November 02, 2005
On the eve of Halloween, the San Francisco Chronicle published an buy Cialis without Prescription article about the appeal of the Golden Gate Bridge as a place to commit suicide. There's a graphic representing the number of deaths committed along span of the bridge.
Lethal Beauty [SF Chronicle, 10/30]
November 03, 2005
I think I'm going to have to make order Cialis without Prescription some, based on Schnäck's recipe:
[T]he beer milk shake is made with Chocolate or Vanilla Ice Cream mixed with Dark Stout (Chicory Stout) at a ratio of 1 oz of stout per ice cream scoop.
November 04, 2005
Most recruits from rural areas, the South and West, per Pentagon data
As sustained combat in Iraq makes it harder than ever to fill the Cialis without Prescription ranks of the all-volunteer force, newly released Pentagon demographic data show that the military is leaning heavily for recruits on economically depressed, rural areas where youths' need for jobs may outweigh the risks of going to war. [Added emphasis]
More than 44 percent of U.S. military recruits come from rural areas, Pentagon figures show. In contrast, 14 percent come from major cities. Youths living in the most sparsely populated Zip codes are 22 percent more likely to join the Army, with an opposite trend in cities. Regionally, most enlistees come from the South (40 percent) and West (24 percent).
I Knew It!
|Your Hair Should Be Blue|
You're a risk taker with an eye to the future.
Well I've always wanted blue streaks in my hair. I don't know if that makes me wild or brilliant. I have been out of control, don't know about the risk-taking.
I'm almost 32, but not yet!
|You Are 32 Years Old|
13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.
20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.
30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!
40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.
November 07, 2005
Austen in the eyes of Literary Darwinists
A new view on Pride and Prejudice, as an example of this form of criticism:
...[F]or an emerging school of literary criticism known as Literary Darwinism, the novel is significant for different reasons. Just as Charles Darwin studied animals to discover the patterns behind their development, Literary Darwinists read books in search of innate patterns of human behavior: child bearing and rearing, efforts to Cialis without Prescription mastercard acquire resources (money, property, influence) and competition and cooperation within families and communities. They say that it's impossible to fully appreciate and understand a literary text unless you keep in mind that humans behave in certain universal ways and do so because those behaviors are hard-wired into us. For them, the most effective and truest works of literature are those that reference or exemplify these basic facts.
The Literary Darwinists [NYT Magazine]
That's my Nanowrimo total since midnight last Monday. Since then, I've been sleeping, driven up to Athens to have dinner with rawbrick who was passing through on assignment, attended an art show by local artist Deb Davis and a performance by Hope for a Golden Summer (including Deb, one of the band members). Saturday involved housework - it says something that I will do laundry and wash dishes and sweep and take out the trash to avoid sitting down and writing. Oh yes, buy Cialis without Prescription lots of silly internet quizzes and blogging when I should be working on my novel. Late Saturday involved stopping by a housewarming party in Cabbagetown, where I ran into Scott and Lisa. Scott says very funny things when he's had a few drinks. Met lots of wonderful people and I was able to contribute my knowledge of obscure pop song lyrics ("You ain't seen the best of me yet / Give me time I'll make you forget the rest").
I've set up my older PC in the bedroom so I can write there as well. I've got an AlphaSmart so I can write in coffee shops if I feel like it. I'm keeping a steno pad nearby, which came in handy when I woke up late Sunday morning and had an idea for a complete plot and storyline, which has nothing to do with what I seem to be writing so far. Perhaps I can merge it all together?
Instead of writing much last night, I watched the premiere of Boondocks on Adult Swim, called Earthlink and went through a number of steps on my new-ish PC, only for Victor, the help rep, to tell me order Cialis without Prescription that my modem driver needs to be rebuilt. So I will probably do that tonight, after making up my session with my therapist tonight. I got so caught up reading for my book group that I forgot I had an appointment immediately before. Gah.
Today and last week were research requests from Hades. I rather dislike it when people sit on their research for months, then suddenly ask you to work on their stuff overnight at last minute's notice. And being a procrastinator-type myself, I understand why it happens but yet I remain most seriously displeased. I am a librarian, not a research wench, damnit.
I think it's time for another cup of coffee.
November 08, 2005
U.S. Premiere of Pride & Prejudice
From today's Liz Smith:
That Literacy Partners gang of mine never stops trying to raise money to teach people how to read and write. This Thursday we'll offer the U.S. premiere of "Pride and Prejudice" with Keira Knightley, Judi Dench and Donald Sutherland. Call (212) 573-6933 about the movie and supper after at the Central Park Boathouse with the stars.I saw the trailer on tv last night. I think the guy playing Cialis without Prescription Darcy will be ok, although I'm not liking his hair. Keira Knightley, I guess I'm resigned to her as Elizabeth Bennet, sexiest tomboy beanpole on the planet. But what is up with Judi Dench's bride of Frankenstein hair? On top of that, there's a modern-day pop song playing throughout the trailer. I know they're going for a wide audience, but oh does it make me cringe.
I'll go see this, but I'm not going in with much expectation or hope.
November 09, 2005
His other name is Wormtongue
Says Scott McClellan to reporters about the revelation of CIA secret prisons around the world: "The leaking of classified information is a serious matter and ought to be taken seriously."
GOP Leaders Urge Probe in Prisons Leak [WP, 11/9/05]
November 10, 2005
From today's Lloyd Grove "Lowdown"
Everybody just calm down. Sheesh.
Austen flick irks those with Jane addiction
There's a spot of bother brewing between fledgling Brit director Joe Wright - whose movie version of "Pride and Prejudice" opens tomorrow - and members of the Jane Austen Society of North America.
I'm told that in a National Public Radio report, also scheduled for tomorrow, diehard fans of the 1813 novel voice a litany of complaints about Wright's mushy, souped-up version - the latest in a long line - of the precise and elegant Austen.
Wright responds with an impolite suggestion.
"They can go jump in a lake," Wright, I'm told, advises NPR L.A. correspondent Kim Masters for her piece on "Morning Edition."
Wright sniffs that he's not interested in "quibblers," adding that he didn't make the film for them. "I made it for myself, really," he reportedly reveals.
The trouble started a couple of months ago when University of Colorado English Prof. Joan Klingel Ray, president of the Jane Austen Society, slagged off the movie in an interview with the U.K.'s Telegraph, criticizing everything from Matthew MacFadyen as the male lead, Mr. Darcy, to the movie's in-your-face sexual imagery.
"The Darcy in the film does not have the quality of attractiveness that Colin Firth has," Ray asserted, referring to the star of the acclaimed 1995 miniseries.
She added: "The film is full of sexual imagery, which is totally inappropriate to Austen's novel. In one scene, a wild boar, which I assume is supposed to represent Darcy, wobbles through a farm with its sexual equipment on show."
After her interview ran, Ray reveals, Focus Features threatened to cancel a screening of the film in Milwaukee for the Austen Society's annual convention.
The screening was held, though, and while some Austen aficionados liked the movie, others complained about "lame" dialogue and Keira Knightley's posture.
I hear that a Focus Features flack actually tried to forbid Masters from quoting Ray because the professor is no longer president of the society.
Wrong. Ray's term ends next month.
Is Nothing Sacred?
Why must innocent gummy bears be abused in such a manner? I suspect, however, that the site mentioned is not devoted to gummy porn.
November 14, 2005
First Impressions: Pride & Prejudice (2005)
The UA Tara on Cheshire Bridge Road is now screening P&P here in Atlanta, which I went to see on Friday night.
If this version introduces people to reading the novel, that's fine by me. I certainly hope people will read the novel, which will be a much richer experience.
Being faithful to the novel does not require an exacting, literal following of the narrative. However, being true to the spirit of the novel is important.
With that in mind, I really don't think that BIG, DANGLING PIG BALLS are ever appropriate in an Austen adaptation.
Spoilers, such as they are, after the jump.
Overall it's a nice adaptation. I enjoyed it, I liked it, but I didn't love it. But it's definitely worth seeing on the big screen. There's a shot of Keira Knightley standing on a cliff in Derbyshire that's just stunning. And the first sight of Pemberley (Chatsworth) is truly stunning for both the characters and the viewers.
We're given an earthier, more Gothic version of Pride & Prejudice. The Bennet country home is more of a bohemian enclave, with mud puddles and geese flocking around and the aforementioned pig and grubby workers in the background. Knightley is a very dark Elizabeth - dark hair, dark eye makeup, dark clothing, perhaps to play up the contrast with her very fair sister Jane (Rosamund Pike). A bit too dark, but there it is.
Mr. Bennet (Donald Sutherland) is a more genial patriarch than in the novel. His teasing of Mrs. Bennet is not quite so barbed in sarcasm, and he is affectionate towards his family. Brenda Blethyn is quite good as Mrs. Bennet - although not quite the complete silly, insensible woman. You realize that her goal of seeing her daughters married isn't just a matter of idle matchmaking, but that she does care for the happiness and security of her children. The other daughters are foolish and flighty in their own ways.
Matthew MacFadyen plays Mr. Darcy as stiff and awkward, but in a way that persuades you that while Darcy is indeed proud at first, he is also ill at ease in the company of strangers. He adores his sister and smiles warmly when at ease. There are definite sparks between the characters as played by MacFadyen and Knightley. You're reminded that Darcy and Elizabeth are young people, who are truly falling in love for the first time.
Other fine turns include Tom Hollander as Mr. Collins - who is not so much smarmy as puffed-up and foolish, Simon Woods as Mr. Bingley, who is charming and awkward but endearingly earnest. And there is Judi Dench, who is suitably imperious as Lady Catherine, big hair and all.
The characters do seem like real people - they interrupt each other, talk over one another. They way they speak does seem like real conversation. Some of the language did trouble me, in the sense that some of it was too modern, or too clear-cut. For example, when Lizzie defends her sister Jane's apparent lack of expressive feeling, she exclaims to Darcy that "She's shy! She doesn't talk about her feelings to anyone, not even to me!" This is a rough paraphrase, but close enough.
Earlier I described the film as having a more Gothic quality than other adaptations. When Elizabeth and Darcy finally reach their mutual understanding, it involves Darcy striding out of the fog in his greatcoat, his hair all amuss, his eyes blazing with passion. Both have been unable to sleep and are just out walking the moors apparently. But really, I didn't mind this. ;)
The following may be what has apparently been added to the American version of the film. At the end we're brought to Pemberley once more. Lizzie and Darcy are now married, and are out of doors once again in the middle of night in their bedclothes. Darcy tells Elizabeth "You have bewitched me, body and soul" and there is the great, soulful Kiss.
One last bit: IMDB notes that Emma Thompson did an uncredited, unpaid rewrite of the script. If only she'd gotten to write the screenplay! However, she is given a special thanks at the end of the credits (which I missed, since I didn't stay for those).
November 16, 2005
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And the FDA may have had a political reason *gasp* to reject the Plan B emergency contraceptive: Report Details F.D.A. Rejection of Next-Day Pill [NYT, 11/15/05]
I really want to tell people what's on my mind. Like:
"PLEASE LISTEN TO ME WHEN I AM SPEAKING TO YOU, YOU BLOOMIN' IDIOT!"
At work, I really hate it when I give someone an assignment, and I explain, in great detail, exactly what I want done, and then the person goes off and does the work in such a way that it's either a) not quite what I want or b) totally fucked up.
It could be that I'm not explaining things clearly enough. Sometimes that's the case, and we clarify the issue. Fine. At the same time, I hate having to explain things that should be obvious. But I do it anyway, and I do it politely.
So when I ask someone "Please take these check requests to Accounting and put a note on each of them telling them to call me when the check is ready" I expect that's understood. But when I don't receive the phone call, and we have to research what happened to the check requests, and I find that there are just sticky notes listing my name and extension on the check requests, I tend to go a little ballistic. Why, with all the paperwork that Accounting gets from the entire firm, why wouldn't they know implicitly that they were supposed to call me? For all they know, it's just a sticky note. (Yes, Accounting could have noted the sticky note and like, called me, but that's expecting too much. Which is why I write long sticky notes saying "Please call me when the frickin' frackin' check is ready!")
How hard is it to stay on the ball, people? Am I not speaking English? Did I not just take time to tell you EXACTLY what I wanted, in excruciating detail?
This person has since moved on to better and brighter things than toiling as a lowly library assistant, so the only thing I can do is make clear to the next person that when I'm explaining something they had better fucking listen to me.
November 17, 2005
I should probably consult Nanowrimo's message board that's called "I hate myself and I want to die."
November 18, 2005
In an office
on a screen
in a browser
through a webcam
the baby panda
sleeping in his cage.
November 21, 2005
What I did instead of writing this weekend:
Hanging out and staying up late with friends.
Finding used cds & music dvds: Michel Gondry's short works, INXS videos, Sigur Ros, Liz Phair, French 60s pop, Gillian Welch, The Cars Are Made of Stars.
Episodes of Battlestar Galactica.
Maintaining peace between three cats, occasionally using the spray-bottle method as reinforcement.
Brunch: El Gato Bizco makes awesome pancakes. The Flying Biscuit is excellent as usual.
Cleaning the kitchen.
Buying drawer trays and organizing the junk drawer. It's really a beautiful thing. I kept opening and closing the drawer, marveling in delight.
Getting some new socks.
Talking to my sisters.
Reading the paper.
Getting sick - a tickle in the back of my throat so far.
However, there's still time, provided I write at least 4k a day. (Right, deano?)
November 29, 2005
Must! save! room! for! dessert!
And you may ask yourself What is that beautiful house? And you may ask yourself Where does that highway go? And you may ask yourself Am I right?...Am I wrong? And you may tell yourself MY GOD!...WHAT HAVE I DONE? -Talking Heads, "Once in a Lifetime"
Time seems so formless; we have to create structure in order to make the best of our days. But structure doesn't imply rigidity. It's about making time work for you, so that you spend it well, so that you don't look back and wonder where the time went. It's an issue I struggle with regularly - to spend time in the here and now, with the people and on the things that matter, instead of being held down by the past or worrying about the future.
It's said that to make each day memorable, so that time doesn't just rush by in a blur, you should do one thing to make the day stand out for you. It doesn't have to be anything extraordinary or grand, just something that you do for yourself, whether that's calling a friend, going to yoga, or sitting down for a cup of coffee or tea.
So tonight, I'm going out to dinner for my birthday.
November 30, 2005
When I think of hardware knobs...