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Questions we have after watching the original Ocean's 11 2003

- Is it strictly necessary to hear "Ain't That A Kick In The Head" three times in a row?
- Was the dialog actually written by goats?
- Did people in 1960 not cringe when Dean Martin & Frank Sinatra were talking about bringing back slavery?
- What was up with the David Lynch mortuary chapel with a giant glowing clock on the front?
- Did people really think those Christmas decorations were attractive?
and, most of all,
- What the hell does "E.O. Eleven" mean?

Posted on July 29, 2003 at 11:02 PM in movies & tv | Permalink | Comments (0)

Well, That Explains The Blog... 2003

Once the disease of reading has laid hold upon the system it weakens it so that it falls an easy prey to that other scourge which dwells in the ink pot and festers in the quill. The wretch takes to writing. --Virginia Woolf

[thanks to Uncle Larry for the quotey goodness]

Posted on July 29, 2003 at 08:23 AM in quotes | Permalink | Comments (0)

Where'd the week go? 2003

I just realized I haven't posted anything for a week. Whoops.

Work was generally good this week. I'm feeling like I've got my feet under me more of the time and am actually making a useful difference. It's still hard and confusing and there is still that sense of "I've just learned enough to see how much more I need to know", but at least the major functions of my main product are becoming very familiar to me.

Not a lot of home news. Just a gradual process of cleaning up, getting rid of unneeded stuff. Today I may get some new kitchen shelves installed if Cliff's Variety (the fabulous Castro hardware store which sells everything from plumbing supplies to tiaras) has the bits I need.

Last night was glorious. In the afternoon, B.J. called to see if Chris and I wanted to get together in the evening, so we wound up meeting him and Beverly at the Edinburgh Castle pub on Geary for fish & chips and many pints (Guinness/cider/soda depending on the person). After a while we were joined by Keoni and Hudak (who is referred to by his last name a - because it's become something of both icon & epithet and b - to avoid confusion with my boyfriend Chris and Bev's brother Chris). The conversation was fantastic and frequently interrupted by wild laughter. When the pub, which had been pleasantly mellow on our arrival began to grow noisy (why must they turn the music up when more people come in and it starts getting noisier with conversation, thereby making it doubly hard to hear?) we migrated down the street to Julip.

Julip was an oasis of calm and style. Some of us ordered Mojitos while others obtained snacks from a corner store. After a short time, dozens of people began arriving and a dj started to set up right next to our table. Clear signs of an impending end to conversation.

We all piled into Hudak's car - and I do mean piled, as Chris said when four of us were squeezed into the backseat "if we weren't dating before, we are now" - and moved to an environment under our control: our house.

More libations were obtained and tasty little snack items and we stayed up until past 2 playing Fluxx (a card game of constantly changing rules), Encore (a singing game involving remembering song lyrics and which I think I'll do better at next time I play provided I haven't that time had 4 drinks just prior) and Unexploded Cow (which is pretty much just what it sounds like: a game combining the twin problems of unexploded mines and Mad Cow Disease).

I love my friends.

Posted on July 27, 2003 at 03:38 PM in friends & family | Permalink | Comments (0)

Bad Use of Astounding Coincidence 2003

How bad has spam gotten? Well, you know how they sometimes fake the from address with a random address from the thousands they send to? I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later, and given my webbishness extra likely to happen to me, but I got a piece of spam which claimed to be from someone I know, but which I know she'd never send.

So I wrote to her:

Hi Evany,

I guess sooner or later two people who know each other - albeit vaguely -
would be chosen as recipient and faked sender of a piece of spam. Either
that or you're really sending me applications from Wired.

Hope all is well otherwise.


To which she replied:
Wow! But so sad that the laws of outstanding probability are being wasted on something like this. I want my fucking lottery cash!


Posted on July 20, 2003 at 12:10 AM in The Web | Permalink | Comments (4)

Seeing Around Corners 2003

Here's an excellent article worth your time to read: Jonathan Rauch's article on artificial society modeling "Seeing Around Corners" from the April 2002 issue of The Atlantic. Very interesting stuff, well explained.

Posted on July 19, 2003 at 11:40 PM in linky goodness | Permalink | Comments (0)

Words I Hate 2003


Posted on July 19, 2003 at 10:25 PM in warnings & kvetches | Permalink | Comments (4)

Why I like Howard Dean and support his presidential campaign 2003

I agree with more of his statements than any other politician I've ever encountered. For example:

"Facts are a better basis for decisions than ideology." - Gov. Howard Dean, July 15, 2003

Posted on July 19, 2003 at 10:02 PM in politics & philosophy | Permalink | Comments (0)

Enough, George. 2003

Bleed, bleed, poor country!
Great tyranny, lay thou thy basis sure
For goodness dare not check thee.
I think our country sinks beneath the yoke.
It weeps, it bleeds, and each new day a gash
Is added to her wounds.

Macbeth Act IV Scene III

Posted on July 19, 2003 at 10:00 PM in quotes | Permalink | Comments (0)

No Talent Assclown 2003

How bad have I gotten at fulfilling my social obligations? Really bad. Really really bad.

Tonight I was going to attend a party in the south bay attended by many fine folks I went to library school with and hosted by the ever-lovely Matthew & Hava. Folks I haven't seen in way too long. Yes, library school, where they teach you about maintaining information.

I went to the wrong address 3 hours late. And I rented a car to do it.


Fortunately, we had a nice time before realizing the depth of my dorkiness doing a bit of shopping and lounging around in the park area at Santana Row, the swanky new residential/shopping area in San Jose near Winchester Mystery House. If the Redevelopment Agency had built something like this (only with businesses a little more suited to the average income level of folks in downtown SJ) instead of that lame shopping mall on First Street (which the Fairmont doesn't even list on their shopping page even though it's directly across the street), that area might have actually done well over the last decade.

Posted on July 19, 2003 at 09:12 PM in warnings & kvetches | Permalink | Comments (1)

Hot Dogs? 2003

I get the distinct impression that it's very hot at Dean's house.

Posted on July 18, 2003 at 09:20 AM in friends & family | Permalink | Comments (1)

Virtual yard sale 2003

[August 2009, in cleaning up old papers - woohoo, single digital lifestream project! - I found an email I had printed out which I sent at work.]

To: community
Subject: Virtual Yard Sale

My boyfriend and I had been talking about doing a yard sale or a trip to the flea market, but we live on a very steep hill without enough foot traffic to make a yard sale successful and it seems that you're supposed to show up at the flea market at 5am, so that's right out. We'd have to make a lot of money to make that worthwhile, so we'll try a less painful approach: the virtual yard sale.

If you're interested in any of the following items, just drop me a note and make an offer. Please note that "I'll come pick it up" is a perfectly valid offer. (FYI, our place is in the Castro district in San Francisco).

- queen-size futon with simple wood frame & two pieces which act as side tables when in couch mode [gone]

- pressboard 2-drawer unit, 16" cube (might actually have two of these) [didn't go, not sure if I ever got rid of these or if they're still in that apartment with my former boyfriend/housemate]

- classic fold-up card table, 30" square, been in use in my family for decades, needs a good home [gone]

- blue leather Palm pilot case (suitable for Palm I-III, possibly I-V) [gone]

- 60's look checkerboard pattern knit mini-dress with red stripe, needs light repair, size m, very Speed Racer in aesthetic, could also pass for 1930's geometric [gone]

- round stone table fountain with pump [gone]

- Jensen JMP-33 computer speakers [didn't go, probably ended up in Goodwill box]

- small, extremely solid safe [gone]

- Honeywell air purifier [didn't go, probably ended up in Goodwill box]

- wooden folding tv-tray-style table [didn't go, probably ended up in Goodwill box]

- metal "No Dumping Allowed" sign [gone]

- comics: Paul the Samurai #1-3, Paul the Samurai: Tick Spinoff #2-4 & 7, Enigma #1-4, Marvels Book 1 (Flash), Superman the Man of Steel Feb 94 #30 Colorforms issue with Lobo. [didn't go, not sure what happened with these. I don't think I still have them. Maybe gave 'em to my friend Len?]

- SF Examiner article from Sept 23 1979 about Dungeons & Dragons "Joys, dangers of game where one's imagination is the limit" [gone]

- music memorabilia bag (cassette Green Jello "Three Little Pigs" pre-cease & desist order, button "I'm too sexy" from Right Said Fred tour, Bruce Cockburn's Big Circumstance tour button, repro of Rolling Stone #1, "I love the Bay City Rollers" patch) [didn't go except for the of-course-plaid BCR patch, rest probably ended up in Goodwill box]

- movie & tv memorabilia bag (Cool World Holli Would button, Naked Lunch button, 3 Batman logo from first Burton film buttons, Spike & Mike Twisted Toons barf bag unused I should note, Misery bookmarks & 2 buttons, Cool World promo postcard, "The Tucker Times" printed promo page for the movie "Tucker" with Jeff Bridges, People magazine Sept 25 1989 issue about Saturday Night Live, Entertainment Weekly #3 issue on Hunt for Red October with a little coming soon ad from NBC with this blurb near the bottom "The Seinfeld Chronicles: A different look at the life and misadventures of the single man, from hip new stand-up comic Jerry Seinfeld.") [didn't go, probably ended up in Goodwill box]

- collectible trading cards bag (unopened Jyhad starter deck from original version, 4 unopened booster packs ditto, promo material for re-release of game as "Vampire: The Eternal Struggle", complete set of Jyhad cards mint in binder, 1995 Magic: The Gathering binder, Tomart's Photo Checklist & Price Guide to Collectible Card Games vol. 1 first printing 1995, The Duelist magazine #6 featuring art of Rob Alexander, The Duelist magazine #5 featuring art of Liz Danforth, The Duelist magazine #7 featuring art of Mark Tedin, The Duelist #4 featuring the art of Melissa Benson, 1995 Other Worlds: Michael Whelan II collector cards binder w/ promo sheet & 3 cards 14 21 & 41, 1995 David Cherry collectible cards set {complete, I think, but the cards are sleeved out of order & I feel lazy at the moment}, 1994 MTG poster illustrating many cards and 1994 Jyhad poster plus bonus gift of Chris Baccalo poster of Death from Sandman, box from 1995 MTG 2 deck starter kit in very good condition, Mark Poole deck box with juggling sorceress, assortment of 1994 Star Trek: The Next Generation cards including Wesley Crusher, 1991 3M Olympic Innovator's Collection Olga Korbut card) [gone]

- politics & news memorabilia bag (Spy magazine Oct 1997 with Bill Clinton on cover as superhero - bagged in very good condition with Clinton/Gore 92 bumper sticker, front section of SF Chronicle May 25 1987 "The Great Party" 50th birthday of the Golden Gate Bridge, "No on 65 Stop LaRouche" button, front section of San Jose Mercury News FEb 8 1990 "Communists give up monopoly" "Bush backs arms control, SDI" "Top official [Gassee] on way out at Apple", used "Fight the Right" phone card with picture of Newt Gingrich on it, Garbage magazine Premier Issue, lots of 1989 Quake related newspaper sections including SJ Merc Oct 23 "The Long Road Back", SJ Merc Oct 22 "We will never forget" 16 page memorial, SJ Merc Oct 23 front "Thank God, I'm alive" Buck Helm story, SJ Merc Oct 19 3 sections including front section with "Cold fusion heats up", SF Chron Oct 18 8 page issue "EXTRA EXTRA EXTRA HUNDREDS DEAD IN HUGE QUAKE", Contra Costa Times Oct 18 "Earthquake: Over 200 die; bridge, I-880 collapse", SJ Merc Oct 18 "MASSIVE QUAKE 76 die in seconds of horror", SF Examiner Oct 18 "EARTHQUAKE EXTRA 7.0 quake stuns Bay", SJ Merc Oct 21 front section, SJ Merc Nov 10 story about Bookshop Santa Cruz, and the best thing of all, Kevin Cowherd's column from the morning of Oct. 17th about the World Series game which reads "Actually, I have no idea who is going to win the Series, because these are two teams from California and God only knows if they'll even get all the games in. An earthquake could rip through the Bay Area before they sing the national anthem for Game 3.") [gone, though it seems to me to someone who didn't want the newspapers because I remember walking those down and just giving them to a guy at the counter at an antique/ephemera store on Castro Street because I couldn't bear to just toss them in the recycling]

Posted on July 15, 2003 at 12:00 PM in Discardia, mundania | Permalink | Comments (0)

Continuing modifications 2003

I've been making a few changes around here. I'm growing to see my weblog as more of a documented life stream. Thus, rather than splitting some things out into separate sub-blogs, I'm moving them into the main blog and listing them under a category. This evening I pulled the whole Eclectic Encyclopedia in.

Next up: the Dinah section and updating the page templates.

Then I really ought to do a better error page with the archive links on it. Once I have that, I can actually prune away old content. Might hold off on that step until I decide if I'm definitely going to be able to migrate to Typepad when it comes out. (Domain/mail management is my sticking point, but knowing those cleverpants people they'll solve that for me as well).


Better add to the list, before deleting anything, checking all umpty-jillion posts for a) bad links, b) missing categories, and c) lack of appropriate titling (an issue with automatic conversion from Blogger entries).

Posted on July 14, 2003 at 11:12 PM in Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (3)

Beware. 2003

Here's my friend Al's review of LXG (the new movie based, very very loosely, on Alan Moore's excellent graphic novel The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen):

(using Lovecraftian-going-insane tone a la the end of "Dagon")


Yeah, it sucked. WHAT THE FUCK IS A VAMPIRE DOING IN SUNLIGHT...WITHOUT ADDRESSING HOW SHE CAN DO THAT?!?!? But...although the original Nautilus is dear to my heart, the shitty movie version was kinda cool.

I was so upset, I ended up going to see "Pirates of the Caribbean" later last night...and to quote Tony Le Tigre, it was g-r-r-r-r-r-rEAT! Johnny Depp is the man.

Posted on July 12, 2003 at 01:48 PM in movies & tv | Permalink | Comments (4)

XHTML and quotes in code 2003

Anyone know any happy rebuttal to this grumpy comment from a developer?

The above phrase [target = "_self"] is enclosed inside a single-quoted parameter which is enclosed inside a double-quoted attribute value. It is thus a triply nested parameter value which (therefore) cannot be enclosed in quotes because XHTML-compliant HTML provides only two levels of quoting.

DEVELOPER COMMENT: This is an excellent example of perfectly good HTML which has no XHTML-compliant phrasing.

Posted on July 10, 2003 at 11:46 AM in web design & documentation | Permalink | Comments (6)

Whoops 2003

That post which appeared as my latest news for the last 7 hours or so has been relegated to it's proper position back in 1980. I apologize for any chronological discomfiture you may have experienced.

Posted on July 6, 2003 at 10:38 PM in Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Separated at birth 2003

Hamas spiritual leader Shiek Ahmed Yassin bears a startling resemblance to Saruman the White as portrayed by Christopher Lee. It may have been noted before, but the picture in yesterday's San Jose Mercury News (page 15A in the final edition) almost looks retouched the likeness is so strong.

Posted on July 6, 2003 at 11:58 AM in warnings & kvetches | Permalink | Comments (0)

Making Wicked Broadway-ready 2003

While I was volunteering at the America Festival again this year, I got to catch up with all those friends who do the same. "How was your year?" we say at the beginning and "See you next year!" at the end.

In this case. however, opportunity may arise to get together sooner, since Gary and Cody are big musicals buffs and will be coming up to San Francisco to see Urinetown and a couple other shows soon.

We, of course, talked about the new musical, Wicked. Though we agreed that the costumes, set design and performances were great and that the book (the story & dialogue) was some of the best in years, they were very disappointed in the show overall. They thought the music was just awful with a few exceptions ("Popular", "Wonderful", "The Wizard and I", "What Is This Feeling?[Loathing]") and predicted that if that shortcoming isn't fixed before it opens on Broadway, it will be savaged by the New York critics, who are, as Gary said, cruel.

I wasn't as bothered by the music as they were, but then I'm easily pleased and willing to let a bad song be over-shadowed by everything else I'm enjoying. Still, "Which Way's The Party" is a real dog of a song and Glinda & Elphaba's duet at the end ("For Good") fails to really show off those two fantastic performers, plus it has bizarre lyrics ("a seed dropped by a seabird"? What the fuck?).

After thinking about it a while, I think the best course of action would be to hand the show over to Tony-winner William Finn who wrote Falsettos and let him wash some of that dated, trite feel out of the music. If it sounded a little less 70s and there were some songs with the emotional force of "What More Can I Say" and "You Gotta Die Sometime" in there, it would be unstoppable.

[April 25, 2004: This post gets so many hits from people searching for more information about the show who fail to notice that it was written based on a pre-Broadway version of the show. Before you leap to the show's defense, remember that I didn't see the same show you did. They apparently made a lot of good changes, as the Broadway soundtrack illustrates.]

Posted on July 6, 2003 at 11:44 AM in music | Permalink | Comments (25)

Signs of the times 2003

The meek don't want it.

- graffitti in Macarthur BART station spotted April 8, 2003

Posted on July 2, 2003 at 01:40 PM in politics & philosophy | Permalink | Comments (1)

Reading on Palm PDAs 2003

I recommend this nice summation of Palm OS document readers for anyone who wants to start carrying longer documents around.

I'm going to give PalmReader a try. I'll let you know how it goes. I'm sure it will be nice to have something to read on the train besides whatever section of the newspaper was last abandoned near my seat.


Well, I also needed a program to convert text files to Palm documents, so I'm trying DocInOut.

Posted on July 2, 2003 at 12:12 PM in tools | Permalink | Comments (2)

dining with pop? 2003

"5:30ish dinner w/ Fred" [noted on old calendar]

Posted on July 1, 2003 at 05:30 PM in friends & family | Permalink | Comments (0)

Hey, Nyquil Driver! 2003

One of my favorite lines from a song:

Big hand on 120, little hand on E

From "AKA Driver" by They Might Be Giants, on the 1994 album John Henry.

Posted on July 1, 2003 at 10:34 AM in music | Permalink | Comments (0)

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