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I FINALLY saw "The Jerk" last night when my wife decided to rent it. I should have seen this movie a loooong time ago.

Simply put, this movie is great. I'm sure most of you have seen it -- but, if not, go see it as soon as you can.

Some of the most joy gotten from this movie: The sound of Bernadette Peters' voice.
Well, a friend recently introduced me to the music of Joanna Newsom. I honestly don't know quite how to describe it...I guess "folk" might be close, but there is a bit of bluesiness, and some eclectic instrumentation (harps!) and orchestral arrangement. Ms. Newsom also has a tremendously unique voice...sort of young and old at the same time. The lyrics of some of the songs I heard recently completely knocked my brain into...well, some sort of weird giddy amazed orbit. I started listening when I got to work this morning, and at one point I just started tearing up (as in, my eyes). Things like this:

and, Emily - I saw you last night by the river
I dreamed you were skipping little stones across the surface of the water
frowning at the angle where they were lost, and slipped under forever,
in a mud-cloud, mica-spangled, like the sky'd been breathing on a mirror

anyhow - I sat by your side, by the water
you taught me the names of the stars overhead that I wrote down in my ledger
tho all I knew of the rote universe were those pleiades loosed in december
I promised you I‘d set them to verse so I'd always remember

that the meteorite is a source of the light
and the meteor's just what we see
and the meteoroid is a stone that's devoid of the fire that propelled it to thee

and the meteorite's just what causes the light
and the meteor's how it's perceived
and the meteoroid's a bone thrown from the void that lies quiet in offering to thee

and this,

I wasn't born of a whistle or milked from a thistle at twilight
no, I was all horns and thorns, sprung out fully formed, knock-kneed and upright
so: enough of this terror
we deserve to know light
and grow evermore lighter and lighter
you would have seen me through
but I could not undo that desire


EDIT: Oh, and Ms. Newsom does most definitely look like a Gelfling. Which, of course, is way cool.
One of the most delightful feelings I've experienced in recent years is that of realizing, on various occasions, that some of the things I figured out fairly early on in life are actually true (despite some disapproval of such things over the years). Here are a few of my childhood notions that I still hold to today:

1. As the title of this post suggests, you're never too old to play on the swings. And never too old to get excited over silly plastic toys, or "Masters of the Universe" coming out on DVD, or being able to run around your home in your pajamas until noon on weekends, or being able to sit on the floor building huge, complicated Lego spaceships.

2. Taking music with you wherever you go can be a very good thing. I used to enjoy walking around listening to my Walkman as a kid, and people thought this was pretty weird (or at least my parents used to complain about it) But now, with the advent of such things as the iPod, it's clear that carrying one's own soundtrack around is quite widely appealing. Music can transform something like waiting at a bus stop into a scene from your own private movie. :)

3. Video games are good for you. I learned quite a lot about strategy, cooperation, and skill / priority adjustment from playing Guild Wars, and I know for a fact that applying these principles elsewhere has helped me at work and in keeping up with general household goings-on.

4. You don't need to "go out" (to anywhere noisy and/or crowded) on a Friday night in order to have fun. Spending a quiet evening sipping hot cider and reading, or meeting with friends at someone's home to play a board game, are some of the best possible Fridays I can imagine. Homes are seriously underrated as far as entertainment venues go: the food is cheaper, there aren't any lines for the bathroom, and you can walk around with your shoes off.

5. It is impossible to be bored when there are kittens around.
What's the most enjoyable 'geeky' activity you've done today?
What is the best thing that has happened to you today? (You might want to wait until the end of the day to answer.)
If there's one thing that has recently brought me great joy in life, it's this website. I get to see everything from old music videos to movie and t.v. show clips to wacked-out Japanese commercials for free.

Who else feels the same way about YouTube?
This was an excellent idea for a community.

One of my favorite things is walking around town (any town) at dusk when the clouds are just right and a tint of blue colors everything.

I'm not handy at photography, so I can never take any pictures.
If You Listen Closely (Whisper of the Heart) - This anime is unlike any other anime I've ever seen. Despite its lack of spaceships, robots, catgirls, impossible pigtails, and sparkly transformation-scenes, this film is one of the most oddly compelling I've ever seen. It's rather difficult to place why; perhaps some of it has to do with the incredible detail in the film. Everything from wall textures to household clutter to the timing of light and darkness to the weather -- even the way the "camera" moves from scene to scene makes me feel as if I'm being brought along on a journey through a real place, in which it is possible to use my eyes the way they work in real-life: zooming in on small things and noting their uniqueness in a sea of surrounding shape and color.

Thematically, this film is somewhat subtle; it's not even the sort of thing I'd have watched if I'd only read the synopsis. It's a "realistic" story with shades of fairytale of the kind that everyone, if they are lucky, will get to experience in their actual life at least once.

Cacao Nibs - the raw stuff of chocolate. Crunchy, not sweet but savory, yet with the unmistakable warmth and depth of cocoa. These can be sprinked onto greens for an interesting salad, baked into cookies (very nice alongside tart dried cherries), or

Duct tape - It comes in so many different colors now! And it's durable, versatile, and fun to do all sorts of things with. Make wallets out of it, use it to reinforce the straps on your purse, decorate and strengthen shoes, make a case for your cell phone or iPod, customize your monitor -- I haven't done all these things but the list could just keep going and going. =D I've heard good things about gaffer tape as well, but not actually tried crafting anything with it yet.

I currently have the following colors of duct tape:
* Classic silver
* Red
* Grass green
* Lime green
* Clear
* Black
* Purple
* Camouflage

I've seen flourescent colors at the hardware store recently...will have to pick up some of those at some point.

Evolutionary biology - What could be more utterly awesome than thinking back over eons and eons of change in organisms over time? For those seeking real magic in the real world, there are few things I can think of more magical than the emergence of life and awareness from tiny chemical building-blocks, and the slow transmogrification of this first spark of awareness and form into the glorious biodiversity we have here on Earth today.
"..things that fill you with glee," hm?

I have a backlog. ;)

(Dwarf) Planet Eris seems a good place to start. Even though the name isn't intended to have anything to do with Discordianism (which also holds my long-term amusement), it's nifty in its own right.

Red bull (the energy drink) tastes most tart when it's just on the liquid side of freezing. Of course, if I allow it to partially freeze anyway, all the carbonation will escape when I open the can, which is always fun to watch. It's delicious either way.

Certain uses of contact juggling. This one speaks for itself.

[Addendum: Order and Chaos]
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