Wednesday, June 29, 2005

No really, what's a "snufkin?"


This is a snufkin, or rather, this is Snufkin. He's a character in a series of Finnish children's books written by Tove Jansson, one of which I read as a small child and have loved ever since.
I actually dressed up as Little My for Halloween that year and strangely nobody knew what I was supposed to be. I didn't know that the Moomin Family series had been out of print in the U.S. for years. I figured everybody knew who "Little My" was.
Wikipedia defines Snufkin as "Moomintroll's best friend, who goes south every winter and returns in the spring. He is the son of the Mymble and the Joxter, and is half-brother to the Mymble's daughter and Little My. Snufkin is an adventurer and a vagabond, admired by those who are small and shy. Snufkin wears old clothes and lives in a tent. He plays the harmonica." For more information about Snufkin, I refer you to the excerpt from Moominsummer Madness at Snufkin the Bestest .

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Paranoid Android


I took a personality test on the Scientology Official Webite today. (Don't ask why, just go with it.) The picture is my results. Evidentally, I'm very nervous, have a "lack of accord" and no IQ....which, of course, will come as no surprize to people who know me.
Also not surprizingly, the personality test offered by a cult has an amazing number of questions regarding paranoia. Every other question, in fact..or was that just my test?!?!

Monday, June 27, 2005

Little did you know that "Batman Returns" was a threat.

Being the wild and crazy people that we are, Joe and I decided to go see Batman Returns on a Monday night. I know, I know how could we possibly be more exciting?!?! Well...we saw it in IMAX. Yes, Christian Bale was two-stories tall! This, however, was the highlight of the movie.
Joe tells me I'm being too critical, it's a summer blockbuster not an art movie, but it sucked. Yes, lots of car chases and things exploding....pretty much everything in the movie explodes...but I actually like Batman and would have preferred if the movie had stayed dark instead of reverting to really awful jokes. The guy who thought up the, "Can you drive stick?" line for when Batman gives Gordon the keys to the Batmobile, should have his writer's union membership revoked.
I'm yet to decide who I like better as Batman, Christian Bale or Val Kilmer. Christian Bale definately takes the cake for the "worst Batman voice." He puts on the suit and suddenly his voice sounds like somebody who just experienced swallowing something down the wrong pipe. He sounds like he needs medical attention, not at all dark or even mildly menacing.
I recommend renting the movie when it comes out on DVD, that way you can turn the sound off, skip the really difficult to follow chase scenes and enjoy the best part of the movie...Christian Bale, half naked.