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And the new quarter is off and running. English 101 (sigh), Calculus, History of Western Art and Intro to Psychology on my plate — what fun!

I am smart! S-M-R-T! Smart!

Holy cats people I went back to college in September because I have like no fucking useful job skills at all, and I'm hip-deep in a research project that's drivin' me nuts, arrrr. Maybe I'll update later. Probably not, but maybe! For the next two years or more, then, I'm a-gonna be like this:



Here is a meme for what animated feature thingies I've seen. REJOICE. Issezzere that the rules are:

- X what you saw
- O what you haven't finished/saw sizable portions
- Bold what you loved
- Italics for what you disliked/hated
- Leave unchanged if neutral

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ATTN: solidbox. What Russkietoons do you (or anyone else) recommend? RSVP.

For You Blue

Well. I haven't been updating much, and really, why should I need to? There're only so many ways I can phrase "I'm still looking for work", so let's just take it as read. Rarely does some other topic come to my mind as worth commiting to electrons.

Now here's something. Nina Paley, cartoonist, has been working for much of this decade on Sita Sings the Blues, a surreal animated adaptation of the Ramayana, an epic legend from India. It's stylish, experimental, clever, funny, charming and heartbreaking—there's just one problem.

Sita's been snagged in disputes over the copyrights of some records from the 1920s used in the soundtrack. Whatever you may think of copyright-related issues, they've held up the movie's general public release. Unless you were lucky enough to make it to one of the few festivals it's been shown at, you haven't seen Sita.

Now you can.

I guess Paley decided "damn the copyrights, full speed ahead!" and has released Sita Sings the Blues for digital download. You can read Roger Ebert's rave review, see some gorgeous stills, watch the trailer and see a preview of the first 11 minutes. If that's sufficiently whetted your appetite, you filthy pirate, go ahead and peruse the downloading options ranging from "Hey, I can almost kinda sorta make out what's happening if I squint" postage-stamp size to "DIY Blu-ray Disc fodder" super high quality. And that fat intertube you're sitting on doesn't have anything better to do today, right? Right. Share and enjoy.

Arf arf

Today's my birthday (observed), but more importantly, it's a major anniversary! On the 17th of January, 1929, the following momentous meeting happened between Olive Oyl's brother, Castor Oyl, and a certain big-chinned sailor:

Happy 80th anniversary, Popeye. Toot toot!


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