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i can't believe ossie davis died. that makes me so sad.
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the oscar nominations are out, but more importantly, the razzie nominations are out, too!
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happy birthday, [ profile] jangrl!
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happy birthday, [ profile] gov_moonbeam!
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i wrote about half of my dia de los muertos paper yesterday. yay! now i've just got to take a chunk out of vanity fair, and spend some quality time with my thesis this weekend.

gave my last museum tour today. phew. i think it went pretty well, though.

i'm tired. the only thing that's getting my ass to work tomorrow is my paycheck.
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i voted!

it took me 40 minutes, and the woman behind me in line tried to cut. the fever of democracy has never run higher . . .
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my friend jessica is going to florida tonight, to help with the election. i'm so proud of her.
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links -

eminem's new video -

jon stewart telling crossfire where to stuff it -
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i saw david gordon green's undertow last night. man, do kids in the south ever have decent childhoods? anyway, it disappointed me a bit, though the acting was very good all around (not having seen billy elliot, i was shocked to discover that jamie bell is british, as he did such a flawless southern accent). bell essentially carries the movie, but dermot mulroney was very good, and i'm more impressed with josh lucas the more i see his work. unfortunately, the story is pretty rote, and philip glass's score ruins some otherwise quite dramatic and frightening scenes. i'd still like to see green's george washington and all the real girls, since both have gotten pretty positive reviews, but i can't say i was terribly impressed by undertow.
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i love the onion -

"jacques derrida 'dies'."
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you can tell i've driven to a lot of these places, rather than flown.

create your own visited states map
or check out these Google Hacks.
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happy birthday, [ profile] bloominglotus!
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movie stuff . . .

the boy and i are going to a few films at the chicago international film festival, which starts this weekend -

* we're going to see an early screening of brad anderson's the machinist (with christian bale and jennifer jason leigh). it's about a factory worker who hasn't slept in a year, and he begins to have bizarre hallucinations. quite appropriately, we're seeing a midnight show. it's been one of my greatly anticipated fall releases, so i'm really excited.

* also, the taste of tea, a japanese film by katsuhito ishii, who did the anime segment in kill bill vol. 1. from what i can tell, it will be in a similar vein as happiness of the katakuris, but perhaps without the songs.

* the journey, an indian film by a chicago director, about two women who develop a lesbian relationship, and the controversy that surrounds them in their kerala village. i might also go see another indian film, raincoat, starring aishwarya rai.

i finally got around to seeing vanity fair yesterday. i'm not familiar with the book, but i know nair made some character changes, particularly to becky. in any case, it was quite odd. it's probably my least favorite of her films, though i thought witherspoon was rather good. i thought it rather bloodless, without much of the spark i would expect from a writer like thackeray. however, it will be an excellent text for my thesis.
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yes. yes i am.

The Count
The Count's Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

It started with a simple affection for counting and
the terror it induced in others, didn't it?
But now it's turned into a full-blown
life-consuming chaotic nightmare of order,
repetition, zealousness, and perfectionism.
You used to be so grand, but now you find
yourself obsessively worrying over the littlest
things--like, maybe if you don't check the
light switch at least once every two minutes,
the electricity will go out (and damnit, you're
a vampire--that shouldn't be a problem!), or
maybe if you don't wash your hands until your
seams are coming out, you'll get some fatal
disease. Get yourself some treatment.

Which Sesame Street Muppet's Dark Secret Are You?
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dude! naveen andrews and harold perrineau are both in lost! i was already going to watch the pilot tonight, but now i'm actually excited about it!
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unlike yesterday, i feel worse and worse as today goes on. crap.
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courtesy of [ profile] blue_lotus and [ profile] astronautical, here's that big ol' book meme. )

wow. that brought back a lot of memories. can you tell that i'm bored during my office hours?

*eta - bold the ones you've read, and add two.
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william shatner doing pulp's "common people."

best. song. ever.
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hey amazing race fans - have you seen TWoP's new "my ox is broken!" magnet/button?

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