Molly Lambert’s Kenny Powers mix over at This Recording is probably the best thing you’ll ever listen to. It might elevate the music mix to a level of artistic merit not previously attainable within the confines of the format.
I wrote most of this in January as part of an unrelated project, and then have been tinkering with it on my days off while the baby is asleep. I’ve found it pretty useful, so I’m setting it loose in the wild.
So, uh, if you write a lot of Java code to process XML, take a look.
“In female-oriented rom coms you’ll get a choice a few decent men because women love buffets, but in male coms WITH ADDED ROMANCE, of all the Earth’s females there’s only one who has, like, ever read a book or made a fart joke, and the choice might as well be handed down on a stone tablet from God. I’m sorry, but that scenario is so teasingly unfair. If that were true, I would have like 8 million boyfriends. But IRL Molly Lambert and Julie Klausner exist. FUCK.”—Lauren Bans on Hot Tub Time Machine
Deeply disappointed that you didn’t spot the error in panel 2 - the Dwarves were the creation of Aulë.
… Except that I suppose you could say that it’s implied that like the Ents and Eagles they were original, albeit hidden, parts of the original Music, and that nothing inside Eä exists that does not have its ultimate origins in Eru and I’m just going to stop talking right now.
I did notice that! But the very fact that Eru Ilúvatar did not destroy the dwarves as Aulë expected and blessed them with the Flame speaks to the very fact that you mentioned “nothing inside Eä exists that does not have its ultimate origins in Eru”.
The ‘like’ button wasn’t big enough for this little discussion.
Best Picture: Avatar. Yep, I think it will win, and, I think it should win. The full wording of the Academy Awards is “Best Achievement in…” and I can’t think of a more substantial motion picture achievement this year than Avatar. You can argue that there were better movies, but you can’t tell me any of them was a more substantial accomplishment.
Belated reblog because I agreed with this rather strongly.
Until January, when I finally got out to see Avatar, I was quite sure that Inglourious Basterds was the best movie of 2009. I think Melissa Lafsky is right about Eli Roth, but she’s really, really wrong about Basterds. The movie made me want to shout and run around in the theater.
And there was a moment, sitting there in my seat with these lame goggles on my face watching a trailer for Shrek: Flinging Shit in Three Dimensions, when I became very concerned that I had made a terrible mistake, and that we had wasted our babysitter on something terrible.
Then Avatar started.
I was born in May, 1977, which was the same month that Star Wars was released. And since I’ve been old enough to think about movies (fourteen or so), I have secretly regretted not being born at least a decade and a half earlier, just so I could have seen that movie in the theater with an understanding of how much it was going to change things.
I now feel, for the first time in my life, like I have some sense of what that must have felt like.
Avatar is not the movie Star Wars is, and in a decade it will probably feel more dated than either The Hurt Locker or Basterds. But a couple years ago I decided that the best way I could judge a film was by whether I believed it, and Avatar, for all its hideous flaws, made me believe in a world full of 9-foot tall blue aliens that mindsex their planet. And that ought to be a pretty tough sell.
Ok, I’ve weighed in on the Oscars. Let the show begin!
Starchild has run before, on largely insane platforms. What is not mentioned here is that he’s actually a pretty vitriolic fiscal conservative. When we moved to SF, I was greeted by the city’s guide to the 2004 ballot propositions. Starchild (representing the local libertarians, or something) had written the opposition statements to most of the spending measures. Then Gavin Newsom got to write responses that began with things like “Mr. Starchild claims…”.
That year he was also running for school board. His platform was that students should be able to vote out teachers on an annual basis.
Starting today I’m a stay-at-home dad two days a week for the foreseeable future. This is something I’m quite happy about, as it required a job switch and a number of other pieces falling into place to make it possible.
However, it does involve spending all my hours with a 9-month old. So if anyone in SF wants to meet up for coffee or something on a Monday or Thursday, and is willing to tolerate the vagaries of nap scheduling, my email address is at the bottom of the page.