Daily Archives: 12/03/2002

AT LAST — FINISHED!!!

I can’t believe it. I just finished up a project I’ve been working on for months. Literally months. Since August. Every day, every evening. But it’s done now. Complete. Verified. Delivered with certitude.

Boy that’s a big monkey off my back.

More Christmas Wants and Wishes

Before the holidays are over I’d like a couple goodies for my computer:

  1. Scanner – I own a scanner, but it’s junked. Don’t work no more. Makes it hard to scan photos – actually impossible.
  2. USB Card – Seems like all the scanners I look at are USB based, so I need to stick one of these cards in my G3.
  3. Digital Camera – Been wanting one of these for a long time, and since I’m already getting a USB card for the G3…

This isn’t an actual wish list. I’m going to buy these goodies myself and use my company allowed Personal Choices Computer Benefit to get reimbursed. That’s a handy little benefit the company provides. I’m looking at using Cyberian Outpost for the first time in three years to make the purchase. Since they don’t ship free to Guam anymore, I’ll just send it to St. Louis and my parent’s house, then forward the package via US Mail to Guam.

Speaking of computer benefits, last night David was saying he wants a new laptop before he leaves for New Zealand, and that he really likes the Dell laptops. Dude, looks like I can help him with that purchase via our company’s computer purchase program. I won’t charge him anything extra for it, but I can put it on my credit card and earn some miles easily.

Waking Life & MiniDiscs

Video
I watched this film by Richard Linklater last night called Waking Life. I rented this movie over a month ago and never watched it, so when I hit Blockbuster last week I decided to rent it again. The movie is entirely animated, though it is rotoscope animation; live action footage digitally traced over to create the animation. The movie pulses and throbs constantly but the animation is only a minor aspect of the film, used to accentuate the dream state. The focal point of the film is a series of conversations, diatribes, soliloquies and rants on the nature of life, freedom, death, literature, film making, vengeance and death. The first hour of the film blew me away, animated people just sitting around talking, that’s all this movie is about. As the thin possibility of a plot slowly resolved, I started to lose interest. I could see where the film was heading when the conversations started to focus on a particular idea.

I need to watch the movie again this evening, possibly with a little herbal enhancement. It stirred my mind with ideas and possibilities, something that doesn’t happen too often with Hollywood films.

Audio
I inherited a MiniDisc Walkman last night from my friend David. He just gave it to me saying it’s been gathering dust in his closet. If he ever needs it again, I agreed to gladly return it. He kept all his MiniDisc’s, but he passed along the microphone audio jack along with the Walkman. This is cool little gadget for recording conversations and interviews, though I need to pick up some blank MiniDiscs first. I know David used it effectively during his field work in Palau several years ago, hopefully it will incite me to record some conversations with family and friends. A little voice archive for the ages. A quick perusal of the internet has shown a number of MiniDisc oriented sites. I hope I can find what I want online, music, blank discs, accessories, and information on how to use this new toy.

The Trench

Spent about two hours last night at one of Guam’s best kept secrets: The Marianas Trench. No, this Trench is not the actual deep water abyss, it is an excellent little Thai restaurant and bar. I recently started hanging out there for happy hour. It offers a number of attractions for me; it’s just across the street from my office, the jukebox is free, the pool table is large and only a buck, and the food is incredible. Really. It’s one of the best Thai places on Guam. I left there with my mouth on fire, contentedly smacking my lips. I’ll be going back for more.