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Below are the 17 most recent journal entries recorded in Owen Lincoln's LiveJournal:

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2003
5:02 pm
Blackout
Remember the huge blackout in the north east? Here are some cool satellite photos from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
(Before) and (after)

FYI, If someone sent you this image, it's fake.

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Monday, October 13th, 2003
1:35 pm
I want my robot arm!
Scientists in North Carolina have built a brain implant that lets monkeys control a robotic arm with their thoughts, marking the first time that mental intentions have been harnessed to move a mechanical object.
article...

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Monday, June 30th, 2003
12:21 pm
What happened?
Sorry to keep everyone in the dark about what happened with my stuff in New York two weeks ago. I've been really, really busy, flew to New York to deal with my things, got back, immediately headed up to Seattle for a wedding, spent a few days driving back along the Pacific coast highway with my parents, they stayed for a bit, then my sister came to visit this past weekend. Anyway, here is a rough recap of what happened.

long storyCollapse )

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Wednesday, June 11th, 2003
1:39 pm
It's finally over
Last September I watched several men load everything I owned into a moving truck in Cambridge, MA. It was supposed to show up in San Francisco two weeks later. That was the last time I ever saw it.

A long sad story with a happy endingCollapse )

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2003
10:42 am
When animals attack
I saw Alfred Hitchcock's 'The Birds' for the first time last night. There are a lot of classic films I've never seen that I've been knocking off my list thanks to NetFlix. I really liked it, it was creepier than I thought it would be, considering that birds are not high on my list of scary animals (except Emus which are crazy freaky).

Actually, I take that back, I have been attacked by birds before and it was pretty frightening. Some friends and I were walking around one of the Harbor islands out near Boston when all of a sudden several large birds started dive bombing us. There were coming in about an inch above our heads, so low I could feel them. We realized that we had wandered into a nesting area and beat a hasty retreat. I was pretty sure they were just trying to scare us away but it sure felt like they were trying to hit us.

In other news, I just got back from Los Angeles where I was visiting the water they steal from us. Just kidding, I was visiting a bunch of people I know there, two of which just moved from Boston and one who was flying in from Taiwan. If you are ever visiting LA, I highly recommend Huntington Botanical Gardens.

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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2003
10:49 am
Free at last...
My cat and I decided to move from Boston to San Francisco last year. Or rather, I decided to move and my cat came along. I asked him if he wanted to move and he just stared at me and then started licking himself so I assumed that meant yes. Actually, that's how most people respond when I ask them questions.

I soon discovered that looking for a new tech job here was going to be next to impossible in this economy. Somehow I managed to convince my Boston-based company that allowing me to work remotely from california was a good idea. It helped that there are about 6 other remote employees, mostly field sales though. It took me about a month to get up the courage to approach my boss about it. Every day I'd say, "ok today I'm going to ask!" and then I'd chicken out. I finally did it and they said it was ok.

Anyway, working at home is a new thing for me and it has its pros and cons. The cons mostly relate to spending far too much time in my small apartment during the week. I miss being in an office, seeing people during the day and things like that. It's been about 6 months now and I find myself talking to my cat a little too much to be healthy. Plus, his usual response (see above) doesn't exactly make for stimulating conversation.

Enter my brand new laptop with a 802.11g WiFi card. I am writing this from an internet cafe a few blocks from my apartment, sitting on a couch and sipping a mocha. There are people all around me, making noise, walking around, reading papers, drinking coffee. I am reconnected. Life is good.

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2003
7:20 pm
So I was in the grocery store, happily wandering down the aisle looking for frozen corn when I felt the cold chill of evil in the air. The muzak that was being piped over the loudspeakers sounded eerily familiar. I stopped to listen and felt the blood drain from my face. They were playing the opening theme song from... Star Trek Enterprise.

Now, for those of you who don't know (and I wish I didn't either) "Enterprise" is the 5th TV show to bear the Star Trek label. For some unfathomable reason, they decided to ditch the usual swelling orchestral music that had accompanied shows 1-4 and replaced it with.... Well, imagine a Bryan Adams wanna-be belting out these lyrics, "I have faiiiith of the heaaaart....I got streeeength of the sooooulllll" and you get the idea. It's really, really bad. If you want, you can listen to it here. It's the first song on the album, called "Where my heart will take me". You have been warned.

Oh dear god, I just did some digging around and discovered that the song was originally written for Rod Stewart on the Patch Adams soundtrack. Let me repeat, Rod Stewart... Patch Adams. Who was the marketing genius that thought this was a good idea for a Star Trek theme song. They really need to let that franchise die.

Incidentally, Muzak has a pretty slick web site. Some of their PR is pretty hilarious too, "Using the powerful tools of intuition, innovation and skill, we create experiences with music that aren't just head, they're felt. We call what we do Audio Architecture... you'll call it amazing." Wow. They even let you listen to audio samples.

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Thursday, March 27th, 2003
1:33 pm
All that jazz...
So I finally went to go see Chicago last night and really enjoyed it. I was pretty impressed with Catherine and Renee but I was floored by the scenes that had real dancers. I was wondering last night if they might be from the Broadway show, so I did a little digging around.

Movie cast members straight from Chicago on Broadway:

- Chita Rivera("Nickie"): Played Velma Kelly in the original 1975 Broadway Chicago

- Denise Faye("Annie"): Playing Liz in the current run of Chicago on Broadway

- Sebastian Lacause("Al Lipschitz"): Playing Harry in the current run of Chicago on Broadway

- Mary Ann Lamb("Ensemble"): Playing June in the current run of Chicago on Broadway

- Marc Calamia("Hunyak's Husband"): Playing Doctor and Judge in the current run of Chicago on Broadway

- Taye Diggs("The Bandleader"): Briefly played Billy Flynn in the current run of Chicago on Broadway


Movie cast members who are currently in other Broadway musicals, mostly as dancers:

Robert Montano("Dancer"),Greg Mitchell("Velma's Husband"),Scott Wise("Ezikial Young"),Joey Pizzi("Bernie"),Susan Misner("Liz"),Ken Ard("Wilbur"),Edgar Godineaux("Ensemble"),Cleve Asbury("Reporter"),Rick Negron("Reporter"),Bill Hartung("Ensemble"),Shaun Amyot("Reporter"),Jocelyn Dowling("Ensemble"),Rod Campbell("Jury Foreman")

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Monday, March 24th, 2003
9:09 pm
Something struck me over the past week as I observed the various marches, speeches, protests, and random acts of civil disobedience all over the city. It occurred to me that only 1 in 3 of the people protesting out there voted in the last election.

US voter turnout in the 2002 elections was 39.3 percent (37.6 in 1998). Seven states set record lows; California was one of them with a pathetic 31.5 percent. I'm not going to turn this into a long rant about people who don't vote, so I'll keep it short and sweet. If you are a US citizen and did not vote in 2002, I do not respect your right to protest in the street. Go home, sit on your couch, and shut the hell up. You didn't buy a ticket. You don't get to play.

Ok, one caveat, if you are an anarchist, (a true honest-to-god anarchist, not a 16-year old, punk-ass, "huh, huh, breaking shit is cool" poser), than I respect your right to protest and not vote. Of course, I still think you are a frickin idiot.

Register to Vote here

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Yes, I have voted in every election since I turned 18, I'm not a complete hypocrite :)
Thursday, March 20th, 2003
10:44 am
I'm speechless
So I'll let others speak for me...

"War! When I but think of this word, I feel bewildered, as though they were speaking to me of sorcery, of the Inquisition, of a distant, finished, abominable, monstrous, unnatural thing." - Guy de Maupassant

'War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace." - Thomas Mann

"Only the dead have seen the end of the war." - Plato

"Why do we kill people who are killing people to show that killing people is wrong?" - Holly Near

"War is not an adventure. It is a disease." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations." - David Friedman

"War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today. " - John F. Kennedy

"War is delightful to those who have had no experience of it." - Desiderius Erasmus
Monday, March 17th, 2003
11:35 am
Go Owen, It's your birthday...
Yes, I was born on St. Patrick's Day, 28 years ago. It's a good holiday to be born on all things considered. Any holiday where people get drunk and wear funny hats can't be all bad.

Other people who were born today...

1919 Nat King Cole
1951 Kurt Russell
1964 Rob Lowe
1972 Mia Hamm
Thursday, March 13th, 2003
11:53 am
a play...
America: Moooooommmmm, I want to go to the mall and get a tattoo of a flaming skull on my forehead.

France: No, that's stupid, no son of mine is getting a tattoo.

England: Oh, come on dear, he's almost 18, he can get a tattoo if he wants to. Though perhaps 'on your forehead' is not such a good idea... how about your arm instead?

France: NO! I won't let him get _any_ tattoo, he has no reason to do it and he'll regret it later.

America: *mutter* *mutter* stupid fukin' bitch

France: What was that!?

America: I hate you, I HATE YOU!!!, you never let me do anything fun. I'm going to the mall to get a tattoo right now, just you try and stop me!!!

[stomp, stomp, stomp, slam]

England: He has to learn this the hard way, it's best if we humor him.

France: I swear to god he was adopted...

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Wednesday, March 12th, 2003
3:27 pm
Order of heroin for table 7...
So, I was making a reservation the other day and it reminded me of a funny thing that happened a while ago. I was trying to make a reservation at Rialto, a really good restaurant in Cambridge. I picked up the phone, dialed the number and had the following conversation...

"Hello?"
"Hello, I'd like to make a reservation"
"What time?"
"This sunday, 6:30 pm"
(sounding a little confused ) "Sunday? Uh, ok... for what?"
"Uh.. for Five"
"Five? Five what?"
"People? For Dinner?"
"Uh.. This is a Methadone treatment clinic, we don't serve dinner"
"Oh! What number is this?"
(laughter) "617-xxx-xxxx
"Oops..."

I would have made for a very different evening...


Random fact of the day:
So I recently found myself saying "Have your cake and eat it too" and I thought, what the hell does that mean? I mean, if you have your cake, what's so special about being able to eat it? So, it turns out that the original phrase, "Wolde you bothe eate your cake, and haue your cake?", was first published in 1546 in John Heywood's "Proverbes". It basically translates to "you cannot eat your cake and have it too" which makes a little more sense. If you only have $10 in your pocket and you use it buy pie, you can no longer say "I have $10 in my pocket". Well, you could, but you'd be lying. Mmmmmm... pie.

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Friday, March 7th, 2003
12:03 pm
The UN
Random observations and thoughts about the UN Security Council meeting this morning:

- First off, the UN, despite it's problems, is really cool. Every time the camera sweeps over the general assembly and you realize that EVERY single country on the entire planet is represented there* I feel good. We are on the right path.

- Very interesting to go from Blix and Farraday speaking, (pure facts, very little opinion or rhetoric) to Council members (quite the opposite)

- So the security council (and today, Iraq) sit on the main floor at a big circular table. Who are the people who are sitting at that long table in the middle of the circle? People who showed up late and couldn't find choice seats way in the back and have to sit in the front where the professor will probably call on them? Photo of what I am talking about.

- Very disconcerting to hear a female translator voice for the male French ambassador. I'd say that this is a deliberate attempt by the US to undermine his speech but I assume they provide their own translator so I'm not sure what to think.

- Powell sounds a lot more confident when he is arguing things he actually believes in (Just my humble opinion that his complete 360 turn around from Dove to Hawk seemed a bit forced)


* Random related fact of the Day #1:
There are 191 members of the United Nations. Every single country on the planet except... Taiwan and The Holy See/Vatican. Mainland China replaced Taiwan in 1971 and maintains that Taiwan is still their province. As silly as this seems today, China will most likely go to war with Taiwan if they join the UN. The don't-ask don't-tell policy regarding Taiwan's statehood keeps the peace in it's strange way. The Vatican choose not to join the UN.

Random related fact of the Day #2:
The US does maintain an embassy in the Vatican, it consists of an Ambassador, the Deputy Chief of Mission and several Marines who double as office staff. Mostly they just go to formal parties, etc. Must be nice!

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Wednesday, March 5th, 2003
1:35 pm
Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting
Roger Ebert pointed out something very interesting about the film "Cradle 2 the Grave" which I originally wan't intending to see in the theaters.

"[Cradle 2 the Grave] will be demographically interesting because it demonstrates that a savvy producer like Silver now believes a white star is completely unnecessary in a mega-budget action picture. At one point, there were only white stars. Then they got to have black buddies. Then they got to have Asian buddies. Then "Rush Hour" proved that black and Asian buddies could haul in the mass audience. Long ago a movie like this used a black character for comic relief. Then an Asian character. Now the white character is the comic relief. May the circle be unbroken."

That's pretty cool actually, I never really saw this movie in that light, but now that I do I think I'll go see it. Anybody want to come with me?

Incidentally, I've always been interested in the popularity asian action stars enjoy within the african american demographic. I think that Jackie Chan and Jet Li's luck in finally breaking into the american market has largely to do with their popularity among blacks.

When I was in college, I ran a club that would occationally screen Hong Kong action movies. One of the best showings I had was when the Black Latino Brotherhood contacted me and asked if I wanted to do a joint showing of classic and new kung fu movies.

Anyway, I don't have a theory, I just think it's neat.

Somewhat related Fact of the Day:
Richard Aoki, one of the founding members of the Black Panthers, was Japanese-American!

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How could I leave you without the lyrics to Carl Douglas's masterpiece...
www.thesonglyrics.com/d_artists/lyrics/carldouglas_lyric1.html
Tuesday, March 4th, 2003
2:30 pm
Why do you want to read about me?
Here is my first real post to Live Journal.

Why do you want to read about me? The answer is, simply, you don't. I am a thoroughly dull and uninteresting person. Reading this journal will cause excessive drowsiness, boredom, twiddling of thumbs, staring out the window, zoning, spacing out and general malaise. In addition, it may cause heartburn, regurgitation, difficulty swallowing, hair loss, gastric irritation, dark skin patches on your face, nausea, vomiting, headaches, unpleasant taste, dizziness, and increased sensitivity to the sun. You have been warned.

This is a sample of the exciting Journal entries you can expect in the future:

7:30 AM woke up
7:32 AM got out of bed
7:34 AM brushed teeth
7:37 AM turned on shower
7:39 AM stepped into shower

I promise, it will be the worst ever. I shit you not. Welcome to hell.

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Current Mood: None of your damn business
Monday, March 3rd, 2003
11:48 am
Test
Ok, my first post. Actually, this is a test post so I can test and set my custom colors. Sorry it's not more interesting.

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Current Mood: surprised
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