October 20th, 2004

Conan the King (Conan the Barbarian)

Glorious French Toast

aerolyndt posted a link to the Euphemism Generator which has been yielding quite a few chucklers for me, including:

Of course, back in my day we called it
pickling the ham canyon.

You should have seen him
absorbing the nether wombat.

She seemed like a shy girl when they met,
but a few drinks later,
they were spray painting the trout.


I suppose it's mindless fun, but considering how pervasive the non-sequiter was during my formative years (see Monty Python and my high school crew for details), I think they're funny.


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There has been an interesting side-effect of two different aspects of my life.

Money being tight, I have decided to forego using a MetroCard to get to school, opting instead to walk. This has been how I've gotten to school most days of the past few weeks. Furthermore, the lack of a car and money to do stuff has meant that I've had to revert to some of the forms of entertainment that I used to amuse myself at the beginning of last year, when I was faced with a similar financial crisis. This involves watching a lot of movies on the Ballbuster DVD welfare plan, long conversations with suitboyskin about our new project and listening to a lot of music. The latter two options I can perform in a mobile capacity, as I have a cellphone exclusively, and the iRiver is a toy that I've referenced many times in this journal. So, I am often just taking a long, leisurely stroll through my neighborhood with the hands-free device or my headphones on.

I have also been getting a lot of pleasure from cooking, as I have the opportunity to shape the flavor of the food that I eat, a power I had never enjoyed before. Because my tastes do include stuff that is often good for you, including vegetables such as peas, spinach and brussel sprouts, I tend to try to intergrate them into what I am cooking. The result is that my diet is much more balanced than it was when I was eating primarily pre-prepared food.

I noticed, with a shock, that I had unintentionally lost a significant amount of weight. This was in no way, shape or form a goal, just merely how things worked out.


Time


A few weeks ago, I found an old watch that no longer worked. I also found the watch I had previously that did work, but the band was broken. I took the band off the old watch and put it on the new one and now I have a watch again for the first time since Tim got married. He gave out pocketwatches to the wedding party, so I abandoned the wristwatch, but there are drawbacks to those. I never got a wristwatch again, instead using my cellphone as my timepiece.

What is notable about this is that until I got the pocketwatch, I had worn a watch on my right wrist (because I'm left-handed) since I was eight years old. Putting on the watch and wearing it took no more readjustment than seeing my face in the mirror once I was able to grow my beard back earlier this year. In a sense, I sort of feel as though I'm reclaiming much of my former identity and combining it with whom I have become...

I wonder where this is going...




My single page paper due today on a film and its relationship to its genre ended up being a four page essay on how Escape from New York is a kaleidescope of different genres. I though long and hard about which film to use for this paper. At one point, suitboyskin mentioned Bad Santa because of how many Christmas movie conventions it doesn't just violate, but annihilate. I was considering it, but the truth is that my knowledge of the Christmas movie is somewhat limited. In going through my collection on DVD, I was looking for some movie I could use that where my responses wouldn't be obvious. I noticed Escape from New York and thought about it for a few minutes, and Collapse )

I hand it in today, and hopefully get beck my mid-term paper on autuer Robert Altman.

Off to class...
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I went to class only to find that the professor didn't have the papers to give back to us. Damn it. On the other hand, we started semiotics, so there was plenty of laughs.

There is this one student at the front of the class who is a complete dork. None of the laughs came from him. Everybody is fed up with him and his nonsensical and completely humorless comments. I'm thinking about hitting him with my shoe next week.

The film of this week was A Fistful of Dollars, which was Sergio Leone's remake of Yojimbo. Soooo much fun. There's just something about the Spaghetti Westerns that do it for me in a way that more traditional Westerns just don't. Unfortunately, the professor was unable to procure a widescreen transfer of the film, so the Techniscope* image was horribly cropped.

A Fistful of Dollars was made before Leone had established his name in the United States, so the English language prints of this film had Americanized names for many of the people (save television star Clint Eastwood). Composer Ennio Morricone was called "Don Savio" in some prints and "Leo Nichols" in others. This was the first international release to have his unique sound, which would later become de riguer for any Western reference. While his style is still being developed (it would be honed on For A Few Dollars More and perfected in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly), the score is great fun, with Alessandro Alessandroni's catchy whistle lasting in the mind long after the final fade-out.




* Techniscope was a two-perf frame, that is to say, the standard film frame was horizontally bisected into two frames. While this made for a grainier image, the process saved money because half as much film was required and normal lenses could be used. The amount of grain made it an undesirable alternative to anamorphic photography at the time, although the process is very similar to the Super 35 system in prevalent use today, including the grain.




From Lester Swing:

Greetings to all....

This Friday night, October 22nd, Lester Swing parks the bus in Rockville Centre, playing at Purple Haze, formerly Backstreet Blues. Showtime is slated for 10:00pm. We've been told that the joint has been renovated...crystal chandeliers, camel-skin carpets, trapeze artists...and one helluva slammin' P.A. system!!! The drinks will be flowin' even if you ain't goin'......BUT.......we want to see YOU there. It's going to be a full night of Lester Swing, which in turn, spells a party!!! Merchandise will be available at all shows (T-shirts, albums, etc.).

You can currently find "themusicalbum" at the following locations...

Tower Records - Massapequa (listening station)
Tower Records - Huntington
Looney Tunes - West Babylon

***Record Review From Good Times Magazine - released yesterday.

As always, however not always stated, we want to thank you all for the continued support. Here's hoping to see you at Purple Haze this Friday!!!

Peace, love and all that falls between......




"Wait a moment... I just had a thought!
And damn, was it painful!!!"


From Ron Suskind's article in The New York Times Magazine:

In the Oval Office in December 2002, thge president met with a few ranking senators and members of the House, both Republicans and Democrats. In those days, there were high hopes that the United Stated-sponsored "road map" for the Israelis and Palestinians would be a pathway to peace, and the discussion that wintry day was, in part, about countries providing peacekeeping forces in the region. The problem, everyone agreed, was that a number of European countries, like France and Germany, had armies that were not trusted by either the Isrealis of Palestinians. one congressman - the Hungarian-born Tom Lantos, a Democrat from California and the only Holocaust survivor in Congress - mentioned that the Scandinavian countries were viewed more positively. Lantos went on to describe for the president how the Swedish Army might be an ideal candidate to anchor a small peacekeeping force on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Sweden has a well-trained force of about 25,000. The president looked at him appraisingly, several people in the room recall.

"I don't know why you're talking about Sweden," Bush said. "They're the neutral one. They don't have an army."

Lantos paused, a little shocked, and offered a gentlemantly reply: "Mr. President, you may have thought that I said Switzerland. They're the ones that are historically neutral, without an army." Then Lantos mentioned, ina gracious aside, that the Swiss do have a tough national guard to protect the country in the event of invasion.

Bush held to his view. "No, no, it's Sweden that has no army."

The room went silent, until someone changed the subject.


That story was related to Suskind by Senator Joe Biden.


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