August 16-20, 1999
James Collier: Dear Conan . . .
Friday's Backfence column from James Lileks (and others) is just absurd (but true). I laughed out loud (a relatively rare occurence when I'm reading things). Read it. It's further proof (as if you needed any) that Minnesotans are aliens. It's all about where one should keep the butter-- on a counter, in the cupboard, or in the fridge? (Oh trust me already, I know this sounds odd, just read it).
(Yeah yeah, I know, I'm a broken record. Go see The Iron Giant. Feel free to email me and say "alright already, I've seen it" . . . )
You guys know about memepool and read it regularly, right? Just thought I'd mention it again 'cuz they've had some good links (both new and old) of late.
How many athers does it take to change a lightbulb? ("Ather" is referring to denizens of alt.tv.homicide):
MangoCats is a game for Palm Connected Organizers (or whatever it is we're supposed to call 'em). Felix Strates sent me the link (thanks). I've not tried the game yet, but the name and URL made me smile.
The Marriage of Sticks by Jonathan Carroll is now available in US (it's been out in the UK for a while now). Hardcover. How long will I be able to last before I scrape together enough money to buy it? And how long will it take me to read it after I buy it? (Not long, judging by what happened with Kissing the Beehive). I'm not sure I dare read the first chapter just now when I can't possibly read the rest. But perhaps you can give it a shot.
If you've never read Carroll's stuff, you're truly missing out. What can I say to convince you? Um. He's been raved about by Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Pat Conroy, Stanislaw Lem, Ramsey Campbell, James Ellroy, and a slew of other writers, book reviewers, fans.
August CRYPTO-GRAM is online. From Bruce Schneier and the other fine folks at Counterpane. Recommended reading.
Huh, cool. Counterpane's Password Safe program just received an Editor's Choice award from PC Magazine. I've been using the program for more than a year now.
And Bruce is profiled at guru.com. This bit made me chuckle:
I'm tempted at this "point" to make a remark about what Bruce Schneier uses as his "start" page, but that would be wrong. And this joke is so-inside it's not even funny.
Huh. Shades of The Abyss (I can't be the only one who thought of it). Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio cast in The Perfect Storm:
This bit, in particular, worries me:
Character actor Brion James died last week of a heart attack. He was in more than 100 movies and had guest parts on TV shows, too. Follow the link, I bet you'll recognize the guy. Interesting that of all his film roles, they chose to refer most heavily to his role as Leon in Blade Runner.
I haven't mentioned Kevin Spacey lately. There, now I've done it.
Is it October yet? I'm eager to see American Beauty and not just because Kevin Spacey is in it (although that's always a good reason). There's an unofficial site and an official site-- that was offering free tickets to preview screenings. Check back, they say they're gonna have more tickets available soon (no, really).
Coleridge meets Homicide: Life on the Street. Absolutely brilliant. (Note it should read "Tom Fontana" not "Frank Fontana" in the first line, other wise it's perfect).
The Wonderful Icon is a nifty bit of freeware for Windows users. A handy utility that sits in your taskbar tray and does a lot of stuff. I like it. (Quicker for you to follow the link and read about it than it would be for me to try to explain further).
I saw The Iron Giant again, it still rocks. And I still got very teary-eyed at the end. I didn't think it'd get to me as much the second time around, but it sure did. Fabulous. See it. Best film of the summer. Go now, go often, go while it's still in theaters. (Many theaters are no longer offering late shows of it, I fear it'll only be available for matinees or will be bumped out of first-run theaters entirely soon).
I'm not the only person with a weblog who's urging y'all to see The Iron Giant (yay!).
The X-Files Virtual Spin the Bottle Game. I refuse to disclose how many spins I've tried today. Um, yeah.
The Artist (formerly known as Prince) had a yard sale and I didn't hear about it until after the fact. Drat. I could've gone, I've sure gone to sales that were probably a lot less interesting.
Sigh. Oh well. I might've been tempted to buy something silly (not for the first or last time, undoubtedly).
ICQ 99b has been released. I'm just linking to the far-too-cluttered main ICQ page for now. I haven't downloaded the latest and greatest version yet-- I'll live without it for a bit. I somehow suspect the servers are a bit busy . . .
WinTabs is a nifty little program that'll add tabs to let you easily switch between active documents in Opera, Word, and other apps. I'm not sure I'm describing it very well, check out the link, then it'll make sense. [Tip of the hat to Dave Locke for recommending the program to me].
TeeVee's Philip Michaels on Profiler cast changes:
Michaels goes on to talk about the more serious issues of money, networks that own shows, etc. The reason so many bad shows are sticking around for *years* (especially on NBC) is all about the money and the networks owning them and syndication deals. Bad stuff that looks to be getting even worse. Sigh.
You've seen it by now, haven't you? If not . . . please go. Really. I love this movie like I haven't loved a movie in a good long while. I guess I just wanna share the joy, or something. Corny as that sounds. Drag your friends and/or family. Or strangers. Or just go by yourself. But go.
Saw Mystery Men over the weekend, liked it a lot. Though I felt it lost some momentum after getting off to a fabulous start. A little disappointing, but still much fun if you're at all into comic books and/or superhero movies/shows. Some amazing visuals. Gotta love the many zeppelins of Champion City, that's for sure. Definitely worth seeing in a theater if you're keen on all manner of superheroes.
Some cool characters, too, of course. Fabulous cast: William H. Macy, Hank Azaria, Ben Stiller, Janeane Garofalo, Tom Waits, Geoffrey Rush, and other cool folk. I love The Shoveler and The Bowler. Jon Carroll talks about the movie, focusing on Janeane Garofalo's character:
Richard Belzer to break a record and bring Detective John Munch to a fifth series. Yikes. From a cool article about Belzer/Munch on Law & Order: SVU. [via hlotslinks]
And another fine article about Belzer and SVU. Clark Johnson (Homicide's Meldrick Lewis) directed an episode of the new show:
An incredibly cool and useful page: Letterboxed Movie TV Schedule. Fabulous. I far prefer watching films in widescreen format, I'm always searching for letterboxed flicks on AMC and TCM in particular.
The same site also has heaps of other widescreen resources, including a comprehensive list of movies available in widescreen format.
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