Oct. 14th, 2005

ealgylden: (Complicated Simon (bravo_icons))
I had to laugh when I saw MaryAnn Johanson's post on Lawn Darts and the amazing fact that any Gen Xers survived their childhoods. Elvira Kurt used to do a bit in her act along the same lines, about towering jungle gyms built on concrete and metal slides at violent angles and, yes, Lawn Darts. Or Jarts, as I always knew them. Little Sister and I had a set, actually. Lord only knows where they came from, since they really don't seem like the sort of thing our parents would have bought. Illegal-in-NY fireworks, yes; giant metal spikes for throwing, no. And yet we had them, and merrily pitched them around the lawn, usually aiming for the snowball tree or the chicken coop (which only occasionally had chickens in it, since they were unfenced and free to wander the farm and preferred to sleep in the cedar in the front yard anyway. Anyone who tells you chickens can't fly is a damned dirty liar. Ahem).

You can probably guess where this anecdote is going.

One summer day, when I was about ten-ish and Little Sister eight or so, we were taking turns trying to impale the poor snowball tree, when one of the Jarts got stuck in the branches. Not a problem, as we had a big stick to knock it loose. So off I went, shake shake shake thunk, the Jart was free. And THUNK, a different Jart lands right on the middle of my poor young skull. Point down, of course, since those suckers were carefully weighted. Little Sister had thought I was safely out of Jart's way and slightly jumped the gun with restarting the game. It was totally an accident; pitching things at each other was hardly unknown when we were fighting, but only things like pillows and hay bales and the occasional very unhappy cat. Not weapons. And you know how cops on TV are always brushing off their worried partners by pointing about that scalp wounds bleed a lot? Ten-year-olds are not so casual about it. Eight-year-olds who think they've killed their sisters are even less so. But luckily we had sensible parents who were very close by and could drive like Formula One racers, if need be. Even more luckily, in this case they didn't really need to. I was fine. Not even a concussion out of the deal, just a miniscule scar that no one could see thanks to my hair, and enough trauma for the whole family. Oh, and a box of Jarts that was never seen again. How very mysterious. But I do feel a bit sorry for the kids of today, all protected and coddled and asbestos-free. Is it really playing without the looming specter of Horrible Accidents? Do kids today even get eye patches anymore?

Now, the time Little Sister pulled a hyuuuuuuuuuuge icicle down on her head and was, of course, gushing blood, and had the Formula One drive to the hospital on icy roads in a snowstorm and did have a concussion, that was rather dramatic. And we were even younger then. She was a fun kid. Fearless to the point of maiming. Our poor, poor parents.

Suddenly my new icon (from [livejournal.com profile] brave_icons, again) seems somewhat appropriate. How unsettling. And she is so going to beat me up if she ever reads this (not to mention my mom...).

Non-religious Yom Kippur traditions in our family being what they are, I spent most of the day reading cookbooks. Joan Nathan is always a good choice, as is my hero, Claudia Roden, but the one book I absolutely have to read every year is Mimi Sheraton's From My Mother's Kitchen. I actually don't cook from it much. It's full of yummy recipes, but in a lot of cases they're things for which I'd rather use my mom's recipes. It's a great read, though, with most recipes prefaced by personal anecdotes and cultural snapshots, and extended versions of the same, on topics like "Eating Out," "Sour Pickles," and "Washington Market," in interesting chapters between the actual recipe sections. There's something rather perverse about reading it while fasting, because it's a book ideally designed to make you crave comfort food. Just read this bit from "The Joys of Being Sick in Bed": Cut for length and tempting yumminess... )

Mmmm. Yeah, definitely twisted to read this when you can't eat.

Speaking of food, earlier I was hunting for a certain Neruda poem about tomatoes when I found a weird, cool, interesting site about soup. A fansite for soup, how could I resist (especially since it did have the poem)? It has lots of recipes, lists of appearances by soup on stage and screen, soup customs from around the world, soup in the news, soup history, soup jokes... lots and lots of soup. Very neat! And one of the jokes has nuns, so of course I have to share it:

At a particular convent, the nuns lived under a vow of silence that could be broken only once a year. One year, at the appointed time, the clock struck 12 noon as the nuns were eating lunch and one spoke up and said, "This soup is terrible." A year passed, and at the appointed time, another sister volunteered, "I don't think it's so bad." The following year, as the clock struck 12 noon, a third nun spoke up: "Bicker, bicker, bicker!" she said.

Hee hee! Okay, I admit that I'm easily amused when it comes to monastic humor.

My only comments on tonight's TV (remember when I actually used to comment on TV? Good times, good times): CSI, eh, but as ever, I love Nick. A whole heck of a lot. I'm mostly enjoying this season, but the past has made me gunshy. And WaT had much to hate, including the continuing presence of some jerk who has taken my beloved TechKid's job and will not give it back, and yet... was that Justin Kirk in the preview? Snarling at Jack? This goddamn show. It's an abusive boyfriend of a show. It hurts me and hurts me and breaks my heart every time, and then it waves turkey sandwiches and longing looks and Justin Kirk at me, all "hey baby, don't be like that, I love you!" And I go back for another week. I rue the day I ever fell for you, show.
ealgylden: (Serenity (wesleysgirl))
Okay, there are things afoot in the world of film scoring, and I had just finished typing up a big post on them when I innocently clicked a pdf that was not labeled and crashed and lost everything. Label those things, web designers, or I swear to God I will find you, and it will not be a pretty scene. Anyway, while I was swearing and restarting, new things may or may not have occurred and who knows what's going on now and argh! So. I'll start with the link that was all I had originally intended to post.

An interview with David Newman, in which he talks a bit about scoring Serenity (no spoilers). Film Score Radio also interviewed him a few weeks ago, though since my poor, evil computer can't handle its streaming format, I haven't been able to listen to it. Oh, and I finally had a chance to listen to the CD, and I was a bit disappointed. Serenity, it seems to me, is an excellent score poorly served by an inferior CD. Very, very frustrating.

Speaking of which, the Complete FotR score has been pushed back another week, to December 13th. According to Doug Adams (whose book on the LotR scores comes out next year): "The Dec. 13 LOTR: FOTR date shift is merely due to some lawyerly business. No problems, just meeting some demands that came in last minute. Everything is still running full steam ahead. I've talked with everyone this week; don't panic and don’t start rumor mongering. The boxed set is in no trouble due to situations elsewhere. These are different studios, different producers, different projects."

Right, so those "situations elsewhere" he mentions... apparently, Howard Shore has been replaced by James Newton Howard on the King Kong score. While I was typing the first half of this post, we seem to have gone from the "What?!" of the initial report to a vigorous denial from Shore's publicist to confirmation from Peter Jackson. Oof, what a mess. Here's the first report and the confirming update from Soundtrack.net. I just hope this is more like Carter Burwell's mostly amicable split from Joss and Serenity than the big, ugly Elfman/Raimi blowup over Spider-man 3.

Shore and Newton Howard are two of my favorite composer's working today, too. That's kinda awkward. I'll have to have irrational, geeky flamewars with myself. Aw.


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