species.
In a recent interview with MTV, Hans Blix, chief U.N. weapons inspector
in Iraq, called the environmental issue "more ominous than that of peace
yesterday papa john's pizza, which is new in town, had a special where
you could get a large one topping pizza for the same amount of money as
was the time of the day. for example at 1:45pm i ordered two pizzas and
paid just over three bucks for them. pretty awesome deal and it's provided
meals the last four times i've eaten.
when you don't have an exciting job and you're poor things like that seem
even more fantastic.
updated movies list.
last night is started reading hawking's "the universe in a nutshell." i
got through the first chapter okay, but the second chapter is about quantum
mechanics and i can't wrap my brain around that stuff yet.
sage francis samples a piece of dialogue from "magnolia," gotta like that.
updated cdlist. year.
there are indications that the war might be over very shortly, namely that
saddam might already be dead and that "we" are talking with iraqi leaders
about surrender. a lot of people would change their mind about bush (and
maybe the un), or at least the war, if that were the case. i think that
the world needs the un in the long run and we need it to be strong.
if bush was responsible for taking down saddam and the regime with (what
now appears to be) about as few casualties as possible then that alone
could give him a very good shot at winning reelection in 2004. sad.
time to sleep.
important war news here.
south park just keeps getting better. the episode today was so great. not
only is that show funny (which it always has been), but over time i think
it gets more and more political which i certainly enjoy.
while at work today i heard we bombed baghdad. it really is a shame.
bombs over baghdad is a good song by outkast.
got my tax return today, that's pretty fitting.
it was a good day at work. i find that when i try not to think too much
about the crap they've done to me and just try to get along with the people
who i like, and get things done, then work is a lot better.
i think baaba maal has a new album coming out. so does tommy guerrero
with war on the immediate horizon i think orbital's "the box" is a good
soundtrack for the next couple days. luckily i got the single today. it's
a tough single to get your hands on, but it's worth it.
i also finally bought atmosphere's album "god loves ugly." another fitting
choice for the day. i now have a ridiculous 810 albums on CD.
heard the new beastie boys single today. pretty decent song on the whole,
though the chorus doesn't really do it for me. they're still the beastie
boys in spirit and that's good to hear.
"With a quarter of a million troops amassing outside Iraq and the city
of Baghdad preparing for Armageddon, it's tough to find anything resembling
a silver lining in the headlines. But there was some good news yesterday
in the environmental sector: Senate Republicans said they had probably
come up short in their efforts to secure enough votes to open Alaska's
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, the highly controversial
cornerstone of President Bush's energy plan. The Senate will vote
on the plan late this week or early next, and by all indicators, the pro-drilling
faction is about two votes shy of a success. The expected failure
is sure to be an embarrassment for Bush, who vowed while campaigning to
undo President Clinton's refusal to drill in the refuge. Environmentalists
said they were cautiously optimistic about the lay of the land, but weren't
going to exhale until after the vote."
i told you it would go down before may first. i don't have much to say
about the war.
i think that smart people can justify doing things they know aren't completely
kosher. it's really easy to rationalize things to make them fit your world
view or whim and it's difficult to separate "rationalizations" from honest
and good choices. it seems, though, that many of the people who have big
impacts in history don't necessarily have a problem deciding how they stand
on things. when i watch documentaries on "great" historical figures i often
find that one thing they have in common is being completely convinced that
they are right in their course of action and thought from ayn rand to malcolm
x to hitler. so i think that this state of mind is the most empowering
thing a person might have. so maybe we should all either get on the same
page or stop "having the courage of our convictions." i don't honestly
i officially didn't get the job for the city.
blackalicious might return to davis in late may. that would be good.
updated movies list.
updated movies list.
watched most of the kings/mavs game yesterday, but then i had to goto work.
i hate that i can't watch basketball games because of my work schedule.
worked on my resume today. i'll keep hunting for jobs tomorrow.
joe came into work yesterday. he missed a few days last week so i guess
he felt like he should make up for it by coming in on a sunday.
had a good weekend which made going back to work on sunday that much more
difficult. played some golf with melanie's dad and brother who came up
for the weekend. also we went to a series of performances from bands to
poetry readings on saturday. some were really good and some were awful.
when high art tries to club you over the head with its greatness i find
it obnoxious, but when it eases you in then i find it can be very efficacious.
i guess what i mean is that i don't like it when someone steps up to the
mic and starts in with all the poetic tricks in the book to try and impress
me and move my soul right off the bat. you can't have an orgasm without
some foreplay is all i'm saying.
i can't believe i always miss the big UCLA games. i actually watched most
of the first half of the game today, but when the half was over they had
blown their lead and were down by two. ucla is has the ability to come
up with big upsets like that though...there's just something about certain
schools in certain sports where even when the team is having a bad year
you can't count them out.
i'm happy i didn't watch the kings game though.
i have my fantasy baseball draft tomorrow. that'll mark the beginning of
a long season of making everyone else feel good.
aphex twin is proof that you can maintain artistic integrity and still
make plenty of money. if i were an artist of his stature i'd like to appear
to be as aloof and strange as he does. "James (aphex twin) was reported
to have created remixes using none of the source material given, send along
work at the last minute with no connection to the artist involved, and
even play the middle-man for the productions of a flatmate."
henry ford did more to dehumanize people than hitler. i believe this for
the same reason that i believe corporal punishment for criminals is more
humane than imprisonment.
it's unfortunate that the media hasn't presented to us the other possible
ways to proceed with iraq. on their spectrum of responses it seems like
it goes from doing nothing to inspectors to war. i think there are more
options in between, but those don't seem to be talked about very much.
i don't think that the rest of the world is necessarily opposed to war,
they're just more insistent that it be applied as a last resort and are
more patient about getting there. and when the push comes from the us i
think that timeline lengthens because of our world image. personally i
don't have a problem with that. i think we should just shut the fuck up
and let the rest of the world decide what to do.
what's up with everyone getting mad at celebrities who espouse their political
points of view? it seems that our society needs people to be politically
aware and active. celebrities, who are people and as a result vote and
have opinions, shouldn't be stifled just because they have the luxury of
media coverage. if barbra streisand's political opinions really piss you
off then turn off the tv or turn the page or something. claims that actors
"should stick to acting" is inane because everyone's job is to be political
and when i hear politicians saying otherwise it only makes me want to kill
i wish people didn't take life and french (or freedom) fries so seriously.
updated movies list.
seen 61 movies so far this year. 14 more in march and i'll be on pace for
300 in 2003.
updated movies list.
today went by quickly enough.
another big wig at tower got the boot.
there's a philip glass version of aphex twin's icct hedral, which appears
on the (hard to find) donkey rhubarb single, that is quite fantastic. moments
of it are even better than the original which is truly a piece of art.
heard from alex today...he's the loss prevention agent who was mysteriously
asked to leave. as it turns out it was pretty much just joe not liking
him that got him let go. that's what i suspected and he confirmed it for
me today. in fact the loss prevention boss for northern california wanted
to hire alex back to work at a sacramento store, but alex had already gotten
a job elsewhere. it's a shame that i lost a(nother) friend because of joe.
alex busted more people in a month than the previous LP agent at our store
busted in over a year. in fact the previous agent worked at our store for
about 14 months and he busted only 5 or 6 people. i've seen alex bust 2
and 3 people in a day. add to that the fact that he was always a positive
person in the workplace and you have someone who deserves a little more
respect than he received. if i get the job working for the city i'm not
giving a two week notice.
fucking tower records.
i should find out this week whether or not i get to interview for the stock
clerk position for the city.
updated movies list.
there are still so many great films that aren't on dvd yet. the star wars
trilogy, the big one, roger and me, hoop dreams, grapes of wrath, los olvidados,
modern times, celebration, etc. i guess the biggest reason i say that is
because on a daily basis i see hundreds of truly stupid dvds that have
been made and it just doesn't make sense that they would make a dvd for
sleep away camp sorority sisters and pass up grapes of wrath or something
along those lines.
in related news bowling for columbine is being pushed back to a later release
date and the matrix special edition has been canceled.
there are some good warp records releases coming out this month and next
month. unfortunately they are distributed by caroline distribution which
has the most flaky representative i've known.
it hasn't rained very much this winter.
while at work today i found out that employees will no longer get discounts
on used product. usually if we buy a cd from a customer for 3 dollars we
will mark it up to 5.99 or more. so he markup t for used product is generally
100% or more. on new product the markup is about 35% so you can see how
lucrative used product usually is. our employee discount for used product
was 25% off the sticker price. so if we purchased a cd for 5 bucks and
sell it for at least 10 the employee would buy it for no less than 7.50
thus the store stands to make at least 2.50 from an employee (which would
be the same as if we marked up product 50% - still more than the markup
on new product). personally i see this as just another sign of how far
management is willing to go to make a buck...and once again it is at the
expense of its employees. surely i can understand that in the long run
the store stands to make hundreds of dollars as a result of implementing
this new rule, but that doesn't make it right. the only justification we
got was "this is how they do it at other stores too." at other stores they
also give their employees full eight hour shifts. i wonder when joe is
going to stop with this stuff. he already has one employee doing supervisor
duties with out supervisor pay. will he eventually just have everyone working
part-time to ensure no one gets benefits or overtime? will he pay everyone
minimum wage and just find people who are willing to be supervisors for
the same pay as clerks? will he eliminate employee discounts altogether?
all of those make short term black and white business sense, but aren't
necessarily good business. that is, sure using those tactics will make
the bottom line look good in the short run, but angering your staff and
not having consistency on the staff (having too much staff turnover) are
not good and can lead to all sorts of problems which can affect the bottom
line in unseen ways. my personal opinion is that staff morale is the cornerstone
of running a good business and without it you can't run on all cylinders.
i know that when i was happy with the people i was working with i worked
harder and was a happier person. when i knew that management was working
for me then i was willing to work for it.
i'm thirsty and tired.
"Bush Offers Taxpayers Another $300 If We Go To War"
courtesy of theonion.com
updated movies list.
"what time is it there?" is a really hard movie to make sense of. i don't
even want to think about it anymore because it's got my mind too twisted.
it's not that the plot was hard to follow...it wasn't one of those david
mamet masturbation sessions. it's more twisted because i'm not sure how
all the pieces fit into the theme of the story and i can't identify exactly
where it all went wrong.
of gods and generals.
updated movies list.
my email hasn't been working all day which is a bummer. i hope the problem
fixes itself by tomorrow (later today).
i have been listening mostly to electronica music lately, but broke out
some metallica last night and that's carried over to tonight. their epics
are quite good and make me remember why "hard rock" will always have a
place in my heart.
the daily show just gets better as bush comes into his own. in a somewhat
i remember freshman year i was first introduced to the satirical newspaper
known as the onion by jon who had
an article from their webpage pulled up on doc's notebook computer (which
later met an untimely death). the headline said something like "congress
passes no talking in public statute." after i read it i went on about how
fucking lame the government was and how i couldn't believe they were doing
something as obviously anti-free speech as that. of course i soon realized
that it was a joke and that i had been a bit gullible. i felt pretty stupid
for that, but during bush's presidency there have been some headlines nearly
as unbelievable as the one i saw that day five years ago.
the newest installment is the story of a man who was arrested for wearing
a shirt that said "give peace a chance" (or something to that effect) while
visiting his local mall. not only is that frighteningly orwellian, but
it also reminds me of my run-in with Amtrak. that run-in with Amtrak was
the result of the bug breaking down which brings this story full circle
because today i was woken up by the mechanic telling me more bad news about
the bug. the bug has built an amazing amount of character. if i hadn't
ever gotten it i'd be hundreds of dollars richer and have more hair, but
i'd probably be as two dimensional as a frat boy. what a headache.
the three greatest soundtracks of all-time are from the movies koyaanisqatsi,
the good bad and the ugly, and pi. just thinking about the combined power
of those three soundtracks makes me weep. the pi soundtrack not only creates
the perfect atmosphere for that movie, but also takes particular meaning
for me because it opened me up to some of (what have become) my favorite
electronic artists (especially orbital, aphex twin, and autechre). in fact
i'd say that it's the album that shaped my musical tastes more than any
other, with the possible exception of appetite for destruction because
that was the first album i really owned.
today was mostly lame because a) i had to goto work b) i woke up after
only 5 hours of sleep to bad news from the mechanic c) i didn't find a
million bucks under my bed.
the kings won, but as is the usual i wasn't able to watch the game.
after waking up this morning i put my name in for a sacramento business
that finds general laborers for local businesses. so if on fridays i happen
to be awake at 5:30 in the morning i can drive to sacramento with a push
broom and shovel (which i'll have to purchase) hoping that they can find
work for me that day. it was probably a waste of time, but it's an option.
i've been up for a quite some time now so i should get some rest. tomorrow
is my friday and that's the best news i've gotten this week.
it's interesting to me that the word "news" is just the plural of "new."
and furthermore has become its own word virtually unrelated to its singular
form. ya dig?
jon got me the answer on that nonprofit vs. not-for-profit question. here.
fantasy baseball is around the corner. another season of ups and downs
last month i bought 12 pairs of socks so my socks crisis is no longer a
sometimes i feel like i'm never going to find a job and i'll end up homeless.
i guess i've only been looking for work for a couple weeks, but i get easily
updated movies list.
had an interesting day at work. joe had been accumulating a bunch of issues
that he had with me over the course of the last couple months and presented
them to me today all at one time. they ranged from mediocre to absolutely
petty missteps on my part. some were tiny acts of rebellion (like not filling
out this or that form), others were pure forgetfulness and one was me just
being a mean guy (which, of the 6 or 7 items, he raised i agreed was actually
i guess the straw that broke his back was the email i sent last week. recently
we've been getting lots of emails from management which have been entirely
negative...mostly "you guys aren't do a, b, and c and that's bad." or "you
guys haven't been paying very good attention lately as evidenced by the
fact that pen caps haven't been returned to their proper resting place
on the top of the pen (or some other such small quibble)." as a result
of the recent glut of negative emails i sent joke email that makes a reference
to a popular film (office space) wherein an employee gets berated frequently
for not attaching a cover sheet to the company's "TPS reports." the bosses
(he has several bosses) all give him a hard time about not attaching said
cover sheet and conclude their conversation with by saying they'll send
him the memo again. there is another scene in the film wherein a waitress
is confronted by her boss about the number of pins she has on her uniform.
the boss tells her that she should strive to be a better employee by showing
more zest and thus having more "flair" or pins on her uniform. so i sent
an email to all the local staff that said "i'm tired of telling everyone
how to do their job. you should all know by now that the TPS reports need
cover sheets. also everyone should make sure to wear their flair at all
times." when joe laid that piece of evidence before me he asked "what's
this all about?" i told him that i thought it would be a nice change to
get a funny email rather than the regular abuse we normally get. i went
on to say that everyone (at the management level) thinks their shit doesn't
stink and that they're basically kidding themselves. everyone screws up
on a regular basis and i don't think it's a good thing for morale to point
out every time someone forgets to tear off an expired sale tag or something
equally small. he then told me to keep email for strictly informational/official
business purposes only.
he also made mention of the fact that every time there is a change in policy
or an addition of new paperwork i'm the toughest own to get to conform.
he added "you should be the easiest one..." i don't remember why he said
i should be the easiest one because i wasn't listening at that point...i
was too pleased with myself (on this issue) to pay attention. i told him
that right makes might, not vise versa. that if there is good reason for
a change i'm behind it, but i'm not going to just accept your decision
to add to my workload because you tell me to do something.
we came to an agreement to wipe the slate clean, but the truth of the matter
is that that's impossible; and even if it weren't we fundamentally disagree
on how a workplace should be run, on how people should be treated, on how
the world works, and what has priority in life. so we've ironed over this
patch, but it's just a matter of time before his policies or the policies
of tower enrage me again to the point where i sent out rebellious emails
or i don't fill out the proper paperwork as a tiny act of rebellion. i
find it funny that with all ill-mannered and shady characters we have working
at tower i'm somehow seen as this awful guy by joe. the way he laid one
paper (a copy of my dastardly email or a copy of a form filled out sarcastically
or...) on me after another really made me feel like a criminal. of course
i deserved some of it, but i honestly feel like most of it was not and
not to that degree.
learned a lot about kurosawa today. after i went to the mechanic to drop
off the car i watched a documentary on kurosawa which i felt did a really
good job of incorporating scenes from his films. it also had a nice balance
of personal and professional information and related those two aspects
of his life rather well.
the kings won today.
it's abundantly clear that i need to find new employment. i think about
my shitty job far more often than i should and it's changed my lifestyle
to an unacceptable level...i now wake up past noon almost every day, i
watch fewer films, listen to less music at home, earn less money (thanks
to the hours being cut) and am largely unhappy with my time spent there.
i've been having trouble sleeping lately. i don't know if it's because
i have a lot on my mind or because my body hasn't gotten used to falling
asleep without the aid of vicodin - which i was taking for a few days after
my wisdom teeth were pulled.
heard a nice little essay on npr today about the pictures we take in life.
the woman who wrote the essay was talking about her families quest to document
everything their kids do, but she came to the conclusion that after awhile
they chose to only capture the nice moments in life. that's why, she said,
we don't take pictures of uncle ernie getting over his weekend bender.
it's true that often, in pictures, we censor the things we'd rather not
document. when a significant other leaves we sometimes cut them out of
the pictures in some sort of symbolic ritual. good points.
i'd like to live in canada one day.
if anyone has the answer to this next one i'd be very happy to hear it...i've
noticed that some companies have the designation of being "not-for-profit"
and others are "non-profit." my cynical outlook has me thinking that it's
a trick by some to seem as though they are non-profit when they really
aren't. i know that non-profit organizations fall under certain tax
laws and aren't allowed to make any profit - they must either run a loss
or break exactly even. if anyone knows if there is a legal distinction
(tax-wise or otherwise) between the two wordings i'd like to hear about
planes, trains, and automobiles is such a funny movie.
i remember these
two before they moved their business to ebay. back then they just had
a big list of cds that they sent out to people with a set price and it
was first come first serve. i don't remember how i got on the mailing list
in the first place, but i remember it was voluntary and was at least three
years ago. now they're super huge on ebay.