Saturday, 14 February 2004: Happy
Valentine's day to you, Kate. I love you.
And to the rest of you out there, I hope you're having a good
one as well.
I bought the coolest Valentine in the world for Katie on
Wednesday. It is just one of the most original V-Day cards I have ever seen in
my life and I love it and I just couldn't pass it up.
And to add to my personal belief that this is the coolest card
around, my coworker Eric came bounding into my office on Thursday announcing
that he had found and purchased the "coolest Valentine's Day card" for his wife.
Upon just a brief description of the card, I realized it was the same one I got
for Katie. When I told him that our cards were one in the same, we just both
smiled knowing that we both have impeccable taste in cards.
Friday, 13 February 2004: According
to a news report on the radio this morning, the City Council in San Francisco
made gay marriages legal. As a result, a flock of gay couples went straight to
City Hall to get married before any sort of higher court rushed to overturn this
I applaud San Francisco for making this decision and I don't
see why gay marriages are so "wrong" in the eyes of the law. Why is it wrong for
two people who are in love to get married? I just don't understand why people
are so against it.
I know that some people are going to say that it's against
God's divine wisdom and that the Bible effectively calls it immoral, unjust, or
any number of other words. But, doesn't the Bible say it's also wrong to covet
thy neighbor's wife? What about incest, rape, murder, etc.? The Bible says all
these are wrong, but that hasn't stopped members of the Church (ahem... Catholic
Priests) and members of our very own government from taking part in such
activities whether knowingly or in complete ignorance. Yet they're going to have
the "strength of moral conviction" to say that gay marriages are "just
Bunch of raving hypocrites. I swear.
Thursday, 12 February 2004: It's
time to lay it bare for you all since you're likely to discover this factoid
anyway come time for the next installment of the Kapgar.com Primetime Awards...
I am an O.C. junkie.
There it is. I said it. My guilty pleasure. I love the show. I
have since day one. If you think less of me for it, so be it. Katie loves it,
too. It's one of the few shows that we just enjoy the hell out of each week and
miss when it's not on (well, okay, Survivor as well).
So, Katie and I were watching the episode last night and
freaking out when Luke (Chris Carmack) nearly put the moves on Julie (Mindy
Clarke). Thankfully, it was cut short by Julie. But it looks like it will
continue to get steamier next week. Any other fans out there feeling the same
For those of you not in the know, The O.C. follows
the life of Ryan Atwood (Ben McKenzie) as he's lifted out of his dysfunctional
life on the wrong side of the tracks... well, you get the point. He wins the
girl, Marissa (Mischa Barton), from the school stud Luke (Carmack), etc.
What's so freaky about Luke hitting on Julie? Well, Julie is
Marissa's mom. That's what. Luke slept with Marissa and now he's
putting the moves on her mom?!? How wrong is that? Even Katie started singing
the chorus to "Mrs. Robinson."
Now, Luke, I know that we're talking about Jessica Priest here
(see Spawn to get the reference), but you slept with her daughter. Get
the net and move on, man!
Yeah, okay, so we got a little into the episode last night.
Wednesday, 11 February 2004:
Normally, I might file this one under "Darwinism Missed Me" but I thought a new
award might be in order here, instead.
Specifically, the "Person Least Likely to Ever Get Laid Again"
MSNBC posted a brief news bit
yesterday where Mel Gibson effectively said that his wife is going to burn in
hell because she's not a Catholic.
Here's the text of the article (courtesy of MSNBC)...
Mel Gibson says his wife could be going to hell
Mel Gibson has come under fire for being hard on Jews in his
film “The Passion of the Christ” — but apparently, he feels that Protestants are
also doomed to damnation. In fact, it looks like Gibson, a conservative
Catholic, believes that his Episcopalian wife could be going to hell.
Gibson was interviewed by the Herald Sun in Australia, and the
reporter asked the star if Protestants are denied eternal salvation. “There is
no salvation for those outside the Church,” Gibson replied. “I believe it.”
He elaborated: “Put it this way. My wife is a saint. She’s a
much better person than I am. Honestly. She’s, like, Episcopalian, Church of
England. She prays, she believes in God, she knows Jesus, she believes in that
stuff. And it’s just not fair if she doesn’t make it, she’s better than I am.
But that is a pronouncement from the chair. I go with it.”
Gibson also said in the interview that he was nearly suicidal
before he made his controversial film. “I got to a very desperate place. Very
desperate. Kind of jump-out-of-a-window kind of desperate,” he said in the
interview. “And I didn’t want to hang around here, but I didn’t want to check
out. The other side was kind of scary. And I don’t like heights, anyway. But
when you get to that point where you don’t want to live, and you don’t want to
die, it’s a desperate, horrible place to be. And I just hit my knees. And I had
to use ‘The Passion of the Christ’ to heal my wounds.”
Gibson’s rep wasn’t available for comment.
Now, I know that many media outlets were making it sound like
he said she should burn or it doesn't bother him that she will or something
along those lines. Obviously, he doesn't think it's fair or right, so why buy
into the mantra? Wouldn't this sort of declaration be enough to help change your
How many non-Catholics are there in the world? And how many of
those declared Catholics are actually actively practicing or are they just
casual Catholics? If Catholicism were the main requirement for entry to Heaven,
then Hell is going to be pretty overpopulated pretty quickly.
This is my numero uno reason for my lack of respect for
organized religion and denominational division within the church. Everybody's
out to get everybody else. It's ridiculous and pathetic and makes a joke out of
Tuesday, 10 February 2004: It's
official and I'm one disappointed little dreamer.
In an official news release from Lucasfilm Ltd., the original
Star Wars trilogy is being released on DVD on September 21. It will be
a four-disc set with one disc for each movie and a fourth disc with added
features and documentaries. This set is being produced with the Indiana Jones
box set as its mold.
The problem is that this set will be the 1997 Special Edition
releases of the movies and not the original 1977, 1980, and 1983 versions that
originally came out in theaters. In my opinion, that is pure crap. We're getting
all the new changes that Lucas wants and he's not catering to the fans who made
him who he is.
Does this mean I won't buy it? I haven't really decided yet.
If this is the only version of the movies that will ever be released on DVD, I
may not have a choice. I'd prefer the originals, of course. And I'm actively
seeking out ways of transferring my original versions from VHS to DVD. Plus,
I've got a friend in Toronto who says he might make copies of his laserdisc
versions of the originals on DVD and send me a set. We shall see. If I do buy
the DVD set that is being put out for sale, I'll probably buy it used from
Amazon Marketplace, eBay, or some local used DVD store so Lucasfilm won't see
any additional profit from my purchase.
If I can find a way around further supporting the evil empire
that is Lucasfilm Ltd., then I'm going to put all the effort I can into doing
Ironic that a guy like me who is such a SW fan is now
referring to the man who created them and his company as an "evil empire", isn't
Monday, 9 February 2004: It's going
to be a few weeks of some severe foreign film watching for me. I just discovered
this past Friday that our university's library has a collection of VHS and DVD
on the racks. I had no clue whatsoever that they were there. And I, being a
staff member, am eligible to check them out for a week at a time without paying
one red cent. You best believe I'm taking advantage of it. Right off the bat, I
checked out City of Lost Children, Hable Con Ella
(translation: Talk With Her), and Amores Perros (translation:
Love's a Bitch).
Also, tonight begins the AU Department of Diversity's French
Film Festival. Usually I don't like to stay at work after my work day ends.
Heck, who does? But, since Katie is working Monday nights and these films are
Monday nights at 7 p.m. for the next three Mondays (and they're free of charge),
I figured what have I got to lose? Tonight is Betty Fisher et Autres
Histoires (translation: Alias Betty), next Monday is
Chaos (you can translate that yourself), and the Monday after that is
Le Placard (translation: The Closet).
Who am I to pass up free movies?
I feel weird about next Monday, though, being February 16 and
Katie's birthday. I don't feel like I should be going to see this even though
she will be working on her birthday. Call it guilt, I don't care. Not that we'll
actually be celebrating on her real birthday since we'll be doing so the day
before when we both have the day off. Should I feel weird about this?
Sunday, 8 February 2004: Well, I
just had to go in and retype all the dates for the last week. Only today, when I
read an e-mail from my grandma did I realize that I was still typing "January"
instead of "February". Hey, you people gotta get my back on this. Can't go
looking like a jackass all month long now, can I?
Okay, don't answer that.