Our city council just sold us out again, people. Except for Sandy Sheedy and Darrell Fong. Exactly how are they going to replace this money in the general fund? This parking revenue is ours, as a city, in perpetuity. Why are we signing it away? Fuck these clowns. P.S.-that reminds me that I was listening to the New Yorker podcast last night and David Denby called Lars Von Trier a clown. That made me laugh out loud (LOL)
1/3 cup butter, whip it up
beat in an egg and 6 tablespoons tart marmalade (make your own, now's the time)
add a cup to 1 1/2 c of flour and 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
I wouldn't add the whole amount of flour that they say. Closer to a cup than a cup and half would be better. This was about a cup and a third and you can see they are a little doughy. But super tangy!
"Melancholia" = best von Trier movie since "Breaking the Waves"
Denby = clown
I'm not going to argue that it's his best since "breaking the waves" but that doesn't mean it's very good. Yeah, a couple of memorable images and some awkward dialogue and some opera (written by an anti-semite I feel obliged to point out). What else?
I'm still reading Easy Riders, Raging Bulls (I can't decide if I hate Lucas or Coppola more, maybe Coppola for his continuous humiliation of his wife) and look who died yesterday, Bert Schneider, the groovy Jew who invented the Monkees and is all over the book. Known for such things as having a production company where joints were served on silver platters at meetings:
LvT is Jewish right?
Anyway, the vote last night was only to "explore" the possibility of a one-time cash out of parking revenue. My hope is that they do cash out, but spend it on a flagship project other than an arena, something that could feasibly generate more General Fund revenue than the original $9 million parking number ...
what are you basing that hope on? sounds more like a wish or a fantasy. I haven't heard of any other flagship project being discussed. but of course you know way more about it than I do
OK, he's not Jewish but his non-biological father was Jewish. He thought he was until 1989.
I'm not saying he's necessarily and anti-semite, I'm saying Wagner was.
You know why the city isn't using parking revenue to subsidize RT? Because it makes too much fucking sense.
Becks, I thought you would support the Kings now that your Most Hated Player Ever Omri Casspi is gone.
Today I don't hate Sandy Sheedy. Days like this are happening more and more often and it confuses me.
Sandy was fun last night.
And McCarty spoke last night of cashing in on parking revenue but instead using it for another as-yet-undetermined flagship project.
RT is probably out of the question because it would not generate comparable revenue, a la the parking itself, no? A performing arts center, however, is not; this is what Kansas City just did in September, and KC is the new Portland when it comes to Sacto urban planning, yeah? Yeah?
Anyway, Cohn and Schenirer are unknowns, still, even though they voiced favorable sentiment for the arena last night. So that makes five anti or on-the-fence council members when it comes to the arena: D Fong, Sheedy, McCarty the nos, Cohn and Schenirer on the fence.
The four arena sure things are Ashby, R Fong, KJ and Bonnie.
When it comes down to it, I can't imagine a parking-arena deal being sweet enough to justify forgoing the $2 billion in projected revenue over 50 years, so I think the five will inevitably vote against the deal come February.
Interesting Bert Schneider obit by the almost-always-interesting Dennis Perrin:
I caught Melancholia last night, and it didn't do much for me. The performances were fantastic, though.;
I was going to pontificate about LvT, but I took a look at his filmography. I've really only seen a few of his movies. He seems to make movies in cycles (the Wagner in Melancholia, I'm guessing, is partly a self-conscious wink at this style; similarly, naming its heroine Justine seems to be a wink at LvT's "Sadism" towards his female characters -- or am I over-reading?). Can you make a judgement on LvT's work if you haven't watched it in its greater totality?
I did notice that steven shaviro wrote, "But in its own right, Melancholia offers at least one possibility for a new aesthetics of the 21st century." That's a lofty claim, and it makes me want to see Melancholia, even though I'm pretty sure it won't do much for me, either.
Here's the SS link, in case anyone is interested:
I need to watch the one with the castration, Antichrist.
proxy celebrity sighting: Mark S. Allen was at Streets last night drinking a pitcher of Blue Moon with hella oranges on the rim. Streets has Abyss on draught right now, as does Davis Beer Shoppe. DBS also has Sculpin and Temptation.
<<Can you make a judgement on LvT's work if you haven't watched it in its greater totality?
I've seen every LvT film except MELANCHOLIA yet, even his Danish TV series KINGDOM (his best work), and MEDEA, and EPIDEMIC and the early, technical/film school stuff. I was very much enthusiastic for the trilogy of BREAKING/IDIOTS/DANCER, but years later I'm probably more inclined to go back and watch something like ZENTROPA. Not sure what that has to do with your question ...
(BTW I did the unsigned arena comment above, too)
Oh yeah, well I won't go see Melancholia because I don't want to look at Charlotte Gainsbourg's weird mouth. Out-shallow that!
I liked Dancer in the Dark a lot but I can't really say why. I think it helped that I saw it in a theater. Lots of people walked out.
I've never seen more patrons walk out on--or vomit during--a movie than DOTD. We had to reorder that powder stuff that turns barf into gel.
KC is a horrible, horrible example for modern urban planning--it's more like Sacramento circa 1993, with "KC Live" instead of "America Live." Their new performing arts center (which was delayed for years, it was already stalled in 2005 when they filmed "Next American Dream" and it only opened this year) has a seating capacity of around 1600--in other words, smaller than the Community Center theater we built in the 1970s and just finished paying off (astute MM readers will note it's the theater we borrowed money to build instead of buying and fixing up the Alhambra Theater.) And the Community Center theater's renovation was threatened by the arena project already--on Tuesday the Council mentioned an unwillingness to divert funds currently slated to fix it up to the arena project.
I'm curious as to what this alternate project is too. There are other sorts of infrastructure investments that do draw revenue, or are at least a lot more proven to draw investment than arenas (which are more often revenue-neutral at best, more often revenue-negative, these days, like Kansas City's.)
Yeah, but people were puking at Dancer in the Dark because of the hand-held camera, right? Not the subject matter. We got a lot of pukers for Breaking the Waves, too, because of the camera work. But nothing will ever top the puke fest of Blair Witch.
Yeah, it was definitely the camera work. We didn't get Blair Witch; at the time I was bummed.
I hope someone makes another puke fest soon. It should a genre of its own?
"Not sure what that has to do with your question ..." I was just spitballing there anyway. I think what I was trying to say was that LvT's reputation as a asshole precedes him, so it is easy to dismiss him out of hand. The same is true for someone like Woody Allen. But to be fair to them you have to weigh their good with their bad, and I haven't seen enough of LvT's movies to have an opinion. I haven't even seen The Idiots.
"Oh yeah, well I won't go see Melancholia because I don't want to look at Charlotte Gainsbourg's weird mouth. Out-shallow that!"
This is why I keep coming back to heckasac. It's the only Sacto blog with personalities in the threads who are psychologically fascinating. Actually, Jackson G's blog is fascinating, too, but it's so emotionally raw it's hard to read. One day I'm going to write a short story based on the heckasac comment thread. I sort of imagine it as being a cross between Tao Lin and Shirley Jackson's The Lottery.
I believe "Cloverfield" was something of a puke-fest.
I'm very excited about The Abyss. For whatever reason, SoL seems to have a great relationship with Deschutes.
The girl working the other night was giving SUPER small pours of the Abyss. She also asked us "Do you guys, like, follow this beer around? You're not regulars." Luckily a dude showed up to help out behind the bar & he was giving pours twice as big. "Getting the dude" became the challenge of the evening.
I should add, winning this challenge may have resulted in some regret the next morning.
I'm gonna get the fuck outta the dude after work.
pet peeve: the phrase "wounded warriors"
also, I don't know if any UCD students read this blog, but let me tell you, your exorbitant fees and tuition do not go towards any type of building maintenance. I work in a building that leaks after any heavy rain. Onto thousands of dollars worth of scientific equipment. The janitors only empty our trash and clean the bathrooms and do no other cleaning. I just spent an hour cleaning a classroom that I'm going to help teach a class in because no janitors ever enter the room or clean it. It was disgusting! I could have made a wig from all the hair on the floor. There's my gripe for the day.
Please refrain from calling the "janitors". They're wounded warriors.
Please throw all that hair in the garbage before my wife asks you to save it for her. Thanks.
This thread definitely inspired me to make marmalade this weekend. One batch meyer lemon, one batch grapefruit vanilla.
um... about that hair. i want it. seriously.
p.s. pipe down foster. seriously.
It was thick, luxurious, pampered co-ed hair and I threw it away.
I'm 'liking' your comment even though this isn't Facebook.
Do you have any links to marmalade recipes? I have a Meyer lemon tree. I'm always looking for new things to make.
I never realized the puke factor of Dancer in the Dark. That movie made me super depressed rather than ill. I also watched it at home and not in the theater.
I think I'm going to make the marmalade on Sunday, so I'll do a post about it. Do you have a lot of meyer lemons (hint hint)? My neighbor's tree only has about 15. It's a dwarf.
Just like Klinger! LOL.
I've got a nice sized tree. It's taller than me, so that's something. *symbol crack*. I've also got some Persimmons still from the Klinger fruit emporium. You're welcome to come by this weekend and get some lemons! I always have too many. Send me an e-mail!
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