Meet JP Kabala

I suppose some of you will want to read my resume. I'm not altogether sure why (since reading resumes is not my idea of a hot time) but if you're curious,you can click the link above. It's in Word format.


Now, that we've dealt with that, we can get to the marginally more interesting stuff.--- or ar least the stuff that might actually tell you a little about who I really am, how I spend my time, and what matters to me.

Last Books Read

I read 6-7 books a week, some for work, all for pleasure.

Technical and/or Professional

  • Up to Speed with Photoshop CS2 (Ben Willmore)  Excellent Book
  • Photoshop CS2 Gone Wild (Sherry London)  Pretty much
     a cookbook, but one with attitude-
    and far fewer bad jokes than Kelby's
  • e-Learning and the Science of Instruction  (Clark and Mayer)  Pragmatic and on the money.


I've been re-reading In Cold Blood and Elie Weisel's Night, not because Oprah or anyone else said I should, but because I absolutely believe that there are some books you should read at 20, and read again when you are older.



  • Ordinary Heroes (Scott Turow)
    I liked this book a lot
  • The Broker (John Grisham) um...
    At least he stopped whining about
    not liking the law? C
  • Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden) Read the book because it's good. See the movie because it's pretty
  • Wicked and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (Gregory Maguire) These are such great fun. I love the idea of turning a story we all think we know on it's ear.

Favorite Guilty Pleasures


  • I'm an absolute software junkie.  My new favories are both freebies:
  • Picasa 2 from Google
  • Smart FTP


  • Cheeseburgers
  • Dark Chocolate
  • 1905 Salad with Turkey at Columbia on Sand Key
  • Movie Theatre Popcorn
  • Citrus (any kind, any way)
  • Fresh Strawberries
  • The History Channel
  • Six Feet Under reruns on HBO
  • The BBC version of The Office
  • Extras on HBO
  • A & E Biography
  • Monty Python reruns on BBC America ("SPAM, SPAM, SPAM....")
  • Kevin Smith Films especially Dogma and Clerks

Favorite Recent Aquisition

I haven't bought a lot of important stuff lately-- probably pictures of the guys and Julie, Brennie and Olivia.

Best things I did for myself in January 2006
  • Photo safari with a friend
  • Got rid of some unnecessary stuff cluttering up my life

in February

  • Trip to Butterfly Rainforest.

Favorite Living People
  • My sons. Two really awesome men. (I'm proud to know you, guys!)
  • Brendan and Olivia- I'm loving watching you grow up
  • My brothers. The absolute best of their generation.
  • My "sisters born of another mother." You know who you are. You've always been there when I really needed you. You are one of the great gifts of my life.

Best Films of Recent Days
  • Capote
  • Good Night and Good Luck
  • The Smartest Guys in the Room

Worst Films of Recent Days
  • War of the Worlds (a classic becomes tripe, and Tom Cruise makes money on the deal)

Favorite Films of All Time
(in no particular order)

  • Citizen Kane
  • Casablanca
  • 2001
  • North by Northwest
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • Lion in Winter
  • Star Wars
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The Big Chill (best movie soundtrack!)

Favorite Films(continued)


  • Singing in the Rain
  • An American in Paris
  • Invitation to the Dance
    • When it comes to dance films, you're either an Astaire person or a Kelly person. I'm a Kelly person.


  • Young Frankenstein
  • Blazing Saddles
  • When Harry Met Sally
  • Men in Black
  • Mrs. Doubtfire
  • The Producers  (the original)
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show

(each for reasons of its own)

  • Fantasia (the original ---IMHO, the best animated film ever made)
  • Aladdin (hysterically funny)
  • Toy Story (groundbreaking)
  • Lion KIng (beautiful)

Fact-Based Films That Aren't Perfect But Make You Think

  • Good Night and Good Luck
  • Capote
    Schindler's List
  • Amistad
  • The Mission
  • Reversal of Fortune
  • Malcolm X
  • Fat Man and Little Boy
  • Tora! Tora! Tora!

Best Trip I've Taken Lately
  • Boston-- LOVE IT, always have, always will.

Worst Trip I've Taken Lately
  • Anywhere I have to go on US AIR.  Most useless airline on the planet.  But my Christmas Torture Tour was the nadir.

    On my Holiday excursion home, I was 12 hours late arriving, 24 hours late coming home, my luggage was lost and delivered to me 3 days later with the wheels broken off.


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