Christian D


Today, 10 yrs ago, was an epic party at our house. Well, maybe not epic.. but more memorable than most! This was the party where John The Candien famously puked on our couch. He’s probably really tired of hearing about it, even 10 yrs later. But I wrote this post in 2009 so for me it’s only 7 yrs later. And he doesn’t do stuff like that these days. Anyway, here are some videos from the party 10 yrs ago today. They also show how our house looked before the addition; those rooms were small (not really; just small in comparison).

Here is a 10-minute montage of all our favorite slices of life from the party:

And here are the individual videos from the party:

#1: John’s first drink. Not much going on.

#2: John’s 4th drink.

#3: Various people talking about some fun New Orleans bar they couldn’t find their way back to. Listen for Dig-Dug in the background!

#4: People start noticing the camera. Wayne talks about a lost pack of cigarettes. The nature of the webcam is discussed (it’s record, not broadcasting). Becky suggests that we start playing Strip Poker soon:

#5: People play with our spinning-message-maker light/toy thingee:

#6-#7: Not much happens here, except for mingling. You can still hear Dig-Dug in the background:

#8-#10 are for friends only ;) Check my flickr if you’re a friend :)

#11: Various mingling. Clint explains to Britt that it’s recording, not broadcasting. Aaron starts playing with the camera around 2m50s. At 3m18s, you can see the software recording the party, and AE’s ex-girlfriend Tracy:

#12: At 2m10s, the camera gets shoved down somebody’s pants:

#13: John’s going dooowwwwn! Kipp, don’t encourage him! Things get interesting around 6m20s, when Jesse tells Carolyn, “John’s fucked up”, and Carolyn grabs his bottle, swigs it, then walks away with it. John The Candien looks disconcerted. “Noooo… Not the bottle!” Funny stuff :) But then look at 7m40s — Kipp picks John up and moves him to the couch that he later puked on. He got up, but for all I know he moved back to the couch at 11m30s because he didn’t want to be picked up again. And who picks somebody up anyway? Nice instincts (sarcasm) on everybody except Carolyn’s part:

#14: John is now out, and girls decide to put makeup on him:

#15: Finally, he pukes. But a cup was put in front of the camera, so you can really only see how people react to the whole thing:

#16: We all miss Samhain the cat, who made a brief 1-minute appearance before running away:

#17: Webcam voiceovers. Possibly the funniest on-camera moments:

#18: And then the webcam “optical illusion” of swallowing a huge cam (short):

#19: And another quick-but-funny voiceover:

And that’s how we rolled in 2002!

Our 10 year marriage / 18 year dating anniversary actually happened 2 days ago, on the 10th. But our wedding reception happened on 2/12/2000 — 10 years ago. It was a pretty big reception, and was followed by an equally big party at our house that night. (There were a few hours in between the events for everyone to change, eat dinner, etc.)

A good hour of video was taken by our friend Tony T! I managed to get it converted to VHS, and later to AVI on the computer, and later to YouTube postings with YouTube’s stupid 10 minute limit requiring me to break it up into 20 parts of various sizes. Here are the videos — most of them peppered with youngest-cousin Todd being extremely annoying. Go past the jump to see the pics & vid! (more…)

I saw someone else post a month-by-month list of their favorite pictures from the year. What a good idea! I shall jump on that bandwagon, too. So here are some of my favorite pictures of 2009, month by month, all from my flickr (but NOT all taken by me).

I’ll try to keep it to 2-5 pictures a month.

I also will be including New Year’s Eve (2008->2009 transition) as it’s own month, since I usually don’t get my pictures up in a timely fashion.

Click any picture to follow through to my flickr, where it will be explained in much more detail. Or hover over the picture for a [very] brief summary. (more…)

I'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [IMDB American remake link] [Netflix link] [Facebook link] Based on a Japanese manga, Carolyn & I watched this Korean movie for a 2nd time in 720p high-definition, introducing it to Shannon & Christian who hadn’t really heard of it. It is rated 8.3/10 on IMDB, putting it in the IMDB Top 250 as the 116th greatest movie of all time. “15 years of imprisonment, 5 days of vengeance.”

LIMERICK REVIEW: There once was a drunk named Oh Dae-su
who was abducted without knowing by who. Imprisoned for way too long
without knowing what he did wrong…
Revenge really sucks when it’s directed at you.

HAIKU REVIEW, WITH A MAJOR SPOILER THAT WOULD RUIN THE MOVIE: Revenge surprises
its unexpected victims.
[spoiler:highlight with mouse to read–>] Don’t fuck your sister.

PEOPLE: Directed by Chan-wook Park. Starring Min-sik Choi as Dae-su Oh, Ji-tae Yu as Woo-jin Lee, and Hye-jeong Kang as Mi-do. Rumour has it that Steven Spielberg and Will Smith will be teaming up to do the American remake. Ugh. Although I often like remakes, I think in this case they would be hard-pressed to duplicate the same theatrical experience in an American culture. The movie’s foreign origins helped keep up the mystique and craziness of the whole endeavor. As some have said in the IMDB forums — we’d rather see David Lynch do the remake.

QUIRKS: The 2nd movie in Chan-wook Park’s “Revenge Trilogy”. (Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, Sympathy For Lady Vengeance.) I’ve heard of Lady Vengeance and wanted to watch it for some time. Some time after writing this review, I finally watched Lady Vengeance and gave it a 5/5 and a 10/10 — even higher than this movie. But most people prefer this one.

Basically, a man spontaneously imprisoned in solitary confinement for 15 years without knowing why has a mere 5 days to find his captor — or his new love[r] will be murdered.

VISUALS: The cinematography and general flow of the movie is quite good. There are some intense scenes — such as the [real] live squid that is [really] eaten alive. I actually saw that scene years before I’d seen the movie, by downloading a torrent called “squid make good food” from MiniNova. It consisted of 15 files of people eating live squid.

There is also a fight-scene that reminded Carolyn & I of the famous internet stick-figure fight scene(s) that went around a few years ago.

There is some graphic dental torture, some sex, some hallucinations. Some incredibly painful and intense scenes — especially at the end, when a character humiliates himself and, well… Wouldn’t want to spoil it :) Apparently only 7 people die on screen in the movie… It actually seems to be much higher than that when watching.

MORALS: People who do bad things don’t like it when you tell others what they did.

BAD STUFF: It can be a bit confusing, as its best to watch it subtitled. Missing a few key lines of dialog could really leave you wondering what is going on. And the “mystery” becomes more and more obvious as Oh Dae-su comes closer and closer to figuring it out. Some unfortunate people knew it right away. The truth is hinted at from the start. By the 90% point, the truth is simply spoken aloud so that anyone who still hasn’t figured it out knows. If you figure it out early, you might get anxious for the main character to figure it out. Other than that, I don’t really find anything bad with this. It’s a damn good movie. So there’s really not much “bad stuff” at all.

CONCLUSION: 5/5 stars on Netflix, 8/10 on IMDB.

RECOMMENDATION: This is a great movie for anyone who loves an intense revenge movie, or a mystery movie. This is not a detective mystery, but there is a crime that is being solved. See this, but make sure to watch it subbed, not dubbed. Voices and inflection are very important with Asian movies. If this was French or Spanish I’d watch it in English, as those languages aren’t as “foreign” to me. But Asian inflections are very foreign to me, and need to be watched with the original audio so as to not lose that aspect.

SIMILAR MOVIES: The other 2 movies in Chan-wook Park’s revenge trilogy share a lot of qualities with this movie.

MOVIE QUOTE: “Laugh and the world laughs with you. Weep and you weep alone.”

FRIENDS’ RATINGS: Christian loved it. Benj really liked it. Carolyn liked it. A bunch of people still have it in their Netflix queue…. I sent a Netflix note about this movie when I first watched it in 2006. (more…)

This was one of the finest Rocky Horror showings I’ve ever been to. I held onto this blogpost draft for 14 months before deciding to just spooge the fragments out to the world without properly waiting. I mean, I saw Rocky Horror on the same approximate weekend the following year before ever posting this. So here goes… I am not attempting to make any coherent review here; just sharing info. (more…)

Nice to know I match Carolyn the most — as usual. (OKCupid has verified this too…)


Add us as a netflix friend by sending a frend request to “clintandcarolyn at acm d0t vt d0t edu”….

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