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Ping Pong Reloaded

In case you haven't seen it yet: ping pong, Matrix style.


Lebowski Fest

Here's an interesting vacation destination... the Lebowski Fest.

Every July, more than a thousand fans of the movie The Big Lebowski gather in Louisville, KY to screen the movie at a bowling alley.

Reigning the court is Jeff Dowd, the guy who apparently inspired the Dude himself.


I've almost readjusted my sleeping patterns after the Blogathon 24-hour blogging for charity mararthon.

In the end, a total of $210 was raised for the United Way Philippines!

Heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who pledged the Dozerthon: Corey, Audrey, John, Lisa, Daniel, Tara, Bob, Matt & Julie, and all the Anonymouses.

They gave some great, crazy sentences for me to incorporate into a single story. The sentences usually either involved in-jokes from the sponsors or a deliberate attempt to make my writing task as difficult as possible.

I spent the week before Blogathon looking for story ideas in my big collection of news articles. I also borrowed a book on mythic structure as explained by Joseph Campbell to guide my plotting.

But in the end, I didn’t use any of that stuff. The only concept I had going in to the story that I actually incorporated was the general idea of aliens producing an intergalactic reality show on Earth. After that, it was sponsors’ sentences that drove the writing.

I was also motivated by the messages of support from friends while I was writing it. That made the event seem a lot less solitary.

The Dozerthon web site will remain up for the foreseeable future. And I'll definitely do the Blogathon next year.



Air conditioning is back! Just in time for Blogathon.


Hot in here

It's the third day without air conditioning in my apartment, just in time for the 80 degree Farenheit weather and 70% humidity that we've been "enjoying" lately.

I'd be tempted to just leave the freezer door open, since electric is covered in the rent, if it weren't for all the pesky food that I keep there.

Oh well, at least the elevators are still working.

Blogging comments

For some reason, the commenting feature on Dozer Online stopped noting when comments have been made to entries.

So I've added (includes comments) entries when they have been commented upon.



It's official; I'm participating in the 2003 Blogathon this Saturday.

In case you aren't familiar, this is a 24-hour blogging marathon to raise money for charity.

My charity of choice is the United Way Philippines. My parents came to the United States from the Philippines, so I wanted to benefit the land of my heritage.

For the Blogathon, I will write a story from beginning to end. Anyone who sponsors me may submit sentences, chapter titles, or even the title of the story itself for inclusion. So not only do I get to help out a charity, I also get to exercise my creative skills.

If you're curious, or would like to sponsor, you can find more info at my other web site, Dozerthon.


It's just wrong (includes comments)

Spam with cheese


Kenneth, What Is the Frequency?

Last Saturday, I saw Kenneth, What Is the Frequency?, the latest production from raunch-meisters Cherry Red Productions.

The play is a mock documentary that tries to explain a physical assault against CBS News anchor Dan Rather back in 1986. The attacker was reported to have asked the bizarre question that titles the show even as he pummeled Rather.

Most Cherry Red Production shows are notorious for going out of their way to offend with blunt sexuality, outlandish violence, and plain old-fashioned grossness. But that's not the case with Kenneth, What Is the Frequency?

This show features more of a wry, clever, "Isn't that interesting" kind of funny as it weaves its convoluted theory as to who instigated the assault and why. It pokes fun at Dan Rather, but also more broadly at the genre of conspiracy theory exposes (which are always interesting to me).

Kenneth, What Is the Frequency? continues at the Source Theater through August 9.


Pirates of the Carribean (includes comments)

When I first heard that a movie was being made based on a Disney ride, I rolled my eyes. In fact, I think I rolled my entire forehead.

Lo and behold, Pirates of the Carribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl turns out to be a really good action film. It also succeeds at being sufficiently creepy without being too gory and terrifying for the kiddies.

My minor quibbles are that a major plot point regarding how to lift the curse isn't really explained. And the ending seemed to pull away from the logical conclusion of what the heroes of the film seemed to be headed toward (Sorry for the vagueness, but this is spoiler-free).

Still, the movie's fun and well worth seeing.


Science news (includes comments)

So what's going on in the world of science and technology...


Peeing for Justice (includes comments)

Normally, I don't have much of an urge to play multi-player online games. They just seem like too much of a black hole for time and money.

But this story makes me reconsider. It's a Wired News report on antisocial behavior in the Sims Online game.

The tactics of these virtual mobsters include declaring target characters as enemies to ruin their reputations.

In retaliation, players have formed vigilante groups who strike back at Sims extortionists by trashing their characters' apartments and peeing on their front lawns.

This amuses me to no end. After all, who wouldn't enjoy being a member of a peeing posse, dispensing justice and urine across the untamed plains of Simland?

My Sim would stride across the land, with a cowboy hat and an itchy trigger finger, ready to guzzle an Evian bottle and then unzip at a moment's notice.

I'll have to add this to my list of things I'd do if I won the lottery and quit my job.


Back from California

So what did Liv and I do over the past week in southern California? We:

Then there was the Taste of America festival and fireworks display on July 4.

While it was at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, and the fireworks themselves were great, there were a lot of annoyances that accumulated into a not-ideal way to celebrate Independence Day.

There was the $3.50 ATM usage fee and the inadequate number of food stands for the crowds. That I was able to tolerate.

But there were the hordes of kids running around and tripping over everyone. And the baby carriages bogging down foot traffic. And the baby screaming during the fireworks in front of us. Do parents really need to see fireworks so badly that they must subject their infants to loud fireworks and 90 degree heat? Let alone subject me to their screaming infants?

And then there was the show itself, with crass and overdone corporate branding from Subway (which emblazoned its logo all over video footage of Revolutionary War re-enactments) and Clear Channel Communications (celebrating freedom of speech, as long as it fits on our nationally-approved playlist).

And did the video presentation really need to equate baseball and football athletes with firefighters and police officers?

And was a tribute to the Space Shuttle Columbia really appropriate at an event devoted to things exploding in the air?


Anyway, overall it was yet another very enjoyable July vacation in California. Must do again next year.