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Tick / Baby / Pixar / Dark Knight
Aaaaaah. Last night I found a TICK in my LEG; I must have picked it up on the rainforest walk last weekend. Joey carefully extracted it (head and all) with tweezers and then checked me over to make sure it had no homies nommin' my flesh.

I bought baby Kyson a couple of presents yesterday: a shirt (larger than size 00, as Jess told me a while back that everyone inundated them with newborn-sized clothes but the baby has very little to grow into) and a backpack to keep bottles / diapers / travel stuff in. The shirt is grey with a T-Rex silhouette coming in from one side, and the backpack is blue with dinosaur skeletons all over it. I'm trying to bend the child's still-malleable mind toward science while his subconscious is wiiide open. :D

Someone here on LJ pointed out that Kyson was born on International Talk Like A Pirate Day. That's my nephew! HARRR!

I'm looking at baby clothes on Ebay. Aaaaaaaaaaahhhh. So cute! I believe Chris and Jess's supply of baby clothes and gear have been sourced and obtained entirely by family, and almost entirely secondhand, at no cost to them. Family is awesome that way. I might as well pick clothes for Kyson that I'd love to see my own theoretical!future!baby in, because I'm sure to inherit this lot someday. So bring on the tiny mechanics overalls, leather jackets and denims!

Mum just messaged me to tell me that she and Geoff have gone on some sort of 7-day quit-smoking drug so that she won't be smoking for our trip - or, for that matter, around the baby. Go mum!

Joe and I have been watching an excellent BBC show called 'Life on Mars'. Once you get past the fact that the main character is The Master from Doctor Who, it's addictive. Clever lines, interesting (but real) characters, good plots and a strong concept. Modern-day police police detective gets hit by a car. Wakes up to find he's a police detective in the 1970's. Little hints suggest that he's actually in a coma and this is all a creation of his subconscious mind. Little hints that maybe he's here for a reason...

Mark here at work tells me that John Lasseter is shaking things up at Disney-Pixar again. I adore that man. He's taken all the creative power away from the executives and given the final decision on any creative matter in a project to the Director. The board can give recommendations and even objections but for the first time in a long time, the creative power at Disney will lie with the creative people there. He's also instituted a new project structure. Previously, someone would pitch an idea, and if the idea was greenlit they'd be given a team who would develop the idea with them. As we all know, a bad team can kill a good idea. The new structure is that there are pre-existing teams of people who have a track record of working well together creatively. Each team comes up with their own idea and develops it.

Wow, creative people running a creative business. Who'd have thought? :) I say this without a trace of sarcasm; throughout my career what I've seen again and again is creative people being held back by idiotic bureaucracy. I agree that a degree of left-brain function is required to manage a project, but (shock!) there are actually some creative people who also have strong left-brain tendencies. We're not all chaotic, impractical, uncontrolled prima-donnas.

To those in America, where box office receipts count: 'Dark Knight' is only $57 million away from overtaking Titanic's record as the highest-grossing film of all time. Go see it again. You'd be doing a public service. ;)

All y'all love them Macs! I'm examining Hammond's on Sunday, am currently leaning toward the MacBook Pro but we'll see. The actual purchase is so far off, the next generation will probably be out by then anyway!
15 have fought ~ fight the power!
spotweld From: spotweld Date: September 23rd, 2008 11:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
They about to roll out the American re-make of "Life on Mars", takes place in NYC this time. I've seem most of the series and it's good, but I think I got bored with the concept after a while. Got sorta... angsty towards the end.
tania From: tania Date: September 24th, 2008 12:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Why do Americans feel the need to remake everything? Is it entirely impossible to relate to a story if it happens to take place in another, only subtly different, English-speaking culture?? :\
spotweld From: spotweld Date: September 24th, 2008 12:12 am (UTC) (Link)
In all fairness, the football hooligan episode might have fallen flat in the states. And then there's that whole "girl from the test image" thing...
tania From: tania Date: September 24th, 2008 01:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I dunno, I'm in Australia and I 'got' both of those things, and arguably we're culturally tied no closer to Britain than to the US. (I'm serious about that; in terms of entertainment, the VAST majority of what we see, read and listen to over here is American.)

Learning about the differences in other cultures is a good thing, IMO... and if a generation of Americans is embracing the (sometimes large) cultural differences they see in anime programs (to the point where many insist on watching subtitles rather than dubs) why not also remain open to learning about other cultures too?

It's interesting that this issue comes up in relation to 'Life on Mars' in particular, given that the show itself is about adapting to another culture - albeit one separated by time rather than geography.

The best stories seem to grow from their setting and in being transplanted into another culture / setting they lose some of their individuality. I'm thinking especially of the furore when rumors abounded that Spielberg was going to make the Harry Potter films set in America (This can't possibly have been more than an empty rumor, nobody could be that stupid).

To turn the 'Americanise everything' idea on its head, imagine if every time a new hit show or film came out in the states, other countries re-made it to fit their mold. I'm having horrific visions of an Australianised 'Sorpranos'... LOL... a British 'Simpsons'... Oh dear god, Aussie 'Star Wars'. ;P

Edited at 2008-09-24 01:17 am (UTC)
spotweld From: spotweld Date: September 24th, 2008 01:46 am (UTC) (Link)
I pretty much agree with everything you're saying.
I would so much love to see QI rebroadcast in the US. And thank goodness that FOX attempt at the Doctor Who reboot failed, and the SciFi channel has picked up with the new seres.

Of course, I'm also a nerd.. I *like* learning about stuff that's only tangentially related to other stuff.

And I think it should be mentioned we did a pretty good job of Americanizing The Office.

tania From: tania Date: September 24th, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I *like* learning about stuff that's only tangentially related to other stuff.

I think that is one of the best, most all-encompassing definitions of 'nerd' I've ever seen! I approve of that comment. *stamps it all official-like*
spotweld From: spotweld Date: September 25th, 2008 12:35 am (UTC) (Link)
stokerbramwell From: stokerbramwell Date: September 24th, 2008 12:42 am (UTC) (Link)
I love John Lasseter so much.

Also: Perhaps I shall go see TDK again! Three times isn't enough for a film of that caliber.
From: ninjawookie Date: September 24th, 2008 02:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I read about how there was a lot of fighting in the corporate structure of business as to which films would be made. I get the feeling this is why there will be a sequel to cars. I also read they didn't want to do Toy Story 3 either.

More power to them really.

Wall E was excellent, my third favourite pixar film just behind Ratatouille and the Incredibles.
tania From: tania Date: September 24th, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I see we have similar Pixar tastes. I think Incredibles is still my #1. It's nice to see Pixar slowly moving into films that are clearly more and more designed for adults. Animation is a medium - not a genre, not a demographic. Woo! :D

Edited at 2008-09-24 09:38 pm (UTC)
From: ninjawookie Date: September 25th, 2008 05:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Well the most important thing about pixar is how they share a similarity to miyazaki in that they're not obviously making just 'comedy' cartoons and actually telling a real story. All the humour that comes out of these films is just a bonus or they're inherent in the characters they make up and design, because they're animated so well.

Pixar's greatness has never been more obvious after Brooke and I had to sit through Space Chimps.

also you seen this yet>?

tania From: tania Date: September 25th, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh my goodness, you guys went to see Space Chimps? You ARE a pair of masochists.

I have seen the Coraline stuff - read the book a year ago too, it's going to be AMAZING. Everyone at work is totally gagging for that movie. :)
tengukun From: tengukun Date: September 24th, 2008 07:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Email meh? *sadfats*
tania From: tania Date: September 24th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
*clinghugs* I'm so sorry girl, I've been playing catchupsies at work ever since my hol. It's actually just started to ease off a little in the past two days. I shall email yeh today in response to your message on the Book of Face. :)
c_eagle From: c_eagle Date: September 26th, 2008 05:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank ya for the update on Lasseter, and yer Mac happenings! :9
15 have fought ~ fight the power!