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Twin Picker
Posted November 30, 2005 at 10:12:16 AM by in the Flashbacks category
In keeping with the idea that beanblog is an archive of my life, I'm going to start putting my hazy, distant childhood memories out here. They come and go, so I'm not sure how frequent they'll be, but here's one to get things rolling.

When I was in school at Grant Line Elementary, there was this little black girl that was in the class behind me. This girl may or may not have actually been twins - my memmory is a little scetchy here, but anyway, what I remember about her is that she (they?) would scour the blacktop during recess and pick up old, nasty discarded wads of gum. And yeah, she (they?) chewed them. Gross. This girl or set of twins may or may not have also been the girl(s) who rode my bus and picked her (their?) nose(s?) with both fingers - yeilding the name "twin picker."

Now I'm just effin confused, cause I don't remember if twin picker was actually twins or not and whether the "twin" in "twin picker" was from using two fingers, or actually being twins. Shit.

GLE alum, help me out here.
Movie Reviews: The Interpreter and Ray
Posted November 28, 2005 at 09:59:54 AM by Bean in the Movies category
Watched a few new movies over the Thanksgiving break.

Ray
This was a great flick. Quite a tough time, that Ray had, what with the dead brother, no eyesight, po-ass momma, and everybody trying to rip him off. I can see why Jamie Foxx got the Oscar - he played a very believable Ray Charles. And I learned that the background sample from Gold Digger was a Ray Charles hit, sung by Jamie Foxx. Who knew.

The Interpreter
This movie was a solid "eh." There wasn't really anythign bad about it, but there was definately nothing good. A little bit of action, a little bit of drama, and nothing at all to keep me interested. I fell asleep twice during it. And to top it off - I not a big fan of Sean Penn.

PS - I'm holding off until Thursday for a new Lost blog.
I'm a Lifer
Posted November 21, 2005 at 02:16:11 PM by Bean in the Flashbacks category
I love blogging. I love blogs. I'm a blogger for life. I hit on this once before, in my How Blogging Changed My life entry, but I've thought a lot more about it recently.

The Beanblog, as it was originally created, was a simple way for me to publish whatever came to mind. It was something to amuse me, and other folks in need of a few-second break. It was somewhere I could write about the party I went to or the funny kid I saw at the ice cream store or any other meaning[full|less] experience. It was a general, multi-purpose, multi-media embodiment of self-expression.

Great. But it's more.

Almost 3 years of my life are now published. There is very little I hold back from this blog, and it's become the "archive" of me. In 3 years, I've blogged 388 blogs. That's 388 times (389 now, I guess) that I've sat at my computer and poured my thoughts, my views, and my feelings out for anyone to see. It's 389 times that I've taken a snapshot of myself and put in on the books. And I can go back and read them anytime I want. I can't even begin to imagine what it will be like to look back at this 20 years from now. It's great stuff - and I love the RandomBean link. It's like traveling back in time for me every time I click it.

My only regret is that I didn't start blogging earlier. I am jealous of all the little kiddies out there that are blogging. Some of them will document their entire lives on a blog. I'll have to settle for the blogging the rest of mine.
Paintballin'
Posted November 18, 2005 at 04:05:07 PM by Bean
Went to the new Bass Pro Outdoor World store today and bought some paintball o-rings for my tank. Now I can refill them shits at home. John and I both have paintball guns, but we are having trouble finding 2-player games. So far, out game list is as follows:
  • Shoot at inanimate objects (paper plates, plywood, trash). Acceptable for about 1 minute, then it get's old.
  • Take turns shooting eachother. Getting shot doesn't hurt that much, but standing in a field knowing you are about to get shot sucks.
Turns out, neither of those games are much fun. I need suggestions.
Lost: The Other 48 Days (s2ep07)
Posted November 17, 2005 at 08:37:26 AM by Bean in the Lost category
Last night's Lost was like all of season one crammed into a single episode, but focussed on the survivors of the tail section of Oceanic Flight 815. We got to see the crash, the minutes immediately following, and the then bit's a pieces of the day's leading up to the point that they met Jin, Sayer, and Mike. Here's a few highlights:

Mr. Echo
Well, we now know for sure that the big black guy who called himself "Mr. Echo" WAS on the plane and not just some crazy island native or something. He was wearing normal clothes and acting like the rest of the Tailies until he ran into the "others" and ended up killing some of them in self-defense. Then he took of his shirt, grabbed a big stick, and put on war paint. Now, he's a bad-ass jungle guide.

Goodwin and the Others
Just like the original Losties with Ethan Rom, the Tailies had a mole. Goodwin (they guy we see with a stake through his torso in previous ep's) is one of the Others. Ana takes him out, but not until the Tailies are picked off for a good 40 days or so. Before she impales him, they have a pretty interesting conversation where we hear Goodwin say that only the "good" Tailies were taken, the kids are fine, and that the others aren't "attacking" them, but making them better off. We also get a glimpse of how organized the Others are when Ana kills one of them and find him with a detailed list of all of the Tailies that were taken.

Lost Scene
They've been airing a special lost Lost scene on GMA lately. To save you the trouble of watching it, I'll tell you what it is: A large crate washed up on the Tailies beach and they all gathered around to open it. Turns out it was a shipment of Austrailian boomerangs! Guess that's where all those hockey-stick-looking weapons came from - boomerangs tied to sticks.

Radios
We see that the Tailies use the radio they found in their hatch a few seconds every day. They were the ones talking back when Boone used the radio in the drug plane to call for help.

BANG
And finally, we find out that it was, indeed, Ana Lucia that shot Shannon. There was a lot of speculation that it may have been someone else due to the tricky camera angles from the previous episode, but the end of this one clearly shows the shooting scene is as simple as we first thought. Everyone was hearing voices, then the two groups met and Ana shot Shannon. Now Sayid is pissed (as was evident in the previews for next week).
TRACHBANG!
Posted November 15, 2005 at 04:14:12 PM by Bean
I started a site called trachbang.com. It's pretty basic right now, but I'm hoping to create our own little fark.com-esque link repository eventaully, with regularly updating headlines submitted by YOU and discussed by all. You have to sign up for an account (takes about 4 seconds) in order to comment on links or submit new ones, but anyone can read the headlines and comments that have been posted.

As for the trach bang scale part of it... when you comment on a link, you get to rate it, and the ratings are displayed on the front page. Like I said, it's all pretty basic right now, but I'm hoping to make it mo betta in the future, pending intrest.

Obvious outstanding issues:
  • Comment formatting - need to allow certian tags in comments and disallow others. Some nice buttons to help out would be nice too (bold / italic / blockquote / link / img)
  • Need to strip HTML tags and unrecognized characters from the headline submissions
  • Need to add the links and RSS sidebars
  • Cookies - would be nice to not have to log in every time
  • Not sure if it looks right in all browsers... feedbakc plz.
Anyway... try it out and let me knwo what you think.
Movie Reviews: House of Wax and Sin City
Posted November 12, 2005 at 11:12:01 AM by Bean in the Movies category
House of Wax
Well, this movie was almost as good as The Ring Two. (PS - The Ring Two SUCKED) Not really very scary - just a lot of random gory scenes. The plot revolved around two effed up x-cojoined twins that are killing innocent campers and hot women and turning them into wax statues in an attempt to create a "wax city" as some kind of sick tribute to mommy. Unfortunately for them, wax burns well - and the end of the movie see's all of their hard work burn and melt into a town-sized glob of wax. The only saving grace of the whole movie is getting to see something cylindrical go into Paris Hiltons forehead instead of any of her pre-existing openings. (Steel pipe through the head). Overall: 2 thumbs down and a big ole fart noise.

Sin City
First off - I knew nothing about this "graphic novel" going into it, so I wasn't really sure what to expect plot-wise. Turns out to be three seperate stories, only barely related, about rough and tough men taking justice into their own hands. Each story was good on it's own, but I would have rather seen more connections between them or one big story involving them all. Interesting, and worth watching, but not worth watching again. My favorite things about Sin City were (1) The awesome camera work which was very comic-boos-esque, and (2) the gratuitious, often sloppy violence.
Big Baby B
Posted November 11, 2005 at 08:50:21 AM by Bean
My good friend Bilal always fights battles with his bowels. Here's a great first-hand example of some of the situations his various digestive anomalies put him in. Bilal, is it okay if I post this?
The past couple of days, I've been couped up in my apartment and I was just itching to get out!! So today, I went out with Sue to Mikado to eat some sushi mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm (I LOVE SUSHI)!!!

After that, we went to watch a movie with a goup of friends at Hollywood Bar and Film Works (Ocean's 12). Well, the movie pretty much sucked (I give it a D+ compared to Ocean's 11), but the food was nice. You can have dinner and a movie there. So I started to eat popcorn and drink a peppermint cappucino, it was pretty good. Then I moved onto a peppermint parfait (3 scoops of peppermint ice cream with cherries and whipped cream!) My stomach was feeling pretty "rumbly" -- and I just want everyone to know that I've had stomach problems all my life. I'm pretty sure that I'm lactose intolerant plus a little irritable bowel to boot!!

So, following the movie, Sue and I went to RAM to meet some indian friends of mine. I was having a blast........that is until......i felt the urge to go to the Bathroom!!! (omg, I mean u know that feeling...when you gotta go you REALLY gotta go). Naturally, I casually got up and "excused" myself to the bathroom. Well, my nightmare came true: (ONLY 1 STALL, CLOGGED, A PLUNGER FLOATING IN A TOILET FILLED TO THE BRIM WITH DOOKIE-WATER AND SOILED SOGGY TISSUES). - almost reminded me of the present YOU(BENITO) left at hollywood bar and film works. I just meditated, and prayed the urge to go away.....well, it did...temporarily.

I came back to the group and they were excited to have a LLLLOOONNGG...and drawn out conversation...hey bilal, where u been? why haven't you been coming out?...well, I was chatting it up with everyone..until the urge CAME BACK! OMG..what do I do? Do I go to the women's bathroom...do I tell someone to guard the door...I didn't have time to react.

I just naturally, did the FIGHT OR FLIGHT! I just picked up my jacket and left everyone. I said "i'll be right back" and my friend darshan was like.."dude, where are you going?"...i didn't answer, I just took off (mind you, there were lots of people in the desi group and i'm the 'new brownie') They must have thought I was soo shady! Anyhoo, I was walking really fast towards Steak&Shake a block down the road...(everyone was in mass confusion b/c i just left -- i wasn't going to let the whole world that I've gotta poop!) So I entered S&S and made my way to the back where the bathrooms are.

At this point, I was just micro-seconds from just letting everything go and embarrass myself (there was nothing to prarie-dog, i could tell the rrhea was inevitable)!! I pushed open the men's bathroom door and went towards the only two bathroom stalls. WOULD YOU BELIEVE THAT BOTH STALLS WERE OCCUPIED??!!...and judging from the crack b/w the doors...those guys weren't leaving anytime soon!! In fact, I could only see one guys bald head as he's resting his head on his hands with his elbows on his knees.....moaning and groaning. This was complete and utter Hell for me!!!

NOWHERE TO GO...BOTH STALLS OCCUPIED....my mind is in mass confusion thinking: (I GOTTA GO SOOOO BAD NOW IT'S AN EMERGENCY...the meditating isn't working...my body is cramping...what do I do? BREATHE BREATHE! should I go across the street to another restaurant and risk a few more minutes? should I just go in the alley and squat...you know, desi style lol?!!....

WELL...U KNOW WHAT I DID.....I BUSTED OPEN THE WOMEN'S BATHROOM DOOR....praying that no woman could be seen in there....THANK GOD THERE WASN'T A WOMAN IN SIGHT...I was soooo nervous...I just did the pre-igottagopoop-bathroom shuffle ...trying to hang up my jacket on the hook, undo my belt real quick, placing the toilet seat covers..and then.......BAM!!! I SIT DOWN....DO MY DUTIES....VERY EXPLOSIVE MIGHT I SAY!! AND A SIGH OF RELIEF...my God, This was such a blissssssssful feeling I can't even describe it to you!!!!

Now reality set in...i'm in a woman's restroom..and there's going to be a woman to enter at any moment. HOLY GEEEEZ!! A GIRL WALKS IN in her 20's i'd say (as I'm anxiously looking through the crack in the door!). She looks to see if my stall is open...and I quickly PLACE MY SCARF OVER MY HEAD LIKE A GRANDMA and turn my head the other way...I'd say I was looking like the UGLIEST woman in the world!! She bought it!! She went to the stall next to me...and ......

BELIEVE ME WHEN I SAY THIS...this was the first time that I heard improper sounds coming from a female...I'm glad that women are proper in public..but u know that movie HAROLD AND KUMAR GO TO WHITECASTLE movie?...yup..just like that...this gal was tooting really loud and obnoxiously!!! Grunting!! Poop was plopping!! the WORKS!! It was soo weird..i was like getting lighteaded...i couldn't believe that I was in this situation. At this point, my cell phone went off b/c darshan kept calling me ... he was worried where I went! I shut my cell OFF!!

Then the lady finished up...and washed her hands THANK GOD!! and then I just waited for the right time to MAKE MY ESCAPE!! I finished up (I won't give the details), put my jacket on, kept the scarf over my head like an old woman...and then 30 seconds after she left.....(I counted in my head)..I BOLTED OUT THE DOOR and RAN into the men's restroom...where I washed my hands.

I then fixed myself up to look my normal casual self...and then nonchalantly walked out the door like nothing happened. I then calmly walked into the desi party like nothing happened!!!!! Everyone was like Bilal, where'd you go? ... I said...I got a call and had to meet a friend outside (I mean, come on, I'm not going to tell them the truth!)...they were like.......Bilal, you're sooooooo SHADY!!!

THAT I AM!!!! LOL (I ended up telling Sue and Darshan the REAL STORY OF WHAT HAPPENED!!!!)

Ahhh yesssss...one of many Bilal Bathroom Stories!
Movie Review: Crash
Posted November 10, 2005 at 11:13:38 AM by Bean in the Movies category
Stef and I watched Crash a few nights ago. It was really good.

It's a pretty serious movie that examines predjudice from a lot of different angles. It tosses racism at you in way that you dont expect and is a very engaging drama. There's lots of small stories that all relate to each other in some way, all takinng place in a post-9-11 NYC. Plus, it's got Don Cheadle in it, which is always a bonus.

Stef wrote her thoughts about it here. Go rent it soon!
Lost: Abandoned (s2ep06)
Posted November 09, 2005 at 05:55:57 PM by Bean in the Lost category
Lost was new last night, for the first time in 3 weeks. It was pretty good episode with some decent plot action, but I think it's more of a staging for next week. We'll finally see what happened to the rest of the Tailies. The Others are becomming more and more of a plot feature, rather than the "monster" or the "smoke" from season 1. Can't wait to meet them.

Death and Confusion
Shannon bit the dust last night, shot by someone in the forrest. We are made to think that it's Ana Lucia from the Tailies, but there is some evidence that the actual shooter was someone else. Creative camera work may lead to a plot twist next week. As for what we were led to believe: Shannon and Sayid were chasing Walt (or a projection of him) and bumped into the Tailies making their way to the main camp. They were all disoriented and wiggin because of the whispers which both groups were hearing, and BANG. Who knows if that's actually what happened though. There may be other people or groups of people involved.

Walt and Shannon
Right before she was shot, Shannon and Sayid saw Walt, who appeared all wet and mumbled soemthing backwards. Reversed it said "They're coming, and they're close". Freaky little kid. It's confirmed in this episode that Shannon and Boone's dad was in the car accident with Jacks to-be-wife. Mr Rutherford died and more of the Boone-Shannon relationship was shown. Too bad the this episode was so Shannon-centric when all they did was kill her off at the end.

Tailies
One of the Tailies asked if Mr. Eko and Jin saw "the children" when they saw the others. I'm guessing the answer is yes, what with the teddy-bear and everything. Some bad stuffs must have happened to them in the first 48 days. Next week will be an "extended episode" and will focus on them. Here is a preview.
Cold Room
Posted November 08, 2005 at 12:30:39 PM by Bean in the Beer category
Back in 2004, I built a walk-in cold room in my basement. I documented it pretty well. Here are all of the entries:
Another New Blog
Posted November 08, 2005 at 09:46:28 AM by Bean in the Blog Updates category
I'm switching to a new blog tool. This time, I'm writing my own (you are viewing it right now). I know enough PHP and MySQL to make something usable, and I'll have complete control over formatting and whatnot. I've imported all of my blogger posts, and I'll be working on getting my old webcrimson posts in here as well as updating old blog text to clean up the links I break.

Commenting shoudl still work, so if you see any problems on the page, leave me a note under this entry. I probably won't be adding much new content until I get this straightened up. So solly.
My Bar
Posted November 03, 2005 at 01:53:00 PM by Bean in the Beer category
Well, It's been done since July, and it's been in a few pictures from SDP and Hallobean, but I still haven't blogged a solid blog about it, so, now I am.

Beanblog followers may recall that I (with the help of some friends) built a cold room back in early 2004 to keep the beer I brew and keg cold. I put some taps through the wall and mounted them on plywood. It worked, but it looks Spriglered (People that live in my neighborhood will know what that means). 3 taps were installed initially, with room for expansion, and 3+ taps pretty much means you need a bar! Luck for me, my dad (quite the handy fella) was onboard with not only helping me build it, but even buying some of the materials.

But slow down! First I'd need the basement to look halfway decent. A nice bar is a shitty basement isn't worth much, so I started putting up drywall. My basement is a walk-out, so anywhere there were studs, I slapped drywall up and anywhere there was foundation I painted it with polyurethane concrete sealer/paint. I left half of the basement unfinished and partitioned it off with adjustable curtains. It's not quite a fully-finished basement but it's close enough for me!

Then came the bar. I wish I'd have kept detailed construction notes and taken lots of pictures like I did with the cold room, but I was in such a rush to get it done I just forgot. My dad and I put the whole thing together over the course of 3 evenings. It's basically a cabinet with a short-studded wall built out from it and a couple solid-core doors laid on top. There were a lot of other details involved (wiring, plumbing the sink, the under-bar shelf, trim, handrail, paint, stain), but it was not really what I would call "hard." In fact, it was pretty easy, and fun to boot! A few pics of the finished product can be seen in this gallery or live and in person the next time you come to visit me. As you can probably tell, I've added an additional tap for a total of 4 - more than a lot of restaurants in my area.

My dad made the tap backer and shelves out of some oak planks he had left over from his old barn. I put in some stools, brewed some beer, and stocked the cabinet and under-bar shelf with bar-related items. End result: a nice bar with good beer and seating for 6 - all just 16 steps away!
Netflixations
Posted November 02, 2005 at 04:44:00 PM by Bean
Stef and I are back on the Netflix wagon. I added an RSS feed of our upcoming movies over there on the right. Any other recommendations?
H6 Pics
Posted November 01, 2005 at 10:53:00 AM by Bean in the Hallobean category
Click on thru to Hallobean to see a few pics from this years festivities.
AdSense
Posted November 01, 2005 at 09:47:00 AM by Bean in the Blog Updates category
Yeah, I'm sure you've noticed the little google ad at the top right. It's been there for a while. Guess what - when you click on it, I get money. Really, no nonsense, 100% real cash money. I'm not allowed to tell you to click on it, cause that would violate the term and conditions of my arangement with the great google god. But man oh man, free monies for blogging sure would be keen. If you'd like to set one up on your blog, go here - it's really easy, and I'll click the shit out of it!
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