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American History X

posted by Jason Kottke May 31, 1999

American History X is one of those movies that just shock the hell out of you. Edward Norton Jr. was really good, but the movie left me a little numb and shellshocked to form an overall opinion of it.

0sil8's third birthday

posted by Jason Kottke May 31, 1999

0sil8 is three years old today. Wow.

Put on a condom, dammit

posted by Jason Kottke May 29, 1999

I have no patience for people with lots of kids. In this day and age, in America, it's just plain socially irresponsible to have 4, 5, or 10 kids or more. Humans are going to outgrow the earth soon enough without people breeding our race to overpopulation. It's called "birth control". Look into it.

And I don't buy the argument that birth control is against your religion. Every species on this planet has to have multiple offspring just so one or two of them can survive to propagate the species. Except man. Health care in first world countries is at such a high level now that almost every single human offspring will survive long enough to breed...and it'll be that way in the rest of the world in 20-40 years. Man doesn't need to breed like crazy to ensure propagation of the species. What mankind really needs now is a little birth control to keep ourselves from over-running the planet on which we live.

Every species must adapt and find that middle ground so that it can co-exist with its surroundings: too few members and the species is in danger of extinction, but too many and the species will use up its natural resources and have its membership dramatically depleted. Human beings are no exception. So don't worry about what your god thinks, put on a condom, dammit. He put a brain in your head so you could figure these things out for yourself...use it.

Cartoon Girls I Wanna Nail

posted by Jason Kottke May 27, 1999

This guy has a list of all the Cartoon Girls I Wanna Nail...including details. I think every guy who watches cartoons has a list like this, but no one else has ever had the balls to write it down.

Law and Order finale

posted by Jason Kottke May 27, 1999

The season finale of Law and Order was pretty good. Benjamin Bratt was on for the last time. Everyone cried. And McCoy didn't get the sack...that Adam is a real softie.

Monica Lewinski bobbing head doll

posted by Jason Kottke May 27, 1999

The Monica Lewinski bobbing head doll. No comment.

Remember a Movie

posted by Jason Kottke May 25, 1999

A new 0sil8 appears on the horizon. Remember a Movie has been over a year in the making. Is it worth the wait? Probably not, but there's some good stuff there.

Phantom Menace again

posted by Jason Kottke May 25, 1999

Just to keep the theme alive for four entries in a row, I went to see Star Wars for the second time today. I was able to absorb more of the movie this time around and it still stands up against the closer scrutiny.

I also found a few of the things that people have been seeing in the movie, including a Wookie on Tatooine (sound included), a pile of Terminator heads from the movie of the same name, and a delegation of ET characters in the Senate scene. I did not, however, see the Gillette razor, Mark Hamill, or Boba Fett. Or Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones.

And one more thing: the actor who played Darth Sidious is not credited at the end of the movie. Hmmmm....

Star Wars on opening night (and Trekkies)

posted by Jason Kottke May 19, 1999

I saw Star Wars last night. It wasn't too bad...it fits nicely with all the other Star Wars movies. And it was neat to be part of the whole experience...waiting in line, seeing people dressed up as storm troopers, Princess Leia, and Darth Maul, and cheering when the music started and the cheesy 70's Star Wars logo filled the screen.

And in related news, Star Wars geeks everywhere are getting their blood tested today...

Speaking of geeks, if you're a big geek like me, head out to see Trekkies. The fanaticism of some of these hardcore Star Trek fans is amazing and often hilarious. So skip that 8th viewing of Star Wars and go see this instead.

Homicide: Life on the Street cancelled

posted by Jason Kottke May 18, 1999

NBC is cancelling Homicide: Life on the Street. :( I wish another network would pick it up...it's one of the best written shows on tv...ever. I believe the last episode is on next week. Well, at least Law and Order is still on.

I've got Star Wars tickets

posted by Jason Kottke May 18, 1999

I've got my tickets to tonight's midnight showing of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace right here in front of me, and I've got to say that I'm a little excited. That surprises me. I didn't think I'd be looking forward to it that much or even going to see it on opening day. But, it's going to be a movie event the likes of which I've never seen and that is what's so cool about it. Whether or not the actual film lives up to the hype is another matter entirely.

Serious reviews of Star Wars?

posted by Jason Kottke May 12, 1999

I find it funny that reviewers are doing serious reviews of The Phantom Menace. They're saying that there's bad acting and annoying characters in it. Well, duh...it's a Star Wars movie.

And just to let you know how big of a dork I am, I've got tickets to see The Phantom Menace on opening day at 12 am. Dork dork dork.

Instant lose lotto tickets

posted by Jason Kottke May 11, 1999

Wouldn't it be fun if they sold big money instant win/lose lotto tickets? No numbers and no waiting; you just get a piece of paper from the gas station cashier that has the amount you won on it (most likely a big, fat "0"). Not too fun, but maybe people will think twice about spending a buck for a piece of paper with a big zero on it.

You call that a record?

posted by Jason Kottke May 10, 1999

There's a record in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest time balancing on one leg. It's some insane amount of time like 39 hours. However, the person was allowed to take a five minute break every hour.

So really, the record was actually only an hour. That's not much of a record.


posted by Jason Kottke May 06, 1999

I'm amazed that there's still stuff out there that makes me go "wow!" and get all tingly and excited about the Web. Yuco is one of those sites. The design is great, and the interactive part is well-done too.

The Bible and Rocky

posted by Jason Kottke May 06, 1999

Whilst reading The Outline of History during my lunch hour, I came across a rough progression of how the Bible came about. The first five books (collectively called the Pentateuch) had been around in verbal mythological form for a while. Then the Jews, migrating back from their captivity, took the Pentateuch, wrote it down, and then wrote the rest of the Old Testament. Around the beginning of the first millennium A.D., the Christians decided to add to the narrative again, producing the New Testament.

It seems to me that all this is like good movies and sequels. The Pentateuch is like Rocky: a great effort that should have stood by itself. The rest of the Old Testament is like Rockys II & III: they probably should have quit while they were ahead. The New Testament is like rockys IV & V: completely unnecessary and greatly diminished the impact of the original.

I'm not even going to get into the Mormons and any further possible Rocky sequels.

High Art

posted by Jason Kottke May 05, 1999

While well-acted, directed, and shot, I really didn't get into High Art. About 15 minutes into it, I figured out the clumsy pun in the title and tuned the rest of it out.

Shower thinking

posted by Jason Kottke May 05, 1999

Most of my ideas used to come to while I was driving or in the shower. Really. But lately, that hasn't been happening. Now when I'm driving, I'm usually too busy fighting traffic to think about anything. And I haven't been getting enough sleep to even be conscious in the shower. The end result of all this is that I'm not really feeling all that creative lately. No new ideas, no new twists on old ideas, no nothing. I'm just existing and floating along.


posted by Jason Kottke May 03, 1999

Coming from the director of Citizen Ruth, I was expecting good things from Election and wasn't disappointed. It wasn't the best movie I've seen all year, but it was entertaining and surprising in parts.

A weblog?

posted by Jason Kottke May 03, 1999

Is this a weblog? I don't think it is. It's more of a diary/jotpad for my thoughts. Sometimes I include links, sometimes not. If I don't link, how can this be a weblog?

Maybe it is a weblog, but I'd hate to be accused of following the trend of the moment. Why don't we just call it a list of Jason's ideas & commentary and leave it at that, OK?

Missing school

posted by Jason Kottke May 02, 1999

I stepped back into a former life this weekend. I thought I would miss college, but I don't. I do miss school though. I was good at school, damn good....it's probably the thing in life that I'm best at. College was a breeze for me. I just wish you could make money going to school.

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