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That’s what it’s called on Youtube. I think it’s neat.

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I went to see Dina Martina last night for the first time. Given her alarming appearance, her humor is surprisingly gentle. She comes across as a very nice woman who you would love to have over to the house sometime. A kindred spirit really. But again that scarily drawn mouth does make you pull back.

Dina Martina purposely mispronounces words. It’s a phenomenon I’ve noticed in my Dad. It’s almost as if he likes the fact that people are confused and want to correct him. Dina always gives away gifts pronounced jifts. Gift giving is jift jiving. It’s very fun.

I’m heading up to Whistler today with my computer, so hopefully I’ll be able to get some good photos in.

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I went to see the new James Bond movie Quantum of Solace this weekend. Did you know that there is now such thing as an AM matinee. I’m not sure if it’s everywhere, but we paid $6 a piece to see the show at 10:30 in the morning. The drawbacks are: who can eat popcorn at 10:30 in the morning? But I digress.

Quantum of Solace was a surprisingly fun popcorn movie (sans the popcorn.) I’ll admit I never saw any of the Pierce Brosnan Bond movies, but somehow I think I can safely say that I prefer this new franchise. I remember reading an article about the Pierce Brosnan movies where they described how difficult it was to update Bond. To make him less of an asshole when it comes to women, and to make women less bunny-like.

What is great about the Daniel Craig movies is that from the onset Bond is an asshole. He’s a thug. He doesn’t blink at using people to accomplish his goals. He doesn’t care if those he uses are innocent or if they are also women. If he does, we don’t really see it.

This James Bond is post-modern. The more cartoonish aspects of the character are suggested but never spoken. Take for instance the famous martini. Bond is drinking what appears to be a martini, the bartender describes the ingrediants of a martini, but the word martini is never uttered. How about those ridiculous vixen names? Bond asks a woman what her name is. Miss Fields, she answers. Fields, just Fields, he says. Just Fields, she answers. How’s that for post-modernism.

And of course there are the explosions and the car chases and the swanky environments on top of it. Mathieu Amalric is wonderful as the villain, though I’m still missing the great Mads Mikkelsen from Casino Royale. Mads does appear to have a credit for Quantum of Solace for the same character from Casino Royale. Somehow I missed that cameo. Too bad. I can’t get enough of Mads Mikkelsen.

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RIP Paul Newman


Here’s a clip from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

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Here’s an interesting article on parents who use corporal punishment in order to discipline their children. Instead of looking at the psychological affects on the child, it looks at the psychological and “addictive” affects on the parent.

But parents keep on hitting. Why? The key is corporal punishment’s temporary effectiveness in stopping a behavior. It does work—for a moment, anyway. The direct experience of that momentary pause in misbehavior has a powerful effect, conditioning the parent to hit again next time to achieve that jolt of fleeting success and blinding the parent to the long-term failure of hitting to improve behavior. The research consistently shows that the unwanted behavior will return at the same rate as before. But parents believe that corporal punishment works, and they are further encouraged in that belief by feeling that they have a right and even a duty to punish as harshly as necessary.

My parents very much believed in corporal punishment. In fact, I love the scene from Mommie Dearest with the wire coat hangers because it gives me slight vindication thinking that my mother’s proclivity to hit me with wire coat hangers is considered so bad that it’s the most crucial scene in a film about abuse. Does that make me weird?

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I love films that begin with confusion. You watch just to find out what is going on.

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For those of you watching Project Runway, here’s an article about last season’s winner Christian Siriano’s debut collection. I’m glad to hear he’s doing more than maternity wear. Here’s a link to view the photographs of the collection.

Interesting quote from the article:

“I just think there are so many reality shows that people become famous but they’re not really famous for anything,” Siriano said in a phone interview Monday while casting models. “At least people on ‘Project Runway’ are talented.”

Well….some of them anyway.

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