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Month: June 2008

Worst… Parking… Ever…

Worst… Parking… Ever…

On Thursday night I attended Beverly’s first ever pasta get-together. About seven people showed up and we ate delicious Italian food that Beverly and her coworker planned and prepared that day. Towards the end of the night her roommate mentioned he would be going to see Wall-E Friday night. We made plans Friday morning to join them. However, I waited too long to buy our tickets and the showing that they were going to was sold out. I hastily bought tickets to the earlier 7:10 showing. Traffic was miserable and I didn’t end up at Beverly’s office until after 6:30. We finally arrived at the mall (with the theater) at 7. Beverly hopped out to go get our tickets while I parked. Twenty minutes later I was still lurching around the parking garage. There were quite literally no parking spaces left in the entire garage -but the automated tickets kept pouring out and more and more cars entered the garage. Twice I left the garage and looked for street parking -but the way that mall is situated there is no other accessible parking around. As the clock struck 7:30 my anger was fermenting and I actually started screaming things like “goooo!” and “c’mon!” It was then that I realized that the situation was out of my control and I should calm down (although the thought of Beverly waiting for me and wondering where I was didn’t make me feel great). About ten seconds after I consoled myself to calm down a woman calmly walked in front of me and got in her car and left.

Now keep in mind that Beverly left her cell-phone’s charger in London by accident – so I had no way to contact her and let her know what was going on. She had said she was going to grab the tickets and leave mine at the box office. So, I jogged up to the theater and made a b-line for guest services. I was so focused that I had to hear my name called out from above three times before I realized that Beverly was standing above me on the second floor with our tickets in hand. Twenty minutes earlier she had procured sweet seats at the back of the auditorium and come out looking for me.

Wall-E turned out to be lighthearted and somewhat funny. The visual look of the film was fantastic, with Pixar employing even more “real” camera tricks than we’ve seen before (although Ratatouille was very good at this too). The subject matter was actually a little heavy for a kids movie, but I doubt the kids in the audience noticed. I couldn’t help but think that Wall-E’s head looked exactly like Johnny 5’s….but then again I’m sure the kids in the audience wouldn’t know what that is either.

Anyway – the moral of the story – do NOT go to the Century City Westfield mall on a Friday night (unless you’re taking a cab).

I love cheesy poofs

I love cheesy poofs

I giggled like a little boy when I read this. Finally someone else in the known universe (other than myself and Byron) thought of southpark’s Dr. Adams when they saw/wrote/said/heard the word Planetarium (“Plane—-arium”).

Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one that experiences the world through obscure tv/music/film references. Not today, friends…. not today.

Oh – and the product actually looks kind of cool too.

Your time has come

Your time has come

The perennial cry of the Mac user: “haha, but I have no viruses” can no longer be heard. Now that the Mac has become as ubiquitous as the Big Mac, those dastardly virus developers have set their sights on a new horizon.

In fact, I’d wager we’ll see the birth of a new virus problem targeting Macs more than PCs as PC security gets tighter and Mac users still think they are invincible. It is like showing an auto thief a choice between a car that is locked but he knows how to disable (PC) or a car with the door open and the keys in the ignition (Mac). Years ago the argument was that the Mac car couldn’t be stolen because it would be like driving down the street in a stolen Vector – it would be hard to blend in. Now, however, we can liken PCs to Corollas and Macs to Civics. The Civic may look more stylish – but they can both be found on any American street and are thus equally vulnerable.

oh boy

oh boy

So I asked Byron to take a look at my code. He did and said that I was missing the lightbox tags on every photo but the 1st one. At first I thought this meant that dreamweaver hadn’t been uploading the new webpage (a problem I’d had when trying to use dreamweaver to FTP files to a Covad server in the past). Then I realized … I had been uploading the changed Art page to a wrong directory. I think the problem is fixed, now that I realized my error (with a big thank you to Byron for making me stop and think) – but please let me know if you users out there still can’t get the images to work in other browsers.

Okay – been in front of the computer for 8 hours on a Saturday now… time for a break!

heavybox

heavybox

I changed the lightbox references on the art page from image maps to regular tags on the actual images… yet the images still don’t load in any browser but IE. Oh – except for the first one – the San Diego picture – that ALWAYS works in any browser no matter what. I’ve looked at the code over and over… can’t figure out why the other images won’t load in other browsers. After two hours of trying to figure this out I need a break. If anyone out there wants to take a peek at my source code and let me know why the other images won’t load – be my guest!

stupid bill gates

stupid bill gates

I uploaded all the new files for Longimage.com today for testing. I discovered quite a few things I need to fix (like an errant image that likes to disappear from where it should be and reappear up at the top). However, when I open up the pages in dreamweaver (MX) and click anywhere in the GUI or HTML views a “fatal exception occurs” and the program shuts down. I already knew that dreamweaver MX doesn’t work well in Vista – and Adobe was thoughtful enough to not provide any updates. Of course I didn’t know about this when I purchased Creative Suite without the new dreamweaver (thinking MX would work just fine).

So, now I suppose I’ll have to toy around in the actual HTML by editing in the control panel on my server…. which is not fun – and can have disastrous effects if you hit one wrong key.

I’m watching Southland Tales while all this is going down and…boy… is this bad. I mean, it really is…really… bad. I’m less than halfway through and I’m not even sure if I can finish it (even though I’ve nothing else to do today). I didn’t know the whole 1996 cast of Saturday Night Live was going to be in this movie… as well as John Larroquette…Jon Lovitz…and half the cast of I Know What You did Last Summer (or whatever teen movie Sean William Scott, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Mandy Moore “starred” in).

Oh, right, and Justin Timberlake narrates. OH! and Booger from revenge of the nerds and the little scary lady from Poltergeist (even holding a crystal ball at one point and making a prediction) keep popping up. Further surprising cameos include:
Bai Ling as…who knows what…she is just standing around
Kevin Smith with no legs
Nora Dunn
Miranda Richardson
Janeane Garofalo
and even Highlander himself Christopher Lambert as a street arms dealer

I keep thinking “this movie is so bad – but the music is pretty good” – turns out Moby did the entire soundtrack (except for that Muse song I heard a minute ago).

It seems to be raining a lot in this movie – which doesn’t really happen a lot in the real Southland.

running from the train

running from the train

Monday after work a friend and I headed back to Stoney Point. This time we walked all the way around to the Northern side of the base of the mountain. Back there we came across a railroad track. After walking along the tracks for a few minutes we came to a tunnel. My friend said “we’re going to walk through the tunnel.” I laughed and told myself he had to be joking. Then I looked up and saw that the tunnel wasn’t actually that long, maybe only 100 yards to the other side. We started walking through.

Halfway through the tunnel my friend turns and says “you know, we better hurry up because I just remembered there is actually a train that comes through here around this time.” This particular friend is always joking around and saying things like that to get a reaction – so naturally I didn’t believe him. When he started jogging up the track ahead of me I was more inclined to believe him.

When I was a few hundred feet from the mouth of the tunnel and I heard a train whistle behind me I really started to believe him. Once reaching the end of the tunnel I turned and snapped a quick photo of what could have been my oncoming doom.

After running up the hill just in time to watch the double-decker metrolink train buzz by us we turned south (the tunnel had run west underneath Topanga Canyon Avenue) and headed back to Stoney Point. This time we didn’t go back through the tunnel – we jaywalked across Topanga Canyon, a feat no less dangerous with people coming off the 118 freeway still going 75 miles per hour down the four lane street.

Once we reached the base of Stoney Point we began our climb. I’m somewhat proud to report that I climbed over a slightly tougher rock this time. You can’t see it in the photo – but underneath that rock is about five feet of nothing – so you have to somehow get up to the rock – and then force yourself over it.

I still wussed out when faced with a more challenging obstacle later on (going over a jutting rock over a fifteen foot drop – I climbed to the jutting rock and turned around).

From there we took a fairly easy route to the top of the point and then skittered down an “animal trail” to come to the south side. We actually hurt ourselves more on the perilous animal trail descending than “bouldering” our way up.