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|Saturday, February 27th, 2010|
|Sunday, November 2nd, 2008|
|Monday, October 6th, 2008|
There is an article in Westways (the official triple-A magazine) about tunnels under major streets which were built for pedestrians (especially schoolchildren) in the 1920's and 30's. It refers to one that still exists, but has recently been fenced in to disallow access, on Sunset Blvd. It's easy to spot with google maps street view
on both sides of the street.
I've been through some pedestrian tunnels that run under the 101 freeway in the San Fernando Valley. They can be convenient, but late at night it pays to be a little cautious because some tend to be homeless hangouts. There are tunnels near Fallbrook, Winnetka, and White Oak.. those are the only ones I'm aware of. A co-worker of mine says that there are many in India except they call them "subways" there, and that not many take them past 7pm for fear of crime. I hope they stay open because this town deserves to have passageways that aren't just dedicated to cars. Plus, it can be exciting to explore.
The tunnel near Fallbrook ^
|Friday, July 11th, 2008|
SHUDDER TO THINK REUNION TOUR!
I AM SO THERE.
I AM SO THERE.
I AM SO THERE.
I AM SO THERE.
I AM SO THERE.
I AM SO THERE.
"It's a major to-do."
|Monday, May 19th, 2008|
At the Renaissance Faire this weekend Melissa pointed out Peter Pan
to me. To answer all your questions: Yes, he was there. Yes, he had a lute. And yes, it was amazing to behold.
Unfortunately, it was probably one of the hottest days we could have attended. By the time it ended we were completely exhausted from walking the entire faire a few times over. But I must say that the jousting tournament was a blast and the townsfolk who were wandering around did a great job in their parts. A few highlights were the displays of weaponry and war encampment, the May Pole, a brawl in one of the courtyards, and the parades.
|Thursday, May 8th, 2008|
|Tuesday, September 11th, 2007|
|How well do you know your rights?
A quiz from the book Beat the Heat
by Katya Komisaruk
1. If you’re arrested, you shouldn’t answer the cops’ questions, but it’s okay to make small talk with them about sports, politics, etc. T or F
2. You’re required to carry identification with you at all times and show it to the police upon request. T or F
3. It doesn’t matter what you say to your arresting officers, as long as you don’t sign anything. T or F
4. If you ask an undercover officer, “Are you a cop?” it’s legal for him to lie and say, “No, I’m not a cop.” T or F
5. If you’re arrested and you admit to the police what you’ve done wrong, you’ll usually get a better deal in court. T or F
6. If the police fail to read you your rights when they arrest you, you’ll almost always win your case. T or F
7. If you chose to remain silent after you were arrested, the prosecutor can’t argue to the jury that that this is evidence of guilt. T or F
8. If an officer asks to see what’s in your pockets or backpack, and you say “No,” the officer can use your refusal as an excuse to search. T or F
9. If you’re arrested, but you’re truly innocent, you should ask to see a lawyer and then remain silent. T or F
10. Once you’ve said, “I take the Fifth,” to your arresting officer, nothing else you say can be used against you in court. T or FAnswers: 1.F 2.F 3.F 4.T 5.F 6.F 7.T 8.F 9.T 10.F
|Tuesday, August 7th, 2007|
|Friday, July 27th, 2007|
Sony home entertainment president David Bishop on Target's decision to only stock Blu-Ray players, no more HD-DVD: "We think this is a big step in clarifying the decision to the consumer"
Thanks for clarifying.
|Friday, February 2nd, 2007|
|5 Movies Meme
Name 5 movies you've *HAPPILY* seen repeatedly (or, if you haven't, 5 that you would happily see again). Post this in your LJ or, in the spirit of meme and spam-mail ultimatum, your TV and sound-system will break. Those of you with HD home theater systems are especially screwed.
1) L.A. Confidential
Good Cop, Bad Cop? This movie tackles everything from politics, racism, and corruption and stretches the limits of what a genre film can be. Plus, I'm a sucker for movies set in Los Angeles (see Chinatown)!
2) The Seventh Seal
Now here is some heavy viewing. Bergman always knows how to place difficult subjects into a context that is though provoking yet still digestible. With The Seventh Seal, he gets right to the point as Death is introduced as a character in the first five minutes!
3) Naked Lunch
Seeing this one more than once is almost a requirement if you are going to see it at all. It is set across different planes of existence, so don't walk in expecting a linear narrative. Not only is there so much attention to detail in this movie, but it all fits together in such a beautiful way.
4) Glengarry Glen Ross
It's got the feel of a play since it was adapted from one. It showcases both great actors and acting all around, with a bunch of quotable lines. And even a nice quick appearance from Alec Baldwin who steals the show.
5) American Psycho
Hilarious! I'd write more about this movie, but I have to go return some videotapes..
|Thursday, January 11th, 2007|
On the day that Bush sends 21,500 more of our countrymen off to Iraq, we should think about the estimates that place the total number of casualties in this war in the hundreds of thousands. We should also remember that 25,000 of our own boys are already dead or wounded. I am deeply saddened that I am personally responsible for this as a citizen of the US and a consumer of oil. I am, in so many ways, chained to the resource that has and will kill so many more people around the world in the coming decades. But those large casualty numbers are dwarfed by the apocalyptic predictions offered by climate change and it's consequences. If we, as a global unit, cannot wean ourselves off of this energy source then we will either be dead soon or will have left the earth uninhabitable (probably both).
The companies that have benefited most from this resource have lied to keep consumer confidence in their product high until the bitter end. Exxon-Mobil contributed millions of dollars to falsely create debate over whether climate change even exists! Couldn't they have been putting that money to better use considering that, by current estimates, they will run out of their product within 50 years (most likely less)? Since oil holds such large amounts of energy there will be a demand for it until the last drop has been taken out of the earth. We have squandered so much of it already that we are fast approaching peak-oil, which means that it will be difficult if not impossible to create the infrastructure for cleaner and renewable forms of energy.
It is possible that the human race is not meant to survive if we are so careless with the earth. How much longer can we tolerate this apathy when the benefit is so small compared to the harm it can cause?
I leave you with sad lyrics to the closing song off "Hot One," ( ...if God is on my sideCollapse )
|Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007|
What a fun day I had today, the perfect "end" to a great long new years weekend. Friday night I went to go see 'blood diamond' with phil & marilyn who are in town this week from Switzerland. On Saturday Melissa and I went to IKEA in Burbank (I had never been) and I was able to procure a few energy saving compact fluorescent lightbulbs for the house, and I got an organizational collapsible mesh tube which, while it was in the kids section, should save me some cabinet space if I ever get around to putting it up. We also went to the pet store to buy some crickets, but before that there was a collectible place a few doors down that I wanted to look at, and they mostly had action figures from various movies. I did notice that they had the same Darth Vader mask action figure carrying case which I still have somewhere around here and it was going for $99! Then we went home and made some cookies for new years, which turned out scrum-diddly-umpcious. The next day we were supposed to go and see melissa's aunt, but her phone was turned off and didn't call us back until it was late and we were already out on a walk. Even though that fell through it was fun going out on the walk that turned into a 4 mile hike south of Ventura. Yay for an awesome girlfriend. On the way there she took some beautiful pictures
.. the single shot I tried to take was marred by the fact that there weren't any good places to steady the camera. In the middle we stopped at a nice little restaurant on the boulevard and ate dinner. Later for new years we partied at a small get together with phil & marilyn. Monday was mostly spent recovering from the late night before.. and today I went out on a bike ride with bryan and we ended up over at adam's place hanging out for a couple of hours. He was very gracious to let us come by because we were interrupting his work, but it's always good hanging with adam. Hopefully I'll be able to post pictures soon from my recent outdoor adventures with bryan.
|Thursday, December 14th, 2006|
|Saturday, December 9th, 2006|
| HOT ONE
. "Nato" (Nathan Larson's moniker in the band) was great, and in beautiful form. In fact, everyone was. The guitarist was jumping around and being as flashy and glammy as possible. Drums were tight, and the bassist Emm Gryner showed a lot of passion with not only the bass but also the backup vocals. The album is a compact one, only 30-40 minutes, so there were some nice live interludes included which took the form of them playing Spiro Agnew and other snippets of politicians over the loudspeakers. The songs were briefly explained by Nathan, the first in the set was 'Get your Priest On!,' which he explained as a song about priests fucking children, and then immediately following was 'Fuckin',' a song he explained as politicians fucking children. 'Pistol whip me,' a tune about police abuse, was pulled off masterfully .. of course any song that highly associates police abuse as sexual fetishism has to be good, right? My favorite album cut, 'Waiting on the Rapture,' was wonderfully performed. A song described as "about Jesus," he asked if everyone likes Jesus .. trick question? Naw, he said everyone should like Jesus. I agree, he had some damn good ideas. There was another song about Him, the one they finished their proper set off with, '... if God is on my side.' Only a few people were shouting and clapping for an encore, I did my best to get them back out, but in spite of the limp reaction from the rest of the crowd they still came back out to do one encore, 'Children of the Revolution' by T.Rex. Really summed up their statement I thought, and was a fitting ending to a brief but kick-ass show.
Also, 'Snow Angel' was dedicated to FEMA for their (in)action in Katrina matters. And before "Do the Coup D'Etat" Nathan mentioned something about a coup in Fiji recently ... hey, at least now there is an instructional dance number for it now!
|Tuesday, October 31st, 2006|
In my last post I mentioned that Howie Mandel is completely unfunny, which reminded me that I should to take a moment to talk about what could be the worst show ever produced for television, Deal or No Deal. This show has it all: A weak premise, annoying host, annoying players, shameless sex appeal, and a snail's pace!
A monkey throwing his feces at numbered tourists has a better chance at winning the game than that same tourist does guessing numbers that are lined up next to a bunch of whores (and it probably has a better grasp of mathematics, too.) There is no fun in watching a show in which some yokel guesses a number between 1 and n, then chooses whether or not to walk away with some money. Strategy? Nope! Oh look, the lotto numbers on my fortune cookie just happen to correspond exactly to every single losing number on the show. Coincidence?
As if it couldn't get worse, there is a silhouette of a man sitting in a booth reading off a number his computer calculated in <1ms. The host sits on the phone for about 3 minutes for dramatic effect, and so the segment takes about two hundred thousand times longer than it should. I've had dental work without anesthesia that felt rushed compared to watching this garbage.
Then there are the women who each have their own numbered case they have been assigned to opening. It's like Vanna White's job without all the brain power involved in walking towards a lighted square and tapping it. However, the women do seem to represent all different races, creeds, and colors. This just goes to prove that no matter who you are or where you are from, you can be demeaned and exploited for cheap entertainment value.
Mercifully it came to an end. But then it was brought to my attention that there is a home game, which burns my soul to even think about. It must have all the fun and excitement of what I just mentioned, but instead of having the opportunity to win money, you get to pay them! Oh boy, I get to randomly choose numbers and win nothing. Where do I sign up?!
In conclusion: No Deal.
|Wednesday, October 25th, 2006|
Today I heard a meow from the backyard and when I went out to investigate there was a cat! Hard to believe, right? Well, this cat has not even a collar. So if it is still hanging around tomorrow I will try to take it to a no-kill rescue. However, if you or anyone you know wants a cute little orange tabby cat that is very friendly then please let me know. I would keep it myself but I'm not sure my dog would approve.
|Wednesday, September 13th, 2006|
I feel like I'm taking blind stabs in the dark. I'm trying to conform to a hundred different specs, none that i have ever seen the inner workings of. I could make it unbelievably detailed but then no one would understand, I could make it stupidly simple but then no one would buy. I have a compromise, it's written. It's reasonable. Not perfect, but is it acceptable? If so, that will only be by the first persons standards. What about 2..n? What will their specs say? What kind of flexibility will they have? I need to know that infinite rewrites both on paper and in my mind are actually amounting to something. It's been done before many times, in many similar ways, but always for a specific audience. Know them. And hope that every single one down the line on all sides understands that you have to give a little to make it work. I think I nearly lost it in the past couple hours but I just need to calm myself down and think rationally, even if it means a change in the course. It probably won't, and if it does then it is only a slightly different path to the same place, not an entirely new destination. And it probably won't be too far out of the way, neither... I hope.
|Thursday, September 7th, 2006|
Tonight Melissa and I went to go see Marc Ribot's new band Ceramic Dog. Before we saw them I couldn't predict what a "free/punk/funk/experimental/psychedelic/p
ost electronica collective" would sound like. Now, after hearing it, that description makes complete sense. Ribot kicked ass and took names on the guitar (and bass at one point!) and it was a real treat for me to see him play live. There were a couple parts where they locked into some sick
psychedelic jams for upwards of 3-5 minutes at a time.. which really seemed to annoy some audience members near us. Maybe they were just waiting for the next band and couldn't be bothered with the song(s) that went on for a long time. Oh well. We were standing around outside before the show started and Marc and the bass player were standing in line to add people to the guest list. Someone asked him about recording an album, and he said that his usual label would sign him but they were waiting for the "million dollar contract." Haha, hopefully they will release one by next year because it would be nice to listen to a recording.
|Wednesday, August 30th, 2006|
I suddenly have the urge to buy a plane ticket and take a tour of North Africa. Maybe bounce from Casablanca to Tangier to Algiers then over to Tripoli and Cairo. Damn you Google Earth for making everything look so sexy. I start using it and then wake up and realize it's 2am and I've been scouring the globe for hours. One thing I learned tonight is that there are many disputed borders in the world after noticing partial red borders next to Morocco. This lead me to articles about China having built a huge scale model
of a disputed region near India. Even after growing up with computers and using the internet for over a decade, it's still hard for me to believe that this much information is available at my fingertips.