Saturday, December 25, 2004

Merry Xmas!!

[Ralphie is seeing Santa, only he can't remember what he wanted]
Santa Claus: How about a nice football?
Ralphie as Adult: Football? Football? What's a football? With unconscious will my voice squeaked out 'football'.
Santa Claus: Okay, get him out of here.
Ralphie as Adult: A football? Oh no, what was I doing? Wake up, Stupid! Wake up!
Ralphie: [Is shoved down the slide, but he stops himself and climbs back up] No! No! I want an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle!
Santa Claus: You'll shoot your eye out, kid.

* * *

[Mr. Parker reads a side of the box with the prize that he won]
Mr. Parker: Fra-gee-lay. That must be Italian.
Mrs. Parker: Uh, I think that says FRAGILE, dear.
Mr. Parker: Oh, yeah.

* * *

[overdressed for winter]
Randy: I can't put my arms down!
Mother: Well... put your arms down when you get to school.

* * *

Flick: Are you kidding? Stick my tongue to that stupid pole? That's dumb!
Schwartz: That's 'cause you know it'll stick!
Flick: You're full of it!
Schwartz: Oh yeah?
Flick: Yeah!
Schwartz: Well I double-DOG-dare ya!
Narrator: NOW it was serious. A double-dog-dare. What else was there but a "triple dare ya"? And then, the coup de grace of all dares, the sinister triple-dog-dare.
Schwartz: I TRIPLE-dog-dare ya!
Narrator: Schwartz created a slight breach of etiquette by skipping the triple dare and going right for the throat!

* * *

Goggles: I like Santa.
Ralphie: Yeah.
Narrator: Let's face it, most of us are scoffers. But moments before zero hour, it did not pay to take chances.


Thursday, December 23, 2004

LA Weekly: The Zeitlist

LA Weekly: Home

Love me some lists...and this weeks LA Weekly is full of em...

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Wednesday's Hot Chick (from my DVD collection): Rachel Weisz

Ah Rachel...kinda didn't realize how cute you were in ABOUT A BOY until I popped it in last week...

well hello....

I'm not too big, not too small...I'm just right!


Holy crap he's big! Holy crap he's small!

Monday, December 20, 2004

'Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974) (TV)

I was lucky enough to catch my all-time favorite Xmas classic on ABC Family yesterday afternoon. It just doesn't get better than precocious singing mice who at first don't believe in Santa but then try to believe in him so they can fix the town clock and sing a glorious song to enchant Santa and get him to deliver toys to all the kids in town.


Christmas time is calling...Santa SANTA!!


BATMAN BEGINS - Trailer

BATMAN BEGINS - Trailer

Friday, December 17, 2004

XXXmas Party Time


So it was Xmas Party time at the Hatos Center once again (and possibly for the last time for me)...that of course means the $15 gift exchange. The talk of the party was my boss and his acceptance of the X-rated gift...this year it was some pasties (the anti-chaffing the nip kind). After his rather extravagent display of the pasties on the OUTside of his shirt, a few of us semi-drunk grad students decided to spread the love of the Xmas party into our neighborhood "quad". The great haters of free speech that we are we decided to censor the naked statue man that for some reason adorns our lovely grassy quad. May his nips be nice and warm for the CA winter. Then we crashed the Neurology Departments Xmas party...we crazy like that!

UPDATE: So far, nobody has dared censored our censorship!

UPDATE II: Still there as of this morning...made it through the first weekend! That's huge! My goal now is to get the statue pasties to stick around through the New Year!!

UPDATE III: Still there as of Xmas Day! Okay, maybe I didn't go to work on Xmas day but neither did anyone who would remove said pasties. So since they were there on Thursday...I'm gonna make the assumption that they are still there. Merry Xmas Mr. Statue! Merry Xmas Pasties!

The Food Section: The Beef About L.A.

The Food Section: The Beef About L.A.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Guide to Springfield USA

Don't think I was a member of the blog community when I first discovered this gem...


Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Tuesday's Hot Weather Girl: Jackie Johnson



Yowsers! Been meaning to blog about this one for awhile. She's WAY hotter than Carl Bell was (who incidently attended Hoover High School according to my 12th grade spanish teacher...Mrs. Something-or-other). Jackie fits in perfectly with my old fav's Jewel, Renee Zellwegger and Joey Lauren Adams. I still don't know why my fav's are blonde's since I'm not known for dating blondes. Odd.


Jackie Johnson joined KCAL 9 and sister station CBS 2 in October 2004. She serves as KCAL 9’s weathercaster on the station’s weeknight 8, 9 and 10 p.m. newscasts. In addition, she is involved in a variety of special projects for both KCAL 9 and CBS 2.Johnson previously was a weathercaster and reporter for WSVN-TV in Miami since September 2001. Prior to that, she worked as a reporter and weekend weather anchor for WCTV-TV in Tallahassee, Florida. A native of Plymouth, Michigan, Johnson attended the University of Southern Alabama, concentrating on meteorology, and then went on to Middle Tennessee State University to get her degree in broadcast journalism. (Jackie's Bio from KCAL)

(By the way, in looking for some pics of Jackie, I discovered I'm not the only blogger out there who loves getting their weather from JJ...some bloggers in Miami are sad to have lost her)

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Blogdigger : RSS / Atom Search Engine - Search Blogs

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

I'm in my Element...


welcome to the familiy... Posted by Hello

Well adios, au revoir, auf wiedersehen, sayonara, bye-bye

4 more hours left with my Blazer...it will be said to see Mr. Wonderful go, but he'll have a better life with Trucker Corey anyways. May the rest of your life be filled with big dirt ditches and womanizing mud-flaps. So long old friend...


so long pal... Posted by Hello

Thursday, December 02, 2004

The Darkness of Clouds

If only the Mierzwiak procedure were real...

Friday, November 26, 2004

Coming Soon...

I feel so out of my element right now...

Black Friday - After Thanksgiving Sales

Whoa...my mom WAS right...it IS crazy out there. Lame, broke-ass that I am...I woke up crazy early (5:45AM) so I could get a relatively cheap 17" LCD monitor at Staples. That was relatively painless despite the fact that my buddy Erik and I felt like we were lining up to get the first seats for Episode III of Star Wars. I even got a compliment on my "sleek and stylish" monitor from the 60 year old lady in front of me at the register. Geeks of the world UNITE!

Anyways, for kicks we drove over to the Best Buy on Los Feliz...absolute MADNESS. The place was packed beyond belief. I feared for my own safety on 3 seperate occasions. Felt like a cross between the 405 on Thanksgiving Eve and Main Street at Disneyland right after the 9pm Christmas Parade. Thankfully we weren't buying anything so we just left and got some breakfast.

Did anyone get a wake-up call from Target? I wonder if Heidi Klum/Darth Vader/Ice T really call? That would be quite impressive for Target.

“Hey man, this is Ice-T. You wanna mess around or you wanna wake up. Cause I’ll get your butt out of that bed real quick. Cause if your feet don’t hit the floor within two seconds after I call, I’m comin’ over there and I guarantee that you’ll be awake then.”

The Turkey Song

Adam Sandler - Thanksgiving Song

Love to eat turkey
Love to eat turkey
Love to eat turkey
'Cause it's good
Love to eat turkey
Like a good boy should
'Cause it's turkey to eat
So good
Turkey for me
Turkey for you
Let's eat the turkey
in my big brown shoe
Love to eat the turkey
At the table
I once saw a movie
With Betty Grable
Eat that turkey
All night long
Fifty million Elvis fans
Can't be wrong
Turkey turkey doo and
Turkey turkeydap
I eat that turkey Then I take a nap
Thanksgiving is a special night
Jimmy Walker used to say Dynomite
That's right
Turkey with gravy and cranberry
Can't believe the Mets
traded Darryl Strawberry
Turkey for you and
Turkey for me
Can't believe Tyson
Gave that girl V.D.
White meat, dark meat
You just can't lose
I fell off my moped
And I got a bruise
Turkey in the oven
And the buns in the toaster
I'll never take down
My Cheryl Tiegs poster
Wrap the turkey up
In aluminum foil
My brother like to masturbate
With baby oil
Turkey and sweet potato pie
Sammy Davis Jr.
Only had one eye
Turkey for the girls and
Turkey for the boys
My favorite kind of pant
Are corduriys
Gobble gobble goo and
Gobble gobble gickel
I wish turkey
Only cost a nickel
Oh I love turkey on Thanksgiving

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Can you spare a dime?

After getting panhandled twice in 1 min at lunch yesterday, I thought to myself, "Do panhandlers ever ask eachother for change?" Each guy asked me if I had change...I didn't so I said 'No'. But if they were to ask eachother...and they pretty much KNOW they have change since they are each shaking a change filled cup...how would that work? Maybe they just make change for one another. Panhandler A gives Panhandler B two quarters in exchange for 4 dimes and 2 nickels.

That reminds me of one of my favorite SNL commercials...

First Citiwide Change Bank I
Customer #1.....Jan Hooks
Bank Representative.....Jim Downey
Customer #2.....Kevin Nealon

[ SUPER: "When you do only one thing, you do it better" ]

Customer #1: I needed to take the bus, but all I had was a five-dollar bill. I stopped by First Citiwide, and they were able to give me four singles and four quarters.

[ SUPER: "At First Citiwide Change Bank, We just make change" ]

Bank Representative: We will work with the customer to give that customer the change that he or she needs. If you come to us with a twenty-dollar bill, we can give you two tens, we can give you four fives - we can give you a ten and two fives. We will work with you.

Customer #2: I went to my First Citiwide branch to change a fifty. I guess I was in kind of a hurry, and I asked for a twenty, a ten, and two fives. Their computers picked up my mistake right away, and I got the correct change.

[ SUPER: "Correct Change" ]

Bank Representative: We have been in this business a long time. With our experience, we're gonna have ideas for change combinations that probably haven't occurred to you. If you have a fifty-dollar bill, we can give you fifty singles. [ SUPER: "We can give you fifty singles" ] We can give you forty-nine singles and ten dimes. We can give you twenty-five twos. Come talk to us. [ SUPER: "We can give you twenty-five twos" ] We are not going to give you change that you don't want. If you come to us with a hundred-dollar bill, we're not going to give you two-thousand nickels... [ SUPER: "We're not going to give you two thousand nickels" ] - unless that meets your particular change needs. We will give you.. the change.. equal to.. the amount of money.. that you want change for!

[ SUPER: "At First Citiwide Change Bank, Our business is making change" ]

Bank Representative: That's what we do.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Oh My God It Burns! � Practical Applications of the Philosopher�s stone. For drunks.

Oh My God It Burns! � Practical Applications of the Philosopher�s stone. For drunks.

How to filter cheap vodka using a Brita filter...so smooth!

CNN.com - Rapper O.D.B. dies at recording studio - Nov 13, 2004

CNN.com - Rapper O.D.B. dies at recording studio - Nov 13, 2004

Whoa...when the hell did this happen?

Pour out a little liquor for the Big Baby Jesus...

NBA Action...It's FANtastic!!

Man...I love me the basketball. Just finished my usual Monday night game and I'm feelin' good good good. It's a wonder that something as simple as 2 hours of basketball can help you forget all about your problems, make you feel as fit as a fiddle (sorry, really been dying to use that phrase) and make you feel quite confident about yourself.

Ah to dream of being a professional basketball player. I can't even imagine how perfect that life must be (besides the rape allegations and what not). I mean, I wake up groggy, sit in traffic on the 405, go to work, eat crappy food, and go play for a few hours (NOTE: I love my life, but I have to make it sound crappy for better contrast). Now that may sound like a wonderful life, but Mr. John Q. Basketball gets to wake up in his very large home, have his entourage make him an eggwhite omelet, plays some playstation for like 4 hours, watch Oprah, drive to the Staples Center in his inconspicuous Ferrari, shoot around for an hour, get a message, play basketball for 2 hours, collect his 5-figure DAILY paycheck, and then go home to Brandy or Vanessa Williams or something like that. Must be nice. To be honest though, of all those luxuries, he and I still get to do the most important one...play basketball for a few hours.

Plus I don't even like Vanessa Williams anyways...although a discount from Radioshack would be a plus!

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Ugh...

I don't like Las Vegas...

Thursday, November 11, 2004

F.A.G.


No its not a gay club. Nor is it a club where British people smoke cigarettes. F.A.G. is a club/group/way of life that I had the foresight to create AFTER a rather disastrous trip to Las Vegas last year. After losing more than I had planned I of course blamed my friends for not stopping me from going to the ATM...in fact, they aided and abetted the casino in taking my money....therefore, THEY are to blame! But its not their fault...at the time, there was no such club as F.A.G. to motivate them to help me. Help them, help me! So I have since taken it upon myself to found F.A.G., Friends Against Gambling. Now when I want to go to the ATM to withdraw my daily limit at 11:59pm AND 12:01am...my three Fag's Dave, Kane, and Paul will have to stop me...thanks to the vow and club decree and what not. I think they are legally bound to intervene...
Wish me luck!
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Thursday, November 04, 2004

Quarter-Life Crisis

From one of those many-times forwarded emails...

"Quarter-life Crisis."

They call it the "Quarter-life Crisis." It is when youstop going along with the crowd and start realizingthat there are many things about yourself that youdidn't know and may not like. You start feelinginsecure and wonder where you will be in a year ortwo, but then get scared because you barely knowwhere you are now.

You start realizing that people are selfish and that,maybe, those friends that you thought you were soclose to aren't exactly the greatest people youhave ever met, and the people you have lost touchwith are some of the most important ones. Whatyou don't recognize is that they are realizing thattoo, and aren't really cold, catty, mean orinsincere, but that they are as confused as you.

You look at your job ... and it is not even close towhat you thought you would be doing, or maybeyou are looking for a job! and realizing that you aregoing to have to start at the bottom and thatscares you.

Your opinions have gotten stronger. You see whatothers are doing and find yourself judging morethan usual because suddenly you realize that youhave certain boundaries in your life and areconstantly adding things to your list of what isacceptable and what isn't? One minute, you areinsecure and then the next, secure. You laugh andcry with the greatest force of your life. You feelalone and scared and confused. Suddenly,change is the enemy and you try and cling on tothe past with dear life, but soon realize that thepast is drifting further and further away, and thereis nothing to do but stay where you are or moveforward.

You get your heart broken and wonder howsomeone you loved could do such damage to you.Or you lie in bed and wonder why you can't meetanyone decent enough that you want to get toknow better. Or maybe you love someone but lovesomeone else too and cannot figure out why youare doing this because you know that you aren't abad person.

One night stands and random hook ups start tolook cheap. Getting wasted and acting like anidiot starts to look pathetic.

You go through the same emotions and questionsover and over, and talk with your friends about thesame topics because you cannot seem to make adecision. You worry about loans, money, the futureand making a life for yourself... and while winningthe race would be great, right now you'd just like tobe a contender!

What you may not realize is that everyone readingthis relates to it. We are in our best of times andour worst of times, trying as hard as we can tofigure this whole thing out.


OH....Can...ada... Posted by Hello

Sunday, October 31, 2004

FRONTLINE: The Choice 2004

Culled from more than fifty interviews with the candidates' families, friends, colleagues, and political adversaries, "The Choice 2004" takes a hard look at the character, experience, and worldviews of Bush and Kerry and illuminates defining moments of their lives with rare archival footage. The program also examines both candidates' decision-making on going to war in Iraq.
watch it online here:
FRONTLINE: The Choice 2004

or on PBS Monday night...

It has BEGUN!

Most important week in the history of the world begins tomorrow...

MONDAY: Hmmm...a slow start to the most important week in the history of the world...actually nothing too important on this day (that I can think of).

UPDATE: Just found out that its the 5 year anniversary since the death of Walter Payton...one of the greatest running backs in the "history of the world"...and THE greatest player in Tecmo Bowl (tied with Tony Dorsett and Lawrence Taylor) and John Madden Football. Relatedly, Larry Flynt was born on Nov. 1st...thank God!

TUESDAY: The start of the 2004-2005 NBA Season. Should be a good one...Kobe vs. Shaq at the Staples Center on Dec. 25th...ah hell yeah. And there is a ittle something called the Presidential election. Make sure you get out and VOTE! (for Kerry)

WEDNESDAY: Probably the start of a long recount...or maybe not. Hopefully not.

THURSDAY: The end of my 29th year alive (aka, my 29th Birthday). Plus I'll be having my midstreams at 9AM. The rather simplistic title of the talk is "Glutamate Sensors & Their Use in Studying Glutamate Uptake in HD". There shall be much rejoicing.

UPDATE: Holy crap! I just found out that I share my birthday with none other than P-DIDDY!! I've always felt we were kindred spirits...now I know why. I wonder if I'll get invited to one his all-white parties...lord knows I'm all white. The man is exactly 6 years older than me and $6 billion richer than me...that means I have 6 years to catch up!

FRIDAY: It's FRIDAY...nuff said. Midstreams over and the "month of eric" has begun...there shall be much rejoicing across the land. This also marks the begining of a 7 day countdown until I return to the wonderful city of Las Vegas.

SATURDAY: See FRIDAY...but replace FRIDAY with SATURDAY and swap 6 for 7.

SUNDAY: See SATURDAY...but replace SATURDAY with SUNDAY and swap 5 for 6.

UPDATE: In 'researching' for more important events this week I stumbled upon a goldmine of what seem to be rather arbitrary dates thanks to the University of Missouri Extension website:

Nov. 1-30 National Fun with Fondue Month
Nov. 1-30 Peanut Butter Lovers' Month
Nov. 1-7 National Fig Week
Nov. 3 Sandwich Day (better be Peanut butter and Fondue!)
Nov. 4 National Men Make Dinner Day (better involve Peanut Butter and Fondue!)
Nov. 6 Halfway Point of Autumn (thank god...we're halfway home!)
Nov. 8 Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day (are Peanut Butter and Fondue Bold and/or Pungent?)

This entire post has been brought to you by the need for PROCRASTINATION!

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Something's FISHY!

...and its my apartment! Here's my dilemma, I love
grilled salmon. Nothing easier to cook and tastier to
eat than salmon fresh off of the Foreman Grill. But
now that I live in a studio apartment, the sometimes
pungent fish aroma easily wafts across the 10 inches
that seperates my kitchen from my living
room/bedroom...thus infecting every towel, bedspread,
and piece of clothing it comes in contact with. What
to do, what to do?

For now, I'll just have to settle for a salmon dinner
with a side of Lysol spray.

Saturday, October 23, 2004

Journal Article Title of the Day

Been looking up articles ALL DAY LONG and this one just made me laugh...

Changes in astroglial GLT-1 expression
after neural transplantation or stab wounds

Exp Neurol. 2002 Apr;174(2):137-49.


wtf?

It's 9:45AM on Saturday and I've been at work since 8:30AM...this after being at work until 11:30pm last night...wtf?

Best part...drove in at 8AM this morning (SATURDAY) and I was in traffic on the 405! This proves yet again that the only time that there isn't traffic on the 405 is between 4:01AM and 4:01:30AM (on the third Sunday of every other leap year).

[Props to pPa for reminding me how fun it is to use the 'wtf?' Does anyone else make the 'wtf?' face when reading 'wtf?' to themselves? Yeah, me neither.]

Friday, October 22, 2004

Supreme Court Justices

from http://www.electoral-vote.com/ :

"One issue that has been totally absent from the campaign is the Supreme Court. The median age of the justices is 68. No spring chickens here except for Clarence Thomas, a mere stripling at 56. Here are the current justices.

Justice Appointed by Sworn in Age
Stephen Breyer - Clinton 1994 - 66
Ruth Bader Ginsburg - Clinton 1993 - 71
Anthony M. Kennedy - Reagan 1988 - 68
Sandra Day O'Connor - Reagan 1981 - 74
William H. Rehnquist - Nixon 1972 - 80
Antonin Scalia - Reagan 1986 - 68
David H. Souter - Bush 1990 - 65
John Paul Stevens - Ford 1975 - 84
Clarence Thomas - Bush 1991 - 56


It is very likely than multiple vacancies will occur on the Court in the next four years. The court will undoubtedly have to rule on cases involving abortion, the Patriot Act, and other divisive issues. If you are an undecided voter, think carefully about which candidate would make better appointments to the Supreme Court. Furthermore, a president makes far more appointment to the appellate courts than to the Supreme Court, and they hear far more cases per year. If you approve of the appointments Bush has made to the appellate courts, surely you want to give him the chance to make more. If you don't approve, maybe somebody else should be doing the appointing. The next president's appointments could shape the country for decades to come. It is at least worth discussing. "

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Before we got cold, wet and tired...

Here's a picture of Erik and I on our camping...err...hiking trip. Thanks to my good friend Photoshop, we were able to "take" a picture "together" (i.e., there was not a soul around to take it for us). It's hard to see but in the distance between us are these 3 rock spires that are called the Three Chimneys...pretty cool. Felt like we were friggin' Frodo and Samwise Gamjee making our way to Mordor. Oh my...I have a blog and I made a Lord of The Rings reference...I'm officially a geek. But doesn't the fact that they won an Oscar make LOTR pop culture? Okay, I'm cool again.


The 2 E's with the 3 Chimneys Posted by Hello

Stress, stress, and MORE stress...

Not only do I have a crapload of work to do in 2 weeks for my midstreams, but I have my first of 3 NBA Fantasy League drafts in 2 hours....what to do!!!?!!? Fantasy basketball is my secret addiction...but at the same time, it has the chance of being a good source of income as well. I've always said that gambling is to a graduate student what a quarterly bonus is to a business man. Not that I gamble a lot or anything...only on fun stuff like the NBA with my friends (Denial? I don't THINK so!) Wish me luck...

Saturday, October 16, 2004

Band Recommendation of the Day: The Crimea


Heard The Crimea on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic yesterday ...pretty good. Go to the DOWNLOADS page on their site and click on the link to 'Launch Mini Site' for the Lottery Winners on Acid EP. Sound a little bit like Bright Eyes...but a little more in tune. Posted by Hello

Paralysed man sends e-mail by thought

by Roxanne Khamsi (from Nature)

Brain chip reads mind by tapping straight into neurons.

Controlling objects with thought is becoming a reality. A pill-sized brain chip has allowed a quadriplegic man to check e-mail and play computer games using his thoughts. The device can tap into a hundred neurons at a time, and is the most sophisticated such implant tested in humans so far.

Many paralysed people control computers with their eyes or tongue. But muscle function limits these techniques, and they require a lot of training. For over a decade researchers have been trying to find a way to tap directly into thoughts.

In June 2004, surgeons implanted a device containing 100 electrodes into the motor cortex of a 24-year-old quadriplegic. The device, called the BrainGate, was developed by the company Cyberkinetics, based in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Each electrode taps into a neuron in the patient's brain.

The BrainGate allowed the patient to control a computer or television using his mind, even when doing other things at the same time. Researchers report for example that he could control his television while talking and moving his head.

The team now plans to implant devices into four more patients.

The tiny sensor consists of an array of 100 electrodes to capture signals from the brain.

Rival teams are building devices to read brain activity without touching neurons. Neural Signals, based in Atlanta, has patented a conductive skull screw that sits outside the brain, just under the skull. Other researchers are developing non-invasive technologies, for example using an electroencephalogram to read a patient's thoughts.

But BrainGate's creators argue that such techniques only give a general picture of brain activity, and that the more direct approach allows more numerous and more specific signals to be translated. "This array has 100 electrodes, so one can theoretically tap into 100 neurons," says Jon Mukand, an investigator on the team based at the Sargent Rehabilitation Center in Rhode Island.

This makes the technology faster and more flexible, he argues. "It's far more versatile when one can get a larger number of neurons."

But Stephen Roberts, an engineer at Oxford University, UK, who has worked on brain-computer interfaces, says the field is still waiting for a breakthrough. "We have to make something that works robustly and without a lot of patient training," he says. "Most of these devices work well on a small subset of patients, but there's a long way to go before getting them to work for the general population."

Photo of the Minute...


Mona Lisa Louvre II...black and white photography by r. gardiner Posted by Hello

Friday, October 08, 2004

I love California

WOW...the smoking in Indiana is out of hand. My clothes reek! Smoking is so stupid.

It just can't get any better...

Wow...went out to watch the Dodger game at SPORTS here in Bloomington (a sports bar, go figure)...and low and behold, what to do I get to witness? None other than Brad from the Real World San Diego hosting some greek date auction. It was quite the treat...Brad getting drunk and eventually dropping lyrics to a Snoop Dogg song with the "auctioneer". This was followed by Brad greatest remark of the night (yes better than his "come on y'all this is for the kids"): "This is the tightest auctioneer I've ever met". What a sad, sheltered life Brad must have lived...as I have met many auctioneers that were WAY more tighter than the auctioneer of tonight's festivities. Then at the next bar I got to witness an incredible drunk middle aged man try to steal the last bit of our pitcher of beer and then stick his finger down a girl's crack as she sat perched on a stool. Good times. I feel like I'm at Maloney's every time we go out here. I'm old and I'm proud...down with the undergrads!

Thursday, October 07, 2004

The Imperial

The Imperial

1/2 cup of HOT water
1/2 cup of COLD water

serve with lemon

I was introduced to this "drink" at the Union Square Cheesecake Factory in SF thanks to our waiter (and Erik's roommate) Nick. Quite an ingenious drink actually...who would imagine that cold water and hot water would get along so swimmingly.

I guess a large group of asian tourists ordered these from his coworker...who promptly got laughed at for not knowing what it was. Silly her...its only the greatest drink ever poured!

Trip Highlights (NorCal Chapter)

My trip to Oakland/Emigrant Wilderness/SF:

  • Hiking from 9am until 7pm with numerous ascents is very painful...especially in the rain...and especially when you expect below freezing temps at night.
  • Campfire cooking is pretty good. PB sandwiches after hiking for hours are delicious. Instant oatmeal ain't so good...makes me feel like I'm in the middle ages. Oh yeah, and beer and pizza when you get home after hiking all day...that's the BEST!
  • Sleeping in a two man tent isn't THAT bad...until the guy starts snoring or spooning you inadvertantly...at least I hope it was inadvertant.
  • Drinking filtered water from a lake is kind of cool...tastes kind of good when you are really thirsty...but then it leaves a chlorine taste in your mouth. Mmmm...swimming pool water.
  • Cal has a Gardening Tools Library...from which you can check out tools like hoes and pitchforks. Classic Erik (my camping buddy)...borrowed a pitchfork and owed months of late fee's. Finally had his girlfriend return it so as to avoid the wrath. Apparently "that German guy" is now banned from the Gardening Tools Library. That can't be good...
  • White Water Summer...could be one of Kevin Bacon's finest movies. Erik was raving about it ('one of the best bad movies ever!')...and I think I must agree. Of course any film shot in Yosemite can't be all that bad...just mute it. We also ended up watching The Edge filmed in Alaska...so I think technically we "camped" for more than 24 hours.
  • Erik does a great impression of a certain japanese (?) pothead roommate...
  • Tailgating at Candlestick Park (now MONSTER Park) is fun and freezing. Learned that if you run out of bread for your BBQ, you can slice open your chicken breast and put the remaining sliver of bread inside...kinda like an inside out sandwich.
  • Found out that you can enter the Niners game pretty easily by hurrying through the "Entertainment" entrance and pretending like you know what you are doing. Then again, who the hell wants to go to a Niners game?!?

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

broke down...

Yup...bus died. But only waited 2 min for the next one. I think Colin and Christie passed me though.

Call me Mr. Public Transportation

Took the BART to the AirBART shuttle to Oakland airport...then the LAX shuttle to the Big Blue Bus where I sit now. I was about to rave about the bus system...but the engine just died at a stop for the 5th time...we just start up again and go though. Conservation of gas?

Friday, October 01, 2004

Happy Boys

Check out my friend Erik's Band...

Thursday, September 30, 2004

Has anyone applied the gang analogy to partisan politics? I just realized that each party is keeping it real by frontin' their colors... W with his blue ties and Kerry with his reds. Westside!

bad timing

My flight to Oakland is at 8...the presidential debates are on now... ergo, I'm watching them at LAX. Hard to do. So far W sounds like a broken record. I hate politicians. Hope my conservative friends are watching.

My eMachine, a Bluetooth-enabled Nokia and T-Mobile = Jackpot!

Got my replacement phone last week or so...that means that I can (weakly) connect up to the internet from home now thanks to my handy-dandy super cellphone. What does this all mean? Well besides more Blog access...it also means access to an old friend called Party Poker. That's right...I'm back baby. I may not be up on who's kicking ass this week no the WPT. I may not know if David Hasselhoff is cleaning up on Celebrity Poker (thanks to my lack of cable). But now I'll know when elove41 goes all in against pamcakes or pokerdude75 or spadelover69. Don't worry...I haven't crossed into the real money world...YET!

My Public Demands it...

Yes, I know its been a few days since I've written...but be patient. And thanks for your numerous cards, letters and emails.

Monday, September 27, 2004

DIG! the movie

Brian Jonestown Massacre with/vs. The Dandy Warhols...should be good.

from press release:
DIG! follows the talented underground musicians Anton Newcombe, leader of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and Courtney Taylor, head of The Dandy Warhols – star-crossed friends and bitter rivals. From the moment they met Anton Newcombe and Courtney Taylor quickly bonded over a desire to not conform to the tastes of the recording industry. Yet the musicians’ choices over how to express their creativity and originality in a profit-driven industry eventually put them at irreconcilable odds. Shot over seven years and culled from 1,500 hours of footage, DIG! is about both musicians’ love and obsession, gigs and recordings, arrests and death threats, uppers and downers, and their choice between art and industry.

Air @ the Hollywood Bowl

Went to see AIR at the Hollywood Bowl last night with Pam and Gina...an all-around amazing evening as expected. Took the Metro Red Line from Universal City (free parking) to Hollywood and Highland and walked up (my preferred route). Stopped off at Burger King for some dinner...in my quest to find the best "Spicy Chicken Sandwich" offered at a fastfood restaurant. As expected, not so good. So today's current ratings are:

1. Wendy's Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich
2. Jack in the Box's Jack's Spicy Chicken Sandwich
3. dirt
4. Burger King's Spicy Chicken Sandwich


Is it sad that I've moved to chicken sandwiches at fast food joints as a means to being healthier?

But I digress...

So we continued our ascent up to the bowl as I devoured my so so chicken sandwich...leaving spicy sauce droppings along the way. Got to the bowl in time to catch the last half of Stereolab.

Stereolab: Some good rhythms, some okay singing (mostly French), some very lame/uninspired dancing by the lead singer girl, but some fine-ass trombone solos. Some of their songs reminded me that are some bands that make good music...but only for part of the song. I've always thought about just cutting the best parts of songs (a bridge here, a chorus there) and splicing them into one 9 minute greatest hit(s) song. Otherwise you have to sit through the bad parts (see 'trombone solo') to get to the good. After their au revoir's came intermission.

Intermission consisted of waiting in a long line for beer/wine. It also consisted in my seeing (and continually staring at) one of the top 5 most beautiful girls I have ever RANDOMLY seen in my life. She was amazing...and quite stylish too. Beyond that, she seemed quite nice (or so I gathered from the way she interacted with the people around her). Very beautiful smile...my weakness. Of course after she made her purchases, she vanished. :( I was left to yelling out "Hot girl!" like Joey from Friends as we made our way back to our seats. My emotions were echoed by the intro music that played as we got to our seats...Minnie Riperton's "Loving You". You know, "loving you is easy cuz your beautiful"...except I would add "girl in the hat" (Yeah she had a hat on with little pony tails sticking out...see, stylish). By the way did y'all know that Minnie Riperton was SNL's Maya Rudolph's mom?

AIR: I first heard of Air a few years back when Beck did a song with them on their 10,000 Hz Legend CD. I slowly got into them more and more as I got into the Lost in Translation soundtrack and their latest CD Talkie Walkie. Their music is sort of hard to describe...a bit ambient, but quite unique. I knew they would do well at the Bowl though. Perfect setting...especially with the nearly full moon. PLUS they were accompanied by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra which definitely made each song richer.

They played a set of perfect length (not too long like Badly Drawn Boy, not too short like the first Interpol or Franz Ferdinand shows..."we only have 9 songs...shall we play them twice?"). And we were happily surprised to see Beck join them for the encore...although he just did the spoken word part of one song so it wasn't that big of a contribution...but I take what I can get.

All in all, an amazing set and I highly recommend seeing AIR live (especially at an outdoor venue like the Bowl).

Sunday, September 26, 2004

Amazing Race: Chip and Kim Rock!

Finally caught the finale of the Amazing Race 5...very happy that the nicest and most fun team, Chip and Kim, won. So Cal represent! Great show...looking forward to the sixth season which should start within the next month. Wish I could REALLY look forward to the 7th season...but alas, they haven't called me back...YET :(

Saturday, September 25, 2004

3:30AM Ramblings

Went to Boardner's tonight with Edgar...good times. Nice to go to a place in Hollywood that isn't too pretentious and that you can feel that the crowd is actually there just for the music. And of course the ratdogs outside wure were tasty. Then I drove home listening to Thievery Coporation's OUTERNATIONAL and Interpol's ANTICS...damn good stuff. I love good music. I like my blog. I love Radiohead TV's Episodes 1-3 (searching for 4). I really liked the chocolate cake I had at Joe's tonight from Costco. I love to sleep when I'm really tired...even though I don't go to sleep when I'm really tired...too addicted to Soulseek.

Ok...I'm really tired. Gots to get beauty rest for my 10 year Reunion tomorrow...oh wait, I'm not going. I'm sure I'll regret it. Oh well, what's done is done.

Why Cold Brains?

Ooh...I just realized that I got to see/hear the most recent LIVE singing of this song...(at Coachella)

Cold Brains,
Unmoved,
Untouched,
Unglued
Alone at last
no thoughts,
no mind
to rot
behind
a trail of disasters

a final curse
abandoned hearse
we ride disowned
corroded to the bone

the fields of green
are bent, obscene
i lay upon the gravel
a worm of hope
a hangman's rope
pulls me one way or the other

a final curse
abandoned hearse
we write this song
corroded to the bone

a bird of song
is heard no longer
in the evacuated heavens
the drain is drawn
and drained and gone
and on and on, it doesn't matter

a final the curse
abandoned hearst
we rock the salt
corroded to the bone


Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Get your lock on...

(so your bike doesn't get stolen by a bic pen...)

KRYPTONITE OFFERS FREE PRODUCT EXCHANGES TO ALL CURRENT OWNERS OF KRYPTONITE TUBULAR CYLINDER LOCKS

Lock Manufacturer Continues to Set the Standard for Security and ServiceCanton, MA

September 22, 2004 – Kryptonite today announced that the company is offering free product exchanges to all consumers who are concerned about the security of their current Kryptonite tubular cylinder locks.At no charge to them, consumers will be able to exchange their current Kryptonite tubular cylinder lock for a Kryptonite non-tubular cylinder lock. Kryptonite will begin exchanging products within a few weeks as it accelerates product availability.

“We decided to simplify and expand our planned product upgrade program so that we could expedite the process for consumers and eliminate any lingering doubt in their minds about their locks. Standing by our customers is the responsible thing to do for those who rely on our security products to keep their valuables safe.”

Kryptonite is offering a free product exchange to consumers who currently have Kryptonite locks using tubular cylinders. To participate in the free product exchange offer, consumers can visit the company’s Web site at www.kryptonite.com for registration instructions. As part of this effort, Kryptonite will initiate a swap program through direct communication with all of its distributors and retailers.


Great...'a few weeks' for my bike to get stolen...AGAIN!

Ben Folds Produces William Shatner

from undercover.com.au:

Ben Folds Produces William Shatner
By Paul Cashmere

Some 35 years after the release of his first album, William Shatner is about to deliver 'Has Been', produced by Ben Folds. 'Has Been' features an interesting array of guests including Aimee Mann, Joe Jackson and Henry Rollins. Shatner sings a duet with Joe Jackson on the cover of the Pulp hit 'Common people'. Shatner's 'Has Been' will be released in October.

Tracklisting:

1. "Common People" (with Joe Jackson)
2. "It Hasn't Happened Yet"
3. "You'll Have Time"
4. "Trying" (with Ben Folds and Aimee Mann)
5. "What Have You Done"
6. "Together" (with Lemon Jelly)
7. "Familiar Love"
8. "Ideal Woman"
9. "Has Been "
10. "I Can't Get Behind That" (with Henry Rollins)
11. "Real" (with Brad Paisley)



...I've heard 2 songs on KCRW (Common People and You'll Have Time)...and they kinda rock. It's like those Priceline.com commericals (i.e., spoken word) but a bit more rockin.

Quote for the day

"Sleeping with you makes me wanna throw up in the morning"

Underhanded compliment? Overhanded is more like it! Game, set, match!

you hear that?

Laying in bed and I can hear the ocean for the first time. Must be some big waves.



Taken a bit earlier than 2am... Posted by Hello

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Santa Ana...

It's warm and windy...time for chapstick. It kinda
hurts to apply brand new Chapstick. Kind of like
brand new deodorant...high likelihood of chaffing.

Camping time...


Going camping in the Emmigrant Wilderness next weekend with Erik...nice! Posted by Hello

G'Night

The Lost in Translation soundtrack is quite nice ain't it? But what "genre" would you classify it as? Genres are a bit subjective me thinks...

Monday, September 20, 2004

Last night's 94.9 Independence Jam in SD w/...



Great show! (Unless you were studying @ the SDSU library above the stage)

Death Cab for Cutie rocked...
Muse ROCKED...
Franz Ferdinand FREAKIN' ROCKED!
Yeah Yeah Yeah's (aka, the Yeah Yeah's, aka the Yeah Yeah Yeah) SUCKED!

Just as I suspected...

Don't you love my grand vocabulary?

Henri Cartier-Bresson


Photo by the late great photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. Only really got to know him after his death. Very beautiful stuff, no? Posted by Hello

Food Coma

Numero Uno pizza for my 4:30pm "lunch". Now I have a food coma. I mean what's the deal with food coma's?

Oh dear G..

what have I done?
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