Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Absense

Well it is now that time. I have known about this for a year and a half and now I'm just a day away. I'll be gone from June 1st until the 18th. For those that don't know I'm going to Disney world and going on the disney world cruise in the bahamas. It's my grandparents 50th wedding anniversary and they're taking the entire extended family out for this trip. I'm super excited. I went to Poetasters today, now I want to write poetry again, we'll see if I can do any on the plane ride or on the car rides there. Anywho, If I post it'll be a sparatic post and I'll be back on the 18th. Have fun while I'm gone and think of me on a cruise while you take finals.

Monday, May 30, 2005

Craig has Magical Powers

So saturday started off how it usually does. Frisbee! I can now successfully throw hammer throws, I was pretty excited about that one. I only played two hours before everyone was ready to finish. So I came back home, but when I arrived my co group leader for FHE came over to give me something and she showed me what happened to her the day earlier. She was in a car accident and she wasn't wearing a seat belt! Her knees are both very swollen and bruised because of it. So lesson wear a seat belt. Now this friend is really funny because she'll keep on going even if her head was cut off. She's a military brat so it makes sense, my mom says that's how military brats are, after all she was one of them. So later that day we had a ward activity at Kawanis Park and sure enough she was playing volleyball the whole time until she had to lie down cause it got too bad. Now she's having trouble walking. Funny girl.

Oooh, let's now go back in the story to friday night. I was invited to a party from a friend of mine from freshman year. I headed over to his place and waited to see if I would have a good time. I ended up having a pretty good time. We played Mad Gab, and Manner of the Adverb. The thing is, when I get in big groups I tend to make a fool of myself and look like I don't care. But sometimes I do, but then once I get into smaller situations I feel more comfortable. Anywho, we ended up watching "Singles Ward." Now the thing is, I swore I never see any of these guys movies (They've got a new movie that they were making while we playing frisbee called "Church Ball") because they're so one sided. But since I had such LOW expectations of it, I liked it a little bit. The old people were funny. And it was fun knowing where all those places were. Then afterwards it ended up being me, my friend and some other girl I had just met. She's an MFHD major and I've never really talked to an MFHD major before. So she was talking to me and we went over our Must have, Want and can't have lists when it comes to women. And I was her number 1 and 2 of her can't have list. So it was funny. She said she's put me on a blind date, so that might be fun, I haven't done one of those in a long time.

Now I'm going to segway to something different for a moment. My mom was a violin teacher at BYU for a number of years. So basically my whole life I've grown up on violin music. Now mind you, my mom is really good, she has a cd or two and has done really well with it. But you know what? I don't like violin music. At least i don't like classical violin. I was at a music party a couple months ago and these two played a duet from something in G on their violins, and it sounded like what I grew up on, so I didn't like it. It's not that I don't appriciate people playing it, I've just been so desensitized to violin music that I don't like it any more. My mom would play it to me as a conditioning method as I grew up from when I was just born to like 3. Then I would hear her everytime I came home from school. So now I can't enjoy it. It only brings memories of trying to get away from the music. Do any of you have some sort of conditioning like that, that makes you not like something most people should like?


So last night after the ward activity I went to my apartment to find a bunch of my high school friends, they were all getting together to go do something. So i went along and the plan was to play apples to apples and kristen's apartment. So i went with enoch and we got some Cafe del sol which is pretty good. I've never had it before, and my friend's parents own the place. So as we went to Kristen's Craig was in the car with us and as we went there he called up his friend to check on the lot. A little weird, and then he got confirmation of some sort (now I knew all about it, I'm just creating suspense by not letting you know), so we played apples to apples until about 2 in the morning, we had two expansion packs as well so it was big. So when we left, we went out to the parking lot and both our cars were booted. But craig took out his cell phone, called up his friend who is the owner of a particular booting company, told him about the boots and we waited for a moment. The boot guy showed up and he took the boots off for free because craig is best friends with the owner, and that's what the call was about, to make sure our cars would not be booted even though we were parked in a booting zone. The guy that booted us was going to get fired anyways so he decided to put it on our cars just for the heck of it. So as the guy took off the boots and Craig told him to listen to his boss next time, we had to comment to each other.... "Craig has magical powers."

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Meeting and Parting

A lot of thoughts have been bouncing around in my head lately, let's see how many of them I'll get to.

First off I watched the anime series dot hack in the past two days. I did the first 18 episodes yesterday and the past 10 today. It's funny because as I was watching the first 18 yesterday I was thinking about all the things I could do instead, and I was so unmotivated that I couldn't do anything else. Also due to the fact that it is a really good series. The music gets a little tedious after a while since they use the same four to five songs in every episode. But I picked up some great quotations from some of the episodes. Now I do have a question for anyone reading and have seen this series, does anyone have the video game or the manga. Apparently the story of this series starts in the game, then goes to the anime and ends in the manga. So I've seen Act 2.

Now that's interesting, in sunday school we watched the old school video about the dude in the play that comes in during act 2. Pretty funny.

Here's a thought fromt he show, "Has there ever been a time when a story that begins with 'don't tell anyone' stayed a secret?"

Although here's my favorite quotation from the show that really made me think, so think about this one, "Meeting someone is God's doing, but parting is what humans do themselves." Interesting thought, any comments on that one?

I think I'll stop on that actually and more properly divide my other thoughts before posting them.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Great Teacher Onizuka

If any of you ever have the chance to watch this series. It is really good. I finally finished it today. A good friend of mine owns it and he took it back when I had 4 episodes left, but he brought it back and I watched it today. That series is one of the most amazing anime series ever. Right now I'd say it's in the top three with Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Shamploo. For those that just saw the first episode of Shamploo on Cartoon Network, I've seen all 26 episodes and it's better in Japanese, so if you can get the dvds, do it in Japanese.

I had a barbecue with a bunch of Chinese people yesterday, that was a lot of fun.

I bought the Michel Gondry dvd today. Some of the things on this dvd are directly related to me wanting to become a film editor. There is some amazing stuff on here and I'd like to show all of you if I could. It can never get old for me.

That's it for me today. And I'm in a really good mood.

Friday, May 20, 2005

IMDB part 2

Met Laulau for the first time last night, we saw Star Wars 3. I'll post my thoughts on it here later. 'Twas a fun time. But besides that not much else to report. Though I do think a Arrested development marathon is in order, I have the first season and I was wondering if there would be people who would want to join in for that event. Any takers? I'm also currently looking to buy Michel Gondry's music videos, I love that thing so much, if you've seen it at anystores, tell me, cause I can't seem to find it. So now onto the imdb part 2.

So for the last one I had 18 out of 25. So let's go on for the next 25. Just looking it over I don't think I've seen as many in this 25.

26. Lawrence of Arabia (1962) - Haven't seen it

27. It's a Wonderful Life (1946) - Isn't this movie wonderful, it fills you with so much joy. The first big time feel good movie. Even the title makes you feel happy. 4 stars

28. Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain, Le (2001) (Amalie) - When I lived in Virginia for two months all I basically did was watch movies, this was one of them. Absolutly wonderful movie. One of the reasons why I now like the french. Probably the cutest movie ever (Minus Panda go Panda). 4 stars

29. Goodfellas (1990) - Haven't seen it

30. The Silence of the Lambs (1991) - Haven't seen it

31. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) - Michel Gondry! I love this man, he has become one of my top 3 favorite directors. He really knows how to make a movie into an art form. He spends so much time until it's perfect. This movie is visually spectacular. 4 stars

32. Sunset Blvd. (1950) - Haven't seen it

33. American Beauty (1999) - Kevin Spacey makes this movie what it is. I remember really liking it the first time I saw it but I do need to see it again because it just seems to be too cool for it's own good. But when I did see it in 99 I gave it 4 stars and so must still give it that.

34. Vertigo (1958) - This is a suspense movie for the ages. Hitchcock is brilliant in not giving everything away and hitting you with surprise endings. I never saw this one coming. Go watch this movie. 4 stars

35. The Matrix (1999) - A movie that blew everyone away. A revolution in it's own right. The two sequels were not recieved well and thus this one loses some of it's flavor, but as a movie by itself it's wonderfully inventive. 4 stars

36. Apocalypse Now (1979) Haven't seen it.

37. Fight Club (1999) This movie is just too cool for it's own good. I loved it the first time but then watching it the second time there are too many plot holes. Suddenly watching it, nothing made sense. This movie definatly came out of obscurity to become a cult classic. Edward Norton beating himself up is awesome. But still some problems with it having too many plot holes and what's up with the Penguin? 3 1/2 stars

38. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) - Wonderful movie that shows what people could do in the early days just by telling a good story. 4 stars

39. Paths of Glory (1957) - Haven't seen it

40. The Pianist (2002) - Haven't seen it

41. The Third Man (1949) - haven't seen it

42. Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001) (Spirtited Away) - Miyazaki is a genius. I've almost seen all his movies and I haven't yet been dissappointed. This one though is definatly one that you can start with when watching his movies. Very imaginitive and very well drawn. Definatly recommended if you haven't seen it. 4 stars

43. Taxi Driver (1976) - Have't seen it

44. Singin' in the Rain (1952) - Classic songs for a classic movie. Though I didn't really enjoy it as much as most. The story didn't make any sense to me. 3 1/2 stars

45. Boot, Das (1981) Haven't seen it

46. Double Indemnity (1944) Haven't seen it

47. M (1931) Haven't seen it

48. Se7en (1995) - I've seen most of this movie but not all of it, I do need to watch it all though

49. Chinatown (1974) Haven't seen it

50. Some Like It Hot (1959) Haven't seen it

Only 10 of the past 25, I have a lot to watch in this section.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

IMDB top 250

In an attempt, I'm going to go over the imdb's top 250 movies of all time. You can find that here http://www.imdb.com/chart/top I'm going to attempt to see all the movies on the list, minus a couple like Clockwork Orange. Now I know the list is constantly changing but I'll try and see all of them anyways. And I'll give a little feedback on what I thought of the movie. So to start it off let's start with the first twenty five. If I haven't seen the movie I'll edit it in later when I have seen it and update later on when it's changed.

1. The Godfather - I saw this movie about 2 weeks before going on my mission. I've only seen it once. I didn't think it was the greatest movie of all time, but it was fairly good, definatly a four star movie (my rating system is out of four stars) I wouldn't put it on my list of recommends for most people but it was a good movie.

2. The Shawshank Redemption - I have never actually seen the original cut of this movie, I've only seen it on TNT with commercials so I can't fuilly appriciate it's brilliance. That said this is an amazingly brilliant movie, definatly 4 stars and I do have it on my list of movies I need to see again, this time uncut.

3. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - Part 3 of the amazing saga. I have only seen this one extended, so I don't know what was cut out, but I didn't feel like it was a 4 hour movie. The thrilling conclusion to the story was definatly a must see. 4 stars.

4. The Godfather: Part II - Have not seen it

5. Shichinin no samurai (Seven Samurai) - Have not seen it, but I do own it

6. Schindler's List - Haven't seen it

7. Casablanca - Loved this movie, one of the best ever. It's been about 4 years since I've seen it but it's definatly in my memory. 4 stars.

8. Star Wars: A New Hope - I'm not as big a star wars fan as everyone else, however this movie was quite amazing for when it was made. A good way to kick off a good story. 3 1/2 stars

9. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Definatly the second best of the three movies, I have not yet seen the extended version, but it did inspire me to read the first book. 4 stars

10. Pulp Fiction - I love this movie. Such a twisting movie that left me feeling satisfied. Each character is done so well. Definalty a must see. 4 stars.

11. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Haven't seen it

12. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back - Again, I'm not the biggest Star Wars fan in the bunch, however this one I'd say is my favorite, with the surprise ending that not even the cast and crew knew about until it was shown in the theater, quite good. 3 1/2 stars

13. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - I've only seen the extended version of this one and it did not end, much too long for my tastes. I enjoy long movies but this one really did not need to be so long and have so much fluff in the middle. It took me a long time to watch the third one because this one was so much of a dissappointment for me. 3 stars

14. Citizen Kane - Still haven't seen it, really odd too, because I've almost seen it about 20 times

15. Rear Window - Just saw this for the first time about 2 weeks ago. It was so amazing, It was probably the most suspenseful movie I've seen in a while. I never usually yell during a movie, but when I yelled, "No!" I surprised myself. Incredibly involving, especially due to the fact it's all in one room, how amazing can a movie be to only be in one room. 4 stars

16. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb - Is this movie amazing or what? If you haven't seen it yet, Go! See it now! Peter Sellers is magnificent in his three different roles. Kubrick at his finest. 4 stars

17. Buono, il brutto, il cattivo, Il (The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly) - First western movie I ever saw. Amazingly captivating. The graveyard scene still sends goosebumps. 4 stars

18. Raiders of the Lost Ark - Honestly I can't rate this one because I don't remember it, it's been nearly 10 years or more since I've seen it.

19. The Usual Suspects - Kevin Spacey. Amazing. Really enjoyed it. 4 stars

20. 12 Angry Men - Wonderfully captivating and amazingly well written story. The story tells it all. 4 stars

21. Cidade de Deus (City of God) - Holy Mackeral! This movie is the best movie I've seen this year, though it was made in 2002 I didn't see it until 3 months ago. I was blown away at how amazing this movie is. The story, The editing, the lighting, the acting, the cinematography. Nothing is lacking in this movie. Definatly in my top 10 of all time. 4 stars.

22. Memento - One of a kind movie. Never seen a movie like it, so well done and so inventive. How someone could come up with this is beyond me. Amazing. 4 stars

23. North by Northwest - Very involving, wonderfully done. 4 stars

24. C'era una volta il West (Once up a Time in the West) - Have not seen it

25. Psycho - Haven't seen it.

A good amount. Thoughts anyone? I'm sure I'll get scathed for my thoughts on Two towers and the star wars movies. Next 25 to come soon.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Particle

If you are one of those people into free music, then check this out. One of my new favorite bands is Particle. They're a jam band that have a lot of techno influences. Their website is www.particlepeople.com and they have an entire show they did in Park City in their media section for download. So go ahead and give it a listen and if you like it you can put it on cd.

Purple Monkey Dishwasher

One day in my first area of my mission we went to go visit a blind piano player in the ward. I had been out for about two weeks at this time, and i thought this guy was awesome. Well we arrived there and we talked with him for a while and he had learned a little bit earlier through the grape vine of the ward that I was a big fan of music. He explained to me how a friend of his had died and left him all his cds, but it turned out he owned about 20 of the cds already. So he wanted me to have them. So being the good missionary I was I promptly sent them home in a box. Well now I'm finally listening to one of those cds. It's Bill Doggett and his combo, and this is some pretty funky stuff, I'm really enjoying it.

I tried a George Foreman grill for the first time today. My roommate has one and uses it all the time, but we have another on in a drawer. So i took that one out and cooked a grilled cheese sandwich in about 3 minutes and it came out perfectly. I was so impressed. I am now converted to the grill, at least for grilled cheese sandwiches.

One pet peeve that's been bugging me lately is the nessecity in our lives for the "first impression" it's so obnoxious. How many times do we ourselves use this against people or people use this against us. Can't we get over those stupid tendencies and just because a first impression might not be good, go on and see if we maybe *gasp* wrong?

Oh yes, and "sharks explode because sometimes their brains and sexual organs are made up of M80s, and sometimes they explode to attract ginat killer bees." -Space Ghost from the ol' Kentucky Shark episode. Best episode of Space Ghost Coast to Coast ever.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Good News

So as I was playing frisbee today which I do each saturday I came upon some good news. I put on a pair of shorts that I knew would be a good pair cause it wouldn't fall down. However, it started to fall down the whole time and I kept having to pull them up as I ran. Why is this good? Because that means I'm losing weight. My more exersize diet is working!

You know what's the one thing I don't like when i go to play frisbee though, there are always about three to four people that end up coming that are way too into it. Instead of just marking the goals, they'll make end zones, they'll yell at everyone, expect everyone to be as professional as them, call out of bounds, call traveling, call picks, just stupid stuff. I just want to walk up to them and say, "hey, do you see any talent scouts in the audience? No? Then have some fun darling." Usually I end up playing about 4 hours each week but after playing with these guys after an hour and a half I was done. I started to walk back with my group when we saw some of the usual people we play with who had showed up late and joined some other game, they lost a bunch of people so we ended up staying and playing with them instead, and had much more fun. I've played League games before and they are brutal but you're supposed to have all the rules and referees, most people that come play on saturdays don't even think about ever playing a league game. So lighten up guys.

After sleeping the 18 hour night, I stayed up all last night, finally watched Cheungking Express by Wong Kar Wai, it was really excellent, I'll give it 3 1/2 stars. Played frisbee, went to Costoco then about 4 pm I was in such a daze that I had to fall asleep. So I slept 8 hours just now and have now woken up around Midnight and can't fall back asleep. Will I ever be able to get back into a good schedule? Will I do another 18 hour sleep binge? Will I fall apart when it all comes together? Do you know the Muffin Man? Why do sharks explode? Stay Tuned to find out.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

The story of a guy at BYU that's like the show 24 only it's 18!

So here's a story for you. So thursday night I was pretty tired. After hanging out with friends I ended up watching the latest edition of Smackdown since I taped it and at 11:30 I fell asleep. I woke up at about 1:30 and realized I missed the last half hour of smackdown, so I watched the last half hour then fell back asleep on the couch. My roommate woke me up at 7 am on his way to take a shower. I got up and went into my room and fell back asleep thinking I would sleep another hour or two. Now I am not kidding you on this one, I fell asleep at 7 am and did not literally wake up until 6 pm. So I ended up sleeping for 18 hours last night. Yeah. Can I once again say I don't like sleep.

So I've decided I wanna write a poem, I haven't written a poem in a while. Not since my mission. I wrote a lot of poetry in high school, it started with regular poetry, then I wrote a lot of e.e. cummings like poetry. Then back to original style. So I decided I wanted to write a poem today, why? Because I thought of the perfect title. I don't want to unveil the title yet, but if I can actually create a poem for it I'm sure it'll be on here sooner or later. I wonder if any of my poetry is on my old website, I'm going to go check right now. Nope, I guess not, only some stories I wrote.

Well that's it for today. More to come later.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Proof that there's still hope in this world

4 years ago this month, Vince McMahon announced the failure and demise of his football brand XFL. Thank goodness that one failed.

Sleeping

Can I tell you how much I hate sleep? Sleep has truely become one of the banes of my existence. If only I could get just 4-6 hours a night of sleep and still function then I'd be happy, but as it is, I can't get less then 10 hours. It's so funny because so many people want to be getting 10 hours a night, but I have so much to do! It's getting so bad that I feel bad about sleeping too long, but even when i set my alarm for 8 hours I'll wake up with such a bad headache and just be feeling all out horrible that all I can do is fall back asleep. I got 13 hours last night. I woke up at 9 with a pounding headache. Went back to sleep, woke up an hour later to a phone call, I could barely make it through the call cause my head was pounding. The problem is I've always had this. This has been ailing me for the past 6 to 7 years, I get sick when I wake up, and I stay sick for about an hour after waking up, then I start to feel fine. I can't wait until summer semester so I can start waking up with a purpose. That'll be better.

Saturday, May 07, 2005

3:44 am

It's currently 3:44 am. For those that don't know me well which is basically everyone that will read this, I am an odd one when it comes to sleeping. I sleep forever. I'll fall asleep and if I don't set my alarm I'll stay asleep for 18 hours, and I'm not exaggerating. The other thing is I hate sleeping. I am one of those weird people, I used to not be like that however, I used to love sleeping, but now I wish I didn't need to do it, cause I love being awake. I have so many things I want to do. So often times I'll put aside my better judgement and stay up all night. Why? Cause I can. I screw up my schedule, but nothing really happens from 6 am until 4 pm anyways. I am such a night person, I think so well at night. That's why internet courses are a godsend.

Favorite band of the night: Queens of the Stoneage

Friday, May 06, 2005

Dancing the Night Away

I helped a friend who got her wisdom teeth out today. I also bought 3 dvds for 6 bucks each. I got Fargo, Spinal Tap, and The Manchurian Candidate. Note the M.C. is the Frank Sinatra one. I've been somewhat bored lately so I've decided to lost weight. When I found out I lost 12 pounds last month I've been starting a diet. Sort of... My diet consists of, basically eating the same foods, just eating less food, and exercizing a lot more. So one way I do that is by taking walks at night and dancing to the music I'm listening to. I walked past a couple he other night making out, and they stopped making out and looked at me really weird because I was doing an air-guitar to my music. So in retaliation I smiled, pointed at them and nodded. And then I danced even more as I walked away. Showed them who's boss.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

A Tale of Sadness part 2

I did it. I finally beat Final Fantasy One. Aren't you proud of me? So I can no longer say I haven't beaten a game that has plagued me for a large portion of my life.

I went to institute for the first time yesterday. The title was something about dating, but it was all about why celestial marriage is important. Now sure I got myself into it by actually going and listening to it, but I wasn't really impressed. He did the usual talk about celestial marriage, made sure to add in the "look at the movies you watch, they're all garbage" line and my family is great. He also used the "If I did it anyone can do it" line, and he really didn't look all that bad. When people use that line I want them to look ugly and have some sort of physical defect, then I'll know there really is some glimmer of hope for someone like me.

The best parts of the whole thing though were some of the people I went with. Now I'm not a big dating kind of guy. I dated like crazy in high school with no luck. I did it because my friends made me feel bad if I didn't do it, because "It's a guys obligation to take a girl out to a dance." (note: I'm from Utah where we have about 9 date dances a year) So I did it, I took out girls and all I got in return was a whole lot of wasted money and a bunch of girls I don't talk to anymore. So then when I went to college my freshman year, I tried the whole hanging out instead of dating and got a lot further and actually had some semi-relationships that were good. So then I come back from a mission with no real desire to date because I'm 0 for like 33 and I can't find anyone that is compatible with me. So I've been on two dates since coming home, both of which didn't go so well. So why should I feel bad about not asking some girl on a date who is going to talk to me in 6 months anyways?

So anyways back to the people I came with, I turned to one of them and said, "Hmmm, I don't knwo if I should be here because I don't date." He said, "Well then this is for you, so you'll learn something about why you should." So I replied to him with, "Well what if I don't heed his council." I have never seen anyone give me a look of "You are so going to hell" then the one he gave me right there. Not to mention the fact that Elder Oaks gave a CES fireside telling guys to "Stop hanging out, and go on more dates." Now what does that do for me? Now I can't hang out to get to know girls, now my only recourse at getting to know a girl is to spend money on her when I already don't have any money myself. I know that I sound like an awful person in the eyes of most BYU students by saying that I don't want to heed the council of Elder Oaks, but you know what? It's just not my time right now. Right now I'm a very careful person, I've had my heart broken, I've spent a lot of money on girls who are married to someone much cuter then I, I don't have any money now, and I'm an incedibly complex person who needs to find someone who fits very selective criteria. So pardon me girls of the world if I won't date you because you expect me to, I'm going to wait until my time is right.

There's my rant for the day.

Ha, and I thought I was only going to write about beating Final Fantasy One, which was awesome by the way!

Monday, May 02, 2005

Happiness in Joy

Two wonderful things happened to me this past weekend. The first is more trivial but I enjoy it quite a bit. You know what one my absolute favorite things is? When a girl calls me up and says something to the effect of "Hey I'm bored do you want to do something?" That phrase alone brings me so much joy. Why you ask? Because here is a girl calling me up and saying I want you to help aliviate my boredom. How nice is that? That a girl would think of you when she can't come up with anything else. Not to mention this was the first time this particular girl had done so. Thus making the experience all that more enjoyable. We had some fun that night and watched Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy. So just remember girls, just giving me a call to say you're bored and you want me to help aliviate that boredom, that gives me a boost that day. Cheers!

Wonderful thing number two. I volunteered at the hospital yesterday (sunday) with a bunch of juggling buddies for the first time. That was an amazing experience, we go to different kids rooms and entertain them while they are recovering from whatever ailment they have. I brought my diabolo and we had a great time, all the kids were wonderful, we even got a teenager as well. It was funny. So now I know what I want to do on sundays.