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There's a poster hung in the breakroom now that says, "Stressed spelled backwards is desserts. Coincidence, I think not!" and it has a picture of a little trollish looking creature surrounded by different types of pastries and candies, etc.  I'm going to burn this place down.

So, I finally installed a new vent for the dryer.  Yes, I know I've been saying I was going to do that for months now but I DID IT, so lay off.  A nifty piece of handiwork too.  I just removed the ugly, dangling lightbulb(a la the red swinging lightbulb in that horror story show) and routed the vent right up through there.  It looks pretty clean and it kept me from having to cut holes in the ceiling with an added bonus that there is a fan sucking air out of there already.  The downside is that one day too much dryer lint will escape the trap, be whisked into the fan, which will then jam, overheat and catch fire, burning us all to a crisp.  But who cares, the laundry is drying like gangbusters!  Wooo!  In the process I pulled out the washer and dryer and all the linens, etc that are in that closet and cleaned and reorganized everything.  It's so...CLEAN and nice.  I forbade anyone from even opening the doors, as if anyone other than me touches anything in there it will automatically be dirty.

We watched The Pianist this weekend.  I have to admit, I've never been a big fan of Adrien Brody.  I think he gets too much credit because people take pity on him since he has a foot growing where his nose should be. That said, he was really amazing in this movie.  They did something in this movie that I thought no one had ever done as well.  I always thought it must be the hardest thing to express some intangible feelings and emotions in movies and one that I've seen actors/directors fail at again and again is showing hunger.  Well, it was plain as day in this movie. Just watching the movie made me feel like I was either a big fat bloated pig in comparison or starving to death empathetically.  Also, the movie was somewhat graphic, as any movie about Nazi controlled eastern block must be, but it wasn't overly so.  Anyway, I think it's definitely something everyone can appreciate.

We also watched Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.  Well, this is one of those movies that everyone told me would suck but that I actually liked. I love how they portrayed his egomania (hey look, it's ME) and I liked the twist at the end, well not the twist at the very end but the main twist near the end and I guess I just liked the general surrealness of it all.

Sunday morning I watched the first disc of the Trasnformers.  Well, let's just say it's not everything I remembered it being, so the rest of those are being cancelled, except the movie, which I'd never seen.  Next up, GI Joe!


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Oct. 4th, 2004 10:03 pm (UTC)
Did you even like Tranformers as a kid? I remember loving the song, and then the show would start and my eyes would glaze over.

GI Joe is another show that bore me to tears as a kid. Everything except the public service announcement. I had a whole system. I would wake up and eat breakfast and then go watch TV. I would watch anything other than GI Joe until the last five minutes. Then turn it over so I could see why knowing was half the battle that day.

You should photshop your own poster that says
"Desserts spelled backwards spells stressed" and have a picture of all these fat people hooked up to heart machines with flab falling off the tables.
It would be so funny you would get promoted and get a raise.

Oct. 4th, 2004 10:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I used to love Transformers and especially GI Joe. I guess it's better when you have all the action figures and, after you watch it, you can go build bases and have battles and shit.
Oct. 4th, 2004 10:21 pm (UTC)
We were too poor for action figures. We had to play with mashed potatoes.

Oct. 4th, 2004 10:30 pm (UTC)
I had much the same experience watching Robotech a few months ago. When I was a wee little Dave, Robotech was the shit. I loved that cartoon like nothing else. I mean, where else could you watch a cartoon where people frigging DIED?

And watching it as an adult, the animation looks like crap and the storyline and acting are terrible. I think when you're a kid, you have more tolerance for bad cartoons, and you just love 'em 'cause they're new and different. Twenty years later, you've got a little more perspective and you're capable of seeing how bad they suck.
Oct. 4th, 2004 10:46 pm (UTC)
Yep, that's definitely it. I loved Robotech too.
Oct. 5th, 2004 12:21 am (UTC)
After you watch it? Hell, I did all that before, during, and after watching the show!
Oct. 5th, 2004 03:01 am (UTC)
G.I.Joe was great. A while ago, Cartoon network had some episodes late at night. I taped all I could.

But no public service announcements.

The PSAs were CRACKED OUT to the max. Especially when the kids would learn about not trusting strangers, but a guy in millitary fatigues appearing out of nowhere is A-0k.
Oct. 4th, 2004 10:23 pm (UTC)
Well of course as a kid you loved the Transformers. I mean how sophisticated is an 8 year old's taste in things?

For instance, one of my favorite shows EVER as a kid was Thunder Cats. When I saw reruns a couple of years ago, i realized how ba the dialogue was (stiffer than a piece of lumber).

But I thought the transformers movie was cool. The Planet eating machine... awesome.

Oct. 4th, 2004 10:46 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, I loved Thunder Cats. Except for Snarf. He was just annoying.

Did you ever wonder why they didn't all just make mirrored suits?
Oct. 4th, 2004 11:16 pm (UTC)
I, too, liked Thundercats.

So did my step-father. I was eight. He was not. This is a significant indicator of something.
Oct. 5th, 2004 12:24 am (UTC)
Thundercats, GO!

I had the same experience; I remember Thundercats being all dark and moody and fantastic (both "evoking fantasy" and "awesome"), but when I saw the reruns recently, it wasn't hearly as good as I remembered.

I think part of that is just how much animation for television has improved since the 80's.
Oct. 5th, 2004 01:33 am (UTC)
I thought it was, Thundercats, HO!
Oct. 5th, 2004 01:38 am (UTC)
Actually, you're right, it was "Thundercats, HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!" But wasn't part of the opening credits "Thundercats are go!"?
Oct. 5th, 2004 02:15 am (UTC)
No, that's "THUNDERBIRDS are GO!"
Oct. 5th, 2004 02:16 am (UTC)
Dammit, you people are making me feel old and senile! Now stop arguing with your elders or I'll hit you with my cane! :-)
Oct. 5th, 2004 02:50 am (UTC)
Thundercats are on the loose.

I loved Thundercats. And I've seen reruns recently, and I still love it.

I don't know what you crazy people are talking about.
Oct. 5th, 2004 03:04 am (UTC)
We're talking craaaazy, because we're craaaazy people! ;-)

And you and my Sister dragonblink should talk, as she's an even bigger fan of Thundercats now than when she first saw it.
Oct. 5th, 2004 03:02 am (UTC)
Ever notice that in the very first episodes, all the Thundercats were naked as crazy?
Oct. 4th, 2004 10:41 pm (UTC)
Confessions is a great movie and anyone who says differently is a tool. It was a great debut for George Clooney as director and it was done rather well for the subject matter.
Oct. 4th, 2004 11:17 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't say it was a great movie. But I liked it for the most part. Showed an attempt at something interesting, even if it didn't pull it off completely.
Oct. 4th, 2004 10:49 pm (UTC)
That first paragraph is totally metaquotes-worthy.
Oct. 5th, 2004 01:31 am (UTC)
Heh, thanks for the mention. That looks like a fun community.
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Oct. 5th, 2004 05:21 am (UTC)
Damn! You beat me to it!
Oct. 5th, 2004 12:33 am (UTC)
OMG! I'm going to burn this place down. You just made me laugh like an idiot! With the icon is priceless :D
Oct. 5th, 2004 01:27 am (UTC)
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Oct. 5th, 2004 01:34 am (UTC)
It wasn't a big twist, but the guy was such a loser you didn't expect it(the poison thing).
Oct. 5th, 2004 04:34 am (UTC)
The Pianist didn't do much for me. I saw it and immediately filed it in my mental list of mediocre Holocaust movies.

As for showing hunger, i think Stalingrad did a good job. Not a great job, perhaps, but a good one.
Oct. 5th, 2004 07:39 am (UTC)
I don't see how anyone could pity Adrien Brody when you consider that he's gotten to mash with Halle Berry AND Charlize Theron on two separate Oscar occasions. Yeah, he's got a big schnozzola, but you know what they say about men with big noses ;)

Roberto Benigni, on the other hand, he might've gotten a sympathy Oscar. He looks like the love child of Mr. Bean and Don Knotts.
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