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my time in a gulag
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100 things about me (a flickr interpretation on a blogging classic)

i smoke, drink, and curse like a thrown-down devil
i really enjoy dark japanese yakuza movies
i laugh at myself (alot) - in fact i possess a curious defect of self-schadenfreude
i believe in hubris
i have regular dreams of evading and hunting down enemies who are trying to kill me
i am a badass in the kitchen
i am not a tidy person - i submitted to the wisdom of entropy long ago
my political worldview is heavily influenced by the real politik of classical roman empire building
my social worldview is heavily influenced by the Sales Conference scene in Glengarry Glen Ross
My most treasured book is Memoirs of Hadrian - I read it once a year, slowly.
i spit curses on people who dont return a proffered 'hello'
i have a compulsive fetish for tech gadgetry
i can sing most frank sinatra songs by heart (and some from the heart)
i dread dying alone in a nursing home more than anything else
i think global warming is caused more by solar maxima and a shifting geo-magnetic core than industrial pollution
i make a formidable martini
i believe oswald was a patsy
im good with remembering actors and movies. im good, but my brother is a rainman
it is my opinion that the flashback scenes in godfather 1 and 2 are what made the movies into classics
when i was younger i would go cliff diving at 2am alone off La Jolla Cove in San Diego
i understand that your strengths are also your weaknesses
ironically, i can chain smoke unfiltered pall malls but filtered cigarettes give me a vise-like headache
my favorite song is More Than This - The Cure. I can listen to it for hours over and over again
i always tip more than 20%
i cannot eat cooked fish - makes me retch
i have a neuro-physiological need for chicken tempura once every two weeks
i want to learn to tango and passably play flamenco guitar before i die
i use cheat codes on video games
i drink my coffee black and my espressos with a cut of lemon
i broke my collarbone jumping off the back of a moving truck
Yojimbo is my favorite Kurosawa movie
until someone figures out how to move complex organic systems faster than the speed of light, i will scoff at people who believe in UFOs and aliens on earth
i grok russian techno
my phonemail message is 'lasciate ogni speranza, voi chi entrate'
i believe john ashcroft is a greater threat to american security than osama bin laden
i think that viral pandemics and asteroid collisions will end the reign of the human species on earth and that the universe will end in a post-expansion 'heat death'.
i love jackie gleason's orchestral music
i am a good speed shooter with a 9mm
i believe that the NSA has already solved the factorization issue for public key distribution encryption
i have every issue of Wired magazine. its sad watching it turn into a Sharper Image catalog.
i'm a pretty decent storyteller
i always fall asleep reading a book
i am usually reading 3 or 4 books at a time
i think that Social Secuirty is a ponzi scam
when i was in 5th grade, my class ran a mini-city, running businesses, fake money, etc. i was the banker, casino owner, and lawyer
in high school, i was elected Commissioner of Finance and voted Most School Service. bletch
i own 200 acres of land in southern virginia
i make my own italian sausage raviolis from scratch
i once had 40 cats, 3 boxers, 12 guinea hens, and a turkey named Bubba
i love the click and snap of a zippo lighter
i felt lame during the dot.com boom for not leaving my safe sinecure at IBM for some hot startup
when i graduated from college, i wanted to make and sell reproductions of greek and roman antiquites and arms
i think nature is one big computational system
I think Wilhem Dafoe, John Malkovich, and Lawrence Fishburn would make an awesome movie together
i desperately miss san diego mexican fast food
i think Ernest Shakleton was the greatest leader of our age (google him...and be amazed!)
i want to learn hardware programming so i can make interactive sculpture
a great dinner party from history to me would be Lawrence Durrell, Julius Caesar, a young William Shatner, and Robert Heinlein - and myself.
i believe that Solzenitsyn must be read with cheap vodka by a raging fire on very cold nights
i have had the same bottle of Tuscany cologne for 4 years
my favorite constellation is Orion
The opening line of Kipling's Kim is my favorite: 'He sat, in defiance of municipal orders, astride the gun Zam-Zammah on her brick platform opposite the old Ajaib-Gher - the Wonder House, as the natives call the Lahore Museum.'
ben webster must be listened to with ice-chilled scotch
i love the color of scotch
i told my dad in 91' that he should write a program to catalog all the sites on the internet because it was going to be big one day. he said no, its just a fad
my brother is the funniest person i know
i have never seen Citizen Kane (much to my mortal embarassment)
i hold weekend naps to be an inalienable right of man
when i was 12 i wanted to be an admix of col. hogan (bob crane), james bond (sean connery), and buck rogers (gil gerard)
being alone in a pine forest during a midnight snowstorm is a great experience
i grow my own rosemary and thyme
when i am drunk i start to talk about quantum mechanics and information theory
i make a wicked chimichanga
i believe that Sammy Davis Jr's Mr Bojangles is a perfect song
i have been told that i should have been a lawyer - i was half-insulted by the suggestion
i have also been told i should have been a teacher - i was totally insulted by the suggestion
my worst job was proof reading the white pages
i dont believe in the death penalty - it is an insufficient sanction for truly inhuman crimes. life incarceration in a prison glory hole would be more appropriate
when i was 5, my parents caught me judging an impromptu 'naked beauty contest' with my neighbor girls.
my mother listened to barry manilow, captain and tenille, and the carpenters incessantly when i was a small child. as a result i am scarred today with knowing the lyrics of most of their songs by heart
i only buy dollar store sunglasses
i regret not serving in the military
Snatch is a great movie, but easily tiresome - like Madonna for that matter.
i am not afraid of death, but i will not suffer a long languishing crippling dying
i can recite every line from Blade Runner
i think that marijuana should be legalized - alcohol is a far more socially damaging drug
i make my biscuits and gravy from scratch
the only rap song i get is 'Damn it Feels Good To Be A Gangsta' - Geto Boys. All the rest can burn for all i care
William Gibson's Neuromancer was a pivotal sci-fi book for me, but Greg Egan's Diaspora is the best science fiction work ever written
i made a goldfish pond for my garden
i am proud of the fact that my great-grandfather started the classics department at Stanford
i have a mexican catholic peasant altar in my den with a complete collection of veladoras, loteria cards, a spanish bayonet, and gitane cigarettes
i never got woody allen. make no sense to me, bores the shit outta me
i think voting is a moral obligation - men have died to protect that right. we owe them
but, i think politicians are pathological con artists by nature
i used shave my head with a #2 guard twice a month
i have a wicked evil - barely socially acceptable - sense of humor
i am a jedi master of relaxation
i am told that my eyes change color from green to blue depending on what i am wearing
i love building raging two-story bonfires
Date: 2004-09-10 19:53:13



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Comments

wow
SiYH 2004-12-07 11:43:09
wow indeed.
codebleu 2005-02-28 13:42:25
40 cats?!
w1nn 2005-03-14 04:28:56
And here I thought 6 cats was a lot. You win.
Jesamin 2005-03-20 22:28:38
amazing list, and intimately descriptive. I don't think I could ever do such a thing.. bravo!

(but I totally concur on woody allen)
Jakes_World 2005-04-01 21:00:36
"i can recite every line from Blade Runner"
Right on!!
From 9mils to Heinlein we see eye to eye on a number of things.
ps: rent Citizen Kane! soon, this week...
ZenOptic 2005-04-09 21:30:50
Did you listen to ZenOptic? Just watch the damn movie. And then watch A Touch of Evil. If you've already seen it, watch it again. : )
b-real 2005-05-15 14:00:22
It was just on AMC this week!
ZenOptic 2005-05-15 22:02:00
Interesting! I like the photo.
mistubako 2005-06-25 19:04:06
I cant beleive I read the whole thing. I have never seen Citizen Kane either. You are as talented with words as you are with your camera.

BTW: Your Mom sent me your way. :)I live here too.
GrĂ¡ go deo, Kathy & Ron 2005-07-24 00:58:04
I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C- beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.
G-Trove 2005-09-12 03:18:30
With regards to the flicks:

Yojimbo: Excellent choice, though I still prefer Seven Samurai.

Blade Runner: awesome. I can almost do the same with Goodfellas.

Citizen Kane: You really should see it...
RoninVision 2005-12-03 10:14:40
hidden fortress, sanjuro, yojimbo, seven samurai - love em all. im rewatching chusinagura for the dozenth time right now (not kurosawa, but some fine Mifune work)
fubuki 2005-12-03 11:18:24
thanks for the inspiration :)
|kim| 2005-12-11 06:58:09
I've never seen Chushingura. I'll have to check it out sometime...
RoninVision 2005-12-20 06:28:55
wow. what a treat.
(awhile ago i sorta did a wee bit of this on my profile, but now may go back & delete it :-)
- did you leave out your languages on purpose?
- love people who grok the word grok.
- i did converse with William Shatner when he was young(er).
- maybe toss the Tuscany & try Bay Rum?
- same as you about always tipping more than 20%, SD mexican food, SDj's Mr. Bojangles, quantum mechanics & a bunch more - but especially voting.
- child>La Jolla Cove>diving .. me too, but not at 2 a.m., so it doesn't count..
- my brother is the funniest person i know too. (key work is 'know' .. otherwise, you..)
.. >thank you< for the treat of reading your 100-so-far..
oh, and 'hello, Ty!'
alight 2006-01-10 17:50:09
fubuki 2006-01-10 18:32:04
thank you amigo - (but that link says "Page not found - Oops! Looks like you followed a bad link." -?)
alight 2006-01-10 18:49:18
how bizarre that the the photo you posted this morning has now disappeared..
but, heh, i saw it first ..... !sweet you!
alight 2006-01-11 10:11:38
yeah, i del'd it a couple hours ago. bay rum is good though. cheers alight. belushi's p.a. huh? we need to talk. :)
fubuki 2006-01-11 11:23:38
any time, my friend.. about belushi or your great-grandfather (have been thinking about what you wrote of him) or whatever else. - flickrmail me when the muse strikes. would be my joy.

and yes, in case your wife hasn't disclosed this, a man wearing bay rum is one of the secrets to women. that & every so often coming home with an armload of sweetpeas or lilacs. :)
alight 2006-01-11 19:00:49
one would think, but my other, inexpicably, hates my bay rum and expertly wrinkles her nose when i apply some. go figure. la vie...
fubuki 2006-01-11 19:03:07
i want to run your chart.
Bella Rua Photography 2006-02-28 01:13:06
I think I'm in lust...
Poppy Wright 2006-04-30 08:24:55
>>i desperately miss san diego mexican fast food

Distinctly different from LA mexican fast food ... and, admittedly, superior. I miss it too.

Great post!
jay-tee 2006-08-19 11:58:07
Love this foto! and can oh so relate to so many of the 100!! Glad you posted this...I found it by searching for one of my picts..."The Girl In The Pond".......back to my search.
bodofotoz 2006-09-15 19:56:10
Please consider adding this great portrait to our new group:

www.flickr.com/groups/gusto/
yaxchibonam 2006-10-16 12:30:59
You are interesting.
peyri 2007-03-22 13:12:31
You have forgotten to mention that you are hot.
FlipFlower 2007-04-08 09:02:36
excellent.
deyaa_s 2007-04-21 12:48:10
Hola, soy el administrador de un grupo llamado Realidad Ficticia y nos encantarĂ­a agregar tu foto al grupo.
emiliocamarin 2007-10-18 10:38:39
faved , total badassery
living asleep 2007-12-30 14:38:26
damn... i've got to feed you more tequila !?!
doogin 2008-02-29 12:58:42
Wonderful post.
Gary B. Watts 2008-09-11 02:12:08
"i love building raging two-story bonfires "

Only a Jew would love building a two story bonfire!
But not in the winter time. In the beginning of summer when everything is dry! - Bar Yochai
wontonga 2009-04-29 00:09:56
'I'll ask you to dance if they play our toon, Olga.'
patrick.judge42 2009-06-12 15:39:47
almost true...
Harry Szpilmann 2009-11-08 01:18:57
Was trying to find a photo of Oswalds Bond Store in Sydney.. and your photo + one other popped up.. glad it did as this is infinitely more interesting :)
Didymojo 2010-05-22 14:36:30
lenin and stalin, such a basterd pair, curse of the earth
jeffvan1949 2011-08-03 02:33:52
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