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Friday, February 06, 2004

Whoa
I'm going to see Mark Kozelek and Centromatic tonight. I haven't been this excited about a show in a while. Will Krazy Koz top his performance from a few years ago at the Variety Playhouse? If so, it'll be phenomenal.

*spoke to soon. the M.K. show is canceled. Blech. Atleast there's Centromatic.

Tuesday, February 03, 2004

[2/5/2003 11:14:47 AM | Mame]
Does anyone else get junk mail in Swedish or Icelandic or some strange Norse language. I can't figure out which mailing list I happened upon that would be sending things to me in Gaelic. Maybe it's all those Clannad albums I bought online. So I came out of the closet last night and admitted my love for the newest Tori Amos record. Ms. Comrade started crying when she tried to sing China. It was quite a moment.

Sunday, February 01, 2004

Making my way through the list
Saw Monster. Charlize was incredible. She made the movie. The movie, on the other hand, was moderately good. I guess my main problem was that I wasn't quite sure what the director wanted us to think. Why was this movie made? What was it about Aileen Wuornos that distinguished her from other cases? But, Charlize. Wow. She was Aileen. Then there was Christina Ricci. She's such a static and overrated actress. I didn't see any transformation. It was a movie about Aileen and Christina Ricci.

Watched Owning Mahoney. Again, why was this movie made? It was the most anti-climatic film I've seen in a while. It certainly wasn't a thriller. It didn't explain the story well at all. Good cinematography. Almost Soderbergh-esque, but much much slower.
**Update: After a day of thinking about it, I my opinion Owning Mahoney has improved. A few reviews made a good point that most movies about gambling addiction are flashy, sensationalized, etc. and Hoffman was the antithesis. I can appreciate it, but my main complaint was just that it was so boring. As a fan of directors Malick, Mann, and Leigh take my word when I say it's slow.

1 year gone by
"[1/31/2003 4:51:33 PM | Mame]
This is my first blog. The title speaks the truth."
If anyone remembers the days of the ill-fated ILDCandC, you will remember that it was just one year ago that it made its debut. All this week I willl post archival whatnots from the early days.

New Book
Opening paragraph: "When asked to assess his life at age 65, Arthur answered, 'What am I? What do you look at? Nothing. A piece of shit.'"

The book is Shared Beginnings, Divergent Lives: Delinquent boys to age 70. It's a follow-up to Crime in the Making, which is an analysis of data collected on 500 delinquent boys in the 1930's (i think the date is right). The latest book finds the same boys--those who are available--to see what direction their life has taken. This is probably the best longitudinal data set in criminology. I'd also recommend Crime in the Making to anyone. It's a fascinating look at both individual and structural factors (i.e. family, school, peers, community, poverty) that may lead to a juvenile's desistance or persistance in criminal activity. Anywho...I'm excited about this new one. I'll be sure to share any good insight.

No peas of mind
Yesterday I made split pea soup, using the recipe from the Grit cookbook. I've never had any problems before. However, I'm using my new blender this time, and it's almost too good. When I pureed the soup, the blender went Linda Blair on me, spewing the soup everywhere. Note: it's so powerful that if you don't hold the lid on tightly it will blow off. After I cleaned that up, I noticed it had too much liquid. I don't know how that's possible b/c I followed the recipe exactly. Then, as it cooled it formed a gelatin-like substance on the top. I have no idea what when wrong. I washed the peas. There wasn't an ingredient that would've caused this. I'm afraid to eat it again.

Where exactly is your liver and what does it feel like if it's turned on you?...

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