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Christmas CD and Happy New Year 2005

02:50 CST Fri 31 Dec 2004: Done! Here you go! (Anyone with broadband is welcome to grab this, even people who got their CDs intact.)

yodge: your version was a little early, so please do re-download.

... and you know what would be a really rockin' Christmas present? Hearing that you and your immediate family are all well. I know you're probably in the Spore and didn't even go back to BKK, and it's probably just the net still being spotty, but I've already talked to hpguo in HK, so... prayers and hopes maintained.

118,000 killed and still increasing, 5M displaced. It's just staggering.

Peace and love to everyone reading this. My friends, may 2005 be a fruitful year for you and bring you blessings and happiness.

In other news:

First, does anyone have a good recommendation for a "foreign" (non-English) film? Not to be crass, but I have been seeing the death toll on an hourly basis on television and in my LJ, and, partly to get a brief respite from it, have been going on an online shopping and offer-completing1 binge.

The film part of this has been focused on learning how to use Blockbuster's 3-discs-at-a-time feature and NetFlix. So far, my selections include the following films I have not yet seen:

  • Pirates of the Caribbean - shipped

  • Princess Mononoke - shipped

  • Spider-Man 2 - shipped

  • Amelie - will watch before start of semester

  • Ghost in the Shell - will watch before start of semester


Next in my queues are:

  • The Godfather (that's right: I've only seen Part II)

  • Good Will Hunting - thanks to masteralida for the ordering suggestion

  • La Vita E Bella (Life Is Beautiful)

  • Chocolat


I'm planning to watch Cowboy Bebop: Ballad of Fallen Angels later today.</li>

Second, I am trying to install Gentoo Linux (v. 2004.3) on Telperion, the elder of my two COMPAQ Presario SR1010NX systems (Intel Celeron 2.8 GHz, 256Mb RAM, 40Gb HDD) and a June, 2004 purchase. I downloaded the Universal Live CD ISO and burned it to a blank CD, but I can't get it to boot past the kernel selector. Any suggestions? (IM to my ICQ/AIM, MSN, or YIM accounts would be best; thanks!)

Edit, 11:55 CST - third:
Happy birthday, diannelamerc!

1http://www.freegiftplanet.com if you are interested.

Seventh Day of Christmas, following my personal LJ tradition (started in 2003):
7th day - 31th:
Deck the Halls - music by anonymous Welsh author(s), lyrics by anonymous American author, Franklin Square Song Collection (1881)
from the Christmas Carols site

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Banazir

Comments

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discoflamingo
Dec. 31st, 2004 11:07 am (UTC)
If you like Hong Kong action, but would rather it was Thai, see Ong Bak. Actually, if you like action movies at all, you should see this movie.

If you like intelligent, contemplative movies, I would recommend After Life.

If you liked the cast of Alien Resurrection and/or the art direction of Amelie, and you have a well-developed sense of gallows humor, I might recommend Delicatessen or City of Lost Children.
banazir
Dec. 31st, 2004 04:48 pm (UTC)
Conditional planning
Thanks very much. After Life it is, then.
Ever see Kei Wong (Chess King)?

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Banazir
discoflamingo
Dec. 31st, 2004 07:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Conditional planning
No, I'm not familiar with that one.
Highly recommended... - banazir - Dec. 31st, 2004 07:22 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Highly recommended... - discoflamingo - Dec. 31st, 2004 07:38 pm (UTC) - Expand
LOL - banazir - Dec. 31st, 2004 07:55 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: LOL - discoflamingo - Jan. 7th, 2005 08:12 pm (UTC) - Expand
grain_king
Jan. 1st, 2005 12:22 am (UTC)
Delicatessen is one of my favoritest movies ever. =)
Tell me more, please - banazir - Jan. 1st, 2005 12:28 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Tell me more, please - grain_king - Jan. 1st, 2005 01:20 am (UTC) - Expand
mrowe
Dec. 31st, 2004 11:11 am (UTC)
Does anyone have a good recommendation for a "foreign" (non-English) film?
Anything by Aki Kaurismäki is good (and funny), but especially Leningrad Cowboys go America is a good introduction, or if that is too hard to find, you could try The Man Without A Past.
banazir
Dec. 31st, 2004 04:48 pm (UTC)
Exotic furrin films
Anything by Aki Kaurismäki is good (and funny), but especially Leningrad Cowboys go America is a good introduction, or if that is too hard to find, you could try The Man Without A Past.

Wow, now that sounds exotic - thanks!

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Banazir
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banazir
Dec. 31st, 2004 04:47 pm (UTC)
Bollywooooooooooooooood!
Except for a couple of cringe-inducing songs in English, Lagaan is a lot of fun.
Yay!

Thank you.

I'll take it under advizzlement.

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Banazir
nobuddy69
Dec. 31st, 2004 07:14 pm (UTC)
La Femme Nikita - the one aboot Gril-assassinee.
Alphaville - pyree ingenious!! A Sci-Fi/film-noir movie with EDDIE!!

Bhaa, screw the frogs - what you want is SWEDISH movies, admit it!!

Fucking Åmål - teenage angst with lesbian skoolgrils
Jalla Jalla - immigrant comedy
Kopps - immigrant/cop-movie comedy
Lilja 4-ever - a gripping social drama aboot a teenage prostitute
banazir
Dec. 31st, 2004 07:19 pm (UTC)
La Femme Nikita - the one aboot Gril-assassinee. Of curse. On my list, along with P6int of Naz Return.
Alphaville - pyree ingenious!! A Sci-Fi/film-noir movie with EDDIE!! Eddie... Murphy?

Bhaa, screw the frogs - what you want is SWEDISH movies, admit it!! Um, no. ;-)

Fucking Åmål - teenage angst with lesbian skoolgrils Have it. The Swedish version, of course. Do you know, it's actually hard to comprehend teenage angst in Swedish? (That's a compliment: it's a very comtemplative and dialogue-rich film.)
Jalla Jalla - immigrant comedy OK. Like The Valar Must Be Nutzen, Coming to Merkia, or something else?
Kopps - immigrant/cop-movie comedy Bha. I'm not impressed with the whole 48 Huors thing.
Lilja 4-ever - a gripping social drama aboot a teenage prostitute Yernow, I think I see a pattern here... :nirg:

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Banazir
nobuddy69
Dec. 31st, 2004 07:27 pm (UTC)
>Alphaville - pyree ingenious!! A Sci-Fi/film-noir movie with EDDIE!! Eddie... Murphy?

Eddie COSTANTINE - Lemmy Caution!!! It was jsut a test to see if you have seen it!! You havenb't seen it!! Now go and see it!!!! (Imagine Phil Marlowe suddenly transformed into a futuristic city controlled by insane computer...)

>Jalla Jalla - immigrant comedy OK. Like The Valar Must Be Nutzen, Coming to Merkia, or something else?

It deals in humoristic ways with such grave issues as male impotence...

>Kopps - immigrant/cop-movie comedy Bha. I'm not impressed with the whole 48 Huors thing.¨

Same director as previous. Imagine a quiet, peaceful city in Swedish countryside, where a group of goofy policemen have to start committing crimes in order to keep their jobs...
Futuristic dystopias - banazir - Dec. 31st, 2004 07:58 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Futuristic dystopias - nobuddy69 - Dec. 31st, 2004 08:05 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Futuristic dystopias - banazir - Dec. 31st, 2004 08:17 pm (UTC) - Expand
WHEEEE!!!! - nobuddy69 - Dec. 31st, 2004 08:23 pm (UTC) - Expand
... wiiiiith a HERRING! - banazir - Dec. 31st, 2004 08:26 pm (UTC) - Expand
tamf
Jan. 2nd, 2005 04:38 pm (UTC)
Jalla Jalla!
yes! see it! it's full of immigrant humour, which you may identify with if you condider yourelf a nimmigrant. i watched it with twiggy and laughed so hard i found it v. hard to do a running translation. and despite what gilly says, it also deals with *serious* issues.

knot that <snort> male impotence isn't <snigger> *serious*, of curse...
more scændi madness - tamf - Jan. 2nd, 2005 04:40 pm (UTC) - Expand
wlel... - tamf - Jan. 3rd, 2005 02:34 pm (UTC) - Expand
Less dumb than Dumb and Dumber - banazir - Jan. 3rd, 2005 07:28 pm (UTC) - Expand
goddess - tamf - Jan. 4th, 2005 04:46 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Jalla Jalla! - banazir - Jan. 3rd, 2005 04:10 am (UTC) - Expand
good gnus! - tamf - Jan. 3rd, 2005 02:35 pm (UTC) - Expand
chaosinaskirt
Dec. 31st, 2004 07:29 pm (UTC)
despite its name, chocolat isn't really a "foreign film" -- it's based on a novel written by a brit and the screenplay and directing were also done by uk/us people -- if you're wanting a mainstream french film that crossed over into the US, le pacte des loups (brotherhood of the wolf) would be my top pick.

another good (though disturbing) european-based film is dancer in the dark, which is a danish film (though scripted in english), written and directed by lars von trier. it's also got some music-based scenes by björk (who stars in the film)
grain_king
Jan. 1st, 2005 01:08 am (UTC)
Abre los Ojos is a great Spanish film.


I've never installed Gentoo, although I've had experience with funny hardware and Linux. Google is always going to be one of your best bets when tracking down errors. It looks like Gentoo has an installation guide on their website, too. You can try irc.freenode.net's #gentoo channel, although I checked it out before suggesting it and it is overrun by k1dd13s. You might have better luck in ##linux or #linuxhelp.

Good luck! =)
digby_tantrum
Jan. 3rd, 2005 10:05 am (UTC)
First, does anyone have a good recommendation for a "foreign" (non-English) film?
Je t'aime, je t'aime: French arthouse SF.

M: Fritz Lang's classic thriller, Germany's first talkie.
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