Monday, October 31
Sunday, October 30
- Do you have friends you keep important things from, just because you don't want to make them feel badly about themselves? Not like, you don't tell them you've always hated their hair. Like, you don't tell them you kinda think they're not intelligent... I had a friend tell me she didn't think the Daily Show was funny but she laughs out loud at Mind of Mencia. I wanted to say, well, of course, cause you're not smart you couldn't possibly 'get' Jon Stewart's humor.
- Can you be friends with people you have absolutely nothing in common with? There are people you met randomly with whom you share no real interests---are those realy friends? My best friends are those I've been through the worst times with, so why do I make the effort with people I'm essentially so different from?
- You know how your oldest friends are your dearest ones? Good theory, but the problem is this: They know you best. Seriously---you've told them all your stories, that is the ones they weren't there to share, and you don't have much to talk about in the way of deeper issues. They know your views already; honestly, sometimes I feel like we know each other so well it's pointless to talk.
- What do you do when your friend tells you s/he's marrying someone you think is a total loser? Or at least, not the right fit for your friend? Do you have a moral obligation to express your opinion, or is it your job as a friend to shut up & say "congratulations!!!"?
Tuesday, October 25
- When I walk the dog, I seem to cross paths with this one young transvestite often. Wearing pants, which you don't see every day (think about it!). Very Midtown.
- Today I saw what I thought was a kid peeking through the fence to her neighbor's yard. It was not. It was a mannequin someone had put facing into the neighbor's yard. I don't know how long it had been there, cause I had an unobstructed view for the first time in many months, due to the falling leaves. Creepy! But so Midtown.
- I love that my neighbors always stop me, either to ask if I still live here (uh, why else would I be walking around the neighborhood?), or to ask if I still live alone. We're close, we're just not that close. I wouldn't want them all in my business, anyway! (More than they already seem to be, that is....)
- It is such a luxury to have a fabulous place to walk the dog without driving to the park. If Max gets dirty, so be it---I don't have to drive him home after every walk. Suck on that, Germantown---you don't even get sidewalks!
What the [Co-op Genereux] members forsake in space and privacy they reclaim in financial reward. The average monthly cost of living at the Genereux Co-op is $320. This includes rent, bills, three telephone lines, high speed wireless Internet, and three square meals a day, five days a week. Monetary gain is not the only advantage to having fourteen roommates. Both Marc and Spencer spoke of the experience they have gained in group facilitation and agenda setting, not to mention such other worthwhile skills as cooking mass amounts of food, making homemade soy milk, building walls and doing renovations, drying herbs, and the plethora of skills and abilities inherent in a group of fifteen. “It is interesting in terms of resource use,” Marc explains, “In North America people don’t tend to share things. Here we share everything from books and music to space and food. It teaches one to be conscious of the space one occupies in terms of both things and behavior.” Beyond being an interesting experiment for the young and daring, the Co-op Genereux is a model of an alternate lifestyle possibility. “There is a narrow range of lifestyles that is perceived as fulfilling, happy, healthy, and feasible in North America. We want to explore possibilities and provide options by putting different ideas into the world,” explains Spencer, “This type of lifestyle acknowledges the impacts of choices we make in our lives about everything from food, to money, to decision making, to socializing. It is freeing to acknowledge and understand the destruction of communities and ecosystems and to then be empowered to make changes.”
Sunday, October 23
[Philip Seymour] Hoffman is 5 feet 9 inches of boomy-voiced, big-shouldered robustness. He could play Orson Welles, Vince Lombardi or any of his Green Bay Packers. But scrunch down into Capote, a 5-foot-3 pipsqueak?
"It's angles and staging," says [Director Bennett] Miller. He created the illusion of Hoffman's smallness with camera angles that dwarf Hoffman compared with others in the same scenes, and he cast background actors who were taller than Hoffman. In terms of props such as couches, "with all other things being equal, I'll go with the bigger one."
Saturday, October 22
Friday, October 21
- Annual Stonewall Party which has moved to 351 East Butler
- Barbara Cue with Todd Nance---the drummer from Widespread Panic---plays Newby's on Saturday [via Mark Richens]
- "Night of the Living DJ" at Premiere Palace 629 Monroe (across from The Spot/616 Marshall, which I hear tell the owner wants to turn into a strip club--great news for my friend who lives next door)
- Gamble Brothers play at the Young Avenue Deli on Saturday as well
- A swinger's halloween party for the alternate lifestyles (do you have to be married to swing?)---I find their membership fee scale interesting: $100 for single men, only $25 for single women. Reverse discrimination?
Thursday, October 20
- Good Night, and Good Luck. The must-see movie of the fall for nerds like me. Seriously---I just watched a documentary on Einstein last week.
- North Country. Depressing. Also Oscar-quality. (Are these synonymous?) Could be a good film. Charlize Theron wants us to forget she's gorgeous---Charlize: you can be beautiful and still act, girl. There will be plenty of ime to be ugly when you're over the hill.
- Shopgirl. Does anyone else think it's creepy Steve Martin wrote a book about this old man (oh, say, around his age-ish?) seducing a poor, young retail girl and now he's playing that old man in the film version? This one's a toss-up.
- Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. Interesting cast, fun action plot, written by the Lethal Weapon guy. Val Kilmer + Robert Downey, Jr. sounds kinda 80's to me too, but in a good way.
- Nicky Cage got hair help. And he's a daddy, too. Go see The Weatherman to support his hair transplant and new baby. I can't think of any other reason to do so.
- and, of course Wallace and Grommit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit. No one won't like this movie.
Wednesday, October 19
Monday, October 17
Thursday, October 13
Frist accumulated stock in family company outside Senate [blind] trusts from The Tennessean By LARRY MARGASAK and JONATHAN M. KATZ Associated Press Writers WASHINGTON (AP) -- Outside the blind trusts he created to avoid a conflict of interest, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist earned tens of thousands of dollars from stock in a family-founded hospital chain largely controlled by his brother, documents show. The Tennessee Republican, whose sale this summer of HCA Inc. stock is under federal investigation, has long maintained he could own HCA shares and still vote on health care legislation without a conflict because he had placed the stock in blind trusts approved by the Senate. However, ethics experts say a partnership arrangement shown in documents obtained by The Associated Press raises serious doubts about whether the senator truly avoided a conflict. Kathleen Clark, a government ethics expert at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, said she doesn't believe the Senate trusts or the Tennessee trust insulated Frist from a conflict because the senator or his brother were advised of transactions and could influence decisions. "What I find most appalling is the Senate calls it a qualified blind trust when it's not blind," Clark said. "Since the Senate says it's OK, the Senate has made it a political question. It's up to the voter. But there's no doubt it's a conflict of interest."[via DBV]
Wednesday, October 12
- VooDoo Fest does a show in New Orleans (will these people get their sh!t together by the weekend of the show?) [via Rachel; go see her tonight at Murphy's if you don't have a midterm tomorrow.]
- It is donation week at the WKNO stations. If you're not a member, join during the morning drive & you could get cool stuff. If you don't already listen to NPR, you're crazy. Or lazy.
- While you've got your checkbook out, support WEVL, too. You can stream them live, like Amarillo's fm90.
- If you have any cash left, buy your tickets for the Miss Gay America 2006 pagent. I ain't kiddin you!
- And, synchronously, I ran across this breaking news on Boy George just after my last post.
Friday, October 7
Thursday, October 6
Wednesday, October 5
Timberlake's move is not without controversy. Smaller studios and labels that have struggled in the city for years fear they could be ruined by such a powerful player signing up local talent.
Senior figures behind the project said Timberlake, 24, could launch a new record label to go alongside the revival of Sun and Stax, or dramatically expand the company he started up this summer, JayTee Records, which signed hip hop's Joshua B as its first act. ...Timberlake has been in town recently for filming of Black Snake Moan, a movie about 'a Memphis nymphomaniac' in which he stars with Samuel L Jackson and Christina Ricci. [full story] [via Rachel]