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Tarantino Reloaded

Disappointed with Quentin's new film "Kill Bill". All I can say about it is at least it was better than "Matrix Reloaded". They both seem to hit about in the same space. Maybe Tarantino's movie is better because it doesn't take itself so seriously and doesn't have all the merchandising tie-in's. What was up with that Sonny Chiba sequence? It just seemed to go on and on with no purpose other than to have him in the movie. And that long sequence of Uma trying to wiggle her toes. I mean, I know Quentin's got a foot thing but wtf?

Big plot holes. Stuff like that usually doesn't bother me if the energy of the movie can sustain my disbelief. It just wasn't there for me this time. Still, the movie is totally worth seeing. It's just not as good as "Jackie Brown".

I did finally get to see "Better Luck Tomorrow". Highly recommended. Good acting, story, and the cinematography and set design gave the film a cool neon look.

Both movies challenge our viewpoints of various subcultures. Where "Better Luck Tomorrow" pulls it off, "Kill Bill" is more just an exercise in style. Ostensibly busting the stereotypical role of women in film --that of the cowering/shreiking "love interest" --having an ultraviolent female character (at least in this film) really just glorifies men. Most of the violence in the world being perpetrated by men (after all), having a female screen hero doing the same thing is not so much liberating as it is subjugating them to this typically male viewpoint.

Sigorney Weaver as Ripley "Alien" is still the high water mark for me. "Alien" is a good example of the kind of plot hole I'm talking about. She goes back for the cat? It works while you're watching the movie (it works really well), and it isn't until later that you realize how far they stretched Ripley's maternal instincts.

I've seen some noise about people being upset about how Lucy Liu is perpetuating the myth of the asian dragon woman. Like Mister Pink says when talking about the waitresses: "Fuck all that", she kicks ass.


The Long and Short of It

I love the way commonplace things that don't get much thought can take on new meanings when seen out of context. Little things written various places. We see without seeing. "close cover before striking", "objects in mirror are closer than they appear", "one hour photo"...

Today, I was talking to a guy that runs one of those photo processing machines.

"Bet you see some weird pictures working here eh?", I asked.

"Not so much lately, but my first week a guy brought in twenty eight rolls --twenty eight mind you, twenty eight rolls filled with shots of his cock in various poses. Some erect, some soft."

"When he came in to pick them up he stood there (where you are now), and went though each one saying 'well that's a good one, this not so good, etc', I told him: 'when you're done I'll be over here."

I guess each job comes with it's own set of stories. I try to get people to give me the dirt right away. "What's the freakiest thing you have ever seen working here?", is a favorite line.

While I'm at it I might as well recount some recent stories. Here goes. A friend told me she had been eating a particularly spicy jalapeno and decided this might be a good time to go down on her boy friend. Wrong. He complained that it was hurting him, so they stopped. Close examination of the organ in question revealed that it was turning black (I'm not making this up), and it was a close call --they almost made a trip to the emergency room.

This same couple also experimented with Viagra. She told me afterward that it was like it was "someone else's dick". It got so hard and stayed hard so long that pleasure turned to annoyance; when he went to urinate --he just couldn't. Guess it's not a good idea to chase Viagra with beer. Apparently he was able to put on quite a shadow puppet show.

They only see each other once a week or so. In between she has him freeze his semen which she later uses as a kind of popsicle.


Even More Redesign

It's not really ready but I decided to switch the site over to the look I have been working on for a while. Just got tired of not seeing how the thing worked together.

Still to do:

  • logo
  • color schemes
  • image flavor bar
  • add chat interface
  • some more automation

So far so good. The comics section works good. Still some bugs. I wasn't able to get it where there is a permanent link for any of the posts. This is an artifact of the way the code works. The good side of it is that I can now just upload new comics to the server without having to create any posts for them. The server will then automatically set a new comic to display each day. So now all I have to worry about is keeping the "reservoir" of new comics filled. Comments work too, although this is still crude as well. I'm not happy that there isn't a back button. I mean once you have posted a comment you probably want to continue perusing the comics. Relying on the back button is never a good navigation strategy imo.


RSS Feed

Fixed the rss feed on my site. There's more to do but at least it's working now. It's generated by cron each night just after midnight. Kind of a kludge I did to make things compatible --since the site is already syndicated (don't want to break anybody's links...) The real live version of it is here. Not that anybody cares --I don't know anyone personally that's into news aggregators (other than myself.) I've experimented with them but haven't integrated them into my lifestyle. I plan to though.

If nothing else it will give me a source of stuff to write about on my weblog. Check out the funky orange buttons down on the left side to see what I'm talking about.

The redesign is still ongoing. This sample is still a work in progress --the color scheme, logo, image bar and menu items will all be changing. Probably even the layout of the page. I'm happy I was able to translate what I had in mind for the menu into practice. It was done using css so even if it looks funky in older browsers (it looks like crap in Konqueror) it will still function (and since it's text, easier to update since I won't need any photoshop makeover.) Heck, it should even work from web enabled phones.

Kacked redesign viewed in Safari (thanks Anthony for the screenshot.)


As If

Started reading William S. Burrough's book "Queer" today. Seems like it's going to be another good one --I really enjoyed his book "Junky". Tried reading "Naked Lunch" once a long time ago. I don't understand why that book is so popular. That cut-up style of writing bugs me --though I have done my own experiments with it and am not always concerned about there being a linear narrative. I like this quote from the introduction to "Queer":

"My concept of possession is closer to the medieval model than to modern psychological explanations, with their dogmatic insistence that such manifestations must come from within and never, never, never from without. (As if there were some clear-cut difference between inner and outer.)"

I get the feeling that we would have got along swell.



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