10-31-05 (13:23)
  • genius. "Former Sex And The City star Sarah Jessica Parker is nursing torn tendons in her foot after running down the street in stilettos. The fashion icon, whose SATC character Carrie Bradshaw lived in sky-high Jimmy Choos and Manolo Blahniks footwear, thought nothing of sprinting down the sidewalk as she had countless times before in her infamous heels. She says, "I ran down the block a few weeks ago in these heels, just like I did for seven years, and woke up in the middle of the night in agony. And it turns out I had torn the tendons in my foot - just from running in heels. It was a little reminder that I am not 27. I'm 40 and your body simply cannot support you in the same way it used to. But I'll never stop wearing heels!""
  • wonder why this came out so late. "White Men Can't Jump star Rosie Perez broke down in tears when she filmed the "exploitative" sex scene with Spike Lee in his acclaimed drama Do The Right Thing. The New York actress, 41, made her big screen debut playing Lee's character Mookie's girlfriend Tina in the 1989 film, and felt humiliated when ice cubes were rubbed all over her body. In Lee's memoir That's My Story And I'm Sticking To It, Perez recalls, "I had just lost my virginity in college. I found (the scene) much more exploitative than what I had read (in the script). Eventually I burst into tears and I said, 'Don't keep filming.' It was irresponsible to put me in that position. He was the older person, the captain of the ship.""
  • one of the cooler people from the original star trek. "Star Trek actor George Takei has come out as homosexual after admitting he has been in a serious relationship with another man for 18 years. The TV star, 68, decided to publicly disclose his sexuality after taking on the role as "turbulently frustrated" psychologist Martin Dysart in the Los Angeles stage production of Equus. Takei tells gay and lesbian magazine Frontiers, "The world has changed from when I was a young teen feeling ashamed for being gay. The issue of gay marriage is now a political issue. That would have been unthinkable when I was young." The actor, who played Hikaru Sulu since Star Trek began in 1966, has been with his partner Brad Altman for 18 years. Japanese-American Takei admits he was ashamed of his ethnic background and sexuality during his teen years. Speaking of racism and homophobic behavior, he says, "It's against basic decency and what American values stand for.""
  • really thrilled by the fact that i have to go into work today, my day off. two people are sick, another is on vacation. this is a big week because we have to setup all the sales for the next two months - which includes the holiday crap.
  • going to the bay area next weekend to see sarah, aunt and jon.

  • 10-30-05 (17:15)

  • michelle wie is pretty fucking cool. she's 16, a kickass golfer and she just donated $500K to the clinton/bush katrina aid fund.
  • niners won their second game today. good effort from them. a good game.
  • it's fucking pitch black outside and it's only 6pm. this sucks.
  • tonight i plan on watching a third movie in the theater in as many days.
  • on tuesday i'm going to start bringing boxes from work so that i can get a good jump on packing up my stuff. i'll probably post my couch for sale later this week.

  • 10-30-05 (00:25)

  • wrong in so many ways..."Socialite Paris Hilton has slammed reports she denied ever meeting Tom Sizemore, but insists she has never had sexual relations with the troubled actor. In new sex video, Tom Sizemore Sex Scandal, the Saving Private Ryan star alleges he had a one night stand with Hilton after a party at his house in 2001, when the hotel heiress was 19. Hilton quickly rushed out a statement denying his claims, saying, "He is not an acquaintance of mine, nor have I ever had intimate relations with him." However, after Vivid Entertainment - the producers of Sizemore's sex tape - released a photo of the pair at the actor's house in 2001, Hilton insists she has been unfairly portrayed as lying about ever meeting him. Her new publicist Jack Ketsoyan says, "We never said she never met him. She never slept with him and he's not an acquaintance of hers. She doesn't even know who that other girl in the photo is. To me, 'acquaintance' means that you're not friends; you've met in the past but that's pretty much it. She doesn't remember the party at all.""
  • "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." -Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004 george w. bush.
  • i sorta wish all the members of led zeppelin had died the same day as john bonham.
  • updated movies list.

  • 10-29-05 (19:01)

  • ucla was down 24-3 with about 7 minutes left in the game. the scored three touchdowns to force OT and then scored another to win the game. amazing.
  • meanwhile texas has scored 22 points in the third quarter to pull ahead by 6.
  • "supreme people" is my favorite track on the new blackalicious album. quite uncharacteristically, i've listened to that song about 20 times so far today. one line, in particular, really resonates with me: "the rush for drama is more appealing than a plain life. cuz life is insane, so insanity is a sane life." i feel like it encapsulates much of my philosophy.
  • in that song there's a lot of talk about blacks coming from royalty ("kings and queens working nine to fives"). i've never really understood this notion which seems to run in a lot of black music (i think one.be.lo talks about it, and of course there's queen latifah and plenty of other examples). to me it seems the equivalent of my saying that i come from a lineage of governors and presidents. am i missing something? i think the sentiment is more that they went from a suitable life in africa to slaves in america. couple that sentiment with the black power movement and i think that explains it, but i still don't think it's all that accurate. then again, there could be something about tribal hierarchy that i don't know about. at any rate, the song is fucking great and gives me goose bumps. every blackalicious album has goose bump-inducing moments.
  • wrote a $750 check to my credit card company yesterday. $550 to go.

  • 10-29-05 (18:10)

  • texas is down by 16 at the half. they'll still probably win this one, but it's good to see them showing their true colors against an unranked team.
  • georgia isn't undefeated anymore. looks like ucla is going to lose tonight as well. meanwhile usc scored about four times as many points and gained about three times as many yards as washington state (unranked, but decent).

  • 10-29-05 (0:52)

  • went out for food and a movie tonight. had planned on watching saw II because it's short and easy, but there was a line at that theater so i went to the other theater and watched north country instead. for some reason i have been looking forward to seeing it for a while. i didn't really love caro's other picture (whale rider) and i'm not an amazing fan of any of the actors, but i still really wanted to watch it. when i got to the theater there were four high school age girls outside the box office trying to decide what movie to watch. after a bit of mingling the sales person asked them to step aside so i could buy my ticket. one of the girls was telling the other girls about the plots to the different films at this theater and the other theater (they're both owned by regal cinema so there was a schedule for the other theater's films at the counter). as i was ordering my ticket to north country the girl was telling the others about the plot for north country. i looked over and she stopped talking about north country (presumably) because she didn't want to spoil anything for me. i thought that that was particularly nice and observant so i immediately considered them to be friendly. i told them that they should watch north country. i told them it was directed by the same girl who did whale rider (niki caro) and they gave me a blank look. i added that charlize theron was likely to receive another academy award for her performance in this film. the one girl looked at her friends and said "see? you should expand your mind a little." one of the girls asked about a history of violence and i said "thumbs down." they asked if i had seen it and i said yes, but that it wasn't very good. i was tempted to start talking about david cronenberg's style and the complexity of the film and whatnot, but i figured i'd just leave it at that.
  • well, they ended up watching the movie and one the way out i timed my departure to coincide with theirs so i could hear what they were saying about it. one of the girls turned to me and said "thanks for recommending the film." i asked if they all liked it and they said yes. that was the highlight of my day. i think they could have just as easily chosen to watch the mark of zorro since it was playing at about the same time, but my recommendation helped them choose the far superior film. i could feel very content with giving people movie advice all day. that would be damn near the ideal job. reviewing films online is one thing, but seeing the reaction and the gratitude is quite another. meryl told one of her co-workers about my site and he watched (and liked) american movie as a result.
  • saw a preview for the least anticipated film of my life: rob reiner's "rumor has it" it's the one where jennifer aniston finds out that her family inspired the film the graduate. it looks truly awful and it depressed me.
  • will update movies list tomorrow.
  • new boards of canada is good. so is the new blackalicious. i'm going to miss not knowing what is coming out. it's nice to have it just be part of my job to know these things. i put no effort into reading reviews and magazines and listening to the radio, yet i still know a good deal about what's coming out every week. it's nice to have the information just fall into your lap as part of getting paid and doing a good job.

  • 10-28-05 (18:32)

  • not a very special day overall.
  • i don't like the weather change. i also don't like that next week it's going to be getting dark so much earlier. i've always hated that element of fall/winter, and i'll never stop complaining about it.
  • shit is hitting the fan at the white house. guess bush didn't bring a new tone to d.c. after all. that said, i don't foresee rove going down as a result of all this. i think he's a brilliant guy who knows how to insulate himself from his shenanigans.
  • i miss meryl a lot right now.
  • updated recommendations list.
  • i like charlie rose. he's fair, intelligent, has great guests and shows a true dedication to learning.
  • i think living with my grandmother will be good for me. for a long time i've been surrounded by immaturity and stupidity, being around my parents and my grandma will be a welcome change and it'll give me some faith in humanity.
  • going to watch a movie and get some food.

  • 10-27-05 (18:40)

  • just sold my weight bench and most of my weights. now there's a lot more room in my bedroom and i've got an extra $50. i think i bought the bench for about $40, and i got the weights for free, so that's pretty sweet.
  • also, got my bonus today which is nice because i was getting worried that i wasn't going to get it because of my departure. it generally takes them about 4-5 months to issue the checks which would have meant a december arrival. since my last day will be november 30th i was pretty certain i wasn't going to receive it. sometimes things work out. oddly, we did better during that fiscal quarter than we did in the previous fiscal quarter, yet the bonus was less. i don't understand how it all works.
  • changed the movies reviewed 1999 list a bit. old one. new one. unfortunately i don't have the exact dates for a lot of them.
  • updated movies list.
  • in the old days it was considered a hollywood cop out to have the good guys win and the have the bad guys get caught. so anytime a bad guy was let go it was a surprise for the audience. but now, we're at the point where it may be a hollywood ploy to let the bad guy go. jeepers creepers and saw are two examples of films wherein the bad guy gets off in the first film and that allows for a sequel.

  • 10-26-05 (18:59)

  • kings are having a rough time this preseason. should take a while to get the new team to gel. i'm worried about wells and rahim. i like garcia, but he needs another year or two to really hone his shot and find his spots. peja should be traded because he's basically a zero in the playoffs and that's the only time that matters. more than anything they need to gel defensively the way they did in 2002. then again, they had christie back then and he set the defensive example.
  • swoopes came out of the closet. i don't really know how much of a surprise that is. i also don't know how newsworthy it is. maybe one day it'll be like finding out that tom cruise likes briefs more than boxers. in the meantime, it's good that she did it and i don't foresee much of an uproar about it. if it were a guy it would be more of a surprise and there would probably be more of an uproar. eventually it'll happen and eventually (most) people won't really think about it.
  • i hate cold weather.
  • pussy astro fans couldn't grab a pop up away from uribe in the bottom of the ninth. if that were to happen in yankee stadium i guarantee some fan would have snatched that ball out of the air before uribe could have gotten to it.

  • 10-25-05 (20:25)

  • the only other time i can recall a time during the playoffs where the refereeing was anywhere near as bad as it has been in this year's mlb postseason, was the 2002 nba western conference finals. they missed a couple calls again tonight.
  • usc is behind texas in the bcs rankings. that's fucking bullshit. the people who program those computers apparently don't know shit about football.

  • 10-24-05 (23:26)

  • have a headache and don't feel that great right now.
  • didn't do much today.
  • rosa parks died today. if you want to know the real story behind the montgomery bus boycott check out "the montgomery bus boycott and the women who started it" by jo ann gibson robinson.
  • i remember sandra bullock once saying that she wanted to meet a "normal" guy. i guess that's why she married jesse james jr. i hate people.
  • i hope tomorrow is better than today.

  • 10-23-05 (18:26)

  • joe buck just called chris botti "the best trumpet player in the land." i hate joe buck.
  • i wrote to tim taylor, candidate for the davis school board, for his thoughts on prop. 74 and here's what he said: "Hello Chris.  Thatís actually the first time I have been asked about Prop. 74 by itself Ėas opposed to all of the Governorís proposals as a package.  I am not in favor.  Before this was placed on the ballot, I simply did not hear a lot of clamoring for longer teacher probationary periods, and thus I suspect (along with many others, no doubt) that this may be more about politics than sound educational policy.  I am certainly in favor of high teacher standards and teacher accountability, but I just donít see Prop. 74 as the most effective way to get there.  Quite the contrary, I fear that it may actually discourage young teachers, who already are lured away by higher salaries, etc., to abandon the profession rather than wait out a substantially elongated probationary period.  I hope this helps. Thanks for asking.  - Tim"

  • 10-23-05 (11:35)

  • howie long just called santana moss the most explosive receiver in the nfl. i would argue that steve smith (most touchdowns and best yards after the catch average) or randy moss (best yards per catch average) should hold that title, but santana moss does have one of the better average yard per reception marks.
  • 49ers are getting destroyed right now.
  • there are two japanese films with similar titles: Ikiru and Kiru. Ikiru is by Kurosawa and it translates as "To Live." Kiru is a film i've never seen, but it translates as "Kill!" interesting that the one syllable/letter makes it mean something completely different. i wonder if it's a prefix like "a" or "un."
  • the mandolin player from blue merle was on car talk yesterday. that was kind of interesting. blue merle are a coldplay knock off band.
  • deposited some checks at the atm the other day and was disturbed by the fact that it referenced itself. after i inserted the envelope the screen read something like: "give me a second to process this transaction."
  • there's a glitch with the HD broadcast of the cbs telecast of the football games. the commentator's audio channel isn't coming through at all right now. it's a very odd way to view the game because you can hear all the other sounds - the whistles, the crowd, the crunch of the hits, etc., but you can't hear the idiots (dick and dan) talking. it's like watching it in real life, only with a better view. i've simulated this before by reducing the center speaker (which carries the commentary) to -15 which brings their banter to a minimum, but you can still hear them a little. it's especially nice since you don't hear all their little plugs for crappy cbs programs.
  • went to another warriors game last night with john. this time his girlfriend and her sister tagged along and the warriors lost.
  • looking at the schedule for texas and USC before the season it appeared as though usc had the easier schedule, but with the emergence of a very solid UCLA and the resurgence of notre dame, as well as a better than expected cal (they're still good in spite of losing their two best players) and a typically strong oregon, you have to agree that USC has the much tougher schedule. texas had to play at ohio state (their most impressive victory - they won in the last couple minutes by only 3 points) they played at home versus texas tech (who was undefeated, but only played one ranked team - a 3 point victory over #24 nebraska which lost by 17 to unranked missouri yesterday). texas also played at home against oklahoma (which was great the last few years, but is 4-3 this year). in other words, texas's hardest games haven't been as hard as USC's and they've been mostly at home.
  • USC, on the other hand, has had only two home games (where they've outscored their opponents 112-38). by the way, one of those victories was over arkansas 70-17. arkansas has had a far more difficult schedule than texas - playing #1 usc (L, 17-70), #5 alabama (L, 13-24), #15 auburn (L, 17-34), and yesterday to #4 georgia (L, 20-23), they also have #7 LSU coming up. as you can see, arkansas played relatively tough against the other top 15 teams, but got completely destroyed by USC. they lost by 53 to USC and by a total of 31 to the other three top 15 teams combined. we'll see how usc does against fresno state (#24 on the usa today poll), at cal (top 25 on all polls) and against UCLA (top 10 on all polls), but, at this point, i don't understand how anyone can give texas a #1 vote over USC. i'd even say that USC should be ranked #1 if they lose to one of those teams by under 7 points.
  • suffice it to say that the next 4-5 weeks are going to be interesting. texas has a cake walk, usc has three top 25 teams, va tech has two top 15 teams, georgia has two top 25 teams, and alabama has two top 15 teams. those are the top undefeated teams so i'm interested in seeing how it'll shake out.
  • meryl got into a little argument with some texas fan yesterday who was trying to say that they were better than usc. naturally meryl put him in his place with some of the above stats. she's cool and that guy's an idiot.

  • 10-21-05 (22:57)

  • preseason games are fun because you get to see everyone on the roster play.
  • started voting last night. i still have a couple items to go over, but i'm mostly done.
  • looking forward to the new al franken book.

  • 10-20-05 (19:20)

  • two paychecks from now i'll be completely out of debt.
  • updated movies list.

  • 10-19-05 (23:34)

  • went to the warriors pre-season game tonight with john. definitely had some exciting moments. the warriors played well overall, but got away from team offense in the second quarter. they beat the suns so that's a good sign for them. going to another game on saturday. a good start to the basketball season.
  • last night i went to the WEA (company that john works for) party with justin (boss) and erin (co-worker). jusitn and erin started smoking some pot on the way over and that was pretty pathetic. it wasn't a very good party. they billed it as a party, but really it's more of an informational get together with free food, drinks and prizes. last year i won a guitar, this year i didn't win anything. last year was definitely better.
  • so the two teams i wanted in the world series the least are there. i don't have anything against the white sox, but i just wanted them there the least out of the other AL teams. for some reason i would have rather seen the yankees go again and get beaten. anyway, it's been a fairly lame postseason thusfar. that said, the series could redeem everything. should be some great pitching matchups so....
  • read an oxymoronic cnn headline today that read: "weakened dam stable but 'extremely volatile.'" they have since changed it. "weakened" and "extremely volatile" make sense, but not next to "stable."
  • kids like dakota fanning are at once extremely cute and also a bit scary. they're far more mature and aware than most people my age so it's cool, but it's also sort of disarmingly impressive; almost alien.

  • 10-18-05 (14:30)

  • bought the alfred hitchcock presents collection on dvd the other day. watched a great one that had the father from "a christmas story." it also occurred to me that the theme song should be sampled for a hip-hop song.

  • 10-18-05 (00:48)

  • discovered today that they're going to remake oldboy. things are getting a little out of control with the remakes of asian films. that said, the original is quite good and worth checking out.
  • got a lot of errands done today. went to the post office, got some film developed, arranged for some clothes donations to be picked up, cut my hair, sold my heater and watched a movie.
  • watched bits of the cardinals game and was happy that it turned out the way it did. i like tony la russa from his days with the a's. i also think eckstein is one of the most inspirational players in the league. i like that guy, have ever since i heard about him.
  • mnf wasn't too special. sad to see manning and harrison break young/rice's record of most touchdowns together.

  • 10-17-05 (01:45)

  • seen fifty movies in the theater this year.
  • updated movies list.

  • 10-16-05 (21:44)

  • they use a sleeping flies track on a commercial for o2optix contact lenses. to my knowledge the sleeping flies only have one album, but it's pretty great. definitely a sleeper album.
  • speaking of sleepy, watched the angels game tonight. i guess it had some drama, but i wasn't very excited by it and a 4-1 series just isn't all that entertaining.

  • 10-16-05 (18:38)

  • updated movies list.
  • baseball playoffs have mostly sucked this year. all this bad umpiring is really taking away from the fun. it's also pretty pathetic that both series are so lopsided thus far.
  • getting pretty tired of turkey sandwiches and breakfast burritos.
  • didn't watch much football today. not really sure what i've done so far.

  • 10-15-05 (22:12)

  • since the last update...ucla came from behind to win in OT, FSU (4) lost to virignia (unranked) by 5 points, and cal lost to oregon state by 3. what a day for college football.
  • baseball game was boring.
  • got the following from peter's (the Canadian) webpage. i enjoyed it quite a bit. his in-depth analysis is the kind of thing that i enjoy doing and the kind of thing that i think is missing from the majority of sports writing....
  • "Martin Brodeur is currently the most overrated player in the NHL. He was great early in his career and deserves to be in the Hall of Fame due to his excellent play in the past. However, his level of play has fallen significantly during the past few seasons (I have a lot of evidence for this assertion, but itís far beyond the scope of this short essay). While Brodeur is still an above-average goalie, his accolades (back-to-back Vezina trophies and MVP nominations) are not deserved.
  • During the off-season, the New Jersey Devils lost their two best defensive players in Scott Stevens (one of the greatest defensive defensemen in NHL history) and Scott Niedermayer (the reigning Norris Trophy champion). I believe that a lot of Brodeurís perceived success was actually attributable to New Jerseyís excellent defense, and to Stevens and Niedermayer in particular.
  • I have two pieces of evidence that support this theory. First, in 2004, Brodeurís level of play dropped significantly when Stevens missed half the year due to injury. When Stevens was in the lineup, Brodeur had a 19-10-8 record (62.1%), 1.81 GAA, 92.3 sv%, and 8 shutouts (0.22 per game). When Stevens was injured, Brodeur had a 19-16-3 (54.0%), 2.25 GAA, 91.0 sv%, and 3 shutouts (0.08 per game). Thus, when Stevens was playing, Brodeur put up excellent numbers, but when Stevens was gone, Brodeur was barely above average. Of course there are many other factors that could have affected Brodeurís play, but losing both Stevens and Niedermayer for an entire year will definitely be bad for Brodeur.
  • The second piece of evidence pertains to Brodeurís backups. Over the past three years, Brodeurís backups have been Scott Clemmenson (6 games), J.F. Damphousse (6 games), Corey Schwab (14 games) and John Vanbiesbrouck (5 games). They are, by almost any standard, poor goalies (though Vanbiesbrouck was excellent in his prime). One would expect Brodeur, allegedly the worldís best goalie, to vastly outplay such poor backups. However, the numbers suggest otherwise. During the past three years, Brodeur has a 117-75-29 record (59.5%), 2.07 GAA, 91.2 sv% and 24 shutouts (0.11 per game). His backups had a combined 13-10-2 record (56.0%), 1.60 GAA, 92.8 sv% and 4 shutouts (0.13 per game). This raises two important points. First, if Brodeur is the best goalie in the world, how does such a bad group of goalies outperform him by virtually every measure (especially save percentage, the most important)? Second, if New Jerseyís defense has nothing to do with Brodeurís success, how do such poor goalies put up such amazing statistics? (Yes, Iím aware Iím dealing with a small sample size for the backups, and that they tend to play easier teams than startersÖ however I donít know how much of an effect this has on the data).
  • The evidence Iíve presented suggests two things. First, Brodeur played much worse without Stevens. Second, even very bad goalies were capable of putting up excellent statistics on New Jersey. In light of the fact that Stevens and Niedermayer will be gone all year, I am making the following predictions for the 2006 season:
  • Brodeur will win significantly fewer games. During the past three years, he has played an average of 73.7 games and recorded an average of 39.0 wins. Brodeur should drop to around 33 wins this season. (Note: this will have to be adjusted somehow to compensate for the fact that the NHL is eliminating ties).
  • Brodeurís goals-against average will increase significantly. During the past three years, Brodeur has ranked sixth, fourth and fourth in GAA. Brodeur should fall to around 10th in GAA.
  • Brodeur will record fewer shutouts. During the past three years, Brodeur has ranked T-17th, first and first in shutouts. He should slip to around 10th.
  • Also note that Brodeur has ranked T-20th, 15th and T-14th in save percentage. I donít expect that to change, because there is no measurable team impact on save percentage.
  • Today I have made a bold, controversial prediction about everyoneís favorite goalie. In April, I will revisit this post. If Brodeurís play drops this year like I predict, that would greatly support my theory that Brodeur is overrated and simply takes credit for his teammatesí accomplishments. However, if Brodeur has a great season, I will humbly change my mind about Brodeur, and acknowledge his greatness."

  • 10-15-05 (18:29)

  • the usc/notre dame game was fucking epic. took a very long lunch and watched the second half. usc was down 21-14 and they pulled it out. the last drive was absolutely stunning and filled with excitement. the 4th and 8 pass that went for about 60 yards was brilliant. the leinart run that had the ball knocked out of bounds which led to the clock running down to zero. people stormed the field, but the officials (rightly) cleared the field and put 7 seconds back on the clock. carroll gave the sign to spike the ball and go for the field goal, which would have tied it. instead leinart ran a qb sneak was initially stopped short, but then spun out of the pile and fell into the end zone. with 3 seconds left notre dame tried "the play," but it wasn't in the stars for them and they lost. just a great great great game. i'm very happy that i took the long lunch. there was a table with these girls who were rooting for notre dame. when the clock ran down to zero they started cheering, but i kept saying that the clock should have stopped because the ball went out of bounds. they didn't really understand what was going on and apparently knew the kicker for usc, but were still rooting for notre dame. very exciting game.
  • some have called this one of the best days of college football of all-time. wisconsin, alabama, lsu, michigan, bc, and west virginia all won in very close games.
  • texas actually beat a ranked team today. they've only won one other game against a ranked team and that was only by 3 points. to me, they're overrated because they have a weak schedule.
  • umps just missed another call against the angels. tough luck for the angels.

  • 10-14-05 (22:58)

  • how many shrinks does it take to change a light bulb? one, but the light bulb has to want to change. funny, and true.

  • 10-14-05 (01:19)

  • longish day which wasn't all that great.
  • i have been a member of ebay for longer than jayandmarie (7 years, 9 months vs. 6 years, 9 months).

  • 10-13-05 (00:06)

  • last night (my monday) i thought that i didn't have work the next day. i guess that's a testament to how tired of working i am. that said, i've been thinking lately about leaving work. it's the longest job i've ever had and it's kind of strange to see a definitive end. i've grown to think of my co-workers as family members in a way. we're a very dysfunctional family, but i still think of my co-workers in that way from time to time. in a lot of ways i know that my future jobs aren't going to be as good.
  • andy milonakis. i think i linked to that video before, but i just thought he was some kid. turns out he's 29 and he has his own show on mtv now. he was in the movie i saw tonight as well.
  • my average grade for a movie for this year is a B- (2.7), or thereabouts. it would be interesting to see what the average grade is for a movie i've never seen before. in all likelihood every single movie i watch for the second, or greater, time is going to receive a higher grade than a B- because i'm probably not watching many mediocre films more than once. also, since an A +/- is basically off limits for a new film i think that the average new film gets around a C+ (2.3). okay, took a minute (actually a little less) and did the calculations: new movie: 2.57 vs. movie i've seen before: 3.49; overall: 2.74. that data is for this year, so far. in other words, a new movie that gets a B- is above average and a new movie that gets a C+ is about average. i think that's about where it should be because i have to assume that i'm weeding out the very worst of the films in the selection process. if i watched all the new films that came out then i'm sure the new movie average would be closer to 2.0, but i generally avoid the movies that look like total crap... unless jon is in town and fantastic four is the only thing playing.

  • 10-11-05 (22:42)

  • in CT they're apparently looking to sign into law a bill that would require health care providers to have coverage for infertility treatments. personally that seems pretty silly. of course i feel covering viagra is silly as well.
  • my grandma is in sacramento for work so she came to davis and took me out to dinner tonight. going to do the same tomorrow.
  • kings lost a preseason game tonight. oh well. preseason doesn't mean much. kevin martin got some good playing time and so did garcia. both seem, from the box scores, to have had decent games. i liked garcia from what i saw in march when he was playing for louisville. martin i've liked, but his minutes have been very limited to date. he needs to assert himself more. if he finds himself in the flow of the game then he has the potential to be a good bench scorer.
  • just saw a clip of bush talking to the press about some school he was visiting. there were two or three kids in front of him posing for the pictures while he was talking about "these schools" being "blue ribbon schools." as he was saying this a young boy dipped his fingers into the bucket of paste he was holding and started licking the paste off his fingers. very very funny.
  • going to need to build another dvd rack soon. also, after thinking about it for a while, i think i'm going to go ahead and build another cd rack as well. it's going to be expensive, but it needs to be done. especially once i put meryl's cds in with mine.

  • not much space left...

    10-10-05 (21:35)
  • good to see the yankees lose tonight. good game, glad they lost.
  • steelers may have had a pyrrhic victory tonight. roethlisberger hurt his knee and it looked pretty bad to me.
  • ran some errands today. took a package downtown to send to meryl. it was 44 pounds worth of books and stuff in one box that she wasn't able to take with her the last time she visited. getting it downtown was quite the pain. i put it on the back of my bike and walked it downtown. unfortunately i only have a couple bungee cords so it wasn't as secure as it could have been. it was so heavy that it made the bike tend to wheelie so that was annoying. having a car would have been nice. having a baby carriage would have worked as well. about 100 yards from the ups place it dawned on me that they might be closed since it's columbus day. that would have fucking sucked.
  • columbus day is ridiculous. while it's true that he paved the way for the nation's founding by being instrumental in the killing of hundreds of thousands of natives, well...i guess that's all there is to say about it. i suppose a devil's advocate would say that the land of all nations are soaked in blood. while that's true i'd rather celebrate a day off for someone like george washington, who at least was a capable and intelligent man, than a guy like christopher columbus. oh well.
  • letterman just called miers the most controversial supreme court pick since george bush. what a great zinger.
  • updated movies list.

  • 10-9-05 (23:42)

  • i like mike nolan, i think he coached a good game today in spite of the final score. he rolled alex smith out, put him in a shotgun and attempted two onside kicks (one of which worked). unfortunately the niners don't have the talent yet, but he's a good coach so i think there's potential with this team. smith had five turnovers, hopefully he learns from his mistakes. listening to dan dierdorf during the entire game was pretty tough, but i got through it.
  • saw the yankees win, that was unfortunate. actually i don't care about any of the teams in the mlb playoffs. i was hoping to see the red sox and the yankees again because it's a storied rivalry and great fun to watch. ho hum. i like st. louis to go all the way because they're balanced and experienced. that said, any team with clemens and pettite can't be counted out.
  • i'm a pretty old-fashioned guy in some ways. i think that's a big reason why i like old films so much.

  • 10-9-05 (10:04)

  • was watching fox and they were talking about the niners/colts game. gumble asked marino what the niners would do to keep defensive end dwight freeney from sacking smith. marino said something about staying focused and one of the other announcers said something about keeping the formations simple. neither really answered the question and neither really keep freeney away from sacking smith. the right answer is: run some draw plays towards freeney to keep him guessing. also, put smith in the shotgun (he ran shotgun option formations in college) and run him away from freeney. also, keep a half/full back in the backfield to help pass blocking. none of these obvious solutions were addressed. sports announcers often know more than they let on. if i know these things then certainly marino should. marino has to know that these are some of the solutions, yet he didn't offer them to gumble and the viewing public. it baffles me. i think that johnny's is right about this indictment of watching sports - announcers seem to basically repeat the same obvious things (importance of turnovers, both teams need to play hard, etc.) before, during and after every game.
  • i don't think the niners have a chance today.
  • bought the pictured jefferson airplane record the other day. got it for $2. actually, john got it and sgt. peppers (in NM, which makes it worth $300) for me when i cut him a deal on some vinyl. anyway, i looked up the price in the book and it has three listings for the catalog number (LPM-3584, as seen in the lower left hand corner). each listing has three different prices for three different grades (VG, VG+ and NM). the cover of my version is probably VG+ and the record is NM so i'd be able to get somewhere around the VG+ price. the first listing had it listed for $1500, 2250, 3000. the second for $250, 500, 1000 and the third for $6.25, 12.50 and 25. the reason there's such a disparity is that the first listing has a bonus track that is unlisted. my version doesn't have that bonus track so no $2250 for me. the second listing has "questionable" lyrics on two of the songs. so i cracked it open and started listening to the first song (let me in). the questionable lyric is "don't tell me you want money" vs. "don't tell me it's so funny." about half way through the song i hear "don't tell me it's so funny" and i proceed to cry. damn. oh well. would have been a pretty sweet find. incidentally, if i had the stereo version of the first listing (with the bonus track) it would be worth $2000, 3500, 5000 depending upon the grade. people go crazy for those bonus tracks. there's a freewheelin' bob dylan that goes for $30K because it has a rare track. there's another freewheelin' bob dylan that goes for 18K for the same reason, but i guess it was a later pressing. the most expensive beatles vinyl i've seen books for $18K, but they have some 45s that are worth thousands.
  • i've got a couple coltrane's for sale right now that should fetch me a hundred bucks or so. those were out of that batch that i bought for $45. you can make some good money on this stuff if you know what you're doing. i don't know what i'm doing, but john knows more about vinyl than anyone i've ever met so he's taught me some things.
  • 10-8-05 (23:38)
  • ucla beat cal today. that's good news, but i don't know anyone (other than my dad) who would agree with me on that. go ucla.
  • usc has a few tough games coming up in the second half of the year.
  • i don't think i'll ever be a great critic if not for the simple reason that i don't write with authority. instead of saying "hitchcock is the most consistent and prolific of the pantheon directors." i'll write "hitchcock is probably the most consistent and prolific of the pantheon directors." what if i forgot someone? what if i discover i'm full of shit later on when i discover the true genius of chaplin? critics always write in definite terms - they know why the director is doing something, they know what the importance of a director/film is and they use certain terms to convey this. in my writing i'm more often inclined towards positing, theorizing, questioning and making statements like the one above. critics who actually get published aren't as realistic, they're more self-assured, more bold and, often, wrong because of those things. the most bold statement i can recall making about the films released this year was when i said "from what i've seen, this is the best film of the year." about The Island. even when i go out on that limb i'm too realistic and i have too much perspective because i write "from what i've seen." a real critic would have left that part out.
  • i'm not saying that my writing style is good or bad, it's just not in line with the way critics generally write. i like that i'm (mostly) honest and that i don't generally feign authority when writing about films.
  • 39: the number of hitchcock films i own.
  • PBS is great. i'd fist fight my mother to keep that shit around.
  • okay, that was mean, i would never fist fight my mom and she knows that. all i'm saying is that i pbs is great and will hopefully be around forever.
  • updated movies list.
  • still need to write one review.
  • updated recommendations.
  • the new hallstrom (who did "what's eating gilbert grape" and "my life as a dog") film (casanova) looks awful.
  • sold my other computer yesterday. so my old pentium 200 is gone now. i built that thing in 1997.
  • from theonion.com: "Cosmopolitan Releases 40-Year Compendium: 812,683 Ways To Please Your Man"
  • yup.

  • 10-8-05 (19:48)

  • got a lot done at work today.
  • on johnny's forum they were talking about technology and growth in santa cruz/soquel. johnny essentially said that efficiency and convenience weren't that important, especially when the cost is places like walmart and bestbuy. marc and steve essentially said that technology is always good and growth will work itself out. i replied with this:
  • i pretty much agree with johnny on everything he's said.
  • johnny and i have embraced technology with about equal vigor and that, relative to the rest on this forum, is not very much at all. i have a nice tv and a computer which i use for my webpage and that's about it.
  • a book may be lighter than a computer, but you can fit a lot more books on a computer than you can on a bookcase. books also use more resources and that's a shame. i still like books and prefer to read from a page than from a screen, but i know it would be better for the world if we were able to produce half as many books on paper. unfortunately i agree with marc that paper doesn't have much longer, at least on the scale that it is currently used.
  • you can buy whatever you want online, but it's wise to consider the real cost of such an action. i think that the work that people like vern and i do has a value. i also think that browsing through records and books is worth the small extra cost.
  • infill growth is preferable to suburbanization and vertical growth, especially for a place like santa cruz. i think each city has to make its own decision on this, and it's different for each. hopefully the populous is educated and engaged enough to make an informed decision for the short and long term. davis has done a very good job of this in spite of high demand. there are certainly problems, but davis is addressing them fairly well.
  • manhattan kinda sucks. it does have personality, but so do a lot of unpleasant people/places.
  • the overriding theme of those who oppose johnny's viewpoint is that best buys and $.99 flip-flops and cheap products are nice and convenient. while this may be true, it's also short-sighted and a bit pathetic.
  • i think that johnny is even more of a minimalist than i am, but (i think) we share a basic idea that if you don't need it then you probably shouldn't buy it. a wind-up toy, a faster dvd burner, a new cell phone when the old one works, etc. are generally a waste of time, money and life. by placing importance on these objects i believe we deny what is (or should be) truly fulfilling in life - for different people it's different things (worshiping god, enjoying friends, making art, becoming a better person, helping others, teaching, etc.). but life is a zero sum game - by placing extra importance on objects you make something else in your life less important. it's a sliding scale and i advocate balance, of course, i just think that my balance is more towards johnny's end of the spectrum.
  • i think that the pro-best buy views are short-sighted or selfish because they don't take into account the things behind the scenes. you see a cheap onion at walmart and think it's great to save $.12 a pound, but you're not thinking about the poor working conditions of those at walmart, the poor working conditions of those at the onion farm, the pollution that the onion farm creates, the extra topsoil it wastes because its number one goal is the production of cheap onions, the pesticides it uses for that same goal ($), the fact that it's using GMOs for this same purpose ($), etc. some of these drawbacks can be measured (pollution) and some cannot (potential impact of GMOs). the monetary price you pay isn't the price that society pays. just because something is good for the economy doesn't mean it's good. war is great for the economy. the death of my grandfather was good for the economy. he didn't buy much and it means that some mortician somewhere is going to get some money. slavery was great for the southern economy 150 years ago. gay marriage will cost the country money. we can't make these sorts of decisions with money at the forefront of our mind. sadly, most are too ignorant and/or selfish to think about these things. again, though, i'm about balance. i'm not saying we should all wear hemp clothes and go off the grid. but walmart is clearly on the other end of the spectrum. they're truly evil and they use capitalism as a shield. it's fucking pathetic and so is anyone who shops there with the knowledge of this and the means to shop elsewhere.
  • libraries are more popular now than they have been in the last 10-15 years. it's a fact.
  • the best and worst thing about humanity is that it always drives for more. that's what made it so successful - the constant drive for more has given us the ability to wipe out small pox and build space shuttles and everything in between. it's also likely to be our downfall. overall we do not have the capability to cash out when we're ahead. we always reach too far because we want to know what is too far and because we're a greedy race. when nature smacks us back it sucks and we go on. http://www.npg.org/ overpopulation is a huge problem and it's only going to get worse. they say that the population will level out at about 10 billion. i wish people would police themselves better when it comes to procreating, but much of the problem is poverty and the ignorance that accompanies it. i'm tempted to say we should go to war with the catholic church, but the truth is that their "no contraception" policy might very well come out a wash. while it certainly leads to quite a few too many people, it also spreads HIV/AIDS rather well (for more on this watch ABC Africa). both are bad, but, from a population standpoint, they might even out.
  • i don't think there is anything wrong, legally or morally, with santa cruz wanting to limit its growth.
  • easier doesn't necessarily mean happier. also, happiness derived from a video game or a blowjob isn't really happiness. it's mostly fleeting and superficial. both are great fun in reasonable quantities, but long term happiness cannot be had by either.
  • since johnny brought up a movie...
  • i think that johnny and i take koyaanisqatsi to heart a little more than others. technology has ceased to be a tool of humanity's. it's now part of the fabric of our lives. we live in technology now and it's scary that people don't even think twice when they see a commercial for the new 100 song cellphone. the one where the girl is walking along listening to music and then she gets a call and pushes a button to talk with whomever is calling her, says goodbye, hits another button and then is listening to her music again. that means we're about two steps away from computer implants. some probably don't have a problem with this (or steroids), but i do.
  • in "my dinner with andre" they talk about another aspect of technology. over the last 200 years we don't experience life in the same way that we had for the the previous million. when it's cold we turn on the heater, when it's hot we turn on the air-conditioning. if we need to go somewhere we drive. if we want to know something we find out about it on the internet. all these things have different consequences. i think we've become more weak and lazy. our brains also atrophy. we don't need to know how to spell or calculate things because we have spell check and calculators. perhaps these things aren't that bad, but they are things that are true and should at least be recognized as results of the technology so many love so much.
  • one major positive that technocrats bandy about is the fact that technology makes our lives easier - it gives us more time to pursue other things. while this is true in theory, it's not that true in practice, at least not for the majority. we live in the most productive country in the world because we have cell phones, computers, blackberries, etc. but we're not doing the same amount of work in less time. we're doing more work in the same amount of time. as technology has gotten better our work week has remained the same length. as our economy has grown so has the gap between the rich and the poor. we still have 40-45 million uninsured citizens in this country. technology also makes it easier for workers to do work at home, and i know quite a few who do this on their own time. getting away is more and more difficult. for more on this check out "yes men" from chris smith, who brought us "american movie." we have to understand that management will always push for more and technology makes doing more easier, but that doesn't mean our lives are easier.

  • 10-7-05 (00:11)

  • spent all night gathering things to sell online. other than that i didn't do much. feels like i wasted a lot of time.
  • reviewed a history of violence. interesting film. longish review. updated movieslist.
  • another kurosawa coming to criterion in january. i love that guy.

  • 10-6-05 (20:32)

  • feeling very broke lately. trying to save all my extra money for a rental truck and storage space and moving and paying off my debt.
  • have a lot of movies to review, but haven't been feeling up to it lately.

  • 10-06-05 (00:11)

  • had a pretty busy day today, both at work and at home. did a lot of housekeeping and consolidating.
  • elijah wood is on leno talking about his bad sushi experience. he said he ordered uni (sea urchin) and almost vomited. it was funny to hear him describe the situation because uni really isn't that bad and he made it out to be really really awful. it's a favorite of both my mom and dad. i've tried it twice and don't think too much of it.
  • there was an extreme amount of stupidity at work today. people just don't know how to do their job. people at the corporate office and at the various vendors are absolutely clueless sometimes.
  • some guy called tower today asking if we bought dvds. i told him we did. we went back and forth for a couple minutes - he wanted to know if we'd buy what he had and i'd tell him that i couldn't guarantee anything over the phone. i'd tell him to come in anytime and we'd look at his stuff, and he'd keep asking what time he should come in. finally i just told him to come at 4:03pm. he said "4 to 3pm?" i said "no, 4:03pm." he said okay and goodbye. he came in at 4:03pm. people really amaze me sometimes. this conversation is pretty similar to the conversation i've had probably 100 times with people calling for ticket information. we sell tickets sold through ticketmaster, but we're a walk up outlet only so we don't give any ticket info over the phone - there's a separate number for that. invariably, though, when people are told about this they'll start asking for ticket information. "do you have these tickets? do you know how much these tickets cost? can you put these tickets on hold for me? how many of these tickets are left?" you just have to keep giving them the same answer in different ways until they accept it. sometimes people will ask if we have tickets to a particular event and i'll say i can't give them that info over the phone, but i can give them ticketmaster's number or they can go to ticketmaster's webpage. i tell them that if the tickets are sold through ticketmaster then that means we'll sell them. they'll ask again and i'll rephrase my answer in a way that they hopefully will understand. sometimes, though, it doesn't work so i'll just tell them that the event is sold out. i think that some people just want a definitive answer, even if it has nothing to do with reality. i call those people republicans.
  • getting cold lately.
  • in a way i'll miss working at tower. there are a lot of easy and nice things about working there. we're like a small dysfunctional family in a lot of ways. at the store level there aren't the same kind of office politics that you find at most corporations. if it weren't for the corporate office i'd have a lot more fun working there. i'll be a bit sad when i finally leave.

  • 10-04-05 (23:27)
    meryl has come and gone. i miss her now so that sucks. her visits are always too short.