Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

29 Jan 2001, 8:44 a.m.

Short/sweet, I hope

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2001 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

Sorry that I never posted that promised "career, exhibitionism, temperament" screed, part III. It'll happen. Netscape crashed. Grrr.

For now, other thoughts. Movies, music, mice, abstinence.

I tend to be doubtful of a medicating approach to personal problems. I would prefer, if the source my problem is not plainly and solely physical, to avoid drugging myself. It messes up the experimentall environment -- too many variables.

These optical mice from Apple are neat. I like noticing how the light gets brighter when the mouse moves, but when it stops moving, after about a second the light dims again.

I saw O Brother, Where Art Thou?. Very entertaining. I haven't seen such a well-integrated musical for a while. And that was part of its appeal -- it was a shamelessly musical film. Even though I can't stand the Hindi-movie approach to music in film, the world of cinema should have more appropriate music in it. It's funny; Save the Last Dance had some really neat music in it, and then during the After-School Special moments in it, which were unutterably bad, the music got really viscous and sappy. Not fun at all.

Now, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, on the other hand, was realy neat. I gasped so much that I'm surprised I ever had a chance to let my breath out. Very awesome, in the original sense of the word. I read in Giant Robot magazine (which I am apt to confuse with the Fresh Robots, a San-Francisco-based comedy troupe) that Ang Lee kind of thinks of the female, Michelle Yeoh's character, as the "hidden dragon" of the title. Gives you something to think about -- would our young female character, Chang-Li, be the crouching tiger? Poll: Movie-betterest

  • Save the Last Dance
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • None, I'm boycotting the MPAA and all its spawn

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