Wednesday, December 28, 2005

My Christmas Stash

My Christmas Stash
Originally uploaded by M Kawamoto.

Well, this is what I got for Christmas. I got a new set of sheets, a set of jumper cables, a tea set, a trunk organizer for my car, some shampoo, a mini first aid kit (that'll stay in the car), a long sleeve shirt, some socks, a pair of pajama bottoms, and some various other knick-knacks.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Not quite as later as I thought

Hat and Scarf in progress
Originally uploaded by M Kawamoto.

Well, I decided to snap a photo or two of the knitting project I'm working on, so here it is. Spiral pattern scarf and hat. Alpaca... so soft. Must finish before Christmas!

It's Christmas Eve...

That should mean something, right? Anyway, I haven't decided to go to bed yet, but technically it is Christmas Eve, but really it's still Christmas Eve Eve to me. I'm not sure if I'm going to do any last minute shopping tomorrow, although I did want to get one more thing for my dad, and I need to go to that store to get some other things... we'll see. I may just get it for him after the weekend craziness. Also, made progress on other projects. Picture soon.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Beauty killed the beast.

Watched King Kong last night with Dan, Austin, and John. I had picked up Dan from the airport and we had Taco Bell after. After King Kong we went to the Berkley Front, after dropping off John and some other errands, and had some beers and met Coronado there. Leaving the bar, we wanted to go to Jimmy John's but once again I was thwarted in my attempt to get JJs, as the downtown Royal Oak one had closed early. So we went to National Coney. When I got home, my stomach was acting up, I don't know if it was the Taco Bell, the beer or the Coney, but I spent quite a lot of the night on the toilet. Sorry about that, but that's the reason I was up until nearly 6 in the morning. That and the couple cups of coffee at the Coney.

Wrapped present today. My Dad also stopped by to drop off a few tools for the basement project. Austin also stopped by with his gift exchange present.

The movie. Yes, we're back to the movie. I liked it. Even though it was 3 hours, when it worked, it was awesome. There were only a few things that weren't spectacular, but I still really enjoyed it. Go see it. I recommend it highly.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Progress update

Here's a few pictures of my basement in the midst of my renovations. Actually it's more a finishing of what was started by the previous owner.









Tuesday, December 20, 2005

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Sunday, December 18, 2005

Ah! Kelly Clarkson!

Just watched The 40 Year Old Virgin with Austin. I bought it today at the crack that is Best Buy. Also did a little other Christmas shopping. That movie is so fucking funny. I have to swear to demonstrate the passion with which I feel about the movie and it's funnyness. Is funnyness a word? If it isn't, well, I don't care.

Last night I went out with my co-workers for the "Unofficial" office party. Our company is too stingy to put one on, so we just all met at the bar, and also quite a few former employees came out as well. It was a good time, but after the bar, I had a craving for Jimmy Johns, and nothing else would satiate it. There is one in downtown Rochester, just down the street from the bar we were at, but it had closed already. That unfortunately left me with the prospect of finding another that was open. Because nothing else would do. I went to the one on 15 Mile and Coolidge and that one was also closed. I eventually ended up going all the way to the one on Main Street in Royal Oak and got a #9. Yum. My favorite. After I got home I went to bed, but after a bit, the Coke I drank kicked in, and I stayed up watching TV for a couple hours.

Back to the Christmas shopping. I still need to find something for my dad. He's hard to buy for, as he doesn't really need anything. Well, he probably does, but it's hard to figure out. Harumph. Best Buy Gift Cards for all. Bah.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Just thought I'd share

I was reading a story about King Kong and it's box office opening, and there was one line in the story that killed me.

The typically understated Gene Shalit of NBC's Today called it, um, "fabularious."

Anyway, that's it. Here's the story

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Three words about Alias

Irina Fucking Derevko!

Holy Shit! Oh. Snap!

I guess they're pulling no punches now that they know the show's ending. Actually a pretty cool episode. And Jack was badass.

More proof that Passion Of The Christ is bad

Mel Gibson vs. Saddam

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Focus, Daniel-san!

It's my last day of work for the year, and it's awfully hard to stay concentrated on work. I'm taking my vacation. I was going to take more vacation during the year, but I got busy at work and couldn't go anywhere. And it's one of those "use it or lose it" propositions and thus, my extended winter break. The general plan is to sleep in alot, and do some work to the basement to make it less crappy. I'll post some pictures of the work in progress sometime later.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

I want a piece of pie. Ma!

Mike as a South Park Character
Originally uploaded by M Kawamoto.

Ok, this is a cool website, where you can make yourself as a character from South Park.

Make your own South Park Character

Merriment and Mestophiles

I don't really know what the title of this post means, I just needed some alliteration for it.

So, last night, we went out for Austin's birthday. We had a um, drunken time. Austin and I got there at 9ish, and drove because it was too cold to walk. We then had a lot of beers. Austin also had a few shots, which contributed to later events. A bunch of Austin's work friends came, and his sisters showed up. There was a lot of "Bringing It On" and nerd talk and other fun things and whatnot. We ended up closing out the bar. Eventually I drove his car back to my place where we sobered up a bit. Austin then decided to leave, but had to puke on the neighbors lawn first. He was then ok. He's still recovering as we speak. Well, not really speak, but as I'm writing this, but you're not necessarily reading it at that same time, but suffice to say, he's hungover, well and good.

Tonight, I'm heading over to Austin's friend Gerry's where we're going to play Unreal Tournament on the LAN. Wow, that's like, so super nerdy. It should be fun though.

-The Dork

Thursday, December 08, 2005

For Jackie Whenever I May Find Her

Random rant about selling out

Ok, this totally threw me off. I was watching TV and a commercial for King Kong came on. And the music? Coldplay. WTF? That does not compute. Error. Danger Will Robinson! It's totally incongrous.

Coldplay has totally sold out, although that happened after the first album. Blech. Darnit if they don't write catchy tunes though.

I guess it's close enough now.

Since it's December, I suppose I can tolerate some Christmas music. I always like to check the iTunes Music Store every week to see what the free download of the week is.
Well, this week it's Diana Krall with a version of Jingle Bells. It's nice, swing/big band peppy music. Cool. Just thought I'd pass it along.

iTunes Link

Monday, December 05, 2005

All I want for Christmas

I'm feeling a bit greedy, so here goes.

  • Buffy DVD seasons 5 and 6
  • Zip-front hoodie, XXL
  • Veronica Mars DVD Season 1
  • Trunk organizer (so stuff doesn't go sliding around everywhere)
  • Burnout Legends for PSP
  • Mario Party 7 for GameCube
  • Black Diamond case for PSP
  • Chappelle's Show Seasons 1 & 2
  • Family Guy all seasons

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Creepy and funny

I was reading the recap of Grey's Anatomy over at TWOP today and there was a mention of a song played in the episode with a link to the video. I have include that link here. It is awesome. Well, creepy, but awesome. I may just have to buy Silence of the Lambs...

Lotion in the basket video.

Saturday, December 03, 2005


Just got back from Dim Sum with Austin and a couple of his work friends. Very tasty. One interesting part of the conversation was the fact that Ben (being one of the co-workers) was offended by some of the merchandise they had. Ben is Jewish, and they were/are selling Chanukah bears. The problem with the bears is that they have stitched on one of its feet a Star of David, in yellow, like the patches, during the Holocaust. Even I can see the problem with that.

So, that was just some of the converstation. I am now full and sleepy. I will have more to say at some later time.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Fly in my eye

Well, I got to see Aeon Flux last night for free, courtesy of Austin. Here's my mini-review.

Aeon Flux
Directed by: Karyn Kusama (Girlfight)

Aeon Flux is a member of a resistance movement, fighting against the government put in place when a disease killed 99% of the population. This government has been doing bad things, and Aeon is spurred to more desperate action when her sister is killed on suspicion of being a traitor. She is given a mission: Kill the chairman. This is where the story really begins get confusing but by the second half of the movie it begins to come together. It was a surprisingly short movie, only clocking in at 90 minutes, but packing a lot of action into that time.
One of best things about the movie is the visuals. The set design and cinematography are awesome looking. One of the best scenes visually is set in a park full of cherry trees in blossom.
Charlize Theron was, of course, hot. But she pulled off the action star role surprisingly well. Frances McDormand was just kind of there... she had some whacked out hair, which kind of distracted me for a minute. Jonny Lee Miller was also good, although I didn't quite remember who he was at first.
I really enjoyed the movie. The story moved briskly, there wasn't anything that seemed tacked on with no purpose, and it looked awesome. If you're looking for some (mostly) brainless action, then this is recommended.


Thursday, December 01, 2005

Kendall, meet Trina. Trina, meet Kendall.

Wow, awesome episode of Veronica Mars last night. Nice reunion of Charisma Carpenter and Alyson Hannigan. And the ending was a huge surprise. And the alternate ending that they had on the web was actually a bigger shock. Some things began to make more sense, that's for sure. Awesome.