Monthly Archives: May, 2004

Bush and guns

I thought the man was a fool, but not this much of an idiot: I just heard on the radio that Bush has framed the gun that Saddam was found with, in his little bolt-hole, and hung it on the wall in the Oval Office. My goodness! How tacky and passe, for a start, to have such a modern weapon hanging on your wall.

High Fidelity

I’ve been wanting to see this flick since it was on at the movies; finally got around to it today (love those 5 weeklies for $8.50 deals). John Cusack is such a star… he’s the only reason to watch that awful Nick Cage escapee film, and Grosse Point Blank is just brilliant. And I love it when he’s in films with his sister. This one appealed to me because of the music… I may not have known all the music referred to, but I can associate with the vibe of the thing (or so I’d like to think). Jack Black was great, of course. Anyway, it was well worth seeing and I just should have seen it before this.

Monsters in general

I finally saw Underworld the other night (J didn’t; he fell asleep). It was pretty good: wish I’d seen it on the big screen, because some of the sequences would have been awesome. It was heavily Matrix, I thought… that movie’s influence will be felt a long time. The premise of the story was interesting, too; I liked the couple of twists it had. I also thought the conclusion was quite brilliant. My one complaint was the stupid thing about Corvinus: I guess they had to have some explanation of why the human was important, but it was so convoluted that it was just pointless.

Also finally got J to see Monsters, Inc. This is such a clever film; any animated movie that includes out-takes gets my nod, really. And of course there’s the whole thing about the main monsters being James and Mike….

Great article

This article is about a very interesting exhibition in Melbourne at the moment. They should have looked at loo doors at unis as well as in pubs, since students often express philisophical and political musings there, as well as having full-blown arguments

The Day after Tomorrow

Went to see this today. Had read a review that said it was “half a good disaster movie”, which is unfortunately rather accurate: the last half is mostly concerned with the usual improbable father-crosses continent-to-find-son story. I did like it, though. The effects were incredible – cloud formations and water action – and the story was not as bad as it could have been. I hope it also makes at least some people stop and think, about two things: global warming (no idea whether the theories proposed in the film are even wildly valid or not, but the point still holds), and ‘first-world’ attitudes to ‘third-world’ countries.

It is, anyway, one that could possibly go on the ‘help! the world is about to end’ list, particularly because there is nothing humans can do about it in this case.

Tragedy strikes

Dead rainbow. Just discovered floating at the top of the tank. Had been no signs in any of them yesterday, and I hadn’t seen it earlier in the morning either. All the others seems to be carrying on quite happily… sigh.

Ajax is asleep on a piece of wood; looks like that, anyway. And J pointed out to me this spot on his side where you can see what looks like a valve working; possibly breathing?

Just a bit later
I think there are only five rainbows. We moved the light soon after I wrote the above so that we could have a closer look at Ajax sitting on the back wall, and there was a rainbow body, on the glass above the water. It didn’t look like it had been there for very long… I guess we might have smelled it, had it been there a while. So that’s a bit depressing.

Gardens

My zygo has flowers! Very exciting. Well, they’re very much buds at the moment, but they will be flowers and there are lots of them. A succulent-y thing which I had thought was dying has also got proto-buds happening, so that will be interesting, and a plant I have to give back to Kate tomorrow has buds too (sigh). A lot of the bulbs are doing well – Mum informs me that yes, they should be growing now and flowering in Spring; however, some of her daffs have decided that now is the season for flowering, so I don’t feel that my plants are nearly so daft. I have some autumnal roses happening (they’ll be winter roses by the time the buds open), and the coriander is mostly still alive which is amazing. Sage is not doing so well; seems to be getting a bit et, actually. The resurrected cyclamen has flowers coming on.

It’s all very exciting.

Ajax the tree climbing snail

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The Amazing Ajax

Ajax must be close to neutral buoyancy, we have decided. Yesterday I spent a number of minutes watching as he happily crawled out along a fairly thin stalk, eating algae the whole time. He turned around when he got to the end of the stalk – don’t ask me how – and went back a ways, then managed to get onto a nearby stalk and do the same thing. It was fascinating to watch. He was prtty much wrapping himself around the stalk, which must have the bonus of letting you eat everything while helping you stay stable. Also noticed that you can see what must be the colon, or whatever poo-carrying tube snails have, inside the shell.

Odd Book Shop

A very lovely little store in Adelaide Mum took me too.

Night Watchmen
One of the most recent Terry Pratchett. I’ve left it in Adelaide for Kathryn and Mum to read first – aren’t I nice?

The True Story of the Novel
Should be interesting; by Margaret Anne Doody. “This book sets out to prove something worth proving, that the novel is an ancient and protean form…” I wonder if it will include that Egyptian official who got exiled for something and moaned about it and then got recalled?

From the Beast to the Blonde
“On fairy tales and their tellers,” from the beginning to Angela Carter and Walt. Highly Exciting. By Marina Warner.