June 30, 2005



Movies I want to see:

June 30, 2005

  1. Crash
  2. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the witch and the Wardrobe (Even though it is so going to be anti-witch. πŸ˜‰ I loved these books when I was a kid! Loved, loved, loved them.)
  3. Rise
  4. Me and you and Everyone we know
  5. Batman Begins
  6. As you like it


  1. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
  2. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  3. Bridge to Terabithia (This is a good, but sad children’s book. I gave it to my cousin when he was young and after reading it and crying, he asked his mom, “Why did she give me that book?!” 😦
  4. Charlotte’s Web (Another children’s book. I love the old animation)


  1. Mysterious Skin (might be too sad)
  2. The 40 Year old Virgin (I like the premise, but possible too stupid for words?)
  3. Beautiful Country (Haven’t heard anything yet)

And more. Wow, there are a lot of upcoming movies.

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War of the Worlds

June 29, 2005

I have so much to tell you, but I guess I’ll just do a short post about a movie today. I wish I had one of those programs that automatically posts. It would make my urge to communicate seem more regular and steady. Hey! I just thought of a way to write about the movie without spoiling it for those of you who haven’t seen it. One of my proffessors came up with this nifty technique: Where there is blank space, just triple click to see the writing. [Update: the triple click doesn’t work well here, just highlight.] If you haven’t seen the movie, don’t triple click!

So, today I go to get drug tested for my new job, because I’d been acting kind of funny and all… (Ok, I just decided that the rest of this story , until I’m not working there. It may be awhile. I’ll keep writing about it, but I’ll do a . I want to keep my new job. So, skipping to the movie, I went to see it while I was waiting for my drug results.)

I liked it! I put it in the category of movies that have suprisingly good messages, like . Tom Cruise was not the rugged, never-phased, can-think-of-every-imaginable-thing-that-amazingly-saves-the-day hero. Thank goodness. He was this sort of everyday, crappy father guy. Yes, he thought of a few good things, but his situation still seemed hopeless. And my favorite thing, unlike so many disaster movies, is that the people actually seemed phased by the things that happen to them. I often notice the psycological unreality in movies. Where other people are screaming, “That could never happen, that 60 foot Gorgon would never be able to fit into that cavern!” I am yelling, “Those people need therapy! There is no way they would be acting like that if !” This action/disaster movie showed the most realistic psychological reactions I have seen. Yes, I too have heard of . However, I love him in movies like this.

The story of the alian invasion is definately secondary and clunky. Like Ebert, it did cross my mind that the alians sure made a lame plan, but unlike Ebert, I like that the story focuses on one person’s experience. It was more humanizing and interestingly, more scary. If you can help it, don’t read before you go, or anyone else’s for that matter. I made a decision at the beginning of the movie to go with it, to be immersed, and the storytellers didn’t let me down.

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An uncertain Hero.

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Act for Change

June 23, 2005

Every now and then I have an “armchair activism” hour (or two) and write letters and call my representatives. It was scary to call at first, but so far a young sounding person answers pretty quickly, takes a message and asks if I am willing to give my name and my zip. I am. That’s one case where I don’t prefer to be anonymous. Today while sending letters through the super easy Act For Change site, I came across the following quote.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell has strongly opposed the proposed amendment. “The First Amendment exists to insure that freedom of speech and expression applies not just to that with which we agree or disagree, but also that which we find outrageous,” he said. “I would not amend that great shield of democracy to hammer a few miscreants. The flag will be flying proudly long after they have slunk away.”

It was in a letter that opposes banning flag burning. It’s a hot issue. (ha ha πŸ™‚

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Happy Summer Solstice

June 21, 2005

Not only is it Summer Solstice, there is a full moon. May love surround you like sunshine on a sunny day.

I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Quote. Act ii. Scene.1

Science link
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A Midsummer’s Night Dream

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Love and Survival

June 21, 2005

There are good days and bad days. Today is a good day for me. πŸ™‚ A list of my blessings:

My new roommates don’t yell at me. They ask me how my day went and respond to like questions. Yay! πŸ™‚

I got a job! Yay YAYAYAYAYAYYA! Does this mean I will have money???? I mean, to spend on clothes and non discounted groceries and stuff? A whole new adventure awaits me. πŸ˜‰

Not only did French Toast Girl leave a comment on my blog, she linked to me! French Toast Girl is one of those people who is so talented but not inaccessibly famous and I vacillate between jealousy and admiration. I can’t help it! But jealousy has a good side, it can show you what you aspire to. I don’t aspire to being a great artist, but I do aspire to having a life filled with love, which leads me to…

Another blessing! I know my neighbors and they are down to earth and nice and easy to talk to and it’s been a long time since I could walk over to my neighbors and say “Hey, whatcha doin?” Thanks, neighbors.

I like my family. Wow. Today my mom called. (Good luck studying!)

I met with my co-chair about a meeting we are putting together. (I’m a co-chair for a group at my church.) It’s work, and it makes a difference, and it feels good to contribute.

I talked to one of my best friends and we are going to the fair tomorrow.

So, all in all, a good day. Many blessings. Thanks, world.

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A commencement speech

June 20, 2005

In case you didn’t get to go to a long graduation this year, here’s a cool speech someone on the UU blogs posted.

About you:

But I hope you don’Β’t walk away from the challenge. Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. You need to take up the challenges that we face as a nation and make them your own. Not because you have a debt to those who helped you get here, although you do have that debt. Not because you have an obligation to those who are less fortunate than you, although I do think you do have that obligation. It’s primarily because you have an obligation to yourself. Because individual salvation has always depended on collective salvation. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.

About America:

A place where destiny was not a destination, but a journey to be shared and shaped and remade by people who had the gall, the temerity to believe that, against all odds, they could form a more perfect unionΒ” on this new frontier.
And as people around the world began to hear the tale of the lowly colonists who overthrew an empire for the sake of an idea, they started to come. Across oceans and the ages, they settled in Boston and Charleston, Chicago and St. Louis, Kalamazoo and Galesburg, to try and build their own American Dream. This collective dream moved forward imperfectly it was scarred by our treatment of native peoples, betrayed by slavery, clouded by the subjugation of women, shaken by war and depression. And yet, brick by brick, rail by rail, calloused hand by calloused hand, people kept dreaming, and building, and working, and marching, and petitioning their government, until they made America a land where the question of our place in history is not answered for us. It’Β’s answered by us.

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Save Sesame Street!

June 20, 2005

Dudes, Sesame Street! Sign a petition to help save it, please.

Job Interview!

June 20, 2005

I’m about to go out and have a celebration lunch. I don’t know if I got the job or not yet, but I’m celebrating just going on the interview. It’s totally unrelated to the field I am getting my master’s degree in. In fact, it is selling vacation ownership! (timeshares.) Laugh if you must. πŸ™‚ The good thing about this is, I can tell you all about the job without revealing my secret identity. Other good things: I might make a lot of money! It was so refreshing to go to a job interview and have it be ok that the reason I want the job is to make money! I mean, why else would I want a job? If I had all the money I needed I’d probably volunteer to do whatever I like to do, to contribute to people.

I’ll let you know how it goes. I don’t even know if I’ll be any good at selling. Hurdles if I do get the job: 1) it is a 40 minute drive!!! 2) They work on Sundays and I like to go to church on Sundays. Will they let me have Sundays off??

So, getting really honest about money, (money isn’t on my personal taboo list,) I am in a lot of debt because of student loans. I have lived pretty frugally all my life and I haven’t had a lot of motivation to make a lot of money, my idealism was in the forefront, but now I want to be out of debt! And I have a burning desire to be financially independant, ala Your Money or Your Life. I want to be free.