Black Day.
November 29, 2008, 4:57 pm
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Black Friday wasn’t supposed to be like this. One man killed at Wal-Mart. Two dead at Toys ‘R Us. For what? A measley 20 percent off a vaccum or Tickle-me Elmo? It’s disgusting what people will do for the smallest of price drops. Remind me to never wait in line for anything, ever.

Anyone else notice the new widescreen format on YouTube? I’m still unsure if I like it or not. It’s nice for some videos, but for others, it’s like watching VHS tapes on an HD tv — those black bars on the side just don’t do it for me.

Thanksgiving was fun. I feel like we should do it again sometime. Now that that’s over, back to your regularly scheduled chaos.

– JD

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Turkey.

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I’ve been putting together an online portfolio of my recent work. Nothing too special or permanent, just something for me to have, because it is useful. As soon as it’s finished and up and running, I’ll be sure to post it.

An early Happy Thanksgiving to you all. I just got back from Long Beach and I was greeted with more rain than I have seen in a long time. I’m speaking as a Californian, so how much rain could it possibly be, right? I don’t like rain, but I haven’t been complaining. It’s a nice change of pace, and besides, rain is a clear indication of winter time, which is definitely a good thing. For some strange reason, ever since I was a kid, it was always easier for me to go to sleep to the sound of heavy rain. ‘Til this day, I enjoy staying home on rainy days for that purpose alone. It’s soothing.

I’m looking forward to eating an unhealthy amount of food tomorrow. We get presents for Christmas, and we get food for Thanksgiving. So it’s only appropriate I take full advantage of the opportunity presented and eat until I can eat no more. Leftovers usually last weeks too, which explains the issue of holiday weight-gain.

Speaking of food, I’ve noticed that there’s a common misconception out there that Filipinos don’t eat turkey during Thanksgiving. I guess my family is the exception because we always have some form of it. It’s not necessarily that turkey is that good. It isn’t. It’s thick, dry, and hard to swallow (that’s what she said). But it’s tradition, so we always cook one. But anywho, don’t be afraid to eat. You’ll be missing out.

– JD



Junebug.
November 22, 2008, 3:23 pm
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A friend recommended Hard Candy movie to me, so I figured it was harmless enough. The description sounded a little intriguing as well. But harmless? If you call a fourteen-year-old Ellen Page strapping a thirty-something man to a table and proceeding to castrate him harmless, then yeah, it was. I actually thought the movie was good. The dialogue was well-written, and the acting was solid, but I couldn’t help but wonder. Wonder how exactly a sane human being (I’m assuming) could write a film like this. Either he has an imagination like no other or the more likely scenario, there’s probably something really wrong with the person.

KOST has started playing Christmas songs on the radio, which means the holiday season is officially underway. Thanksgiving is on its way, then comes the shopping, and the chaos. Some call it hectic. I call it awesome.

– JD



Hot Wheels.

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I had my interview for a paid summer internship with Mattel today, and it was probably the best interview I ever had (that’s not saying much). I don’t think it could have gone any better, really. Still, I’m not expecting much. I’m still a bit surprised I even got an interview. Mattel is a big company — I’m talking Fortune 500 big. We’ll see where it goes. I won’t hear anything until January.

I went to the mall yesterday and discovered something — department stores and shopping malls celebrate the Holiday season a bit earlier than everyone else. I’m not complaining, though. It’s my favorite time of year.

– JD



Where There’s Smoke.
November 16, 2008, 3:39 pm
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Fires and earthquakes. The two biggest drawbacks when it comes to living in Southern California. We can only hope rain is on the way. It’s flames everywhere. Kinda makes me wonder what the end of the world will look like. I’m sure it won’t look anything like this, but it still makes me wonder. Hope everyone is safe.

I got a speeding ticket about a month ago, and I’m pretty sure I’m going to try and fight it. Not that I wasn’t speeding, because I was. It was pretty obvious. There was no one on the road, and I was temporarily daydreaming. But the police-man-officer-guy didn’t use a radar gun and told me that I was “probably” going 60. Probably? Really? That’s really comforting, knowing that they base these fees by the mile.

I had time to reload my Netflix queue today with some movies I’m pretty excited about seeing. Speaking of movies, some good ones are coming out on DVD/Blu-ray soon, a sign that the holiday season is approaching.

– JD



Luminosity.
November 15, 2008, 12:17 am
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Photo taken at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. Anywho, I forgot that it was a holiday on Tuesday. As a result, the place was packed with miniature people running around. I haven’t been around so many kids since, I don’t know, day care? It reminded me of field trips I used to take back in the day when I was a mere child. I remembered the havoc we would cause at the Botanical Gardens, because for whatever reason, that’s the only field trip I can remember at the moment. At least for a second, it brought me back.

The Lakers finally lost a game. Obviously, we all knew the time would eventually come, but it doesn’t make it any better. Here’s to regrouping and starting a new streak.

It’s been a very busy week, and I plan on sleeping it off right about now. Is it Thanksgiving yet?

– JD



It’s a New Day.

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Yesterday, I heard one of my favorite songs growing up — “Everything You Want” by Vertical Horizon. It was refreshing to hear as it reminded me of a simpler time. Once in a while, I get those feelings. I’ll hear a familiar song, and suddenly, I’ll remember everything that happened during that time. I was in 5th or 6th grade when this song was released and it was during the peak of the 90s alternative phase. I’m sure many remember it well. No Doubt‘s Tragic Kingdom, Smashing Pumpkins, Smash Mouth, Counting Crows, R.E.M. etc. etc. If you don’t listen to that type of music now, you did back then. That’s just the way it was.

BTW, Will.I.Am is a genius. And if you want to see an obviously very low budget, yet way cool song/video, you can click here.

– JD