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Crystal Brain is more like it [Nov. 7th, 2008|12:30 am]
Phinnea
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[Current Mood |cynicalcynical]

Saw Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - what can I say? Unless you have two smartass robots to keep you company watching it, run as far and as fast as you can. The worst movie I've seen in ages.

Indy survives ground zero of a nuclear bomb test by hiding in a refrigerator and it's all downhill from there. Cannot understand a 76% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes except perhaps the whole world's on crack. Or 76% of it anyway. Stupid story, lousy characters, intermittently magnetic aliens, the fakey good cheer of Return of the Jedi, totally relies on nostalgic love of the great characters of Raiders. Actually makes Temple of Doom seem good. I took notes on the worst bits, but I don't know what happened to them.

The Village Voice seems to have the only intelligent review out there. "Have we learned nothing about disturbing dusty relics and mussing with primordial remains?"

"It's hard to tell whether Spielberg and Lucas are trying too hard or trying at all—the thing's such a mess, such an unmitigated disaster, that damned is the scholar stuck with the unfortunate task of deciphering this cynical, clinical gibberish in decades to come."

http://www.villagevoice.com/2008-05-20/film/indiana-jones-and-the-fortress-of-sad-decline/
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(no subject) [Nov. 6th, 2008|11:43 pm]
Phinnea
1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Alligator
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue

8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi

15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork bun
20. Pistachio ice cream

21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
(This is exotic?)
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper

27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava

30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder
in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac
with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat

42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whiskey from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel (Yummy!)
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
(Eh. Not a Krispy Kreme fan)
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear (Do drinks count?)
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini (Double ew!)
58. Beer above 8% ABV - probably
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores

62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin (erm? white clayey rock?)
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis

69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho

72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini

81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky

84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers (had rose and lavender ice cream)
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab

93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano (Had some kind of mole. Didn't like it)
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake
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New Version of an Old Favorite [Sep. 19th, 2007|11:03 pm]
Phinnea
[Current Music |Baby It's Cold Outside]

Baby Its Cold Outside/Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5Ve5YcX0NE

How can you not love them? They're sock puppets and they're Scottish.
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Crazy Like a Fox [Jun. 20th, 2007|09:39 am]
Phinnea
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[Current Mood |hopefulhopeful]
[Current Music |dashboard]

or like a crazy person?

I'm starting a children's theater next county over which has, as far as I know, none while here there are three. All three seem to be fairly successful, so surely if this county can support three the others can support at least one? Plus I think it would be fun.

But it's a chicken-and-egg type situation, incorporating. You have to file paperwork to incorporate, of course, and there's a fee which I'm just paying on my own because in order to open a business account you have to have a Federal Employer Identity Number. But it seemed silly to get an FEIN for the business, open the account, incorporate and then get a new FEIN for the corporation because corporations are persons for legal purposes and need their own.

There is a tendency in the stuff I've read to discuss all the things/services you need and it seems to me if you hired/bought them all you'd go broke in a week. Much of it is not geared for the lone person/few people who want to build a business on a shoestring. You're supposed to have a board of well-off community leaders who will schmooze other rich folks passionately on your behalf. Not that I would turn down any rich schmoozers who wanted to get money for my organization, but I'm not sure why they should be in charge of it. I realize that this is counter to current thinking, so many of my opinions are, but if someone can make a better argument than 'that's the way it's done' please do.

Much dull legal regulation stuff to get through.


*well the windshield's broken but i love the fresh air, you know*
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history boys [Feb. 13th, 2007|01:26 am]
Phinnea
[Current Mood |awake]
[Current Music |butterfly boucher - another white dash]

so weeks or months ago i saw the movie history boys and wanted to say it's an excellent movie and if you're like me (and really, hardly anybody is) you'd love it, but there's a whole scene in french and while my pathetic, high school french was up to the task (barely), it's the funniest scene in the movie and if you have no french you should wait til it's on dvd and you can have subtitles.











There is something
Deep and pulling leaving everything behind
Something about having everything
You think you'll ever need
Sitting in the seat next to you
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From Some Other Planet [Dec. 16th, 2006|01:50 pm]
Phinnea
[Current Music |Rainmaker - Matchbox 20]

"Americans will speak of the battles like Fallujah with the same awe and reverence that we now give to Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima"

George W. Bush

Or not. I'm thinking not.
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Just send my paycheck to iTunes [Oct. 16th, 2006|12:26 am]
Phinnea
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Finding all these songs I haven't heard in a hundred years. Songs I'd completely forgotten.

Most recent Kirsty MacColl's He's on the Beach, which I don't think I ever knew who sang it or what it was called, but I was so happy to hear it again.

and he says
he says
he says it's brilliant there
there's something in the air
and sunshine everywhere
he's on the beach
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Well, wouldya lookie there! [Nov. 21st, 2004|11:49 pm]
Phinnea
[Current Mood |cynicalcynical]

From CNN

Lawmakers vowed Sunday that a clause, which would allow two committee chairmen to view the tax returns of any American, would be removed from a multibillion-dollar spending bill before it is sent to the White House for President Bush's signature. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, said in a written statement: "It should be of grave concern to all Americans that their privacy could be invaded by such an outrageous provision." Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said: "I have no earthly idea how it got in there. Nobody is going to defend this."

http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/11/21/tax.provision/index.html

No idea how it got there. It wrote itself? It was channeled by a medium? Gremlins got in the pen? Minions of Satan inserted it magically?
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Phinnea sings [Nov. 12th, 2004|11:59 pm]
Phinnea
Thanks for acting like you care
Thanks for wearing underwear
Thanks for sitting over there
Thanks for petting a brown bear
So much for my happy ending
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Narcoleptic Novelists Writhe Mopily [Nov. 9th, 2004|01:05 am]
Phinnea
What a stupid idea this was. I can't write a novel in a month. Or more accurately, don't want to write a novel in a month. I wrote about 1300 words which is, like, way good for me, but it's not nearly enough. And besides, I'm almost out of plot. As Lancelot Link said, "There are good ideas and there are bad ideas." At least I think that's what he said. It's been a while.


NaNoWriMo Progress Meter


The difference between the Vietnam War and the War in Iraq -- W had a plan for getting out of Vietnam.
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