August 2006


“And if I were a painter I do not know which I’d paint
The calling of the ancient stars or assembling of the saints
And there’s so much beauty around us for just two eyes to see
But everywhere I go I’m looking”

(from the song “Here In America” by Rich Mullins)

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Last night Joy and I watched “The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari” (1920). This is sometimes considered to be the first true horror film ever made. It is also one of the earliest films to use a framing device at the beginning and end of the film with the majority of the story told in flashback. It’s not a horror film in the sense of shock value or making you jump or anything. Instead, it’s more of an unsettled feeling, and then towards the end there are scenes that turn everything you thought was real around on its head. Or do they? Well, that’s part of the fun, and there is no final answer, just questions, which also adds to the unsettled mood. Overall, I definitely enjoyed the film. I thought the story was engaging, and the expressionist style of the film (especially the scenery) really added to the mood and ambiance.

I have some pretty big news. On Wednesday I resigned from my current job, where I have worked for the past eight years. I’ve accepted an offer from another company here in town, and I will be starting work there on Monday, September 11. The new position will give me the opportunity to work with some more advanced techniques and tools that I haven’t had the chance to fully use in my current job. It was a difficult decision to make, but I am very exicted about the new position. Most of the difficulty in making the choice to take the new job comes from leaving the people where I am now. Over the years they have become like a second family as we’ve worked together through good times and bad. It’s always a stretch to leave the familiar and embrace something new and unknown, but I feel like it’s time, and I feel like this is the path I am supposed to take. So it will be a very busy couple of weeks tying up loose ends at my current job, but then it will be time to move on to the new and exciting things to come.

“All the unsaid words that I might be thinking
And all the little signs that I might give you
They would not be enough
No they would not be enough

So we nod over coffee and say goodbye
Smile over coffee and turn to go
We know the drill and we do it well
We love it, we hate it, ain’t that life

Ain’t that the curse of the second hand
Ain’t that the way of the hour and the day”

(from the song “Nod Over Coffee” by Pierce Pettis)

Click “more” to see a list of all of the interesting web sites I found this week. I keep track of my favorite sites using del.icio.us, a free web site where you can access your favorite links from any computer and share them with friends. You can also see all of my favorite links (not just the ones from this week).

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“I truly believe my greatest mistakes are ahead of me. Something to look forward to.”

(Jim Coudal via the 37signals “Signal vs. Noise” blog)

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I’ve been listening to Les Miserables lately during my commute to work. I’ve been playing the Complete Symphonic Recording, which is basically every line in the entire musical, so it takes me about three days to get through it all. I have no idea how many times I’ve listened to Les Miserables, but it’s probably well over 250 times, and there are three sections that still really get to me pretty much every single time. The first is the scene near the beginning when the Bishop gives the silver to Valjean instead of turning him in to the police. The second is near the end of the first act with “In My Life” and “A Heart Full of Love” back to back. I used to think those songs were one of the weaker passages in the musical, but now I love them. I think it partially depends on how much I like the person playing Cosette. :-) Anyway, the third part is the finale where Marius and Cosette find Valjean on his deathbed. I usually get a lump in my throat during those three scenes, and occassionaly a tear down my cheek during the finale.

I love these stamps. When they were first released a few months ago I went to post offices all over town trying to find them, but they were all sold out. I eventually had to order them online, and now I have a large stockpile of them. I just think they’re a lot of fun, and Joy and I both like “matching” the stamps to the person we’re sending our mail to. Some stamps just seem right for certain people, you know?

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