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  • 0028: Part 2 - L. Bangs' Great Lyric Challenge   14 years 13 weeks ago

    Definitely a harder set of remaining quotes than the first list. Only one I've got is #12.

    Tokyo Storm Warning; Elvis Costello.

  • 0014: Akira Kurosawa's Five Best Films   14 years 13 weeks ago

    Yes you are missing a lot if you haven't seen Ikiru yet - a great humanist tale that Kurosawa revisited with his last movie (the one about the retiring teacher). Also, though they wouldn't make the top five, Stray Dog, High & Low, and even
    Red Beard (!) are key films to me. The latter is a quirky selection, its production was a disaster of indecision that led to Mifune's break with Kurosawa and the latter's subsequent suicide attempt! Oh and what about Dersu Uzala....

  • Some Classical essentials and what to know about them.   14 years 13 weeks ago

    I had just expected that anyone who knows anything about classical music would chime in and ask where Tchaikovsky, Schumann, Copeland, Handel, Vivaldi, etc. are in this list. I just wanted to give a pre-emptive answer as to why I chose the ones I did. I actually didn't expect a whole lot of response to this list, I just wanted to put my music studies to some use, and exercise my memory a little.

    As to the motif/motive thing - according to my Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music, either is correct. In my six years of (post-secondary) music study (almost 20 yrs total), I always heard it as a motive, unless you're talking about Wagner's lietmotifs.

    I have seen your lists on MIDI music, and have every intention of going through them at some point in the near future (when I have time to actually sit down and listen to them). Thank you for the tip - I really appreciate that there's someone out there with an appreciation for this stuff.

  • Movies that made me Cry (a lot)   14 years 14 weeks ago

    "THE Man in the Moon" and "Man in the Moon" are very different movies :P Sorry, I'm a nitpicker!

  • 0007. L. Bangs' Great Lyric Challenge   14 years 14 weeks ago

    I do not say this very often, but I am about as impressed as I ever get right now. Correct on all, and a personal congratulations on a sterling job!

    Shalom, y'all!

    L. Bangs

  • 0028: Part 2 - L. Bangs' Great Lyric Challenge   14 years 14 weeks ago

    The title is in the quote! Great song, great job.

    Shalom, y'all!

    L. Bangs

  • 0028: Part 2 - L. Bangs' Great Lyric Challenge   14 years 14 weeks ago

    Yes. Great job!

    Shalom, y'all!

    L. Bangs

  • 0028: Part 2 - L. Bangs' Great Lyric Challenge   14 years 14 weeks ago

    Well, you can give me the money, I'll dish the fame off to someone else. Perhaps a figurehead to be assassinated! [Stop me before I start making sense]

  • 0007. L. Bangs' Great Lyric Challenge   14 years 14 weeks ago

    Nothin' but olives. Mountain of olives. It was a good ten days--I like olives. [!] I love it!

  • 0007. L. Bangs' Great Lyric Challenge   14 years 14 weeks ago

    Emerson, Lake, and PALMER :)

  • Sorry about my conspicuous (at least to Bertie :-)   14 years 14 weeks ago

    Ah! good to hear from you. We were starting to worry, weren't we guys? (Is that the chirping of crickets I can hear?)

    Well, as long as it's only a change of jobs and nothing serious :-D

  • 0007. L. Bangs' Great Lyric Challenge   14 years 14 weeks ago

    Thanks!

    I'm clueless on the rest of these, though.

    #48 sounds familiar, but I can't place it.

    I'm new to this. What do the (G:) and (S:) designators stand for when LBangs notates the answers?

    MarkW

  • Some Classical essentials and what to know about them.   14 years 14 weeks ago

    I don't know how much controversy you're expecting, but my experience has been that classical or 'serious' music lists don't attract much attention around here. But I'm one Listologist who appreciates what you're trying to do here.

    Do I have any quibbles? Well, I always thought the term was 'motif' rather than 'motive'.

    Looking forward to your Beethoven list, and to the continuation of this one.

    If your computer has a sound card you'll probably know that much classical music is available free as MIDI files (works best for keyboard music). If by chance you haven't experienced MIDI music yet, try the links at my music lists - some of them still work, I think.

  • difficult to watch but must-see movies   14 years 14 weeks ago

    How about "Revenge". Kevin Costner in his earlier years stars in this film about the love for another friends wife. Great acting with twists and suspense. It is actually a great movie in contrast to "The Postman" and others that just plain sucked.

  • difficult to watch but must-see movies   14 years 14 weeks ago

    Check out "Swept in from the Sea". Incredable movie, but will break your heart.

  • 0007. L. Bangs' Great Lyric Challenge   14 years 14 weeks ago

    Totally cool lyric choices from some of my favorite albums and artists. Let's see if I can fill in some of the blanks.

    #2 is Lipstick Vogue by Elvis Costello from This Year's Model.

    #5 is Jerusalem by Dan Bern. (Kudos to a curious coworker for knowing this one).

    #23 is Sign O' The Times by Prince from Sign O' The Times.

    #25 is Higher Than the Sun by Primal Scream from Screamadelica.

    #31 is I'd Like That by XTC from Apple Venus (v1).

    #34 is John the Baptist by the Afghan Whigs from 1965.

    #35 is Burning of the Midnight Lamp by Hendrix from Electric Ladyland.

    #36 is Astral Weeks by Van Morrison from Astral Weeks.

    #39 is Weather With You by Crowded House from Woodface.

    #42 is I'm Gonna Set My Foot Down by Buddy Holly. Not a clue what album it's from. (God bless my annoying college roommate for quoting this line all of the time).

    #47 is Fool's Gold by The Stone Roses from Turns into Stone. (Brain bleeding after remembering this one).

    That is all. I need to rest for the next week to recover.

  • neat books i've finished in the last few months...   14 years 14 weeks ago

    I have to go look in the book-- I have no recollection of this, but I read the book a long time ago-- and its not really something I want to read twice.

  • 0028: Part 2 - L. Bangs' Great Lyric Challenge   14 years 14 weeks ago

    Oh, don't worry about me... I'm not in this for the money and fame :)

  • 0028: Part 2 - L. Bangs' Great Lyric Challenge   14 years 14 weeks ago

    #13 Who could forget... I'm a Boy by the Who.

  • 0028: Part 2 - L. Bangs' Great Lyric Challenge   14 years 14 weeks ago

    #3 is from Bennie and the Jets by Elton John/Bernie Taupin

  • Science And Philosophy   14 years 14 weeks ago

    Yeah, and here's something on The Rule of Three in Comedy. But I don't see how it fits my favorite short joke, which goes:

    A horse walked into a bar. The barman said, "Why the long face?"

    Wait a minutute, that breaks up into three phrases, doesn't it!

  • Read Before 2001   14 years 14 weeks ago

    make that 59.

  • Read Before 2001   14 years 14 weeks ago

    oops.. feeling like an idiot here :)

    I've read a couple of other PKD books, Androids is probably more accessible than a lot of his works, which are more of a personal psychological profile in some senses than novels.

  • Read Before 2001   14 years 14 weeks ago

    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is the book the movie Bladerunner is based on. I'd say it's better than the movie. (though it's been awhile since I've read it)

  • Read Before 2001   14 years 14 weeks ago

    Both are good books. If I had to choose between the two I'd pick Stranger in a Strange Land. I've only read 2 of PKD's books so I don't know how "Android" compares to his others. Robert Heinlein is one of my very favorite authors and that is probably the first book I read of his. To be cliche...a classic of the genre! ;-)