March 29, 2004

This is my first attempt at uploading an mp3, so it's just a song I like. Enjoy :)

Jimmy Eat World - The Middle

Right-click 'Save As' please, I'm still waiting to hear back about my bandwidth limit.

I've got all kinds of creativity bubbling around inside my head today. I love days like this :)

I came up with not one, but two fantastic photo essay ideas. They're much more extensive and time consuming than anything I have attempted before, but I like the idea of a challenge.

I also had a great story idea wander into my head, while I was falling asleep last night. It could be a short story, but it also has the potential to be something much bigger. I'm going to ponder it for a while longer, before I write anything down.

I'm afraid I am going to jinx myself if I go into anymore detail, so I will have to leave it at that. :)

March 28, 2004

Not in the mood for your typical zombie movie? Looking for the terror of flesh-eating masses, but without all the heavy-handed drama? Want the mindless zombies to have a little more laughter about them? Then this is just what you're looking for: Shaun of the Dead. A romantic comedy...with zombies.

You can watch the trailer from there, then visit the Official Site (which doesn't have the trailer, oddly enough).


You know those moments, the ones where something that seems like it was "just yesterday" turns out to be years ago? I'm having one of those moments.

I'm up doing some work, and watching a "classic" episode of Saturday Night Live. It wasn't a terribly old episode, it was probably from 1997-ish.

The funny thing was, I remember when this episode aired the first time.


March 27, 2004

I haven't had a soda in two days. As a matter of fact, I don't even have a craving for soda.

I think there may be something seriously wrong with me.

March 25, 2004

In my lifetime, I've had four real jobs, besides babysitting, petsitting and watching my neighbors' house while they're on vacation.

Two of those four jobs have proven to be life-altering experiences for me. They showed me the value of working hard, but getting nowhere. How to bite my tongue when I have an opinion, because if I don't agree with my boss then no one really cares. How to do things the way I'm told, even if there is an better way. That moving up the ladder from clerk to supervisor doesn't justify a raise of more than twenty-five cents. The list goes on, but I won't. I call those two jobs Retail Hell and Corporate Hell, because that's exactly what they were.

Today, Corporate Hell left a message on my answering machine, asking me to come back and work for them again. When I first started there, it wasn't that bad. I had a fast-paced position, worked with people my own age, and enjoyed what I did. But the longer I worked there, the more bullshit I had to put up with. My department had some lay-offs, and I ended up not only being a supervisor but also doing the work of three people. (With no raise, I might add.) I saw people who were great at their job get laid off, simply because they made more money. I had four managers above me, just in my department alone, who didn't seem to spend more than two hours a day doing actual work. Any changes that were suggested to streamline our process had to be formally written up and submitted for approval, which would take weeks. A lot of politics and bullshit, basically.

Then I got laid off, and that's the kicker. Not only did I get laid off while I was on vacation (for my 21st b-day) but I actually heard the news from my roommate, who still worked there at the time. When I went in to clean out my desk, I asked my boss if anyone was planning to call me and let me know that I didn't have a job anymore. His reply? "We were just going to tell you when you came in on Monday." I didn't even know how to respond to that.

Needless to say, I won't be returning Corporate Hell's call. Even if I did, I'm pretty sure that I wouldn't even be able to choke out a "No" while laughing that hard. It would probably be a "No way in hell" but that's beside the point.

I did learn one very valuable lesson from my experience there: The only job I want is the one where I get to do something I love. That's what matters.

March 24, 2004

Yummmmmmmmm. :)

March 21, 2004

Richard Roeper (of Ebert & Roeper) just said "Super-Zombie speed", and I can't stop giggling. Really, just picture it. :)

In other news, they gave Dawn of the Dead two thumbs up. Normally I don't care much about reviews, but I happen to respect these 2 guys and their opinions. And while they couldn't completely sway me from seeing any particular movie, I am a little more enthusiastic if I have heard their good review.

I don't think Dawn of the Dead will be able to top 28 Days Later, but it should be worth the price of the ticket.

E! just played a special on Dawn of the Dead, and Rob Zombie was doing the interviews with the cast and crew. How appropriate.

I just played a 6 hour game of Risk.

And I won.

Which is probably the only reason I don't mind losing those 6 hours.

March 18, 2004

All is right with the world again :D

After much frustration, nail-chewing and cursing... everything is working as it should. Although I still have no idea what happened.

First, my sound wasn't working. I thought I had screwed something up while removing annoying ad-ware, but after some back-tracking I found that I hadn't deleted anything unrelated to the ad-ware. (Sidenote: I downloaded Ad-Aware by Lavasoft, which will now do all the hard work for me, so I don't really screw something up next time.)

So I reinstalled my audio drivers, which didn't seem to help. Then I discovered that my function keys weren't working. At that point, I was about ready to just forget the whole thing and go to bed, and hope for some miracle overnight. Then my Loving Boyfriend sat with me, and we went through just about anything that could have any relation to the problem. He quickly got fed-up, and decided to go back to work.

Windows was having issues logging on and off, so I decided to cold-boot my system by just hitting the power button. (Before I had been using the restart option from the Start Menu.)

Apparently, a cold-boot was what my system needed, because after that everything was working just fine. Sound? Check. Function keys? Check. My sanity? Check.

In summary: I unknowingly screwed something up, was nearly in tears with frustration, and then unknowingly fixed the problem.

Technology and I have a nice little love/hate thing going on.

I was trying to remove some ad-ware from my laptop, and I think I fucked something up.

Because now my sound doesn't work... at all.


Commencing freak-out in t-minus 10 seconds....

March 17, 2004

Today it St. Patrick's Day, and a thought just occurred to me.

I have no green to wear. I don't own a single article of green clothing.

Is that weird?

March 16, 2004

As promised, Survivor All-Stars thoughts:

1. I don't like Jerri.

2. Shii Ann, honey, I really hope that you're just cleverly hiding your ability to think on your own. Without Kathy around you seemed lost, just wandering around until someone told you who to vote for. Colby called it, an episode or two back, when he said that you were a very passive player. While that strategy may work for a while, sooner or later you will need to learn how to be the aggressor in order to get what you want.

3. Jenna and Rupert were right when they said that Ethan chokes during challenges.

4. Mogo Mogo got slammed during the Immunity/Reward Challenge, considering they had quite a lead in the beginning. Was Ethan responsible for the failure of the whole tribe? No, I don't think so. While he might not have been able to get the knots around the paddles undone as swiftly as Boston Rob, it was the entire tribe rowing the boat when it veered to the side. As noble as it may have seemed I don't think Ethan apologized to his entire tribe because he was so troubled over their loss. I think he was mostly trying to cover his ass. But I don't blame him, I would do the same thing.

5. Chapera was wise to select Kathy to take along with them. There was no way they would have selected Lex, Ethan or Colby, because they would have gotten no information out of them. As for choosing between the women of Mogo Mogo, Kathy seems to be the most approachable and personable of the 3. And boy did Chapera butter her up and get her chatty. The task of gleaning info from her was left to the girls, which was smart because women can be quite sneaky and sly when it comes to manipulating converation.

6. Chapera needs to be careful. They're confident in their ability to win a challenge, which is not an issue in itself. But what they need to watch out for is what is going to happen when they lose an Immunity Challenge. They're getting comfortable and seem to be putting the strategizing part of the game on the back burner. Not a good idea.

7. Didn't I tell you that Lex was sneaky? A bit foolish perhaps, but still sneaky. Taking out a power-player like Colby takes guts. But he was played it close to his chest, and his plan went off without a hitch. The only thing I take issue with is his concern for the "post-merge" game. They don't know when the merge will come, or how it will be brought about. Hasn't anyone learned from Shii Ann's "I thought the tribes were merging but oops they're not" fiasco? Don't ever count on anything during Survivor, because the producers will turn around and suprise you every time.

8. Mogo Mogo has voted off one of their strongest players. Colby was, inarguably, an asset to the tribe when it came to challenges. Will they still be able to win? I guess we'll see.

9. Colby was cute, and that's really the only reason I will miss him.

March 15, 2004

According to the IMDB, Jeff Probst and I share the same birthday. (Except 20 years apart)

For some reason I find that little fact to be quite cool.

Which also reminds me that I didn't post any thoughts on last thursdays episode. This, again, is because I am a complete spaz. Survivor Thoughts will be posted tomorrow.

March 13, 2004

Friday Five

1. What was the last song you heard?
"Hash Pipe" by Weezer

2. What were the last two movies you saw?
The Passion of the Christ, and Something's Gotta Give

3. What were the last three things you purchased?
Mt. Dew Code Red (for me), Mocha Frappuccino (for him), a new lighter

4. What four things do you need to do this weekend?
- Clean the bedroom, living room, and bathroom
- Do laundry
- Organize/label my millions of negatives and prints (photos)
- Get out and enjoy the great weather

5. Who are the last five people you talked to?
Loving Boyfriend, my 2 roommates and their 2 friends

March 11, 2004

So, I've seen this just about everywhere else and...well... I'm bored. :)

Step 1: Open your mp3 player.
Step 2: Put the player on shuffle.
Step 3: List the first ten songs it plays, no matter how embarrassing.

1. Powerman 5000 - Supernova Goes Pop
2. Linkin Park - Numb
3. U2 - Last Night On Earth
4. Garbage - Push It
5. Dashboard Confessional - Hands Down
6. Sublime - What I Got
7. Rob Zombie - Feel So Numb
8. Stroke 9 - Nasty Little Thoughts
9. Eve 6 - Superhero Girl
10. Crystal Method - Busy Child

So, does that offer any keen insight into my personality? Eh, didn't think so. :)

March 10, 2004

4 roommates. 1 bathroom.

This sucks in so many ways.

Have you seen Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital?

This show is weird, and I mean weird. But I suppose that should come as no surprise, seeing as it's a creation of Stephen King.

But I watched it, because weirdness can be good when it's done well. And because I love Stephen King.

March 09, 2004

3 of the last 5 sites I have tried to go to have come up "Page Cannot Be Displayed".

WTF? Is the Internet on strike or something?

March 07, 2004

I'm going to share one of my favorite sites with you. Don't you feel special?

It's called Oneword.

And that's exactly what it is. You get one word (changed daily), a text box and 60 seconds. It's a word-association writing prompt. You just look at the word, and write whatever comes to mind. You can write about the definition of the word, where you first heard it, what it means to you, etc.

Me? I try and take that one word and create a moment. 60 seconds is not much time to get into meticulous detail, obviously. But you'd be surprised what kind of imagery you can conjure up in just one short paragraph.

It's quite fun, go try it. :)

March 04, 2004

Survivor All-Stars thoughts:

1.See, didn't I tell you that Sue was upset? I already knew she was going to be quitting the game, but it was interesting to see how it all played out. Was she justified in her feelings? I honestly couldn't say. While it is apparent that Richard's action were inappropriate, I didn't realize it would affect her so much. One has to wonder if that was her sole reason for leaving the game, or if the whole thing had just become too much for her to handle. Either way, Sue is gone.

2. I used to like Boston Rob. "Used to" being the key phrase there. But since when did he become the King of the Tribe? "He'll be around until I decide it's time for him to go." Alright Rob, I'm sure that everyone in the tribe is just waiting around for you to tell them when to jump. I'm surprised his ego hasn't taken over the island yet. I just hope he realizes that because of his relationship with Amber, (which will start to heat up in later shows), he has a big target on his back. If people see an obvious alliance, (whether it's romantic or not), they try to break it. Always happens.

3.I like Lex. Alot. I didn't think much of him in the beginning, but I'm starting to think he's a pretty clever player. He's flying just a little bit under the radar of the people he needs to be worried about, but at the same time he's running around making the deals he needs to make. I don't think all his loyalties lie with Colby and Ethan, which is a good plan. Don't keep all your eggs in one basket, ya know?

4. I personally think that the show just wasn't the same without the Immunity Challenge, and the thrill of Tribal Council at the end. I wish the producers had thrown us some kind of bone, because without Tribal Council, the show just fizzled out at the end.

5. Jeff Probst is still cute.

Also, here's an interesting article. Jeff Probst says he made a mistake on last week's Immunity Challenge. (The balance beam one.) The link is, but I heard it first from Conan O'Brien.

Those were some of the main things I wanted to cover, but I might add more if I think of something later. Thoughts tend to pop in my head at the most random times, and they also tend to wander off when I am trying to make a point. One of the downsides to being blonde, I suppose. :)

On another TV related note: I second Yvonne on this sentiment - Thank effing goodness Omarosa is gone from The Apprentice. If that woman had anymore drama she would have been a Lifetime Movie. Sheesh.

March 01, 2004

Average Joe 2 thoughts:

She deserved it.

And I just realized I haven't chimed in on Survivor All Stars in a few weeks. I guess I'm just a spaz. Some super-brief thoughts on last week:

1. The Reward Challenge was a surprise, that's for sure. But now that there are only 2 over-crowded tribes, the game is going to get alot more interesting.

2. Thank god Richard is gone. He was amusing in the beginning, but that wore of quickly and I saw that he was really just a jerk.

3. Why did Richard think he was going to get rid of Colby? Lex, Ethan and Colby are the "Boys Club" now, and their influence as a group is much stronger than that of Richard alone. He should have known it was coming.

4. As for next week.... Sue is obviously pissed. Like, super-pissed that Richard was allowed to harass her during the Immunity Challenge. (In case you don't remember: Rich stripped nekkid to intimidate everyone, and ended up rubbing his bits on Sue while tossing in a few jackass remarks.) I have some spoiler-esque information that I won't post... but the next episode should be very interesting. If you want the spoiler, email me :)

5. Jeff Probst is cute.

That about covers it.

So the Oscars last night were...boring.

Some people are complaining that Lord of the Rings: Return of the King dominated too much, by winning every category in which it was nominated. (Adapted screenplay, musical score, song, visual effects, editing, makeup, art direction, costume design, sound mixing, director and best picture.)

I personally think that it deserved each and every one of those awards. Have you seen this film? The whole trilogy? It's an amazing story that was turned into an epic series of films. Peter Jackson put his heart and soul into these movies, and it shows. These movies were not about making money, it was about bringing a classic story from the pages to the screen. While I wished that the first two in the series had garnered the same kind of recognition, I think that Return of the King's win for Best Picture was well deserved, and a good way to show appreciation for all the hard work that cast and crew put into this film.

That being said, I just wasn't as interested in the Academy Awards as I have been in previous years. The fashion was interesting, the speeches were touching... but I just wasn't into it. Maybe next year.