- Thing the first
- Megan, you should do the "six things." Dad, Mom, Sis, anyone else, please also join in in comments.
- Thing the second
- Clean Messes: I don't mind a certain amount of messiness... so long as edges of objects in the mess are parallel and not askew.
- Stubbornly Refuse Recommendations: Basically, if more than one person (or the same person more than once) recommends something to me forcefully, I will refuse it. I don't know why, but it seems like badgering, and I hate badgers.
- Afraid of Heights But Love to Fly, Ride Rollercoasters, Climb Things: Go figure. I'm terrified when I look over high edges, or drive near ravines, cliffs, etc.
- Life Sized Cardboard Cutouts and People in Animal Suits Disturb Me: I just get the willies!
- Tremor: I have one. Have had for years.
- Periodic Teeth-clenching Whilst In Transit: I clench my teeth (gently) whenever I pass between dots on a dotted-line road.
- Beautifully shot: First off, I do agree that it was beautifully shot. The visuals were quite striking. I didn't really notice the score at all, but then I rarely do. Unless it is like one of those movies from the "Golden Age of Cinema," full of orchestral music recorded at much, much too high a level.
- Paranoid schitzophrenic: This may well have been the thing that made me not like the movie. It was disturbing. Note that I won't say that it was a bad movie. Just that I didn't like it.
- The pseudoreality concept: I'm not generally against pseudoreality in film or print. I didn't like Owl Creek, either, though.
1) It was beautifully shot.Perhaps now Tom might weigh in on why he didn't/doesn't like this movie...
I have to say that this was one of the prettier films I've seen in a while. In the opening sequence, we're swept along a mountain road, panning out over the valley as the sun rises. The musical score was affecting without being overbearing, I think, which added some level of intensity to the images.
2) I haven't seen too many movies that tell the story from the point of view of a paranoid schizophrenic.
And A Beautiful Mind this ain't. Not that I have any first-hand experience with schizophrenia, so I cannot attest to the validity of this portrayal, but it was interesting to watch "reality" unfold as the main character perceives it. At times he even knows what he is seeing and interacting with isn't real, but you can understand how he gets sucked into believing it anyway.
3) It seems that I dig the whole "pseudoreality" concept.
I enjoyed Ambrose Bierce's short story Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge when I read it in high school. This movie was very similar in its basic structure. It may not be the most meaningful or intellectually stimulating of plot types, but whatever. I like it, even if that makes me some kind of dolt. ;)
- 1968:The Year That Rocked the World, by Mark Kurlansky
- Casino Royale.
- Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs:A Low Culture Manifesto, by Chuck Klosterman.
- The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein
- Inside Delta Force: The Story of America's Elite Counterterrorist Unit, by Eric Haney
- Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson
- Mort, by Terry Pratchett
- Wigfield: The Can-Do Town That Just May Not, by Amy Sedaris, et al.
- GI distress
- Sensitive skin
- Sore throat
Our ambition is to give you connected experiences 24 hours a day.... And in thinking about that broadly, one area that comes up that clearly demand [sic] special work, and that is thinking about connecting to the car... But the car is special. You've got to have things that are simple. (like a computer) And so we've been investing in this, and we've had a very key partner who's been willing to pioneer this with us, and we're just making a significant announcement in that overall vision today. And so to help me with that, I'd like to welcome Mark Fields, the president of the Americas for Ford Motor Company, to join me on stage. (Applause.)
MARK FIELDS: Hi, Bill.
BILL GATES: Welcome, Mark.
MARK FIELDS: The new thing is a fully integrated, voice activated, in-car communications and entertainment system for mobile phones and digital music players...
So what Synch does is it totally integrates like never before all of your electronic devices, like your cell phones, Zunes, iPods, all the things that are in your pockets when you get in your car, right into the vehicle, and seamlessly...
Yes, what a good idea. We should let Microsoft get its tentacles into our cars. It won't be long before the following joke doesn't make the software guy look bad:
Four engineers were driving a car. There was a chemical engineer, a mechanical engineer, an electrical engineer, and a software engineer. Suddenly, the engine died and it coasted to a stop on the shoulder. "Must be vapor lock", said the chemical engineer."The distributor's probably shot", said the electrical engineer."The timing belt broke", opined the mechanical engineer. Then the software engineer spoke up. "Look, everyone calm down. Let's just get out of the car, then get back in and start it back up."