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12 October 2009 @ 05:18 pm
the post birthday post  
Despite the grim warnings Friday night seemed to be throwing out I actually had a pretty fantastic birthday.  Not the usual sort of thing LA thing - no wild party with much drunkenness (which has pretty much been my modus operendi for years and years), but instead a series of events that were all together entertaining.

Friday we saw Inglorious Bastards.

No one really liked it but me.  this is not surprising.  too long, too much time spent on secondary characters, too much violence for violence sake (especially the scalping).

However, because I'm taking a post-WWII film class that basically celebrates lots of films that are obsessed with postwar and it's aftermath it actually made sense.  The length, for sure, had a pacing quite similar to the art house cinemas I've been consuming on a weekly basis.  The episodic nature of the whole thing was a lot like those French New Wave experimentalists.  Frankly so were the camera angles.

The secondary characters all had better stories than the Bastards, which also made a ton of sense - celebrate the marginalized I say! 

The funniest part was that both Neil & D laughed out loud at parts of it but on the whole didn't really think the whole thing was funny.  And I happened to come away thinking that it was a great romp.  Campy romp.

Saturday I had an ice cream social.

No, really, I did.  There's this dessert shop down the street from us called Milk that's set up a bit like an old ice cream parlor (a la LA though).  Not only did I get to share a sandwich with my cutie, but I had an actual old-fashioned ice cream sundae (with cherry on top mind you) surrounded by friends.  Other than it being slightly colder than I had thought (the sun was out but there was a bit of a breeze) it was an absolutely perfect couple of hours.  And I was strangely delighted with my presents from friends - a hanging bat-totem, a bunch of knee socks, and a beautiful bouquet of flowers that D & I split up into 10 different vases when we got home.  There are now flowers in every room in our house, even the bathrooms.

And I kind of got a ton of loot, the best of which is a book I have been slavering over for nearly a year now (don't ask me why I hadn't bought it before, but I hadn't, but I *have it now*!): Otaku; Japan's Database Animals by Hiroki Azuma.  Of course I'm going to be using it for class, because that's just how frigging geeky I am.

By the time we got home from ice cream I had called off our dinner out (too much ice cream to add a possibly-too-rich-dinner on top of it) and we settled for getting dinner brought to us from my favorite place in town.  And glutted ourselves on TV (something which I don't get to enjoy often enough now that my school schedule is overwhelming.

yeah, so, the spangles and stars may not have exploded in huge measure but for me?  it was a pretty damn fine day.  No angst.  No annoyances.  Everything I wanted to do and no drama about doing it.

(of course my present from school was that I had a Japanese test today -- and it continues tomorrow -- so I spent most of Sunday studying.  Bleh.  The life of a grad student is truly boring.  Although I think I did ok today, so hopefully I'll get a good grade as a bit of a retroactive present to myself).
EB: Queen of the Social Lepers: kate rocks (take 3)elizabuffy on October 12th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
I am so glad you had a good day. I was really worried for you. *hugs*

The ice cream social sounds great! I'm glad to hear we're not the only ones freezing. ;)

I do not think I would like inglorious basterds (as per the movie posters), though. It does not seem EB friendly.

Love you bunches!

my monkied brainkatekat1010 on October 12th, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
me too, but luckily it came all together!

and yeah, it was a little weird to be eating ice cream, but oh well! :D

I do not think inglorious basterds is eb friendly either. But don't worry, according to Neil & D it's really not worth it anyway :D so you're NOT missing out.

*squishes you to pieces*

love you too darling girl.
Martzinmartzin on October 12th, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC)
Happy post-birthday.

Database animals, that's a strange designation (reminds me of the incredibly well-organised AniDB.net, but whatever). Is that meant to dismiss (Japanese) Otaku culture as something a computer could generate?
my monkied brain: _nihon-flowerkatekat1010 on October 12th, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

And happily no, although it is a weird position he's taking (and frankly, i'm still in the introduction). But the jist of his argument as I understand it is that in this particular postmodernist time the fan/otaku has lost all sense of history and instead lives in the present, uninterested in plumbing 'deeper meaning' but instead interested in remixing, creating, and interacting - creating databases of facts and combining them... and this is somehow animal-like. He wants to take otaku culture seriously - and bridge the popular with critical theory - but it sounds like he might be getting a bit reductive about what fans are doing.

I'll post a review when I'm done though, because I can't say for sure now :D
Arielkikucutie on October 13th, 2009 06:59 am (UTC)
I think I forgot to mention this, but happy b-day!
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on October 23rd, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC)
thanks sweetie girl!!! how the heck are YOU??
Arielkikucutie on October 29th, 2009 05:34 am (UTC)
Things are good. I'm hitting the books hard for level 1 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test in early December, I love my kids (especially the perverts), I have a date this weekend, and I get to see Arashi in CONCERT (no easy feat, trust me)!
my monkied brain: giles - happy smilekatekat1010 on October 30th, 2009 12:18 am (UTC)
lol - thanks darling! (and see, i'm slow on the commenting back end too so it all works out)