I do not speak Ad. Watching commercials feels strangely like watching documentaries on alien societies; I see elements that I feel like I should understand, but they're put together all wrong.

Perhaps it is this odd sense of alienation that left me utterly bewildered by the trailers in front of District 9. Two horror films (Halloween 2, Shutter Island -- which they may call a drama, but is so not), one zombie-comedy (Zombieland; I must see this movie), a Vampire Comedy (The Vampire's Assistant -- also a Want To See) and Apocalyptic Horror (Legion, another one I wish to see.) Horror-themed trailers go in front of a science-fiction dystopia film why? Did they not have any other place to put them?

Speaking of advertising gone wrong, someone at Chase needs to fire their marketing director. Chase has a ton of new ads up in Georgia (that I've no idea what they're advertising FOR is really the mildest sin) which are intended to be sort of "Hey, we're just good Georgia Folks" ads.

But they're doing it completely wrong. One of them reads "Things just got a little peachier; Chase is now in Georgia." But 'peachier' isn't right even if one were going to say "peachy" which most Georgia folks don't say to begin with. Another apologizes for getting stuck in traffic. The worst reads "Chase is now in Georgia. Y'all should come by."

It took me a while to figure out what was wrong with the phrasing there, but I knew that it was wrong. I finally figured out that (at least to me) "Y'all should" isn't a valid construction. "Y'all come by" would work. Even "Y'all ought to come by" would be passable. But "y'all should" just isn't right, so it sounds like a yankee pretending to be southern in order to fit in, and that ain't right.
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I need a couple of new DVDs to show to the Bitling during a 9+ hour plane flight. It should be age appropriate (3-5 year olds) and preferably something that won't drive me crazy. (Anyone suggesting Dora the Explorer will be summarily drawn and quartered.)

Anyone got ideas?
[livejournal.com profile] touchstone rented The Transporter last night as a Happy for me. Fast cars, guns and well-built men fighting while covered in motor-oil -- what's not to love? It's good to have a husband who knows your tastes.

We also went to see Quantum of Solace over the weekend. I'm really enjoying the Bond reboot far more than I thought I would. I held the old-style Bond films in high regard as excellent mind-fluff with cool gadgets and explosions and hot eye-candy. The new Bond-as-Thug motif initially made me wary, but I've loved both of the Craig films.

The weekend was good if unexciting. We did a massive "put everything in its place" push on Saturday in the hopes of taming some of the messier corners of the house. We need a library badly. The rest of the week looks to be even less exciting than the weekend as work is just Not Fun for the next week and a half. Still, the weekend was good and the holidays are coming, so it's not all bad.

And there were fast cars, guns and men in motor oil. I love my husband.
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( Oct. 4th, 2008 09:16 pm)
We introduced the Bit to Labyrinth tonight. She loved it. Huzzah!

Now, when can we let her watch Star Wars?
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( May. 29th, 2008 03:08 pm)
Movie Meme )
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( Feb. 20th, 2008 11:51 pm)
More quotes. These, perhaps, more accurately reflect my real tastes.
Less deep. More me. )
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( Feb. 19th, 2008 05:04 pm)
1. Pick 15 of your favorite movies.
2. Go to IMDb (or Wikiquote, my personal favorite!) and find a quote from each movie. (or in some cases, just remember them.)
3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
4. Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed it correctly and the name of the movie.
5. NO GOOGLING/using IMDb/Wikiquote search functions.
Read more... )
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Despite being sicker than I've been in possibly decades on Thursday and Friday, I managed to salvage the weekend somewhat by recovering almost fully today. Of the three goals I had for the weekend -- Fernbank, Harry Potter and a walk -- I got one and a half done. We saw Harry Potter (it's pretty easy to sit when still feeling a little shaky) and took a very slow walk through the zoo late this afternoon. Fernbank will wait; their exhibit of a 123 foot long dinosaur isn't likely to go anywhere anytime soon.

I also steam-cleaned the downstairs carpet. I was going to hold off on this until I was fully well, but there was a tragic Gatorade accident, and visions of ants were a sufficiently strong motivating force to make cleaning seem not so bad really. Still, I think I'm managing a sufficiently gentle recovery that I'm not going to relapse.

Actually, I'm hoping that I had food poisoning. While I'm perfectly capable of surviving several days of not eating, (and the subsequent 5 pound weight loss) I'm less than confident of tLD's ability to do so without winding up in the hospital. So let's hope that whatever it was, it wasn't catching.
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( Jul. 7th, 2007 02:17 pm)
A little late, but I hereby add my voice to the OMG!!!ELEVENTYBBQSQUEE chorus in regards to Transformers.

I spent most of the movie bouncing like a hyperactive 10 year old.
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( Jun. 27th, 2007 10:51 pm)
Browsing for children's DVDs is nearly as deadly to your wallet as browsing for children's books. Do this only under strict supervision.
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( Jan. 10th, 2007 09:18 am)
Had my first voice lesson last night with [livejournal.com profile] loresinger. The Bit wasn't so sure about the whole thing, but she settled down once we actually started singing, and I think that she'll do better over time. I was thrilled to realize that my range -- while rusty and needing to be polished a little (okay, a lot) -- hadn't collapsed nearly as much as I had feared. Lots of fun. tLD and the kit both enjoyed [livejournal.com profile] touchstone's drum lesson. Now to find a fiddle and a banjo teacher that will come to the house.

I then spent part of the evening watching The Devil Wears Prada. Luckily, I was also doing weights at the time, so it wasn't a completely wasted hour, but... okay, look.

I understand that some people are Evil Bosses. I can even understand why the Evil Boss in the movie is generally evil. However when she loses her temper over her assistant's inability to find her a flight out of Miami during the middle of a hurricane, I was Done. If there are actually people out there like that, I don't know them, and if I did, I would smack them. The movie goes back tonight with the remainder unwatched because short of Plucky Assistant going on a shooting rampage in the middle of a photo shoot, I just can't come up with an ending that would make me happy.

Still, a good evening all in all.
So, [livejournal.com profile] touchstone and I skipped out on work early so we could have a Date Afternoon. As we didn't get a chance to catch a movie over Thanksgiving break, we went to see Casino Royale

Cut for possible spoilers. )

Nothing else remarkable to report. Life continues on its way.
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( Jun. 21st, 2006 10:39 am)
Solstice
I believe I'll take a quick lunch outside today in celebration of the solstice. It looks to be a beautiful summer day -- if a bit hot -- and I could do with the time outside. Happy solstice, happy summer everyone.

Movies
[livejournal.com profile] touchstone and I have finally managed to catch up a little bit on our Netflix watching. We're still wandering our way through episodes of Farscape which I keep running hot and cold on. I keep thinking that the characters are facinating and well done, and that the storylines should showcase them better. Great cast, great set-up, great make-up, great concept. But the individual episodes seem to be weaker than they ought to be.

Shaun of the Dead was fabulous in an "I can't watch this part" sort of way. I spent half of the movie giggling; the other half hiding under the covers. Although, to be fair to the movie, there was only one scene of really over-the-top ugly gore. In general, the zombies-eat-you bits were pretty mild. I don't think I'll be able to convince [livejournal.com profile] outlawcoon to watch it, but I enjoyed it.

tLD
She's walking almost everywhere now; I really need to buy a few more shoes for the child, but it's summer-time and barefoot is still more comfy. Perhaps in another week or so she'll lose the knee callouses that she's built up over the past two months. Now if I can just get her to call me Ma instead of Da...
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( May. 30th, 2006 12:07 pm)
Weekend in Review
Fabulous. We managed to have a productive and yet still relaxing weekend – something far too rare. In brief, I got a haircut, we went to the RenFaire, we saw X-Men3, got the house cleaned, bought new books for tLD and found a used bookstore. More details below.

The Hair Cut )
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Sunday and X-Men )
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