Friday, August 31, 2001

Genius.

Thursday, August 30, 2001

�2 kindergarten classes showed up to music without their nametags because they ate them.�

This is why I read Britt�s site.

Ok, so I seriously can't stop watching Steve Ballmer make an ass out of himself. This and this only fuel the fire.

Art.

I agree with Ev. I can't get enough of this.

Wednesday, August 29, 2001

Sweet Jesus. They gave him a column.

Saturday, August 25, 2001

"Have the last two years caused any lasting negative impact on the adoption of the Internet? Absolutely not! We are not going to have another two years like the last two years ever again - another bubble that permits us to advance so rapidly, but if we hadn't had the last two years we might not have had any industry here at all."

-Alice O'Rourke, Flatiron Magazine (Spring 2001)

Friday, August 24, 2001

Ok, ok. So I haven't exactly posted my "video archives" section yet. I've been busy, and I've had some rather amazing stuff happen lately. I haven't forgotten though, and it will debut as soon as possible. While you're waiting, enjoy this (3.69 MB) and this (2.86 MB). Both clips were created for the now-defunct DigitalPapercut.com, and both require QuickTime.

Wednesday, August 22, 2001

As promised, here's a music video of sorts featuring footage from Dave and Jeff's recent trip to Los Angeles (3.3 MB, requires QuickTime).

Tuesday, August 21, 2001

Ladies and gentlemen! Boys and girls! I give you Big Rex!

Monday, August 20, 2001

"My pro-life position is I believe there's life. It's not necessarily based in religion. I think there's a life there, therefore the notion of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness."

George W. Bush
-Quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 23, 2001

Setting:
Best Buy

Characters:
Kyle (Protagonist)
Best Buy Cashier
Male Customer
Female Customer

ACT I

(Male Customer and Female Customer approach Best Buy Cashier. Kyle waits in
line behind them. Male Customer is wearing an old t-shirt, checkered shorts,
white socks and black tennis shoes. He is also carrying a beat-up imitation
leather briefcase.)

Male Customer (putting briefcase on the counter): Go ahead and ring that up.

Cashier (nervously): Hehe.

Male Customer: It'll ring up CRAP. Ha ha ha!

Cashier and Female Customer (forced): Ha ha ha!

Cashier (his honor on the line): Ha ha. Crapola, eh?

Male Customer (flustered): Weeeeeelllll. I didn't know you were bilingual! Ha
ha ha!

(Kyle smiles awkwardly.)

END

"Each car is a representation of Mr. Toad's Jalopy, and each has a name. Badger, Cyril, Winkie, Weasel, Toady, and Ratty are the ordinary cars, but you, if you're lucky, will find yourself sitting in the wonderful Mr. Toad car. The driver will quickly discover that the steering wheel does not affect the course of the ride, but it is absolutely crucial that the driver steer nonetheless, or else the ride will lose much of its charm."

From a wonderful review of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride that I just found online (I do, however, disagree with his interpretation of the ride's ending).

Disneyland Impressions:

Jeff Tobler, my lovely wife and I ventured over to Disneyland yesterday. The parking was fabulous. We were later told that we�d parked in �the largest parking structure on earth.� That kind of stuff really impresses me, and I�m not sure why. Maybe that�s why I like Los Angeles. Anyway, we chose to go to Disneyland proper rather than the new California Adventure park, because my whole life is a California adventure. We also decided to only go on really lame �animatronic things pop out at you� rides to celebrate our American heritage (among other reasons). Blah blah blah. We ate some stuff. Blah blah blah. The castle at Disneyland is so much smaller than the Disney World castle that it almost makes you question your station in life. I hate the �it�s a small world� (yes, the lowercase is correct, sadly) ride. Sarah thinks that�s a lame �jaded college kid� opinion, but I don�t care. I detest that ride. It�s not just the crappy cutouts that prance around parading their ethnic diversity, it�s the SONG ITSELF. It starts out annoying and slowly drives you more and more insane, much like the worm thing that Ricardo Montalban put inside Chekov�s ear in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. We also went on the Mark Twain authentic riverboat ride, complete with �authentic� plastic animals (not even animatronic!) occupying the surrounding terrain, and listened to a fellow passenger rant about how �polluted� the blue �river� was, and how a corporation like Disney should have the resources to clean it up. The Haunted Mansion was great, as was Pirates of the Caribbean, which re-kindled my undying love for pirate culture. Which brings me (somehow) to Mr. Toad�s Wild Ride. I love this ride, but can anyone explain to me how Disney got away with the ending? For those of you that aren�t �in the know,� what happens is that after a long chase through town in your souped-up Toadmobile, you GET HIT BY A TRAIN, DIE and GO TO HELL, where you encounter MALICIOUS DEMONS. Then, THE RIDE ENDS. There�s no happy ending or return home. Not that I�m complaining. I was just amazed. And it all started with a little mouse named Mickey�

Sunday, August 19, 2001

I'm going to Disneyland! Back this evening.

Friday, August 17, 2001

A mysterious stranger from my past known only as "Big Rex" has informed me that he has decided to start a blog. With any luck it will be live shortly.

Wednesday, August 15, 2001

Another happy birthday!

Happy birthday!

Monday, August 13, 2001

Sarah is in seclusion in the west wing this evening. She's editing footage from her trip to Italy. The end-result is sure to be promising. I'm also in the process of editing some footage, though mine involves a trip to In-N-Out Burger, filling up my car with gas and Dave defending his heterosexuality. Good times.

Sunday, August 12, 2001

The truth is out there.

Thursday, August 09, 2001

Some clips from the new Coen brothers movie. Looks pretty cool.

Sarah Cullen rules! Thanks to her link, I give you the following:

According To Our New Arrivals
by Judy Hart-Angelo & Gary Portnoy
Rewind Music Corp. (ASCAP)/Warner Bros. Music Corp.
(ASCAP)/Jack-Jay Music (ASCAP).
Performed by Leon Redbone

Streaks on the china,
Never mattered before,
Who cared?

When you drop kicked the jacket,
As you came through the door,
No one glared.

But sometimes things get turned around,
And no one's spared.
All hands look out below,

There's a change in the status-quo.
Gonna need all the help that we can get.

According to our new arrival,
Life is more than mere survival.
And we just might live the good life yet.

Wednesday, August 08, 2001

I can only dream.

"Big Pimpin'" sung by a picnic basket? Oh yes (1.81 MB, requires QuickTime).

Tuesday, August 07, 2001

Stick Bus: i just heard my modem died in my computer at home.
Acapriccio: terrible
Acapriccio: D
Acapriccio: S
Acapriccio: L
Stick Bus: men
Stick Bus: oops.
Acapriccio: :-)
Stick Bus: i meant "meh"
Acapriccio: suuuuure

The hits keep coming! Here's the domestic violence scene from Cops: Augustana (shot at the end of my freshman year of college). It's 14.2 MB and it requires QuickTime.

Monday, August 06, 2001

Note to Lucas...

Weak.

Brad's site reminded me how much I DETEST Long John Silver's. If a restaurant could be an arch-nemesis, LJS would be mine.

Another one from the vault for ya on this fine Monday morning. Here's a short scene from Urinalysis, a...uhh...documentary of sorts shot during my freshman year of college. It's about 880K, and like the other clips I've posted, it requires QuickTime.

Time marches on.

Sunday, August 05, 2001

I'm in the process of adding a "video archives" section to this site, so I spent some time this weekend digitizing a number of old tapes from high school and college. Check back later in the week for the new site section, but for now, here's Zombie Nightmare, a campy little piece we did during my sophomore year of college. It requires QuickTime, and it's about 27 MB (modem users beware).

Sorry about my old comments being erased. It's the unfortunate result of moving portions of my site over to stickbus.com (for better PHP support). So leave new ones!

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Christopher Hewett, the British-born stage actor perhaps best remembered as television's endearing English butler, ``Mr. Belvedere,'' died Friday. He was 80.

Hewett, whose career began at age 7 on a stage in Ireland, had been in declining health, said his nephew, Paul Hewett.

Although the stage was his first love, Hewett likely gained his greatest fame playing the endearing title role on television's ``Mr. Belvedere'' from 1985 to 1990.

As Lynn Belvedere, he was a one-time butler for England's royal family who moved to the United States and wound up working for a dysfunctional family, some of whose members never did learn to pronounce his name properly. He made his way through the job with wisecracks and sarcasm.

Goodbye, Mr. Belvedere. We'll always remember you!

Friday, August 03, 2001

A new stickbus.com intro page. Nothing major, just a refresh of sorts.

Rather than simply IMing like usual, Dave decided to communicate with me in a different way today. Here is the result (it's about 6 MB and it requires QuickTime).

Thursday, August 02, 2001

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Though I was pretty unimpressed with Apple's latest offerings, I have to admit that their retail store rocked my world. Sarah and I headed over to the Glendale Galleria this afternoon to check out (among other things) ol' Steve's little playground. Good stuff. Quite a change from the typical sad-ass Mac displays usually found in a dark corner of Sears. Aside from a great selection of hardware and software, the various Macs were set up with (where appropriate) live Internet connections, digital video (and still) cameras, DVD/CD burners, portable MP3 players and tons of other wicked gadgets, allowing Joe Consumer to walk in and test-drive every aspect of Apple's very multimedia-oriented advertising campaign. They even had a viewing area where you could sit and watch Steve's various keynote addresses. Very nice. Hell, if they offered free beer I probably would've moved in.

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Wednesday, August 01, 2001

So I'm looking through the Stick Bus server stats and I find that the search engine query "anthony hopkins porn" brings up our site. What can you say to that?