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Happy Birthday, [ profile] hangingfire!!

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The new Badly Drawn Boy, Born In The U.K., is disappointing me. I should mention for context that I haven't bought anything since Have You Fed The Fish?. It's not bad, but it seems like Mr. Gough's lost track of his own weirdness. This album just doesn't have the awesome quirks that peppered his first two outings.

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Requiescat In Pacem, Robert Altman. One of my favorite directors, and one of the most independent men in Hollywood. Don't blame him for Popeye...his career has so many gems in it that it's OK for a few sockets in the setting to be gemless. Short Cuts, The Player, M*A*S*H, Nashville, and Gosford Park are essential viewing, and that's more than a lot of directors will ever achieve.

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No family plans for Thanksgiving this year. Granddad is still adjusting slowly to his new home, so it didn't seem wise to move him around right now. Instead I'll be sharing the festival of thankful dining with [ profile] phylomath and McKee and whoever else shows up to their gathering of holiday remainders.

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Those of you into graphic design, weird folk art, Japan, Scandinavia, and/or fashion might be interested in Klaus Haapaniemi [2] [3], who makes some delightfully twisted illustration work that blends Japanese and Scandinavian folk art with modern design and creative weirdness. Here's hoping he does get his wished-for collaboration with Comme des Garcons...that would be decidedly interesting.

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Check it's an electromechanical version of Pong! If you're not hip to the principles of engineering, let me just say that this is a ridiculously difficult achievement. Yes, it is yet another case of someone with a lot of time on their hands, but the execution is so extremely elegant, it's practically a work of art.

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According to that BBC Brain Sex I.D. quiz battery, my brain is right smack in the middle of male and female. Not a big surprise for a math whiz who writes poetry. What *is* surprising is that I got a perfect score on the section for identifying emotions from the eyes alone. Feel free to post suggestions on how I can use this arcane skill to make millions.

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Happy dining and safe travels to all of you during the holiday!

Date: 2006-11-21 11:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
oh man, i didn't know it was k's birthday. must pay more attention to the livejournal birthday thingie. happy birthday if you're listening, karin.

Date: 2006-11-21 11:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Popeye is actually my favorite Robert Altman movie. I'm serious.

p.s. Yay Karin!

Date: 2006-11-22 04:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I don't hate Popeye, but I didn't like it much either. I was sick when I watched it, though, so that may have contributed.

Date: 2006-11-22 01:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hee. Thanks, guys. :D

Date: 2006-11-22 01:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Happy birthday! Hope you get lots of great presents! :D

Date: 2006-11-22 01:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm excited about Thanksgiving. It's going to be at my friend Janis' house, and if you'd like to bring a dish to share, that would be cool. Time and location details are forthcoming. Oh yeah, and you might want to bring your favorite musical on DVD. I'm hoping my Netflix copy of It's Always Fair Weather comes in today.

Date: 2006-11-22 04:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think I'll bring Black's not quite a musical, but the music is such an integral part of it that it's close enough. In a lot of ways, it's the Brazilian version of West Side Story.

Date: 2006-11-22 04:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Sounds cool! I hope to have an email out with directions and everything by tomorrow morning at the latest.


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