June 2003 Archives

Just finished watching Cowboy Bebop: The Movie. It's one of the better animes I've seen, and maybe I really should've watched the show when I had cable last.

Last night I saw Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. The title is aptly named, as the movie's direction was rather fast and jolting. If you're a Lucy or Cameron fan, you should probably go see it. If you're a Drew Barrymore fan, well, I'm sorry. The movie was clearly made for the general male population, and yeah, it had a lot of 'eye candy'. But the plot was even worse than the first one and it wasn't even that funny in most spots. Also, most scenes were just absolutely horrible and had no bearing on anything in the rest of the movie.

After that shallow movie, I decided to see Intacto, which I've read a good deal about. Yet this movie also disappointed me, in that the premise, while good, wasn't fully realized. I really can't say more about it, because I guess I didn't understand it.

On a totally different genre of entertainment, I'm making slight progress on the wonderful The List of 7 book by Mark Frost.

Lots and lots of work lately. Still don't feel the progression. It's akin to a car with its wheels stuck in the mud, spinning with futile speed.

Maybe I'll have Waterson draw me a neato drawing...

In related news, most people I link to seemed to have stopped blogging. Is this a trend? If so, I suppose I'm going against it, as I update when I have the chance and inclination.

Oh well, at least one thing's certain (or is it?) - I'll be seeing Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle this weekend.

Awww, yeah. Today's starting off right.

Last night/this morning, I worked really hard to write testcase, and I nearly finished it at 4 am.

To celebrate, I'll be going to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for some much-needed R&R.

Drop the bass, roll the windows down, put cruise control on and glory at all the scenery ;-)


I had a terribly scary and interesting nightmare last night.

A bunch of us were living on the beach in raised housing, and somehow, a giant black bear singled me out and not only broke through the window in my house, but proceeded to follow me throughout the beach area. I tried to climb ladders to my friends' houses, but the bear would grab my leg and pull me down.

Fantastic, is it not? Well, it at least explains how little quality sleep I did in fact get.

My upcoming reading list:

Wise Blood
An Instance of the Fingerpost
Angels and Demons
The Dream of Scipio
The Alienist
Angel of Darkness
The DaVinci Code
The Dante Club
The Lamplighter: A Novel


After having a great lunch at Applebee's today, I decided to drive to Columbus earlier, to have more time to look around.

I left at around 2:30 pm and arrived here at 7. Not bad, and easy driving.

80/90 east toll road, to I-75 South, to 270 west and I'm here.

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Sunday, I plan on driving the 5 hours it takes to get to Columbus, OH, in preparation for my Monday launch with the folks over at CompuServe. Obviously I can't reveal what it is, but it'll be fun seeing the people I've only communicated with via email and phone for the last 4 months or so.

I've always wanted to visit Columbus, it's been compared somewhat to Indianapolis, IN, and since the latter is a great city, I imagine Columbus will be likewise.

Something, but I can't pinpoint it exactly, gives me the impression that the economy in general is picking up again (ever so slightly). Doesn't feel like the job market itself is rapidly picking up, but consumer confidence does, somehow.

Perhaps it's the 'war' status (minus outbreaks of violence here and there, the headlines are relatively calm). I don't really know how exactly the economy picks up (I'm certain though, that it's simply not when the stock market has a booming day).

Tonight (this morning, really), I'll be finishing up watching I, Claudius. I find it pretty entertaining, though I can't ever imagine wading through both books; I prefer the digest provided to me via the BBC production (which, I must profess, is rather excellent sans low budgets).

In movie news, The Italian Job is a good flick, but not great. It lacks suspense (or perhaps that was not intended, dunno). Edward Norton rocks, as usual. Tonight I saw the uninteresting Kill Me Again. I consider it 'a cable movie starring Val Kilmer'.

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So, I have around 1,000 messages in my Inbox. Read, that is. 'Big deal', you're thinking, right? Consider that each of those contains a fragment of information that's necessary for me to do well at my job.

Information overload.

2 'crying' statues debunked. Yet many more remain, I suppose (we should investigate them).

Short interview with my oldest brother Jeff.

Star Wars.com has relaunched, with a bit of info on Episode III.

Been having a great deal of difficulty sleeping lately. It's probably a result of stress and the immense workload I've been under. Heck, even Unisom isn't working for me. Instead of trying to fall asleep in vain, I should catch up with my reading of The List of 7, by Mark Frost, co-creator of my favorite Twin Peaks TV series.

I've been doing a great deal of LDAP testing at work, so I figure now is as good a time as any to get as familiar with the protocol in as short a time.

Luckily, I found a great article by Tim Howes, co-creater of LDAP, which incidentally was based off of X.500.

Main Entry: be�lit�tle
Pronunciation: bi-'li-t&l
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): -lit�tled; be�lit�tling /-'li-t&l-i[ng], -'lit-li[ng]/
Date: 1797
1 : to speak slightingly of : DISPARAGE
2 : to cause (a person or thing) to seem little or less


3: what seems to happen a lot to me, lately...

I just listened to the entire Days of the New 3rd album, and it's fantastic!

You can listen to the whole album by loading their homepage and clicking on Media, then on Red Album.

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