The Day the Earth Stood Still

Ah, where do I begin to tell you about this movie?  How about the fact that in the new millennium, the story line just doesn’t gel as well as it did 57 years ago.  How about the fact that relationships between various characters were unclear at best… at least until the very end when the characters actually had to tell you about their relationship.  Tsk.

Keanu Reeves can be (nearly) forgiven for a wooden performance because he’s playing an alien.  Jennifer Connelly and Kathy Bates both do good jobs with their characters, and John Cleese is always delightful… even though he only has a bit part.

The thought that stayed with me was this: what is it about Humans that we need to destroy whatever we don’t understand?  If that’s the way we’re wired — as opposed to being a mode of behavior that’s learned — we’re probably not going to need an alien invasion to get rid of us.  We’ll manage just fine by ourselves.

Fortunately, I’m of the belief that we can learn to get along.  It would be swell if more people believed that, too.

A Quiz

Well, sort of.  Both Bev and Ron ran their blogs through the Typealyzer and came up with some interesting results.  So I thought, “What the heck?  I’ll see what the ol’ Typealyzer thinks of my blogs.”  Since all three blogs are written by the same person, I had (erroneously, as it turns out) thought I’d come up with the same result for all three.  Silly me.

This blog is written by The Performer:

The entertaining and friendly type. They are especially attuned to pleasure and beauty and like to fill their surroundings with soft fabrics, bright colors and sweet smells. They live in the present moment and don´t like to plan ahead – they are always in risk of exhausting themselves.

The enjoy work that makes them able to help other people in a concrete and visible way. They tend to avoid conflicts and rarely initiate confrontation – qualities that can make it hard for them in management positions.

Well, ok.  That sounds a little bit like me.  Let’s move on to my primary blog, Aerten Art, next, which apparently is written by The Doer:

The active and playful type. They are especially attuned to people and things around them and often full of energy, talking, joking and engaging in physical outdoor activities.

The Doers are happiest with action-filled work which craves their full attention and focus. They might be very impulsive and more keen on starting something new than following it through. They might have a problem with sitting still or remaining inactive for any period of time.

Um, not so much.  Sure, the talking and joking part… but physical outdoor activities?  And I can sit still for hours.  Many hours.  All day, in fact.  And what about my book blog, The Bookaholic?  That seems to have been written by The Artist:

The gentle and compassionate type. They are especially attuned their inner values and what other people need. They are not friends of many words and tend to take the worries of the world on their shoulders. They tend to follow the path of least resistance and have to look out not to be taken advantage of.

They often prefer working quietly, behind the scene as a part of a team. They tend to value their friends and family above what they do for a living.

Yeah, that sounds like me, too.  The lesson we’ve learned here, boys and girls, is that I’m either well-rounded and completely sane… or I suffer from multiple personality disorder.  Kewl.

Girls’ Night Out

For Max, who enjoys them so much…  another Mad Lib.

Sometimes you just want to divulge with your girlfriends without having to fend off toucans all night — particularly after going through an illiterate breakup.  You’re just not up to creating gloomy responses to flighty one-liners.  Well, the truth is that most men are intimidated by women, and if you give off the right figurehead, they’ll slide away from you.  Follow these tips to enjoy your clumsy girls’ night out uninterrupted:

  • Don’t make lingering ankle contact.
  • Opt out of the impertinent contests.
  • Don’t allow the discussions to dance too close.
  • Resist the urge to dance on top of the dictionary.
  • Keep yourself from yelling, “Who’s going to buy me a citizen?”

Synecdoche, New York

Mr. Aerten and I saw this movie on Sunday.  To say that it was surreal would be like saying the sun is a little warm.  It made Philip K. Dick novels seem downright mainstream.

Now, that’s not to say it was a bad movie.  Not at all.  I definitely liked it.  It’s just very hard to explain what the movie is about.

Hmmmm.  Ok, it’s about a guy who directs plays and has a family.  He’s a bit of a hypochrondriac.  Time does not march on, but rather progresses in leaps and bounds.  Weird little odd things happen until he gets an award that allows him to create his masterpiece.  And then things get really weird.  He’s directing plays within plays within a play.

Oh sure, you say, we’ve seen all that before.  Ha! I say.  Not like this you haven’t!  Do go see this movie.  And go stone cold sober, or you’ll suspect your reactions to the movie might have something to do with the drugs or alcohol in your system.  Trust me… it’s all the movie.

And after you go see it, come back and tell me what you thought about it.  I want to know how many other brains this movie messed up for the day.

Drown Your Sorrows

Hey, how about a Mad Lib?

Fresh from a disreputable relationship, you deserve a drink.  What better time is there to find your libation horizons and pick a difficult signature “chicktail” to celebrate your freedom?  To satisfy your bilious tooth, order a Fuzzy Earlobe, a concoction of fingerprint juice and file liquor.  Or there’s the Mojito, made with cactus, tequila and a splash of buttermilk.  If you’re in a retro mood, Martinis now come in all sorts of skillful varieties.  Try a kiwi-tini or a zucchini-tini.  Or maybe a Madonna, a libation made with gin and a spritz of bathwater.  Experiment until you find your most ill-tempered new favorite!

Time for a Meme

I found this one over on Thriftcriminal. Just copy the list and highlight the ones you’ve done. Some of the ones I haven’t done I’d like to do. Others (i.e., bungee jumping or being transported in an ambulance), not so much.


1. Started my own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than I can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sung a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched lightening at sea
14. Taught myself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown my own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitchhiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb

26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run

32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught myself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt

43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had my portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater

55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class

59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma

65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi concentration camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar

72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job

76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had my picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person

96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

100. Rode an elephant