Say it ain’t so, Jay!

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Jason Mewes subject of documentary of his drug use

The documentary will show Mewes using heroin and going through withdrawl after he quits cold turkey. At least he's quitting. People who know me know that I love the whole View Askewniverse, from Clerks through Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, with stops on the way for Mallrats, Chasing Amy and Dogma.

Jason, I wish you the best on your road to getting clean and sober, or at least clean. Do it for the kids.

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There are no words

I meant to blog this before, but, you know how it goes, what with responsibilities and work and such. I mean, what with, uh… Never mind. Enjoy some weird recipes from Weight Watchers past.

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You load sixteen tons and whaddya get?

If you would like an abbreviated version of my resume I would be glad to send it to you. I had to create a new resume targeted towards getting a delicious temp job because my technical experience was frightening the staffing personnel. Why can't it impress the right people? Feh. I'm going to end up working for Burrito Loco- or Taco Bell.

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A New Month brings a New Blog

I missed making an April Fool's Day blog by a few hours. Oh well.

In other news, more resumes are going out. I spent a couple of hours in another temp agency today, acing all the tests and hopefully kicking booty in the interview.

Someday we'll find it- the rainbow connection- but in the meantime, you can find me at the Minneapolis Convention Center this weekend. I'll be up on the mezzanine, not at the World of Wheels like I had previously suspected. Damnit, though, I was really hoping to see Mini-Me. Sonofa!

Kory got the new DirecTiVO installed today. Super sweet, except that there will be NO TIVO HACKING, even though the USB port on the back is begging for an ethernet adapter. I want TivoWeb, dang it. :P

P.S.: I need a new keyboard.

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I want to be a war photographer.

I’d give MSNBC’s site an A+ for the war photography and the well-executed slideshows. Take a look for yourself.

However, much like rally photography, no matter how much you shoot, there are always stories that aren’t being told. I can shoot 200 photos in a day at a rally without feeling like I’m getting much beyond the surface. I would love to see a massive gallery of war photographs - uncensored and unrestricted. Dozens of reporters are spending every hour with troops in every part of Iraq, as well as with civilians and on their own. I want to see the rest of the coverage and hear the rest of the stories.

Maybe that’s just me.

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The full text of the EW article, since they might take it online and turn into a pay service

Boo Who?

Michael Moore defends his Oscar speech. The political filmmaker tells why the only people who looked bad Sunday night were the ones who booed him

by Gillian Flynn

Calling Bush a “fictitious president” who's unleashed a “war for fictitious reasons” in Iraq, Michael Moore — newly minted Oscar winner for Best Documentary — let loose a sparky speech Sunday night that was promptly spiked with audience boos. Thus, the “Bowling for Columbine” director quickly (and predictably) became the most controversial figure of the 2003 Oscars. Here, Moore speaks with about the ensuing storm.

Did you know what you were going to say when you got up to the podium?
I felt I had to say something about Bush and the war; it wasn't out of place because that's what my film deals with — the American culture of violence and why we're such a violent people. It's about why and how our government manipulates us with fear. Specifically, the film [deals with] the Bush Administration manipulating people with fear to enact their agenda and to get money for war. So I thought whatever I'd say if I won would be along those lines because it was appropriate to the theme of the movie.
You got a standing ovation as you walked up, then you began your speech and promptly got booed. Were you surprised?
It was two different groups of people. You can look at a tape of the show — there's nobody booing on the main floor. Do you think they're that flaky in Hollywood that I was the first award they stood for — the first standing ovation — and within 10 seconds they decided to change their minds? The same people who'd voted for this film?
So where were the boos coming from?
The first shouts were “No, no!” and it was almost like the person was miked. It was so loud. But it was so weird because I was looking at the audience, and they were all either sitting there nodding, smiling, applauding, or just listening. I have friends and family who were in the balcony, and they said the first sounds didn't come up from up there, it came through the amplified loud-speaker system in the auditorium. The L.A. Times said stagehands joined in.
Is that what it sounded like to you — an amplification?
It was so loud my wife, who was standing next to me, couldn't hear what I was saying. One of my buddies who worked on the film and was up on the top balcony said there was a pocket of people there, and I hadn't finished my first sentence and, like, on cue, they just started [booing] up there. First the “No! No!” going through the sound system and then the [booing] up there. Then the people in the balcony who were supportive of what I was saying started booing the booers. They were shouting at them to shut up! So now it's a cacophony of booing, making it sound much worse than it was.
Looking at the main level, which had given you that standing ovation, they were stock-still once your speech and the booing began.
I think they wanted to hear what I was saying. In the cutaways — I've watched it now — you see Martin Scorsese starting to applaud, Ed Harris is applauding, a number of them are actually applauding.
A few. Overall you were kind of left hanging.
I think they were [all] kind of stunned by the moment. I don't expect them as actors, as celebrities, to get up there and [make a statement]. It often seems awkward, even to me.
But because you're a political filmmaker you can?
That's what I do for a living. I make political documentaries. If I was upset about anything it was that the band drowned out my last line there.
Which was?
Which was: Any time you've got the Pope and the Dixie Chicks against you, you're not long for the White House.
What do you think of the people who booed you?

Isn't that why this is such a great country? Everyone can speak their mind. It's a little disconcerting that I get 45 seconds to have my piece and there are those who would try to deny me my right to speak. The only people who looked bad here are the people who want to deny someone 45 seconds of free speech. The director of the show had told all the nominees those were our 45 seconds and it was completely up to us what we want to say and do. We were not threatened in any way to stick to any kind of a script.
Did you consider an alternate version?
The other road I would have gone down is: “We've taught the children of Columbine an important lesson this week — that violence is an acceptable method to resolve a conflict.” That really bothers me. Sometimes violence is unfortunately necessary in self-defense, but what do you call this invasion of Iraq? [If you were to] randomly ask people, “Do you believe Saddam Hussein is going to kill you this month?” [would they say, “Yes”?] Most people were raised with a certain set of Judeo-Christian values that say you don't have the right to take another person's life unless it's in self-defense. I have very strong personal beliefs about this, and how can I stop being that person because I walk into the Kodak Theatre? On the other hand, I'm very respectful when I'm a guest in someone's house — that's the way I was raised. So I put a tux on, I didn't wear a baseball cap, I said what my conscience told me to say and it related in an appropriate way to the message of my film. How wrong would it have been if I'd stood up there and thanked my agent and my lawyer and the designer who gave me the tuxedo? And how could I live with myself?
What are you doing next?
A film tentatively titled “Fahrenheit 9/11.” It's about the country since 9/11 and how I believe that event is being used as a cover for the Bush Administration to enact policies that aren't in the best interests of the American people. It's about what led to 9/11 and what's happened since. I live in New York City, so we've all been affected by this and I'm not over it either. We knew somebody on one of the flights who died, and the firemen on our block. So I don't want whatever the important lessons are that we need to learn from this to fade away. I certainly don't like those who died that day being dishonored and being used to pass laws so they can force librarians to give up their reading lists.


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Okay, one more from Matt

I told you that he should blog for me. It would certainly have a lot more interesting links.

Boo Who?

Michael Moore defends his Oscar speech

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No More Hotujec

By mentioning his name, this becomes the third post in a row in which Matt is involved. At least he didn’t pick the topic this time…

In more entertaining (for me) news, I managed to expand the watermarking process in my gallery to include tasteful copyright notices under each thumbnail.

I used to have a faux bumper sticker in my cubicle that said “I’d rather be programming”. There was a reason for that, and it wasn’t because I disliked my job. I simply love to code.

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Here’s something a friend asked about

I didn’t want to google for this again.

1 platoon = 24 soldiers

1 company = 3 platoons

1 battalion = 3 companies

1 brigade = 3 battalions

1 division = 3 brigades

1 corps = 3 divisions

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I miss the TiVo

You might think that this post should be filed under “wallowing”, but in reality, I do not mourn the TiVO as much as I am eager to see the DirecTiVO in action, instead of inactive. Dual tuners. I should mention FreeVO, though, because I find the FreeVO concept very interesting.

I should make Matt Hotujec blog for me. He always finds the wheat amongst the chaff.

In times like these, it is very important to keep track of what is
REALLY important:

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