Trackback Blues

Posted in Blogging on March 26th 2003 by Randy Reichardt

¦¦ With encouragement and guidance from Heavy G, I successfully embedded trackback coding into my templates tonight. (I know, it doesn’t make much sense to me either). But I’m glad I finally did it. Geoff mentioned an interesting graphical show-and-tell about how trackback works. I think it’s finally beginning to make sense. Now the Amazing Trotts, creators of Moveable Type, have written A Beginner’s Guide To Trackback.

Now I need to learn how to use it!

Late Night Ramblings

Posted in Film, Miscellaneous, Observations, Pop Culture on March 25th 2003 by Randy Reichardt

¦¦ The brain functions better with sleep, of which I have not been getting much lately. Today at work the world was spinning too quickly – so much paper pushing. Yeesh.

¦¦ Librarians looking for an interesting sig file can check Lib.Sigs., “Quotations for Librarians’ E-mail Signature Files”. The latest entry comes from the Oscars, courtesy of Michael Moore: “We like nonfiction, and we live in fictitious times.”

¦¦ Speaking of Michael Moore’s Oscar acceptance speech, this evening I watched a video of the IFP Independent Spirit Awards, which were handed out on Saturday night, the day before the Oscars. Moore won an award there as well, and his acceptance speech was essentially the same one he gave at the Academy Awards, but longer and more drawn out, as he didn’t face a time constraint, and the attendees, independent filmmakers, writers, actors, etc., were on his side for the most part. The nominees and award winners are listed here.

¦¦ Remember Clonaid and their claims of having created clone babies? Apparently this is a picture of the third one. What, you thought there were only two clone babies? Well, try five.

¦¦ Tired of the one-sided tv coverage of the war on Iraq? I’m disgusted with the coverage on CNN today, broadcasting interviews with families of captured US soldiers – what horse pucky! One interviewer asked a father if he’d prefer to have his son released. Well, DUH! Hey, can we get a few more retired generals on board? Cheer up and read You Might Be A Right Wing Republican If …

Academy Awards Redux

Posted in Film on March 24th 2003 by Randy Reichardt

¦¦ I watched the Oscars tonight with friends, something I haven’t done for so long I can’t remember the last time it happened. I enjoyed watching the awards and exchanging comments along the way. In my predictions, I went 3-8, not a good score. I was thrilled for Adrien Brody, by far the surprise award of the evening. I thought Michael Moore’s acceptance speech started well, and ended poorly, but not because of its content. I support him, appreciate his anger towards the injustice in the world, and wish there were more like him out there willing to speak their minds so freely and with conviction. I realize that his words were in character, and were what we were privately expecting to hear. I wish he’d have expressed himself with more grace and dignity, and with respect for the moment. The rant that Dubya didn’t win the election because he lost the popular vote in 2000 is such old news by now. Regardless, I’m glad he won.

That said, check out his comments in the press room after he won the award. I admire him for standing by his actions, and he makes a convincing case for saying what he did, which is the defense of free speech in a country where free speech is under seige.

I was disappointed that Eminem decided not to appear. This may be the first time in 75 years that a nominated song was not performed at the Oscars, and then won the award.

As for Martin Scorsese, his award, if ever, will wait for another film in another time. That Gangs of New York didn’t receive one award, however, was a bit much – it’s a powerful film that at the very least deserved the award for Art Direction.

Academy Awards

Posted in Film on March 23rd 2003 by Randy Reichardt

¦¦ I’ve spent an hour wrestling with HTML coding for tables, trying to create a 4 column by 9 row table to list my Oscar predictions, deserveds and sentimental favourites. Alas, I am HTML-challenged. So I’ll do it the old fashioned way, one line at a time.

I’ve seen every movie nominated in these eight categories this year excepy Y Tu Mamá También, for Best Original Screenplay. My picks are listed as Will Win (W), Deserves to Win (D), Hope It/She/He Wins (H):

Film: Chicago (W), Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (D), Gangs of New York (H)
Actor: Jack Nicholson (W), Daniel Day-Lewis (D), Daniel Day Lewis (H)
Actress: Renée Zellweger (W), Salma Hayek (D), Julianne Moore (H)
S Actor: Chris Cooper (W, D, H)
S Actress: Catherine Zeta-Jones (W), Meryl Streep (D), Catherine Zeta-Jones (H)
Director: Martin Scorsese (W), Rob Marshall (D), Martin Scorsese (H)
Original Screenplay: Gangs of New York (W, D, H)
Adapted Screenplay: Adaptation (W), The Hours (D), The Pianist (H)
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“We’re At War”

Posted in Observations on March 20th 2003 by Randy Reichardt

¦¦ Some years ago I asked my mother if she remembered first hearing about the start of WWII in 1939. She was 7 years old at the time, and said she did. She was playing outside, bouncing a ball against a wall, and heard another kid say the war had started. Tonight I was in Safeway buying some groceries, and while standing in line at the checkout, heard a staff member say, “We’re at war. Started about 20 minute ago.” She then began bagging my groceries for me. I’ll probably remember that moment for the rest of my life.

¦¦ The link to Michael Moore’s letter to “Governor Bush” is spreading through blogdom like a virus. But it’s a virus worth spreading.

¦¦ Of interest to me is the bashing being absorbed by Natalie Maines and The Dixie Chicks, after Maines’ comment at a recent concert in London, England: “Just so you know, we’re ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas.” Shortly after her comment made it to the shores of the USA, The Chicks issued a statement clarifying her earlier comment, and two days later, Maines issued an demeaning apology, most likely with the pressure from and the urging of The Chicks’ record company, as fans began steamrolling their CDs and country music stations stopped playing their music.

I give props to Maines for having the guts to speak her mind, perhaps unaware of the consequences, but having done so despite that. It’s unfortunate that she had to issue an apology that reads like she got a spanking and was sent to her room without dinner for being a bad girl. Oddly enough, on her website (or a website devoted to her, I can’t tell), is a different message: “To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. ***Theodore Roosevelt***” Strong words, but words that do not seem to apply to the Bush Administration.

I think I will buy their new album.

It’s The End of The Word as We Know It – According to a Talking Fish

Posted in NYC on March 19th 2003 by Randy Reichardt

¦¦ Two fish cutters slaughtering live carp in NYC heard one of the fish began speaking in Hebrew about the imminent end of the world. Fact or fiction? You decide.

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