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Utterly random thoughts - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Utterly random thoughts
A selection of completely unconnected and shallow thoughts:

I can't believe I actually had to read the Wiki to see the House/Sherlock Holmes connection. It's even in the name (Holmes->home->House).

The last episode was really, really good, btw. (The last new one, not the re-run they ran on Tuesday.)

We're having our first really cold day here. It's been a little chilly earlier in the year; now, it's biting.

Why is it that I look forward to the Solstice more as I get older? I don't celebrate it, but when the days get way too short, I start counting. And counting. And thinking, "Only a couple more weeks until they start getting longer again."

I don't get Keira Knightly hate. She's vaguely cool. I've liked her since her uncredited TPM role. Possibly because Sabé was one of the most ficced characters out there, and fun to speculate about. Some people put Sabé with Obi-Wan. Me, I liked mixing eras. In some of my SW stories, I have her running a con with a young Lando between trilogies. It doesn't work out between them in the end, but they are awfully fond of each other. I mean, hey, girl had to do something, right? And she does know how to fake. This paragraph didn't end where it started.

Being skeptical about an individual manifestation of technology is not the same thing as being "anti-technology." It's a symptom of watching several hot new things come and go. There's a difference between liking the concept of recorded music and waxing poetic about how 8-track tapes are going to change the way you listen to music forever. To wit, you will never be embarrassed about the former. ;p

I finished the Shakespeare book today. Interesting approach--pure speculation based on psychology, history, and a handful of documents. It's like drawing negative space with great detail to try and guess the shape that's in the middle of it. Though with the rampant speculation about how bad his marriage to Anne Hathaway was, I couldn't help but notice that the author never hit an obvious speculation when a guy leaves his wife right after children are born: that one or the other of the twins didn't look like either side of the family, if you follow. Not saying it's so and it probably isn't, but if you're speculating wholesale anyway, to a point of coming to the conclusion that he left because he was a Recusant and met a priest who was later executed (and possibly made Confession to him), you may as well speculate about the more prosaic as well.

Oh, and go Shakes for taking what you needed from the Wild Bunch (Marlowe, Greene, et al) but not getting sucked in.

That said, he'd never get away with most of his plays now. Can't you just see the ladies of history_spork getting their hands on Macbeth or Julius Caesar?

Continental drift, volcanoes, and other such things sort of creep me out. Not that I disbelieve or anything; they just creep me out. And then I start to wonder if we could find a way to use the energy they create rather than wait for it to be released in destructive bursts.
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this_is_kelly From: this_is_kelly Date: December 9th, 2006 05:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Ohh wow. I had to look up all the connections too. I love House. It's one of my favorite shows.
keestone From: keestone Date: December 9th, 2006 01:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Is the Keira Knightly hate related to her Star Wars role or general? Personally, I find her incredibly obnoxious. For me, with every movie I've seen her in, her character comes off as insubstantial, shallow, and vacuous. But it's not just her. I think she represents a trend for "leading ladies" in film that is really not healthy. It's all mixed in with the size 0 skelebint thing. I prefer to see leading ladies with substance, both mental and physical -- Katharine Hepburn was cool. Rosario Dawson is cool. Carrie Fisher, both with a blaster and with a flamethrower . . . now that was cool. ;)

YMMV, of course.

BTW, if you get the chance to see it, I think you might really like Pan's Labyrinth. I have no idea when it'll come out in the States though.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 9th, 2006 08:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've really only seen her in SW and PotC (and I caught Love, Actually on TV the other night, I guess). Neither character bothers me.
stephantom From: stephantom Date: December 9th, 2006 07:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've known about the House/Holmes thing all along but I doubt I would have noticed it on my own, since I don't know much about Holmes. But yeah, he even lives in apartment 22B and stuff. Did you dislike the rerun on Tuesday though? It was "Three Stories" I believe, right? A lot of fans consider it a classic, since it was the first break from the usual structure and employed a creative story-telling style - plus it was the first big chunk of House backstory given out.

My feelings toward Kiera Knightly are pretty neutral. I don't mind her. And I had no idea she was even in SW. So that's who Sabe is and why so many people seem to write/vid about her. I thought it was just completely random. (Like "Figwit" in the LotR movies or something...)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 9th, 2006 08:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was okay. I've only seen the Stacy shows in reruns, and I don't really care for her--I tend to prefer the regular, solve-the-disease kinds of things. I don't care all that much about the backstory. Mostly I was just clarifying which "latest episode" I was talking about. I was floored by the last new episode. That one deserves an Emmy.
From: lianna_blanca Date: December 9th, 2006 08:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I rather like Keira Knightly. If she is a "bad" actress, I don't notice it, and it doesn't lessen my enjoyment of the films, so what do I care? I certainly agree that it's not wonderful for underconfidant girls to compare themselves to her body, but that's hardly a fault of hers. Personally, I think a lot of the hatred towards her is jealousy motivated; she is one of those people who appear to have it all. Whether she actually does or not is irrelevant; people seem to have this need for complaining - the Moan and Groan Society, I call it. One person grumbles, another substantiates it, and soon enough the original feelings deepen beyond any reasonable expectations.

But I do like Keira Knightly. She seems to have her head on straight. And I find it incredibly amusing that I sometimes have to dig out screencaps or the SW databank to prove that Sabe does, in fact, exist seperate from Natalie Portman, and that the trigger-happy CGI artists didn't have Portman walking around talking to herself.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: December 11th, 2006 09:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I wrote a very long reply to this and decided to just make it an entry in my lj here, but in summary, I completely agree with you: both about Keira Knightley and the people who choose to dislike her.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: December 11th, 2006 09:40 am (UTC) (Link)
More specifically: here.
matril From: matril Date: December 9th, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll always have a special place for Keira Knightly/Sabé, since the Royal Handmaiden Society was my first entry to SW fandom on the Internet. It was a bit more fun cheering for her when no one knew who she was, though. :P (and I do confess to writing a few Sobi-Wan fics, but it was largely a matter of glancing at other people's attempts and thinking "pfft, I could do a better job at getting the two of them together than that!" But this was all before AOTC and the no-attachments for Jedi thing. I kind of like the Sabé/Lando idea, in a weird way.)
vytresna From: vytresna Date: December 9th, 2006 11:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
one or the other of the twins didn't look like either side of the family, if you follow.

Didn't look like the mother, either? No, I don't follow.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 9th, 2006 11:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Meaning there was a third party involved.
vytresna From: vytresna Date: December 10th, 2006 03:36 am (UTC) (Link)
But the child would still look like the mother, right?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 10th, 2006 03:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Not necessarily--the child can look like either parent. As my biology professor put it, "I have little blue eyes. My wife has little blue eyes. If a baby with big brown eyes showed up, I'd be taking a look at the mailman."
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alkari From: alkari Date: December 10th, 2006 10:12 am (UTC) (Link)
New Zealand uses thermal power too, but as you can see, it is not a simple matter - http://www.ew.govt.nz/enviroinfo/geothermal/energy.htm
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 10th, 2006 05:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I wasn't really thinking of the thermal power aspect so much as the motion and trapped energy of the colliding plates... using it somehow like hydro power, syphoning a little off, maybe preventing eruptions and quakes in the process, or releasing them in controlled ways. Otherwise known as "playing God" and asking for horrendous consequences. ;p
galaxianomiko From: galaxianomiko Date: December 10th, 2006 07:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Regarding Keira Knightley, I like her, but I don't always like the roles she's cast for. I liked her best playing a sporty, normal kind of girl in Bend It Like Beckham, and not at all in a typical leading lady role like in P&P.
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