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Yes, it's long! I've only seen 264 of 'em so far... )

You copy the list and strikeout the movies you've already seen. I also italicized the ones that I actually have in the house on DVD (or in some cases on VHS), but that's not part of the meme.

If you don't know if you've seen one of them before, IMDB is your friend. :)
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Tomorrow we've got the Frigga study, which I'm looking forward to. Frigga is probably the deity I find most problematic to deal with personally (I guess it's inevitable that when you've got a pantheon, there'll be one that's harder to relate to), which I know means that I ought to focus on her more, not less. :)

Tonight I'm working on a quilt, and having myself a little 1930s Mummy marathon, starting with the 1932 Boris Karloff version.

Last riser

Nov. 20th, 2005 03:36 pm
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I was up too late last night because of television. Specifically, Double Indemnity. Figured I'd watch just the beginning--up through the first meeting between Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray. But I ended up watching the whole thing. Because it's Double Indemnity and Stanwyck just kicks that much ass.
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I've been trying to get through a lot of accumulated email from mailing lists. See, when I download my email, my good friend Outlook Express sorts it into different folders. Each mailing list has its own folder. I read my inbox (the main folder where non-list mail goes) every day, with only occasional lapses, but many of the other folders I am less likely to read regularly. I had no idea just how sporadic my list-reading had become, though--yes, some lists had been read recently, but some had unread messages dating back to May or June (and in one case late April).

The good thing about reading old email is that you don't even have to think about responding to any of it because the conversations ended long ago. The bad thing about reading old email is that once in a while you realize you missed something important. (Doesn't happen often, which I suppose says something but I'm not quite sure what.)

Anyway, enough true confessions.

I stayed up until 4 this morning, watching Turner Classic Movies; they specialize in actual old movies (unlike American Movie Classics, which has apparently decided that nothing made prior to 1975 is worth watching, and mainly seems to focus on the 90s). Even the occasional silent or foreign film. Last night they showed a German movie from 1943 called Munchausen. Since I enjoyed the relatively more recent film on the same theme (The Adventures of Baron Munchausen) I was going to watch this one--and it was a pretty good movie, definitely a movie of its era, but imaginative and nicely done, very entertaining. (I guess I have to read the stories the movies were based on at some point.) Just as interesting was the history behind it (there's always commentary before and after movies on TCM)--the movie was commissioned by Joseph Goebbels, who was impressed with all the fantasy films coming out around then (Wizard of Oz and so forth) and wanted one made in Germany. But (unlike many films made under the Nazi regime) the filmmakers were left alone to create for the most part, and there's apparently no propaganda or political content in the film. Definitely worth a watch if you get the chance.

I am trying, as a personal thing, to discipline myself to write at least six lines every day of heathen devotional prayer. We'll see how well this works in the long run :).
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I'm now the happy owner of both of the Marx Brothers movie sets, which is entirely awesome. (I already had the Paramount set, now I've got the MGM/RKO set as well! :))

Also, Galina Krasskova's new book, Exploring the Northern Tradition. I've only just looked it over but so far I'm pretty impressed. Has a great long section about the gods, and "The Soul Matrix" contains an unusually clear discussion of the parts of the soul.
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We now have an ex-hamster. :( Elder daughter is all right, she's sad of course, but she knows they don't live a long time and she's had him for quite a while. She doesn't want another hamster--maybe mice, or maybe those miniature hamsters (hard to imagine a smaller hamster...)--which is understandable. He was a decent hamster. I guess we'll be having a hamster funeral sometime this weekend, which will be much easier since the ground hasn't frozen yet. (Wouldn't have enjoyed storing him for a spring burial...)

Right now she's making popcorn for them to eat while watching a Pink Panther movie. We watched Arsenic and Old Lace first, which I enjoyed but which 5-year-olds can apparently take or leave. Earlier I made banana pudding, but it's not chilled enough yet, so popcorn it is. I've made chocolate banana pudding before, but never the traditional one. (And actually, since I skipped the meringue, this one isn't exactly traditional either. )

Because, you know, domesticity appears at random moments. :)

Late night

Oct. 22nd, 2004 01:44 am
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I made another pumpkin cheesecake today, for Dan to take to a heathen gathering this weekend. We'll miss him, but I figure I'll let the girls eat pizza and watch as much Pink Panther as they like. They sure do love them some slapstick.

Anyone know of any good movies with lots of slapstick (which is the funniest thing in the world to a 5-year-old) but still, well, good movies? They also love the Stooges, if that's any help :).

Damn it, I am just having a hell of a time thinking lately. Thus all these rather dull and well-spaced entries :).
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I decided to let the girls stay up a bit late tonight because a couple of the Pink Panther movies (Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau) were on TV; I don't remember the last time I've heard them laugh that hard at something!

So they got to bed late--but once in a while, that's okay.
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We had twelve people at our little gathering, a comfortable size :). It was fun, kind of quiet but fun. Lots of food. Talked, played games, watched Attack of the Mushroom People. Lots of noise at midnight; lots of long kisses at midnight (yeah!).

Today, lots of leftovers, kids watching the Rose Parade on TV, probably ordering pizza later.

Happy New Year!
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I learned how to make a latticed pie crust today. (Okay, I did it the easy way, but it still looks cool.) I went out to pick cherries, estimated what I'd need for two pies; I made enough pastry for two pies; I pitted the cherries and soon realized that what I had there was enough cherries for three pies. Checked the refrigerator--yep, I'm out of shortening. Hm. Therefore, lattice crusts.

Luckily my family likes pie. Maybe not that much pie...

Dan has taken the girls to see Spy Kids 3. Taking the kids to movies is his job, not mine. I don't like going to movies--all that sitting still!. :)
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