the strings portion of eleanor rigby is a prelude to phillip glass' entire
catalog, and that's not a bad thing.
bonzi wells isn't a king anymore. things fall apart.
updated movies list.
coppola flick wasn't all that bad.
sold 808 books the other day. now my back hurts.
got a free movie to attend later tonight. it's the new sofia coppola effort,
it'll likely be a pile of dung.
really happy about the fact that all my reviews can now be accessed from
the movies listed page.
worked on it for a few hours, but macros shaved days' worth of work off
of that task. also added the movies i watched at the end of 1999.
updated movies list.
feeling really lazy today.
ron livingston's job in office space is to redo a bunch of bank software
code for the y2k issue. it occurred to me that something like this might
normally date a film a bit. in this case, though, it makes the film all
the more meaningful. it's such a useless, dated job that it amplifies the
mundane futility of his work.
what the fuck is fucking wrong with using fucking paper to fucking vote?
why do we need fucking diebold to fucking administer our fucking elections?
it makes no fucking sense to me.
the original rollerball is on right now. jewison hit a homer with that
one. the commentary, the photography and that ending.... damn good.
completed the "best reviews"
internet is down so i can't check book orders.
was going to watch a movie tonight with james, but it's been moved to saturday.
washed the side of the house and the deck. otherwise the day has been slow.
worked on my "best reviews"
page. finished 2005 and 2006.
the true measure of a president is often seen after they're no longer in
office. guys like carter and clinton have done huge humanitarian things
like global initiative and habitat for humanity. meanwhile you've got ex-presidents
like reagan or bush who have done little to nothing. it's as if the presidential
office hampers their ability to do what they really want to do. the same
thing goes for near ex-presidents like al gore.
was watching a plastic surgery show the other day and it was about a transgender
person who was going from being a man to a woman or vise versa, i don't
remember. anyway, they were getting breast work done (removed or implanted,
again i don't remember) and the show's censors blurred out the nipples
when the person had "female" breasts and didn't blur out the nipples when
the breasts were small. how freaking stupid. all of a sudden the same nipples
were somehow offensive one moment, but not the other.
updated movies list.
the media keeps talking about the democrats possibly taking back congress.
i don't think it's going to happen and i think the anticipation of it happening
is going to be more bad news for the democrats.
lionel richie kinda sucks.
i like conan o'brien and all, but every show is the same. starts with the
song, he does his running in place thing, plays with the camera and then
comments on the cheers. then he says it's a great show and inserts one
of the following: self-deprecating joke, joke about the rest of the shows
being crap, but this one actually being good, or joke about him lying -
it's not really a good show tonight. then he does his monologue and goes
to his desk. they do a skit which is generally an extension of "natural"
conversation about the show or something in the business or a conversation
with the band (usually max). commercial. then they'll have a skit or a
guest. when there's a guest you see his real genius as a comedian. he's
got a quick wit and it shows during the impromptu portions of the interview.
during the interview he'll always work in a joke about being really white,
having fluffy hair, being irish, being a geek, or not being very good at
his job. this is the formula so far as i can tell for almost every single
show. keep this in mind the next time you watch it and tell me if i'm wrong.
heretofore is a cool word, but you never hear people say "heretopost."
rather they say "from now on." heretopost i will try to use "heretopost"
instead of "from now on." hopefully it catches on.
just when you're beginning to think that there isn't any follow through
or competence in this world your hopes are raised. i wrote this on 9-16-06
to a parks communication officer at banff/jasper:
To Whom It May Concern:
I recently visited Jasper and Banff National Parks and was struck by
the beauty and size. I've been to dozens of parks in Canada and the states
and the vistas at Jasper and Banff are among the best. That said, I was
disappointed by a few elements of the parks' relationship to its visitors.
Upon arrival to the park from Calgary I found remarkably little information
on the ecologic, biologic, environmental and geologic issues affecting
the park. It took talking to several (difficult to find) rangers throughout
the parks to get an idea of how the park's mountains were formed, what
the fire management policies are, what wildlife issues the park was addressing,
etc. It seemed that the bulk of the visitor information services were geared
less towards education, information and preservation, and more towards
recreation and surface tourism.
In sum, I loved the parks and thought them to be great preserves of
a rapidly vanishing landscape. I urge you to increase ranger visibility
and visitor education so that more visitors will realize just how precious
the parks are.
Thank you for your time and consideration,
and today i received this:
I'm glad you enjoyed our parks and I'm sorry you didn't run into more
education while you were in the park. There IS quite a lot of stuff
there, though it is mostly "non-personal" as we have millions of visitors
and only a limited number of "rangers". For example, a few years ago
completed a set of 35 roadside panels all along the Bow Valley Parkway
scenic route from Banff to Lake Louise, driven and biked by hundreds
thousands of visitors each year) that explain (for those who stop and
them all!) exactly the kinds of things you were looking for (e.g. how
park's mountains were formed, what the fire management policies are,
wildlife issues the park was addressing). There is also an entire exhibit
at the Lake Louise Visitor Centre that interprets mountain formation
(mostly), with some exhibits on mountain wildlife and the park's
mountaineering heritage. There are also exhibits on wildlife research
and present) at the Banff Park Museum in downtown Banff (run by Parks
Canada) and about the creation of Canada's first national park at the
and Basin National Historic Site (also run by Parks Canada). Both Jasper
and Banff have self-guiding trails and interpretation panels at popular
destinations like Sulphur Mountain, Johnston Canyon, Lake Louise, Athabasca
Falls, Maligne Canyon, and many more. All of these educational services
facilities are described in our The Mountain Guide, a Parks Canada
publication with maps and descriptions of the 6 mountain national parks,
which you should have received at the park gate, or wherever you purchased
your park pass. We also have Park Interpreters roving every day at
visitor attractions throughout the parks, but with over 3 million visitors
a year we obviously miss quite a few people (like you!).
It is also true that we have the townsites of Banff and Jasper (run
municipalities separate from Parks Canada -- this is certainly not
within Canadian national parks, something that happened a hundred years
that wouldn't happen today) within these two national parks, so if
in those Townsites it may appear that there is little education in
comparison to all the other tourism infrastructure. Collectively, the
private sector has many more staff than we do in Parks Canada. However,
there are many places where you CAN find the information you were seeking!
I'm sorry you didn't find it very easily, and appreciate you sending
your perspective (we have to make our stuff easier to find!). If you
again, I hope you will drop into one of our Information Centres and/or
check out our website so we can help you find what you're after more
Our website address is www.pc.gc.ca/banff
www.pc.gc.ca/jasper) -- there's
tons of info on there, though again, it's
not always easy to find it. We're working on it!
Banff National Park
the state of the world is so depressing these days. generally i just turn
off my brain when i take in all the information i see, hear, read on a
daily basis. every once in a while, though, i'll think about it and it
just depresses the hell out of me.
went to the usc/nebraska game yesterday with my dad. turned out to be quite
an ordeal. game started at 5pm and we got there about 3.5 hours early.
pregame activities have always been fairly lively, but it was out of control
this time. there were so many people there and all the parking spots ($20-40)
were taken so we ended up parking about two miles from the coliseum and
just walking. we played some catch, as is the custom, and then went to
the campus. 92,000 were in attendance and we were in the student section
so things were especially crazy. we waited at the section entrance for
over 45 minutes because a couple people needed medical attention and the
students (who don't have assigned seats) were sitting in seats which were
for ticket holders. quite the experience. the game itself was good too.
the defense is twice as good as it was last year and the offense is about
65% of what it was last year.
looking for jobs is a depressing process. i've been out of high school
for almost ten years and i'm still basically looking for entry level positions.
i could go to more school to enhance my poli sci degree - get teaching
credentials or go to law school - or i could go to school to become a carpenter,
etc. but that requires more money and time and, so far, school hasn't helped
me get jobs so it doesn't have much of a track record so far as i'm concerned.
at age 16 kids should be allowed to enter whatever trade, profession, etc.
that they want. if they want to be lawyers they should start taking political
science and law-related courses. if they want to learn a trade then they
should get some hands on training in that field. i'm pretty dissatisfied
with my education at this point. it's helped me as a person and i learned
a good amount of stuff, but i've learned more (on a per day basis) from
traveling than i ever did in school. maybe i'm just bitter because i chose
a useless major. i guess what it comes down to is that i've made more money
from my experiences watching "this old house" than i have from the all
college courses i took. half the friends i know have jobs that have stemmed
from their interests, rather than their studies. i know that being a college
grad supposedly enhances your chances of getting entry level jobs, but
i'm not so sure that's how it really works.
looking forward to new jackass and jet li pics.
niners won today so that's good. didn't get to see the game though. the
most encouraging thing is that smith hasn't had an interception in the
last two games.
pretty frustrated in general lately. listing books on craigslist and soliciting
sales is an exhausting process. about 75% of the people "interested" through
craigslist will send one e-mail and then bow out. there's a real lack of
follow through in general, but especially through that venue. when trying
to fix things around the house there is invaribly some problem that arises
as a result of a theorhetical improvement. trying to clean out gutters,
for example, reveals that there's a broken downspout which leads to more
work. trying to save some time on patching holes by using "great stuff"
turns out to be more of a pain than one would expect. home depot doesn't
have the quickly expanding kind so i go with the slower kind which then
spills all over the place and doesn't do the job, thus creating more work.
in general, i see people as flimsy, capricious, ignorant and stupid.
eli manning's game winning td was straight off the playground - turn head,
lob as far as you can while falling backwards, hope for the best.
my fantasy baseball team has completely imploded this week.
finally finished applying for a position with the sca.
they provide paid internships with various NPS run lands that range in
time from 3-12 months. i saw about 200 positions available and i applied
for about 15 ranging from alaska to tennessee. it would be nice to be able
to do several of them over the course of the next couple years and learn
a shitload about ecology, biology, geology, education, geography, etc.
there's only one in yellowstone and it's a winter internship, but i applied
anyway. i have no idea how many people apply for these positions so i have
no idea what my chances are.
cleaned out the gutters on my grandma's house today. wish i had a house
so i could do all these things on my own place.
funny, the last two bulletpoints are completely contradictory. i'd like
to do a (barely) paid internship for environmental causes, yet i'd like
to have enough money to buy a house. ha!
updated movies list.
they're remaking vanishing point now. when will it end?
was listening to the radio and heard some idiot talking about the excessive
coverage of the events of 9/11. his main thesis was that we are all tired
of it and it needs to end. his theory on why we hear so much about it was
that all the media outlets are based in nyc and that 9/11 has become a
nyc-centric memory. i agree that it's gotten a little out of hand and that
9/11 is generally portrayed in how it affected nyc, rather than d.c. or
pa, but this is perfectly understandable. i don't see the coverage as a
conspiracy of any sort, rather it's an extension of the fact that we only
have footage from the two planes at the wtc. furthermore, there is a symbolic
element which said idiot clearly didn't think about. a field in pa has
no symbolic meaning and the pentagon, which does have symbolic meaning,
is back to normal. i think he was saying all this to be outrageous more
than anything else.
sports are the best example, that i can think of, of a meritocracy in our
society. people like latrell sprewell, mike tyson, t.o., and ron artest
are a testament to this fact. if they were politicians they wouldn't be
elected. in music, it's not about your merits as a musician (which are
admittedly subjective), rather it's about your image. the same goes for
people in film and tv. in many other fields it's about bogus test scores,
class, connections, or something other than your ability. in sports, though,
almost all things can be overlooked. if you're in the ghetto it's not a
problem - recruiters will come to you. if you've got attitude problems
or a criminal record, it's okay we'll work with that too. of course there
are limits. marcus vick is a very good athlete, but not much of a qb or
wide receiver, and he's a pain in the ass. still, though, he's got a job
on the second squad of the dolphins. even after stepping on opposing players,
getting in trouble with the law and getting kicked off his college team,
he still has a good chance of being in the nfl. i'm not making a value
judgment, i'm merely pointing it out. what's more, is that many people
don't seem to like sports because they are meritocracies. they point
out the seemingly unfair fact that those guys who are a pain in the ass
are able to still find teams, just because they're good. what they're really
pointing out is that it's unfair that some people are better than others.
of course it slices the other way as well. teams will take into account
what kind of locker room presence a player has. jerry rice, at age 43,
was still finding places to play because he's a positive example. if he
had a mike tyson attitude along with his 43 year old legs, he wouldn't
have a job.
motown and soul is basically just 50-60 year old pop, but the production
so superlatively superior to today's pop. just listen to the instrumentals
on tracks like will you still love me tomorrow, do i love you, locomotion,
get ready, roadrunner, needle in a haystack, heat wave, everything by brown
and wonder, sliced tomatos (sampled on rockafella skank), 1-2-3, mr big
stuff, dancing in the street, etc. and those don't even really get into
the big hits like respect, gaye's hits, the temptations' big hits, the
supremes' big hits, etc.
afi has their 100 most inspiring films on bravo right now. cool hand luke
is only in the 70s, as is dark passage. jeez. good watching nonetheless.
i have mixed feelings about texas getting their ass kicked tonight. of
course i'm happy to see them get knocked down a peg, but i also harbored
secret hopes that usc would meet them again for the national championship.
day the earth stood still is in the high 60s on the afi list. that was
on amc the other day. great film.
shane is #53. brilliant film, should be top 20.
there's some singles website that advertises 6 free months of their service
if you don't find love in the first 6 months. i know that you can argue
they're only trying to bring people together and that's a nice service,
but it's marketed fairly unscrupulously, if you ask me.
shawshank redemption at #23. definitely top 20 material.
on flew over the cuckoo's nest #17. probably top five for me.
apollo 13 #12. way too high.
heard an interview with one of the five fcc members trying to justify the
various decisions they've made recently. from the bono incident to the
choice to allow saving private ryan to be aired, unedited, on network tv.
he admitted that they've tied themselves into a legal knot because of their
inconsistency. they allow SPR to air because it's a realistic portrayal
of real events and contributes to society, but they don't allow the word
"shit" to be uttered in a blues documentary. there were several other examples
that he gave, but it just further proved to me how silly the whole institution
is. apparently, legally they're not allowed to outright ban words before
the fact because that would be a restriction of free speech, but they are
allowed to fine networks for indecency. the result is a self-policing that
relies on inconsistent rulings and unclear boundaries. as a result networks
are increasingly reluctant to test the boundaries. this would explain why,
seemingly all of a sudden, there seems to be an absence of utterances of
"bitch" and "ass" on the networks. not sure when all this changed, but
i would imagine it was under michael powell and around the time of the
infamous 'wardrobe malfunction'.
breaking away #8. great film, wouldn't place it in my top 10 though.
grapes of wrath #7. likely top five for me.
it's a wonderful life #1. overplayed for a reason.
a few they forgot graduate, gabriel over the white house, rollerball, paths
of glory, ikiru (not eligible since it's not an american film, but i have
to list it), magnolia, goodbye mr. chips, beau geste, great escape...
alaska: land of over 3 million lakes.
10 ways to make yourself popular at the office:
"10. Keep telling the same person that they have bad breath even if
they don't, and then punch them in the mouth.
9. Announce in a meeting that you have AIDS. After everyone gives you
the sympathy remarks.. tell everyone how you're just kidding.. and tell
them that they are all a bunch of queers.
8. Before a meeting, fill your mouth with custard- then during the
meeting put one finger in the air and make like you are hocking up a big
loogie - then spit the custard into a clear glass and hand it to the person
next to you and say 'Beat that!'
7. Inform a male coworker that he 'wouldn't make a good hooker,' then
piss in his coffee and tell him he needs a good 'ass fucking.'
6. Always walk around with a big smile and keep one hand down the front
of your pants.
5. Answer every question asked to you with 'fuck if I know!' then call
the person a racial slur that doesn't even match their race.
4. Brag about the fact that you own a gun, and keep playing with your
nuts. Get them really sweaty, and then walk around shaking everyone's hand.
3. Run down the hall with your dick out while urinating all over and
yell, 'It won't stop! God help me! It don't stop!' Then when it stops...
look down and say... 'Oh!'
2. Ask to borrow someone's pen- bring it to the bathroom - stick it
in your butt - return it and tell the person to smell it - when they tell
you that it smells bad - be like, 'It should! I had it in my butt!'
1. Shit on the floor in your office and when someone comes in and sees
it, tell them it's the fake plastic kind- when they try to pick it up,
and realize that their hand is full of shit, laugh and point."
that one's like an old friend that i have to revisit every once in a while.
it really doesn't get old. hopefully i'll still laugh at that kind of base
humor when (if) i'm 87.
i'm not too surprised by notre dame's lackluster performance this weekend.
i thought they were a little overrated last year. they did have a great
showing against usc, but they had a couple close wins against ranked teams.
top ten, but not top five.
it's always funny to see how people react after one week's worth of games.
that said, it's sort of justified - in no other major sport is one game
so important. one loss and you're likely out of the running for a national
championship, that's the only benefit of the bcs system. for cal (9) or
miami (12) to make it to the national championship they have to run the
table and hope for losses from a few teams at the top.
when i first heard about steve irwin i laughed, but it's actually kinda
sad. on the one hand he's a fool because he was asking for it, on the other
hand he helped educate people about wildlife. that said, i don't particularly
agree with his invasive methods.
went to my mom's today and did some house work. i should make buying a
house a goal of mine. i've always wanted one and i've always been interested
in home repair, but i've never been very interested in making money. probably
need a job first.
tomorrow should be a key day in determining how the next couple weeks will
updated movies list.
the 2006 rose bowl and seinfeld are similar in that if you're on the wrong
side i can pretty much guarantee you're not a friend of mine. if you dislike
seinfeld or if you rooted for texas then you're probably a bad person.
i've been very deprived of music lately. on the trip i listened to a good
amount, but lately i haven't. to compound the problem i've been away from
my system for a while. can't wait till i fire it up again. there's nothing
as good as loud music on a good system.
murs references kamloops canada in his (awesome) song "bad man." i've been
in light of their last ten years, it's easy to lose sight of how good
metallica actually were at one time. oh well. i guess the same could be
said about a lot of artists. i have to wonder how much of michael jackson's
former greatness can be attributed to paul mccartney and quincy jones.