Monthly Archives: April 2003

Making the Interweb Funny

Welcome to Liz who just got her own weblog set up. Feed us the funny, from the world of real estate and cosmetic surgery (that was meant to imply that cosmetic surgery is prominent in the real estate world, not that Liz has cosmetic surgery).

I was also introduced to Izzle Pfaff the other day. Web journal meets comedy routine meets creative writing exercise. Quite amusing.

Lastly, a link to an eBay member who went and left over 200 feedback messages for people he never bought from. This was done way back in '99. I don't know if eBay has tightened up their system or not, but if not, well, why not use eBay's feedback system as a blogging tool?

Mt. Si

Hiked up Mt. Si this past weekend. It was a 4 mile trek up to the top, going from an elevation of 500 ft. at the parking lot to 3900 ft. Then a pretty hairy rock-scramble up the last 267 ft. to the summit. Quite a view from the top. (The full-size image is 440k.)

Seattle and Puget Sound are barely visible in the distance (count about 5 or 6 pictures over, starting at the right).

Cliquester

Introducting Cliquester (alpha). One satisfied member says, “This is the best thing since the Cool Playground Club that Janie and I formed in fourth grade!”

I couldn't resist tossing this Friendster parody together after getting three invitations to join Friendster a couple weeks ago. In actuality, I think Friendster is a pretty neat idea. I'm curious to see how it develops. Right now its equal parts pointless message board, awkward dating service, and Six Degrees tool. I think it has some potential, and at the very least, its a nice alternative to the atrocious Classmates.com.

Coming soon: Cool Playground Club Online.

MovableTextTypePatternBlogPad

Yes, I use Movabletype and I quite like it, but it is becoming more and more corporate. Sure, the capitalist in me is all for profitting off a good idea, but there's perhaps more potential in services that remain free, open source, and non-proprietary. While MT and their new TypePad (yeah, the name is pretty bad) announcement has gotten all the attention lately, over at Textism there was a quieter announcement of something that could be just as interesting, and at the very least, more pretty. Based off of the beautiful Textpattern (I'm anxious to try beta 1.7), I hope this corner can also make a solid impact on the future of the weblog.

And just how many antiquated, and inadequate, metaphors can we come up with for online journal tools/weblog thingamajiggers/content management systems? I'm sorry, but the internet is not a newspaper and text doesn't end up here via a pen or printing press. Ah, metaphors… that's an entirely different rant.

Bulletproof Pagan Soccer Nature

I don't recommend Bulletproof Monk unless, well, no, there really isn't any reason to go see it. I'd say the one moment that made me smile was a slo-mo shot of Chow Yun Fat with a gun in each hand. It was a nice, but too-short (and rather out of place) homage to the old days of The Killer and Hard Boiled.

But… In front of Bulletproof Monk there was a trailer for Shaolin Soccer, which I had completely forgotten about until now. Its been out in Asia and Europe for a while, and I found a divx copy online. Can't wait to watch it later. Looks to me like Asians doing a spoof of Americans mimicking/spoofing Asian kung-fu and effects films. That's right, show Hollywood the way it *should* be done.

Its been around for a while now, but I just recently caught the Bjork music video for Pagan Poetry. Quite intense.

Also, I recently saw Human Nature which was put together by the dream-team of director Michel Gondry (most famous for his music videos, including some of Bjork's most famous), writer Charlie Kaufman, and producer Spike Jonze. Great movie, and quite twisted. I'd expect nothing less from these guys.

Visit to Portland

I thoroughly enjoyed my short trip down to Portland over the weekend. The Cardboard Box Theatre Company's production of Veronica's Room was spectacular. Once again, my best compliments and praise to you guys for a great performance.

So many other little things about the trip and the city that I could go into… People and their dogs running around the parks during the beautiful weather… Powell's was enormous… Amazing cloud formations in every direction… And overall, the city felt so much more cozy and friendly than Seattle.

Roller shoes

I dreamt I was wearing a pair of roller shoes. The contraptions that look like regular, thick-soled shoes, but have little flip-out wheels on the heel. I was rolling down a long sterile white hallway, with rows of bright flourescent lights along the ceiling. The walls slowly changed from vertical to curved, then back again. The sensation while moving was as if the whole building was writhing and undulating around me.

The other day while walking downtown to the baseball game there was a guy in front of us who had wheeled shoes. He was casually leaning back on his heels, coasting back and forth. He would occasionally put the fronts of his feet down to take a few normal steps, then push off into another coast.

Entertainment consuming

Watched a few good movies this weekend.

* Jimmy Neutron was fun. I'd seen bits of it on a plane trip, but now I was able to enjoy it in it's full mindless kid-movie glory.
* Dogtown and Z-Boys was engrossing and interesting for a while, but fizzled a bit towards the end.
* The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys was depressing. Overall I liked it, but while the animation/live-action juxtapositions occasionally worked, they more often just felt out of place. If the animation syle had kept a look more like the rough pencils in the boys' sketchbooks, rather than the bad Saturday-morning-cartoon aesthetic, it may have worked better.

Between TV shows on Fox this weekend, I caught a 5-minute slo-mo montage of war scenes, put to the over-the-top patriotic score from Saving Private Ryan, with occasional inspirational lines from what sounded like Mr. Voice. At the end, the logo fades in: “Fox News: Fair and Balanced.” Liquid that was entering my mouth at that moment, was partially sprayed out of my mouth.

A stretch what?

I saw one of these driving around downtown yesterday.

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Ridiculous. It took at least 30 seconds to turn a corner. I'm glad to see our military technology going to great use. I think in a month or two we'll see the GM No-Really-I-Have-the-Biggest-Penis, Road-Ready M1A1 Abrahms Tank tooling around suburbia.

In the Battle Zone

That's the subtitle they currently have up on MSNBC. A live broadcast from a reporter who's on the frontlines with some marines trying to take a bridge, just south of Baghdad. Some snippets I couldn't resist sharing:

The news anchor asks the reporter if they're on the offensive or defensive and he responds, “The Iraqi's are in buildings, so they have an advantage. We're in vehicles out in the open.”

The news anchor asks, “How much danger are you in?” He responds, “Well, if I'm hit with a shell, I'm dead.”

When talking about the protection on the vehicles, “These troop transports have incredibly thick armor, just as it says in the Tom Clancy book.”

A marine shouts over to the reporter, “We're gonna move forward to protect your photographer!”

To do or to sleep?

My to-do list is approaching the length of my to-read list, which is approaching the length of my places to-go list, and my films to-see list. With the rather slow rate at which I've been consuming books, movies, places and projects lately, the backlog is only growing. The Uberman's Sleep Schedule or Polyphasic sleep has sounded appealing, but I haven't taken the plunge. All of the sleep journals online, from people attempting the schedule, aren't very inspiring. They almost all fail because of a night of drinking and then passing out, or a missed alarm clock. I'd like to think I could give it a better shot, but I'm not so sure. I do have a work schedule that could be flexible enough… The extra time sure would be nice… not to mention the greater number of vivid/lucid dreams… making a dent in all those lists… Hmmm… just how much do I like my sleep?