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Wed, Feb. 29th, 2012 11:57 pm

in the life of every Gilbert & Sullivan fan *not* born on the 29th of February...

when they realize they have passed Frederic in number of birthdays and there is no going back. It was his 39th today.

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Current Music: Pirates Act II a la Joseph Papp


Fri, Jun. 17th, 2011 04:03 pm

EDITED to linkify review.

Two shows left! Tonight, and Saturday matinee. Claudia-Bob sez, check it out.

Theatre@First is in the second week of its performances of Equus, and it's a fantastic, intimate production. No giant horse puppets, no nudity... this is an up-close psychological drama that fits the intimate performance space (a church basement). I got home last night quite overwhelmed by it.

dpolicar directed, lillibet and a newcomer to T@F co-star... And this is the point at which I forgot I wanted to post before leaving the house. Hurray for restore-from-draft, but I won't be elaborating further while thumb-typing on my phone.

There's an excellent review in Bay Windows that I think really "gets" this production. Reserve tix for 8pm tonight or 3pm Saturday, and catch it before it's gone!

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Sun, Feb. 27th, 2011 04:37 pm

Hey, Boston folks. I volunteer at Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (books on tape, only, you know, they haven't been on tape for a while). I pop into a recording booth for a couple hours at a time and read books that become part of a national library for students with disabilities. I really enjoy it--I've been told I have a good radio voice, and I'm actually probably more anal than they'd like about fixing flubs (they'd actually rather you just repeat the word and move on).

This week is their annual Recordathon, where they try to fill every recording booth for 12 hours a day straight. If anybody would like to join me, there are still some time slots where you could. Or if you're truly heroic, you could replace me tomorrow (Monday) from 4:30-6:30 where I just realized I have colliding dinner plans. Oops.

The reading for Recordathon week is really easy and enjoyable--mostly novels and biographies. In general it's dryer, and lots of text books. They'd love more math&science folks to do books you need math&science clue for. To become a regular volunteer you need to learn how to read diagrams and such, but that's not necessary during the Recordathon... generally all you need to do is remember to say "page 5" and click a mouse, at the top of the page, and they mark each page to remind you to do it. ;-) So if you'd like to try it out, and you can make the times there are still slots free, let me know! I'll be going in Monday afternoon and can write you into the schedule for any timeslots later in the week.

RFB&D is located just outside Porter Square: 2067 Mass. Ave., 3rd floor (there are elevators)

For my own reference, I'm recording:
Monday: 2:30-4:30
Tuesday: 4:30-8:30
Wednesday: 12:30-4:30
Thursday: none at all
Friday: 12:30-2:30
Saturday: 12:30-4:30

I may add more time slots, especially on Saturday, but figured I'd wait and see what time slots other people didn't want.

As of Friday afternoon shortly before they closed, so probably still accurate, they still needed people for:

Updated Friday 2:30pm
Monday: 4:30-6:30, the vacancy I just created (eep)
Tuesday: 8:30-10:30, 4:30-8:30
Wednesday: 6:30-8:30
Thursday: 8:30-10:30
Friday: 12:30-2:30
Saturday: 12:30-4:30

I'll definitely do some Saturday time, I just haven't chosen when, yet. If you'd like to go in with me, that could make up my mind. If you want to go a time I'm already going, that'd be Tuesday 4:30-6:30. ;-) Or ping me and we can figure out another time.

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Sun, Feb. 20th, 2011 12:17 pm

Yay, we are back in Brigadoon. That is, at the Boston SF movie marathon, a village of weirdos that gathers annually to watch 24 hours of sci fi. I believe I will live blog it, but not serial posting. I'll keep editing this post, then do one more when I'm done.

rmd and I got literally the best possible parking space (inexplicably, as we arrived relatively late (10:40 for a noon start) and found joev and the seats he had grabbed for us and metagnat because he is full of awesome. We saw a slideshow salute to the Orson Welles, the theater which was the marathon's first home 35 years ago, but which burned down 25 years ago. The Somerville Theatre has been our home for the last five years, during which they've only improved their ability to show the actual *film* the 'thon emphasizes, instead of digital projection. Next year, they'll be able to do 70mm.

EDIT 2:19PM: There were trailers for classic movies including Invaders from Mars (a previous 'thon feature, the least subtle red scare allegory I know of among invasion flicks--far less so than any version of Body Snatchers). We ransomed Major Tom from raygun-wielding Martian counterinsurgents (or something) with a tribute of Atomic Hot Rocks candy, which were then used to permit Starship Marathon to blast off (pop one in your mouth and count down from 10!)

We started off with Duck Dodgers ("Whaddya know? It dithintegrated!) and the Star Trek reboot. metagnat and I agreed that it was more fun than we expected on a second viewing. Of course, this is totally the crowd for it.

At the break, we were collectively introduced to Claudia Gonson's* six month old baby, who has now set a record for youngest 'thon attendee ever. And we're on to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1916). Garen Daly found a vault print, which is in beautiful condition, and we have a live accompanist.

*yes, of The Magnetic Fields

EDIT 4pm: That was in fact a beautiful print. Decades before Jacques Cousteau, this would have been the first underwater photography its audience had ever seen, and the camera is entirely justified in lingering on the coral and seaweed and sharks and divers. The movie credits, at the beginning, the Williams brothers who made all the underwater filming possible. The divers use tanks along with old-fashioned helmets, rather than a hose to the ship. But rather than being fully inflated like the space suit look I'm used to, the suits were inflated at the head and chest only, puffing out the chest of the suits and giving the divers the look of cartoon bodybuilders, with trapezoidal madly tapering chests and toothpick legs. This was the Avatar/Titanic/IMAX of its day, and it hasn't been seen in Boston in 90 years. I'm glad I had the opportunity to see it.

The plot had a blackface (well, brown or red-face) Nemo and some other characters, and that all wove in with Mysterious Island and some stuff set in Raj India that Jules Verne never wrote, but which explains what Nemo's so pissed off about. It was surprisingly not-offensive, as movies including blackface go. And did I mention beautiful?

Trailers: must see SuckerPunch and Cowboys & Aliens (I mean, Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford and cowboys *and* spaceships? and the lovely Olivia Wilde); I think I can skip I Am #4 and Mars Needs Moms, though. Joev tells me there was a Cowboys & Aliens trailer that even the intended audience simply snickered at.... So then they made this one. I hope the movie more resembles this one.

Next, Metropia (2009), not yet rated, New England premiere. Dystopian animation by a Swedish former graffiti artist. I'm in! Written by Stieg Larsson. No, Stig Larsson, no relation.

EDIT 5:55pm: Metropia settled firmly in the uncanny valley for me. Photorealistic CGI heads on disproportionately small bodies, with very mechanical (3D) movement in usually-photorealistic scenery. Color washed out, and a much narrower range of facial than vocal emotions. Which all worked rather well for Brazil/Big Brother dystopia. I *think* I liked it quite a lot, but it has to settle a bit.

Now, the Battlestar Galactica pilot movie. No, the original. Space Mormons and feathered hair! The projectionist tells us the print is beautiful. The print--not the movie. ;-)

EDIT 9:50 pm: Battlestar was just as I remember it, except maybe even more feathered hair. Baby Rick Springfield?!?

We skipped the annual tinfoil hat contest (which I *do* enjoy) and MST3K: The Movie in favor of sit-down Indian food at Diva (Regis had a groupon to spend) and we'll be back for maybe the alien mating cry challenge and definitely the three short subjects: Superior Firepower (2010), Second Unit (2011), and F**k Me, Ray Bradbury (2010), which last I gather you can find on YouTube in more or less pornographic versions.

EDIT 10:40 am: Lots of sci-fi, lots of sleeping, lots of bleary blinking. I'll flesh this out later, but now it's time for Zonad, the last film.

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Mon, Oct. 25th, 2010 12:07 am

EDIT: Or the deadline is noon, not midnight? So confused, just when I think I understand.

(I have no Monty Python icons? Alas.)

Okay, I'm doing another commercial t-shirt post. I don't know why I care... but I do.

Buy A simple question of weight ratios in the next hour if you're going to! It may keep the shirt alive for another week. Specifically, before midnight Central time.

Read no further unless you really care how shirt.woot.com decides which shirts go away each weekCollapse )

I'm asking you to vote tactically, if you read this at the right time and the shirt appeals to you. I want it to live, and some of its nearby competitors to die. :-P I also endorse I Heart Math and The Black Hole. But please, if you're going to buy School or Imposter, wait until it's Monday in the midwest.

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Mon, Sep. 27th, 2010 03:08 pm

Does this usage of eponymous seem okay to you or not? Why?

[blah blah Chekhov on film] "Based on his eponymous 1891 novella, THE DUEL gives life to a classic Chekhovian tale...."

All right. Look it up if you want to, but let me know if you do.

I'm screening comments for a bit to get independent answers, but I'll unscreen them soonish. [Edit: slow unscreening now complete.]

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Current Music: NPR news


Sun, Jun. 6th, 2010 10:21 pm

(I like the Starbucks here that's better than the other one
Cause the other one's not as good)

rmd was understandably stressed the heck out when our basement flooded on top of other repairs needed and such. I went out for more trash bags (not for basement stuff, for back porch stuff) and spotted couldn't possibly miss the downed tree across the street, which did fall inwards toward our neighbors' houses, but, it appears, at the least damaging angle possible to them. It grazed along a drainpipe, took out the dividing fence, and seriously dented the second home's porch roof, but didn't seem to have done any worse structural damage than that.

So, we took a breath and put our own disaster into new perspective. I finally replaced our front porch storm door with a screen, and let in more fresh air. We cleared away other long-overdue trash. We brought in groceries. And booze, which is now chilling in the fridge. And we took a breather.

Then we both went downstairs, to shop-vac the standing water that has gotten ahead of the sump pump's capacity to clear it out. It's sort of a one-person job, at least the vacuuming up water part. But not the heaving water into the work sink part. And definitely not the moral support part. And the standing water's gone except for in one corner now, and we're still going.

So even though it keeps running through my head, it's not at all appropriate to sing

If you need me
I'll be downstairs
With the shop vac
You can call but I probably won't hear you
Because it's loud with the shop vac on
(For heaven's sake it's really loud with the shop vac on)
But you'll be OK
Cause you'll be upstairs
With the TV
You can cry and I probably won't hear you
Because it's loud with the shop vac on

Current Music: Shop Vac, by Jonathan Coulton


Sat, Jun. 5th, 2010 12:01 am

So they found about another half-hour of Metropolis footage, and restored the movie. The 2002-ish restoration was already such an improvement over the Moroder cut that it was a whole different film. I can't wait to see the current restoration which is all but maybe 8 minutes of the original, with the original score (so it goes to black for the still-missing footage to keep the timing).

And I don't have to, cuz we're going to see it tomorrow at the Coolidge Corner Theatre now that I know it's running there. We missed seeing it with the Alloy Orchestra live, that was only tonight, but I don't know, I might prefer hearing the original score anyway.

Saturday, 7 pm. Tickets available online. And Wikipedia knows all.

If you're in the Boston area you really shouldn't miss the chance to see this in an art deco movie house, after all.

See you there?

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Current Music: the whirr of the air conditioner


Tue, Mar. 9th, 2010 08:47 am

Harry ruffled a hand through his own hair. Maybe it was just that strange part of him which had already been convinced, but... "That's a bit of an anticlimax," Harry said. "You'd think there'd be some kind of more dramatic mental event associated with executing a Bayesian update on an observation of infinitesimal probability -" Harry stopped himself. Mum, McGonagall, and even his Dad were giving him that look again. "I mean, with finding out that everything I believe is false."

By Less Wrong, Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality. Petunia married a proper Skeptic (or Sceptic, in British!) and Harry knows about Feynman and the scientific method and proposes a test of Professor McGonagall worthy of James Randi and... yeah.

It's not a complete fic, but it's an absolute treasure.

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Mon, Jan. 11th, 2010 01:44 pm

Okay, *this* Woot shirt hasn't lived long enough for people to notice, so I'm spamming about it. (The last one I posted about is still available--that was a guess on my part--but this one is definitely gone by midnight central time tonight.) I don't even have mine yet, though I got the shipping notice this morning. And, I mean, Valkyrie!

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