Friday . . . November 20, 1998
Yes! Charles Taylor of salon.com hits the nail on the head (IMHO) re Woody Allen:
I can't stop with just that, here's another line from the piece:
Touting "Celebrity" as Woody Allen's dissection of our obsession with fame is like touting "Martha Stewart Living" as an examination of how materialism rules our lives.
Too sad... Alan J. Pakula died yesterday in a car crash. He directed To Kill A Mockingbird, All The Presidents Men, and Sophie's Choice among others. He was a fine director, writer, and producer.
Today's poll at slashdot.org asks how many O'Reilly mammal books you own. So far, 9+ books is in the lead... How cool is that? Well, I think it's fitting (and cool). (My tally? I'll have to look at my bookshelf at home, but I suspect I'm at or past 9 myself. If I had the money, I'd have the whole set).
James Lileks talks about the Star Wars trailer he hasn't seen yet:
What happens when geeks create their own virtual pets? Nerds, Unix and Virtual Parenting by Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda. Forgive the occasional spelling error and enjoy a short tale that should be true (probably is, somewhere).
Thursday . . . November 19, 1998
I, like many out there, have Star Wars Fever. It's amazing what one little movie trailer can do. Well, a movie trailer and many years of rumors, novels, toys, and the like. Many years of watching the same movie in different incarnations, waiting....
Here's the tale of the Hero of Star Wars fans everywhere, who made a bootleg videotape of The Trailer and got it online right away. It's entirely possible that the trailer wouldn't have shown up on the official Star Wars site, nor on TV (as it may tonight or tomorrow) if he hadn't gone ahead with his bootleg. Who knows? It's grand:
For the latest news on the trailer and for links to a zillion mirrors to the bootleg and the official trailers, visit countingdown.com. Or, I suppose, you could go to the official site, but it's pretty darn swamped these days. Rumors continue that the trailer will be shown tonight, in it's entirety, on Entertainment Tonight and Access Hollywood, I'll believe it when I see it. Starts in theaters Friday.
I'll 'fess up: I'm not one who generally goes ga-ga over famous people. While I know far more than I should about all things relating to TV and movies, I don't generally obsess over any particular movie stars. Still, there are actors whose work I admire... a lot. And I'm always thrilled if I find they have a spiff fan page I can plunder for articles, pictures, and soundbites. I can't help myself.
Of course, none of this relates whatsoever to my recommendation of this article about the Kevin Spacey Phenomenon:
I want this:
I have this:
And it only costs $30 for the software and hardware. It's very cool. I got mine from Pilot Gear H.Q..
Wednesday . . . November 18, 1998
A too cool (or cute? I can't decide) image from James Lileks:
Yeah, I often like what Jon Carroll has to say. I recommend reading his stuff. Today's column talks some more about pseudo-big-events like John Glenn's return to space. About the media and what gets called news these days:
A bit of real, cool news: Al Roker and Deborah Roberts have a new baby girl! It's funny how a thing like a website can make you feel like you know a person. I've been reading Al Roker's web journal almost since day one. And I've enjoyed his cartoons, too. And the occasional glimpse of him on TV (he's a grand talk show guest and a genuinely cool weatherman). We've exchanged a couple of brief emails. After reading about his life and his eagerness for this event... it's really cool to hear about it. I'm genuinely happy. Congratulations to Al and Deborah and Courtney!
A fine, negative review by Laura Miller (@ salon.com) of Meet Joe Black:
Pity no one has managed to put together a faithful film adaptation of Neil Gaiman's comic Death: The High Cost of Living, but then maybe Laura Miller has the reason.
Tuesday . . . November 17, 1998
Oh the agony of being a geek. On Tuesday Nov 17, in case you hadn't heard (aren't as geeky as I), there was a "sneak preview" of the first trailer for the new Star Wars movie. Theaters and movies were announced on the internet. And I guess people flocked to the theaters, even if the theaters were obscure, and it meant paying to see the travesty that is The Waterboy. "Robogeek" of Ain't It Cool News posted a lovely rant yesterday about one fans quest to see a simple trailer. I haven't yet heard if this happened:
I thought about going to see the thing myself, but it would've required a journey to Inver Grove Heights or some other theater far away from me. To see The Waterboy or Meet Joe Black. And I knew if I bothered, somehow I'd get lost or the films would be sold out or the trailer wouldn't be there. And besides, it sounds like the trailer is going to turn up elsewhere on Friday. Not that far away, really. And I'm sure it'll get played a lot thereafter.
And of course it's online, but sites will be swamped for awhile. I'm not posting yet another link to those poor swamped sites.
I like papillons, I like cats, I like Cynthia Heimel, and I really like today's column by Jon Carroll:
Of course, my cats do come when they're called. Part of why I like them, and think they act a bit like dogs.
Monday . . . November 16, 1998
The Finger Gallery is dedicated to Harrison Ford... and his index finger. I love it.
The Web Adventures of Mulder and Scully (actually, their action figures). Yeah, I need silly websites today. Bad day? Visit some frivolous web sites to clear your head.
I registered Powermarks today. It's now my favorite bookmark utility. Much as I love organizing things into folders, I adore the PowerMarks search engine more. No more wondering where I filed a bookmark, I just search on keywords or the title or other criteria and turn it up. Plus it checks for dead links and all that usual stuff, too. For Windows users only, thus far, alas. It's small and quick and sits in my Windows tray. And works really well with Opera (and Netscape and IE). Give it a shot if you haven't already.
I relate to this more than I can possibly say. Jon Carroll speaks about the internet, in today's column: