Mon 13 Aug 2001

  • movie (American History X): Wow. What a powerful movie. Easily the most impressive movie I’ve seen in a long time. I understand all the fuss about it when it first came out, and wish I had seen it then. I can’t wait to see Edward Norton’s next movie. I think he’s a tremendous actor, and has very impressive control of his body.

  • movie (Rush Hour 2): This was much better than the original. It had more goofiness, and fewer race-gags which I liked. Jackie Chan is certainly getting older, but he still has moments of fun.

  • irony: I spent all day wiring up my wireless connection. I originally got it so that I could work in the living room on my laptop. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the reception I wanted originally, so I strung a wire to the middle of the house, and mounted the wireless hub on the cieling. I now get a great connection, though I’m ~5 feet away from where I wired to.

  • drills: Here are the things I learned about drilling today: 1) You need a masonry drill bit to drill through stone. 2) If you are drilling through a slate floor, drill through the slate over the mortar. The mortar is tough as nails – the slate is not. 3) If you are drilling through carpet, drill really quickly so that you melt the carpet. If you drill slowly, you just rip it up and get stuck. 4) It’s a good things drills can go in reverse 5) When drilling through wood, an old, cheap, blunt drill bit covered with melted carpet works a lot better than a shiny new masonry bit. 6) I know nothing about drills.

  • house (crawlspace): I took a grand tour of the underside of my house while wiring today. Apparently I drove the dog nuts while singing and hammering under there. Wheeee!

  • dishwashers: Our 1972 vintage, bright green dishwasher is showing its age. I fear it is time to retire it…