October 2004 Archives

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This off-the-wall post on an IMDB.com message board for The Village made my sides split from laughter:

Alright, so what if they were actually all crocodiles. Now... before you say "What pitiful stuff." and say that that is crazy (as you are no doubt thinking they should be all alligators) hear me out. So, when Mel Gibson's character has the flashback his wife says "Swing Away, Merril" Bryce Howard's character has her own flashback... what follows is the flashback.

Howard is at the zoo... she sees a crocodile holding an uzi.
Croc: Shoot them with a gun! Thou shalt be saved if you shoot them with a gun.
Howard: I've never thought of it that way!

Now, while she is in the forest, she sees the Creature. She takes out the uzi that she hid... well, somewhere (don't want to the message to be deleted... I'll just say somewhere and let you fill in the blanks.) She riddles the creature with bullets and all of a sudden, she turns into the crocodile. She is now what she feared the most. She makes it out of the woods and sees Kevin. He is a crocodile, but she doesn't know it. This is an excerpt:

Kevin: Thou ist saved. Now whilst thou is a crocodile, smite the nasty retard.
Howard: I've never thought f it that way!
Kevin: I was talking to myself... now be smited!
Kevin Laugh Maniacally

What follows is a battle to the death in a moving train over a 300 foot drop in a valley. They both eventually die, however, the train falls on th village and frees all the midgets.

Been enjoying tremendously Ken Burns' Jazz series on PBS...

Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Chet Baker, they're all there. Great stuff, if you like jazz.

Got around to seeing Van Helsing on DVD; just wanted to see how bad it was, really, after hearing so much from friends.

The action is 'good', but too many special effects and a trite story line make for a lame movie.

And Kate's accent was atrocious!

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When a class like my Biology class literally makes you angry, you know it's a bad class. I mean, to be actually _angry_ in a college class is something I've not experienced before. Frustrated, overwhelmed, these are emotions I've previously encountered, but never before anger.

I switched RealPlayer over to use _only_ HTTP for its streams, and that fixed the problem. Apparently, Verizon or Level 3 blocks UDP for some packets.

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From the welcome page at Netscape.com's Mail page:

Welcome technutz@netscape.net! You have 0 new messages.

You are currently using 1.79 MB (of your 250.00 MB Limit) for your Mail account.

That's up from the original 5MB -> 250MB. Pretty impressive, for the otherwise very lackluster Netscape.com.

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** (ethereal.exe:4028): WARNING **: Frame 42: rtsp: unknown transport

Anybody know what, on a Windows XP system, would cause the Real-Time Streaming Protocol to be broken?

It's not a firewall thing, I don't think.

Am glad I only paid $1 (yes, that's right, $1) to see Collateral in a second-run theater near school over this weekend.

The problem? The plot relies heavily on circumstance, and therefore resembles Swiss cheese.

Cruise and Foxx do put in good performances, but the script could use a ton of work.

A while ago I saw The Reckoning, which is actually based on the book Morality Play by Barry Unsworth.

While I did enjoy it somewhat, I didn't find it compelling in its message (which you'll have to see the movie or read the book for, I'll not spoil it here).

Worth a gander.

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Don't 'walk' away from Walking Tall, instead run, and run for your very life...

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Honestly, it seems like daily I hear, when asked about my major, "Oh, I'm not sure what you'll be able to do with an English degree".

Am I crazy? Should I be majoring in something else? I _think_ I'd like to be a technical writer, but perhaps I need an internship.

I've already done Quality Assurance for 3 years, and find it interesting, challenging, and a match for my skills, but the problem now is more and more positions require programming or scripting skills, of which I don't really have any.

The plot of Lost is plodding along, but I still do enjoy watching it, nonetheless.

The scenery is beautiful, as is one of the characters, Kate

A few people on forums have proposed the idea that they're trapped in some sort of time-vortex, but that would be too awesome (a nod to David Lynch, at least), and I'm not expecting the show's secret to be that good.

If it is, that'll be a shame, because I've just spoiled it for you and myself ;-(

Anyhow, I doubt there are dinosaurs there, and if there were, it would be very lame.

If you're looking for a new daily multi-vitamin, I suggest One-A-Day Weight Smart.

It has 32 milligrams of EGCG, which I appreciate every morning as I wake up feeling semi-groggy and not really ready to start the long school day ;-)

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Saw Super Size Me this week, and enjoyed it, but not as much as I was expecting. However, I think he was extremely fair to McDonald's (with several disclaimers throughout), and it was very interesting to see the complete lack of response from their spokesperson with regards to the movie.

Also, McDonalds' claim that they didn't drop the Super Size because of this very film is ludicrous.

There are some very disturbing images in Fahrenheit 9/11, but the graphic images aren't the only thing that's disturbing.

I recommend you see it, whether you hate Michael Moore's guts or not. He's not present and/or talking for much of the film, so rest-assured the clips themselves speak the large majority of the film.

Of course, like all other Michael Moore films, there are some silly/annoying parts (such as when he asks a senator why his son doesn't go enlist in the armed forces), but on the whole, it's a good (albeit shocking) 'documentary' asking good questions about why the war in Iraq is being fought.


El presidente de los estados unidos necesita estudiar las sciensias politicas.

Note to self for this weekend's homework:

(1) Finish math homework and study for quiz on Monday
(2) Begin Spanish composition
(3) Rewrite essay on Keats' poem
(4) Begin English term paper
(5) Spanish homework

Todo list for school:

* Write proposal for Introduction to Literary Interpretation research paper
* Spanish Composition
* Being writing study guide for Biology, chapter 12-16

"In order to cast a shadow you must first find the light".

Does anybody know where this comes from?

Interesting trivia gleamed from an MSN article.

Carly Fiorina, chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard Company, received a degree in medieval history and philosophy from Stanford.

James Gandolfini, Emmy award-winning actor, majored in communications at Rutgers.

Richard Gephardt, politician and former Presidential hopeful, earned a degree in speech from Northwestern University.

Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy magazine, majored in philosophy at the University of Illinois.

Lee Iacocca, former head of Chrysler Motor Company, studied history at Lehigh University.

Mick Jagger, lead singer for the Rolling Stones, majored in economics at the London School of Economics.

Ashton Kutcher, actor, majored in biochemical engineering at the University of Iowa.

Sherry Lansing, chairman of Paramount Motion Picture Group, earned her bachelor's degree in English from Northwestern University.

Lucy Liu, actress, studied Asian Languages at the University of Michigan.

Sandra Day O'Connor, Supreme Court Justice, majored in economics at Stanford.

Brad Pitt, actor and heartthrob, was two credits shy of a journalism degree from the University of Missouri.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California and actor, studied economics at the University of Wisconsin.

Denzel Washington, Oscar-winning actor, has a degree in journalism from Fordham University.

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Studied all weekend for my lousy 7-chapter Biology test (this coming Wednesday).

So, as a reward, I decided to watch one of my favorite movies of all time: Flash Gordon.

Watch it. Die laughing. Appreciate its camp. Then watch it again, because you can't have too much cheese in one movie.

Don't miss Flash playing keep away over the heads of the shorter aliens.

The 'stellar' soundtrack consisting of many variations on a single melody by Queen doesn't hurt either!

Flash-Aah Aah! Savior of the universe!

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