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Favorite Movie Lines

Because it's Saturday night, and I'm in the mood for some silliness.

"I'm not talking about dance lessons. I'm talking about puttin' a brick through the other guy's windshield! I'm talking about taking it out and chopping it up!"--Gene Hackman as Royal Tenenbaum, The Royal Tenenbaums

I've got a GUN out there in my purse, and if you take one more look at me or make another indecent proposal, I'm going to go GET that gun, and I'll turn you from a rooster to a hen in ONE SHOT!"--Dolly Parton as Doralee Rhodes, 9 to 5

"I'm a star. No one ever leaves a star. That's what a star."--Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond, Sunset Boulevard.

What are your favorites?

UPDATE: Or, if you'd prefer, least favorite movie lines. Here are two:

"Now THAT'S podracing!"--Jake Lloyd as Anakin Skywalker, Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace

"This is why I hate flying!"--Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Well, almost any line in those movies, really. I won't even quote directly that awful "drag" pun C3PO made.

Tired (More Links and Half-Thoughts)

I got back into town last night and haven't quite recovered from the month-long trip. I'm trying to get my apartment cleaned up, groceries bought, laundry done, etc. Oh, and tons of academic work, too. I'm just sluggish. Ah well. Maybe blogging some quotidian thoughts and occurrences will help.

A good friend of mine at home was ranting about these ribbons on people's cars that are arranged so that the text, "Support Our Troops," is horizontal. "Yeah, I sure am glad they made it so we can see the text horizontally. I wouldn't have been able to read it otherwise. Seriously! People can read all kinds of ways: Diagonally, vertically, backwards even!" Indeed it is ubiquitious. Here in Minnesota too, I've noticed. Is there some special reason to stick it to the car that way that I'm not aware of?

The Blogora might switch to Drupal. How hard is it going to be to import the MT archives? Anyone have firsthand experience with that?

When I went to the office to check my mailbox, I found the 2005 reprinting of the 6th edition of the MLA style guide. I guess as it's a reprinting, they didn't make any changes or addenda, but I looked for any mention of citing weblog entries and comments anyway, but didn't find any. I know there are improvised ways to do it, but I'd like to see weblogs mentioned in the actual guide.

Computers & Writing Online is in full swing! Be sure to comment!

I just finished reading Franny and Zooey for the first time. That's got me a little drained, too. The whole time I was reading it, I was thinking that it would have made a great movie, maybe still would. What do you think? Thora Birch as Franny, or possibly Christina Ricci? Tobey Maguire, or maybe Joaquin Phoenix as Zooey? Speaking of books, I never did take that trip, so I didn't listen to those books -- actually, I listened to exactly half of The Picture of Dorian Gray just driving around town (my Oxford World's Classics edition has 224 pages. I looked, and I'd listened up to page 112), and now I have to read the rest. So far, my literature consumption since the beginning of May includes:

  • The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison
  • Passing, Nella Larsen
  • Jazz, Toni Morrison
  • Franny and Zooey, J.D. Salinger
  • and half of The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde

Not bad, huh? I should get back to research-related non-fiction though.

Jumble of links and thoughts

I'm in Alabama until Saturday, and while I've been working at the library here, I've also been watching too much vapid TV and too many movies (we're talking stuff like Bubble Boy, Eulogy, and Wet Hot American Summer). So I have to hit the books, course preparation, dissertation, everything when I get back. But for now, a fluff post with no interparagraphic transitions whatsoever.

Proposals are being sought for a special issue of Technical Communication Quarterly on Technical Communication in the Age of Distributed Work. It's going to be great once it comes out, very forward-thinking.

Note to self: I want to use the famous Margaret Mead quotation: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has" in my syllabus for the class I'm teaching this summer. [Edited to add: Does anyone know what the original source for that is? I hate not having a specific page number or date/place, if it's a speech.] It's called "Group Process, Team Building, and Leadership," and it centers on work done in small groups. It's also one of the courses that fulfills the Citizenship and Public Ethics theme requirement, and usually teachers require students to do group projects on local issues, which I'm very excited about, as this will let me try out a modified version of that city writing/finds research process that Jenny and Jeff talk about. I have lots of ideas already, and a while back I used the new-for-OSX-Tiger built-in news aggregator in Safari to set up a folder of feeds from all the local publications I could think of, so that's helped a lot.

At Jonathan's insistence, I watched the original Star Wars trilogy for the first time. People are shocked that I'm such a science fiction geek but I've never seen those movies. I'm already seeing Star Wars' influence on other movies and series. For example, Data on Star Trek: TNG reminds me a lot of C3PO (telling the captain the odds that some act of derring-do won't work, social ineptitude, etc.) and Moya's pilot on Farscape even reminds me a little of C3PO as well. I must see episodes 1, 2, and 3 now.

I finally created a Flickr account, and I'm wondering why I didn't do it months ago.

Check out this cool Drupal ad for the Free Software Magazine!

For anyone who was scratching his or her head about the relevance and import of the work that's being done on silence (see also Cheryl Glenn's Unspoken), this op-ed piece should clear it up for you.

Am I, like, the only person alive who had never heard of The Red Hat Society until the other day? All the stores around here have Red Hat lady merchandise -- red hats, of course, purple clothing, ceramic figurines of red hats, purple socks with little red hats embroidered on them, etc. Cookie jars, even. I saw the cover of one of the books from far away and thought, hey, that looks like an interesting Linux user/developer group! Seriously though, I told the manager of my local yarn store that they should offer special knitting classes for Red Hat Society women and classes for friends and family of Red Hat women in which they could knit red hats and other red and purple stuff as gifts for them. She thought it was a great idea. I hope they do it; I want to do anything I can to support locally-owned businesses.

OT: Our Town

I'm about to go see OT: Our Town here at the library. It's part of a free summer movie series, and I'm pleasantly surprised at how sophisticated some of the movies are. More titles later, plus more on OT.

UPDATE: It was great! Now I'm going to start recommending Film Movement to people.

Here, have some links.

Last night I watched the Oscars, well, not so much watched them as had the show on in the background while I did other stuff, such as a bit of live commenting at Chuck's. Crooked Timber also has a good wrap-up of the Oscars, but today I found a funny (Oscar-inspired) post from Joe. My. God. in which Joe lays out "a list of movie genres that [he] will never see again." Ha! It's great.

I just noticed that the December 2004 issue of Meow Power is out. Of particular interest to me was Tough and Tender, Buff and Brainy: A New Breed of Female Television Action Hero Blurs the Boundaries of Gender by Diana Dominguez. Two examples of this new breed of hero discussed by Dominguez are Aeryn Sun of Farscape and Sydney Bristow of Alias. Is it any wonder that article jumped out at me?

Jenna v. Jenna

My old college buddy Charges has done a quite handy compare'n'contrast of Jenna Jameson and Jenna Bush.

"the acerbic Mr. Rock"

Chris Rock is hosting the Oscars! And my favorite comic of all, Wanda Sykes, is one of the writers!

Christmas Activities

WHY do the Priester's honey glazed pecans have to be so good that I eat almost the whole bag?

So yeah, that's what I've been doing today: eating, reading, knitting, watching TV, and hanging out with family and friends. Good stuff.

I don't have cable, so when I'm home, I OD on it. Not the History Channel, Discovery Channel, Learning Channel. Oh no. I watch E! and Comedy Central, and sometimes Spike TV. Today I've been indulging in Comedy Central's Mad TV marathon and E!'s year-in-review ranking specials, e.g. Top 10 Entertainers of 2004, Top 10 Celebrity Scandals, etc. I'm very pleased to see that Jamie Foxx has been getting a lot of recognition this year for playing Ray Charles in the biopic based on Charles' life. I've been a fan of Foxx for many years now; I thought he was hilarious on In Living Color, and I thought his performance in Ali was underrated.

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to catch an episode of Most Extreme Elimination since I've been here. Pity.

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