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By duxup (Tue Mar 23, 2010 at 02:26:32 PM EST) (all tags)
*pulls cord*
"The baby says..."

Movie Talk: Coraline, Where The Wild Things Are, The Big Lebowski

Coraline - It is a Tim Burton stop motion film but without Tim Burton and his little "hey isn't this keen too!" bits and a bit more story. I liked it a great deal. The story isn't all that unique, be careful what you wish for and so forth. Even so it works and visually things are much crisper and more dynamic than the Tim Burton stop motion films. I liked that neither the parents nor the child in this story are angels. The parents also seemed far more believable as parents than in other kids films, not sure what it was. The music makes for good atmosphere. I give it a solid 3 out of 3.14. I admit to possibly overrating this for reasons I can't think of.

Where The Wild Things Are - The combo of big puppets and CG was pretty smooth. I particularly liked the weird social situation with the wild things on the island. A movie dealing with childhood woes on their level is likely to be a bit depressing and yeah Where The Wild Things Are is a bit depressing. Interesting film. I give it a 2.6 out of 3.14.

The Big Lebowski - I hadn't seen this film until recently. I expect everyone has but I. A fun film. It shows its age a bit IMO with a few too many silly characters for silly characters sake but even so it does a pretty good job. The Dude's attitude in the face of difficulties is indeed appealing. I was a disappointed to see Philip Seymour Hoffman if only because at this point I've had enough of his ACTING! (the caps aren't big enough) I give it a 2.8 out of 3.14.

Baseball: Twins - New Stadium

So the Twins signed Joe Mauer for a lot of dough. About time. As usual local media folk who don't know what they're talking about don't understand the concept of a "no trade" clause in a contract. It is not a guarantee of indentured servitude or service by the player. It is in fact a valuable item to the player, NOT THE TEAM. It is there to make sure if he wants to take off he gets to go where he wants and likely limits the teams ability to trade him for anything close to a market rate (not that you ever can IMO trade away a player that good and get equal value). Even so the best I could expect is they sign the dude and they did. I'm not giving high fives to the Twins so much as at this point with a new partly public financed field they pretty much owe it to the fans and folks to spend some money.

In related news I have tickets to the 2nd "official" game to be played at Target Field.

Advertising: Baseball

People talk about the public sector as efficient compared to government. I don't take that as an automatic. In this day and age where most corporations likely know more about me than my mother how hard would it be for Major League Baseball when they send me e-mails about "sales" on their insanely overpriced merchandise to figure out that sending me an advert showing almost entirely NY or LA merchandise is not a good way to catch my eye. Seriously, do Boston or San Fransisco fans get the same stupid e-mail?

It is almost maddeningly insulting, not so much the teams chosen, more so that there are idiots employed at MLB being paid who let this go on. If I were suddenly in charge I'd seriously be looking for some folks to fire.

Baby Talk: 2nd Opinion

I didn't mention it but a few weeks ago but we got a 2nd opinion on the baby's hip.

Being breach we're told such babies often have hip issues. The diagnosis after an ultrasound was that on one hip his ligaments looked a bit loose. This is not a big deal but worth seeing a special MD about. We saw him and he noted that while the boy didn't have any apparent issues he'd like to put him in a pavlik harness for three to six months to keep the hip ball in the joint snugly and allow the hip to form naturally. The boy didn't seem to notice / mind the harness, it was likely more upsetting to the parents than much else. Mommy wanted a 2nd opinion while we used the harness. Also I had some concerns that later developed after we saw the MD:

* The MD was going to be on vacation as he was getting major back surgery soon and wouldn't be able to see our boy for quite sometime. It seemed silly to me to continue with him if there was no continuity of care.
* The MD seemed to know about the harness, his nurses didn't seem to have a clue. Considering we would likely see his nurses a lot, this did not instill any confidence.
* The MD assigned us to see another MD while he was out had few if any appointments we could make. The visits to the referred MD were not impressive, not informative, also involved no ultrasound to actually check progress... you know, seeing if we're solving the problem....
* Upon doing my own research the treatment he assigned / predicted seemed like the treatment assigned for a baby with a serious hip issue. In fact his own words matched much of the data I found. Yet our kid didn't have that problem...
* People being people I doubted the MD we were referred to by MD #1 would change the diagnosis of someone who sent business her way... not that they bothered to check progress.

So we made an appointment with the Children's hospital for a second opinion. Much better experience. Children's MD and nurses knew what the harness was, spent time with us, also without prompting wondered aloud why there hadn't been a more recent ultrasound. Even better they wanted to do one and... we just walked down the hall to the machine, no rescheduling X weeks later BS. The amount of time everything took at the Children's Hospital took about as long as we spent in busy waiting rooms for the other appointments.

Children's MD looked over the ultrasound and noted that he hip was forming as hoped and improved from the original ultrasound and we were free to discontinue the harness use.

Granted this was all what we wanted to hear, and I actually don't doubt the harness was helpful. I didn't however feel confidant in MD #1 or Referred MD.

Baby Talk: 4.5 Months

More recently the little guy went in for another checkup and got some more vaccinations. I am determined to do whatever THEY demand of me in order to make my child part of the system of fear our government perpetuates. Also I don't want him to get polio like shit and such. Little guy got a fever after the vaccine and was very cranky. Also this week he is talking a great deal more, cries a bit louder when he chooses to, is very talkative, and has a lot more energy. This change (because before that he never changed... like daily) indicates that clearly made I the wrong choice in subjecting my child to those vaccinations. Now any behavioral or developmental abnormality clearly will indicate my child has some sort of disease defined only by symptoms that is exploding in at an exponential rate diagnosed by some idiots who took the equivalent of a one semester class. I feel good about this.

While at the MD we discussed with our pediatrician the fact that the little guy ever since getting his first cold a good month.. maybe six weeks ago still sounds congested and sometimes cries when it gets bad while sleeping. We're trying a prescription he gave and will see a specialist next week. I'm convinced that his congestion has something to do with his difficulty sleeping for much more than a couple hours at a time. Also his congestion and difficulty breathing thru his nose sounds keep mom and dad up at night to no end and at times we have to hold him (as I did a night ago) all night upright just to allow him to rest.

Anyhow as noted the little guy has lots of energy now. He loves to lay on his back and kick like a mad man, and if you dare stare at him for more than a few seconds well then he is often going to talk your ear off all while smiling away.

"ah-gooooo! Gooo! girgle Goo! GOOOO!" *kick* *kick* *kick* *kick* "ah goo! ah Goo! ah Goo!!!"

It is amazing how a few weeks ago he had little interest in verbalizing back and forth with people and now is chatty as can be. If someone walks by the changing table (he LOVES having his diaper changed....) he will often contort his neck however he can to look at them and exclaim "AH GOOOOO!"
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The Big Lebowski by lm (4.00 / 1) #1 Tue Mar 23, 2010 at 04:27:33 PM EST
I've still not seen it.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
I felt the need to just because of the internet by duxup (2.00 / 0) #2 Tue Mar 23, 2010 at 04:40:06 PM EST
I saw that "well that's like your opinion man" image a few too many times.  I was disappointed to see the image used was not from the scene where he uses that line.

Anyway you're not missing much.  Not a bad film, just nothing anyone has to see.

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And it's not just the Internet by lm (4.00 / 1) #5 Tue Mar 23, 2010 at 05:03:17 PM EST
The NY Times and other places have written about the cult of The Dude.

I almost feel like it's the equivalent of having lived through the seventies nad never having seen the original Star Wars.

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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Pretty much by duxup (2.00 / 0) #6 Tue Mar 23, 2010 at 05:55:08 PM EST
I don't quite follow the awesomeness of it.  I get the dude's attitude is fun and all but there isn't THAT much him to grasp on to IMO, particularly when the silly story is such a big focus.

Also the the "hey look at these surreal crazy characters!" theme is such Hollywood cliches that the film looses something. 

It didn't age into garbage, I'm not sure it aged all that well, but it is hard to say.

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The Dude Abides. by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #7 Tue Mar 23, 2010 at 07:58:20 PM EST
You should too, in order to understand the koan of it all.

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

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Target field by MillMan (4.00 / 1) #3 Tue Mar 23, 2010 at 04:59:25 PM EST
Got an email from my dad this morning, we're going to the 4th of July game.

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

Woot! by duxup (2.00 / 0) #4 Tue Mar 23, 2010 at 05:01:33 PM EST
Enjoy the stadium.

Try not to let all the non fans who gather just because of the new venue get to you.

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Baby chatter. by muchagecko (4.00 / 1) #8 Wed Mar 24, 2010 at 12:17:54 PM EST
It's all sweet and fun until the chatter becomes words you can understand.

Enjoy it while you can.

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

Oh yes by duxup (4.00 / 1) #9 Wed Mar 24, 2010 at 04:59:01 PM EST
The nonsensical nature means we can make up whatever we think it means... and not accept it as a demand or such ;)

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