.journal 2000.11.11
A little shopping spree helps me celebrate the launch of the site, this new turn in my life.

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Now listening to: Portishead, Glory Times
Now reading: Poppy Z. Brite, The Crow: The Lazarus Heart
Now playing: Kessen (Playstation 2)

So now I have a new home on the World Wide Web. Knowing that nobody reading this would be likely to send me housewarming presents, I withdrew some cash from my E*Trade account and treated myself to a shopping spree at Media Play last weekend while finishing work on this site. Particularly after the events of this past month, I needed to treat myself to something nice, and what better way to do that than to go to my favourite store and just buy up everything that caught my eye.

After getting my Playstation 2 last month, I finally had the capability to play DVDs, and so that first weekend after getting the system I went out DVD shopping. I'd been hoping to get Björk's Volumen, but after seemingly having it in stock every week I went to Media Play, that one weekend they sold out all their copies. But this weekend somehow I lucked out as not only did they have Volumen but also the "All is Full of Love" DVD single. Two quick additions to the DVD library right there.

Just for fun, here's a quick review of the videos that comprise Volumen:

Volumen is still a must-buy, there's no question about it. And just in case you hadn't deduced it by now, all the links you see here go to amazon.com or cdnow.com pages where you can buy the work in question. And not only can you buy it, but when you buy it through the link from this site, you also put a little money in my pocket thanks to the affiliate deals I have with both sites. Even if you're not interested in my selections, you can still shop through the links on my front page and help finance my various entertainment-based habits.

To get back to the Media Play trip, I also picked up Poppy Z. Brite's Wormwood while I was out. Horror hadn't ever particularly been my thing, but I'm finding that reading it is a lot easier than trying to watch a scary movie, because it usually allows me to dull the scenes to my own thresholds for blood and guts and all that other nasty stuff. Although as I read Poppy Z. Brite's work I'm finding those thresholds are becoming greater and greater. Perhaps it's because Brite is such a great writer, I don't know. I'm a child of the cable TV age so I've never really been into recreational reading, but since being turned on to Brite's work I've been more interested in curling up with a good book. Just like with movies, which I don't watch that often, I find it easier to become immersed in a book than with other forms of entertainment. At least now I have something to pick up after finishing The Crow: The Lazarus Heart.

I rounded off my Media Play trip with a Powerpuff Girls t-shirt (picking up the last style they had that I didn't already own) and three CDs. First off was Portishead's Glory Times, which I kind of liked but didn't change my initial skepticism about the set, that "Sour Times" and "Glory Box" were two songs that had been perfected and didn't need remixes. At least now I have a copy of "Theme from To Kill a Dead Man," which I've been dying for since I first saw the video for it on Amp.

I also picked up Smashing Pumpkins' Gish, because MTV2 has had the videos for "Siva" and "Rhinoceros" in regular rotation recently and I've begun to realize I prefer the Pumpkins' earlier work, before side projects and break-ups and drugs basically destroyed the group. I don't own the last few Pumpkins CDs but even among their earlier work I'm really liking the sound here; the Chicago influence is perhaps stronger here than in their later work, and it has that whole "alternative before alternative was cool" flow going for it.

Finally I got Recoil's Liquid, just because I had Recoil recommended to me by the same friend who turned me on to Poppy Z. Brite. That friend has really been expanding my horizons, and for that I must thank her. I wouldn't say as I'm totally unfamiliar with Recoil's sound, because I have similar CDs in my collection. But Recoil adds a layer of sensuality to the primitive sounds that's like a fog machine in my brain, clouding my previous perceptions and forcing me to focus on a single beacon of sexual charge to find my way.

Going back to my Playstation 2 for a moment, you have to get Kessen. I'd never played a real-time strategy game before, but I picked this one up real quick and I can jam on this thing forever. The battle scenes kick so much ass that I can keep viewing them over and over again and never get tired of them. The level of detail in the game is just unbelievable, and the only real problem I have with it is that sometimes the general swing their spears through the decorations on their headdresses. Other than the fact that I missed an episode of Powerpuff Girls because I got caught in the middle of a two-hour battle, though, the only fault I can find with the game is that there aren't enough hours in the day to play it. I completed the game in less than a week, although it felt like the final battle playing as the West damn near took a week, and my victory was hardly Napoleonic.

And Jeff finally came over to see the Playstation 2 and, of course, test the DVD features. He brought over some of his DVD collection so he could run my system "through the paces," and he seemed to leave plenty jealous. The only real problem we ran into was with the special commentary on Men in Black, as the silhouettes and telestrating on the screen seemed to flicker on and off at odd times. Given some of the subtitling problems I've run into on some of my anime DVDs, I'm guessing the subtitling part of the DVD software isn't quite up to snuff, perhaps limited by the system's video RAM. But it's not too much of a problem for me, at least not for now.

Geez, here I go with these grand plans for the new site, and I spend my whole first journal update talking about all this petty stuff. I'd been hoping to do something more profound than just talk about CDs and DVDs and music videos and stuff, but oh well. This is a work in progress, and I need to allow myself to experiment here, see where these forays will take me. And if I don't like where I end up, I can always go someplace else, try something new. No biggie.

Anyway, I hope you all check out the poetry, and hopefully I should have some fiction cooked up for the site shortly. I should get back to some of my songs shortly, but I wanna keep updating here, because I'm really having fun with this. Everyone be sure to join the mailing list to receive e-mails whenever I have something new for you here, or else just keep checking in to the site. I'll be around.

Until then, let my tonbogiri be your passage TO HELL!!!

- Sean