August 29th, 2005

Transylvanians (Rocky Horror)

Home again, home again, jiggety jig jig

It is always strange how time can simultaneously go fast while experiencing it, but also carry more weight than usual afterwards. This occurs when one travels, the former because one is travelling usually to have fun, the latter obviously because of the relief of the more familiar surroundings.

Some may call it odd, but I enjoy moving people. I don't really mind the heavy lifting and I love working out how to fit stuff into a space. Moving suitboyskin was made much easier with the help of janetweiss69, uncleaj, etc., but special thanks must go to ahndrew, who was gracious enough to let us use his minivan. I am not exaggerating when I say that it couldn't have been done without him.

I kept having cars trying to crawl up my ass on the way home. What is up with all of the Massholes tailgating? It seems to be de riguer for highway driving over there. You know, there's an easy way to tell if you're too close to the guy in front of you; if you're passing the same point in less than two seconds from them, you need to put more distance between you and them.
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    Michael Small: Mountains of the Moon
Burton (Mountains of the Moon)

A bunch o' junk


I've been going through those "Lost Mixes" I found. As I indicated earlier, some of them are interesting and some of them are downright embarrassing. I was very pleasantly surprised, however, at a horror mix Douchebag asked me for few years ago called Fear!(he never listened to it; there's a reason we all call him "Douchebag"). It's a bit messy, but I listened to it on the way to suitboyskin's, and I enjoyed it. The disc itself is damaged, rendering a few tracks towards the end unlistenable, some of the transitions are a bit messy and the some of the selections were strange (I remember that he had asked me to include certain tracks, but I'm not sure now which ones), but overall it was pretty interesting. After I finish the Funk 'n' Thrills mix, I plan on redoing this one. In general, I'm not a big fan of retreading old ground, but the topic is worth more than the time that I had to put it together initially as I had a deadline, which was Hallowe'en... given the imminence of this holiday once again, I think it would be appropriate.

The Adventures of
Sidi Bombay

Last night I had the opportunity to show Mountains of the Moon, a film I've championed for years but that nobody has ever seen. It is a fascinating movie, perhaps its best element being Patrick Bergin's portrayal of Richard Francis Burton, one of the most interesting historical figures. The film is also worthwhile for its attention to detail and accuracy; while there are some aspects that are clearly extrapolative, they are consistent with what is known about Burton and John Hannings Speke. I've always been surprised that there aren't more films about Burton (his trip to Mecca would make a great story), but I guess the obscurity of this movie (no matter how good it is) is very telling.

The movie also gives credit to Sidi Bombay, who served on many expeditions. He has the distinction of being the first man to have crossed the continent both east and west and north and south, but he never got any academic credit. Google him, you won't get jack.

This is also the only film that I have thus far made a Netflix recommendation for, but I never got any feedback from the people that I recommended it to, so I was discouraged from bothering with that feature.
  • Current Music
    Maurice Jarre: Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
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