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January 7th, 2006

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11:28 pm - Taft's Big Score
Every once in awhile, I make a new user icon and promise myself that I'll start actually using them. I never follow through, but that didn't stop me from making this one, which (though you probably get it) is very much an inside joke among a small part of my Friends list:

Anyway, this afternoon I went out to lunch with Ellen and her new boyfriend (Charlie for those who know him, still Charlie for those who don't). I dunno. I manage to stay on good terms with most of my ex-girlfriends, which makes some of my other friends uncomfortable because they haven't been able to do it. I've felt really bad about our breakup since it happened because it was something I needed, but Ellen wasn't expecting it. I want to maintain my friendship with her, and I want her to be happy. I'm trying not to push too hard to encourage her relationship with Charlie because it's none of my business, but it does make me happy seeing that she's in charge of her life, and she's working on making herself happy. I was really worried that he would perceive me as a threat, but I think we understand each other. And y'know, it helps that Charlie's a good guy.

This represents maybe five minutes of our entire conversation. Otherwise, we talked about less weighty subjects and had a great time.

This evening I'm killing time before Rocky Horror. I'm watching David Lynch's film Rabbits, which I haven't seen in a couple of years. Very weird. There's a reason David Lynch bobs in and out of popularity, and it's because nobody's willing to throw Hollywood money at him in case he uses it to make something like Rabbits, which, on it's surface, seems oppressive, slow, completely plotless and incomprehensible. It depicts three human-sized rabbits in suits who plod through the motions their evening routine while saying things like "I have a secret." and "There were no phone calls today." The dialogue is completely without context. It's not fun to watch, but after the last time I saw it I got angry, went online, and found the interpretation that I liked best. Now I like it a lot, but I can only sit through it on special occasions. I guess I could say that about almost everything Lynch has ever made. I worry that watching David Lynch films -- especially things like Blue Velvet and Eraserhead and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me -- is probably not a healthy practice for me.
Current Mood: goodbetter, in general
Current Music: Rabbits

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Date:January 8th, 2006 12:00 pm (UTC)
Nice work on the .gif. I like the Taft humour but any reference beyond that is probably over my head.

Are those animations easy to make? I have a couple ideas I want to try but couldn't see them to fruition during the trial period of the one program I downloaded. Maybe I could do you some favours?
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Date:January 8th, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC)
They're not terribly difficult to make, and I'd be willing to help you with them. I'm using a program called Animation Shop which used to come with Paint Shop Pro (not sure it still does). The only problem is that LJ requires that user icons be no bigger than 40k, and getting this one down to that size was really tricky. It looks fine, but the original version had the text fade in and the colors on the portrait looked much better. Oh, well.

As to the inside joke: you may (or may not) remember that Samuel L. Jackson starred in an update of the movie Shaft. Tom is a big fan of the original films from the '70s, and when the new one was coming out, he downloaded a background image for his desktop from the movie's website. We were at a LAN party together, and he left to pick up some food or something, so we made him a new background. I stumbled onto something that reminded me of it last night, hence the icon. The "Who's the big white guy..." is a parody of the first line of the theme from Shaft: "Who's the black private dick that's a sex machine to all the chicks? Shaft!"
Date:January 8th, 2006 02:32 pm (UTC)
For some reason, I'm greatly amused by the new icon...
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Date:January 8th, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC)
That's cuz it's funny. The story behind it (which isn't that good of a story) is in my reply to Jim's comment.
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Date:January 8th, 2006 06:19 pm (UTC)
I manage to stay friends with a good many of my ex-es and I think it is healthy. Obviously there is a common ground between two people that have a relationship and obviously you like that person for the most part - even if it dod not work out as a relationship so why not be friends? I guess some people think I am an odd duck for thinking that way. Bob 1 was my first boyfriend when I was a little Sioux and we are still friends (when I am in town that is) Some I rather not talk to as the break up was not too good. (well one anyway) but for the most part I am still friends with them all. Heck - my x from Australia and his current girlfriend stayed with Dave and me a couple of years ago when they were visiting the US. Anyway - I think you are normal for it.

Lynch - sigh - sometimes I love him but sometimes???? Muholland Drive is one of them I just do not get.

Tootles for now.
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Date:January 9th, 2006 01:30 am (UTC)
Well, maybe you and I just cultivate more common ground with our exes than a lot of people. Come to think of it, that's probably why I don't pursue casual relationships very often. Maybe I need a better emotional connection than "hey, you look like fun." I've never really thought about it before.

Anyway, regarding Lynch: sometimes I have to work hard to convince myself that I like his movies. Mulholland Drive was one of those. I've joked that he put the lesbian scenes in to make people like it more.
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Date:January 9th, 2006 02:32 am (UTC)
soooo true - I had the same thought.
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Date:January 10th, 2006 06:19 am (UTC)
Taft! "Yer Darn Tootin'."

ROFL I haven't seent his in years!!!

It reminds me of this picture Colin did that I could NOT STOP LAUGHING any time I saw!! It was a cool, dark, striking publicity still of Samuel Jackson as Shaft (hence why the above reminded me of it, and a little bit of explanation of the inside humor) Where Colin colin had either drawn really silly teeth on Samuel Jackson, and/or distorted it with a particular optical distortion to make it look like he... well, had Beavis teeth! ((Ya know those obnoxious calendars you see in the supermarket with pets and their faces--particularly their eyes---are all distorted? Yeah, same kinda thing)) It was a scream.

You should do a remake, Colin!
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