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Friday, February 08, 2008


I don't often shriek at my radio (practically perma-set at NPR), but when they played a clip just now of Hillary Clinton and her campaign manager calling Obama the "establishment" candidate, I couldn't believe my ears. I do not blame NPR for this. I'm glad they ran the story, and I'm sure I'm not the only one whom this new spin strikes as disingenuous and completely ridiculous. Re-reading the story online just now, it would seem to have struck NPR the same way.

Last night I watched Pan's Labyrinth on a DVD I picked up at the library. I had avoided it because I'd heard it was rather gory, but had more recently heard (perhaps, in retrospect, because it had been longer since the recommenders had themselves seen it...) that it wasn't so bad, and definitely worth watching. For me, it was pretty gory--I had to close my eyes a couple of times, and still managed to see things I would rather not have. Still, I agree that it was extremely beautiful, well-acted, and engaging. I had to run it back to the library as soon as I finished it, in order to avoid a late fee, but would like to check it out again sometime and watch some of the extras on the second disc, especially if there's a feature on how they created one particular effect...

It's supposed be be cold tomorrow; outdoor events have been canceled all around the state, and several advisories and watches have been issued. Apparently, the wind chill is supposed to be as low as 35 below tomorrow and 45 below by Sunday. I'll be staying indoors.

Do I sound negative? I don't mean to sound negative. Here's a happy phone photo from November. It's what my sculpture Sbadiglio thinks of these ramblings:


Curly Sue said...

I never saw "Pan's Labyrinth" for the same reason. I really hate gore. But I hear that I'm missing a lot of non-gory stuff that's worth seeing. Hmmm.

Yes Is A World said...

I loved loved loved Pan's Labyrinth.

turqois said...

I heard that same, or a similar, NPR story on using the word "establishment." I believe my initial response was, WTF?

In other news, it sounds like we've traded weather. It was nearly 60 in WW today, and apparently in the mid 40s in PullCow. Must say, am happy to be on this side of it.

I Hope So said...

i like that statue thingy. you made it?

CëRïSë said...

Yeah, I made Sbadiglio from terra cotta when I was in Italy. I think he's the only of my creations that made it back to the States, unfortunately.

And Turquois, I'm totally jealous! The air temp is 12 below right now here; the wind chill is -37.

Yes Is A World said...

Right now it's 11 degrees with a -6 windchill. Walking to the subway I literally thought my legs might fall off. I don't know how you do it, but damn you must be tough!