March 28, 2004

it's a curious thing

For some reason it seems my movie watching runs oddly thematically. Not profound themes, mind you. But they seem to have something or someone in common. Recently, it appears to be Joan Crawford.

I've never cared one way or another about her; I neither like nor dislike her. But suddenly, there she was in Grand Hotel and then in Mildred Pierce (which, by the way, is a great movie).

A little while ago it seemed I was suddenly watching Cary Grant (The Awful Truth, Topper, Father Goose and so on. At another time, it was Barbara Stanwyck.

I find it very puzzling. What does the universe have in mind?

March 24, 2004

usability - an entry for me

I haven't had a link to my Usability Links page for quite some time. So this entry (specifically the link) is here because I can never remember the file name (the URL).

March 21, 2004

be merciful

I just noticed I put a few reviews up without proofing/editing them. And I won't be able to get them fixed for a while as I'm off to do whatever it is people do on Sunday afternoons. So ... don't be surprised to see major typos and/or sentences that make no sense.

setting a limit

I've decided to limit the number of reviews under "new reviews" (at the right). It's now down to the ten most recent. The list just seemed to be getting too long. All of them can be found under reviews. But I think that needs to be rethought soon too. It's getting a bit unwieldy.

March 20, 2004

the western

For no particular reason I found myself watching westerns this week. One was the well-thought of The Ox-Bow Incident with a relatively young Henry Fonda. Very good movie.

The other was 1968's Bandolero! with Dean Martin, Jimmy Stewart and a youthful and fetching Raquel Welch. This, too, was quite good. But if you don't like westerns it won't be your cup of tea. It's very representative of a certain type of middle-of-the-road western Hollywood was making in the late 1960's.

But I liked it anyway!

March 16, 2004

does not include trousers

I hate writing headlines. And I hate writing titles. It's not in my skill set as the tedious corporate drones like to say. (I just overheard someone discussing some projects and saying, "Maybe we could find some synergies." Who the hell talks like that in real life?)

Anyway ... headlines. Or titles. Hate them. Don't they have people to do that sort of thing? Regardless, I'm testing out the current title ("does not include trousers"). I'm going to see if I can come up with three or four general ones I can use when a genuine title doesn't make itself immediately available. Here are a couple of other possibilities:

- politicians found in pantry
- aren't those my socks?
- deconstruction deconstructs; no video available
- pronouncing Clytemnestra on-the-go

Yes, yes ... I know. Needs work.

March 14, 2004

back pain

Although I've posted reviews, I haven't been diligent with The Burble ... for various reasons. It's the usual too busy, too distracted sort of thing but mainly it has been due to my back.

Not sure how, but I buggered it up about two weeks ago and have been off to the physiotherapist and so on as I try to get it restored to proper working order. Over the last little while I've been hobbling around like a little old man - sort of like Artie Johnson's dirty old man from the old Laugh-In show.

I have been watching movies though - see the column to the right under new reviews.