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  1. Housekeeping was made into a movie?! I had no idea! ... I'm going to have to look into that. Back to the topic. A number of alien movies are small-town themed. They seem to be idea for para-normal experiences...or perhaps small towns were a nice divergence to the classic War of the Worlds theme "big scary aliens completely destroy the densely-populated city". *Signs *ET *Close Encounters of the Third Kind (I think that Muncie, IN counts as small-town. It might be a college town, but it certainly has a small-town mentality, and it's completely surrounded by fields...and to think I used to live 31 miles outside Muncie...)
  2. There is a choral setting of the "Agnus Dei" to Samuel Berber's Adagio for Strings. The average to good choir gets strained and off-pitch in the first 30 seconds (which is still the first note), but when sung by a great pure-toned choir, ahh.... You can also find a good Cambridge recording on Trinity Choir's Voce album.
  3. Aradhna came and played at my university several years ago during my senior year. Unfortunately, they were trying to set up for their concert on the same stage that we were trying to do our production week opera rehearsal. We were all a little stressed our mutual need for the same space. We made a funny scene: us in full make-up, character shoes and 19th-century Italian fluffy dresses and gondolier outfits, ready to sing boisterous high notes juxtaposed with these natural musicians, sitting on rugs in their kurtas and playing quietly meditative music. In any case, our conflict made the whole opera company sit down and listen to them warm up and sound check for about an hour or so. It was a wonderfully refreshing hour of forced rest. I've always meant to look up Aradhna again. Thanks for the reminder!
  4. Yeay, I beat Christian by $100! Apparently, I am a slightly more collectible commodity...sorry, Christian. While the answer to how much you're worth is encouraging, the questions do not lead one to good self-criticism and are pretty relative. What body build do I have: average, how much over (or under) average do I need to be to be "slim"? How much muscle do I need to have to be "atheletic"? Exactly how tall do I need to be to go from "taller than average" to "tall" to "extremely tall/giantism"?
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    French music

    I've had several wonderful moments with Carla Bruni and her Quelqu'un M'a Dit album...for example, a rainy trainride through Oregon's Willamette valley. I understand French in music about 65%, I'd say...enough to enjoy listening to it and get a jest, but not enough to vouch for my lyrical taste. I enjoyed her voice and the way that she was recorded which made her sound so intimate.
  6. I was just laughing at the concept of comparing them. You can definitely see form differences in the Pollock vs. bird quiz. One is obviously unconciously splattered while the other is, like I said above, pursuing an idea...another unfortunate give-away is the Edit: Thanks nardis...
  7. But the final question is pretty tough - had I not known about his work, I would probably have answered incorrectly. But on the last one, there was a refined-ness about it that would indicate its artsy-ness. For most of the actual art pieces in this quiz, I saw a refined sense or an essence of the contempory art ethos that gave them away. I'm really not trying to be a smartypants; I'm not an art connesiour. I definitely saw recognizable style in the actual art pieces. While it is easy to tease about the simplicity of some modern art, it is often a proccess of chasing the expression of an idea. While the technique used in modern art may not be all that different from scribbles or drippings, one can recognize which ones are art because something in the driving idea has refined them into something more.... ...or something.
  8. There is, actually, some interesting research done on Jackson Pollock and fractals. If only one could mathematically analyze the pictures while taking the quiz...then it would be a breeze!
  9. I personally liked the Pollock or bird droppings quiz.
  10. Well, as Buckeye has recently recommended Atonement to the Book Club; you could read it and join us there, Jeffrey!
  11. You know, I'd like to be a big and tough reader who is up for hard-core substances like non-fiction (and better yet, theological non-fiction), but sometimes you're just in the mood for fiction, that wonderful gateway reading genre. I'll confess to being with you, nardis. A novel does sound good. Beside, I'm better at discussing fiction.
  12. OH MY GOODNESS! Do I actually get to Ahem Alan?!?!
  13. Although very lengthy, very worthwhile! Having just finished listening (an aural re-"read") to HP&tHBP (#6), I think Granger is very much on the right track here with his alchemical symbolisms. Eh, it's just 'cause he's Hermione's uncle...
  14. I don't know whether to post here or there, but I'm up for it, at least...and maybe we could re-rope your previous takers. Alan, Nardis, Jeff??
  15. It is now time to be honest; the last book club was a wee bit of a flop. Sorry Wright & Borg...apparently, A&F just didn't "do" The Meaning of Jesus too well. I would enjoy a bit of book discussion, would anyone else be up for another go at one?
  16. I ordered Velvet Elvis on a whim from Amazon a few weeks ago. Perhaps I'm a bit behind the times, but I had been skeptical of the Big Church and Popular Christian Book phenomena. I found it to be a pretty refreshing drink, personally. He didn't do deep theology, but I don't think this was the intent, and his perspectives were stunningly grace-filled. He's got a sense of humor, so it was a pretty enjoyable read, too. There were several points where his writing brought Bilblical text to life for me. To be embarrassingly honest, I often struggle to engage when reading many of Jesus stories in the Gospels because they are so familiar as tales of Jesus travelling, performing miracles, and loving people while the disciples don't get it and authorities get mad. Rob Bell had some ideas and writing techniques that helped me to glimpse outside this ennui box for a moment at some of the meaning of Christ's actions. (For example, the part about the woman touching Jesus' robe). I've read critiques of him being too universalist or post-modern in this book; they particularly pinpoint his discussion of truth. These responses seem to take his writing totally out of context. I was relieved to see him so honest, curious, and comfortable in his religious-skin that he can poke, prod, and seek to understand how it moves, grows, and dances within our culture. I started Sex God a few nights ago; I'm suspicious that this isn't going to be as much of a "ruthie-topic" as Velvet Elvis, but I still have found it an intriguing read thus far. Like the Noomas, these certainly are packaged well/beautifully, but I can't fault him for a nice-looking cover; I mean, look at the loveliness of our very own Mr. Overstreet's cover art! I am surprised that there isn't a topic here already. Does anyone else have any thoughts on these books?
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    Bright Eyes

    What is curious to me is that he is touring with Gillian Welch. Seriously, is it just me or does that sound a bit like a bi-polar evening? Gillian is very down to earth (she bought a piece from my dad at an art show without him realizing who she was), she records folk religious tunes seemingly without bitterness, she and David Rawlings make pretty precise and artful music, Perhaps someone here has an observation on how this pairing began... Gillian makes a wonderful concert, and we have tickets to the show, but we don't really know what to expect from Conor. I listened to one of his All Songs Considered live performances on NPR last year and was pretty non-plused...but then again, the All Songs Considered live shows didn't really turn out good sound quality for anyone...otherwise, "Witness" is the only song that I've heard from his recordings, and I must admit that I do find the instrumental part of this piece engaging. I definitely can see that he has a purging side to his recordings/personality...
  18. As I mentioned in the other portrayal of ministers/clergy professionals thread, Serenity/Firefly has an interesting minister.
  19. I saw an interview with the producers of that show who very gingerly explained that they were obligated (ordered?) to be very VERY careful with the character. And while they didn't SAY it, I kinda SUSPECT they would have liked to have ditched the character's altruism and dirtied him up a bit and given him a dark side. Despite making the father periodically fluffy, they did do well with him in the end... Here's another great example of an interestingly sensitively portrayed minister on TV.
  20. For what it's worth, Salon has posted a little counter-article that seems to have some people up and buzzing.
  21. VERY interesting experiment and article. It's interesting to ponder if I would notice at least that he was a good musician and stop; I'd like to flatter myself into thinking that I would maybe even recognize him...but then again, I can get pretty busy as I head into work in the morning...perhaps I too would be blindfolded.
  22. Several of the titles in this list are pretty good. I was, however, a bit confused by the overal list. Many of these picks seem to be books that mark a sensation or craze and not books that will leave a legacy, as I define it. The article did make some arguments for the larger role in society of a few of the selections of which I am skeptical, but I am still unconvinced that many of these titles (eg. #3, 5, 7) will actually leave an lasting mark, transfered from generation to generation...a legacy.
  23. YES YES YES!! The Cadbury mini-eggs are ever so divine!!...I mean, they're pretty good.
  24. Hmmm. While I agree that it deserves consideration for the list, I'm not sure it has aged as well as I wish it had. It didn't even make the 2005 Top200, after all. It fared SO poorly in 2005, that it it wasn't even eligible for 2006, so it wasn't even nominated last year! It will be eligible for renomination when we revisit the Top100 in 2008. That's because almost no one has seen it, or they haven't seen it for a long, long time, not because it's not worthwhile. It's rarely shown on TV, and up until this year was only available on VHS (used). But I won't argue about it now. In any case, by the time 2008 comes around, we'll probably only be considering German, Russian, or Japanese films that are at least three hours long, and require extensive training in the history of cinematography to truly appreciate. You shouldn't forget those several Swedish and Polish films that always make their way on. Goodness; your limited cultural vision is appalling, Beth! Anyhow, I'd have to add Labyrinth as a favorite silly film; whether it was intended to be silly or not, one just cannot take it seriously...and it's wonderful! And then there's always Clue...."I am your singing telegram..." Which brings me to seconding the Young Frankenstein vote...."Abby someone...Abby, Abby...Abby Normal!"
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