January 2nd, 2008

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The Year in Movies

As usual, I've kept a movie log. Before I post that list, here are my top 10 favorites, among movies I saw for the *first* time. (Can't really count things like LotR I've seen 800 times.)

Children of Men
Finding Neverland
Hot Fuzz
The Lives of Others
The Descent
My Own Private Idaho
Pan's Labyrinth

I think that makes 2 English movies, 1 Spanish movie, 1 Mexican movie, and 1 German movie. But hey, the American ones are pretty darn American!

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A brief tally shows that the dominant trend was old movies. Over 20 movies made before I was born. WAY before I was born, for the most part. And I haven't even counted the 10+ hours of 1939 World's Fair movies I've watched so far.
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The Year in Books

Similar to the movie post, but this time it's books.

Because my book list is the shortest in the 5-6 years I've been doing this, I'm doing a top 5 instead of top 10. Only counting books I read for the *first* time.

Favorite Fiction of 2007

Earthsea (4 books, plus 6 novellas) by Ursula K. Le Guin
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
The Merro Tree by Katie Waitman
Vintage Bradbury by Ray Bradbury
Ward No. 6 and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov

Strong runners up:

Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler
Tourniquet by Kim Lakin-Smith

I also read some *useful* non-fiction but the only one I'd consider just beautiful in terms of the way it's written and the content is The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt (author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil). Great non-fiction memoir about Venice.

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The big theme for the year was German, as I read all the Earthsea books, plus Harry Potter, in German. I'm now reading Chamber of Secrets (or Chamber of Horrors, as it's put in German).
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I've done this one before I think, but I still find it cool how accurate it comes out:

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Northeast

Judging by how you talk you are probably from north Jersey, New York City, Connecticut or Rhode Island. Chances are, if you are from New York City (and not those other places) people would probably be able to tell if they actually heard you speak.

The Midland
The Inland North
The West
The South
North Central
What American accent do you have?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

I'm from the Boston area but my parents are originally from the Bronx... but also lived in New Jersey and Connecticut. They still have really strong NYC accents, even 40 years after moving out of the region. I have a recording of myself from when I was 7 or 8 and I'm talking with this strong Bronx accent that I guess faded with time. (When I'm around my parents, however, watch out.)
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January Brrrr

Atlantans typically spend September through April bitching about how it's "freezing" and they're going to "freeze to death." Normally it's about 50 out when they do this. That said, today Atlantans were bitching and there was legit cause because it IS freezing out. Seriously! It was under 10 this morning and every time I went out today I was like "OMG, it is actually, legitimately COLD out!" Which I rarely get to say. My feet went kind of numb at work, what with my desk being right by a wall of windows. Outside I was walking veyr, very fast. On the walk from the nearest MARTA station to my building tonight, I put on the ultra-warm extra pair of gloves I'd packed in my bag, the ones that are so thick you can't bend your fingers. I didn't think I'd really need them, but fleece just wasn't going to cut it. My home office is freezing (the heat never seems to get in here) and my bed (between two huge single-pane-glass windows) is icy too. Hot water bottle (and warm cat) tonight!

January is always the coldest month here.