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February 25, 2005

Praying for the pope is stupid

I mean really. If God's not looking out for that guy already, rubbing some rosary beads together isn't going to change his mind.

Posted by Will at 10:13 PM | Comments (11)

February 24, 2005

Logs and the League

In that last post, I referenced Doctor Who and Star Trek just in the title. I should thank God everyday that I've even kissed a girl.

I've gotten a couple of compliments on diogenes club, both in the comments section and in real life, which really puts the pressure on to come up with material. Especially since the compliments are usually followed by something about how I should post everyday. But it's nice to know that these postings aren't being totally lost in the ether. The logs claim that the club's readership has been steadily growing, and I'm occasionally pleasantly surprised by a complete stranger posting a comment. I started this blog so that people who visit the League would have something to come back to more often than when we make a new movie or I come up with another The Bat-man comic. I didn't do that great a job, because the relationship between the two is probably unclear to the casual observer, and the links to each other are not immediately apparent, which I kind of did on purpose so that diogenes club wouldn't take focus away from the League. That said, the League gets four times the traffic that this site does, despite the fact that it hasn't been updated in months, so I don't have to worry about this overshadowing all the good stuff on the League. I may try to make their relationship more obvious, but as anyone who's ever used the double feature finder knows, in the web development world, user interface is not my speciality.

More interesting than numbers in the logs, though, are the search terms that get people to this page. By far, the biggest search term that draws people to this site is Jonathan Togo, who I mentioned once in a post mostly unrelated to him. Most people were probably disappointed that this is just a site where I complain about movies and talk about people on the subway that I hate, but for all of you Togo fans out there, there may or may not be a special something for you in the League archives.

Most other search terms other than Will Carlough and diogenes club only brought one person here, but here are some of the more interesting ones:

"underwater homes"

"he doesn't make sense, i don't make sense , together we make sense - to what movie" (It's Untamed Heart, by the way)

"porn with the scooby-doo characters" (sorry to disappoint)

"grammer you and" (I misspelled grammar on the right on purpose, I'm not sure if this guy did)

"bunch of jerks"

"trimspa sucks"

"margaret cho sucks" (I suppose this site really is all about negativity, isn't it)

Anyway, I've got one or two more ways to tell a movie's bad in me and maybe another vaguely offensive picture that takes me a lot longer to do in photoshop than it should. More as it comes.

Posted by Will at 9:56 PM | Comments (6)

February 18, 2005

The Doctor (not Tom Baker and not that bald guy on Voyager either)

I went to the doctor yesterday, since I have health insurance again for the first time in about three years. He seemed pretty unconcerned about the few medical complaints that I had, to the point where it almost made me feel invincible. Although when I stripped down for the standard cough and whatnot, he pointed to a few spots on my legs and said, "Those are normal." He then spotted a few on my back. "Those are normal too." Thanks, I thought to myself. I didn't even notice those were there before. Now that you've pointed them out, you've got me all freaked out about them.

Posted by Will at 4:02 PM | Comments ()

February 8, 2005

I found a watermelon seed in my shower

That is fucking crazy.

Posted by Will at 4:43 PM | Comments ()

February 7, 2005

This isn't actually a way to tell a movie's bad, but...

Am I the only one who thinks it's stupid for actors to take on accents when playing foreign characters? Take K-19: The Widowmaker. Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, and a handful of other actors looking to make a quick buck play a bunch of cold war Russians trying to make their way in the world on a nuclear submarine. And they all speak in English with Russian accents.

We all know that cold war Russian submarine crewman didn't talk to each other in English. They were more than likely speaking in, you guessed it, Russian. We accept the conceit that they're speaking English, just like we accept that there's music underscoring everything they do and a long list of people's names before and afterwards. I fail to see how speaking English in Russian accents makes it more authentic.

That doesn't bother me that much, I just think it's kind of stupid. What does bother me is when actors use British accents to play non-British roles. I'm looking at you, Chris O'Donnell Three Musketeers. Let's get something straight. The Musketeers were French. I don't mind Tim Curry doing an British accent playing Cardinal Richelieu because, well, he's British, but everybody else, come on. I try to keep my nose out of politics, but I could make a comment about Bush being lucky that we Americans can't tell the difference between foreign countries. I'll leave that to the imagination of the reader.

There are only two movies that I can think of that don't fall into this trap, one being Hunt for Red October, where Sean Connery speaks in Russian until a zoom into Sam Neill(?), after which he busts out that Connery brand Scottish accent of his. The other is Amadeus. I haven't seen this movie in a while, but I do remember that Tom Hulce played Mozart with his natural American accent. I had remembered everyone doing their real accents, but apparently, F. Murray Abraham, an American, played Salieri with a British accent, and a British actor in the cast used an American accent. That's kind of weird. Maybe the accents were used to differentiate between the different languages they were speaking, but I sincerely doubt it. I clearly don't know what I'm talking about here, if someone has seen this movie recently, feel free to fill me in, but I'll say that Amadeus at least tried something different. Oh yeah, and there's also Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, but the less said about that, the better.

I had this discussion with Matt Elkind once (regarding Girl with a Pearl Earring), and he noted that at the time that many period pieces took place, if people were speaking English, they were doing it in British accents. The modern American accent didn't exist, so it's kind of more authentic for them to have English accents. To which I can only respond, I guess.

Posted by Will at 6:56 AM | Comments (4)

February 1, 2005

All right trackback spammers, you got me

I wasn't going to brag about it, in fear of spammer retaliation, but I thought my little hack of movabletype to require that 'yeah' thing for comments was pretty clever. On their website, movabletype recommends against methods like this, because spammers can easily adapt, but my site is so small, I doubted they'd go to the trouble. The mt code seems pretty well orgainzed, even though some of the Perl is so Perl-y it, well, you don't really care about Perl syntax I bet. But I'll be damned if I can figure out why they've got some php files kicking around in there too.

Anyway, the reason why I bring it up is that, while the tweak was successful (I haven't had any comment spam since), spammers have taken to a new method of annoying me: trackback spam. I got my first twenty sometime this morning. Trackbacks, for those of you who have always wondered why there's 'Trackbacks (0)' on the bottom of most blogs, are how blogs tell other blogs that they're linking to a specific article. That's all well and good, but I've only had one legitimate trackback in my blogging career. I've seen a few solutions for trackback spam, but they all seem like a lot of trouble for how effective they may or may not be.

So, sadly, trackbacks are off for good. They always kind of depressed me anyway, those big zeros at the bottom of each entry.

I'm also turning on anonymous posting, since asking people to put their email address onto a web page is exactly what spammers want me to do. If you do want to post anonymously, I encourage you to at least make up a funny name.

So, that's it for now. Sorry this wasn't more exciting, I've got some more interesting stuff in the hopper.

Posted by Will at 3:52 PM | Comments (2)