4.29.2001

Its in the wee hours (man, I love saying 'wee!') of Sunday and its been a rather strange and wonderful week.
My non-phone call returning friend and I have parted ways. She and I have had many disagreements and strife over the two and a half years we've known each other. Mostly due to poor communication. But this last time led to some places we never had before-downright unreasonable. It wasn't so much the phone call issue as it was all that had gone on before it. And this was the straw that broke the camel's back, as they say.
Yet, I don't feel bad about it. I think that as the disagreement escalated, I realized that we weren't what we both thought we were: close friends. And its better to have someone untrustworthy out of your life rather than in it where they can continue to hurt you. I'll forget about it soon enough and even if we wind up in the same room, It be alright. The switch is now in the 'off' position.
So life will go on. She thinks I'm nuts and I think she's a silly cow.
'Nuff said.
Thursday night was my first Wing Chun class. I was really nervous about going because I know I have a lot of hard work to do, just to get caught up. And while I had a good feeling about Sijo Ferrer-he hadn't barked at me for doing something wrong yet. But as I arrived, most of the class was standing there on First Avenue, watching the girls go by and Sijo was cracking jokes and admiring a really nice BMW some yuppie had parked on the street. I realized that although I was going to have to endure some hardship, the Sijo (outside of class, anyway) is just a regular guy-although one that could seriously injure me in two seconds.
The night went pretty easily, we did Qi Gong excercises ('5 Organ Breathing' and 'Triple Burn'). Then I got to practice the basic fighting stance over and over while the rest of the class practiced Chi Sao (Sticky Hands) stuff. While I yearn to join them (it looks like so much fun! ) I knew I should focus on what I was doing.
An interesting thing about the Qi Gong stuff: Although I'm very interested in Taoist philosophy, I was never that sold on the concept of Chi (Qi), since I have no emperical knowledge of it. After class I went home and ate and slept normally. But roughly 24 hours after the class, I felt wonderful! A total body high, like I was on E or Mushrooms.
For some reason, I was sure the exercises (which are designed to bring fresh Chi to the heart, lungs, liver, spleen and kidneys) had something to do with it. If I experience that feeling again next week...I'm sold!
Work was a bust this week due to server problems and a bad batch of mylar (bad mylar=dirty scans), but we did go to an all-day Photoshop class on Friday at Photobition (formally Ivey Seright). We got to check out their facilities and ask their production guys lots of questions and generally see how the other side lives. Everyone at Photobition was super nice to us and hopefully we'll get to have them over to our house sometime soon.
On Friday, after the PS class-I met up with Stu and Tim and we went to see Amore Perros (Love's a Bitch). I liked it a lot-and as the review says, its about time we here in the States got to see some Mexican Cinema. I spent the latter part of my teens and early twenties reading Love and Rockets (new series coming BTW!) and I know there are some great stories to be told-beyond 'Like Water For Chocolate', 'El Mariachi' and lucha libre flicks...(ok, so they rule!)
After the movie Stu and I hung out for awhile, then I left him and met up with Scott Bwoy and some his friends at the Back Door Ultra Lounge. I didn't really dig Marney's pal and his wife (the Leo thing again, see 3rd paragraph) but his coworkers were all really nice people. I had a blast-we wound up at the J&M after the BDUL got too crowded and I think/hope/pray Frito has found a new love interest in the very cute and totally sweet Staci....we'll see!
Yesterday, I went to a wedding. (Matt and Jennifer's) a birthday party (April's) and then to The Baltic Room for Love Cats (Jen, Robert, Stu, Maria, Rachel, Marjan, Sean, Pete, Anna, Connie and Brandy-who I went to High School with!). 80's tunes were played and there was much dancing and shaking of butts. (Especially when 'Double Dutch Bus', 'Kiss' and 'Boy' came on.)

To bed!

Positions of Planets at Birth:
Sun position is 20 deg. 23 min. of Leo
Moon position is 3 deg. 07 min. of Sag
Mercury position is 9 deg. 06 min. of Leo
Venus position is 13 deg. 22 min. of Vir
Mars position is 13 deg. 10 min. of Sco
Jupiter position is 16 deg. 38 min. of Leo
Saturn position is 12 deg. 08 min. of Ari
Uranus position is 22 deg. 40 min. of Vir
Neptune position is 21 deg. 37 min. of Sco
Pluto position is 19 deg. 21 min. of Vir



Section 1: How You Approach Life and How You Appear To Others

You are very strong-willed and proud, but intensely private
and not easy to know well. Behind your quiet exterior lies a
great deal of emotional depth, sensitivity, complexity, and also
fierce determination. When you want something you go after it
rather quietly but insistently and wholeheartedly - and you
usually get it.

You are not a person who lives lightly or superficially.
You want to live passionately and intensely and are not averse
to challenge, danger, or to facing the darker side of life -
human pain and struggle. You function well in crisis situations
and often seek them out, for you enjoy the feeling of living at
full capacity.

You are very intuitive about other people and especially
about their unspoken feelings and hidden motives. You usually
have strong, immediate gut reactions, either positive or
negative, which prove to be correct. You approach life very
instinctively and are not always fully conscious of why you feel
or act as you do. You also have a very strong affinity with
animals - an acute sensitivity and a nonverbal kind of rapport
with them.

In relation to others, you are rather cautious, sometimes
even suspicious, until you get to know and trust them - and
trust doesn't come easily to you. When you commit yourself
emotionally to someone, be it friend or lover, you are intensely
loyal and devoted to them and you also expect the same kind of
unwavering, undying loyalty in return. If you are ever betrayed
by someone you care deeply for, you are capable of hating and
retaliating with as much fervor as you once loved. Nothing is
done halfway. In fact, you are intensely involved and often
jealously attached to whatever you care about, be it person,
idea, or cause. There is definitely a streak of emotional
fanaticism in you.

Because of your natural reserve, others may see you as
something of an enigma. You are quite self-protective and often
defensive. You are also very magnetic, especially to members of
the opposite sex.


I got this from an astrology site. While I don't put much stock in that stuff...I'd say its a fairly accurate description of how I see me (except for that last sentence)...odd.

4.26.2001

A message from the Prof:

At long last! After many delays and false starts the Second Annual
Erotic Literature and Poetry Contest is finally underway!!!

http://www.speakeasy.org/~proftim/erotica/

Yes, that's right, at long last you can put all that excess, undirected
sexual energy to good productive use. We here at Piledriver
Publishing -- a subsidiary of SIL2K Enterprises International -- are
proud to be able to bring you and your loved ones the SECOND (somewhat)
ANNUAL EROTIC SHORT LITERATURE & POETRY CONTEST!!!

You know you have those fantasies, those dirty thoughts that fill your
mind, the nasty stories you whisper to yourself or another in those
stolen private moments, the sleepy dreams so sultry that even now they
make you squirm in your seat just to think about them. Those very
thoughts you're linger over even now, that you find so hard to put out
of your mind, these, my friend, are the stuff of some truly great erotic
writing.

The rules for the contest are simple:

1) All entries must be submitted under and assumed name or pseudonym of
some sort. No entries will be accepted using the authors real name and
any entries submitted without a "nom de plume" may be assigned one
according to the whim of the Panel of Judges.

2) Please only two entries per pen-name. (But prolific authors are
encouraged to use more than one pseudonym, as needed.)

3) Entries may be either prose or poetry, original works of any length
and on any subject that is deemed appropriately arousing to the author
of the work. All entries submitted will be read by the esteemed Panel
of Judges.

4) The deadline for all entries is Saturday, June 9th, 2001.

The super sexy secret Panel of Judges will award prizes for overall Best
of Show, Wettest Poem and the Finest Purple Prose. The Judges will also
be empowered to grant additional awards at their own discretion and as
they see fit. (Such as "Best Use of an Inanimate Object in a Supporting
Role" or "Filthiest 18 Syllable Haiku" for example.)

So get writing! You've melted the keyboard with your drippingly dirty
e-mails and filled whole journals with tales unquenched desire. You've
put the "X" in phone-sex, made strong men weep and otherwise modest
ladies beg for more and more. So now's the chance to put that talent to
work! Your decadent, filthy, nasty, dirty little entries may be
submitted in any number of ways:

1) You can e-mail them to me at proftim@speakeasy.org (Where I will
immediately remove the text from the headers to insure your continued
anonymity.)

2) You could, of course, drop them off in my mailbox when I'm not home
and then scurry away again into the shadows.

3) Or you can use the preferred method and enter completely and totally
anonymously by using the untraceable entry forms provided at:
http://www.speakeasy.org/~proftim/erotica/

All entries the judges consider noteworthy will be compiled into a
chapbook to be released for the edification and enjoyment of all. (And
possibly distributed at a party, to be announced later as the summer's
heat rises to a fevered pitch.)

What are you waiting for, enter today!

And if you need a little help getting those creative juices of yours
flowing, why don't you take a moment right now to send off an obscene
e-mail to that special (or, soon to be special) someone. You know
they'll enjoy reading it almost as much as you'll enjoy writing it! Do
it now...

And if you still need more inspiration, be sure to check out some of
last year's submissions at: http://www.speakeasy.org/~proftim/erotica

(Or contact me directly about ordering a copy of last years chapbook
when it goes into it's third printing run sometime later this month.)


Love and dirty thoughts-
-Tim

p.s. If you'd like to be on this year's Panel of Judges please write me
a brief e-mail (1000 words or less) explaining in exquisite detail why
exactly you are more qualified than all the rest to judge things hot and
nasty.

St. Germain kicked ass! The crowd was really into it. Everyone was dancing and the band did a really good job of hyping the crowd. Maggie and Paula's gallery opening was a smash too. Having seen the space a month ago, I was really surprised at how well it turned out. The ladies had a very nice turnout and It looks like Paula sold a ton of clothes. I only wish I could've stayed longer!

4.24.2001

I have this friend who never returns my phone calls. Then, when she does call and can't get hold of me (usually on the weekend-wanting to know "the plan") lectures me on my need for a cell phone. Like I need yet another monthly fee! Well, from now on, when dealing with this person-I shall use the golden rule. Do onto to others as you would have them do onto you. We'll see what happens then.
In other news, I went down to check out a Wing Chun Class. I was pleased with what I saw. It was a small class. The Sijo paid close attention to what his students were doing and seemed very focused on passing on his skills-not just building the school. There was a lot of emphasis on the forms and the philosophy behind them. I think I could do really well there.... and I'm really excited about doing this again!
Only bad thing? I'm gonna have to learn to like doing pushups...I fookin HATE pushups...!

4.22.2001

"the secret of a successful relationship is to become irretrievably embroiled in a bitter struggle to the death." (via Metafilter)
Another beautiful spring day! Stu, Tim and I headed to Green Lake to eat some fish and chips at Spud's and then get some sun (and check out the girls.) Later on, we went down to Kim's house and visited with him and Kathy and their two kids. Still later, I grabbed Dan's DJ gear and went out to the Benbow Inn in West Seattle and spun some disco, 80's funk, trip-hop and a couple of reggae tunes at a surprise birthday party. Dante's (a co-worker) wife Kim is turning 30 next Thursday, so the party marks the beginning of a week of celebration for her! Some of the folks from my department were there and Scott Bwoy (AKA Frito) came to hang out. I think he had a good time. I did!!

Its 2:30AM and I am gonna resist the urge to play Tribes2 until dawn. Instead, I'm gonna turn in and do some spring cleaning tomorrow.

BTW...Tim took issue with me calling him a slacker and let me know that the Erotic Story Contest site has been updated! The current entries are up and the contest date has been extended!! So get the gears turning, the juices flowing (creative ones-ya little sickos!) and get to writing!!

That's all!

4.21.2001

OK...its the wee hours of Saturday morning and I'm feeling much, much better. The weather was smashing! I went over to Free's place to pick up Dan's dual CD player (I'm DJ'ing a friend's B-Day party) and then went down to the Triangle Tavern to have a couple of drinks and meet Stu for dinner. Some people from work were there so I hung out with them. Stu showed up a little late, but we were joined by Marjan, her ex-roommate Angela and a friend of theirs who name escapes me. Around 10PM, Stu and I drove over to Mona's near Green Lake to meet up with Tabitha, Patrick and Maria. Mona's is a cozy and swank joint. Not really the kinda place I'd hang out but since a vodka collins was only $4, I didn't complain.
The girls brought up the Erotic Literature Contest (Tim is SO slacking on this one!) and as a result Stu and I amused ourselves by making up opening paragraphs to smut stories:

Bill had a cyst on his arm the size of a small pea due to his heroin habit. But Tammy didn't care. She laughed in the face of danger! And Bill always looked so good on stage, sheathed in leather with a cigarette dangling from his lips as he spooled out guitar solo after guitar solo...

Of course, this is one of the milder ones-they got more and more outrageous as the night went on.


4.19.2001

So after a semi-stressful three days of work, I am now back to the dark cave that is the basement. I went out to the Baltic Room tonight for Top Of The Pops (Brit-Pop night) and to drink, socialize and ogle all the fresh, sleek and pretty girls that seem so young . Stu and I often make remind each other of Chris Rock's joke about "The Old Guy At The Club" ("He's not old-Just too old to be at the club"). Or as the late blues shouter Wynonie Harris sang-'I feel that old age comin' on...'
Odd numbered years seem to be particularly nasty lately. In the first three months or '99, my ex-girlfriend lost her mother and grandmother within a month. It was rainy and dark almost all the time. My stepmother passed away, leaving my teenaged half-brother an orphan. My friend Big Sister Amy discovered she had MS. My pal Chris fell through a roof and broke his back...
This year...Well, to tell the truth-I really don't want to go on about it. Some of you already know what's up. Oddly enough, even though nothing bad has happened to me yet (knock on wood), I still feel like I'm in a leaky boat on a sea of shit. My way of dealing with it is to focus on what is directly in front of me and keep moving. So if I seem a little "different" lately-that's why.
I still managed to find little pockets of joy, however. This one cheered me up! (warning: turn yr speakers down if yr at work) AND I just got this note from two very lovely and talented ladies I know:

Sent: Tuesday, April 17, 2001 4:06 PM

this is just to let you all know that there is a retail showroom opening and
studio launch of our new space...wednesday 25th april...between
6-10pm
...dumbclothing and fabulous frocks......maggie soladay
photography plus special guest artists...please come and help
celebrate the opening of the pink palace ....1504 E 11th @
pike
...directly below the actors studio...thanks for the continued
support...paula


I'm planning on stopping by before the St. Germain show.
Well, hopefully it will be sunny again tomorrow (so I can avoid going outside!). Chad (AKA DJ Deep C) is coming from Over Yonder (Bremerton) to check out Barca (he's gonna lay down some deep house there in about a month) and hang out...another reason to cheer!

G'nite...


4.16.2001

Its Monday. I go to work. I get home 13 hours later...I tired...zzzzzzzz.

4.15.2001

Just got back from brunch at James and Carmel's we had Mimosa's, Cinnamon Rolls, Bagels & Lox, Dutch Babies, Salmon Fritatta, Bloody Mary's, Strawberry Shortcake and fruit salad. After we ate, we headed up to Craig's house for an egg hunt...I scored a couple Cadbury Choclate Eggs! WhooHoo!
I was feelin' kinda low after rolling in at 5:30AM, but its kinda warm out and I'm listening to Adorable's 'Against Beauty' CD and I'm full and mellow...
I bought Tribes 2 yesterday and it rules!! I've got to get my combat skills back up to par...I can't wait for a new Shifter MOD...
This is a black day for rock & roll...Gabba Gabba Hey...we'll miss you, Joey.
How to form a Nu Metal band...

4.14.2001

A Note From DJ Aaron:

Saturday 4/14 I-Spy:
I am very excited to be opening for the Rae &
Christian/Ursula 1000 show!! Get there at ten so you
don't miss me. This should be a fantastic evening!

Saturday 4/21 @ The Baltic Room:
Come and see the premiere of the our new night
"SUPERSONIC". A night of old skool hip-hop and R+B.
Circle of Fire Breakdancing crew will be in the
house! Your DJ's are Manny Montana , MR. MIC, and
Knight Rider (that's me!)

Saturday 4/28 @ the Baltic Room:
Lovecats VS IQU!!! on four dex!
A very special Lovecats to make your pussy extra wet!
Don't miss a rare (as in never) 80's set by local
heroes IQU as they Battle it out with Manny Montana and
Myself!!!!

I have limited guest spots available so let me know
soon if you would like a freebie!
thanks for your support!

Aaron

Saw Low tonight (6PM) with Stu at the cozy PARADOX Theatre...It was wonderful. They played most of the new album "The Things We Lost In The Fire", a couple of oldies and a Smith's cover. Mimi Parker is a very sexy woman and it was cool to see the band setting up their own gear, talking with fans and selling shirts after the show. And that was the just first set! Best show this year (so far)! We'll see what tasty treats St. Germain dishes up at The Showbox on the 25th. Also, I just picked up the new Nick Cave album "No More Shall We Part", which stunned me with its quiet beauty. The man just keeps on getting better...

Computer Tales...Coda.

So I got a phone call today from Neil and he had tried everything he could think of and my machine STILL kept crashing. I told him that I appreciated the hell out of his weeklong effort but I wasn't surprised. It just doesn't make sense.
So after running over to his place to pick up my machine, I decided to buy a new one. I called a company out near Northgate that builds custom rigs and told 'em what I wanted. I got a new case, an 850mhz Athlon, Gigbyte Mobo, PSU, new CD-ROM and a Ricoh CD-R/W. All for a little over $500. (the burner cost me close to $200). I came home and started gutting PALATINE, taking out the hard drives & RAM and putting into the new machine. I also swapped out the 250w PSU for the 300w I bought just a couple of weeks ago.
Voila!! PALATINE is reborn!!
Its been running for several hours with no crashes...I'm gonna see if I can get Chad to check it over for me next week. I'm BACK, BABY!

"These are definately NOT the salad days!"-El Stu

In other news...Stu called me early this morning to tell me that his stepfather had died. Nate G, as I liked to call him, was a very interesting man. While I can't say I knew him well, I do remember him being very warm and friendly and I am saddened to hear of his passing.




4.11.2001

Found this on MetaFilter today and it Cracked Me Up Sumthin' Fierce!

4.10.2001

The word from Neil:


Okay, I finally got win2k on there. The first time I installed it I forgot what
I had put in as a password... duh... and because I had used fucking NTFS my DOS
boot disks couldn't see the hard drive anymore so I couldn't go in and rip out
the password file (If that is possible with Win2k. I assume it is. Oh, Dave here
at work says that there is a utility you can boot to on a floppy that will allow
you to change the password. Oh, well. I wanted a nice clean install anyway.) So
anyway, I got things running about 8pm last night and have left IE and Outlook
and the pipes screen saver going all night and it hasn't crashed yet. I just
called Susan to verify that it still hasn't crashed. I didn't use NTFS to format
the drives this time, I used FAT32. I don't like NTFS because nothing else can
read the freaking drives. You can't run DOS apps and for large partitions you
lose a lot of space because of the node sizes. There are some benefits to NTFS
but for what you are using your machine for, I don't think they out weigh the
negatives.

For this install I have things bare-bones. I am still using my memory in the
machine but I am pretty sure your memory is fine since my computer hasn't
crashed with it. I have the cd-rom, floppy, video card and Maxtor drive hooked
up and that is it. Tonight when I get home I will start the card stacking game
and add one thing at a time back to the system and watch for instability. So far
so good though. I'd say your machine is just fine. All of the computers I've
worked on have little quirks like some cards just won't work in this or that
slot or the IDE connectors only work when you have things plugged in
reverse. You just have to work around them. I hope I'm not jumping the gun in
saying I think things will be okay. I will need the computer over night again
but hopefully by tomorrow we should have some resolution.

-Dr. Taint


WhooHoo! I could be back online in just a day or two!

PS. Love the redesign George!

4.03.2001

Hey There.
Most of the last few days were spent trying to find out what the hell is wrong with my computer. I finally brought it to Chad, to see if he could fix it. After swapping out most of the parts, he still couldn't get it to run without crashing. He thinks its possessed and I am inclined to agree.
Neil decided to give it a shot, but we could be calling in a priest pretty soon on this one.
Since my last post, I went to see 'Panic', had dinner at Tabitha's, played paintball, hung out with my friend Karen, spent a lot time on the phone and IM'ing Annette, my new friend in Spokane (who I hope to meet really soon!),
celebrated Ryan's divorce...went to work, hung out at the usuals with the usuals, etc...
I was rather dismayed last week to find that my favorite radio station, KCMU is now KEXP. The site claims that the change was needed to show that station's embrace of new technology and innovation, but something here stinks-and I know what it is. Paul Allen.
Folks, the changes at KCMU have nothing to do with technology or innovation-its all about the Benjamin's. Its only a matter of time before the station that did the most for local music is no more despite the claims to the contrary. I have avoided listening...It makes me feel creepy-like I came home to find a homeless person had taking a huge, smelly crap in my bathroom....
Also, my beloved friend Stu has had some weird health problems and although the doctors say he's fine, the symtoms persist. He's taking it like a trooper, but with him its more what he doesn't say than what he does...He's planning to take it easy, cut back his busy schedule and get some regular exercise...Please assist me in sending some positive vibes his way.
That's about all for now. As I write this, I am at Chad a Patty's comfy house in sleepy Bremerton. I came to visit them and my favorite cat-Rover and just maybe catch a glimpse of Heidi before I return home Saturday afternoon. I will spend part of the day helping them move rocks for their backyard...It should look pretty cool when they're done with it...(maybe we'll post some pictures!)