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|Monday, March 5th, 2007|
|Wednesday, June 14th, 2006|
Does anybody in Seattle still bother to read this? I guess that's a silly question, since there hasn't *been* anything to read on this for ages.
Anyway, the real question is, is there anybody in Seattle who reads this and wants to play softball at 6PM-ish near Greenlake on Friday? I'm just trying to recruit warm bodies... no real or claimed softball skills are required.
Even if you don't want to play, come on out! It's a double-header, so there's sure to be "refreshments" in between games. And during the games. And whatnot. Anyway, who really needs a better excuse than this to hang out in the park, drink beer, and chase bunnies?
|Thursday, November 3rd, 2005|
I need to chat with someone who plays or has played Magic Online as well as regular card-based Magic: The Gathering. I'm looking for info for a paper I'm writing. If you could leave a comment here or drop me an IM or email if you could answer a couple of questions, I'd appreciate it.
|Saturday, October 22nd, 2005|
I am frantically trying to finish a paper before the WHITE SOX WORLD SERIES game starts. However, I felt that I should take these final few minutes before the WHITE SOX start their first WORLD SERIES game in over 40 years to blog about how incredibly excited I am that the WHITE SOX are in the F'ING WORLD SERIES. Can you believe this is happening? I cannot believe this is happening.
Anyway, I felt it was important to blog about this excitement now, before Jose Contreras gives up three runs in the first inning and it all comes crashing down en route to a four-game Astros sweep. Because, really, I have dealt with enough White Sox postseason disappointment over the years to know that I should expect the absolute worst at all times. And, anyway, being a White Sox fan is not about eternal optimism. That's what being a Bears fan is about. Being a White Sox fan is about being cynical and grumpy and hating them for making you that way. Current Mood: anxious
|Friday, August 26th, 2005|
|Hot NIN ticket-swapping action
All right, this is really sad, but yes, the first time I'm updating my journal in months is to attempt to find concert tickets.
I'm looking for one floor seat for the Key Arena show. I have four reserved seats I'm looking to get rid of. I don't care about making any money on the deal, but I'd like to break even on everything, so if I have to scalp the reserved seats to afford a scalper floor seat, I'll do what I gotta do. But I'd much rather find someone else who is is in a similar but reversed situation so we can both break even.
So, here's the deal. If you want to trade your floor seat for a reserved seat straight up, you've got a deal. If you want to trade your floor seat plus cash for more than one reserved seat so that it comes out even, that's a deal too.
My seats are pretty good... Section 106, Row 20. In front of the stage, high enough to see over/around the sound booth, but in the lower bowl. Let me know if you're interested.
|Saturday, May 14th, 2005|
An additional comment about being outside the Star Wars premiere: I was standing right next to the photographer who took this establishing shot
as he was headed home. This explains why I saw Mark Hamil and the immensely tall Jimmy Smits, but missed out on seeing Nikki Six
, Robert Guillaume
, John Ratzenberger
, Christopher Lloyd
, and a whole bunch of other people I don't recognize.
I find this group of stars very strange. I mean, shouldn't some of the people who starred in the movie have been there? Also, Babyface? Dave Winfield? WTF? This world of movie premieres is very strange. And stupid.
|Thursday, May 12th, 2005|
So, I had my last difficult final today. Woo!
More interestingly, though, after the final I went to the CPK in Westwood with some folks from class, and guess what happened to be going on across the street? The Episode III premiere! I'd never stood outside a premiere like a fanboy before, and really, what better opportunity would I ever get to do so? So I did!
I was across the street from the theater, so I couldn't really see too much of what was going on. I did manage to make out Jimmy Smits and Kelsey Grammer (for some reason), but I didn't see all that many other people of note.
I'll try to post the crappy pictures that I got on my cell phone at some point, but the main takeaways from the whole experience:
- Mark Hamil is the only person who actually enjoys those things. He seemed very excited about going around and shaking hands with the fans.
- Nothing much interesting happens at movie premieres.
- The hardest working man in showbiz? The Billy Corgan-looking publicist of Billy Dee Williams. He spent a good half an hour dragging Billy Dee around and making him sign autographs.
- Lightsabers with neon inserts that actually glow brightly and look like lightsabers instead of cones of plastic with a light bulb in the bottom are the Coolest Thing Ever.
|Thursday, February 24th, 2005|
|The "10 things I've done that you probably haven't" meme
Let's see if I can come up with ten...
1. Travelled out of the country to take a standardized test.
2. Carried around blades of grass from Soldier Field in my wallet.
3. Could be considered personally responsible for bringing down millions of email servers at the same time.
4. Drove from Seattle to LA on two tanks of gas.
5. Beat the Xbox version of Ninja Gaiden.
6. Put a window in the side of my computer. And neon inside. (i realize some of you are computer folks. I'm just assuming you care more about the function than the look.)
7. Finished Infinite Jest
. (As I start to rely almost completely on things I can see in my living room.)
8. Ran the Chicago Marathon. Three times. (Not, like, in a row. Different years.)
9. Attended a triple-overtime NHL playoff game between bitter rivals.
10. Climbed Mt. St. Helens.
Well, that's ten. I suppose it could've been more clever, but damn, I'm tired!
|Saturday, January 22nd, 2005|
|Saturday, December 11th, 2004|
So as not to make it seem like crim didn't have any amusing quotes whereas all of my other classes did, here's my favorite thing from crm, which I just ran across again in my studying. From Pope v. State
, 284 Md. 309, 396 A.2d 1054 (1979):
"As we have held that the crime of misprision of felony does not now exist in Maryland, Pope may not, of course, be retried on a charge of that crime. Pope moved that we strike from the State's brief and appendix a selection from the Year Book of 1484 written in Medieval Latin and references thereto. The State provided no translation and conceded a total lack of knowledge of what it meant. The motion is granted."
So, I'm done with my civ pro final, and am now sitting around wasting time before I start studying for crim. I'm glad that they're spaced out and I don't have to study for more than one thing at once, but this whole having to study for two solid weeks is getting a bit tiresome.
One comment about what I've learned so far, though: it has shown me that an incredible amount of what happens in our country revolves around railroads and cows. What's the deal with that? We had cases about people suing the railroad company for lifetime passes, people suing to get their cow back, people suing the railroad company for discrimination, people suing the railroad company beacuse they fell off a train and died... it's crazy!
My favorite, though, was the one where the people sued the railroad company because a train killed one of their cows. See, it all ties back together!
Anyway, I think I have been studying for too long. When you read a case that starts out with the phrase, "Replevin of a cow," and you bust out laughing, there is something wrong with you. Also, when you start looking for pictures
of the locations in cases
that you're reading, you seriously need help.
|Wednesday, November 17th, 2004|
|Hockey in LA is weird sometimes
Today at my hockey game, I discovered that the center on my line helped produce a Labatt's commercial that featured our goalie. Unfortunately it was not the one where the bear was making all these ridiculous saves, because that's the only one I could remember.
I also discovered that the grumpy german guy who runs the pro shop at the rink was the basis for Hans, the wacky German skate sharpener guy in the Mighty Ducks. Unfortunately I have never seen the Mighty Ducks. Also, Real Life Hans cannot sharpen skates for shit.
Either way, LA is weird.
|Friday, November 12th, 2004|
|Sports is Good.
Patricia and I went to the UCLA-USC hockey game last night. Let me tell you something: that was good times.
First of all, it was my first real college rivalry game in any sport. I realize this was Division II, and so not exactly a couple of big-time programs, but still, it was UCLA-USC. The rink was full, with about 300 people in the stands, but it was split about 50/50 between UCLA and USC fans. They were undergrads, they were drunk, and they were Spirited. It was pretty awesome. I had never been to a sporting event with such a rivalry where a group of the opposing fans came over to the home team side with the express purpose of starting shit. Fearing for one's safety while watching a game always adds a certain excitement.
Second of all, I'm excited that I now have good reasons to hate USC. Now, I've of course hated them ever since the Rose Bowl, but now I got to see some USC undergrads up close. I was reminded of all of the things that I really hated about Northwestern undergrads, but these people were like asshole NU undergrads with an OC edge. Yuck. My hatred only grows!
Oh, also, the hockey was pretty entertaining. Traded goals a bit, but UCLA led the whole game. Go Bruins!
|Monday, November 1st, 2004|
|Another great reason to vote for Kerry
From an interview
in a clearly relevant news source:
Q: Who's your favorite athlete?
Kerry: It really depends on the sport. I mean you go to hockey and I love people like Wayne Gretzky and Jaromir Jagr and Cam Neely. You go back in time, Bobby Orr and you look at the great Bruins team and obviously I was raised with the Bruins. I mean there are some great, great role models. People who are extraordinary in a way in which they set a standard.
Always right to hockey. You gotta love that.
|And even more, with these engineers!
It seems that the Votemaster
, who I have been checking in on about twenty times a day, is Andrew Tanenbaum. Yes, the Andrew Tanenbaum who wrote our Operating Systems textbook
and MINIX, among other things.
I always figured it'd be some statistician guy. Well, I guess I have always figured that CS people tend to be able to be particularly even-handed and rational about things even when they don't agree with them. Current Mood: studious
|Thursday, October 28th, 2004|
|Monday, August 23rd, 2004|
|My choice quote from the first day of law school
GUY NEXT TO ME: "Wow, you type fast. Let me guess... used to be a programmer?"
MY RESPONSE: "Yeah, but that was like a whole week ago."
And that is my "Get Kicked In The Gut By The Fact That That My Life Has Totally Changed Moment" for the evening. Current Mood: studious
|Thursday, August 5th, 2004|
|Hockey Week, Game 2: Maple Bars 4, BLU-82 3
Ah, an exciting game! This was on the olympic-sized ice where we always play well, so I was hoping we'd win. Everybody skated pretty hard and we mostly played good defense... One of their goals came on a 3-0 breakaway, but other than that we covered pretty well. Peter had another goal off a slapshot from above the circles, Ljubo had another goal on a breakaway... so, in other words, a pretty standard Maple Bars game.
I didn't have too many great chances, but I think my toughness level was up where it needs to be. There was one play where I was clearing people out from in front of the net, and instead of playing the puck when it came by I just pushed the guy out of the way, which was pretty cool. Also, I've learned in the past few games that when you're my size it's really, really easy to get people to take penalties. On another play down by the net this guy was cutting across into the crease so I gave him a little shove, and he lost his balance. He was still sort of in the crease, so I decided I'd try to push him out of the crease while he was still trying to get up. Seems he didn't take too kindly to that, and the guy (who, realize, probably has a whole foot of height and 80-100 pounds on me) cross-checks me half-way across the ice. Penalty for you, son! Sucker.
The Outkasts were playing before us and so Patricia, Kelly, and Akira stuck around to watch our game. Afterwards I was talking to Patricia about stuff that happened in the game and she seemed to miss both me getting cross-checked into oblivion *and* the big slapshot I blocked with the top of my skate (that still hurts today). I guess I need to be more consistent in doing things that I hope impress her so she'll actually be paying attention. :)Game 2 Summary
Penalties drawn: 2 min, I think. Possibly 4 min. And if you count the guy after the game who told the referee that he "fucking sucked" and got a game misconduct, maybe 14 min!
|Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004|
|Hockey Week, Game 1: Maple Bars 5, Stingers 6
I don't know how things worked out this way, but they did. I'll be leaving for warmer climes in about two weeks, not knowing when I'll next catch on with a regular hockey league. To send me off, this week ended up being The Most Insane Hockey Week Ever. Eight games in seven days (one Monday, one Wednesday, one Thursday, three Saturday, and two Sunday). I figure this might all be worth documenting, so here we go.
Game One was last night, with the Maple Bars narrowly losing out to the Stingers, 6-5. There was no reason we should've given up so many goals, and absolutely no reason we should've lost this game. It was our first game without Doug, who was our best defenseman and one of the top scorers on the team, so that probably had something to do with it. But the Stingers defense was easily the weakest we've seen in a long time, so the fact that we didn't score more was a big disappointment.
As for me, my game was pretty horrible. I had a couple of decent plays, don't get me wrong. I got a couple of one-timers on the net and I managed to draw another roughing penalty (funny how that works... when I play a little more physical and the huge guys throw a little elbow that would normally hit someone in the shoulders, it hits me in the back of the head and they get called. Suckers.). But I also whiffed on a bouncing puck in the crease, inexplicably fell over at the blue line and caused a turnover, and took a pretty weak penalty (yes, I sat in the box alone and felt shame). The worst part, though, was this play in the third period. I was trying to chase down a puck that went into their end, and I was clearly going to get there before the defender, so the goalie came about 20 feet out of the net to try to freeze it. Well, I guess I stopped paying attention for a second, and all of a sudden I was behind the goalie and the puck was still in front of me. I tried to change direction to get to the puck, and I tripped and Fell On The Puck, with nothing but ice and an open net in front of me. And with another teammate right behind me who could've picked it up if I didn't Fall On The Puck. That would've tied the game, too. Mother Fucker! I'm a little bitter.
So, anyway, I'll try to parlay some of that anger into Wednesday's game.... I know that after I fell on that puck I went out and had a great shift because I was so pissed. I've just gotta learn how to play that way all the time.Game 1 Summary
Penalties taken: 2 min
Penalties drawn: about 4 min... they can't stop me!
+/-: Probably about -4
Really good blown chances: 2
So, for those of you not paying attention, Doom 3
released today. There's a couple of copies floating around work, and I got a chance to play the first level, albeit on a sub-standard graphics card and an LCD monitor. So, here's my impression so far:
Holy Fucking Shitballs, this is the Best Game Ever.
Ever! I played it before lunch, and now it's after lunch and I'm still buzzing about it. The graphics were stupid good even on the not-so-great machine I was playing on, the spookiness was Incredible, the level of detail on the levels was astounding.... I'm all a-flutter!
I had been planning on trying to play some [name of game deleted due to NDA] tonight, but if I can get my hands on a copy of Doom I think I'll have to hook \\molly back up to the TV and the surround sound and scare the shit out of myself.