Corte Madera Chronicles

A group blog; a place to share photos, thoughts, stupid shit we find on the internet, whatever. Hopefully we'll get at least one post per day from someone, and not so many posts that it's too overwhelming. Have fun!

Friday, April 29, 2005


To avoid spoilers, I'm putting my thoughts on Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy in the comments on this post. What did you all think?

make a run for the border - and close it!

terrorists don't scare people, burritos do!

Racial Data Sought for Bush Event

The Secret Service has requested racial information on journalists and guests scheduled to attend a reception tomorrow night with President Bush.

White House reporters said they were offended that after furnishing the customary information -- name, date of birth and Social Security number -- they were also asked for the race of each person expected to attend the small reception scheduled before the White House Correspondents' Association's annual dinner.

Washington Post

The Raw Story

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Vader's blog


I wish this guy were funnier. Still, it's pretty neat.

The buzz for Ep III is going to get huge. Seriously. There's no way to sanely comment on this except to say that the Fox producers know their audience, but still.

Even if Ep III sucks like a mynock on Hayden Christiansen's furrowed brow, It's gonna put more asses in seats than Ep II, by far.



From the Chron:

"Armando Benitez, the Giants' first bona fide closer since 2002 -- the last year Robb Nen was healthy -- will miss at least four months and undergo major surgery on his right hamstring on Tuesday, leaving the Giants wondering again who'll pitch the ninth inning."

Just when it looked like we were going to kick ass all over this season. Oh, wait, no, we were sucking anyway.


Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Star Wars T.V shows (yes, plural)

Oh. Joy.

Looks like Lucas is fixin' to cash more checks.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Maybe it's all the licking

Boom, motherfucker

Institutionalized cannibalism

Eat your rice, kids.

Friday, April 22, 2005

Because What Else Can You Do?

MEExclamation point

happy passover, chosen ones...

for the chosen


Thursday, April 21, 2005

new Miyazaki

I get to see this before you. It opens early in NY and LA.

trailer for Howl's Moving Castle

Looks like another weird one. I still prefer Laputa to Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke. I haven't seen the new Disney dubs of Nausicaa or Porco Rosso, but those are great movies if you haven't seen them.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

V for Vendetta location pics


ROTS Midnight Showing at Corte Madera!!!

Tix on sale at

There calling it Wed the 18th @ 12:01 AM (Really Thursday the 19th at 12:01 AM)

Get em while there hot!!! ( I am assuming this is the one we want right ???)



biting the many thousand dollar bullet....

So i've decided i will be attending either California College of the Arts or Mills in the fall to work towards my MFA in creative writing. I'll be mortgaging my future, by investing in myself - wrap your head around that one!

It looks like I'll be in the Bay Area at least through 2007.

It feels good to be doing something for myself again... and soon enough, you all will have to refer to me as "Master"...

this summer

I'll be spending this summer in the Bay Area. At least four weeks from late July to mid August, maybe six weeks starting in mid July. Teaching at SF Shakes, hanging out with all y'all. Had to give SF Shakes an answer today.

The Coming War

The Coming War
by Zay Amsbury

(Spot up fast down left. A reporter. Wind blowing. She’s swaying back and forth like he’s on a boat. British accent.)

Here we are, in the East China Sea where tensions are reaching their limit – as oil reserves continue to be depleted worldwide, the fast-growing economy of China has laid claim to the North China Sea, whilst, at the same time Japan has also brought its army here, to the middle of the ocean, where soon, many say, their armies will clash in continuing worldwide wars for control of the dwindling fossil fuels on this, our fragile globe.
And – yes, yes I’m hearing now – dear god. Yes, yes, it’s happening the fleets of China and Japan have begun this conflict, this most disastrous, dangerous, dizzying conflict between major world superpowers.

(Crossfade to two Japanese officers. They speak in Japanese. When they speak, a projection of subtitles appears on the back of the stage.)

Sir, sir, there are too many of them!

We will not submit.

But their numbers are too great, we must compromise!

No compromise! You speak without honor!

But what will we do?

We must release…

(Officer 1’s face freezes in terror. Crossfade to opposite side of the stage. Chinese officers, who look almost exactly the same, speak. Same subtitle deal.)

Sir, what is that?

Oh no, they no – merciful Mao!
They have released…

(Blinding flash onstage. Godzilla’s terrible cry echoes throughout the theater.)

(White wash onstage. A guy in a Godzilla suit stomps back and forth, chewing on model warships and aircraft carriers.)

(Blackout and spot up on Chinese officers.)

By the little red book! What will e do!

We must release…The Wuxia Fighters.

Sir! No!

Wong Fei Hong Jet Li! Invincible Asia! Ling! Wong Fei Hung Jackie Chan! Li Mu Bai and Green Destiny! Nameless Hero from Hero! Attaaaaaack!

But Sir! Three of those wuxia characters are played by the same actor!

I will kill you for your insolence!

(Officer 2 kills officer 1. Sudden flash and now the wash again, as the wuxia characters enter and attack Godzilla.)

(The Japanese Officer 2 appears.)

Bring in Mothra! Mecha-Godzilla! Megalon! Destroyah! MONSTER ZERO!!!

(These monsters attack. Chinese Officer 2 appears.)

We must, we must,

(A huge crash. Everyone freezes. Bruce Lee appears, greased and yelling, attacking everyone onstage.)

(They fight as the Reporter reenters.)

It is utter carnage here as the war has, officially begun. I can only describe the scene as utterly, truly, stupid. As always, I will remain, and report what I can, for as long as I can.
Dear God. What’s that? No, the American’s have, OH DEAR LORD!

(From the ceiling, descending on a wire, Aquaman appears. All look up. Ready to attack. Blackout.)

from my my website

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

pope palpatine?

the resemblance is a bit uncanny


of course, the newly elected pope looks to be even more evil than the emperor.

As John Paul's doctrinal overseer, Ratzinger disciplined Latin American "liberation theology" theologians, denounced homosexuality and gay marriage and pressured Asian priests who saw non-Christian religions as part of God's plan for humanity.

also he was apparently a nazi.

that rocks.

(fixed nazi link)

Monday, April 18, 2005

for the html impaired

i think its funny that while others try to post links and are unable to, when i try to type an example of the html coding for a hyperlink to show how its done, i cant NOT make it into a link. (see comments under "china and japan battle" for details of my stupidity).

soooo... here is a little tutorial that tells you how to type a hyperlink. read it and learn people! your un-hyperlinked url's are activating my ocd in the worst way.


no pope

black smoke

no pope

worried that's actually white smoke that got dirty on the way up? no need to fear folks, a NEW pope-election chimney was installed on friday!

for all the fans of Lovecraft and Legos out there...

the great cthulhu wants your plastic, yellow souls...

even better...

This is funny.

From click opera, Momus' livejournal. Momus is a Scotish singer/songwriter cum design guru. A favorite of Warren Ellis and Grant Morrison.

"Of course, just because you've moved to a new apartment in a new district where the sun shines on the balcony, the rent is low, the people passing by are a young, beautiful, cosmopolitan "creative class", there are pleasing little designy shops, open-air markets, cool galleries, comfortable bars and vegan cafes, and you're listening to Caetano Veloso's Domingo while your little black rabbit plays around with the pink curtains... well, that doesn't mean it's "the end of history". I mean, not unless "the end of history" is, like Kafka's Day of Judgement, a "court of eternal session" in which you always win your case (plus substantial damages) and can retire and live forever in fulfillment and happiness. No, your personal history will continue, just as history itself continues. You will suffer setbacks, you will eventually die, just as historical events -- stuff like the current tension between Japan and China -- will continue to surprise you with its unexpected awfulness. But while you're in this "end of history" mood (and while you're preparing an "end of history" sort of album, an album where, delightfully, nothing ever happens) it seems like a little piece of a fabulous forever, a place out of time, a place without drama. Like a Caetano Veloso record, time passes with a gentle ticking of claves and brushes, an ever-changing yet static progression of sophisticated jazz chords. No tension, no build, no conflict, no surprises. The end of history."

China and Japan Battle

If these two go to war over oil in the North China Sea, I want some fucking Wong Fei Hong and Sun Moon Sect battleing Godzilla and Mothra, goddamnit.


Sunday, April 17, 2005

Matt, this one's for you!


Boing Boing: Woman "beats off burglar with gnome"

Woman 'beats off burglar with gnome'

BB reader Meggie says:
Elderly British woman wards off a burglar by heaving one of those goddamn garden gnomes at him. It was a desperate move, but thank heavens she did not have to use more than one gnome on him. What a great story (not to mention headline syntax).

Whoa -- be careful what you decide to use in the GPL land. It seems totally ridiculous, and yet...

Slashdot | Unintended Consequences of Using GPL Fonts

Unintended Consequences of Using GPL Fonts

Posted by timothy on Sunday April 17, @05:23PM
from the say-what-now dept.
innocent_white_lamb writes 'An interesting discussion has surfaced on the Scribus mailing list. Simply stated, it appears that using GPL-licensed fonts in a document makes your document subject to the GPL. There are a lot of consequences here, such as internal corporate communications. It appears to m"

(Via .)

Ep.III T.V ads

Has anyone seen the Ep.III T.V ads? I just realized I could watch them online, so I did, and they kind of rocked. “Tragedy” and “Dark Side unleashed” are bitchin’. “Teaser” is the same old footage.

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Maybe we've got the wrong tactic, people! Let's go line up at some theater we know isn't going to run the movie, and get early ticket sales!

Star Wars Nerds in Graumans Line buy Arclight tickets: "Xeni Jardin:
Sean Bonner says:


Well if you don't, I'm not going to tell you, but I will tell you this - they got half the damn theater. The rest of the seats will go on sale to the general public online and at the box offices later on. Maybe this afternoon. The page keeps changing on their site so there's some behind the scenes work going on with it for sure.

Link. Previously on BB: Star Wars geeks in line at Grauman's will answer payphone calls, The Great (Wrong) Star Wars Movie Line of 2005 t-shirt"

(Via Boing Boing.)

Friday, April 15, 2005

finger food

this is randomly freaky. and i just saw it on the daily show.

A woman who lost part of her finger in a leopard attack believes it was her body part that allegedly showed up a month later in a bowl of fast-food chili in California.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

we're screwed

Have you seen this? Mark Morford of SFGate points to this article in his column today:

it's pretty scary. It also brings up an interesting point of view about the future- and in thinking about Hitchhikers and Star Wars and by association, Sci Fi in general, it's funny to think that the popular vision of the future is one dominated by increases in technology, perhaps to the point of making over the planet into one giant indusrial/mechanical city. But this guy is saying maybe the future is really going to be the opposite - the loss of all the 20th century technology we've created, a return to more basic living - and not because we want to, because we'll be forced to.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Is it wrong to be more excited about H2G2 than ROTS?

bad mistake

no spoilers here, i promise.

i was in cody's and picked up the novel version of rots. how is it ok for that to be out already?

anyway, masochistic scorpio detective that i am, i read the last page.

someone shoot me now.

the potato is strong in this one

darth tater

the scary thing is how much money this will be worth someday...


Monday, April 11, 2005

Episode III is PG-13

That's the word.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

ROTS tv spots

Originally uploaded by Lorrimer.

They're here:

Now, this shot of threepio (from the second spot) -- what set is this? Doesn't it look like the opening of Episode IV? Is Lucas actually going to give us that? Wouldn't that mean he'd have to explain why threepio doesn't remember anything?

Or is this a different set?

from the NY Times

NY Times article today about Spamalot (the new Broadway musical adaptation of Monty Python and the Holy Grail starring Tim Curry as King Arthur) attracting young straight white men to Broadway. Apparently all the Broadway people are jumping up and down because young straight white men are a demographic they can never get to buy tickets. But here's Harvey Fierstein on the phenomenon:

"If I were of frat boy age and I had $100, would I opt for a Broadway ticket or would I want to spend that on booze and drugs?" Mr. Fierstein asked. "Even I, and I am as gay as a pink leather piñata, would choose booze and drugs."

Uncle Owen - Aunt Beru - Special Edition

Uncle Owen - Aunt Beru - Special Edition
Originally uploaded by Lorrimer.

I know I already posted this a while back on my other very short-lived blog, but no one has posted here for a couple of days so I figured what the hell.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

the onion

From this week's onion horoscopes:

Scorpio: (Oct. 24—Nov. 21)
Hope can sustain a person through excruciating personal trials, but unfortunately, there's no real reason to believe that the new Star Wars movie will be tolerable.

Feel the Fo. . . .DOH!

I can just see Josh here throwing a big fit.
Star Wars fans have started queuing seven weeks early for the opening of the final movie - but appear to have camped outside the wrong cinema.

Dedicated fans are lining up outside the famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood but have been told it will open on 19 May at a cinema a mile away.

Producers opted to open the film at the ArcLight cinema, making it unlikely other cinemas in the area will show it.

But the fans are refusing to move, believing the news to be false.

Mac vs. Windows

from Jon Carrol's column in the SF Chronicle today (though he's quoting Umerbto Eco):

"Insufficient consideration has been given to the underground religious war that is transforming the modern world: the division between users of the Macintosh computer and users of the MS-DOS-compatible computers. I am firmly of the opinion that the Macintosh is Catholic and that DOS is Protestant. Indeed, the Macintosh is counter-reformistand has been influenced by the methodical path of the Jesuits.

"It tells the faithful how they must proceed step by step to reach -- if not the Kingdom of Heaven -- the moment in which their document is printed. It is catechistic: the essence of revelation is dealt with via simple formulae and sumptuous icons. Everyone has a right to salvation.

"DOS is Protestant, or even Calvinistic. It allows free interpretation of scripture, demands difficult personal decisions, imposes a subtle hermeneutics upon the user, and takes for granted the idea that not all can reach salvation.

"To make the system work you need to interpret it yourself: the user is closed within the loneliness of his own inner torment.

"You may object that, with the passage to Windows, the DOS universe has come to resemble more closely the counter-reformist tolerance of the Macintosh. It's true: Windows represents an Anglican-style schism -- big ceremonies in the cathedral but with the possibility of returning to DOS to fiddle with things. With Windows, you can still decide to allow women and gays to be priests if you want to.

"And what about the machine language that lies beneath both operating systems? Ah, that is the stuff of the Old Testament, Talmudic and cabalistic."

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Sin City

Well, let’s see… I can’t really relate to your editing comment, especially when compared to the tragedy that was Once Upon a Time in Mexico. I don’t think the editing was that bad at all. I’m usually somewhat sensitive to such a thing, but probably not as sensitive as you are, so I’ll let that one be.

I’ll tell you one thing though, I’ve never seen a movie that is as true to the comic a Sin City is. I don’t know when the last time you read the books was, but I read books 1 through 5 (and a collection of shorts (“Booze, Broads, and Bullets”) just a week prior to seeing the movie, and I have got to say I’m impressed with how alike the film and the books are. The movie contained 4 out of the 5 stories I’m familiar with, and none that I wasn’t familiar with, and it is shot for shot and line for line straight out of the books. I mean, the cinematography was spot on. This might be where some of you pacing issues came from. They were definitely rigid in their shot structure, and I think that was a product of trying to do the books so much justice.

As a matter of fact, I think most of the flaws came out of trying to do the books so much justice. For instance, I had a hard time getting into the groove of the acting at first. Josh Hartnett and Bruce Willis were horrible right of the bat (though I thought Willis was better when his scenario picked back up). That script was 100% authentic, and as we all know, straight up graphic novel dialog and realistic movie dialog are two different things. I thought the actors deliveries were subordinate to the script, which I realize doesn’t make much sense, but it worked for me once I got into the groove. Something about the way it was performed fit for me. I never interpreted the comic as realistic, so in essence it worked.

I had an opposite impression of the casting. I thought Clive Owens was much more Dwight than Bruce Willis was Hartigan. Hartigan is supposed to be 70, and that is a major aspect of his character. Willis seemed like he was 50 or so. I thought Dwight was more or less the correct look, age, and demeanor.

But hell, Elijah Wood IS Kevin. I would have never thought of that casting, but it was awesome. I would have liked to see someone a little more weak and wormy as Roark, in the book he’s like three feet tall and more skittish, which makes it even cooler when Marv busts in. Marv, by the way, was freaking awesome. That was definitely my favorite scenario. I think he was really well cast.

The girls of old town were sort of a mixed bag, but overall I liked ‘em. I liked Miho more in the film than in the books, and that’s saying something.

I was pleased that they didn’t really tone anything down. For some reason I expected a little less violence and nudity, but for the most part those aspects were left intact, which is good because for a world like Sin City they are very important. All the Old Town girls were scantily clad, the parole office was buck naked when Marv busts in, Hartigan rips the yellow bastards unit off, the wolf eating Kevin alive. All of those things add up, and I’m happy they didn’t wimp out once. (actually, from an ultra-violence stand point it reminded me of Kill Bill)

The visual style was awesome; I wasn’t disappointed. I wasn’t expecting it to be all high contrast because that wouldn’t read as well in motion as it does on a comic book page. They could have done more high contrast, but it would have had to be in the form of side-shot silhouettes to read well on screen, and I bet if you asked Frank Miller what was more important: high-contrast or composition, he would have gone with the composition. Plus, it was more than just a black and white film, the contrast always felt manipulated to me.

And if you still think the lack of high-contrast is so disappointing, consider the benefits. My only real gripe with the illustrations of the book was that the high-contrast didn’t read nearly as well in close-ups. Sometimes I felt like I didn’t always get a clear understanding of what the characters facials features were all about, or I missed some action element that was concealed in the positive or negative space, but the movie didn’t share this quality with the book, which is a good thing in my book. I don’t think a 100% high-contrast live action film would be as cool as you think. It could end up looking like shitty, stylized 3D animation.

You and I haven’t had an opportunity to discuss the art in the comic yet, but hopefully we will soon. Just in case you are unclear as to what I thought, I loved it.

But let’s get to the real issue, shall we? Jessica Alba. I’ve had a little bit of a crush on her for some time, but now I’ve got a MAJOR crush on her. She’s hot dude, I don’t know what you’re talking about. Yes, I was disappointed that she wasn’t revealing much skin, but DAMN, that girl can move her body! I mean, in like a hypnotic sort of way (like Selma Hyack in From Dusk Till Dawn). I don’t know what stories you have read that I haven’t, but I thought her character came off as pretty true to the book. Perhaps you’ve read further stories that revolve around her that I have not, but if that is the case then you’re trying to see more depth in her character that wasn’t originally present at this stage in the story. Well, that or you’re right and I’m wrong. It probably wouldn’t be the first time. Either way, more over Kate Beckinsale.

Two thumbs up.


the TV studio

Originally uploaded by joshcostello.

Getting set up for the broadcast. We rebuilt the set for the show inside the TV studio. I'm over on the right side of the photo talking to the actors.

getting ready for the tv broadcast

Originally uploaded by joshcostello.

Here I am with the TV director, with the set visible on the monitor. It was crazy.

Monday, April 04, 2005

Sin City

I saw Sin City by myself, as I live in Los Angeles and don't have any friends. If I had seen it in the Bay Area with a bunch of friends, I probably would have enjoyed it more than I did.

Which isn't to say I hated it. But I've had a hard time connecting to that geeky gleeful feeling that I used to get from movies like this. So I was a little more sensitive to the problems and a little less excited about the cool stuff.

Summarizing my thoughts:

I loved Mickey Rourke -- he looked perfect and really nailed the part. More than anyone else in the movie and certainly more than the other male narrators, he felt like he belonged in Sin City. Awesome. If the whole movie had been focused around Marv, or if everyone else got it to the extent that he did, it could have been a great film.

Clive Owen didn't do anything for me at all, and Bruce Willis was fine but was much more Bruce Willis than Hartigan. I thought Rosario Dawson was great. Elijah Wood was perfect and an inspired bit of casting. Jessica Alba was totally forgettable and the decision to cast someone who wouldn't take off her top in the strip club was just wrong -- it really changed her character from the graphic novel.

Robert Rodriguez makes a big deal out of editing his own films, and after Once Upon A Time In Mexico and this, I think he's making a big mistake. In several scenes, I felt the rhythm was completely off. Not as bad as in Once Upon A Time In Mexico, but still bad enough to be a problem. His action scenes have cool shots but don't fit together in a way that simultaneously tells the story and gets your blood pumping -- this is a pretty common fault these days, but this guy is supposed to be better than that and he's just not. And it's not just the action scenes. Most of the dialogue scenes are flat, or flatter than they could be, because he's not using rhythm in any kind of purposeful way.

The visual style was cool; in places it was very cool. There was actually far less stylization than I was expecting from all the hype -- for the most part, it's black-and-white with bits of color in almost every shot. Far more color than in the graphic novel, and a hell of a lot more gray than the original solid blacks and solid whites. I thought the occasional dips to pure black and pure white were effective (like at the end of the Hartigan story), and I wish there had been more of that.

Anyway, those are my thoughts. What did you all think?

Sunday, April 03, 2005

check me out (no seriously...)

The latest UW arts and sciences magazine features an article all about the speech and hearing clinic here at the UW. This is, of course, where I do the majority of my clinical work while I study for my masters degree. The article is pretty cool and even has some pictures of some of my classmates.


check it out!


Saturday, April 02, 2005

Transformers the (live action) movie

Rumor on Aint It Cool News that it will be directed by either Michael Bay or Roland Emmerich. I vote Bay.

Sin City

Should I wait to post anything until you all see it on Sunday?

Friday, April 01, 2005

Gmail adds more storage space; Lorrimer muses on technology

I just noticed that Gmail has given everyone a second GB of storage for every gmail account. I was wondering whether and when they were going to do something like this; I guess it's their one-year anniversary. I had been at about 15% of the original 1GB after using gmail since June (and as my primary email for the last couple months). Tons of photos and MP3s are all in my old messages on the gmail servers; it's nice not to have to worry about it.

It feels like we're rapidly approaching the point at which storage space and bandwidth become better than we'll ever really need on a daily basis. Which could prove to be interesting from a historical perspective -- "Do you remember when you had to wait for a website to load?" "Do you remember when you had to buy more memory for your computer?" "Do you remember when you had to choose which photos to save?" Wired has an article on the end of the idea of the disc format altogether (DVDs specifically) with the onset of movies over the internet (and Sony just announced an iTunes-for-movies service). Within a couple of years, we could have superfast wireless internet pretty much everywhere and handhelds that really do combine cellphones with computers and video players. What next?

i know i know, i'm not even catholic, but...

i think this picture is beautiful.

vatican 4.1.05
A view of Saint Peter's Square during a special prayer at the Vatican April 1, 2005. Pope John Paul neared death as his health suddenly worsened, drawing anguished prayers from Catholics around the world reluctant to accept his historic pontificate was near its end. Photo by Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters


how weird is it that he is probably going to die the very day after terri schiavo? i can just imagine what the religious nuts are going to say... "look, god punished us for killing terri by killing the pope!"

april fools!

at 10:55 am this morning

pope dead

at 11:28 am

pope alive

that's not a nice thing to do to people...

(note: if you want to see the full size picture, click "all sizes" when you get to the flickr page)

President Apologizes for War, Admits 'It Was a Major Mistake...One of Many, I Might Add'

Bush vows to be "more honest" and to "read more."