Movies I've watched: No Blade of Grass
(boring, lame and exploitative - one rape gang is one rape gang too many; doesn't have any of what made Wilde's Naked Prey
special), Let the Right One In
(liked quite a bit - really good movie about kids), Colin
(tiresome high-end student film about zombies), Christine
(not the worst, but not John Carpenter's best either; strangely impersonal), Death Proof
(110 minutes of modest charm for a 10 minute payoff), Planet Terror
(literally unwatchable), and, kicking off my Libby-inspired Maysles brothers
and Errol Morris
, about a group of door to door Bible salesmen in the 1960s. It was pretty great.
Oh, I went to the documentary club of Edbury's friends and co-workers yesterday. I watched Bill W.
, a very marginal, History-Channel-ish doc about the founder of AA. I had a really good time, though felt a pall because the hosts had just lost their husky in horrific circumstances. The quiet bag of dog food on the floor was the elephant in the room. To me at least. I considered reaching out today with a "hey, as someone who also lost ... " e-mail, but I thought the better of it.
I might start watching a lot of documentaries.
I've been having a hard time falling asleep. Maybe because I keep watching all these movies. I also started watching Fringe
In advance of Google Reader's disappearance next week I spent a bunch of time this weekend pruning and curating my feeds. I've decided to stick with Old Reader
(yo, sign up and friend me! be smart and curate for me!), despite its lack of some of the shinier features of its competitors, and I'm also maintaining my Feedly, just in case. But yeah, Old Reader ftw.
It made me sad to realize how many hundreds of my feeds - almost exclusively music blogs - have gone dark in the last year or two. I feel like the vibrant explosion of music that I got from these places leaves a serious void in my life. It's because of legal pressure, of course, and the last post on many of them say as such, even though a lot of that stuff qualified pretty easily as orphaned works. How do people do it now? I'm really curious. Plz don't say something like Spotify or torrent. Those are both great if you you want to hear like, that one band, but just don't cut the mustard when it comes to discovery. Can Spotify help you find those out of print 78s
you've never heard? Or all the obscure, long, long out of print releases
from that obscure German label forty years ago? Maybe one day, but definitely not today. I mean, I think the problem is that this specific use case would probably take a ton of resources to implement and would make a difference to really ... very few users I think. I dunno. The good news is that I already possess SO MUCH MUSIC that I could live off it happily a good long while. I'm still encountering amazing discoveries among the stuff I already own.
I'm gonna game tonight with Giulia and Alex in Edbury's Indigo game. Burning Wheel. I'm looking forward to it.