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Nothing of any great import has been happening, but here are a few newsflashes:

New Flickr Addiction: This is a potentially deadly procrastination device. I've discovered an addictive group on Flickr called the Motif Challenges. It's a rapid-fire game of photo challenges, in which one person posts a theme or topic (the motif) such as "church" "pink" "rust" or whatever. Once five people have posted pics into the discussion thread, voting starts and the winner gets to choose the next challenge and post his or her photo to the group pool. It's fast, it's fun, and in the five challenges I entered on Sunday, I won two and came second in one. However, the need to pop in and out, vote, check on the progress of your entry, etc etc makes it a terrible time-sink.

More on the Photography theme, and Macs Rule: I felt like the Mac user half of the Mac/PC advertisements yesterday as I prepared a dvd slide show of my Paris pics to show my friends B & J who were coming for dinner and to see pics. It took me all of about 10 minutes (not including burning time, which was about an hour) using idvd, itunes, and iphoto, which of course all worked seamlessly together.

A Pleasant Evening was had by All: B, J and I and my dogs and their new puppy enjoying garden inspection (and in the case of the puppy, solo race at top speed around it several times), dinner, a new (to me) variety of wine called Damasco (yummy), Thrifty's feta cheese and spinach on foccaccio pizza, salad and a wonderful cranberry nut bread from the Market on Yates. Oh, and they admired my slide show and photos therein.

Dream Guest: Last night I dreamt that I was teaching a Tom Stoppard play and Tom Stoppard himself dropped in. It was surprisingly not a nightmare. TS was very charming and I told him how much I enjoyed Arcadia and of course Rozencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead though I said I didn't like the ending of the latter.

Social Life: I'm having lunch later today at Los Tas... something or other Mexican restaurant with a large group of women from the English dept. I dislike Mexican food, but probably will enjoy the company. Not sure if lidocafe is going - if she isn't, we should think about our next meeting, so that, seeing as she hasn't been posting for a while, I can find out What's Going On in her life.


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Jun. 27th, 2007 02:04 am (UTC)
Flickr is great. It was my first "social software" thing, and I've learned so much from being a part of it.

I just won another challenge. hee hee.

And yes, I love my Mac. With a passion. Only true geeks understand this, but it's real.
Jun. 26th, 2007 08:13 pm (UTC)
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern

Why specifically do you not like the ending? And also if you have seen both play and movie do you have a preference and why?

On Tom Stoppard, I saw Enigma (his screenplay based one someone else's novel) last night and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Jun. 26th, 2007 10:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
Oh, but that was in my dream! (telling Stoppard I didn't like the ending). Though, thinking about it, I remember finding it rather sad - but I wouldn't have wanted it to be any different. I thought they did a good job of the movie. I've never seen it performed as a play, but have read it and it's always interesting to see how things are translated in a performance. The movie perforce takes away a bit the deliberate artificiality of the play, but they captured the metatheatrical quality in the movie to some extent (sorry - English-speak coming out; I don't know you well enough to know your tolerance for such things!).

Oh! I was just going to say I didn't know Enigma and then realized that I had seen it without realizing he wrote the screenplay - yes, it was very good.

I adored Arcadia when I read it, and would love to see a good performance of it. I vaguely remember reading that someone was going to film it, but don't know if that's true.
Jun. 27th, 2007 05:53 am (UTC)
R&G and Arcadia
Spooky - I am a professional actor (UK) and have just recorded Rosencrantz and Arcadia for the BBC. They go out this Saturday (Arcadia) and on July 15th (R&G). Stoppard attended the recordings of both and I can confirm he is charm itself. He told the producer of R&G: "My play's intellectual qualities are its secondary virtue" ...
If you're outside the UK you can access both productions via the Listen Again feature on the BBC website... http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/progs/listenagain.shtml
Jun. 27th, 2007 05:50 pm (UTC)
Re: R&G and Arcadia
Wow! Thank you for the link, whoever you are!

Jul. 8th, 2007 06:03 pm (UTC)
I can'tluck

I can't be bothered with anything these days, but shrug. I just don't have anything to say recently.


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