October 31, 2007

A motion hearing has been set, according to KTEN.com

Fastest Vista Machine is a Mac

October 29, 2007

Even though Apple is a megalomaniacal corporation with an overblown sense of self-importance and run by a guy who hasn’t changed clothes since 1998, ya’ gotta hand it to them on this one.

Key quote: “The MacBook’s score is far more impressive simply because Apple couldn’t care less whether you run Windows.”


October 26, 2007

A legal move that is!  They’ve asked for a gag order according to KTEN.com…


October 26, 2007

Not mine. Or Ryan’s. The kids over at SaveORU.com have listed a set of outlines for the ORU Board of Regents.

George Pearsons’ reponse is that he wants to obliterate the debt!  And he’s hired a Washington, D.C., law firm of Miller & Chevalier to ensure that there are no current improprieties (financial or otherwise) at ORU preventing the obliteration of that debt.

Key quote:

Pearsons said last week that ORU President Richard Roberts’ leave of absence during the investigation would help assure the public of the independence of the review. 


October 25, 2007

MUSIC WITHIN – This looks important. Not in a filmic sense but in a societal sense.

WRISTCUTTERS – I keep seeing billboard for this movie all over town. It’s not as SAW-5 as the posters make it look!

SLIPSTREAM – But oooh golly! This looks phenomenal!

P.S. This also looks fun!

P.P.S. What is up with the Irish brunettes?!  UPDATE: I have a friend who’s seen this movie at a festival.  The word on the street is that it’s a “fantastic family movie.” 🙂

P.P.P.S. Finally, my friend Darren sent me this link to a youtube video about Yiddish Theatre: A Love Story. It looks quite batampte.


October 24, 2007

The University is in debt.

In other news, here’s an interesting comment on this Tulsa World article from a current student:

“When Oral said ALL these allegations were false, about 20 people clapped… very awkward.”

SOCAL FIRES: Hollywood Burning – An Update

October 24, 2007

Everyone keeps wondering how we’re doing down here in flaming socal, worried about how close we are to the fires. Just to let everyone know, we are feeling the effects of them, but we are quite far from danger. There is quite a bit of smoke hazing over the entire region, and we’ll likely be seeing a lot of ash on our cars this week. Air conditions in L.A. are poor as well. However, we’re staying inside and using the air conditioner to filter the air, and everything is fine here. The closest fire – Malibu – is still a good 20 or 30 miles away and there’s a lot of concrete between there and us. So, while everything else is Southern California seems to be burning down, Hollywood is relatively safe. We definitely encourage prayers for the over 1 million residents that have been evacuated, particularly in San Diego county. It’s a pretty big disaster there.


October 24, 2007

George Pearsons is gettin’ his hands dirty!


October 24, 2007

These fires are an “act of man.”  Ironically this statement was made at a women’s convention.  The QuickVote on CNN.com’s main US News page shows that 73% of people think that the fires are an “act of man” and not an “act of God”; and yes, they capitalized “God.”

Seriously though, many people are asking that question: “why do we continue to live – to increase the population of – a region that is so unsafe?”  Earlier today I’d seen an article on how Californians are loath to logically consider the real risk of living in this area because the frequency of the natural disasters in this region aren’t consistent enough for us to take note!  I wish I could link to it, but I can’t find it now.  Thoughts?


October 23, 2007

It’s practically new!

Note: read the description. 


October 23, 2007

You’ve probably heard about this already.


October 22, 2007

This is one of the many things about which the WGA is concerned.


October 22, 2007

I made two pumpkin pies for a soirée. Then I carved the pumpkin. Here’s a picture! Note the Cool-Whip(r) and the bowl of yet-to-be-roasted pumpkin seeds…pa210040.jpg

I must note that I learned you should roast the seeds pretty soon after rinsing them, because they tend to stick together.  Also, the pies were gobbled up!


October 22, 2007

What does the bible say about conflict?  How should Christians engage in necessary conflict?  These people think the allegedly wronged professors have gone about it the non-Christian way.  Gary Richardson says that they tried to mediate before filing suit; but ORU did not respond.


October 20, 2007

I’d never heard of it, nor seen it.  But here it is…

I was outside in front of my building with my Armenian landlords waiting for the tow-truck to come tow the car that had parked in front of our driveway.  Their little girl came out eating what looked like a tomato!  So I asked what she was eating.

Persimmon!  Inside she ran to bring me back two.  One for me, one for Ryan.  It tastes like a grape-flavoured apple.  Very yummy!


October 20, 2007

Suzanne Culpepper used to work for the Robert’s family when she was a student at ORU.  She’s got a very interesting story to tell in this article from NewsWeek.  It’s a good summation of the story from the Swails’ POV.

Suzanne’s story is on the second page of the article.

And answer this: who needs 454 ties?


October 20, 2007

Guns for girls.

Thanks Dave.


October 20, 2007

Tucker Carlson hit the nail on the head of the lingering Canadian identity from last century.  I certainly don’t like it.  In fact, I’m offended; even though I think he’s right – just a decade late.  Here’s his opportunity to apologize; in which he doesn’t.


October 18, 2007

…everywhere a strike-strike. As the time draws near for the WGA (Nov 1st), the local Broadway IATSE union in New York is set to follow suit. Or should I say, precede accordingly.

This news has a special place in my heart because I spent some time managing a professional theatre in Vancouver, Canada. I hit my head on those vom doors more times than I can count, and yet, I loath unions (except you Equity! Everybody loves Equity! ;)). However, I absolutely support supporting the technicians that make the magic of theatre possible.

I admit to ignorance of the Broadway ways; but still, I’m not sure that in NY striking will be the best solution for IATSE. There are ways to avoid the technicians’ necessity. However, back on the left coast, WGA is counting on their members’ products as being foundationally necessary. The American public cannot subsist on a solely reality television diet for too long! Yet, with the sneaky advent of non-guild production companies by many of the major studios and networks, many non-union writers are getting their chance! It’s hard for starving artists to show solidarity when a “chance” or a “big break” is carrot-ed in their faces.

What would I do? Take the chance to be abused by the big boys? Or eat ramen, while the storm passes? Thankfully, I’m not purporting to be a working writer yet. So I’ll cross that bridge once the canyon appears…

UPDATE: 90.3% of the 6000 WGA members that voted recently will support a strike.


October 18, 2007

When I first moved to LA, my father made me promise that “I would not give in to the Hollywood bullsh*t.”

This is why.