To quote Eddie Murphy "I'm so glad the bitch is gone!". How annoying can one person be in one episode?
Twila is a great character and I am glad she's still around. Same with Scout. I loved her line about Mia. "Good luck finding a husband that will put up with that". Well said Scout.
Go old people! (Except Amy, who looks like Tea Leoni and fantasizes about brading Twila's man hair).
Ladies: not much eye candy for you this time. Lucky for you John knows how to operate a mechanical bull. That could come in handy in the next challenge.
Thursday, September 30, 2004
To quote Eddie Murphy "I'm so glad the bitch is gone!". How annoying can one person be in one episode?
Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Saturday, September 25, 2004
Work has kept me from posting, however, now that the weekend is here I can do my best Larry King impression and give you my random thoughts for the week.
Have you seen Lost? Best new show of the year by far. It's sort of like if Gilligan and Co. had a plane crash and instead of an island where the coconuts were used to make radios, it's like the island from Jurassic Park. Did I mention they are stranded and the search party is searching a thousand miles off course? The first 15 minutes had me hooked big time. I will happily copy this to VHS for anyone interested.
Survivor. Or should we know just call this the "White People Lie To Each Other Show"? Not too impressed so far. I am more enthralled watching white people B.S. each other on C-Span.I don't really like anyone except Amy. This show needs more diversity and more brains. At least they have lesbians. I still love Probst though. In my fantasies he arrives at my door via a Harley holding flowers, comdoms, the P-Funk All-Stars Greatest Hits, and specific instructions for a brutal physical challenge.
So rumor has it the Showbox show with PJ last night was insane. Everyone who waited an hour in line got in for $40. Great pics from the PI. Click on music if you don't see Eddie's face holding a grunge pose circa '93.
Did anyone think the Dawgs would be this bad this year? Where do we even start? We won't because...
The Seahawks will go 3-0 tomorrow. Look for Holmgren to actually coach this game instead of letting the defense dictate the tempo for 3 1/2 quarters. Shawn Alexander will get 100 yards too.
Fahrenheit 911 comes out on DVD Tuesday. Tell your friends to watch it. Then tell them to vote John Kerry. By the way, should people who don't follow the issues everyday be allowed to vote? Should there be some sort of political and social awareness test issued at the polls? I mean , are we watching the same reports from Iraq? How can anyone think we are doing OK over there? Do we get points everytime someone is killed? Do we score higher with every other country we alienate? Are suicide bombers really just pissed because their high school sweetheart just broke up with them and they can't take it? When an Iraqi points a gun at an American soldier does that really mean "Thanks for destroying our country. We are happy to have you here. You liberate me and you had me at hello." Deep breath Trent...
Some great new music is out right now. The new Interpol record comes out Tuesday along with Brian Wilson's sMiLe. The new Thrills, Black Keys, and Presidents records are great too.
Looking for Falling Into Fall Five to arrive in your mailbox in the next two weeks or so. It may even include a bonus dance mix of some great bands like the Scissor Sisters, Radio 4, !!! Chk Chik Chick, and Metric.
Daily Show. Best show ever. Set your Tivos for 11:00 Mon-Thurs. Jon passes Dave finally as Late Night's funniest.
Ichiro is close. Very close. It could be Oct 1st so get your gloves and sushi ready for a night at the ballpark. When Ichiro gets his magic hit we will all throw rice balls onto the unnecesary and annoying bleachers that are covering up the public-funded bricks and taking away people minglinge space in the Beer Garden.
Feedback: Who still reads the site? Do we need to send the link out again?
Let me get some action in the comment section...
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Thursday, September 23, 2004
"Some day, in years to come, you will be wrestling with the great temptation, or trembling under the great sorrow of your life. But the real struggle is here, now, in these quiet weeks. Now it is being decided whether, in the day of your supreme sorrow or temptation, you shall miserably fail or gloriously conquer. Character cannot be made except by a steady, long continued process."- -- Phillips Brooks
Posted by Julie C at 8:42 PM
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Tuesday, September 21, 2004
Spurred by Jon's email here are some of my favorites....haven't updated it in a awhile but these are definitely still incredible:
*The Books You Can?t Put Down Book List*
In Random Order?.(close your eyes and pick)
* Absolutely will change the way you think about the birthing process incredibly and written from a woman?s perspective by a man (very rare).
2. The Good Rain by Timothy Egan
*Again, must read for the Seattleite?nonfiction about the history and power of the Pacific Northwest, especially for the elite club of the climbing world.
3. Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
*As all her woven tales, you can?t put it down. This is the book I am currently reading and am enthralled by the Congo based story about a missionary, his wife, and 4 daughters in 1960.
6. Snow Falling On Cedars
*So much better than the movie you will forget Ethan Hawke was even a part of it.
7. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
*Every woman should read this, and be lucky we didn?t live in the real 1920?s??The first shocking novel that told it how it was and awoke women everywhere.
8. The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
*Although difficult, this is a masterpiece of American history through the plight of African Americans and the sickening truth behind one man?s life of struggle.
9. Before Night Falls
*Changed my life. True story of a Cuban writer?s battle with his Communist country as an artist and homosexual.
10. Gone With the Wind
*Must read. Twice.
11. Body and Soul by Frank Conroy
*Took me by surprise and I couldn?t out it down. Extremely well written about a child piano prodigy in the late ?40s of New York City.
12. Like Water for Chocolate
13. Possessing the Secret of Joy by Alice Walker
*My absolute number one most influential book. Uncovers the dreadful reality of female circumcision. Must read.
14. Prayer for Owen Meany or Cider House Rules by John Irving
*Pick one and settle in for the ride.
15. Brothers K by David James Duncan
*Family of boys whose dad is a minor league baseball player living through the Vietnam War in the Pacific Northwest. I know I have said it, but truly one of my favorite books (have begged Jon to read it for years).
16. Corelli?s Mandolin by Louis De Bernieres
· ?Brims with all the grand topics of literature- love and death, heroism and skullduggery, humor and pathos, not to mention art and religion?A good old fashioned novel.? And that doesn?t even BEGIN to say how great it is. Quick- read it before the movie comes out??
17. Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
*Written by a 17year old, I read this in 2 nights?.literally could not put it down it was so?..real. You are immediately transported to Haiti.
18. The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos
*You can see I love Cuban novels?this one is so rich---it is about ?passion and loss and memory and desire?. Just beautiful.
19. Wicked by Gregory Maguire
· Absolute genius. It is the life and times of the Wicked Witch of the West. Period. Her entire fictitious story. You will gasp and laugh out loudJ
20. The House of the Spirits by Isabelle Allende
run don't walk--read now.
21. The Red Tent by Anita Diamont--
unless you are reading this
22. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay by Michael Chabon:
perfect for ANYONE who loves a good story--if you haven't heard of Michael Chabon or read anything by him you are committing a crime:)
23. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris:
Only read in a place where you can laugh out loud. Literally.
24. The DaVinci Code--who hasn't read it? And why haven't you?
25. And finally EAST OF EDEN by John Steinbeck --was my favorite (yes THE favorite) before Oprah brought it back to life....Mixes Monterey, with trashy romance novel material written by a master...
Posted by Julie C at 9:25 PM
Monday, September 20, 2004
I told myself I would try to stay away from politics on this site, but I changed my mind. Rachelle was asking me last night specifically why I hate Bush so much. I replied "because he lied to me, repeatedly." I wanted to believe Irag had WMD'S, ties to Osama Bin Laden etc. because I wanted to have faith in our government. If swe went to war I wanted it to be just. But he lied. Cheney lied, Rumsfeld lied, and even Colin Powell lied. I really thought I could trust him. It's so disappointing and every day it gets worse. Kerry speaks to many of my frustrations today.
The president has said that he "miscalculated" in Iraq and that it was a "catastrophic success." In fact, the president has made a series of catastrophic decisions from the beginning in Iraq. At every fork in the road, he has taken the wrong turn and led us in the wrong direction.
The first and most fundamental mistake was the president's failure to tell the truth to the American people.
He failed to tell the truth about the rationale for going to war. And he failed to tell the truth about the burden this war would impose on our soldiers and our citizens.
By one count, the president offered 23 different rationales for this war. If his purpose was to confuse and mislead the American people, he succeeded.
His two main rationales -- weapons of mass destruction and the Al Qaeda/September 11 connection -- have been proved false by the president's own weapons inspectors and by the 9/11 Commission. Just last week, Secretary of State Powell acknowledged the facts. Only Vice President Cheney still insists that the earth is flat.
The president also failed to level with the American people about what it would take to prevail in Iraq.
He didn't tell us that well over 100,000 troops would be needed, for years, not months. He didn't tell us that he wouldn't take the time to assemble a broad and strong coalition of allies. He didn't tell us that the cost would exceed $200 billion. He didn't tell us that even after paying such a heavy price, success was far from assured.
And America will pay an even heavier price for the president's lack of candor.
At home, the American people are less likely to trust this administration if it needs to summon their support to meet real and pressing threats to our security.
Abroad, other countries will be reluctant to follow America when we seek to rally them against a common menace -- as they are today. Our credibility in the world has plummeted.
Posted by Trent at 1:22 PM
Sunday, September 19, 2004
Saturday, September 18, 2004
Friday, September 17, 2004
Just throwing it out there. It might be cool to get some suggestions from people who've read cool books lately. Anyone have any must reads that I should check out? I'm reading Life of Pi right now, and have nothing "on deck". Just surfing Barnes and Noble on a Friday evening (god I feel old), and couldn't really find anything intriguing enough.
Posted by JuanSkoog at 11:07 PM
Thursday, September 16, 2004
There is a Uuge (like Donald Trump says) article in today's print edition of the Seattle Times about my favorite hot dog stand and my boy Dante.
Here is a link to the online edition:
Ballard hot-dog vendor capitalizes on nightlife, need for a late-night bite
Posted by ericdagg at 9:25 AM
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
Here are top nine comments made by NBC Sports commentators during theSummer Olympics that they would like to take back:
- Weightlifting commentator; 'This is Gregoriava from Bulgaria. I saw her snatch this morning during her warm up and it was amazing.
- "Dressage commentator; 'This is really a lovely horse and I speak frompersonal experience since I once mounted her mother."
- Paul Hamm, Gymnast: 'I owe a lot to my parents, especially my mother andfather.
- Boxing Analyst; 'Sure there have been injuries, and even some deaths inboxing, but none of them really that serious."
- Softball announcer; 'If history repeats itself, I think we can expectthe same! thing again."
- Basketball Analyst; 'He dribbles a lot and the opposition doesn't likeit. In fact you can see it all over their faces.
- At the rowing medal ceremony; 'Ah, isn't that nice, the wife of the IOCpresident is hugging the Cox of the British Crew."
- Soccer commentator; 'Julian Dicks is everywhere. It's like they'vegot eleven Dicks on the field.
- Tennis commentator; 'One of the reasons Andy is playing so well is that,before the final round, his wife takes out his balls and kissesthem....Oh my God, what have I just said?"
Posted by Trent at 8:41 PM
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
Monday, September 13, 2004
So tonight Rachelle and I received free tickets to the M's game. The place was deserted. Although our seats were in row 9 down the left field line, we decided to move to the third row. Great seats.
In the first inning when Vladimir Guerrero came up I leaned over to Rachelle and said "be careful, this guys hits the ball harder than anyone in the American League." He doubled hard down the line on the next pitch. Killed it. Foreshadowing...
In the top of the fifth inning Vladimir came up again and hit a line drive at about 150 miles per hour straight towards Rachelle and I. Rachelle said I threw off our blanket (it was very chilly) and jumped up to catch it. I got my hands on the ball and I could feel the sting as my left ring finger was directly hit. The ball fell out of my hand directly in front of me and I picked it up. Honestly I was dazed and in a little pain. Everyone started cheering so I held the ball up like a dork and took in the crowd's appreciation of a very bonehead move. With my knack of getting injured anytime I get up in the morning I really don't need to be jumping in front of foul balls. We looked down at my hand and it already had started to swell up so I took my ring off and declared myself single for the evening.
We left a bit early and when I arrived home Chris Downing had left a message saying they replayed my almost catch on TV and could swear it was me. He also added that Rick Rizz and whomever he was ass kissing tonight said that "[I] really paid the price for that one". Pretty cool. 150 mph. No joke.
Anyone TIVO the game? I would love a copy.
And that concludes Trent's Foul Ball Story
P.S. No, I had never caught a foul ball during the game before tonight and we have had season tickets for almost 20 years. I am a pro at catching batting practice Home Runs, but a foul ball has always alluded me. Time to ice my finger.
Posted by Trent at 9:49 PM
Here is an interesting article about the process of converting the films to DVD:
'Star Wars' emerges from darkness
By Mike Snider, USA TODAY
BURBANK, Calif. ? He whipped Indiana Jones into shape and cleaned up Sunset Boulevard.
Now John Lowry is the unseen force behind the sparkling new DVD versions of George Lucas' Star Wars films, which arrive Sept. 21 in a four-disc $70 box set.
Over the past four years, Lowry Digital Images has emerged as the pre-eminent destination for studios looking to prepare their classics for DVD. Having cleaned up the Indiana Jones films for last year's DVD package to the satisfaction of Lucas, director Steven Spielberg and studio Paramount, the Burbank-based firm earned the chance this year to do the same for the Star Wars trilogy.
Even though the original film elements of the three movies have spent most of their time resting in vaults, they had gathered wear and tear that would have been noticeable had they been transferred, as is, straight to DVD.
"The most popular movies are often, by far and away, in the worst shape," Lowry says. "They have been printed more often and been duplicated more often, and each of those passes adds scuffs, dirt, scratches and the like."
The high-definition video transfers of the first three Star Wars films (Episodes IV-VI: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi) that Lucasfilm delivered to Lowry, he says, "were a little rougher than we expected coming in the door. I thought, 'Oh, man.' "
Especially prevalent were scratches and dirt on the Tatooine sand dune scenes in Episode IV: A New Hope and on the snowy slopes of the ice planet Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back. Lightsaber scenes in all the films, Lowry says, "were softer and grainier and had all kinds of dirt."
But Lowry mobilized the forces: 80 employees and 600 networked Power Mac G5 computers with the equivalent of 378 terabytes (378 million megabytes) of hard-disk storage.
The process: First, he analyzes the film and notes its biggest problems, be it dust or softness. Then he sets parameters for the restoration software. The computer system divides the film into segments and applies fixes, identifying flaws by comparing neighboring film frames. Lowry and his team check the processed scenes daily, frame by frame.
Restoration took about a month per film. As footage became ready, segments were downloaded onto a portable hard drive and shipped to Lucas for approval.
The result is as if a veil has been lifted: The annoying hail of visible noise is gone, and colors are richer. The footage seems to shine, as if brand-new. "We have given it the kind of sharpness which doesn't create ugly edges," Lowry says.
Beyond a stellar DVD, Lucasfilm now has a high-definition master stored in its vaults that won't degrade as celluloid does. The master can be used to make new film prints and high-definition DVDs.
Lowry's involvement in restoring the Star Wars films began with another space adventure.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration contracted with him to process the live broadcast feeds from the Apollo 16 and 17 missions to the moon in 1972. "We cleaned up the images and sent it back over microwave to Houston again, and it went out to the world," says Lowry, now 72, whose career in TV production began as a stagehand for the Canadian Broadcasting Co. in 1952.
Years later, his background in TV production and multimedia led him to develop the proprietary software that would digitally remove blemishes in films.
His techniques are not without controversy. Preservationists have voiced concern that digitization of films will create homogenization.
Movies get their own character through varying degrees of light-sensitive grain used in film stocks. (The concentrations differ much like thread count in sheets.) During digital film restoration and compression, grain can be lessened.
One of Lowry's earlier restorations, Citizen Kane, was criticized by some, including film historian Leonard Maltin, who said the result looked more like a TV video production than a film. Having done about 100 restorations since then, Lowry says, "If we had the chance to restore Citizen Kane again today, the quality would be vastly improved."
In the case of films such as Sunset Boulevard, in which the original print has been degraded or lost, Lowry's digital restoration is the only safeguard to losing the film entirely, says Ron Smith, head of DVD mastering for Paramount.
"You're giving new life to the film on DVD and also preserving and saving its life in archival terms."
Posted by ericdagg at 8:42 PM
A guy I work with is selling 2 Farm Aid tickets for this weekend. $43.00 each. Thought I'd post to see if anyone was interested.
"For the first time in its 19 years, Farm Aid is heading to the Pacific Northwest! On September 18th, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews will host another great Farm Aid benefit concert at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, WA."
Let me know if you have any questions or are interested.
Posted by Carrie at 2:15 PM
Sunday, September 12, 2004
JustConcerts.com has tons of bands to listen to on Real Player. This link will take you to a Badly Drawn Boy show from 2000 (Hour of the Bewilderbeast tour that we saw), but you can search for some other great bands as well. Enjoy!
Franz Ferdinand too. Great quality.
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Saturday, September 11, 2004
Thursday, September 09, 2004
Tuesday, September 07, 2004
"Newsweek reports that Netflix and TiVo are set to announce a partnership that will allow subscribers to both services to download their Netflix DVDs directly into their TiVo boxes, instead of receiving them in the mail. The two companies refused to comment, but Newsweek sources said it is a done deal, pending the approval of the TiVo board this week. "In a fast-moving industry, look for the cable companies and Netflix rivals like Blockbuster to quickly strike their own deals and copy the service," the pubilcation notes. "It's proof that TiVo and Netflix are getting back to what they do best: staying one step ahead of the big guys and keeping the world safe for couch potatoes."
Full article: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5915470/site/newsweek/
Posted by ericdagg at 8:57 AM
Monday, September 06, 2004
Please welcome Trish, Juan, and Carrie into the IPOD club. Since there are a few new members, I thought I would post some links to help you in discovering the ins and outs of IPOD functionality.
The IPOD Lounge is a great source of info. Many product and accessory reviews.
Another good place is the IPOD garage. This site has other random computer info as well. Good message boards at both places.
If you are having any software or hardware problems be sure to check http://www.apple.com/support/ipod/ first. Chances are you aren't the first one to have the problem.
Also, make sure to keep updating (downloading) the software updater which upgrades every few months or so.
Have fun! I can't wait to bring our IPOD over to steal a few playlists from each of you. Also, let me know if I can be any help as well.
Posted by Trent at 2:07 PM
Saturday, September 04, 2004
THIS WAS JIME ROME'S TAKE ON ICHIRO. This is getting ridiculous. The Mariners may have lost again, but that is hardly the point. Ichiro Suzuki is on a tear, and honestly, I don?t know if I have ever seen someone get that many hits, that many nights in a row. The guy picked up 3 more hits last night, going 3 for 5, raising his average to .374, and closing the gap even more on George Sisler?s single season hit record of 257. Ichiro needs 41 hits in his final 29 games to break the record. Are you kidding me? Has there ever been a bigger lock? Normally, I would say the odds of a guy getting 41 hits in 29 games is too much to ask?but not this alien. When you get 3 knocks a night, it isn?t all that challenging to pick up 41 in 29 games. He finished the season with a .500 average against the Jays, 20 out of 40. Is that any good? And the guy has a sense of humor now too, I like it. When asked if he could keep up his hitting pace, he answered, ?ask a fortune teller.? Nice. Not only does the guy get 3 hits every single night, but he is running smack as well. If the guy didn?t hit .255 for the first month of the season, we would be in the middle of a .400 chase. Gimme a break! He hit .432 in July, .463 for August and is currently checking in at a very healthy .625 for September. Extremely normal! He hasn?t taken the collar in 8 games and has picked up 18 hits in those 8 games. Yep, lots of guys do that. And give the guy huge credit for doing this on a dog crap team. It isn?t like the guy goes out there every night fighting for a playoff spot. It would be real easy to mail in at bats at this point. You know, like the rest of the guys on the team.
Posted by JuanSkoog at 11:12 AM
What's the greatest year for sports, movies, music, pop culture in the last 25 years. The Sports Guy claims its 1984. For those of us in our 30's to late 20's, this is an awesome read. Flashbacks galore. Some highlights for me: Miami Vice was created, Patrick Ewing on the Hoyas, Michael Jackson does first moonwalk, Hulkamania begins to run wild brother, The Thursday night lineup included The Cosby Show, Cheers and Night Court, the LoveBoat/Fantasy Island Saturday night was in it's final year, Revenge of the Nerds, Sixteen Candles, Red Dawn, Van Halen and the Police broke up, and Mcenroe/Connors, two of my alltime favorites. Anyway, there is much more that I missed.
Posted by JuanSkoog at 10:58 AM
Friday, September 03, 2004
It's amazing I have not seen Wilco live yet. I know Skoog probably wants in on this.
Anyone doing Bumbershoot? Rachelle and I will be there tonight and Monday. Death Cab and the Presidents tonight and The Killers, Built To Spill, and the Pixies Monday.
Have a great weekend.
Posted by Trent at 8:58 AM