May 20th, 2009

read or die

random

I am reading an article in the current Empire AU about the filming of Doctor Dolittle, mainly dealing with what a bastard Rex Harrison was, and how mayhem insued.

I was struck by (and I thought leemoyer and perhaps liddle_oldman will be as well) the fact that after caving in to any number of truly stupid and unreasonable demands, they finally decided to put their foot down and say no to him. Unfortunately for us, the issue they chose to grow a spine over was when he wanted Bricusse, (who had replaced Lerner writing the score) replaced with Flanders and Swan!

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Jim and I went out for our local theater's cheap date night and saw the Wolverine movie and had dinner someone else had to clean up. It was really fun, but I am *mostly* not going to talk about the movie because I would give you the impression I didn't like it, but that wouldn't be true. I did like it, I just like to pick at things - that's my own writing strategy as well.

We read Xmen in the 70's and 80's, so I am quite out of the loop on what is considered canon these days, but the movie did not address any of the questions I always had - in fact, it addressed nothing that would have brought those questions up. Is the movie really revisionist or am I so far behind on canon I am a mutant Luddite? I don't know even that much.

But I do know this bothered me - why are two Canadians fighting in the American Civil War, and with Americans in WWI and II...? Am I to believe the British Empire had nothing going on to interest two people making a living as mercenaries?
swordfish blackbird

call for alphabet aid

Among the slew of icon games we play in, Jim (notarysojac) and I play in a few together, two of which are alphabet games. One deals with Anime and Manga, and the other with anything Japanese.

Through the vagaries of missed weeks and extensions, these two games are currently up to the same letter. Which is Q.


We've already been around the alphabet several times together, and I played in the anime game for quite some time before he joined. And honestly, though all we have to do is come up with some text containing the dreaded letter, I am feeling the burnout. Jim and I bandied some words about this morning at breakfast, and I found myself reduced to thinking in latin. (Which I may yet fall back to.)

So -- if any of you have any ideas to push our way, however outlandish, please push away.

Not just for Q - this means the dreaded X and Z will soon be here as well. (I also hate U. And L. )