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July 5th, 2005


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09:05 pm
i saw war of the worlds the other night, and LOVED it. not for the reasons you're supposed to like movies though- the characters were stupid, the plot didn't exist, the effects were half-hearted, the only good acting in the movie was dakota fanning. basically, you ignore everything going on in front, and watch the story that's behind it- aliens attack earth and kick our ass. imagine it, when they come out and start blasting, when a troop of the tripods lumber by, when they start picking people up. amazing
i kept thinking the whole time: this is what it's like for everything else. when we hunt birds or lions, when we set traps and stomp ants, when we take antibiotics, this is what they see. huge, implacable, inexplicable death. (not that i blame us)
on the other hand, no one i was with was very impressed, and cara hated the shit out of it. so proceed with caution.

Ilanas Dream (11:16:53 PM): I had a dream about you
Ilanas Dream (11:17:28 PM): You came with me to Morehead, and a shark bit off your head, so I swam into the shark and stole your head back and we put it back on you, and you just shrugged and nonchalantly walked off, like nothing big had happened.

i love sting rays. they are graceful and badass and striking. i was never clear, though, on the difference between sting rays and manta rays; i thought maybe they were just different names for the same thing, but wasn't sure. turns out there are a whole shitload of sting ray species, of which manta rays are just one. hmm!

my washington copilot has been officially chosen (finally): tara! i predict this trip being fantastical. expected date of departure is sometime early august

on sunday night, i finally met jessica hinds-bond, who i've known online for roundabout 7 years. very cool! she was very fun, and her husband seems cool, and yeah. good times. i'll be stopping by their place on the way to washington for further harassment
also, last week i went to see hart at her job at dunkin donuts. it was fun, but a little awkward in that 'we haven't seen each other in a year, what are we supposed to talk about' kind of way. i suppose this is to be expected. she made me a gigantor bagel sandwich, and sprayed me with whipped cream!
np: live - SFX radio network presents - 10 - I Alone (With "Bittersweet Symphony" Medley)

(22 shots upside the head | en garde!)

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From:theashifaction
Date:July 6th, 2005 04:18 am (UTC)
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we went to that fish place in lancaster (really, thats the name of it) and they had stingrays for sale for 35 bucks!! i wanted to get one to keep in a coffee table in the living room but jaco said no. well ok he didnt say no but he gave me that look that people give people who want to keep stingrays in a coffee table. and not the OMG YOU ARE TOTALLY AWESOME look that we would give them. the other look.
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From:kingnixon
Date:July 6th, 2005 05:30 am (UTC)
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ashi, he is clearly holding you back from full awesomeness potential. something needs to be done about this.
i didn't know you even COULD buy sting rays. i thought they were like exotic magical danger fish. how big were they, for 35 bucks? what do they eat? could you play with them, or would they stab you? etc???
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From:theashifaction
Date:July 6th, 2005 02:33 pm (UTC)
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i thought so too! i thought there was some kind of endangered sting ray act prohibiting the purchase for amusement or something but no they were all 35 bucks get em while theyre hot! they had one that was 149.99 and he was 3/4 as big as the fish tank he was in (those fish tanks that all fish places have to keep...fish) and the 35 dollar ones they had like 5 or six of them in one of those tanks so they were like the size of an average person's hand. and i think they were fresh water, too. they had seahorses for only 30 dollars as well, i wanted them to be friends but seahorses have special needs dont they? i dont know what sting rays eat but they had a bunch in the touch tank so i dont think they could hurt you
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From:ashootingstar
Date:July 6th, 2005 04:22 am (UTC)
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i was fairly impressed, effects half hearted??? cmon thoes were sick. and the plot wasnt that bad, just simple, aliens attack, story follows one guy and his kids as they try to survive. you try to do too much w/the plot and it would be as bad as cara thought it was :O) lol you should mention that cara hated it cause she was expecting a much more dark ending, and had i expected that i would have thought it sucked too. ok thats bout it. you need to have a crazy mansion going away party! dooo ittt...
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From:kingnixon
Date:July 6th, 2005 05:34 am (UTC)
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some of the effects were incredible, and some just blew. speilberg doesn't really have any idea how to use digital filmmaking yet, some of the shots were so clumsy and obviously bluescreened.
i'm not saying there shoulda been more plot. if anything, there should have been less- it's not like i gave a crap about tom cruise running in circles. but they have to have something, i suppose. so yeah, just leave the kid dead, get rid of the incredibly out-of-place soundtrack, and it will get 3 thumbs up.
i seriously do! i am going to make this happen
From:sillypoot
Date:July 6th, 2005 09:51 am (UTC)
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Or maybe Cara hated it because of gaping plot holes like -
1) After the lightning, everything electrical stops working, but some dude is videotaping something with his camera a couple minutes later
2) They happen to find the one working car in the whole fucking city
3) Said car is the only thing not smashed after an estimated eleventy billion planes fall out of the sky an onto their house
4) The thing with his son (I won't say because I don't want to give away too much)

There's so much more that sucked so bad about this movie. I will admit it's an interesting point that everyone it being killed like everything else in nature (ie lions and tigers and bears oh my), but that seriously isn't enough for me to give this movie 1/2 a star. I seriously sat there trying not to laugh for most of it. And yes, I was expecting a darker ending, but even if it had ended with the fucking plantet blowing up I still would have hated it.
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From:ashootingstar
Date:July 6th, 2005 11:31 am (UTC)
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yup i pretty much agree w/that
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From:ratkrycek
Date:July 6th, 2005 04:38 am (UTC)
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I saw War of the Worlds today and I loved it. I had similar thoughts; this is what we've done to the planet ourselves, from how we treat the animals to how we treat the plants to how we treat each other. Sometimes I can really come to hate us as a species, but at core, I guess everything's Darwinian. Doesn't make it right, though, or fair to the other living things on the Earth. I enjoyed the righteous indignation of some of the people and wondered if animals, plants, etc. feel the same way about some of the things we do. I wonder whether they have consciousness as we do, and if so... what they think, why they don't seem to resist at all... futility? Some might say I anthropomorphize too much, but why not - why shouldn't they have consciousness?

The movie was truly amazing and hit close to home on many levels. And I don't tink I'll ever hear a ferry horn the same way again!
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From:kingnixon
Date:July 6th, 2005 05:44 am (UTC)
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see, i don't think it's a condemnation of our species. i guess i didn't say this right in the post, but i didn't mean it like that is what we are inflicting on other things. that is what we do, by existing. that's what everything does. life. how many bacteria and little organisms do i kill every time i have lunch? how many dust mites and skin cells do i kill when i roll over in my sleep? once i start handing out consciousness, i don't see why the line should be drawn at one thing vs another. it's not like we have any idea
in every moment, an infinite sum of life ends and another infinite sum is born. total death and rejuvination
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From:leyse
Date:July 6th, 2005 05:53 am (UTC)
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i hated it because it was like the theme was "the only thing stronger than aliens? family! awww!" i hate the family theme that he has to throw in every single movie he does ever.
From:sillypoot
Date:July 6th, 2005 09:43 am (UTC)
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Exactly! The plot was so contrived and rediculous.
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From:ashootingstar
Date:July 6th, 2005 11:32 am (UTC)
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actualy the plot was the only thing stronger than aliens, is disease
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From:ashootingstar
Date:July 6th, 2005 11:32 am (UTC)
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should have had a :O) in there to denote smartass-ness :O)
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From:leyse
Date:July 9th, 2005 04:41 am (UTC)
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well, yes... but... they all survived because they were family, AWWW!
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From:ashootingstar
Date:July 10th, 2005 06:00 am (UTC)
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lol i dunno, i think everyone agrees the son was the dumbest thing ever. other than that, what would be the point of following around a family who dies half way thru the invasion? lol
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From:kingnixon
Date:July 10th, 2005 08:38 am (UTC)
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i'd say that other than the son (who, yeah, totally shoulda been dead), they all survived because they just kinda did. i think it said at the end that 1/6 of the population was killed, so odds were in their favor and they got lucky. lots of other families didn't - tim robbins said he lost everyone
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From:columbasimplex
Date:July 6th, 2005 02:51 pm (UTC)
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Oh my God I tooooooootally had a nightmare about sting rays last night! I think they're so scary and so so gross. I had my head under the pillows for the first 3/4 of the Sting Ray Battle on "Iron Chef" -- I made my not-boyfriend tell me when they were all cut up into unrecognizable chunks and buried in sea urchin roe so I wouldn't have to look at them. Ew.
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From:kingnixon
Date:July 10th, 2005 08:44 am (UTC)
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nooooooo they're great! my favorite animal that isn't currently extinct (ie, giant sloths). and some of them are electric like the eels, and some have poison spikey tail studs, and and and yeah they're neat
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From:ardentdelirium
Date:July 6th, 2005 09:17 pm (UTC)
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are you coming any nearer to me than Philly?
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From:kingnixon
Date:July 10th, 2005 08:45 am (UTC)
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it isn't looking to be so :(
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From:doppmonster
Date:July 7th, 2005 07:31 am (UTC)
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I Alone with the Bittersweet Symphony in a medley? That sounds like an amazing song.
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From:kingnixon
Date:July 10th, 2005 08:51 am (UTC)
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it isn't a medley so much as them playing the chorus a few times during the bridge, and then ed says some ridiculous thing about how he doesn't agree with the song because people don't ever die "if you just find love and truth in your hearts you don't ever die, you just keep coming to rock and roll concerts forever!", and they go back to i alone.
i found an assload of live concerts online a few weeks ago and seriously, everything ed ever says to the crowd is incredibly stupid and/or nuts. the man is a wacko
but yes, amazing song

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