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15 May 2012 @ 11:12 am
And here I meant to post this on Friday...  
At Christopher's school Open House on Thursday, I saw this hedgehog t-shirt, and went looking for it online. It's from Snorg T's, and they also have this other hedgehog T. Barb and Cindy, are you taking notes?

Snorg T's has a lot of humorous geek-based shirts (including ones about the declining number of planets, an issue I'll never let go of). They also have a Honey Badger Don't Care shirt, which finally caused me to Google that phrase and find this video. That's what nature videos need! Regular videos always have this detached voiceover such as, "The mouse makes a favorite meal for the honey badger," when the viewer is thinking Ewwwwww!. We need someone willing to say, "What's it eating, a mouse? Ugh, that's disgusting!" And you can't deny the enthusiasm of narration that says, "The honey badger smacks the shit out of that snake!" It does! Damn, that thing is fearless. I wound up spending various parts of the weekend looking up other videos by the same guy, as you do.

Saturday night, HalfshellHusband and I went to see The Raven. I thought they did a pretty good job making a mystery movie out of Poe's material, and I love John Cusack. On the downside, this was another of those historical-era movies where people sound so excruciatingly modern that you're constantly distracted by it. The police inspector doing his Clint Eastwood impersonation was particularly annoying.

Sunday, Lauren made me Lite French Toast for breakfast, and the rest of the family went outside to do some gardening chores for me. That was Lauren's idea, and I had mixed feelings about it-- our traditional Mother's Day approach is to do a family activity (a fun activity) together. But we picnicked along the parkway later and went for a short hike, and then went out to see The Hunger Games (finally). That was fun! I got nothing much done this weekend, but it was very nice.

Christopher and I did find some sandals for his Hermes costume, and a likely bedsheet, so I'll be working on that during the coming week and weekend.

I also worked on my LJ Idol story for the prompt, Once upon a time. I started with a non-fiction piece on my Dad and his tall tales, but it seemed a little flat, so I switched to a more traditional fairytale type of thing (which I swore I wasn't going to write). Yay \o?

I hope you all had a nice weekend, one way or another (especially hard for those who have lost their mothers, I know). Only two more weeks until a 3-day weekend in the U.S.! And I, for one, could use it. :0

cindytsuki_no_bara on May 15th, 2012 07:19 pm (UTC)
i've seen the first hedgie t-shirt (why won't they share the hedge?) but not the second. the second one is ADORABLE. vain hedgies, hee.

what makes french toast "lite"? eggbeaters? the picnicking and hiking and movie-going sound like a really nice mother's day. what did you think of the hunger games?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Yay!halfshellvenus on May 15th, 2012 07:40 pm (UTC)
I'd never seen either, but I also personally find the second one cuter. Those cartoon hedgies are always a win for me, though. :)

The French Toast had light bread, eggbeaters, and presumably no added sugar. I've never made it with sugar, but my husband has a custard-based recipe that makes really good, laborious, and deadly French Toast. ;)

I liked The Hunger Games, and thought it suited the book very well. I agree that the first part dragged, but I also wouldn't know how to improve that. If you don't know the books, all of that exposition is necessary (and they made it as brief and meaningful as they could-- the 'video' that gave the history of the Hunger Games was an excellent idea).

I was expecting Peeta to be bigger (he looks kind of small and compact, TBH, and I think he should at least be big), but I have no quibbles with the acting. I think Rue was perfectly cast, and I hate that stupid people went ballistic over it. I'm less certain about Lenny Kravitz, but perhaps that's because I'd envisioned someone more Giancarlo Esposito-like. I.e., more elegant and giving the impression of being aloof/restrained except where it matters. Esposito can breathe that quality.

I liked the art direction, too, where District 12 and 11 are so drab and hopeless-looking, and the Capitol is full of bright, silly, shallow-looking weirdos. They look as strange to the audience as they do to Katniss, and it draws the contrast of their frivolity vs. the Districts' hardship even more clearly.

My husband liked it, and he's the ONLY one of us who hasn't read the books. So that was a good sign. :)
cindytsuki_no_bara on May 15th, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC)
i haven't read the hunger games either and a couple things were lost on me - the salute that the kids in district 12 gave katniss and peeta, and how much of katniss' later affection towards peeta was real and how much was for the camera - so i absolutely needed all the exposition in the beginning and didn't think it dragged that much. and yeah, the production design and costuming were really good. i especially loved how much district 12 looked like mid-century appalachia. mining country. :D (and not surprising, considering it was shot in north carolina.)

before the shitstorm over rue's skin color, there was apparently some online bitching that jennifer lawrence looked too, er, healthy to be playing a girl who came from such poverty. i guess she wasn't skinny and waifish enough, altho if she'd been a sticklike little girl, i don't know if i'd have believed she had the strength to pull that bow.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 15th, 2012 09:15 pm (UTC)
The flail over Jennifer Lawrence, as I understood it, was primarily that she was a blue-eyed blond, and the book has the character being darker-skinned (like many others in her district). Not dark-dark, but darker than pale. The actress dyed her hair, though, which made a difference.

If she were really skinny, it would be harder to see her as a viable survivor (the climbing and running alone). A person with a wiry build would be capable of all that, but those people typically just look scrawny until you see them do something you didn't think they could have. I.e., you can't really cast with that in mind, because it's usually something that's only proven via demonstration.
cindytsuki_no_bara on May 15th, 2012 09:43 pm (UTC)
yeah, i saw the complaining over her not being dark-skinned enough, altho when i read all the "she's described as having dark hair and olive skin, therefore she must be black or american indian or mixed race so the actress should be too", i thought "i've got dark hair and olive skin and my dna is eastern european whitey mcwhite as far back as i can count, so one does not necessarily follow from the other". which i realized was possibly kind of missing the point. (and i read it on tumblr, where it's pretty fucking hard to have any kind of discussion.) if i ever do read the books i'll be picturing jennifer lawrence with a dye job.

and at least they didn't cast all the legitimately non-white characters with white actors.... (the last airbender, i am SO looking at you.)