you know… thank god I upgraded to MT 3.15 recently and made a backup of my entries before i did so, because otherwise, i’d have to re-enter five months of entries manually. as it was, i still had to plug all of april’s entries back in, as well as a few from march. fucking ridiculous. i suppose at some point i’ll redo these so they’re back to individual entries, but it’s late right now.
April 09, 2005
woody allen interview… where?
neil gaiman has helpfully pointed out the pretty nice little woody allen interview on suicide girls. of all the thingsâ€¦ woody allen on a site full of underclothed goth girls.
April 07, 2005
one more time
well, i had an entry, but firefox slowed to a crawl because of too many tabs full of sites with useless flash animation, so i had to force-quit.
this was the important bit – listen to the french kicks – sorry, fixed the link.
Found another song on Epitonic: so many cakes
EDIT: Just so you guys know, because of the upgrade to MT 3.15,
your comments will not immediately appear on the site. I get an email notifying me of the comment, and I approve or deny it accordingly. This helps prevents comment spam. Looks like it was a misconfiguration; I was getting the comments, but Iâ€™ve made it so that I donâ€™t have to moderate every damn one now, and they will appear immediately.
Oh, andâ€¦ personally, I like â€œTrial of the Centuryâ€ better than â€œOne Time Bellsâ€. â€œBellsâ€ just sounds a bit too much like Spoon, although it is still a good album; â€œTrialâ€ shows the band actually moving forward and forging their own sound. And besides, i like the new wave-y style better, mâ€™self.
April 05, 2005
now that all of the archived entries have names instead of numbers, this entry about napoleon dynamite leapt swiftly to the top of my webstats. and i donâ€™t even have anything particularly interesting to say in the entry! such is life.
eye in the sky
Google knows where my house is!
(click on â€œsatellite viewâ€ in the upper right-hand corner and zoom in to get the full effect.)
i’d have to get a lot of spam to fill that up
well, apparently google has decided to gift everybody with more space for their gmail accounts. even though iâ€™m only using 41 megs of space, i now have a full 2 gigs to fill.
maybe i should start storing full-length movies on there or something.
April 04, 2005
the proverbial eureka moment
so i was taking a shower tonight, letting images and thoughts percolate through my head, as they are wont to do in moments of quiet contemplation, and suddenly, very much out of nowhere, an image that had been floating in my head for some time now turned itself into an idea. i was so happy i laughed out loud, loud enough for vincent to hear me through the wall and think i had gone a little bit crazy.
anyways, i had this image in my head of a man wearing dark glasses and a trench coat, and suddenly that turned into the following, i.e. the comedic play idea that i have been searching for:
â€œfour blind men meet in a park to plan their takeover of the world. however, every man has a secret, and there is a spy in their midst.â€
April 03, 2005
am i an old man yet?
going back to campus for alumni weekend last night and the night before was definitely interesting. i guess iâ€™m more used to being an alumni than i was before. i can still remember the first party that i came back for. it was like going back to my parentsâ€™ house after it had crossed over from being my home into something else altogether.
i also realized that part of the reason i havenâ€™t been too bothered about girls is because i havenâ€™t talked to or seen any in a long time. thereâ€™s only a handful of girls at work close to my age, and theyâ€™re not that interesting. other than work i donâ€™t get out much, so i suppose itâ€™s not surprising that itâ€™s easy to be alright about not having any female contact.
but then last night i was actually able to talk to several girls, all but one of whom were freshman – theyâ€™re supposed to be too young for me, right? â€¦and it reminded some part of me that itâ€™s been a while now. this voice will increase in volume until i go fucking bonkers.
i, of course, tried to go into each situation knowing that i was just talking to somebody cool, not actually hitting on a girl. the only one that really seemed a shame was a girl who i am pretty sure is paulâ€™s girlfriend. she was a nice anomalyâ€¦ a talented but humble theatre major. they donâ€™t make those often at southwestern.
some silly little part of me was like â€œyou should hang out more at the sig house so you can meet girlsâ€¦â€ but, no, no, i shouldnâ€™t. i have no business lusting after girls younger than my younger brother. itâ€™s one thing if theyâ€™ve gone through college; being four or five years older than someone at that point isnâ€™t a big deal. for a while i always said that once you reach college, the separation of a few years isnâ€™t as big a deal, but after having seen what freshman girls tend to behave like at southwestern, it is a big deal unless the girl youâ€™re talking about is one in a million.
well, itâ€™s been ages since i wrote an â€œemoâ€ post or one about girls, and now iâ€™ve done both in the same week. i am an eternal broken record.
March 31, 2005
alright, this is just too terrible not to mention
from yahoo news:
If you expressed your support to Terri Schiavo and her parentsâ€™ fight to keep her alive, you may begin to receive a steady stream of solicitations, according to a Local 6 News report.
Terri Schiavoâ€™s parents have agreed to sell their list of supporters to a direct-mailing firm, Local 6 News reported.
The company, â€œResponse Unlimitedâ€ pays about $150 a month for 6,000 names and $500 a month for 6,000 e-mail addresses.
A spokesperson for the Schindlers confirmed that they had agreed to sell the information, but wonâ€™t say for how much.
do you ever get the feeling that there’s something hanging just out of view, whispering in your ear?
firstly, itâ€™d be hard to explain why i got so choked up when i finished the last few episodes of farscape season three. it just sounds kind of silly. sure, itâ€™s acceptable fact that if you watch, say â€œsix feet underâ€ or, wellâ€¦ â€œschindlerâ€™s list,â€ youâ€™re going to get a little teary-eyed. it comes with the territory. but a show full of weird people in funny leather costumes spouting futuristic gibberish?
i canâ€™t explain it (to my satisfaction), but let me say that it was an important feeling. important, you say? how so? wellâ€¦ maybe this realization that iâ€™ve had was already there, just on the outside of my peripheral vision, but it didnâ€™t become completely clear until i watched a special feature on the last disk giving a recap of the whole season.
what became clear is something that i talked about in my earlier entry: the quality of the writing. remember how i talked about the use of cliches and the way they broke them in astounding fashions? well, as i sat and watched the feature about the season, i heard them describing the exact bits that i had pulled out; the very plot devices that packed an emotional punch.
and then the season finaleâ€¦ where the end of season two was action-packed and absurd, this one wasâ€¦ all too human, and painful, and emotionally wrenching, and somewhere along the line those writers, those crazy writers, had made me care deeply about the fate of a bunch of puppets, cgi creatures, and people prancing around in leather. a lot. a heart-breaking amount. iâ€™m still finding it hard to keep from tearing up, and itâ€™s been a long time since iâ€™ve felt that way.
but this is when i heard the little voice in my ear. the thing that has been patient, oh so patient, while i have been wittering my life away doing nothing, not living, not serving my purpose.
i was watching the special, and the producer/writer was talking about the last episode, an episode that he felt was so important that he did not want it to fail, but he just didnâ€™t know how to get it right.
it was nagging at him, constantly, until one night, he woke up in bed, suddenly enough that he frightened his wife and dogs, and he knew how to write it. he knew what was important, and it was so important the he got up right then and started writing.
at four in the morning.
until i feel that feeling againâ€¦ (and i have felt it. i have been in that moment where nothing else mattered but telling the story, just getting it outâ€¦)
until then, iâ€™m not really living.
so, you might askâ€¦ why not write, right now.
i have no ideas that i want to write.
i come home from work every night and iâ€™m so tired, and i just want to disappear somwhere else for a few hours and get a good nightâ€™s sleep. i want to be gone.
and i have so many friends, so many good friends out there, who nag me, and tell me that i should write something new, and then i have so many friends who wish i would write something new, but who have given up on me long ago.
itâ€™d be great if i could finish something, after all.
(but i have finished things! iâ€™ve finished plays, good onesâ€¦)
but that was so long ago. i canâ€™t feel it anymore. i canâ€™t remember what that tastes like. those plays arenâ€™t even mine anymore. now that theyâ€™ve escaped onto the page, theyâ€™re strangers ready for someone elseâ€™s touch.
the whisperer, i can hear herâ€¦
she says that i know what i have to do.
now i just have to remember how to do it.
â€¦they say itâ€™s like a bike.
another reason i want to be a writer full-time
it seems to fit my lifestyle:
â€¦anyway, I was on a roll last night. So I just kept working. And somewhere around seven this morning I realised Iâ€™d actually finished it, so I sent it to Dave McKean and went to bed. Up around eleven this morning, with a message from Dave waiting letting me know that Iâ€™d given one section short shrift, and I looked it over, and he was right, I had, and it needed to be longer, so I simply made a cup of tea and turned it into a full chapter, and did a final tidy.
It went off to Dave, to HarperChildrens, and to Bloomsbury, about half an hour ago. And now Iâ€™m going to do all those things Iâ€™ve normally already done by five in the afternoon, like shower and make breakfast.
(from Neil Gaimanâ€™s Journal)
farscape, i wub you
i just watched six episodes of farscape on a work night, and the only thing keeping me from watching the remaining three right now is the fact that i need to go to sleep so i can make it to work at all.
iâ€™m sure itâ€™s a bit silly at this point for me to continue raving about this particular show, but it keeps getting better and betterâ€¦ and the writing is pretty incredible this season. theyâ€™ve taken some cliches of science fiction and tv in general and managed to turn them on their heads and make them new again.
it is, for example, one of the first times in a long time that an unrequited love story has not only worked for me but been both satisfying and heartbreaking instead of annoying. unrequited love is one of the most over-used tropes in television; iâ€™d personally argue that one of the reasons that seinfeld was so great was because itâ€™s the only sitcom you can point to that was on network tv without ever having some of the main characters fall in love but have a hard time making it work. i challenge anyone to name one other sitcom that has done that.
alias was another good example of unrequited love working well, until the unfortunate latter end of the third season, at which point i just got tired of hearing about it. the fourth season has managed to salvage this to a pretty good degree by making that particular plotline no longer relevant, which is probably the only choice they had. it is, unfortunate, however, that it stumbled at all.
another thing that Farscape has pulled off very well involves a major plot point this season; without going into detail, letâ€™s just say that one of the clichÃ©s of earlier episodes of Farscape and sci-fi shows in general is that they will have something terrible and ridiculous happen to the characters that gets resolved by the end of the episode, or in the one after that.
about a third of the way into this season, there was one such episode, where some weird shit happened to a main character, and we assumed that the situation – extreme as it was – would get resolved soon without harm to anyone involved. except they took what could have been a one-shot and made it into a major story arc, and a heartbreaking one, tooâ€¦
thing is, i just knowâ€¦ i can feel itâ€¦ if the finale at the end of season two was fucked up, this one is only going to be worse, and i am most certainly going to have a much harder time getting my hands on season fourâ€¦
anyways, a parting thought: who needs a life, when youâ€™ve got sci-fi on dvd?
March 29, 2005
Updated and Upgraded
Today I decided on a whim that I wanted to upgrade my version of Movable Type to the newest, brand-spankinâ€™-est one available, so I downloaded the goods and did all the standard upgrading.
However, I also decided that I no longer wanted to use the numeric archive links, which are lame and, shall we say, unfriendly to google. This, of course, was another case where i needed to use htaccess and mod_rewrite, but I was not sure exactly how to decipher the highly technical documentation, so I dug around until I found a site that explained in clearer terms.
It was easy to set up the monthly archives to redirect; what was difficult was making it so that anyone trying to access an old numbered entry would get the correct named entry.
I ended up having to do some fun things with htaccess and a cgi script that I found on scriptygoddessâ€™ site. Once I fixed the dumb mistakes I was making, it started working like a charmâ€¦
So instead of Google thinking my whole journal has disappeared, it will instead discover everything has merely been updated. Huzzah!