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I.

I wonder if anyone besides me self-censored their entry for this article for fear of who might read it. Ha ha, no, just kidding, my numerous ex-girlfriends! I love you all.

II.

A movie that is 24 minutes long is called a "short". A TV show that is 24 minutes long is more or less exactly the right length, given the standards of current network television. A song that is 24 minutes long would be considered intolerably lengthy by most peoples' standards. But what about fucking that is 24 minutes long?

III.

I am totally fascinated by non-verbal communications cues, like rubbing your chin as a sign of contemplation, or tilting your head back and looking at the ceiling when you're trying to remember something. But by far my favorite are ones that evolved out of stagecraft and are still used even though they have no sensible referent anymore, like throwing your hat down to express anger or frustration, or describing abstract figures in the dust with the toe of your shoe to indicate sheepishness. Awesome.

THE END.

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ludickid
Mar. 20th, 2009 01:12 pm (UTC)
1(a). I have never seen anyone make those gestures in 'real' life without it containing some sort of non-'real' referent, but then, I grew up in the Age of Irony.

2(a). I have not see that show. However, I was pleasantly surprised at "Better Off Ted".
bing_crosby
Mar. 20th, 2009 01:23 pm (UTC)
I think I myself have thrown down my hat in frustration with no sense of irony or stage-reference (like even alone) -- frustration for me often results in putting my hand on my forehead, and from there it's kind of satisfying to take off my hat, if I happen to be wearing one.

btw everyone totally censored themselves on that songs thing-- otherwise they would all be exes and not friends who died.
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roseyv
Mar. 20th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
I was just saying to someone the other day, how the mark of a great actor, in my opinion, is the degree to which he can do that sort of thing and actually pull it off.

I remember watching the 67-hour Nicholas Nickelby on PBS many years ago, and being astonished that, at a moment of great onstage pique, Roger Rees was actually able to bite his knuckles and avert his gaze in agony ... and I totally bought it.
erindubitably
Mar. 20th, 2009 01:09 pm (UTC)
I had two coworkers that were dedicated to bringing back 'nonchalant whistling' as an actual thing people do when they're being nonchalant, as opposed to being really suspicious.

Edited at 2009-03-20 01:10 pm (UTC)
ludickid
Mar. 20th, 2009 01:14 pm (UTC)
That must be delightful yet annoying.

Also THAT ICON, HOLY WOW.

Hey, I might be going to Dublin sometime this year, how far are you from that? Another island's worth, I guess, but is it a day trip?
erindubitably
Mar. 20th, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
It's about an hour plus each way, travel time-wise. No idea what the price would be like, but if you like I could look stuff up/recommend airlines. It would be awesome if you could make it over here for a day!
lester22
Mar. 20th, 2009 02:02 pm (UTC)
For what it's worth, I definitely have a habit of stroking my beard/goatee/bare chin when I'm thinking. Occasionally I will tap the end of my nose with a finger when I'm deep in thought. This may have been intentional in my younger days, but it has moved to the subconscious part of my mind.

Also, what about rending of garments and gnashing of teeth? Those evolved out of the Bible (a great truth-teller if ever there was one) and I have NEVER seen anyone get so upset that they utterly destroy everything they're wearing. And I don't think that grinding one's teeth at someone else is an effective substitute for, say, a prominently displayed middle finger.
picodulce
Mar. 20th, 2009 02:03 pm (UTC)
I don't think 24 minute fucking, dependent on the person, situation, and time, is necessarily too long. And if you're prince, it's the only way to get 23 positions in a one-night stand, though he probably knocked it out a few times if there was a real situation that inspired "Gett Off."

and as for III, I'm looking at the ceiling to try and remember if I do any of those. Or I'm looking for my memory. I dunno.
archaica
Mar. 20th, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
24 minutes isn't too long, assuming there's some variety in there.
picodulce
Mar. 20th, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
you mean with the music, right?
archaica
Mar. 20th, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
Heh, well, I do like Pink Floyd's "Echoes" ... but, no, I meant with the rumpy-pumpy.
calamityjon
Mar. 20th, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, you mean a dance number.
archaica
Mar. 20th, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
I do call it "The Lindy Hop" once in a while...
roseyv
Mar. 20th, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
Hmm
That "Music We Can't Listen To Anymore" link must be some pretty potent stuff, if the way it keeps crashing my browser is any indication.
zulkey
Mar. 20th, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
I got called an "idiot" for my contribution
ludickid
Mar. 20th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
I know! Harsh. You should get some moron friend of yours from Texas to punch that guy.
zulkey
Mar. 20th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
I actually thought about calling you in as a reinforcement last year when somebody was really acting the fool (long story) but fortunately it didn't come near that. but it was just nice to think that you (and my brother) exist
editrix26
Mar. 22nd, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
Keith definitely self-censored on it.
destro_simpson
Mar. 21st, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)
2. In my house, that's called a triple play. (i've got bargey kids.)
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