Archive for February, 2006

What weekend?

Here it is, eight in the morning on a Monday and I feel like I had no weekend at all. Technically I did, but it was just one day. I worked until eleven Friday night, took Saturday off, and then worked ten hours on Sunday. It’s amazing how something like that will make you feel like you’re just working continuously with no break whatsoever, and it’s also amazing how absolutely cranky that can make you feel.

Oh well, at least I’m taking the liberty of going into work later today. Hell, I didn’t even get home until nine last night; I think it’s only fair that I wait at least twelve hours before leaving the apartment again.

Elizabethtown surprises

I watched Elizabethtown tonight. At first, I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it. Especially at the beginning, it seemed like it was merely trying to play off of the mood and feeling of the opening of Garden State; it had that same quality of emptiness to it. I think, in fact, that it was supposed to have that quality to it.

But as the connection between Orlando Bloom’s and Kirsten Dunst’s characters began to gain depth, so too did the depth of the film. The idea of an unlikely relationship developing between two unlikely peopl, all with the backdrop of dealing with the death of a family member is just unbelievable enough to make it work. There was definitely a chemistry between the two characters and while it definitely had a romantic quality to it, it went beyond that, too. I think that’s what I liked about it.

Like all of Cameron Crowe’s films, the music played a huge part of the movie, and I really loved how the music (which was practically its own character at the end of the film) framed the action.

Ultimately, though, it was the characters and their relationships that drove the heart of this movie. It’s definitely worth a viewing.

Don’t got much baggage to lay at your feet

I just watched Rent on DVD. Having not had the chance to see it in the theater, I really didn’t know what to expect, and I have to say that as it opened, I was quite skeptical. For starters, they completely ripped apart the opening of the movie. But as it unfolded, I began to understand what they were doing with it and it made more sense.

Thoughts in passing (somewhat chronological, though I didn’t take notes or anything):

  • At first I really didn’t like the opening, but then I realized that there’s just no other place that they could have put “Seasons Of Love.” After all, it’s almost as appropriate at the beginning of the show as it is at the opening of the second act.
  • My God, they REALLY chopped up “Rent,” didn’t they? And what’s up with Mimi already knowing everybody?
  • At first, I was really worried that they chopped up one of my favorite songs, but it looks like “You’ll See” ended up in there, at least in its majority. And just in the right amount.
  • While we’re on the subject of things that made it into the movie, I’ll say now that I was very upset that “Christmas Bells” wasn’t included. I can understand why they cut it: it would have cost millions to film a scene that convoluted. But seeing as I think that “kiss me, it’s beginning to snow” is one of the most romantic phrases ever, I still felt awful at it not being there.
  • Other than that, I was quite pleased with everything, even Rosario Dawson’s performance. From the previews I’d seen, she was much below the ho-hum level, but I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised.
  • So I’m watching the bonus features on Disc Two, and I want to notify any of you who were as upset as I was at not having “Halloween” or “Goodbye Love” in the movie have it in its entirety in the Deleted Scenes section, as is a very interesting and much more stage-like alternate ending.
  • Having worked with Wilson, and seen him in the show back in ’99, I knew how his performance could affect me. What I wasn’t expecting was how much Jesse Martin’s performance would affect me. I was ecstatic that they included “I’ll Cover You (Reprise)”, and I just… cried like a little girl.

Overall reaction: Much more pleased with it than I thought I would be. I’m definitely purchasing this one.

Site Updates

I’m playing around with the layout of my website because I never really liked how it looked and I want to make it play nicer with the various browsers. I was able to finally get it to display text at pretty much the same level in all browsers (and make it scalable, which requires a few hacks), so that’s nice. Now I want to make the sidebar play nicely with the main content column, but I think it might take a bit more work. Right now it’s still patched together with a little duct tape and twine, but at least it looks okay.

Lemme know what you think?

“Executive” Privilege? Sounds more like Monarchal Privilege.

Vice President Says He Has Authority to Declassify Items

Apparently, Mr. Cheney thinks that he can retroactively declassify something. In order words, what Lewis Libby did in leaking CIA agent Valerie Plame’s name to the press wasn’t illegal because he says that it wasn’t—even though it’s now years later. Why? Executive Privilege.

I just have to question if the Supreme Court would give this the absolute smackdown that it deserves. Part of me wants to trust that even the most hardline conservatives on the court would see this for the ridiculous asshattery that it is.

Is it just me, or does it seem like the Bush administration isn’t even trying to cover it up anymore? It’s almost like they know that people know that they’re doing things illegally and as a result they’re not even trying to pretend like they’re doing anything else. And yet nobody’s doing anything about it because we’re so damned apathetic. Even the staunchest Republican would clamor for Congressional hearings if his constituency demanded it and made it clear that there wouldn’t be a re-election in store this year. But since nobody’s bothering to actually be bothered by this, nothing’s being done.

And I guess that’s what saddens me the most.

Almost as good as its namesake

Just popped the cork on bottle o’ wine #2 of the evening. I’m certain that I won’t drink the entire thing, but it does go to show how much I hate Valentine’s Day. For right now, I don’t even want to think about the implications of opening two bottles of wine in the same evening for right now, but for right now I don’t really care, either.

Happy VD to me.

EDIT: By the way, I totally finished bottle #2. I should know better. Who cares if it’s a sign of alcoholism. Fuck it… It’s a special occasion.

Your Last Day

I think that this week’s Grey’s Anatomy was probably one of the best hours of television I’ve ever seen, on par with “The Body” from Season Five of Buffy and the finales of Seasons One and Two of The West Wing.

QuitJournal Update

Time Quit: 5 weeks, 6 days

You read that right: 42 days since I had a cigarette. According to QuitMeter, I have not smoked almost 500 cigarettes and I’ve saved over a hundred and twenty bucks.

Probably the biggest change I’ve noticed in the last month has to be my sense of smell. I’m picking up things that I just don’t remember noticing before, and I seem to be almost hypersensitive to the smell of cigarette smoke. I can smell it through doorways and walls. I’m guessing that this will not be changing any time soon, either; from what I understand, former smokers are the people who can most easily pick up on it.

I think that the best thing about this is that I feel like I can really just call myself a nonsmoker. I was worried that I would feel like a fraud calling myself that, especially because I’m looking for apartments closer to work, and there are just a ton of ads that state “No smokers”. But I don’t feel like a fraud, which makes me feel even better than all of the positive things since quitting.

Antispeed Skating

Does anybody else happen to think that the early laps of a speed skating event look like anything but?

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