Not a Baby Post

October 10, 2008 at 11:16 am (Horror, Movies, Writing)

I’m sure everyone is horribly disappointed, too. Don’t worry, I’ll be posting more pictures of my beautiful baby right after this. But, in honor of it being October, and therefore nearly Halloween, my favorite holiday of the year, I thought I’d post this link:

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/journal/videoitem.html?id=4

It links to a short animated video. The text is of a poem called “Mulberry Fields,” and is read by the author, Lucille Clifton. The animation is by a college student somewhere, and is wonderfully spooky. The poem itself is almost certainly NOT intended to be spooky, but instead about the legacy of slavery and racism in some part of the US. That said, with the aforementioned spooky animation in the background, it’s easy to forget that it isn’t about ghosts and ghouls and elder evils…

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Crystal Skulls

May 29, 2008 at 1:37 pm (Dissertation, History, Horror, Movies)

Let me start off by saying that I loved the new Indiana Jones movie. I’ve heard a number of different reviews, good and bad, and as far as I’m concerned, it was absolutely pitch-perfect Indy action and adventure. Of course, archaeologists around the world have been trying to ride Indy’s coattails to the top, with mixed successes. One article that I found very interesting was Archaeology Magazine’s investigation into the actual crystal skulls that inspired the legend that is at the core of the film. It’s a fun read, with some good links. Given my macabre tastes, it shouldn’t surprise either of you that one of my favorite parts of the inset note and photo about the French obsession with skeletal images, either! Now, if only going to see Indiana Jones movies somehow made me work on my dissertation faster…

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In Memoriam

March 20, 2008 at 1:59 pm (Books, Comics, History, Horror, Languages, Movies, Travel)

It saddens me greatly to think that we have lost two of the greatest minds in the history of science fiction and fantasy in the last two weeks. On March 4, Gary Gygax passed away, and then, just two days ago, Arthur C. Clarke died in Sri Lanka. Arthur C. Clarke, I must confess, never made that significant of an impact on me, although I recognize his influence on the field of science fiction and, frankly, science. I’ve only actually read one of his books, Rama Revealed (which was an excellent novel, although it will also make you loathe the base nature of the human race), and I’ve only seen 2001: A Space Odyssey once. However, he fell into the brilliant class of authors who wrote what is called “hard science fiction,” that is, sci-fi that is firmly tied into what we know/believe to be possible, and was quite a visionary: For example, he was the first person to suggest the system of communication satellites which currently orbit the Earth. Read the rest of this entry »

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Revisionist History

March 11, 2008 at 7:38 pm (Comics, History, Humor, Movies, Music)

As I have only two readers, I’m trying to be more sensitive to your tastes in what I post. Unfortunately, your tastes differ dramatically. ;o) So, Shannon, I’m warning you in advance that this particular Youtube video will probably NOT be your cup of tea, and I’d suggest keeping the kids away from it, too. Mary, you’ll love this. It is a… somewhat novel take on our dear first president, George Washington, and is solidly one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen.

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Wartime Espionage Is Always Fun

March 10, 2008 at 10:43 am (History, Movies)

Last night, Heather and I watched Black Book, a Dutch film set during the end of WWII. Although I’m the person who put this in our Netflix queue, I actually didn’t really want to see it. I’d heard it was good, I knew it would have some German in it, and I figured, what the heck, let’s pretend we’re cultured. I had no desire to see what I assumed was a tragic period romance/drama of lost love and destroyed dreams.
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Classical Cartoons

February 28, 2008 at 9:11 pm (Arts, Computers, Education, History, Movies)

Good things come from Down Under. A friend of mine recently showed me this educational website from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Focusing on Ancient Greece and Greek mythology, the site has games, activities, cartoons and resources aimed at kids ages 6-12. However, the videos themselves are at least as entertaining for adults as they are for kids! I especially liked their take on the story of Orpheus and Eurydice, which casts Orpheus as an indie rocker, and the whole quest as a music video. Click on the link for “Storytime,” then on the link for “Orpheus and the underworld.” If you actually read this blog, then I’m pretty sure you won’t regret it. :o)

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Oh, Crap. It’s Really Happening.

February 14, 2008 at 11:27 am (Movies)

You know, I knew it was happening, but I really didn’t believe it until now that I’ve actually seen the trailer.  That’s right, kids, it’s the new Indiana Jones trailer!!!!!  Talk about the best half-birthday present ever…

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Creepy birds are appropriate for “Valentine’s Day,” right? Right?

February 14, 2008 at 11:21 am (Arts, Books, Horror, Humor, Movies)

Bryan over at Infocult clued me in to this particular gem:
Nothing says undying love to me like, well, undying love. Actually, now that I think about it, that undying love thing is a little creepy…

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The Greatest Movie Ever?

January 16, 2008 at 1:54 pm (Horror, Humor, Movies)

Yes, I have now added a new film to my list of “the greatest movies of all time.” But I warn you in advance, it’s no Casablanca. Hot Fuzz, written by and starring Simon Pegg (the guy from Shaun of the Dead), should be on the wish lists of anyone who claims to like mystery, horror, comedy and absurdly-over-the-top action (really, all four are best, but if you score at least three, it’s worth looking into). It is essentially three movies in one: A creepy mystery, a hard-boiled action thriller, and a brilliant comedy that skewers both genres through and through. And surprisingly, it actually manages to succeed at all three. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Little Night Music…

January 16, 2008 at 1:40 pm (Horror, Movies, Music)

As most of you probably know, I have something of a fascination with horror movies, literature, etc. I don’t like slasher movies, but I do love the macabre, the creepy and the weird. One of the things that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately is how music relates to the story being told. What is it that makes a piece of music scary? Looking through my (admittedly limited) collection of classical music, for example, virtually all of the pieces named after evil spirits (and there are quite a few) are actually up-tempo, enjoyable pieces, and not particularly scary. This makes sense, inasmuch as the musicians at the time certainly weren’t trying to terrify their audience. Nonetheless, I’ve always felt a little disappointed by those pieces. Read the rest of this entry »

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