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Under Pressure and under parasols

Here's how much of a freak I am. A two-item list:

1) If I had the time and know-how, I would be like those teenage fangirlies and make a music video out of LOTR footage. And the song I would use would be Queen & David Bowie's "Under Pressure." I'm serious. I have long wanted to do this. I think it could actually be very moving and cool if done right. Listen to the song and tell me you can see my vision.

For the line "terror of knowing what this world is about," we could have Frodo's wide eyes as he learns what the Ring really is. For "watching some good friend scream 'Let me out!'", there are several possibilities. We could have Gandalf trapped on top of Orthanc's tower; or Frodo in Cirith Ungol. There are tons of beautiful clips for "give love one more chance" (and a chance to use them all, with the repeated "give love, give love, give love..."). And I have to admit I would probably give in to the temptation to use a manly shoulder squeeze or a mushy hobbit hug on the word "slashed" ("keep coming up with love but it's so slashed and torn").

By the way, any Mac users know HOW you would rip brief scenes from a DVD? I tried to look it up once and got the impression it was freakin' complicated, involving ripping the entire movie first and converting it, and then clipping out scenes. And for the extended editions of LOTR--dude, that would take years.

2) I am reviving the use of parasols. I have long observed that sunscreen lotion is greasy, pore-clogging, smelly, high-maintenance, and does nothing to keep you cool in the sun. Now that I have a little babeh, I also have to add that it's probably not edible either, which is a concern when said babeh likes to put his fists in his mouth. So I have taken to carrying my prettiest umbrella over our two heads when we go out on walks on sunny days. I hope to start a fashion. It's easier on the skin, and it provides actual shade so you don't get as hot. Join me! It's elegant!

However, I do recognize that there are certain activities for which the parasol/umbrella would be impractical. For example, surfing, waterskiing, or outdoor tennis.


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May. 9th, 2006 10:15 pm (UTC)
I totally need a parasol! I started life with very Anglo white skin (thanks, Dad) but to make matters worse, my medication makes me even more sensitive to sunlight. So I burn a lovely shade of orange-pink at the slightest hint that I might, maybe, be thinking about going outside. Gah. So, yes. A parasol sounds spiffing. Perhaps one of those pretty Asian-inspired paper ones...though that might not be very sturdy. Hmmm...*plots*

Also: Anyone who wants to mix LOTR and Queen has my undying adoration.
May. 11th, 2006 08:01 pm (UTC)
We Northwesterners burn very easily too, since the appearance of the sun tends to catch us by surprise. Plus I use an alpha-hydroxy-type moisturizer, which also makes skin more susceptible to sun damage. So, into the fashionable shade! Ooh, pretty Asian parasols...wonder if I can find one of those in our International District...
May. 10th, 2006 12:09 am (UTC)
As someone who recently had to watch her mother go through two surgeries in order to have her nose cosmetically reconstructed because of skin cancer, I'll concur with you regarding parasols. However, to be safe, I'd recommend purchasing one with a UPF 25+ (the fabric equivalent of SPF). You can find examples at Skin-Savers.Com. Normal umbrellas may provide shade but little protection all in all.

I also wouldn't give up on sunscreen just yet. Keep testing some. There are wonderful organic ones out there that both mom and baby can use, like Sunbuddy). Supposedly Sunbuddy is so easy on the skin that it can be used on a baby's lips. I have sensitive skin and my dermatologist recommended Sunbuddy and other organic baby brands to me.

But, then again, I’m OCD about skin cancer at this point-- a month ago I had a serious skin cancer scare myself. Everything is ok, but I have to make skin cancer screenings part of my normal "doctoring" routine now.

May. 11th, 2006 08:04 pm (UTC)
Yes, there are plenty of activities other than the 3 I whimsically listed that I would still need sunscreen for, so I keep it around. (Though I don't actually waterski, surf, or play tennis.) :) It scares me how blithely we (my sisters and I) were allowed to run about in our childhood with no sunscreen whatsoever. I have 2nd-degree sunburns in my young past that will probably come back to haunt me. And our parents' generation was even worse.

So when possible I take the uber-Goth route and stay out of the direct sunlight altogether.
May. 12th, 2006 02:01 pm (UTC)
"And our parents' generation was even worse."

Much worse...

In the '70s, my parents would coat themselves with a mixture of baby oil and iodine and proceed to lie in the sun for hours at a time (or until their skin started sizzling)

Skin cancer be damned!
May. 12th, 2006 02:07 pm (UTC)
The above reply is actually from me. I forgot to log in before clicking submit...
May. 14th, 2006 06:10 pm (UTC)
Yep, my mom reports doing the same oil-and-fry thing in Fresno, CA, in the '50s. And helping friends peel the dead skin off each other. And this in the name of beauty? Eeek.

My older sisters would lie out in the sun in the '80s, for that matter. I tried it once or twice because it seemed the thing to do, but luckily found that I didn't like lying there and feeling too hot.

In general people just need to lose this "tan=beautiful" mentality. White and pasty is perfectly nice if that's how you were born. :)
May. 10th, 2006 05:08 am (UTC)
Here in Ottawa, quite a few of our gothboys enjoy carrying parasols in the summer. Black of course ;) My boyfriend has expressed an interest in joining them (him being a skinny long-haired gothboy as well).
May. 11th, 2006 09:41 pm (UTC)
I have seen the Goth kids do this in the Northwest as well. I suppose Hot Topic must have Goth parasols once in a while for sale... :)
May. 12th, 2006 04:25 am (UTC)
Quite possibly, though we don't have Hot Topic up here in Canadaland ;) We get some Hot Topic brand stuff in the local Goth store, but not any of their stores specifically.
May. 10th, 2006 08:27 am (UTC)
Under Pressure: LOVE THAT SONG omg. And yes, I can absolutely see it!

I've been doing some research lately into video capture software for the Mac. I had been under the impression that QuickTime Pro could do it, but if it does, I sure haven't figured out how. But a shareware program that could capture a couple minutes' worth of video off the screen would be a sight simpler than mucking around with the VOB files off a video disk (which becomes an order of magnitude more complicated if the disk is copy-protected, as most commercial movies are). I'll let you know what I find out, and if you learn something awesome, please let me know as well.

Re parasols: You're reading GWTW, for heaven's sake. Remember how everybody always carped at Scarlett to USE HER PARASOL right this second before she got, gods forbid, FRECKLES!? They're a lovely and practical invention.

As for tennis: That's what lighted courts are for. ;-)
May. 11th, 2006 09:44 pm (UTC)
Everyone's got to love Under Pressure. How could you not? Reminding me I should have put David Bowie on my lust list. Hm.

Hee, I meant to add that GWTW was probably inspiring me toward parasol usage. I just get pink, not freckled, but still. One must indeed preserve one's milky skin, to avoid wrinkles if nothing else.

The weird thing about this difficulty in taking DVD video samples is that it wouldn't even be illegal. Ripping an entire DVD gets into legally questionable territory--at least if you plan to distribute it--but that seems much easier than just taking little clips, which should count as fair use. Hrmf. Oh well; I suppose there are better things I'm supposed to be doing with my time. :)
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