i blame them
the longest mile
my affair with a greek woman
a night on the town
my old intro: an introduction
christening naze.net: i am naze
june 30, 2002
About a million years ago, bwg suggested I go back to my old color buttons on the left column. I made a few tweaks to the site tonight and I can see that he was right again. (The photo is from Errett's (my friend of many years) wedding. It was such a cool wedding, just like Errett and his wife, Chris.)
"People sometimes email/ask me, 'Whatever happened to you? You used to be big!'"
As he explains why he hasn't got it anymore, Lance convinces that he does indeed still have it.
june 24, 2002
The Bourne Identity: another solid show. I give it a 7 (on the IMDB 1-10). Matt Damon and Franka Potente give straightforward credible performances that give the story a necessary freshness. The spy genre usually plays on glamour and refined beauty; that wouldn't have worked here.
My favorite moment is when the couple are scoping the outside of the Hotel Regina. In the middle of the intersection is a sculpture: Emmanuel Fremiet's 'Joan of Arc' riding into the Battle of Orleans. In the center of the interesection at NE Glisan and 39th in Portland, is one of the eight castings from the original plaster mold of this statue. Just this year, a group raised funds to have this powerful work restored and covered in gold leaf, as the original is. It is magnificent and an exact match for the statue in the film.
In the Winter of 1984, Portland was covered under a thick layer of ice. Cathy and I had only been going out for a couple of months. This was to be our first Christmas together. We lived about 4 miles away from each other. Driving was suicide, so we each set out on foot to meet halfway. I remember walking by Joan on that freezing December afternoon, having fallen several times. We met each other a few blocks south and made our way back to the warmth of the fire at her house.
june 23, 2002
I give Minority Report a big thumbs up. Here are a couple things I caught in the music:
1) In one of the early scenes, classical music plays. Dramatic and very effective. It's Schubert's Unfinished Symphony. A nice musical reference to the unfinished crimes that the pre-cogs predict.
2) In the mall chase scene, a muzak version of Moon River plays in the background. Here are some of the lyrics in the song: "Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker" - another reference to the pre-cogs - and "My Huckleberry friend" - in the final third of the film the Cruise character reminisces about reading Mark Twain to his wife and son.
There are some noirish elements about the movie, but make no mistake about it -- it is not film noir. (We will discuss the rules of noir and the fact that film noir was a movement, not a genre, at a later date.) There are a number of dark themes and elements in this picture. It is a fascinating story. The action is extraordinary and integral to the plot. While it is a very good film, I can't help but feel that it would have been a bit better if he had ended it about 3 minutes before he did. True to form, Spielberg can't help but wrap it up with a shiny, happy bow. A darker ending would have made a much more dramatic and memorable finish. That said, it is still a very good movie. Go see it.
I've been without POP3 e-mail for 2 1/2 days now. It really sucks.
If you've been trying to reach me by e-mail, try christophernaze at yahoo.com for the next 24 hours or so.
june 21, 2002
For about 12 hours today, days of naze went dark for the first time in 4 years. If a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it... (An expired credit card, an old e-mail address -- you know the story...)
june 20, 2002
In 11 hours, the underdog U.S. team faces World Cup juggernaut Germany. The Americans have shocked the world behind their lightning counterstrikes and ferocious defense, headed by goalkeeper Brad "The Wall" Friedel. This is the farthest we have gone in the World Cup in 72 years.
The team is probably finishing their breakfast just now. Give 'em hell, guys. We're proud of you.
june 19, 2002
blaming never helps
"When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don't blame the lettuce. You look into the reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or our family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like lettuce."
Thich Nhat Hanh, "Peace Is Every Step"
june 18, 2002
"I need to talk to you about irony for a few minutes."
Todd's at it again.
june 16, 2002
Happy Father's Day, Dad! I'm glad you are feeling better after your neck surgery. You deserve some lasting relief from the pain. It was great talking with you tonight. I'll see you soon.
june 11, 2002
Saw this on a college campus bulletin board, wrapped around a black square with a white circle inside, almost breaking out:
Pure logic will disappoint you.
Pure emotion will lead you astray.
june 10, 2002
I've been volunteering in a fifth grade classroom this year. It was an amazing experience. Both classroom management techniques and curriculum (especially math) have made huge strides since I was in elementary school. Their teacher is a true master. She has a way of focusing the class and calmly redirecting those that disrupt or lose their way. The class has been given plenty of practice with 'giving credit' to people that have helped them or made them feel good.
Today the students presented me with letters thanking me for my help this year. They also gave me a copy of Sharon Creech's "Bloomability" (a story about a girl from a troubled family sent to an international school in Switzerland) that I read to them earlier this year. It was such a heartfelt display of gratitude, I could have bawled.
I wanted to reassure them or give them some kind of innoculation against the difficulties of middle school that they will be facing next year, but the timing just wasn't right, so instead I thanked them and talked a little about what my time with them meant to me. Bless those little rascals.
june 8, 2002
I saw a movie last week and I'm still thinking about it. Xizao was marketed in English speaking countries as Shower. A businessman returns home from south China to see his father who runs a traditional bath house in an old Beijing neighborhood. His father is quite old and his adult brother who runs the business with the father has mental retardation. The bath house serves as a haven for the men of the neighborhood, a place where they swap stories, hold cricket battles, sing and share their marital troubles. Most of the scenes, shot inside or just outside of the bath house, glisten with water; it is warm and inviting. The businessman finds himself centered by the quiet rituals; the love that the father has for his boys is profoundly moving. See this film. It is one of the most beautiful things I have seen this year.
june 6, 2002
Meriwether & William on the Inflation Trail
My alma mater, Lewis & Clark College, was featured on the NewsHour last night. Tuition is now $22,000 -- a year.
My hypothesis that the driving factor behind meteoric rises in tuition is faculty salary turns out to be correct. I certainly don't begrudge them anything. Full professors have gone through incredible amounts of work to earn their doctorates and also must demonstrate strong teaching skills to get hired at LC.
When I attended, from 1982 through 1986, some of the architectural elements of the campus (an old estate of a local clothing store mogul) were spectacular, but most of the facilities were spartan and worn down. Many of the classes I took were held in the basements of dormitories; a support pole usually obstructed the view of a few. I take a certain pride in the fact that these sometimes shabby conditions didn't really detract from the education. Over the last 6 years, the campus has had a major makeover with the addition of several new, needed buildings.
Sixteen years ago, I graduated with $10,000 of debt, when tuition & expenses were $10,000 per year. Back then $10,000 would buy you a pretty nice new car. Comparing my experience to the average experience now, students are finishing with debt that would buy you an o.k. new car. If you accept these figures, my ratio of debt load to total college expenses was actually a little higher than the average LC graduating student. Hmm. They must be cranking major grant money for these students to be able to survive nearly 6 figures of expense with only $16k in debt.
"It's not that we aren't grateful
But while we were begging the women of Afghanistan
To not cover up their faces
You are begging your staff members to
Just cover up that nipple"
Claire Braz-Valentine slaps Ashcroft upside the melon with poetry. [via metafilter]
june 2, 2002
it hurts when you care, even when you care just a little...
Now, before I open this smack-talkin' e-mail in my inbox from Amaya, we all need to agree that the NBA seriously needed a series as amazing as the Western Conference Finals this year. I haven't been this pumped about watching a game in about 3 years.
The big news today is that Bibby is a stone face killa and that the world champion Lakers are *marginally* better than the Kings. I like the underdog and I really like what the Nets have been doing lately. It would be nice if they could steal a game from Los Angeles.
sometimes it's just hard to get along #1
"Honey, where's the DVD controller?"
"I don't know, what does it look like?"
"It's beige, has brown and gray buttons and gets slightly wider on the end you point."
(trying to hide guilty look on face) "I remember a gray controller..."
"No, this was beige."
"The battery cover was gone and there were no batteries in it. It didn't work right?"
"You threw it away?"
sometimes it's just hard to get along #2
(Elizabeth melting down in a tantrum. Crying. Didn't go down for her nap today) "Want a show! Want a show!"
(Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals on the t.v. The quarter (4th) and time remaining (4:01) prominently displayed on the screen.)
Cathy: (highly irritated) "When is this game going to be over?"
Me: (heart rate slighly elevated -- I point at screen displaying the time remaining)
Cathy: "Can't she watch her show now?"
Me: (quizzical, incredulous look on face) "Uh, no."
Cathy: "You need to take care of her."
Me: (irritated, having gotten a bottle for the baby at 4 a.m. on my night off) "O.k." (Taking the flailing child.)
(Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals has just gone into overtime on 2 seriously clutch free throws from Bibby.)
Cath: "When are you going to put her in the bath?"
I "upgraded" from Internet Explore 5.5 to 6.0 three weeks ago and have regretted it ever since. I made the upgrade based on a recommendation from a site I respect. But the only difference I've experienced since the change is that some of my favorite sites display incorrect fonts or crash the browser. IE 5.5 had been performing flawlessly. This is a classic case of "if it ain't broke"...
christopher at naze.net
when you are doing
what you said,
but they will never forget
-Carl W. Buehner