July 7th, 2007

Milo (Bloom County)

Science Fair

In a different vein, here is an interview with Robert Duvall in two parts, in which he discusses Marlon Brando, Francis Ford Coppola, working on the two Godfather films and their place in cinema. He is also pretty blunt about the whole Godfather Part III situation:

This is for Art:

Leland (Citizen Kane)

Notes in Layer III

Strange. The CD burning program that came with the laptop seems to be able to fit more mp3 folders on a disc than I was ever able to previously. The size of the files haven't changed - I have been using LAME to encode my mp3s for years now (the program itself is CDex, which has several platforms, including Ogg Vorbis, which I use in Artoo, which is a great space saver) - it just seems to be squeezing more onto the disc somehow.

Speaking of discs, on a sadder note, I have finally come to the very end of this particular batch of blank discs I have been using of late. They have no label on them whatsoever (which means that if you aren't careful, you won't know which way is up), and they came in a clear plastic wrapper with no markings. I didn't buy them, my grandfather did, and my grandmother never uses CD-Rs, so she gave them to me when he died. These discs are fantastic. They're very reliable and deal just fine with overburning, but I have no way of knowing where they came from. Damn.

Technically, I'm working today, but there are no jobs out there anymore. There were two earlier, but they were AT+T/Cingular cell sites that required an AT+T/Cingular tech to accompany me... but the only AT+T/Cingular tech that was scheduled to work was unreachable. Hopefully, nothing will open up for the afternoon. I'm hoping to see a few movies with Raz today.

Speaking of movies...

This is a key scene in The Conversation, Francis Ford Coppola's 1974 re-imagining of Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow-Up, only with sound instead of photography. In addition to being one of Gene Hackman's best performances, the film poses fascinating questions about privacy, isolation and subjectivity. A major question being raised in the following clip is how involved Harry gets with his projects, and how much he might be manipulating possible interpretations.