July 16th, 2008

iAm iSaid

A simple life

There's been less to write about lately. Life's been pretty simple and quiet sine I got back from Seattle. Online stuff, watching Season 3 of Buffy, reading, walking, radio-listening, eating... those are the highlights this week. Oh, and trying not to spend too much, since I'm not earning at the moment.

I do have some news: yesterday I reactivated at Manpower, the temp service I've had good luck with before. (I got the OHSU/Spheris job through Manpower back in 2004, back when that was a job I enjoyed.) I went to the downtown office and was happy to see John, one of the people there three years ago, still there. He remembered me, too. Paperwork and shooting of the breeze followed. When I pulled out my two forms of ID, I mentioned the ID joke in The Big Lebowski. Turned out John's a fan of that film, too. I told him about the March of the Lebowskis; he went from vaguely knowing that that had happened to being impressed with the details of it. So I'm closer to earning again, possibly, and keeping occupied between now and the Northeast U.S. trip. Six weeks to go...

(I won't reactivate at Express. I felt burnt by an Express office back in 2004; I toyed with the idea of returning to that office and just screaming. I'm not a screamer by nature, so to even be toying with that possibility showed that I was really upset.)

Today is an all-windows-open day, as I let in the breeze and the cooler air. Got a little stuffy in my apartment yesterday; now I'm using the naturally air-conditional air to my advantage. Yes, I'm less stuffy!
Me 1

Ya never know who's gonna show up at these things...

Cort and Fatboy and...me!
Cort and Fatboy and...me!
Cort and Fatboy broadcasting from the Bagdad, 11 July 08 (before "Predator"); I'm dead center and listening...

Yep, here's photo proof that I was at the Cort and Fatboy screening of Predator. Here they are broadcasting from the front of the Bagdad, the front doors rolled to the side to let the air and bustle from Hawthorne Blvd. into the pub. The photo was by a Cricket Wireless rep. I'm the guy wearing a backpack and looking ruddy. Fatboy's at the left-side mike; Cort's on the right-side mike. I was NOT on the air, just listening over their collective shoulders. Still...cool...
Whale fluke

The Life of Leonard Rosenman, Part Three

The late Leonard Rosenman, through the magic of editing together old interview transcripts, speaks of his work on Fantastic Voyage:
The sets were fantastic. I went there and I read the script and I thought it would be fabulous. I played some of my concert music, and Dick said, "That's exactly the kind of music that I want." That's why I wrote this very wild kind of music and orchestrated everything myself. A lot of people in Hollywood were very jealous, they couldn't understand what I had done because they had no tradition in that.

...Originally, the producer asked for a jazz score; he wanted it to be the first 'hip' science-fiction film. That may have been good for an advertising slogan, but it wouldn't have fit the film. It would have dated the picture, and I told them I wouldn't do it.
He also discusses his work on Beneath the Planet of the Apes, the Native American drama A Man Called Horse, his view of TV, and the loss of his wife to a stroke and the work he did to deal with her death.