Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Monday, December 19, 2005
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Monday, December 05, 2005
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
The opening act was the Great Lake Swimmers, which was actually one person that sounded kinda like Nick Drake ( i didn't listen that closely). He sounded pretty good. It might be worth following up on. I mentioned to someone at work about the show, and he said he goes the the Dig Fir web site just to find new acts to listen to.
I thought the JLA Classified with DeMattis and McGuire had more impact. I had bought issues 4-7 at one store and having read them, i went out the next day to find the last two issues. (the first three issues were a different story)
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Monday, November 21, 2005
Saturday, November 19, 2005
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
The store has stuff i haven't seen for sale elsewhere like minifig keychains, shirts and bulk pieces. Actually, Toy Bliss in Pioneer Place has some bulk pieces, some which the lego store wasn't offering. I should have asked if they rotate the pieces they offer. I wanted to buy some white hinge pieces, which the weren't offering.
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
btw, i really want this set. I'll wait a few long weeks untill Fred Meyer places their lego on sale.
Forget pirates, vikings kick ass.
7018 Viking Ship challenges the Midgard Serpent
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
So, this is the sketch i got from Vera Brosgol at the Stumptown Comic Fest. I asked her if show could do a robot or a likeness, she kinda did both. She was talking about how they might move to portland so i told her the joke about the Californian, Texan and Oregonian who were out camping to illustrate the attitude towards outsiders. (but you'd be hard pressed to find a native)
A Texan, an Oregonian (or Seattle-ite), and a Californian were all on a camping trip. They're getting drunk, and they've started in to bragging about their states. The Texan says, "Hell, ah reckon the Free State of Texas is purt'near the finest state in this heyar nation." With that, he lets out a "Yeeeeeeee-Haaaaaaaaw" and tosses his half-full bottle of tequila in the air, whips out a six-gun from its holster, and blows the bottle to smithereens in mid-air. The other two cry out, "What the hell are you doing?!?? That was a perfectly good bottle of tequila!" "Aww, shucks," came the Texan's reply, "We've got plenty of tequila in Texas." Next, the Californian stands up, and says, "That was pretty gnarly, dude, but check this out!" And with that, he tosses his bottle of Napa Valley wine up in the air, pulls out a gangsta-style glock and bullseyes the bottle, sending shards of glass and wine droplets streaming down. "What'd you do that for?" say the Oregonian and Texan in unison. "Dude, it's totally copacetic. California's wine country. We've got lots of wine in California." Finally, the Oregonian stands up. He pulls up his flannel shirt and slips on his Birkenstocks and walks over to his REI backpack and pulls out a sawed off shotgun. He then takes a swig of Deschutes Black Butte Porter (a popular Microbrew) tosses the bottle in the air and shoots the Californian. The Texan is shocked, and says "What the hell'd ya do that for, son?" "Well," came the Oregonian's reply, "We've got plenty of Californians here in Oregon. Besides, I can get a nickel for recycling this bottle!"
http://ars.userfriendly.org/users/read.cgi?id=16240&tid=23605 (saved me the typing)
Sunday, October 30, 2005
Friday, October 28, 2005
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
I wonder how many souls religions would say they have?
Thursday, September 29, 2005
ha, ha. So there was mention of Patton Oswalt's blog (nice comic book store rack background) in the movie so i looked it up to see what he said about portland. Holy shit! he knows David Roche. Who's David Roche? He's the author of On Subbing.
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
the stumptown comic fest is this saturday with an after party starting at 9.
This year it isn't just local tallent, there's going to be allot of people there including all of the pants press people , Derik Kirk Kim and rstevens.
Ahem, if anyone from out of town wants to visit, this would be a good weekend to do so.
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
invisibility. There are allot of hypocrites in the world I'd like to expose.
Which, if any, 'existing' superhero(es) do you fancy, and why?
uh, kitty pryde? What can i say? i like brunettes.
Which, if any, 'existing' superhero(es) do you hate?
Cable, Domino and pretty much any character from that artist whose name i can't recall now.
OK, here's the tough one. What would your superhero name be? (No prefab porn-name formulas here, you have to make up the name you think you'd be proud to mask under.)
Zero? (invisibility + nihilism)
For extra credit: Is there an existing superhero with whom you identify/whom you would like to be?
Batman. He's the renaissance ideal of man. (brains and braun) Not that i want to be him, i'd just like the same level of accomplishment without the mental anguish. Maybe it's not possible.
Pass it on. Three people please, and why they're the wind beneath your wings.
Nope, this is the end since everyone i know with a blog are the same people Philip knows.
Btw, i'd like to point out that This American Life had a segment on people chosing superpowers before.
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Thursday, September 15, 2005
Cinema 21/coffee people
Hippo Hardware/ Hung Far lo/Hollywood theatre
Movie Madness/Music Millenium
Reed College/Reading Frenzy
XV (SW 2nd )
Thursday, September 08, 2005
No mention of the "original version".
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
When The Levee Breaks(Bonham/Jones/Page/Plant/Memphis Minnie)
keeps on rainin', levee's goin' to break, (X2)
When The Levee Breaks I'll have no place to stay.
Mean old levee taught me to weep and moan, (X2)
Got what it takes to make a mountain man leave his home,
Oh, well, oh, well, oh, well.
Don't it make you feel bad
When you're tryin' to find your way home,
You don't know which way to go?
If you're goin' down South
They go no work to do,
If you don't know about Chicago.
Cryin' won't help you, prayin' won't do you no good,
Now, cryin' won't help you, prayin' won't do you no good,
When the levee breaks, mama, you got to move.
All last night sat on the levee and moaned, (X2)
Thinkin' about me baby and my happy home.
Going, going to Chicago... Going to Chicago... Sorry but I can't take
Going down... going down now... going down....
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Excalibur is having a half off sale this weekend, as i expected.
Monday, August 29, 2005
This flash video takes forever to load, but is too damn cute.
I have a shinny new ipod (same model).
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Thursday, August 18, 2005
How to turn this list:
Zwan:Mary Star Of The Sea
k.d. lang:Absolute Torch and Twang
k.d. lang:Hymns Of The 49th Parallel
k.d. lang:Invincible Summer
into this list:
Mary Star Of The Sea
Absolute Torch and Twang
Hymns Of The 49th Parallel
$header ="random text";
foreach $line (<>)
if ($line =~ /$header/)
$line =~ s/$header/ /;
$line =~ s/(.*\:)/\U$1/;
$header = quotemeta $1;
$line =~ s/\:/\n\t/; #indent album
It took me a couple of days to figure out i had to use "quotemeta" to
escape all those random, special characters that might appear in any
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Thursday, August 11, 2005
btw, i figured out why that game is so addictive (at least for me). It's a gambling game. I not talking about turning in gold for some random item from a vendor, i mean that everytime you killed something, it dropped something. With the combination of a choice weapon, a good suffix and a good prefix, you had the three wheels of a slot machine. Didn't get anything good this time, it's so easy to "crank the lever" again and see what you get this time.
The drop rates in WoW are much lower. It's not as rewarding to play.
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Using different browsers with different "secure site" schemes adds to the confusion.
Monday, August 08, 2005
Thursday, July 28, 2005
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Thursday, July 21, 2005
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Monday, June 27, 2005
Here's the problems i had with the plot. First Alfred buys into the costumed crimefighter without a thought. What? Gordon says at the end of the movie about how this is now an arms race implying that he's maybe the first to don a mask so what bruce did is even odder. Sure, if half of society is running around at night, it might be seen as ok but... Alfred doesn't even argue that he might get hurt. I suppose that would be the cliched reaction and a waste of film time. "Gordon, i want you to drive this strange vehicle and destroy part of the city. Sure thing stranger in a mask that held a weapon to my head!" Secondly batman is a driven character. He achieves extraordinary things by force of will. I this movie, it's almost a path of least resistance. He has no aim, he stumbles into his present situation and why he becomes batman is not explained. It's not revenge, they explain that. He's told he can't let anger rule him. The closest reason given is that he subverts the training he's given by Ducat. Thirdly, a secret society that destroys feted civilization thought history? No problem in a comic book, but it's given no credibility in the movie.
I did like the fact the populous' first exposure to batman is under a fear inducing hallucinogen further enhancing his myth.
The casting was great, except for scarecrow. That guy looked alike a wantabe smallville clark kent and i'm suppose to believe he has a doctorate? Does Christian Bale always talk with his lips jutting? At first i thought he was doing it to sound younger when he "came back from college" but then he did it later in the present.
Anyways, i liked the movie and i've always liked batman so i hope they make more now that they've gotten the orgin out of the way.
Friday, June 24, 2005
Monday, June 20, 2005
I bought the Bizzaro Comics book after i figured out that it wasn't comics about Bizzaro but comics that he would have made. It has allot of people i like; Kochalka, Kyle Baker, Dave Cooper... I was disapointed. I didn't think it was funny.
Miles, however, did like the supper baby illustration and kept going back to look at it.
I should try to draw something, but alas i'm not a writer.
Monday, June 13, 2005
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
A man's leg and spine fell from an airplane onto a woman's lawn. There was no picture so i provided an illustration.
And I want to give Coffee Haven a plug since it's the only place i know where i can always get a cup of Stumptown Trapper Creek decaf. They'll even make me a pot is there is none and Dale is meticulous about making sure the coffee is always fresh.
Do you know how hard it is to find a fresh pot of decaf? Most places will just offer to make you and americano which just isn't the same. I always find that they have a woody taste i don't like.
Saturday, June 04, 2005
Friday, June 03, 2005
I only had 700MB left afterwards, no iLife or any other apps the computer might have come with.
I've talked to a few people and it seems to be more common than i would have thought. Shawn said he had to go the hospital when it happened to him and Jeff said it took him a year to fully recover. I went back to work after only taking one day off, but was tempted to stay a second day. I know i would have been bored. Monday i didn't' want to do anything, not watch tv, not sit at the computer and play games or walk to a store.
I'm not sure why it happened. I've done more exercise since my sabbatical than i've done in the last 10 years. I've lost weight. The last few weeks i have been working long hours and eating crap and not working out. The week before when my back started to bother me, i think started because i was slouching in my chair at work. I had back pain once when i was doing apple service, but that was about 8 years ago and when i was probably in my worst shape and it was no where near as bad as this. It was hard to get out of bed for a week.
This is kinda of embarrassing. I guess i need to stop playing WoW.
Thursday, June 02, 2005
Amelia was confusing this movie with Flirting with Disaster which was a better movie as i recall + that movie has Tea Leoni.
Does anyone remember her in that sitcom where she was in Flying Blind? I think all she did was walk around being beautiful since she played a model.
also, the Damian Rice album "O" is a great album despite whatever dislike you might have of Closer.
Wednesday, June 01, 2005
I was surprised to find out that it was based on a play. Usually most movies based on plays are just talking heads so it's easy to tell, but not with this film. It's not an action movie, but i have a hard time imagining it being performed on stage.
Friday, May 27, 2005
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Thursday, May 19, 2005
Thursday, May 12, 2005
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Saturday, April 30, 2005
Thursday, April 28, 2005
I give it a middle grade.
So, what's the opposite of nihilism anyways?
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Kids aren't dumb, they know what their chances of going to a good school are and whether or not they can afford it. They know long before they're college age. If they know they're not going to go far, why put in any effort? Sure, there are exeptions that the right will bring out. But those are the few that are willing to swim against the current. On the flip side, you can't convince me that if Quayle and W. weren't privileged like they are, that they would have gotten as far as they have.
A long time ago, this was suppose to be the education administration. People talk about how to improve academic scores and get kids to do better. No one has bothered to ask the kids.
I don't think you should try to push kids, you should entice them with the benefits of education and the assurance that anyone that has the grades to attend a good school has the money to back it up.
Friday, April 01, 2005
I watched a skit last week that was so lame, i resented the time lost. I kept watching, i kept waiting for the payoff. It never came.
In any case, there was allot of tits and ass to look at, more than I would have expected. Seems the script called for it.
Sunday, March 20, 2005
2. Fight Club. I saw this on a trip to Seattle when i was planning to got to Ikea...
I didn't know anything about the movie except that i had the impression that it was about machismo, that may been a big part of why it made such an impression. You might think it's dark, i think it's hilarous.
3. Henry Fool. Another movie with great characters. You might know people like those in the film but it's not about mundane characters. It's the only Hal Hartly movie i really like (sorry ben) although i have to admit that i haven't seen any of the films he's made since this one.
Friday, March 11, 2005
Move Your Feet by Junior Senior, and Go With the Flow by Queens of the Stone Age, which i can't find anywhere but iTunes.
If anyone knows where to find a downloadable version, let me know.
Thursday, March 10, 2005
Sunday, March 06, 2005
Speaking of Katamari, have you seen all the Katamari links on memepool for Feb. 25th?
Saturday, March 05, 2005
Sunday, February 27, 2005
Friday, February 25, 2005
It always happens. Everytime I'm in a new social setting, I'll find myself attracted to some girl or another. Sometimes it's almost a conscious decision about who the cutest girl in any group is because that's the person who I want to validate my existence. Go ahead and ask me, in any group, I'll tell you who the one person is that I want to pay attention to me.
Growing up, I had this f'd up idea that the 10% most attractive people date themselves and the rest of us have to fight amongst ourselves to climb the social ladder. Sure, the top 10% could choose to date below their level, but that was their choice. I have no idea where this theory came from. All I can figure is that growing up watching media and seeing that beautiful actors dated other beautiful actors, it must be the way it is.
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
I works just fine. It doesn't require Toast like I thought it did. I was able to copy Harold and Kumar just fine, without compression using the "movie only" option which is funny, because it was just slightly to big to copy using just dvdbackup and Toast with the menus like i normally would. I'm not sure how long it takes to re-encode video since i walk away after starting it. I did see a progress bar with a 40 minute counter when i set up another movie, but don't know how accurate that is and if that's for the whole process.
Speaking of which, Harold and Kumar go to White Castle is a funny movie. It's almost as funny as Half-Baked and has the same sense of humor. As testament to the movie, I was watching it with Amelia. She said she had to go to bed. She got up and stood in the doorway while I kept watching. Eventually, she sat back down and watched another half hour. That never happens.
Thursday, February 17, 2005
It appears 7 times on this list, but i still don't see why. What am I missing?
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
I bought pants a size smaller and I finally found Levis with a 29" inseam. Did they just start making these? A 30" inseam was long enough that I would step on the pants leg if I was barefoot which always annoyed me.
I'm not going to toss out my old pants yet...
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
Monday, February 14, 2005
While I was there, Mike showed me the trailer for Sin City. It looks just like the comic book. It's amazing. I'm going to have to show people the comic before they see the movie so that they'll be impressed.
This picture of Oldman from Batman Begins is enough to want me to see this movie. It's like he got Gordon's mustache perfectly.
Friday, February 11, 2005
I bought it at the comic book store, because that's where I saw it. It seems cheesy to browse one place and buy elsewhere + I want to support my comic book shop.
The comic book store clerk told me that Scholastic books has picked up Bone and will be reprinting the books in color. I suppose the books will reach a whole new audience. I did find the one volume collection at Borders, but then they also carry Kolcha's books as well. I wonder if the the bone books will also appear in those grade school order forms?
It's a good book, very enjoyable and really a page turner but so far I don't see why it's so lauded. Is it just the best thing out there? Isn't Usagi Yojimbo just as good? (I haven't read Usagi yet). Bone doesn't seem so extraordinary so far.
Wednesday, February 09, 2005
Although, i have to admit that i was a teenager when i saw Risky Business so that movie may not have as much impact now as it did then. Oddly, the Girl Next Door gets a slightly higher rating in IMDB. (6.8 vs 6.7)