December 26th, 2004

Anime MZ

Ocean's Twelve

I went to see Ocean's Twelve tonight - and it was a *blast*. It is very much in the spirit of the old caper movies. It doesn't take itself too seriously, and it is obvious the stars were just having fun with it - and it comes through well. Even the pseudo-fourth-wall-breaking bit worked for me (I won't spoil it). It was fairly amusing. It actually got me laughing out loud at a few points, which was much needed since I've been a morose SOB the past couple of days. (This is a shitty time of year to be alone.) I wish Hollywood would make more caper movies like this - where's The Rat Pack when you need them? Yeah, I know, dead. But this group of actors does a decent job of maintaining the style. (Yes, I know, Ocean's Eleven was a remake of a Rat Pack movie.)

Which reminds me, I also recently got around to watching my Confessions of a Dangerous Mind DVD. That's another fun movie, full of stars who did the job for little pay because it was a funky, cool script.
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    TiVo: MacGyver
Anime MZ

Pr0n gets dull...

You know the old story about how when you hire someone to work in a candy store you let them eat all they want - and they'll get sick of candy and won't want it all the time? (You don't? Never mind, just trust me, it's an old story.) I think that holds true for most things. Since I deal with adult vendors so much at work, I've gotten real jaded about online pr0n. Oh, look, tits... *yawn* I've actually gotten to the point of being like "Oh, did we need to see that?" One site I was working with as soon as it loaded there was an, ahem, 'splash' page. Looked like she'd just finished a bukkake shoot. At this point the 'professional' stuff is kind of old hat, I'd rather stumble on some real woman's pics than the professional stuff I see all the time. Whee, I'm jaded.

I wish we could get some more 'normal' vendors using PayCash. I know that it makes sense that we're pushing for the adult market - PayPal abandoned it, so we don't have to go up against the biggest player in the industry. And since adult vendors suffer so badly from charge backs, PayCash is especially appealing to them - since we eliminate all charge backs. We've even had a couple of articles in Klixxx, an industry trade magazine. But a little balance would be nice, and I don't want people to think it is only a system for adult vendors. I'm not great about being patient and waiting for things to slowly build. :-) I want to build the best solution *now*.
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    DVD: Super Troopers

Assorted stuff

I'm thinking about going to see The Aviator tomorrow. Looks like it might be a decent movie.

I've told a number of people, but I haven't posted anything about it here yet - I'm going to Las Vegas in a couple of weeks for CES. I'll be out there January 3rd - 10th, CES is the 6th - 9th. Work waffled back and forth on exhibiting at Internext - we were going to have a booth, then not, then yes, finally no. Amusingly we did have a booth at the last one, but booked it so late we weren't listed in the program. This time we canceled so late we are listed in the program, but won't have one. However, they did decide to ask me to go to the show for a day or two while I'm in Vegas to shake hands and get business cards, etc. So it looks like I'll be going to another adult show.

Magdalen Hsu-Li will be at Skidmore College, in Saratoga Springs, NY, on March 4th. That looks like the closest she'll be on this tour, unless some new dates are added. So I think I'm going to try to get out there to see her. I can probably stay at my parent's place in Ballston Lake.

Speaking of parents, I called today, being a holiday and all. I'm trying to arrange to go visit them in Florida in February. They were talking about going to Disney World (which is only about an hour north for them) and I was going to go visit them there, then down to their house. So a few days at Disney, then a while at their place. Just visiting, relaxing - not being in MA in February. But things are a little up in the air. My dad hasn't been feeling well - shortness of breath, etc. And apparently he's put on a bunch of weight since his heart attack earlier this year. He had to stop smoking. Also, he has bad knees and it makes it hard for him to walk for very long. Unfortunately my dad and I share some things, like avoiding doctors until we're ready to drop dead. He needs both knees replaced. But the doctor told him that he'll need to do 6 weeks of exercise to prepare for the surgery, then six *months* of therapy - or he'll never walk again. My dad feels that he knows himself and he won't stick with it, so he's just not having the surgery done. Of course, this means he can't do the exercise his heart doctor says he needs to lose weight and strengthen his heart. And if he waits too long to have his knee joints replaced it may do enough damage that the surgery won't take care of it. I wish he'd have the work done, it is worrying my mom, and he'll end up unable to walk.

Of course, I can't chide him too much - I'd probably do the same thing. I can't walk for long now without my back killing me, and the docs say I need to lose weight and do therapy, at least exercise, to toughen up my back. Even if I wasn't overweight, I'm just too big - my body is wearing down under it's own mass, and I'm too lazy to make time to exercise to fight it. One of the benefits of being freaky big - I also tend to have bad posture since nothing in the world is designed for someone my size. I'm always hunched, or slumped, or something. I used to think it was funny, but it annoys me more now. I'd like to be comfortable now and then. Anyway, with my dad's condition kind of poor they may not do the Disney trip, so those plans are in limbo. My mom wants to go, but she won't unless my dad is OK. I'm going to visit them, that's for sure, just not sure exactly how it will go down. Of course, it looks like this means I'll be going to Disney alone *again*, and I keep telling myself 'next time I'll have someone special to go with'.

And what is up with *Texas* getting snow, while MA has no snow on the ground? Thursday night we had a *down pour*. I couldn't even drive full speed on the highway, it was coming down too hard to see without slowing down. That's spring weather, not December 23rd. Insane. Of course, with my luck we'll have a blizzard some day I'm trying to fly out.

I've been a really morose bastard the past few days. I always get kind of down this time of year, but I thought it wasn't that bad this year - but the past couple of days I've been eat-a-gun bleak. Just kind of sitting around thinking about the past, and the present, and feeling fairly worthless and wondering that 'The Point' is. I feel like I've been running in place for ages - another year older, and nothing to show for it. No major accomplishments, too many things left undone, still alone, still trying to pay off my debt... I feel like I'm on a treadmill, and I've forgotten why I'm running in the first place - but I keep running because it is just habit now.
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Oh, and another thing...

I don't know what it is about this time of year - but I get dreadfully 'home sick' for Berkeley, and the Bay Area in general. I only lived there 2.5 years, but I never felt so at home anywhere else. Just something about the vibe of the area agreed with me so much. When I've been back to visit it is like a old pair of jeans, you know? Just slips on comfortably, like I belong. OK, yeah, sure, I'm a freak who legally changed his name to MegaZone, and Berkeley is freak friendly, but it isn't that. I don't know what it is, but I just love it there. I just wish all of my friends weren't *here*, because my friends mean more to me than a place. I've never really felt at home in Worcester, comfortable I suppose, but not at home. I could leave any time and not miss it. I didn't miss it when I left before. Specific little things I like - I even like hanging out at Ralph's sometimes now, especially now that it is non-smoking. Berkeley - I felt at home everywhere I went.

I think I need to take another trip out there, even just a long weekend. Grab a piece at Blondie's or Fat Slice, get a dog at Top Dog, pick up some tunes at Amoeba and Rasputin. I'd love to watch the new Bay Bridge go up bit by bit too, for that matter.

Heh, maybe someday I'll get that call from TiVo. :-) What I really need is a job that would let me jet back and forth to see my friends.
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Dragonball MZ!

Round up...

I think there are a bunch of things I haven't mentioned that I'd meant to post - forgive me if I did actually cover any of this before.

I haven't forgot about that say nice things meme - I'll knock those off *soon*. Anyone else wants in, go for it.

I did actually manage to see The Incredibles a few weeks ago and it was, well, incredible. A seriously good movie, perhaps Pixar's best - a bit more mature than most of their work. And they keep getting better with their renders. However, the main villain kept giving me flashbacks to the Heat Miser from that old holiday special (which I haven't seen in years).

A couple of weeks ago our company had its xmas party on a Friday night. I'd RSVP'd in the negative, but on the day of the party a number of people, including the CEO, told me I *had* to be there. So I showed up, seeing as it was in the hotel behind the office I just went as I was - black jeans, black polo shirt, black boots, my usual. So I was the least dressed up. Of course, almost everyone was there as a couple, which just reminded me I'm still single. Just as I was heading over mere SMS'd me to ask if I was going to the Ani show in Worcester. Ani show? Doh! I'd completely forgotten that Ani DiFranco was playing at The Palladium that night. So I hemmed and hawed over it at the party for a bit, and a bit after seven I just bailed on the party and went to the show, at eight. mere was there, as well as that_xmas, shogunhb, and a few others. I got to chat with Heidi, the Goddess of Merch, for a while. And the show was pretty good - though I'm really, really tired of people who need to scream things out all the time, especially during some quiet moment when Ani is relating some special story. I waited outside to see if I could say hello, since I haven't chatted with Ani in a few years, but she just hustled out the door and onto the bus. She glanced at me, but I didn't see any recognition - I've chopped off my hair, and I look very different since the last time she saw me. And she had no reason to expect to see me. Oh well. But I really do miss the old days of small shows without all the screaming fans, when she felt comfortable enough to hang out after the show and chat with people, etc. Sometime along the way she became A Star, and people started treating her more as an object, and she pulled away. Things change...

Oh, keeping with my old habits, I've sent a special gift to <lj user="writergeekgirl'>... You'll just have to wait until it arrives, dear... ;-) Hmm, I know there were other things on my mind when I started writing this...
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