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The List of Admired Films

Not sure why I think this is useful. It's something I think about a lot so I might as well write about it. Later I will move this somewhere into a more permanent location on the site. But for now I'll come back and add films as it occurs to me...

  • The Adjuster
  • Blue Velvet
  • La Notte
  • Blowup
  • L'Aaventura
  • The Cook The Thief His Wife and Her Lover
  • Sex Lies and Videotapes
  • The Good The Bad and The Ugly
  • Roshomon
  • Branded To Kill
  • River's Edge
  • Visitor Q
  • Run Lola Run
  • Charisma
  • Kairo
  • Sonatine
  • In The Realm of The Senses
  • Atame
  • Matador
  • Happiness
  • Blood Simple
  • Barton Fink
  • Moonstruck
  • Adaptation
  • The Hours
  • Topaz
  • Ichi The Killer
  • Hard-Boiled
  • Naked
  • Vertigo
  • Memento
  • El Topo
  • Amelie

Asoko Desu

Lately, when I'm in a bookstore I check for Murakami books. Looking for stuff by either Haruki or Ryu, two japanese authors that hit the spot. I recently picked up Ryu's book "In The Miso Soup". It was ok. I didn't care for it as much as his first book: "Almost Transparent Blue", but the subject matter was maybe a bit more interesting. Sometimes I guess a book is not as good as it could be because of a poor translation. Hard to say.

"In The Miso Soup" is about a tour guide who makes his bread showing foreigners around the Tokyo sex club circuit. His latest customer is a bit weirder than most, and as things get stranger still, he begins to suspect that he is a serial killer. The detail concerning cultural differences about sex and gender roles between east and west was interesting. The story itself was so-so.

Finally got a copy of "Ringu" by Koji Suzuki. The book that the ring movies were based on. So far, so good. Some differences from the movies:

  • The reporter is a guy rather than a girl
  • He enlists the help of his "best friend" a serial rapist
  • The video has a bit of text at the end that says: "if you do not wish to die, you must follow these instructions exactly..." (the rest of the tape was erased)
  • The dead chick in the well has a dick

I like the scene where he has his friend watch the video. It wakes up the reporter's wife and she comes out as he's turning off the video (to keep her from dying in a week). She thinks they're looking at porn... It reads like an airport novel, but even though I know what's going to happen (more or less) it's managing to be quite suspenseful. Time to hop in bed and give myself nightmares.


The Geek Factor

Been looking for an old junker computer that I could use as a mail server. Right now I'm using the same machine for web and mail servers --an older computer that my brother donated to the kacked mission. I think it's an AMD 233. Something like that. It's sitting there in the corner, plugging away ever since I installed openbsd on it and set everything up. I was installing some software on it several months back and ran out of room on the root partition. Sounds more serious than it is (I guess) cause it still keeps plugging away. It has Openbsd 3.3 on it and I would like to upgrade to 3.4 (jeepers 3.5 comes out in less than a month) but they made a change to "elf binaries" between 3.3 and 3.4 so the only way to get 3.4 is a complete reinstall. What the heck are "elf binaries"?

Got an old Compaq Presario computer from my brother. I think he got it at a yard sale. Digs those yard sales. Reminds me of my grandfather in that regard. He scores a lot of cool stuff that way, but I keep thinking about my grandfather's garage. The way you could hardly move around in there. Wish I had some of the 78's. The compulsion to collect might be genetic --I have it too. You never know when you're going to need that stuff...

Tried reviving that old Compaq but it was no go. Have been using it as a little table to put my mythtv box's keyboard on. My friend Brandon had an identical looking Compaq computer. An old junker from '95. Virtually an antique. He was using his as a table as well. I kept bugging my brother about it: "see if you can get that computer off of Brandon, I can maybe use it as a mail server".

Brandon finally did part with it. Looks like he got a real table for the new computer he got. So, yeah. I spent all day Saturday trying to get that "bios on the hard drive" thing working. Compaq computers are notorius for not having bios installed on the motherboard in roms --the way most computers do. Instead, they put it on the hard drive in a special partition. I guess this works ok until you go to replace the hard drive, and then you have to search the Compaq web site for the floppy discs that will do this bios hard drive thing. What a pain in the ass...

Figured it out though. Getting Brandon's junker working made me realize what was wrong with the one I had gotten from my brother so I was able to fix that one as well. Now I'm the proud owner of two antique computers. Circa 1995. Takes me back to my first pc, which I got it in the early 90's. A pentium 90 with a 750 meg hard drive and 16 meg of ram. I was a big baller.

So now I got these old school machines. With ISA slots. I plan to use one of them as a mail server, maybe use the other as a temporary web server so I can rebuild the box I'm currently using (eventually I'll need a faster machine since my web site is done "on the fly", maybe you notice how slow it is...) And then I want to experiment with using my desktop box as an x server and maybe the slowest of these old junkers as a "thin client" machine. At that point maybe I can even rebuilt the machine in the livingroom as a client running x off my box. I'm sure that would offer more oumpf that the way it works now. Way more geek factor too...


Culture of Cute

Just finished watching the japanese film"2LDK". Pretty good. I could see it being a popular american movie. Bet somebody remakes it in Hollywood.

Cute and ultraviolent in the way that only japanese films can do --about two actresses sharing the same apartment while vying for the leading role in an upcoming feature film. As the friction increases they also discover they're both dating the same guy.

It starts as they're politely eating dinner while in voice-over they talk shit about each other: "So, it's OK with you. (What a fashion sense! The T-shirt is too tight. And your breasts are too big.)"

It quickly escalates into a battle royal. Complete with samurai swords, knives, chainsaw, electrocution, bondage, lesbianism (did I give anything away?) Yet throughout it still manages to be cute. How do they do that?


Lazy Day

My day off today. Messed around on the computer, read, watched "Runaway Jury". It was alright -- complicated story with lots of flash covering up for a weak script. Your typical hollywood movie, but still fun.

Finished reading P.K. Dick's book "The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch". That was alright, guess it was a couple Dick books ago I realized I wasn't reading them for the crafty writing (really, they're almost like comic books) as much as it's just that he has such amazing ideas. This one was no different. But still worth reading.

Stopped by Walmart just now to pick up a few thing. Getting there just at 2 a.m., so then it was immediately 3 a.m. As I was walking in the door with my brother an old man greeted us. I hung out with him a bit and he told me that the night before they had some excitement. Some guy trying to break into the coke machine. When he couldn't break in, he didn't give up, but went into the store and bought a crowbar. He got after the coke machine for another forty minutes before they chased him off.

Been switching over my desktop environment the past several weeks. Mainly doing this by using ratpoison and screen, as explained in the Antidesktop article on freshmeat. Trying to do more stuff on the command line. Personal challenge --just how much can I do without using the mouse and a GUI? So far it's been pretty satisfying, seems like it's easier to concentrate on what I'm doing with the computer when it's not farting and bleeping at me in fifty fantastic colors.

Installed xscreensaver a while back. Nice application. Trying to figure out how to get it to load at boot and I was looking at the web site and found this:

" Attention Windows users: There is no Windows version of xscreensaver, and there never will be. Please stop asking. That goes double for the ``xmatrix'' mode. No. The answer is no. I don't use any Microsoft products and neither should you."

Hehe.



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