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October 28, 2003

Hitting the Pause Button

Sometimes I think my blog needs a rewind button, or at least a pause button, so that I can go back to those topics that I've wanted to address but the timing wasn't right. Of course, just as you can't fast forward through the "boring bits," I suppose real time narratives (no matter how simulated) can't have a pause button either.

My blog silence hasn't been due to a lack of interesting experiences to relate or work through. I've simply found myself caught up in other things (a huge cycle of grading has just begun, among other things). But I still have so many other things I want to blog about.

For example, I wanted to blog about Georgia Congressman John Lewis's editorial on gay marriage in the Boston Globe, which I found courtesy of Atrios, but never really found the time. I don't think I have much to add to Lewis's observations (he's always been one of my favorite local members of Congress), and I'm not going to make any promises to come back to this topic later.

I've also been trying to find some time to write a review of Kill Bill, Vol 1 (IMDB), which I rather enjoyed, especially in its sheer film geek joy at the obscure references to the Hong Kong action cinema that Tarantino obviously relishes (most of which were completely lost on me). The "sampling" of so much popular culture, implied in both QT's references to cinematic memory and in his reinterpretations of popular music plays out a "database" aesthetic characteristic of new media. I enjoyed Kill Bill almost completely, but left the film feeling somewhat unsatisfied, in part because the playful dialogue of many of his earlier films seemed missing.

I've also wanted to provide blog props to misbehaving.net, a cool new site dedicated to issues pertaining to women and technology.

Finally, I once had the good intentions of reviewing Lost in Translation, but Jason Rhody has done a fantastic job of that already, so I'll just send everyone there, and say that like Jason I really like how sound operates in the film, especially during the "obscure" final scene.

Light blogging may continue for the next few days unless someone can find a pause button for me...

Posted by chuck at October 28, 2003 9:45 PM

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Posted by: weez at October 28, 2003 9:44 PM

Thanks! I've taken a couple of deep breaths (hence last night's indulgent movie watching) and now I'm back in business (or something like that).

Posted by: chuck at October 29, 2003 12:36 PM

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