Archive for the ‘Life’ Category

Adding to the Tally
Jan 26, 2007

On recent announcements of award nominees for the Independent Spirit Awards, the Golden Globes, and the Academy Awards, I’m awarded the opportunity to more movies to my database. As delineated earlier, I’ve culled the list to the 88 eligible movies and eliminated one of them for not being listed as “Save” on Netflix.

Before the addition to the list, here’s my tally:

  • Seen: 538.
  • In Queue: 264.
  • Unavailable: 415.
  • Left to see:: 1048.
  • Total: 2265.

Following are the movies. I’ve seen the ones in bold. The rest are in my queue. The unsavable one is stricken. Reviews on 50 Words are linked.

  • 12:08 East of Bucharest
  • A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints
  • A Lion in the House
  • A Prairie Home Companion
  • After the Wedding
  • American Gun
  • An Inconvenient Truth
  • Apocalypto
  • Babel
  • Blood Diamond
  • Bobby
  • Borat
  • Brothers of the Head
  • Bubble
  • Cars
  • Chalk
  • Children of Men
  • Chronicle of an Escape
  • Click
  • Conversations With Other Women
  • Curse of the Golden Flower
  • Day Night Day Night
  • Days of Glory
  • Deliver Us From Evil
  • Dreamgirls
  • Flags of Our Fathers
  • For Your Consideration
  • Four Eyed Monsters
  • Friends With Money
  • Half Nelson
  • Happy Feet
  • Hollywoodland
  • Infamous
  • Iraq in Fragments
  • Jesus Camp
  • Kinky Boots
  • Land of Plenty
  • Letters from Iwo Jima
  • Little Children
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • Man Push Cart
  • Marie Antoinette
  • Miss Potter
  • Monster House
  • My Country, My Country
  • Nomad
  • Notes on a Scandal
  • Old Joy
  • Pan’s Labyrinth
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  • Poseidon
  • Quinceañera
  • Running With Scissors
  • Sherrybaby
  • Sorry, Haters
  • Steel City
  • Stephanie Daley
  • Stranger Than Fiction
  • Superman Returns
  • Sweet Land
  • Thank You For Smoking
  • The Black Dahlia
  • The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros
  • The Da Vinci Code
  • The Dead Girl
  • The Departed
  • The Devil Wears Prada
  • The Fountain
  • The Good German
  • The Good Shepherd
  • The Illusionist
  • The Last King of Scotland
  • The Lives of Others
  • The Motel
  • The Painted Veil
  • The Prestige
  • The Pursuit of Happyness
  • The Queen
  • The Road to Guantanamo
  • The Trials of Darryl Hunt
  • Twelve and Holding
  • United 93
  • Venus
  • Volver
  • Water
  • Wild Tigers I Have Known
  • Wristcutters: A Love Story
  • You’re Gonna Miss Me

New tally:

  • Seen: 544
  • In Queue: 345
  • Unavailable: 416
  • Left to see (but not in queue): 1048
  • Total: 2353
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Last Day at Work
Sep 29, 2006

Today is my last day at BMC Software. It’s been two years as a contractor. I’ve had a lot of fun, lots of laughs, and did some really good things. It’s time, however, to move on. So, right now, I’m taking the posters off the wall, finishing up the last of the AdvancedITIL books in Traditional Chinese.

I really appreciate all the great people I got to work with at Remedy, BMC, and on the peripheral projects. I hope that we all stay in touch and that our cross paths in the future.

Is It Day Yet?
Feb 15, 2006

Nothing wakes you up like a meeting at 6:30 in the morning (Pacific Time). It’s not the earliest meeting I ever had, but it’s pretty early. After not sleeping much last night and dreading the dentist’s appointment in three hours, I’m ready for more coffee.

The earliest meeting I ever had was at 4. I had a training call five days in a row before 5 with a colleague in India. I’d get in the office around 3:30 – 4:30. This morning’s meeting involved people in California and Texas. Fortunately, I don’t have any more meetings this early.

Okay. Time to work now. And try to stay awake.

The Questionnaire
Feb 6, 2006

I am a fan of Inside the Actors Studio, the long-running interview series on Bravo and hosted by James Lipton. I haven’t been able to watch it recently, because I’ve really been too lazy to add a Season Pass to my Tivo. At the end of each episode, just before the guest actor takes questions from the students of the Actors Studio Drama School, Mr. Lipton poses the questionnaire of Bernard Pivot, a French television host.

I thought I’d provide my answers for your entertainment. Imagine me, if you will, as an actor. Perhaps someday, I’ll try it for real.

The Questions:

  1. What is your favorite word? Nifty.
  2. What is your least favorite word? Hella.
  3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually, or emotionally? Well-written music.
  4. What turns you off? Inattentive drivers.
  5. What is your favorite curse word? MF.
  6. What sound or noise do you love? The chromatic harmonica, particularly when played by Toots Thielemans.
  7. What sound or noise do you hate? The part of American Pie where Chris Klein sings (almost as bad — when that terrible choir sings).
  8. What profession, other than your own, would you most like to attempt? Acting.
  9. What profession, other than your own, would you least like to attempt? Butcher.
  10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear god say when you arrive at the pearly gates? “He’s here, everyone. We can finally get the party started.”

Your turn.

Officially Middle-Aged
Jan 27, 2006

Today, I have officially become middle-aged.

My thirty-fifth birthday isn’t for another half a week. But, today, I officially crest the hill and become middle aged.

Why? My son just became a teenager. Today is his thirteenth birthday. Having children who are teenagers is the cleanest and truest definition of middle age, is it not?

Happy birthday, son.

Brilliant Bird
Jan 21, 2006

I am now the father of an eleven-year-old daughter. My last child has her birthday today. A magnificently bright, funny, and boisterous young woman, she is a brilliant flame that warms everyone around her.

Happy birthday, sister.

Pez Day
Jan 18, 2006

I got to work this morning at 7 am. Before I realized it, eleven had come and it was time to find lunch. I descended the stairs near my cubicle and wandered into the company cafeteria. Today, apparently, was Pez Day. Everybody gets a free Pez today.

After acquiring my tofu stir fry and a V8, I approached the cashier lady, who indicated the large bowl of Pez packages. Most of them were Sesame Street characters. There were a few of a girl (Snow White, maybe?), a handful of Ernies, a few Elmos, and few Big Birds, but I was looking for my favorite—Cookie Monster, one-time guest of Martha Stewart’s show and subject of a controversy after the producers of the show reduced his cookie intake.

I don’t eat very many cookies myself, because I’m a lacto-vegetarian and most cookies contain eggs, but I still adore Cookie Monster. He’s funny, simple-minded, and singularly focused on his favorite food. His likeness was on a pediatric toothbrush I had to use after I injured myself late last year. He’s been making kids laugh for more than thirty years.

Down at the bottom of the bowl on the cashier’s counter, I found the Monster—his googly eyes and big grin looking up at me. And now, he’s on my desk. Me have Cookie Monster!