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In a week from today, Tiana and I are taking off on a plane for Nottingham. Bum deal for me today, though: I came down with some flu-like symptoms. I went into work a bit late as I wasn’t feeling well, hoping I would recover by the time I got there, but then by 10am I started getting feverish and nauseous. Lame. So I went home and just laid on the couch and tried to take it easy until my fever broke.
Well, I think it did so now we’ve been spending the evening going through our stuff yet again. Sorting, sorting, sorting. I went through my books again and pulled out a huge pile that I really don’t need to take. Anything directly related to my dissertation topic, though, is going…which is hard, though, because I guess I can justify a pretty wide net of stuff at this point.
While I was shivering with the chills today, I re-watched Once. It’s such a gorgeous and wonderful movie. Okay, that was random, but it’s what I did. And then began sorting. We’re also bringing over things like MacGyver seasons 1 & 2, LOST seasons 1 & 3, Goonies, and The Jerk DVDs just in case we need to unwind.
I’m still not feeling so hot so I should probably go to bed.
From Shalina’s blog:
Hereâ€™s my debut short film. For the final project in my Digital Video class I made a music video to the song Things I Donâ€™t Remember by Ugly Casanova. Iâ€™m very new to this but itâ€™s proving to be the latest addition to my â€œI <3 hobbiesâ€ list.
Awesome!!! I’m really impressed.
Last night, Tiana and I watched the brilliant movie Once, which may be one of the most stunning movies I’ve seen in a while. Absolutely great music and a good story. I won’t say too much more about it except to point out something weird that I noticed while returning this movie to Blockbuster this morning: the movie cover is a bit different from the soundtrack album cover:
DVD movie cover:
CD soundtrack cover:
Notice anything different about the content of the image?
Here, the collector’s edition soundtrack actually conceals the bit in question:
I highly, highly recommend watching this movie. But their confused marketing actually obscures the trajectory of the entire plot! Which is which I’ll leave up to you.
Top Red Guard: “You can’t ask us. You can only ask one of us.”
Top Blue Guard: “It’s in the rules, and I should warn you that one of us always tells the truth, and one of us always lies. That’s a rule too.” Gesturing to the TRG, “He always lies!”
TRG: “I do not! I tell the truth!”
TBG: “Oh, what a lie!”
Sarah: “Alright,” to the TRG, “answer yes or no: would he [TBG] tell me that this door leads to the castle?”
Sarah: “Then, the other door leads to the castle, and this door leads to certain death.”
Both Guards: “oooOOoooh.”
TRG: “How do you know? He could be telling the truth!”
Sarah: “But then he wouldn’t be. So if you told me that he said ‘yes’, I know the answer is ‘no.'”
TRG: “But I could be telling the truth!”
Sarah: “But then he would be lying. So if you told me that he said ‘yes,’ then I know the answer would still be ‘no.'”
TRG: “Wait a minute,” to the TBG, “is that right?”
TBG: “I don’t know –I’ve never understood it!”
The second part of my essay on Stranger than Fiction is up.
I have a post on “the gift” in Stranger than Fiction over at the Church & Postmodern Culture: Conversation blog. It is the first of two parts, this part focussing on Derrida’s concept of the gift and applied to this movie. Based on Derrida’s Given Time: I. Counterfeit Money, I ask myself: how would Derrida look at this movie? So, I took a creative whack at it.
The post is edited down considerably from its original, leaving out some of the more technical Heideggerian stuff. I actually did quite a lot of reading in Heidegger before I even started reading Derrida (I think one can’t really understand quite a bit of Derrida without this), but for length and technical readability, I have left it aside for now. However, if you would like the full version with all the references and whatnot, feel free to ask me.
On Wednesday, I plan on posting the second part, which explores John Milbank’s work on the gift through his first main essay on the subject called “Can a Gift Be Given?: Prolegomena to a Future Trinitarian Metaphysic.”