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Month: October 2006 (Page 1 of 2)

Marie Antoinette.

Kirsten Dunst as Marie Antoinette The problem with Marie Antoinette is that it ends before the title character is executed. After watching that much profligate waste for two hours, I could understand the peasants’ rage perfectly. And by waste, I don’t just mean the French court’s–I mean Sofia Coppola’s.… Read the rest

Carl Thayler 1933-2005.

I found out just last week that the poet Carl Thayler died last year.

Thayler is a thorny, difficult poet, committed to the precision and beauty of carefully-chosen words. His poetry is dense, often allusive, and steeped in historical events and figures that many people now are not intimately familiar with–and yet his poems make no concessions to the ignorance of the reader.… Read the rest

When man invented the bicycle…

“When man invented the bicycle, he reached the peak of his attainments. Here was a machine of precision and balance for the convenience of man. And (unlike subsequent inventions for man’s convenience) the more he used it, the fitter his body became.… Read the rest

BT MeetMe

BT has a phone conferencing system called “MeetMe.” I was rendered nearly speechless with giggles when the automated system greeted me with a chirpy female voice saying, “Welcome to BTMeetMe!”… Read the rest

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