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It's Groundhog Day!

I noted a number of people keep track of the books they read on their LJ, and I think I might do that, as well, because lately I seem to forget I've read a book the moment I finish reading it...

So far this year:

Inventing Billy the Kid: Visions of the Outlaw in America, 1881-1981 by Stephen Tatum (although technically I haven't finished the last chapter yet)
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
The Paths of the Dead by Steven Brust (not quite finished here, either, although I expect to be done within the week at the rate I'm going)
And just started The Time Traveler's Wife

Why, why, WHY do I get so unreasonably upset when I see misused apostrophes? Especially being used by people who are writers?!? Why does it even matter??? (But ARGH! ARGH!! ARGH!!!!)

I've actually, finally, almost finished the pink sweater I started crocheting last year (and I mean like, last winter, possibly even a year ago this month or something).

On Friday night we watched a movie called "The Machinist" (El Maquinista) -- I don't have a clue why it has a Spanish title when it's in English; but anyway, it starred Christian Bale, made apparently just the year before "Batman Begins," and the insane actor apparently lost 63 pounds to play the part -- SIXTY THREE POUNDS. He was a skeleton. It was important for the part, mind you, not to fill some Hollywood standard; the plot involves a man who hasn't been able to sleep for a year and all the rest of the characters make many comments about his emaciation. Still, I am amazed what actors will do to their bodies for a part (such as Toby McGuire going from "Spider-Man" to "Seabiscuit" back to "Spider-Man 2." Madness). In any case, it was a good flick. Bale plays Americans so well I'm occasionally surprised to remember he's British.

On Saturday framefolly showed us "Kung-Fu Hustle," which was great fun. I'm coming to enjoy Stephen Chow flicks a lot.

One of the things I bought when I thought I'd have more money this week hasn't come yet - supplements to Killer Bunnies (curse you, fenchurche!). I hope they get here by next weekend... more bunnies!

Yesterday I actually watched the entire Superbowl. I never watch football games. It was a REALLY good game, though. Some funny commercials, too. And for the first time it looks like Phoenix is not going to turn fair-weather on a team that dared to lose. Now I can start gearing up for the important team sport, BASEBALL.

And just because: Adopt one today! * Adopt one today! * Adopt one today! * Adopt one today!

Almost every one of my Winters has come out male... Still no silver or gold.


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Feb. 3rd, 2009 03:08 am (UTC)
God, I keep forgetting Bale isn't American, too. What makes me nuts about losing 63 pounds (probably a third of his body weight) was that he went to a nutritionist once, at the start, then lost it eating fruit and drinking nonfat lattes and such. When losing that much weight that fast, you should be under a doctor's care. You can damage yourself! SHEESH!

It amazes me what actors will go through for roles. Bulking up, dropping weight, gaining weight...their poor metabolisms must be like yo-yos.

Yay, more Killer Bunnies!
Feb. 3rd, 2009 03:38 am (UTC)
Scary, scary, scary.

Feb. 3rd, 2009 03:24 am (UTC)
Must. Kill. Bunnies...

And 63 pounds! What a surreal number...
Feb. 3rd, 2009 03:39 am (UTC)
If I lost 63 pounds, I'd weigh a staggering 108 pounds.

I haven't weighed that little since, I think, grade school...

Feb. 3rd, 2009 04:08 am (UTC)
i'll try to breed you a silver

i'm the worst apostrophe abuser ever

the novel i'm currently reading has typoes. That bugs me
Feb. 3rd, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC)
I'll have to set up my IM and see if we can coordinate.

I'm sure I do things that annoy people.... *g*

Same here; there are several in Paths of the Dead, the sort of typo that says someone relied too heavily on SpellCheck, since the spelling is right, it's just the WRONG WORD... (such as "out" for "our" and a few like that); and since I'm reading it for pleasure, those are just the ones I've happened to CATCH.
Feb. 3rd, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
these typoes weren't even that. My Uncled shouldered the gun (or something to that effect). Uncled?

(no subject) - davidatn - Feb. 3rd, 2009 05:17 am (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 3rd, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
I'm one of those sticklers who notice the difference an apostrophe makes... although I would far rather not see it at all than see something like "the mark's of Zorro," which is for me the worst offender (using possessive when a plural is needed--not the other way around).

(no subject) - davidatn - Feb. 3rd, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 4th, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
Or a bottle of liquid paper (there was a sign on the front door of one of our buildings that had a misplaced apostrophe like that -- fortunately, it's the building that houses Word Processing, and it didn't stay that way for long. I noticed not long ago that all of them had been corrected).

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