3-31-05 (12:09)
  • updated movies list.

  • 3-29-05 (22:09)

  • updated movies list.
  • jesse jackson and rush limbaugh agree on the schiavo case. that's kinda funny.
  • johnnie cochran died today. i never disliked the guy, personally, but that's because i never felt any hate towards o.j. simpson or had any disdain for the trial. i thought it was a big show, but i blamed that more on the media than anything else.
  • ann taylor fleming just did a retrospective on hunter s. thompson. she essentially talked about how great a guy he was and how much of an influence he was on her becoming a journalist. she talked about how tragic it was that he took his life and then talked about teen suicide and how we say "the pain will pass" and how that evidently isn't always true, especially when you live the way thompson did. it was a good little essay, wish they had a transcript of it online. kurosawa attempted suicide late in his life. i have mad respect for akira kurosawa. i think i respect him as much as anyone else i don't know.

  • 3-28-05 (22:16)

  • i was looking through my movies trying to decide which movie to watch next and i picked up one of the latest criterion flicks that i purchased. it's a dassin film called night and the city. i read the first half line to the synopsis and it said something like "richard widmark stars as a two bit hustler..." i said to myself "man i love two bit hustlers." i really do love two bit hustlers, in movies anyway. just seeing that much of the synopsis made me all happy and ready to watch the movie, but i think i'm going to save it for a widmark double feature with another dvd i picked up the other day, which i also haven't seen - panic in the streets. so now i'm off to watch a different dassin pic - thieves' highway.
  • for a while i was getting a little burnt out on movies, but i think that i was watching too many movies out of obligation. i was watching films that are canonized for one reason or another rather than watching films that i feel like watching.
  • 00:18
  • kings won tonight which is good, but they played the 76ers and that means that webber lost in his return to arco arena. i wish that webber could get a championship. i feel really bad for that guy.
  • i just want to watch jimmy stewart movies all day for the next couple weeks. that would be pretty ideal.
  • updated recommendations.

  • 3-27-05 (23:48)

  • mf doom is pretty cool. special herbs 7 and 8 is probably the place to start.
  • i've found that, on average, "world" music features longer tracks than western music.

  • 3-26-05 (00:18)

  • i remember numbers a lot better than names, but i'm not good at math.
  • new daft punk is okay, but nothing special. the only album of theirs that i really liked was homework. it seems like there are a lot of 90s groups that are dying these days. prodigy, orbital, daft punk, have all released mediocre/final albums in the last year. then there are the groups like the beastie boys, u2 or r.e.m. that are releasing records that are far inferior in comparison to their earlier stuff. the thing that makes this so unfortunate is that i don't feel like the torch has really been passed to anyone. also, electronic music, in general, is pretty stale right now.
  • updated recommendations.
  • ncaa tourney has been okay so far. only two games that i've seen that have been exciting. arizona/OK state yesterday and villanova/NC today. i discovered today that on my primary cbs channel 13.1 (hdtv) i was getting the nova/nc game. but if i went to the regular ntsc signal (13) or the sd signal (13.2) then i'd get the utah/KY game. in this way having HDTV is sometimes like having free cable. if i didn't have it then i would have been stuck with the inferior utah/ky game, but i went with the nova/nc game instead and switched to the utah/ky game during the commercials. it's pretty sweet.
  • i got the baraka soundtrack on cd the other day. john works for WEA so i can get pretty much anything that they put out and baraka was recently remastered and released so i got it. good soundtrack, but can't beat koyaanisqatsi. it blows me away that i can spell koyaanisqatsi without a problem, but when i spell commitment or recommend or anything else with repeating letters, i have a problem remembering which letters repeat. most of the time i can figure it out if i really think about it, but still. powaqatsi naqoyqatsi koyaanistqatsi
  • i'm looking forward to seeing Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, it's supposed to be a tour de force performane from sandra bollocks. seriously though, regina king is a good actress and i thought she was above something like that.
  • time to sleep.
  • forgot to put this up.
    3-25-05 (18:43)
  • got a doctor's bill yesterday. i've gone into the office three times (once to just pick up the orthotics) and the bill was for over $1,000. my part of the bill is $350. doctors are fucking racketeers. one of the charges was fo4 $100 and was labeled "range of motion measurement." i think this entailed the doctor holding my foot and twisting it to make sure it moved normally. no special equipment, no special machines, nothing. she didn't even need to touch my feet to do it - she could have asked me if i felt any limitation in my range of movement. i would have told her no and she would be out $100. oh yeah, and the cortisone shot that i didn't even want? $280. it would have been cheaper and just as informative if i had gone to the good feet store in sacramento, gotten some orthotics made there and then filled in the blanks by going to www.webmd.com. the last few times i've gone to the doctor i've had nothing but bad experiences. i'm done with doctors until i need surgery or a democrat is in office (which would hopefully mean a federal insurance program).

  • 3-23-05 (00:30)

  • updated movies list.
  • updated movies i own list.
  • updated cd list.
  • today a representative from one of the major vendors came into the store to do some product tracking and drop off some stuff. the whole time he was there he had one of those handless cellphone headsets attached to his ear. it was like something out of star trek or some, more ominous, sci-fi movie.
  • speaking of movies....i've rearranged all my dvds. instead of being in alphabetical order they are now in order by year of release. so it begins with battleship potemkin and ends with saw. it's more difficult to find things, but, in the long run, it'll help me remember the year that things came out. i've also toyed with the idea of ordering it by genre, director, or country of origin. i'll try this for a while and see how it works.

  • 3-21-05 (13:12)

  • melanie leaves for england tomorrow. it's kinda sad to think that if we were still together i'd be leaving with her.
  • yesterday john came over and we watched the ncaa basketball games. none of them were that memorable. cbs didn't do a very good job of switching between the games as one became closer than another. perhaps it was a legal/rights issue, but whether it was or not it's unfortunate that i didn't get to see some of the closer games instead of ga tech being killed by louisville.
  • i think i feel less of a need to be accepted than is average, but i still do need to feel like i have an important place somewhere. that's definitely a weakness because it necessitates relying on others, but i think that's just sort of the way life is.
  • i should watch more movies.

  • 3-21-05 (01:00)

  • updated movies list.
  • updated recommendations.

  • 3-18-05 (22:04)

  • expected.
  • five cds left to put on my computer. pretty happy that it's over.
  • price of gas is up again. i thought for sure that it was going to stay down this time. hmmm.
  • erin, from work, and i got into a debate today about athletes. he thinks that mark mcgwire did steroids when he was a baseball player and i contended that taking canseco's word for anything is a foolish idea. the debate devolved into an argument about athletes being "assholes." it's amazing that otherwise intelligent people are sometimes so bigoted against athletes. erin pretty much contended that all athletes are assholes and that most pro athletes use steroids. he said "all the athletes i've known were assholes." melanie once told me that she felt, more or less, the same way about volleyball players. i just don't understand what being an asshole has to do with the desire to combine strategy and physical exertion.
  • it also bothers me when people simplify games that they don't understand. when i was young i referred to rap as singing nursery rhymes while spitting in your hand (beat boxing). then i grew up. but apparently not everyone is quite as mature as some still refer to basketball as "a bunch of guys in their underwear throwing a ball around." life as an ignorant bigot must be easy.
  • so, i have 58+ days of music on my computer now. pretty happy about that.

  • 3-16-05 (22:53)

  • updated movies list.
  • should be done with the cd-to-computer project by friday. only have classical music to go. yay.
  • oral storytelling is a lost art.

  • 3-16-05 (19:37)

  • haven't been very good about updating things lately.
  • updated movies list.
  • work has been a bit stressful lately. people just don't do their job and it makes it harder on everyone else.
  • i think that, like mark borchardt, i should work in a cemetery because that's where people are (finally) good.
  • updated movies i own list.
  • koyaanisqatsi is a movie that becomes more and more relevant everyday. i see people who have an ipod attached to their body everywhere they go and i just imagine what it'll be like in 20 years when the ipod, cellphone and computer merge. it's something i've been thinking about lately because i really feel it's right around the corner and i'm wondering how it'll change humanity. i also feel like we are living in a relativistic age and that that only makes the problem worse because people will just say that it doesn't matter that being attached to a computer isn't natural...the times are changing and it's neither good nor bad. i view it as a mostly bad thing, but that's just because i can't convince myself of an absense of right and wrong.

  • 3-15-05 (02:21)

  • ides of march.
  • wow.
  • updated movies list.
  • been feeling uninspired when it comes to movie reviews lately. sorta burnt out and busy. need to refocus myself.
  • went to a show in SF today. saw joseph arthur, singer/songwriter who was playing at some small place on mission. john had free tickets since it's a WEA related act. show was pretty good, but it was quite a way to go.
  • i close tomorrow which means i get to sleep in. but now i remember that my landlady is coming by in the morning because i'm going to change a floodlight for her. wish i hadn't agreed to do that the morning after such a late show. oh well.
  • yesterday i got free tickets to see the kings lose to the rockets. it was a pretty good game, but it's always tough to see them lose. two weeks in a row i've seen them play on sunday. pretty sweet. the tickets guy is really hooking it up lately. it seems like i've been getting a lot of free tickets opportunities lately, not just from the tickets guy, but also from john and other people.
  • life is pretty different these days. i'm mostly out of debt, i don't have a girlfriend, i have enough money, i go to live shows more often, i've made a new friend, i'm relatively happy at work, etc. i think that i generally do what i need to do to be content and that changes with my situation.

  • 3-13-05 (03:21)

  • took a long nap and now i'm up too late. oh well. it's the weekend and i don't have school work or any obligations. i'm a free man and i should act as such.
  • today i wrote a check for the balance of my debt...that debt which was part of the debt management program anyway. that's all the stuff i had from the trip and from college. so i still need to pay off my tv and a credit card that i use for this site and for netflix, but it was still a big step.

  • 3-12-05 (23:37)

  • for quite some time i've had the self-titled beta band album and have thought it to be mostly uninteresting. i got it a while back after getting 3 e.p.s and loving it. i had heard that it was a different album for them, but i decided to check it out anyway. during my cd to computer project, though, i discovered that the disc i actually have is some todd terry album, not the beta band album i had thought it was. so this entire time i thought that their self-titled album was some weird house/dub album. it's rare, but every once in a while you'll come across a defect like that. guess i'll have to buy the album again.
  • watched an interesting show about string theory on nova tonight. one thing that has always gotten to me about people's theories about god and the universe is that they try to apply the rules of everyday life (causation, logic, everything has a beginning and end, etc.) to something like god and being. it has always seemed pretty ridiculous and arrogant to me. it's fun, sure, but to think that we can actually figure things out just doesn't fly with me.
  • sounds about right. i knew the season was toast when we traded webber, but now it's official. this also means my fantasy team officially will not make the playoffs. so far my team has lost richard jefferson, bobby jackson and brad miller. i would have a good team if not for those season ending injuries. i also went without kobe for quite some time, and then traded him when he got better.

  • 3-12-05 (00:03)

  • updated movies list. still need to review Thief.
  • spent a few hours in front of the computer working on the cd to computer project. i download all the cddb.com info first and then i rip the cds, that way i don't need to be online the whole time. today i took the last of the cds (about 150), stacked them all up and put them into the computer. with about 10 cds to go my computer froze up. i rebooted and apparently all the data from the cds i had spent an hour swapping in and out, had been lost. very unfortunate.
  • being back at work isn't as good as being on vacation.
  • thinking about the future of technology in our lives makes me depressed because i have a (somewhat realistic) vision of technology being practically implanted into our persons. what i mean is i think it's just a matter of time before cell phones do everything that a computer does and it's just a matter of time until cellphones become an inseparable part of our lives.

  • 3-8-05 (20:08)

  • "Sandra Bullock is upset by reports she turned down the chance to star in Oscar-winning movie Million Dollar Baby - because she tried to get the film made for years. The actress calls rumors she snubbed Clint Eastwood "total rubbish," insisting instead that gossips have got their facts wrong. She explains, "We had Million Dollar Baby with someone else for a while, trying to get it made. I couldn't get it made. We tried and tried and tried. (They were like) Female boxing movies don't sell. I was like, 'This is the most incredible piece.' I then started doing Miss Congeniality 2 and they got Hilary Swank and they got Clint." But Bullock insists she's not bitter about the fact the film went on to net Swank a Best Actress Oscar - in the role she wanted to play: "When things like that happen, that's the way they're supposed to be.""
  • updated movies list.

  • 3-7-05 (12:52)

  • "Actress Hilary Swank has Sandra Bullock and Ashley Judd to thank for her Best Actress Oscar for Million Dollar Baby - because the role was refused by both actresses. The movie's producer Albert S. Ruddy's first choice for the part of a tragic female boxer was Bullock, who turned down the part when she was told she could not pick the director - Ruddy next approached Judd, whose salary demands would have busted the budget. After Ruddy finally settled on Swank, Bullock's agent called him and said she would do the picture after all, but, "Al just said, 'Too late,'" a source told website Pagesix.Com."
  • pathetic.
  • updated movies list.

  • 3-6-05 (17:28)

  • kings played without mobley and miller today. i figured they'd lose by about seven and i was wrong, way wrong. we ended up winning by 15 and it wasn't ever really close. they pulled to within 4 at one point, but that was it. our defense was great - they had at least three shot clock violations and scored under 90 which is good for us. we rotated well on defense and actually outrebounded them. offensively we were very agressive and we hit some big shots down the stretch. it was a fun game and one that definitely gives me hope for the team. i still wish webber was on the team though.
  • after game i went to play some basketball with john and my boss. it was good to get out and workout a bit. the weather is spring-esque today so it was also nice to take advantage of it.
  • the more i use the new allmusic website the less i like its new layout.

  • 3-6-05 (10:23)

  • so in the last week i've had four free ticket opportunities. tuesday i went to see pat metheny at the mondavi center with john. it wasn't very good so we left early. wednesday i had two free tickets to see sage francis in san francisco. unfortunately i couldn't find anyone who wanted to go with me, or who wanted to give me a ride, so i had to pass on them even though i wanted to go to that show pretty badly. friday melanie offered to take me to the mondavi center to see twelfth night, but she decided later on that she wasn't in the mood. today i have a free ticket to go see the kings/pistons game.
  • updated movies list.

  • 3-5-05 (22:55)

  • my cd to computer project should be completed within two weeks.

  • 3-3-05 (23:43)

  • i had suspicions about this one long ago. this, however, i can vouch for.

  • 3-2-05 (23:21)

  • "Criterion has announced a trio of new DVD releases for May: Steve James, Fredrick Marx and Peter Gilbert's Hoop Dreams (#289), Les Blank's Burden of Dreams (#287) and Luis Buñuel's The Phantom of Liberty (#290)."
  • that's the best news of the week. i've been looking forward to hoop dreams for about six years now.
  • i think it's important to learn from the mistakes of others and, relatedly, take the advice of elders. i think i've done a pretty good job of making some of my own mistakes and learning from the mistakes of others. some might feel it's necessary to make all their mistakes on their own while ignoring the advice of others, but i think that's foolish. if i were a parent i would allow my kid to touch a hot stove and have him learn about things like that in that way, but when it came to things they might regret later on (drugs, sex and the like at an early age), i would be more inclined to try to dissuade him from making the mistake in the first place.
  • when i was home last week i got to see the family dog. i'm not a dog person in general, but he's a great dog. i told him that i felt bad about what my people have done to his people (namely the hundreds of thousands of years of enslavement, genocide and genetic engineering) and that i wished none of it had happened. he didn't seem to angry about it, at least with me. so it was nice to get that out in the open so that i could enjoy his company without too much guilt hanging over my head. he's a pretty forgiving dog.

  • updated movies list.