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Monday, March 11, 2002
tron 2.0 - tron killer app! (via slashdot)

:PLEASE...I NEED YOUR HELP
:SYSTEM WIDE FAILURE IMMINENT
:MUST DESTROY SYSTEM CORRUPTION
:WILL CONTINUE CONTACT SHORTLY
:DO NOT BELIEVE THEIR LIES

guardians of the future (via metafilter :)

In Time Wars, Jeremy Rifkin writes that the spectrum of political identifications is shifting now from left/right, which is spatial, to more temporal terms. He suggests a shift from "expedient rhythms" to "empathetic rhythms" that are more suitable for ecological stewardship. I have become increasingly convinced of the need for this. I also believe our schools and churches - and any other educational institutions forming our minds and spirits - should join us and help us in reinhabiting time. It is our birthright. It'll be good for our health and good for our planet. And it'll be fun!

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Sunday, March 10, 2002
was watching book tv yesterday :) paul dickson was on talking about his book sputnik. made some interesting points:

  • germans used goddard's work (marginalized in the US) to develop the V2 rocket
  • when asked what'll it take to revive interest in space he said a possible russian-chinese moon mission! also possible meteor impact :)

sounded like a cool book. also kurt eichenwald was on relating the truly bizarre story of the informant. he said he sold the movie rights. barbarians at the gate II :)

also watched david o. russell's flirting with disaster and hal hartley's flirt (1995/I) (conveniently located next to each other on the shelves :) i remember seeing the end of flirting with disaster before, but it's better with the beginning and middle. i also liked flirt a lot. good stuff! esp. the exchanges between three german construction workers:

bauarbeiter #1: die frage bliebt doch die gleiche -- was ist zu tun wenn die zufällig bedingtes wirklichkeit eine definitiv reaktion verlangt? <the question remains the same -- what's to be done when contingent reality demands a definite response?*>
bauarbeiter #2: wir können nicht auf ehrlich in die zweideutigkeit existierenen! <we can't exist in ambiguity forever!>
bauarbeiter #3: ich bin anderer meinung. ich glaube wir können das. obgleich es die tiefste einsamkeit wäre. <i disagree. i think we can. although it means the deepest loneliness.>
#2: <if we can believe what he's saying the filmmaker's project is to compare the changing dynamics of the same situation in different milieus.>
#3: <and do you think he will succeed?>
#2: <i don't know. it's too early to tell. but i think he will fail.>
#1: <yes, he'll fail. he's already failed. but, in this case, the failure is interesting.>
#2: <shut the fuck up.>
#1: <the milieu is bound to change the dynamics of the situation.>
#2: <people don't change regardless of the milieu they're in.>
#3: <so you think that personality, character doesn't have any effect on the situation?>
#2: <please! don't twist my words around!>

usw :) *ed. note: translated from the german, w/ help from LEO and the fish ><> :)

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Saturday, March 9, 2002
arrogant?

Did it ever occur to you that PR & marketing people frequently turn their considerable talents toward convincing us that PR & marketing really works as well as they say it does?

what would adam smith do?

If you can believe that a piece of paper is as good as gold, then your expansion is limited only by your ability to print paper bills and people's willingness to exchange them for real goods. This creates astronomical growth, but becomes problematic when real scarcity - like "there's no more Dodos" - becomes prevalent.

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Friday, March 8, 2002
wasn't sure if i saw biz markie last night :) also been watching WE tonite, can't stay away! this (canado-italiano :) boy meets girl movie was on that was pretty great. check out these IMDb reviews! and yeah, that al di la[?] song was is awesome! oh and there was this neat short after :) btw, dk2#2 rocks! of course what we need is batman :)

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Thursday, March 7, 2002

Like many successful entrepreneurs in the Philippines, Tony Tan is ethnically Chinese. His parents immigrated from Fujian, once one of China's poorest provinces, and his father made ends meet as a cook in a Chinese temple. Hanging round the kitchen early in his life, Mr Tan apparently developed unusually sensitive taste buds. A colleague considers them downright surreal. She remembers witnessing Mr Tan tasting a chicken and spotting a minor ingredient that he had noticed only once before—years ago, in a Chicago food stall—and which he at once set out to track down.

Victor Wooten is one of the most celebrated electric bassists of all time. His secret seems to lie in doing his own thing, breaking boundaries and defying categorization along the way. Chip Stern wrote in Musician Magazine that Wooten is "proof that all men are not created equal." To this Wooten says, "A lot of guys who have been around for a long time are shocked when they see some of the things I am doing. Fortunately, they like it."

This is IT. The Man, Yen Wen Qing performing the compulsory Chang Quan form (aka his form), at the 1990 Asian Games. This is the whole set in its entirety, super-compressed to fit in a managable sized file. Yen Wen Qing ain't Fakin' Da Funk, thats for sure. The score for this clip comes courtesy of Brandon. I have another copy with the original audio, which is cool, but not nearly as bumpin'.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2002
other oogie

I get xanax. By the bushelfull. You take 3 or 4, and you're basically on cloud 11! My friend had 4 and rearranged his whole room, woke up and didn't remember any of it. The last time I had 5, I ate two cans of spaghetti o's and thought that the stairs had no steps, almost died trying to go up it. Not to mention rolling on the floor and talking to the cats. That's precisely why they sell them on the blackmarket. Hmm makes you think... makes me think...

chocolate milky

Have you ever had a dog hump your leg and wonder why he picked YOUR leg? One time, when I was 18, a huge dog chased me around someone’s house, sperm dripping and flying, because he was intent on making sweet, sweet love to my shoes. No one noticed or even cared that this dog was jizzing on my shoes and slowly moving upward. I felt violated in the strangest way. That’s what I like about cats. They generally leave you alone. The illiterate cousin on my dad’s side of the family has an entire zoo, more or less, in is house. He’s filmed many animals trying to have interspecies relations. This is his million-dollar idea for ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos.’ Tapes were actually mailed off. Hours of footage. He sent an exchange student over to my apartment in 1998. The poor kid had to take the ACT and he hadn’t had fruit in over a month. He was happy to have his own room. The living room. I bought him some peaches, oranges and bananas. This was probably the happiest moment in his poverty-stricken life.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2002

spirited away

"Spirited Away" opens in France this summer; an English version will follow in the autumn. Can a Japanese blockbuster really make it in the West? Toshio Suzuki, who produced "Spirited Away", certainly is hopeful. "Miracles happen," he says.

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Monday, March 4, 2002
hey, i was in seattle for the weekend. passed my driver's test, wu! also my brother took me out to this climbing wall at a park (marymoor?) in redmond (by the velodrome) where i discovered my utter lack of upper body strength :)

lessee, what else? ate another chicken foot. part of my brother's job is to take kids off ventilators... he's thinking about going into cardiosonography. sat next to this doctor who teaches in w.virginia on the way back. in the summers he works in alaska to lower eskimo alcoholism and he's trying to get a program started in australia now to help aborigines. i was trying really hard not to use "dispirited" in a sentence.

btw, site redesign brought to you by libya and shades of green :) oh and spinach-turkey sloppy joes!

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