July 25th, 2005

Egon (Ghostbusters)

Lazy Weekend

After the insanity of this week, it was great to take it nice and slow this weekend. Relaxed, caught a couple of movies with Raz, read a bit, caught a bit of Tim as well (which is becoming rarer and rarer) and did the artwork for Lumos Musica! (which, I must pat myself on the back, has turned out to be a rather successful album, at least from my point of view... and since I made it for myself, that's a success). I also finally got around to installing the Creative software for the Nomad on the laptop, which makes things a lot easier.

Yoinked from suitboyskin (who got the same result):

the Wit
(52% dark, 39% spontaneous, 38% vulgar)
your humor style:

You like things edgy, subtle, and smart. I guess that means you're probably an intellectual, but don't take that to mean you're pretentious. You realize 'dumb' can be witty--after all isn't that the Simpsons' philosophy?--but rudeness for its own sake, 'gross-out' humor and most other things found in a fraternity leave you totally flat.

I guess you just have a more cerebral approach than most. You have the
perfect mindset for a joke writer or staff writer. Your sense of humor takes the most effort to appreciate, but it's also the best, in my opinion.

Also, you probably loved the Office. If you don't know what I'm talking about, check it out here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/theoffice/.

PEOPLE LIKE YOU: Jon Stewart - Woody Allen - Ricky Gervais

My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 50% on dark
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You scored higher than 16% on spontaneous
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You scored higher than 58% on vulgar
Link: The 3 Variable Funny Test written by jason_bateman on Ok Cupid

A few days ago I had a job at a Starbucks. It was in a hot tourist spot and you could tell because they had cute little teddy bear cabbies. Only tourists can possibly have warm fuzzies for cabbies. The rest of us have to hail them, compete with them and avoid crashing into them when they make left turns from the right lane and whatnot.

I have nothing against individual cabbies, mind you. It's just that they contribute greatly to the generally high level of road rage that's out there in the streets.
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Shore (film composer)

Doug Adams Speaks

"Gimli, you just farted, didn't you?"

At long last, Doug Adams has given as much of an update as he can on the Lord of the Rings complete score releases due later this year.

Important points:

On the content:

If a piece of music appears in the DVD cut of Lord of the Rings, it will be on CD. If a piece of music was written for the Lord of the Rings and not used, it will be on CD. If a piece of music was written and used in Lord of the Rings but slightly edited in the film, the piece of music as originally composed, performed and recorded, will be on CD.

No dialogue will be included on the CDs. The only voices you’ll hear will be singing.

And yes, the music is in film order.

I believe that in the case of pieces written for the film, but left out entirely, these will be returned to their original spots in the narrative. Think in terms of the Smeagol vs. Deagol fight that turned up in its proper place on the Return of the King OST, but wasn’t heard in the film. There aren’t too many unheard goodies in Fellowship, but Two Towers and especially Return of the King have a number of them and they’re amazing.

Pieces written, but ultimately replaced with wholesale rewrites, would be more likely to be designated as “bonus materials.” The Fellowship OST version of the Prologue, for example, may be a good candidate – or perhaps the film version of the departure from Lothlorien which was replaced by a DVD piece.

I’m not able to talk about specific release plans, but no future release will feature “highlights.” These have been touted as complete releases, and complete they will be.

On his book on the scores:

It’s coming, too. It will be tied to the CDs somehow, and will begin coming out at the same time. That’s about all I can say for now. I’ve got a big deadline coming up soon, so I’m getting ready for crunch time! I’ll be giving a little preview of the text in Orlando, FL sometime in August (I forget the weekend), so if you’re really anxious…!

On the music itself:

I heard the rough assembly for Fellowship when I was in NY a couple of weeks back. It was all there and it was an absolutely jaw-droppingly amazing listening experience – completely different than listening to the single disc release. There’s a breadth to the writing [in the] score that I think can only be absorbed in this format. It completely envelops the listener in the narrative while highlighting the development and heart that’s made this such a unique endeavor from the start. Despite the fact that I’ve spent a healthy portion of the last few years surrounded by Lord of the Rings music, I was knocked over. It was so engrossing, in fact, that I was even able to ignore the pages of Shore’s Kong sketches sitting on the stand next to me! Well, mostly…

The Oscars get something right for a change.

I can't wait. We needs it, my precious, oh yes, we needs it...
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