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31 Aug 2004 - 11:27:08 PM
So August was pretty sparse in terms of roblog entries. Oh well. I finally got around to seeing another movie, that Chinese flick Hero. It was beautiful and all, and I liked its structure, and the fight scenes were cool, but the politics kinda bugged me. And since it's sort of a revelation at the end, that's what I left the movie thinking about. So, yeah, that's about it.

Hero gets: *** (out of 4)

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26 Aug 2004 - 9:44:51 PM
I've been throwing my money away on Netflix for the past two months. I was going to cancel my subscription, but they managed to rope me in for another six months. Since then, I've had two movies out and haven't gotten around to watching either one. So my plan is to watch one of them tonight. I should've just canceled the subscription when I had the chance. Rough life I have, eh?
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22 Aug 2004 - 10:05:36 PM
My parents were in town for about five days and just flew back to L.A. this afternoon. No time to write an entry while they were here, but, yeah, they seemed to have a good time. I'm glad to finally have my place all to myself again. Let's see... Last Sunday I hiked up to Tuck and Robin Lakes. The original idea was to scramble up the nearby Granite and Trico Mountains, but, unfortunately, I only read the route description in Goldman's 75 Scrambles book, and it utterly sucked. Wasted an hour or so bushwhacking up a ridge trying to find the boot path to Robin Lakes. The next day I looked in the 100 Hikes in the Alpine Lakes and the route description was very good. Its hand-drawn 3-d map, which makes no pretenses about being a substitute for a real map, was infinitely better than the 75 Scrambles map, which didn't conform to reality nor even its own route description. (The second printing fixes the latter problem, at least, but I, unfortunately, have the first printing.) But yeah, aside from all that, it was a gorgeous area. I wouldn't mind going back sometime in cooler weather and actually bagging the peaks. The moral of this story is: Never trust anything in 75 Scrambles -- always verify its route descriptions with some other guidebook.
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11 Aug 2004 - 11:52:17 PM
I haven't posted in a while because not much has been going on with me. This evening, though, I spent an hour cleaning my tub, tiles, and glass doors (exciting, no?), which was almost as long as the They Might Be Giants show I saw a little earlier in the evening at the Woodland Park Zoo. For about half the show they played kid songs from their kid album, No!. Surprisingly, though, they did play all of "Fingertips" from Apollo 18. Three songs from Flood, but none from their first two albums -- then again, can't expect everything from a one hour family-oriented show. Oh well. John Linnell, however, has become a master of between song banter. It was fun just listening to him rattle on.

Oh yeah, over a month ago I saw that Fahrenheit 9/11 documentary but never got around to mentioning it. Don't want to politicize the roblog, I guess. Anyway, the movie is totally manipulative, but I'm no fan of the Bush administration, so I didn't mind. Michael Moore plays things up for laughs now and then, but the whole anti-Bush aura kept me from laughing. Just couldn't bring myself to laugh. In fact, I left the movie feeling angry. That usually only happens if the movie I've just seen is unforgivably bad -- I'm angry at having wasted my time -- but in this case, I was angry at all the Bush administration has gotten away with. Please please please let the two Johns win in November. That's Kerry/Edwards, not Linnell/Flansburgh from They Might Be Giants. See? These two paragraphs seemed pretty disparate, but ended up coming together nicely. I'm such a talented blogger.

Fahrenheit 9/11 gets: *** (out of 4)

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