July 24th, 2006
|08:48 am - Bibliographies, the occasional movie, and friends. . . A good weekend|
Well, at six pages, I have part of my GSP Bibliography done.
Had I realized I had more than six pages to put in that bibliography, I wouldn't have put it off quite so long.
Actually, I might have waited longer.
I still have two shelves of books that I referred to for my ADF Generalist Study Program work to go through. Not all of it makes an appearance as a citation, but if I have to show everything I've worked with, well, that's nearly every book I own on Celtic/magical stuff, plus anything in a generally IE category, plus a few lecture notes and websites I frequent.
For reference, here's what my desk looked like when I was writing up the GSP work:
It still kinda looks like that.
If you browse through my list o' titles on that bibliography, you'll find a few strange titles, like "Archeoastronomy in the Americas" and such. No, they're not there to fluff the bibliography. I actually used them in a paper I wrote for the GSP. Doesn't say that your reserach has to be done on an IE topic, you know.
I'm spending the night in with Tina tonight, who rented A History of Violence and asked if I wanted to see it, too. I did (I've had a few conversations with perlgirlju, with whom I still need to have a good evening of bad vampire movies with in the near future), so we'll be watching that tonight, and I'll be trying to finish this bibliography.
Then. . . Oh, my friends, then I get to chop it up into sections so that each resource matches a course or the "general" category.
It was a busy weekend, but I got to spend some time with tesinth and Maggie at the movies (we saw Clerks 2), go to the zoo with singingwren, and even got something from druidkirk delivered to me. In all, it was a very good weekend.
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: amused
Current Music: "Captain America", -JB
Lemme know if A History of Violence is good. We almost rented it a while ago but people were dubious.
I've heard that it's very good, but violent.
People always seem suprised that it's violent.
Me, I figure the title of the movie might just be explanitory.
What a concept!
Yes, and even MORE confusing is the sequal, A History of Warm Fuzzy Feelings...
Fwiw, I thought A History of Violence was very good, but then again, I'm horribly biased because it has Viggo in it.
I love Viggo. Bias accepted. :D
Was Clerks 2 any good? I am thinking about seeing it once my father leaves (2 weeks now).
Good job on the bibliography. I often end up with txt files full of quotes and titles/authors/etc ready to cut and paste for my bibliography. It's a massive pain to go through that, especially when they end up in multiple places under obscure names like "Tuesday" and "Conversation with Box of Rocks".
|Date:||July 24th, 2006 04:35 pm (UTC)|| |
Clerks 2 was awesome.
|Date:||July 24th, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC)|| |
Re: clerks 2
Thanks :-) It's good to get feedback.
I thought about driving down to Canton on Sunday. But then I realized I didn't really want to do 2+ hours of driving. Maybe I'll manage it before September.
Oh. Are you going to Summerland? I still dunno yet.
|Date:||July 24th, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC)|| |
Yes, I definitely intend to be at summerland. Looking forward to it. Still gotta register I guess....
Wait, 2+ hours? It's only an hour between Cleveland and Canton, maybe a bit more from some of the Cleveland suburbs. Oh, you meant 2+ hours both ways, didn't you? :-)
|Date:||July 24th, 2006 05:03 pm (UTC)|| |
Yep, I was countng the round trip.
That'd have been too much to deal with on top of the festival (I ended up staying later than I'd figured anyway).
|Date:||July 24th, 2006 05:56 pm (UTC)|| |
Yay, I am going too, and I will finally get to meet you. ;)
|Date:||July 24th, 2006 02:26 pm (UTC)|| |
"Sir Gawain and teh Green Knight"? Might want to spell check that thing...
It's a new translation. The Green Knight is totally 1337.
|Date:||July 25th, 2006 11:04 pm (UTC)|| |
Re: Yeah, totally...
We started watching Violence and I do not care for it-- the characters are flat, they have unbelievable interactions/relationships with each other, and the performances are forced. This is just my persona opinion.
Yeah, I've got to agree so far, although this is, of course, based on having seen only the first half of the movie thusfar.
I'm a huge Cronenberg fan, but I can generally see the standard criticism that he has a tendency toward creating flat, one-dimensional characters (almost caricatures). However, if you have a really good actor in the role, he can transcend those limitations. I'm thinking in particular of James Spader in 'Crash', James Woods in 'Videodrome', or even a couple of scenes with Roy Scheider as Benway in 'Naked Lunch' (boy, talk about a rough novel to adapt to the screen!). Heck, even Michael Ironside way back in 'Scanners' was able to bring a certain fascination to the character.
The point being that an actor with enough of a sense of subtlety can underplay a 'flat character' in such a way as to give the illusion of depth. A lesser actor will just drown in that space, knowing nothing better to do but play the character at face value. I'm not the biggest Viggo Mortensen fan in the first place, and that's exactly what I'm watching him do; Maria Bello too, for that matter.
Although the script does seem to be trying too hard, so I can't lay full blame on the actors. There are just too many "look at us, the happy family" scenes, where the film is trying to establish character. It's bordering on unbelievable and contrite.
That said, the cafe' "robbery" [sic] scene was classic Cronenberg -- fast, violent and well-directed. If the second half of the movie is modelled after that, then it might just be salvageable.
|Date:||July 25th, 2006 04:29 am (UTC)|| |
you need to rest more :)
Some days, I'm afraid that if I slow down, I'll realise that I have no idea where I'm headed.
Besides, you only go around once.