Saturday, February 21, 2009

Apocalypse Now Redux (1979)

What can I say....surreal..amazing....distressing...very 1979, overreaching

4 stars on Netflix

A Civil Action 1999

"In this true story, John Travolta stars as a personal-injury lawyer who sues a major corporation for big bucks when the drinking water in Woburn, Mass., is found to contain high levels of industrial solvents. Believing the contamination is responsible for the large number of leukemia deaths among the town's children, the citizens -- lead by a woman (Kathleen Quinlan) whose child has died -- hire a lawyer to take on the corporate polluters. "

Whistleblowers are always of interest to me and I am a Travolta fan...but this is not a must see.

Only 3 1/2 stars on Netflix.

Absence of Malice (1981)

Suppose you picked up this morning's newspaper and your life was a front page headline... And everything they said was accurate... But none of it was true.

Paul Newman, Sally Field, Academy Award Nominee

Interesting point of view, acting style dated but intelligent

Friday, February 20, 2009

September October 2006

So MonkeyBoy and I participated in the "How Berkeley Can You Be Parade" a week ago Sunday as part of the bunny contingent....We were enticed by the young Bissingers participating (Eggchair's girls and Annie the neighbor). So MonkeyBoy and I have never felt like the best bunnies ever but in this particular parade I found myself leaping from shade to shade, sometimes hanging out with the Mayor's contingent rather than the bunnies (a shade slut, I am sure you are not surprised).Don't you love the color of this building? So I just looked up at the TV and there was the Parade on HDNET tv, the cupcakes, the band....and "the fat lady on a scooter", not even identified as a bunny. I guess I am amused, because I am in fact a fat woman on a scooter!!

Tue, September 26, 2006 - 4:15 PM
OMG! You guys crack me up! xo xo xo
Tue, September 26, 2006 - 4:22 PM
I saw you bunnies!!!!!! I loved it!

Tue, September 26, 2006 - 4:40 PM
You and BunnyMonkeyBoy were some of the most fabulous bunnies out there! I didn't notice you bouncing from shade to shade, I just thought you were extending the bunny love in the gaps between our little group and the other contingents! Love how you match the building. It must have been some sort of cosmic presence that drew your skirt to that building that day.

Tue, September 26, 2006 - 4:47 PM
hooray bunnies!

Tue, September 26, 2006 - 9:07 PM
...hey, it was friggin hot, I was hopping from shade to shade too...
Tue, September 26, 2006 - 11:27 PM
Hee!!! WIsh I could have been there with you bunnies. You both look fabulous!

*Ali Baba.
Wed, September 27, 2006 - 12:38 AM
You both look fantastic! Hooray!

Thu, September 28, 2006 - 12:53 AM
Precious! Just precious! xoxox

Fri, September 29, 2006 - 5:46 AM
Hmmm...I'm bummed that I didn't see you! I produced the "Creative Reuse Corral"... :-D

Burning Man Tribe Party
Big week!!! Last week Cowboy Angel organized and Chicken John hosted a Burning Man Tribe appreciation party. Some of the Tribe folks showed up including our personal favorite, the delightful and smart Jenni. It was one of my favorite parties ever. GREAT VENUE, Chicken John's home is the perfect space for a party, interesting and filled with interesting people. Not so loud you could not talk. And AG, Tom Price (with a great pie) Aristotle (who just played and played with the baby, Alabama) Me Jane (our delightful neighbor in real life) (this is real life, you say), Charlie and Bell, or course the ever effervescent Party Radar always filled with great ideas for the next Sparkle. Met Leslie, Cowboy Angel and some other nice folks..... We are having a lot of fun here!! Tonight is the CD photo exchange party! WE ARE BACK FROM SABBATICAL!!! I CAN TELL BECAUSE WE ARE HAVING FUN.
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Wed, October 11, 2006 - 9:47 AM
Hi Affinity!!! Sounds fun! I hope you are well. Much Love and hugs to you.

Thu, October 12, 2006 - 1:15 AM
Wish we could've been there! Someday, I wanna get to see Chicken's famed place... I love seeing where people dwell... Much juicy love to you, Afinity! When 23 and I get back to the bay, we're def making plans with you and MB!! xoxoxo

Forgive me for posting out of order! The evening before Decompression MonkeyBoy and I went to dinner at Chez Nous and the food was great. Then we went to see Black Dahlia. Liked it a lot. I little confusing but lovely to look at, gorgeous noir, clothes, etc. edgy characters. The we went to Blondie's party (see above, Cafe Blondie) and had great fun. Laughed until after midnight which is VERY late for Affinity and MonkeyBoy. Brooke was there and it is always a delight to see her. and Mark from the cafe in town for Decompression. Brian and his pre-playa girlfriend were on their way to Decompression in the morning. She was in for quite a treat.... Blondie's food was generous and lovely and it is always a treat to see where someone lives so you can visualize them there later. You might notice in the photo that Blondie is wearing a shirt with t-shirt transfers. He was an early adopter and has almost all of my transfers and screens from through the years which of course makes my little heart glow!! Then he came out to the Ranch and helped with a work weekend and kicked ass!!! So now he is part of the Cafe and we are thrilled to have both he and Mark who has also been a huge asset and all round nice guy. Kudos Blondie, a very good time was had by all.
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Wed, October 11, 2006 - 9:42 AM
Yes it was a wonderful evening :)And Joy was there too!!! She told me she had a great time and is looking forward to getting to know the community better.
Eggchair arrived early and created a shade oaisis for all of us. It was great fun not having a job or t-shirts to do. I had a tiny anxiety attack for a short time about 6pm but I got over with the gentle kindness of my MonkeyBoy and my friends. We saw lots of folks, most especially the Moze, great to hug him and send him love, we had a special time hanging with Eggchair and his friends on his turf. We are really enjoying getting to know the ever generous and creative Eggchair. Sowelu and Benny beamed, Jewel stopped by, many folks stopped by to get off their feet for a few minutes. I was also fun to see Hot Damn and Hot Dog looking so good and so happy and as always Karmabunny and Starboy. And our neighbor Jane who is always fun. Alibaba and Francis slid by very late in lime green, very cute dress, loved it and Electra was in lime green also. We need a photo girls.... And that is just a smattering of those we saw, love to all of you. Oh and a very special gift happened! I ran into some people and they gave me a canvas BRC embroidered, appliqued bag as a thank you for all those years of t-shirt art....I was touched and I hope one of them reads this becasue it was a very special moment for me since it has actually been a couple of years since I have done t-shirts for the public. Most fun I have EVER had at Decompression!!
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Wed, October 11, 2006 - 8:20 AM
It was a fun day indeed!

Wed, October 11, 2006 - 2:16 PM
hooray, I'm glad that you had a blast, I'm sorry I missed it!

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Wed, October 11, 2006 - 3:41 PM
Yay!It was great to see you! Dan's totally in love with you :-) XOXO

Wed, October 11, 2006 - 3:52 PM
Nicole:And I with him!!

Thu, November 2, 2006 - 2:35 PM
Awesome!It was SO great to see you! ;D and Yes, we should all get together for a lime-tastic photo op! ;P

Diva gathered some of her crew last night to go see Shortbus and MonkeyBoy and I joined in. Thanks Diva for getting us out of the house. We loved it!!! Funny, sexy, sensual, explicit, the sex and turn on looked and felt real. The cast felt like they were "our peeps" only younger. There was even a fat person in some of the sex scenes. Yipee!
Wed, October 11, 2006 - 6:31 AM —
friends onlyYIPPEE!!!!! MonkeyBoy had his one year follow-up from his prostrate cancer surgery and his test showed NO returning cancer!!! NONE!! NADA!! NOTHING!!! YIPPEE!!!!
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Fri, September 29, 2006 - 9:36 AM
hooray, that's so good to hear! love you both!
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Fri, September 29, 2006 - 10:11 AM
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Fri, September 29, 2006 - 10:16 AM
Yippee!!!!! that is the best news!
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Fri, September 29, 2006 - 10:31 AM
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Fri, September 29, 2006 - 11:18 AM
YAY!!!! That's awesome!
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Fri, September 29, 2006 - 12:28 PM
Woo hoo!Yay!!! Such good news! :-)
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Fri, September 29, 2006 - 12:50 PM
WONDERFUL News./.... Love to you both.... Bare
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Fri, September 29, 2006 - 4:10 PM
thats great news affinity... pls give my best to monkeyboy and if i can get up there next weekend ill look out for you two :-)
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Fri, September 29, 2006 - 11:04 PM
he is indeed, the SUPER MONKEYBOY of ALL.
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Sat, September 30, 2006 - 2:00 AM
Awesome! That is the best news I've heard in I-don't-know-how-long! Soooo happy for you both! xoxoxox
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Sat, September 30, 2006 - 7:48 PM
Woot! Congratulations to you both!Super Monkey Boy! Whee! ;D
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Sat, September 30, 2006 - 8:55 PM
Delightful blessingMonkey Boy and Affinity, I just received you rmessage. I am elated. I moved to Utah so somhow I have lost all my # in my phone. Could you send me yo rcontact info to I love U 2 Robin
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Fri, October 6, 2006 - 1:43 PM
In the spirit of loving "what is"!! So I worked at my new job at Fidelity yesterday and it was the first time in the 3 weeks that I had been there that my computer worked and I could print (not a story worth telling). I had a great time. I love being a contractor. I had been in the office on Wednesday finalizing getting my computer up and running and my boss said "oh by the way I am having a conference call in a few minutes, can you sit in?" So I did and this 3.5 hours of work popped up out of the conference call. I had forgotten that sometimes you need to be there whether you have work or generates work. It was great working for my old boss, very comfortable in my body, nothing like a well worn neuronal pathway to give you comfort. Then last night at my other job (I have been there off and on since 1990)....At a party for our house band, that's right, Watson Wyatt, office of about 150 people has a band comprised of employees, including the office manager, pretty cool for an employee benefits consulting firm!!! So one of the people that I always think does not like me said that he had put me in a proposal and he would let me know if we got the work. So I am loving working fewer hours than I had in the last 18 months and there is more work in my future, that is a good thing. Any of y'all going to the Burning Man Tribe Party at Chicken John's? We intend to go.
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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Coraline at the Cartoon Art Museum

In a special, limited-time exhibition from January 24 through February 15, the Cartoon Art Museum presents original art from the new animated movie, Coraline. This exhibition features the storyboards, puppets, sets, costumes, and other exclusive items from the stop-motion animated feature, the first of its kind to be filmed in 3-D!

Fantastic, in-depth review of the film at Wired:

Update: Saw the movie, best 3D I have ever seen, with depth rather than slap you in the face 3D, but did not love the story as much as many people.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Fire breathing in slow motion

These little videos do not tell the whole story but we saw the The Amazing Fuel Girls eat fire in slow motion.