west…wait, east…west. God I sound like a fucking psycho.

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A couple of nights ago, Kate and I watched the original Matrix. It seemed tainted by the second, somehow. Trinity was a kick-ass, tough-chick, hax0r girl and not a weak love interest making googly eyes at Neo. Neo was confused and stuck in a world he did not understand, so the Keanu Reaves acting did not seem out of place. The story was good and completely self-contained with no need for a sequel or trilogy. It was good. Alas, we never finished watching it. Part-way through we paused it for Kate to take a smoke break. During that break, we got a little carried away discussing the science (and not the philosophy, like every pundit wants to discuss) of the Matrix. Why do they have to enter/exit using the phones? Why do they have to use “hard-lines” and not their cellphones? How is it that when you die in the Matrix, you die in the real world? How is it that when you are disconnected without properly “logging out,” you die (or at least something bad happens such that you cannot suddenly disconnect)? I think that between our own opinions and various articles we have read, we hashed out the answers to everything but the “sudden-disconnect” question. I never really asked the question–I just took it on faith, based on other cyberpunk genre books and stories, that “that's the way it just is.” We eventually ended up falling asleep and not watching the rest of the movie.

We just finished watching Heathers. Oh, boy, does that bring back memories. It brings back fond memories of wearing a trenchcoat, smoking cigarettes, and blowing shit up. Unfortunately, I think I will have Que Sera, Sera stuck in my head for the next few days. Oh, hey, and I got to see James “Poor Man” Trenton (I never knew his last name until I saw it in the credits) back in his heyday, when he was still a DJ on KROQ. BC and I ran into The Poor Man at the local Diedrich's the other day, and I would have guessed he was homeless except for that cable access “Bikini Beach” show he has (that is going to go into syndication across the country). Well, come to think of it, he still could be homeless AND have the TV show.

Now, I need to find an online “which Heathers character are you?” quiz. I am thinking about 80% JD and 20% Veronica.

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