Wednesday, 13 October 2004
more bones: what is the thorax?
Today we are discussing the thorax. Meanwhile, out in a vacant lot in Queens, New York, detectives have been finding bones of mafia dudes. You should know about bones. It's good fun. Here is the thorax:
"The skeleton of the thorax or chest is an osseo-cartilaginous cage, containing and protecting the principal organs of respiration and circulation. It is conical in shape, being narrow above and broad below, flattened from before backward, and longer behind than in front. It is somewhat reniform on transverse section on account of the projection of the vertebral bodies into the cavity."
And a new feature: The New York and London Update:
Today in New York, Lisa is burning discs of Poems from Black Dog Songs. You can still get one for eight bucks.
Today in London, Mina ate a mouse, and someone stole Thomas's bicycle.
Stay tuned for more in-depth reporting on this breaking news.
Tuesday, 12 October 2004
Bone of the Day
Ah fellow blogsters, there's so much to do in life. Over the summer we learned the skull bones and now we have to learn the bones of the upper extremities. Let's start with the clavicle. The clavicle is also known as the Ossa Extremitatis Superioris, the Clavicula, and the Collar Bone. Here is a description from Gray's Anatomy:
"The clavicle forms the anterior portion of the shoulder girdle. It is a long bone, curved somewhat like the italic letter f, and placed nearly horizontally at the upper and anterior part of the thorax, immediately above the first rib. It articulates medially with the manubrium sterni, and laterally with the acromion of the scapula. It presents a double curvature, the convexity being directed forward at the sternal end, and the concavity at the scapular end. Its lateral third is flattened from above downward, while its medial two-thirds is of a rounded or prismatic form."
This is the beginning of our study of the clavicle.
Also, I am looking for a sheep farm. I would like to live on a sheep farm and feed the sheep. I do not know how to shear sheep, but I could learn. If anyone has a sheep farm or knows of one, please contact me at email@example.com. This sheep farm can be on either side of the Atlantic. A sheep farm near San Francisco, New York City, London, or Dublin would be ideal. I plan to live on the sheep farm with three cats and a Burmese prince. We all come with good recommendations and have had our shots.
Coming tomorrow: a very exciting picture of the clavicle.
Monday, 11 October 2004
It's true that I'm back and that Lisablog is up and running. Top Ten Reasons Lisablog was quiet for a week:
1. I had to do the laundry.
2. Grocery shopping took longer than I thought.
3. Spiritual retreat (and enlightenment).
4. Back up of paperwork in my office at an undisclosed location in the hills of Kabul.
5. More fighting in Tora Bora.
6. I was photographing nuclear power plants, Tom Ridge.
7. Decided to read all of the Zohar.
8. Electrical storms in other galaxies shorted out my computer.
9. My soul was lost on the astral plane for six days.
10. Actually I had to teach two classes, feed the cats, meet my boyfriend at the airport, and take a walk in Central Park.
Now, as for business. The people at Lisablog want to assure you that all of your hats continue to be in production and coming along quite nicely. Lisa of Toronto got her hat on Saturday and Mark's matching dogdeer will be ready by the end of the week. Daniel B, your bright guy is ready! Jeff Chester, the field theory is slogging along and will be done by the weekend.
Also, and most importantly, it's time to update your monthly vision statement. The weather is changing and maybe you are feeling that autumn melancholy of shorter days and longer sleeves. But don't forget that you are the One. You are a true Olympian. Here are three suggestions for autumn inspiration, just in case you forgot:
Drink eight glasses of water a day. It's good for you. Distilled water is really good for you because it's clean. Add some lemon. Make it a habit.
Exercise: you need to stretch and run. You are a mammal!
Positive Visualization plan: Tell yourself who you are every morning and every night. You are the one, my friend, you are the One.
Coming tomorrow: Lisa's transatlantic vision statement for the autumn/winter of 2004, a recap of the importance of garlic in your life, and a short introduction to the muscles in the human body (for all of those who would like to massage your loved ones.)
Good night and have a pleasant tomorrow.
Sunday, 10 October 2004
where is lisa?
Bela: today's blog show is being run by us, the best cats in the world.
Harry: There is no horse racing news today.
Bela: On the mouse front, we watched Werner Herzog's Nosferatu last night and there were lots of gray mice.
Harry: and now a preview of the week:
Bela: more on the koran, oedipus rex for dummies, and the glorious hat update.
Harry: where is lisa anyway?
Bela: I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.
Monday, 4 October 2004
Love's Will, and Why They Call Us Infidels
This post is going out to my peeps in Milwaukee.
So check this out. We were reading the Holy Koran tonight in English 64 and everyone is yapping about the cows and the women and the jews and christians and the orphans and my student Fatma says "you dudes don't get this at all." (but she doesn't use the word "dudes".) Fatma is from Palestine. So she says "this shit is for real." (my paraphrase) And then everyone says "for real, how?" And she says to all the infidels, "Dig-- you have no idea what this says in Arabic. It is for real." And I say "Can you read it for us in Arabic?" Which she does. And everyone stops and says "Wow" in a collective rush of awe. And she says "Arabic is way hipper than English. When a man says 'I love you' in Arabic, you know if he's telling the truth or not" and then everyone is like "say 'I love you', say it!"
Before I sign off to swoon, here is my Cool list of stuff Dante would buy at the grocery store in preparation for a visit from Beatrice if she happened to be flying into JFK late on a Tuesday night:
components of an excellent thai bouillbaise:
fresh stalks of lemongrass
fresh ginger root
[a little bit of fish sauce fills out the complexity of the flavors, trust Dante!]
other miscellaneous items:
a tin of McCann's finest oatmeal
Sunday, 3 October 2004
Hippos, hats and harmony
Greetings Blog Machines, here is the news. Correspondent Paul McC was at Belmont Park yesterday and he swears Funny Cide is as bright and shiny as ever. I had a trifecta box on that race: Funny Cide, Newfoundland, and The Cliff?s Edge. How much money would I have made if I had actually gone down to OTB and placed the bet? $356. Newfoundland is still my favorite horse this season. Go Newfy go! Pico Central and Voodoo were hot yesterday too. And if you lost money at the race track this weekend, don?t sweat it. A bad day at the race track is still better than a good day anywhere else.
And now: the Optimistic Hat Production Update: A Season in Hats:
Daniel?s bright guy Oct 7th
Lisa and Mark?s dogdeers Oct 7th
Jeff Chester?s Field Theory Oct 7th
Russ?s two crazy kid caps Oct 14th
One special secret agent hat Oct 20th
Joe?s chupacabra two Oct 24th
Janet?s field theory hat Oct 31st
Laynie?s Rose Colored hat Nov 7th
Jake?s Chupacabra Nov 15th
Peter O?s sherpa cap Nov 22nd
Kaia?s Walla Walla Wear Dec 1st
Stacy?s Dog Dear mubarak Dec. 7th
Jennifer T?s field theory hat Dec. 15th
Devin?s Dog Deer Xmas
Kelly?s pink and green hats Xmas
Juliana?s pick of the month Jan 1st
Chris B?s Seafood Deluxe Jan 1st
Sophie?s light blue snowflake Jan 2nd
Lizzie?s Sheepinator Jan 7th
Jeff Chang?s Another basic hipster Jan 14th
Angelo?s spider man hat Jan 21st
And last but not least, mind the gap. That?s right dear Lisablog readers. You may notice a slight gap in programming this week. Why? Like Dante in La Vita Nuova, I have to go on another one of those secret agent missions. I could tell you about it, but then I?d have to kill you, and that would be unpleasant for all of us.
Here are some wise words from that great Italian bardster to keep you occupied while I am away:
?It was but a short time before I became so weak and so frail that many of my friends were concerned about my appearance; while others, full of malicious curiosity, were striving to learn about me that which above all I wished to keep secret. Then I, becoming aware of the maliciousness of their questions, by Love?s will, which commanded me according to the counsel of reason, would answer by saying that it was Love that had governed me so. I said that it was Love because on my face so many of his signs were clearly marked that they were impossible to conceal. And when people would ask, ?For whom has Love so undone you?? I, smiling, would look at them and say nothing of my friend across the Atlantic due to arrive at JFK at 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday night.?
Saturday, 2 October 2004
Community Service Update
Go to Guatemala and help people My friend Giselle works for this organization. Check it out.
Onward to the Hippodrome!
O there are some beautiful races at Belmont Park today. The weather report: it looks like rain, but the track is fast and the turf is yielding.
Here are my hot tips:
Race Seven: 1 1/4 miles on the turf. It?s a grade one. Of course you might want to bet on Film Maker, just for her name, but I?m betting a box on Humaita and Moscow Burning. And Riskaverse? Maybe.
Race Eight: 6 furlongs on the dirt. It?s another grade one. Speightstown and Pico Central are going to be neck and neck. You better believe it.
Race Nine: 1 1/2 miles on the turf. Grade One. That?s a long ass race. Who can pull it off? Maybe one of those European horses like Maktub or Magistretti. But I have to be loyal to my Eastern European ancestors: bet on Polish Summer as a long shot.
Race Ten: 1 1/4 miles on the dirt. Grade One. What a race. What a super line up of horses. Imagine putting Bob Creeley and Michael Ondaatje and John Ashbery out on the track. That?s the kind of race this is. Newfoundland is my favorite, but there?s all kind of star power here: the Cliff?s Edge, Evening Attire, Bowman?s Band, and Funny Cide. It?s a cool day, which bodes well for asthmatic Funny Cide, but you know that The Cliff?s Edge and Evening Attire are rough and tough.
And here?s a close up of the tenth race:
The Cliff?s Edge is the one horse and is three years old and was born in April and is trained by Nicky Zito and Gary Stevens the movie star is riding on him. The Cliff?s Edge simply loves big ass races. He runs in grade one and grade two races all the time. He?s a true Olympian, like a horse out of a Pindar ode. He?s come in second place in his last three races and tends to be a closer. So what?s up with him? Can he win? Maybe. 4/1.
Love of Money is the two horse and is the grandson of Mr. Prospector, just like the Cliff?s Edge and he race his first graded race in September and came in first and beat Pollards Vision. The problem with Love of Money is that he?s inexperienced. The tricky thing about Love of Money is that he?s a Dutrow horse, and you know that Mr. Dutrow is a razor sharp trainer. 7/1.
Domestic Dispute is a four year old son of Unbridled?s Song and grandson of Unbridled. He?s a world traveler and has even been to Saudi Arabia. But he?s never run at Belmont before and he?s got a mediocre trainer named Patrick Gallagher. 12/1.
Evening Attire is number 4 and he makes horses quake with fear. He is 6 years old and is grey. He won his last race at a mile and a quarter at Saratoga in August and beat Funny Cide and Bowmans Band. But is he past his prime? Probably. 9/2.
Bowman?s Band is the five horse and he is six years old. He is trained by Allen Jerkens. He likes to run a solid third. He would be a good team player, but as an individual in a field of individuals, he is only slightly above average. Don?t get me wrong, he?s a nice horsie and he could win this race but I don?t think he will. 8/1.
Newfoundland. Go Newfoundland. Why did Newfoundland flounder in his last two races? I simply don?t know, but he seems to be tired. He is however a Todd Pletcher horse, and that means something. And he has good blood? he is the son of Storm Cat and the grandson of Storm Bird, and the grandson of Deputy Minister on his mother?s side. He?s a tough one to figure to win today, even though I am loyal to him because I won money on him in July. Poor Newfoundland. 7/1.
Funny Cide is the seven horse and is everybody?s best friend. He is the grandson of Forty Niner and the grandson of Slewacide. He runs and he runs and he runs and sometimes he wins and sometimes he doesn?t. He likes to come in second place in this crowd of horses, so it?s tough to bet on him to win. 6/1.
Lisa?s Picks: Try to beat The Cliff?s Edge, but you?re going to have a hard time doing that.
Friday, 1 October 2004
The following is a paid advertisement
Hey, my friend Jenn made this excellent movie and she is simply the best young filmmaker in the universe. Stan Brakhage thought that she was the greatest. Dig it.
Also, believe it or not, I'm in this movie. I play a crazy person who is a writer. It was one of the most challenging roles of my acting career.
Jennifer Reeves' The Time We Killed (2004, 94 min, B&W)
*The director will be present for Q & A at these screenings...
Vancouver International Film Festival:
*October 1, 2004, 7:00 pm (Friday)
*October 3, 2004, 3:00 pm (Sunday)
Chicago International Film Festival:
*October 15, 2004, 6:45 pm (Friday)
*October 16, 2004, 5:00 pm (Saturday)
October 17, 2004, 8:30 pm (Sunday)
Landmark Century Theatre
2828 North Clark Street
London International Film Festival:
*October 22, 2004, 20:45 (Friday)
October 25, 2004, 14:00 (Monday)
National Film Theatre, Screen Three (NFT3)
National Film Theatre
Upper Ground, South Bank
*November 10, 2004, 6:30 pm
Jackman Hall, 317 Dundas St. West, Toronto
The film is also showing soon at:
Seoul Film Festival
Milwaukee Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
THE TIME WE KILLED
A Sparky Pictures Inc. Production. Produced by Jennifer T. Reeves and Randy Sterns. Written, directed, and edited by Jennifer Todd Reeves. Camera (B&W, 16mm, DVCAM-to-16mm) Jennifer Todd Reeves. Music by Marc Ribot, Elliott Sharp, Zeena Parkins, Pitt Reeves, Eyvind Kang. Running Time 94 MIN. With: Lisa Jarnot, Valeska Peschke, Rainer Dragon, Susan Arthur, Jennifer Reeves.
Berlin International Film Festival: FIPRESCI
Award in the Forum section
Tribeca Film Festival: Best NY, NY Narrative Feature
OUTFEST, Los Angeles: Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award
"In this film, an agoraphobic writer retreats into the presumed safety of her New York City apartment, only to be confronted with psychic travails triggered by overheard conversations about suicide in a neighboring apartment, televised images of the American invasion of Iraq, memories of September 11, and thoughts and dreams of childhood experiences, travel adventures, and former lovers. The confinement of the protagonist's apartment world is visually expressed through crisp black-and-white digital video cinematography. These present-moment scenes are interlaced throughout the film with more lyrical passages, which represent the flights of fancy of the protagonist's internal, subjective world. Such moments are visually expressed by the filmmaker in more abstract fashion, through the use of dazzling images photographed on 16mm black-and-white motion picture film. The panoply of landmark experimental techniques, such as grainy and overexposed shots (all photographed and optically manipulated by Reeves' own hands), imbue this film with a rich and varied texture. A brilliant feature debut".
--JON GARTENBERG, Film programmer, Tribeca Film Festival.
A full-length interview with Reeves about The Time We Killed (by Brent Kite), appears in the Fall 2004 Cinema Scope issue.
Thursday, 30 September 2004
Harry and Bela?s Expert Political Analysis of the First Presidential Debate
Harry: That guy has bad hair.
Bela: I agree with you Harry. He has very bad hair.
Harry: Is he for the war or against the war?
Bela: He?s for sending more troops because help is on the way but he also says it?s a war we can?t win that has nothing to do with the war on terror and we shouldn?t be there.
Harry: What?s a Tora Bora?
Bela: I don?t know.
Harry: Do you think the Tora Bora is edible?
Bela: I don?t know.
Harry: Let?s go look out the window. I think the neighbors are hanging up some laundry.
Bela: We haven't finished our expert political analysis yet.
Harry: Okay. I'm endorsing the Tora Bora.
Bela: Me too.
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