Tuesday, May 30, 2006

back in LA-posts to come as I recover

Saturday, May 20, 2006

from Jeff-

10 Things I Hate About Comandments

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer


Ah the book!
I've been waiting for a full trailer for months after hearing Alan Rickman was cast to play the father-

For those who have not read it-

Set in France, its the story of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, a young man with the strongest sense of smell, though he is without scent himself.
He becomes obsessed with capturing the purity of the scent of a virgin.
By the title you can tell not all the attempts work out well for the women.

Its a first time novel from Patrick Suskind, and when published was often cited as the most important German literature in decades.

Be warned the trailor IS in German, but still worth the watch :)

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

fucking German engineering!



The 2 photos above were taken at Volkswagen's new storage facility in Wolfsburg, Germany. The actual space that the facility occupies is approximately only 20% of a comparable facility with the traditional design that is used primarily in the US. Not only is the German structure less expensive to build, but vehicles are also "retrieved" in less time and without the potential of being damaged by an attendant. Collecting your new car is an event in itself. "In a fully automated procedure, your new car is brought down to you from one of the 20-story Car Towers. Large signboards in the Customer Center show you when your turn has come. Then, you're handed the keys, your picture is taken, the glass doors open and your brand-new car appears. You're all set to go". Also, check out the transparent factory in Dresden by Billy T

Friday, May 12, 2006

Hooplehead Cocksuckers!


'Deadwood' may be done
HBO not picking up options on actors


Friday, May 12, 2006; Posted: 8:36 a.m. EDT (12:36 GMT)

LOS ANGELES, California (Hollywood Reporter) -- The upcoming third season of HBO's "Deadwood" might mark the end of the dark Western.
The pay cable network has opted not to pick up the options of the actors on the show, releasing them to pursue other projects.
"Deadwood" creator David Milch is shifting his attention to "John From Cincinnati," a one-hour project he is writing for HBO. The surfing-themed drama has been ordered as a pilot, subject to finalizing deals on the financial and talent side.
HBO sources said there are conversations about the future of "Deadwood" beyond the third season, which premieres June 11. But with the actors moving on to other commitments, it is highly unlikely that all the main cast members would be available to do additional episodes in the future.
HBO is a unit of Time Warner, as is CNN.
Copyright 2006 Reuters. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

and there's this from cast member W. Earl Brown:

Having not slept for much of last night, I sit staring bleary-eyed at my computer. That phone call last evening floored me. Never, in my wildest dreams, did I see it coming.

I feel cheated.

I am cheated as an person because the way I was brought up a man's word is his bond. We were given word in Dec. that we'd be back for a fourth season. A formal annoucement of that fourth season was trumpeted in the press in March. Lives were planned accordingly.

I am cheated as an artist because something that I poured my lifeblood into has been given short-shrift and not allowed to conclude properly.I am cheated as a fan because the verbally fleet and intricately plotted show shall just cease to be. It will just stop. No wrap up. No farewells.

It isn't like DEADWOOD had a tiny audience. No, our ratings -- based on what I've read -- were good, better than all HBO shows but one. They were not SOPRANOS huge, but then again, SOPRANOS did not become the cultural phenomenon until it's third season.

This is not the fault of David Milch. Given his druthers, he would never just leave a show hanging like this. I feel nothing but gratitude toward his largess. As for the coporate bean-counters...

It has been a high-water mark of my career. I seriously doubt I will ever again be a part of something so unique, so daring, and so special. I hang my head in sorrow

...W. Earl Brown

Saturday, May 06, 2006

“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once.”

What an odd 24 hours.
At the office yesterday, my friend Michelle giddilie told me that a friend of hers "likes me".
And of course the obvious response from me was, "He must not know me then, or he wouldn't like me."
And he does not.
She said she had promised not to tell me who he was, but thought I'd be flattered that she AIMs him to tell him when I am leaving my desk, so he can see me walk by.
-That was sort of flattering.
Someone has a crush on you, and they ask their friends to let them know when you're walking by.
Sort of cute.
Then later, she calls me over to her desk to show me that they are chatting about me.
And he was typing about the dress I had on.
A little too intently to not be creepy.
Then it got really odd-
He typed that he liked the green top I had on two weeks ago Thursday.
"Two weeks ago?" I asked Michelle.
So she typed asking how he knew what I had on two weeks ago-
"I draw little pictures of her on my calendar each day."

ummm

What?

He what?

OK-
NOT flattering.

THEN this morning I found out my Darling R spent time in the big house yesterday.
WHAT?!?!?

Distraction-
I need distraction.

This will be an amusing if not disturbing distraction.
"Black Dog" is my favorite.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Pause a moment

sometimes people send me things and its obvious why-
sometimes Colin send me things and I have no idea why-

like this

I'm pondering-
ponder with me.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

“Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.”









I've been so very good today.












Spoke to our immigration attorney,
reviewed my VISA requirements paperwork,
spoke to the British consulate,
practiced my French,
and actually stepped away from my desk to take a break and a personal phone call.

I'm really rather proud of myself.