Open Thread by John Cole| February 19, 20116:44 pm| 176 CommentsThis post is in: Open ThreadsFacebookTweetEmailI have no idea what I want to do tonight.
Dinner and a movie?
If I had teleportation, I’d have you come here and catalog these CD’s I got dumped on me. Half of them are untagged when iTunes tries to read them, so I get to do all the adding info stuff to them, too.
Start a comment war?
Have you thought about rallying the Balloon Juice jackal pack to sponsor a beer truck at the protests in Madison?
It could have Tunch painted on the side.
Make no small plans, I say.
Are you still out of town?
Hurt a different blogger’s feelings?
I’ll be waiting for the cows to come home.
@Mark S.: Yes.
@CJ: I’m down with that. Who?
Just Some Fuckhead
I thought we could pick a topic and write limericks.
Making pizza and sticky buns. Wife told me I’d might as well start the buns while I had the mixer out for making the pizza dough. She crafty that way.
The Republic of Stupidity
If no one’s posted it already…
The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission has released its final report…
And if you don’t feel like shelling out $29 for a hard copy, you can download a pdf of it here…
God damned hotel bathroom has mirrors all over the place. I get to see how fat I am from multiple angles and all the gray hair I normally don’t notice. Fuckers.
Can you put in a quarter and make the bed vibrate?
The same thing we do every night, Cole. Try to take over the blogosphere!
@John Cole: I thought you were going on a diet?
John, you could read Frank Bailey’s book:
Surely you videotaped the Super Bowl. The last one, I mean.
John: after planning to do it for too long, I finally went to TED (ted.com) and started watching/listening to talks.
It has been the greatest new fascination I’ve found in years. Recommend it most enthusiastically. In fact, gonna go back there right now.
Been ripping CDs to my big network drive. A new TV/Blu-ray combo are internet enabled and can play streaming media from the drive, and have decent menu structures. They found all the media on the drive automagically. About 30 albums ripped since noon, I’ll be several days yet.
@The Dangerman: Think it’ll take more than a quarter – needs to go into overdrive.
Try some exercise.
I want to watch a good film noir tonight, but Netflix on demand seems a bit thin. If I don’t pick something soon my wife will make a choice and I’ll end up clenching my teeth for 110 minutes.
Maybe she’ll just let me go read in peace while she watches some chick thing.
How long has EDK been posting here? Give yourself a Saturday pat on the back by popping open a favorite beverage in honor of helping him metamorphose into (if his latest posts are any indication) Gene Debs. Of course, a lot of the credit must go to the
RepublicanConfederate Party and the ‘don’t tax me to save the earth from an asteroid’ Libertarians. But all change needs a catalyst.
Just Some Fuckhead
Serious question: is Jam On It by Newcleus the most amazing song ever or simply the greatest?
@Dead Ernest: Bonnie Bassler on bacteria communication.
@John Cole: Right? And the light is so glaring; every ripple and roll shows up. It’s almost as bad as a dressing room for women’s fashions.
Where are you, Cole? Maybe some locals have some good suggestions.
Here’s something to do if you want to get really pissed off–go read Taibbi’s latest at Rolling Stone: Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail?
A sample–and this isn’t even the discouraging part:
Dinner, then this week’s reading assignment. Spent the day on the porch reveling in the 77 degree sunshine.
Damn you, Josie. Now I’m imagining Cole with cellulite.
I need to go hurl again…
I am currently listening to Clive Tanaka’s “Jet Set Siempre 1” CD and finding it an exceptional complement to my Bombay martini as I browse Balloon Juice. Just my suggestion.
Well, you can always do what I planned to do tonight and am stalling and avoiding: taxes. Then the FAFSA form for student loans.
Hmm. Maybe Firefly on DVD instead.
I was invited to the TED Motor City event last month because I’m a contributor to Make Magazine and the publisher Dale Daugherty was presenting. It was at the Opera House and the drinks/snacks were nice.
I like the 18 minute speech format. It forces people to be concise who might otherwise extend their remarks beyond the audience’s attention span. Personally, new ideas stick to me better when they’re presented simply. I came away with a lot to think about. Most of it from the eccentric strangers I met over the hot buffet. And Craig “Craigslist” Newmark is a very nice fellow.
Been thinking about re-watching Ghost in the Shell for a couple weeks now. Now that Rift beta has gone down for another update today and there’s shit all on TV (aside from AMC showing the Man With No Name trilogy, currently on Fistful of Dollars), now might be a reasonable time to pop it in the player. Hunkering down for another winter storm tomorrow (8-13″ predicted, with 35 to 45 mph gusts), so tonight seems like a nice, lazy sort of night.
@WyldPirate: Sorry–It’s just that the truth hurts sometimes. So be it.
NHL Center Ice free preview is doing the trick for me right now.
Just Some Fuckhead
There was once a blogger named Sully
Austerity he championed cheerfully
When asked which was better
Folks hurt now or the future
He cried, but the latter could happen to me!
Bingo. Thank you! I needed a film recommendation and we both like the Shirow stuff. Time for a re-watch.
@Just Some Fuckhead:
Most amazing ever. I do hear it once in a while.
No kidding. At least the image of Cole’s hypothetical cellulite helped me take my mind off my myriad imperfections for a bit as well as allowing a smile to crease my face before the wave of nausea hit. ;)
ETA: To add omitted word and fix misspellings,
@RossInDetroit: Bill Bryson writing about science? Where’s my to-read list?
@RossInDetroit: I’m watching Frida on instant. Somehow I missed it when it first came out.
The two I was going to recommend aren’t available for streaming: Out of the Past (Robert Mitchum, best noir ever!) and Dead Reckoning (Humphrey Bogart).
Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now (1973) is available for streaming. It’s more Gothic than noir, but it’s a nice dark movie. Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie.
Well, I was going to suggest that you gather lots of tunchlilyrosie pictures and upload them, but as you’re on the road I’ll cut you a little slack on that request. ::sigh:: AGAIN ::sigh::
Earlier today I got an email from someone at one of the many lefty pinko DFH organizations that have my email addy, hoping I’d send them some money to fight the Congressional assault on NPR and PBS, and if you can believe it, the e-beg made reference to “our *fiends* at CREDO Action” (emphasis mine). I mean, it’s one thing when the Good Grey Times allows a typo of this kind to sneak through; it’s quite another when someone wants my money.
(Just noticed, BTW, that my BlackBerry auto-corrects the word spelled L E T S and puts an apostrophe in regardless. After three tries, I changed it to “allows” so you all wouldn’t think the worse of me :-)
Get someone to hogtie you? I understand that’s a good time.
Here is a comment sure to instigate a fight here. For the last 2 days I haven’t been able to access Firedoglake, I think because they are running an ad that won’t download on my computer unless a change some settings that I’m not willing to change. Has anyone else had this problem?
Parallel 5ths (Jewish Steel)
@p.a.: Coincidently I visited, well, drove past, Eugene Debs’ childhood home last Sunday.
The regulations and laws were removed for the little darlings and that does make me seethe.
I know people do the greedy dance, but this time, they, for the most part, got away with it.
I just got home from a bracing walk to Trader Joe’s. Temp dropped precipitously after sunset, into the low 40s, wind 20 mph gusting to 40 mph. Right in my face coming back.
For some reason I bought a lot of things I don’t usually buy, so I will have something exotic to eat later and watch something from the DVR. A pleasantly boring end to the workweek.
That sounds very interesting. Like them both. We’re considering Shirow’s Ghost Hound. maybe both this weekend.
@Just Some Fuckhead:
Nice beat, easy to dance to. I give it an 85, Dick.
This is an excellent video compilation of footage about events in Wisconsin through yesterday, with music from Arcade Fire. Deserves wider play.
Can anyone explain to me how so many Americans can be so fucking stupid that they would claim that Ronald Reagan was our greatest president
Rats, my link didn’t work. FYWP
The Bryson book I linked to was edited and compiled by him. I’m reading a long essay by Neal Stephenson about the supposed feud between Newton and Liebniz. I love Stephenson’s writing, and he seems, amazingly, to have broad knowledge of this strange historical episode. then he gets into analyzing Liebliz’s monads and I sorta zone out…
Movie or the series?
Polar Bear Squares
You should check out a good documentary on Petey Greene by PBS’s Independent Lens. And another good documentary called This Is My Africa about Londoners and London-based Africans and their view on Africa. Their favorite writers, artists, musicians, etc. Plus anytime you get anytime to groove to some Fela Kuti please take it. And they have a really interesting section on him and what his music means to them. The most interesting take is by Colin Firth, who I didn’t know spent some time in Nigeria during his childhood.
I have no idea what I want to do tonight.
Apologize to Sully. Again.
I don’t go there, hence no problem.
Please let me get through this awful “Damages, Season 1”. UGH
Simple. It’s proof that the concept of“The Big Lie” works. That and the fact that most Americans are gullible fuckwits that are dumber than a ten pound bag of wet hog shit helps.
@ p.a. – Thanks. topic is on my primary pallate of interests (the bacteria that is, the communication is …a challenge. I know what I want my patients to hear, not sure how they come up with what they think I said)
@RossinDetroit – Man oh Man, been a treat to watch on-line, hadn’t considered what ‘live’ would be like. Do they have ‘pause’ buttons? Been using that feature a lot as I play talks and get other stuff done around the house.
18 min time frame, agree with you. Most have been pleasurably crisp. (BTW, fan of Make. Imagine it must be a great group to interact with)
John Le Carre’s A Perfect Spy series and maybe stream some of Intelligence (Canadian The Wire) someone here recommended.
I am going to watch more Cosmos on Netflix streaming. It holds up well, and it helps me not be full of despair.
Bonus: my dad and I used to watch it together when I was a teen and before he turned into a teabagger. I mentioned it was available and he expressed an interest in watching it again. Maybe he’ll remember what it was like to be tolerant and full of goodwill to the planet and his fellow humans.
@cathyx: Feature, not a bug. There’s a deeper message there – it’s up to you to find it.
I contributed two electronics build projects to the print version of Make magazine and a math article to the blog.
Make’s blog was just named #1 educational site on the en-tire internets by the Telegraph newspaper. They are delightful people to work with and I’m looking forward to Maker Faire Detroit in a few months. The blog is outstanding. It’s like Boing Boing for hackers and crafters. I just wrote an embarrassing mash note to the editors about its wonderfulness.
Here’s the best rap song about Marxism I’ve ever heard.
It’s only a matter of time before it becomes ED Kain’s theme song.
@efgoldman: My bride. The Illini play MSU at 9 so it’s a, whaddaya call it, compromise.
Mike in NC
While some people were busy watching the union thugs gather in Madison, Wisconsin, on Saturday, certain Real Americans were focusing their attention on South Carolina:
Exactly WTF is an anti-abortion center?
This story came out the day after it was reported that half of all children in South Carolina live below the poverty level. U-S-A!
@kdaug: I look at Firedoglake as a site that is basically on our side, so I don’t get the real animosity that people have for it. You may not agree with some of their positions, but why write them off completely? You probably don’t agree with Andrew Sullivan completely, but I daresay that many of you still read him.
There are many posts at Firedoglake that should be of a neutral nature that you could/should be able to read and even agree with it.
Ok, let the onslaught begin.
@efgoldman: It’s a finer point of sadomasochism, to find your pain tolerances an boundaries beyond the physical. Since I have never seen said show in question, I have no opinion one way or the other. I’m trying to break off of TV anyway.
At the ranch torturing the dog as I eat summer sausage and smoked cheddar in front of him.
@cathyx: fuck em and the collective horse they rode in on.
Peter Weir retrospective. Start with Picnic at Hanging Rock, then The Last Wave, then The Mosquito Coast. Dude can make interesting movies.
I’d recommend follow-up courses of Connections and The Day The Universe Changed (both available on YouTube, BTW), but I wouldn’t want to come off as a shameless shill. (No vested interest, just a fanboi).
@Yutsano: I am the one that started us on it. I misread Cole saying it sucked him in like The Wire and thought it was LIKE The Wire. It a silly ass crime-mystey-soap opera. . .and they keep showing a scene of a dog they killed off early.
@RossInDetroit: Haven’t been, to Makes’ blog. Looking fwd to visiting. With Mark Frauenfelder’s influence (and my ignorance of Make’s blog) I think of BoingBoing as Boingboing for hackers and crafters.
@Cat Lady: The giant ice machine is sooooo cool.
@Mike in NC: half of all children in South Carolina live below the poverty level. U-S-A!
Yeah but if that money wasn’t trickling down they would be eating cat food. They should appreciate the fact that they don’t live in Somalia.
Mayan temple shaped ice maker. Want.
And if doggie whines, imitate him.
We are not good people.
To this great list, I’d add The Ascent of Man with Jacob Bronowski.
@RossInDetroit: Make had a sister magazine named Craft for about a year (two?), then they decided to discontinue it. I really liked it and it’s full explanations of how to do things. I believe the web site is still up though. (Haven’t checked in a while.)
@Maude: Oh he already knows I’m the easy mark. He’s gotten several pieces already. So torturing is probably not the best word. Spoiling is more accurate.
@Cat Lady: Helen Mirren want, we watched The Long Good Friday last night, what a bombshell!
John – How about teeing up a few brandy old-fashioneds in honor of Wisconsin?
I take it to mean most Americans are really ignorant of their history. Clinton third and JFK fourth?
Photos from the Madison protests. Apologies for the less than perfectly organized nature of the presentation, but I have just discovered that Flickr really doesn’t like me very much.
The thing I like most about Make magazine and the blog is it’s by/for enthusiasts. People who want to invent and create on their own. Hang around that can-do attitude long enough and the lazy negativism elsewhere starts to look small and mean.
Mark Frauenfelder’s influence has been key. He’s unabashedly enthusiastic about creating and tinkering. Sort of a hacker’s pied piper, but with a cigar box guitar.
@Mark S.: I would suggest E.D. look at Alabama 3’s tribute Maoism. Intro by Jim Jones.
@Omnes Omnibus: Nice “Negro Leagues” jacket!
@Omnes Omnibus: Flickr is temperamental. It’s not a very user-friendly interface to begin with, coupled with the pain of uploading. So it’s not just you, Flickr is much like WP in its capriciousness.
@Steeplejack: Movie. I only have SAC 2 on DVD. Doubt I’ll dive into that after.
@Mike in NC: An anti-abortion center is a place that lures in pregnant women to convince them not to have an abortion.
A lot of the Craft subject matter has been absorbed into Make:Projects, and craft posts still appear on the Make blog.
ETA: and craftzine.com is still up.
Suck It Up!
I just found a channel that is showing 4-5 episodes of benny hill followed by several episodes of the three stooges.
Thoughtful Black Co-Citizen
@Just Some Fuckhead:
There is an old codger named John,
who posts on his blog until dawn.
And just when he gets tired,
he’s once more inspired
to shout: You kids! Get offa my lawn!
J. Michael Neal
The Gophers end the regular season tonight in Grand Forks. I’ll be watching the streamed broadcast. Last night’s game was closer than it should have been, but fortunately, Sara Dagenais took a really dumb checking from behind major and we scored the last two of our goals in a 5-3 win while on that power play.
Clinched a second place WCHA tie last night, but we’d lose the tiebreaker to Duluth, so we really need another poin tonight.
@Suck It Up!: Speaking of funny
John Strauss, Composer of ‘Car 54’ Theme, Dies at 90
There’s a holdup in the Bronx,
Brooklyn’s broken out in fights.
There’s a traffic jam in Harlem
That’s backed up to Jackson Heights.
There’s a scout troop short a child,
Khrushchev’s due at Idlewild.
Car 54, where are you?
J. Michael Neal
It’s Wisconsin. Paint thinner will do.
@WyldPirate: @Mark S.:
My first reaction to reading these idiotic poll results was Game, Set, Match. If Americans can rank Ronald Reagan as our greatest president, there’s no fucking hope for this country. We’re living in a dumbocracy.
CAR 54 theme
@hilts: This is supposed to be a current events blog, that’s old news.
Salon just put up a post of about 15 (smallish) pics of the past few days in Wisconsin. Which is cool in theory. Just that two of them feature Jesse Jackson, and one of them has protesters doing yoga in the Capitol rotunda. They brought mats and everything. Looking at it through the eyes of the opposition..yeah, you’re not helping, Salon. Jesse Jackson and yoga. There must have been hundreds of other shots to pick; these almost seem a parody; supposed liberal innefectuality/hippiedom. I just cringe to think of what rightard bloggers will make of that. Yoga is unAmerican! guh.
The Republic of Stupidity
Don’t know Dead Reckoning but Out of the Past is a personal favorite… one of the very, very great Jacques Tourneur’s better films… along with Curse of the Cat People and The Night of the Demon…
Just started at 8 pm on C-SPAN, Jimmy Carter looks back on his Presidency in an interview at the LBJ Library
9 pm On C-SPAN-2 Evgeny Morozov discusses his book The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom
10:25 pm On C-SPAN, a rebroadcast of Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony at the White House
J. Michael Neal
Anne Schleper puts the Gophers up 1-0 at 3:08 of the first, making our power play 4-7 on the weekend.
@Omnes Omnibus: Nice Job!
I saw the movie a long time ago, really liked it and keep thinking I should pick it up on DVD. Procrastination.
The series is okay, but I get enough of a fix DVR’ing the two episodes on Adult Swim on Saturday night.
It’s not old news and it’s relevant no matter how depressing the results are.
@hilts: Americans are stupid, read all about it.
Whoa, I don’t think Cole wants to have that crazy of a night.
Speaking of Chicago, have you heard this incredibly kickass version of Questions 67 and 68? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFnEorAG4nA
@The Republic of Stupidity:
Lots of great lines in that movie.
My other Jacques Tourneur favorite is I Walked with a Zombie. Stupid title, good little movie. Sort of an overheated, tropical takeoff on Jane Eyre. I still have it on the DVR from when I snagged it from TCM’s Val Lewton tribute a few months ago. Original (lurid) trailer here.
Before we descend into our collective rabbit-hole, a minor bleg:
Anyone here working with Khronos Group stuff?
A special place in hell for this sumbitch.
Parallel 5ths (Jewish Steel)
@Omnes Omnibus: Awesome. Thanks for posting the photos. Were there a lot of teaparty counter-protesters?
The Republic of Stupidity
Yes… Night of the Demon is also kinda suspect as a title, but the film itself is totally kick ass.
Interesting side note… the rather schlocky demon in the opening sequence was actually forced into the flick by Lewton after Tourneur was done w/ it, and Tourneur was so upset w/ what Lewton did to his movie, he disowned it and I think, never worked w/ Lewton again.
Filmmaking is a strange avocation…
Tourneur said he was always more interested in fear than terror in filmmaking, that what we IMAGINE is always more frightening that what we’re actually shown…
I have always loved Terry Kath’s solo on the long version of “Make Me Smile.” Used to kill me every time I heard the short version on the radio and they jumped right past it. Almost as bad as hearing the single version of “Light My Fire.”
Guitar solo is at 2:45 in this clip, but the whole instrumental bridge starting at 2:15 is great.
@Mike in NC:
They’re also called Crisis Pregnancy Centers. They’re christianist ‘family planning’ ‘clinics’ that limit the options of the women who come to them. There is one about 4 doors down from the Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Paul (the one that the republican legislator recently got caught walking around with a gun in his belt).
I stayed in a hotel last fall that had a TV embedded in the mirror in the bathroom. It was really weird. Kind of like ghost TV or something.
Damn, now I had to go listen to the Electric Flag’s “Another Country.” Killer Mike Bloomfield solo coming out of the chaos-y part at 3:55.
@Parallel 5ths (Jewish Steel): My guess was about 1000, but I have heard it was around 2000. Pretty insignificant.
@Omnes Omnibus: The tea was weak.
@Steeplejack: Sittin in Circles is a killer. Saw them in Seattle in 68!
@Omnes Omnibus: Thanks for posting your pictures. I’ll have to rethink shopping at Menards now…
J. Michael Neal
Gophers up 1-0 after the first period. We killed off four penalties in the period, including 1:10 of 5-on-3. Yeah, we have a great penalty kill (91.6%), but we really need to try staying out of the box.
How about try gaining a little maturity, and stop your toddler twaddle rants WRT Sullivan?
Probably take more than a night, but it’s worth starting.
FYI- Stranahan or a gnome pretending to be him responded to the ‘Useful Idiocy in Action’ post from this morning. I am not sure how anyone could justify working with a slime-ball like Breitbart and think it would be taken with any merit.
Excellent clip! I’m unhappy with the direction that Chicago eventually veered into, but they were brilliant in their early years.
Is that you, Sully?
Man, you are so lucky it’s a Saturday night and that the weather is relatively decent in much of the country.
The Republic of Stupidity
Ahhhhh yes… the late, great Mike Bloomfield…
Nice solo here, from the Monterrey Pop DVD (left out of original film)…
W/ Harvey Brooks, Nick Gravenites, and Buddy Miles (looking very much like a young Don King) on drums, if I’m not mistaken…
@Steeplejack: Ooh. That first album by Electric Flag was killer. My then-hip sister bought that album when it came out.
@The Republic of Stupidity: yup, buddy
Great song! For some reason it always reminds me of Buffalo Springfield’s “In the Hour of Not Quite Rain.”
Amen to that.
@Steeplejack: @The Republic of Stupidity:
Speaking of great guitar work, I can never get enough of this version of Sweet Jane
@Omnes Omnibus: You’re forgetting about the wingnut multiplier effect, so we’ve still got a fight as far as ensuring accurate reporting.
I still have it (on CD). A nice bookend to it is Buddy Miles’s Them Changes. Both have held up really well. Miles does great versions of “Down by the River” and the Allman Brothers’ “Dreams.”
Here Cole, this should make you homesick:
Weird, posts seem to be disappearing.
@John Cole: That’s the only time a get to see my bald spot.
(I wish you could embed video in comments)
someone has made an awesome video of the Wisconsin capitol protests set to Arcade Fire
This is the video that says it all… if you want to help make it go viral i created a bit.ly just for it http://bit.ly/notinmywi
Recommend watching “Winter’s Bone”, the $2 million indy film up for FOUR Oscars. Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay.
Deserves to win any and all, but will probably lose to more mainstream competition.
My co-favorite movie this year (with “The King’s Speech”).
I haven’t heard the long Sweet Jane intro in years and had forgotten it existed. Thanks for that link, which I immediately spammed out to music loving family.
@jwb: I don’t see how, even with the multiplier, that they could claim more 150,000 or a million. On the other hand, they could McEstimate it and then apply the multiplier.
Take me home, country roads.
@The Republic of Stupidity:
Killer solo. Thanks for the clip. Might have to pick up the DVD.
Glad to know there’s someone else who likes this version of Sweet Jane. I only wish this performance had been captured on film.
Another blast from the past – Television
@Steeplejack: I think I’m gonna stick with the original for ‘Dreams’…
I saw Buddy Miles in concert around 1970. I know this is hard to believe, but he was second on the bill in between Uriah Heep and either Deep Purple or The Faces. I saw both of those bands so often in the 70’s I forget which one was headlining that night. I know Uriah Heep opened. I was stoned enough to like them.
Great clips. They reminded me of something by Jeff Beck that I hadn’t listened to in ages
There once were some vitriolic jackals
Teatards and glibertarians raise their hackles
They congregate at John Cole’s
Discuss all manner of ashmoles
Drinking, linking and pet querying amidst cackles
@hilts: Outfuckingstanding! Thank you that. I only wish my PC had the audio umph of my stereo.
J. Michael Neal
1-1 after two. The Gophers’ penalty kill is now 1-7, so they aren’t staying out of the box. However, the officiating isn’t exactly even. I only have a problem with one of the calls against us, and even that one probably looked like a penalty from the ref’s POV. However, *if* the refs are going to call things that tight, they need to call it both ways. They missed some really obvious hooks, one where Amanda Kessel would have had a breakaway, and one where Kelly Terry was blowing past the defenseman.
Oh, and I really dislike the Lamoureux twins. They’re dirty. The way they transferred to UND was pretty sleazy, and Jocelyn just decided to mispronounce her former teammate Noora Räty’s name. (It’s RAH-too, not RAH-tee. Damned Finns.) Classy.
I’m glad that Chicago performance is available for people who only know the band through their later incarnations
A few days, I found this amazing clip of the Rolling Stones when they were totally in the zone
The unmistakable Richard Lloyd. From this distance, there isn’t a lot of difference between TV and Talking Heads, but there was then.
I was listening to a Matthew Sweet CD the other day and said “I’ll be damned if that doesn’t sound like Richard Lloyd on guitar” Looked it up and it was.
@gbear: Yeah. Apparently, the Wild! gave Walker monies as well. Good thing they suck.
@Omnes Omnibus: It likes no one. Thanks for wrestling with it so we could see the pics. It was so cool to see.
@hilts: That video is from the ‘Ladies And Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones’ DVD that came out last year. The whole DVD is great, although it’s kind of strange how Wyman and Taylor just stand still and look down while Jagger struts and Richards spends half the video facing Charlie. I love when Charlie flubs the ending to Jumpin’ Jack Flash. Jagger laughs and Richards flips him the bird.
@asiangrrlMN:I am glad people appreciate them. There are a lot of people out in the streets here and it is great that people notice and care.
@Steeplejack: Just because I can, even Japan has no immunity from John Denver. But it’s Ghibli/Miyazaki so it’s all good.
@asiangrrlMN: :: Waves from a horse ranch in the middle of nowhere Washington ::
@Omnes Omnibus: I gotta tell you–it’s inspiring. With so much crushing news, it’s really fucking cool to see a bunch of my neighbors getting out there and protesting. P.S. Did you see I commented on a few of your pics?
@Yutsano: Hi! Lexie with you? You feeling better?
@asiangrrlMN:I haven’t looked yet. Over on FB, my wingnut cousin wanted to know it the signs asking Walker’s wife if she knew that he was screwing them were being held by teachers. I explained that in addition to teacher a large number of people would be affected in many ways by the bill and then told her that I had no idea if they were teachers or not.
ETA: Hey, you commented on that one. I think wingnut cousin (lives in AZ and has a business selling lady gun supplies) was offended by it. I doubt you were.
@asiangrrlMN: She did something totally cute on the drive over. On the way over, I let her out of the kitteh prison. She jumped around the car and howled and howled at first, then she settled down around my neck and laid out on my shoulders for a good hour. I had a living neck warmer for a spell.
My voice is about 90% back, I think I’ll be back to normal come work Wednesday. I’m gonna enjoy four days of goofing off.
Awwwwwwww! That’s soooooooo sweet. Happy sigh. I’m glad you’re better, too. Enjoy your extended weekend.
Walk Rosie and get hogtied again.
@Omnes Omnibus: I wasn’t offended at all. I thought it was great.
We watched the movie Don’t Look Now, which was very good. Now we’re watching Ghost Hound but having trouble with streaming.
Glad you liked Don’t Look Now. My existence seems vindicated at some small level, at least for today. Probably should quit while I’m ahead and go to bed.
ETA: Wasn’t that the greatest sex scene ever? Sort of intercut with them getting dressed to go out. Just sayin’.
We didn’t expect that, and it was well done. Sutherland and Christie made a very believable couple, with good married-people chemistry.
My wife found the dwarf character sort of gratuitous, but I thought the incongruity was consistent with the mysterious nature of the story and the spooky presentation.
The city of Venice looked really great, and was well used to support the supernatural undercurrents in the film.
The NYT review is pretty good:
Vincent Canby sounded a little crabby in that review. Certainly many, if not most, thrillers “depend on a twist” that can look a little hokey in hindsight. The Blair Witch Project? Check. The Sixth Sense? Check. Etc. It’s practically a requirement of the genre.
One of Roeg’s other films, Walkabout, is/was on cable sometime this weekend, but I can’t find it now.
The standard for psychological thrillers is pretty high, and there are few you couldn’t find something wrong with. The plot was OK but not great. For me, the movie was saved by good performances from 2 very charismatic leads, excellent cinematography that used POV in creative ways to create mood, and the city of Venice.
The movie’s handheld shots looked very modern and contributed to an atmosphere of agitation and claustrophobia that was appropriate to the story. I’m sure that some of the camera work choices were due to shooting in very small spaces, but it worked nonetheless.