Mike Beversluis

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Mr and Mrs Smith trailer

So, Vince Vaughn = Tom Arnold, huh?

Mike's movie reviews continued

See, here's my problem with Elf: Will Farrell looks nothing like James Caan. Where's the plausibility?

Update: Goulet!

Math jokes

Here's the deal, all math jokes are not funny. I'm not making this up, that's just the way it is.

So, how do you visualize a six-dimensional sphere?
Easy, visiualize a n-dimensional sphere and let n go to 6.

Trust me, it only goes downhill.

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Friday, May 27, 2005

The Irish Pub across the street from my apartment

Yang: Guiness on tap immediately next door.
Yin: $8/pint.
On the other Yang: The Tao of the Irish pub across my street can be walked.

One word review of Beck's new album, Guero

Guano.

Chinese Fortune Cookie (reheated)

"Confucius says, 'Nation that could fix the Nork's red wagon by flicking the lights on and off a few times if it wanted to, but doesn't because it's engaging in asymmetrical cold war with international capitalist rivals, gets slapped with talk of currency reevaluation and tariffs under guise of protecting American jobs.' Lucky numbers: 1, 4, 22, 41, and 43"

Originally posted on The Unpopulist.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Honey, just because I don't care doesn't mean I don't understand

PepsiCo's president may have given a commencement speach wherein she said that the rest of the world thinks America's the worst thing ever, and that they're right, and etc and so forth, Amen. It may turn out that in fact, she only timidly suggested that American's need a little PR spin (while demurely avoiding eye contact with the audience and twirling a lock of her hair in her left hand), but given that this was Columbia, and I guess Ward Churchill was already booked, I think the shoe fits.

If true - if true - it seems ironic that she runs PepsiCo, a pillar of Kentuky Fried, Head for the Border ethnic parody dog endorsed*, Crystal Pepsi & Cheese Stuffed Brittney Spears endorsed, overpriced sugarwater selling (and obseity is a bigger probelm than lung cancer, don't you think?) American CULTURAL HEGEMONY.

Just saying.

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*Turns out PepsiCo sold the restaurants off awhile ago; my bad. Brit brit remains cheese-stuffed, though, because I'm pretty sure she actually is.

Ishtartar



Believe it or not, there are benefits to working in the land of the great Satan:



Like, Dental. (usually).

Update: Coming from a former British colony, the bad teeth make sense.

Update2: Yeah, Ishtar was Babylonian; but c'mon, you say Babylon, I say Bombayalon - Symba, it's the circle of life.

Update3: WTF re the beard dye job? Is that, like, kosher?

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Monday, May 16, 2005

Politics

Just so you know, I agree with this guy.

"The only thing more medieval than the concept of absolute truth is some groups' claim that they alone possess it. Yet, not only is such backward, fundamentalist thinking thriving in 21st-century America, it dominates one of our major political parties."

Gee, take a wild stab at which party he's (we're) talking about?

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Pregi, by Magdalena Piekorz (2004)

Pregi, by Magdalena Piekorz (2004)

I fell in love with this wonderful movie, that tells the story of two periods in the life of a young man; as a teenager, when his father educates him with humiliating methods, and when he is thirty, when, strong and pugnacious, he has problems in adapting to life.

I do not want to enter the issues about growth, of how much the personality of a man is linked to his childhood and so on but I shall dwell on other things. First of all the turning point in the life of this man is the story with a woman; and the best thing of the narration is how things happen without any wasted time. I explain myself better: the story is complicated, there are backwards marches (or attempts), but at any moment things are lived without postponing. The evelution of the personality of the man happens on the opposite at the last moment, and I had the impression it was not complete; I really liked this choice of giving the two things different time progressions.

I also found brilliant the setting, the Polish city, the apartment where he lives, the party at home.

Original, well directed, excellent actors and I liked the photography as well. I think this movie is a work of art.

Something about "L'avventura"

Hi to everyone,
I did not understand much of this movie Michelangelo Antonioni did in 1960. I *believe* this happens because the movie is quite difficult and deep. You can also accuse me of saying that
the movie is difficult and deep in order to justify the fact that I don't understand it, but I shall not be impressed by this accusation. At any rate, I talk about it. Talking without knowing the subject they are talking about is something that journalists, politicians, enterpreneurs, medical doctors, engineers and scientists do daily (and unfortunately the order of frequency is not necessarily this one), so I am cool about what I do.

I shall limit myself, though, to talking about two aspects that represent a small part of the movie. If anyone has comments please post them!

- I liked very much the inquiry about time, presence and absence. I am forced to reveal the key point of the movie, but I think that this is public domain: a woman disappears during a boat trip, and during the search already her lover and her best friend start a romance (synopsis courtesy of IMDB). Well, from the very moment of the disappearance it is as if the disappeared woman had never existed. The fact that the memory of her fades so quickly in the minds of the other characters seems almost unavoidable; but the movie pays attention to another detail as well: the memory is kept alive, but in an artificial way. The true interests of the characters regard exclusively the present.

- Moreover I liked the way that A. has of dwelling on the expressions and on the way the characters move. Movie time corresponds to reality time, in certain moments. I can't recall of other movies in which I saw this. I find it diffcult to say why I consider this way of filming beautiful and significant; such an explanation would consist in finding a link between these scenes and something else I consider important. Maybe, in this case, there is not any link, and it is just cinema.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Star Wars dissected

{L1... L2... L3...} = L7

(Harshness, of the smug, self-congratulating sort. I agree with Mr. Peck about much of what he says about the Star Wars films, but based on his conclusions about "ordinary people," whose stupidity and banality he can barely stoop to consider, I intensely dislike him. Which just goes to show that, given the complexity of the human condition, the enemy of my enemy is not necessarily your friend.)

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Massive, massive time sink

Rock and roll confidential: Hall of Douchebags.

(cough, I think it's obvious what sort of humor level a site called hall of douchebags settles beneath, but none the less, you've been forewarned)

Update: Cheesefries.

Update2: You know, they're all pretty good, but Ha ha, Heinousmith.:

Monday, May 09, 2005

30 years ago yesterday

I hit 30 yesterday (Mother's day) and I can't help it, it feels like an inflection point. I guess it's time to put away childish adolescent twentysomething things, like wearing my pants down around my knees and flashing devil's horns in church, and put on the garb and trappings of adult life. Which judging from around here, is actually pretty much whatever you were wearing when you turned thirty.

Friday, May 06, 2005

I know this is immature, but

Every time I hear or read "Neogroponte," I think of "Negrodamus."

Update: Budonkadonk.

Prof. loves Dinosaur BBQ



Vegetarian dinosaur eaten by decidedly non-vegetarian paleontologist.

See, if you eat the whole thing in under three hours, then you don't have to pay for it.

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Wednesday, May 04, 2005

That new SAT is hard

From a copy of the new SAT which I found yesterday:

14) "We pass through the present with our eyes blindfolded. We are permitted merely to sense and guess at what we are actually experiencing. Only later when the cloth is untied can we glance at the past and find out what we have experienced and what meaning it has." - Milan Kundera

(A) Like the author supposes, I have no idea where this test is going to lead me. Sure, most likely college, but that's really could be a gateway to anything - especially if I pledge TKE/Tri-Delt.

(B) Even if I did grasp the nature things instantaneously, I'm not sure how that instills them with meaning. Or is that what he's referring to anyway? Afterall, you could argue like Hume that morality cannot be derived from objective truth, and so depends on a subjective truth that has to develop later (this doesn't rule out absolute morality, just our certain access to it, right?)

(C) Otherwise who does he think is holding us back from a more immediate realization of our existence? It certainly sounds like he's blaming an external agent (God), and not so much time delay due a process inherent with the acquisition of wisdom through experience and suffering, ala Dostoyevsky. Really, this sounds like passive-aggressive midlife crisis bitching to me - I mean, Jesus, just shut up and buy a Vette already.

(D) Maybe it's better in Czech?

(E) There were two (E)-answers right before, so this can't possibly be the right answer. They wouldn't do that just to psych me out, would they?

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Oohhhhh, more poetry.

Flowers, and small ones,
brighten the spring.
And we are the kids:
clap your hand with ours!


Unknown author

What can I say, it's Spring

Only our love hath no decay;
This, no tomorrow hath, nor yesterday,
Running it never runs from us away,
But truly keeps his first, last, everlasting day.

John Donne

You know, the funny thing is what a horny player Donne was, and how he turned his intergalactic talent to the task of getting into this ladies trousers and then another, but then when Donne found his girl, he totally settled down. [cough] whipped [cough].

Second, he and those like him, wrote about their everlasting love, but then again, they're dead.

Third, trite though that may be, there are a few poets today who could stand to stop bragging about how great they are [95% of the time] and start putting all their amazing skills to the general good of helping those less articulate come across well to the fairer sex. And then they could help out the men, too.

Laura Bush vs Seth MacFarlane

Laura Bush Talks Naughty [NYTimes, subscription required, h/t Brothers Judd]

I looked forward to the first episode of Family Guy, which was okay, but a little thin to tell you the truth. However, Seth MacFarlane's new show, American Dad, totally fell flat for me. Besides looking and sounding like a mishmash of Family Guy characters, he really doesn't get Red America - at all. I think he's trying, but it's just anathema to him to admit any depth to his political oponents. Much has been made of South Park, what with their surprisingly pro-life sentiments (placed in the middle of every vulgarity you can think of), but in fact King of the Hill (and Beavis and Butthead) always resonated with me as a more conversvative brand of humor. Mike Judge runs circles around MacFarlane when it comes to skewering both small town folks and city slickers, probably cause he doesn't really hate either group.

Anyway, Republicans are funny now cause their mythology is less calcified.

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More poetry = I got nothing else I wanna say, so why not.

I'm quoting by ear here from a Northern Exposure rerun, so forgive the transcription liberties:

Oh woman, lovely woman -
God made you to temper man.
We would have been brutes without you.
Angles are painted fair to look like you.
There's in you all that we believe of heaven -
Amazing brightness, purity, and truth
Eternal joy and everlasting love

- Thomas Otway

Monday, May 02, 2005

Ladies and gentlemen, Laura Bush

Heh. "The amazing thing, however, is that George and I were just meant to be. I was the librarian who speant 12 hours a day in the library, yet somehow I met George."

And: "Now, of course, he spends his days clearing brush, cutting trails, taking down trees, or, as the girls call it, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. George's answer to any problem at the ranch is to cut it down with a chainsaw — which I think is why he and Cheney and Rumsfeld get along so well."

And: "It's always very interesting to see how the ranch air invigorates people when they come down from Washington. Recently, when Vice President Cheney was down, he got up early one morning, he put on his hiking boots, and he went on a brisk, 20- to 30-foot walk."

Plus, more.

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