December 6th, 2009

NCC-1701 Regula

No one and nothing is hurt

But in the wind Portland's been having since last night, one tree in my building's background fell over and is now leaning against another tree.

It looks stable and not likely to fall further or fall onto anything. Still, I'm a little wide-eyed now.

I'll let the landlord know. Later. I'd only call now if the tree had hit and damaged something. (Don't tempt fate by saying that, Chris...)
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Oh, thank you, spam, for that subject line

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"Heave"? Heaving usually involves strenuously pushing something or someone away from you, and sometimes it involves strenuously expelling something (I hope not someone) out of you, and either meaning is just about the opposite of "better attraction," really.

Oh, spam, keep being ridiculous.

(Gotten any fun spam lately, popfiend?)
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The tree's not doing anything.

The large chunk of tree that broke off in this building's backyard keeps leaning against another tree.

This morning I let my landlord know. It looks surprisingly stable, so he feels okay about not coming out to take care of it yet, but I'm watching it to be sure it stays put.

Looking at this more, I realize I was wrong in my first post about what happened. About half of one of the trees broke off in the wind. Looks like it first fell away from the building, then hit the next tree over and banged its away down to the ground, left leaning against the bottom half of itself, leaning back towards the building but blocked by the lower half of the trunk. At least that's what I think happened.

Means that this fell in a very lucky way. Holy crap. This could've been a lot worse. What if it had fallen towards the building? Or hadn't hit the other tree and gone toward the building just to the south of this one? Or had hit the cars in the parking lot (including mine)? Whoa.

Stay stable, large piece of wood.

I'll be in touch again with my landlord later.
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"A true story," and a true reaction (Changeling)

Watched Changeling today. Disquieting film, if (to me) a little emotionally distant, but I did appreciate the film's quiet tone and measured delivery.

J. Michael Straczynski's script (one where every plot point can be verified, which almost never happens with based-on-reality movies like this one) is, ultimately, a simpler story than it acts like, if that makes any sense; the film got shot based on Straczynski's first draft, both because the producers felt it was already a solid script and because it meant the film could get into production before the 2007 writer's strike, and it feels like a first draft. I wish Straczynski and director Clint Eastwood had had the chance to rewrite it: still stay as true to the events as the final film was, but making it a more well-rounded piece of art. It gets most of the way there, but not quite.

And the performance of the man who lives at the farm (I'm trying to avoid spoilers here) is, to me, just on the wrong side of just a little too over-the-top. His performance, for me, doesn't quite work. Meanwhile, I was impressed with as bold a performer as Angelina Jolie portraying such a contained, usually quiet person as Christine Collins.

Still, not a bad film, and good at creating a sense of place when recreating 1920s and 1930s Southern California, down to the somewhat unexpected accents. I'm a sucker for interesting accents.

Want a more detailed ambivalent reaction to Changeling? Read Mike Russell's review.