June 13th, 2003

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The 90s

malibran is having a "90s Party" tomorrow night complete with the music, the videos, TV shows, movies and probably he's encouraging clothes as well. Honestly, I have a hard time summoning up anything. I spent so much of the 90s studying or in my own world I really missed a lot of it. I'm trying to think of clothes and I really don't know b/c I certainly was clueless about clothes. Maybe a Naked Co-Ed Skiing T-shirt? malibran, do we get Milli Vanilli? I'm prepared to have my memory corrected I guess.
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    "It's Tricky," Run DMC
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Friday Five: Possibilities

Even though I have to skip out on Question 1 (even I have my TMI limits), I like today's Friday Five.

1. What's one thing you've always wanted to do, but never have?

That's NOT something I'm going to share here!

2. When someone asks your opinion about a new haircut/outfit/etc, are you always honest?

If I make a positive comment about something, whatever I am saying is true. I am normally tactful about reserving any negative comments to myself unless it's clear the person really, really does want a full honest opinion or if holding back will really embarass the person (i.e., they're about to spend money on something realy ugly).

3. Have you ever found out something about a friend and then wished you hadn't? What happened?

This has happened a lot. As far as what happened, I basically am quite capable of clamping up on whatever it is I know until such time as information is able to be shared more freely. Of course if there is some serious harm in keeping the knowledge to myself, I have been forced to share information. One example of this was in high school when I went in to the guidance department and told my counselor I was pretty sure my friend Brandon was seriously depressed and likely to try offing himself. I was able to meet with his counselor and let her know the situation. Brandon made it through high school, though I have no clue where he is now.

4. If you could live in any fictional world (from a book/movie/game/etc.) which would it be and why?

The Wraeththu universe would suit me just fine. It has its challenges but there are a lot of things about being har and living in that world, especially within certain tribes, that appeal to very strongly. And I could marry Lisia! (He he, Mercredi, don't think I'm kidding.)

5. What's one talent/skill you don't have but always wanted?

I have artistic skill but I can't really draw anything with any sort of realism or precise style... wish I could.

Even more than being able to draw, though, I'd like to be able to a cartwheel or backflip. I couldn't do it even when I was a little kid so I really think now it's totally impossible, but so often in my life I've been outside all excited and I have WANTED to but I can't. In my next life maybe :)
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    Shattered Dreams
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Russian science

A Russian researcher just emailed our our web site with a question and after answering him, I noticed he had a link listed under his name, so I decided to check it out. I must say, not only was the site very "1996" but it was kind of confusing or maybe depression. I mean, look at this and ask yourself, why and how is a physicist doing research on Russian wooden kitchen implements? I guess he is unlucky enough to still be in Russia ekking out a living as a scientist, which at one time was a living but now must be depressing.
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    The Communards... argh, I *hate* them!
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Caleb sent me this in an email with Subject line "Us."

Aries & Virgo
Virtual opposites: The Virgo is a diligent worker, a faithful partner, and a born organizer; sparkling Aries lacks ongoing commitment but has pizzazz. He may sometimes chafe under Virgo's critical gaze. The Ram will dominate the pair, and his or her unpredictability will wreak havoc with Virgo's plans. But Virgo gives backbone to the Ram's impulses, and guides him or her with valuable advice. The alchemy of opposites forges a constructive but continually strained relationship.

I'm the Virgo -- duh. Comments?

Jeez, that's scary!
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    soundtrack to Lilya 4-EVER playing in my head still

If You Like Sad but GOOD Movies...

Tonight I saw one of the best movies I've seen in a long time, at least of the "serious" genre: Lilya 4-ever. I read some reviews just now saying it's prententious but then again, lots of reviews saying it was one of the most moving, saddest films ever. It's like... a really, really unhappy, ugly version of Wings of Desire, where the angel doesn't come to earth for the girl, the girl is sucked into death. The plot of the movie, by the way, is Lilya is this Russian teenager living in a nasty barren apartment wasteland "somewhere in the former Soviet Union," her mom ditches her to go to America, her aunt kicks her out of the apartment to live in squalor, she ends up dropping out of school and selling herself and... well, she ends up in Sweden and let's just say, things get worse. Despite the theme, this really is a beautifully done film and unlike say, Dancer in the Dark, a film that left me nauseous and angry for three days, I wasn't mad at the director, I was proud of him for putting together a portrait of the kind of despair that is all too common in the world. It was half documentary, a quarter nightmare, a quarter dream. And you care about this girl so much b/c nobody does except for one person and nobody cares for him either... Groan. I know, I know, it doesn't sound like the kind of movie you WANT to see, more like one you SHOULD, but I swear, if anybody reading this has a chance to see it, you really should. Would the prospect of lots of Russian pop music entice the doubters?


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