June 2, 2009
February 4, 2009
Today is crunch day, like most Wednesdays, once again. The difference between this Wednesday and the Wednesdays of the past few weeks is this: I’m in (mostly) full health [coughs], my day is just starting (I woke up at 8:45 instead of 5:45), I have a full water bottle (I don’t mind tap and recycling is good for Earth), and iSaac is fully charged and ready to keep me entertained whilst I break down the system (and thanks to my past friPod countdowns, you have an idea of what I’m jamming out to).
Today in particular is a big meeting day at the office. The company would like everyone to be there, by everyone, they mean those who work at home, like me. Will I be there? No. I’m saving on gas and my personal loss of body heat. Which reminds me, I need to make some phone calls to see how much it’ll cost Sam to get some heat in his system even though I’m pretending winter will be over next week.
Anyway, there’s a meeting I won’t be attending–not in person anyway. I’ll listen over the phone and eventually get back to work attacking my files while everyone at the office enjoys what’s called a pot luck. I’m fully aware of the joys a pot luck lunch brings, I just wish it had a different name. It makes me think of leprechauns with black pots of gold. Not that a name like that will keep me from eating. Hmm… now I want me Lucky Charms. But does it seem odd I’m passing up free food? Maybe to some. But the catch is we are supposed to bring food with us, so the others will be like “I’m sure lucky I came” or “They are lucky they got here to get some of my three-alarm rice!” My mother is grudgingly bringing meatballs. I’d like to go a little crazy on them if I made them, slathering them in BBQ sauce or something. Had I done that, none of my co-workers would get one. Tough luck, no pot luck.
The other great thing about today, I know exactly how many more files I need so I could “slack off” tomorrow. That is, I need to destroy as many files as I can today: at least 20 to make my 55 quota. And hey! If I do more I can count it as overtime! And Lord knows I need some OT pay. Sammy needs a new heating system… among other things.
December 16, 2008
My vacation begins officially December 19th. I don’t have plans on going anywhere except the deep recesses of my mind in Dreamland which involves sleeping past 9 AM without worry of missing phone calls from my office phone. Actually, the ringer on my phone is already off (sometimes, especially on Mondays, I leave the ringer off and wait for the red lights to tell me when my phone is ringing). And whenever I leave my desk for the day, I’m rarely concerned about missing calls.
But not only do I get an extend stay in Dreamland, but I can actually write when I feel like writing. This is why I chose December to focus on my screenplays, because I knew I’d have these 2 weeks to devote some “anytime” time to them. Whereas when I’m at work, I can’t run upstairs to type out a scene or wake up in the middle of the night to type out a conversation when I know I need to remain asleep so I can work the next day. I always get those strong urges to write at the wrong times. It’s a terrible cycle.
With that, I’ll just say I didn’t get much script work done this weekend. It’s not like I didn’t try. I just wasn’t feeling it. So instead of forcing myself, I just watched movies, talked with friends, relaxed, listened to new music and had some delicious Jamaican food! And when I say I watched movies… I watched about 5 in a 24 hours span. Not that that’s new for me, I just haven’t done it in a while. I haven’t written reviews for these movies (which included The Visitor, His Girl Friday, The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008), Horton Hears a Who and This Christmas) yet, but they will be on my MySpace shortly.
Also, I think what I will do from now on is post reviews for movies I’ve seen in theaters on this blog as well as on MySpace. So look for The Day The Earth Stood Still in the very near future. Wow, that almost sounds like an actual threat.
On a sad note, I lost a dear friend and semi-prized possession over the weekend. Friday I was having lunch with my friend, and I shared that the belt I was wearing was tearing and how I thought I’d have another month left with it. I was off by a month and an hour when is snapped while I was shopping at the Mart. Fortunately no one noticed, except for me and anyone looking at my face with my sudden look of fear and embarrassment. Fortunately my jeans are not that loose that they would immediately fall because then I would’ve been in a lot more trouble.
But besides stopping dead in my tracks and looking like I lost my wallet or my keys, I was in the clear. I checked out and moved to my car as quickly as possible making sure my pants kept up with me. When I got to the car I checked the damage, cried a little bit, then went home. Ah, good times. As for happier news, guess who’s first in getting all their wrapped gifts under the tree? And yes, I’ll admit, I cheated and had practically all my gifts shipped already wrapped. So call me lazy.
November 21, 2008
I had my first staff meeting at an off-site location on Wednesday. Just to break it down a bit further, “off-site” means not in or around the office. With most of my team being work-at-home, it seems like a really good idea to do. And I will agree that it was a good idea! We had our luncheon at one of my semi-favorite place’s to eat: Chili’s. It’s “semi” now due to the ever changing menu and me not going as often as I once did. It’s still a great place. And there’s a picture of some of my fun times on this blog back a few months ago. Anyway, the meeting wasn’t really business related. With everyone being at their home all the time, we forget what each other look like or what they’re doing. I personally don’t mind turning invisible. The only times that’s impossible for me is at church and when I was at Purchase in certain areas.
Later today, more like an hour from now, I’ll be dining at one of my top favorite pizza joints. The one and only Pizza Hut. Oh Pizza Hut, how I love thee. Shall I count the ways? No, not right now. It is sad these places are disappearing. Sometimes you’ll get the Pizza Hut Express which everyone tells me is crap and not worth it, but c’mon! It’s the closest to Pizza Hut pizza until I make it to an official hut! At least we are getting an IHOP built closer to us. Oh IHOP, how I love thee…
Today’s friPod iPick is an actual band. I’ve been iPodding this band all week since I heard a little diddy called This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race. Actually, what I was listening to was a Kanye West remix, then I finally dove into the band’s catalogue, something I was supposed to do a year or so ago since they were on my list of artists to check out.
I’m talking about Fall Out Boy. A band that has been labelled “emo” to “alternative rock” and a whole bunch of other things I may or may not understand or agree with. Actually, I’ve heard many people complain that these boys aren’t “rock” at all, but how can one define such a genre? At one point, Chuck Berry was considered rock. How would I define it? Well if you can rock out, then it’s a rock band. I can rock out to The Temptations, John Legend, Panic at the Disco, Daft Punk, Justice… The list can go on.
But F.O.B. is our topic today. I’ve been particularly infatuated with their last album, Infinity on High. Their new album Folie a Deux. There’s no doubt I’ll pick up that album either via iTunes or Wal-Mart, whoever has more tracks. Some of you know what I’m talking about. Having heard parts of their first two albums and all of Infinity and having seen most of their music videos, this is a band I really enjoy all day long.
I will say that they have elements of screamo is some of their songs… basically just screaming lyrics and I needed to fins the lyrics to translate. I could do without all that screaming, but hey… I guess it works for them. As for their lyrics, Pete Wentz is responsible for most of them. And if you read them, they are rather cryptic. At least they are to me. Some I can figure out, but that might be due to having already been told what the theme of the song is about. I also wanted to know the lyrics because the music is so good, I wanted to sing along but couldn’t figure out the words. The Carpal Tunnel of Love is a good example. I’d link it to the music video, but I’m not a fan of the video. Just my opinion, find it on your own. Just shield the eyes of your children. Most of their songs have interesting titles too, some with their own back stories. Another well liked song, Thnks Fr Th Mmrs. A bit hit of theirs actually. Funny video too. By the way, they are friends with the other bands on their record label including Panic at the Disco and Gym Class Heroes, so don’t be surprised to see them in their videos.
I will link you to a cover of Michael Jackson’s Beat It which I really like, and one of their newer singles I Don’t Care with the band being a crazy band. I enjoy driving to this song, but I amazing don’t have road rage. Imagine that. Ooo! Pizza Hut time!
October 31, 2008
There were also Halloween celebrations going about. Some dressed in their costumes. Some passed out candy. There was also a farewell party, non-Halloween related (see ya later Todd, you taught me well).
I do not celebrate Halloween. You can call it religion if you want to. Knowing where the holiday came from kinda made me not want to give in to the idea of it. Sure it’s not as demonic as it once was back in the day. Well, not in the mainstream. Perhaps in dark alleyways or in the woods… but in the office and on prime time TV, it’s pretty safe and kid friendly. But knowing it started with occults and stuff makes me not so interested.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ll take any excuse/reason to party and have a good time. I like candy. I like the sweets. I, on occasion, enjoy terrifying small children. I’m just not going out of my way to do anything special on the 31st. I’ll hang a sign on my door that says “tricks only”. But then I’d get whores looking for money (*Arrested Development reference… calm down). Whether I give out tricks or illusions, the kiddies won’t get candy from me. Maybe I’d tie candy on strings, drop them in their bags, and as they walk out, pull the candies back out of their bags again and laugh. Ah… good times.
Since I’m not promoting Halloween, I changed my mind on tomorrows friPod iPick… which was going to be the soundtrack to Little Shop of Horrors. Hilarious movie. Good music. Totally not my pick for tomorrow to coincide with Halloween.
However, I will be DJing tomorrow night at the soup kitchen in Middletown tomorrow night with my church. It’s my only annual gig for our annual Harvest Festival. I sometimes forget being a DJ is on my list of “things to be when I grow up.” Bring the kiddies! I wish I could be wearing either of these shirts:
Anyone wanna donate to my “Buy DJ Sterling Silver an Awesome T-Shirt Fund”? There are many items that need a home.*
Totally unrelated notes: this, and many other posts, totally make me a hypocrit–I like reading shorter blog entries so why do I write such long ones? And I totally found a catalogue for geeky guys like myself: TigerDirect.com. They send me a nice magazine every so often, and I drool in it, thus makes me a true geek. But I want it nonetheless. *Yes yes y’all!
October 27, 2008
My brain is severely scattered today. I’ve managed to complete about 7 files… which isn’t too bad, especially for how I’ve been feeling these past few Mondays. Plus my day isn’t nearly over. I’d much rather remain asleep and start work on Tuesday. But that won’t work because then Tuesday becomes the new Monday. It’s a terrible cycle. Too many distractions. Right now, my grandmother is preparing something that looks like apple crisp. It looks delicious even without being cooked yet. But I feel not-so-good due to a hefty breakfast I made myself this morning. It was good, but maybe a little too good. AND I’m a little sleepy from reading too much into all five of the Saw movies. I’ve only seen the first two… And those movies I’m not really into. I don’t care much for gore and torture. But with my overactive imagination, I read the plots to all 5 movies, and how the devices worked and what happened to all the victims. I did that for about 2-3 hours before I realized I should get some sleep… but I was a bit too terrified to do so because images like to playback in my dreams making it a little too real for me. SO after watching some Marx Brothers movies and a few Sudoku and solitaire games later, I was off to sleep with no torture-related nightmares. My waked-up time was between 6 and 7 am, and I didn’t fall asleep until about 3 am. Yay!
Prior to my research into dreary doomland, I hopped back into my screenwriting chair and formatted a previously written script into a more professional-looking one. When I’m in a zone (or away from a computer that has Final Draft), I’ll write a rough draft in MS Word, and just use a format I always see in high school or church plays:
BILLY: I ate a rock.
TIMMY: That’s too bad.
BILLY: I know. (cries)
It’s only 4 pages, but it tells quite a story. I strived for realism in the dialogue, and after having someone read through it, I think I achieved that much. Unlike what I usually write, this is on the dramatic/sad side. It’s about the break up of an affair between a guy and a girl who have a secret to share with each other. Hey, it’s only 4 pages, I can’t give everything away.
I feel like working on one of the last projects I started back on my last writing retreat… which is coincidentally titled “The Writing Retreat.” Guess what it’s about! That’s right… making apple crisp. Well, after sitting in bed trying to clear my mind of senseless violence, I came up with another character to add to the story. The hotel I stayed at seems like it encouraged people to live there… So I came up with a character who lived at the hotel that the main character can interact with at different occasions while he’s there. I haven’t really touched the story itself since a few months ago, but if I get a chance tonight, I’ll rewrite it before working on the actual script itself. All of this after a quick Sudoku of course. I also want to put some time in on my Noah Madison project thanks to Jaden’s latest post. I need to schedule time to work on certain projects just so no one feels ignored. (I hear your cries Fickette, I miss you too!)
I have a love/hate feeling towards the actual screenwriting process. I like writing dialogue… but it just takes so long for me sometimes–keeping track of the character’s personalities, how they would speak, what they would say, and still making it sound believable… unless every character is just so outrageous, that they can get away with grunts.
I really want to see Wall-E after hearing so much good about it and it’s non-use of speech. Better yet, I wonder if I could get my hands on the screenplay to see how that reads.
Okay, I must snap out of it and get back to “real work” and do some early knocking-out-of-the-park numbers so I can slack off on Thursday. We’ve got a meeting at the office and it’s requested I be there so I can bring some food back for my mom. It’s supposed to be catered with all sorts of yummies. But I’m in a Monday mood, so I can care less about going to a meeting right now. Even with free catered food. What do I really care about? I want to either be on my laptop or under the covers being unconscious. But we can’t have everything, can we? Yes we can! Obama told me so.
October 10, 2008
So it’s Friday again, and we all know what that means…
Pay day? (Not for me.) Pizza for lunch at school? (Perhaps for those schools that are still open on Friday.) TGIF on ABC? (Does that still come on anymore?) New movies in theaters? (Well… yeah, but how often do I go to the movies on a Friday for a new release? …That soon may change though.)
Basically, it’s time for my friPod iPick brought to you by my iPod iSaac. [This is where I'd have my in-house band play a little jingle as the previous words animate themselves on the screen.]
Today’s pick really should’ve been last Friday’s pick. And I’ll tell you why–I bought the CD last Friday and didn’t listen to it until AFTER I wrote about Al Green. Now don’t get me wrong, I would’ve still iPicked Al Green’s Stay With Me, but just not that day. I recently made a Genius playlist from it too. But these things happen for a reason. And it makes sense that I waited, and really got to get into this new album. What album do I speak of?
I highly recommend you run and pick up a copy of this masterpiece. Most of you know of my endless search for today’s artist with yesterday’s sound. That Motowny, classic R&B sounds from the 60′s… like The Tempts, Marvin, Smokey, Diana, Four Tops, etc. Joss Stone made the list. Solange made the list. Leela James made the list. I’d even say John Legend made the list. Raphael Saadiq is the list. I couldn’t stop listening to this album. I was watching TV and every commercial break I’d switch on iSaac featuring any of the 13 songs from this CD. I will quickly complain about 1 thing I disliked about this nigh-perfect album… It’s too short. I don’t seriously mind the songs being as short as they are. Again, that’s how the songs were back then. But this CD clocks in UNDER an hour. HEY! Compact discs can have up to 74 minutes! And probably more with today’s technology! Let’s fill it up! I want more! You could have like 21 songs, Saadiq! C’MON! Growl…
So, this is a CD I can listen to all day long and barely skip a track. I’ve been iPoding it all week. So it’s hard to pick just one. So I’ll pick three. The first one that caught my attention is actually one of the last songs (and for good reason–save the best for last): Sometimes. This song channels my hero Sam Cooke to a wonderful degree. I was sensing A Change is Gonna Come. No doubt this is a song I’ll memorize and sing to myself. Next… Big Easy which is an upbeat fast moving song and an obvious tribute to New Orleans and what happened with Katrina. I couldn’t get past the instruments to get that message, but that’s why I listen to songs over and over again. Between that jazzy feel this song has and feeling like you are at a jazzy night club, this could easily be one my favorite songs. My third choice would be Calling which has one of those 60′s slow jam vibes to it. The earliest song I can think of is Jerry Butler’s For Your Precious Love. I actually made a whole playlist of songs past and present that have that sound. Again, it’s in the instruments. But this also has a slight latin twist with some Spanish speaking lady soothing the ears of the listen, probably telling the guy why she isn’t answering his call. It’s a wee bit sad, but I love this song.
I could sit here and tell you about each track, but I won’t. It’s rare that I find a CD I can listen to from beginning to end and just… love it. But this one has done it. Instant classic and throwback to that classic 60′s 70′s R&B sounds. Oh, and Stevie Wonder is on this too! I can’t tell you enough how awesome this CD is! Eargasms all around! I even put the picture of the album up. But we’ll move on.
It’s not the best picture, but I was rushing. I took it at night so I could utilize the lights on my desk to show the bamboo design. You see 5 panels, but there’s actually 6. I recently moved it again so you can see it. I didn’t take pictures yet. But I will.
I want to talk about the news, but I’ll save it for later. What news-worthy topics do I feel like sharing? What else? Politics and the economy. Instead of getting deep into discussion, I’m just going to leave my opinion for both issues in one word that I will elaborate on later: inevitable.
October 7, 2008
SAM’S BACK!!! Finally, after about two months, Sam finally comes home from the hospital and sounds better than ever. It better, costing me about 2Gs. I only paid half because that’s all I can afford right now. The longer the doctor made me wait, the more the money burned in my pocket. And it wasn’t really me that wanted to spend it… It was the bills that took it.
Fortunately, I negotiated to have my car loan extended, and my car insurance payments dropped. That allowed me to pay off other things like my speeding ticket, AAA membership (I’m now a Plus member, yes yes yall!) and my Espanol classes.
What’s left on my tab is paying off Purchase loans and Middlesex loans. My wallet won’t ever stop crying. Middlesex first, so I can go back to higher education in January. That’s the plan anyway. If I can’t make it–prostitution. I JEST! I jest. Drugs. Definitely drugs. Again, jokes. I may just take another adult education class, possibly Spanish Dos, or something else like “How to get published”… I think that’s what I saw in the catalogue. But that will be a fun class for me. Then I could put some of my typing energy to use, other than entertain the thousands that read my blog.
I wrote another post earlier today which I don’t think I’m going to post, or maybe I’ll post it later. It was more of a rant on the bipolar disorder, and how it possibly may be linking it to creative people, like myself. I stopped everything to read it, then I responded via my blog in a much longer entry than I usually write. Like I said, it was a rant. To make a long story short, people have suggested I’m bipolar because of the way I am, how I act, and how I feel which changes on a daily basis. A lot of those traits I have are symptoms of bipolarism. I don’t think that’s a word, but go with it. According to what I read on CNN.com, those same symptoms can be applied to just being human. A crazy human, but a human nonetheless. I go into more about the crazy part, but I’ll save it for later.
I had a long meeting today. It was more of a training class. But it was kinda long. Learning a new process to process our files. It’s not important. But I love not having to go to the office for these things and practically everyone is on the phone. Unfortunately, people still don’t know how to use the MUTE button. Sigh. Moving on…
I also wrote about some redecorating in my office, but I’ll save that for later too. I want to try to take pictures and post them at the same time for once. I was going to take a picture of my car, but I had to get back to work and didn’t have time. Plus right now, it’s not that deep.
What I really want to do is go to sleep. But I want to watch the debate (on CNN). Then tomorrow, I need to make sure I’m registered to vote. I don’t think I am. Before I hear gasps across the nation, let me explain–I am registered to vote, I just need to make sure I’m registered in Connecticut. The last time I voted, I was in New York schooling at Purchase. See? Fortunately, CT laws say I have until the day before Election day. Again, don’t worry, I’m not going to wait that long. I’ll do it a week before.
I may have another post before the night is through, dealing with books. Why the stank would I have a post about books? Well, it interested me when I read it and I want people to know I read more than just Entertainment Weekly. But don’t hold your breath… it’s not much of a reading list, but possibly insightful nonetheless. (That’s twice I used that word today.) Plus it’s me we’re talking about, of course you’ll be interested in what I do when I’m not writing, watching movies or stuffing my face with nutrients. Cinnabon, anyone? (I wish.)
October 2, 2008
September 26, 2008
I want to start a weekly thing here. Every Friday I’ll talk about a song or album or artist or something musically involved that I think is on the awesomer side of life. Today I’d like to discuss the beautiful and talented Solange Knowles. I’m not sure where to begin, but I guess we’ll go with the obvious. Yes she is a girl.
Really though… this singer has managed to channel her sound back to the 60′s, 70′s and instantly I think I fell in love. The same thing happened with Joss Stone. So now… I think there’s an inner battle–Joss or Solange? Solange or Joss? Chicken or the egg? Cheese or meatlovers? Paper or plastic? …Oh wait, they don’t really do paper anymore. But the point is, these two women now have a special place in my heart. And let’s not forget the awesome Leela James. She’s got raw power too. Leela, Joss and Solange need to get together and do something awesome… But I don’t see it happening. Personally I think Leela is on another level all her own.
But I digress, we’re talking about music, not my future possible wife. Solange’s Dancing in the Dark is my pick for a song everyone should listen to at least 3 times. I’d have it on repeat for about an hour. I actually did that yesterday. The whole album is about an hour, but I took off like 3-4 songs I didn’t care for. I love her, but I need the space on my iPod until I get a newer bigger one. Anyway, the whole album is great to listen to, but if I had to pick one song, I think ummmm… T.O.N.Y. or ummmm… Sandcastle Disco. There’s actually a video for that one. OH! 6 O’Clock Blues. Okay, so for my iPick, I’ll just say Sol-angeL and the Hadley St. Dreams. Check it out immediately.
In other news, it’s raining a lot today. My fingers got pruny just looking out the window.
I had a rough week trying to make my quota at work. BUT I did it. And almost with flying colors. Wednesday I took a bat to those files and start beating them senselessly. Figuratively of course. I don’t own a bat. But after going crazy, I continued my rampage most of Thursday morning. I drifted off into another world for a couple hours, came back and ordered bad fried food, then went back to work. And by the way there is good fried food and bad fried food. This was bad just because it was fried badly. Good fried is like… bacon. My grandmother made some today. I wish I had more and I’m glad I didn’t share. She made eggs and buttered toast too.
I always wondered if it’s possible to be too awesome. I think it might be. With all this cooking my grandmother is doing, I’m going to be obese. Obesity is excess awesome. But I need to get back to the gym. I know I keep saying that, but I think maybe Monday. Monday seems good. Yes, Monday.
Texting and driving is dangerous. Slightly less dangerous: iPodding and driving. I kinda just shortened it to just iPodding. Or is it iPoding? I don’t know… but the definition would be manipulating your iPod in anyway. It’s a verb. Even though I’m know to text and iPoding and eating while driving… I don’t advise anyone else should live on the edge like me.
Lastly, I bought a game for my computer. I’m allowed! I can have some fun sometimes if I want. I don’t have to work or write all the time! I need to exercise my brain with other things… which is why I bought this $10 game called “Brain Teasers” so I can tease my brain. It might hate me later for the insults, but we’ll get over it.
I’m gonna go play now.