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  2004.08.11  05.31

I've thought for some time now that my cat is the reincarnation of Howard Hughes. I think this, because whenever I ask him if he was Howard Hughes in his last life, he stops, looks up at me, and winks. Anyway, last night I had this dream about moving to Massachusetts.

I dreamed that my feline companion was driving my uncle’s truck. My cat often appears in my dreams in human form as Howard Hughes -- as how he looked when Hughes was alive and handsome and still relatively sane. The truck was piled high with all my stuff. "Hughes" was driving very slowly while I ran along behind, snatching up things that kept falling off the back (of the truck). Just as we were passing a sign that read "Welcome to Massachusetts" we were stopped by a state trooper. Instead of asking for my license and registration, he asked for my resume and three letters of recommendation. I panicked because everything was packed, and I had no idea where I had put all of my office related stuff. The trooper was about to arrest us when he took a long look at my cat (in the form of Mr.Hughes) and said...

"Hey, aren’t you..."

"Why yes," said my cat without hesitation "Yes I am."

The trooper blushed and let us go.


  2004.08.10  10.14
“Cine- schism”

When I heard that “Freddy vs. Jason” was in production, I remember thinking to myself, “Interesting. I didn’t know that they were still doing that much cocaine in Hollywood.” Having seen it, I have to admit that it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. It’s sort of like rice dream; it’s delicious in its own way, but if you expect it to taste like Haagen-Dazs, you might be disappointed. This phenomenon applies to many films currently being released. If you go in with the expectation that a film should have a plot, be decently acted, thoughtfully directed, and brilliantly edited, you might be disappointed.

I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to “Alien vs. Predator.”


  2004.08.05  15.10

So far the "Where would you live..." poll responses include: Chicago, Cambridge, Portland, and Vancouver BC.

I'd welcome suggestions for communities that deal with these towns -- or any of the towns listed in the poll. Yes, I have tried searching, but heavens! There are zillions of lj communities out there that are related to these places!

So...Active communities that would give me a sense of what the denizens (of the towns on the poll list) are like, and what it would be like to live there, would be most welcome.


  2004.08.05  11.11
Top Seven "Which Side the Bread is Buttered On."

Hats off to the following journals. Each may not think that they have their life in order, but as far as I can tell, they really do. If you're on my friends list and aren’t mentioned here, it isn’t that you're not wonderful, or that I don't think that you have a great life too, I simply think that these seven are making lives that they find personally fulfilling most of the time. For those not listed, expect to find yourself in future lists (such as "top seven evil geniuses in training") Oh, and as to why I chose top seven... I’m bored with top fives, tens, and multiples of fives and tens.

1. "E" – Has a job with medical and dental benefits, is regularly promoted, in a serious relationship, is shopping for real estate of his very own, has accomplished all this before the age of 25, and in spite of all of his responsible behavior, has yet to become boring.

2. “Fallen” –Has friends that call at 2am and cares enough about said friends to answer the phone, has stayed true to self, is stunningly insightful, and never puts a foot wrong (grammatically speaking).

3. “Ms.Maus” – Undoubtably the most prolific and entertaining writer on the net. Ms.Maus never fails to surprise me with her unusual beauty, wit, and charm. She also works at a museum, is an artist, tiki hostess, and throws curry parties. I hope she is finally finding someone to appreciate, love, and value her, or I shall lose what bits of faith I have left in humanity.

4. “WD” A person of no less than 131 interests, I really can’t tell you why I think that she is living her life well...You’d just have to read for yourself. The best I can do explicatively is say that I think she has a dozen lucky stars spinning around her at all times. This condition is probably due to being frequently bowled over by providence (who, like a big happy dog wants to knock her down, lick her face, and play fetch).

5. “Is”(and jp –guilt by association)—Young, married, employed, generally happy – I don’t actually believe a person can be more successful than she is. This is a great picture of her dog: http://www.livejournal.com/users/iseebi/349342.html?mode=reply

6. “BCC” – Someone that actually didn’t have time to write in her journal on the occasion of her wedding anniversary! Now that deserves SERIOUS respect! If I ever get started on regularly playing “pimpwar” to the ruination of my teaching prep time, I’ll have her to blame.

7. “Evil” – Though not content, she is listed here because she always surprises me (in a good way), and does stuff like travels to India to avoid Thanksgivings with her family. I noticed this link at her most recent post: http://photo.stamps.com/learn-more/


  2004.08.05  09.58
Best Places

Poll #331504 Best Places to Live Poll

Given these options, where would you most want to call home?

Bellingham (Washington)
Portland (Oregon)
Cambridge (Massachusetts)
Las Vegas
New York
San Francisco
Vancouver BC


  2004.08.03  20.35
Land of the inbetweens

Why is it the more cleaning, sorting, and packing I do, the more difficult it is to find things?

Mood: amused

  2004.08.03  20.29
What to do...

This is the old address -- I don't remember where I put the new one, and all I have is the old one!
It's just a letter, and it will probably find its way to where it should go.

Mood: confused

  2004.08.02  14.57
Sick of holding my breath.

I just can’t stand it anymore!

I need more than 14”x 38” of floor space! I’m sick of sideling through my bedroom door!

Well, on the bright side, the current conditions of my living space create a splendid alert for times when I’m gaining too much weight.


  2004.08.02  13.10
The Village

The ending gives away too much, too soon, spoiling what little suspense there is in an overall decently crafted film. If you promise the audience monsters, give them monsters. Don’t solve all the mysteries with voiceovers. Rather than flatly delivering all the answers 20 minutes before the end of the feature, let the audience come to a realization of what’s going on.

Platitudes that come to mind:
Sometimes it’s best to leave the audience laughing. Sometimes it’s best to leave them wondering. It is never a good idea to promote the heck out of a story and then disappoint audience expectations.

I suggest a revised director’s cut be released into DVD with an alternate, less anticlimactic and predictable ending.


  2004.07.09  23.47
Morbid thoughts.

What would you do, if you found out that you had approximately two years left to live? Would you change anything about your life? Would you finally learn how to play the accordion? Would you quit your job and move? If you could live anywhere, where would you choose (to live)? Would money be a factor? Would family dependents be a factor?

What kind of funeral do you suppose you would have? Would anyone visit your grave? Would it bother you if nobody showed up to your wake, or left flowers on your grave at Memorial Day?

Would you want to be embalmed and such, or just cremated?

Do you think we go anywhere after we're gone?

I saw "Kissed" recently -- very disturbing film...I felt oddly compelled to keep watching it, even when I didn't really want to.

Mood: weird

  2004.07.04  19.15
Land of Liberty

"County ordinance bans both outdoor barbecue and fireworks display. Keep pets and small children indoors for the duration of the celebration, as police and fire personnel may need immediate clearance of streets and sidewalks. Keep off the grass. Please remember that within city limits, random discharge of firearms -- outside of a designated firing range -- is illegal. Drinking of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in city parks. Smoking is prohibited in public places. Curfew begins at 10pm. Violators of the noise ordinance will be fined for disturbance of the peace. Happy Independence Day, and God Bless America!"

Mood: amused

  2004.06.08  18.01
Where's the pork?

I've never noticed a pork product produced for catfood. I know there are bacon and sausage treats for dogs, but I’ve never noticed any such thing for cats. Lamb, salmon, beef, chicken, turkey, tuna -- an altogether dizzying array of cat cuisine -- but I've never seen "chopped ham" or "cheese and bacon" or that sort of thing, marketed for kitty food.

I'm all about the really important questions of existence today.

Mood: contemplative

  2004.06.07  01.26
Small talk practice for first workday after happy vacation.

So...Huh? Oh, yeah, great vacation, great.

Say, how about that impending Venus transit?

Yup, that's sure something, that transit thing...

Mood: drained

  2004.05.29  03.26

As far as I could tell, I was blocked for several days, and now I am able to post!

...What the...I've just been IMed by somebody called "sexy jen."


I don't think I know her.

Is this new? I mean, popup ads and such, and junk email, yeah, been subjected to that, but what the...

In spite of my inability to sleep, Imagunnatry.

The break between terms has been great (except the not being able to post). Back to teaching next week.

Mood: anxious

  2004.04.22  22.23
Social Justice.

I've been researching social justice and the status of racism in the world. It has been a confusing and sometimes frustrating voyage. There are tons of sites masquerading as sites devoted to social equality, and when one visits, the site is actually a neo-nazi site -- or something similar. In anycase, I found the following sites to be fairly reasonable, balanced, and useful:





Interesting to observe that many of the sites for social justice that seem the most informative, are from organizations in countries other than the US.


  2004.02.01  14.30

Something went wrong with my modem, and then a friend sent me an external modem they weren’t using (thankyou!), and everything seemed to be all great, but that was just after the big virus scare over here, and it looks like my computer may have "it" now. I think I may still be offline for a while longer. Take care and good luck with “V-day” everyone. I need to get better virus protection software – I just don’t like living in fear, and I resent paying somebody “protection money” so that my computer won’t get eaten by worms, and my bank account won’t be emptied. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

Well, maybe it isn’t the voracious new worm that is burrowing through our virtual land that's troubling my computer system. Maybe it’s just a glitch in the system report. Maybe the problem will solve itself. Maybe I’m in denial.

Mood: confused

  2004.01.01  13.51
Happy New Year!

It has been snowing all morning. It is quite beautiful and pleasant to watch the snow falling and to be all warm and cozy indoors! The wind is picking up a bit. I think a storm is on its way.

Things I'm grateful for today:

1. My parents being away in Alaska for a few days.
2. The snow falling all day.
3. A warm place to live/stay.
4. The company of my kitties.
5. A movie marathon of Vincent Price films on the mystery channel.
6. Time to reorganize my room so that it looks more like a habitation and less like a storage unit.


  2003.12.25  07.32
Tricks and treats --they’re not just for Halloween anymore.

The cats have already tackled their catnip sock presents – and it isn’t even daylight yet! Currently they are meowing for breakfast, and my parents will be staggering out of bed at any moment now. I have the edge on them both; I’ve been up for over an hour, and have already had a chance to see what mischief Santa has been up to!

Well, got to go – many a holiday machination to blame on Ol' St.Nick before the day is done!

Good Yule to One and All!


  2003.12.24  07.20
Mom Rules the Xmas Eve Kitchen.

Dad is pouting this year, but mom’s decision is final "Pork: It’s what’s for dinner."

Mood: busy

  2003.12.16  06.58
Almost done!

All the eBay orders sent, all the packages wrapped, most of the cards in the mail... I’m so organized this year, it's scary... And I have this strange compulsion to bake... Anybody know how to detect signs in oneself of demonic possession by Betty Crocker?

Mood: chipper

  2003.12.04  18.29
Singing Along with Joey...

Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)

Merry Christmas, I don't want to fight tonight
Merry Christmas, I don't want to fight tonight
Merry Christmas, I don't want to fight tonight with you

Where is Santa? At his sleigh?
Tell me why is it always this way?
Where is Rudolph? Where is Blitzen, baby?
Merry Christmas, merry merry merry Christmas

All the children are tucked in their beds
Sugar-plum fairies dancing in their heads
Snowball fighting, it's so exciting baby

I love you and you love me
And that's the way it's got to be
I loved you from the start
'Cause Christmas ain't the time for breaking each other's hearts

Where is Santa? At his sleigh?
Tell me why is it always this way?
Where is Rudolph? Where is Blitzen, baby?
Merry Christmas, merry merry merry Christmas

All the children are tucked in their beds
Sugar-plum fairies dancing in their heads
Snowball fighting, it's so exciting baby

Yeah, yeah, yeah

I love you and you love me
And that's the way it's got to be
I loved you from the start
'Cause Christmas ain't the time for breaking each other's hearts

Merry Christmas, I don't want to fight tonight
Merry Christmas, I don't want to fight tonight
Merry Christmas, I don't want to fight tonight with you.

-zeh won, zeh onlay, zeh ramones.

Mood: bouncy

  2003.12.04  15.07

I've been watching a show called "Combat!" with (a very young) Dean Stockwell as guest star. I think the series supposedly takes place in the European Arena during WWII. I’m quite sure that the "European Countryside" was a California Studio-lot. As I watched, I wondered to myself what it would be like to have squadrons of uniformed soldiers running around with machine guns, trying to "secure" my neighborhood. I’m imagining troops taking "Top Foods" or "Walmart" with "extreme prejudice." I’m imagining my family being courteously asked to house and feed "guest freedom fighters." Ridiculous thoughts, aren’t they? Yet my imaginings are the reality of most nations on the planet. The continental US is one of the few countries that hasn’t been invaded by would be conquerors in the past 100 years. In fact, most of the blood spilled on US shores since the American revolution has been from internal conflicts within the North and South American continents – wars between European settlers and indigenous peoples, and from civil war. But the US has not experienced the constant warring and years of civil strife that have occurred in Europe and the Middle East. Can you imagine how surreal WWII must have been? Or the devastation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? All those established old buildings, communities, and cities bombed to nothing. Everything that one is certain of, gone in the blink of a firestorm.

"Combat!" was about WWII, but even now, somewhere in the world, somebody’s barn, or storage shed, or corner grocery, is being considered a military threat that must be secured.

Am I saying conflict is wrong? I don’t know...I suspect that right or wrong, conflict is a fact of human existence. And too, I guess I’m refreshing my personal awareness of national naiveté.

Mood: contemplative

  2003.12.02  16.16
This and That.

You’ll observe I’ve cut back on my friends list quite substantially. I hate losing friends too...I realized that some readers take silence as a lack of interest and are considerably upset when I don't respond to their journal entries...So I thought "Well, if there are fewer postings to attend to in my friends box, maybe I won't miss so much of what's going on." You see? In anycase, if you are out there, were dropped, and want to be added back, I will happily do so.

In other news, I am sort of thinking of making this a friends only sort of journal...Any comments for or against that plan?


  2003.12.02  15.51
Yes I'm lazy.

1. Does anyone know where the faq info about how to download journals is?

2. Does anyone know of a nice, self-updating, livejournal-like journal program that can be easily installed on a home pc and used regularly offline?


  2003.12.02  05.10
Conclusive Evidence.

Netherworld Times, Felgary UFN.

After several years of closure for repair, researchers from the Scientific Institute of Nether were allowed to conduct comprehensive tests of the road to hell, determining that the government sanctioned paving materials currently used are indeed primarily a composite of good intentions.

In spite of the commonly held belief (that the road to hell is paved with good intentions), the Bureau for Architectural Dalliances has for centuries maintained that paving materials were assuredly made out of the finest rubble of free advice.

Cohort Construction (long standing “provisioneer” of paving composites for all main roadways of Nether and of Felgary Proper) maintains that as far as they are concerned there is very little difference between good intentions and free advice. Spokesperson Devlyn Side is quoted as saying:

"Though generally less durable, good intentions are believed to be better for the environment than free advice, but are in application often difficult to tell apart."

Mr. Side went on to explain that in recent years the quality control department of Cohort had noticed that the raw materials shipments for paving composite had been a little heavy on good intentions, and had reported the fact to officials at the Central Processing. Central Processing subsequently released a report stating that based upon popular public interest in environmental issues, that it was all probably for the best.

Though unavailable for comment, it is believed that those officials responsible for approving the use of weak paving materials meant well and had the best interests of the common good at heart.

Possible plans for the complete demolition and reconstruction of the main road to hell are currently under consideration.

Next Weeks Special Edition Feature: Chronic Housing Shortage in Purgatory Expected to Worsen.

Mood: working

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