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Yours is a Lazarus soul...

We're back in business! So, the Great LJ Blackout of 2005 - much noise, little heat, many lessons learned about InnoDB. I wonder how the grand researchers in various areas of software would use this as a case study:

  • Nachum Dershowitz and Dave Schmidt (software verification and formal methods)

  • Raghu Ramakrishnan, Geneva Belford, and Maria Zamfir-Bleyberg (databases)

In any case, kudos to the folks of Denga Assimilated (kindasorta like Andromeda Ascendant, only not so much) for their round-the-clock hard work in getting things working again.
And let that be a lesson to the rest of you all!

Let's see. Tonight's film was:
The Red Violin
Poignant, passionate, soulful film. I watched it for the second time with my grandmother, who was seeing it for the first time. She said the whole Cultural Revolution vignette brought back memories of the communists' late-1940s dou4 zhen1 hui4 (persecution cadres). Look closely at the expressions of people's faces throughout, especially in that segment: the whole film is very well acted.

A couple of questions:

1. Is the implication supposed to be that Poussin opened the grave of the orphan boy (Kaspar Weiss), or that someone else did? The last scene in the Vienna vignette is of him standing over the coffin with a look of disappointed irony, and then we see the open grave and coffin, a shovel, and a fade-through montage of the violin in the hands of all its Roma owners. It had to be Poussin, right? As far as I could tell, no one else should even have known about it.

2. The buyer who says "you may have it" at the end represents the Pope Foundation. What happened to the monastery's phone bid? Did they drop out before Ming (the boy from the Cultural Revolution vignette, grown up)? I thought I saw them call it quits the first time, but I didn't catch it on second viewing and I don't have the tape handy to replay.



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Jan. 18th, 2005 07:59 pm (UTC)
red violin
i saw it the first two or three times in bits and pieces (sort of like the 9th gate) and im still not sure ive seen it all.

(you should see the 9th gate as well - if you can handle that much Depp)
Jan. 18th, 2005 09:30 pm (UTC)
the red violin is such a lovely movie- we watched in my english class to deal with points of view and narration.

And I always assumed that it was a grave robber that stole the violin from Kaspar's grave- just because of the transient nature of the instrument, it would make sense within the scheme of the story. But i could be wrong :)

And I do believe the monastery drops out because of money or price or something like that. I forget exactly.

Jan. 18th, 2005 11:31 pm (UTC)
Now I have another reason to watch this movie. Thanks for the review!
Jan. 19th, 2005 05:54 am (UTC)
You're welcome!

More are on there way, and please check out the ones from last week for any you haven't seen.

I'd like to see your reviews, too, and if you know of any really good, thoughtful movie review communities, please let me know, and I'll put them in my filter.

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Jan. 19th, 2005 03:49 am (UTC)
Why? Because of the grave-robbing? The sex (Oxford vignette)? The ending? The SIKRIT?

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Jan. 19th, 2005 05:56 am (UTC)
Who knows? Who cares?
Well, not all prejudices and misconceptions are created equal.

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Jan. 19th, 2005 07:15 am (UTC)
Harry Potter evil
That's a common misconception too.

I think at least one or two of the people I know online were under that misapprehension until shown the Snopes.com site or some such site that debunked the misleading CAPalert-type reviews.

Just curious: What does your mom think of LoTR?

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