March 31st, 2008

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Movie: Horton Hears A Who

This is the third Doctor Seuss movie, and the first one that hasn't sucked.

Parts of it could (and probably should) have been cut. The bad anime fantasy sequence in the middle, and the "I Can't Fight This Feeling" song number at the end, were both embarrassingly seat-squirmingly wrong, and should be excised and those plot points made differently.

People looking for contemporary religious themes will find them, esp with the Mayor being ridiculed for his belief in a giant invisible elephant in the sky and how their safe and stable world was hovering on the edge of doom, and with Horton being ridiculed for believing in the existence of beings who could not be seen, touched, or heard. But that breaks down, in that Horton is not exactly an omnipotent god, but more like a vast lovecraftian being, and the Who's are hardly matterless spirits.

Come to think of it, the universe of this story is pretty explicitly Lovecraftian. There is no apparently kindly God, just a mind bendingly vast universe, full of beings of such different scales and powers, that one's best chance for survival is to luck into being someplace where you don't get accidentally stepped on, and an entire world can be obliterated without warning or fairness, based on the gust of a breeze somewhere else.


I liked it. Kids will like it, for the same reason that adults and kids have liked the source book for decades.
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An odd experience at Sakura-con

This past Saturday, I went to Sakura-con.

I was dressed up a bit, in pressed black slacks, a black tailored dress shirt with a mandarin collar, a long black cloak hanging from my shoulders, a black walking stick, and with a small set of costume horns poking out of my temples.

Several people in the dealers area and artists galley referred to me as "The Boss" and offered me small presents. As in telling each other "Look, it's the Boss. Quick, give him a donut."

To which anime or manga were they referring?
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This weekend, the whirlwind edition

Friday evening, I headed over to Bellevue, and had dinner with David Recordon, Chris Messina, Brian Dorsey, and John Conbere. Thankfully, the snowfall had stopped by then. We all then came back to Seattle to play boardgames at the AlohaHaus. I got to teach ChrisM and DavidR how to play Blockus Trigon. ChrisM got very good at it very fast, scoring perfectly on his 2nd and 3rd games. We also taught him Set.

Saturday, I picked up amythis and we went to Sakura-con. I would say that the median age of attendee there was 18, which was an odd experience. Dinner was at Cyberdogs, which is normally really good, but the hippychick running the counter kept forgetting everyone's order, and misprogramming the microwave.

Sunday we went to Seattle VegFest, and ate a very odd vegetarian meal, half a bite at a time. Most of it was passable, some of it was decent, and some of it was utterly vile. (Avoid the hemp "milk".) Vegan cheese has worked its way up to "ok to cook with, but dont eat it cold", instead of just being utterly vile.

That evening, we went to see "Horton Hears A Who". I posted my review earlier, but forgot to mention the Mayor's one son. A goth Who. Very odd, very cute.