August 2008 archive

(11 entries)

August 26, 2008

Thank you... FOR COMING TO MY BIRTHDAY!

It's Macaulay Culkin's birthday!

(Oh yeah, and mine.)

Thank you all for celebrating it with us in such a festive, moustachioed manner, and for subjecting your family members and household objects to the festivities as well:

srah | 6:39 AM
Tags: birthday, holidays

August 24, 2008

I am the Dark Lord of Stationery!

This is coming in just under the wire for my Not Birthday! Sorry I missed your birthday in GMT, Rupes!

srah | 11:31 PM
Tags: holidays, not birthday, rupert grint

August 17, 2008

My life in film

Micah did this meme eight million years ago over a month ago and I made a note to myself to do it too. Now I am finally getting around to it.

This is a list of my favorite movies for every year I've been alive. Please note that favoritism is frequently based on entertainment value rather than quality, so I am not trying to say that The Fugitive is better than Schindler's List, but rather that I can (and do) watch The Fugitive, like, five or six times a year and I haven't seen Schindler's List again since I saw it in the theatre. Also, there may be things missing from the list because - like Micah - I consulted Wikipedia's list of years in film rather than trying to do this all from memory.

  1. Airplane! (Yes, this was the year The Empire Strikes Back came out, but I have only recently developed an appreciation for that movie, whereas I have watched Airplane! approximately eight billion times)
  2. The Great Muppet Caper (I can't believe I'm passing over Raiders of the Lost Ark, but TGMC doesn't have melty faces in it.)
  3. Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (I have a feeling if I had seen Tootsie more than once it might edge out DMDWP. Maybe I should watch it again.)
  4. Return of the Jedi
  5. Romancing the Stone (Runner up: Revenge of the Nerds. Not in the running: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, which is terrible.)
  6. Clue
  7. I am not feeling very strongly about any of these, but I guess I'll go with Labyrinth over An American Tail and Little Shop of Horrors. Boo, 1986 in film. You also gave us Lindsay Lohan.
  8. The Princess Bride. This was a big year for war movies, but TPB is more upbeat than Au Revoir Les Enfants or Empire of the Sun.
  9. A Fish Called Wanda, although if you had asked me this in 1988, it would have definitely been Oliver and Company.
  10. Aw geez! I am forced to choose between Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and When Harry Met Sally...? Harrison Ford is much more attractive than Billy Crystal, so... I guess we'll go with Indy. I'm still not happy about having to choose, though.
  11. I'm mostly going with Cyrano de Bergerac because I own the video, whereas I've only seen Edward Scissorhands once.
  12. Beauty and the Beast
  13. Newsies (Also worth mentioning: Noises Off and A League of Their Own)
  14. The Fugitive. I thought about just stopping when I got to F, but I decided to skim through the rest of the list as a courtesy to the other movies. Sucks to be you, Schindler's List.
  15. Ace Ventura, Pet Detective (Honorable mentions: Four Weddings and a Funeral, which was my favorite romantic comedy of the year, but which - despite the lovely lovely John Hannah - I cannot list as my favorite movie of the year because I always fast-forward through any parts with Andie MacDowell; Airheads, which I remember nothing about, except that the main characters - in the hopes of of being declared insane if their bank heist or kidnapping or whatever it was came to trial - made a series of increasingly ridiculous demands, including a football helmet filled with cottage cheese, and naked pictures of Bea Arthur. This has really stuck with me.)
  16. While You Were Sleeping (Clueless, Sabrina and French Kiss all came out in 1995 too! Why couldn't some of them come out in craptastic 1994?)
  17. Emma (which is not on the list, but which I happen to know came out in 1996. Trainspotting is also good, and weirdly enough, has something in common with Emma. Do you know what?)
  18. Con Air. DON'T JUDGE ME!
  19. Mulan (Can't Hardly Wait had it clinched until partway through the alphabet. Also, it doesn't make any sense that I always list Sliding Doors among my top 5 favorite movies and Mulan just beat it. But I do love Mulan.)
  20. Office Space (Runners-up: 10 Things I Hate About You, The Sixth Sense, South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut)
  21. Chicken Run (narrowly beating out Billy Elliot and Snatch)
  22. Amélie (#2: The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra)
  23. Attack of the Clones HA HA! Um... Whale Rider?
  24. Love Actually
  25. Here are four for Glen Coco (you go, Glen Coco!): Mean Girls, Anchorman, Napoleon Dynamite and Shaun of the Dead. I guess if I hafta pick a favorite, I'll go with Napoleon Dynamite. GOSSSSHH.
  26. Unless I missed something, the 2005 movie on the list that I liked most was Guess Who, starring Ashton Kutcher and Bernie Mac. I liked it, but I never thought it would end up on a list of favorites. Really, 2005?
  27. Maybe it's because they're so recent, but 2006 is not inspiring me much, either. I guess... Inside Man?
  28. Lars and the Real Girl
  29. (so far) The Dark Knight

srah | 11:41 AM
Tags: memes, movies

August 13, 2008

Beards Over Babies

Guess whose birthday is coming?

T-Rex goes hereIf you said mine, you are right!¹ It's now 11 days to my not birthday and 13 days to my birthday! Are you counting down? Internet, all I want for my birthday is a picture of you with a moustache. It can be a photo of you with a moustache Photoshopped (or MS Painted) on, a photo of you wearing a false moustache, a photo of you wearing a real moustache, a photo of you wearing someone else's moustache², a drawing of you wearing a fake moustache, a drawing of you wearing a real moustache, a drawing of you wearing a fake moustache OVER your real moustache, a picture of you standing next to Tom Selleck, etc.

You can email them to me (srah at srah dot net) or post them on Flickr or your website (and tell me the URL) any time between now and the 26th. On my birthday, I will put them all³ on the blog in celebration!

¹ If you said pretty much anybody else, you would be right, too. Mine is just coming sooner than some others.

² I'm not sure how this would work.

³ Assuming that someone actually sends something in. My money is on one terrific photo from Jamelah and nothing else.

srah | 12:58 PM
Tags: birthday, moustaches, photos

August 8, 2008

I said... 'Girl power.'

The Summer Olympics start today! I am always a fan of the underdog, so I won't be cheering for well-financed, popular and successful athletes like Michael "Bronzy" Phelps, who don't need my support. Instead, I will be supporting the Iraqi and Afghan female track and field runners Dina Abdul-Razak and Mehboba Ahdyar. I bet no one on the American Olympic team is receiving death threats or has to make their own uniforms!

srah | 12:34 PM
Tags: afghanistan, iraq, michael phelps, olympics, olympics 2008

Soy un perdedor

She was lookin' kind of dumb

Noor and I had a competition at Walker Tracker for the month of July, and I lost. I lost badly. Noor is almighty, and much more disciplined than I am. Being more disciplined than me is not saying much, though. For the record, Noor not only beat me, but actually did quite well.

Go Noor!

srah | 12:05 PM
Tags: noor, walking

August 4, 2008

Dreams

When I left work on Friday I was horribly stressed out and looking forward to a relaxing weekend. I did get to relax during the day, but I never got quite as much sleep as I'd hoped because I kept having crazy dreams that woke me up in the middle of the night.

Saturday night, after watching The Dark Knight, I dreamt that a fellow study abroad advisor and I were in a helicopter, flying over this watery area that was like a man-made amusement-park "river". We and the other people in the helicopter all had life vests on and everyone was taking their turn jumping out of the helicopter into the river. After my friend jumped out of the helicopter, a few other people did. Then it was my turn, and I knew that - unlike the rest of the jumpers - we were just jumping into the river as part of our overall scheme to scale a cliff and break into Batman's house. I don't think we wanted to steal anything from him - I think we were just doing it to prove that we could. I was too scared to jump out of the helicopter, though, and was (probably stupidly) more afraid of the jumping-out-of-a-helicopter part than the breaking-into-Batman's-house part. I woke up just as I was standing at the edge, chickening out. I was too scared and full of adrenaline to sleep anymore.

Last night, I dreamt that I went to Kroger to buy Cheerios snack mix. I think this actually exists, because I remember seeing an ad for it and I think that was in real life, rather than in the dream. In the dream-Kroger (which was not my regular Kroger), everything was organized differently, so I had to look all over the store. I probably scoured the whole store three times before I gave up and walked home. On the walk home, I was followed by a guy with horns and hooves for hands (presumably for feet, too, but I think he was wearing shoes). It wasn't so much that I was afraid of him killing me, but I felt the need to get away from him urgently. I think he had been stalking me. I yelled something at him just as I woke up, so I yelled in real life. In my foggy waking-up state, I started to worry that I would wake Alfie up with my yelling, but then I remembered that I don't live at home anymore, so there was no one there to wake up.

I couldn't stay in bed anymore, so I relocated to the couch, where I dreamt that my family was going on a road trip and my mom kept pointing out the houses of guys she claimed I'd had a crush on in the past, although they were all much younger than me. Later, I was at a middle school reunion, where we were having a geography quiz moderated by some obscure 80s-90s celebrity like Kadeem Hardison or DJ Jazzy Jeff. The moderator was putting a lot of pressure on me to know the most about geography, since I'm a study abroad advisor.

srah | 8:53 PM
Tags: batman, dream, fear, kroger, middle school

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srah | 12:31 PM
Tags: gravatar, maintenance

Another series of short lists, regarding Mr Batman

I don't think any of these points are particularly spoilery, but if you haven't seen The Dark Knight you might want to skip it for now.

  • One of my big complaints about Batman Begins was the excessive violence and destruction that occurred wherever Batman went. In this one, there was probably just as much violence and destruction, but the violence and destruction did not bother me nearly as much as the time Bruce Wayne ran a stop sign on his motorcycle. I didn't mind Batman breaking laws left and right, but once he does it as Bruce Wayne, he needs to be pulled over and given a talking-to. I think what this says about me is that three years later, I am much closer to becoming a Curmudgeonly Old Man. I shake my cane at any of you who think you can flaunt the traffic laws!
  • If I could have any of Bruce Wayne's bat-gadgets I could choose, I would pick... Alfred. He doesn't even need to make me breakfast in the morning. I just want Michael Caine to follow me around and make wisecracks. Some would argue that a butler/valet/whatever is doing his job best if he is not noticed, but Michael Caine is the first Alfred I found memorable, and I love him.
  • I thought it was interesting that we never saw Jim Gordon's daughter's face. Her mother made reference to her at one point in the movie, and when the family was huddled together, we saw the top of her head. In the comic books, she becomes Batgirl, so I presume they're trying to avoid the Rachel Dawes issue, where they get people used to one face and then switch it to another. My sister pointed out that the Gordons are not very original in their child-naming, because apparently their son is referred to as Jimmy and Mrs Gordon is referred to as Barbara, which is also Batgirl's name.Heath Ledger really was very good. I find it hard to judge how good his performance was, though, and how much of it was good writing. The Joker was a really well written character, both in terms of dialogue and overall concept. It was pretty terrifying that he couldn't be traced and couldn't be trapped because he had no goals other than chaos. He was the terrorist to end all terrorists, because he had no goals or values or priorities other than terror.
  • Christian Bale, Will Arnett and Alec Baldwin should have a three-way talking like this contest.
  • The Joker and I could probably have a talking like this contest, but the this would be nasal instead of gravelly.
  • Although I kept thinking the end was near and it wasn't, it didn't really feel like it was three hours long, because it held my attention the whole time. There were several times that we seemed to be at the turning point of the movie, and it turned out there was more to come. This was my problem with Mutiny on the Bounty, but the problem with that movie was that everything after the not-climax was boring. This had a series of not-climaxes with exciting stuff following, so it was fine.
  • I paid $13 to see the IMAX version (because we got lost and missed the last matinee/regular screen show) and it was totally worth it. Thanks to Ken Jennings for the IMAX tip and to my bad sense of direction for taking the wrong exit!

srah | 12:12 PM
Tags: batman, heath ledger, movies, the dark knight

August 1, 2008

Side notes regarding Choose Your Own Blogventure 2

SPOILER ALERT! The following may contain spoilers for my CYOB chapter, so you might want to read that first. On the other hand, it's not Lost or Harry Potter, so it might not matter that much if you get spoiled.

srah | 10:00 AM
Tags: choose your own blogventure

Choose Your Own Blogventure 2: The Science Fiction Edition

I am participating in NPW's Choose Your Own Blogventure. My section of the story is below the jump, but if you'd like to begin at the beginning of the story and choose your own blogventure, you can start here.

srah | 9:57 AM
Tags: choose your own blogventure, stories, writing

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