Archive | January 2005

Decade III: Retension of the Sick-o

Thinkin’ about ordering “Black Books” DVD. Is there a better, a.k.a. cheaper, way than Amazon.co.uk?

Taking Utini to the vet today. He developed a little boo-boo late Friday and has been messing with it all weekend. Grr.

Update: Utini didn’t like the vet experience, and he isn’t still pretty uncomfortable.

Oh, yeah. I’m 30.

Same b-day as:

  • Carol Channing, Norman Mailer, Ernie Banks, Philip Glass, Suzanne Pleshette, Dick Gephardt, Charlie Musselwhite, Phil Collins of Genesis, Phil Manzanera of Roxy Music, Nolan Ryan, Johnny Rotten, rock guitarist Jeff Hanneman, Kelly Lynch, Anthony LaPaglia, Al Jaworski of Jesus Jones, Scott Ian Rosenfeld of Anthrax, Jamie Stewart of The Cult, Adrian Vandenberg of Whitesnake, Minnie Driver, Portia de Rossi (2 years older), Kerry Washington — from “Ray” and “Fantastic Four” — (2 years younger), and Justin Timberlake.
  • Eddie Byrne (1911-August 21, 1981), who played General Willard in “Star Wars”
  • Jessica Walter, who plays Lucille Bluth in “Arrested Development”
Those who died on Jan. 31:
  • Mahatma Gandhi (10/02/1869 – 01/31/1948) Indian political, religious leader

    “I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.”
  • A. A. Milne (01/18/1882 – 01/31/1956) English writer (Winnie the Pooh)
Events on Jan. 31:

  • 1915 1st German poison gas attack, against Russians
  • 1928 Scotch tape 1st marketed by 3-M Company
  • 1933 Hitler promises parliamentary democracy
  • 1948 Magnetic tape recorder developed by Wireway
  • 1950 President Truman approves building of hydrogen bomb
  • 1955 RCA demonstrates 1st music synthesizer
  • 1958 U.S. launches their 1st artificial satellite, Explorer 1
  • 1968 Viet Cong’s Tet offensive begins
  • 1970 Grateful Dead members busted on LSD charges
  • 1971 “My Sweet Lord” by George Harrison hit #1 on U.K. pop chart

  • 1975: Barry Manilow’s “Mandy” goes gold
  • 1975: John Lennon releases “#9 Dream”

  • 1985 South Africa President PW Botha offers to free Mandela if he denounces violence
  • 1986 Mary Lund of Minn, is 1st female recipient of an artificial heart
  • 1990 1st McDonalds in Russia opens in Moscow, world’s biggest McDonalds
  • 1992 Sportscaster Howard Cosell retires
  • 1994 Dow Jones hits a record 3,978.36

Family expansion

Just got an e-mail from my aunt Sandy saying that my cousin Scott and his wife Angela had a baby girl today — Cali Elizabeth.

Port of call

It’s dad’s 62nd birthday today.

Mom goes in for surgery on the morrow.

This FTP problem and network port-forwarding jibber-jabber I’ve been messing with is giving me a headache, as of late.

We are not men, we are Tivo

Picked up an 80-hour Tivo a little over a week ago. And I thought we had a mass of wires behind the TV before. We’ve been breaking it in and trying to figure out how best to use it. Anyone have any great Tivo tips for me?

Does anyone ever record anything at basic quality? Ick.

How much do you want to spend?

We signed up for the Blockbuster Online Plan. So watch out Guido, my movie watching this year should sky rocket 🙂

Odds are good that I’ll be heading to South Carolina next week, still hasn’t been confirmed though.

We are looking at houses. We went to the bank on Saturday and are now pre-approved. Although we are now legitimate hunters in the eyes of the agents, we haven’t really walked through many houses. I want the agent to show me options with 1300 sq ft, 2 bedrooms and more than 1 bathroom as the criteria.

Many of them start asking “How much money…”. Stop. right. there. I should be able to tell you the criteria, and you tell me how much. If the ‘flat’ runs from 179,000 to 349,000 I want to know exactly why, then I’ll determine if that is a good reason. Anyone else think housing sales are completely backwards? I should say what I want to buy, not how much I want to spend.

Guido’s movies: 2005

I can finally start a movie list for this year, I guess.

ORDER VIEWED – TITLE (YEAR RELEASED) – FORMAT – DATE VIEWED/DATE FINISHED VIEWING

  1. “The Lady from Shanghai” (1948) – TCM – 1/19
  2. “Shaun of the Dead” (2004) – DVD – 1/23
  3. “Harold & Kumar go to White Castle”(2004) – DVD – 1/24
  4. “The Good Girl” (2002) – DVD – 1/30
  5. “Mystic River” (2003) – DVD – 1/31
  6. “Easy Rider” (1969) – TCM – 2/3
  7. “Anchorman” (2004) – DVD – 2/14
  8. “Million Dollar Baby” (2004) – Theater – 2/17
  9. “Open Water” (2003) – DVD – 2/18
  10. “How To Draw A Bunny” (2002) – DVD – 2/22
  11. “Abe Lincoln in Illinois” (1940) – TCM – 3/17
  12. “The Picture of Dorian Gray” (1945) – TCM – 3/19
  13. “Halloween: Resurrection” (2002) – TV – 3/20
  14. “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow” (2004) – DVD – 3/20
  15. “Casablanca” (1942) – TCM – 3/29
  16. “Sin City” (2005) – Theater – 3/29
  17. “Maria Full of Grace” (2004) – DVD – 4/11
  18. “Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India” (2001) – UIS Film Series – 4/15
  19. “Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” (2005) – Theater – 4/29
  20. “Gothika” (2003) – DVD – 5/12
  21. “The Grudge” (2004) – DVD – 5/15
  22. “Sideways” (2004) – DVD – 5/16
  23. “Star Wars: Episode III RotS” (2005) – Theater – 5/19 [12:01 a.m.] and 6/13
  24. “Human Nature” (2001) – DVD – 5/20
  25. “The Forgotten” (2004) – DVD – 5/22
  26. “Spellbound” (2002) – DVD – 6/3
  27. “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” (2005) – Theater – 6/12
  28. “In Good Company” (2004) – DVD – 6/12
  29. “Batman Begins” (2005) – Theater – 6/15
  30. “Ice Age” (2002) – DVD – 6/17
  31. “Kinsey” (2004) – DVD – 6/19
  32. “Shi mian mai fu” (“The House of Flying Daggers”) (2004) – DVD – 6/20
  33. “Six Feet Under” season 3 (2003) – DVD – June
  34. “The Wire” season 1 (2002) – DVD -July
  35. “Bride and Prejudice” (2004) – DVD – 7/25
  36. “Dig!” (2004) – DVD – 7/27
  37. “Crash” (2005) – Theater – 7/29
  38. “A Very Long Engagement” (2004) – DVD – 8/14
  39. “Dead Like Me” season 1 (2003) – DVD – finished 8/14
  40. “Capturing The Freidmans” (2003) – DVD – 8/17
  41. “Taal” (1999) – DVD – 8/29
  42. “All the Real Girls” (2003) – DVD – 8/31
  43. “OZ” season 1 (1997) – DVD – finished 9/12
  44. “Deadwood” season 1 (2004) – DVD – finished 9/19
  45. “Meet The Feebles” (1989) – DVD – 9/26
  46. “Les Rivières pourpres” (“Crimson Rivers”) (2000) – DVD – 9/30
  47. “The Wire” season 2 (2003) – DVD – finished 10/11
  48. “Love and Death (1975) – DVD – 10/16
  49. “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (2005) – Theater – 10/17
  50. “Fast, Cheap and Out of Control” (1997) – DVD – 10/21
  51. The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004) – DVD – 10/23
  52. “Manhattan Murder Mystery” (1993) – DVD – 10/24
  53. “Robots” (2005) – DVD – 11/7
  54. “Six Feet Under” season 4 (2004) – DVD – finished 11/14
  55. “The Yes Men” (2003) – DVD – 11/15
  56. “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” (2005) – Theater – 11/21
  57. “Bad Education” (“La Mala Educación”) (2004) – DVD – 12/01
  58. “Wal-Mart: The High Price of Low Cost” (2005) – DVD – 12/6
  59. “The Ruttles: All You Need Is Cash” (1978) – DVD – 12/24
  60. “Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical” (2005) – DVD – 12/25
  61. “King Kong” (2005) – Theater – 12/29
  62. “Fantastic 4” (2005) – DVD – 12/30

TV: 6
DVD: 45
Theater: 11

About ‘Face’

I got most of my Face Archive project is online … somewhat. The Face Archive project started on 12/18/2000, with me taking a Web cam pic every day. That turned into every week, which eventually degraded into whenever I think of it. I’ve now added a few pics from the digital camera, too.

The pics are small, but there are a lot of them and they aren’t really optimized. I should have done that before I spent all that time uploading them. Oh well.

Caught a new show tonight with some of the writers and producers from “Buffy” in the credits. “Point Pleasant” didn’t blow me away, but it could be going somewhere. One of the main characters is the child of Satan and a human woman … I think we’ll find out more about who the mother is later. It seems like an odd mix of supernatural and The O.C. (which it just happens to be paired up with on Thursdays.).

Caught the new “Law & Order” with the first appearance of the new Assistant D.A. Alexandra Borgia (Annie Parisse). Seems like she’ll be good. They tried to sneek in a little twist at the end of last week’s show when Asst. Dist. Atty. Serena Southerlyn was fired … I won’t spoil it if you haven’t seen it, but it was a bit lame.

Julie made Pav Bahji tonight. It is so spicey that she couldn’t eat it. It smelled great in here earlier and I think it tastes great. It is monster hot and I needed a glass of milk handy, but that’s not a bad thing. I should take some to Copper tomorrow. He always says he can take the heat.

Jess gave me some help trying to figure out an IE 6.0 script issue today. A couple of the JJ-C site users can’t see the coupon ads on the site, but I don’t have a WinXP box to try to recreate the problem, so Jess gave it a shot. So I’ve got some ideas, but I’m still not sure. My second guess is that they have a third-party ad-blocker or something like that.

Topping topic

Julie bought two tubs of whipped topping so that she could keep one in the fridge for her and one in the freezer for me. I think we need a poll on the topic.

Santa Clara

Well, today is the last day of my training event in Santa Clara, Calif. I met a lot of folks that I normally work with in cyberspace. It was nice to put faces with names of those I’ve worked with for years.

Another strange thing … today I’m working in a real office. We have these “drop-in” spaces that can be reserved whenever we are at one of the actual office buildings. I haven’t been to the office in over a year, but it is pretty cool sitting at a work-provided workstation and not tunneling into the corporate network via VPN. I wonder how much longer before even these places are unnecessary altogether.