Archive for the 'TV' Category

Things I saw today (opening/end credits)

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

Casino Royale is on and again, I was struck by how stunningly beautiful the credits are:

Seeing it again I noticed details I’d missed like Vesper’s face as the Queen as the gun sights move past it and how the hearts on the 7 card become broken.

I was trying to think of any other credits that I’d been so impressed by and I remembered I thought Iron Man’s end credits were great when I saw the movie and so I looked again for them, but I have to say, though very good, they’re not quite as amazing as Casino Royale (still really good).

(update: Unfortunately, they’ve removed the audio from the video and it doesn’t seem to be available anywhere else. Not worth watching now – boo hiss WMG!)

love of languages (Television without pity)

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

(Did you know I taught myself Welsh? That’s like the Daily Double trivia question of things about me. Consider it your object lesson in how boring Lubbock, Texas actually is. I pick up and lose languages really quickly, if I don’t use them, and dead languages are hard to keep current on so I’m pretty rusty now, but I do remember that the first sentence I put together was “I believe you’re in league with the butcher,” because that’s the always the first sentence you should learn when you learn a new language.)

– Jacob, as in aside in a recap of Dr Who, Television Without Pity


Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

In today’s sharp sparkle, this winter air, anything can be made, any sentence begun.

On the brink, on the brim, on the cusp — praise song for walking forward in that light.

-Elizabeth Alexander-Inaugural Poem

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because we the people have remained faithful to the ideals of our forebears, and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans…

As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our founding fathers … our found fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake…

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint…

This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed — why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent Mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath…
– President Obama, Inaugural speech


Things I saw today (Animation backgrounds)

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

Animation Backgrounds gathers the beautiful backgrounds of cartoon movies.

As a child, cartoons strongly informed my understanding of other places in the world, how adults interacted or how things worked (or as with a favorite Bugs Bunny cartoon, formed the entirety of my knowledge of opera). It’s interesting to re-see these spaces with adult eyes and to realize the degree to which they lurk in my subconscious.

From Cinderella

From Bambi

From Bugs Bunny

From The Rescuers

From Tom and Jerry

From Peter Pan

From Lady and the Tramp

Weirdest thing I saw today (Korla Pandit)

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

It’s so. damn. creepy!

I now have a very clear picture of the hotel lounge in purgatory.

via neato cool

Things I saw today (worst fight scene ever)

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Via Max, “The Worst Fight Scene Ever.” The alien is like an 80 year old, cigar-smoking, hacking-cough, spangly-mini-skirt-wearing, lizard Uncle Maury “AGGGHHH get me a piece of pie! AGGGHKK”

Things I remembered today (G-Force)

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

Battle of the Planetswas awesome. Also, 7-Zark-7 should be a band, domain or blog name.

A clip via Dean.

World Cup practice

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

Max found this brilliant ad:

I don’t know who to root for (or cheer for, depending on where you’re from in the world and exactly how you think I should encourage my team) now that Australia is out.

walk it off!

Tuesday, March 7th, 2006

The other night I sprained my ankle in a restaurant due to an unfortunate combination of walking too fast, a glass of wine, the steep, uneven stone staircase and distraction (I think I was looking at something on the wall, but can’t remember for sure, since the sudden, painful, twisting, involuntary, on-tip-toes-with-waving-arms gestures I found myself making removed all other conscious thought from my head) .

The odd thing, in retrospect, was how determined I was, for the first 20 minutes or so, to not show there was anything wrong with me. It’s embarrassing to hurt yourself in public so I hobbled back to the table and though feeling more than a little faint, I tried to go on as normal (not very convincingly, I’m afraid). It was somehow difficult to admit I wasn’t ok.

Coralie said that I’d gone very pale and I realized the pain wasn’t going away, gave in and I said I wasn’t feeling well. Later, she quietly and graciously offered to let me lean on her as I walked down the hill toward the car and just letting myself do that, taking the help that she offered, took some effort but accepting her kindness was really moving in a way I didn’t expect (this was only the first of a series of really generous and caring efforts by her and other people to take care of me for which I’m humbly grateful).

I described to Eric later (as he was wrapping and icing my ankle) how, when I was trying to hide that I was in pain, I kept thinking of a line from a US commercial which ends with a farmer shouting out: “Walk it off, snack fairy!” and he laughed. We wondered if the humor of the “walk it off!” line is somehow uniquely American. I wondered too, if it was a cultural or individual attitude which made my first response to both try to keep from admitting I was hurt and amuse myself while doing so.

it’s okay…that’s what it is

Friday, February 17th, 2006

The other day a good friend and I were discussing suffering. Note: we also discussed, at greater length not long after, the TV show Arrested Development,* so don’t get the idea this was any kind of impressive French-cafe-philosophy-talk I’m bragging about (though he is certainly capable of that level of discussion, I’m more of the discuss-TV-shows-at-length type).

Our “suffering” discussion was rather brief. In fact, the conversation went roughly like:

“Life is suffering”

My favorite part was the near glee with which, I at least, smiled after the little exchange. Don’t misunderstand, it’s absolutely true that life is painful sometimes (and I’m more than a little morose, more often than I might like), it just somehow it struck me as true and funny. Not long after, I came across this quote which seemed to put it all beautifully:

Just live that life. It doesn’t matter whether it is life or hell… it’s okay; just live that life, see. And as a matter of fact, [there is] no other way. Where you stand, where you are, that’s what your life is right there, regardless of how painful it is or how enjoyable it is. That’s what it is.

-Taizan Maezumi (1931-1995)

* Arrested Development is fantastically, dementedly brilliant and just now it occurs to me there is a loose correlation between being able to find the idea that life is suffering funny and appreciating that show.