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May 11th, 2030

04:14 am - See how popular this journal is . . .

visitors have read my LiveJournal since September 2003
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
Current Music: "Popular" (from the musical "Wicked")

(29 seeds eaten | Eat a pomegranate)

April 12th, 2016

06:42 pm - "Atlas Shrugged" -- and so should you at these cinematic adaptations
Did you know this novel has been made into a series of three movies?

I just finished watching them all, in order. Three completely different casts, with several familiar faces to geeky folks like me (Ray Wise, formerly playing Leland Palmer from "Twin Peaks", and Robert Picardo, best known for his role as the hologram doctor on "Star Trek: Voyager", will likely be the most familiar to folks likely to be reading this post), but ultimately pretty blah as a series of productions. The actor who played John Galt was mostly just eyecandy and was an utter fail at "selling" the lines he mouthed while the three actresses who played Dagny Taggart varied wildly in quality. I liked the first one best, but I think the middle one was ok at trying to make her lines sound convincing, which the third one was truly horrific at, giving new meaning to the word "wooden".

I can't remember if I read the book or not, or if I only started it then abandoned it. I know I read at least one of Rand's novels when I was younger, but it's so long ago I can no longer recall much of it, other than that I was underwhelmed at the time by it. Therefore, I can't really comment on how faithful an adaptation this was.

What I can comment on is how the movies struck me as a whole. Some parts of the philosophy I found appealing, but mostly I thought both sides were portrayed as ridiculous extremes. The government officials were fascist thieves employing violent goon-squads to achieve their goals while the erst-while heroes were subject to tunnel-vision that left no room for those who might have fallen on hard times or were disabled or elderly and couldn't contribute the way the able-bodied could. I wondered if there was any place in the Galtian philosophy for moderation. It certainly didn't seem so from what appeared on screen. I felt the whole thing was trying to justify heartless, compassionless, dog-eat-dog capitalistic selfishness while setting up any person who had ANY compassion for anyone less fortunate as evil fools who tried to set up a society of bloodsucking black holes of neediness on the backs of anyone who showed the least capability to be in any way productive to society.

I also thought the Galtian presumption that producers were actually good at doing things other than their original fields of focus especially irritating. I found the homeschooling mom particularly appalling, given that there was absolutely NO indication that she had any competence in anything besides baking and spouting political philosophy. Plus I wondered just WHO was doing all the scutwork in this magical valley of Atlantis and where all the goods and food were being produced. Was there a black market for glassware and produce from the East Coast in the Colorado mountains? (There were signs on produce advertising specifically that it was from Narragansett.) Where were the factories in the bucolic landscape for this supposedly isolated and secretive colony to supply all the goods seen on-screen? Stuff like that threw me completely out of the story, so in my opinion, there was world-building fail on the part of the screenwriters, directors and producers.

What I did like, though, was the dystopia of the outside world, eerily reminiscent of some aspects of recent years, especially the rhetoric surrounding the 1 percent versus the 99 percent, and in some ways, this world could potentially be the roots of the universe of the Hunger Games and its nation of Panem.

I really can't recommend the "Atlas Shrugged" series of films, since mostly I thought they were truly of execrable quality, but if one were to want to satisfy one's curiosity on what all the fuss about Ayn Rand is about, this might be a more palatable way of learning about her philosophy of Objectivism than by trying to read her actual novels, which are quite long.
Current Mood: aggravatedaggravated

(Eat a pomegranate)

February 14th, 2016

06:02 am - A frigid Valentine's Day
4 degrees F with windchill of -18 degrees F.

~~ sings "Baby It's Cold Outside" while snuggling the Lovebug Kitteh ~~
Current Mood: coldcold
Current Music: "Baby It's Cold Outside"

(Eat a pomegranate)

December 8th, 2015

09:28 pm - A passage beyond the Veil
My Significant Other for the past 24 years has passed away from cancer. I am all in pieces. He was the love of my life, and now he is gone.

Those on Facebook have already heard this news, but since there are many on LiveJournal with whom I am not connected on Facebook, I thought you would want to know, since some of you knew him in life.
Current Mood: morosemorose
Current Music: "Lilies" by Jamie Fessenden

(2 seeds eaten | Eat a pomegranate)

February 27th, 2015

02:09 pm - Leonard Nimoy is gone
Leonard Nimoy, Actor, Director, and 'Star Trek' Icon, Dies at 83

Not unexpected, given his age and health, but still sad. His iconic role as Spock has played an enormous role in my life, in terms of my stoicism in the face of adversity and sardonic humor, as well as not allowing my emotions to control me. Spock made me feel it was OK to be smart and interested in science and that I didn't need to pretend to be stupid in order to be accepted by others.

Current Mood: sadsad
Current Music: Theme from "Star Trek" by Jerry Goldsmith

(Eat a pomegranate)

January 31st, 2015

03:05 am - Brrrrrrrrrrr . . .
18 degrees F with 30 mph winds making it feel like -1 degrees F. Glad I have a warm place to be in tonight!
Current Mood: awakeawake

(Eat a pomegranate)

January 30th, 2015

01:29 pm - The userpics made me do it . . .
Logged in here for the first time in months. Why? Because my userpic addon was about to expire and I would have lost a buttload of my icons for posts.

And I'm all about the userpics.

So, bill paid! And here I am, once again.

~~ pokes f-list and awaits amusement by the minions ~~
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished

(2 seeds eaten | Eat a pomegranate)

August 7th, 2014

02:23 am - Another friend gone . . .
Ah shit. Just found out that another old friend passed away.

Bugger this.
Current Mood: morosemorose

(Eat a pomegranate)

July 29th, 2014

05:50 am - So very, very tired of this
Just got word another old friend has passed away. So tired of this. Really, really tired of this.

Cancer, this time. Last week's friend-loss was from a heart problem.
Current Mood: melancholymelancholy
Current Music: "Lilies" by Jamie Fessenden

(Eat a pomegranate)

July 21st, 2014

11:07 pm - The Reaper loves me
Shit. Just found out a friend passed away today. She was pretty young too, just a year or two older than me.
Current Mood: melancholymelancholy
Current Music: "Lilies" by Jamie Fessenden

(2 seeds eaten | Eat a pomegranate)

July 14th, 2014

01:50 pm - Mourning the passing of a werewolf
Actor Dave Legano, who played Fenrir Greyback in the Harry Potter films, passed away a few days ago at the age of 50. He was hiking in Death Valley when he apparently died of heat-related causes.

I feel sad -- he was too young and he died alone.

Current Mood: melancholymelancholy
Current Music: "Lilies" by Jamie Fessenden

(1 seed eaten | Eat a pomegranate)

01:40 pm - Happy Bastille Day!

Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
Current Music: La Marseillaise

(Eat a pomegranate)

June 25th, 2014

02:06 am - Shit, not again!
Someone else I've known for quite a few years just died.

Shit. Shit. Shit. Shit. Shit.
Current Mood: morosemorose

(Eat a pomegranate)

June 16th, 2014

06:12 am - The Reaper loves me
Just found out that an old friend has passed away. Just a few days before, I'd learned another old friend had died. And in a little over a week I'll be attending the memorial service of yet another old friend who is gone.

So tired of this.
Current Mood: melancholymelancholy

(2 seeds eaten | Eat a pomegranate)

March 21st, 2014

08:19 pm - In shock right now
I've just learned that a friend of a quarter-century has passed away. I have many memories of her and am sad there will be no more new ones.
Current Mood: shockedshocked
Current Music: "Lilies" by Jamie Fessenden

(Eat a pomegranate)

January 23rd, 2014

08:56 am - Frigid morning
10 degrees F. Windchill of -3 degrees F.

Guess who's staying in today?
Current Mood: coldcold

(Eat a pomegranate)

January 22nd, 2014

02:19 pm - Taking a snowday
Currently snowed in. 10.5" of snow from the storm, and my car is encased in frozen snow, slush and ice from the plows. Not going anywhere, so I'm enjoying kittycat snorgles.

Current temp is 16 degrees F with windchill of 2 degrees F, so even more reason to stay in.
Current Mood: coldcold
Current Music: Cat purrs

(2 seeds eaten | Eat a pomegranate)

January 7th, 2014

10:49 am - There's cold. And then there's COLD.
It's 5 degrees F now with a windchill of -18 degrees F.

No how no way am *I* going outside.
Current Mood: coldcold
Current Music: "Herz aus Eis" by Unheilig

(1 seed eaten | Eat a pomegranate)

January 3rd, 2014

10:11 am - A frigid, snowy start to the year
At least 8" of snow by me, with more coming down. Temperature is 12F with windchill of -8F.

~~ counts days until spring ~~
Current Mood: coldcold
Current Music: "L'inverno" -- Vivaldi

(Eat a pomegranate)

July 25th, 2013

11:55 am - What a difference a week makes!
It's 30 degrees cooler now than it was last week. Much happier now.
Current Mood: relievedrelieved

(3 seeds eaten | Eat a pomegranate)

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