Archive for February, 2005

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Yahoo!

February 28, 2005

Well, I finally got a job. I had an interview this morning at 10:00 and at 12:30 I got the call saying I have the job.

The pay is low – very low – but hopefully we’ll be able to make do with it. The hardest part will be catching up with some overdue bills and what we owe the parents.

I start tomorrow at 8:00 with a day of orientation. So, of course, you know what that means, right? If you guessed ‘bad weather’ you are correct, sir! We’re supposed to get up to 10 inches of snow tonight. So, in addition to having to be there at 8:00, I have to get up and dig the freakin car out. Ugh!

Oh well, at least I’ll finally be earning a paycheck.

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A Glimmer of Hope, a Nice Drive and a New Page

February 26, 2005

As the title of this entry implies, there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon. I have a job interview on Monday with a local (very local – it’s about 4 blocks down the street) lumber company so keep your fingers crossed everybody!

Today, after taking our weekly visit to deposit our trash, we took a drive around the area. We haven’t really done that since we moved here and it was nice to get out for a while. China went with us, but I think she might have gotten a little naseous. She rode with us all over Florida, but that place was as flat as flat can be. The only ‘hills’ were overpasses. Here, there are plenty of hills and lots of bumpy roads from the frost heaves. Hee hee. I just like saying that ‘frost heaves.’ Sounds like the winter ice is gonna hurl.

I was also able to make some updates to my website today. I wanted to start a little ‘shrine’ section on my site with single dedication pages to my favorite persons, places or things. I started with Kyle MacLachlan, star of ‘Twin Peaks’ and appearing in the upcoming ‘Touch of Pink’ in which he plays Cary Grant. (rowr)

Toodles!

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The Snifter Has Been Updated

February 15, 2005

My personal site, The Snifter, has been updated. I’ve streamlined the site, taken some things off the site, added some new ones, changed some graphics. Be sure to stop by and give it a once over.

http://www.brandimills.com

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Where can I get one of these?

February 14, 2005

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I really need to get me one of these guys…minus the spider monkey

This is a new comic that I ‘discovered’ today, thanks to Websnark. It’s a great comic called Skinny Panda and I urge all of you readers (what, all two of you?) to go check it out.

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This week’s ‘blizzard’ didn’t pass us by

February 10, 2005

The last time a ‘blizzard’ was supposed to dump a foot of snow on us, it pretty much passed us by, which pretty much ticked me off.

This time, it’s here and looks like it’s here to stay for a day or so. Yesterday, almost all the snow was gone, but today, the world is white once again.

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China, not enjoying the muddy, slushy back yard
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China in her ‘new’ back yard, the way she prefers it.
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The house, from the back yard
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The woods are all white when you look into them now.
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A view of the edge of the woods.

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This is NOT another Super Bowl post…or maybe it is

February 7, 2005

Man, I didn’t even watch the damn thing but I still feel like the Super Bowl has permeated my life. Everywhere I went online today it was Super Bowl this and Super Bowl that.

Thing was, all these fans of the Super Bowl – all they did was bitch. The commercials weren’t funny, there weren’t enough bare breasts, Paul McCartney is old. Geez, what is it with fans today? They can’t enjoy anything anymore.

Just for the record, I hate sports. The amount of money spent on sports – a form of entertainment that is the same thing over and over and over and over again – disgusts me. Sure, that player can throw the ball further than that other player, but you know what? They’re all doing the same thing – throwing balls. Whoopee!

Hmm, guess I’m feeling cynical today.

So, what did I do on Sunday afternoon while most of the rest of the country was salivating over some over-paid jocks throwing around an odd-shaped ball? I organized comics, watched more episodes of Twin Peaks, took my dog for a walk and worked on my upcoming James Cagney site. Not too terribly exciting, but from what I read on the web, neither was the Super Bowl!

Oh, and Jeff Albertson: Most – boring – name – ever.

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Living in Maine

February 4, 2005

I thought I’d post a few pictures of what it’s like to live in Maine. For those of you who haven’t read the whole blog, you might want to note that we moved here two months ago from hot, humid Florida, so Maine has been quite an adjustment. For me, it’s been a very welcome adjustment.

It’d be perfect if I could find a freakin’ job.

If the following isn’t enough for you, check out my dog’s blog over at http://chinacabinet.blogspot.com

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The cat really doesn’t like the dog much, but when it comes to the heat vent, she’ll get really close. As you can see here, she’d probably prefer to sleep inside the heat vent box.
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This is one of Audrey’s favorite spots. Right now, it’s only sunny for about an hour or two, but I’m sure that once summer gets here, we’ll find her here a lot more.
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Just for Mom – here’s what a Maine gravel pit looks like. You know, those pits that Stephen King is always writing about.
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Here’s China trudging through some of the snow in the back yard. It’s still pretty deep closer to the woods.

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Mixed Feelings

February 3, 2005

This isn’t the first time this has happened, and I dare say that it isn’t going to be the last.

Gene Kelly’s image is being used to sell Volkswagen cars. The new commercial features his face grafted onto a modern dancer doing modern dance moves. The re-creation of the ‘Singing in the Rain’ street set is flawless and the cgi grafting is pretty good, although still noticeable.

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Growing trend: Dead actors making new appearances

I have mixed feelings about using dead celebrities’ moving images to sell products. The incident that really raises my hackles is the set of Dirt Devil commercials using Fred Astaire’s image dancing with a vacuum cleaner. My main reason for those bad feelings is the fact that his widow will allow his image to be used to sell something, but won’t allow it to be used to honor someone, such as was the case with Ginger Rogers’ AFI salute. Mrs Astaire claims to be abiding by Fred’s wishes, but it seems that the more money that is thrown at her, the more willing she is to let his image be used.

That’s beside the point and something I could bitch about for days if someone would let me.

My post today is about my mixed feelings about using these images.

One side of me finds it appalling – those people are dead, let them stay dead. Watching their movies or television programs is fine – they made those works themselves. These new commercials and film appearances were not made by them and therefore can sometimes have a really creepy aura about them, especially if you are a fan of these people and know these images so well.

But another voice pops up in my head telling me that by doing this, new generations will be introduced to these actors and they might just become curious enough to start watching movies that are more than 10 years old. Sure, the Volkswagen commercial is a little tasteless, but what if some kid likes it and wants to watch the movie it’s based on. A new fan of classic films could be born as a result.

In other words, I guess I’m trying to figure out if the ends justifies the means. In the case of Fred Astaire especially, it might. Due to the tight-fisted nature of his widow, a man who was once one of the most revered figures in Hollywood is being forgotten. The cost of using his image in documentaries is pretty high so he is being left out. It’s not impossible to see a future where people will believe that Gene Kelly was the only premiere dancer of the golden era of Hollywood simply because Fred’s image isn’t being put out there anymore.

I do believe it could be done in a more tasteful way, however. In the recent film “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow” Sir Laurence Olivier made an appearance playing a character named Totenkoff. He actually played a character, an important one, although he was seen very little. His apperances were not exploitive and his face was not grafted on someone else doing cartwheels down a street.

I guess I’m still of two minds on the subject. With the technology being what it is, I know that this is going to happen more and more often so I suppose I should just get used to it.

I just can’t decide if I’m going to be happy about it or bemoan the use of a dead celebrity’s image for commercial gain.

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Something re-learned

February 1, 2005

Today’s new knowledge acquirement: Twin Peaks is just as infectious as it ever was.

Since the husband and I don’t have cable, we’ve been watching our DVD and VHS collection. I got the Twin Peaks season one DVD set for Christmas two years ago and we had never sat down to watch the series straight through.

Last week, we decided to finally watch it. I have the second season on pre-recorded VHS tapes so after we finished the gorgeous DVDs, we’ve moved on to the crappy, fuzzy, hissy VHS tapes. (Oh please, Lions Gate, please release season 2 on DVD.)

I find that the series is just as addictive, mesmerizing and just plain fun as it ever was. I’m getting a lot more of the film noir ‘in’ jokes (thanks to my film noir-buff husband) and I’m re-evaluating my opinions on several of the performances.

When the show was originally on ABC, I didn’t like Joan Chen (Josie Packard). I thought she was terrible. This time around, I’m finding that she did a great job. James Marshall (James Hurley), while very annoying in the beginning, has grown on me. It’s too bad that he’s given the most annoying plot line a quarter of the way through season two.

One opinion that has not changed is that of Kyle MacLachlan’s performance as Agent Dale Cooper. His portrayal of his character’s joy at discovering rural life is never hokey and never feels false.

Here’s to hoping that Lions Gate does release that second season and includes the ‘previously on’ and ‘next time on’ clips, which were just as bizarre as the show itself.

In closing, I’d like to leave you with my favorite quote from the show, spoken by the ever-yelling Agent Gordon Cole, played by David Lynch:

“THE WORLD LINKAGE REMINDS ME OF SAUSAGE! NEVER CARED MUCH FOR THE LINKS, PREFERRED THE PATTIES! BUT BREAKFAST IS A REAL GOOD IDEA!”