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21 December 2009 @ 10:33 am
Snow! Snow! Snow!  
We got about twenty inches of snow on Saturday. It was pretty fun. I walked about a mile through the winter wonderland of South Philly to taken in a matinee of Avatar with my buddy Michael. The movie was pretty fun. The effects were neat, but I think I would have preferred it without the 3-D, as that made the images lose a bit of their crispness. I expected a much better story from James Cameron and the first twenty minutes convinced me I might even get it, but the script just coasts from there. People who call it Dances With Wolves in space are pretty much right, which is funny to me since I always thought of Dances With Wolves as F Troop without the jokes.

We got in a nice walk to the grocery store on Sunday, mainly because we wanted to walk around in the snow. I made a pot of chili and baked some oatmeal cookies. We watched the first two Harry Potter movies, which K. brought home from the library, and I enjoyed them more than I expected to, although I think the filmmakers are definitely racist against Muggles.

Today is the official first day of Winter, which is awesome because it means the days are getting longer again. We're around the seasonal affect disorder corner! Unfortunately, it also makes me feel bad that I haven't started my Christmas shopping yet.

Listening to: Graham Central Station - "Hair"
joelsd on December 21st, 2009 04:00 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, Oh well, they just opened an IMAX 3D theater near me and it's playing Avatar. Did you watch it in IMAX 3D or "Real3D"?

James referred to Avatar as "Dancing with Smurfs". After reading your take, I'm laughing even harder today.

Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: ballerina escapeassmonkeydiary on December 21st, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
Real 3D. We were going to drive out to Jersey for Imax 3D, but snow got in the way.
traballenguastraballenguas on December 21st, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
Nice. SCD1 went to see Avatar, and said it was too long. But she liked it (but was not swept away). I am oddly uninterested. Oh well.

I saw this, and thought of you:

Also, is that a shoe ad? G. Shoes?
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: devilish tantrumassmonkeydiary on December 21st, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
I wondered that too, but it seems unlikely since there are no shoes. I think it must be the photographer's name.

Cool article. Thanks!
traballenguastraballenguas on December 21st, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
I think advertising without the product is the purest form of corporate art/propaganda. Too bad it is usually for whisky and cigs.

There are these:

Nothing on photographers, but there is this:

and this:

(careful, Google says the images are unsafe to download, but it could be an error).
Pallaspallasathene8 on December 22nd, 2009 04:14 am (UTC)
Avatar doesn't look good to me at all. I'm 100% sure I'd rather be watching F Troop.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: blue statueassmonkeydiary on December 22nd, 2009 02:51 pm (UTC)
Well there are a lot of scantily-clad blue people running around, but pretty much yeah...
eeeoeeeo on December 22nd, 2009 04:21 am (UTC)
I can't imagine how 20" of snow would affect Philly. The place must be a mess.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: Hawaiian Doubletakeassmonkeydiary on December 22nd, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC)
You said it. The vast majority of the little streets probably won't even see a plow. At least the snow hasn't turned completely grimy yet. That's when I'll really be done with it.