- ray lamontagne at strathmore on 10/14
Is I am Legend supposed to be a vampire story? Cuz I don’t see it. I haven’t read the book, though, so perhaps I’m missing the original portrayal? The movie’s definitely not a vampire story. Just because the monsters have sharp teeth and beget other monsters and are hurt by light does not make them vampires.
Very stressful movie. All of it. Lonely and hurt and angry and determined and desperate and hopeful and hopeless.. Always anticipating something monstrous jumping out at any moment.. ruhlly stressful. Moving, though. I’m confused by the end of it. I mean, it ended well…as far as endings go.. But.. I know it’s all “who are we to question” and what not,… I’m not there yet.. ::thinking::
I don’t think it’s ever occurred to me that “laughter” could be turned to “slaughter” with the simple addition of an “s”. That disconcerted me quite a bit, for some reason.
An agent of chaos cannot be viewed with merciful eyes. He’s fascinating, and even appreciable if you can bend your mind around, but he is beyond saving, and an asylum/prison is a silly place to put something that promises itself as an unstoppable force of destruction. It’s not even as simple as kill or be killed, it comes down to something much simpler. He won’t just kill you, he’ll maim, torment, kill, destroy—according to whim and level of chaos factor—your family, friends, city. And you won’t kill him because it’s against your morals? As far as a selfish choice goes…
I’ve been turning down chocolate sometimes lately. The universe might implode.
I really like my music.
The single thing I knew about Wanted going into it was that Angelina Jolie is in it.
I enjoyed it. It has its faults, and it’s difficult to properly appreciate a movie while the people you’re watching it with clearly will dislike it throughout, but I’m standing by an overall liking it.
The only thing I know of the Batman movie is what I’ve seen from previews in theaters. That and Heath Ledger = amazing joker.and no longer alive. I think after watching the movie I’m going to especially hope he defies all laws of the universe and turns up alive and well somewhere.
Violin Song’s been running through my head today. especially the mop, and also the hippo and speck of dust.
I am soooo sleepy right now. Ugh. really so much the sleep feeling of the sleep wanting to sleepness.
Silly Firefox. They want a download record,
they know they’re an awesome webbrowser and everyone loves them
no surprise that their sites are all down now, since the “download record” start time started 4 minutes ago. I’m sure they tried to be prepared….
firefox.com, spreadfirefox.com, mozilla.com, mozilla.org
All not loading.
Well, my dear and trusty Filehippo has it. Firefox 3.0 available in its entirety for speedy download.
+1 for Filehippo.
Covers view on Goodreads (when viewing lists) is happy.
Revisiting David Mack’s Kabuki. I’m enthralled again. Breathtaking art, all round.
I’m apparently on a graphic novel kick these days.
And Amazon’s had this 4-for-3 deal that’s been kicking my ass(wallet) a bit.
I’ve been eating a LOT of cherries.
I think I’m going to try sleeping on a bed tonight. How novel. (Last three nights on armchair seems to have provided for progress.)
Incredible Hulk or Kung-Fu Panda?
The fish, no matter what side of the stone he gets to, never reaches the ?other? side.
How to Move a Tree by William R. Stimson, from issue 65 of the Kyoto Journal (one of the best publications, ever).
But then one day we find that somehow it has reached us ? and recognize, with surprise and astonishment, the other side.
I’ve had the Wii Balance Board / Wii Fit for ~9 days now.
It’s well made for what it is, and the Balance Board really delivers what it promises.
The Wii Fit definitely won’t impressive people who are already fitness enthusiasts (though they should still appreciate some of the balance games) but it really does a great job of introducing and walking through various exercises, and especially great for tracking progress and thus encouraging activity and results. I was a bit skeptical of their emphasis on “posture” and “balance” before I tried it, but it really is a very good angle, and really makes a difference in your approach, outlook, results.
While I was waiting for my dinner to digest before playing on the Balance Board, I checked out Wii Ware (in the Wii Shopping channel) and downloaded Dr. Mario Online Rx.
I remember loving this game and being so good at it way back in the day. Well, I still love the game, but I am so bad at it now! I don’t know what happened! gah.
Will be nice to try online/versus mode — when I don’t suck so much.
Wii Fit / balance board — pretty cool.
Now that the board and system are “synched”, I would feel quite comfortable putting the disk in and telling one of my parents, “just turn on the board, point the controller at the screen, and press A where you think you should or where it tells you to.” the software instructs all the rest.
In any case, the system is responsive, talks a lot but also seems to let you skip most dialogue/instructions if you want to. I was a bit skeptical about the focus on posture and balance, but it seems to be a really good way to go — if you’re employing proper posture, then your weight will be properly distributed; if you’re well-balanced then you’ll be better centered, hopefully more self-aware and in control.
The attention to balance is really helpful for doing things like the yoga exercises — without the balance focus/guidance, I would certainly have been doing some of those exercises very incorrectly, but I could see to adjust my balance and the exercise felt very different. It’s good.
It turns out that some Japanese movies actually make sense.
Well, maybe it’s just the horror movies that are completely void of any sense whatsoever (the American versions of The Ring and that other one — about the phone calls that kill — are absurdly nonsensical, but their Japanese counterparts/originals trump them in nonsensicalness). Anyway, Death Note was great. (Not a horror film by any stretch. Rather interesting story.) ‘Hope the sequel(s) (L: The Last Name) match up; the third(?) film — L: Change the World seemed all the hype in Hong Kong.
Also going to look up the anime...
*update: the second movie’s solid. I laughed much more, cried more too. (Ah, Asian girls. Or girls in general. Totally cute, absurd, completely crazy.) Also, the anime is very good. Feels more like Bleach than Naruto (death gods and all..), but I never settled into Bleach. I’ve heard comparisons of it to Naruto, but.. well, the style and personalities are quite different.. I do see a bit of Sasuke there, though.. but character development is much more pronounced in Death Note; the character development and explanation of reasonings are interestingly more (interestingly) subtle in the anime than in the movies.
… Okay. the anime’s pretty emotional too.