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June 8th, 2004

12:26 pm
I feel like a meth addict.

Let's see... since waking up this morning at around 2am I've managed to:

  • Eat two breakfasts

  • Prepare second breakfast

    • Scrambled eggs

    • Bacon

    • Toast

    • Tea. Earl Grey, Hot
  • Drink an entire pot of tea

  • Wash almost everything I own, or at least, almost everything which was dirty which is more or less the same, including towels, bed linens, kitchen linens etc. -- everything

  • Clean all the dishes left over from breakfast and well, just left lying around in a generally dirty state

  • Wash a few things that, while not conventionally categorized as dirty, looked a bit too not clean for me to tolerate

  • Clean the sink

  • Clean the entire kitchen

  • Feed Holly's fish

  • Water Holly's plants and work in the used tea leaves from earlier

  • Generate obsessive grocery list by personally checking every item of food in the house, the precise amount we have, and how much will likely be used in the next two weeks.

  • Read entire liner notes to The Who's Live at Leeds

  • Read a good chunk of Lester Bang's "Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung". I now know how he feels about Kraftwek.

  • Contemplate philosophical ideas raised by Kraftwerk article, specifically the ideas of menschmaschine and how robots are our evolutionary masters

    • Contemplate things that sound better in German as opposed to things that do not.

  • Prepare obsessive-compulsive list of the obsessive-compulsive things I've done thus far

I fully expect that by this afternoon I'll have cleaned almost every part of the house at least once, washed and waxed my car and who knows what else. Normally I'm lucky to be awake by this time or so. Actually having pants on is a fucking gold star and trip to the zoo.

New usericon is one I find especially inspiring. Harry "Death Ray" Grindell-Matthews appears to be a semi-mad scientist of the Nikola Tesla sort, except for the whole "making things that worked amazingly well" part and the "being remembered by people" bit.
Current Music: Weezer - December

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May 8th, 2004

08:01 pm
We've officially lost to the stupid people. They are now in control.

In Cleveland in March, John Struna won his lawsuit against a convenience store owner who had sold him Ohio Lottery tickets,
claiming that the man ought to have explained a Lottery rule to him (even though the rules are printed on every ticket). Struna had
bought 52 tickets playing the same numbers in a game that pays $100,000 per winning ticket, but somehow he never noticed that
the payout would be capped at $1 million, meaning that his 52 winning tickets would be worth only $19,230 each. Despite being a
heavy lottery player (spending $125,000 a year), Struna said it was up to the store owner to explain that rule to him, and the jury

Who on Earth has enough money to spend $125,000 a year on playing the lottery? Assuming you have that much disposable income to gamble on why do you even need to win?

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January 6th, 2004

04:32 am
I don't know whether to be frightened of The Polyphonic Spree or not. I mean, ok, there are slightly over two dozen people wearing flowing white robes and singing songs about the sun and such while being really, really happy and uplifting. They seem entirely like a cult. If not that then some sort of Christian pop outfit. Hell, regardless of what particular kind of cult they are it's all very creepy and unsettling. Even moreso because they seem totally and utterly sincere.

The only problem is that the music is actually pretty damn good. This stuff is too honest, sincere, and simply good to be sacchrine. I mean, it's still sickly sweet and wholesome, but I can't help but find myself liking it. This scares me more than anything.
Current Mood: conflicted
Current Music: Light & Day - The Polyphonic Spree

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November 18th, 2003

02:10 am
Found this on Metafilter.

Basically United Internet is offering a special promotion right now: a full 500 MB hosting account, free for three years with 5 GB of transfers a month. Check out the MeFi bit for the link. Apparently they don't ask for a credit card and no one has been able to find the catch as of yet. Offer ends in January so get while the gettin's good.

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November 10th, 2003

01:35 am
"I caught a matinee of Matrix Revolutions the other day. Personally, I think it's a cinematic landmark, as this film is the first time someone has managed to construct a narrative entirely out of plot holes."

Ahh... it feels good to have something to hate strongly again. I mean, yeah, it's not like I'm at a loss for things to hate, but it's just so easy to hate Revolutions. I can really get behind this and put in some good, solid loathing.

The fact that Harry Knowles loved it simply proves that this is the decision for all right-thinking people. This is a man who previously told us based on pre-screenings that Episode I was amazing and that Blair Witch 2 was safe for human consumption. Honestly. He's like this over-exposed idiot fan-boy, but without even the modicum of taste that normally implies. Like... Bizzarro Fanboy or something. Basically a barometer of a film is that if Harry likes it, it sucks, if he hates it it's probably quite good. Amazingly the forums are filled with even stupider people than he.
Current Mood: malevolent

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November 9th, 2003

02:23 am
I've been trying to remember the name of this movie for a while now. It's something I caught on Cinemax or something in the dead period of the afternoon one summer back when I was younger. Anyhow, it's basically about this runaway kid who steals a car and drives around in the desert kinda for a while. He's collecting these pieces from some contest offered by a chain of gas stations and never manages to get all the pieces. One of them eludes him. At some point he's siphoning gas out oh some guy's car and he backhands him catching his eye with this giant gaudy ring. Rather than doing anything about it the proposed solution is to just put an eyepatch on the kid and forget about it. So there's now this partially blinded kid with an eyepatch driving around trying to get these contest pieces when some guy at this hazy, magical kinda gas station gives him the final piece. He goes to the headquarters of the company to collect and it turns out that it's impossible to win because they didn't make all the pieces. Something happens then. Man I wish I knew what movie this was. It was ... weird, or maybe I just think it was because it's been a long time. This is really killing me.

Then again, just the other day I found out the name of some song that I'd heard late at night back in '95 or so and never knew the name of or the lyrics to. The lyrics were hard to understand so I couldn't ever really describe it or anything either. Thanks to a brief appearance in a tv compilation ad I now know the name of it and can sleep happily (I'd also for some reason been thinking about it for a week or so before this happened and how I'd never found it out and it was now 8 years or so later and I was still curious). Ok, so what if I'm rambling?

current book: "Choke" - Chuck Palahniuk
Current Mood: curiouscurious

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November 6th, 2003

12:05 am
"A man begins to have bizarre flashes that he's actually hooked up to a machine and he begins to wonder if all of reality isn't in fact a fantasy in his mind. Stars Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishbourne."

That's the first I recall hearing about the Matrix and it was on Brunching Shuttlecocks back in May of 1998. Three potential movie ideas were put up and one was fake. One of the other two was Thirteenth Floor (the fake being a synopsis of Philip K. Dick's excellent, Hugo-winning, The Man in the High Castle, made me think they were adapting it). I think I picked this one as the fake actually. When I found out it was real I was astounded. It sounded so incredibly terrible (oddly enough Thirteenth Floor sounded really cool, and ended up not being that great) and was laughing about it for a long time. When I started finally seeing trailers and such it started to look a lot better. I remember in the last week getting really, really pumped for it and going on opening night. I was disappointed. Not a lot of action really and a ton of crappy spirtual crap to fill in the time when they were meandering through the by-the-numbers plot and not having a fight scene. The much ballyhooed "bullet time" effect showed up about 4 times and while the wire-work was good, I'd seen good wire-work before. Over time my mind changed. I watched it more and more and more and grew to really like it. Sure there were a lot of flaws, but it really had some kick-ass fights. I started seeing it more as action sci-fi (rather like Aliens) and began to enjoy it.

The last movie wasn't that great though. It had a lot of expectation that it wasn't likely to live up to and it screwed it up instead by not really going anywhere. The much touted freeway chase scene was pretty amazing, but the equally amazing twins barely showed up (they've ghosted their way entirely out of the new film for some reason). Neo was all-powerful after the first film, but suddenly it wasn't enough for him. They compensated a bit by throwing gangs at him, but it was still a bit of problem. Agent Smith suddenly had come back and could create copies of himself. The whole thing ends with Neo having found out a bunch of stuff that never before made much sense and apparently being able to control stuff outside the Matrix as well as sort of being in it at the same time without jacking in. None of this was explained.

None of this is explained in the new movie.

Sure a bunch of things happen for no reason, but nobody ever takes the time to explain them. Internal consistency is thrown out the window pretty often (suddenly the hovercrafts have a bunch of mounted guns that no one ever mentioned or used in the first movie) and some of the designs and such for the defense of Zion are rather poorly thought out (yes, let's make a battle mech, but not shield the guy inside at all and make the reloading process require some poor bastard to run out to you and do it himself, rather than say... another robot or something, also, wait until it won't make much of a difference to try and destroy the giant drills). Speaking of which, get used to the defense of Zion! It's a huge chunk of the movie that involves all sorts of actors you don't care about. You see Morpheus a few times though, but that's only editing of something else happenening. No Matrix, no Neo, no Trinity, no nothing really. It feels at times like they're trying to re-do the Battle of Hoth, but without being any good.

So yeah, some new stuff happens, nothing is explained at all and things go on forever with no point. If anyone wants to know what happens and how it ends, just ask me, but I'm certain you can figure it out on your own just as easily. There's no big reveal, no big secret, nothing that hasn't already been stated to explain away. Basically this film exists as a giant blister on the ass of the second movie. Something that could have been easily edited down to perhaps 3 hours of sequel and most of that would have been the second film.

Just trust me on this, if you haven't yet don't go. It's not worth it. I worried that it would suck, but was too curious to find out what happened and I'm now suggesting that you stay away, it's not a reason to see it since nothing is explained. I'm rambling. EOL.
Current Mood: disappointeddisappointed

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November 1st, 2003

07:34 pm - Normally I would never do this...
Survey says...

Pick up the nearest book and write a sentence at random from it:
"We are fucking your wives." -Switchblade Honey, an original graphic novel by Warren Ellis and Brandon McKinney.

Just arrived today, havent' read it yet. First thing that came into my view upon opening it.

Do you like having your picture taken?
No. I photograph terribly and for some reason have just become very opposed to it. I don't like leaving a trail.

Ever bought a CD for just one song?

Do you read your horoscope?
Only the Onion. Occasionally I endeavor to read a horoscope at random and see if it applies.

If you could only talk to one person online, who would that be?
Depends on what kind of contact is likely between us. Thus if Holly and I were to be seperated she would move to the front of the queue, other times Margaret might make the list. I typically talk to certain people only about certain things so it's quite complex.

What color is the inside of your head when you close your eyes?
Depends on the amount of light an where it is in relation to my head. Try it yourself. It goes from dark with bright "light" spots (simple reactions to the most basic sensory data) to being whiter and whiter when you stare directly into a lamp.

Do you find you use internet language when writing notes in real life?
No, and I rarely use it online. I do use copious personal abbreviations (many cribbed from debate) when writing notes for classes or any other writing that only I see, e.g. w/=with, w/o=without, w/i=within, b/w=between, up and down arrows for increase/decrease, smiley and frowny faces for positive benefits that need not be elaborated (i.e. foo == good).

When you're talking do you ever use your hands to do quotation marks in the air when saying certain words?

Ever seriously questioned your sanity?
Yes. I've discussed this with others on occasion, but the possibility exists that I have very low-grade schziophrenia. It's largely gone now, but when I was younger I would have episodes where everything I thought for a period of time (about 30 min. to an hour) would be yelled. It was always the same as my normal internal voice, but no matter what I thought it would be screaming at me. The last time this occured was a year or two ago and that was the first time in years.

When you dream do you see what's happening in a character's view or a camera type view?
I dream rarely due to apnea and when I do recall them I typically only remember them as ideas. I rarely have any distinct visual associations with dreams beyond that of typical mental visualization while awake. It's quite light in me, I have the same bit when reading. Perhaps this is why I can't draw for shit.

Have you ever kept a New Year's resolution?
I don't make them.

Who has the best taste in music out of all of your friends?
Me. I tend to listen to slightly more ecclectic music and rarely share preferences with friends aside from a few bits. If I had to actually chose a person it would be Alison, however. Someone ought to convince her to get a journal.

Do you wish your teeth were whiter?
I guess. But it's not really something that bothers me. I still think having braces was a waste of time and money.

What is your school mascot?
I know, but I'm holding it back due to... hmm, what's the precise opposite of school spirit?

Do you laugh at your own jokes?
Yes. I only make them for my benefit.

How many phone numbers do you have remembered and can say off the top of your head?
I can't properly recall my own at the moment, but I can remember my 7-digit ICQ number despite not having any need to use it. I also cannot remember my parent's phone number or any holidays other than Halloween (always, not just because it was yesterday) and usually my birthday (but not always). Oh, now that I think of it I can remember my cell phone's number. Took me about 2 years to learn it though.

What was the best Halloween costume you ever had?
Can't rightly recall.

Can you limbo?
Not cetain. I do a mean purgatory though.

You're a vampire; what's worse, never seeing a photo/reflection of yourself, never being able to eat or drink what's not blood, or never seeing sunlight again?
Food. Although working a night job has proven to me that it's really a shitty schedule to live in where you almost never get to see friends and trying to go places and do things is a bitch. Well, perhaps if I wasn't working at night it wouldn't be so bad, but still.

Do you say random stuff like "I like Snickers" when you are having a conversation about something totally different?
I go off on tangents all the time, but they're triggered by something, even if it only occured to me.

Name all the Teletubbies right now.
La La, Tinky-Winky, Po, and That Scary Fucking Baby Face Laughing in the Sun, Dear God Does That Fucking Scare Me.

Would you ever call someone a racist name?
Only if it didn't apply to them.

Do you think Vlad is a cool name?

Did you know it is Dracula's first name?
Enough to know when people like you get ahold of a small fact and blow it the fuck out of proportion, yes.

What do you think is going to take over humans and rule the world?
Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos.

What is your IQ?
High enough to know better.

On second thought this may not be inherently obvious as it could have two meanings. Essentially I'm both smart enough to know better (whatever I should know being variable) as well as smart enough to know that it's actually pretty meaningless. I know it, but I'm not telling you.

Have you ever killed your own dinner?

Would you prefer a spork or a spoon and fork?
Runcible spoon.

Favorite of the seven dwarfs?
The smart one, oh wait, there wasn't one. Guess Ioathe them all equally.

Ever laughed so hard that what you were drinking spewed out of your nose?
Not on purpose.

Wasn't Shrek an awesome movie?
No, it sucked.

Have you ever dissected a frog?
Yes, along with many other things.

How long have you been living at your current residence?
Since August.

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October 26th, 2003

04:33 am
It was recently brought back into my mind the entire 2000 vs 2001 millenial debacle. Basically I sided directly in the middle. I endorsed 2000 fully and properly since it was the correct beginning of the new millenium, yet at the same time I understood and was sympathetic to those who insisted on 2001. "But it's not correct!" they'd shout, "if we go about this mathematically this is only the 1999th year and thus is not the new millenium." The cry that there was no "Year 0". To which I reply as always, "Yes, perhaps, but ther should have been." This often gets to the better part of the minds in the type of geek which I am prone to be arguing about this with as we all well know that as far as computers and anything else that matters is concerned 0 is the first number. Comics should start with #0, you should label your videotapes starting at 0 and so on. When I want to initialize the tenth slot in an array you can bet I'll be referencing foo[9].

So no, fuck you all, you're both wrong.

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October 23rd, 2003

12:54 am - More posts about comics...
The more I think about it trade paperbacks in today's market are a lot like the video market has been to the film industry. I was reading an interview with Ed Brubaker about the upcoming publication of the trade for Sleeper, a great series that hasn't been selling all that well despite great reviews from everyone and pretty good buzz from fans. Trades allow people who've heard good things about a title to go out and pick it up to see how they feel. I may hear that Y: The Last Man, is great, but if I go to the store only to find that they only have the most recent issue that's the 3rd part of a 5 part arc and the 4th and final part of a previous arc then I'm not as interested. I might try to remember to get it when the next arc comes up, but more than likely I'll forget by then or lose interest. Even then I have a lot of catch up on. If I can just buy the first trade though I get hooked. They're sturdy enough to loan out to friend interested in a series and have an actual chance of being stocked by libraries (sadly, of all the trades I've found recently they're all shelved Young Adult and are thus entirely super-hero stuff... even if it's good like New X-Men there's not a lot of choice). Trades let people find out about something they may have missed. Keep hearing about Preacher, Transmetropolitan, or Sandman? Yeah, well now you can read them.

Smaller books also have a chance of making an impact. If you don't sell well you stand to get canceled or just ignored. With trades there's finally the ability to stick around and reach people later on who didn't hear about things when it was still a small cult book. These books now have the ability to really explode and to have cults form.

Fuck... I'm just totallly stuck on this. I'm also really pissed at Marvel for the crap they're doing with the Tsunami trades. I really wanted Mystique and I sure as hell didn't mean for that to be some cut-down digest-sized crap sold only to bookstores (guess what, I don't get a discount at the bookstore, only my comic shop... there also isn't a real bookstore in this town) to try and shelve with manga. Manga readers won't have anything to do with it and it will fail. Utterly. The fans will get fucked again as seems to be common with Marvel.

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