May 25th, 2005

Laughing Man

Star Trek, Star Wars, Drew's graduation, my dramatic commute, and my five year mark

There's a couple of entertaining things about The Cloud Minders. First of all, you've got the one moment where Kirk speaks without moving his mouth during the opening credits. Then you've got the fact that it's clearly a pro-Spock anti-Kirk episode, common for the 3rd season. I mean, look at The Way to Eden, where Kirk's the square and Spock's hip to the hippies. Even in The Savage Curtain, Sarak and Spock promote peace, while Kirk's a little warmonger. Luckily, Merak II would recover from the plague to produce a wonderful took for everyone's favorite tailor a century later. Plasus looks like the bastard child of towelboy and Peter Falk, and is played by an anti-McCarthy Navy vet who coached Spock, the best Joker, and Mork.

I know everyone and their grandmother has posted most of these, but here are some good Star Wars links for y'all, as that was the trend a couple of days ago, and I'm still catching up. First we've got _guy_incognito's initial outburst, followed by his full love and hate list. We've got assfingers showing his love. Then we've got andamaroo attacking the special effects, _sterno_ claiming that I'm wrong, and control_group's excellent commentary and conversation.

Beyond reading the ramblings of a few random guys in the midwest, there's the links that everyone has already posted. There's the crappy costume parade, the NJ cinema that accidentally got the Japanese version, the 1337 version of the trailer, tmcm's burn, this great random recap, a safe non-spoiler comic, a safe spoiler comic, and both old and new NSFW comics. Finally, in the tradition of The Meatrix, Store Wars from our friends the tree huggers.

Last Saturday was drewuniversity's graduation. Drove windexcowboy and jenniever there after the former crashed in the_boke from jennifriendfood the night before. Ran into mineral2, xypher, _yggdrasil, kmin, physicsninja, and all those lj users equals who graduated that day. After the bittersweet emotional clusterfuck that was the 2000 graduation, by the 2003 graduation I was feeling less depressed and bitter. This graduation, I felt nothing but joy for the kids I knew going off into the real world. The shock of people graduating who never knew me as a student went from painful to novelty to something no longer even considered. And, hell, taking classes again I guess people are graduating who know me as a student all over again.

Yesterday, driving home, it was the most dramatic lighting ever. Dark clouds were rolling in from the east over NYC, while the sun was brightly setting behind me. Taking an alternate route home via 280, I drove through the sprawl of Essex County during this phenomenon. Every decaying warehouse, affordable high rise, shimmering corporate tower, cluster of industry, and bridge was brightly lit against the ominous sky. Even the Meadowlands in Kearny seemed to shimmer under the churning evil. I should time my commute to the setting sun more often.

Last January marked five years of me working at drewuniversity as a staff member. Today was my service anniversary luncheon, where I got a handshake and an umbrella. Where the fuck did those years go?
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Uncle Duke

The Year of Outward Mobility

2004 was the year of reflection, growth, understanding, and finding peace and mastery with my place in the universe. Things were discovered, ties were broken, growths were nurtured, and a serene power was cultivated.
2005 is year of the e-Friend. This year, I will meet more online buddies than any year before. Beyond MB2K, beyond the BBS meets of old, this year I get physical entities to attach to the fleeting names and nodes on the net. This year I get to stare into the eyes of so many lj user equalses.

This started with wideathtrip. It will continue on with jenniever and I flying to Seattle next month. We'll travel to Victoria for Canada Day, where we'll meet graye and crew. Any other people in the Pacific Northwest should say hi.

Then, in November, I go off to SIGUCCS again. The Publication field of my accomplishments will become Publications, and I'll have a good time with jenniever, windexcowboy, and blackbytes in Monterey. I've already talked to a couple of the San Francisco (where we're flying into) and Santa Cruz people, and have touched base about having a drink with a few people. After the trip from SF to Monterey, we're then going down along the coast. Thursday, November 10th, we'll hit Los Angeles. Hopefully I can meet some more of you California freaks then. Friday we finish off the trip in San Diego with a jennifriendfoodfriday, and then head back home. Some are talking about flying up to SF and flying back out of SF, I might drive the car back up if it's cheaper. We were talking about going off to Circus Mexicus, making it a crazy ass trip from San Francisco to Mexico, unfortunately it looks like the concert's going to be held October this year. That's hella early, so no repeat of an amazing weekend. Still, it should be an awesome little jaunt down the coast.

So if you live anywhere along the Pacific coast, contact me, we'll do lunch. We might crash with you. Now is the time. Do what you can to help make this grand tour a success.

Speaking of travel, there's two journals people should read if you've got the itch to travel to foreign lands. The first journal most of you already read, and that's the aforementioned graye's writings. He's currently on an amazing jaunt about Europe and the Middle East, and has been posting some great writings and photos. The other is gotmahmojo, the kid who was part of the group that stalked me my sophomore year at drewuniversity. Based out of Taiwan, his band The Deported recently did a tour visiting Thailand, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and so on. Read the tale of a punk rocker and the punk rock scene in SE Asia. A good read.