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Friday, June 28th, 2002
4:28 pm - embarassment
today i worked up the courage to call one of my favorite authors - howard bloom - to let him know of an upcoming conference that i thought he might be interested in.

the conference is HOPE - hackers on planet earth... which is more cultural than technical in nature.

being both brooklyn dwellers, i thought i'd invite him to tag along with me. unbeknownst to me, howard hasn't left his brooklyn apartment in over 14 years.

needless to say, i was embarassed. but he it took rather well - being called on the phone by some random fan, that is. he's an overall nice guy and i look forward to future communication with him.

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Monday, June 24th, 2002
11:48 am - commemoration
i'd just like to publicly acknowledge my appreciation for the Lehman Brothers building on 50th and 7th.

every day it's there, greeting me on my way to and from work. every day the electronic billboards on its 7th-avenue face refrain from selling anything to me. they just greet me with scenes from nature or cg-art or the faces of strangers.

not once has it ever hawked a crappy product or given a blinding flash simply to get my attention.

you're a class act, billboard.

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8:33 am - without explanation
i dreamt the queen of england and i were in my living room amidst a crowd of people and the two of us were dancing a jig to "i've got a golden ticket" from willy wonka & the chocolate factory.

what could it possibly mean?

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Sunday, June 23rd, 2002
9:46 pm - last night and today
last night's words were...

telenebriation - the act of being drunk on the phone with your long-distance significant other.

and...

encephalupagus - your imaginary friend with a head disease.

- - - - -

today i went biking for the first time since i was little. braving the brooklyn streets. if i can walk tomorrow, i might go biking again in the near future.

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Saturday, June 22nd, 2002
11:14 pm - oh, also...
note to self: look into The Redundant Male - Is Sex Irrelevant in the Modern World?

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11:10 pm - natural cloning?
"Then again, alternatives to sex do exist. Female greenflies can bear live, fatherless, female offspring, each one containing all the genes of its mother."

- Richard Dawkins in The Selfish Gene

Exactly how is this not cloning?

Furthermore, are female greenflies who happen to live in the United States breaking the law? :)

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2:21 pm - ingredients for a fabulous solitary brunch
½ wedge of brie
½ day-old baguette
½ dozen delallo-imported calamata olives
1 bottle of lime perrier

sunshine in your dining area is preferable.

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Thursday, June 20th, 2002
12:59 pm - thinking robot escapes from lab
fresh from dkp's desk, this choice link. it's always great when real life events coincide with the finishing of a book.

here's the link

i had just finished reading kurzweil's the age of spiritual machines, so this is particularly timely and relevant.

on to dawkin's selfish gene, which i can't believe i haven't read yet. first chapter isn't as dry as i would've thought. no new ground has been broken though, which only makes sense considering how many of my favorite authors have been influenced by his work.

now i want to read more on zoology.

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12:58 pm - potential art projects
talking to laurie today got me thinking about potential art projects.

she hates jello. so naturally, she hates bill cosby. which gave me the idea to videotape little children saying ridiculously obscene things - things they wouldn't even understand - and splice in cosby's reactions from "kids say the darndest things".

and that brought back the memory of an art project i thought up at one of the mogwai shows. there's a song that they play over what sounds like football (that is, soccer) announcers commenting on a match. which gave me the idea to sift through the countless hours of john madden play-by-plays and splice it all together into really deep and meaningful poetry.

there's something attractive about the notion of taking something that's physically and intellectually repulsive to me and turning it into something beautiful.

it's hip to be crazy.

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Tuesday, June 11th, 2002
1:20 pm - life updates
i neglect this poor livejournal.

but tonight i build a new webserver. clockworkdreams.com, as you may already know, is down. i have a development page up somewhere secret, if you want to know where - bug me.

but this new webserver will be fun. primary use is to build and learn. i'm planning on building a MySQL/PHP book catalog/curriculum. and i'm also eager to play with movable type - which i first saw on gus' website.

hopefully installing and configuring it on my own will make me more eager to actually keep a journal.

so what's happened since i last checked in?

jenelle came for a wonderful, action-packed visit. she brought her friend laura with her. laura is from germany, but she just returned from a solitary trip abroad... to india. jenelle's a wonderful, kind and thoughtful person. having her around calmed me, allowed me to enjoy life a bit more. if one can catch up on lost time, lost life... i felt that the week we spent together accomplished just that.

my yuppie ikea stuff came. i like my bedside-table. my building superintendent is avoiding me because he doesn't want to hang my shelves.

last weekend dave found out about a picnic through nycbloggers.com. we went and met people. it was pretty fun. it was hosted by banshee with appearances by cantwork and towards the end
kochanie
.

i even got some exercise in and slept well that night.

oh, i've finally finished How to Overthrow the Government, and am contemplating sending an email to arianna to tell her all about R.U. Sirius and the Revolution Party.

I'm still waiting for an email back from someone, as I promised her I'd keep out of her logs. On the other hand, maybe her life is full right now. Should've applied for friendship sooner when there were vacancies. :)

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Tuesday, May 21st, 2002
12:53 pm - mad hatter's tea party
...this whimsical tea combines the comfort of a traditional black tea with the exotic flavors of vanilla, passionfruit, pomegranate & tropical fruits...

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Sunday, May 19th, 2002
5:42 pm - birthday
yep. today's my birthday.

dave and alex and i went out for brunch. they went shopping and i came to the office to play with a new toy i got. we're going to meet up later in the evening for dinner at that indian place downtown. you know the one.

it's been awhile since i've posted. i've been to rochester for mother's day. saw cory & leaih's band play. spent some time with jenelle. i took a sleeper car on the train out of the city. it was amazing. it's the only way to survive traveling by train. maybe it was that i was reading stanislaw lem's "the star diaries", but that sleeper car definitely had a space-pod vibe to it.

but i'm back in the city though. up in rochester i got a handful of really great books that i haven't gotten around to reading yet. and following dkp's lead, i created my own amazon wishlist, which you can find via this new design i made by tooling around with CSS.

carrie didn't post to her journal yesterday. which happens so very seldomly that i got a bit worried when i woke up this morning. i hope everything's alright.

so what am i doing in the office on my birthday? the company had a spare G3 PowerMac sitting around collecting dust. i swooped it up and am now in the process of installing OS9.2 as a stepping-stone to OSX. the G3 is pretty ancient, i hope it can handle it. it's a 400 with 256mb of RAM and a 9 gig drive. nothing to write home about. i checked the prices on ebay, and i could probably end up buying this off the company for only a couple hundred bucks. we'll see how OSX runs on it first. :)

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Saturday, April 27th, 2002
10:59 pm - mum's the word
mom's here for a visit.
to see the new place on saint mark's.

today was wonderful.
we went out for lunch at the saint mark's bistro with the wonderful paintings by brana. i had the standard goat cheese salad with a side of zucchini soup. the soup was awful.

we were then on our way to chinatown, where i was going to show her pearl river, however we got side-tracked by a free jazz concert at the library. wonderful music, they're playing again at the knitting factory this tuesday @ 8pm, main space. check it out if you're in town.

then on to pearl river where i got a new jacket and a journal and a present for tina and some incense (musk and opium) and a tiny tiny buddha statue for jenelle.

(tangent: jenelle works at office max with her boyfriend joe. she doesn't like working there at all. there's something about working retail, it seems. apparently, the world of retail is much like politics in that it tends to bring out the worst in people. i bought her the little buddha to help her through her horrendous work day)

mhmm.

then back to the apartment for some relaxation, chinese delivery dinner and the adventures of baron von munchausen, which i kick myself for having not seen sooner.

i can't remember! :)

there's something about the king of the moon that's very very wonderful. see it to know what i'm talking about.

also; the chemical brother's song My Elastic Eye sounds deadly familiar, but I can't place it. could be they ripped off bach. anyone know?

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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2002
12:04 pm - strange dream
very very strange dream, in fact.

perhaps i've been playing or watching too many video games.

so in the dream i flew the small cessna plane from grand theft auto up and landed it on the top of a large large building. the buildings, i think, were supposed to represent the world trade center, as they were two really large buildings right next to each other.

only, they weren't office buildings. they were like... fake apartment or hotel buildings. it was like they belonged on a movie set. all the rooms were made to look nice, but nothing actually worked. each apartment or suite only had a living room, bedroom and small, functional bathroom. and the weird thing is, without leaving the apartment or suite, you could go downstairs to the next apartment or suite...

anyway, my cohort in the dream was a friend of mine out in colorado, mike. he was about to release a beautiful giant box set of cd's that was all glossy black. he was showing them off to me.

then there was some part about parallel parking the uhaul truck, which sucked.

oh, but then we made it to the top of the buildings, and there was a stairway up to this beautiful pool. but the stairs had gone out halfway up. and it was terribly windy way up there.

eventually we hiked down to the bridge that connected the two buildings, and crossed it.

then there was more flying around in the small airplane.

and there was a dispute because mike got the money for the cd's from his girlfriend, and she was pissed at him for some reason.

and then we were going to have a dinner party. something with grapes.

but there are no bears in the himalayas, so it must be bigfoot. :)

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Thursday, April 11th, 2002
12:33 am - oddly enough
i think i'm finally recovering from the big move last weekend. the majority of my stuff is now in the new apartment, and i've spent the week here. the commute isn't as bad as i thought. even without music, as long as i have a good book, i'll be fine.

and i've been without music too. damn nomad jukebox. last night i ordered the new rio riot and it should arrive at my office tomorrow. i'm rather excited.

so this weekend something strange happened. my first night at the new place, i met a roomie's friend. she ended up in my bed that night. it was refreshing to be that close to someone. and it has put me in a good mood all this week.

i dislike admitting that my mental state is in even some small way reliant on other people. but the blatant change that one night can have on a person's demeanor is ample enough evidence.

yet i digress. she has a boyfriend. right. did i know? not really. she told me the next morning. we finally got around to talking about the whole thing yesterday. she's not leaving her boyfriend. this is fine. although she seems like a nice, interesting, intelligent, fun person... this whole situation has forced me to re-examine what it is i really *want*.

and that's not easy.

anyone who really knows me knows that i'm on fairly solid ground with regards to where i am in life. i've got a good career, good friends, and a great family. whereas most of my friends have no clue what it is they want out of life itself, i'm not sure what it is i want out of a companion!

and it's strangely ironic that in some small way i can identify with what my friends are going through, as i had previously thought i was on a completely different plane. it's comforting, in a way.

regardless; patience! love will be found, life will be lived. all that jazz.

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Thursday, April 4th, 2002
8:42 pm - drool...
if my dream house ever becomes a reality, it will be furnished primarily with stuff found at Ligne Roset.

especially this bed... which i'm looking into getting for the new apartment.

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4:57 pm - moo. moo moo.
i'm moving this weekend.
well, the big furniture, anyways.

park slope, brooklyn.
something about obtaining personal financial goals.

i just want to be a better consumer.
need... more... toys.

dave and i are going to open a surrealist department store where the elevators always tell you you're on the "moo" floor, and nothing is where it's supposed to be and everything is where it isn't.

i just spied anna finding adam. funny, that.

work is so tiresome. unmotivated. blah.

moo.

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Sunday, March 24th, 2002
11:57 pm - back
a week in rochester.
it felt really good.
i spent a lot of time with jenelle.
pictures are here

we got her new kitten.
a male this time, named it zeno.

we went to the mall, went grocery shopping, out to lunch and dinner and late night breakfasts. took a nap together. and shared a lot of great little moments.

she's going through a tough time right now, lots of pressure from all angles. family. boyfriend. school. i feel good that i've been able to be there for her.

spent some time with cory as well. wrestlemania, ha. video games, resident evil movie. milla jovovich is gorgeous. i hope he finds some direction in his life, because he's just in a tailspin at the moment.

the family's going ok. no friction with the sister unit. got dad hooked up with a cd burner. he's going to go crazy.

what else? hmm.. tina's been writing some really great stuff in our shared journal recently. it's pretty inspiring.

anyway, i'm back to work tomorrow. we'll see how it goes...

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Tuesday, March 12th, 2002
12:13 am - feeling great is great
i had a conversation an hour or so ago with someone very close to me, someone i love. it warmed my heart, as my conversations with her normally do. the funny thing is, i think she feels the same way. it's an odd sensation.

i'll be back in rochester and with her soon. if only for a week...

but for now i sit here and read the chat log over and over again. it feels suspiciously wonderful.

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Monday, March 11th, 2002
9:33 pm - squaresoft on nintendo again
the final fantasy games are coming back to nintendo. former SNES games are going to be on the gameboy advance and future games will appear on the gamecube.

the story is here.

the question is... why are they leaving microsoft out?

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