August 11th, 2008

Whale fluke

Dream Movement

Dreams last night were marked by movement. Me in a helicopter flying over to Portland's South Waterfront, or me in an airplane on quick approach to an airport, and really feeling how fast both the copter and the plane were moving. Maybe too fast, maybe just a little faster than normal, but still faster than, each time, I was led to expect.

Oh, and the airplane pillows had political ads on them. Maybe to pay for the pillows...

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    Nick Lowe, "Cruel to be Kind"
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I can dig it

This test is borrowed from kradical. This result is dedicated to the late, great Isaac Hayes:

LiveJournal Username
The name of the movie
Background Music
Political Outlook
Mood of Ending
Has a hilarious-looking afrodr_clive_owen
Appears mostly for a gratuitous sex scenecopperwise
Feels it necessary to wear aviator sunglassesquirkybird
Plays a minority in a way modern viewers find racisttrollprincess
Utters the catchphrase that will remain in American pop cultureevilpodiatrist
Comic reliefmlion
Cult Classic?False
Most repeated phrase on DVD commentary trackI was just trying to raise awareness of...
This Fun Quiz created by Akhmed at BlogQuiz.Net
Virgo Horoscope at DailyHoroscopes.Biz

...Hmmm. Nitpick I shall: This quiz shouldn't offer PG-13 as a rating, since PG-13 was created in 1984. (Trivia! People getting mad at Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and then Gremlins getting PG ratings caused the creation of PG-13. First PG-13 release: Red Dawn. "Wolverines!!!") Oh, and the musical options misspell "theremin." Still, I'm amused...
Good Omens

Re: death

I've said this before: As much as we seem to want it to be the case, high-profile deaths don't happen in threes.

I've quoted this before: to quote (at least approximately) George Carlin, "Things don't happen in threes. Things happens in ones. Sometimes three ones happen in a row, and we think things happen in threes."

Recently I vented about this to my Mom, who's a Navy wife (my Dad is a retired Navy RIO). She pointed out that fatal Navy accidents really do almost always happen in threes. Point taken; she has more experience with that than I do.

Oh, and the Ramans do everything in threes, but if you're a good science-fiction reader you already knew that.

But saying "celebrity deaths happen in threes": it's an attempt to see a pattern in something that just happens. One time there'd been a spate of high-profile deaths in a brief period, two major ones in particular, and all over LJ I heard people giving a different "third death" among the recently deceased to make it add up to three. And in how short or long a period would the deaths have to happen to fit the pattern? And is there an exact level of celebrity that needs to be met for the pattern to work? Do people even start to expect "the other shoe to drop" at some point, as if they kind of want another death to occur? All this makes me cranky. So does the spate of death lately, but that's another issue: I just don't like hearing about sudden early death.

So this weekend we lost people in the news: that former Olympian's father who was stabbed by the man at Beijing's Drum Tower; the very funny and intense Bernic Mac; and the soulful Isaac Hayes. And there were others: Hollywood producer Bernie Brillstein, for one, and the firefighters who died in the Northern California helicopter accident. And how many other hundreds (thousands?) of other people died this weekend? The one difference is the circle of people mourning for them.

People die; those who knew them, or knew of them, react. That's the pattern.

That said, I was darkly amused by this reaction to Hayes's and Mac's deaths: "Death is supposed to come in 3's, not 33's."
Blow My Mind

A chat with myself

Chris? It's Chris. Let this be a lesson to you: do your best from now on NEVER TO GET A TICKET.

Because havng a ticket apparently MAKES YOU CRAZY.

That said: You were much less crazy today in dealing with it than you've been before. That's good. (I'd say more, but I don't feel like embarrassing myself right now.)

Take it easy and non-crazily, Chris.

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Good Omens

From kradical

Birthday Meme: Look up your birthday in Wikipedia. Pick 4 events, 3 births, 2 deaths, and 1 holiday.

Wow, November 1st's been an eventful day:

4 Events:
1512 - The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, painted by Michelangelo, is exhibited to the public for the first time.
1938 - Seabiscuit defeats War Admiral in an upset victory during a match race deemed "the match of the century" in horse racing.
1941 - American photographer Ansel Adams takes a picture of a moonrise over the town of Hernandez, New Mexico that would become one of the most famous images in the history of photography.
1951 - American soldiers are exposed to an atomic explosion for training purposes in Desert Rock, Nevada. Participation was not voluntary.

3 Births:
1871 - Stephen Crane, American writer (d. 1900)
1947 - Jim Steinman, American songwriter
1958 - Charlie Kaufman, American screenwriter

2 Deaths:
1700 - Charles II of Spain (b. 1661)
1955 - Dale Carnegie, American writer (b. 1888)

1 Holiday:
United States - Start of National Novel Writing Month