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By TheophileEscargot (Mon Apr 12, 2010 at 01:22:10 PM EST) Reading, Watching, San Francisco, MLP (all tags)
San Francisco. Listening: "Conservative Tradition". Watching: "Bunny and the Bull". Web.


San Francisco
Flying to the conference tomorrow morning. Turns out my co-worker will also be coming to the meetup. (thought he was flying back Saturday but it's Sunday). Remember: as far as anyone knows, we're a nice, normal community.

Anyone who wants a photo to aid in identification send me a message.

What I'm Listening To
Finished Conservative Tradition by Patrick N. Allitt. 36 lectures on the history of conservative ideas in Britain and America, starting with Burke. Pretty thorough and informative. Allitt regards one of the key principles of conservatism as the idea that change should be slow and gradual, rather than sudden and revolutionary. So, he sees nothing inconsistent in the shifting responses to things like free markets, abolition of slavery, universal suffrage, women's suffrage; all ofwhich conservatives were originally against,but gradually came to accept.

Allitt is particularly good on the gradual change from opposing to favouring free market economics, and the unexpected embrace of Reform by Peel and Disraeli.

However, this is the first teaching company course I've done that felt a bit too long. Allitt is very comprehensive and goes through name after name of conservative writers, who all seem to blur into one after a while: their ideas seem pretty similar and they don't seem to do much except write. Would have been nice to ditch some of them and have at least brief discussions of conservatism on the Continent, or at least in Canada and Australia: he sticks very rigidly to the prescribed domain.

Also, as with his America course, there are irritating little errors of fact (for instance he attributes the "longest suicide note in history" gag to a Tory MP rather than Gerald Kaufman). In this case it doesn't change anything significant, but it makes you wonder how many other errors there are that I haven't managed to spot.

Overall, fairly interesting but not perfect.

Next up: Dead Sea Scrolls.

What I'm Watching
Saw "Bunny and the Bull" on DVD. Surreal comedy about an isolated neurotic reminiscing about a journey across Europe with his extroverted buddy Bunny. Very cleverly done, with stop-motion animation and low-fi model sets integrated with the characters, and some great transitions from the flat to the journey and back. It's directed by Darkplace and Mighty Boosh director Paul King, and seems to be aiming at a Mighty Boosh type of humour, with appearances from Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding.

So, I wanted to like it, but I don't think I chuckled or even smiled once all the way through. The actual jokes are tired, predictable and not very well executed. The characters are charmless and annoying: it really needed something to give you some sympathy for the endlessly whining Stephen.

Overall, not really recommended: great art direction doesn't really compensate for the poor script. The best way to watch it might be on fast-forward, slowing down for the groovier visuals.

WP, review, review, roundup.

Web
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Politics. Cameron and the US right

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I'm amused by MillMan (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Apr 12, 2010 at 02:04:46 PM EST
that anyone who works a tech job would be worried about meeting people "from the internet" as if we're not all part of the same social group already.

"Just as there are no atheists in foxholes, there are no libertarians in financial crises." -Krugman

oh also by MillMan (4.00 / 1) #2 Mon Apr 12, 2010 at 02:06:00 PM EST
I'll be there for sure on Saturday and since we've met previously finding us should be easy. I think I still have your phone number too.

"Just as there are no atheists in foxholes, there are no libertarians in financial crises." -Krugman

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My phone by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Apr 12, 2010 at 02:42:06 PM EST
Should work in theory, but it's very expensive to make or receive calls, so I'll probably save it for emergencies.

Try to look conspicuous!
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It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?

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and by "conspicuous" you mean by R343L (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Apr 12, 2010 at 09:12:21 PM EST
"look just like a nerd nervously waiting for the other nerds to arrive".

I go to metafilter meetups on occasion. It's generally so easy to tell where the group is even if no one I know has arrived ... though last meetup this failed because there was a somewhat nerdy (cute) fellow sitting alone (I arrived early) with an iphone (all west coast mefites have iphones, except the ones that have google phones to be contrary). I asked if he was from the internet. Fortunately he laughed with me, not at me. I think.

"There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." -- Eliot

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omg by MillMan (2.00 / 0) #5 Tue Apr 13, 2010 at 12:28:09 AM EST
next coffee date my first line is going to be "are you from the internet?" Sex will ensue for certain.

"Just as there are no atheists in foxholes, there are no libertarians in financial crises." -Krugman

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i'll be wearing a suit. by aphrael (2.00 / 0) #12 Tue Apr 13, 2010 at 03:43:30 PM EST
at ti couz.

i think that'll be pretty conspicuous.

(if i go to zeitgeist i'll change first)
If television is a babysitter, the internet is a drunk librarian who won't shut up.

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I think you should wear a suit to zeitgeist by R343L (2.00 / 0) #13 Tue Apr 13, 2010 at 03:52:06 PM EST
That would rock. Hopefully mm or someone would take pictures.

Good luck with the mock. Did you end up with enough victims^Wvolunteers?

"There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." -- Eliot

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Taking photos is not allowed by fluffy (2.00 / 0) #14 Sun Apr 18, 2010 at 03:35:18 AM EST
as quite a few people were reminded by the not-so-happy security staff over the course of the evening. 
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wtf? by R343L (2.00 / 0) #15 Sun Apr 18, 2010 at 11:35:30 AM EST
Really? I've taken photos there many times. That's fucked up.

"There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." -- Eliot
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It might be a new thing by fluffy (2.00 / 0) #16 Tue Apr 27, 2010 at 12:29:50 PM EST
I'd never been to Zeitgeist before so I don't know how recent this is, but there were big NO PHOTOS!!! signs everywhere, and any time someone took a flash photo, security dudes would be all NO PHOTOGRAPHY.  I overheard someone ask why, and the guy said it's for the privacy of others, who might not want to end up on Facebook or Twitter.  Which I can certainly get behind. 
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Bunny and the Bull by nebbish (2.00 / 0) #7 Tue Apr 13, 2010 at 05:34:32 AM EST
Agreed, though I thought it was better than a lot of British film comedies. My review -

http://is.gd/bqIo2

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It's political correctness gone mad!

TE's here somewhere. by garlic (2.00 / 0) #8 Tue Apr 13, 2010 at 09:36:40 AM EST

I think it might be his hand underneath JTL's face. 


Wow, that's just as drunk and blurry as I remember by priestess (2.00 / 0) #9 Tue Apr 13, 2010 at 10:13:49 AM EST
Not just Tipsy.

Pre..............
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Chat to the virtual me...

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my two compatriots by garlic (2.00 / 0) #11 Tue Apr 13, 2010 at 02:36:41 PM EST
got very, very inebriated, and into a deep conversation with Mr. Tombuck.


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I think I recognise his ear by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #10 Tue Apr 13, 2010 at 12:06:27 PM EST
behind JtL's head, so I think you're right.

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