10-31-00 (22:30)
  • pretty tired lately.
  • halloween is here. i guess there are lots of parties going on right now.
  • bought some incense the other day. my room smells like india now. better than the way the house smelled before. drastic times call for drastic measures. the smell of our kitchen was in drastic need of repair.
  • speaking of india, i got the gandhi autobiography today. need to work on the MLK one first though.
  • gotta register for classes tomorrow...most of the classes i want to take are at 10am. there's not a chance i'm waking up that early during the winter. going to try and take linguistics over again and not get a D this time. also want to take two sociology classes...wanted to take a class on gender, but i don't know if that's going to happen because it's too early. think i'll take one on family instead. then i might take one on social deviance since i'd like to learn as much about myself as possible before i get into the real world. hmmm, then there's the second half of the film class. so that's 16 units. i'd still have 8 units left for my minor and 4 units to satisfy a GE and i think that would be enough for graduation.
  • after graduation i'll probably live in davis, go from job to job never attaining any real level of security. go in and out of relationships, finally find someone i can settle with. get divorced and die at 50 because of a heart problem.
  • or i could graduate, go into debt a little, go across the country and live out of my car for a couple months. come back to davis live with johnny and christy, get a bunch of shitty jobs and gain some more perspective in life. all the while spending a few hours a week watching classrooms at the high school level, learning how to be a teacher. afterwards i will attend some college where i can get accreditation in a year. by the time i graduate from there i'll be 24 and i'll say to myself "what now?" 24 is kinda young to start teaching so maybe i'll become a substitute which is about the most lame shit ever, so i won't do that. i'll tap into the digital economy, become independently wealthy and drop all ideas of any noble profession. scratch that. i'll get a moderately decent job for a year and then start looking for some real teaching opportunities. i'll find a decent school, teach there a couple years and then move to another school, finally - two schools later - i will settle down at about 32 and teach until i'm 60 something or can't yell anymore.
  • the thing i look forward to most as a teacher is being disciplined by the principals. i can't wait till the day when the principal comes up to me after school one day and says "chris you've got to cut down on the amount of cussing that comes out of this room, it's not an appropriate learning environment." ... "you know what isn't a proper learning environment, is the fucking ideological monopoly in this society which insisted on infiltrating the classroom with antiquated curriculum and no diversity of ideas..."
  • i'd never be good in a discipline position (cop, security guard, etc.) i just don't care too much about being picky about lots of stupid laws. i'd pretty much make my own laws...case in point...at the library we're not allowed to check books out to people unless they have their student ID card. of course all the other people who work there are tight asses about it, not quite sure why..."it's the policy they say." if the person has their ID number and something that proves they are who they say they are then i have no problem checking it out to them. it just means i have to get their card number which takes an extra step or two. i also clear fines for people if they come to me with a late book and a decent excuse. i know what it's like being a poor student so i don't have a problem with screwing over the university a little. i think this would carry over to any other job i might have. i wasn't very good at disciplining the kids at the shelter either. i provided boundaries for them, because they all came from backgrounds which required that, but i let them get away with stuff because life is too short to not let a kid get more than 30 minutes on the nintendo. gimme a break. nintendo is all this kid has and some of the staff would get all stiff about it.
  • lighten up. pick your battles.
  • i've been wearing the same jeans for a couple weeks. paying for laundry bites ass.
  • finally cancelled call waiting. what a waste of money. i never talk on the phone and i certainly won't have two people wanting to call me at the same time.
  • i always get weird messages on my answering machine. today some girl called up and was talking to her friends in the background, then said "hello? hello?" maybe i should be more explicit on my outgoing message..."this is chris miller, this is the phone number, this is not a live person, when you hear the beep that would be your cue to leave a message with some of the following information: your name, your number, a good time to call back, what you're calling about, and the answer to the question 'who let the dogs out.'"
  • i think conan has a good guest on tonight, will check now. just found out...at the drive-in is the musical guest...i've heard they're good live. they were going to open for the beastie boys and rage when that whole thing was going to happen.

  • 10-31-00 (01:29)

  • "i know that the hypnotized never lie" - the who
  • european son is a very good velvet underground song.
  • "gore and bush make me want to ralph"

  • 10-30-00 (21:36)

  • you can kill a revolutionary, but you can't kill a revolution.
  • really tired today. skipped the last half of film class, i was sleepy as hell.
  • hell is very sleepy for those not in the know.
  • on my way home i was on my bike crossing the street and riding without my hands on the handlebars when this renegade car which seemed not to see the red light went right through the intersection. i could have died, instead i avoided the car, shook my head and rode on. death is funny.
  • rolling stones be playing now.
  • as for the claim that rage is the best four instrument band ever...they entertain me the most, but i think nirvana is better and if i'm not mistaken jimi hendrix could also be in the running and of course he's done more for music than rage. elite company nonetheless, in my opinion...
  • in other biking news...today was a sad day i got dusted by two different bikers while on my way to campus. that's three this year. which is one more than the past three years combined. i'm becoming an old out of shape man.
  • "lose your dreams and you'll lose your mind" - the rolling stones

  • 10-30-00 (10:35)

  • led zeppelin: i love you.
  • got a whopping 107 hits last week, that's pretty crazy shit.
  • got mad shit to do today, gonna be a long one.
  • starting out the day with a smile and some really loud music is pretty much the only way to go from now on.

  • 10-30-00 (01:54)

  • the mokees, though mocked usually, are alright in my book.
  • some guy made a song whose lyrics contained the information required to rip a dvd and effectively pirate it. he then uploaded it to mp3.com's site. once 'they' found out about it 'they' got him in all kinds of trouble. (first amendment, *cough*). someone writes a book describing how to build a bomb, terrorized neighbors, phreak phone lines, etc (anarchist cookbook) and it's a library staple. but someone tells people how to save money by making copies of their friends' dvds and there's a big hullabaloo over it all. money is retarded. i hereby denounce the worth of money.
  • private property is lame. i guess in some ways locke was progressive because he said people are entitled to private property, but only that which they made with their own hands and labor.
  • i can imagine being a youngster in january 1967 listening to the debut album by the doors and being pretty blown away. then flipping over the lp and being blown away even more by light my fire and back door man (great bass line) and finally being totally flabbergasted by "the end." jim morrison just going off...man i wish i had lived in the sixties so i could have experience shit like that first hand.
  • listened to bob dylan today too.
  • i need to get some beatles albums when i have some dead presidents.
  • ten years after is in the player now...great band.
  • so i have this small 1-2 pager which is due tomorrow. gag.
  • tuesday is halloween. yay. um, right.
  • kinda sad that halloween used to be such a thrill and now it ain't shit.
  • some idiot on the beastie boys NG was talking about a time when music and politics weren't connected. hmmm, what a nim(rod). what a (re)tard. what a fool to boot. a nincompoop.
  • gotta get to this paper or i will surely perish from this earth.
  • "The loss of strength gradient and its intellectual descendants focus on the obstacles posed by geographic distance for military force projection." - this i a very inviting way to start a subchapter. what a crock. write in fucking english. or maybe i should be mad at the teacher who assigned us a book which obviously requires more than just a basic understanding of war. good lord. i'm so glad that i'm not committed to reading everything they assign me. i might stress out otherwise.
  • stress is lame.
  • i just want to walk the earth and do good. like the guys in "easy rider" only without the harleys, the drugs, and the last scene - which was, by the way, very powerful.
  • i gotta do this damn paper thing. i gotta wake up in 6.5 hours and have my 10 hour day.
  • i could just pack up everything, take the bug and start a new life in reno. i really could just do that. or could i?
  • fuck it, i gotta do this paper no matter which way i look at it.
  • baba o'riley is such an epic song. goddamn.
  • i think that rage against the machine is the best strictly four instrument band (bass, guitar, vocals, percussion) ever. led zeppelin, beatles, pretty much anyone in contention that i can think of has used more than that. i guess you gotta give them props for that, huh? nirvana is really the only competition and i'm not 100% sure that nirvana never used another instrument. black sabbath did some experimental stuff in the later years, besides they had the harmonica in there which would be number five.
  • soup to nuts 'there's something about mary' is the funniest movie of this generation. i must say, though, that planes trains and automobiles should get its due.
  • quickly, then i'll begin: arafat, barak, listen up...if you want the capital to be yours you can just make a trip over here and take over davis or something. i won't cause a stir, in fact no one will. just stop killing five year olds on their way to get a drink of water and shit. well, i haven't actually heard of five year olds on their way to get water being killed, but you get the point.
  • i wish every country in the world would declare neutrality and give back land to those who had it first...i'd be willing to go back to hell where i (and my white brothers) came from if it meant native americans and bison would be alive again. no, not all white people are devils, but...hyperbole for the sake of a) making a point b) procrastination.
  • "meet the old boss, same as the old boss...." - we won't get fooled again - The Who

  • 10-29-00 (23:45)

  • too many people value their lives too highly. i'm willing to gamble with it. i don't mean this in the literal sense like i'm going to go out and drive 90 in a residential neighborhood. i'm talking about other risks. what i'm getting at is that you don't have to live by the perscribed formula, there are other, more risky and fulfilling, ways to go about it.
  • in an odd sense i'm looking forward to a complete failure within the first half of my life so that i can rebuild and start over again. you know, find jesus and such. maybe a little different.
  • of course, i'm not going to seek it out, but i'm not afraid to let it happen.
  • it's cold inside.
  • sloop john b is such a great song.
  • music sure does speak to me. i'm not always sure what it's saying, but i get all tingly.
  • updated movies list. every single shot in a movie can be done any one out of a zillion ways. i'd never be able to make a movie.
  • i still give too many movies the go ahead.

  • 10-29-00 (20:16)

  • just about every day i find something i'd like to change about myself. slowly i change it. i think at this rate i'll be a perfect person by the time i'm 683.
  • started up the classic rock today. chuck berry is playing now. formulaic, but it's his formula and it's good.
  • going to be really busy tomorrow, not a big fan of being really busy. i've been cherishing my free time more and more these days in anticipation of one day being a 9-5er...granted it will hopefully be a 'noble' 9-5, but i'll still have far less time than i have now. i'm in no rush to become a slave.
  • i think when people take control of their lives it's the best thing they can do for themselves. buying a new car is not taking control of your life.
  • taking control of one's life becomes harder and harder with every day.
  • industrialization has destroyed many things that once made humans more human.
  • chuck berry is alright in my book. ccr are great. didn't know that "too much monkey business" was a chuck berry tune before it was a yardbirds tune. knew that they covered their fair share of tracks though.
  • i think i just bought gandhi's autobiography without having enough money to do so. look who has his priorities straight. go chris.
  • i forgot who it was but someone tried to call me and said that the phone kept ringing without my picking up. i was online...the call waiting does that these days. i should get rid of call-waiting, it really is a waste. it was johnny, i remember now.
  • it didn't really rain today so that was good.
  • got to play some frisbee golf. i sucked big time. big time.
  • watched the 49ers lose a good game, that wasn't fun.
  • i like 'ramble tamble' - a very good ccr track which seemed to go unnoticed. not sure why no one ever plays it.
  • the people upstairs don't like loud music at late hours. understandable, but unfortunate.
  • updated my 'if i were rich/do these before you die' page.
  • off to watch 'sweet smell of success,' which has been on the to see list for years.

  • 10-29-00 (03:23)

  • music can really amplify feelings which people have, it's great like that.
  • it's beyond my comprehension how the government can spend billions and billions more on oppressing people abroad than they spend on funding the arts.
  • i'm a much better person because of music or movies than i am because people abroad are being subdued and pacified in the name of my country.
  • on another note...i was looking through a pile of papers and ran across the personal statement i had to write up last year. i compared myself to dirk diggler (the porn star in boogie nights). i guess i can be funny at times, though, if memory serves i was writing on a couple liters of mountain dew in the system...
  • i also read over a few of my past essays and discovered that having a non-proofreading policy probably isn't the best idea. found plenty of stupid mistakes. it's all in the past i suppose.
  • "...what's gonna set you free? look inside and you'll see..."
  • so it's basically 5am right now because of the whole daylight savings time deal.
  • i ask a lot of questions which go unanswered, but i'd like this one answered. why is it that people insist on violence as a way of working things out? why do people insist upon forcing their ideology upon others? if you have a good explanation i'd like to hear it.
  • you know a great moment in cinema history was when sidney poitier answered to the sheriff's question "what do they call you down there boy?" - "they call me MR. TIBBS!"
  • updated movies list.
  • "Then it don't matter. I'll be all aroun' in the dark. I'll be ever'where--wherever you can look. Wherever there's a fight so hungry people can eat, I'll be there. Wherever there's a cop beatin' up a guy, I'll be there, I'll be in the way guys yell where there're mad--an' I'll be in the way kids laugh when they're hungry an' they know supper's ready. An' when the people are eatin' the stuff they raise, an' livin' in the houses they built, I'll be there too." -Tom from Grapes of Wrath
  • "I know. That's what makes us tough. Rich fellas come up an' they die an' their kids ain't no good an' they die out. But we keep a-comin'. We're the people that live. They can't wipe us out--they can't lick us. We'll go on forever, Pa, 'cause we're the people." -Ma from Grapes of Wrath
  • really the whole movie could have been a single shot of the exterior of an outhouse. as long as had those two quotes that movie would have still kicked ass.

  • Cute, huh? His name was Tupac Shakur
    10-29-00 (02:09)
  • i remember watching the 84 olympics and seeing part of Mary Lou Retton's great performance. i remember most seeing her parents crying. i asked my mom why they were crying and she said that sometimes people cry when they're happy. the times when i have cried because i was so happy have been few and far between and most of them were due to music.
  • note to self: led zeppelin are perfect.
  • it's easy to say that jimmy page was the best member of the band, but john paul jones has got to be in the running. then again so do plant and bonham. they're fucking great.
  • after listening to houses of the holy i realize that it is an album of epic proportions. i'm not sure why i didn't fully realize this before.

  • 10-28-00 (23:50)

  • my internet connection is being quite dumb right now.
  • maybe i'll just format my hard drive and see how that makes everything. could be a good project for tomorrow.
  • daylight savings is coming up i guess so don't forget to set the clocks back.
  • leaf blowers - the most white of all inventions. it is loud, pollutes, attempts to alter nature, and is the epitome of laziness.
  • when i hear leaf blowers i feel like the yell that zach lets out in "freedom." what a frustrating world we live in.

  • 10-28-00 (20:35)

  • it was raining so i have an excuse for this.

  • 10-28-00 (18:20)

  • i'm down with kool moe dee. he's what old school hip-hop should be about: urban politics, great sampling, the use of jazz, and of course some inventive rhymes.
  • woke up about 4.5 hours ago.
  • it's raining big time today. (6) same expected for tomorrow, but not monday. convienent that it rains the worst when we're supposed to escape the dullness of modern life. instead we become relegated to the tube.
  • vern saved the day though. we started writing a script for this local guy looking for some writers. we're pretty far along, more work tomorrow i'm sure.
  • i'll be done with all my hip-hop albums by the end of the day. i'm thinking classic rock will be next. that will take at least a week. i'll try to attack it more chronologically this time.
  • going to make a list of things to do this week. i have a feeling that there is more school work than i had originally thought.
  • you know what would really fuck up a lot of the liberal political thought (hobbes, locke, and such) would be to denounce all ideas of private property. it's amazing how much of our political thought is based upon the protection of property.
  • if only the world were perfect. ahhh, that would nice. duh.
  • i think i told this story before, but i was thinking about it again so here it goes. i remember being about 11 and listening to the radio while i was in bed. i was trying to come up with my idea of the best music possible. i thought it would be cool if 'they' had a machine which took a sampling of music you really enjoy and it would spit out the best music ever, according to your tastes. it's a bad idea because it would never work, but i think hip-hop is kinda like that. they sample shit from all over the place and make it into good music. at least the good hip-hop does. the pinnacle of great hip-hop in this spirit would be paul's boutique. nowadays it's pretty much illegal to do anything like as great as that album for the masses.

  • 10-28-00 (00:41)

  • updated movies list.
  • updated poll.
  • 02:45 time to sleep. it's going to rain tomorrow i might not wake up until really late. most likely, though, i'll get some telemarketer to wake me up early enough.
  • watch out, here comes god
    10-27-00 (19:08)
  • got the quickcam all working now. added pics of the new room, even pictures of a couple new posters i've gotten since last year. updated pics page. i should get more creative with this quickcam stuff.
  • worked on the bug today. took him out for a spin, ran pretty well, but needs a valve job i think.
  • today was decent overall. hope is pretty much where it's at. without it, well shit would suck.
  • got another cd in the mail. not sure i ordered it, but i may as well keep it since it's "the who."
  • i just realized that i should probably get around to eating something today. odd.
  • updated cdlist. got to delete two more mp3s.
  • moderation is key.
  • finally got my jacket from rei in the mail today. i ordered it a few months ago. backordering is kinda lame.

  • 10-27-00 (12:56)

  • so i started to cry last night because i was thinking about the Kursk and the middle east and all the fucked shit in the world which is just completely unneeded. i was wondering why people can't just get along more. when i woke up this morning i realized that love is a more ubiquitous emotion than hate, and that alone gives me some hope.
  • it's not raining today which is great. the sun is pretty cool in my book.
  • got work soon enough.
  • vern and i both got packages today, as he said it was like christmas. i love getting stuff in the mail.
  • "pullin' me in" is a really awesome song.

  • 10-27-00 (02:35)

  • why does the inside of my ear itch so much? it seriously does and it's not going away so easy.
  • wyclef is great.
  • whoop whoop, yankees won the series, whew whew, excitement.
  • who am i listening to now? wyclef - second album. some pretty tight beats on this here album.
  • wading through the hallway was the theme for last night. tonight the bathroom is all fixed up.
  • was on campus from 12-6 today. actually went fairly fast.
  • "where my fugees at?" - a good wyclef track, check it out.
  • worst thing about today was the rain, but even that wasn't too bad. ergo, the day went pretty well.
  • work tomorrow from 2-4p.
  • well i must say that my political science prof. (Dungey) is pretty much the best college professor i've had so far. he was telling us that he's going to give us the questions for the midterm in the class before we take it so we don't have to stress out. "no trickery here, no power trip..." he said. that's pretty cool compared to some professors. but to avoid people taking the test the night before he said we need to bring in a blue book and he'll initial them and re-distribute them before the test. last year he said that 60% of the people didn't bring in their bluebooks so he had to go buy some out of his own pocket. at which he commented "i don't want to have to do that. i had to take money out of my fucking martini fund"...something along those lines. it was funnier when he said it. he's full of pearls like this. great guy despite his being unbalanced mentally.
  • who the hell is on track three of this album? holy shit, that would be kenny rogers, country and hip hop combining...wyclef is a great producer like that.
  • WYSIWYG - what you see is what you get...that's pretty much me in a nutshell.
  • okay, i'm tired of trying to make every bullet start with a "w"...it was cool while it lasted, though contrived.
  • so the Kursk had sailors (who were probably drawn into the russian navy by some Navy commercial much like ours - advertising all the places you'll go, people you'll meet, diseases you'll contract, close-minded brut frat boys you'll be surrounded by, etc)...uh, well there were some sailors who were still alive in the submarine after the explosion. what a way to die.
  • if you want to see a great submarine movie - das boot is where it's out. peterson did so well with das boot and then moved to hollywood and had george clooney direct for him or something because perfect storm was wack.
  • i use four reference books everyday - dictionary, movie guide, music guide, and the world almanac. i wish i retained more of this shit, esp. when it comes to speeling.
  • corporate welfare is a joke i just don't get.
  • very funny.
  • since it's 3:51 i should probably get to sleep.

  • 10-26-00 (22:45)

  • updated movies list.
  • realized after i got off of work today that i'm pretty much done for the week. i'm subbing for someone from 2-4 tomorrow, but other than that i'm clear until monday. feels good.
  • i should make sure i don't have any assignments coming up.
  • i don't want to work for the man.
  • listening to all three of my public enemy albums for the next couple hours.
  • i've said before that changing who you are is really tough. it is, but i think i've begun to learn how. i admire men like malcolm x, MLK, gandhi, et al because they seemed to have a pretty good idea of who they wanted to be and were very able to reach that point.
  • my mind is pretty mushy right now, i can barely type.
  • it was a gloomy day in davis today, but it makes you appreciate spring all the more.
  • i think that if i had a girlfriend i'd be a better person
  • i can't understand why people can't just accept people and their differences. i've run across plenty of people i don't want to be associated with. plenty of people i can't stand, but why would i ever kill someone because of what they believe?
  • i know that when judgment day comes all the white corporate scum will go to the fiery pits of hell, but that doesn't mean i'm going to beat the shit out of them.
  • was in sociology class today and we were talking about associations we make with symbols...the teacher asked what associations we made with nature, then he asked what we thought the opposite of nature might be. first thing that came to my mind was "white men."
  • "elvis was a hero to most, but he never shit to me. he was straight out racist and plain. mother fuck him and john wayne." -chuck d and flava flav.

  • 10-26-00 (02:35)

  • added to the recently listened to list: resurrection of hip-hop (i talked to one of the guys in this group in kdvs one time, good guy), more tribe called quest...i guess that's it.
  • my side of the bathroom is extremely flooded now. kinda funny. see, i'm laughing. ha ha.
  • the spooks album is pretty damned good, esp. "things i've seen." i will await the next one.
  • listening to music loud makes it so much better. i think the people upstairs probably hate me by now. it's okay because every time they turn on the sink i get all their water on my floor.
  • i'm really liking this way of listening to music. it casts everything in a different light. it's nice to have some continuity too.
  • of course the fugees are insanely good.
  • i want to see about getting some more kdvs stickers. they seem to be fresh out of em.

  • 10-25-00 (23:50)

  • saw a funny looking man on campus today. he mumbled something in his foreign uneducated language. i killed him with my machete.
  • "how do you make god laugh? make a plan"
  • listened to spooks, schoolly d, beastie boys, n.w.a., and run d.m.c. so far today.
  • a lot of people have sampled public enemy and slick rick/doug e. fresh. and more people than i thought have sampled the beastie boys. oh and run d.m.c. are often sampled.
  • bathroom sink is sufficiently flooded...so is the floor.

  • 10-25-00 (20:08)

  • hooked up the quickcam today and then realized that i can't use it until i get a keyboard adapter.
  • updated movies list.
  • "...cuz you know why A-U-C-H. i'm taking all mc's out in the place..."
  • Adam Yauch is pretty much the coolest person alive. well almost anyway.
  • "i've got an open mind so why don't you all get inside"
  • someone asked me about affirmative action today - namely what my stance on it was. i told them that i support it. they said that they understood that people in lower socio-economic brackets didn't have the same opportunities as most, but felt that affirmative action wasn't the answer. i just realized i don't want to bother retelling the whole story since it's nothing special.

  • 10-25-00 (16:47)

  • woke up in the middle of the night with an ant crawling on my face, it was pretty funny actually. other than that i slept really well.
  • going to rent some movies tonight, not entirely sure which ones though.
  • i think i have a midterm next week and some kind of paper to do. i'll worry about those later though.
  • kept thinking that i had work until 6pm, turned out i didn't. lucky guy. got my paycheck so that's pretty sweet.
  • need to scan the pictures of malcolm. i love getting film developed because i never remember what is on the roll. as it turns out this roll had some pictures of jon, vern, and i riding jesus through the house next door (Doc and company). they had moved out and the house was empty so i decided to drive through it. fun stuff.
  • rainy day number four.

  • 10-25-00 (00:49)

  • quizzes are all over. not too bad overall.
  • if eminem rapped in a different language it would be a lot easier to like him. thing about him is that he's really inventive when it comes to delivery of his rhymes and his beats are pretty original.
  • had a good breakfast today...oj, and a plum. doesn't sound like much, but it's more than usual, and it was quality.
  • there are a lot more beastie boys samples floating around than one would think. the same goes for run d.m.c., but i guess one would expect it more with them.
  • this here page now averages 6 hits a day.
  • real life is harder than the media would like you to think. remember that. i demand more truth.
  • gotta sleep
  • updated movies list.
  • word on the street is that it's going to rain on friday and sunday. not a big fan of rain. maybe i should run around and get really wet rather than let it get me down. probably not a good idea since i felt a little sniffly this morning.

  • 10-24-00 (10:47)

  • updated the archives page. includes last month now.
  • been trying to get around to reading the MLK autobiography...no time.
  • gotta go study. gotta have a good breakfast for once too.

  • 10-24-00 (02:00)

  • been pretty happy lately.
  • there is no way i can be sad and listening to stevie wonder at the same time. frontline has elements of a sad song, but it doesn't make me sad. motivated, if anything.
  • tribe called quest - low end theory is better than i remember. it might make a move on people's instinctive travels. any hip-hop that uses jazz is pretty phat in my book. that's phat with a "ph."
  • need to see the new bjork movie...vern says it was really contrived and didn't do it for him at all. marina and gina upstairs say it's the greatest thing since canned fruit, um or something.
  • vern is asleep so now i can't read for my film class. forethought is a good thing. no worries, there's always the notes and the syllabus to study.
  • i wish we had a public access station in davis.
  • you know, nader made a good point - all the support for the arts in the last 7 years or so is equal to the tax break that the government gave to lockheed martin and boeing for merging. i'm pretty sure it was those two which merged. either way you get the point. if billy ray cyrus and garth brooks are so great why won't the republicans fork out more than 207 million a year? this'll go nowhere.
  • much respect to mark borchardt...he's got such vision and determination. i wonder when northwestern will come out. i hope he stays sober for a while.
  • the big question on the street seems to be: "who let the dogs out?" it's really funny how a song can get so big. it really is like the macarena. one that got pretty big pretty quickly which actually had a point was the "everybody wears sunscreen" track.
  • i got shocked a whole buttload today. once again, that is less than a shitload which is less than a fuckload.
  • from nader: www.tompaine.com
  • what is sex when you have three people? what are laws if they ain't fair and equal...what are the youth if they ain't rebellin'? ...what's america without greed and glamour? -courtesy of tribe called quest.
  • bust a nut inside your eye to let you know where i come from. -courtesy of tribe called quest.
  • been thinking about my music listening habits...i'm going to try and put things in perspective more often now. that is i'm going to listen to hip-hop for a while, rather than skipping around so much. skipping around is fun and all, but i think it'll be cool to get really into my hip-hop albums for a week and then move on to some indie rock - velvet underground, bis, etc. then move onto my jazz and maybe attack each genre chronologically. worth a shot.
  • worth a shot. definitely.
  • epmd are pretty much awesome on their debut album. major fall off after that though.
  • i'm going to study.
  • oh, got to see the last part of the monday night football game. it was a good game that went into overtime. good shit.
  • going to sleep now. it's pretty cool how public enemy can take about a tenth of a second's worth of a sample and use it so well.
  • if i die before i wake (sounds familiar) then someone should annonce to all my loyal journal readers: "Chris Miller has passed away. Shucks. Vote Nader." i hereby make that my one wish. it really is time to sleep.

  • 10-23-00 (23:56)

  • so i wonder how one knows when they've found "the one." back up. is there "one?" are there many? are there none? are there a lot of "close-enoughs?" i know that i know nothing. i think everything becomes more clear about the time you're 90 and ready to die.
  • i know depeche mode are great.
  • the midterm today wasn't as bad as was first thought, but maybe i should reserve that for the day when i get it back.
  • two quizzes tomorrow. film and sociology. shit i should have gotten my sociology book from the reserves. brilliant chris. what a tard.
  • my speeling is pretty atrocious.
  • updated movies list. the soundtrack on this version of metropolis was extremely ill-suited. i'm not sure what was running through the person's mind when they picked it out. the movie is owned by some rich guy who revamped it...color tinting, new intertitles, and the soundtrack - bad idea.
  • bs2000 coming out in feb. beastie boys vinyl sounds of science crazy fresh version coming in november.

  • 10-23-00 (01:17)

  • the yardbirds cd (bbc sessions) is very good because it's the yardbirds, but i like their album version of for your love a lot more than that live version.
  • took a shower today, first time since monday. strangely i didn't start to smell or anything. it was pretty cool actually. now my skin is really dry. (single person) showers are over-rated.
  • speaking of which, it's funny how my guests always get more action in my house than i do. i'm over it.
  • just as i finished that line "too much monkey business" (a yardbirds' song) came on. synchronicity is cool.
  • smokestack lightning uses the same guitar breakdown as one in led zeppelin I.
  • then there is "the sun is shining" which took from muddy waters' you shook me, which was also borrowed by page while with led zeppelin on lz I.
  • the yardbirds are pretty classic 60s rock, they're not great, but they are very very good. they stole their fair share of riffs and covered a couple tunes.
  • i'm getting tired.

  • 10-22-00 (22:10)

  • no movie tonight.
  • heard nader on the radio, but didn't get to see him. he wasn't in the station, he called them for the interview.
  • he was really good. talked about things that no one else talks about. made a reference to the michael moore directed rage against the machine video (although it was sort of an oblique reference). good guy.
  • how 20th century fox could be left out of the 2-cd doors best of set is beyond me.
  • close game in the series today...in the last inning anyway.
  • i think i'm going to install the quick cam soon so it doesn't just sit and gather dust. i'll also be able to take pictures of the new room and my newly shaven legs. mmm, nevermind that last part.

  • 10-22-00 (14:42)

  • couldn't sleep last night.
  • 49ers lost again, this sucks.
  • johnny and christy left. it looks like they'll be moving to davis next year, could be good.
  • nader is in town...in an hour or so he'll be in KDVS, hopefully i'll be there too.
  • i have a midterm monday. two quizzes tuesday. reading would be a good idea at this point.
  • lots to do in the next few days.
  • my new lee morgan cd is good.
  • probably should go rent some more movies since i don't want to keep watching movies i've already seen. 116 movies on the to see list.
  • i'm currently uploading three fantastic beastie boys tracks to loyal fans, share the wealth.
  • over 11 million votes for nader, i predict.

  • 10-22-00 (00:20)

  • saw one snl skit and it looked dumb.
  • updated movies list. third kubrick in a row.
  • rage against the machine has their live album on pre-order at a few online stores...i think that's good news, but it conflicts with the reports that there isn't any release date in the near future....

  • 10-21-00 (01:43)

  • updated movies list. got four dvds in the mail, four for 20 bucks. johnny and christy missed a lot of clockwork orange which is too bad.
  • johnny and christy came today. went to get milkshakes came back watched a movie. oh we played frisbee golf too. had my worst game of the year, vern had his best. tommorrow they'll be gone and i'll be busy.
  • ended up counting the immigrant as one of my movies for the 300...i don't think it'll be the one that pushes me over so even if there is controversy i don't think it'll matter in the end.
  • the ralph nader speech is sold out so no dice there. however there is a chance i'll get to see him anyway. he's going to be at KDVS so i might make a trip down there and see if i can observe his greatness, even for a moment or two. having a KDVS id card might actually come in handy for once.
  • if you know of any good chemicals for getting stickers off glass, let me know.
  • art isn't a science. there aren't rules you can follow to ensure your art is good. in science there are. art isn't about formulas, science is. art is much more subject to interpretation and emotion. therefore i can say that the killing is probably the best kubrick film there is, but it's not my favorite. a streetcar named desire is probably a better film than magnolia in terms of writing and direction, i don't honestly have the knowledge to say this one way or the other; but magnolia is far superior in my books for completely intangible reasons. music is often the same way. nevermind, you know all this already.
  • watched the first 6-7 minutes of a movie online today. actually wasn't too slow at 56K. movie was horrible though.

  • 10-20-00 (01:48)

  • haven't had much time to do stuff i want to do lately. if i had a girlfriend it would be worse i suppose.
  • work can be pretty dope sometimes. this is especially true when cute chicks have nothing better to do than to talk to some guy (me) behind the desk.
  • watched a good video in class today about the media. had seen it before actually, but it was cool to see it again now that i have more perspective.
  • updated movies list. kubrick has a knack for ending his movies so damn well.
  • not having friends is usually not too great.
  • the highlight of my day is when i bike to class and zoom past everyone, that usually lasts all of 4 minutes.
  • i'm going to go to a bar and get wasted now.
  • no one has told me whether they think "the immigrant" should count for my movie count.
  • i should probably be getting to sleep.

  • 10-19-00 (00:30)

  • johnny is officially coming this weekend. friday to be exact.
  • updated mp3 list. got to delete a bunch because of the new cds.
  • updated movies list.
  • updated poll.
  • finally got jimmy smith's "root down (and get it)" it was tough to find until napster had big problems and thus big publicity.
  • went to phil and jon's (and monique's), nothing happening there.
  • next year when i renew my 300 movie goal i'm going to try and repeat a lot of the classics i saw this year. i've got about 105 movies on my "to see" list which should be plenty for next year so i want to make sure and see some of the films i liked a second or even third time next year.
  • without going back to hunting and gathering i don't think people of the world will ever be truly free or equal. then again i don't know if that could happen even with a hunting and gathering social structure. i don't think it could happen with 6 billion people living on this earth either. we need fewer people wasting away in factories where they do the same thing for hours on end without actually producing anything of their own. it takes away from the whole point of production. fuck this world.
  • i want to work in a fast food environment sometime before i die.
  • if you just asked yourself "what the fuck is wrong with chris" then you don't have any clue who i am; you don't really know me.
  • the old saying that "it builds character" ("it" being hard work) is something i discover is more and more true every day. there are many who will never realize this. in this sense i hope bush wins, fucks the country completely and makes people re-realize what hard work is all about. you know all that shit old people talk about constantly? well there's something to it...
  • www.ballotmaker.com it's got some useful info. very good in certain areas...so far it mostly works for CA. it has stuff like the voting record for candidates and who endorses them, etc.
  • for my congressional district there's a republican, a mormon democrat, a crazy libertarian with a beard, and someone who has no information and whose email doesn't work. tell me now - is there any real choice there?
  • www.opensecrets.org
  • so here's the deal - your single vote doesn't matter - this is fact. but on the large scale this thought can lead to problems associated with low voter turnout. thus, i think everyone should vote. BUT, since your single vote doesn't count then you may as well vote for whomever you feel is the best candidate...whether that be nader, gore, peter pan, etc. it really is the most democratic and most fulfilling way of voting, given the current constraints.
  • discovered, by looking at the poll results thus far, that either i have a bunch of leftist people visiting my site or i have convinced a couple people that nader kicks ass. either way it's pretty cool.

  • 10-18-00 (17:41)

  • got 15 cds in the mail today. all for 20 bucks. awesome. updated cd list. after the shippment i now have 10 AC/DC albums. i never thought i'd have that many.
  • i wish columbia house or bmg had the beatles albums in their catalog.
  • tomorrow is going to be a shitty day because i have 6 hours of work and 4 hours of school, all in one solid block.
  • had some good breakfast burritos today. my new food kick is this pasta dish i've been making...lemon juice, parsley, chicken, tomato sauce, zucchini, pepper, garlic, mushrooms, all on top of penne.
  • finished off a roll of film today...need to get it developed soon.
  • rage against the machine are pretty much over now. zach left so that is pretty shitty.
  • found prodigy's first single online today, that is good i guess.

  • 10-17-00 (23:38)

  • there's a little quiz on www.speakout.com which will tell you who you should vote for based upon your answers to, and weighing of, some questions. it's pretty cool. obviously it's got it's limitations, but it got my top three right (of those on the list). it was kind of funny seeing all the republicans on the bottom of the list with such low compatibility percentages.
  • i would urge people to vote for nader just to signal a desire for change...whether they agree with him or not the best way to wake up those stalwarts in dc is to threaten their power.
  • i have hw to do. hmmm.
  • ended up not having to go do the kdvs thing from 1230-0330am tonight...they called me and said they had enough people. lucky guy.
  • i'm something of a freedom advocate so i have been battling over gun rights. what gives me the right to take away guns from law abiding citizens? requiring them to get a license, lock, and wait a few days before they can get a gun is just fine. past that i don't think the government should have the right. oh, except to limit the kinds of weapons. at the same time i don't think hunting should be allowed. i guess i haven't really changed my views now that i outline it all. nevermind anything i just said.
  • no movie today either. i could count one of the charlie chaplin movies we watched yesterday as a movie for yesterday...tell me what you think...it's about 25 minutes, it's on imdb.com, and it's charlie chaplin's mid-teens movie The Immigrant. should it count?
  • i could wear one rage against the machine shirt for every day of the week.
  • if you know of a place to buy re-applyable stickers online then tell me. i'm talking about the kind that adhere using static electricity rather than glue.
  • here's a headline for you:
  • *** Gore watched violent movies

  • WASHINGTON (AP) - Vice President Al Gore's criticism of violence in
    the media hasn't stopped him from buying tickets to bloody
    blockbusters. He listed "Gladiator" and "The Matrix" among his recent
    favorite movies. "I loved 'The Matrix,'" the Democratic presidential
    nominee said in an interview in the Nov. 9 issue of "Rolling Stone,"
    which appears on newsstands Friday. "Somebody gigged me in the
    mainstream media for not liking too much violence in the movies but
    simultaneously liking that movie," Gore said. "Well, you know, it was
    rated for adults. It was very violent, but it was a terrific movie.
    And I can hardly wait for the sequel." Other films Gore named were
    "Being John Malkovich," "East is East," "Erin Brockovich," and "Three
    Kings." Gore said he often watches movies to relax while on the
    campaign trail.

  • how about "gore likes incest...al gore recently admitted to liking "Gladiator" a film which clearly shows one of the primary characters as having an incestual interest in his sister. is this really the man you want running the country?"
  • give me a break.
  • updated the poll.

  • 10-17-00 (00:30)

  • big news today was that i didn't watch a movie today so the streak is over. i could watch one right now, but i don't feel like being up until 0230.
  • today was long, tomorrow will be longer - i'm volunteering at kdvs from 1230-0330. that's am of course. pretty shitty, but i get double hours and i means i don't have to wake up early (before 11am).
  • waking up before 11am should be avoided at all costs. of course when we painted during the summer waking up at 7am was the norm.
  • met some really stupid people at the reserves today. when i say stupid i mean that they seem to not have ever thought about life, society, or anything in any depth. i also met a couple people who seemed to have their head in the right place. that is always an attractive thing. i think i may have converted one of my co-workers to the side of nader. i got another to think seriously about voting. happy about that. i know i got marina to vote for nader too, it's all pretty good.
  • my memory is pretty bad, but when it comes to the hitchhiking trip i think i remember every single detail...i read a bit of my huge summary of it and hadn't forgotten about anything i read. boy what a trip.
  • i wonder who the first artist to say "Californ-I-A" was. i know the beach boys said it. so did dr. dre and the offspring...
  • i should go over my old editorials and revise them...should.
  • despite my not wanting to get married i think that i might take a wife if she agreed with me politically and musically. of course we wouldn't get married until we were 30, but that's okay.
  • asked a few "customers" at the reserves desk in the library if they knew who john coltrane or miles davis were. out of four people only one person said they knew...and she said it reluctantly. very surprising.
  • of all the people since the beginning of written history who lived past 5 years old i wonder what percentage went their entire life without having sex.
  • one of these days i should compile a "best of" from my site, put it all on one page and post it.
  • 49ers lost another close one. i feel for them. i love the 49ers. i wish i could just win the games for them in those last couple minutes.

  • 10-15-00 (20:40)

  • updated movies list. streak - 27 days. 160 new movies, 225 total.
  • covering the jazz show was fun stuff.
  • didn't get around to working on the car today.
  • lou, old friend from freshman year, came by today. that was cool, he's a funny guy.
  • played frisbee golf again today...we're getting it down to where we're +1 or par. one of these days we'll go under par...
  • i want to sleep.

  • 10-15-00 (02:50)

  • there's a great song by the the last poets called "niggas are scared of revolution"...the last poets are pretty damned great.
  • updated movies list.
  • all the chrome molding is on now. put the vw emblem on as well. got some paint for the wheels, going to do that tomorrow i think, not sure though.
  • saturday night live was really good tonight. thom yorke even held up a "let ralph debate" sign at the very end, it was pretty cool. i might get back into snl, it seems like the dark days are over. even the news portion is getting better. i have to admit it's getting better, it's getting better all the time.
  • used my grandfather's book today to see what movies dimitri tiomkin had composed for...as i suspected it was quite a lot, and also several classics...some of which i have seen recently.

  • 10-14-00 (14:55)

  • ford is making a commitment to increase fuel efficency in suvs. they're going to improve aerodynamics, decrease weight, add another gear, maybe two, and even have variable timing valve opening. it's a change which should have happened long ago.
  • the new racing saleen looking crazy and performs just as well as an f50.
  • there are 10 million people who own honda civics, i think 9 million of them live in california

  • 10-14-00 (00:47)

  • updated movies list.
  • picked up the bug today, looks damn good. put the chrome molding on (except for one troublesome piece). still needs a lot of work, which will be fun for the next months to come, then comes the interior. of course the whole time i need to keep him in running condition.
  • i wish i could change the world more quickly than one person at a time.
  • my life could be a lot worse than it is.
  • i dislike licking envelopes.
  • called the white house today, but was on hold for a while. try again later.
  • i think nader is the closest thing to a great leader my generation has seen. the problem is "we" are doing so well that no one really cares what he's saying.
  • if you're a non-white mother who works two jobs and doesn't have any insurance or benefits then i don't think you think "we" are doing so well. i forgot which white guy it was, but one of them said that illegitmacy was the biggest problem for non-whites. i've got news for you - you could have three husbands who all work 2 jobs each and still be without insurance. because a) no republican would ever allow universal health care to all americans and b) because most of the jobs clinton has created are low wage earning, part-time, and have no benefits.
  • i can't remember the last day i failed to point out to someone the simple fact that cuba has health insurance for all its citizens and the u.s. does not.
  • my ranting doesn't help.
  • going to sub for damany's jazz show on sunday, should be good. lots of listeners i'm sure. 3 hours of solid jazz should be fun to do.
  • i'm definitely a night person. it's too bad i always get motivated at 2am or later.
  • i want to buy this great piece of machinery. i should just get a loan approved and buy it right now. this one is nicer, but a 71 would be a better year.

  • 10-13-00 (01:30)

  • updated movies list.
  • football is coming to los angeles. extreme football, that is. the xfl proves to be interesting at least for the first season.
  • the nba has shifted around a lot in the off season. ewing isn't with the knicks, the kings got rid of corliss, kemp is in portland, rice is in new york, man it should be fun trying to get reacquainted with all the new teams.
  • i like portland's chances again. sacramento looks good again. sadly so do the lakers. it really seems that the west is where it's at.
  • i had a irrational moment the other day. i thought about ralph nader actually winning the election and how great it would feel, then i came to my senses. for those two seconds, though, it was a great feeling. it was a feeling i'm sure many african-americans felt when joe louis won the heavyweight championship, and probably the opposite feeling as when MLK was assasinated.
  • did some more research to solidify my vote...nader's site, bush's site, gore's site. discovered that i agree with nader on every issue he spoke to. if you have 30 minutes then you have enough time to be educated enough to vote for one of the three. i think it's sad that in a country with almost 300 million people we have only 3 who are being considered for president. oops, i mean 2.
  • if you don't turn on to politics, politics will turn on you.
  • there is a girl in my popular culture class who was acting completely retarded today. it's amazing how ignorant some people are. we were talking about popular music (e.g., backstreet boys, blink 182, etc.) and the counter pop culture music (bad religion, radiohead, rage against the machine, etc). she said that all of this talk was annoying and people shouldn't be ragging on n'sync "because they're good and i like them, and they have talent, and i'm happy for them making it big..." she also said that no one wants to be depressed while listening to music. i wanted to tell her that being depressed a couple hours out of the day is a small price to pay for not being ignorant. i honestly think that if all of america was more open to the ideas that these bands purport then 600,000 rwandans wouldn't have died without any help from the u.s. if the price for a little awareness is being depressed then so be it.
  • i wanted to break her face.
  • going to call the white house tomorrow.
  • donated 10 bucks to ralph nader today. also volunteered to help out with various things.
  • wrote emails to nbc, cbs, pbs, abc, fox, and the person in charge of the presidential debates telling them all they should allow nader in the debates.
  • what is wrong with people that makes it so that they need a war, revolution, disaster, crisis of some sort every 20 years in order to enjoy and be thankful for what they have? nader think that "the best way for them (children) to learn is to develop a civic curriculum, civics, where they learn about history, and reading, writing, arithmetic in terms of understanding the reality of the world around them, starting with their own community's history and their own community's problems and challenges." what a novel idea. history is important and people need to know how it relates to things around them...some can make the connection themselves, others can't...teach them how.

  • 10-12-00 (14:27)

  • i'm thinking i want to stay in davis next year after i'm graduated.
  • looks as though i just missed my first two classes. forgot to set my alarm. i was doing well up to this point.
  • a riot be the rhyme of the unheard.
  • it's not rainy.

  • 10-12-00 (02:34)

  • some people annoy the shit out of me so much i couldn't care less about their problems (which usually amount only to gap discontinuing their favorite pair of khaki shorts). other times there are people who seem so damned awesome i wish i could take their weight and carry it myself.
  • music is kinda cool. understatement.
  • sleep is sparse these days.

  • 10-12-00 (00:00)

  • updated movies list. the streak stays alive - 23 days 37 movies. 221 movies so far.
  • watched the debates. bush "won." he won in that he made himself look better than gore, for the most part. hearing both of them talk about gay marriage was depressing. if you want to know the truth about all the claims each spat out during the debates go here. the same dose of truth, for the first debate, is here. the only thing that "impressed" me (if you can call it that) was that bush kept talking about education. there were a couple of awkward moments which were entertaining.
  • when they were talking about foreign policy and how to deploy troops i so wanted one of them to step up and quote the grapes of wrath (Tom Joad) - wherever there's people struggling, i'll be there, whenever a cop is beating a guy, i'll be there... that movie was epic, so was the song, and i'm sure the book is too.
  • new tool album coming out in april i hear. i think 2001 will be a good year for music...rumors of the beastie boys, rage (2-cd set), fugees might work on something...and more.
  • "listen to the facist sing 'take hope here, war is elsewhere, you were chosen, this is god's land, soon we'll be free, of blot and mixture, seeds planted by our forefather's hand.'"
  • "i'm epmty please fill me / anchor assure me / that baghdad is burning / you voice it is so soothing / that cunning mantra of killing / i need you my witness / to dress this up so bloodless / to numb me and purge me now / of thoughts of blaming you..."
  • i just can't stand shallow people.
  • when i get a girlfriend she had better have money.
  • those last two lines sound absurd juxtaposed as they are, but i swear i've heard people say those things in the same breath. it fucking kills me.
  • i've been really getting into the new ratm album lately.
  • i think the first politics i ever got into were in music. it was 1991 and use your illusion II had just come out. the first track (civil war) was my favorite, and at 11-12 years old seemed really revolutionary.
  • much fuss is made about third party candidates and the way in which they run. perot had the same problem back in 92 and 96. everyone claims that the third party candidates take the route of running against politics. people, especially in the media, seem to think this is a bad thing for politics and usually end up charging perot or nader of being too negative (to varying degrees). i think in the current system, running out of a third party almost necessitates focusing on the negative. after all pointing out the failings of the two major parties has historically been the platform for third party candidates. in essense, focusing on negative aspects of politics is in my view the duty of all parties attempting to break into the two-party system.
  • "You have people who are killed or injured with guns and you have law-abiding people who want to use certain kinds of guns for self-defense. How do you blend the two? First of all, make sure the weapons are designed safely with trigger locks. ... Two, strong law enforcement so that they're not falling into the hands of the criminal element. Three, you look at a weapon the way you look at a car. You've got to know how to handle it. You should be licensed. ... And four, there are certain weapons that should be banned. If you do all that, both interests will be protected." -ralph nader
  • "I think homosexuals have the right of civil union. There are economic reasons for that and there are humanitarian reasons for that, and I think the Vermont decision is a good one, and I think homosexuals should be given equal rights and equal responsibilities." -ralph nader
  • he believes in publicly financed campaigns.
  • "We've had 10 years of economic growth, but the majority of the workers are making less today, in inflation-adjusted dollars, than they made in 1973 or '79, which is a remarkable departure from our history. When the economy grows, usually most people are better off. And 47 million workers -- that's over a third of the work force -- are making less than $10 an hour; many of them five and half, six, seven dollars an hour in Wal-Mart, or Kmart, or McDonald's." -ralph nader
  • "...the financial wealth of the top 1 percent of households exceeds the combined wealth of the bottom 95 percent." -fact
  • if you like what nader says more than what the others say then go ahead, dare to be an optimist and vote for nader. oh, wait, no one is that free.
  • one last note - officially picking up the bug on friday. gives me the weekend (assuming it doesn't rain too much) to work on it.

  • 10-11-00 (17:46)

  • if it weren't for vern i might hate radiohead. on both the beastie boys and rage against the machine newsgroups there are radiohead fans who have nothing better to do than proclaim radiohead's dominance, and what's worse is they do it by knocking other bands. it doesn't make too much sense to me.
  • got wind that tom morello is going to vote for nader. another wasted vote!!! sarcasm.
  • going to watch the two-person debate now. it's amazing how fickle people are...i heard that gore lost votes because he sighed and moaned too much when bush distorted his economic plans.
  • do me a favor - if you want to vote for anyone other than those two, then do it. there's nothing worse than people feeling their freedom is taken away because of the two-party system.
  • it's only a matter of time...
    10-11-00 (00:56)
  • updated movies list.
  • life has been taxing. if i wasn't me then maybe i'd just take some prozac or depakote or something and be normal.
  • orson welles is pretty good (understatement). my uneducated guess is that he was influenced by hitchcock, at least moderately.
  • today was long, tomorrow won't be as bad. still no time to pick up the bug.
  • rainy day number two. three is coming tomorrow.
  • heard a rumor that bush is going to try something tricky involving a last minute vp swap. we shall see.
  • i'd like to get a little ahead with the movies so that i can have a buffer going into the thanskgiving and xmas holidays. although both are perfect opportunities to just sit in front of my dad's tv and watch any number of his 500+ movies.
  • according to my records the last time a movie won the big four (best picture, director, actor, and actress) in the academy awards was 1991 - silence of the lambs, before that it was 1975 - one flew over the cuckoo's nest. damn that was a great flick.
  • do everyone a favor and don't vote for bush.
  • people have been calling me "sir" lately. it's not "young man" or anything of the sort, it's like they know about to enter into the post-school world or something. strange.
  • when i die please laugh up a storm and play some good music.
  • DANNEMORA, N.Y. (AP) - A free-lance TV producer was held hostage at a maximum security state prison for more than four hours Tuesday by an inmate convicted of killing a New York City millionaire. Inmate Kenneth Kimes, 25, held a pen to the throat of Maria Zone, and ordered her camera crew, filming for Court TV, to "back off," Department of Correctional Services spokesman James Flateau said. Officials said he demanded that his co-defendant, his mother, not be extradited to California on murder charges for which both could face

  • the death penalty. An officer observing the interview pushed an alarm and called for help, and prison negotiators spoke with Kimes, Flateau
    said. He said Zone was freed by officers who distracted Kimes and then wrestled the inmate to the floor. Zone was not injured.

    10-9-00 (22:34)

  • i don't like having choices taken away from me.
  • updated movies list.
  • b-boys dvd comes out tomorrow, yay.
  • rainy days and mondays always get me down. today was both, but it wasn't too bad.
  • i'm really happy with the way jeff garcia and randy moss played on sunday, despite the loss.
  • now that it's raining i can wear the same clothes everyday. yippee.
  • music is the soundtrack to life, sadly it usually is more often the soundtrack to people sitting at the computer.
  • pEopLe WhO wRitE likE thIs arE re@lLy annOyINg.
  • with all the people in the world you think there would be a higher proportion of interesting ones.

  • this made me laugh, but good lord is it sad.
    10-9-00 (01:56)
  • i think it can be said with a good degree of certainty that any girl who uses a screen name such as "little angel" or "princess" or anything along those lines is useless in society, other than as a consumer.

  • 10-8-00 (22:56)

  • updated movies list.
  • 49ers played some great ball today, unfortunately so did the raiders. i don't like it when my two favorite teams play each other, it sucks.
  • giants lost today. so did the athletics. a bad day for my sports teams.
  • i've got a good amount of light in my room these days.
  • trying to find some good stickers online...tried ebay. if you know of a place that i can get vinyl stickers let me know.
  • actually did some homework today.
  • it's going to rain and get down to 55 degrees on tuesday. that sucks.
  • finally got around to listening to that scorpions album jorgay gave me a while back. i'm surprised that it doesn't suck.
  • went by the reserves today to pick up a book and saw erin there. she seemed genuinely happy to see me. women are so tricky sometimes.
  • mondays and tuesdays are rumored to suck ass for chris this quarter.
  • saw a survey asking how often people think computers need to be replaced 31.7 percent said every two years, 20.6 percent said whenever they break, and 19 percent said one year or less. i said three years.
  • i'm glad my computer hasn't broken in a while.
  • i discovered today that there is such a thing as one-sided bullet proof glass. pretty crazy, very cool though.
  • here's something interesting: If daytime running lights were on all the vehicles in the U.S., we would burn an extra 406 million gallons of gas each year. That's only a couple gallons for each vehicle, but in total it is more than all of the vehicles in the country burn in a day. At $1.50 a gallon, that's $600 million per year. Looking at it another way, an extra 8 billion pounds of Carbon Dioxide would be added to the atmosphere by this law.

  • 10-8-00 (01:08)

  • updated movies list.
  • john travolta is one of the more dumb actors in hollywood. i say this because of the movies he has been choosing lately.
  • the wwf (world wrestling federation) embodies everything that is wrong with the world. women are portrayed as sex objects, stone cold steve austin, after being fired, assaults his boss. when he wins a match he smashes a beer can above his head and drinks it as it falls all over his face. who supports this crap?
  • went to sacramento today about 30 minutes before maaco closed (thanks to the slow buses and my inability to set an alarm while half asleep). it ended up that the car was done being painted, but the fixtures (head lights, running boards, etc.) had not been put on. so rather than wait around for them to do a quick job i told them to take their time and i'd be back on monday or something. car looks good, a lot nicer than it did before. i'll need to figure out a way to swap the interior hardware because they used a later model door on the driver's side. i want to swap the door panel, window crank and vent window crank. shouldn't be too bad.
  • it's cool that there is still stuff to be done. this way i'll have more of a part in making it look good.
  • talked to 43 year old drunk guy who hates his ex-wife on the bus today. also talked to a 25 year old gay guy who likes britney spears, ricky martin, older men and talking to me.

  • 10-7-00 (01:14)

  • looks as though i will pick up the bug tomorrow.
  • updated movies list. also updated all the imdb links and put next to the title if i saw the movie on my dvd player or the big screen. all others were viewed on vhs, tv, or jon's player.
  • looking back on the year i'd say that watching all those movies has been very productive.
  • i've seen 151 new (haven't seen since i was 12 years old) movies. didn't count anything before the age of 12 as being seen because i was too young to understand/remember them.
  • walked a lot today. from home to downtown, then through campus, ran into a couple people, got some errands done. then walked to the video store, visited danielle's house. by chance ended up running into leslie (vern's ex) and her goons. took about two minidiscs' worth of time.
  • nothing means anything in the end. you're wrong no matter what you think. i think that's the point of all philosophy courses.
  • going to rain on tuesday and wednesday. fuck.
  • phil told me my life was exciting.
  • i think that four years ago i wouldn't be able to say that i have enjoyed my stay here on earth, now i think i can - exciting or not, it has been enjoyable.
  • it's funny how different people have different ideas of fun. of course there is only one right way, i'll assume that my way is the right way.
  • sarcasm can be so fun sometimes. if you don't think so then you're wrong.
  • okay, enough of that.
  • i wish i was friends with mark borchardt.
  • it seems as though some critics are giving american beauty a lot of respect because of its controversial subject matter. controversial? it's amazing what people think controversial is. i don't think i'd even call kubrick or stone controversial and they've done some movies which trump american movie in terms of controversy.
  • there are some albums i can listen to no matter what mood i'm in. nevermind would be one of them.
  • the guy who directed welcome to the dollhouse (Todd Solondz) is rumored to be working with mike schank on a new movie.
  • i should sleep now that it's 2:40.

  • 10-6-00 (03:20)

  • i've been tooling with the idea of getting a job at the local video store. an idea.
  • updated movies list.
  • listened to a couple doors albums about eight times last night while trying to sleep. the doors are pretty damned great.
  • some girl ran into my bike while i was cutting through the bike circle today. she fell and i kept going. i felt really bad, but for some reason i didn't stop. i must be an ass or something.
  • my sleep schedule is never going to get back to normal, so it seems.
  • had a really good sandwich for dinner today.
  • nothing much to report.

  • 10-4-00 (19:40)

  • getting to and from school is so easy now that i'm so close to campus. it's fun to weave in and out of the freshmen at high speeds. it takes about 4 minutes, at a leisurely pace, to get to the furthest point on campus.
  • put the september updates where they belong.
  • called kvie to see if i could get a commercial to be run, apparently they don't do that stuff.
  • i don't like my war class, the only class i would take instead of it is full so i'll have to stick it out.
  • i hear they're going to make .kids and .sex in the near future.
  • got my work schedule.
  • word on the street is that phil got a job.
  • the other word on the street is that georgia, who ousted vern and i, has decided to live in chicago. all for naught i guess.
  • updated movies list. yet another movie i have already seen, but didn't realize until i already had rented it.
  • on average it rains four days in october in sacramento. i'm crossing my fingers.
  • i can't think of much to do other than watch movies lately.
  • if i listen to music then i'm going to be on the computer at the same time. i don't like being on the computer, it's not fun.
  • can't wait to get the bug back and start work on that.
  • i can't remember the last time i had to format my harddrive. i probably have forgotten how to do it by now.

  • 10-4-00 (23:58)

  • last month marked the third full year that i've had my webpage up.
  • updated movies list. in the last two days i've seen a bunch of really small "movies" from 1893-1927, but mostly around 1906, in my film class. it's cool to start from the very beginning and see what people did "back in the day." in many ways they were more creative then. then again they had more room to be creative than we do now. if i ever became a director i'd like to start as a silent film director and go through the same evolution...although much more quickly. i think it would be a good exercise. if you become a famous director and decide to do the same thing then maybe you can mention my name.
  • my popular culture teacher isn't exactly the best teacher for the course, but the subject is interesting enough to make up for it.
  • my american thought (political science) teacher, on the other hand, is probably the best teacher i've had in college. he's really exciting, funny, real, and controversial. he says pretty much whatever he wants which includes cursing and saying really challenging things. he's got mental problems (which he has admitted), but as a result is more on the ball (in his thought and theory) and more inclined to say what he is thinking than most. he's the most unprofessional and effective professor i've met. i'm taking notes for my future teaching days.
  • the paint place called to inform me that they need to get a new door for me so that's kind of a pain. i might take the bus there tomorrow to check things out.
  • tolerance and brotherhood strengthened by solid and liberal education.
  • there is a girl in my film class whose eyes are pitch black. she's god's daughter.
  • watched some of the debates today. nothing too great.
  • i've watched at least one movie everyday since 9-19-00, i think that's the longest streak of the year so far.
  • are you free? stop buying what they tell you. stop thinking that buying things makes you happier.
  • consumerism sucks. i'm a part of it.
  • lasting happiness comes only from producing things yourself and helping others.
  • the newest stp album is good enough to own.

  • 10-3-00 (02:35)

  • three more today. updated movieslist. it seems all i do these days is sleep and watch movies. fine by me.
  • i hear the fugees are going to start working together for another album. yay.
  • went to the offspring website and discovered that they're not going to be releasing the entire album online like they said. sony stopped them i guess.
  • had film class and war class today. film class looks good and i got to see the general which has been on my list of movies to see for about a year now, just haven't been able to find it in davis. the war class seems dumb.
  • phil left his bike unlocked the other day and the inevitable happened. i'm sure some money will fall from the sky and his financial problems will be solved.
  • going to be watching a few films i've already seen in film class. 300 movies is a lot for a year, i think it was a good idea.
  • i have quite the "movies to see list" building up

  • 10-2-00 (01:30)

  • sundays are very boring.
  • updated movies list. 206, and still behind.
  • hopefully i can work it out so that i've seen all the movies on AFI's top 100, i've seen almost all of them so far.
  • tomorrow i have the rest of my classes.

  • 10-1-00 (03:14)

  • updated movies list. as it turned out i watched two horror flicks and a documentary about the making of another today. three total.
  • got the signed american movie dvd in the mail. it's great. has the two filmmakers, mark, and mike all commenting during the film. then there are a bunch of deleted scences, coven (the short film), and of course the movie without commentary.
  • had planned on going to a party today when i realized that i don't give a shit about anything invoved in that party. had a better time watching american movie and the u.s. basketball team beat france.

  • michael johnson ran his last olympic race, it was good.