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By TheophileEscargot (Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 02:00:07 PM EST) Watching, MLP (all tags)
Watching: "Kanal", "The Red Shoes", "His Girl Friday". Links.


What I'm Watching
Saw Kanal at the cinema, as part of the Kinoteka Polish Film Festival. 1957 movie about the last days of the Warsaw Uprising in WW2. A small band of resistance fighters try to escape the German counterattack through the Warsaw sewers.

Powerful movie. Pretty grim as you'd expect, but there are some flashes of black humour to relieve things a little. Some very impressive movie-making, especially the very long tracking shot at the start following the fighters as they run from cover to cover under fire.

One oddity: the subtitling was a bit amateurish with misspellings, omissions and odd timing: might have been a new print for the festival.

Well worth seeing.

More info.

What I'm Watching 2
Saw The Red Shoes on DVD. Classic 1948 British ballet movie, that people kept going on about when "Black Swan" was on release.

Seems a bit dated. The plot is that ballet director Lermontov objects to an affair between his star ballerina and composer. Apparently it's loosely based on an incident when Sergei Diaghilev of the Ballet Russes objected to a marriage between Vaslav Nijinsky and Romola de Pulszky, but I still found it hard the melodrama pretty hard to take seriously.

Some very impressive visuals though: the actual ballet is a kind of 15 minute surreal dream sequence. Also Lermontov has the most impressive dressing gown ever.

I'm not able to judge how good the dancing is, but it's apparently good.

Overall, somewhat entertaining, but pretty dated.

Review, review, review, review, WP.

What I'm Watching 3
Also saw His Girl Friday on DVD. Classic screwball comedy about a ruthless newspaper editor trying to win back a lady journalist as his wife and employee from her new boyfriend. Very funny dialogue with a blistering pace, well worth seeing.

Web
Socioeconomics. Social recognition can be a more powerful performance motivator than financial gains. CEO hours not that long if gym, travel etc excluded. Don't believe bankers' warnings about a financial transaction tax. Is the American Income Gap Exceptional?

Sci/Tech. New wheat thrives in salty soils. Windows 8 does the right thing the wrong way. Lytro light field camera review. Men do not fall asleep faster after sex. Brain responds strongly to blinking.

Video. Goat stampede. Trolling Australian Rundle Mall preachers.

Articles. Guide to rage faces. Harold Camping announces end to doomsday predictions. Google, Goldman, Empire resignation letters. ASBO for urban explorers. Gambling: The man who broke Atlantic City. via. How to speak English like the Irish. Theology: Santorum misuses the word "liberal". Wikipedia didn't kill Britannica print edition, Windows & Encarta did. Review of A.N. Wilson's Hitler biography. Fond Memories of Vagina: review of The Pregnant Widow by Martin Amis.

Politics. Obama leads Republican candidates, especially among women. Mr Cameron’s tragedy, like Blair’s, is that he has made the pragmatic decision to live with this American barbarism. How question-framing was used to skew answers on gay marriage polls. Christian claims of persecution. Employment law and religious symbols.

The employer's right, within reason, to tell employees what they can and cannot wear is well established... their supporters are not fighting to defend some ancient right, they are fighting to create a new one...

...think through the implications. If anyone can define their religion or belief, and the behaviours and symbols attached to it, in any way they choose, anyone could demand anything. The right of employers to set dress codes or require the attendance of employees on certain days would be severely undermined. If I claim that my Christian sect's interpretation of Easter always happens to fall on the three days of the Grand National, does my employer have to give me that time off every year?

Pics. 1930s bus tickets. Dog cat parkour. Lahore 1933.

Random. Newton's sins. Procopius, Brittia and Britain.

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tanks for the Irish talking link by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #1 Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 02:07:32 PM EST
it will go wit my guinness tis weekend.


Try by Merekat (4.00 / 1) #4 Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 03:38:38 PM EST
Dis weekend

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Medieval Manuscripts by Vulch (4.00 / 1) #2 Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 02:39:10 PM EST
Just come up with a spiel about creating hires scans of original documents with an attached Wiki for translations and interpretations of each and lead them into coming up with the reasons why they should fund it.



Hmm by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #3 Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 02:54:49 PM EST
I thought I'd edited that bit of the diary out... it's gone now. Unfortunately your comment will now look pretty cryptic.
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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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But it's reminded me... by Vulch (4.00 / 1) #5 Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 03:39:09 PM EST
I missed She-Wolves on Wednesday. Digiguide seems to have punctuated the title differently so the alert didn't happen.

Next repeat Sunday, or I could probably iPlayer it. Or find where Helen Castors office is and ask her if she has a loan copy when I'm in on Tuesday...


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There is a project like that for medieval Arabic by lm (4.00 / 1) #8 Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 06:13:35 PM EST
If I had more time, I'd learn medieval Arabic and contribute. Right now scholarship in that field is at the beginning of a boom time. Projects like that are a great way to earn street cred.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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I've always felt one should be done for by ambrosen (4.00 / 1) #9 Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 06:23:58 PM EST
liturgical translation, but I don't quite have the development chops for it.

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Cat parkour by gazbo (4.00 / 1) #6 Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 04:48:44 PM EST
Should point to page 45 not 44.  It is also extremely hilarious.

I recommend always assuming 7th normal form where items in a text column are not allowed to rhyme.

Extremely. by ambrosen (4.00 / 1) #7 Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 05:33:02 PM EST


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Top set of links today by Scrymarch (4.00 / 2) #10 Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 07:06:53 AM EST
The FT noted a few months ago that there is already a financial transaction tax in the UK, stamp duty. It dates to the 17th century as I vaguely recall.

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Yep by Breaker (4.00 / 1) #11 Sun Mar 18, 2012 at 12:46:01 PM EST
But how many times is it paid in the average lifetime?

An FTT, by the EU's own figures, would cost more than is raises.  And do you really think the banks are going to bear that cost, or pass it on to you and I?


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Of course they will pass it on by Scrymarch (4.00 / 2) #12 Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 01:43:05 AM EST
It's the old bankers vs traders fight again: this is a push by relationship driven parts of the finance sector against transaction driven parts.

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