Monthly Archives: May 2008

The world is busy with its own rhythm. Easy to get lost in the distractions of the daily scramble to get on top of your predefined space, any space, that you can call your own. Everyone tries to call their shots on you. Never listen. People can judge you, but choose your own path. Get out of your own bubble. Do what you feel like doing. Ride at your own pace. Even if the only thing that makes the truth real, is your belief in it.

If I won the lottery, I’d get:

  1. LEED certified prefab house / Mid-century modern Eichler
  2. Customized hybrid Volkswagen 1979 Type II Transporter
  3. Concourse restoration 1959 Porsche 356A
  4. A shitload of records in vinyl
  5. A harem of Maltese bitchez for Nickel the boy wonder

The hamster wheel won’t turn unless you walk. And it only gets faster when you start running!

Today I ran to the Home Depot to score some PVC joints to repair my laundry hamper. It’s the kind made of plastic PVC pipes, shaped like a long quarter circle, and a drawstring cloth bag liner. The connecting parts have crumbled away and the whole thing is always prone to popping apart at the seams. I had to dremel the pipe threads out of the pieces, but it all worked out beautifully.

Still toying around with Ubuntu. I just installed Apache so I can run PHP locally on my box without having to test on a remote server for my random web projects. I still need a couple of hours to get my feet wet. Can’t wait to deploy our new ideas for :)

And… one of these days, I would really love to be in an Eichler. :)

You're a star!

It’s been more than a year since we’ve decided to take Nickel in to live with us in Tarzana. It’s been quite an adventure to say the least! He’s gone camping in literally freezing conditions, caught bubble gum in his hair (c/o Lovell), engaged in very inappropriate makeout sessions in our garden while a crowd of 20 watched, ridden the Vespa numerous times with his Mama Kat, taken a few road trips back to San Francisco, pee-d on snow at Tahoe, poo-pooed in Baby Lara’s playpen and made her eat it, and the list goes on… For his next adventure I think we’ll have to cut off his balls.

Calling him my best friend would be an understatement.

Happy fourth birthday, you crazy little guy. :)

Caught The Little Ones at the Troubadour tonight. I saw them open for the Magic Numbers almost a year ago, and am glad to catch them headlining tonight at one of my favorite venues. Ra-Ra-Riots, opened for them and put on a really tight set as well.

As usual, everyone flaked – I still don’t give a shit and will still watch gigs by myself because live music is and forever will be the last indulgence I would deny myself. Worddage!

I like the beauty of randomness –
like when you don’t peer into the viewfinder
but click anyway
because you know the beautiful picture is
what you’re not looking at.

The Adventures of Nickel
The adventures of Nickel.

Around people’s legs and cat’s tails.
Sniffing about.

Watch your back!
The curious little boy goes places.

Golden Gate Bridge
And shares his portraits online
to put smiles on strangers’ faces.


Updated my rig – I junked Windows in lieu of Ubuntu 8.04, and I’m currently in the process of re organizing all the junk data I’ve accumulated over the years. This includes ICQ chat logs from 1997, old emails and massive gigabytes of pictures, and other bits and pieces of nostalgia.

My 9 year-old CRT monitor also conked out and started flickering yellow intermittently. I had to smack it around to get the blue back on screen. I must say I was impressed though, given how long it was in service for. I’m now rocking out on a 21.6″ TFT LCD. I would’ve gotten a dual 19″ setup, but why get greedy?

I’m trying to simplify and streamline my work and play processes, which includes preference over open source (read: free) software. Everything is running good. Now I’ll just need to clean up. Remember what they say: your inbox reflects who you are. And so does the bathroom mirror in the morning.

April 19, 2002

To Whom It May Concern:

My name is Lovine Gopez, and I’m currently a junior at Loyola Marymount University taking up Finance and Information Systems. As a brief introduction, I grew up in Manila Philippines, with two older sisters and an older brother. I came here to Loyola after graduating from high school to experience an opportunity to widen my horizons, both spiritually and intellectually. I find it amusing that after all the years I spent growing up in Manila, it becomes easy to block yourself from the rest of the world, and believe that the world revolves around the only place that you know. Three years ago I had the courage to question what the world was really like, and decided to study here in Los Angeles for a change. I decided that I needed to know the world, and see beyond the only life that I knew. Now, I face the same decision in coming to Germany, a decision to take the chance at an opportunity that can let me find out how vast and diverse the world really is.

Experiencing new things interest me. I like experimenting with new food, going to new places, and just seeing things and events that make me look back in retrospect and add a little bit more beauty to the things I’ve experienced in the past. I enjoy music a good deal. I go out to listen to live bands, especially in small intimate venues where the ambience helps in letting the music speak to your soul. I like getting lost and immersing myself in new places where I’ve never been. To keep it short, I guess I’m just curious.

The reason I am interested to go to Germany is to experience something that would open my eyes to how diverse the world really is, and maybe to somehow add another perspective on how I view life in general. I expect to live in an environment that allows me to discover not only about their culture, but maybe also more of who I am. I look forward to this opportunity to experience a semester that will be unlike any other I’ve taken at Loyola.

Thank you for your time!

Paul Lovine Gopez