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I almost missed International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day.  While I’m still not a published writer giving away her work (maybe next year), I am striving to be a professional writer.  And today, that means offering up a little something.  I updated the “professional” pages with some new excerpts and a flash piece. 

Been generally overwhelmed and pissy today.  Hormones.  Updating the pages made me feel a little better.  Planning on something greasy for dinner.  Well, if Eric gets home soon.  Otherwise, we’re going to go to Pita Jungle, a restaurant of wood-fires and unerring freshness.  And falafel just isn’t going to cut it on the fried end…

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Recent Movies Watched

The Beguiled (1971)
Strange little movie. Eric had seen it years back and it influenced the ending of one of our books. Considering that the Thomas Cullinan book was mentioned in Stephen King’s Danse Macabre, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that it influenced King’s Misery too. If you can call anything Southern Gothic, it would be this movie. The story works fairly well, but it’s the 70s horror sensibility that really makes it interesting.

Herbie Fully Loaded (2005)
When I was a kid, I loved Herbie movies. My dream car was a VW Bug. The movies were silly and cute with an odd blending of chick-flick and sports movie. And this 2005 entry into the series pretty much follows that pattern. Yeah, there are bits that are kinda stupid and it’s fairly predictable, but it’s also kinda fun. I loved the nod to The Fast and the Furious‘ car innards CGI. Matt Dillion seemed to be having too much fun being the bad guy, and I just have to like Lindsay Lohan for being red-haired and freckled.

There Will Be Blood (2007)
As much as I was surprised at liking No Country for Old Men, I was surprised at how much I disliked There Will Be Blood. I thought the first half was okay. Daniel Day-Lewis wasn’t quite in Bill the Butcher mode and the historical aspects of oil drilling were interesting. But then, the movie became a number of things I’ve seen before. There’s not much difference between Plainview and Deadwood‘s George Hearst character. In fact, Gerald McRaney plays Hearst with stillness that’s more effective than Day-Lewis’s manic madness. Creepy preachers playing politics have also been done better on TV in the form of Carnivale. I did enjoy Paul Dano’s performance, but it (as well as Day-Lewis’s performance) were too much caricature and not enough reality. The soundtrack, while interesting for today, hearkens back to the soundtrack of 60s & 70s movies. Even the cinematography wasn’t as good as No Country for Old Men or The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. I don’t know. If I would have seen this movie a year ago, would my opinion be as harsh?

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What led to this morning’s injured finger overuse…

Dictionary of Victorian London – Victorian History – 19th Century London – Social History
Interesting site of primary sources.

You are what your mother eats: First evidence that mother’s diet influences infant sex | Think Gene
Huh. I am seriously interested in the mechanism behind this, if this study is valid and the data is good. I’m not sure if retrospective reporting is a good idea though.
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Now we’ll know… – Half of Me
I usually look up a restaurant’s nutritional info before I go. Which means often I don’t go at all. Kind of depressing. And generally, I won’t go to a place if they don’t provide any info on general principle. Having tabletop guides would be welcome! I also understand that the information is an estimate; that the chef might have gone a little wild with the cheese when making my meal. I’m okay with that. But what really annoys me are restaurants that provide info for only a few items. The “healthy” items. Ya know what? I can probably estimate the calories in your “healthy” dry, veggie-laden chicken sandwich. Too bad that I wanted to know if half of your meatball Parmesan sandwich fit into my diet, huh? My “ordering habits” haven’t changed, but my eating habits have.
But worry not, restaurants of NY:
Restaurants fight NYC calories-on-menu law – USATODAY.com
‘Course, sometimes, rarely, you just gotta say screw it and eat what you want.

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