filmnoir: (Reading)
Yeah, I know I'm a little late, but here is a meme borrowed from [ profile] stefanie_bean regarding banned books from libraries (last week was a national week commemorating this). Hmm....I have read quite a bit.

Banned Books Meme )

Could this be 3-D Warhol? heh

And like writing, one should show rather than tell betimes in relationships.

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filmnoir: (Numbers)
[Poll #1062040]

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filmnoir: (Music)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY [ profile] fragmentedream!!!!!

Fd, I hope your new year in this world is happy, accomplished and interesting! :) Congrats on your engagement and continued fortune in your studies! :)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY [ profile] avianity!!!!!

Sc., I also hope your new year in this world is interesting, accomplished and happy! :) I've always liked your graphic creations and hope to see more of those soon. :)

The other night I had a dream where my favorite teacher from college, a man named George Tysh and his wife Chris appeared. It seemed we were in a combination café and art gallery and I was telling them how much I appreciated their guidance during college. George said not to give up on trying to get my writing out there because he said he always saw something in it. Chris, a poet herself, agreed with her husband.

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filmnoir: (Numbers)
[Poll #1047470]

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filmnoir: (Numbers)
[Poll #1031542]
filmnoir: (JK)
lotus: a water lily with large leaves, regarded as sacred in ancient Egypt, modern South Asia, China and Tibet; in Greek mythology, a plant that makes people who eat it feel a pleasant drowsiness; flower that makes people feel dreamy, indolent and forgetful. (various sources)

It was not Omicron Ceti that I came back from the day before yesterday but it does feel like I'm in the final arc of a soma-like gyre from the conference. I could not give a number to how many people I met in New Orleans, in and out of the conference itself, but I hope I did at least begin some strong liaisons with folks from other places, perhaps go so far as to begin some solid friendships. As the link below testifies, there were a number of good times to be had besides the regular business of association work and law librarianship. Bourbon Street is truly a creature unto itself that writhes and seduces nonstop day and night. The trip wasn't all good times though: the night and day of the opulence of St. Charles Street and the desolation of the Lower Ninth Ward only a few miles away can disquiet even the most optimistic person. In viewing what is left in that latter area, the interesting notion is not being bothered so much by the destruction still evident on the houses or, in some cases, the still visible nine or ten foot high former high water line, but rather the X's spray painted on these houses and what the numbers added beside them stand for. There still may be more time needed for me truly to assess the trip but my eyes are open.

Film's NO Pics

Film watched this week
From Russia with Love (Terrence Young, 1964)

Most played music (#797)
1. What I've Done--Linkin Park (8 wks.)
2. Capital G--Nine Inch Nails
3. False Pretense--The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
4. Flathead--The Fratellis
5. Once Upon a Time--Air
(new music: "1234"--Feist (22.))

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filmnoir: (Numbers)
[Poll #1011710]
filmnoir: (Numbers)
[Poll #994643]
filmnoir: (Numbers)
Since I finally got this to work (I never got past the second page the first times I tried it for some reason) and because a number of you dear readers have also taken it yourselves and posted to your journals. :)

Everything Test )
filmnoir: (JK)
[Poll #974296]

Films watched this week
Karoshi No Rakuin (Branded to Kill) (Seijun Suzuki, 1967)
Ben-Hur (William Wyler, 1959)
Arthur (Steve Gordon, 1981)
The Best Years of Our Lives (William Wyler, 1946)
Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (Michael Winterbottom, 2005)

Most played music (#785)
1. Everything--Buckcherry (1 wk.)
2. Survivalism--Nine Inch Nails
3. Pain--Three Days Grace
4. Smile--Lily Allen
5. Dig--Incubus
(new music: "You Are the One"--Shiny Toyguns (27.))

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filmnoir: (DJ frenzied)
This morning Lex & Terry devoted part of their radio show to songs from when they were younger that they liked then but are afraid to admit they still like (at the risk of looking old?). Actually, the discussion seemed to originate from one of their regular staff D. speak of his days working for the now-defunct music store chain Camelot; I was impressed by his like of Depeche Mode and Duran Duran. The main show hosts got on to explaining how they liked certain songs that were mostly '80s songs like Culture Club's "Time (Clock of the Heart)" and "Church of the Poisoned Mind" as well as Hall and Oates's "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)." Then they polled their other staff to name their absolute favorite song ever which is a tough question to answer and they did struggle to answer. Thus, knowing that myself and for sure some of you dear readers ([ profile] queer_theory and [ profile] misfitina I know for sure) are or have been DJs at one time or music collectors and aficiondos and know popular music inside and out, and rather than follow the tract of the above-mentioned radio show and its narrow focus, I thought I would open the floor for this post to talk about anything regarding popular music, new and old. Don't be shy about comment starters, anything goes for pop music in this one, so have at it!

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filmnoir: (JK)
The late Ray Charles really was a musical genius. It's too bad a lot of that early brilliance was marred by heroin.

Our law school's new building was officially dedicated Wed. with help by former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer whose speech was really good. Mayor Archer's appearance was in part due to his mayoral service but more for his time before that on the Michigan Supreme Court. It was a beautiful warm day out then (not cool like today) and the reception was really nice. I got to shake Mayor Archer's hand, let him know I was a WSU alumnus and express to him my appreciation for his two terms in office and his starting the revitalization of Detroit. For those of you most appreciated readers who don't know, Mayor Archer had some major obstacles to overcome before and during his tenure as mayor: pre-election opposition from retired mayor Coleman Young who had hand-picked a City Council woman named Sharon McPhail to run against Archer in hopes of succeeding Young and furthering the corrupt stagnation during the now retired mayor's years of urban decay, as well as continued opposition from the same camp throughout Archer's time in office, including a recall attempt in 2001.

This weekend I may focus on some writing and cleaning house, especially if it's going to be cool out the next few days. Some gaming too maybe?

Films watched this week
The Libertine (Laurence Dunmore, 2005)
All Quiet on the Western Front (Lewis Milestone, 1930)
Awakenings (Penny Marshall, 1990)
Amadeus (Milos Forman, 1984)
M:i:III (J.J. Abrams, 2006)
American Beauty (Sam Mendes, 1999)
The Man with the Golden Gun (Guy Hamilton, 1974)
Amistad (Steven Spielberg, 1997)
Brick (Rian Johnson, 2005)
Anastasia (Anatole Litvak, 1956)
Find Me Guilty (Sidney Lumet, 2006)
Anatomy of a Murder (Otto Preminger, 1959)
Home Alone (Chris Columbus, 1990)
Animal Crackers (Victor Heerman, 1930)
Ray (Taylor Hackford, 2004)
Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977)

Most played music (#782)
1. You're All I Have--Snow Patrol (6 wks.)
2. Pain--Three Days Grace
3. Read My Mind--The Killers
4. Everything--Buckcherry
5. Survivalism--Nine Inch Nails
(new music: "What I've Done"--Linkin Park (8.); "The Missing Frame"--AFI (24.))

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filmnoir: (Numbers)
[Poll #960832]

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filmnoir: (Space Exploration)
I remember once when I was in college and walking back from lunch in Greektown to the Detroit Medical Center down Brush Ave.,on a section of the run-down street near three or four abandoned former mansions of rich people long past, a black homeless woman who smelled of alcohol stopped me and said, "Hey man, did you know you have a guardian angel following you?" I told her, "No, I didn't know that." She pointed to some invisible space behind me and said, "There he is..." before walking away mumbling "Praise Jesus." I told my friend/colleague at the library about it later and she said, "The spirits of the living and the dead travel a lot more freely than you might think." Her being a horror film fan, I thought she was putting me on so I said back, "What do you mean by that?" She just waved and said, "Just what I said" and nothing more.

I used to see a dark haired, dark eyed, woman named Chris (Christina) that lived in Madison Heights that used to hang out with our library/Public Safety officers group at a bar near the Oakland Mall (north part of Detroit metropolitan area) who would often give one of our colleagues shit because his name also happened to be Chris. "That's my name!" she would exclaim, followed by "Get another one!" Chris(tina) would often hang out at a pool hall on John R St. south of the mall and I would meet her there quite a bit. She told me one night back at her place: "[The people in the pool hall] play pool well, but you, you shoot pool like magic!"

The above snapshots appeared again to me during a rather restless night for some reason. I don't reiterate them here for any self-promoting reason other that they came to mind again and I'm not sure why. Maybe I'm mentally sorting some things out that really don't need sorting but rather should just be left as they are, no more, no less.

There must be some ghost in this computer that likes its time exactly one hour and five minutes behind the acutal time despite repeated attempts to adjust with regular and administrative network access. Maybe I should leave it as is and not deal with it since I have a watch with the right time.

Today's gray and cloudy outside and that's just fine.

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filmnoir: (Spring)
I was going to write a whole lot more but, alas, my muddled mind from last night does not know how to organize or even comment about it really; not that there were negative things entailed with the events--rather, some good things came out of it--so rather than continue being vague I'll save it for another entry here in the future perhaps.

Speaking of vague, I had an odd dream where I spent time hanging around a sort of communal-type house: people would come and go, adults and kids, in the two-story structure we were in that was a hub of activity and seemed to have a lot of positive energy. In some ways, it reminded me of the house in Frank Capra's You Can't Take It with You (1938).

The main thing with this entry though is a meme borrowed from [ profile] trouble_brewing and [ profile] max_ambiguity where you ask me in a comment for five interview questions about you whose responses can either be here or in your journal, whatever is easiest.

max_ambiguity interviewed me )

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filmnoir: (Music)
I missed the lunar eclipse Saturday. But for those of you dear readers who also missed it there is this:

I'd also like you all to welcome a brand new fellow reader who is new to LJ altogether (as in less than one day) [ profile] rogue_dreamer20. :) She is an English student currently in MI and planning on going on to grad school to teach it ultimately besides get some of her work published. Welcome! :)

And now some other bits of Monday randomness:

  • Anna Nicole Smith is now officially, unequivocably buried in the ground. Hopefully, that is the last that will ever need to be said about this woman.

  • A former reader has put Björk onto their MySpace website as musical soundtrack for those who visit their site. Inasmuch as the information about themselves is interesting and informative, one may find the musical addition to either be bizarre or simply odd.

  • Our law school must have really gone aggressive in their recruiting. As far as admissions tours for the month, they have gone from once a week to on average two to five each week. I got roped into three this month (one done last Thurs., another one today, the last toward the end of the month before vacation) mainly because the Head of Ref. thinks the Circ Lib. (Ry.) has gotten into to too many spontaneous tours because of his proximity to the entrance. *mocked sympathy*

  • For some reason, I have Tones on Tails's song "Go!" going around my head. "Yi, yi, yi, yi, yi, yi, yi, yi, yi, yi...Go!"

  • Speaking of (weekend) music » Music Sample-3/03

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    filmnoir: (Numbers)
    [Poll #937056]
    filmnoir: (Space Exploration)
    Here's a meme borrowed from [ profile] sevenjades and [ profile] max_ambiguity

    RULES: Each player of this game starts off with 10 weird things/habits/little known facts about yourself. People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 10 weird habits/things/little known facts as well as state this rule clearly. At the end you need to choose 10 people to be tagged and list their names. No tag backs. No tags.

    My Answers )

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    filmnoir: (Rant)
    Book finished this week
    The Last Tycoon F. Scott Fitzgerald (1941, c1969)

    Films watched this week
    The Lords of Flatbush (Stephen F. Verona & Martin Davidson, 1974)
    Broken Flowers (Jim Jarmusch, 2005)
    The New World (Terrence Malick, 2005)
    The Matador (Richard Shepard, 2004)
    Inside Man (Spike Lee, 2006)

    Most played music (#774)
    1. Snow ((Hey Oh))--Red Hot Chili Peppers (3 wks.)
    2. Necessary Evil--The Dresden Dolls
    3. Push--Madonna
    4. Love Like Winter--AFI
    5. You're All I Have--Snow Patrol
    (new music: "Everything"--Buckcherry (25.); "Secret Phrases"--Mercy Brown (30.))

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    filmnoir: (Music)
    Just wanted to say before RefDesk time:
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY [ profile] beatgirl!!!

    K., I hope this new year is exciting, interesting and fulfilling! :)

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