December 2nd, 2002

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Quickly, as it's Monday and I'm busy and etc.:

1. T-day was great, both at my dad's and my mom's. My nephews are awesome, my mom's dog is totally insane, and I ate lots of really really good food. One thing, though - my nephew Victor is madly obsessed with SpongeBob Squarepants - well, to be more specific, he's obsessed with this SpongeBob alarm clock that he got for Hannukah, which went off at 3:47AM Friday night/Saturday morning when I was sleeping in the living room, and which I could not figure out how to turn off, and it kept repeating its little song, over and over, louder and louder, until I nearly threw it down the stairs. Fortunately, Victor woke up at around 8AM and came upstairs and started to play with it, over and over again. I hate SpongeBob Squarepants now.

2. Instant recipe for depression: watch the New York Giants.

3. Instant recipe for recovering from depression: hang out on Latrell's yacht and play Splinter Cell with girlfriend.

3a. Splinter Cell is so great that I'm not gonna need to buy any more Xbox games for quite a while. And I only play it when Kath's around, so I'm not rushing through it. I've got so many other games to deal with when it's over: Medal of Honor, Shenmue II, Hitman 2, WSB2K3, etc. ad infinitum.

4. "American Gods" was great.

5. Just returned from the bookstore, where I bought Eco's "The Name of the Rose" (which I'm currently reading) and "Baudolino", and a nice edition of Card's "Ender's Game", which I've been meaning to read for a few years.

6. I played the David Cross album for a wide cross-section of my family; their opinions are as follows:

  • Everybody except my stepfather: Loved it.

  • Stepfather: Hated it.

  • 7. I like root beer.

    8. One of mega8000's user icons is a picture from "The Phantom Tollbooth", which is my all-time favorite book from my childhood, and which I have been unable to find my copy of at my mom's house. Mom might even have thrown it out, accidentally. God, I hope not. Has anybody else heard of it? Doesn't it just rock?

    9. I don't know if I mentioned this already or not, but I finally watched "Attack of the Clones" a few weeks ago, and I thought it was pretty weak. The DVD is so crystal clear that you have no idea if anything on the screen is real. Kath and I watched the special documentaries on the LOTR DVD and then watched the "From Puppets to Pixels" feature on the "Attack of the Clones" DVD in the same afternoon; it was heartbreaking to see Lucas "directing" a digital Yoda, especially after watching someone painstakingly make a button for a chest that was buried under papers in the corner in some hobbit-hole that might not even have been on screen. George - please stop - at least until you start hiring people who aren't absolutely terrified to say "No".

    10. Work sucks!
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    Re: Last night's Sopranos: I guess they're saving all the good stuff for the last episode, b/c last night's just sucked. Enough with the Furio/Carmela thing. If they don't fuck within the first 5 minutes of next week's episode, I'm gonna go insane.

    Re: the Chevy Chase roast: Steven Colbert rocks my fucking socks off. As does Al Franken. As does Todd Barry. Where the hell was everybody?
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    That Pitchfork "Best of the 80s" list was not without its list of grievous omissions and mistakes. That said, it did succeed in getting me to dust off my copy of the first Stone Roses album, which is pretty much perfect. I could do without "Don't Stop" because it sounds much better as "Waterfall", and "Elizabeth My Dear" is completely unnecessary, even at :39 or whatever - why re-write "Scarborough Fair" when your own songs are so good? Whatever. The rest of the album is sweet pop bliss.