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ramblings of an information troubleshooter
underworld underbelly exposed
so, in the wee hours of sunday
morning, i stayed up to re-watch
the original 'underworld' to see
if my disappointment at the sequel
was truly justified. and it was.
the original film has so many
elements and textures that the 2d
submerged into a senseless miasma
of sound and fury. so, what about
the original made it so good and
the sequel so bad ?
first of all, there was the teaser
tag for the original - 'when the
battle begins, which side will YOU
choose'. that this underworld battle
was taking place beneath our noses.
matrix-like, we humans drifted thru
while those who knew better faced
off against each other. the battle
was centuries-old, with bad blood
building up on bad blood, tho
neither side was completely without
honour. all this magnificent frisson
was dropped in the 2d film in favour
of a generic search / chase / battle
sequence that was frankly boring.
without being surrounded by humans
and humanity, it just became a big
pointless pissing contest.
second, with so many great and
distinctive characters introduced,
why did most of them get killed off
by the end of the first film ?
anyone familiar with comic book
universes can tell you that heroes
are basically patsies without great
villains to play off of. singe, the
eccentric lycan geneticist - dead.
kahn, the head of the vampire hit
squad - dead. lucian, the tragic
werewolf who is selene's vengeful
mirror - dead. viktor, master of
man and vampire - dead. raze,
fiercest wolf in the pack (played
by co-writer kevin grevioux, who has
studied genetic engineering) - dead.
even kraven barely survives minutes
into the 2d film before, you guessed
it - dead.
third, both the vampires and werewolves
had their sexy elements (tho i didn't
see any female werewolves come to think
of it). part of the attraction of these
strange beings is their elusive allure:
the langorous lifestyle of the vamps;
the feral cagematches of the lycans.
what of this was included in the sad
excuse for a sequel ? it held little
attraction for those who were
interested in the *mood* created by the
'war' between these iconic clans. it's
ok to preserve the film's major arc as
an action film, but throw in a few
scraps for the rest of us who hunger
for a bit of underworld flavour.
ahhh. got that off my chest. after
a too-brief afternoon nap, i wandered
over to todd's to take in another
poker tourney. i knew i was fairly
safe from a flu relapse when i left
in the not-so-wee hours of the morning,
having survived a good 9 hours of cards !
what a way to ring in victoria day ...
long live the queen ! :)
digging into the stacks
given my late nite misadventures of
the evening before, plus the multiple
power outages, my sense of time was
way off today. i missed a meeting
in the afternoon and almost missed
my radio slot as well. at the last
minute, i grabbed my compilation cd
binder and, for the first time,
sat in the booth picking the songs
to be played just before i played
them. accordingly, the setlist
doesn't flow quite as nicely as my
usually properly previewed shows,
but it does maintain a certain vibe.
you can download the show to
for yourself. i warn you that
there was one spot where i forgot
to turn off the mic and am caught
singing along :)
Aur.Oral Exposures setlist for 22may2006:
and you know, i have a sneaking suspicion
that i picked up the cajun compilation
containing track #15 substantially on the
mere title of that song ...
- Wake Up Willie - Bruce Cockburn
- Arrow - Mae Moore
- Response of a Lakota Woman to FBI Intimidation
Circa 1973 Pine Ridge - Bob Wiseman
- In the Skin of the Lion (part 2) - Michael Ondaatje
- Not Vanishing - Michelle McAdorey
- Thinkin' Bout You - The Pig Boys
- The Art of Never Winning - Kat Rocket
- Sticks and Stones - The Flaming Sambucas
- Do You Feel It Too ? - Radio Chaos
- (You Ain't Heard the) 18.104.22.168's - Parkades
- Don't Let Me Forget - Dennis French
- Gonna Pack My Bags - The Panthers
- La Material - April's Motel Room
- Pass You By - Gillian Welch
- Bayou Pon Pon - Zachary Richard
- Arias & Symphonies - Spoons
- We Three (My Echo, My Shadow, and Me) - The Ink Spots
- FadeAway - Oasis and Friends including Johnny Depp
- Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head - Manic Street Preachers
left holding the bag
first thing i did after getting
back to work was to plug up the
vent in my office ceiling that i
suspect may have exacerbated my
underwhelmed condition last week.
without a draft blowing down the
back of my neck, perhaps i will
finish this week in good health ?
the task was more laborious than
i had expected, as the piece of
cut-to-fit cardboard refused to
stay in place due to the strength
of the draft. i ended up taking
off the radiating cover and
taping up a garbage bag over 3/4
of the hole, with 1 corner left
flapping in the breeze ... just
like the weather outdoors !!
finally got a chance to swing by
the college to pick up the dvd
that neil had made up incorporating
all of the movies that we had
created during the final cut pro
film editing course earlier this
year. when i got home, tho, i
found out that my burning software
doesn't recognize my dvd-burner,
so i'm unable to mass-produce these
suckers to distribute them to all
of my fans around the world ;)
however, the dvd itself smokes !
all over the place
got a nice surprise in the mail -
my first google annual report !
ah, the benefits of being a
proud owner of 10 shares :)
on a hairier note, i called over
to scotty's today to try to see
if he was around, but he didn't
answer the phone. when i swung
by after work, my suspicions were
confirmed as he had a sign up to
say that he will be away for the
week. accordingly, my afro will
continue to haunt the hallways
for another few days.
after staring at
map enviously these past few
weeks, this evening, i finally
managed to get my own
working on my site. so, while
the 'since 13 May' note is a bit
misleading, i'm hoping that i'll
be able to track where visitors
are logging in from in a bit more
detail than i'm getting from the
... somebody's watching me !
so the skits for the alianait !
arts festival in june are now
cancelled due to lack of prep
time available to write and
rehearse. however, i am still
volunteered for lighting duties
on the 30th for a visiting show.
thus, instead of a rehearsal
night, odile and i joined alison
and bella for an evening of tea,
conversation and monty python.
afterwards, i popped in the dvd
from our film editing course and
we watched all of those docs.
the consensus on my film was that
it was 'intense'. i know that i
had too many captions that
interfered with absorbing the
dialogue, but i needed to make
some allowances for watchers who
don't play poker.
while the gods look down upon us ...
was going to meet up with brent
for supper and crashing the molly
and fred concert at the elks, but
i got a call about a poker game
and brent had to pick up a parka
so we postponed our meetup to
saturday at the storehouse.
i picked up a rib sub on my way
over to todd's for a 7-hander.
alas, the card gods were not
favouring me tonight. i was
doing alright early on, but once
everyone re-bought at the bell,
i started to sink. my problems
included the fact that i tended
to overbet my good hands, driving
everyone off before they could
feed more money into the pot. the
worst was when i had quads, when
no one could beat me, and yet i
couldn't bear to just tap the pot
for the minimum bet. i ended up
busting out in 6th spot after
becky, and was soon followed by
after showing off the documentary
dvd to jay, we decided to go our
separate ways, seeing as no sidegame
appeared to be starting soon. todd
has just gone all-in and doubled-up
against j.d., and becky was happy
to keep dealing for them, patrick
and spencer. i went home and
online to see if i would have any
better luck with omaha. for the
first time this week, i was able to
pull myself away from the table
while i was still in the black,
rather than bleeding my stake all
the way back down before giving up.
in-between hands, i took advantage
of the lulls to read the 'nexus'
hardcovers from dark horse comics.
what beauty ! what joy ! i had
never read the original b+w books
put out by capital, so it was truly
a treat to see the first stages in
this epic by mike baron and steve
'the dude' rude. i had been leery
about dropping nearly $60 canadian
on each hardcover volume, seeing
as i already have most of the
issues put out by first comics.
however, it was divine having all of
the story in a quality package, with
nice paper and the smell of fresh ink.
so what's so kewl about nexus ?
it was one of the few comics with
sf themes that wasn't a movie or
book adaptation. the book was
written intelligently with action
scenes intercut with bouts of moral
philosophy, all illustrated with
beautiful aplomb. an executioner
who finds subjects for his skills
after dreaming awful dreams about
them and the horrors endured by
their victims. mysteries of a
lost civilization being uncovered
bit by bit. joyous scenes of
solar sailing. the variety of
alien life showcased by the amazing
art of steve rude, including
decapitated heads which survive
independently, their lack of bodies
compensated for somewhat by
increased mental abilities
including telepathy and telekenesis.
and best of all, the book features a
great cast of colourful characters.
there's judah maccabbee 'the hammer',
a former interstellar wrestling star
and award-winning cook who now uses
the fusion-casting power of the heads
to make wrong-doers pay. sundra
peale, former undercover agent for
the web, who falls in love with
horatio. tyrone, the bitter victim
who turns politician to introduce
government to the colony of refugees.
and best of all, horatio hellpop,
nexus himself, tormented by the
dreams of victims and the fact that
his inaugural execution was of his
own father. while some look on him
as a god, and his powers as a godsend,
he can only long for the day when he
is free of his burden.
i'm not the target audience ...
attended the showing of 'silent
messengers' at the AFN tonight.
it's a NFB documentary film by
norman hallendy about inuksuit
and inuit culture. it wasn't too
enlightening for a northern
audience, but it was the first
time that i've seen a walrus shot
and skinned. i threw in a few
bucks in the donation tin to
support the alianait! arts fest
and then made my way to the legion
where they were still charging the
full ticket price for the molly
and fred concert. knowing that
they would only be playing for a
few more minutes, i decided instead
to wander up to the storehouse to
chow down on a fish burger and hang
out with some cbc'ers.
i also got a chance to meet up with
paul, an aspiring screenwriter who
has worked in film for a few years.
he commented that the hardest part
of working as an editor was trying
to convince the writer / director
that what they have in their head
won't work with the footage or sound
that they've acquired, and that they
need to consider a different approach
to achieve the desired end result. i
related my tale of difficulties with
my inkjet printer resulting in some
more interesting mix cd covers than
i originally had in mind. i think
that the true creative geniuses are
not necessarily the visionaries who
can make their dreams come alive in
perfect fashion, but those who are
open to serendipity and can recognize
the value of those beautiful accidents
that happen along the way.
there was a feature in a recent
issue of the canadian north flight
magazine, 'up here', that interviewed
simon tookoome, an inuk famous for
being able to whip out a cigarette
from a man's mouth with his sled dog
whip. also at the bar, trying to
ignore the oiler game, was the writer
of that article, brent, and simon's
son robert. the world is indeed a
very small place these days.
deciding to give up on the legion,
i headed home and played omaha online
while listening to the commentaries
on the 'aardvark'd' dvd. i definitely
didn't agree with the film-maker's
attempts to sanitize the film for a
general audience. aren't there enough
hollywood movies out there ? while
i did sympathize with the difficulties
of running essentially a solo
operation, i was really hoping for
more of a story about bright people
wrestling with technology. the
interviews with other technology
leaders and the insights into startups
were great, but there was a whole film,
um, called 'startup.com', that has
already done a great job of covering
the commentaries by the interns
themselves were much more fun, and you
could grasp their true personalities
much better beyond the ones that had
been staged during the film for better
story-telling purposes. not having
the director on-site, while they were
actively working with the project,
was a definite handicap and i think
that some of the 'drama' that was
injected afterwards might not have
been needed if he had been there.
it's hard to top the scene from
startup.com where the ceo tries out
the askjeeves search engine for the
first time and realizes that they
bought into a piece of junk.
(askjeeves learned their lesson and
later bought out another search
company with a search engine that
worked much better).
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