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Linkage having nothing to do with babies

1. Stuff on My Cat. (No, not my cat. I don't have a cat.) Photos of cats with stuff on them. I see now where the citrus-helmeted-cat pictures must have come from. Also includes pinecones, Barbie dolls, Post-It notes, and ketchup bottles precariously balanced upon cats.

2. Help vote for the New Seven Wonders of the World. They're down to 21 contenders (pictures here). Hat tip to radiofreecarbon, My Hubby Who Never Updates But Who Emails Me Or Tells Me About Stuff. The old 7 wonders are mostly gone, so this is a vote to determine 7 wonders still in existence. It's interesting, in that there's such a diverse group. How do you decide which is more a "wonder"--Easter Island statues, or the Kremlin? Seems to me they ought to have an "ancient" and a "modern" category. And all Indiana Jones fans will CLEARLY vote for Petra as one of the ancient wonders.

3. Silliness: The Brokeback Mountain shopping list. Hee. (Hat tip to kenshi.) Incidentally, did anyone else catch this?: just after the Golden Globes, one of those entertainment shows had their behind-the-scenes schmoozing-with-the-stars special, during which their talking hairdo asked the "Lost" cast if there was more romantic action coming up on the show. They joked around in the usual manner--"Sure hope so!"--and Daniel Dae Kim quipped, "Brokeback Island." Which is especially funny since I'm used to him being, you know, Jin, the silent, serious non-English-speaker. Anyway, plenty of fanfic writers have been turning it into Brokeback Island for over a year now, as the cast is aware, so it's nothing new really. Just amusing.

4. Netflix: recent activity on the parts of sopdetly and alltimeqb reminds me that I've been meaning to tell people that they can invite me to join their Netflix friends list if they think it would be useful to know my ratings or what films I've been renting. To give you an idea of my tastes, here are some of the films I gave 5 stars to, one for almost every letter of the alphabet: Airplane!, Big Fish, Clue, Dangerous Liaisons, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Flirting, Galaxy Quest, The Hudsucker Proxy, Impromptu, Judgment at Nuremberg, Kill Bill Vol. 2, Little Shop of Horrors, Moulin Rouge, Northern Exposure (TV in that case), Office Space, Pretty in Pink, Rear Window, Spirited Away, The Talented Mr. Ripley, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Young Frankenstein. And the few I disliked enough to give 1 star to: The Astronaut's Wife, Beaches, The Crying Game, Dancer in the Dark, The Fast & The Furious, Gone in 60 Seconds, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Margaret Cho: Revolution, Phenomenon, The Scarlet Letter (Demi Moore version), Twister. No, I'm not interested in debating the list; I'm just giving you an idea of whether your ratings and mine would be any use to each other. If you think so, use the ladyirony address in my userinfo and invite away. Cheers!



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Feb. 19th, 2006 10:10 pm (UTC)
Speaking of Brokeback-related linkage, something that I'm sure will amuse you if you have not already seen it:

Feb. 20th, 2006 11:48 pm (UTC)
Ahahah...oh, that's so wrong. It's beautiful. :D
Feb. 20th, 2006 05:03 am (UTC)
You mean to say you weren't just SPELLBOUND by the Demi-Moore-gives-birth-in-prison sequence? ;-)

You and I, it would seem, have very similar tastes in films. Have you ever seen Valmont? Same story as Dangerous Liasons, but a very different approach. And ANYBODY other than Uma Thurman as Cecile is an improvement. "Yes, Monsieur, this is my fifteen-year-old, six-and-a-half-foot tall virgin daughter. Be afraid."

This is even more distressing once you've seen Kill Bill. :-)
Feb. 20th, 2006 11:50 pm (UTC)
Fortunately I don't remember much about that version of 'Scarlet Letter,' except that I said at some point, "What did Hawthorne ever do to these people?" Oy.

Oh yes, way back when, I think I did see Valmont. Might be worth re-watching. I avoided that new modern version, with Reese 'n Ryan, though, just on principle. (i.e., the principle that you can't destroy someone's life with stealing their virtue in modern high school the same way you could in European society in the 1700s.) But maybe I'm being unfair. :)
Feb. 20th, 2006 01:16 pm (UTC)
Yay - welcome back! I was looking forward to your posts, baby-related or otherwise.

The 7 wonders - yay, that's pretty nifty! I don't know if I'd term Kremlin as a wonder, though of course I'll biasly vote for it ^_^ To me, stuff like Stonehenge or Great Wall of China (which, in Russia, I think we did count as a World Wonder, but I might be wrong) are wonders because they just sort of surpirise us - "Wow, I didn't know people back then could build something like this." Kremlin is more of something that people built - over different time periods, too, to protect the city. You know? Stonehendge is all scientificy and mystical and stuff.

The shopping list was so funny ^_^ Being gay is apparently very expensive ^_^
Feb. 20th, 2006 11:52 pm (UTC)
Howdy! Yeah, exactly...they need a mystical-wonder vs. a modern-architectural-wonder category. Why limit it to 7, anyhow? :) I guess because that was the original list, drawn up by someone-or-other in ancient Greece. (The details are on that page somewhere...)
Feb. 21st, 2006 02:40 am (UTC)
Yes yes, modern-day architecture would be fun - then they could consider any of those crazy huge buildings in Southern Asia.
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