Saturday, December 10, 2005
Tomorrow I go to Disneyland for the first time since high school. Looking forward to that.
Went for a hike and took some video. The 50-year-old hiker.
Saturday, November 05, 2005
You have waited for this an entire year: my choices for the Nov. 2005 election! Read them. Use them. Reply to them. If I disagree with your reply, I might post something about that. But unlike Bill O'LIE-ly, I will be polite about it.
Here are links to my picks for the California Propositions.
- Proposition 73: NO on Dead Teenage Girls
- Proposition 74: NO on Dose Teachers Cannot Defy Dah Governator
- Proposition 75: NO on Shuddup, Unions; Keep Screaming, Big Business
- Proposition 76: NO on Da Teachers Don't Need Money
- Proposition 77: NO on DeLaying Our Voting Districts
- Proposition 78: NO on Discounts If Drug Companies Feel Like It; 79: YES to Help The Poor
- Proposition 80: YES on No More Enron
Here are links to my picks for the San Mateo issues.
- Measure A: San Mateo Community College District (another bond initiative)
- San Mateo County Community College District Members, Governing Board
- San Mateo Union High School, District Members, Governing Board
- San Mateo-Foster City School District Members, Governing Board
- City of San Mateo Members, City Council
Sunday, October 23, 2005
I am writing my endorsements. Propositions are fairly easy. The hard parts are local ballot measures, and local candidates. Time to hit the web.
P.S. Finished deciding on my votes (unless I change my mind), and wrote my first draft. So I will post soon. Found a new local nutcase on the ballot.
My Sept. 14 post shows that it has one comment. But if you click on it, you'll see that I nuked the comment. As I was going up the stairs, I met a man who was not there. He was not there again today. I wish, I wish, he'd stay away!
How did my blog come to this? First, I deleted the comment, without clicking the "Remove comment forever?" checkbox. Then the post still said I had a comment. Then I went back and clicked that checkbox; comment count still 1. First there is a mountain. Then there is no mountain. Then there is.
I will be paying more attention to who is posting this blog spam in my blog. (I should look up the proper term for blog spam. And I need to set a time limit for when people can post comments.) I expect I will get some real comments when I post my picks for the election.
Thursday, October 20, 2005
I bought a new toy: a Laptop Desk and MouzPad. Bought it online from Staples (along with a USB 2.0 cable to get free shipping). Takes the heat off my lap. Now if I just line it with tinfoil, it will also ensure I can still have babies. (I receive no money from this post. Hmph, I can't give it away forever.)
link to the laptop desk
I wil post my endorsements for the 2005 election soon. Stay tuned: same Dave-Aye blog, same Dave-Aye channel! (Boy, does that ever date me.)
Sunday, October 09, 2005
Richard Roeper gave a thumbs down to the new Wallace and Gromit flick. On rottentomatoes.com, 95% of movie critics give it a thumbs up. Cousin Ben never liked this guy. I am beginning to understand why. Siskel and Ebert knew/know that good critics don't hold themselves above the audience.
Saturday, September 24, 2005
Worst one, in my opinion: one with a rape scene where the guy knocks the girl down, gets on top of her, holds her hands down, does it to her, and says he loves her. Yeah, right. I have seen that type of scene a thousand times before, and it gets suckier every time. If you are gonna do a rape scene, bring something new to the table. (I am not bothering to find a URL for this one.)
Same thing if you have long silences in your film. Few directors could do that. Hitchcock was one (and he always was building to something with them). Can you think of any other such director right now? I can't. In this film fest, the best films were from directors who knew that you have only so much time in your film, so they delivered as much content as they could in the precious time they had. Unless you are a Hitchcock, silence is lazy. (Think about it: does a script with "Character stares into space for 3 minutes" sound interesting?)
Another wonderful comedy short: Day of the Grackle (http://www.gracklefilm.com/). A live action cartoon. Check it out. Well, check out the trailer.
I am gonna find out what it takes to enter a film short into such a film fest. I love film fests. I love comedy film shorts. I saw lots of good ones. And I am making my own. Check my video page for my Movie Trailer short (and more to come).
Saw a good film at the fest this evening: Trudell, about a Native American political activist/musician/poet/writer. http://www.trudellthemovie.com/ (Watch out; this web site likes to expand and take over your screen space.) Very good, except for the Q&A session. Some guy started talking about "sacred feminine." Since I have had to study The DaVinci Code for the book I am working on, I have read that phrase way too many times. If I see or hear it one more time, I am gonna puke.
My attempt to boogie-board on Thursday was a bust. Waves were too low. But the ocean is still beautiful.
OK, don't feel like writing anything else. So here it goes to posting.
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
He had a wimpy G4 Powermac tower; 450 Mhz G4 CPU, 20 gig HD, 350 MB ram, DVD reader. He wanted to be able to burn DVDs.
We decided between upgrading this Mac or buying a new one. The decision: we took it to We Fix Macs, and did a BIG FAT UPGRADE.
Now my barber's Mac is Darth Vader to my iBook's Obi-Wan Kenobi.
He now has a Muscle Mac: 1.5 GHz G4 CPU, 120 gig HD, 850MB, Superdrive. (Well, a muscle mac compared to most other G4s.) And he took his 17 inch flat panel display from his home and plugged it into this one. Oh yeah, he also has OS 10.4 (Tiger) and iLife 05. This Mac is fast, fast, fast. I cannot believe how FAST it starts up. I know I will help him burn a few DVDs; bet it will be FAST about that also.
That beats my iBook: 800Mhz G4 CPU, 60 gig HD, 1.2 Gig MB ram, Superdrive. Good enough for me now, and for a year or more beyond. But not good enough to keep a twinge of envy out of my head when I see my barber's Mac. The master.
Maybe in a year or more, when I have to replace my iBook with a MacIntel laptop, I might want a Powerbook instead of an iBook. Maybe. I have a year or more to decide.
(My first rather autobiographical blog post. Whee.)
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
"(T)he savages have declared war, and it's far preferable to fight them in the streets of Baghdad than in the streets of New York -- where the residents would immediately surrender."
What was she trying to say? "I upside-down-heart NY?"
However, in the Arizona Daily Star, she is being replaced by Tony Snow. To quote from the TV show "I, Claudius," it is still the Lady Messalina (at that paper). Worse, it's the Lady Messalina with brains!