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Wednesday, June 30, 2004  

Involuntarily Mobilized
One step away from the goddamned draft.

posted by JMV | 6/30/2004 05:52:00 PM

The Roof, The Roof, The Roof is on Fire
Saw the inflammatory Fahrenheit 9/11 lastnight, and I have to say I was pretty damn impressed. I've never really been a fan of Michael Moore's, but the film was compelling enough on its own. I have a few friends that have written it off without seeing it, and I really think that is a mistake. The film isn't really just a political story. It isn't just about portraying Bush as a sycophant. It is an antiwar film in the vein of "Hearts and Minds" and "Berkeley in the Sixties." I have no problems with Republicans, I can handle Bush supporters, but I don't understand how anyone (execpt those who are making all the money) can support the war in Iraq. I would love to hear some arguments in favor of American involvement that go beyond, "Hussien needed to be removed from power." I find that a really lame reason to ruin the lives of thousands of people (both American and Iraqi.) I'll watch Fox News, I'll deal with their bias, and I don't think it is too much to ask of the right to deal with Moore's bias and watch the film. I keep hearing conservatives say they won't see the film because they don't want to buy-into Moore's propaganda. Propaganda is most effective when the people it is targeted to (in this case everybody left of John McCain) are the only ones viewing the material. At the very least Fahrenheit 9/11 is one of the most finely crafted films of the year and is worth a viewing on its merits as a stunning example of the documentary. It maynot be an example that you agree with, but that doesn't mean it should be boycotted or ignored. Leni Refenstahl was a god-damned Nazi, but her films are still a (very) valid example of the documentary form and they have a lot to teach us. And that is really what art is about isn't it?

posted by JMV | 6/30/2004 02:39:00 PM

Tuesday, June 22, 2004  

Toothy Gift Horses
Crazy fucking day... (Read about the theft/vandalism)
Before I discovered this I was standing in a local Mac Reseller talking about my service options for the ailing Powerbook. I was all set to get an new (bigger and faster) hard drive put in for way too much money, and planned to drop off the machine after my lunch. Of course on my lunch I discovered the damage to Julie's car and decided to wait on the expensive upgrade. ...Any way, I get home from work and hook up the powerbook to the emergency start-up disk that I had prepared when low-and-behold it boots, with no problems, of the internal drive.

Now, the internal drive has been D-E-A-D dead for like two weeks, and no manner of IT voodoo that I do could get it even remotely operational. Then it just WORKS. I'm stunned and amazed for a moment before I hastily start backing up all the critical files. I get through the address book, e-mails, and photos before she crashes again.

I imagine I'll never know why exactly the computer decided to boot for me one last time, but now at least I can send her off for a warranty repair and not have to worry about loosing ALL of my critical data. So that is some measure of good news during an otherwise crappy day.

I also re-discovered Pitchfork Media, a music news and reviews site where hyper-critical indie-rockers go to learn what is cool. Seriously though, the reviews are more often that not fairly well written. The new review of To the 5 Boroughs is particularly good. Well, it is mixed, but the writing is good. Ch-Check it out...

posted by JMV | 6/22/2004 08:56:00 PM

Monday, June 21, 2004  

New frontiersman
It is (mostly) official. The preliminary flight of SpaceShipOne has skirted the edge of space and, in doing so, blown the history books wide open. Test pilot Michael Melvill became the first man to pilot a non-government craft, from the worlds first commercial spaceport, into the boundary between our world and the black.

The X-Prize contenders will make their official run a the title in two months time, but for me the important feat has been accomplished. The idea that space is the territory of governments and militaries is quickly dissolving. Soon space will be, like the rest of the American landscape, a corporate place.

Today a tiny craft has scratched the heavens, but tomorrow more ships, and rockets, and manned craft will pour through the rift created by SpaceShipOne.

posted by JMV | 6/21/2004 09:06:00 AM

Monday, June 14, 2004  

Technical Difficulties
The (long ailing) hard disk in my otherwise trusty previous finally decided to crap out on me over the weekend. I've been working all the IT mojo that I can muster to get it functional enough to pull any useful data off it before I send it to the mothership for some lovin, but to no avail. As it stands, unless I can gain access to the drive I'll loose the last year of digital pictures and email along with my address book. I _thought_ I had a back-up, but it turns out it wasn't viable and I could very well be S.O.L.

The lack of laptop has been more painful than I had imagined as it means not having the powers of google, IMDb, and All Music at my fingertips (god forbid I walk into the bedroom to look up how old James Van Der Beek is) and blogging is therefore more difficult. Sue me, I'm lazy. So, until I get the 'book operational I imagine posts here will be a little fewer and farther between. I suggest you fill the huge hole in your day that would otherwise be spent reading about my random thoughts by backing up all important data on your computer. Twice.

posted by JMV | 6/14/2004 10:11:00 PM

Thursday, June 10, 2004  

That Ship Has Sailed
I've been using Gmail more and more now that it supports Safari and I'm away from my home computer a lot. And I'm pretty happy with it so far. I guess Google is expanding the beta because I got another 3 "invites" and the secondary market has pretty much dried up. So, if you are interested in giving gmail a test drive let me know and I'll send you an invite.

posted by JMV | 6/10/2004 08:30:00 PM

My quick thought for the day: One of the best things about having a job is not having to LOOK for a job.

I haven't had to open my bookmark folder full of job-search sites in two weeks; even though I still occasionally check Craig's List out of a habit too deep-rooted to break. I have also discovered that sometime during my 9 months of unemployment (plus the 6 weeks at the court reporting place) I have completely changed as a worker. I'm now much more efficient, organized, and generally "on point" then I ever have been before. My only explanation is that I now appreciate working much more than in the past and see it truly as a privilege and less as a sentence. I can only hope that outlook will stick with me!

I also thought I would take this opportunity to explain what it is that I do now that I have a better grasp of my position. My title is "Digital Sales Assistant" and basically I am the grease (or lube if you will) that keeps the gears of the sales floor running. I am the liaison between the digital sales guy(s) and the inventory processor/manager and am in charge of pulling orders, making sure stuff we don't have gets ordered, and making sure the systems get built. In addition I build quotes for clients for anything from tape-stock orders to full FCP editing systems as well as put out any fires that spring up during the day. It is a good mix of dealing with clients, problem solving, and techy stuff, and the position seems to be constantly developing.

So yeah, in other words: so far so good!

posted by JMV | 6/10/2004 07:45:00 PM

Wednesday, June 09, 2004  

Not Dead Yet
I'm still here... I keep meaning to comment on all this stuff and more stuff just keeps happening that I need to comment on. My blog-backlog is getting out of hand.

So, with no further adieu, and in no particular order:

Regan: Dude, he was ninety three. Get the fuck over it. Flags at half mast? 80K mourners? A national day of mourning? 9-fucking-3 and for the last 10 of that in poor health. I don't remember Ford getting that kind of treatment when he died.

The Shins: A great show. The over-arching "theme" of the collected catalog (of which they played everything) was really reinforced by the earnest and energetic live performance. You could clearly tell the band was stoked to be playing the Wiltern, and that translated into some great moments. The Shins' music is all about getting of your ass and chasing your dreams, and with some more time and energy I would love to expound about that, but onward...

D-Day: Monday marked 60 years since one of the most nobel and greatest moments in our county's history. And I was disgusted that our President drew comparisons between that Day and todays conflict in Iraq. The idea that, somehow, Terrorists (real or imagined) or equitable to Hitler and the Nazis is beyond laughable and by even implying it Bush has marred the solemn remembrance of the thousands of soldiers that died in the surf and the fields of Normandy so that he could have a country to drag though the mud 60 years later.

My Job: It is going very well. Not much more to report on that front.

The New Apple Gizmo: Check it out, I'll wait. Ok. At first I thought it was cool, and then I couldn't decide if it actually was cool or if I just got blinded by Steveo's conjurer act. Then I read that it actually does work as a bridge for ethernet devices and it will work with non-apple routers, so now I'm deciding if it will go in the living room, the bed room, or if I should just buy two. My prediction is this is just the tip of the iceberg for the "Digital Hub" this summer.

posted by JMV | 6/09/2004 12:18:00 AM

Saturday, June 05, 2004  

Holding Pattern
It has been a crazy busy week, and there is a ton of stuff that I want to talk about. My new, kick-ass, job. The fantastic Shins concert we saw last night. The 60th anniversary of D-Day and its relation to the current world climate (and the shameless way our president is using it to drum-up support for his pet-war.)

I'll get to everything (hopefully) but for now I've got to take care of some domestic duties...

posted by JMV | 6/05/2004 07:51:00 PM

Tuesday, June 01, 2004  

Finally had the official first day of the new job, and everythign went very well. I will be doing a lot of stuff that I've never really done before (sales, etc) and the learning curve is going to be steep, but I'm excited to climb it. It is also a technerds wet dream to be surround by hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of high-end computer and video editing equipment. Plus the buisness is tapped straight into the life-veins of H'wood as we provide the blood (film and tape stock) and the bones (hardware) of the industry.

I'll post more indepth in a while, right now I gotta light a fire and cook some dinner for my baby who'll be home any minute.

posted by JMV | 6/01/2004 06:50:00 PM
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