There's something really wonderful about not working. It might have somethig to do with the fact that I don't have to go to work. Or it may be that I don't have to wake up early in the morning to go to work. Or it could just be the fact that I don't have an annoying job to go to work at.
Of course, this only works if you have money while not working. I tried it the other way (without money) and it isn't as fun.
Actually, it's freakin' scary.
That is not my problem at the moment.
In order to fill more of my time, I have bought a new phonograph, a Sony PS-LX250H. I have not actually been able to play my LPs since I moved into my apartment, three years ago. I have several albums that have not shown up on CD to date, and a few that have but the LPs sound better. Happily, I now can play them.
Unfortunately, my choices were somewhat limited, but the sound of the turntable when I got home was fine, and I checked on-line reviews and found that this was a perfectly decent model.
One caveat: Sony apparently assumes that all stereo components will be less than two feet away from each other. The RCA cables coming out of the unit are way too short, forcing me to take a quick drive out to the local Radio Shack to purchase some female-to-male RCA chords. I bought two three-foot extension cables, and when I brought them up to the counter, the total was $6.50. That works out to a little over a dollar a foot. Inflation.
The only other thing is that I have to install a little light above the shelf that it has been placed on in my entertainment center.
I have also ordered a new DVD burner.
This was an easy choice; this is an eight-speed version of the drive that I used to recover several discs that were beyond recovery with other drives, including my beloved Plextor (which this is not replacing but supplementing).
It will show up either today or Monday.
See!?! I'm doing my part to try to stimulate the economy!
of the Sunless Mind
For once, Charlie Kaufman has gotten past the "Hey, look, folks, I'm freakin'
Much of this may be because of Jim Carrey's central performance; I have never been a fan of his when he is doing his frenetic comedy, but as a dramatic actor, I think that he is one of the best out there right now. Carrey brings to Joel Barish the right blend of (Charlie) Kaufman pathos and a warmth and heart that has been missing in his previous cinematic sad-sacks.
I plan to see the film again in a couple of weeks and write something a little more substantial about it then, when I've had plenty of time to let some of the ideas and emotions settle. I strongly recommend this film to anybody who is ready for it; it is not a movie for a pleasant night out, however.
Having looked at the reaction that it has been getting on-line, however, I have to say that many people seem to have missed the point of the film. I am not trying to sound like one of those ass-Matrix heads trying desperately to justify why Reloaded was too brilliant for the unwashed masses (rather than admitting that it just sucked), it really seems that all people got out of this movie is "bad relationships fail." There's a lot more to the film than that, as I will explicate at a later date.
A picture of Peter Jackson
acting goofy at the Oscars!!!
The new Coen brothers picture The Ladykillers opened yesterday!!! I'm always excited to see a new Coen brothers movie!!! More to come...