November 07, 2007
today's links (11-7-07)
- Tina Fey is the prettiest picketer on the strike line. But she's much more than that, being the brains (creator/exec producer/writer/actor) behind "30 Rock." See also: Pencils Down Means Pencils Down. Actors aren't asked to give up rights to the use of their performances and likenesses. Why should writers be expected to have their work used for profit across multimedia, without due compensation? Go Tina!
- And here is one of the littlest picketers.
- David Lynch and Christian Louboutin have come together and created exquisitely excruciating shoes for an art exhibit. A fetishist's dream come true. Links here and here. (NSFW)
- Elizabeth Kucinich has had a pierced tongue for the last 10 years. Somehow I think this will only enhance her status as the hottest wife of a presidential candidate. Beyond all of her more noteworthy accomplishments, of course.
- This is not your father's mutual fund: Thrasher Funds.
November 09, 2007
Blade Runner: The Final Cut
I first saw Blade Runner as a midnight movie in college. I've seen it both with and without Harrison Ford's narration, with and without the unicorn imagery. I caught this last version a few nights ago.
The changes that have been made are relatively subtle; the film's Wikipedia entry provides details on what went into creating the final cut.
I still love the dystopian noir imagery - seeing the future cityscape of L.A. on a big screen, with the Japanese-tinged synth from Vangelis - an incredible, marvelous setting for the story. I also love that someone (Syd Mead) was credited as "Visual Futurist." Rutger Hauer is still perfect and chilling as the replicant Roy. And Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard remains quite compelling - as well as rakish, handsome and manly.
The book and the movie are separate creatures, but one thing is certain. No matter what Ridley Scott seems to think, Deckard is not a replicant.
November 10, 2007
What will I be doing for my birthday? According to the condo association, I'll be spending the evening at our annual meeting. Rude rude rude.
November 12, 2007
Remembering to breathe
I'm hoping not to overextend myself as we head towards the end of the year. Despite this worthy goal, within the past week I have had plans every day since Wednesday, which included movies (Blade Runner, Darjeeling Limited), a craft show hosted in someone's home, dinners with friends, and a birthday party for a one-year-old.
Today I have a reprieve, then over the next few days I have book group, a book group discussion featuring my writing teacher's books, and a haircut which unfortunately is going to clash with this month's blogger gathering. Another free evening, then Saturday we'll see some friends who are passing through on their way to spend Thanksgiving with family. (T-day is next week, already???) And while they're only going to have a peek at our place, I've been in a bit of a panic about my lack of progress with unpacking and getting rid of things. So that's been going on as well.
And now I have two dates marked for holiday parties, with at least one more to be added.
November 21, 2007
It's been about a week now. I've been bored for a while, and that is dangerous when it comes to hair. So far, so good.
November 27, 2007
Suzanne Vega - Variety Playhouse 11/26/07
Went with a friend to last night's show. It was a seated peformance, which was just as well. It seemed like we were the youngest people there. During the encores, people stood up and then sat back down! But the audience was very attentive and generous with applause.
Suzanne's voice is still a wonderful blend of silk and steel. Her band was great as well. There was a good mix of old and new songs. Sometimes the show was moody, jazzy lounge, sometimes folk, sometimes rock. Great sounds and textures.
She began with Tom's Diner a cappella and ended her main set by performing a remix of Tom's Diner with the band, sauntering around the stage in a blue tunic, slim pants and spiky, shiny black boots. Sometimes she'd sport a black fedora. In between there were brief stories and other songs. In no particular order: Marlene on the Wall, Gypsy, (I'll Never Be) Your Maggie May, Left of Center, Blood Makes Noise (both songs with only bass accompaniment by Mike Visceglia), NY is a Woman, In Liverpool, a particularly luscious version of Caramel, Angel's Doorway, Frank & Ava, Pornographer's Dream, Luka, Unbound, Zephyr & I, and Ludlow Street. During the encore, someone requested Small Blue Thing and after teasing us about a "really old, really long song in a minor key" we were treated to The Queen and the Soldier.
It was a really good night. I hope she'll pass through town again at some point.
November 29, 2007
Here's to growing older and wiser, and maybe, just maybe, less of a wiseass.