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31 Dec 2003 - 9:44:58 AM
In case you haven't heard, we got a little snow in Seattle last night, and there are still a few flakes floating down. It's the first Seattle snow of the season. There's usually one more during February/March. Anyway, as a nice little end-of-year pick-me-up, here's a picture of Ewan MacGregor's Obi Wan Kenobi bustin' a move.
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27 Dec 2003 - 12:54:24 PM
Well, after mentioning in my silly Return of the King "review" that I liked the bit with Pippin's song (very Godfather-esque, I thought), the roblog is getting nothing but hits from people looking for the song's lyrics. Oy. Rather than disappoint all my new readers, I've decided to reconstruct the lyrics to Pippin's song from memory. I may have gotten a word or two wrong here and there, but I think I've done a pretty good job of getting it all down.

Pippin's Song

Hear my song. People won't you listen now? Sing along.
In the days of my youth, I was told what it means to be a man
And when you see it in the distance you will wring your hands and moan
Well I ain't no monkey. I can't climb no tree,
But now's the time to look and look again at what you see
It's to a castle I will take you, where what's to be, they say will be.

I have a bird that whistles and I have birds that sing
Don't know where you're goin', only know just where you've been,
Ain't no time to pack my bag, my foots outside the door
I'm gonna leave my children down on this killing floor
T'was in the darkest depths of Mordor, I met a girl so fair.
But Gollum, and the evil one crept up and slipped away with her, her, her....yeah

Measuring a summer's day, I only finds it slips away to grey
We gonna go walkin' through the park every day.
The sea was red and the sky was grey,
wondered how tomorrow could ever follow today.

The drums will shake the castle wall, the ring wraiths ride in black, Ride on.
Walking side by side with death, The devil mocks their every step
It is the summer of my smiles - flee from me Keepers of the Gloom.
Cryin' won't help you, prayin' won't do you no good,
I've really, really been the best of fools, I did what I could
The road we choose is always right, so fine
I didn't notice but it had got very dark and I was really, really out of my mind.

I can't stop, keep on climbing, looking for what I knew
Lyin', cheatin', hurtin, that's all you seem to do
I don't know what it is that I like about you, but I like it a lot
There's a funny feelin' goin' on, I don't think I can hold out long.
Crazy ways are evident, In the way that you're wearing your clothes
But I'll just keep on rollin' along with the grace of the Lord above

Little drops of rain whisper of the pain, tears of loves lost in the days gone by
People go and people come, see my rider right by my side
Mellow is the man who knows what he's been missing
All them good times, baby, baby, I've been yearnin'
Been a long lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time. Yes it has.

When your conscience hits, you knock it back with pills
Well if the sun shines so bright, Or on our way it's darkest night
When I read the news that it brought me, it made me sad sad sad.
Eyes that shine burning red, dreams of you all through my head

Well they call me the hunter, that's my name
Said you messed up my happy home, Made me mistreat my only child
Think I see my friends coming, Riding a many mile
If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now,
The hammer of the gods will drive our ships to new lands
Take my seat, right way back. ooh yeah. Watch this train roll down the track
I'm just trying to find the bridge... Has anybody seen the bridge?

It's a fascinating song, really, and I'm tempted to write a detailed commentary, a la Pale Fire, but instead I'll leave that as an excercise for the reader.

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25 Dec 2003 - 2:31:57 PM
I spent this year's nice Jewish Christmas seeing a matinee of Bad Santa. It was mostly horrible, but not in a bad way. It reveled in its horribleness. While I appreciated its spirit, I think I'm just not cynical and jaded enough these days to truly delight in Bad Santa. I've mellowed in my old age. Oh well. On the way home, though, I did feel like getting drunk and getting into a fight, so that's something, I guess.

Bad Santa gets: **1/2 (out of 4)

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24 Dec 2003 - 5:56:05 PM
Before I forget, I saw that Love Actually movie last week. It had its funny moments, and there were enough plotlines to keep you busy enough to not pay too close attention to any particular one and therefore think too hard about the movie. The trip to America bit was a curious aside, and I kept expecting the character to wake up. Not sure what that was all about. Anyway, it's been a week, and I don't remember too much about it. Billy Bob as President was inspired casting. And, yeah, that's about all I can come up with.

Love Actually gets: **1/2 (out of 4) (add a smiley if you see this movie on a date)

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22 Dec 2003 - 12:04:41 PM
My rock star friend Tim just dropped off the long-awaited Popstar Assassins cd, and I've got it playing right now. It's a little early to pass judgment, but so far (track #3) I like it. The disc is available, if you'd care to listen to it yourself, at fine record stores in Seattle. A fine addition to any cd collection. Can't wait to see them play live again.
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21 Dec 2003 - 5:00:07 PM
A couple days ago I was all psyched because I found a copy of Evelyn Waugh's Remote People in a local used bookstore for $5. Waugh's travel books have been out of print for some time, aside from a collection called When the Going Was Good. I did a little searching on the web, and found a copy of the same printing of Remote People going for $32. Score! But today, I happened into another bookstore and found Waugh Abroad: Collected Travel Writing, which contains all of his travel books and then some, in full. So, yeah, I'm now a little disappointed in my copy of Remote People. Oh well.
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17 Dec 2003 - 12:21:08 PM
I thought I'd end up waiting a week or two before seeing it, but a friend of mine offered me a free ticket to The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King bright and early at 6:00 a.m., and, well, it was too tempting to pass up. So, let's see, walking out of the theater, the main thing I was thinking was, "Wow, that was a long movie." It was the slowest-paced of the three, and it's multiple endings made it seem to go on forever. But I liked it. Off the top of my head: The battle for Minas Tirith was just plain amazing, the Shelob sequence was pretty cool, and Pippin's song cut with the suicidal attack was quite beautiful. Oh, and starting the movie out with a close up shot of a hand holding a wiggly worm took some guts. Everyone else I was with seemed to love it, though, so maybe my somewhat underwhelmed opinion was just me seeing a movie at 6:00 in the morning. I do have to say, though, that this was the first time I'd ever gone in to a movie when it was dark and left when it was light. Very disorienting, really.

The Return of the King gets: ***1/2 (out of 4)

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10 Dec 2003 - 3:30:08 PM
Last night I saw Crooked Fingers at The Croc. It was a fine show, I thought. He played two new songs ("Let's not Pretend to be Real Men" (or something like that) was excellent), did new arrangements for a couple others, and even played an Archers song ("Chumming the Ocean"). My only complaint was the music for a couple of the songs sounded too happy, which didn't really mesh with the angry, bleak lyrics. The co-headliner was Azure Ray and they were pretty cool, in a mellow way.
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8 Dec 2003 - 6:24:11 PM
When I logged in to my computer this morning, my speakers let rip a conitnuous high-pitched squeal. I fumbled around the back of PC, and pulled out the speaker cable. After a bit, I restarted and plugged the speakers back in. This next time no sound at all came out of the speakers, but the speaker power lights also did not go on. So, either my sound card's fried (only a year and a half old, too), or my speakers are fried (only sixteen years old). Or both, perhaps. Whichever's the case, it's annoying. I guess this means I should probably finally switch over to my new-ish computer, which is a lot faster than my current one, actually. It's a pain, though, getting everything in place on a new computer. You know?
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7 Dec 2003 - 6:53:01 PM
I've had Simpsons on the brain for the past week. One of those dvd presents I received was the complete first season of The Simpsons, which was on sale for six hours for only $11.99. After I got back to Seattle, I thought, Too bad I didn't get another one or two -- I could've sold them on eBay for a tidy profit! Well, it was a good thing I wasn't so swift, actually, because everyone and their brother apparently thought the same thing, and there are hundreds of them up for sale. So, yeah, this whole thing's been taking up too much of my time. Can you tell I'm unemployed?
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4 Dec 2003 - 11:37:20 PM
Oy. Instead of working on my book, I wasted a bunch of time working on my bookshelf page, but at least it's up to date once again. It's been a low reading year for me, but I should be able to enjoy a few more books before it's 2004. Tomorrow, though, there will be no excuses for not working on my book (I said that yesterday, too).
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4 Dec 2003 - 5:28:20 PM
Kathy and I saw Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World last night. I thought it was good -- a well-told, exciting adventure tale -- but I felt mostly detached from everything going on. Nothing really hooked me in. It sort of begs to be compared with The Pirates of the Carribean: the other big maritime adventure this year, also featuring a Captain Jack. Pirates was more fun, I thought, and Captain Jack Sparrow was much more entertaining and likable than Captain Jack Aubrey. Master and Commander did have an interesting ship's crew, though. In addition to all the white folk, there were several Africans, an Asian, and a hobbit (Billy Boyd -- Pippin from the Lord of the Rings films). Now that's diversity. (Now that I think of it, however, Pirates had an elf, but to its credit, I didn't immediately think, "Hey, it's Legolas!" Hmm.)

Master and Commander gets: *** (out of 4)

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