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Geniuses in the Art of Living

This week was intense but full of accomplishments. Met with a tax accountant. Went to the little man’s parent/teacher conference. Had my annual review at work. Things are looking up, all around. It smells like Spring out there. We’ve been hitting the playgrounds. And I’ve officially called an end to my hermitude. Thursday night I made it out for a friend’s birthday and last night the lad and I attended a vegan junk food potluck. I think he liked that a little too much. But best of all? I finally caught up on my sleep (twelve solid hours last night!) and am treating myself to a lazy morning. No concrete plans for the rest of the weekend. We might swing by the Stillwater photowalk this afternoon, after a stop at the Teddy Bear Park (which might sound lame, but is totally awesome). Tomorrow I may attempt to run at the gym again. Other than that, I have lots of media I intend to consume:

  • J gave me an anime series called Samurai champloo - from Shinichirô Watanabe, who was responsible for my beloved Cowboy Bebop. The plot according to imdb: “Fuu, a waitress who works in a teahouse, rescues two master swordsmen, Mugen and Jin, from their execution to help her find the samurai who smells of sunflowers.” Color me intrigued.
  • A package arrived bearing a bunch of The Ladybug Transistor’s music - thanks James!
  • I’ve still got last Sunday’s BSG episode to watch, Crossroads Part 1.
  • The first episode of This American Life, the teevee version, is up on Showtime’s site (with a larger video size than some other sites, like and The first segment is somewhat gruesome. Haven’t gotten to the second part yet. I might just prefer listening to the show. Still, I love TAL, so I’ll give it a chance.
Polaroid by A-Wix

Bonus: The first trailer for Stardust is up now. Just that glimpse has me a bit annoyed at the changes made from the book, but I’ll have to let it go and enjoy the movie. It does look promising and hey, it’s Neil Gaiman-approved. Release is set for August 10th in the states.
Plus: The Peruvian-Japanese Hip Hop Dancer Says Goodbye to the Half-Chinese Filmmaker. Kid Ethnic cracks me up.
And: I watched the trailer for the Russian fantasy-thriller Day Watch and was so stoked I gushed to my coworker pal who I saw Night Watch with. But he was nonplussed - because he already has a copy of it! The punk didn’t think to mention it to me. I think I’ll try to see it at the theater anyhow.


  1. zophia wrote:

    you and me, august 10th? is it a date? i would love to see that with you since you did give me the book and i heart that book o so much.

    Saturday, March 24, 2007 at 11:08 am | Permalink
  2. Hells yeah - you’re on!

    Saturday, March 24, 2007 at 11:27 am | Permalink
  3. zophia wrote:

    sweet! i am way excited.

    Saturday, March 24, 2007 at 4:54 pm | Permalink
  4. emily wrote:

    I watched “This American Life,” after I read this entry. That first story - crazy. The second one, at one point, I just wanted to cry for that band. I think I’m overemotional, though.

    It’s 74 degrees in Chicago! Insane! All these plants are popping up, and I fear for their lives, because we’re not out of the Fro-Zone just yet….

    Monday, March 26, 2007 at 3:11 pm | Permalink
  5. phil wrote:

    If I may make a recommendation:

    There is a new show on FX, which I know you don’t have, but if you’re in to the whole tv-from-the-internet thing, there is a new show called The Riches starring Minnie Driver and Eddie Izzard as a couple of swindler-crook-junkie parents who assume the life of a dead rich couple.

    I know, sounds like a laff a minute, right? But it’s so, er, taut!
    It’s a one hour drama, with some bits of ha ha sprinkled in, but, like, the strangest part is how rugged and butch eddie izzard is.

    Just a, you know, blip of, like, hey, check it out if you get a etc.

    Also: I’m not one to plug, or anything, but I just finished a little 30 sec flash cartoon, which the vegan in you might find some, um, um, (whatever word combines ironic & sardonic) chuckles in.


    Finally, that pic. Is that a sneeze? or…. a fart?

    Monday, March 26, 2007 at 7:59 pm | Permalink
  6. Phil, I adore Minnie Driver and Eddie Izzard, so I’ll have to check that out. Especially now that BSG is over for the season. As for the pic - not sure what the kid is up to there. Maybe he was pretending to be The Hulk?

    Emily, I still haven’t watched that second part! I will have to remember to do it tonight. But I’m totally hooked on Samurai Champloo right now.

    Thursday, March 29, 2007 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

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