Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Keep your distances

Technology tells me that what people like most about this blog are UFO Response Team cars. I wish I could specialize in this area, and become the official photographer of this outfit, but unfortunately, it has all the known characteristics of your standard-issue government agency, and information is hard to come by. On top of that, it's a competitive market, cornered by well-established UFO news agencies and blogs.
Of course, I'll keep hunting news about the alien plot to invade the US, and what the Government is doing about it. In the meanwhile, this reminded me of a picture I had taken a while back, and never published, so here it is. Yes I know, except for the fact that it displays a car in California (with a sticker), there is really little to no relationship with UFOs.

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Sunday, April 27, 2008

The mysterious Netflix queue

I have been a (very happy) Netflix subscriber for a while now. For the obvious reasons (I hate going to a movie rental place, finding out they don't have the movie I like, getting another movie and paying late fees), and for less obvious ones - like being regularly surprised at how my queue, which contains only movies I picked, looks so random to me, as if a complete stranger had done the selection.
The principle of Netflix is simple: you select on the web movies you want to see, put them in a queue, and one by one, the movies are mailed to you. Nothing random about that. And yet, when I look at my queue, for quite a few movies I have no clue when and why I put them in there. I guess it has to do with this: I tend to put movies I really want to see ahead of the queue, so obscure movies I added for odd reasons linger at the end of the pile, and spend enough time there that I forget all about them and why they are there. I was reassured to realize that it happens to others as well; L too regularly receives mysterious movies.
Anyways, in the end, I kind of like this harmless form of schizophrenia, where my doppleganger selects movies which I then watch. It's a nice chaotic process, where a deterministic process dissipates information and ends up looking random.
Well, as a result, I watched a great movie yesterday: Onibaba. You should add it to your queue.

(Image from www.shillpages.com)
Do you have this same experience with your Netflix queue?

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Monday, April 14, 2008

To the beach!

The weather was fabulous for three days in a row. I have been complaining about the cold in my place for weeks, but even though it was actually too hot, I am not ready just yet to get unhappy about that. The nicest part of all this was possibly that everyone I see in the streets looks happy and smiling. On Saturday, L. got a stroke of genius, and suggested that we go to the beach, which we did. We got our feet wet, we saw a three-mast ship - life is good!

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Friday, April 11, 2008

Count Orlock in the Castro

Tomorrow evening, the Castro theater has a double-feature not to be missed: two silent movie masterpieces, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari at 7pm, and Nosferatu at 9pm, with the Club Foot Orchestra playing live. There is even a third movie earlier that day, Sherlock Holmes Junior, but remembered that "the better is the enemy of the good", so L and I will just go to two movies, and skip Sherlock. Can't wait!

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Hang'em up!

After a few years of "good and loyal services", my old boxing gloves finally gave up and decided it was time to call it a day. If you look at the picture carefully, you'll see that one of the blue glove has a deflated look - it lost most of its padding through a rip.

I intended to get the same type of gloves as a replacement, but that day the gym had run out, and I had to go for the classic, lace'em up gloves. I must say, I am pretty happy about it. I was worried that putting them on would be a hassle, but it turns out you don't really need to lace them, slipping in is sufficient. On top of that, because there is no velcro, the padding around the wrists is actually much better and offers more protection. And, of course, they have this classic quality and look so much cooler!
Now I have to "break them", because they are still pretty stiff; I started doing just that last Monday, going to the gym for the first time in over 6 weeks - and right now, I don't feel all red, hot and shiny, but rather like my old pair of blue, deflated gloves...

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