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Comment Re:brilliant (Score 1) 4

Actually my favorite analogy for the US-French relationship is younger brother-older brother. To everyone else they seem exceptionally similar yet they have a sibling's perspective of each other- completely out of proportion of the world. The older brother was considered something of a prodigy, but was the sort who would rather go travelling the Continent and sleeping in hostels right out of high school. The younger brother went straight to the show, got his MBA went to work. Older brother went and got his law degree, worked at a community law center and talked only of injustice. Younger brother got rich at a firm... soon everyone was pointing out what a success he was; often implying the missed expectations of the older one. Older brother criticized his betrayal of idealism. Younger brother responded by pointing out how older brother's idealism lead him to act without concern for the results of his actions. For every bad thing one could point out in the other, it wasn't long they'd find something similar pointed out about themselves.

Now watching them talk is the drunken part of a family reunion. Sometimes it's funny. Brothers wrestling still. Other times the venom can evacuate the air from the room and make everyone else want to disappear.

I think of watching Robert Crumb and his older brother in the documentary Crumb. Or the Italian movie The Best of Youth. It's how families are.

Journal Journal: The Problem With 4

Hmm, what to read next? I just finished Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians and now I need to decide which book comes next. Like most readers I have a queue that gets filled up over time with future endeavors. Unlike most Readers I chip away at mine with only a casual fingertip. I read a little now and then. Traveling is best but I don't have a normal hands-free commute. I used to be better about reading and writing on Sunday's but that's passed as my weeks have edged into my weekends.


Journal Journal: Music flying over the Sky

Today I was amazed: I got a CD from Japan shipped on the 7th delivered on the 9th. Ok, so I shelled out mad crazy yen to get the disc but, seriously, what a great world were we can do such things. Of course now the fucking recording industry needs to get its head out of its ass and figure out a good scheme for handing out albums. Everyone knows the Japanese Album: the same as the domestic one but with all sorts of cool additional shit on it. It's probably an effect of the byzantine deals that


Journal Journal: The Endtimes aren't Near (Children of Men) 5

Children of Men is a very good movie. Inside of it is a great movie that is sabotaged by a central plot that is explosively idiotic. This fact is difficult to tell, difficult to see through all the critical acclaim Children of Men is getting but in a moment walking right out of the theater you get stuck with it: what does anything have to do with anything in that movie, let alone infertility?


Journal Journal: Best Movies of 2006 8

I probably should have waited on this list and started with my music in 2006 one instead. Movies are a tough thing to categorize at the end of the year just because of the demands of the medium. Not only is there a good chance that your hometown won't even get many of the best movies of the year (at all, let alone within the calendar year) but you just can't throw on a movie in the background and use it as your commute soundtrack for a few days. Film requires active effort to find, att

Slashdot Posting Bug Infuriates Haggard Admins 262

Last night we crossed over 16,777,216 comments in the database. The wise amongst you might note that this number is 2^24, or in MySQLese an unsigned mediumint. Unfortunately, like 5 years ago we changed our primary keys in the comment table to unsigned int (32 bits, or 4.1 billion) but neglected to change the index that handles parents. We're awesome! Fixing is a simple ALTER TABLE statement... but on a table that is 16 million rows long, our system will take 3+ hours to do it, during which time there can be no posting. So today, we're disabling threading and will enable it again later tonight. Sorry for the inconvenience. We shall flog ourselves appropriately. Update: 11/10 12:52 GMT by J : It's fixed.
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Journal Journal: Yo Voté 16

Got up at 0600. Showered and out of the door by 0622. It was about even between permanent night and transcient dawn. None of the reported rain. Fog swept in and had eaten up everything. The neighborhood is quiet, save the trucks and early commuter traffic.

I got to walking. Not much in the way of sidewalks here. Too hilly, too old development suburban. Vines and sheer front yard edges. Wet rotting piles of leaves tracked from the curb into the street. Parked cars sat in them.


Journal Journal: The Departed 3

[Warning: Spoilers]

So I'm a big fan of Scorsese. He brings so much to film: as a filmmaker, as a director of actors, as a cinephile. To watch his career is to get an education on the history of cinema. His movies drip with the touches of DeSica, Hawks, Ford, Ozu and countless others. Moreso Scorsese is impressive because of his indifference to scholarly groupthink. His documentary A Personal Journey through American Cinema with Martin Scorses begins not with any Citize

Talent does what it can. Genius does what it must. You do what you get paid to do.