Sunday, June 27, 2004

Beach At Dusk

you walk
along the waves
while the moon
washes your feet

Friday, June 25, 2004

Concert and The Terminal

So last night I went to the Denison Marrs concert. I drove for 3 hours and 15 minutes to get to Lakeland, FL, which is the hometown of Denison Marrs. They played at this simply gigantic Assembly of God church. I got there a bit early so I hung out a bit and got myself oriented. I met a few people at the church. There was a decent female-led group that opened the concert called LONA. Your standard CCM-styled band.

Denison Marrs was great. They played just how I thought they would. Their drummer was so intense and they all loved what they were playing. They played a few new songs, a couple off Then Is The New Now, one each from the other two albums. Their "Ultraviolet" is simply amazing in concert. If you don't have this song on your computer you should ask me for it. It's probably their best song.

I saw The Terminal today. It was one of those "cute" movies. At least that's what ran through my mind when I saw it. Tom Hanks does an excellent job pulling off a Bulgarian-ish accent. The most interesting concept of the movie is the idea of being a citizen of nowhere. As the movie puts it, Viktor Navorski is quite simply "unacceptable". He cannot go home to Krakhozia(made up country, probably taken from the city Krakow) and he cannot enter US soil. He's in a sort of limbo. So he is forced into the world of the airport employees, who are still transients at the airport, even though they are regular. I also thought his romance with a..err.."loose" flight attendant was done well and we saw probably the best outcome for it. So, go see it if you want a good clean movie with a solid hero and a good(read: not cheesy) ending.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Which Email Service?

Currently I use a Yahoo! email address as my primary email address. I also acquired a Google Gmail account since I'm a user of Blogger( Now, the big attraction of Google is that they give you a massive storage capacity. One gigabyte in fact. Way too much for any normal user, in my opinion.

However, this overwhelming competition from a highly respected company such as Google has been good for the email service industry, because now Yahoo! and Microsoft's Hotmail have upped their storage capacities for their email services. I know that for Yahoo you get 100MB. And if you choose to pay for their email service, they'll upgrade you to 2GB, twice as much as you get with Gmail!

But who really needs all that? Email is not a good way to transfer files in general as it is inefficient. So 100MB seems just fine for me, and they even upgraded their interface to at least look more like Gmail's. But it's really just the same, and not an innovative evolution like Gmail. Gmail's interface makes email more like an IM conversation in which you view emails between you and another person in chronological order. Very intuitive and efficient.

I have a complaint about each, though. Since Yahoo upgraded their interface, the email preview feature on the My Yahoo service doesn't seem to work. I hope they get that fixed soon, because it's annoying to have to go to the mail site manually. My complaint about Gmail is that it doesn't yet support the Opera Web Browser, which I use. So at work I downloaded Mozilla Firefox so I can use Gmail without having to resort to good old IE :-P That contributes to me sticking with Yahoo for now, until Google implements support for non-ActiveX browsers.

So that's my take on the current email situation. Hope it helps!

Monday, June 21, 2004

Florida Is A Go!

Yes, it turns out that I am indeed crazy enough to go see the Denison Marrs show. So on Wednesday I'll be heading to Florida to visit my grandparents for 6 days and I'll be going to the Denison Marrs show conveniently. I'll let y'all know how it is :-)

Monday, June 14, 2004

Saturn's Phoebe and Bubba Ho-tep

The Cassini-Huyygens space probe is currently circling Saturn and has shot some great pictures of Saturn's moon Phoebe. I also recommend going through the little presentation on Saturn.

Over the weekend I saw an odd but very good movie called Bubba Ho-tep. If you ever wanted to see a movie about what Elvis Presley(played by Bruce Campbell) would be up to right now were he alive, this is it. Stuck in a nursing home with a bad hip, we hear an elderly Elvis' introspective thoughts on his own life and we learn how he ended up where he is, with everyone thinking he's dead. Teamed up with a black JFK(also a resident of the nursing home), they go after Bubba Hotep, a not-so-famous escaped Egyptian mummy who is by night feeding on the souls of the residents of the nursing home. It's a lot of parody and silliness but underlying it all is a depth of character brought alive in Elvis' character and his wish at self-redemption for the wasted latter part of his life. We also encounter a vulgar cynicism which we might expect from a man who has lived as Elvis did before having it all swept away into a shell of an existence. If you're up for an eccentric and silly comedy that is successful in what it sets out to do, you'll enjoy Bubba Ho-tep.

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Denison Marrs Show!

I actually found a Denison Marrs show! In the future!(((Google)))

- Thursday, June 24, 2004 - 7:00pm
DENISON MARRS (floodgate records)
LONA (Angela Griner with band)
VENUE: Victory Church - 1401 Griffin Rd.
Lakeland, Fl. 33810
TIX: Suggested donation of $5,
but if ya don't have it, come as our guest!

I wonder if I'm crazy enough to go see this show :-D
This band has an amazing album called World Renown For Romance which I don't actually have but is completely unavailable on the nets. I do have their most recent called Then Is The New Now.

Monday, June 07, 2004

Got a Revolution Behind the Lines..We've Got to Get Out And Organize

Jackie was still in the midst of her exhortation, and it gave Maya the greatest of pleasure to interrupt her. "The demonstration's off."

"What do you mean?" Jackie said, startled and annoyed. "Why?"
"Because we're having a revolution instead."

Green Mars p.550