Archive for May 2010

Veni Vidi Vici

May 27, 2010

Seattle. Sea-attle. See the Quakes win. Troy got a glimpse of me in my “sports-fan” guise, and we all enjoyed the Major League atmosphere of a capacity crowd in Qw*st Field cheering on their Sounders. Sorry about that scoreless streak. I made quite a stir in my “retro” Mariners hat and Earthquakes paraphernalia. I even got called a “traitor” on a downtown bus. But this being Seattle, my accuser wore a smile. And apologized afterward.

We were even happier *after* the game

And everything else about the trip was wonderful too. The friends who took it with us. The hotel (kitty corner from the Seattle Central Library –”swoon”). Troy’s friends from BYU. Capitol Hill. Rain and clouds. Mistral Kitchen. The Zig Zag Café’s happy hour. The Locks! Buses that don’t stop at every block. The Bainbridge ferry & french toast at Nola’s. More rain. Spur Gastropub –you simply must eat there if you go to Seattle. Jokes about the rain. Taiko drumming on the waterfront, and bagpipers on the steps up toward downtown. Pike Pales. Coffee. Oh, and …



Seattle trip

May 25, 2010

This is not a weekend report. But it is a reminder of what might happen to you if you visit your native place, where “retro” fashions have become commonplace.

Danny Meyer?

And in case it’s not quite clear what “retro” means in this case … behold:

Mariners forever!

Movie Review: All About Evil

May 8, 2010

The 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival just wrapped. Dan wrote earlier about the WWI movie he saw with most of the other historians in our life. I was able to see more flix than normal this year, though most are “larger” films that will see a small release in the US later this year –Claire Denis’s “White Material” with Isabelle Huppert,  Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Air Doll”, Tilda Swinton in “I am Love”.  I did manage to see one old classic (Visconti’s “Senso”) and one “smaller” film, though it was a big event –the world premiere of local celebrity Joshua Grannell’s directorial debut, “All About Evil” which screened at midnight last Saturday at the Castro:

from SFIFF

Shot entirely in SF, it’s the story of a small old movie house, the Victoria, which is in danger of closing. Elements include:  horror, camp, Mink Stole, over-the-top fake gore, a meek librarian-turned homicidal movie concessionaire, an earnest misunderstood high school film buff, obvious local product placement (Spike’s).

Oh the horror!

We waited in line for almost about 45 minutes and got some second row seats. We didn’t luck into sitting behind John Waters in attendance, but we did have a great view of the high energy pre-show. It kinda reminded me of our trip here to see “The Little Mermaid” a couple of years back. People lined up on stage in costume before the show:

An energetic MC pumped up the audience (Joshua in drag alter ego):

Movie props were handed out to the audience. For the mermaid movie, we got dinglehopper forks; this time we were given Dixie cups and the homicidal twin usherettes got ready to pass out the Kool-Aid:

Thoughts on the British election

May 7, 2010

I find it amusing how each party makes claims about what the “public” will feel if such and such happens. They will be outraged. They will be frustrated. They will be reassured. They will have confidence. The biggest whopper of all: the “people have spoken.” Right. If that’s so, then “we” clearly don’t know what they said. There should be a new paradigm: voting does not equal speech.

I also find it amusing that after 13 years in power, the Labour Party is suddenly describing the English (and American) style of plurality voting (aka “first past the post”) as “on its last legs,” or “creaking.” As in, it didn’t deliver the result we wanted. Calling Mr. Clegg?

I like the yellow bits.

p.s. I don’t mean to imply that Labour is wrong about plurality voting. The Liberal Democrat Party increased its vote share by 1% over 2005, but lost 5 seats. How can that be right?

Views day

May 4, 2010

Tuesday is views day.