Monthly Archives: August 2004

Cutest Kitty, Part Deux

Jack is too cute! Here’s a more recent picture of him. It’s my current background on my cell phone. I tried to take his picture further away, but he kept rubbing his head against the phone 🙂

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Does Anyone Out There Know Japanese?

Okay, so my super-cool friend Dave brought me back this neat Tamagotchi-like toy from Japan. The only problem is… the directions and website are all in Japanese, which would be okay, except Rei (my little creature’s name) is acting a little odd. Based on the pictures, Rei is supposed to morph into a new creature. However, she’s a but dysfunctional. She keeps alternating between looking like a tadpole and a helium balloon. So, I found the websiste for the toy… but it’s in Japanese AND most of the directions are graphics, which means I can’t use an online translator to even get a rough idea what the heck I can do to make Rei happy. If anyone out there can help me in translating Rei’s webpage, I would be so very grateful!

Meet Lauren, Software Developer/Mac Specialist

Word came today… I got the part-time job at the Apple Store. I’m now a Mac Specialist. I go in this evening to fill out the paperwork. I’m stoked!

I’ve been introducing cardio, too, this week. Starting out on the treadmill. My initial goal is to get to where I can jog 3 miles.

What does this mean? Well it means that I’m meeting the goals I laid out for myself, which results in a great feeling of accomplishment. Not only am I going to be able to pay off my credit card debt sooner, but I’m actually stoked about the second job I’ve gotten so that I can achieve this. And the working out is something that I’ve wanted to do for some time, but first I had to get the sleeping thing squared away. This is the initial phase of my workout plan– my “getting started” phase. I’ve done 2 miles and 2.5 miles the past couple days, but I’ve been doing a fast-paced walk. I want to maintain the treadmill part of my workout for at least a week, and then I’d like to also introduce Pilates and Yoga, which I can alternate. The words of Penny Lane come to mind “It’s all happening!” Only I’m not referring to anything regarding sex with rock stars. But I’m just as stoked about it!

The quote that really sticks with me right now is the Chinese proverb… “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” I’m certainly glad I managed to take that first step.

Gawker : Newlyweds petition

I keep hearing these terrible rumors about Britney and her “Fiance” supposedly becoming the next Newlyweds on MTV. I read on Salon (in a really good article that I highly recommend you read) that “the prospect of Spears’ opening her hormone-racked heart and home to cameras inspired such delight among bored Web surfers that the New York media blog Gawker soon posted several homemade petitions urging NBC* to back up the rumor with a contract.”

From the text of the online petition:

Not only will I, the Undersigned, tune in, but millions of others who, like me, will enjoy a front-row seat to the most glorious downward-spiral of the last decade.

I mean, I’m not going to actually do so, but part of me wants to sign the petition just because the text of it is SO very witty. However, I cannot fathom seeing more Britney than I am unwillingly exposed to on a daily basis. Moreover, I can’t fathom watching her grope that skeezy, trucker-hat wearing, dirty t-shirted, scruffy freeloader. I mean, who the fuck are Britney’s friends? Her family? I can only HOPE that the people in my life would have the balls to sit me down and say: dude, Lauren, open your eyes. I mean, this screams INTERVENTION. I guess everyone around her is too afraid to piss her off and lose their cut of the cash. Hmm. More support for the “money isn’t everything” and “money can buy you a bunch of yes-people so you can completely fuck your life up” theories.

Please, if you’re reading this, and you find that I am either currently or in the future completely deluding myself… Please, please tell me. No matter how much cash I have. Hell, sooner or later, the person with the cash has to learn that the people who actually said “HELLO?” are their true friends. Right? Perhaps I am giving these people whom I am addressing (including Britney) too much credit. Oh well, now I’ve gone and spun myself in circles.

[*I think they meant MTV?].

Cool Fortune (Cookies)

Within the past few days, I’ve been kinda on a Chinese kick. What’s cool is that I’ve gotten some neat fortunes from my fortune cookies. Here they are:

  • The answer you desire is within you.
  • Your talents will be recognized and suitably rewarded.

I mean, I’ve gotten a lot of crap fortunes from my cookies. Lately, my biggest complaint with fortune cookies is that they don’t always give fortunes… but they seem to also relay observations. And that’s not very cool. Here’s to a revolution in fortune cookies– take it back to your roots! Give me a fortune, not an observation!

Garden State

Saw Garden State yesterday. Great movie with a great soundtrack, which I bought right after seeing the flick. Only problem is that the soundtrack doesn’t include a couple songs from one of the trailers… oh well, guess I’ll track those down myself. iTunes, here I come!

The movie is really great, really special. I want to see it again. I need to see it again before I can really comment on it. This one song, “Let Go” by Frou Frou… is so good 🙂 Now I’m off to find the other songs…

Has anyone else seen this movie? Thoughts?

Repeat-Worthy Songs

There are some songs that I can listen to on repeat… continously… and never get sick of. I’ve been listening my Pearl Jam playlist this morning… and Black just came on. My love for this song never seems to die. Similarly, Betterman and Corduroy are songs that I fall in love with all over again each time I hear them. I love good music.

I can listen to every Tool song every day and not get sick of them, but there are certain songs that I get into and have to listen to repeatedly. There are some days recently when I have listened to Tool’s cover of No Quarter on repeat ALL DAY LONG. Now that’s the measure of a good song. That being said, I think I need to hear that one once Black is done.

Here’s to good music! There’s not enough of it these days, but at least we have the repeat button.

Is Yogi a Drunk?

This story just struck me as funny, which is partially due to the fact that it was one of’s featured stories (listed at the top of the page) this morning. Check it out:

Bear guzzles 36 beers, passes out at campground.

It’s also funny because I’ve had friends who’ve done the same thing.

An Outside Perspective

So, while conversing on AIM, Sasank gave this pretty cool assessment of me that kinda sums up what I’m all about, so felt obliged to post it here.

thecleanmachine: lauren’s plan to be happy –> sleep well, workout in the AM, eat Thai, see Tool live, work at Apple, pay off credit debts, become a famous professor, buy a starbucks, ……………….

I am obsessed. I admit it.

I’ve seen this coming for awhile, but lately my affinity has grown to unimaginable lengths. It’s beyond simple appreciation. Deeper than mere fondness. It’s become an obsession.

Maynard James Keenan’s voice is becoming too much for me to handle. I cannot get enough of it, and every time I hear it, I am amazed and bewildered at the range, variation, and beauty of this man’s voice. What’s worse is that he sounds even BETTER live. I mean, it’s too much. I can’t handle it. He’s too good.