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Four Classic Films for Amicable Aliens

TCM’s twitter asked this afternoon “Hi @Maureen_McD! Were amicable aliens to land on the planet, what four classic films would you show them first?

I thought “ooh, good question!” and promptly tried to come up with an answer. Here are my four:

  1. 1920’s Mark of Zorro with Douglas Fairbanks
  2. Gold Diggers of 1933 (which I keep calling “Broadway Melody 1934” because the two series are so similar, and I get confused - I mean the one with “We’re In the Money” and Ginger Rogers, ofc.)
  3. Alice Adams
  4. Meet Me in St. Louis

The criteria are that the person watching the films has never seen any before, so has no frame of reference. Also, they are unfamiliar with most or all context. So I chose 4 films that fit well together, telling a story you could say, but are also unique.

The Mark of Zorro is a just-plain-fun film with an emphasis on physical acting. It’s goofy and silly, and it’s an adventure story and a romance. I think it is a wonderful picture and can’t believe that I never saw it before this year.

Gold Diggers of 1933 is a Busby Berkeley musical, but an earlier one that doesn’t go to quite the stretches of fantasy dance sequences. It’s also a little bit goofy and silly, but in a different way than Mark of Zorro. It’s also interesting for the way it rebels against the Hays Production Code, which was only barely enacted when it was made.

Alice Adams is a drama from the late 30s, but it’s accessible and light compared to others (at least in my experience! I’ve never been able to sit through Grand Hotel). But like Mark of Zorro, it has an emphasis on physical acting rather than showiness. I mean, you know that scene with the violets at the party? Katharine Hepburn does it so good. Anyway, Alice Adams also provides a more realistic film than the previous two, while still calling back to them.

Finally, Meet Me in St. Louis is another musical, but in a completely different way than Gold Diggers of 1933. Like Alice Adams, it is a realistic film rather than playing with fantasy, and its musical numbers are fully part of the story rather than the story being an excuse for the musical numbers, as in Busby Berkeley pictures. It reminds me of Mark of Zorro with its pacing and “fun” feeling, but it’s still grounded in drama. Family drama, but still.

At first, I wasn’t sure about Alice Adams’s spot on the list, but as I thought further, I think it really does balance the other three really well. I considered including something by Hitchcock - Shadow of a Doubt, maybe - or a noir like Key Largo, or even a comedy - but I feel like it’s too hard to pick out a “beginner” suspense or comedy that is accessible to someone new to films and also can feel like “ah, I get it” right away.

If this list were for 5 or 6 or 10 pictures instead of 4, I think it would be very different. I’d probably still include Mark of Zorro, because I think it’s a near-perfect film, but my thoughts on what to focus on for the others might look more towards more genres or something. As it is, I chose 4 films with different story-telling and film styles that represent different parts of American history and context (though, weirdly, I keep thinking of Meet Me in St. Louis as about the 1940s, because it’s so thoroughly of that decade, even though it’s about the 1910s!).

These aren’t my favorite pictures ever. I mean, except for Mark of Zorro. But as much as I adore We’re Rich Again or Double Wedding or Theodora Goes Wild or even Shadow of a Doubt and Key Largo, I don’t think they’re suitable for newbies. The screwballs especially, even the Bs, aren’t to everyone’s taste, and it took me a while of watching old films to appreciate them. There’s a certain knowledge or familiarity that’s assumed with the context and also story-telling elements. I still can’t watch some pictures because I’m not good enough at understanding the story-telling tricks to fully appreciate them. (I think this might be part of the reason why I tend to adore the b-movies and feel bored by the prestige ones. also, i love love love the absurd, and farces are my favorite kind of story)

Anyway, what do you think of my list? Would you change anything? What would yours be?

So @kindervenom tagged me and I fucking love handwriting memes (I was so excited when I got a Graphire 3 tablet back in the day, and then a scanner, so I could share them on Livejournal), and I worked really hard in high school to get my handwriting legible and consistent.

Sorry for the shitty photo quality, but it is night time and the lighting is poor. That ink is really lovely, though. Who on Tumblr made me decide to try it? I forget, it’s been several months.
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    1. name
    2. url
    3. blog title
    4. crush
    5. favorite color
    6. ALL CAPS
    7. favorite band
    8. favorite number
    9. favorite drink
    10. tag ten people_

So @kindervenom tagged me and I fucking love handwriting memes (I was so excited when I got a Graphire 3 tablet back in the day, and then a scanner, so I could share them on Livejournal), and I worked really hard in high school to get my handwriting legible and consistent.

Sorry for the shitty photo quality, but it is night time and the lighting is poor. That ink is really lovely, though. Who on Tumblr made me decide to try it? I forget, it’s been several months. _ 1. name 2. url 3. blog title 4. crush 5. favorite color 6. ALL CAPS 7. favorite band 8. favorite number 9. favorite drink 10. tag ten people_

beatonna:

addendum to previous post

this drawing gives me so much joy i can’t even

beatonna:

addendum to previous post

this drawing gives me so much joy i can’t even

penguinsandpaper:

nooknerd:

This week’s inked fountain pens and inks.

Someone loves their Safaris!

Oh man Flamingo Pink and Eau de Nil!

Two of my favorite inks that I don’t keep in regular rotation. It looks like I need to try China Blue and Prussian Blue from this photo, too. They’re lovely! (Maybe Prussian is a slightly bluer Twilight?)

Also, check out that great set of Safari colors. It looks like a popsicle. :D

eastwesteverywhere:

Making the best out of #studying #filtered #Sailor #fountainpen

Love this photo!The purple pen is so pretty here, too :)

eastwesteverywhere:

Making the best out of #studying #filtered #Sailor #fountainpen

Love this photo!

The purple pen is so pretty here, too :)

So annoying!

This is my Waterman Philéas fountain pen, about 10 years old, give or take. It’s used that ink converter to the left all that time, and it’s been a good ink converter.

And then today, I went to clean it and change the ink, and I noticed that some had got behind the plunger, but I couldn’t disassemble the converter to fully clean it, the way I can with my Monteverde or Platinum converters.

Well, that’s why I had extra of the little clear Monteverde ones - they’re easy to clean and use and are relatively inexpensive.

But, no, of course. It’s like 2mm too long to fit the Philéas’s barrel, because of a brass ring towards the end to give it weight (since it’s a plastic pen pretending otherwise).

So annoying!

This is my Waterman Philéas fountain pen, about 10 years old, give or take. It’s used that ink converter to the left all that time, and it’s been a good ink converter.

And then today, I went to clean it and change the ink, and I noticed that some had got behind the plunger, but I couldn’t disassemble the converter to fully clean it, the way I can with my Monteverde or Platinum converters.

Well, that’s why I had extra of the little clear Monteverde ones - they’re easy to clean and use and are relatively inexpensive.

But, no, of course. It’s like 2mm too long to fit the Philéas’s barrel, because of a brass ring towards the end to give it weight (since it’s a plastic pen pretending otherwise).

Full 2015-Edition Cover Lineup Preview Now Online

hobonichilove:

The full lineup is now available online! (Viewing only.) The site is currently only in Japanese but this will all be in English once the store goes live on August 31st, 7 PM PST.

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Direct link to Onett cover

Direct link to full lineup

Guide to lineup:

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BONUS: This is the Mr. Saturn pencilboard that comes with every MOTHER 2 cover. Now you can see Mr. Saturn’s font in Japanese!:

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I still can’t get over how cool that MOTHER 2 cover is!

I’m also really into these:





(Cousin-size only, alas)


Most likely I’ll get a new techo for 2015 and keep using my navy blue one from this year. Or maybe get one of these two?

Those are both much more affordable for my limited budget, and the colors are so pretty!

ponyo-and-sosuke:

Any of you guys into fountain pens? Need some recs.

What kind of recommendations are you looking for?

There’s so many options to get started!
- Price range
- Nib style
- Pen material/color/other aesthetics
- Pen size/design
- How the ink is stored (removable or inherent, if removable, then “international” standard or does it matter?)
- Vintage/antique or new
- Source/retail outlet options

This is a general post, as well as a specific response to ponyo-and-sosuke, since I don’t know anything about their inquiry except what was posted to the “fountain pens” tag.

A really good way to start looking for your first pen is to decide what’s important to you in the writing tools/art tools you already use, or what you want to get out of a pen, as well as important qualities - do you only want to shop at a local business, or is international okay? do you want something easy to maintain or customise, or what about replacements if it breaks or gets lost?

Of course, browsing the fountain pen and fountain pens tags on Tumblr or looking at well-known blogs and online shops is also good for ideas. I wouldn’t have thought to look at eBay except for Tumblr, and blogs like Ink Nouveau or Pen Paper Ink Letter or FPGeeks (amongst many others!) are great for getting an idea of what’s out there.

eclectech:

Lovely experience with Peyton Street Pens! My new Ranga Bamboo is beautiful, and she included an adorable ballpoint pen as a bonus - it has a tiny teapot on top! :>

Oh, how cute is this ballpoint?Polka dots and red and a teapot on top. (if only it were a fountain pen, it would be my new grail)

eclectech:

Lovely experience with Peyton Street Pens! My new Ranga Bamboo is beautiful, and she included an adorable ballpoint pen as a bonus - it has a tiny teapot on top! :>

Oh, how cute is this ballpoint?

Polka dots and red and a teapot on top. (if only it were a fountain pen, it would be my new grail)

New 2015 Cover Lineup Sneak Peek

hobonichilove:

SPOILER ALERT: It’s a good year for the Hobonichi Techo.

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See more sneak-peek covers here.

Full lineup reveal scheduled for Thursday evening in North America.

omgggggg

this one preview is to die. how awesome is that cover design? I can’t wait until Sept. 1!!!

thatwriterchickyouknow:

Reading the Jacky Faber series

Me: Jacky.
Me: Jacky no.
Me: Jacky stop.
Me : Jacky don’t.
Me: JACKY THAT IS NOT YOUR FIANCE.

lololololol

how many times have i talked about Jacky Faber and how this is basically MY EXACT RESPONSE and also it’s my favorite part about it.

(not that I mind the fiancé bit - I loathe Jaimy in the last few books)

stellastrasi:

Sometimes I have to wonder why ARIA’s ost isn’t more popular. Tracks like this one are so beautiful that they bring tears to my eyes at times and yet barely anyone outside of ARIA fans have listened to the marvelous work Choro Club and other artists did in this series.

This one is particularly…I’m not sure of the word. Not haunting, but maybe haunting? Especially the early part before the vocalization. But even then.

It makes me think of nostalgia and hot cocoa and saying “see you later” to my best friend at the end of the day.

But, really, what stellastrasi said!

My dinner tonight was very simple, but very delicious. I kind of want to share it with all my friends!

The sandwich is just grilled ham and cheese. I like swiss and black forest ham (NOT honey ham or sugar-cured ham). I put a very little bit of honey mustard on (a little goes a LONG way), but I prefer dijon mustard, except we’re out of it tonight. Another good ingredient is thinly sliced or diced apples that have been sauteed a bit. The best bread for this is fresh baked whole wheat bread, imo, because of the texture and flavor, but I went with what I had on hand.

The asparagus is just wrapped in a paper towel after rinsing and then stuck in the microwave for about a minute to steam. These stalks are kind of skinny (asparagus is out of season in the northern hemisphere), so anything more than a minute would overcook. I add a very light dusting of salt, then eat it like it’s a bunch of french fries. My favorite way to eat asparagus!

Dessert is cantaloupe chunks, but I think peach slices would also do well.

I’ve been craving grilled cheese & asparagus all week, and it was so satisfying. It was also very quick to make with simple clean-up. A+ Recommendation.

My dinner tonight was very simple, but very delicious. I kind of want to share it with all my friends!

The sandwich is just grilled ham and cheese. I like swiss and black forest ham (NOT honey ham or sugar-cured ham). I put a very little bit of honey mustard on (a little goes a LONG way), but I prefer dijon mustard, except we’re out of it tonight. Another good ingredient is thinly sliced or diced apples that have been sauteed a bit. The best bread for this is fresh baked whole wheat bread, imo, because of the texture and flavor, but I went with what I had on hand.

The asparagus is just wrapped in a paper towel after rinsing and then stuck in the microwave for about a minute to steam. These stalks are kind of skinny (asparagus is out of season in the northern hemisphere), so anything more than a minute would overcook. I add a very light dusting of salt, then eat it like it’s a bunch of french fries. My favorite way to eat asparagus!

Dessert is cantaloupe chunks, but I think peach slices would also do well.

I’ve been craving grilled cheese & asparagus all week, and it was so satisfying. It was also very quick to make with simple clean-up. A+ Recommendation.

From “Double Wedding”

This was the most amazing scene. And, honestly, the plot has many similarities to the Hepburn-Grant comedy “Holiday” from the year after, but “Double Wedding” is so much better, if only because of the chaos-disguised-as-wedding-scene towards the end.

Also, I am mad for William Powell playing goofy guys like this hipster artist who lives in a trailer in the alley next to his favorite pub.

(Source: gingerrogerss)

imger asked:

Hello there! I don't know if you remember, but a while ago you reblogged a post and added links to ASMR channels. Before this, I didn't even know what ASMR was but now I listen to Heather Feather almost every day and it really helps with my anxiety! So i just wanted to say thanks ( ^∇^)

sexuallyfrustratedshark:

keristars:

sexuallyfrustratedshark:

OH! I’m so glad at least one person got into it from what I’ve posted! ;v;

Heather is great! I usually listen to her or GentleWhispering every night, and it’s helped so much with my insomnia. I used to lay in bed awake for like 3 hours every night. Now I’m out in a half hour or less.

But yeah, if any of you out there have anxiety or insomnia give ASMR a shot! All you need are some headphones. :) And if you don’t know where to start, message me and I can send you some of my favorites.

O M G

I just looked up ASMR and it is literally the worst thing ever how can you people stand it

(jk jk jk jk)

But the descriptions of what ASMR-enjoying people like suddenly made me relive those noises and set off my misophonia so bad I felt super ill and like I needed to go away from my laptop screen.


Aren’t involuntary sensory reactions fascinating?? What some people adore hearing makes me physically ill and/or impotent with rage.

It’s so weird to realize that other people LIKE and SEEK OUT those noises. But they do! Even if I don’t understand it, I kind of love that there’s such variety in people.

(but please don’t ask me to sit at a formal meal with you unless i get to wear headphones and it is a noisyish environment)

It’s kind of common sense that it you have misophonia you’re not gonna like it

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I know that now :D

I literally had no idea what ASMR was when I googled it last night. And my NOPE response to it whereas the search results were like “this is awesome!” made me really appreciate how weird our brains can be, and the differences. :)

I only learned the word misophonia a few months ago. I’d always thought it was my Sensory Integration issues/ASD, but apparently not!