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By gzt (Fri Aug 13, 2010 at 02:00:12 PM EST) gzt, theatre, film, baseball, squats (all tags)
Baseball was decent. $HOMETEAM lost. Had beer, got to talk about wizards and hobbits with wizards and hobbits guy instead of getting a seat next to some guy that would only talk about baseball the whole damn time, so that worked well.

Also: eating cats, Star Wars, and all that jazz.



Discussed my hatred of Japanese cinema and theatre. A thought about cinema, plays, and those old BBC low budget productions where it was almost little more than a play they caught on video (say, of King Lear or something). Specifically in reference to Tolkien, but also in reference to other other things. Namely, about permanence. When you see a play, you kind of have the sense that you're seeing a representation of the work of the author. It's ephemeral, the next day it'll be different, other people will play it differently, and the actor isn't the character. You can accept an imperfect casting, things like young boys playing women or women playing young men or male elves or what-have-you. What you're seeing is suggestive of what's going on because of the limitations of the production, and part of the charm of theatre at times is the economy of it. With a film, what you get is the work. If, in your original conception, the main character was supposed to be 6'4" and the actor you get to play him is 6'2", well, the character is now 6'2". The movie will be the same each time you see it. You've had time to edit it completely into what it is, just like a book, especially now with all the computer tools for film editing. There are, essentially, no limitations, no economy, except in smaller, independent films. This is part of why people have such a strong reaction to film adaptations of books or plays, but not so much to stage adaptations (aside from the obvious factor that a stage adaptation will be seen by hundreds, maybe thousands, while a movie will be seen by millions). The television stuff, especially the older type, is more toward the "stage" end of things, I think, though more modern television is being produced almost like a movie at times. Anyway. I hope that was mostly coherent. I have more thoughts and might be willing to elaborate further and more formally rather than off-the-cuff-ly.

Been reading about Alcubierre drives. They will never happen. We're stuck on Earth, or at least stuck in the solar system.

Kurtz writes about how Lucas betrayed Star Wars: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/herocomplex/2010/08/star-wars-was-born-a-long-time-ago-but-not-all-that-far-far-away-in-1972-filmmakers-george-lucas-and-gary-kurtz-wer.html I read an article on the same site with the Tolkien link that discussed how Empire Strikes Back is not "Star Wars II", but rather a completely new work within the universe created by Star Wars. In contrast to Godfather II being really and truly Godfather II. You could splice the two together into one long film and not notice, but with Star Wars and Empire, it's a reimagining of the universe. Something I did not know: Lucas was originally set to do Apocalypse Now, but Coppola then decided to do it himself.

Legality of cat eating: http://www.slate.com/id/2263794/ Frankly, I don't see anything separating a cow from a cat from a horse, so if it's acceptable to eat a cow, it should be acceptable to eat a cat or a horse.

After baseball game, on train, talked with guy about training. I had lent him a copy of Practical Programming for Strength Training, he liked it and bought the second edition for himself. He's still training in a bro-style split, but he's thinking of switching to more rational stuff. His presses aren't far behind me, but his squat is much lower. He has the right sort of build to be a decent powerlifter, actually, probably more bench-oriented than any other lift. Stocky and dwarfish. I'll be pissed if he starts benching more than me, though. But my arms are so long and his are so stocky. I'll always squat more, though, because I have a higher pain tolerance. Big squats are just bloody uncomfortable, and I'm willing to put a bar on my back at least three times per week.

I like my wife. She is pretty.

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On a related note by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Aug 13, 2010 at 03:02:46 PM EST
I recently sampled alligator for the first time and it was fucking gross. In doing so, I violated the very good rule I have about not eating predators. One shouldn't eat them (cats & dogs, etc.) not out of any wooly-headed emotional concerns, but for the very real and practical issue of toxins bio-accumulating in apex predators. It's a really bad idea.

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

that's a pretty good reason by gzt (4.00 / 1) #2 Fri Aug 13, 2010 at 03:29:15 PM EST
I mean, occasionally, it might be all right, but, yeah, stay low on the food chain.

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how does this apply to fish? by greyshade (2.00 / 0) #6 Fri Aug 13, 2010 at 09:59:09 PM EST
Also, I had turtle sauce piquant for lunch and it was yummers!  Is turtle an apex predator and where on the predator chain do you draw the line?

I do agree that 'gator is overrated.

"The other part of the fun is nibbling on them when they get off work." -vorheesleatherface
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Alligators eat most turtles by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #7 Fri Aug 13, 2010 at 10:47:54 PM EST
and I don't eat fish.

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

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Fair enough (n/t) by greyshade (4.00 / 1) #8 Sat Aug 14, 2010 at 06:04:50 PM EST

Nummy Turtles



"The other part of the fun is nibbling on them when they get off work." -vorheesleatherface
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Theatre by duxup (2.00 / 0) #3 Fri Aug 13, 2010 at 04:17:30 PM EST
I think your pretty much spot on there.  Going to the local theaters the enthusiastic audience is most likely going to be accurately described as theater fans.  Stage tricks and such area always appreciated by fans not so much for their ultra-realism (usually there is little if any effort to do that) but more for how creatively they convey and idea, a scene, or action within the restraints of the theater environment.   Same goes for the limits on acting (it is live and real time, might want to get that right before you go on stage) and how other challenges are met are a as much a part of the show as anything IMO.

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Gary Kurtz by duxup (2.00 / 0) #4 Fri Aug 13, 2010 at 04:24:50 PM EST
Can't say I know a lot about him but I do feel like many that Star Wars was turning in an odd way with the third film and then went to crap with the prequels.  I didn't know he worked on The Dark Crystal, that film was awesome.

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Yes, it was. by gzt (2.00 / 0) #5 Fri Aug 13, 2010 at 04:26:56 PM EST
Very carefully crafted in every aspect.

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