Friday, April 29, 2005

Even Artichokes Have Hearts



My computer has been acting like a four-year-old kid that just had his lollipop stolen. All signs point to a virus in the system, but I've scanned it a hundred times without anything popping up. Now I'm thinking something is just wrong with the hard drive. Fried, perhaps.

I finally got fed up and didn't want to deal with that crap anymore. So I shut the computer off and watched AMELIE for the 18th time.

Ahhhhhhhh. Gotta love a movie that puts a smile on your face.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

American Psycho

"He's here."
"Who?"
"The Batman."

Awesome.

On to something that's awesome on a completely different level, check out this perfect parody of Final Fantasy VI* (with game consoles), made with Flash. It's pretty long, so get comfy.



*Best. Game. Ever.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

A Little Less Bling

After work last night, as I tried to put the barbell back in my eyebrow, one of the balls came loose and went down the bathroom sink. I usually close up the drain just in case this kind of thing happens, and the ONE day I don't close it... yeah. This is actually my second time losing the ball - the first time I lost it at work while taking it off. So I decided I'm not gonna get another one. It had its run (I've had it for almost a year now, but it feels like it's been much longer) and I think it's time to move on. Now I can sleep on my left side, and my face feels lighter.

I feel weak. My legs are sore. So are my ribs(!) I also feel a sore throat slowly creeping in. I feel like crap, so I'll end this here.

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Badah World

Last Saturday, we took the 7th graders to Sea World. As you can see, they were thrilled.





They got see Shamu, and, uh... Baby Shamu.




I prefer the dolphins. They're so much better.





Stupid seals. So loud and annoying. Look at his eyes. He's hungry. For human flesh.





At the end of the day. They're wet because they just "saved Atlantis* from the evil forces of the sea."

Twice.





A low-level ninja tried to buttsniff the master ninja. Little did he know, the master ninja had a surprise in store for him in the form of an invisible cloud. Silent but deadly, indeed.





*Atlantis is a water ride similar to Splash Mountain from Disneyland. I hate how they feel they have to create backstories to these rides. This one was no exception, and after the big drop, the "narrator" would announce that the passengers just "saved Atlantis." How the hell did we save Atlantis by coming down a hill on a raft? Did the drop create a vortex for the "evil forces" to be sucked into another dimension?

Friday, April 22, 2005

Ninja Wizards



Yeah, I know it's stupid. But I couldn't stop laughing when I saw this. No, really. My sense of humor is all over the map, yo.

What'll happen if it rains this Sunday? Will we have a picnic in the sanctuary?

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Oneupsmanship

Is it wrong for me to laugh out loud at Jesus' line in the last panel? Remember, the Son of God has a sense of humor too.

Tonight, I went to my Media Aesthetics class for the first time in like four weeks. Like I said in the previous post, Michael Moore is gone and we have a new teacher for the rest of the semester. For tonight's session he talked about editing, and showed a lot of clips for examples.

  1. "rhythm" in editing: the three-way duel in THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY
  2. cross-cutting (aka parallel editing): the christening scene from THE GODFATHER
  3. fast edits (pre-MTV): the famous shower scene from PSYCHO
  4. transition, compressing time (supposedly considered the "best" of its kind): a piece of bone turning into a space satellite in 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
  5. montage: Benjamin swimming and sleeping around with Mrs. Robinson in THE GRADUATE
  6. more montage (classic style): the production of the hula-hoop in THE HUDSUCKER PROXY
  7. no edits or cuts - long tracking shot: the beginning of TOUCH OF EVIL
  8. no edits again: the beginning of THE PLAYER (interesting note: one of the characters actually reference TOUCH OF EVIL during this scene, a nice touch)
  9. French new wave - jumpcuts: a scene from BREATHLESS by Godard. I must find and watch his films. And Trauffaut.
  10. use of storyboards: the flood scene from O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU?
  11. micro-edits and quick-cutting: pretty much all of REQUIEM FOR A DREAM. He jumped around a lot of scenes.
  12. dissolves and transitions: "the story of the apartment" from CITY OF GOD. I love that movie.
  13. Then he ended the class with MOULIN ROUGE. I wanted him to show the tango scene (it's my favorite scene) but he showed the can-can sequence instead, in multi-angle format.
That was long, huh? Well, this is the kind of stuff I get excited about. School is fun again!

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Live in Concert



The other day at work, I witnessed three boys (all about 12 years old) humping a poster for STAR WARS EPISODE 3: REVENGE OF THE SITH. I wish I was making this up.

I thought of my very first idea for a movie. Not a whole story, just a general idea about a character I thought of. I was inspired by a popcorn bag. I should probably write it down on my notebook before I forget it. Damn short-term memory. Why was I cursed with it? Wait, what was I talking about?

I got a new teacher for both of my classes. The previous one has been gone due to "medical issues" so another one will be taking over for the remainder of the semester (four weeks). He seems really cool and knowledgeable, and he has similar taste in movies as me. He kept mentioning Aranofsky and Wong Karwai. For the first session, he talked about ratings and violence in movies. He showed clips from THE WILD BUNCH, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, and RAGING BULL. He also wanted to show some from EVIL DEAD 2, PULP FICTION, and SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, but we were short on time. The main feature of the night was NATURAL BORN KILLERS. I didn't particularly care for it.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

TMGI

It's time for another dose of:



Today at work, I got back to my satellite a little late after taking my 30 minute lunch break. Dolores, the assistant manager that hates me, yelled at me for being late and told me to clean up the mess in the refrigerator. It's funny how she had been there the whole time covering my snack bar while I was gone and she hadn't done a thing, like cleaning up the mess when she sees one. No wait, it's not funny at all.

I had just finished up the mess when it hit me - pain in my stomach. Then it went down to my ass. It was the classic case of diarrhea at work. What had caused it? The roast beef sandwich that Jeon-san gave me to eat before work? No, I eat that all the time. The shrimp chips I had in the morning? Nah. The duk-bo-sam I had last night? Ding ding ding, we have a winner.

Damn you 9292.

I paced around. It didn't go away. I went into the stockroom, sat down, and prayed. The feeling intensified. Who says God doesn't have a sense of humor? I went back out and paced some more. Five minutes passed, but it may well have been five hours. Should I call a manager to cover for me so I can use the restroom? No, they'll probably send Dolores. She'll probably yell at me some more. Another five hours. Just when I thought I would have make do with the sink in the stockroom, I saw Andre, one of the nicer managers, walk up to the snack bar verrrrrry slowly.

"Hey Daniel. What's happening?"
ANDRE! CAN YOU COVER FOR ME? I REALLY NEED TO USE THE RESTROOM!
(looks at his watch) "Okay. Go ahead."

I ran to the restroom as fast as I could, which in hindsight was probably not a good idea. You don't want to run when you got the runs. Fortunately, none spilled out on the way.

Three minutes later, I was a happy boy.

Friday, April 01, 2005

Pleasantville

A little girl (couldn't be more than three years old) waved at me while her mother carried her away after purchasing some candy from me at work.

It totally made my day.

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