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31 Jan 2003 - 3:47:59 PM
Ack! It's the last day of January, and what do I have to show for the new year so far? Um, well, let me see... I have a new job, which is something. Hmm, what else? I sent a couple of V2 boulder problems at the Vertical World, but who cares about that, really? I haven't done much writing, or even much reading -- I've been carting around Josť Saramago's Blindness for over a month now and still haven't finished it. At the rate I'm going, I'll only read something like ten books this year. How did I get so lazy? (Yes, I'm leaving myself wide open on this one, Cory/GW.)
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26 Jan 2003 - 10:26:06 PM
For some reason I ended up watching the Superbowl today. Yawn. Even the commercials were boring, for the most part. Oh well. Maybe if I were a sports fan I might've enjoyed it.
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25 Jan 2003 - 8:39:17 PM
Went down to the Museum of Glass this morning with some folks. Nice little museum, emphasis on "little." Two of the exhibit spaces were filled with paintings, which was a little puzzling, but the third did have glass works, which varied from interesting to way cool. I liked the hot shop in the giant cone, where you could sit and watch glassblowers do their thing and narrated by some other glassblowing guy. At one point, they gave away free pieces produced by the artists-in-residence to audience members who happened to have random pieces of crap with them. Nobody (including me, unfortunately) had a crayon or a piece of chalk or a guitar pick, but two people had calculators, and they each received very nice glass bowls. Makes me want to go their every week and hang out, pockets filled with bric a brac.
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24 Jan 2003 - 10:48:40 PM
My Moleskine arrived today! I'd become fixated on getting one of their pocket diaries for a couple weeks now after Trey showed me one that he eventually found. I ended up checking about five different stores that carried various Moleskines, but none had the pocket diary, just the journals or sketchbooks or other types. I eventually ordered it online from ShipTheWeb last Sunday, got the shipped email Tuesday, and received the little package in my mailbox this afternoon. Nice way to end the week.
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19 Jan 2003 - 10:18:32 PM
Oh yeah, I've been at my new job for a week now. So far, so good. Fun group of people, and the stuff I'm working on is fairly interesting. It's so much better than the Solucient contract job. Thank goodness that finally ended -- I don't miss it at all.

And I need to clarify my previous post, I think. After flipping through the first few pages of the book, I found out that January 18th, 1803, was the day Jefferson proposed the expedition to Congress. Lewis and Clark didn't actually hit the road until May 13th, 1804. So, the expedition itself was 28 months long rather than three years. Right. Enough of that, then.

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18 Jan 2003 - 6:47:34 PM
Today, as I discovered quite by accident, is the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the Lewis and Clark expedition. It took them three years to go from St. Louis, Missouri, to the mouth of the Columbia River and back. Coincidentally, I bought a copy of The Journals of Lewis and Clark earlier this week. Guess I'll try and read it within the next three years...
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15 Jan 2003 - 1:50:29 PM
The fifth Harry Potter book has finally been announced. June 21st will be the publication date, just five months away. I've read the first four books, but don't actually own a copy of any of them. So, I'll have to start planning who to borrow it from...
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12 Jan 2003 - 9:52:13 AM
Remember last March when I posted a Mark Twain quote from Roughing It and bemoaning not being able to find an earlier quote? Well, after rummaging around the bits and scraps of paper on my nightstand searching for something completely different, I found it! I'd written it down for some inexplicable reason. Weird. Anyway, here it is.
In a small way we were the same sort of simpletons as those who climb unnecessarily the perilous peaks of Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn, and derive no pleasure from it except the reflection that it isn't a common experience.
I think I liked it more at the time, though, because I was in the middle of trying to get in shape for the WAC climbing class.
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11 Jan 2003 - 7:13:11 PM
Okay, I'm going to try and catch up with all the movies I've seen in the past three weeks in one big post. To make things even simpler, I'll give all the movies :-):-):-)1/2 (out of 4), as well.

Gangs of New York - Very intense movie with great acting. Supposedly there's a version that's a half-hour longer. Hopefully there'll be a director's cut released on DVD someday. :-):-):-)1/2

Catch Me If You Can - Very entertaining, and Spielberg's directing was surprisingly restrained. The cuts back and forth in the hotel hallway when Leo's picking up the high-priced prostitute were off, but that's a minor quibble. Christopher Walken's performance is excellent. :-):-):-)1/2

Adaptation - The meta movie of the year. Some people don't seem to like the last half hour, but I thought it was hysterical. The "we have to kill him" scene is one of the funniest moments in movie history, I think. Nicholas Cage does a great job of portraying diametrically opposed twin brothers. :-):-):-)1/2

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - Intense movie that felt pretty cramped at three hours running time. I think the best way to see the trilogy will be with the "enhanced" DVDs that contain all the footage cut out of the theatrical releases. It's still good to see it on the big screen, though. I didn't quite like it as much as the first movie, but maybe because it's the middle one -- no solid beginning to or ending to it, although it does have its own strong storyline. :-):-):-)1/2

Whew! I also saw Priscilla: Queen of the Desert again on video last night, but I pretty much only mention films I see in the theater here in the roblog. Otherwise I'd also give it :-):-):-)1/2, I think.

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8 Jan 2003 - 11:10:40 PM
I guess I was a little hasty yesterday with the new lighthouse UI. I tweaked it a bit and propped it again tonight. Still lame, but not quite as lame as it was before. Also added one more lighthouse, Yaquina Head, and I included three supplementary photos for it, too, because I'm such a nice guy.
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7 Jan 2003 - 8:54:05 PM
I finally put up my new lighthouse UI. The design of the main page is pretty basic and boring, but it's much easier to navigate and find lighthouses. And it's got them nifty bread crumbs (I got a little carried away with them, actually). So there you go. Also added 17+ pictures to the gallery to beef up the numbers. Some are pretty good photos, others aren't. Oh well. I still have about 18 more pictures to scan in (two of which haven't even been developed, yet). Maybe I'll get that done before I start my new job.
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7 Jan 2003 - 1:47:21 PM
Well, I just got offered a job at Apex Learning. Looks like I'll be starting next Monday. So much for my unemployed slacker lifestyle.
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7 Jan 2003 - 12:50:27 PM
I ended up doing something this morning I've been meaning to do for the past two or three years. I would notice almost every evening while commuting home from the top of a pagoda on the eastern side of Beacon Hill. Then I would promptly forget about it. So anyway, this morning, I drove by and checked it out. It's Taejon Park and the pagoda is from one of Seattle's many sister cities, Taejon, Korea. Pretty cool. I wonder what we gave them in trade?
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5 Jan 2003 - 10:32:41 PM
I was pleasantly surprised today to discover that Little Tahoma and part of Mt. Rainier are just barely visible from my building's roof deck. It's only taken me two years and three months to notice.

Saw The Two Towers yesterday. That's four little reviews I need to write now. I haven't gotten around to it yet because I've been scanning in lighthouse pictures like a madman before I update that page's UI. It tallies up the number of photos for each geographic region, and when I saw the current numbers, they looked a little small. So, yeah, give a couple days, and I'll catch up with everything.

Also, tomorrow I have a job interview. I've been unemployed for two weeks now, and while I'd like a month off to work on my book, the job situation these days doesn't really allow me to be so cavalier about employment opportunities. As far as the book goes, I still haven't written anything new -- as of Friday I was still catching up with what I'd already written, and I didn't get to it this weekend. Sigh.

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2 Jan 2003 - 5:34:57 PM
Oh yeah, it's 2003. I'm still unemployed, so nothing new there. I went to Vivace Roasteria this afternoon and started getting back into my book. It felt great walking to a café with my writing materials in hand again. Tomorrow I should be caught up enough to resume writing. What I looked at today needed a little work, sure, but it didn't make me cringe, and I even laughed at a couple of the jokes. So, yeah, maybe it won't completely suck once I'm done.
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