Thursday, December 21, 2006

Favorite Albums of 2006

It's almost Christmas. Someone shoot me. End of the year means end-of-the-year-lists. Yay. First up - music.

Here are 10 albums that were released this year and that I keep listening to over and over. I wouldn't dare say these are the best; then I'd be voting in the Grammys. (yeah, like those guys really know what's good - Justin Timberlake nominated for album of the year?!) These are merely what I like.




10. Grizzly Bear
Yellow House

standout tracks: "Knife", "Reprise"

why it's on the list: So I can get some indie cred.
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9. Hot Chip
The Warning

standout tracks: "Colours", "Over and Over"

why it's on the list: They remind me of The Postal Service. The group, not the people in short blue shorts carrying around mail.
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8. The Decemberists
The Crane Wife

standout tracks: "Shankhill Butchers", "The Crane Wife 1 and 2"

why it's on the list: Anybody that makes me look up the dictionary 8 times with their song is OK in my book.
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7. Beirut
Gulag Orkestar

standout tracks: "Mount Wroclai (Idle Days)", "Postcards from Italy"

why it's on the list: Balkan folk music played by an American teenager? Brilliant.
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6. Arctic Monkeys
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not

standout tracks: "Mardy Bum", "Fake Tales of San Francisco", "When the Sun Goes Down"

why it's on the list: "Oh there ain't no love, no Montagues or Capulets / Just banging tunes and DJ sets and / Dirty dancefloors and dreams of naughtiness"
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5. Boy Kill Boy
Civilian

standout tracks: "Suzie", "Civil Sin", "On and On"

why it's on the list: The Killers? These guys are so much better. Yeah, I said it.
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4. Muse
Black Holes & Revelations

standout tracks: "Knights of Cydonia", "City of Delusion", "Exo-Politics"

why it's on the list: They deserve to be on here just for "Knights of Cydonia" alone. And the video? Don't even get me started on the genius of that.
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3. Under the Influence of Giants
Under the Influence of Giants

standout tracks: "Mama's Room", "In the Clouds", "Meaningless Love"

why it's on the list: These guys seem like they were born 30 years too late. It's okay guys, disco will come back someday. Until then, this CD will do just fine. Oh, and their bassist looks like Kevin Smith, which makes everything funnier. Just watch their video for "Mama's Room" (warning: scantily-clad women ahead).
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2. Dirty Pretty Things
Waterloo to Anywhere

standout tracks: "Bang Bang You're Dead", "Deadwood", "The Gentry Cove"

why it's on the list: The Libertines - Pete Doherty = this band. Are they still good? Absolutely. Are they better? Arguably.
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1. We Are Scientists
With Love and Squalor

standout tracks: "Inaction", "Can't Lose", "Worth the Wait"

why it's on the list: I'm a sucker for catchy songs. This album has 12 of them. I can listen to it anytime, anywhere, 42 times in a row.
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Now go forth and listen to these excellent albums. They'll make you a better person. They'll change your life.

No wait, that was The Shins.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance

We are two mariners
Our ships' sole survivors
In this belly of a whale
Its ribs are ceiling beams
Its guts are carpeting
I guess we have some time to kill

You may not remember me
I was a child of three
And you, a lad of eighteen
But I remember you
And I will relate to you
How our histories interweave

At the time you were a rake and a roustabout
Spending all your money on the whores and hounds
(Oh, oh)

You had a charming air
All cheap and debonair
My widowed mother found so sweet
And so she took you in
Her sheets still warm with him
Now filled with filth and foul disease

As time wore on you proved a debt-ridden drunken mess
Leaving my mother a poor consumptive wretch
(Oh, oh)

And then you disappeared
Your gambling arrears
The only thing you left behind
And then the magistrate
Reclaimed our small estate
And my poor mother lost her mind

Then one day in spring my dear sweet mother died
But before she did I took her hand as she, dying, cried:
(Oh, oh)

"Find him, bind him
Tie him to a pole and break
His fingers to splinters
Drag him to a hole until he
Wakes up naked
Clawing at the ceiling of his grave"

It took me fifteen years
To swallow all my tears
Among the urchins in the street
Until a priory
Took pity and hired me
To keep their vestry nice and neat

But never once in the employ of these holy men
Did I ever once turn my mind from the thought of revenge
(Oh, oh)

One night I overheard
The prior exchanging words
With a penitent whaler from the sea
The captain of his ship
Who matched you toe to tip
Was known for wanton cruelty

The following day I shipped to sea with a privateer
And in the whistle of the wind I could almost hear:
(Oh, oh)

"Find him, bind him
Tie him to a pole and break
His fingers to splinters
Drag him to a hole until he
Wakes up naked
Clawing at the ceiling of his grave

There is one thing I must say to you
As you sail across the sea
Always your mother will watch over you
As you avenge this wicked deed"

And then, that fateful night
We had you in our sight
After twenty months at sea
Your starboard flank abeam
I was getting my muskets cleaned
When came this rumbling from beneath

The ocean shook, the sky went black and the captain quailed
And before us grew the angry jaws of a giant whale

(Ohhh)

Don't know how I survived
The crew all was chewed alive
I must have slipped between his teeth
But, oh, what providence
What divine intelligence
That you should survive as well as me

It gives my heart great joy to see your eyes fill with fear
So lean in close and I will whisper the last words you'll hear
(Oh, oh)

Sunday, December 03, 2006

The D Word

Today's post is going to be a bit disjointed. (Is it ever not? /rimshot)

night·mare /?na?t?m??r/
–noun
1. a terrifying dream in which the dreamer experiences feelings of helplessness, extreme anxiety, sorrow, etc.
2. a condition, thought, or experience suggestive of a nightmare: the nightmare of his years in prison.
3. (formerly) a monster or evil spirit believed to oppress persons during sleep.


So, nightmare basically means "bad dream" right? Then what's the word for "good dream"? Is there one? WHAT'S UP WITH THAT?!

The whole nation's in an uproar over Michael Richards (aka "Kramer"). He appeared on Letterman to apologize, which actually made him look even worse in my opinion. SNL mentioned him only about, oh, eight times on last night's show.* Look, I'm not trying to defend the guy, and I agree that word is despicable. But let's look at another word that black people African Americans use on Caucasians white people - "cracker". Granted, it's basically a word made up to go against "nigger". It's still insulting and demeaning, is it not? So why is it deemed acceptable to say that word? Even if it's not considered to be 100% "acceptable", people aren't labeled racists for using it, are they? WHAT'S UP WITH THAT?! I hate double standards.

I dunno what's making that damn squeaky noise from the roof, but it's driving me batshit insane. James, WHAT'S UP WITH THAT?!



*"Kramer vs. Kramer" and "replacing the 'n' word with Kramer" were pretty funny, though.



you always smile but in your eyes your sorrow shows

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

WoW Burning Crusade Tier 6 Archive

A preview movie of the Tier 6 class sets from the World of Warcraft Burning Crusade expansion!

Made by Drane, Gorefiend Realm

Monday, November 27, 2006

Death is the road to awe.



Dang, I miss these guys. New album prz.

Check out this interesting interview with Darren Aronofsky, writer/director of The Fountain. I saw the movie over the weekend and... well, I'm still digesting it. I may write a proper review sometime later. Or not. We'll see.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Black Thursday

This year, I'm thankful for a PS3 that I didn't get.





I went to Di's house to have Thanksgiving dinner lunch with her family. I met several aunts, uncles, cousins, and her grandmother who seemed very, uh, affectionate. They didn't have turkey, as they are Argentinians. It was all about OMGWTFBBQ. Us "kids" sat and ate at a table outside, while the "adults" stayed inside. Our table was pretty silent and awkward for the most part, probably because of my presence. A funny uncle or aunt would come out and check up on us periodically, which lightened up the mood for the times they were there. I got the requisite comment, "you're so skinny, you need to eat more." Oh, and also the awesome question, "so when are you guys getting married?" And the best one yet: Elena (Di's younger sister) was playing with Shalom*, one of the 2 baby cousins, when she pointed at me and said, "look, that's uncle Daniel."

Fun family. I can't wait 'til next year.

*Yes, that's her real name. Poor kid.



fool enough to almost be it

Thursday, November 16, 2006

HOVA



/clap Aries Spears (no relation to Britney... or is he? Dun dun dun!)



Mark is moving out, and it looks like I'm staying here by myself (for a couple of months at least). If anyone needs a roommate or is a looking to move out to a new place, gimme a holla.

Guitar Hero 2 is effin' awesome. Thanks, Jeon-san!

Money, why can't you ever make me happy?

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Anna Molly



Check out Brandon's expression at the 3:41 mark. Priceless. Awesome song, by the way. I love their play on the word "anomaly". Looking forward to their new album.

I got a ticket for running a red light, caught by the Big Brother camera on Chapman and Harbor making a right turn just as the light turned red. Over $400 with traffic school, due December 22nd. Merry Christmas to me.



I'm a wounded satellite

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Damn it feels good to be a gangsta.

old Eminem = rapped about his mommy a lot
new Eminem = flies around in the ring like a white Rey Mysterio





I realized that I haven't really said anything about my new job, and frankly, there isn't much to say. It sucks, but it pays the bills. At least I'm not dealing with babies that complain about World of Warcraft all day.

/violin

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

JUMP, GYPSY!



After wiping away the tears from laughing so much, I figured out why this clip was so funny: he reminds me of MC Pee Pants from Aqua Teen Hunger Force. You better know what the hell I'm talking about. (I know the title of it makes the assumption that it really is MC Pee Pants, but I don't think it is.)

Yeah, Halloween was yesterday* but this is still funny too.





*I can't believe I didn't get any trick-or-treat'ers last night. I was ready for 'em with assload of candy. Your loss, kids.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Monster Cock At the Door



What.
The.
Eff.

I guess no one likes horror movies because, well, no one came to watch Feast (except Johny; I'm not counting you bastards that came 3 hours late). It was more funny than scary - that PS3 commercial is scarier than Feast. Oh well.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Movie Night #12





It's been awhile, hasn't it? It's almost Halloween, so I have to show something disgusting. (This is where you say "your face" and laugh like Beavis.)

  • Synopsis: Patrons locked inside of a bar are forced to fight monsters.
  • That's it? Yup.
  • Doesn't sound very original. It's From Dusk Till Dawn with some Assault On Precinct 13 and a dash of Evil Dead thrown in. Who cares if it's not original, as long as it's done well? It's just some bloody good fun. Supposedly, anyway - I haven't seen it. This is the first time I'm showing a movie that I haven't already seen before. Let's hope it works out.
  • When: Saturday, October 28th. 7:00PM.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Pins and Needles





Look, I read the NY Times too. I wonder if I had stayed and lived in Korea, would I have become one of those guys?

WoW with chalk
. Really cool and impressive.

My arms are sore from air-guitar-ing.

I think I got a job, but I'm not really sure. There was no interview. The guy did talk to me on the phone briefly and asked me few questions, then sent me an email few hours later saying I start on Monday. Oooookaaaaay... If I turn out missing after Monday, you all should know that I got Hostel'ed.



goodbye, nice to know you

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

They Called Him "Machete"





Holy cow, that looks great. Now I want to see some clips of the Tarantino half.

edit: The Danny Trejo segment ("They called him Machete") is not in the actual movie(s) - it's one of the several "fake" trailers that will be seen in between the two movies in Grind House.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Top 40 music moments in film history

It's a pretty good list, but I do have some issues with it. 2 picks from 10 Things I Hate About You and Beautiful Girls? Nothing before the 80's? No foreign films? (other than Danny Boyle) No Donnie Darko? No Magnolia? No Wes Anderson? Not even this one?



Oh, and that scene from Almost Famous is beyond lame. Yeah, I said it.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Stop Asking Me





Looks like I'm not going to get the other Game Master job. The guy that interviewed me had actually worked for Blizzard for 9 years, starting from Starcraft as a QA tester and had gone on to be a designer and producer for World of Warcraft. He was mainly concerned about my previous jobs and how I did not stay very long for any of them. Understandable. And he thought if I didn't like working as a GM for WoW, I wouldn't like being one for their game, Knight Online. He described WoW as a "triple A title" and Knight Online as a "B- game". Maybe you should be more concerned about yourself then.

I actually downloaded their game to try it out, and yeah, it's pretty damn horrible. He was being generous with that B-.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

ZOMG the Horde killed Kenny





That's effin' awesome.



Dear Chris Tomlin,

I don't want to be a jerk or anything, but can you stop singing so damn high? Not everyone can afford to have their balls removed so they can hit those high notes you seem to love so much. How about putting the capo down a fret or two, or better yet, don't use one. I dare you. I triple-dog-dare you. Sing like a normal human being and maybe the kids at my church will start liking your songs more, instead of that Hillsong crap.

I keed, I keed. You'll never replace Hillsong for them.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

"Come on!"





I finally got a job interview, but with another Game Master position for a company in Irvine. I don't really want the job, but I'm gonna have to go with it if there aren't any other offers. Hmm, what if they read this and not hire me? I hear companies check the blogs of people before hiring. So creepy.

Started the second season of 24. So far so good. Why oh why is Palmer's wife back?! I get so mad at the women on this show, and not being a sexist, I'm just stating the facts - most of them are either retarded or evil. Kim needs to die. Palmer's wife needs to die. Nina needs to die. Jack's wife... died. YES. Oh noes, SPOILER!



Not.




What's with all the Scrubs love? I've seen few episodes, and yeah, kinda funny, but wasn't that impressed. So I'm getting Gracie to watch Arrested Development, which is 10 times funnier. Then she can spread the AD love. Then I can be all "Pfft. Kinda late to the party, dontcha think?" and be a douche. I'm good at that.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Memento

What a weird wedding that was. At least it was memorable.

I watched Jackass Number Two. I was either laughing or wincing at the grossness, the pain, and the stupidity that was displayed on the screen. I still can't believe these guys are still alive and Steve Irwin is dead.

On the way home from the movie, we passed by a van that had an issue with its horn, and was honking uncontrollably just like Little Miss Sunshine (it wasn't a VW though). Hilarious.



all things go, all things go

The Hoff

There's been rumors of a Knight Rider movie. TV to movie remakes haven't fared too well, but I wouldn't mind seeing a remake of Knight Rider, mostly in hopes of seeing more of this action:





Grace Kim is getting married. She's a year younger than me. I feel gross.

I like making mix tapes CDs for people. If you want one, just ask. Really nicely.

Job search update: Got an offer from another company to be a Game Master. /sigh At least this one has normal working hours (9AM - 6PM). I'm thinking about it.



'cause no one, no not no one, likes to be let down

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

ROTFLOL



I heart Weird Al. His schtick never gets old. (for me)

I feel so free! But I can't feel this way for too long...



Three-Disc Ultimate Collector's Set. ZOMG gimme now!

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Sunday Bloody Sunday





I went to Banksy's show "Barely Legal" in L.A. and loved it.



He's the one who recently replaced 500 copies of Paris Hilton's album in stores through England, which some people actually bought without knowing they were altered:



And we saw this guy at the show:



He's really short.



Anyway the show lasts until Sunday, so go check it out if you get a chance. It's pretty damn awesome. He even had a live elephant painted! (as seen in that picture above) Tony Jaa would have been PISSED.

Oh yeah, almost forgot - I quit Blizzard. Yup, I'm a quitter.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Master Po



I lol'd. True story.

There are some days when I really enjoy my job. Yesterday was not one. I hate all you whiny bitches that play WoW. I really do. Get a fuckin' life.



this room's not big enough for two

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Less Than Meets the Eye



/sigh

That right there is Michael Bay's version of Optimus Prime. I have nothing against Bay - I like most of his movies actually - but this is ridiculous. My desire to see the movie lessens the more I find out about it. I guess I'll hold judgment until the thing actually comes out. Prove me wrong, Bay. Prove me wrong.

Unlike most Americans, I, of course, worked on Labor Day.

/thank Blizzard

One good thing came out of Labor Day, and that was the A-Z 90's weekend at KROQ. I throughly enjoyed listening to the radio and reminiscing about the good ol' jr high and high school days. I especially enjoyed all the SKA bands that are now extinct. I didn't enjoy the deejay bashing on those same bands though. Why play them if you don't like them? (No, it wasn't Stryker. He blows, but at least he never admits to hating the songs he plays. I forgot who it was.)

Why is it so hot?! It's September, for crying out loud.



and I will hang my head, hang my head low

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Why are they called "videos" anyway?

Speaking of Brick, here's a cool music video Rian Johnson (writer/director) made recently.





And speaking of music videos, this is pretty much the best one ever made.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Movie Night #11





Yeah, it's a late notice so I understand if no one but Heidi comes. Unless of course, she doesn't come either. Like I would be surprised.

  • Synopsis: Brendan Frye is a loner, someone who knows all the angles but has chosen to stay on the outside. When the girl he loves turns up dead, he is determined to find the "who" and "why" and plunges into the dark and dangerous social strata of rich girl Laura, intidmidating Tug, drug-addled Dode, seductive Kara, and the ominous Pin. But who can he really trust?
  • Warning: This is a 1940's detective noir flick, except it's set in a modern day high school. Sounds gimmicky, but it works. At the end of the movie, you'll either think it was really cool, or scratch your head and say "Huh? What was the big deal?" as the credits roll. It's one of those love-it-or-hate-it affairs. (Great, now I scared away everyone else.)
  • When: Wednesday, August 23rd. 7:00pm.
  • Finally: If the movie doesn't interest you, come for the snacks and Guitar Hero. Solo does.

Monday, August 14, 2006

The Ecology of the Suburban Thug



I was just telling the now-25-year-old Wench about this, as she just had her gangsta birthday party yesterday (which was awesome btw). So there ya go.*

The EM retreat conference was unexpectedly good. Unexpected because, well, I had no expectations. None. Zero. Nada. Zip. Zilch. You get my point. I had no idea what it was going to be about, what a "conference" was, how worship would go, etc. I think that it wasn't actually too different from a retreat. Sure we were at a hotel, not a campground. Sure we didn't have a guest speaker. Sure we didn't have a big praise team for the "rallies". Was there even a sermon? I guess those are pretty big differences, yet we still worshipped, still learned a ton, still bonded, and still had a lot of fun. Isn't that what happens at retreats? Anyway, where we (as the EM) go from here is anyone's guess. Will what we discussed and learned lead to what Roy expects and foresees for our future? It's both scary and exciting.

Enough of that. Back to the funny: http://www.collegehumor.com/movies/1613494/



*Saints Row is a videogame where you play as a gangsta, very similar to the Grand Theft Auto series. I downloaded the demo from XBox Live, and watched the Wench laugh with glee as she plowed through old grannies with a SUV. You can get some info for the game here, if you're interested: http://www.gamerankings.com/htmlpages2/928235.asp?q=saints%20row

Friday, August 11, 2006

Night Before the "Conference"

Hello?
"Hey..."
Uh, hello?
"Hey, guess what?"
What?
"I got first place."
Who is this?
"...what do you mean 'who is this'?"
I think you have the wrong number.
"It's fuckin' Jeanette fool."
I don't know any Jeanettes.
"...alright."



True story.
5 minutes ago.
And she sounded totally wasted, kinda like Britney (scroll down).

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

This is your brain on drugs.





Where do I even start? Someone kidnap her baby so he can grow up NORMAL.

fortune cookie says: You are bright and witty. Thanks fortune cookie, you're the best! But that wasn't really a fortune, was it? WHERE'S MY FORTUNE DAMMIT?!

Look, it's WoW on Myspace. Hah!



I'm taking the cure so I can be quiet

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Batman Continues

BURBANK, CA, 31 July 2006 – As a follow up to last year’s blockbuster Batman Begins, Christopher Nolan is set to direct Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Dark Knight, written by Jonathan Nolan, based on a story by Christopher Nolan and David Goyer. The film will be produced by Emma Thomas, Charles Roven and Christopher Nolan. Additionally, Christian Bale will resume his role as Bruce Wayne and Academy Award nominee Heath Ledger has been cast as The Joker. The announcements were made today by Jeff Robinov, President of Production, Warner Bros. Pictures.

Christopher Nolan revamped the Batman franchise in 2005 with the immensely successful Batman Begins, starring Christian Bale in the title role, which chronicled the early years of the superhero. Nolan first garnered attention from critics and fans in 2000 with the groundbreaking drama Memento, which he wrote and directed. He went on to direct the thriller Insomnia, starring Al Pacino and Robin Williams, and recently wrapped production on The Prestige, with Hugh Jackman and Bale.

Bale was most recently seen in the ensemble cast of Terrence Malick’s The New World. His other credits include Little Women, Portrait of a Lady, Metroland, American Psycho, Laurel Canyon and Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun, which was his first starring role.

Ledger most recently earned Oscar Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG Award nominations and won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Ennis Del Mar in the award-winning drama Brokeback Mountain. His other credits include Casanova, Monster’s Ball, Lords of Dogtown, The Brothers Grimm and The Patriot.

“Chris’ unique vision is what made Batman Begins such an outstanding film and we could not imagine anyone else at the helm of The Dark Knight,” said Robinov. “We also can’t wait to see two such formidable actors as Christian and Heath face off with each other as Batman and The Joker.”

“I'm excited to continue the story we started with Batman Begins,” added Nolan. “Our challenge in casting The Joker was to find an actor who is not just extraordinarily talented but fearless. Watching Heath Ledger's interpretation of this iconic character taking on Christian Bale’s Batman is going to be incredible.”

Production is set to begin on The Dark Knight in early 2007.

Nolan and Ledger are represented by CAA.

Monday, July 24, 2006

T-U-R-T-L-E POWER

Just got back from work, and was just flipping through the channels (my order usually goes: Cartoon Network -> VH1 -> MTV -> FX -> Comedy Central -> SpikeTV -> ESPN; then if nothing's on, AMC) when I ended up stopping at VH1 becasuse (a) they were playing a Radiohead video, and (b) they were playing "Fake Plastic Trees". Dammit, I love, love, love that song. I had not seen it in a while, it's probably been a few years at least. The video itself is kinda weird (isn't it always?). Thom looks creepy (but doesn't he always?). Sidenote: Thom Yorke looks like a younger version of Billy Drago, who played a creepy guy in... every single movie/TV show he's ever made. Perhaps they're related? It would explain the creepiness factor. Don't get me wrong, Thom. I'm still a big fan! Just don't eat me...

In case you haven't seen it yet, here's the teaser for the Teenage Mutant Nina Turtles CGI movie. I was hoping they'd stay more faithful to the comic version of the turtles (which was pretty violent and graphic), but it looks like they're sticking with the kids-friendly version. Oh well. I was still excited when I first saw it, though. I was a huge fan back in the days. Who wasn't? It was the equivalent of the Pokemon craze for our generation. Too bad Shredder won't be in it. That what I heard man, don't kill the messenger.



our hopes and expectations
black holes and revelations

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Heath Ledger = The Joker?!

I dunno, man. Although that picture of him they have on that page is kinda Joker-ish. But his voice wouldn't match at all. Anyway, it's just a rumor. (although they were the first ones to announce Bradon Routh was going to play Superman, so this can very well turn out to be true) Let's just hope he doesn't start making out with Batman or anything. Blatant and obvious reference to Brokeback Mountain FTW.

I was getting a haircut today when "I Love Rock and Roll" by Joan Jett and the Blackearts came blaring out of the radio. Almost instantly, I started playing Guitar Hero notes in my head. Yeah, I'm a freak.

Here's a tribute to Marco Materazzi, the dirtiest soccer football player in the world. If you don't know who that is, that's the guy that... GOOD LORD, HAVE YOU BEEN LIVING IN A CAVE DURING THE WORLD CUP?!



how appropriate, you fight like a cow

Monday, July 17, 2006

Musk





White Ninja never fails me.



It actually rained a bit as I drove home from work. Lightning, too. Or perhaps I'm just a little doozy from all the caffeine intake. And BTW, I hate the smell of rain. Especially after a long dry spell.

So I got a 360. To answer your questions: (a) yes, it does rock. & (b) yes, it is flippin' sweet. Now I need a nice HD television to take full advantage of this beast. You hear that, Mark? I'm waiting for that plasma! Oh, and X-Box Live is the SHIZZNITIS. Get GRAW and play with me and Adrian.

So everybody knows about the damn CD we made as a gift for Grace, back in the days when she used to leave for third world countries every effin' semester. You probably shouldn't ask her if you can hear the CD. And you defintely shoudn't ask if you can borrow the CD. And you better not ask if she can burn you a copy. Her life is at stake.



how can we win when fools can be kings

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Jar of Dirt



GG France.



So I was relaxing in my car during my short break at work, when suddenly I started thinking about giftcards.

What's the point?

Say I give you a $20 giftcard for Best Buy. You're thinking, "Ooh, I can get a CD!" But wouldn't you rather have the actual $20 in cash instead? That's a "giftcard" that works everywhere! Now you're not restricted to just buying a CD. Is it because giving cash is awkward? Why is that? And how is giving giftcards less awkward than giving cash? You people make no sense.



I feel so awkward.



Oh, and I liked Pirates of the Carribean 2. Chew on that, haters.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Movie Night #10

For whatever reason, no one came to the previous one (except Sam, Doos and Solo, and Di of course). No biggie, you only missed MY FAVORITE MOVIE OF LAST YEAR. So I'm gonna put this up a little earlier than I usually do so you'll have plenty of time to clear up your schedules.







  • Synopsis: Lonely hit man Julian Noble and struggling salesman Danny Wright form an unexpected bond during a chance meeting in a Mexican bar. Six months later, when the self-proclaimed "facilitator of fatalities" turns up on the doorstep desperate for help, Danny and his wife are both horrified...but intrigued enough to oblige. 97mins. Rated R for "strong sexual content and language". (OH NOES!~ SEX!)
  • When & Where: Wednesday, July 12th. 8:00pm for the movie. Come earlier for Guitar Hero.
  • Who can come: Anyone. Except you have to be at least 17. Unless you bring a guardian. And no, I don't count.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Insomnia





Chuck Norris fact of the day: Chuck Norris doesnt shave; he kicks himself in the face. The only thing that can cut Chuck Norris is Chuck Norris.



I've been working mandatory over time because of the 4th of July weekend. It's sad that I start working before the sun sets and I go home just when the sun starts to come back up the next day. It is nice driving on the freeway at 5am though. It's so empty.

Kim MSN left to Indonesia with his family on Saturday. The fact that he was leaving didn't really hit me until that day, when I saw him balling his eyes out as he said goodbye to everyone. He was the backbone of the youth group and EM for 9 years. I miss ya already, Old Man.

/sigh

I may join the EM praise team. As long as Drew's out. Jay kay, jay kay.

This is the first time in several years that I won't get to do fireworks with friends. There is no holiday in World of Warcraft. Happy We-Kicked-Alien-Ass day everyone.



the bombs bursting in air

Friday, June 30, 2006

Nerf Superman

1. ability to fly
2. super strength (although this varies - sometimes he has trouble holding up airplanes, and sometimes he can lift a whole island, even a kryptonite island)
3. faster than a locomotive, and as fast as Flash (sorry Flash, we don't need you)
4. eyes that can shoot fricken' laser beams (or fire beams, whatever)
5. x-ray vision, useful for stalking his son (spoiler)
6. icy breath, kinda like the Simpson sisters
7. ability to turn back time by flying around the Earth super fast
8. kiss of forgetfulness, which made Lois Lane forget that Clark Kent is Superman, among other important information (not really a spoiler, the movie came out 26 years ago)
9. "super" cellophane to incapacitate villains dressed in 80's costumes... for 2 seconds


Is there anything he can't do?

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Movie Night #9



or





This one's gonna be kidna different. I'm not sure how many are people are going to show up to this thing now that it's on Wednesday. (58% of you voted for it -- what, you didn't vote? Then too bad.) So I'm going to put a choice between two movies: movie A is a buddy comedy (that I just recently watched for the second time) and movie B is a gun flick (that I saw few months ago). So I'll choose the movie depending on if anyone bothers showing up. Or whoever comes can pick. Who knows, maybe we can even watch both. So it's next Wednesday at 8:00pm (that's June 28th). Be there or be gay. Not that there's anything wrong with that, J. Lo.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Take It Easy





Chuck Norris fact of the day: Chuck Norris CAN believe it's not butter.



Jack Black is the funniest man on the planet.

If you don't agree with the statement above, you're probably not going to like Nacho Libre. I dunno, maybe you will -- the movie has midgets. Midgets are funny. It's a scientific fact that a midget can make a movie better by 38.2 percent. And this movie has TWO midgets! That makes it my favorite movie of the year (so far).



but I don't believe in God, I believe in science

Friday, June 09, 2006

Play It Again, Sam





Chuck Norris fact of the day: Chuck Norris was the fourth wise man, who gave baby Jesus the gift of beard, which he carried with him until he died. The other three wise men were enraged by the preference that Jesus showed to Chuck's gift, and arranged to have him written out of the bible. All three died soon after of mysterious roundhouse-kick related injuries.



Happy birthday, Stev. And Mike.

Job's going good. I'm so much slower than other guys. I have a long way to go.

I'm still coughing. Not as much as before, but lots of loogie.

Looks like Wednesday is in the lead for new Movie Nights. Vote! (on my AIM profile)

Go Team Venture!



we're left to wonder why he left us all behind

Saturday, June 03, 2006

You're It

Chuck Norris fact of the day: When Chuck Norris goes to donate blood, he declines the syringe, and instead requests a hand gun and a bucket.



I got "tagged." Yay.

1. 4 Jobs:
a. Bl*zz*rd
b. Best Buy
c. Century Theater
d. Cingular

2. 4 Things I wish I had done earlier:
a. get a car
b. go to film school
c. try harder in high school
d. get into sports

3. 4 Places I have lived:
a. Fullerton, CA
b. Garden Grove, CA
c. Corona, CA
d. World of Warcraft

4. 4 Countries I've been to:
a. Mexico
b. Korea
c. That's about it.
d. I need to travel.

5. 4 Countries I'd like to visit:
a. Japan
b. Italy
c. England
d. North Korea

6. 4 Favorite dishes:
a. In-N-Out
b. King Taco
c. Jerry's (SAUSAGE!!!)
d. ramen

7. 4 Sites I visit daily:
a. xanga/blogger/myspace/whocares
b. Evil Avatar
c. Ain't It Cool News
d. stereogum

8. 4 Software applications I can't live without:
a. WoW
b. Firefox
c. Winamp
d. BitTornado

9. 4 Things I'll never forget:
a. my first day in America
b. Grand Canyon
c. the yellow stick
d. the first trip to Pismo

10. 4 People I tag:
a. Can I just end this?
b. And not tag anyone?
c. Am I going to get some mysterious Internet voodoo curse?
d. Hell with it.



I would gladly bet my life upon it

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Movie Night #8





  • FINALLY (hah) another movie night! But I've seen this already! Did you think that up yourself? Grats.
  • No, really. Why this movie? Honestly, this wasn't my first choice. But due to various reasons, I cannot obtain the movie I originally wanted to show. So I'm going with my backup. Forget the clunky story and dialogue, come for the cool action scenes.
  • Why not just wait until you can get that other movie? Normally I would. But now that I have a fulltime job, my Saturdays aren't so free anymore. So it could be a while before I can do another movie night again. Unless you guys don't mind coming over on weekdays. Like Wednesday. Or Thursday. After all, it is almost time for summer vacation for you kids.
  • Pfft. Screw it, I'm not coming. No, screw YOU.
  • Dude, I was kidding. Oh... so was I. Yeah. This Saturday at 8:00pm. Don't be late. Just follow the sounds of Guitar Hero if you can't find my place.

Friday, May 26, 2006

2+2=5 (The Lukewarm)

Chuck Norris fact of the day: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is based on a true story: Chuck Norris once swallowed a turtle whole, and when he crapped it out, the turtle was six feet tall and had learned karate.



Here's an excerpt from Harry's review of X-Men: The Last Stand from Ain't It Cool News:

Imagine… the powers that be had just made DR. NO and FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE… but a powerful executive for some arbitrary insanely stupid reason decides to rush GOLDFINGER… but at the same time, being so short sighted that this same executive decides that he’s tired of paying Sean Connery and wants to do a big blowout film… so he combines into GOLDFINGER… THUNDERBALL, YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE and ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE and for good measure a dash or two of MOONRAKER. I mean, why not… this is gonna be the last one. Then, before a script is in place he announced the release date, one approximately a half year to a full year ahead of what would best serve the film. He decides to kill off M, Q, BLOFELD and render Bond impotent – since he won’t be in anything else, it’s best that he lose the ability to procreate.

To reflect the giganticness of this monstrosity, they retitle GOLDFINGER… GOLDMOONBALL’S TWICE LIVED SECRET SERVICE. Because good news is delivered in short bursts – this third film will be 40 minutes shorter than the last one, because they have so many kick ass characters and action set pieces that rather than exhaust any single one of them, they’d just touch upon these bits, change day for night at a moments notice to hide the seams of the threadbare action… cuz rather than fully produce any of it… they’ll do a couple of high water marks and then let the waters recede under the cover of darkness as to not reveal that it’s mostly cardboard cutouts and extras from the SPARTACUS sets in wristwatches and togas.

The film you’d get would be… sort of like what has happened with X-MEN: THE LAST STAND.




That pretty much sums up what I've been expecting ever since I heard Brett Ratner was hired to direct the movie (after Bryan Singer left to do Superman). But then I see a clip like this:



...and I wonder if I should give it a shot. But then I think about it more and decide that, although it was hilarious and unexpected, that clip doesn't belong in the film. I can't take the film seriously. It should have been more like a blooper or a deleted scene on the DVD. I'll wait for it to show at the dollar theater.

And it's just not as funny with a British accent.



oh, go and tell the king that the sky is falling in

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Take Me 5 Gold Plz

Chuck Norris fact of the day: Chuck Norris originally appeared in the "Street Fighter II" video game, but was removed by Beta Testers because every button caused him to do a roundhouse kick. When asked bout this "glitch," Norris replied, "That's no glitch."



So, the first day was pretty great.

But I found out I'm not allowed to discuss my job or any related topics on this blog(especially regarding the game), or I will be punished (i.e. get fired). And this is for the guys that play the game: DO NOT TELL ANYONE (especially in-game) THAT I WORK FOR B**ZZ*RD. Oh, and another thing: DO NOT ASK ME TO "HOOK YOU UP" WITH "EPIC LOOT" OR SUMMON YOU TO MOUNT HYJAL OR KILL RAGNAROS FOR YOU OR ANY OF THAT NONSENSE. (I'm putting it in caps because it's important, so don't take it the wrong way.)

So no more talk about this.

But I can discuss my first day with you in private if you're really curious. Just ask.



For sticking it out to the end, I'll give you a little treat.



we scratch our eternal itch

Monday, May 22, 2006

Jump On It





Chuck Norris fact of the day: Chuck Norris can win a game of Connect Four in only three moves.



I got a car.

It's a '96 Honda Civic DX. I wish I can tell you the DX stands for "Deluxe" but it doesn't. No options whatsoever. I have to roll down the windows with a crank. It does have a CD deck but they couldn't find the faceplate so I have to go back tomorrow to install it. No complaints here though, I just needed something to get me to work and home. Grats me.

Speaking of work, I start tomorrow. 5pm to 1am. Training for two weeks. I honestly don't know what to expect. Am I going to be answering emails all day night? Do I actually get to go in the game and do stuff? Will I be surrounded by super nerds? Can I wear my "WTF" shirt and not get fired? Will there be anything to eat other than In-N-Out?

Stay tuned.



the yuppies networking

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Grand Marshal Brokeback

Chuck Norris fact of the day: If you ask Chuck Norris what time it is, he always says, "Two seconds 'til." After you ask, "Two seconds 'til what?" he roundhouse kicks you in the face.



I got the job.

Goodbye, Best Buy. Hello, Blizzard.



it's like this and like that and like this and a

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Pick Up On That Smell



I immediately thought of the Wench when I saw this because she's a big Wes Anderson fan (and so am I), so this is for her.



Chuck Norris fact of the day: Chuck Norris successfully seperated twins conjoined at the head by roundkicking them in the face.



I have good news to share - which most of you already know anyway - but I'm going to wait 'til I'm 100% sure about it, which will be on Tuesday.

Eric T. Cho knee'ed me on my left shin during a basketball game today, and it hurts like hell. I owe you one, Cho. Which reminds me - people at work have been calling me "Cho" recently. I don't know how it started. I'm gonna assume they're being racist, it's easier that way. The only other person that gets called by their last name is Greg Fetter. "Fetter" just rolls off the tongue easier than "Cho," dontcha think?

It's funny how people have been asking me about the movie nights... especially because it's people that never show up to the damn things. They'll be back on soon. I promise.



move around like a scientist

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Ride the Snake





Chuck Norris fact of the day: Chuck Norris has to use a stunt double when he does crying scenes.



So people are going crazy over Myspace.

Just like when Friendster came out.

Which was preceded by Xanga.

Which, in turn, came out after Blogger.

Anyway, funny video.



In other news, work hours are slowly increasing. Good. Clippers lost game one to the Suns. Bad. Arctic Monkeys and We Are Scientists show on June 3rd. Good. $35 per ticket. Bad. Shopgirl. Good. Work tomorrow. Bad. Bigger paycheck (probably). Good.

Nice to end on a good note.



of course I do, I clearly do

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Hey Oh





Chuck Norris fact of the day: When Chuck Norris was born, the only person who cried was the doctor. Never slap Chuck Norris.



I thought I would start getting more hours at work since three people left - one of them a full-timer - but that hasn't been the case. So I've been looking through Monster and I came upon a posting for a GM position for World of Warcraft. For those you do that don't know what that is, GMs (game masters) are basically the customer/technical support group that helps you in the game when you're having problems. So it's a job where I would get paid to play WoW.

Let that digest for a bit.

In other news, Mission Impossible 3 is great. Best one out of the three. It's not just a one-man-show for Cruise (but the story is centered around him), he actually has a team backing him up this time. How novel. I demand more Simon Pegg for number 4. And more Maggie Q. Prease.

Speaking of great, that new Red Hot Chili Gochu album is so effin' good. It is a MUST BUY (for people with money; if you don't, download it like I did) when it comes out next Tuesday.



get the message on Flea's fist

Thursday, April 27, 2006

We are the knights who say... Wii.

Chuck Norris fact of the day: Chuck Norris uses Tabasco Sauce for eye drops.



Just got back from talking with my aunt. Well she did most of the talking, I mostly did the listening. She lectured me about how I need a car, how I need to look into getting a car, how I need credit, how credit is important, blahblahblah. Thank you Captain Obvious. Do I look like a 12-year-old? Sure, I act like one, but do I look like one? My mom had orchestrated the whole thing because she's worried about me and that's what mothers do: worry. So I'm supposed to look for a car now. Research. The point of the whole thing was to tell me what I already know - I'm broke as a joke. If anyone is selling a used car or knows someone that wants to, holla at yer boy, playa.

Now for some random news:
  • Al Pacino is joining the already-huge cast of Ocean's 13. All that is known so far is that his name is Willie Banks and he's a Vegas casino owner. Think Soderbergh is cool enough to make Pacino's character be the father of Andy Garcia a la The Godfather Part 3? Or will he make Pacino play a character that looks just like Pacino?
  • The new Nintendo console (which has been called Revolution up until now) has a name: Wii. It's pronounced "we" or better yet, "wee." I wish I was joking. Whoever thought up the name must have been smoking some serious wiid.
  • Mission Impossible 3 is supposedly quite good. I've seen nothing but glowing reviews. I liked the first one. The less said about the second one, the better. Critics are saying this one's the best. I personally think it has to with the fact that Simon Pegg (Shaun from Shaun of the Dead) is in it.
  • Tom Yum Goong is effing awesome. It's better than Ong Bak. Tony Jaa continues to amaze me. He's the new Chuck Norris! There I said it. (Oh no you didn't!)
  • Pablo wants me to hold a Firefly marathon. Your wish is my command, Pablo. It'll be this Saturday afternoon. Whoever wants to come, come. It's okay if you don't. I have Pablo.



dancing to electro-pop like a robot from 1984

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

The Ass or the Crotch





Chuck Norris fact of the day: Chuck Norris can jump-start a car using jumper cables attached to his nipples.



I heart Fight Club. I saw it last night for the first time in about two years and it was just as awesome as I remembered. It's been too long since Fincher's last movie. Norton hasn't had a decent role since The 25th Hour. Only one doing well is Pitt, who's boinking Angelina Jolie. Bastard.

My aunt called me this morning, and asked to meet on Thursday. I haven't seen her in more than a year. I wonder what that's about?

Am I the only one that liked Silent Hill? Does that make me a demented freak? Or do I just have bad taste?

Whoever said "all of the above" gets to pat himself on the back.



comin’ on strong, Baudelaire

Thursday, April 20, 2006

I am 8-bit

was awesome. The Wench already posted some pictures, so check them out. Here are some more that I liked:





Erik Siador - Metroid





Jim Rugg - Pro Wrestling





Buff Monster - Super Mario Bros.





Isaac Pierro - Luigi





Jim Emroca Flores - Mario vs. Donkey Kong





Joe Ledbetter - Double Dragon





Brandon Bird - TMNT





Brandon Bird - Harrison Ford and his Sega





Steve Purcell - Sam & Max Hit the Road





Lauren Crist - The Legend of Zelda, Mario, Mega Man
The captions say:
1. "Together we brought back the Triforce."
2. "I helped you get the girl."
3. "We conquered Dr. Wily!"
4. "Why can't I live in your world?"






Luke Chueh - Bubble Bobble
Di has this up already, but this is my absolute favorite piece so I'm putting it up too.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

A For Effort

Chuck Norris fact of the day: Proponents of higher-order theories of consciousness argue that consciousness is explained by the relation between two levels of mental states in which a higher-order mental state takes another mental state. If you mention this to Chuck Norris, expect an explosive roundhouse kick to the face for spouting too much fancy-talk.



Remember this? Nothing will ever top that. But this gives a nice try:



Yes, that's a clip from Breakin'. JCVD was an extra in that movie, which was also one of his earliest on-screen appearances. I find that hilarious.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Robotic Retard



















Those Saved By the Bell commercials for Adult Swim are so bad that they've gone past the good and back to bad again.*

I got royally owned by Ghost Rider and Silver Bullet at Knott's. Those 7th graders are pretty funny, except when they go off without telling us and making us worry and look for them. Again and again.



*I totally stole that from Ghost World.



never trust a little android man

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