i wonder how often people actually laugh themselves to death. i'm sure
it's happened to old folks before. what a cool way to die.
i wonder what the first laugh was over. probably a fart....those are always
after more than a year of waiting i finally got my audioslave cd. more
than half the tracks are the same as the ones that were on the internet
for so long, but on the whole the cd is still good. not nearly worth the
wait, but still good.
updated best of film. best
this holiday season i'd like to ask people to think twice before they take
the attitude of "it's your job to..." with customer service people. it's
true that employers think they pay people a whopping $6.75/hr to cater
to your every need as a conspicuous consumer, but that doesn't mean we
are really getting paid to deal with asshole customers all day. i understand
that it can be annoying when you want a certain item and the clerk doesn't
seem to be helpful, but i urge you to think about what is really going
on. from my perspective we (customer service agents) get paid a paltry
sum to do the bidding of both our bosses and customers who often demand
far more than is really required; that is people seem to put so much effort
into finding widget 2ab when after all isn't it just another widget? why
have we become such avid consumers to the point that customer service people
are literally told that "the only reason you are here is because of the
customers."? to me that seems to suggest that the only reason we go to
work is to serve. the only way we can live is to work and hence our life
is one of servitude. this xmas season i'm going to be as nice to america's
workers as possible because i understand that what's more important than
our paper god economy is the mental sanity and humane treatment of our
fellow countrypeople. i understand that customer service people don't really
get paid to deal with my trifling problems as a money machine with arms
and legs. granted if someone is truly being an ass then feel free to tear
their head off, but please do keep things in perspective during this year's
mr. lif makes an interesting observation - "life is a gift to be enjoyed
every second, every minute is temporary - not infinite. yet i find myself
looking at the clock hoping for the day to fly by."
genetics has reached another landmark in science history - they have located
a gene which may enable them to produce blue roses.
i wonder how many africans died of aids last year.
i should get some rest now.
kicked some major ass in fantasy football this week. i have a good shot
at making the playoffs.
saw jordan and mara in tower yesterday. jordan bought two cds, paid with
a check and even talked to me briefly. a couple weeks ago i saw some
guy who (according to a customer) was jesse - the ex-mtv vj. i don't really
know if it was or not and i guess it doesn't really matter either way.
if it was him i'd like to know what he was doing in davis. celebrity encounters
a while back i had an idea for a song made entirely of samples that my
car might make - the engine trying to turn over, the gravel in the parking
lot crunching under its tires, the doors being closed, etc. then a couple
weeks later i saw a commercial that used that same idea. darn.
looked at the schedule at work today and noticed i'm not scheduled to work
tomorrow. that means i only get four days this week. not sure if joe just
decided he didn't need me and felt it unnecessary to tell me or forgot
to put me on the schedule. i had planned on calling in sick tomorrow because
i wanted to get paid for not being there, but now i don't have that option.
before i quit i'd like to use as many sick days as possible. when i quit
i get all my vacation time in cash so i'd like to save my vacation time
for whenever that day comes. sick time doesn't get paid when i quit so
i want to take advantage of it as much as possible in the meantime.
bought the graduate while i was in berkeley. that's such a great film.
i wish they would release "hoop dreams" on dvd.
updated the layout of my sidebar, i think it makes more sense now.
updated my mp3 list. i forgot i had
a list of all the songs i used to have on mp3...this'll help a lot in reacquiring
my old mp3s. at any rate the one that is up there now is current and, thus,
i'm digging townes van zandt right now. kinda like bob dylan.
"neu!" is worth checking out for fans of sigur ros, pink floyd, mogwai,
godspeed or any other ambient post-rockish stuff. i knew of them back when
i was a kdvs dj, but i'm rediscovering them now. they're better than sigur
ros and 25 years older.
updated movies list.
yesterday was a good day.
melanie and i drove to orinda and took bart into SF. while we were there
we watched Naqoyqatsi on one of the nine screens in the country
that bothered to carry it. it's not playing in l.a., chicago, or nyc. pretty
freaking lame. the "theater" we went to had under 30 seats and a ten foot
wide screen, but it was 2/3 full so that was encouraging. after watching
the movie we went to berkeley and dropped by to see johnny and luke. johnny
claims to be a lonely guy and not have many friends, but whenever i see
him he's got someone hanging out with him. it turned out to be a good night
to be in berkeley because they won the big game against stanford. the streets
were a little rowdy and the police were making their presence felt. we
walked to tower, got a couple things, ate dinner at baja fresh and went
back home. it was a fun day on the whole.
today was another story. someone new was hired on saturday. from
behind she looks exactly like heidi (the assistant manager)- they have
the same tattoos, body type and hair style and apparently she worked with
heidi and joe at another store. i think it's lame that joe is so anxious
to hire people he worked with at the other store, but i suppose it's also
understandable. isabel (one of the cooler people at work) put in her two
week notice and i'd like to do the same. the new girl (sydney) actually
doesn't seem as dumb or mean as heidi so i guess that's good.
wow, it's been exactly 36 hours since my last update.
updated movies list.
i've watched only seven movies this month. that's horrible.
there's a possibility we'll go to SF today and see naqoyqatsi. i also want
to see the movie about jerry seinfeld - "comedian." but the closest place
that's playing now is also SF.
the garbage disposal is broken.
i want to see sullivan's travels again. i really dig the conclusion that
sullivan came to by the end of the film - sometimes laughter is the best
thing life has to offer.
just looked over pitchforkmedia.com's
top 100 albums of the 1980s. most lists like that have the same old
crap on them, but this one does a pretty good job of having the classics
and the unknown gems. there were a few notable misses though - metallica
- master of puppets or and justice for all, take your pick; ac/dc - back
in black because it defined hard rock for the next 20 years; and dead kennedys
- fresh fruit for rotting vegetables because it's the best album of one
of the best punk bands ever.
Mr. Lif's "Home Of The Brave"
Now let's talk about self expression, true expression
Open your minds without question
No doubt, tell me what you're thinking about
Let's try to set aside pride and clout
Can you believe I feel the same exact way you do?
You truly do believe these modern ways have fooled you
Systems exist so we never need each other
Pretty soon from now that I'll long the word "brother"
And that's true if they see you walking with a crew
If you don't know, that means more than two
I'll tell you what they'll do
They'll pull over, hunt you over
Kick your ass, nightstick to your shoulder
I know it's unjust, as if it wasn't enough
If you try to fight back they're locking your ass up
And Chuck already told you that a cell is hell
But I'm waiting for the phone so I'll sit for a spell
Call the guard, tell him I'm a piece of God
With no beliefs in his streets or his boulevards
I eat, read so my mental is hard
And the heat from my anger just melted the bars
They reach for their guns so I put them to sleep
Break the chains and put the shoes back on my feet
He's on the loose with no discernible scars or marks
Just the mind of Mandela and the heart of Rosa Parks
So I dip, time to see the governor and mayor
Tell them life ain't fair and see if they care
Well they do, but only if they are the heir
So they appear to have a heart and make a flair
But they haven't done shit for us and that's a fact
Their only function is to keep the funny money where it's at
And it causes pain, stress
Ask me if we need a different way of life (yes)
Headline: Bush steals the presidency
He needs the backing of the media what could the remedy be?
The country's headed for recession reminiscent of the Great Depression
Are lives worth a world of power? Easy question
Planes hit the towers and the Pentagon
Killing those the government wasn't dependant on
It's easy to control the scared so they keep us in fear
With their favorite Middle Eastern demon named Bin Laden this year
Bush disguises blood lust as patriotism
Convincing the living to love "Operation Let's Get 'Em"
But when he realized we don't support their attacks
They needed something to distract, hmm, anthrax
This further demonizes Afghanis
So Americans cheer while we kill their innocent families
And what better place to start a war
To build a pipeline to get the oil that they had wanted before
America supported the Taliban
To get Russia out of Afghanistan
That's how they got the arms in
They're in a war against the Northern Alliance
And we can't build a pipeline in hostile environments
Here's what your history books won't show:
You're a dead man for fucking with American dough
They killed several birds with one stone
While you're at home with anti-terrorism up in your dome
But my eyes are wide open and my TV is off
Great, 'cause I save on my electricity cost
And you can wave that piece of shit flag if you dare
But they killed us because we've been killing them for years
"Some 92,000 acres of mud and sand at the bottom of the Pacific Northwest's
Puget Sound is contaminated with dioxin, toxic metals, and PCBs (just for
starters), all the result of industrial pollution. In turn, these nasties
make their way into the sound's critters. Crabs are poisoned, while orca
whales, salmon, and even some herring stocks are disappearing. The
sound's beaches -- important nursery grounds for many fish -- are also
in trouble because of rampant development. Scientists think global
warming is also affecting the sound's sea life."
updated movies list.
haven't been watching very many movies lately....mostly because of my new
the boss suggested that i use an empty rack as storage for budget dvds.
after he suggested this he asked me "do you care?" "not really" i replied.
he asked why and i gave a cop out answer rather than telling him that he
had driven me to apathy. he's a sad person.
"Michael Jackson is in trouble again after he was spotted briefly dangling
a barefooted baby over the railing of his fourth-floor hotel window in
Berlin. The pop superstar left fans gasping as he held the baby high above
their heads in the German capital Tuesday. The King of Pop arrived in Germany
to accept a humanitarian award for his charity work with children but his
gesture to fans from his hotel window has left many wondering just how
safe a parent he is. Fans below gasped as he held a light-skinned baby
briefly over the metal railing with one hand. An onlooker says, "People
were looking away. I'm sure Michael knew exactly what he was doing and
was in complete control but it was a strange thing to do. It could have
been a doll but it looked very real." The baby is believed to be Jackson's
new child, Prince Michael II. A spokeswoman for the singer says Jackson
was traveling with his children. The Thriller singer is already under attack
from his former brother-in-law Jack Gordon - who claims in a new book that
Jackson used to beat his pet chimpanzee Bubbles."
that guy is just plain funny.
got a flu shot today.
started downloading old episodes of beavis and butt-head recently. that
show was great.
haven't been able to get email lately, not sure why.
nothing interesting has been going on at home or work lately.
i'm not very interested in fantasy football any more.
looking forward to my trip south.
went through my entire cd collection to make sure that everything on the
list was right. there were four discrepancies.
the bush administration is funny and we're even more funny for letting
them be as funny as they're being.
i have class tomorrow. missed last week and the week before that we didn't
have to go because of the elections.
melanie's parents were in town this weekend so i got free dinner and kept
busy on saturday.
so i hear the segway people mover is now on sale at amazon.com. hopefully
it catches on. i don't think it'll be anything more than a toy until at
least a few years down the line.
working an opening shift tomorrow.
"One-click activism has been a one-click failure with the Bush administration
thus far. The Interior Department, for example, received 360,000
public comments (the huge majority of them sent by email) about the future
of snowmobiles in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks; 80 percent
of the writers asked that the government ban the snowmobiles. Last
week, however, the administration said it would let the machines continue
to rumble through the parks. What gives? Public comments have
carried increasingly less weight since a 1987 court ruling that gave officials
permission to ignore mass mailings, such as the one generated when green
advocacy groups encouraged their members to sign form letters about the
snowmobiles. Accordingly, the administration also discarded 93 percent
of the comments it received about its plans to roll back protections for
roadless areas in national forests, arguing that only 7 percent of the
comments were "original" and not the result of a Beltway-orchestrated campaign."
work gets ten times better once heidi and joe leave... that's the good
thing about working a closing shift.
listened to johnny cash's new album today. it's actually mostly covers
of other songs which is kinda lame. the first song is good and there are
a couple interesting renditions of popular songs, but overall probably
not worth buying.
updated movies list.
been downloading games for the computer lately. makes me want to get a
sony playstation II.
now that i'm going to be closing more often my sleep schedule is going
to go back to late nights and mornings around noon. that's nice during
fall and winter, but not during spring and summer....so i'm not too upset
"Smoking three pure cannabis joints is as bad for your lungs as smoking
20 normal cigarettes and marijuana is more dangerous now than it was in
the 1960s, British researchers said on Monday. In what it described as
a shocking new report, the British Lung Foundation (BLF) said tar from
cannabis cigarettes contained 50% more carcinogens--the agents that produce
cancer--than tobacco. "Three cannabis joints a day cause the same damage
to the lining of the airways as 20 cigarettes," it said in a statement."
i thought that had been established a long time ago. people who smoke pot
seem to think it's so much better for them than cigarettes, but then they
deny that pot is a gateway drug. in my limited experience people who start
smoking pot always experiment elsewhere. i don't have anything against
people who choose to do drugs, but don't pretend that pot is good for you
and won't expose you to other drugs because that's just dumb.
today was uneventful.
i ate at togo's for the first time in quite a while. they have good sandwiches.
i tried using the dvd player on my computer to get a screen shot from koyaanisqatsi,
but the copyright software prohibited me from doing so. i could get a screen
shot, but the dvd image was just black. pretty good technology. i'll have
to find a program that can take screen shots from dvds because there are
a couple images i want for my desktop and to post on here.
femme fatale was a good movie.
updated moviesiown list.
i think i lost this week in fantasy football. i needed to win and it came
down to monday night's game. i had a good chance of winning, but my second
best player blew it for me.
i think it's lame that there are people living in northern california who
are actually mad that southern california uses the water that happens to
fall up here. i don't understand how you can fault a person for being born
in place that doesn't have as much water as you. my understanding of this
issue is limited only to what northern californians have articulated...and
that hasn't been much. most have a general anger about southern ca stealing
"their" water. occasionally one might hear about the topographic or environmental
impact this has had on ca as a whole, but usually it's just an ownership
thing. the ownership complaint is pure ignorance, but the environmental
one does have merit. i still don't see the point of condemning a whole
area because people who once inhabited the area chose to do a certain thing.
it's beyond my comprehension.
taking another leap. sony is usually good about making quality hardware
that makes sense for consumers.
"We have it on good authority that Fritz Lang's restored version of Metropolis
will finally reach DVD from Kino (here in R1) on February 18 as a special
edition release. This is the new, German restoration that is currently
making a tour the art house circuit."
"We have word that The Simpsons: The Complete Third Season will street
sometime in April of next year."
having a hard time coming up with my top ten in music for the year.
heart shaped box is a disturbing video.
read some of kurt cobain's journal the other day. he was just another troubled
youth who happened to be highly talented and that's what's so appealing
(to me) about him - he's just another guy. just like dylan was just another
beatnik who happened to be so talented that he became a voice for a whole
group of people.
updated movies list.
today will be the 8th day in a row that i've worked. sunday - off, monday/tuesday
- work, wednesday - off, thursday - work, friday/saturday - off.
i think it's in our nature to constantly live at the very extent of our
means. i can say that if i were rich i would get a modest house and not
buy too many toys, but i think that it's natural for most of us to just
consume as much as we are able. this isn't true for everyone, but i think
that's more of a result of the guilt associated with conspicuous consumption.
i find that most people live in the best house and have the best tv or
sleeping bag or whatever that they can afford. the very fact that that
statement seems obvious is testament to what i'm saying. we think it's
completely natural to get the best things we can afford within (and sometimes
beyond - thanks to credit) our means.
the lakers lost and the kings won. the lakers are a subpar team without
shaq. samaki walker is possibly the worst player in the nba - he actually
does more bad than good for his team. i'm not just being mean, he really
is that bad.
updated cdlist. i'm at 680 now.
got a couple good compilations off the luakabop
label. they seem to have good stuff including david byrne (talking heads)
and cornershop which i did not know before.
shannon, fellow tower employee, also had her review recently and got a
20 cent raise. she's been there longer than me and probably works harder
(though not a full 40 hours a week). it actually made me more upset to
hear of her slap in the face 20 cent raise than it did to hear that i was
losing the ass man position. not to make excuses for them, but i guess
we have to take into account the context - tower is not doing very well.
they just announced that pulse (tower's monthly magazine) will no longer
be published and 15% of the corporate staff is getting the axe. if they
were making record profits then i would be truly mad.
the rage against the machine/chris cornell album is finally going to come
out (nov. 19th) and i should get a promo next friday.
working a closing shift every once in a while is nice because it lets me
sleep in on a work day.
gotta go wash dishes, eat and watch notre dame come back to beat navy.
it rained pretty hard today.
lakers lost and that's good news.
not much new at work or home.
looking forwad to going to la.
had my one year review at work today. got almost all fives (five being
the best). i'll also will get a 50 cent raise. i should probably start
looking for a new job, but i've never been very good at that stuff.
my fantasy football team won this week.
coming down to la and will be there from the 27th of november to the 1st
"The mythical Twoism recordings, originally released on Boards Of Canada's
Music70 label before their groundbreaking "Music Has The Right To Children"
album, are re-released on November 25th."
the kings haven't been playing very good basketball lately. i also don't
think they've gotten more than 3 starters to play in one game since the
voted yesterday and that was worthless, but didn't take very long. the
democratic party needs a wake up call and bush winning in 2000 wasn't good
enough so hopefully 2002 will be.
tomorrow is mike's last day at work. i'll miss him, but no one else will.
hasn't rained yet, but it was close tonight.
i don't like that it gets dark so early. fall is lame.
went through my Dungey notebook the other night. the three classes i took
with him were probably the most rewarding of my college life.
if you've got the time and bandwidth you should check out mr. lif's song
"home of the brave" - it's the best new (to me) song i've heard this month.
bad news at work today was that yesterday we had computer problems so today
i hade to spend three hours doing deposits manually for the last two days.
the good news is that i got to listen to npr the whole time.
it seems that no one really likes the new assistant manager at work. not
sure if that's because she's a coke head or because she's mentally retarded.
i'll get back to you on that.
updated movies list.
cleaned up around the house today.
watched notre dame lose its first game of the season.
i go back to work tomorrow, but i work a closing shift so i can stay up
a little later tonight...that's a nice thing. so are my new keyboard and
mouse. the keyboard has a nice feel and is quiet. the mouse has a scroll
wheel which is a first for any mouse i've owned.
the video to orbital's "the box" is freaking great and aphex twin's "come
to daddy" video is disturbing.
updated movies list.
"Refiners should have no problem producing nearly sulfur-free diesel by
2006, according to a report released yesterday by an advisory panel to
the U.S. EPA. The panel was convened last year by EPA Administrator
Christie Whitman to assess possible technological barriers to complying
with a clean diesel rule issued in the final weeks of the Clinton administration.
That rule requires refineries to reduce sulfur emissions from 500 parts
per million to 15 ppm by 2006, a move that will go a long way toward cleaning
up tailpipe exhaust from trucks and buses. Such exhaust causes and
accelerates respiratory ailments such as asthma, resulting in thousands
of premature deaths per year. Big oil has resisted the 15 ppm rule
in the past, saying it might cause distribution problems and fuel shortages.
But now the American Petroleum Institute, the large oil companies' trade
group, says the industry will not seek to postpone the diesel rule."
"Frogs are changing genders -- and it ain't just to Halloween getup. The
most popular weed-killer in the U.S. is causing sex changes in frogs, according
to a summary of a new study published today in Nature. The study,
led by Tyrone Hayes, a biologist with the University of California at Berkeley,
contains the first field evidence that atrazine, a pesticide used since
the 1950s and once thought benign, is causing developmental defects in
a common Midwestern frog. In one watershed researched, 92 percent
of the male frogs had been feminized in water with just 0.1 parts per billion
of the chemical. The U.S. EPA allows 3 parts per billion in drinking
water. In 1999, an estimated 80 million pounds of atrazine were applied
to U.S. crops, golf courses, and lawns. In an unusual move, scientists
on an industry-financed panel assembled to issue a critique of a longer
version of Hayes' study appearing in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives."
not really sure what i am going to do with my day off yet.
the history of beavis and butthead dvd that was supposed to come out last
month has been cancelled, but a few got through and are selling on ebay
for over 100 bucks. insane.
"...(I) won't come down like new york's two burning middle fingers."
-cage. "cut my wrist and walked by some crips bleeding red / in the hopes
that i get shot in the fucking head....i'm a suicidal failure, look my
life's failure" - cage. this album is freaking great.