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Soon and Recently, plus Underworld

Today: I turned in grant application, photocopied relevant portion of ILL books, returned ILL books, had my hair trimmed, changed my plane ticket to come back on Monday, and went shopping. Bought: new shoes, film for the trip, and more boring things like toothpaste. I still need to reprint the overheads for my talk: I piled up the first batch too soon and some of the ink ran. I'm doing lots of laundry - that's the way I normally prepare to go on a trip. If all my clothing is clean, then packing is much easier to do at the last minute.

The wind is all bluster and ferocity today: large branches are everywhere, and an entire tree had blown over in Queen's Park. Each time I passed it, there were people clustering around it, touching it, as if they couldn't believe it was a real tree. An entire class' worth of grade school kids swarmed it at one point. Fall is really settling in - the trees are full of yellows, although plenty are still green as well. There aren't many reds yet. I kept appreciating the fact that, as a fully grown human being, I weigh enough to keep from being blown away. Speaking of fall, C. pointed me in the direction of this beautiful photoblog, currently featuring some lush images of autumn-painted woodlands.

Soon: My harp is going on a field trip this coming weekend to be restrung! I'll have a usable harp again! I leave tomorrow for a conference in Atlanta, a trip which will hopefully feature visits to a number of friends - or at least to parents of friends. I give my paper on Saturday. My students take their midterm tomorrow. I would like to think my life will be more tranquil post-conference, but many of the postdoc deadlines are at the beginning of November, a month which is approaching with alarming rapidity.

Recently: Another lecture - you would think lecturing on windmills would be easy for me. I've been eating lots of lovely Thanksgiving leftovers. There's only a tiny bit of remaining turkey. Speaking of Canadian events, a fellow member of my department now has an LJ as well: aerinah. If any of you have a favorite Windows LJ client, she's looking for suggestions.

Recently posted: la_monday is campaigning to qualify for a higher tax bracket, in "honor" of Marriage Protection Week (which is currently happening in the U.S.). On a completely unrelated subject is this contemporary variant on the Abbott and Costello "Who's on first" dialogue. In even more unrelated news, I now know something of how PointBlank came to exist (local free events paper from back home).

I saw Underworld yesterday and cared about very few of the character. I wasn't very taken by the main characters, but I particularly liked Lucien. The cute girl/plot device was likable, but would have been better if she wasn't such a plot device. It looked as if it was always daylight outside of the underground corridors when clearly it wasn't - the movie's about vampires. And speaking of a movie about vampires, did they ever need to feed? Apparently not. I had to close my eyes frequently - too many needle shots. It seemed like almost everyone needed to have a needle stuck into them at some point or other.


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Oct. 15th, 2003 04:28 pm (UTC)
*waves to aerinah* :)

I use Semagic, it works quite nicely! (ljwin32_sema)
Oct. 17th, 2003 06:12 am (UTC)
Hmmm... is that the one that is screen-shotted at http://www.livejournal.com/doc/tour/?page=clients ? I currently use the Visions LJ client and get irritated at times by having to pop open the "POst Options" Dialog to specify a mood... I've been meaning to download Semagic to have a look at it...
Oct. 15th, 2003 09:30 pm (UTC)
Yup, there were a lot of inaccuracies... Well, stupidities might have been another for it. Was it just me, or did all the vampires at Kraven's (*giggles*--could that name be any more obvious?) look like the popular kids from high school?
Oct. 15th, 2003 10:23 pm (UTC)
I'm still mulling over the concept of a pregnant vampire.

And really, how old again was the main character when her family was slaughtered - or is she an old-looking 18-year-old?
Oct. 16th, 2003 07:24 am (UTC)
For as bad as it was, I was really expecting it to be a whole heck of a lot worse.

In general, a lot of the stuff they did can be rather easily explained away the moment they introduced the virus. They were not _really_ vampires nor werewolves. They were beings who's abilities sort of mimic those of the mystical creatures but ultimately they're just humans with mutations. Calling them Vamps and Lycans puts them into an easier frame of reference that drops about a half hour to 45 minutes of exposition from the story.
Oct. 20th, 2003 02:14 pm (UTC)
I also wondered - where are all the vampire children, if they can reproduce?

Selene has obviously aged if she was a kid when she was taken. They might live forever, but apparently the vampires age. This was also apparent by the fact that the older a vampire looked, the more powerful it was.
Oct. 16th, 2003 08:48 am (UTC)
thanks for the link to me :) btw, i realised that you are (at least according to LJ) friends with the person who runs a website that i use all the time ... Forthright's scrabble words page is my life saver almost every day as I try to maintain my new year's resolution to play more scrabble.
Oct. 16th, 2003 09:21 am (UTC)
Yes, it's funny. We met via someone posting about his word site on the etymology LJ site, and now he's moved to Toronto and we've had lunch together. Nice guy, good site.
Oct. 16th, 2003 09:05 am (UTC)
On the feeding issue - if you noticed, they're all sitting around drinking blood out of fancy glasses all the time at the manor.

Selene also mentions that they use cloned blood to feed and you see plasma packs in fridges a couple of times.

Still, they didn't make that aspect very clear, you had to be paying really close attention.

I liked a lot of this movie, it dealt with some really interesting concepts and approach to vampirism/lycanthropy that was new to me.

I know what you mean about not being particularly drawn to any of the main characters though, there wasn't really anyone likable except Lucien and we wind up spending half the movie thinking he's the bad guy ...
Oct. 16th, 2003 10:55 am (UTC)
On a completely separate note (nothing to do with Underworld as most people have been talking about, and anyway, I've already dissed it myself), I couldn't view the article about PointBlank but I think I know what it says.
At least if it doesn't say that reson that I already know then they're making it up - so..what did it say?

(I'm assuming it's talking about the phrase rather than a place I haven't heard of.)
Oct. 20th, 2003 02:23 pm (UTC)
The article wouldn't be of nearly as much interest to you as you were obviously hoping it was. "The origins of" PointBlank just meant the origins of the free newspaper in the D.M. community, nothing to do with the phrase.

I always presumed the phrase came from guns.
Oct. 20th, 2003 02:41 pm (UTC)
Eh..slightly further back than that..
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