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November 11th, 2006
12:30 pm

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Bringing Out The Dead (1999)
Depressing, a bit disturbing at times, with moments that are funny.

And it feels completely unlike anything else Scorsese has done. (There are a few superficial similarities to After Hours (1985), but the two movies really are quite different.)

There are a few places where the dialog inteligibility sucks. Otherwise, I didn't really notice technical aspects of it. (Well, Read more...Collapse ))

I'm a little confused about why there was a title card saying that this was set in New York City in the early 1990s. The New York City part certainly would have become obvious from watching what followed, and it's not clear to me why I needed that ``early 1990s'' bit.

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August 11th, 2005
03:42 pm

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from the autobiographies on film-tech.com

Paul Mayer wrote the following about himself in the fourth page of the ``Who the HECK are you??'' thread in the film-yak forum on film-tech.com:

Most-fun gig--probably as location dailies projectionist for the movie Casino during the winter of '94-'95 here. In a warehouse on Highland Dr. we built a little screening room (20 seats, 5x12' screen) that could run anything from mono optical 1.37, through 1.85 and anamorphic, to double-system Super 35 (2.39 non-anamorphic) using a pair of modified Simplex XLs w/little ORC RPS-2500 lamps. Ever the film buff, Mr. Scorsese had me running classics (new prints from his vault!) for the staff when we weren't looking at dailies. Unfortunately, working that gig got me into political trouble with several rival factions within Local 720, and I became a target for increased harrassment. At the end of 1994 (the same year I earned a 20-year pin) I withdrew my membership in protest and was subsequently blacklisted by the Local. By 1997 I was totally out of the business, unable to get stage, TV or film work in either the union or non-union worlds.

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March 9th, 2004
05:02 pm

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beauty
For some random reason, the red line car I rode home in yesterday had only four of its flourescent lights lit for the entire trip. (On the old style cars, which this was, that's a moderately common *temporary* failure mode where there are gaps in the tracks, but this lasted the whole trip, not something on the order of a fraction of a carlength.) I found this to be really, really nice.

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October 25th, 2003
04:14 am

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most amusing things seen on craigslist
``I don't drink alcohol or smoke anything or use recreational drugs, including television.''

``PURELY PHYSICAL LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIP''

``I don't have a laundry list of prerequisites for the guy I'm looking for, but he should be athletic, well-educated, intelligent, honest, and not afraid to tell a woman how he feels. He should also be ready for a relationship. Pictures and self-descriptions wanted.''

``I don't date guys under 25 because they are complicated and confused and never know what they fuckin want. They're more like girls, but then i like girls sometimes too, but they have to be hot, like me. I'm not looking for sex or anything, so all you creepy cyber guys stay away, email me and i'll send you a pic, we can hang out or something...''

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September 11th, 2003
04:50 pm

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suicide, etc
[hey, look, it's a not-friends-only post.]

So, someone on my friends list made a friends-only post with an obituary of someone who died in New York two years ago. And of course, it was the typical obituary: this was a good person who enjoyed life and didn't have any problems, or something.

This reminded me of this combination of suicide note and obituary (though hunting it down took a while, since it had moved); the contrast between the two descriptions of the same event leads me to doubt the accuracy of any obituary in terms of really understanding whether a person faced any significant sorrow.

I also came across this; I had many reactions to it, but one was to wonder why it is that the problems people wanted to fix were gun control and parental involvement. (Oh, and he had good parents, too, whatever the fuck that means.) Why is it that someone who is that isolated and unhappy is not considered a problem unless they kill someone? Isn't it a tragedy that they never find happiness in life, in and of itself, even if they never kill someone? And why are you sure that gun control is a much more compelling fix than fixing the emotional environment? People do die with much more mundane weapons, on occasion.

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August 1st, 2003
12:19 am

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blur
I can't seem to stop uploading new userpics tonight...

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12:12 am

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another new userpic
bar, or something

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July 31st, 2003
11:15 pm

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new alternate userpic
foo

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May 4th, 2003
03:01 pm

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learning carpentry
So I overheard two people talking in harvard sq last night about how to learn to be a carpenter. One, who seemed to have grown up in the US, seemed to think that the right approach was to spend $2K on some school in Maine or something. The other, who very obviously hadn't grown up in the US and spoke limited English, asserted that the correct approach was to find a carpenter, and offer to work for them for free for two or three weeks.

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March 23rd, 2003
12:52 am

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cute people
grr

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