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By theboz (Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 05:54:37 AM EST) Exercise, Dancing, Women, Work, Family, TV, Movies, Basketball (all tags)
$3.99 for all you can eat?
Well, I'm a stuff my face to a funki beat!
We're gonna walk inside, and guess what's up:
Put some food in my plate, and some Coke in my cup
Give me some chicken, franks, and fries
And you can pass me a lettuce. I'm a pass it by
So keep shoveling, (Ha!) onto my plate
Give me some sweets and lots of cake
Give me some hot Macaroni and Cheese!
Give me, some more food PLEASE!!!!
Give me some buloni, salami, and ham
Toast with butter and strawberry jam
I love it whether the food is cold or hot
Put a burger on the plate, and it'll hit the spot
We'll eat everything. An incredible feat
$3.99 for all you can eat!

It's been a while since I've written one of these, since January I believe, so here's an update on my life.

Since I've sort of hit a plateau with going to the gym, my wife got me to go to her pilates class at the gym. Holy hell, those people are in shape and do things I've never even thought of. I don't have the balance to do it well, but I want to go back to the class and keep taking it so I can be at least ok with it. It should be a good addition to the weightlifting and other stuff I do.

As a result of recent ongoing major changes in my life, my wife and I are going dancing now. We signed up for a class (she knows how to dance, I don't) and are going out with friends from work as well. The class is interesting, and I'm not doing too badly. I never would have thought that I was capable of doing it without stepping on people's feet or knocking them down.

More women are flirting with me lately, which might trigger my recluse mode back, but we'll see. I'm not all that attractive, but there are some desperate women here in Houston I think.

Through a fucked up series of events, I may be changing jobs. The odd thing though is that I like working here (relatively speaking), and my manager and his bosses like me, and we all agreed upon me getting a full time job here. Unfortunately, there is an individual in HR that apparently has the ability to override and complicate things at whim. She doesn't know me or anything about me, and despite the fact that my hiring has been approved by my manager, the director, and the VP in charge of this area, she has decided to essentially filibuster it. Why? Just to be a bitch, because I'm not the only one she is trying to screw over badly, and not even the one getting it the worst. The guy she's trying to have deported for having the audacity of working here is probably the worst case I've seen.

Anyway, I was pretty positive about this, and I'm sure that eventually I would get an offer of something, but I'll probably start looking for a job elsewhere now anyway. I'll save them the trouble, or cause more trouble. Either way, I should be fine, but this is pissing me off. This is the latest in a long line of bullshit with this job posting via HR.

This weekend, my wife's sister and the sister's husband are coming to visit us. We'll hang out around here and go see NASA and anything else we can think of, then on Sunday go to San Antonio and watch a basketball game.

Next weekend, my parents and my brother arrive for the weekend and we'll take them to probably a lot of the same stuff. It's cool to have family visit but at the same time this is a bit of a stressful time right now.

I don't watch much TV, so we don't have cable, but I've been watching 24. While it is lame in many ways and bad dialog, the plots can be stupid, etc, it's a great show in many ways. This season started out kind of sucking after an episode or two, but it picked back up this week. It kicks so much ass, and Edgar the fat computer geek died at semi-random. I also like the violence a lot. Jack Bauer (the main character) was trying to get information from a guy working with terrorists, and the guy wouldn't talk. So what did Jack do? He shot the guy's wife in the leg right in front of the husband. Of course, he was a hardass, he still didn't talk, so he had to be brought back to the "office" to be tortured. The show is very entertaining, and I don't understand why people make a big fuss about it politically. It's not like me watching this for entertainment means I support torture, no more than playing Grand Theft Auto means I support selling drugs and killing prostitutes with a flamethrower.

Movies: Ultraviolet
This is the worst movie I've ever seen. Avoid it at all costs. Seriously, if you do get tricked into going somehow, sit at the front, and turn around and watch the audience. It will be more entertaining than the movie. If I ever meet anyone involved with that film, I will hit them. Yes, even the girls.

I'm off, maybe I'll post another diary sooner than I did this time. In any case, I still read this site but don't have a lot of time to post anymore.

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Ultraviolet looked pretty bad by MohammedNiyalSayeed (4.00 / 3) #1 Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 06:10:09 AM EST

It's not often that a movie trailer annoys me that much.

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I never saw the trailer by theboz (4.00 / 2) #2 Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 06:15:08 AM EST
However, the first sign that it was bad should have been that there were no critic reviews in advance of the release of the movie on Yahoo's movie page. In fact, the movie was so bad, I'd rather watch the Dukes of Hazzard movie five times in a row than watch Ultraviolet once.
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I have to agree by cam (4.00 / 2) #3 Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 06:26:16 AM EST
I saw the trailer at the movies on teh big screen and it instantly annoyed me.

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Oh man, I have got to see this movie (nt) by DesiredUsername (4.00 / 1) #4 Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 06:44:07 AM EST

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Rating: O-, and I don't mean the blood type by Rogerborg (4.00 / 1) #5 Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 06:49:18 AM EST
How about that for a review tag line?  And I didn't have to see the picture.  I should switch careers.

I suggest that you cleanse your pallete with the vintage Ultraviolet, from the Non Sucky Parallel Universe (also known as UKia).

Metus amatores matrum compescit, non clementia.

I might have to check it out by theboz (2.00 / 0) #11 Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 07:15:01 AM EST
Nothing can be worse than the one we saw.
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That's what I always say about you, boz, you have a good memory for random facts about pussy. -- joh3n
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Real Pilates, or Open Sauce Pilates? by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #6 Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 06:50:28 AM EST
For quite a long time, the inventor of Pilates had a stranglehold on teaching it, only certified instructors (certified by his organization) were allowed to teach classes with the name Pilates in it.

In 2000, the courts ruled Pilates was a form of exercise, not a trademark.

No idea by theboz (2.00 / 0) #12 Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 07:16:08 AM EST
I don't know the difference but the class does say "Pilates" in the name and it's at 24 Fitness.
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the premise by sasquatchan (4.00 / 1) #7 Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 06:51:11 AM EST
is nothing new in sci-fi, so is it the acting ? the over-wrought plot ? set design and play out of script ?

I mean, I'd rent it just to see, since man vs something man created (robots, super soldiers, man-made mutants) etc is always interesting.. Just this super soldier movies lacks VAN DAMMAGE!!!

All of it was bad by theboz (4.00 / 1) #9 Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 07:10:43 AM EST
Everything you could think to look for in a movie was bad. The music, the animation, the plot, the dialog, the acting, the quality of the shots, etc. The dialog can only be described as having been written by children trying to be cool, probably foreign children who translated it into English via babelfish. Every fight scene was essentially Violet getting in the middle of a literal circular firing squad and letting the idiots kill each other, with her perhaps helping with one or two. The main bad guy is a businessman with what looks like metal pencil erasers shoved up his nose and a Rusty Foster smirk. The graphics were so bad I couldn't tell what was real and what was animation because even the real stuff looked bad. Seriously, half the time I thought Violet's face was computer animated, even though it was real.

If you'd like an example of how bad the dialog was, here's my paraphrasing:

Boy (pointing at a photo of a swingset in a magazine): "Violet, where is there a place like this?"
Violet: "You see, when I was a little girl, I would go to this place. A place with beautiful white flowers. It was so beautiful. But then I grew up and I knew places like this don't really exist."

I mean what the fuck is that all about? Also, during the so-called sad scenes, everyone in the theater busted out laughing. It's the only time I've seen a large group of people laugh when a little kid gets killed, even fictitiously.
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That's what I always say about you, boz, you have a good memory for random facts about pussy. -- joh3n

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but is it laughably bad ? by sasquatchan (4.00 / 1) #14 Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 08:01:55 AM EST
because, as MST3k showed, even those can be fun..

That being said, I've sat through some really awful sci-fi, because it's so enthralling..

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Yeah by theboz (4.00 / 2) #16 Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 09:05:44 AM EST
Actually that's a great idea. Have a group of people go to Ultraviolet and give it a MST3K treatment. If I obtain a recording of it, perhaps I could record myself talking trash about it then put it on the web as a podcast that people can take to go watch the movie with them.
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Can you confront the HR dragon? by ad hoc (4.00 / 1) #8 Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 06:59:55 AM EST
I mean, if it comes down to not getting the job you want, I'd want to sit in her office, face to face and ask WTF?
Close friendships and a private room can offer most of the things love does.
I've done more talking since posting this by theboz (2.00 / 0) #10 Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 07:13:46 AM EST
The director I report to may be involved too. The combination may be trying to either get me to lower my salary requirement to something like $80k a year rather than $120k which we agreed on previously. If I stay as a contractor, whether here or elsewhere, I can easily get more. So, if they want to dick around, I'd prefer just to go ahead and look elsewhere and leave. There are plenty of job openings around here right now, especially in the oil and chemical business.
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go see NASA by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #13 Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 07:54:11 AM EST
Don't bother. Back in 87 I went and we could wander around the public places, look at the cool stuff on our own, and it was fun. When I went back a couple of years ago you had to take the guided tour and if you wanted to look at something a little longer than the tour guide wanted you to, well, tough luck.

Hell, we couldn't even go to the gift shop.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

I've been there already by theboz (2.00 / 0) #15 Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 09:02:30 AM EST
It is kind of lame, especially when compared to Wright-Patt's museum, but it's pretty much the only thing that resembles a tourist attraction in Houston.
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Go to Galveston by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #17 Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 11:21:41 AM EST
Spend the day on the beach.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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It sucks though by theboz (2.00 / 0) #18 Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 11:33:15 AM EST
Galveston is dirty and there isn't much to do there that's worthwhile.
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That's what I always say about you, boz, you have a good memory for random facts about pussy. -- joh3n
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BGH, GTA style. [nt] by Forbidden (4.00 / 1) #19 Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 12:55:27 PM EST
Also, I've missed your diaries.

Also, when are you going to get your shit together on the Mexico tourism website/pamplet deal?

You once was.
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It's not my problem by theboz (2.00 / 0) #20 Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 06:08:27 PM EST
It's more my wife getting her shit together to make that site. I do have a few new websites now related to just bullshit such as SUVs, hopefully making some ad money. I need to check up on that.

Anyway, thanks for the post, and I will write sometimes, I just don't know when exactly.
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That's what I always say about you, boz, you have a good memory for random facts about pussy. -- joh3n

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politics of torture by theantix (4.00 / 1) #21 Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 06:38:38 PM EST
Shockingly enough, I actually have no real problem with the torture as presented in 24.  If there's a ticking time bomb and only one person knows how to shut it down, ethical quibbles about torture are pretty much useless if you ask me.  What I oppose is the systematic legality of such a system -- I'd rather Jack be breaking the law and then being pardoned than have torture be standard practice to be used willy-nilly in situations that are real and unlike what would make for good 24 drama.

Problem is... by theboz (2.00 / 0) #22 Thu Mar 09, 2006 at 04:21:00 AM EST
That type of scenario is pretty much highly unlikely, but I bet that lots of people would justify it. I can see someone in the Bush administration defending the torture of someone loosely associated with al Qaeda with, "We had to, in order to prevent the next 9/11." The people they have tortured now already like the Canadian guy Maher Arar have confessed to being a part of al Qaeda just to stop the torture, even though he was not associated with al Qaeda. Since torture so rarely results in correct answers, a suicidal terrorist would most likely tell them a wrong answer to get them to blow up the bomb early, or if they were an innocent person they would make up something to stop the torture.
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right by theantix (4.00 / 1) #23 Thu Mar 09, 2006 at 02:20:44 PM EST
which is why I don't think that torture should be allowed.

I think you misunderstand my point: torture should be banned.  But if a TLA* agent was in the unlikely scenario of "A nuke is going to go off in LA in 30 seconds what's the disarm code TICK TOCK TICK TOCK" I and I think most people would understand and forgive the illegal use or torture in this extraordinary and highly unlikely scenario.  This is a good reason to have a presidential pardon available, but have laws to regulate the scenarios that are much more likely such as the one you mentioned.

* Three Letter Acronym

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