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By gzt (Mon Nov 16, 2009 at 03:43:57 PM EST) gzt, burrito, lunch (all tags)
I found the most beautiful car in the whole wide world.

I had a couple drinks last night, and it didn't seem like much, but it seems to have snuck up on me.

I'm breathing rather well these days. I might try running around outside this evening or something.

I assembled our dining table. It's rather nice. I just need to put some finish on the chairs or something and we'll be all set. I've been saying this for quite some time.

We have a couch and a loveseat now, too. We don't have much else to do, either, to get the living room almost set up.

I just ate lunch and now I want a nap.

Somebody mentioned wanting to read Pagan Christianity based on somebody's recommendation. I did not recall, off the top of my head, exactly what the book was, as I had not read it, but I recalled from something or other that it grossly overstated its case and was quite inaccurate in its history. Upon looking it up, I see that I was understating my case. Of course, the book is rather narrowly pointed at American non-denominational low church evangelical protestants, apparently, though the authors would most likely not have very nice things to say to the rest of Christianity. But that's beside the point. The question is whether there is any way to inoculate people against foolish ideas about history.

Which reminds me: Mel Gibson does a lot of films with extremely crappy senses of history.

I had a burrito for lunch.

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Whoa by TheophileEscargot (4.00 / 2) #1 Mon Nov 16, 2009 at 03:51:52 PM EST
This is yours?


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?

Distressingly by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #6 Mon Nov 16, 2009 at 09:18:46 PM EST
I'm slightly in love with that car.

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Mel Gibson is a strange SOB. by nightflameblue (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Nov 16, 2009 at 05:30:16 PM EST
He goes to great lengths to get certain details right about his historically placed films. Things like clothing, food, weapons and all that jazz have to be absolutely spot freakin' on. But then, major plot points can be completely and utterly fabricated without a shred of reality, and reality can be misplaced when it would lead to more Hollywood style tenson. The most egregious being his Braveheart<->Princess/Queen liason scene. Most likely complete and utter crap, and put in place only so he could make out with the only other hottay in the film.

I did however find the included documentary on his Aztec-ish film about trying to dig up historical facts to include to be very interesting. He's sort of like a painter that gets every blade of grass in the background correct, yet somehow makes the model in the foreground look like Rosy O'Donnel when it was actually Felicia Day.

Clothing? by gzt (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Nov 16, 2009 at 05:32:02 PM EST
Scots didn't wear kilts back then. And certainly not like that. But, yeah.

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To an odd degree by wumpus (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Nov 16, 2009 at 05:47:54 PM EST
I think that is likely true for many large budget flicks. They might bring in somebody to "get the facts right", then let Hollywood get all the big things wrong, and not get around to breaking the little things.


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Gibson is right up there with Greeks by lm (2.00 / 0) #7 Mon Nov 16, 2009 at 09:28:26 PM EST
Homer, for example, did his best to reconstruct the incidental details from hundreds of years before while putting the thoughts of his contemporaries into the mouths of Ajax and Agamemnon.

I think the problem lies more in modern sensibilities with regards to history than it does with whatever merit Gibson's film may have.

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I too had a burrito for lunch. by garlic (2.00 / 0) #5 Mon Nov 16, 2009 at 08:17:04 PM EST

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