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Ahem [Aug. 15th, 2008|11:20 pm]
[mood |impressedimpressed]

So it's been quite some time since I updated this thing, and I don't have anything all that earth shattering to report, but I have to share this somewhere because it's simply too amazing to pass up.

You all know Murphy's law, right? That whatever can go wrong, will go wrong? Well it turns out the real version says "If there's more than one way to do a job, and one of those ways will result in disaster, then somebody will do it that way." And here's why that's amazing: Murphy himself is said to have found all the other versions of his law "ridiculous, trivial, and erroneous," and he struggled to get people to take his law as he stated it more seriously and to stop using the bastardized version.

Do you see what this means? Murphy's Law (the real one) is a victim of Murphy's Law (the popular one)! I apologize if the world implodes because of me saying that, but it's true*!

*note: my info is from wikipedia, so take the truth of this with a grain of salt. the truthiness of it, on the other hand, is indisputable.
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(no subject) [Mar. 12th, 2008|07:13 pm]
Shorter David Mamet: Hey, everything is kind of like the same thing if you only think about it on one level, so why not just do that and you'll be happier because nothing is really wrong, why not? ...also, I'm smarter than you.
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Obama... [Feb. 25th, 2008|10:36 pm]
Ok, so I don't write too much on here, but this is pretty important to me, so I think you should all check it out. It's a list of all the things Barack Obama has done for you, and all the reasons that he deserves your support.

Anyway, just give it a look.

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Personally I feel like I could take on more... [Feb. 25th, 2008|08:18 pm]

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Dear M Night Shamylanyllnman [Feb. 5th, 2008|01:46 pm]
Dear Mr. M Night,

Your new movie looks interesting. Please don't fuck it up. There need not be a "twist" ending. Just make a scary movie.


ps, I liked Unbreakable. You know why? The twist at the end isn't stupid. It's logical, and makes sense even upon repeated viewings.

pps, Don't let anyone be killed by either water or baseball bats.

ppps, also, maybe have someone else read the end of your movie a couple times, just to see if it makes sense.

Here's the trailer, for those who haven't seen it:

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weather [Jan. 29th, 2008|07:55 am]
[mood |optimisticoptimistic]

Seriously weather, wtf? I just checked the forecast for today. The high is 43, the low is 1, and with a strong chance of snow. A 43 degree spread? How is that helpful?

So apparently it's going to be a balmy morning/midday, and then around 2 the temperature will just drop and it'll be 20 and snowing. Guess I'll make sure to throw my scarf in my bag today.

Also, today is my first day of classes. Advanced Editing Seminar till 12:30, then History of Chicago from 3:30 till 6:20. I'm pretty excited for both classes. I suppose we'll see how they turn out. Or at least, I will and I'll tell the rest of you.
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clouds and ice [Jan. 28th, 2008|07:27 am]
[mood |awakeawake]

First day of school today, technically. I don't actually have any classes on Monday, but I do have to work 8-1 in the cage. Which is cool for now, but which will suck for the middle six weeks of class or so, because Mondays are the busiest morning in the cage with everyone returning all their gear. On the plus side, I get to work with a pretty cool crew, so it should still be fun even when it's busy.

When I woke up and looked out my living room window this morning, I saw what may have been the most beautiful sunrise I've ever seen. The sun wasn't quite over the horizon, and there were all these pinks and oranges and reds and yellows all reflecting off of the snow and ice on the lake, and there was this thick layer of icy but kind of bubbly clouds that was an awesome shade of orangish pink. I love my view, and I'm going to miss it when I move out in May.
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Oscar Predictions...pre seeing some of them [Jan. 22nd, 2008|10:22 pm]
So here are my predictions for the major Oscar winners. I haven't seen...well, most of them. So this is largely based on speculation and industry buzz. I'm hoping to see most, if not all of these, before the awards, so I'll update my predictions later, most likely.

Michael Clayton
No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood Jeez, talk about buzz. I mean, it looks really good, and may well be as good as it's cracked up to be, but you'd think it was the greatest film of all time the way people are talking about it. Also, everyone likes Daniel Day Lewis and Paul Anderson, so that helps. And it's a nifty way for the Academy to be political without being overt about it, which they like to do.

Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Julie Christie, Away From Her
Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose
Laura Linney, The Savages
Ellen Page, Juno This one may just be wishful thinking, but she really does deserve it (Laura Linney would be my second guess...)

George Clooney, Michael Clayton
Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood
Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd This one is a mixture of wishful thinking and a distinct possibility. He's been nominated several times in recent years, so maybe they've decided it's his turn? Then again, Daniel Day Lewis is always popular, and Viggo was supposed to be pretty amazing. So we'll see.
Tommy Lee Jones, In the Valley of Elah
Viggo Mortensen, Eastern Promises

Cate Blanchett, I'm Not There I tend to think Cate will win for this, which is part of the reason I don't think she'll win best actress. Though it would be pretty nifty to win both acting awards in one year.
Ruby Dee, American Gangster
Saoirse Ronan, Atonement
Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone
Tilda Swinton, Michael Clayton

Casey Affleck, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men I would like Hoffman to win, but this is my prediction, not my vote. Bardem has gotten so many rave reviews, and No Country For Old Men has to win something...right?
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Charlie Wilson's War
Hal Holbrook, Into The Wild
Tom Wilkinson, Michael Clayton

Julian Schnabel, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Jason Reitman, Juno
Tony Gilroy, Michael Clayton
Joel and Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men
Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood Again, talk about buzz. Can't wait to see this movie to see if it lives up to the hype.
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RIP Heath Ledger [Jan. 22nd, 2008|05:02 pm]
[mood |depresseddevastated]

Heath Ledger Found Dead in NYC at Age 28
By TOM HAYS – 53 minutes ago
NEW YORK (AP) — Heath Ledger was found dead Tuesday at a downtown Manhattan residence, and police said drugs may have been a factor. He was 28. NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said Ledger had an appointment for a massage at the Manhattan apartment believed to be his home. The housekeeper who went to let him know the masseuse had arrived found him dead at 3:26 p.m.
The Australian-born actor was nominated for an Oscar for "Brokeback Mountain," where he met his wife, actress Michelle Williams, in 2005. Ledger and Williams had lived in Brooklyn and had a daughter, Matilda, until they split up last year.
Ledger was to appear as the Joker this year in "The Dark Night," a sequel to 2005's "Batman Begins." He's had starring roles in "A Knight's Tale" and "The Patriot," and played the suicidal son of Billy Bob Thornton in "Monster's Ball."
Ledger grew up in Perth, and began doing amateur theater at age 10. At 16, he moved to Sydney to pursue an acting career, quickly landing TV movie roles and guest spots on Australian television.
After several independent films and a starring role in the short-lived Fox TV series "Roar," Ledger moved to Los Angeles and costarred in "10 Things I Hate About You," a teen comedy reworking of "The Taming of the Shrew."
Offers for other teen flicks came his way, but Ledger turned them down, preferring to remain idle than sign on for projects he didn't like.
"It wasn't a hard decision for me," Ledger told the Associated Press in 2001. "It was hard for everyone else around me to understand. Agents were like, `You're crazy,' my parents were like, `Come on, you have to eat.'"
His latest role was in "I'm Not There," in which he played one of the many incarnations of Bob Dylan — as did Cate Blanchett, whose performance in that film earned an Oscar nomination Tuesday for best supporting actress.

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(no subject) [Jan. 22nd, 2008|01:18 am]
[mood |cheerfulcheerful]

I'm back in the city. It's snowing. A lot.

I haven't posted anything a long time. I'm hoping to do more regular updates this semester. It's my February resolution.

I have my first class tomorrow, kind of. It's the first day of a two day j-term workshop. Should be interesting. Lots of tech stuff, which I find cool and need to start learning more and more of in my field.

Anyway, that's all for now, time for bed.
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