December 2002 Archives

All of my coworkers are

All of my coworkers are going to tell me to get the Valentine One, but of course this link says the Escort Passport 8500 is the best. Then again, I'm not spending $300 or greater for either radar detector.

Woke up terribly sick today

Woke up terribly sick today (should've noticed the approaching symptoms the past few days). Sore throat, dull aches, headache, etc.

I finished reading White Noise,

I finished reading White Noise, and it was a great book, indeed.
Hitchcock cameos, part deux. Also watched The Trouble with Harry, and it was a welcome departure from the usual Hitchcock (not tired of him, but it's nice to see him spin different yarn every once in a while).

Skip Trapped and Ballistic at

Skip Trapped and Ballistic at all costs. (Unless, of course, you've been dying to waste 4 collective hours of your life.)

Tivo, I miss you. See

Tivo, I miss you. See you on the 31st.

We had a white Christmas

We had a white Christmas here in Elkhart, IN, which was nice. Now, I'm wishing for that near-65 weather I'm so used to back home in Mountain View, CA. Also, I'm limited to 6 channels here, and Fox didn't run a 24 episode this week. I'm bummed, so I started reading heavily into White Noise. I'm all the way up to page 243 out of 327. Making good progress. It's an interesting book (the prose is great), but the plot didn't develop much until around 200 pages in. Picked up a copy of Satoshi Tomiie's Nubreed Global Underground CD (which I've heard numerous times before on Faisal's streaming server).

Right now, I'm enjoying the nasal voices of Oasis - Heathenchemisty.
I especially like the track Songbird - check it out.

Hopefully, Netflix will deliver Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (even though I hear it's a horrible movie). Either that, or Trapped.

While searching for a service to supplement Netflix, I found GreenCine, which has a markedly better selection of anime.

I finished The Book of

I finished The Book of Illusions, but was disappointed. Sorry Joe, Ian. The "Illusions" portion of the title had me expecting some great character traversal, but alas. It ended up being more of a study about things we leave behind: memories, relationships, actions, and I was simply expecting more.

So, I've begun to read Don Delillo's White Noise. I hope to finish it either on the plane, or by the 30th, when I have to return home from vacation.

These 'church' groups should be

These 'church' groups should be ashamed of themselves. Scare tactics like this (that frankly sound brutal) should never be introduced into the equation.

Arissa is the most annoying

Arissa is the most annoying Real World character yet.

This book intrigues me. From

This book intrigues me.

From Booklist
Mixing genres and styles, Marlowe has fashioned a novel based on the life of Edgar Allan Poe. What begins as relatively straightforward biographical fiction quickly becomes a baffling blend of the real and the surreal. As Poe copes with creative frustration and unabating poverty, he finds himself intrigued by a story his sea captain brother, Henry, once told him--a magical tale of a remote South Sea island where Henry and his shipmates destroyed a stone god and brought disaster upon themselves. Henry claims he escaped with only a stone shard from the shattered idol--a shard that may possess magical powers. Poe sets out to recover the shard, perhaps as a way to escape the dreary frustrations of his life. As the tale progresses, characters from Poe's books step into reality; doppelgangers abound; and time blurs into a confusing blend of past, present, and future. Marlowe's premise is a fascinating one, and his writing is skillful and often engrossing. Whether readers will see this experimental novel as a brilliant work of art or a baffling maze, however, remains to be seen. Buy it because it will make a provocative addition to fiction collections. Emily Melton

Went jogging with the Old

Went jogging with the Old Man tonight, and we got a pretty good distance in. Now that my brain is flooded with endorphines, it's time to settle down in that comfy La-Z-Boy and watch 24, followed by Real World and The Osbournes. Last, but definitely not least of all, I hope to enjoy purely blissful sleep.

Tonight's Seinfeld kept me laughing

Tonight's Seinfeld kept me laughing almost non-stop.

Synopsis:

George dropped his talking keychain into a manhole, Jerry dropped his girlfriend's toothbrush into the toilet (and then 'washed' it and placed it back in the cabinet), Elaine masquerades as a janitor to enable her to order Chinese food delivery, and Kramer is busy with his adopt-a-highway work. It all comes together in ways only Larry David and Seinfeld could orchestrate. Man, I love this show.

Power to my block has

Power to my block has been restored, but not my confidence in PG&E. Power was out from Saturday 1 am, until 3 pm TODAY. Now, I get to repurchase all of my groceries, do laundry, and pack up for my pending vacation (Dec. 20th-30th, I'll be in Indiana, visiting my family and Fur).

Woke up to a torrent

Woke up to a torrent and high winds. Down power lines, down traffic lights, pandemonium on the streets. Branches on El Camino right at/past the Grant intersection. Emergency crews working overtime to get the streets/power lines in order. All stores are closed, and traffic is slow and heavy. Good day to stay in and read my Paul Auster book, The Book of Illusions. Can't work on bugs/focal reviews for AOL, since my laptop's battery dies in 20 minutes.

Just finished watching The Stepford

Just finished watching The Stepford Wives, which was pretty good, considering its age. It felt like a really long episode of The Outer Limits or The Twilight Zone though.

Cool, finally, a Red Dwarf

Cool, finally, a Red Dwarf marathon on my local KTEH station.

How cool is this -

How cool is this - it foils attempts to photograph your license plate ;-)

While I want to start reading The Book of Illusions, I probably should really be going through and reviewing my JavaScript book, since my class is having finals this Wednesday.

In related news, I'm down to precisely 50 movies in my Netflix queue. Once I whittle it down even further, I'll probably accomplish much more reading.

Just finished watching The Seventh

Just finished watching The Seventh Seal and Inner Senses. Liked both of them, but particularly the latter, because it was a pretty powerful movie about relationships.

For those of you who

For those of you who have Windows XP, right-click on your desktip and go to Appearanced | Effects, and choose 'ClearType' under 'Use the following methods to smooth the edges of screen fonts'. It really makes a huge difference (_almost_ as good as OS X's font-smoothing).

Regarding the recent admission from

Regarding the recent admission from Bigfoot's family, I suppose here is the part where I pretend to be surprised.

For those of you at

For those of you at work that have ridiculed me for liking Indianapolis, here's a picture:

Last night, I forgot to

Last night, I forgot to mention that I finished In the Country of Last Things (see Sunday's post for the link and book cover). While not a _great_ Paul Auster novel, to borrow what others have declared; 'Even the least favorite Paul Auster novel is miles ahead of other authors' works'. How true. But this novel was indeed too depressing for me, even.

Cool. So, as part of

Cool. So, as part of the new agreement between Akamai and my employer (AOL), when I'm using the AOL dialup service, getting to an Akamai server is as easy as 1, 2, 3 (hops):

Tracing route to a1440.g.akamai.net [64.236.38.15]
over a maximum of 30 hops:

1 174 ms 158 ms 158 ms rt-ntctg09.proxy.aol.com [198.81.19.98]
2 160 ms 158 ms 158 ms wc1-ntc-G5-1-0.proxy.aol.com [198.81.19.123]
3 167 ms 164 ms 158 ms 64.236.38.15

Trace complete.

Finished reading The Violent Bear

Finished reading The Violent Bear it Away, by Flannery O'Connor. I think now I'll start on In the Country of Last Things, by Paul Auster. (I've got The Book of Illusions sitting in the backburner, ready to be read.)

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