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by BrianSiano
Sat Jul 04, 2009 8:58 am
Forum: The Art Deco Dining Pavilion
Topic: Pavilion Digest: July 2009
Replies: 1336
Views: 329275

The wonders of the ailent era

Name: Brian Siano Source: unca20090706.htm I probably posted something like this a while back. But one reason I really love silent films is that so many were made while trying to figure out this new art form. So, the pacing's different than what we expect today. The visuals are far more expressive....
by BrianSiano
Thu Jul 02, 2009 6:17 am
Forum: The Art Deco Dining Pavilion
Topic: Pavilion Digest: July 2009
Replies: 1336
Views: 329275

An Opportunity to Discourse on the Elusive Nature of Humor

Name: Brian Siano Source: unca20090706.htm Got a joke for ya. It's short, not tasteless, good for all ages, but it presents a real conundrum. And since we've got a really smart crew here, including some who actually _write_ jokes, I'd like to ask for a moment of joke-dissection. Okay. Here's the jo...
by BrianSiano
Tue Jun 30, 2009 1:36 pm
Forum: The Art Deco Dining Pavilion
Topic: Pavilion Digest: June 2009
Replies: 0
Views: 72987

An MST3K correction

Name: Brian Siano Source: unca20090706.htm Jan, I'm afraid you are on the cusp of an error. The episode of MST3K in which Our Host was referred to was _Mitchell_, a mod-1970s cop movie starring Joe Don Baker. That particular episode was notable as being Joel's _last_ episode. You may have confused ...
by BrianSiano
Thu Jun 25, 2009 10:20 am
Forum: The Art Deco Dining Pavilion
Topic: Pavilion Digest: June 2009
Replies: 0
Views: 72987

Matters of Rodents and Pedantry

Name: Brian Siano
Source: unca20090706.htm
It's spelled _hamster_.

No "p."




by BrianSiano
Wed Jun 24, 2009 5:50 pm
Forum: The Art Deco Dining Pavilion
Topic: Pavilion Digest: June 2009
Replies: 0
Views: 72987

Happy Birthday, Susan

Name: Brian Siano
Source: unca20090706.htm
Hope it ain't too late.

by BrianSiano
Mon Jun 22, 2009 5:25 pm
Forum: The Art Deco Dining Pavilion
Topic: Pavilion Digest: June 2009
Replies: 0
Views: 72987

Name: Brian Siano Source: unca20090706.htm "Nabokov is a passion of mine." Good enough reason for me to jump back into his books. A few years back, I read _Lolita_, _Pnin_ and _Pale Fire_ in quick succession-- the last because it's a favorite of Faisal Qureshi's too. I'm sure I fell in love. (With ...
by BrianSiano
Fri Jun 19, 2009 7:21 am
Forum: The Art Deco Dining Pavilion
Topic: Pavilion Digest: June 2009
Replies: 0
Views: 72987

Not a damn thing about who I want on a stamp.

Name: Brian Siano Source: unca20090706.htm But, if you're into a vision of Heaven and Hell, I recommend a look at: http://motionographer.com/theater/marco-brambilla-civilization/ (Faisal Qureshi pointed this to me.) And if you want to read some compelling ideas on values and work, check out _Shop C...
by BrianSiano
Tue Jun 16, 2009 7:18 am
Forum: The Art Deco Dining Pavilion
Topic: Pavilion Digest: June 2009
Replies: 0
Views: 72987

Something a little sunnier than usual

Name: Brian Siano Source: unca20090706.htm I09 links to a page (http://darthmojo.wordpress.com/2009/06/12/bsg-vfx-anatomy-ancient-cylon/) where one of the effects guys on the _Battlestar Galactica_ series talks about the design of an ancient Cylon head found on the burned-out fake-Earth. This page ...
by BrianSiano
Sun Jun 14, 2009 7:47 pm
Forum: The Art Deco Dining Pavilion
Topic: Pavilion Digest: June 2009
Replies: 0
Views: 72987

Steve Allen

Name: Brian Siano Source: unca20090706.htm I remember _Meeting of Minds_ very fondly. I forget how old I was, but one of the episodes presented an actor plkaying Bertrand Russell, and I'd been reading Russell's philosophical works around the same time, so it was pretty neat to see him "in person," ...
by BrianSiano
Thu Jun 11, 2009 7:28 pm
Forum: The Art Deco Dining Pavilion
Topic: Pavilion Digest: June 2009
Replies: 0
Views: 72987

Katha Pollitt on George Tiller.

Name: Brian Siano Source: unca20090706.htm http://www.thenation.com/doc/20090629/pollitt "In the more than three decades since Roe v. Wade, "the fetus" gradually became the star of the abortion drama, and the voices of women who had abortions, aka "the woman," leached out of the public discussion. ...
by BrianSiano
Thu Jun 11, 2009 5:17 am
Forum: The Art Deco Dining Pavilion
Topic: Pavilion Digest: June 2009
Replies: 0
Views: 72987

Writers in Films

Name: Brian Siano Source: unca20090706.htm It took maybe sixty years for somebody to notice this, but someone did. Remember that Billy Wilder's film _Double Indemnity_ was written by Raymond Chandler? (Most accounts have it that they didn't get along, but they got a lot of good work out of each oth...
by BrianSiano
Wed Jun 10, 2009 8:38 am
Forum: The Art Deco Dining Pavilion
Topic: Pavilion Digest: June 2009
Replies: 0
Views: 72987

Surprised by Amazon

Name: Brian Siano Source: unca20090706.htm I got this in the email today: "As someone who has purchased or rated books by Harlan Ellison, you might like to know that Star Wars: Vector Volume 2 - Chapters 3 & 4 will be released on June 24, 2009." I hadn't know that Amazon's marketing software was th...
by BrianSiano
Mon Jun 08, 2009 5:36 am
Forum: The Art Deco Dining Pavilion
Topic: Pavilion Digest: June 2009
Replies: 0
Views: 72987

Name: Brian Siano Source: unca20090706.htm Thanks to all who've offered a defense. I was going to drop the whole thing after Harlan's note, but it rankled a bit. I really do appreciate it. To David Pareis; I apologize for the remarks on your sculpture career. I was angry, and that's all the defense...
by BrianSiano
Sun Jun 07, 2009 8:35 am
Forum: The Art Deco Dining Pavilion
Topic: Pavilion Digest: June 2009
Replies: 0
Views: 72987

Wasting more time

Name: Brian Siano Source: unca20090706.htm To D.W. Pareis; Whatever you think the Internet Archive is, it isn't. (For that matter, you don't say what is 'actually is." All you do is complain about my characterization of it.) The IA claims to check for copyright violations on the material it present...
by BrianSiano
Sat Jun 06, 2009 11:58 am
Forum: The Art Deco Dining Pavilion
Topic: Pavilion Digest: June 2009
Replies: 0
Views: 72987

Name: Brian Siano Source: unca20090706.htm To D. W. Pareis; The only reply to your note, that would be appropriate to its content and the mind behind it, is "fuck off, child." But I'll give you more than you deserve. If you think I acted in appropriately by notifying Harlan about this latest exampl...

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