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By BlueOregon (Wed Jan 23, 2008 at 07:07:55 PM EST) (all tags)

At least I'm not stuck in Redmond. Instead you get an update from the cold upper Midwest.

Inside: You know what to expect. Poll: coffee preparation preference.



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A few links and notes:

For some reason I found both voices in today's xkcd "fitting" in some way. Not that I've performed that sort of experiment/prank. I don't have the right presence for it.

I blame ucblockhead for providing the fascinating head tracking for desktop VR displays using the WiiRemote video. My first thoughts—besides "that's nifty"—were directed toward an 18th-century discourse on the nature of three-dimensional vision, a discourse that included noted and notable contributions by Berkeley and Herder. Part of the interest was physiological, but another was cognitive and philosophical and centered around how we conceptualize things. I have a wonderful article about it somewhere ... I just need to find it again.

As a follow-up to There Will Be Blood (viewed Monday), I'll mention L.I.E., which I've not yet seen. It stars Brian Cox and Paul Dano, and it is the latter who plays Daniel-Day Lewis's foil of sorts over in There Will be Blood. Tomorrow D and I will go watch No Country for Old Men; last year was quite a year for Josh Brolin. The A.V. Club covered Beaufort today, an Israeli war, and actually made it sound interesting. I saw the trailer last week and felt not interest at all in watching it.

Other trailers are out. I watched the one for Spiral and felt torn. It's following in a long line of bad thrillers and horror movies with titles consisting of one word (see: Saw, Hostel ...). But the cinematography seems interesting, if not particularly inventive. But then ... but then ... even though it's a thriller so the guy is a creep, do we really need another f*cking movie about an ugly dorky guy meeting a cute-ish girl? Movies by dorks for dorks starring dorks? It also features Six.

I'm also ambivalent about The Air I Breathe; it seems ... overdone, over-determined, just ... over ... but it also has a fantastic cast (Kevin Bacon, Forest Whitaker, Andy Garcia, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Brendan Fraser, Julie Delpy).

And to conclude: you want disturbing advertisements that sexualize young girls, blah blah blah? The 00s? The 90s? ... The 70s it is: In 1976, love was free and pure and innocent. And about 10 (thank you Salon for the link).

II

Daily comic book: X-Men No. 207.

This is the last issue of X-Men.

Seriously.

Xavier took a shot to the head and is currently left for dead; Cable is off to the future with the baby; Bishop took a blast in retaliation for nailing Xavier; Mystique has been left more or less a blank slate [see: Carol Danvers ca. 25 years ago] after Rogue absorbed a good deal of her; and the X-Men have been disbanded.

Where they go from here is dictated by two forces: story and marketing. If we're lucky they will run in parallel, coincide, or at least cross-fertilize each other. X-Mem is done; next month or so we get X-Men Legacy (No. 208—see, continuity of numbering, so it is X-Men, only it isn't ... but it is). Uncanny X-Men continues unimpeded, which could be a problem since there is no X-Men team anymore ... but they'll find a way around it, as that issue is mopping-up-time for the whole story line, and the new X-Men event is soon to begin ... happy happy joy joy.

We also get a new X-Force title and Young X-Men, as well as a brand spanking new Cable title, though their introductions are, supposedly, spaced out a bit, one each month. With Cable off in the future I suppose he's not going to have time to make an appearance in the final issue of his own title, Cable & Deadpool. That would be asking too much, would it not?

As for X-Men No. 207, it was short on characterization or snappy dialog, except where Emma Frost was concerned. Everybody else was in kill-it-now, kill-them-dead, don't-touch-me, and whiny-should-I-or-shouldn't-I modes. But the fight sequences were well done.

My great "hope" for the X-books at this time is that Peter David can get back to telling his brand of stories over in X-Factor, which is, still, the best of the bunch. Warren Ellis is, so I've heard, scheduled to take over Astonishing X-Men (the 24-issues-over-a-geologic-age run of Joss Whedon is set to end), and Warren is always good for snappy dialog and plotting.

As an update to another comic I read not-so-long-ago, it appears the name change from Incredible Hulk to Incredible Hercules is permanent. That "Hulk" series has ended; it's now the Herc's (I can't wait for the Hercules-and-Deadpool team-up ... the Herc with a Mouth?), and although Bruce Banner is de-hulked and in custody right now, there is the new "Hulk" series out there known as ... Hulk.

It's creativity vs. simplicity, and simplicity was, I suspect, right choice.

III

Days Without:

  • Alcohol: 23
  • Ice Cream: 23
  • Finishing a book: 1
  • Finishing a comic: 0
  • Watching TV: 2
  • ...

The whole TV thing is just a note to myself; the whole list is just a note to myself. There are no goals, but were there goals, they would be to keep the ice cream number high, the book and comic numbers low, and the TV number cycling, for right now I catch the Terminator series on Mondays and keep the box off the rest of the week.

I had a couple books lined up for today; reading a book every day is no longer realistic for me at this age (too many other things to do), but I did plan today as a "day off" of sorts and I had a couple books lined up. But then my roommate came home and we talked. And talked.

I was going to devote the whole diary—in three parts, a theme and variations if you will, with a separate introduction/theme and a recapitulation and perhaps fugue at at end—to recent interruptions practiced upon me by the roommate, a friend in Oakland, and another in Seattle, each when I was trying to engage in other activities, but the hour grew late, I grew tired, I felt no motivation to write anything, and I had laundry to do.

I've been meaning to do laundry for a few days. Today was "the deadline," so to speak, and as one can imagine, when one gives oneself such an ultimatum other circumstances intrude so as to make such chores Herculean undertakings rather than mere diversions. One of the neighbors downstairs is doing his/her laundry. Was. I heard the washer running, then the dryer, and the dryer some more. So I took my laundry down and noticed the washer was now free so started a load. I hoped and expected that once my load was done and his or her load was done he or she would remove the dry articles of clothing, freeing up the dryer for me.

But it was not to be.

So instead I folded my damp articles and brought them upstairs, where I decided to hang them to dry more slowly. Downstairs there is either a party, they're high, or they've just regressed to childhood, for occasionally I heard laughter and running around, running around furniture, as if there is chasing and rough-housing. And then nothing.

I've never determined whether they're a couple. Their first initials are the same, so I'm not sure which last name belongs to whom (based on looking at the mailbox). They're in the same program. And one of them has left a black bra on the dryer for the past month.

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That xkcd train troll by johnny (4.00 / 1) #1 Thu Jan 24, 2008 at 02:00:45 AM EST
is lucky he never tried to pull that stunt on Kellnerin.  One look into her eyes and his consciousness would be sucked out of him like some poor innocent in Perdido Street Station who gazes into the eyes of the Slake Moth & never returns from catatonia.
Buy my books, dammit!
I like to think ... by BlueOregon (2.00 / 0) #5 Thu Jan 24, 2008 at 05:53:53 AM EST

... that, yes, any such attempt at such tomfoolery toward Kellnerin would be met with swift reprisals and the draining of one's soul, though even were he to attempt it and she were in a giving mood (that is, not in the mood of taking the offender's life), said attempt would be futile.

And thanks, too, for the Perdido Street Station spoiler(s) -- :) ... now I just need to put that out of my mind and keep the book on the shelf long enough that such revelations are novel to me when I next pick up the novel. Actually, I'm just reminded that I need to read it.

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simplicity itself by Kellnerin (2.00 / 0) #11 Fri Jan 25, 2008 at 04:44:10 PM EST
My greatest weapon against such a troll is having my own journal. What's more, if I'm noticing said individual at all, I'll be writing about him. It's like holding the mirror up to Medusa, only with fewer snakes.

Also, though this is completely unapplicable to this entry, I'm happy to see bo carry the torch of copyediting and other editorial slavery on Husi. Something about that warms my soul, honestly.

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"Late to the party" is the new "ahead of the curve" -- CRwM

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the hardest thing ... by BlueOregon (2.00 / 0) #12 Fri Jan 25, 2008 at 07:52:53 PM EST

... about this job is not what I do, but what I don't do.

We have a copy editor; at my old gig we didn't and we did it all. Three of us for articles and book reviews (my boss on articles, the book review editor and I did ... book reviews). But here it's not my job to do that level of editing, and while part of me is happy, since Word is the "tool" -- and I've seen rusty, toothless saws that were better tools -- I'm happy to be doing as little as possible with it. But there's a midget control freak at my core that wants it done right and that means done by me.

And I could ramble longer on this topic, but will restrain myself. So, yeah, I do some copy editing, but less than before, and I do and I don't miss it. The End.

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oh yes ... by Kellnerin (2.00 / 0) #13 Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 04:03:14 AM EST
I know what you mean:

I do some copy editing, but less than before, and I do and I don't miss it.

Especially the Word part. It is sooooo good not to be in Word-land anymore.

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"Late to the party" is the new "ahead of the curve" -- CRwM

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Write in by gpig (2.00 / 0) #2 Thu Jan 24, 2008 at 02:44:18 AM EST
The faffuchino: Make some really strong in the cafetière (about half the volume of the jar occupied with coffee once it's wet), leaving it to stew to get all of the caffeine out. Then use the espresso maker to steam some milk, and mix this about half and half with the coffee.
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you, my dear sir, by BlueOregon (2.00 / 0) #8 Thu Jan 24, 2008 at 08:04:54 AM EST

... have stumped Google, which does not believe the faffuchino exists. Good, very good.

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I humbly submit by gpig (2.00 / 0) #10 Thu Jan 24, 2008 at 08:36:35 AM EST
that it is my own invention.

Google will learn of it shortly, in its usual manner.
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kha phe sua by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #3 Thu Jan 24, 2008 at 03:17:40 AM EST
Vietnamese coffee. 1/2 very strong coffee (approx 2 shots of espresso equivalent), 1/2 sweetened condensed milk.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

good choice, sir by BlueOregon (2.00 / 0) #4 Thu Jan 24, 2008 at 05:49:21 AM EST

Haven't had any for while, since the Vietnamese place I went to in December (same I'd gone to year-plus earlier) was "out" that evening. In any case, a nice variation on the filter method.

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Horror pedigree. by Christopher Robin was Murdered (2.00 / 0) #6 Thu Jan 24, 2008 at 07:12:28 AM EST
I don't know if this will make you want to see it more or less, but this is the second horror teaming of director and dork - the first being the retro splatter slasher revival flick Hatchet, which was well received at the Tribeca Film Festival but seems to have a middling score on the ol' IMDB. (I thought it was fun, but then I'm the kind of jackass who describes the return of T&A to the post-Scream slasher as "progress.")

The lead dork is also the new go-to dork for horror films: he appears in the Hernandez Bros. horror comic adaptation The Dead One and he's in James Cameron's next sci-fi thriller Avatar.

Though I think he knows his career is probably on borrowed time as he seems to take every gig offered to him: for example, the new Paris Hilton vehicle The Hottie and the Nottie.

ah, Joel Moore by BlueOregon (2.00 / 0) #7 Thu Jan 24, 2008 at 07:57:23 AM EST

... and Hatchet -- yes, know of, and, um, have it available. I've been meaning to watch it because, well, when I was looking for recent & 'good' horror flicks, it was recommended (as somewhat underrated), imdb be damned. The draw for me is/was that it also stars Kane Hodder and Robert Englund ... just meta enough.

And: "I'm the kind of jackass who describes the return of T&A to the post-Scream slasher as 'progress.'" -- how is it not progress? So, yes, good sir, I think we agree on that point.

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Meta appearances. by Christopher Robin was Murdered (2.00 / 0) #9 Thu Jan 24, 2008 at 08:33:06 AM EST
It also features the Tony "the Candyman" Todd in a small bit.

I did a review of it on this here site, I think. I thought it was big dumb horror fun.

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