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Weekend Update

This weekend I helped Kelly (who is appearing in The Early Mixes) and her two younger sisters move. It was a pretty strenuous move, and I'm clearly not as young as I used to be. On the other hand, I ended up being semi-in-charge and had a crew of hale and hearty twentysomethings. People complain about the youth of today, but they were all very courteous to me and a great help.

There was also the issue of D.O.G. (pronounced as "The Original Gansta," get it?), their young Maltese who went missing for a few hours. He was thankfully recovered, and has adapted to the new space (which is actually very similar to the old) quite quickly. He is a cute little dog, and he loves me. Unfortunately, not yet having been fixed (they want to breed him), he loves me in ways I'm not sure I feel comfortable with; he spent a good portion of Saturday and the entire time I dropped by on Sunday with my drill to help put together some of the larger bits of furniture we had disassembled for the move trying to mount various parts of my body. Usually he just hugs my wrist and tries to get a purchase on my hand, which he can't do, so he ends up thrusting at nothing, but one point I was lying down to put in a screw underneath the frame and he mounted my head and tried to hump my neck. Lauren (Kelly's sister) put a stop to that, although she found it quite amusing.

This morning, I found my bus stop had a very bad weekend:

Do you see the wood splinters right next to the base of the bus stop sign? Well, there was originally a telephone pole there.
Due to a completely random event, I ended up having seeing Quantum of Solace again; I enjoyed it much more the second time around (which is saying something considering that I was quite positive about it originally). The film is actually rather tightly plotted, and the fusion of character development with the breakneck pace (which comes across as much less frantic on a subsequent viewing).

A conversation I had with suitboyskin directed me to paying particular attention to some of the details in the film that I found rather interesting, not least of which is that for the first time in the history of this franchise, we are seeing a relationship develop between Bond and M, as opposed to M merely being Bond's boss. This is something that was touched upon originally in GoldenEye, where Judi Dench's M was a successor to Robert Brown's, but it was not a thread followed through in the subsequent Brosnan films. It is front and center here, with Bond at times relying on M in a way that we have not previously seen, and her own keen intelligence being vital to unraveling the 'spectre' of Quantum, as well as her growing trust for Bond's integrity, if not his methods. M is taken by surprise by some of the events in the movie, but it is clear that she is not one to make the same mistake twice.

Also new to the reboot is M having to deal with shit from above; the pressures thereof are important to the storyline of Quantum of Solace but it is more consistent with the idea that these characters are occupying if not our world, one not too far removed. It is nice to see that the franchise is actually taking advantage of the vast reservoir of talent that Judi Dench brings to it rather than simply using her as punctuation, which is the impression on can easily get from the Brosnan films (which were, to be fair, consistent with the general direction of the series since Moore took over the role).

The title song still sucks, though.
At long last, Aleph has announced that the score for The Dead Pool, the final cinematic outing of Harry Callahan, is to be released on January 13, 2009! This will complete the run of these films, all scored by Lalo Schifrin save The Enforcer by Jerry Fielding (although his score fits perfectly into the overall 'sound' Schifrin established). Because these discs were all released through Schifrin's Aleph label, this will be the first time outside of the Omen trilogy that an entire film series will have the same spine design on my shelf.

The time will soon come when I will be dismantling my Urban Danger compilation, revising it to eliminate cues from Dirty Harry and Magnum Force and adding some tracks from some scores that hadn't been released when I assembled that disc. I will, of course, be making a dedicated Dirty Harry disc, which I'm pretty excited about.
Yoinked from jenvargas is an insanely long survey:

First of all, what do you prefer to be called?:

What is your favorite form of creative expression?:
Image and music.

How do you like your coffee OR if you don't like and why?:
I like coffee regular, sometimes with a little cinnamon in it. I also like ice coffee.

What is the least desirable thing, in your opinion, to put on a pizza that you have heard of people actually eating?:

Would you rather witness the beginning or the end of the universe?:
I'd like to see how it all started.

Describe your favorite pair of socks:
Socks are socks. As long as they're not quitters (that is to say, loose), I'm fine with them.

What is the current or last song you are listening/listened to, and does it have any special significance to you?:
"Short Round Helps" from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom by John Williams, one of the many gems from the Indy box set.

Do you prefer rainbows or stars?:
Stars, though rainbows can be quite impressive.

Describe the best day of your life NOT in terms of events, but in terms of your feelings:

Would you rather go to a planetarium or an aquarium?:
Planetarium, though again, aquariums are quite cool as well!

Do you know the reason that 11:11 is considered to be auspicious?
Silly numerology.

What decorations are hanging on your walls?:
11" X 17" movie poster reproductions.

What is your favorite planet in our solar system?:
Aside from Earth? I've always been fascinated by Jupiter and its moons.

How do you express love?:
By being there when I'm needed.

Do you consider yourself to be more spiritual or scientific?:

If you had a lava lamp, what color would you want it to be?:
I do have a couple of lava lamps, two small blue ones, one big red.

Would you rather be able to revisit your past to simply re-experience a positive moment or revisit your past in order to change things and risk the consequences?:
Difficult to say. I would probably try to observe experiences from a different perspective.

Have you ever had a past-life regression or memory?:

What is your favorite holiday and why?:
Passover, because I love the food and traditions, even if I don't care for the theology.

Are you better with remembering dates or names?:

What was your favorite book that you had to read for a class?:
How Movies Work by Bruce Kawin.

What is your favorite number and why is it significant to you?:
81:31, as a running time. ;)

Would you rather explore space or the ocean?:
Space....the final frontier.

What prompted you to call the last person you called?:
It was work-related.

Star Trek or Star Wars?:
Oof... that's rough. If I absolutely had to choose, I'd probably end up with Star Trek.

Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter?:
I'd have to go with The Lord of the Rings on that one, but I do enjoy the Potter books.

What is your favorite band and why?
I guess I have no choice but to say Led Zeppelin, because you really have to search far and wide to find one of their songs that isn't good.

What color best resonates with your best friend(s)?:
I couldn't speak for them.

Where do you work and why do you work there?:
I work for the phone company because it was a stable job that would pay my bills.

Have you ever gone to a public karaoke facility, and what did you sing?:
I've done karaoke often. I usually do classic rock songs. My crowning achievement was "Subterranean Homesick Blues" because I only fucked up once.

What animal do you feel most connected with?:

Have you ever had "special brownies" or any other kind of "special" treat?:
Yes I have, and they were awesome!

What book are you reading at the moment?:
I am actually between books at present.

What is the funniest thing that you have done at a fast food restaurant?:
The drive through is a constant source of mirth with many anecdotes, but unfortunately nothing that would translate well to the written word.

Do you enjoy listening to music that is sung in another language?:
Most of the music I listen to is film scores, and the bulk of choral work is indeed in a different language.

Quote the last movie you watched:
Quantum of Solace (see above)

Do you know more than just your sun sign (like your ascending sign or moon sign etc.)?:
I pay no attention to astrological nonsense.

Do you have any jewelery on you that holds significance, and if so, what is it and why is it significant?:

What is your favorite kind of cheesecake?:

Why did you last feel warm and fuzzy inside?:
The rehearsal last week buoyed my confidence in The Early Mixes.

What band that no longer performs together do you wish would have a reunion tour?:
Jeez, most of the rock bands I listen to have members who are deceased.

What band that IS still together do you wish would perform in your area?:
...and you will know us by the trail of dead or the Mars Volta.

Have you ever been in a band, and what role did you play in it?:

What has been the single most frightening experience of your life?:
Not knowing if my stepdad was alive or dead on 9/11.

Who is/was your favorite Spice Girl?:
Yeast Infection Spice.

Do you prefer free verse or poetry set in a form?:
Free verse.

In a hotel, would you choose to go in the hot tub, the sauna, the workout room, or the pool?:

48. Imagine that you are exploring space.
Who would you want with you and what would you want to explore, assuming you are not limited in any way?:
Saavik, as played by Kirstie Alley.

Have you ever astral projected?:
Back in high school I was convinced that I had.

50. What is your favorite song by the group t.A.T.u?:
Say humma?

Describe what you envision as "paradise":
I never really gave the matter much thought, mostly because it isn't really a viable concept.

What element do you feel most connected to?:

What is a cause that you feel very strongly about and why?:
Separation of church and state, because I think it is vital to a functioning government in the 21st Century.

What was your favorite class from the last year that you were in school?:
Rhetoric, partly because it was an interesting subject, but mostly because my classmates consisted mostly of extremely hot girls.

What is a topic that you study independently for your own interest?:
Evolution, because it is so damned interesting.

Describe what you would want to wear if you were getting married, handfasted, or having some kind of "love celebration" or "commitment" ceremony between yourself and another?:
Probably a tuxedo, because I look really good in them.

What song do you want played at your funeral?:
The answer to this question changes every day.

Would you rather alphabetize or put things in order according to numbers?:

What medication do you dislike the most?:
Suppositories. Ew.

Would you rather write a story or a poem?:
Stories. I can't write poetry without making it forced.

Do you believe in nonphysical entities, and if so have you ever communicated with one?:

What invention or discovery do you think that the scientific community should focus on?:
Stem cell research and alternative power sources.

If you could go anywhere, where would you go and why?:
The Bahamas, because I could use a sunny beach and a frozen fruity drink with an umbrella in it right about now.

What skill do people often compliment you on?:
My direct method of discussing personal matters.

What are three facets of your personality or thinking patterns that you want to improve?:
Procrastination, laziness and sensuality (I have made significant strides in all three of late, but more work needs to be done).

What is your favorite symbol?:
The outline of Hitch for Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

Name an unusual shortcut or file that's on your desktop:
There are a bunch of pictures of Michael Caine for the Harry Palmer mix that I will eventually make someday (there's that procrastination I mentioned in question 65).

What do you smell like right now?:
Old Spice.

69. You get to have a theme party of your choice, just for fun.
What theme do you choose?:
Heh... suitboyskin and company once intended to throw a "sin party." Alas, it fell through, but I've always wanted to see one...

Have you ever been in the depths of a cave?:
This is not a cave!


How do you deal with the dark side of yourself?:

Name something that you can't help but save:
Movie tickets. I sometimes lose them, but rarely.

What is your addiction?:
Symphonic motion picture scores.

If you could wish something for three people, but not for yourself, who would the wishes be for and what would they be?:
glenniebun - an end to the hospital nonsense.
jailnurse - kill that mortgage.
suitboyskin - that Rancor monster he's always wanted.

Would you rather send a message in a bottle or on a balloon?:
Both seem rather silly.

What did you dream last night?:
I have no idea. You'd have to ask my subconscious.

What is one of your most frequent daydreams?:
It involves this girl I went to college with...

What is your favorite stuffed animal?:
I don't have any stuffed animals anymore.

If you could have a conversation with any well-known figure of the past or present, who would it be and what would you want to talk about?:
I never know how to answer that question.

If you could bring anyone back to life, who would it be?:
Joseph Miller.

Are you affectionate?:
In the appropriate circumstances, very much so.

Name one thing that each of your best friends is really good at:

What are you a perfectionist with?:

Could you see yourself being able to carry on a long distance relationship?:
I've tried. They don't seem to work.

If you could be anything but human, including anything mythical, what would you be?:
God Emperor of the Universe, so I could clean things up.

Have you ever meditated? If so, what is your method, and if not, what do you do to relax?:
I have; it is all a matter of focus and can be quite therapeutic at times. Usually I just stretch out with a book, though.

What is something about yourself that you feel no one else understands?:
I'm really not that emo.

If you could go back in time and tell your old self something about the future, when would you go to and what would you say?:
Don't take college for granted.

What does your typical night out consist of?:

What does your typical night in consist of?:
Internet, movies/TV on video, reading.

Have you ever simply gazed into someone eyes?:

What mystery would you like to solve?:
Who did kill that guy in The Big Sleep...?

If you could have anything on a t-shirt, what would it be?:
A black and white picture of me holding a glass similar to the billboards of Bill Murray in Lost in Translation.

Name something that you enjoy that most people don't:
Film music!

What is your current biggest annoyance?:
Where the hell is my hat?

Who do you feel like talking to right now?:
I'm in a good mood, so just about any of my friends...

Are you more emotional or logical?:
Logical, although there are moments...

What are you very sensitive about?:
I consider physical and emotional abuse of a partner to be reprehensible and indicative of contempt for them, regardless of how much the abuser may insist they love the other.

What is one of your favorite poems or song lyrics?:
And though I had slain a thousand foes less one,
The thousandth knife found my liver;
The thousandth enemy said to me,
'Now you shall die,
Now none shall know.'
And the fool, looking down, believed this,
Not seeing, above his shoulders, the naked stars,
Each one remembering.
- John M. Ford
Would you rather live on a beach, in a forest, on a mountain, in the countryside, in the suburbs, or in the city?:
The suburbs, that I may have access to the resources of the city, but still have trees.

Which of your beliefs do you often question?:
If I questioned them, they wouldn't be beliefs now, would they (something agnostics need to come to terms with).

If you could be held by anyone right now, who would it be?:
Remember that girl from college I mentioned in question 77...?

What song reflects your current state in life?:
"Through the Flames" from Return of the Jedi...

Have you ever worked any magic, and if so, what kinds? If you haven't, do you even believe magic?:
I don't believe in magic. Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side.

What sparks your will to live?:
Love of music, movies, books, science... the world we live in is amazing if you really look at it.

What's your most used defense mechanism?:
Changing the topic.

What has been your most transcendental experience?:
At the risk of sounding a bit out of character, it was a really good fuck.

Name an accomplishment that you are especially proud of:
You may not call it an accomplishment, but it took me a very long time to amass my music library.

What would be your idea of "hell on earth":
We're coming out of it...

Name three of your greatest loves:
Cinema, music, food.

Name three of your greatest hates:
Ignorance, bigotry, snobbery.

If you could be friends with any fictional character, who would it be?:
Why, Ford Prefect, of course!

If you could perform with, or hang out with, any band, who would it be and what would you want to do?:
The Beatles back in their heyday.

Romantic or kinky?:

Dost thou enjoy foreign language?:
I don't speak any of them, but I don't mind watching a film with subtitles.

If you could choose any language to simply be fluent in, what would it be and why?:
No one non-English language jumps up at me...

Why do you feel that you exist?:
Any meaning applied to existence is merely a justification for a state of being. But I do like to tell stories.

What is your method of escapism?:
Home theater!

What has been the most drastic form of hostility that you have performed?:
I have yelled at a couple of people. That's about the size of it.

What do you find to be the hardest thing to describe or explain?:
Nobody just accepts that I don't like coconut in sweets, I have to explain why. How many different ways can you say, "the flavor does not appeal to me?"

What do you long for at this moment?:

Leave us with an inspirational statement:
The world and the universe is an extremely beautiful place, and the more we understand about it the more beautiful does it appear.
- Richard Dawkins
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