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Monday, May 31, 2004

summer movies  

i love summer for many reasons. it's warm. you can go swimming (without turning blue - usually). the days are longer. the light is prettier. this summer i am also looking forward to seeing some hopefully good movies:

Garden State
Vanity Fair (ok this one may not be good, but Mira Nair films are at least sensual and i like reese.)
The Incredibles
Fahrenheit 9/11 (should we be lucky enough to see the film in the US.)
A Slipping Down Life
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
Maria Full of Grace
The Cookout
Coffee and Cigarettes (I've wanted to see this one since the SF Film Fete.)
Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself
Love me if you Dare
I'm not scared
me without you

i will not, however, see this movie. even if it is horrible, i'm sure i'd get nightmares.

Sunday, May 30, 2004

which HP character are you?  

I took the test and came up as Hermione. I have always loved Hermione -- i think she's the true star of the HP movies. However, if truth be told, the first time i came up as Harry Potter:

Which HP Character Are You?

take the quiz and find out who you are!

Thursday, May 27, 2004

being a trendsetter (well trying...) 

I don't usually do things like this...but today i read about a new perfume -- black by kenneth cole. It just sounded yummy. and it was new. and i wanted a new summer fragrance. and no one has it, well, because it is new. and i was going shopping when i was at the mall this evening i tried it and loved it and bought it! Here's how they describe it:
"The unexpected pairing of light and dark floral notes, including white hyacinth, black violet and fresh citrus. For the woman who's fashionable, not fashioned obsessed. Body conscious, but also socially conscious. And never afraid of the dark."

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

i don't believe you  

the magnetic fields have a new album out. I just heard one of their new songs on Launch (side note: i'm addicted to launch, i just became a "trendsetter" which i'm pretty proud of...but i digress...). Anyways, the new song is called "i don't believe you" -- and i think its hillarious. This amusement is further magnified for me because i was introduced to the Magnetic Fields by a boy that ended up being a pathological liar. There's irony in there! Here's a snippet from the lyrics:
So you "love" me
Well, stranger things have come to be
But let's agree to disagree
Cause I don't believe you
I don't believe you

anyways, hearing this song has been incredibly cathartic. The Magnetic Fields have a sort of wallowing, cynical romanticism that i appreciate. The songs are bitter, mean and loving all at once. Here's a snippet from the song that introduced me to them in the first place: 100,000 Fireflies

I'm afraid of the dark without you close to me
I went out to the forest and caught
A hundred thousand fireflies
As they ricochet round the room
They remind me of your starry eyes.

Monday, May 24, 2004

almost official 

Looks like Stanford is going to hire Trent Johnson (Nevada's current coach). To replace Monty, who's headed off to coach the warriors. Johnson was an assistant coach under Montgomery. He also led an amazing run in the tourney this year (Nevada knocked of the Zags and Michigan State as a #10 seed). I'm pretty pysched.

grammatically incorrect (and probably misspelled too!)  

This self-proclaimed "self-help" book on grammar is proving to be quite a sensation. maybe grammar can be fun. and who doesn't love pandas?

Saturday, May 22, 2004

spin the dial  

The latest "must have" clearly targeted for a teen audience. Click on the picture above to check out the demo.

Thursday, May 20, 2004

i agree with Dick.  

"The fact of the matter is we live in a free society and freedom means freedom for everybody. We don't get to choose, and shouldn't be able to choose and say, 'You get to live free, but you don't.' People should be free to enter into any kind of relationship they want to enter into. That matter is regulated by the states. I think different states are likely to come to different conclusions, and that's appropriate. I don't think there should necessarily be a federal policy in this area."
— Vice President Dick Cheney

It's the core of convservatism. Let the states choose. Let individuals choose. Don't have the state regulate. I agree with Dick. Don't amend the constitution.

Sunday, May 16, 2004

real people. real progress.  

This Tuesday, NIAID (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) is asking us, YOU, to wear your AIDS ribbon upside down in honor of HIV Vaccine Awareness day. *this is important* -- important enough that my friend Mark is in the campaign above.

Listen to what NIAD says:
"More than 12,000 people have already volunteered for HIV vaccine studies. Currently, more than 20 promising HIV vaccines are in various stages of testing. A large-scale HIV vaccine trial, however, will require thousands more participants of all races and ethnicities, genders and socioeconomic backgrounds, to ensure that the vaccine is effective in all groups but especially those most affected. Real progress requires we work to break down stigma and dispel the myths about HIV vaccine research. Developing an HIV vaccine depends upon individuals informing and supporting each other and promoting a vision of the world without HIV/AIDS. "

There are 20 promising vaccines out there, we need to move this ahead as fast as we can -- people are dying, countries of people are being devastated. This is not ok.

one pill.  

Bristol-Myers Squib, Gilead Sciences and Merck announced yesterday that they will join together to create a "fixed-dose combination" -- "one-a-day" AIDS pill. This is remarkable news because it could potentially make taking the required drugs less complex to the average consumer and also make their distribution in heavily affected areas (like Sub-Saharan africa) much easier. Finally, some good news on the AIDS front.

Read about this here: Joint Development of AIDS Pill

Thursday, May 13, 2004

wherever you go, there you are  

everytime i see my best friend Anna Mae, i have an epiphany. I often wonder if the same is true for her (it isn't - i asked, but she thinks i'm tons of fun anyways). She's not your typical sage -- she's actually wickedly funny. She calls every situation just like it is and i think that type of clarity is something i don't always have. So as we were driving on Tuesday, talking about life, she said "wherever you go, there you are." and it struck me, i'm sure i've read this quote a million times, but somehow in this moment it meant more.

Monday, May 10, 2004

pictures of people i love 

i am having a wonderful time in DC.

this is a picture of dana and jb in front of the Dirt campaign sign at the bus stop close to JB's work. I love LOVE this picture.

jb tried to grab something. he is being restrained.

we are fuzzy. damn my cam. Dana. Karl. Me. JB. Off to the Duplex Diner go we.

JB runs this lovely wine shop. He's very smooth. They have a really cool way of organizing their wines. definitely worth a look.

ok, i'm still kind of too drunk to be blogging.
ciao ciao.

i may never come home 

oh, i'm in DC -- i may never come home i'm having so much fun! updates and pictures forthcoming -- including a special guest blogging by famed local wine enthusiast JB.

do you see what i see?  

we just released a new, awesome version of Blogger -- and it now includes comments!! so please comment away -- unfortunately the link appears to be on the far i need to figure out how to line it up under my permablog link...*sigh* if only i really knew HTML.

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

new year's 2003/4 

my sister and i went out on NYE 2004. and i'm finally putting up a picture from that night (which i said i would do in Jan). We went to a dance party in SF that had a persian rug theme. Yes, a rug theme. The music was pretty good, and overall it was just fun to be out partying into the new year with my little sis.
Note: My mother wants me to clarify that I knowingly labeled the photograph "me & sheila" instead of the grammatically correct "sheila and I" -- i did this to be diagramtically correct. I am on the left, sheila is on the right.
sheila rocks.