2002.07.10

Mediacracy

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Today as I turned onto the expressway, on the way to work, I saw something that I’d never seen before: cirrus clouds in a high, blue sky, shimmering in rainbow colors. The effect reminded me of moire interference on a badly-tuned television; I had to take off my sunglasses to convince myself that there wasn’t anything wrong with them. Somehow the sight made very happy, and made a nice to start an otherwise ordinary Wednesday.

Of course, moments later I was kicking myself mentally for forgetting that my camera was under the passenger seat. I half-considered pulling to the side of the entrance ramp to make a go at it, but decided that getting a ticket was an easy way to put a damper on the day. Oh well, no bullet image this time, folks.


Yesterday I discovered that Francis has been keeping a livejournal. Everyone has a livejournal these days! Crazy!


Some media notes:

I have to say that I enjoyed Men in Black II. Some of this may have to do with the fact that I found the first film disappointing; the difference here being that I went into the original with high expectations and was let down, whereas I had absolutely no expectations going into this one. In retrospect, they’re probably pretty much the same film. It wasn’t exactly a great movie, but on the other hand I’m not sure it deserves the trashing it’s getting from pretty much ever corner.

Much better was Soderbergh’s remake of Ocean’s Eleven. Incredibly entertaining, with sharp dialogue and a nice, complicated heist. The way I see it, it’s a kind of spiritual successor to the underrated and mostly-unseen Out of Sight, only without the cynicism. Makes for good escapist fantasy. Incidentally, movies like this remind me just how few quality ensemble movies get high profile releases these days, so bonus points from me for this one.

Song of the day: Aimee Mann, Momentum

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