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By TheophileEscargot (Fri Apr 02, 2010 at 11:50:14 AM EST) Theatre, Museums, Me, MLP (all tags)
Theatre: "Eigengrau". Museums. Driving. Web.


Theatre
Saw Eigengrau at the Bush Theatre. Excellent black comedy, with four twentysomethings in London encountering each other. Has some good dialogue, a couple of great sight gags, and some very cleverly-structured plotting.

However, the tragic side of the tragicomedy might be a bit much for some, gets pretty bleak and could be seen as a bit cynical.

Still, a very good play, well worth seeing if you're not too shockable.

Does very well in subverting expectations, setting up what looks like a predictable rom-com and then turning it in very different directions.

Museums
Grrr. Wanted to see the Kingdom of Ife at the British Museum, but they decided to close it for Good Friday, though the museum was packed.

Did see the Revolution on paper: Mexican prints 1910-1960 which was good. Mostly political posters, done in a stark black-and-white populist style. Liked José Clemente Orozco in particular, especially the stark drawing "Grief".

Also saw Warriors of the Plains, which had some interesting Plains IndianNative American artifacts. Liked the combination pipe / tomahawks that symbolize both peace and war.

Driving
Have booked the Kia Cee'd again, going to try driving up to see the parents on Saturday, back Monday. Hopefully will survive.

I need to adjust my fears to correspond to normal people's. How do I get to be relaxed about zooming around amongst tons of steel just a few feet from certain death in a road system that kills thousands every year; while at the same time fretting nervously about being blown up by terrorists?

Web
News. Stalker jailed for planting child porn. Boots refuses to print photos since they look professional and hence must be pirated.

Articles. Gender policing in figure skating. Ikea in Russia. Flawed but interesting: Greenpeace claims Koch Industries fund climate denial, but MeFi points out they're mostly general purpose right-wing think-tanks, not climate deniers in particular. Forgotten books of SF. Why "Strong Female Characters" Are Bad for Women.

Pics. Comic alphabet. Super Punch Tarot. Bad SF covers.

Video. 160 Greatest Arnold Schwarzenegger Quotes. Unreleased 4D platform game? (via). Hamlet improved with Sassy Gay Friend. Climate change explainer (via).

Random. Comprehensive Rat Behaviour website includes Would tiny eyeglasses help a rat see better? and Should I pee on my rat? Snopes on the Scarface School Play.

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Sassy Gay Friend. by muchagecko (4.00 / 1) #1 Fri Apr 02, 2010 at 04:04:27 PM EST
Right On!

I just became a fan of his on Facebook. My favorite is his saving Desdemona.


A purpose gives you a reason to wake up every morning.
So a purpose is like a box of powdered donut holes?
Exactly
My Name is Earl

They mostly don't care if you call them by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #2 Fri Apr 02, 2010 at 04:46:32 PM EST
Indians, as long as you keep buying their smokes and feed their slot machines.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

"Indians" by ucblockhead (4.00 / 3) #3 Fri Apr 02, 2010 at 09:44:49 PM EST
Russell Means, former AIM leader, said in his autobiography that he doesn't mind "Indian" because it is evidence of Caucasian stupidity.
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'round these parts . . . by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #5 Sat Apr 03, 2010 at 04:07:06 AM EST
they generally choose not to mix with others. They have their own schools for the kids and they socialize with their kin. You probably wouldn't meet a tribal member (a common term here) unless you worked with one, or made a really serious effort to get involved in tribal affairs.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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refuses to print photos by duxup (4.00 / 1) #4 Fri Apr 02, 2010 at 09:48:04 PM EST
If I ran a business printing photos I'd just give up trying to filter professional photos.   Many photographers give their customers the rights to print the photos anyway, let alone the near impossible task of determining if someone owns them or not just based on how they look.  I just don't see how anyone could expect them to really prevent such printing.  Maybe just on the kiosk have a screen that says "do you have the rights to reproduce these images" and a yes or no and you're done. 

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"Breakerish" by Breaker (2.00 / 0) #13 Sun Apr 04, 2010 at 07:28:56 PM EST
Hmmmph!


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You say all the right things by Breaker (2.00 / 0) #16 Wed Apr 07, 2010 at 05:53:32 PM EST
Can we get a room?


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domain name is apt on the women characters piece by lm (2.00 / 0) #8 Sat Apr 03, 2010 at 10:06:49 AM EST
Over thinking it dot com exactly describes the essay on `strong' women characters.

There's quite a lot of of good territory that could be explored on the issue. Somehow they managed to miss all of it.


There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
Oh dear by Scrymarch (2.00 / 0) #9 Sat Apr 03, 2010 at 04:52:53 PM EST
Those Bad SF covers don't look so bad to me. Ok, nothing special, but not bad ... I mean I probably wouldn't be terribly drawn to a book with a naked guy surfing a killer whale, but that's probably for sexuality reasons rather than the image per se ...

They just look like 60-70s pulp covers. I think this means either I either have very high kitsch tolerance or these examples are just a matter of the fashion wheel turning.

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Also by Scrymarch (2.00 / 0) #11 Sun Apr 04, 2010 at 07:07:08 AM EST
With the car thing, I believe the key is the illusion of control. Think of yourself instead as a kind of low powered superhero. Therefore, because you are IN CONTROL of the car it is a reassuring and empowered situation. Terrorists, being OUT OF YOUR CONTROL, are like kryptonite.

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José Clemente Orozco by Tonatiuh (2.00 / 0) #10 Sat Apr 03, 2010 at 09:17:03 PM EST
In downtown Mexico City there is a very famous restaurant in "La Casa de los Azulejos", which belongs to the Sanborns chain ( a reliable stalwart all around Mexico of fairly priced authentic Mexican food, I wish there was something comparable in London), Jose Clemente Orozco painted a mural there:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3003/2601222535_b70ac8eabe.jpg

the door you see at the bootom is the entrance to the toilettes :-)

amongst the many distinguished guests of this establishment are Mexican Revolutionaries, who in their way to the Zocalo, the political and social heart of Mexico, would often stop for a hot chocolate and pastries ("pan dulce"), which are still served in all Sanborns restaurants:

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_lO5twudU5_c/SwXmHsg0JlI/AAAAAAAADQ0/01iS40nAT8M/s1600/Jefes_Zapatistas_en_el_restaurante_Sanborns.jpg


"Climate denial." by Breaker (2.00 / 0) #12 Sun Apr 04, 2010 at 07:27:29 PM EST
Is that when you wear a rainjacket or carry an umbrella?

"I deny you, climate!".

Good to see now that the science has been shaken, Green Piece is left with faith.

Do they only mean "man made climate change denial", or something different?  Or have they sussed the science is shaky and just go for dog whistle "DENIERS!" shouting?


my friends wedding photos by dev trash (2.00 / 0) #15 Mon Apr 05, 2010 at 10:09:25 PM EST
They secured the copyright waiver from the photog for a fee.  So every time they go to Walmart to print something out they have to fill out the waiver paperwork, although every time they do so they clerk says they only need to do it once.  Obviously they're throwing the paperwork out.

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