something i cherish that was a gift from one of ya'll, so i'm not going to say what it was and risk your everlasting disappointment in me for being such a doofus as to leave it at the Leonard Nimoy panel.
anyways, i just called the convention center's lost and found, and THEY HAVE IT!!!
some random person was nice enough to find it and NOT keep it, despite its effing coolness and amount of charisma points it gives to its bearer...
i love you, you honest nerd, whoever you are!!
my sister got this forwarded to her, and she read it aloud to me and my family, thereby making us nearly wet ourselves with laughter:
The Dog's Diary
8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 pm - Milk bones! My favorite thing!
1:00 pm - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00 pm - Dinner! My favorite thing!
7:00 pm - Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!
The Cat's Diary
Day 983 of My Captivity
My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.
The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet. Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates my capabilities. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a "good little hunter" I am. Bastards!
There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of "allergies." I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage.
Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow, but at the top of the stairs.I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released, and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously an idiot. The bird must be an informant. I observe him communicate with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now ...
the tour started out in a beautiful mirrored room with three giant screens playing loops of clips from silent films. the third screen ended up featuring the scene in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari where Cesare opens his eyes for the first time. what a spectacle it was, to see his face, all black and white and huge, mirrored into infinity. i stood and watched the loop 3 or 4 times through, then a large group of loud french-speaking people came through and ruined my reverie. ah well.
a little way further on, there was a giant section dedicated to the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, including a huge model of the glass building their soundstage was in (to take advantage of sunlight), containing a few model sets and model offices. one of the offices had actors' headshots on the walls, one of which was CV, looking like it was cut straight out of one of the vintage postcards i have at home :-)
still further on, i came across the first of the many gems i was to find there - a multi-paged, hand-written letter from CV to FW Murnau ni 1920. i recognized the handwriting immediately as being his, before i even read the note pinned next to it telling what it was. his is old-fashioned German handwriting, and i could only make out about 25% of it, but it still made me tear up a bit. i wonder if i could get my hands on a reproduction..? ;-)
a bit more wandering, many, many still photos from various films of his later (each one making my heart skip a beat), and right before the unnecessarily huge (imho) section dedicated to Marlene Dietrich, came not one but four more CV gems.
the first was a short newsreel loop playing over and over, of German actors at home in L.A., featuring him playing ping pong and laughing with someone.
the second was a photo of him with his second wife on the boat from Germany to the USA.
the third was a photo of him and his wife and daughter, in their Hollywood home.
the fourth was yet another letter, though this one was type-written. yippee, i could read it!!
he spoke to a friend in Berlin about the film he'd just completed and how much money he thought it would make, about how commercial and "American" he thought Hollywood was, about how he was preparing for his next film, The Man Who Laughs (!!), and about how great and artistic film it would be. he closed by saying he missed Berlin a lot, would like to hear something back soon from his friend, and that, oh, ya, his wife and daughter were doing okay, too ;-)
there wasn't much after that, just an excerpt from Casablanca playing over and over (the scene where he, as Major Strasser, is leading the Nazis in singing, and it gets drowned out by everyone else singing the French National Anthem). ah well, he died in 1943: what else could there be about him?
in any case, i need to go back with a better camera, and spend a whole day there!!!!
today, i engaged in a skosh more fangirl-indulgence, and made my Prenz'l Berg Rammstein rounds.
they're still there.
also, i apparently have Willy Wonka's chocolate factory being hidden by the FBI's witness relocation program in the building behind mine, though it calls itself the Backfabrik now as a disguise:
this was still being worked on when i was here last time, and did not look NEARLY as scrumdiddlyumptious!
also also, the ex- "Marxist Central" house, Torstr. 1, two minutes from this flat, is finally being rebuilt into something useful.
it's been a department store, a center of an East German government party, a backdrop for at least one music video
and is now being renovated by a british company to become what looks to be a RAD "Club House", with bars, a library, business offices, a hostel, and a rooftop swimming pool lounge area....
crap. now i REALLY have to move back here ;-)
also, i need to go and get more beer.
Samuel Vimes to Inigo Skimmer before a trip from Ankh-Morpork to Überwald, in The Fifth Elephant.
Obviously, Sir Terry has been on at least one roadtrip with a woman ;-)
- 17:44 Is unhappy about having to wake up at 5.30 tomorrow for a Port shoot. yes, i am spoiled, living 7 minutes away from my job. #
- 21:16 Downloaded 10 Legend of Zelda soundtracks... i'll be in my bunk ;-) #
- 06:16 Ugh. the sun isnt even up yet and i'm outside :-P #
- 07:05 Tried to take pics of frozen sparkly vampire traffic cones, but my cameraphone just couldn't pick up the subtleties ;-) #
- 09:40 Watching URGH! A Music War. best concert film EVER even w/out Nomi. Oingo Boingo ftw! #
- 09:56 @batakbeatrix his lusciousness of face and brain cannot be denied! #
- 10:32 has Tea. Earl Grey. Hot. but alas no @wilw mug :-( #
- 10:38 @ArmyOfMeat NERD! (haha, me too!) #
- 10:41 the speaker here keeps saying "career pathways" as "c'reer pathways" so of course i keep hearing "queer pathways". #
- 11:48 @wilw thanks, now i can't stop saying "Day-tuh Lure. Day-tuh Lure." #
- 11:49 @batakbeatrix making ringtones from Zelda music and sounds :-D #
- 11:50 @batakbeatrix hehe! any requests? #
- 18:33 Anyone else's coat create static that runs up their headphone wire and shocks their ears? youch! #
- 12:32 @ArmyOfMeat o_O i OFTEN lament the lack of actual Jello pudding pops in stores nowadays! the marbled look, the lovely thin layer of ice... #
- 12:56 @ArmyOfMeat i haven't seen them up here for more than a decade, but they might still have them otherwhere in the country..? #
- 13:40 @batakbeatrix HOMG!!! want!!!!! #