Wednesday, January 28, 2004

"It is a great thing to be able to hold your fire. To wait. Not join the scrimmage and the scramble. The best thing I know in the way of a perversion of English is that toot-and-scramble instead of that toute ensemble. Toot-and-scramble is what is ruining architecture and our country today. Nobody will wait. We have to have it now....

"Under the pressures of our economic system, all of the arts are a mere exploitation. I don't think today the creative artist is any more a feature of our civilization. We have got to bring it back.... Everything is on tap, flowing freely. And the real thing? I don't know if there is any use talking about the real thing when people are so lightly and easily satisfied. Where there is no real demand for the deeper thing and the finer thing, why not let them have less....Somehow we have lost our roots. We don't have roots, we have recollections in place of roots. We have nostalgia and a kind of sentimentality in place of an urge for the real thing. Maybe it's all right, maybe it's a nice way to die without too much pain, gradually taper off into innocuous desuetude."

-Frank Lloyd Wright (Dec 17, 1950)

Tuesday, January 20, 2004

Michael Corleone: I saw a strange thing today. Some rebels were being arrested. One of them pulled the pin on a grenade. He took himself and the captain of the command with him. Now, soldiers are paid to fight; the rebels aren't.
Hyman Roth: What does that tell you?
Michael Corleone: It means they could win.

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Though it's a little late for retrospectives, this one called to me to fill it out. Thanks to InstaHangover for the questions.

1. What did you do in 2003 that you'd never done before?
Move to Boston, MA (Brookline, actually), take a cross country flight alone, lose 30 lbs, drove cross country with a friend and visited City Lights Books, read a Bill Bryson book and lots and lots of other things.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I think I made some but I did not keep them. I made the same ones again this year, I'll break them, again.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
I don't believe so.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
A great uncle - we weren't very close but I certainly knew him.
My very nice landlord. His passing saddened me greatly.

5. What countries did you visit?
This great and very big country of ours. No foreign countries, though.

6. What would you like to have in 2004 that you lacked in 2003?
Lots of money and the freedom to travel whenever I wanted to. Focus.

7. What date from 2003 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
June 11, 2003 - Freedom from my own anguish.
July 20 - August 11 - XCountry.
December 31, 2003 - Lots of tequila and suddenly I thought I was Frank Sinatra at the Karaoke machine.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Moving to Boston and actually going thru with XCountry.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Sadly, I feel like there are a lot this year. I can't narrow it to just one.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Lost my voice for a bit in June. Summer colds are the worst.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
The XCountry experience. Believe me, as priceless as the memories are, a lot of that was purchased.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Melissa's - for putting up with me during the darkest period of my life.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
My own.

14. Where did most of your money go?
To my landlord (RIP) and his brother (my other landlord).

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Driving across the country!
Driving all night from Albany, OR to San Francisco, CA and crossing the Golden Gate Bridge at 4am in the misty rain.
Visiting City Lights Books.
Buying a new Bill Bryson book.

16. What song will always remind you of 2003?
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1 - The Flaming Lips.
The Man Comes Around or I Hung My Head - Johnny Cash

17. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder?

ii. thinner or fatter?

iii. richer or poorer?

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Spent more time writing and focusing.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Being so introspective, self-critical.

22. Did you fall in love in 2003?
Of course.

23. How many one night stands?
None, of course.

24. What was your favourite TV programme?
New for 2003? Hmm. The Simple life made me laugh and I liked watching Paris, but I don't think I liked any other new shows.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I'm disappointed in people and I am glad I'm not around certain people anymore, but I don't hate them.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Greatest? I don't think I had one. My eyes (and ears) were opened to The Flaming Lips, though.

28. What did you want and get?
To get out from under a very big and painful rock.

29. What did you want and not get?
The super-mega jackpot.

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
Lost in Translation (maybe?)

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
One Quarter of One Hundred Years. Had dinner with InstaHangover and Melissa, went to a comedy club, saw some lame comics, drank too many Jack and Cokes came home, threw up, talked to Sepi on the phone for the first time and went to sleep.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A path or direction. A single source of motivation.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2003?
Kakhis/Slacks + Button down from January - June
Kakhis + T/Short sleeve shirts - June - October
Kakhis + Long Sleeve shirts/Sweaters - October - December

34. What kept you sane?
I'm not sure I was during the first half of the year, the second half was my BUSY social schedule.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I'm not so sure I did. Bill Bryson made me laugh a lot, I admire his writing style and sense of humor.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The President & his administration misleading us and rushing us into war.

37. Who did you miss?
My German and other Connecticut friends. NOT Connecticut, though.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
The girls at Yellowstone were pretty cool.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2003.
No matter how bad life can get at isolated periods, that awful feeling can be stretched out for months at a time damaging even the most stoic soul. Then it can almost be turned around one day when, without your voice, you get some news that sets you free. But now there's the fear that it will happen again.

40. What was the best thing to happen to the web this year?
Finding old friends on Friendster, Weddings.com, and JDate, but making no contact with them. Ha!

41. Who did you steal this from?
InstaHangover, who got it from David, but who saw it first on the Busblog.

42. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Slip slidin' away
Slip slidin' away
You know the nearer your destination
The more you're slip slidin' away

Monday, January 12, 2004

Shame on you AIM 5.5.3501

For taking away the 'opt out' of the AIM Today window. Shame on you for making me edit my registry to get rid of that damn ad unit.

Let me guess...ad sales were down on the AIM Today unit, meaning the number of users that see AIM Today was decreasing, so advertisers were paying less for space there. So what did you decide to do? Provide better content so people will be enticed to read it? No. You decided to take away the option for me to turn it off.

AIM Today viewship numbers go up. Ad sales go up. Everyone is happy...except for the user...who has to sit and wait while the window and its (awful) content load. Don't waste my time with your ads.

On a side note...I was (at one point) responsible for having ads appear there...I apologize to everyone. I realize that was wrong.

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