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Corny lyrics but the music/message is nice—Steve from Blue’s Clues and Steven Drozd of the Flaming Lips.

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Well someone partied hard at school.

Well someone partied hard at school.

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Octo-copter for studying bird flock murmurations (not my lab).

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Music I listen to when I write #2

Today it was Beck’s new album “Morning Phase.” At the first listen last week, I thought it was a little derivative of “Sea Change,” but after a while, now that I’m familiar with it, it has its own distinct sound. And the whole thing is very good, all the way through, no dud tracks.

I usually don’t like vocals in music I write with but his were unobtrusive and I can concentrate very well.

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Clouds Taste Metallic

Clouds Taste Metallic

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Music I listen to when I write #1

I almost always listen to music when I write, but it could make good working music for any task since it’s almost always instrumental. So I might as well link what I listen to when I write here, for my own reference and for yours. A lot of times I listen to the same album over and over until I hate it, then rotate.

Today I listened to Makeup And Vanity Set’s 88:88. It’s synth-y and cool and it’s good for the “suspense thriller” part of a story I’m working on. I hate the inserted dialogue in soundtracks (I always do—why do they do that?), but they’re only like 30 seconds long, total, over the whole album. The short movie it’s based on is worth looking up.

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Movies, 2013

Whew! I really blasted the last few in at the end, but this year I almost matched last year’s number—42 movies, to last year’s 44. I treated the Christmas week like my own personal film festival, minus the partying, except when I partied.

Anyway, as I do every year, here are my (brief) thoughts about all of them. I remark if I put any spoilers into the opinions right next to the title.

To make the ratings a little clearer: I’d recommend seeing anything considered “Solid” or above. Watch the others at your own risk.

Here’s what I saw, ranked for when you want to find it after the “read more” link:

Didn’t Like:

Gangster Squad

Man of Steel

White House Down

 

Liked A Little:

Spring Breakers

Pain & Gain

Now You See Me

After Earth

The Way Way Back

The Wolverine

Only God Forgives

Europa Report

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Frozen

 

Solid:

Side Effects

The Place Beyond the Pines

Oblivion

Iron Man 3

Star Trek Into Darkness

Monsters University

The Conjuring

World War Z

Pacific Rim

The World’s End

Mud

Elysium

Don Jon

Prince Avalanche

Captain Phillips

Ender’s Game

The Counselor

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Out of the Furnace

 

Very Solid:

Upstream Color

Frances Ha

This Is The End

Drinking Buddies

Prisoners

The Hobbit

Inside Llewyn Davis

The Wolf of Wall Street

American Hustle

 

Favorite:

Gravity


 

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MANLY THINGS

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Potential band/book name/title: Strawbridge and Closure

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My brother and sister-in-law’s tree is 9’10”.

My brother and sister-in-law’s tree is 9’10”.

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They removed the original picture with the article! Oh well—this was it.

Thanks to my friend Kuhn, who still had it up on his computer and could get it and send it to me.

They removed the original picture with the article! Oh well—this was it.

Thanks to my friend Kuhn, who still had it up on his computer and could get it and send it to me.

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In my quote I became the like-o-saurus, as my undergrad literature professor would say.