Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Best-Laid Plans Of Mice Mostly Cheese-Related

This is a reprinted from The Onion. Just thought it was funny enough to warrant a minute of CTRL-C + CTRL-V...

November 23, 2005 | Issue 41•47

ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Animal-intelligence researchers at Sandia National Labs have found that the best-laid plans of common laboratory mice are overwhelmingly directed toward the acquisition of cheese. "Whatever rudimentary planning skills mice possess are devoted primarily to finding cheese, and these plans are manifest in dodging predators, chewing through things, and, in specialized cases, running mazes," researcher Jack Stein said.

"By contrast, the best-laid plans of men are more long-term, with the acquisition of cheese comprising one subcategory of endeavor." Stein added that both types of plans tend oft to go awry.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Metropolitan Finally Released on DVD

Finally, a mere 16 years after first seeing a promotional flyer for the movie at the Penn State Student Union on a lonely freshman Sunday night, Metropolitan has been rescued from the film legend scrapheap, and is available on DVD - complete with Scene Access (Yes!), French subtitles (c'est la merde!), rare outakes, etcetera. And, its a Criterion DVD no less. But $40 for a DVD? Apparently its the UHB edition... Fourierists like myself will need to take public transportation and check it out of the library.

Jane Clark: Why should we believe you over Rick? We know you're a hypocrite. We know your "Polly Perkins" story was a fabrication...
Nick Smith: A composite.
Jane Clark: Whatever. And, that you're completely impossible and out of control, with some sort of drug problem and a fixation on what you consider Rick Von Sloneker's wickedness. You're a snob, a sexist, totally obnoxious, and tiresome. And lately, you've gotten just weird. Why should we believe anything you say?
Nick Smith: I'm not tiresome.

What ever happened to Whit Stillman, who directed Metropolitan before creating Barcelona and then The Last Days of Disco? Apparently he's been living in Paris...