Various Details if You Really Want to Know
The following are ten movies I like in alphabetical order. You can
probably find details in the Internet
** Movies seen in 1997:
- Babe -- best talking pig movie I've ever seen
- Fargo -- another "stupid is as stupid does" - got some awards!
- Forrest Gump -- any movie about Alabama has to be good
- High Plains Drifter -- no idea how many times I've seen this
- Nobody's Fool -- the book's good, too - Richard Russo's the author
- The Bridges of Madison County -- movie as rebuttal to the book
- The Princess Bride -- OK, so I'm a sentimental softie...
- The Seven Per Cent Solution -- another side of Sherlock Holmes
- The Stunt Man -- Peter O'Toole, Steve Railsback, Barbara Hershey
- Unforgiven -- I don't like _all_ of Eastwood's movies, but ...
Yup, just saw four movies in 1997, none in 1998.
- Men in Black - Good movie
- Lost World - Jurrasic Park, OK, but not great.
- Star Wars, didn't move me to see the other two.
- Beavis and Butt-head Do America, Funny. Enjoyed it.
Just saw the
South Park movie.
And now a second movie in 1999, as I just
saw The Blair Witch Project,
and while I wasn't scared, I did think it was a well-made movie.
And now a third movie of the year: Mystery Men.
My first movie of 2000:
Galaxy Quest. Good fun!
You can probably find most of these in
The Ultimate Band List
But I like lots of music: Mary Chapin Carpenter, Stevie Ray Vaughan,
Grateful Dead, REM, U2, Marshall Tucker Band, Dire Straits, Paul
Simon, Harry Chapin, Indigo Girls...
- Big Head Todd and the Monsters, "Bittersweet" on Sister Sweetly CD
- David Bowie, Ziggy Stardust CD
- Joan Osborne, the whole CD
- Joe Jackson, "Steppin' Out"
- Los Lobos, "How Will the Wolf Survive?"
- Michael Murphy, Blue Sky Night Thunder CD
- Phish, A Live One CD
- Pink Floyd, "Mudmen" on Obscured by Clouds
- Suzanne Vega, the Solitude Standing CD
- The Pretenders, The Singles CD + that Ohio song
...oops, and Lyle Lovett.
Currently listening to: Trio II by Emmylou Harris, Linda
Ronstadt and Dolly Parton.
Eric Rawlins has a
well-written annotated list
. Maybe someday I'll annotate this one.
- Don Quixote, Cervantes
- Nobody's Fool, Richard Russo (first two books were good, too)
- Superfolks, Robert Mayer (a superhero mid-life crisis)
- The Brothers K, David James Duncan (and "The River Why")
- The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky
- V for Vendetta, a graphic novel, by Alan Moore and David Lloyd
- Lord of Light, Robert Zelazny
- JOB: A Comedy of Justice, Robert Heinlein
- The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Stephen Donaldson
- The Fionavar Tapestry, Guy Gavriel Kay
- the Discworld books, Terry Pratchett
- With Charity Toward None, Florence King (a study of misanthropes)
- Parliament of Whores, P.J. O'Rourke (study of US government)
- the Calvin and Hobbes books, Watterson
- The Dilbert Principle, Scott Adams
- anything by Dave Barry
- Good Omens, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (funniest apocalypse!)
- the Stuart Smalley meditation book, Al Franken
- the Fox Trot books, Bill Amend
Currently reading: Annie Dillard's latest. Before that it was
"The Night is Large", Martin Gardner's book of essays.
- The Road Less Traveled, Scott Peck
- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Persig
- A River Runs Through It, Norman Maclean (like the movie, too)
- How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie
- God: a Biography, Jack Miles (very interesting)
- Battle Cry of Freedom, James McPherson (one vol. history of US
- How Real is Real?, Paul Watzlawick
- High Tide in Tucson, Barbara Kingsolver (book of essays)
- Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard
- We've had A Hundred Years of Psychotherapy and the World's Getting
Worse, James Hillman and Michael Ventura
I want to read everything written by:
- Annie Dillard
- G. K. Chesterton
- Andre Gide
- Jacques Ellul
- Miguel Unamuno
- Terry Pratchett
- Florence King
- Steven Brust
- Edmund Crispin
- Fyodor Dostoevsky
- Flannery O'Connor
- Guy Gavriel Kay
- David James Duncan
Comics - Graphic Novels
- Astro City (Homage) - simply the best
- Bone (Cartoon Book) - mighty close to being the best
- Preacher (DC/Vertigo) - well-written but violent
- Cerebus (Aardvark) - in for the long haul
- Supergirl (DC) - I like Peter David's writing
- Leave It to Chance (Homage) - a series around a little girl? Yes!
Currently enjoying the
Morningstar Option miniseries from DC/Vertigo.
I don't watch a lot of TV, but ...
- Talk Soup (E!)
- SportsCenter (ESPN)
- Night Stand (E!) - Small doses only, please.
- Friends (NBC) - just started watching, very well-written
- Space Ghost Coast to Coast (Cartoon)
- Mystery Science Theater 3000 (Sci-Fi)
Sports and Physical Fitness:
I'm a fan of:
- College Womens Basketball - fan of the Lady Vols of the University of
Tennessee for seventeen years. Two National Championships in a row!
- National Football League - 49er fan
My fitness routine:
- first I stretch
- lots of walking
- some weight work
- was runnning six to nine miles a week, but got a heel spur, now
just walking a lot...
Fitness plans: going to get and learn how to use rollerblades this
year -- that's the 1997 and 1998 plan.
1998 update: got the
rollerblades and have been on them some, but haven't mastered them
I've taken lots of tests and learned many things about myself.
For example, I'm
- an introvert (live in my head), and thus quiet and shy
- intuitive (lots of imagination)
- feeling oriented, organize things by personal values
- perceiving, open-ended, always taking input, spontaneous, flexible
- a helper, I like to help people -- for brief periods of time
- a loner, so I like to help at a distance
(The first four of those means 'INFP' on the Myers-Briggs Personality
You might wonder why an introvert would type all this
stuff in. Well, it's a combination of things:
- Making lists can be an interesting self-discovery process
- I doubt many people will ever be reading this
- People do ask me what I like and don't like
My life got shaken up a bit a few years ago. I found it helpful
to take a look at how I was coping with life and then see if my coping
skills were actually making the problem worse. Since my "solutions"
were actually my "problems" I used the
tools known as Recovery to find
a more effective means of dealing with life.
I found that other
people had had the same problems I'd had -- that I don't have to be
alone. (I realize this section makes no sense if life hasn't shaken
you up yet -- just keep it in mind in case your world gets turned
around some day.)
Computers: (back to the impersonal -- or important -- stuff)
Currently have the Atari and the Pentium
- Kaypro II, Kaypro IV, Kaypro 10 (CP/M)
- Mac IIci
- Atari ST 1040
- Pentium 166, dual boot Windows 95 and FreeBSD (UNIX)
- Radio Shack Model 100
At work I mostly work with
- HP 9000/[K580|G30|827S] (HP-UX 10.01/10.20 and 11.0 now)
- Sun (SunOS and Solaris)
- IBM ThinkPad (FreeBSD)
- IBM Intellistation (Linux)
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