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30 Nov 2003 - 9:43:34 PM
Right, yes, I'm back in Seattle again. Came back with a few presents from L.A. My rather spartan dvd collection almost tripled (went from 3 to 8!). I never really thought I'd have a dvd collection, actually, because I don't usually watch movies more than once. I guess that's what happens when you have a dvd player, though. Oh well. I doubt I'll add a dvd shelf page to my little website. I think I have enough pointless things here as it is. Anyway, I can't believe today's the last day of November. Where did the year go?
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27 Nov 2003 - 10:24:25 PM
Hey, Happy Thanksgiving, everybody. I'm in Los Angeles for the holiday weekend. It's very warm here. Yeah, that's about it. I hope I don't go crazy by the time the weekend's through. Gobble gobble gobble gobble gobble......
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19 Nov 2003 - 11:17:03 PM
This afternoon a rainbow appeared over Seattle. It even had a not-nearly-as-noticeable secondary rainbow. I stepped out onto my balcony and took a picture. Digital cameras are so handy -- how did I ever live without one before? Below is a small version of the picture. Click on it to see the big 129k version.

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View of rainbow from my balcony
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19 Nov 2003 - 4:08:46 PM
It's that time of year again: Tomorrow is my birthday. Imagine that. This year I didn't have to take a day off work to enjoy it, though. Maybe I should do some work, instead. Well, whatever I end up doing, it's not too late to buy me a gift! Click on that wish list link to the right. You know you want to.
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18 Nov 2003 - 8:09:13 PM
Last Saturday Kathy and I went to the Croc and saw Robyn Hitchcock, as well as The Minus Five and Brandi Carlile. Robyn put on a great show as usual, The Minus Five were their same old selves, and Brandi Carlile was quite good. All in all it was very fun.
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17 Nov 2003 - 2:51:33 PM
I've been so busy being unemployed that I haven't had time to update the roblog. Shame on me. So. A week ago I finally saw that movie Whale Rider. It was playing at the cheapie theater, the Crest. Last chance to see it on the big screen, basically. The movie was really good. Great acting by the whole cast, and the story was very strong. I want to go back to New Zealand now. I guess my only complaint is some of the story was a little hard to completely grasp without knowing something about Maori culture. As it turned out, I ended up seeing it a second time later on in the week on dvd, and the whole thing worked much better. Maybe I should have just paid more attention the first time around...

Whale Rider gets: ***1/2 (out of 4)

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10 Nov 2003 - 4:32:07 PM
I knew I was going to see it at some point, so yesterday we went and caught a discount showing of The Matrix Revolutions. I was expecting the worst, and, well, that helped a lot. I actually liked this third (and last, thank goodness) Matrix movie better than Reloaded. Sure, it was pretty slow in the beginning, filled with all sorts of lame dialogue, but eventually the battle scenes started, and it picked up enough to ignore all the rest of the lame dialogue sprinkled between the action sequences. I think the ending has taken a beating by others, but I liked it because I interpreted it as: The Matrix sequels are over! Anyway, if you've seen the first two, you may as well see the third. If you've only seen the first, it's probably best to keep it that way.

The Matrix Revolutions gets: **1/2 (out of 4)

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5 Nov 2003 - 4:32:24 PM
Yesterday, Jonny and I took advantage of being unemployed on a sunny (albeit cold) day by hiking up Bandera Mountain and over to Mason Lake via the new trail. There was a little snow up top, above 4000 feet or so -- dry, powdery snow you don't normally see in the Cascades. Went up to Bandera's first summit, where we had lunch, but decided against the true summit because nobody had yet broken trail in the snow, or at least not that we could see. Also, it was freakin' cold. The regular temperature was in the 30's, and up there on the exposed ridge and peak there were frequent bitterly cold winds. By the time we reached the first summit, I had a sweatsicle dangling from the rim of my hat. Pretty disgusting, actually. Anyway, back at the Bandera/Mason Lake junction, we continued along to the lake, which wasn't very far away. I was up there last year when a group of us hiked to Mt. Defiance. The new Mason Lake trail is much nicer than the old one. We ran into a total of five other hikers and four dogs -- pretty crowded for a sunny but freezing November Tuesday, I thought.
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3 Nov 2003 - 9:39:14 PM
Hmm. I just noticed that all the Haloscan comments older than 7/20 that people added to my entries are now gone. After a little searching around in the Haloscan fora, I found out that for non-paying members they are now archiving comments older than four months, and for the moment the comments are completely inaccessible, even from the admin page. They've been doing this for just over a month now, apparently, and still haven't gotten the View Archived Posts feature up and running, yet. Huh. You get what you pay for, eh? Their new premium membership ($10/year), of course, keeps all comments active. Maybe I can convince Sean to add commenting to his BlogTricks site. Hmm.
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