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Friday, March 29, 2002

PANIC ROOM (2002)

Entertaining? Without a doubt... but pretty intense - the woman behind me was panting out loud after the climax...
Technically any good? Definitely strong on everything - great acting, solid writing (not flawless, but good) and nice work from director, Fincher, as usual.
How did I feel as the credits rolled? Satisfied, a nice solid movie - doesn't disrespect you and keeps you nicely on your toes.
Final Rating? SIYL (intensity means it's not for everyone)

RESULTS! And the New To-Do

YOWZA! I GOT STUFF DONE YESTERDAY!!! COOL!! Buuuuut, I still didn'g get everything done... Here's my new, more-updated-than-yesterday to-do list for today...

1)Edit scripts #1 & 2 (ALMOST DONE WITH #2!! Just 35 pages to go and then ALL of #1 - slightly more than 100 pages...)

2)Write novel #1 because novel #2 is catching up on it. (Still wrote more in #2, sorry #1!!)

3)File taxes (keeeep dreamin'!)

4)Post more comics on eBay (my LD auctions have a few bids, but alas, not as much as I'd like - still need to post more comics)

5) Convert more of TheKey archives over to individual HTML docs for newly reformatted TheKey page... (didn't even touch this)

6)Continue finish rebuilding Pocket Review web site!! < --- DONE BABY!! Check it out here. Of course, I still need to convert a BUTTload of my old reviews over to the new format, but hey - the redesign is DONE!

7)Finish redesign on main page (AGAIN!) - this time it'll be worth it - really! (didn't touch it...)

8)Finish implementing new designs at TheSciFi.Com! (They're going to be SO cool!) (keep dreaming)(still dreaming)

9)Redesign Bitch Page/GodDamnFriggin.Com to house multiple genre's of bitching - including a new BitchBoard... (HA!) (nope!)

10)Start ADDING junk to all the sub pages at TheSciFi.Com!! (DOUBLE HA!) (still no time...)

11)Redesign ThePeteCave (and other TP.C sub pages to work better with new main page design. (this century if I'm lucky)(I meant this millennia)

12)submit novel samples and screenplays to agents (will replace slot #1 when editing is done) (still on teh agenda)

13)I'd like to find time to track down my old buddy Phil DeLuca. He lives in the Valley, here in LA, but I have no idea how to contact him. His number's not listed... (no steps taken)

14)Enough for you?

It felt VERY good to get things done yesterday... I just have to make sure today is even MORE productive! (Good LUCK!)

Thursday, March 28, 2002

Blah-Blah, Same-Same

Ugh - well, I still have no reason to change my mood, which should still be set as "frantic"... Here's my new, not-so-updated to-do list for today...

1)Edit scripts #1 & 2 (yep, didn't get to it yesterday!)

2)Write novel #1 because novel #2 is catching up on it. (not fair to novel #1!!) (Wrote more in #2... sorry #1!!)

3)File taxes (HA!!! Fingers crossed for today)

4)Post more comics on eBay (I posted the last of the LDs yesterday - wow, something I actually DID!)

5) Convert more of TheKey archives over to individual HTML docs for newly reformatted TheKey page...

6)Continue finish rebuilding Pocket Review web site!! (I did get a LOT done on this site yesterday, but it's still not there - very close though.)

7)Finish redesign on main page (AGAIN!) - this time it'll be worth it - really! (keep dreaming)

8)Finish implementing new designs at TheSciFi.Com! (They're going to be SO cool!) (keep dreaming)

9)Redesign Bitch Page/GodDamnFriggin.Com to house multiple genre's of bitching - including a new BitchBoard... (HA!)

10)Start ADDING junk to all the sub pages at TheSciFi.Com!! (DOUBLE HA!)

11)Redesign ThePeteCave (and other TP.C sub pages to work better with new main page design. (this century if I'm lucky)

12)submit novel samples and screenplays to agents (will replace slot #1 when editing is done)

13)I'd like to find time to track down my old buddy Phil DeLuca. He lives in the Valley, here in LA, but I have no idea how to contact him. His number's not listed...

14)Enough for you?

WHEN WILL IT END?!? Oh, well, uh, I guess the answer to that is, when this list is done... huh. Neat...

Wednesday, March 27, 2002

My Site(s) & No more non-Kevin-Smith Movies for Affleck!

AAAAAAAARG!!! Too much to do!!

1)Edit scripts #1 & 2

2)Write novel #1 because novel #2 is catching up on it. (not fair to novel #1!!)

3)File taxes

4)Post more junk on eBay

5)finish rebuilding Pocket Review web site!!

6)Finish redesign on main page (AGAIN!) - this time it'll be worth it - really!

7)Finish implementing new designs at TheSciFi.Com! (They're going to be SO cool!)

8)Redesign Bitch Page/GodDamnFriggin.Com to house multiple genre's of bitching - including a new BitchBoard... (and more!)

9)Start ADDING junk to all the sub pages at TheSciFi.Com!!

10)Redesign ThePeteCave (and other TP.C sub pages to work better with new main page design.

11)submit novel samples and screenplays to agents (will replace slot #1 when editing is done)

12)Track down Ben Affleck and pummel him until he understands: "NO MORE MOVIES UNLESS THEY'RE DIRECTED BY KEVIN SMITH!!"

13)I'd like to find time to track down my old buddy Phil DeLuca. He lives in the Valley, here in LA, but I have no idea how to contact him. His number's not listed...

14)Enough for you?

On top of those things, I need to get back to studying Japanese, playing more with my toys (Lego, Play-Doh, silly putty and MORE) and believe it or not, watching more movies!! I know - I know, one thing at a time...

Friday, March 22, 2002

BLADE 2 (2002)

Entertaining? Yeah, but not as much as the first Blade.
Technically any good? Sure, and the FX are even better than the first one. However, they really should have done the romance thing or not in this movie.
How did I feel as the credits rolled? Reasonably satisfied. Did feel like it degenerated into an episode of "Buffy" though.
Final Rating? SAM

Monday, March 18, 2002

No BITCH!

Ugh - a week ago I said I would write a new Bitch - and have I? Nope - I'm contemplating reformatting GodDamnFriggin.com because there is just SO much to bitch about these days. Years and years ago, The Bitch Page used to feature several different types of bitches. A big bitch, a media bitch and a misc bitch. I think there was also a mini-bitch. I'd like to reinstitute something like that. Leave each one up for a month, but change at least one a week. See, there's just so much to bitch about these days, it's tough to decide.

I'm in DIRE need of new techno to listen to. Does anyone have any recommendations?

Not much else to blog about... so very much to do... I did do a LOT of stuff for my site this weekend. The stuff I was able to finish is listed in TheLatest at ThePete.Com. What I didn't finish is as follows:

1)adding cookies to "TheKey" so you can easily find the most recent entry you haven't read yet.
2)started designing pda-style backgrounds for the sub pages at TheSciFi.com based on the one that's on the main page.
3)Thought about the new design for GodDamnFriggin
4)Pondered adding a middle frame to ThePete.Com's main page and having the resources pop up in there, rather that in pop ups.

Okay, that's it... Lataz...

Friday, March 15, 2002

RESIDENT EVIL (2002)

Entertaining? Yes, but only because I liked watching ultra-cutie Milla Jojovich kick ass. (Which she didn't do enough of, mind you.)
Technically any good? Terrible - what "R" rated zombie movie doesn't have body parts flying around? There were lots of hints of gore, but very little actual gore. Plus the music was very bassy - gave me a headache.
How did I feel as the credits rolled? Like I had a fun time, but I wanted to see more death and dismemberment - not plot. Does anyone go to a zombie film for the plot? No - it's to see zombies eat flesh and get torn apart...
Final Rating? SAM

Globalgasm.com

Wow - the 'net is truly a wonderous place... here are a couple links for you to follow. The first one is for you ONLY if you're adult enough to deal with talk of ORGASMS. Here ya go:

This one is cool for ANYONE... mostly...

We need to do these things. Do I think they'll actually help humanity? You bet. Imagine if we all did this. Just all made sure to have sex on the same day. Or even if we just all hugged ourselves once a week. IF NOTHING ELSE, WE'LL ALL HAVE FUN, right?

I heard that Buddhist monks will every once in a while all sit down and spend many days in a row all concentrating on pleasant thoughts - happy thoughts. I know it sounds silly, but it works in some way shape or form. Like great weather hit Tibet or wherever and nothing terribly bad happened on the planet for a while. Obivously, they're not doing very much of this meditation these days. Maybe we should help.

Princeton set up these random number generating programs in various computers all over the world. They send their random numbers back to Princeton where they are recorded based on the source. The numbers are then analyzed to see if there are any patterns. Normally, on an average day, there is simply noise - random numbers generating a pattern of randomness (if that makes any sense). What the researchers at Princeton do is watch this pattern of randomness for any deviations from the randomness. In other words, they watch to see if the numbers become less random - if the numbers become more uniform - in other, other words, if the rate of randomness goes down. Put even more simply, they watch to see if the probability of the various random number generators around the world choosing the same numbers goes up.

Sounds far fetched that they'd find anything? Not so - in the hours following the horrible events on 9-11-2001, the pattern deviated noticably - the numbers became less random. It was as though the world was reacting as a single consciousness. If you've ever read Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy you will understand perfectly this explanation: the probability field of the planet Earth changed. For those few hours and the days after, random probabilty went down apparently because we were all thinking in the same direction.

I wonder what would happen to the probability field if we all had good thoughts at the same time... let's give this a try. If you've got a web site, be sure to post these links somewhere on it. A happier planet starts with each individual. So, don't worry - be happy DAMMIT!!
-ThePete

PS to learn more about the project at Princeton, go here. To find out about the numbers generated on 9-11, go here.

Wednesday, March 13, 2002

BILL O'REILLY, TAKE THIS!

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE GO HERE AND READ THIS ARTICLE!! It may not seem like THAT big of a deal, but remember - the world doesn't change over night. History takes baby-steps. So, help it take baby-steps by reading this article!!From DrudgeReport.com:
XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX FRIDAY JULY 19, 2002 14:26:37 ET XXXXX

LIMBAUGH TRIUMPHS: SMASHES O'REILLY IN LOS ANGELES; TOPS FOX HOST MORE THAN 23 TO ONE IN CHICAGO RADIO MATCH

**Exclusive**

In six weeks of direct microphone-to-microphone competition, Rush Limbaugh scored 23 listeners to every one which tuned into Bill O'Reilly on the radio in Chicago, industry sources tell the DRUDGE REPORT.

Limbaugh on WLS hit a 6.8 share with 110,900 listeners every 15 minutes from 11 am to 1 pm; O'Reilly on WAIT pulled a .3 and 5,400. Limbaugh's audience in Chicago is 1954% larger than the FOX NEWS HOST, ARBITRON's Spring Book shows.

In direct Los Angeles runs, for six weeks: Limbaugh pulled a 4.5 share [107,800 listeners every 15 minutes, 12 years-old-plus] on KFI to O'Reilly's KABC 1.8 [43,700].

O'Reilly -- who declared during an interview with Don Imus in May that Limbaugh had "run out of gas" -- launched in May to heavy press and fanfare from syndicator CBSINFINITYWESTWOOD.

O'Reilly, the nation's top cable news host, also hit radio static in his New York City debut, microphone-to-microphone opposite fellow FOX Sean Hannity.

For six weeks of direct competition, O'Reilly scored a 2.8 share on WOR [down from Bob Grant's 3.0 average, previously in the slot] from 3 to 5 pm -- to Hannity's WABC 4.5.

Developing...

Monday, March 11, 2002

Bitch, Bush & TheKey

Okay, I'll do a new bitch tomorrow - there's SO much to whine about these days - justifiably so. I'm just tired of attacking Bush. Not because he doesn't deserve it - Lord knows, he DOES. The man thinks he's King George. But there's so much more to complain about. Plus I'm busy doing things that are blatantly positive, like writing A LOT. Go over and check out TheKey - I think it'll knock your socks off. It did mine and I wrote the damn thing... I've got some more comics up at eBay - check them out by going here. I'll have to post some more comics and some more VCDs soon. Gotta keep that money flowing in. I've added a bunch of credit card donation links and stuff around as well as links to two wishlists I have. So, if you feel like helping me out, go for it. And anyone out there like my family or various other loved ones who might be reading this - NO EXCUSES this year on no presents. I've listed plenty of crap of varrying prices, so I don't want to hear "I have no idea what you want, so here's a check or a gift certificate." Sorry folks - it's TIME TO BOTHER!! Of course, I've made it VERY easy for you.

Anyway, much to do. First on the list: SLEEP!

I'll try to update this blog a bit more often... I hope you're doing well!! (Who ever you are!)

-ThePete

Friday, March 8, 2002

My Old Friend Devala

Today I am tired, but in a good mood. I'm sure once my caffeine-powers kick in the first part will be taken care of and with any luck the evil place known as the WORLD won't take care of the second part at all. Gotta post more auctions, mail something off, burn some more stuff and edit script #1. I finished #2 (I think I've mentioned that before). But of course, I still have to type the edits up - that's another chore. But I'm getting closer.

Last night I called an old friend of mine - she and I worked together for almost a year. We spent 8 hours a day (sometimes more) together and we learned to both enjoy life and hate it. But she was always such a sweetheart to me so, I'm very happy to be back in touch with her. I reeeeally hope we STAY in touch. That's what bugs me about some of my friends. They seem to be really good, close friends but then one day you look around and they're not standing next to you any more. This friend I spoke with last night, didn't do that. It wasn't a "we just drifted apart kind of thing". We both just stopped calling each other. I can't tell you why, but when our season on Duckman ended, we just went our speparate ways, which was weird. But, she called me a couple of weeks ago and left a message on my machine, which is great. She's doing well - she's not in animation anymore - she's an art teacher, which I think is AWESOME. She teaches middle school kids about art and stuff. She said that today she and her kids were going to do a fashion show with dolls and clothes they had made themselves. It sounded so cool...

Not much else going on right now. Although bumping into this old friend makes me want to hunt down another old friend of mine. I'm not sure if I will or not. The last couple of times I did, I spent hours on the web looking and couldn't find the guy. Anyway, time to go...
-ThePete

TIME MACHINE (2002)

The Time MachineEntertaining? Not in a way that means it's a good movie.
Technically any good? It's got one of those plots that defies reason. Characters openly do things that are illogical. "I can't change the past, so I must travel forward to find out why." Whaaaa? Oh and what's with the movie conjuring up a bad guy 15 minutes before the end? Great acting from Pearce though.
How did I feel as the credits rolled? Depressed. Both Guy Pearce and Jeremy Irons deserve a better script. Don't see this one - SERIOUSLY. Go rent the original. The story is better, the Morlocks are creepier and - it's just a better movie, dammit!
Final Rating? DNS

Thursday, March 7, 2002

Rain and "My Life with Morrissey"

Hola! Well another long-ass day has come to a close. It rained here in LA this evening - really - it did! Can you believe it? It was even daylight for a while. Usually rain in LA is like a UFO - they only strike at night and when you try to tell people what happened, no one believes you. But THIS time, there's proof! Everyone was awake and on the roads at the time. I got to run a really funny, sick and twisted film today called "My Life With Morrissey" although I think a better title would be "F'ed Up Chick". It's about this woman who has this really twisted concept in her head that she and Morrissey will get married and grow old together. She has six foot tall posters on her walls and a pillow case with Morrissey on it. It's hilarious how SICK she is. At one point, she actually tongues a record that she believes Morrissey was once near.

So if you ever get a chance to see "My Life With Morrissey" SEE IT! You will laugh your butt off. It's a RIOT! Of course, it will never get a distribution deal since it was shot on 16mm. I can't imagine WHY the guy didn't shoot digital... oh well! You might see it at an art house near you... you never know.

Anyway, time for bed for me... Latez...
-ThePete

Wednesday, March 6, 2002

Review or Not Review...

It's amazing how when you're a kid you build up movie premieres as these amazing things. Like there's something so special about seeing movies opening night. Living in LA, you tend to stumble across ways of seeing movies before they are officially released in theaters all the time. I'm a part time projectionist for a private screening facility, so I see a lot of movies before they're released. I also do a Pocket Reviews feature here at my site. Now, even though not a whole lot of people visit my site, I still like to be fair so I am wondering - is it fair to post a review of a film that I saw through my part time job that may not have been finished yet? I recently was able to screen a copy of the new Time Machine movie. It sucked. REEEEEAL bad. I mean, it's another one that I'd have loved to have seen on MST3K. But it was a rough cut that didn't even have finished FX in it. Now, if I hadn't seen this rough cut, my instincts would have told me "Self, this movie is gonna suck - big time!"

But, since I know it was a rough cut, I'm concerned that maybe I shouldn't review it because the final cut might not be as bad as the cut I saw. Then again, the rough cut I saw was TERRIBLE. Aw, SCREW it... I'm gonna review that puppy - it's a STINKER!! Check out Pocket Reviews to see what I thought of it. Then, remember to come back later on in March for my review of National Lampoon's Van Wilder. That's a TOTAL WASTE OF TIME!! Another SKIPPERRRRR!

All too much else going on. I've been super busy writing TheKey. I've got to redo TheKey main page - I wanna use cookies that can tell when you last visited so you can automatically see the latest entry you have yet to read. I have no idea how to do it, so I'm sure I will spend about 12 hours this Sunday working out how.

Saw "Into The Woods" with Vanessa Williams. I was impressed! Well, with myself, for not ONCE thinking of those Lesbian pics she shot back in the 80s. Ms. Williams was less than impressive as the Witch. She was fine, but she wasn't moving. Everyone else was pretty good. The cow stole the show. See, this is a new version with parts rewritten by Sondheim himself and he added in all this business for the cow to do and so they actually have this guy playing the cow and he looks *really* good. In fact, he stole almost every scene he was in... kudos to the cow!

I STILL have ten pages left to edit on Script #2 and ALL of Script #1 to edit. I've been bad - I spent waaay too much time working on my site while TheFiancee was away for a couple days. Check out TheSciFi.Com to see just one of the things I've been spending too much time on. Tomorrow/Today (3/6) I have an eBay item to send off as well as some other stuff (my pal Chad ordered a ThePete.Com FunPak from me like months ago and I JUST found the files to make the FunPak as I had lost them on one of my HDs a few days ago. My zip drive has flaked for good so I had to come up with an alternative way to get the files to TheFiancee's computer since my printer ran out of ink and I'm SO disgustingly broke that I can't afford to buy another cartridge...

SIGH. Oh and I still have to do my taxes, convert some LDs to VCD for another friend of mine, do two screenings tonight, write TheKey for Wednesday and sleep...

I am SUCH the masochist!

LOVE AND SMOOCHIES,

ThePete

Sunday, March 3, 2002

NUCLEAR YORK? THEY THOUGHT MAYBE

Get this - back in October of 2001, US Intelligence authorities got word from one of their agents who claimed that some terrorist or another had gotten themselves a 10 kiloton Nuclear Bomb that was said to be smuggled into Manhattan and detonated. Intelligence Officers in the US were insanely busy � they were all trying to do EVERYTHING they could to find out if this were true and to stop it. Eventually they decided that their information was incorrect and that no one had a 10 kiloton nuclear bomb that they were planning on detonating in New York City. Of course, WE, the people of the United States of America didn�t know anything about this.

A ten kiloton nuclear bomb is said to be capable of destroying everything within a half-mile of ground zero, killing 100,000 people and irradiating seven times that number. Being irradiating means anything from having your skin partially burned to having your organs melting inside of you. The really sick thing about Radiation is that it can kill you fast or really slowly, depending on lots of things including how strong you are. Odds are that people who would be hit by this radiation could live as far away as New Jersey. Certainly anyone living in the boroughs like Brooklyn or the Bronx would be praying for Ebola to strike to make the end come faster.

Just to give you an idea of how evil a killer radiation can be, irradiated victims of the American Atom Bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan suffered for years before they finally died. There are accounts of Japanese citizens surviving for decades while dealing with the horrible effects of radiation.

So, I�d like to give a big �THANKS� out to the government for not telling us about the possibility of this happening to one of the most major cities in the United States. There�s no reason to PANIC us without confirming that HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE MIGHT DIE AT ANY MOMENT� naaah!

Got family in the Big Apple? I do � and I worry for them. Then again, my fiancee and I live in Los Angeles, another fairly large city. Do you live in a large city in the US or in another western country? Do you have family or friends who live in any of these major cities around the world? Well, make your good-byes just in case, because if they go, there will be no warning. Apparently, the government of America (and likely other western countries) doesn�t feel that you and I are worth warning.

Either that or they are just so confident in their own abilities to protect us from �evil-doers� they decided why panic us? (Uh, I�m sorry, I�d rather watch the economy of New York City TANK knowing that it�s inhabitants WERE ALIVE to bring it back!)

Oh yeah and we should all feel CONFIDENT in the AMERICAN government� just look at their track record� Pearl Harbor, JFK, RFK and the WTC� oh and don�t forget that Secret Service Agent (I like to call him Bright Eyes) who left the Vice President�s security plan for his visit to the Olympics on a counter in a souvenir shop in Salt Lake City after buying a ballcap.

It feels good to be an adult treated like a child by your own government, doesn�t it?