Archive for December, 2006

2006.12.31

Happy New Year Everyone!

I hope your 2006 was good and that your 2007 will be even better!

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2006.12.31

The Constant Gardner

I’d put off watching The Constant Gardner for a very long time because one of the key marketing points when it was in theaters seemed to be the secret infidelity of Rachel Weisz’s character, Tess. I didn’t want to watch a movie about infidelity, even if Rachel Weisz did get an Oscar for her performance.

But last night Mookee and I sat down and watched it and I found myself taken in. My grievance was misplaced and there was merely an alleged infidelity. Stupid marketers. They also get it wrong when they describe the movie as some sort of spy thriller simply because the story was written by John le Carré. MI6, they only “spy” element in the whole movie, plays a small and incidental role. Rather this was a dramatic thriller set mostly in eastern Africa.

Anyways, despite the sometimes confusing editing and the strange non-reaction (or at least greatly delayed reaction) of Ralph Feinnes’ character to the death of his wife I rather liked the film. Worth seeing.

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2006.12.23

Junk Drawer

Mom and I were cruising through Target tonight looking for random items to fill in our gift lists. In one aisle they had a pile plastic trays labelled Junk Drawer Organizer.

It wouldn’t be much of a junk drawer if it were organized, now would it?

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2006.12.21

On the East Coast

I’m on the East Coast spending the holidays with family here outside of DC. Posting may be random, but I’m sure you’ll all live.

I watched Richard Dawkin’s The God Delusion (I think it was a BBC production) on the flight. It’s funny… I agree with him on most points but he can be such an intellectually superior prig. I think that is one of the biggest problems with his (and many other’s) point of view; it comes off as so bloody condescending. A shame because, like I said, I basically agree with him.

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2006.12.19

A Call From Richard Hatch

Unbelievable. This afternoon I got some weird email saying to be sure my phone wasn’t blocking phone numbers because I would be getting a phone call from Richard Hatch. Eh what? Apparently there is a service where you can get certain celebrities to give personal calls for a variety of reasons including wishing the recipient a Happy Holidays.

Not even an hour later I got the call. I got the initial awkward Hello out of the way and the happy holidays and Mr. Hatch was kind enough to talk a bit with me about Battlestar Galactica, his character Tom Zarek, and charity work. He was most personable and I was super surprised to get even five minutes out of him since I expect these calls probably only last a minute at most.

So a huge Thank You to Mr. Hatch and Deano, who couldn’t hide the fact that he arranged this.

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2006.12.18

My Holiday 2006 Mix CD

Doug's Holiday 2006 Mix CD Album ArtI put together a mix of music to give away this year. For those of you who rip it to iTunes you can click on the image to get a higher resolution image to put in as album artwork. It’s a manglation of a Mucha piece. Here’s the list. Once I figure out how to make an iMix for the iTunes Music Store I’ll post that instead of this list…

Bonjour Jeune Fille – The Blow
Million $ Man – Imperial Teen
Shadows – Honeycut
Oh Lately It’s So Quiet – OK Go
Through Being Cool – They Might Be Giants
Song 2 – Blur
Hate to Say I Told You So – The Hives
Mad World – Michael Andrews
Run – Snow Patrol
Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
99 Luftballons – Nena
Is This It – The Strokes
Dear Catastrophe Waitress – Belle & Sebastian
All You Need Is Hate – The Delgados
Sewn – The Feeling
We Will Become Silhouettes – The Shins
Love Me Like You – The Magic Numbers
Oh! – Sleater-Kinney
Yoo Hoo – Imperial Teen
Pardon Me – The Blow

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2006.12.17

Not Really Interested

I’m generally not terribly interested in televised sports. So when Mookee was telling me something about current football I replied, “You’re preaching to the choir, and we all know how poorly I sing.”

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2006.12.14

A New Toy

BSG Blaster via MatsuCorp
MatsuCorp Blaster
This arrived today. My geekery is now complete. It’s a Battlestar Galactica replica blaster built by the master builder at MatsuCorp. It’s built around an airsoft .357 Magnun Revolver with resin parts. Most of it is gun metal grey and it has a wood finished handle.

Super sweet! I guess next year I’ll be dressing up in Galactica duds again… :)

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2006.12.11

English is the Lingua Franca

Lingua Franca: any language that is widely used as a means of communication among speakers of other languages.

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away the French language was the language most people speaking disparate languages used to communicate between themselves. This is one reason why you will see French used on your American passport. These days, however, English is supplanting French in many fields. “English is the dominant international language in communications, science, business, aviation, entertainment, diplomacy and the Internet.” (from Wikipedia; they wouldn’t lie, would they?).

Is it any wonder the French are getting defensive?

As the European Union has grown, so too has the number of its official languages. One side effect is that English is emerging increasingly as the EU’s lingua franca, much to the chagrin of the French, once the guardians of the group’s foremost tongue.

It was not always this way. When the European Union was born in the 1950s, Britain was not among the founding nations and French was the accepted language of diplomacy and international affairs.

In March, when a French business leader, Ernst-Antoine Seilliere, addressed a gathering of European leaders in Brussels, he announced beforehand that he would speak not in French, but in English, “the language of business.”

French President Jacques Chirac, who attended the event with several government ministers, jumped to his feet and stormed out, his entourage in tow. Chirac later explained that he was determined to defend the presence of French against the growing weight of English — not just in the European Union but also at the Olympic Games and the United Nations.

I’m not quite sure what Chirac expected. It’s been my experience that when you become defensive of a position to the point of fanaticism then you’ve already lost. It’s just a matter of time before you realize it. France passed the Toubon Law in 1994 which codifies French as the General Custer of institutional languages. The French even have their Académie française which dictates the use of the language, commanding the use of “courriel” instead of “email”.

French lost. English won. And didn’t even try. It’s nothing to cry about just like English speakers generally don’t celebrate their ascendency.

Don’t get me wrong… Many of the people I admire and love speak French natively or as a second language. I love languages and hate to see the diminishment and loss of so many in our rich human linguistic heritage. However, I don’t think French is in any danger of vanishing. After all, it is the language of love; je t’aime, mon cherie sounds so much sexier than love you, babe, n’est pas?

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2006.12.09

Support Lesbiens

Support Lesbiens - So What?
Support Lesbiens

Wow, Support Lesbiens are still alive and kicking in the music scene in Czech Republik! I remember going to their first shows a U Zoufalcu and Radost FX with Richmond, Alex and Burt. I was so impressed with them and KryÅ¡tof Michal’s English lyrics (that caused a stir in Prague!) that I picked up their first album, So What?.

Apparently they’ve changed their sound. I am downloading a few of the videos they have available to see. I’m glad they’re still around. I worked with KryÅ¡tof’s Dad at Radost and remember he used to be worried for his son’s future. He must be proud of him now.

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