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Monday, February 22, 1999

WHY DO WE LIE?

I know this is a big topic and far too lengthy to get into on the Bitch Page, so I will keep it short. Why do we lie? I mean really - why is it so difficult to go an entire day without lying?

Sure, they made a movie about a guy who was forced not to lie for a day and from what I hear, it was pretty funny. But how realistic is the idea of not lying for an entire day?

Pretty unrealistic, I think. But I'm going to try something. For the next week or so, I'm going to try to catch every single non-truth I say. And by lies, understand that I don't go around trying to sell the Brooklyn Bridge to people - I mean the little things you say, like when you pretend that you're having a good day instead of just explaining that the day could be going better for you - which let's face it, is usually the case for all of us. I'll try to keep track, write down as many lies as I can and then try to explain why I lied. Next week, I'll post them here. See you then. And hey - maybe you might want to do the same.

[http://www.guestbook.de/yasg.cgi?X=75379#top|What do you think? Are you up to the challenge?]

DOES ANYONE ELSE HAVE THIS PROBLEM?

I have this weird problem and I was wondering if I was the only person dealing with it.

I have an Aptiva, 266mhz, 4 gig hard drive, with 48 mbs of RAM.

I use MSIE 4.0 (most of the time, although this happens with both major browsers) and every so often when I try to scroll down a page as it is still loading, my machine locks up. Sometimes it can happen several times in a row (i.e. I restart and pull up a page again and it locks up again) sometimes, I can go days with no lock ups at all. Does anyone out there have a clue?

DEFINITELY DON'T WAIT FOR OCTOBER

THIS IS A MEDIA WARNING: DO NOT MISS THE NEW FILM OCTOBER SKY.

Now, just so you know, I wrote a review of this film [http://thepete.com/dont-wait-for-october/|last week] without having seen it.

I'll be honest, this film was not good in the way I thought it would be, BUT IT WAS GOOD!

In fact, it's the best new film I've seen since SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE. It's just as good and just as cliched. But both films are GOOD cliched. What does that mean? It means that some things in the film may seem a bit too good to be true. It means that you root for the good guy who happens to deserve it. It means the film doesn't make you think all that much, but it does make you feel REALLY good.

I think Jim Cameron wanted his last movie to feel more like this, but thanks to having Leo in his film, he didn't need good cliche, so he settled for BAD cliche. But I digress. OCTOBER SKY is a bit predictable, but it's filled with heart and sends a wonderful (albeit cliche) message. It doesn't try to do all that much, but what it tries to do, it succeeds in brilliantly. Compared to the other crap in the theater, I'd much rather see a film that does what it says it will do instead of a film that tries to do too much and succeeds in nothing. OCTOBER SKY will at least leave you with a smile on your face.

[http://www.guestbook.de/yasg.cgi?X=75379#top|Did you see this movie? What did you think?]

HOW OLD ARE YOU?

In the city I live in, this is pretty much old news, but I'm annoyed just the same.

Not too long ago a writer on the WB Network show FELICITY was fired. Not because this writer was a bad writer. It wasn't because this writer was late a lot, or was a drunk or was even having sex with the boss.

This writer wasn't doing drugs or selling drugs to get fired. And this writer wasn't doing anything against company policy.

What this writer did was lie about when this writer was born.

My question is this: How DARE ANYONE in this industry find ANY FAULT WHATSOEVER in one of it's members lying to ANYONE about ANYTHING!!

THE HOLLYWOOD INDUSTRY IS BUILT ON LIES!!!

Acting, writing, advertising, etc. - they're all forms of LYING. And beyond that, the very nature of the industry ENCOURAGES LYING JUST to get work. You try to be more one thing or another to pay the bills.

EVERYONE DOES IT.

In case you couldn't tell, I, myself am a writer in Hollywood and just the other day I got advice from someone more experienced in this industry than I. She told me that I should lie when I apply for non-writer jobs, telling hopeful employers that I am not a writer.

All this writer at FELICITY did was lie about their age - BIG DEAL.

The quality of the writer's work was no different after the producers found out about the lie, so why was the writer fired? Because she was a woman? Or because she was a woman who lied? Or was it just that she pulled the wool over the eyes of one of the king of lies, a Hollywood producer?

My bet is on the latter. [http://www.guestbook.de/yasg.cgi?X=75379#top|What do you think?]

Friday, February 19, 1999

NOW I BARELY HAVE TIME TO BITCH!

And when I do, I have no energy to actually complain about anything.

And when a miracle occurs and I actually do have the energy to write this page (usually thanks to copious amounts of caffeine injected directly into my blood stream) I don't want to spend that energy Bitching about what annoys me, I'd much rather concentrate on making things better.

SHEESH, how's that for irony?

NO COMPUTER BITCH THIS WEEK

Why you may ask?

Well, I can't do research on what I wanted to write because MY INTERNET CONNECTION KEEPS FLAKING ON ME!

AARG!

Maybe I should actually pay for my internet connection one of these days.

DON'T WAIT FOR OCTOBER

THIS IS A MEDIA WARNING: DO NOT MISS THE NEW FILM OCTOBER SKY.

Have I seen it?

No - will I see it?

YES!

WHAT makes me so sure this is a good film? Simple - it has had virtually no marketing whatsoever.

Sure, it's had a few commercials here and there, but for the most part it's a completely under-marketed film. Why is this a sure sign that it's a good film? Simple (again) - this means it's not one of these giant, easy to categorize, blockbusters that panders to the really stupid guy in the audience. The studio that is distributing this film (distributing is the act of finding theaters for a film and putting it in them) actually asked viewers of a test screening to give them ideas on how to market the film. Obviously, no one did, but the fact that the studio wanted ideas on how to get people to see this movie is SUCH a good sign. It says, that the studio isn't going to release it for a few weeks only to yank it from theaters and then plop it on video in a few months. It means, they really care. WOW, what a concept!!

I'm sure it won't last, but hey, while it does, I am trying to get everyone I know to go see this movie. And if I can get some people I don't know to see it - even better! OCTOBER SKY OPENS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 1999 at theaters across the US.

FINALLY!!!

Did you hear it?

That woosh of air that was the entire country SIGHING all at once when Clinton was acquitted?

Now, it had nothing to do with Clinton not being kicked out of office - it had to do with the relief associated with the knowledge that no more tax dollars would be wasted on this LESS than important trial.

That and the fact that even though Ken Starr is still working for "us" (as in the government and tax dollars pay him) he should be pretty much OUT of the news. There's also the idea that the Senators and Congress people who have been sweating their decisions during the Monicagate affair can now GET THE HELL BACK TO WORK!

Oh yeah and the biggest reason for the country's collective sigh?

Now we get to find out what ELSE is going on in the world!

Monday, February 1, 1999

WORK, SLEEP, WORK, SLEEP

What a pain in the ass life is.

Eight hours of work, leaves the average human with eight hours in their day.

Of course, ALL of those hours aren't necessarily left to you to use.

Let's see, you commute, right? On the conservative side, it takes you probably, what? Thirty minutes one way? So that's an hour on commuting, then we have lunch, and then we have dinner, that's another hour. What's left then?

About five hours.

Seems, to me, that's quite a lot of time, right? NOPE! We forgot to take out time for bathroom stuff in the morning, that's roughly an hour, right? So, now we have only four hours left for doing what you want with it. Don't forget talking to your significant other, or feeding the cats, vacuuming, walking the dog, doing the laundry and watching your favorite shows. Sure, you don't do all of those in one day, but hopefully you do some of them each day. So, in the end, there's really no time left to do what YOU want to do. Now I understand why the lottery is so popular. (Oh yeah, I forgot, subtract out another hour if you have your own weekly-updated web site - like me - AARG!)

GATES AGAIN

Now, I know the guy who runs Microsoft is the least of our worries these days, but when Bill Gates speaks, I get annoyed. (Don't worry, I'll keep it short!)

Here's the deal: Recently, Gates suggested that when the government gets involved in an industry, innovation suffers. NO, BILL, WHEN A COMPANY TRIES TO OWN AN INDUSTRY, THAT'S when innovation suffers!

ABC - ALREADY BEEN CANCELLED

I was astounded to discover that the American Broadcasting System canceled two of their newest hour dramas. Now, you must realize that ABC is notorious for canceling shows - really good shows.

You may recall the critically acclaimed MURDER ONE which still has a rabid following. They tend to cut shows before they really have a chance. Such is the case with CUPID and FANTASY ISLAND. Now, I must be honest - FANTASY ISLAND sucked but deserved a shot at an audience. I mean, really - just how many people watch TV at 9pm on a Saturday? Not many - how many of them are going to watch a show that is less than perfect? Even less. So fine, can it, I guess.

But right after FANTASY ISLAND, for a while anyway, was CUPID, a show from the Executive Producers of MOONLIGHTING and DUCKMAN. It was fast, smart and REALLY good, but it was jammed after a sucky remake of an old favorite. No WONDER ratings were less than impressive. But ABC has canceled ALL of their hour dramas except for two. Can you believe that? TWO hour dramas!! And both of those are created by guys who have track records for creating shows that work. But if you're not Stephen Bochco or David E. Kelley, your show won't be given a real shot at success.

So next time you're looking for good new drama on TV, don't bother with ABC, because if it's on ABC, it's probably Already Been Canceled.

WHO CARES ABOUT LEWINSKY!?!?

HOLY CATS!!!! Does our government know how to WASTE MONEY, or WHAT?!?

Oh yeah, they "need" to "interview" the "witnesses".

PLEASE! WHAT MORE DO YOU NEED TO KNOW YOU SUIT-WEARING IDIOTS!

You know - maybe you should all loosen your ties because they're obviously CUTTING OFF THE OXYGEN TO YOUR BRAIN!!

I know what you're thinking Mr. & Ms. Senators: "Hey, it's either drag this impeachment thing out, or skipping the voting sessions for boring ass laws that I don't care about."

I can see the attraction - virtually any one of you can now write a book about your experiences with "THE PRESIDENT ON TRIAL". Who can blame you for wanting to stretch these proceedings so you can just PACK that book of yours TIGHT with all sorts of JUICY stuff? Oh yeah - I CAN!!

GET A LIFE YOU LOSERS AND GET ON WITH IT! JEEEZ!

Oh, here's another good one: "Well, uh, we in the Democratic Party would rather not have Ms. Lewinski's testimony video taped and replayed on the senate floor out of respect for Ms. Lewinsky. You know, her life has been a real roller coaster and we'd like to allow her to get back to her life a bit."

WELL THAT'S WHAT FRIGGIN' HAPPENS WHEN YOU GO DOWN ON THE PRESIDENT, YOU MORONS!

I just love how the Democrats want to try to "protect" Lewinsky all of the sudden. AS IF - they really want her to shut up. I bet they're ALL cursing that they didn't pull some black ops crap on her like JFK supposedly did to Norma Jean. Not that I'd EVER wish death on someone, but it probably would have made things a LOT less complicated. BUT they didn't and she's not, SO GET ON WITH IT YOU DWEEBS!!