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For Whom the Bell Tolls? It Tolls for Thee. [Jun. 13th, 2007|08:48 pm]
Tomas Gallucci
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Sunday was just one of them days...

I tried to sleep in. In fact, I went back to sleep a few times...only to wake up moments later just as groggy so I finally got up. Last week I completed my initial viewing of the second season of 24, so that leaves me with what, four more seasons? ehowton thinks that 24 is too slowly paced. Poor guy. Sometimes I wonder if he has to put in earplugs to come up with a cohesive thought, else the wind turning the turbines in his brain would just flow in one side and out the other.

I've been in a funk lately. It started last night because I was thinking about the script I'm working on and the different directions I could choose to go with it. I think I've found something that will set my script apart; I've almost completed the "big picture" for third act (my script has six distinct "acts"; yes, I know I'm writing a screenplay and yes I know screenplays don't have acts, no I'm not breaking the script into acts, yes I know what I'm doing, it just makes more sense when speaking or writing obliquely about the project to call the divisions acts). Also, I think I've come up with a great way to segue from the end of the third act to the beginning of the fourth effortlessly without having the audience think of it as the end of one act and the beginning of another. I need to do a little more thinking on the big picture, do some research and I'll be able to put the details on paper. (Actually, I will be putting them on memory storage devices, but let's not split hairs. I am very happy about these developments, but I desperately need someone to bounce my ideas off of and stormreaver has been unreachable for the better part of the past two weeks. le blah!

But back to this funk I've been in...I saw a most interesting film this afternoon starring John Cusak called Max. While I'm not claiming this film is anything close to being accurate, it did show (and confirm to me) how Hitler could have developed his philosophy. What's scary about this movie is that I could see at lot of my younger self in their Hitler. Thankfully, I've matured past needing people adoration and being able to lead a movement, though I still do crave that attention, ability and acceptance. It is just no longer a necessary part of my life.


CD Exchange
So I was on my way to return the DVDs to Blockbuster and I passed a little store called CD Exchange. It was small and reminded me of the record store in Reign Over Me. I never really have liked music stores or what I perceived to be the culture of music store junkies al la Reign Over Me but I liked this one and intend to do business with them again. When I was there I picked up four pre-owned scores: People I Know, Field of Dreams, The Green Mile, and Hook. Originally the total came to twenty-some-odd dollars, but they have a policy of if you trade something, you get 10% your entire purchase plus the credit for the trade. I went back home (since it was not far) and picked up my copy of The Aviator soundtrack (NOT score), World Trade Center score and Flags of Our Fathers score. I got a $7 credit plus the 10% discount, bringing my total to less then $16 dollars. $4 a score isn't too bad if you ask me.

The store also has a policy of refunding your money minus $1 per day per album; I probably should have took them up on this offer but I wanted to keep the artwork (though I wouldn't have minded loosing Hook and Field of Dreams.) Speaking of Field of Dreams, I need to rent that soon. I remember liking the movie as a kid, but now that I'm older and can fully understand what is going on, it would be interesting to see how I respond to the movie. I haven't seen it in over a decade.

Can someone say stream of conciseness?
That brings me to three other topics I wish to discuss stormreaver current theatrical releases and domain names. Stormreaver has been gracious enough to give me the three disc edition of the Black Hawk Down score (but I don't see the point in this album. This is nothing more then tracks from the one disc I already have remixed, elongated and cross-faded together.) He also gave me the score to Underworld. Furthermore, we are supposed to be exchanging a lot of music in the not so distant future, provided he will actually start the transfer. He doesn't like SSH but wants to build a xububntu box. Eric, help me out here and convert this kid.

Speaking of Ubuntu, Stephen recently posted about how I influential in his jump to not only Linux but Ubuntu especially. And then I became his tech support. First question: "How do I access the internet through a VPN on Ubuntu?" As I have never worked with VPNs and assumed that all you needed was the external IP address and perhaps a password to access it...but alas, this was too simple a suggestion.

Stephen: Win95 does VPN out of the box.
Me: Then use Win95.
Stephen: Go to hell.

And then he didn't know what IRC was or how to connect to it. *le sigh*


I wanted to go see Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End at least twice in the theater. I can't get up the nerve to go again. Furthermore, I couldn't get excited about Bug even though when I first saw the trailer, I said I would watch it just because Harry Connick, Jr. was in it. The same applies to Ocean's Thirteen and Al Pacino. The whole Ocean's franchise and I have an odd history. While I did catch the very last show at the local theater of Ocean's Twelve, I have watched both exclusively on DVD and intend to do the same with the third. Is it just me or does the market really suck this year?

I'm considering joining Netflix and hoping that the bottom half of the year has something better to offer...

I get paid this weekend and am investigating the possibility of registering a domain name since Howton's being a whiny bitch even though my IP hasn't changed in over three months. Before anyone asks, I’m not going to run Apache on a Celeron with 512MB of RAM. I just ain't happenin'.


And back to film again
To wrap things up, swashbuckler332 and I have been having a conversation that stemmed from this post. While I haven't had time to reply to his remarks and intend to have an in-depth discussion of scores and composers, I like the dialog we've had so far and look forward to more of it when I get a chance.


And now a word from our sponsors
In other news, I'm considering getting a third job as a projectionist at the theater. But that's getting just a touch ahead of myself. You see, the bank has finally updated all the information on the credit card situation I posted about here, so now there is no recourse. Bastards! I found this out on Monday as I scrambled to the bank to make a deposit.

Cut to Tuesday when I get home after a long day at the office. In the mail I have a letter from the rent office stating that I have not paid my rent and that I have seven (7) days to either pay up or get out. This sent me spinning into a dimension of pissed off I've never been in before. I dropped the check in the mail slot of the office door the day that the rent was due (Sunday the 3rd), but apparently some dumbass threw the check away thinking it was spam mail, so it cost me an additional $25 to stop the original check. Bastards!. Tomas is not a happy man and is sick and tired of being in debt.

I suddenly had a craving to see For Whom the Bell Tolls...
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From: snapper521
2007-06-14 03:06 am (UTC)

One of them days...

Hmm... I don't like being one of the flock who has to read about what your doing. :-P I am spoiled. I'll admit it... I enjoy having you on speed dial with the ability to call and talk to you for hours if I so desire. *frown*

Anyway --

Sorry about the rent thing. :-( And the Credit thing... meh. Well... everything thats going wrong right now I guess. :-( I can't do anything, not really, but meh.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-06-14 03:11 am (UTC)

Re: One of them days...

I enjoy having you on speed dial with the ability to call and talk to you for hours if I so desire.
And yet you haven't done so.

Sorry about... I can't do anything
Yes, but as far as liberals are concerned you have done all that you can do by feeling guilty.
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From: snapper521
2007-06-14 03:51 pm (UTC)

Re: One of them days...

Speed dial: I haven't called lately, because I assumed you were busy, at work, or didn't want to talk to me (example: last night I thought you were busy posting. In an effort to be nice, I didn't call though I would have if you hadn't IMed me telling me you were posting).

However, the same could be said for you. :-P You haven't called in quite awhile either.

However, thats sort of neither here nor there.

What I'm doing today: (not that it matters, but on the happenstance that you wish to know... I have hay to bale up at Uncle Ricks (great-uncle who oddly enough is only about 8 yrs older then mom...). Did it yesterday, have to do it again today. (don't gotta leave till 1:00-1:30) Blah.

Because of doing hay earlier in the day, I knew that even if I called that I wouldn't have been good talking company, because I was so tired. :-P

Seems like you told me you've done hay before, so you know what I mean.

My job, basically is to drive the tractor since I'm technically not strong enough to hoist the bales up onto the wagon like the guys do. (Just in case you were wondering what i contributed to this job.)

Liberal: And you know that ultimately, that isn't good enough for me. Someday I'll help out. But it will probably be your luck that it won't be nearly soon enough.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-06-14 04:00 pm (UTC)

Re: One of them days...

Speed Dial
You're the one who is all concerned about me, not the other way around. It's your call to make.

hay
great!

Liberal
Yes, it will be too late by the time you are there.
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From: snapper521
2007-06-16 02:07 am (UTC)

Re: One of them days...

Spd dial: Yeah yeah, forgive me but you sir, are addictive.

Liberal: You haven't gotten to the point you must beg on the street corner yet correct?
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-06-16 05:10 am (UTC)

Re: One of them days...

You haven't gotten to the point you must beg on the street corner yet correct?
Burn in hell.
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From: snapper521
2007-06-18 03:48 am (UTC)

Re: One of them days...

Burning: *smile* I don't plan on it, but thanks for the well wishes. ;-)

Watched Notting Hill the other day... surprisingly I loved it. *think face* I usually like Hugh Grant, but I don't like the crud his movies always include... I guess since he co-starred Julia Roberts that it cleaned up a bit since her rep isn't as trashy as his. Although I must say Erin Brockovitch sure gave her a partially dirty rep... even if it was a true story. *shrug* Who knows.
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From: irulan_amy
2007-06-14 03:52 pm (UTC)
Bug? I haven't heard of this.

Oceans 11 I adored. Oceans 12 - not so much. It's like the whole chemistry was thrown out of balance. But I have high hopes for Oceans 13.

You're writing a script? Awesome!

I cannot say enough good things about Netflix. I only dropped because I never seemed to have the time to watch the movies, and I was up to over 100 in my queue.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-06-14 04:02 pm (UTC)
Bug

I'll see Ocean's 13 when it comes out on DVD

You're writing a script? Awesome!
I think so too. I have many scrips/ideas simmering on the back burner, but yes, there is one in the forefront (though I just discovered I have a lot of research to do).

Netflix
I don't have the money, time is limited, but at this point (provided I don't get a third job) I can still find time for a movie. I just get less sleep.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2007-06-15 03:35 pm (UTC)
ehowton thinks that 24 is too slowly paced. Poor guy. Sometimes I wonder if he has to put in earplugs to come up with a cohesive thought, else the wind turning the turbines in his brain would just flow in one side and out the other.

Remind me to accuse you of the same thing everytime I come across something I enjoy that you do not.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-06-15 04:21 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you did not appreciate my sarcasam and satire. irulan_amy had similar thoughts here
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2007-06-15 04:24 pm (UTC)
Yes! A lot of people like 24. Prolly wouldn't be on the air otherwise, huh?
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-06-15 04:28 pm (UTC)
That is not the point. The point was I was illustrating absurdity by being absurd. You however are like the mule who gets stuck in the rut.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2007-06-15 04:36 pm (UTC)
No sir, you were illustrating your lack of understanding that different people have different opinions by being an ass. Do you see the difference?
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-06-15 04:56 pm (UTC)
If I say "Menstratuing chick" or "Tom is deadbeat" and add the 24 comment to the list, can we call it a day?
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-06-15 06:40 pm (UTC)
Let's take this from another direction, shall we?



Remind me to accuse you of the same thing everytime I come across something I enjoy that you do not.
I will do so, sir.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2007-06-15 06:43 pm (UTC)
The whole Ocean's franchise and I have an odd history. While I did catch the very last show at the local theater of Ocean's Twelve, I have watched both exclusively on DVD and intend to do the same with the third.

I've not seen any of the remakes and can only assume they're dried pieces of shit as compared to the original.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-06-15 06:48 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't know as I have not seen the original. I think that each franchise has it's own thing going for it just by looking at the cast.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2007-06-15 06:55 pm (UTC)
Perhaps. I don't know, as I haven't seen the remakes, but in speaking with people who have seen both, I won't be wasting my time on them.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-06-15 06:57 pm (UTC)
and so we circle...
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[User Picture]From: jaceman
2007-06-15 07:30 pm (UTC)
I guess I'm going to have to start explaining to everyone what LJ-cuts are used for again.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-06-15 07:39 pm (UTC)
I would have used one, but there was nothing to cut. I did, however, consider putting a blank cut at the bottom of the post.
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[User Picture]From: jaceman
2007-06-15 07:53 pm (UTC)
I see several GREAT cut options. The first of which is your first, single-line paragraph.

*shrugs*

In regards to acting as "Linux tech support" you may want to read this:

An article I wrote about 3.5 years ago
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-06-15 08:01 pm (UTC)
I suppose you're right. I could have surrounded that single sentence paragraph with the follwing cut text:

Sunday was just one of them days...


That was a great article.
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