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Monday, February 25, 2008

I am extremely annoyed about the changes made from the book to the film version of 'Mysteries of Pittsburgh.' If I still lived in Goshen, I would call Speak Out about this.

Sunday, February 24, 2008
wholphin films
The Strongest Man
Drink All Day

Friday, February 22, 2008
fun times at work...
my boss and I just took some thin mints... wrapped them in foil... then dunked them in liquid nitrogen.

it was awesome. mmmm... frozen thin mints.

(we also froze a lot of mice intestines too... but those weren't quite as awesome)

at the end of march we'll be freezing more foods for our open house.

Thursday, February 21, 2008
how I got my fixie

Last winter I worked for many cold months on The Visitor, it was a good time, and now
the trailer is up on Just so y'all know, the "detention center" is actually a carpet warehouse in williamsburg. yup, those are the kind of great insider secrets one gets from having friends in the film industry.

The image to the right is with the male lead and our crazy german DP, Oliver, who loves HMI fresnels!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Crystal Meth. Friend or foe?

Other highlights among the 41 Top science experiments of all Time:

Cleaning Agents? Your Drink?
Fat man to Mars
Hot Dog Effects
Garlic: The Silent Killer
Juicy Beans


The Ideal Pancreas, Part: 2

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tubing butt picture

Camps: why do they always have weird names? Tubing makes up for it. It is a dangerous sport; I made three people bleed.

Also: I found out that 'Avenue Q' is coming to town via a handy postcard warning me about upcoming events for alumni of my law school. I will take the card's advice and steer clear of the meet-'n'-great event related to 'Avenue Q,' instead turning my energies towards recruiting friends to accompany me.

Monday, February 18, 2008
all over the inner-tubes
i know you all were thinking, "man, there needs to be more kate on the internet" well here to save your boredom is some kate. you are well come.

sunday i participated in the 1st ever baltimore cyclocross stage race organized by jim of it was the first ever, so we were told to have low expectations. I had never done a cyclocross race before, so i had no expectations. i could summarize the experience, and let my writing skillz will shine. but jim already did it, so follow this link
the event was well documented, and it's all over the inner-tubes. jim put his stuff up on flickr, and the dude on the pista put his up on his site. and here's a video.

i'm the one on the blue bike.

and then i went mtn. biking today tooo. i love holidays

so... now that I have insurance....
how does one go about finding and then becoming a patient of a doctor?
I've got a lovely PPO so my options should be open.

nothing urgent or pressing going on... but well, I do need to have a visit either in March or early April...

Saturday, February 16, 2008
Lunar eclipse, Wed Feb 20th 2008
A total eclipse of the Moon occurs during the night of
Wednesday, February 20/21, 2008. The entire event is
visible from South America and most of North America as
well as Western Europe, Africa, and western Asia. Complete
info at:Link

During a total lunar eclipse, the Moon's disk can take on a
dramatically colorful appearance from bright orange to
blood red to dark brown and (rarely) very dark gray.

An eclipse of the Moon can only take place at Full Moon,
and only if the Moon passes through some portion of Earth's
shadow. The shadow is actually composed of two cone-shaped
parts, one nested inside the other. The outer shadow or
penumbra is a zone where Earth blocks some (but not all) of
the Sun's rays. In contrast, the inner shadow or umbra is a
region where Earth blocks all direct sunlight from reaching
the Moon.

Thursday, February 14, 2008
happy valentines day
Our Hearts are Thumps

Monday, February 11, 2008

I'm in the waiting room, trying to get something done while K-S is behind that door over there. Frustrating this is morning television and stupid people fumbling for their phones when they ring.

Then this really doctor comes out, wearing a blue shirt. He seems to have been saying my name for a while that I didn't hear because of the earplugs. He tells me that K-S "did great" and that he'll have results in a week. I don't know what to say. Is there a range of ability in the world of "getting doped up and then suffering doctors putting a camera on a stick down your throat?"

Later on TV, there are little girls talking to Jeff Conaway about Zac Efron. That's kind of funny.

McCain vs. Obama Preview

Exhibit 1

An inspiring music video from Beautiful Elegant People (BEP) for Obama.

Exhibit 2

An infinitely funnier video for John Mcain

YouTube + Elections = a winning makes-me-laugh-really-loud combination

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Butterflies and medical procedures

So this morning I had a fairly minor medical procedure at a hospital near my house to determine the cause of my ongoing stomach problems. I'm laying back on the hospital bed as the one nurse starts putting a narcotic and something similar to valium into my IV. The other nurse is commenting that Weiss, who was in the waiting room, has such a pretty name. The nurse at my IV tells me, "It's biblical, but it's usually spelled H-o-s-e-a." I start to explain that, no, it's different, giving her the biblical reference, when I look up and see that on the ceiling are two plastic panels covered with butterflies, moths and a bee on flowers against a blue sky. The company selling them says they make you feel calm and serene. The picture above is very similar, if not identical, to the one I saw.

"What's with the bee?" I think, and "Surely they could have done better with the proportions?" and then I don't remember anything at all until the nurses are offering me four containers of sugary juice.

I hope I was not brainwashed. At least I already voted in the primaries.

Sunday, February 10, 2008
Vote in Poll to recieve free copy of American Gods: My favorite book from the 00's so far
Vote here in a poll to help Neil Gaiman decide which book to release for free.

If you haven't read American Gods, nows your chance to read it for fre. As the title suggestions, it's a brilliant concieved, thrilling look in the the heard of the gods (past present and future) of the good ole US of A. The basic premis is the same as Small Gods, my favorite book of the 90's: god's survive based on how many people believe in them. Sounds heretical? Deliciously, insightfuly so.

It also makes the midwest seem exciting. A good quote from a review of American Gods:

One of the things Gaiman does in American Gods -- and it is a book which does many things and does them well -- is fantasticate the Midwest. Gaiman is an English expatriate, now living in Minnesota. He is able to depict the American heartland with the knowledge of a resident and the perspective of an outsider. He takes places like Lookout Mountain, the House on the Rock, the Center of America and Cairo in Little Egypt and makes them part of the book's mythology. It is, to my knowledge, the first major work of fantasy to do this. In Gaiman's hands, the Midwest becomes a wellspring of stories, like John Crowley's Edgewood, Charles de Lint's Newford, Stephen King's Castle Rock and other key venues in the alternate North America invented by fantasy writers.

since you asked......
we don't have breaks, but this is what we do while we work:

Friday, February 08, 2008
fasion week is almost over!

twice a year new york has a week of fashion shows and parties which can be very lucrative for those of us with wrench wielding powers. not only do you get to make a shit-ton o' money in overtime and awesomeness, you also get to see all kinds of famous people and occasionally delve into a hot ham with some rich producer-types at parties. This week's highlights included seeing liza minelli and christian slayter at the halston show and seeing cocorosie at the prada party, which, incidentally, got a write-up on, my most treasured inter-retreat.

I got to climb up into those cages hanging from the ceiling during the prelight. awesome. plus exploring the backrooms of the prada store is pretty damn cool, considering that the pajama-patterned pants lining the walls probably cost more per pair than all of my pants put together.

here's a clip of some of my grip/electric friends jaming out during a break... what do you do during your breaks?

Thursday, February 07, 2008
Sister Corita Kent
'My People', 1965. By Sister Corita Kent

"The body of Christ is no more comfortable now than it was when it hung from the cross.

Those who live in the well organized, well ordered, nourished, clean, calm and comfortable middle class part of Christ's body can easily forget that the body of Christ, as it now exists, is mostly disorganized, devoid of order, concerned with the material needs, hungry, dirty, not motivated by reason, fermenting in agonizing uncertainty and certainly most uncomfortable.

Youth is a time of rebellion. Rather than squelch the rebellion, we might better enlist the rebels to join that greatest rebel of his time—Christ himself."

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For Cat Power fans
I never thought I could enjoy the song "New York." Then along came Cat Power's new covers album, "Jukebox." It is a worthwhile buy, especially if, as at Reckless Records in Chicago where I bought it, the two-CD is only $14.99.

While I first became a fan of Chan Marshall during her super-angsty days, I am glad her music has gotten more laid-back. She proves this by covering one of her earlier anthems, "Metal Heart," and chilling it way out. She seemed to hit a groove with "The Greatest" and it continues in this album.

After "New York," perhaps most impressive is her cover of Billie Holiday's "Don't Explain." Pretty gutsy to cover Holiday, but Marshall pulls it off.

Monday, February 04, 2008
Seriously, people like this should be fired for literary incompetence. How can you not know about Lolita? Stupid stupid.

That's right, I am complaining on a blog about something that has no relevance to my life. If only I had something to say about Lost.


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