Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky. (slithytove) wrote,
Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.
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Cat is retrieved successfully. Doesn't even to hate me for abandoning her for almost two months. Or maybe she doesn't remember me, and can't figure out why she has been taken to this strange house.

Still adjusting my circadian rhythms. Stayed up for about 32 hours yesterday, and slept well. But now I have to sack at around 2 pm, and I'm not sure I'm going to be able to sleep until nine. Or maybe I'll watch a movie first.

While doing my 32-hour-stay-up-until-felled-by-exhaustion thing, I watched both Kill Bill and The Ring (American version). I liked The Ring. Kelly Link mentioned that in writing her stories, she tends to think of ideas coming together at the end rather than plot elements. The Ring was sort of like that. At lunch at Omi on Saturday the subject of horror movies came up, and someone (Rebecca? Marjorie?) said that one way to survive a horror movie was not to have sex. Once you have sex, you're a goner. It's true of The Ring. It's funny how puritanical horror/slasher movies are. Why can't monster whack the clean-livin' president of the Chess Club, and then be slain by a bunch of libertines? Come to think of it, monster-slaying by libertines was basically what Buffy was all about, so scratch that.

Kill Bill. It was... okay. It would have been a better movie if Uma Thurman could act. Or if Tarantino had had a medical advisor of any description. Or if anyone had the sense to bring a gun. I mean, it was basically an idiot plot. No one bothers to pack firearms? The cops never show up? Hello? And the 'anime' part was not anime. It was an American cartoon with the cast in Japanese clothing. Not anime.

I just checked out the Rotten Tomatoes reviews and found Roger Ebert saying this: "Kill Bill: Volume 1 shows Quentin Tarantino so effortlessly and brilliantly in command of his technique that he reminds me of a virtuoso violinist racing through Flight of the Bumble Bee ..." And that's the problem. Rachmaninov's "Flight of the Bumblebee" is 1 minute, 13 seconds. No one in their right mind would want to listen to it for an hour and 51 minutes. You cannot make a movie with all figure and no ground, Quentin. Sorry, but by the time Uma has killed the twentieth Yakuza red-shirt, I'm BORED.

 Should I rent Kill Bill Some More? Undecided.


My laptop survived Clarion, but was very annoying by the end. I bought it two years ago for a cross-country trip. US$400 on eBay, with modem and Ethernet card, 350 Mhz, loaded with WinMe. I thought it was a good deal at the time, but over the past six weeks it proved painfully slow to load even should-be lightweight stuff like Eudora and FireFox. Frequent crashes, too, probably related to WinMe and the wifi drivers. And the keyboard had problems. About one press of the 'b' key out of twenty, the keyboard apparently also transmitted a directional keystroke, resulting in the cursor jumping up a dozen lines, and suddenly I'm typing in the middle of some other word. Really annoying. I could replace the keyboard, but on a machine this marginal it's not worth it. I'm also probably not going to be away from home for so long again for a long time, if ever.

Lots of folks at Clarion had Macs. Six out of 18, I think. A third is a lot, in a world in which Apple has only about 5% market penetration.


 

IKI

meaning: area, limits

音域 == oniki == singing range, register
大域 == taiiki= wide-area


Left radical is 'ground' (土). Right radical is a Non-General Use character comprised of 'lance/halberd' (the right elements) being used to mean 'marker', and the box/underscore, a simplification of a pictograph of the boundaries of a field. Thus, this character originally meant something like, 'land in a field surrounded by markers', leading to its current meaning. Henshall suggests taking the middle radicals as 'entrance' (口), and 'one/sole' (一), and as a mnemonic: 'Lance in ground at sole entrance—off limit area.'

Stroke order from Josh's Chinese Lookup Thingy (animated)
Info from Taka Kanji Database
Gahoh kanji movie

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