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October 28, 2002

don't go, send a gift

Sopranos was good again. I don't know whether I'm supposed to want Adrianna and Chris to get married or not. I mean...she loves Chris and really doesn't want to lose him so part of me wants them to be together, but then the other half of me wants her to get out of there because he is just spiralling out of control and is treating her like shit. Curb your Enthusiasm is quickly becoming my favorite show. God it just gets funnier and funnier every time I watch it. When he blew the wistle to get the dog while running to the car...I was on the floor.

Firefly was very great. I think this was probably the best episode yet and I'm starting to like it over John Doe now. John Doe's young assistant chick is starting to get on my nerves, other than that the show is rather decent.

October 26, 2002

hey, are you getting taller?

Saw Punch-Drunk Love. Wow! I loved it. I just love P.T. Anderson's films. I can't describe it, but his use of music and camera shots and jumping from scene to scene to keep this momentum is unlike anything else I've ever seen. As The Onion puts it, "Anderson handles it with expert ease: At this point in his career, he moves the camera like a skilled dance partner, investing the smallest gesture with significance." This movie definitely isn't for everyone, but then again most everyone is an idiot by my definition, so I'm pretty much okay with that.

October 23, 2002

not what I came here for

Went to the Chicago Final Cut Pro Users Group. The Shake presentation didn't do much for me. Quite a bit out of my price range. Of all the other cool stuff I saw, I'd have to say the coolest was that which was not actually being presented. Duality by Conundrum Software. It is a theme changer for OS X. There are themes you would expect such as Classic and Windows XP and other random original ones. The one I'm running on my TiBook is the Brushed Metal theme. Makes everything look like Quicktime and iTunes. Sweet! Matches nicely with the titanium shell.

October 20, 2002

REDBULL

Well I didn't make it to the Foo Fighters concert, but I did make it to see Dashboard Confessional at Congress Theater. I had never been to CT before. Why it's called the Congress Theater, yet it's on Milwaukee instead of Congress I'll never quite understand. Anyway the sound pretty much sucked. It's fairly large venue. Larger than the Riv. I'd say at least twice, maybe three times as big. The sound was terrible. It was way to loud. As much as I like to see Dashboard Confessional make it big, I don't like the side effects. One being the large venue. The last time I saw him it was at House of Blues (my second favorite place to see a show, Metro is #1). This show just wasn't as good compared to there. The other side effect are the stupid dumbasses that attend the concerts now. There was this group of like six 17-year olds drinking RedBull after RedBull while chain-smoking their youth away. They were dancing to the music like they were in a rap video or something. Picture how Eminem dances...that was them. I seriously wanted to push them off the balcony.

After the show, Hot Rod Circuit was hanging out by the merchandise, so I bought the album on vinyl and had it signed by all of them. sweeet!

October 19, 2002

12-bit audio

I video taped my brother's show at the Rock House Cafe. Taped it in 12-bit audio instead of 16-bit by accident so the sound is totally overloaded. The video should be decent anyway to be spliced in with other footage later.

October 16, 2002

barely able to keep my head above water

Was on Vagrant Records website tonight and saw that Dashboard Confessional is playing at Congress Theater on Saturday. Holy shit! How did that slip under my nose? Thankfully there were still tickets available so I snagged two. Just need to find someone to go with now. Best of all Hot Rod Circuit is playing too. I can't wait!!

Even before that though is my brother's show at the Rock House Cafe in Rolling Meadows on Friday night. His band is called Donner's Surprise Party. Hehe. They go on around 10 I think. Can't wait! This is my brother's first gig since Stuck On Chelsea broke up in 1995. It's also the first time I will get to see him play live since I saw No Clue playing in the Battle of the Bands at DePaul over a decade ago.

Overlapping Extent Allocation

Today I went through the joy of reinstalling everything on my TiBook. For the last several days, there has been a problem with the disk on my laptop where I would receive about 20 "Overlapping Extent Allocation" errors or something like that. No matter how many times I ran fsck they never went away. I then resorted to booting into OS 9 and put Disk First Aid to work on it. Same errors never went away even after running it 4 times. DFA also showed a failed Header check error or something like that. So I decided to wipe the drive and reinstall.

I kinda wanted to do this anyway. Previously I had a separate 3GB partition that had OS 9 installed on it and then the rest of the drive was a second partition for OS X. Well this time I made only one disk partition. I was also able to do a fresh install of Jaguar (on top of 9.2.2) instead of upgrading from 10.1.5 so maybe this will fix any stability issues I was having before?

I doubt it. After the os install was complete and I was putting my apps back on, I had a very weird thing happen. I had Mail.app running syncing with my IMAPS server (over 1.8GB of mail), iChat, AddressBook paired to my T68 over Bluetooth, Mozilla, and iTunes (6.76GB library) running. I was mounting the iSyncBeta disk image and it was running through the checksum when just out of the blue every single app crashed including Finder. Finder restarted itself and I was left stairing at the desktop. Uhhhh... I've never seen that before ever. So I rebooted and continued putting stuff on.

What's left to go? Haven't installed X yet. Saving that for tomorrow. GnuPG 1.2.0 came out not too long ago. The MacGPG site says they are waiting for 1.2.1, so I'm going to wait for that instead installing 1.0.7 now and upgrading later. GPGMail will go on after that.

October 15, 2002

You think you know, but you have no idea

Drove home from work tonight with my laptop running MacStumbler. Found 11 access points on the way. Three are in the apartment complex a block from my house. Seven of the 11 were named "linksys".

October 14, 2002

Is that him?

My dad and sister ran in the Chicago Marathon on Sunday. I had to meet my dad at the 20 mile marker to give him a dry shirt to change into with an American flag on it. Then I was supposed to meet him at the 25th mile marker to give him an American flag to carry across the finish line. Sounds simple enough right? Well my next door neighbor, Danny, and I were at 31st and I forget what to hand off the shirt. A bit after the 4:50 pace runners we see my dad. After we give the shirt to my dad he tells me that he wanted the hat we brought too. The hat was in my brother's car who had just left to go to the finish line to try and see my sister finish. So Danny and I head down 31st to Michigan and start heading north to 18th. The 25th mile marker was around 20th street. I call my brother and tell him he needs to come bring the hat. He meets us at Michigan and 18th and then we start heading east along 18th. This of course doesn't go through to Lake Shore Dr. where the course is. So after Dan and I have run 2 miles to get where we were, we have to start back tracking south. ARGH! At 20th street there is a bridge to go over the train tracks separating us from Lake Short Dr, but it was blocked off by police. We ask them how to get to race and they tell us to keep going south and look for the train signs. Okay... We pass McCormick place as we go about a mile south (that's 3 miles for those not keeping track). A little after 26th street we see an unguarded set of stairs going up to a bridge that goes over the train tracks. We start going up. From the top of the bridge we can see the race south from us crossing the train tracks. Doh! Well it wasn't a bridge that went all the way across the tracks. It only went to the middle of the tracks to a landing platform for people to board trains. Crap! So we jumped the railing and crossed the tracks on foot only to be greeted by the barb-wire fence surrounding the McCormick place parking lot. We climb up track light overhang and jump the barb-wire fence. We cross the parking lot and we finally get to the race. We were at the aid station at the 24th mile marker. We stand their a bit then start walking north towards the 25th mile marker. Not too long after the 5:15 pace runners go by. SHIT!! Did we miss my dad? We would have to have slowed down a whole half hour for us to not have missed him. I didn't know what to hope for? That my dad was keeping his pace and missed us? Or that he slowed to a crawl so we could meet him. Well in a panic that we missed him we start full on sprinting towards the 25th mile hoping we might catch him. We get to the 25 and practically collapse with exhaustion. We wait there hoping to see him and eventually we do. Turns out he just ran out of gas at about 22.5 and was walking the rest. So we were able to get him his hat and flag afterall. So we decided to walk along side him until we get over the last bridge before the finish where we can then exit the course and meet him after. We get half way over the bridge when a police officer stops us and tells us we can't go over and that we have to backtrack [again] and go under some underpass to get to the finish from there. So we go back sound under the underpass only to be greeted by more police telling us we have to go further south to some back path along the lake. So we keep going south I don't know how far get to the bike path so we can now change direction again and head north on the bike path. Well long store short, [too late] after who knows how many miles north again we finally get to the finish area and head to the Charity Village to meet up with everyone. Damn my feet and back are killing me today.

October 13, 2002

there's a bag of petridge farm cookies up there

Sopranos was great toight, although I still think the second episode was the best of this season so far. Curb Your Enthusiasm was funny as hell once again. That show just gets funnier and funnier every time I watch it. It's hard to watch and not think that it's real. Mind of the Married Man was pretty good too. Poor Mickey just digging his own grave towards the end there trying to talk his way out of why he didn't want his wife to go into the eye doctor's office. That was hilarious.

October 12, 2002

I'll miss you again David

So I didn't get tickets to see the Foo Fighters at the Metro next Saturday. The Zone is giving away tickets all week, but you have to listen between 8am-5pm so like I'm never listening to them during those hours. Crap!

October 11, 2002

You're No Rock-n-Roll Fun

Saw Sleater-Kinney play at the Metro. GODDAMNIT they were freakin amazing. It is just amazing when Carrie and Corin are singing back and forth at each other. I don't think there is another show like it anywhere else. They played the last song of the encore for like 20 minutes. I suppose maybe it could have been two songs back to back, but either way it was truly awesome. When they come to your town you better go fucking see them or I will never talk to you again.