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30 May 2008 @ 03:33 pm
a couple things.

1) I am a fan of the show Intervention on A&E. It's brilliantly crafted and handles the enormity and delicacy of each situation with grace. While ridiculously entertaining, it still manages to not feel exploitative. One episode features Daniel, a young man who became addicted to meth while trying to deal with the emotional difficulties resulting from his childhood molestation. There was nothing funny about his situation.


had he known his intervention was happening on this specific day, he probably would have chosen a different hat.

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2) Every single morning, I am made to be a little it happier by something called The Daily Puppy I know it's a simple joy, but it means a lot to start my day with a new cuddly face staring at me from my google homepage. Today's new friend was Ricky Nelson.

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3) I am bad at netflix. I seldom find time to sit down and watch a movie, and when it finally happens, there is no guarantee that I will be in the mood for the specific three I selected ages ago. I have had The Conversation since the beginning of January. I finally got angry enough at myself to clear an evening and plan nothing but to watch it. I ran into one slight problem. There were audio glitches galore. Sporadically, lines and music were garbled, devouring entire exchanges between characters. I got angry at myself, which proved easy. How could I be so stupid to leave a dvd in my inferno of an apartment for months with no protection but a thin paper sleeve? I realize that this movie appears to be about surveillance, making audio distortion an interesting choice placing the viewer directly in the perspective of those onscreen, but that can't be it. I considered it. I reconsidered it. I must be the one at fault. I must have broken the dvd. I returned it. I'm an idiot.

4) Roberto Alomar is performing in the LA Improv Festival. We have a cagematch Monday June 2nd @ 11:30 in the Dick Box Theater. We also have a show Saturday June 7th @ 8:00 in the Dick Box Theater. But you probably already know that thanks to popomohaha. These times are exciting times.
Current Mood: chipperchipper
24 May 2008 @ 02:17 pm
a longtime dream of mine died today. after some internet investigating, i realized that neither "Witless Protection" nor "Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector" come furnished with audio commentary. i guess i will never fully understand comedy.
Current Mood: disappointeddisappointed
Current Music: lymbyc systym
14 May 2008 @ 10:13 am
i'm really bad at updating this thing. i'll have a post idea, but then will put it off until it is no longer relevant. i feel like i don't have enough time for anything these days. i always have at least five options for the evening, which is incredibly difficult for someone with an absurd amount of anxiety attached to decision making. i always have a song to work on. i always have a video to edit. i always have a sketch to write. and i always need a clean desk before i can start on anything. and those netflix aren't going to watch themselves, by the way. i consider updating livejournal occassionally to be another of my self imposed "obligations." this entry will serve as a recap of what has gone on recently. it is not an exhaustive list. do not treat it as such.

- I met a man named Rand McNally. He gave me his card and a map. Seriously.

- My cousin got married in the Pismo Beach area. It was lovely. I ran into a former camper of mine at Bull's Tavern and we caught up. My Uncle Scott lived up to his persona.

- I used the opportunity to visit some friends in San Francisco for a day. It was lovely. I stayed up late with Whit Scott and talked about life. I think we are going to be friends for a long time. I also got to spend some quality time in my two sanctuaries, Golden Gate Park and Amoeba Records. It feels good to not always be in Los Angeles all the time. My only regret is that i could not recharge my camera battery.

*EDIT* I forgot to mention how wonderful it was to listen exclusively to San Francisco based bands while driving around the city (ie: Beulah, the Dodos)

- I saw these dvd cases for Epic Movie next to each other at Best Buy.

Apparently, the main difference between rated and unrated is the midget's ethnicity.

- Miles Kurosky of Beulah fame posted a song from his nearly completed solo album. I'm very excited.

- The New Year have completed their new album which will be released in September and followed by a tour. Praise be to God. The Kadane Brothers are playing a couple shows beforehand, forcing me to seriously consider driving to Texas for a weekend.

- Roberto Alomar has a show on my birthday next monday. I can barely imagine something I would rather do on my birthday. It's going to be fun. We were also just informed that we will have a show in the la improv festival in June. This is in addition to the Cagematch. I love that team.

- This saturday will see the third installment of the Craigslist Experiment at Ultimate Improv. We will be playing improv with professional clowns who have never done improv before. This show is being billed as unmissable. By me.

- I watched the beginning of Independence Day. The best part, by far, is when Jeff Goldblum is talking to Harvey Fierstein in the Tv Station. The dialogue is solid, Jeff figures out that the aliens are using our satellites against us, and most importantly, they walk past a Fruitopia vending machine. I never thought the sight of a vending machine would make me laugh so hard.

I think that's it.

Yep. It is.

Current Mood: draineddrained
20 March 2008 @ 12:50 pm
monday was a great day. i had a lovely roberto alomar show and then raced with dina over to see explosions in the sky play the wiltern. 

on the way home, we needed cadbury creme eggs for some reason.  i'm never one to argue with inspiration, so to pavilions we went.  it was crowded for being 11:52 and there were only two aisles open.  8 minutes before midnight seems like a time where shopping trips should be very specific (i need creme eggs.  i need whiskey.  i need shovel) but people had carts brimming with variety.  one perturbed gentleman was arguing/discussing something with a befuddled manager.  he said, "i'm sorry i had to ask you to open another lane, but YOU CAN'T TREAT PEOPLE LIKE THIS."  it was quite dramatic.  on the way to my car he had a good lead but kept stopping and looking behind him with a crazy look in his eye.  when we passed he wished us a good night and we continued on, a little more frightened than before.  we got in the car, and looked back only to see him push his empty shopping cart at the car parked in the handicapped spot, cock his head back and cackle.  we got the fuck out of there. 
Current Mood: contentcontent
05 March 2008 @ 10:55 am
nadya is still looking well.

in other postcard news, i made this from one we received.

Current Mood: exanimateexanimate
23 February 2008 @ 01:33 pm
i am infinitely more excited and intrigued by the music scene currently in japan. i'm sure this will pass, but i'm tempted to go to there just to attend a string of concerts.

the best part is i have absolutely no idea how big this scene is, nor how popular these bands are, nor much of anything except it is completely different.
Current Mood: geekygeeky
14 February 2008 @ 01:35 pm
I was just scanning the news feed on my homepage, minding my own business, and was made to feel pretty awful. I saw a news story that was wholly inappropriate and offensive. Then I realized it was because I misread one of the words in the headline. I inserted the letters "lu" into one of the words. See if you can guess which one.

NFL Network providing 26 hours of Combine coverage
Current Mood: gloomygloomy
05 February 2008 @ 12:08 pm
i assume that everyone will be voting today based on whatever opinions they have preformed and cemented deep within their brains. but please, before you bubble-in your kneejerk reaction onto the ballot, consider that a democracy is made up of the interests of everyone inside of it rather than just your own. therefore to make an educated and responsible decision, you must take everyone's needs and opinions into account. so, when you make that lonely walk into the voting booth today, consider this.
Current Mood: optimisticoptimistic
14 January 2008 @ 01:19 pm
i love netflix. it allows me to see movies otherwise unavailable to me. all of this is accomplished without leaving my couch (provided i'm adding to the movie to the queue with my laptop (and provided that my roommate gets the mail and loads it into the dvd player)). but, the greatest feature of netflix is the community it creates. i get reviews in real time to random movies from random people. here is one such review.

The Execution of Jesus
1 star

Don't waste your time if you actually BELIEVE the Bible, because these people don't. The so-called "expert" says that Jesus did not really raise Lazarus from the dead or walk on water...those are just "symbolic" statements. He probably also believes the judgment Jesus spoke of is just "symbolic" as well and he'll be wrong about that too. How come I can't give it ZERO stars? I don't even want to give it one.

don't waste your time on anything that is produced by people who don't believe what you believe. they are wrong.
Current Mood: pessimisticpessimistic
09 December 2007 @ 12:53 am
i can't believe i never posted this. what follows is a rare look into the sizzling nightlife that erupts every evening in the basements of madison, wisconsin. i would highly recommend viewing this epic jam session all the way until the end.

Current Mood: amusedamused