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
* Grass green
* Lime green
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.