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Archive for February, 2006

Monday, February 27th, 2006

Marslachattacke

Zwei Knoten Wolle, oder wie heißt das, Ball, Bündel, Knäuel. Genau, Knäuel. Zwei wollknäuelgrosse Wollknäuel, was für ein bescheuertes Wort, Knäuel, als würde man auf blind gewordenem Klarplastik rumkauen, zwei Wollknäuel also, eins rot, eins schwarz, trage ich an die riesige Kassentheke. Riesig ist die Theke, weil auf ihr Stoffe aus aller Herren Materialien in […]

Monday, February 27th, 2006

XGen Studios – Stick Arena (2)

I’ve spent so much time on this thing in recent weeks, I should at least pretend that there is something meaningful that can be said about this timekiller. The concept is ingeniously simple: have a multiplayer shoot’em’up with low level technology, Flash in this case, so you can just play it in your browser. As […]

I’m not likely to read the whole of it, but I found the basic knitting instructions very satisfying – they got me from zero to 50 (rows) in just a few hours – and I’m very happy with the project I picked and modified from it. A striped scarf (of course), with a subtle pattern […]

Sunday, February 26th, 2006

Stanley Kubrick – Paths of Glory (2)

Just having talked about how Sunset Boulevard is still haunting after all these years, here is an example of the opposite effect. A great and important script, great acting, impeccable direction and photography, indeed the whole things reeks of masterpiece, yet the story and message seem pale to me. Maybe it’s the fact that this […]

Sunday, February 26th, 2006

Billy Wilder – Sunset Boulevard (2)

It is always risky to watch the classics, because the time that has passed since they wowed the world has changed viewing and storytelling conventions in often profound ways, and what used to be a captivating thrillride can turn out to be boring or emotionally incomprehensible. With Sunset Boulevard, the problem exists on two levels, […]

Saturday, February 25th, 2006

John Muir – My First Summer in the Sierra (1)

A young man goes into the mountains to herd sheep and falls deeply in love, changing the rest of his life? Sound familiar? It took me until I was almost done with this exuberant diary to notice the funny parallels to this years Oscar winner. Since Proulx’ story and Lee’s movie are a commentary on […]

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

Peter Medawar – The Threat and the Glory (2)

Some names have a positive aura for reasons we have forgotten since we first encountered them. Maybe it was something we read, someone talking about the person, or quoting them in an interesting context. So it was with me and Medawar, and I’m very happy I bought the book at the yard sale I found […]

This movie is sheer genius, and an impressive feat of diligence and design to boot. The humorous plot devices are incredibly inventive, the rabitt armada is a force of cuteness that has no peer, and the combination of horror movie and vegetable gardening is just delicious. Even the special features on this DVD kick ass, […]

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

Chadwick / White – Bleak House (2)

It is probably a bit unfair to review this while I’ve only seen less than half the episodes, but already it’s very obvious that the strength of this series lies in the meticulous presentation of Victorian England. Costumes, sets, acting and direction are masterfully recreating the times of Dickens, and are a pure pleasure to […]

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

Akutagawa Ryunosuke – Kappa (2)

The cover blurb calls this a satire on Japanese society and its customs, and when I randomly opened at some place, it indeed seemed a very funny and acerbic recasting of the Japanese into the Kappa. While this turned out to be quite misleading, it also turned me onto a book I probably wouldn’t have […]