Friday, August 31, 2007

Friday Five Live!

Song: You Don't Know What Love Is The White Stripes. What's going on here? Meg actually looks happy in some of the video! And she's a brunette! At least the music itself is classic stripped-down White Stripes blues, or I'd have to ask "Who are you and what have you done with the White Stripes?". Maybe I should do that anyway. No? Okay then. If you aren't an avid follower of the White Stripes, note that Meg uses a tambourine for all the percussion. Crazy. Also note that the nature of their relationship gets argued about several times in the comments; this is why you shouldn't read Youtube comments[1].

Book: Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. This is actually a series of 13 books, of which I've only read the first three. And they're for kids. On the other hand they are the most subversive children's books I've ever read. The adults are either evil or stupid and they never listen to the children, no matter how many times they're right. And Lemony Snicket always takes us past the happy ending to the unhappy ending.

Film: The Sixth Sense. You have seen it, right? I'm not going to spoil it for you? You know there's a twist at the end? Okay. Having warned you about that, what's interesting is the way it becomes different films the more you watch it; the first time it's a film about a psychologist trying to help a boy; the second time it's about whether the filmmakers have cheated you or not; after that it's an interesting film about a lonely but brave boy trying to help people as best he can. The film transforms your understanding of it the first three times you watch it, in turn changing the film.

Food: It's that time of year again; blackberry glut season. Do I have anything to add to my classic Blackberry Ripple Ice Cream recipe? Well, yes. Wait until the blackberry syrup is cool; otherwise it cuts through the ice cream and pools in the bottom of the tub. I would add pictures, but my photo host is down and not back from Turkey until next week.

Wild Card: Have I really never mentioned NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day site?

[1] Obviously I do, but I'm stupid.
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