Saturday, May 27, 2006
Brian premiered his film The Unwritten Rule, and it sparked interest in making films again. We've recorded commentary tracks for that film, some Movie Saturdays, and the Red King. We were watching the Red King for the first time in 5 years. We were so much skinnier back then! Surprisingly, the movie wasn't that bad. In fact, it was a lot funnier and campier than I remembered. It was sort of what you'd call good!
We in discussion for shooting a film this July. One project to the next. That's how I like it :-)
Ben raved about this beef stew all week. I started by browning the beef chunks after dredging in flour. Then I sauted onion and carrots with thyme and a bay leaf. Add mushrooms. After a few minutes deglaze with red wine, add cubed potatoes, and browned beef. Add water and let simmer for at least 1 1/2 hours.
I prefer this sort of meal in warm weather: spaghetti with sundried tomatoes, asparagus, onion, and goat cheese.
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Now my fears have been confirmed: I am totally missing out on much awesomeness.
Courtesy of Go Fug Yourself:
Every year at about this time, all of Europe goes insane for the Eurovision song contest, cheering for each country's entry into what could be termed a one-night international American Idol marathon with more language barriers, loud and drunken reveling, culture clashes, crazy clothes, and camp value.
...Famous past winners: ABBA with "Waterloo," and Celine Dion, singing for Switzerland for some reason. Although the genius of the contest is better examplified by the Belgian act that came in second in 2003 by singing a song in an imaginary language. It's awesome. Just try and imagine Katharine McPhee getting anywhere by standing before Simon Cowell and crooning in tongues.
The reason for my rambling: I am devastated that nobody in the U.S., not even BBC America, televises any of Eurovision. Because that is why I missed the live display -- as opposed to the welcome yet not-quite-the-same blurry YouTube version -- from this year's Finnish winner, Lordi:Lordi dresses itself -- primarily with the aid of reindeer fur -- as different monsters from different eras. Although presumably even the undead have an enduring sense of patriotic pride, as evidenced by the zombie whose face is rotting off, yet whose head is adorned with a kicky little Finland top hat, as if he is threatening here to break into a series of cabaret-style high kicks before he flosses his teeth with your intestines. And Mummy Of The Bride over there just seems so endearingly thrilled to be clutching that bouquet of spring life in his decaying arms. Fantastic.
I gotta sit down and watch that Youtube video. Click here for the original post, with pictures of other contestants and the winners with a fireworks-shooting axe.
And from the Eurovision website, here's some choice quotes describing the performances from the semi-finals:
Armenia is in the contest for the first time ... ‘Without Your Love’ is a high-energy dance track in which Andre is surrounded and eventually tied up by four dancers with black ribbons and tons of attitude. A great debut.
Slovenia is next. And Anžej Dežan, dressed in a white suit jacket that’s pure ‘Miami Vice’, starts to deliver a moving ballad. Within a minute, this has transformed into classic Eurodance and Anžej and his five dancers face the wind machine and strut their stuff, giving a really pumped-up performance.
Time for some punk rock. Polina Smolova from Belarus injects the show with some snarling attitude – in a song about mothers.
Next, it’s Poland with a stage show that looks like punk rock transported to the court of Louis XIV. As Ich Troje’s lead singer Michał Wiśniewski – complete with bright green hair – sings directly to his wife, sparks fly, at first metaphorically and then literally as Catherine Wheels shoot out spirals of flame. It’s all very dramatic and ends with Michał kneeling by his pregnant wife, his head against her stomach.
Dima of Russia sings about “flesh on my flesh”, and displays plenty of his own in a tight-fitting white vest. With his hair fashioned long at the back, in what can only be described as a ‘mullet’, he sings his infectious pop song, ‘Never Let You Go’ while ballerinas twirl around him and red rose petals are thrown onto the stage. Very romantic.
Finally, Iceland’s self-styled megastar Silvia Night brings us firmly back to the world of pop. This is kitsch with a capital ‘K’, with Silvia dancing round enormous candy canes and sliding down a giant stiletto. Even crazier than her country-mate Björk, Silvia sports a huge feathered headpiece and dances like a broken doll before stripping off to reveal a very daring costume. Utterly bonkers and highly entertaining. The crowd love it.
Why can't America be this cool?
Thursday, May 18, 2006
(Don't get me wrong, I prefer the original music, of course. But this is a seamless blend of old and new dance/music. Not only the rhthym, but the choreography matches this piece of music perfectly. An amazing mash-up.)
Monday, May 15, 2006
That afternoon our on-the-ball management placed four large orange cones surrounding the chipped area. The message being that they're very concerned about our safety. Over the next three months, I saw management come inspect the spot several times. Often with clipboards, making notes.
Recently I saw two men from management on the step, fiddling with the cones. Good, I thought. They're finally fixing it and getting rid of the rediculous over-the-top warning. Right? Wrong.
Let's add caution tape!
Three weeks have passed since this photo, and nothing has changed. Amazing.
Sunday, May 14, 2006
The newest cat in our family - Roman!
This blur is most typical of her behavior. She makes my cat look like a statue.
She obviously loves her owner.
And is good at finding others in the mood for a nap.
We make a classy pair.
Roman and dad are modeling the hats I made for Kristin's baby.
Andy caved and bought Guitar Hero. Even mom was rockin out.
Final gratuitous kitten photo.
When I got back home, my own cat looked FAT!
Yeah, so what? Feed me, slave!
More leftover pork loin in my famous baked sandwich. This time with a balsamic onion and cream cheese filling, with kosher salt and herbs with butter brushed on the top.
Peanut butter/chocolate swirl chip cookies. These chips were unimpressive. Next time I'll opt for plain chocolate chips in peanut butter batter.
Mac and cheese from scratch with steamed broccoli.
Spring is here! Rosemary balsamic chicken is accompanied by sauteed vidalia onions, asparagus, and corn.
Monday, May 01, 2006
Watching a few films reminded Brian that he intended to make commentary tracks for a future DVD release. Sunday afternoon I went to his place and we started. We have three commentary tracks done. They were really quick and easy to record. Now we just need to find a day for other participants to provide insight for their works.