Thursday, October 28, 2004

This question just occurred to me: Do cats have bellybuttons?

Of course, I am not the first person to ask this. Here are answers from some of the world's finest news sources: | Yes Magazine | Ranger Rick

Thursday, October 21, 2004

One of the saddest things I've ever read.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Here's an interesting and funny little site: Bush Relatives for Kerry — "please, don't vote for our cousin!"

Monday, October 18, 2004

Netflix List/Movie Review Update:

We haven't been watching too many movies lately, what with all the election volunteering and Chris playing on his XBOX all the time, but here's what we've watched recently:

The Candidate, 1972
This is a good movie that suffers a bit from the 1970s syndrome of SLOWness. It was just the right pace for the situation in which I watched it -- late at night while suffering from jet lag while in Michigan. I enjoyed Robert Redford's sideburns and belt buckle, and the early 70's views of San Francisco. It was hard for me to get wrapped up in the movie's pessimistic view of political campaigns, just because right now that seems like a cop-out for people who are looking for an excuse to not care.

Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 1: Vol. 1, 2000
This show really stresses me out. All the misunderstandings and social blunders are like a horrible combination of an episode of "Three's Company" and my own special kind of nightmare. If I'm in the right mood, I find it funny but a little stressful. But if I'm in the wrong mood, I find it totally stressful to the point that I can't enjoy it. Do I have a problem?

Picnic at Hanging Rock, 1975
I liked this movie, but Chris couldn't stand the 1970s slowness, which is admittedly far worse in this film than in "The Candidate." The weirdness, the period setting, and the Australianess kept me interested. The sad thing is that I thought it was based on a true story, but this morning a quick search on the internet told me that it wasn't. It's one of those fake true-story movies. Arg!

Monday, October 04, 2004

So they're considering naming the newly relocated Montreal Expos the Washington Grays, after an old Negro League team. I think that Motel should design a mascot for the new team, a grey alien, and thereby earn lots of money and praise.

Saturday, October 02, 2004

It's a bit late, but I just found this: Alex Majoli's photos from the Republican convention at Magnum (he has more on the site, but I think this group is stronger). You can buy prints of the photos there. Click and enjoy!

Majoli's images, I think, very nicely use the extreme high contrast to depict the black and white ideas on parade at the convention -- no shades of grey there. I particularly liked the image of blurry Bush himself, along with the pictures of the priest and Reagan from the video feed, for the extra distortions there, that exaggerate even the already crazy distortions of the other pictures. Reagan and the priest look like General Zod & Co. in Superman II. Bush is fuzzy and ill-defined. And angry. I think it's particularly interesting Majoli's subjects in this exhibition are so often minorities here, along with a cowboy and a cop. It's like some crazy stereotyped version of America!

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