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I think I was actually a little disappointed to awake and discover it looks like we're still stuck with the 2.9% of the earth's human population (200 million/3.9 billion) that Harold Camping promised we'd be rid of come 6 p.m. local time (which it is now long past in much of the world, ergo...). I am left with a question for Camping, though. Given that his heavenly abduction would have begun in the Pacific and rolled westward as the planet revolved, doesn't that mean that people in, say, California would have had an awfully unfair advantage over people in, say, New Zealand? I mean, in terms of last minute repenting and whatnot, which surely would have followed from the news reports. Then again, the number of Rapture tickets was awfully small, and I'm guessing they were all printed in advance. So, never mind.

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I did sleep last night, more than eight hours, thanks to the Good Worker Bee pill.

I was going to post museum photos today, but I found I wasn't in the mood to bother with resizing them. Photoshop pisses me off.

Not much to say for yesterday. Work, whatever that was. And we went out to Acme Video to get movies for Kid Night. The day was green and mostly sunny...and cold. We have a month until Solstice, and sure it's green out there, but it's still chilly. I'm beginning to despair of seeing any warmth this year.

Last light, we watched the two sequels to Robert Rodriguez' Dusk Till Dawn (1996). I have to admit to having been underwhelmed by the original film. It's sort of grown on me over the years, but I've always felt Rodriquez missed the chance to make a really good movie, and we were left with a so-so "it could have been worse" sort of movie. Well, Dusk Till Dawn: Texas Blood Money (dir. Scott Spiegel; 1999) is that movie that could have been, and was, worse. A bad, bad, needs to be put over someone's knee and beaten sort of a movie. Not just bad, but dull. I nodded off three times. Fortunately, From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter (dir. P.J. Pesce; also 1999, so I assume the films were shot back to back) is much, much better. As in, I enjoyed it quite a bit. Michael Parks was great as Ambrose Bierce. So, after a crappy first feature, Kid Night rallied with a fun second feature and all was not lost.

Very good rp in Rift last night.

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Oh, I just remembered. Yesterday, I got the editorial letter for The Drowning Girl: A Memoir from my editor at Penguin. Only, it wasn't actually an editorial letter, not in the usual sense. My editor suggested only a single very minor change to ms. page 431 (out of 488 pages). I was kind of blown away. The good kind of blown away. My editor said incredibly nice things about the book (which I may quote, if she gives me permission). And that was that. Which saves me a week or so of revision work. I have a tiny number of additions I'd like to make to the book, and then it will be well and truly done.

And now...

Date: 2011-05-21 06:11 pm (UTC)
sovay: (Morell: quizzical)
From: [personal profile] sovay
My editor suggested only a single very minor change to ms. page 431 (out of 488 pages).

Never mind, maybe the world is ending.

Congratulations!

Date: 2011-05-21 06:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Never mind, maybe the world is ending.

*snerk*

Date: 2011-05-21 07:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readingthedark.livejournal.com
only a single very minor change

There are certain words that I do not take lightly. This is sexy. (And I am delighted for you and even proud of you.)

Date: 2011-05-21 08:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readingthedark.livejournal.com
Turning in a manuscript that daring yet so clean that they know better than to touch it is undeniably sexy.

Date: 2011-05-21 08:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Then I rock. Where's my Danielewski blurb!

Date: 2011-05-21 08:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readingthedark.livejournal.com
It turns out he has never blurbed anyone ever, though I guess one could argue that the insert card in some editions of HoL that mentioned his sister's album would be the one exception.

Date: 2011-05-21 09:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I'm thinking I won't be the exception.

Date: 2011-05-21 08:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] corucia.livejournal.com
Photoshop pisses me off.

When it's only a resizing job, I've been using Apple's Preview program that's built-in to the current versions of the OS. Under the Tools menu there are options for some of the basic tweaking that photos require before posting. Much faster and leaner than Photoshop...

Date: 2011-05-21 08:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

When it's only a resizing job, I've been using Apple's Preview program that's built-in to the current versions of the OS. Under the Tools menu there are options for some of the basic tweaking that photos require before posting. Much faster and leaner than Photoshop...

I seem incapable of using anything but Photoshop.

Date: 2011-05-22 04:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kathryn-aka-kat.livejournal.com
Ah, okay. My recommendation would have been Irfanview. It's a freeware/careware program that does little else than manipulate images in size, format, and color balance. But even on further thought, I'm not sure it runs on a Mac.

Date: 2011-05-21 09:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joshrupp.livejournal.com
I was wondering if after the Rapture, all the agnostics would have their clothes teleported off.

Date: 2011-05-21 09:40 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-05-21 10:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lois2037.livejournal.com
No, apparently no rapture. Or if it happened, it didn't show up on any special reports on the news... Too bad. I was quite looking forward to Post Rapture Looting.

From Dusk Til Dawn was a total disappointment, but the very last shot, when we see just how long this has been going on, that's genius! I often tune in to the last 3 minutes, just for that shot. The third movie really was good. But I long for a prequel.

Date: 2011-05-21 10:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

The third movie really was good. But I long for a prequel.

The third movie was a prequel.

Date: 2011-05-22 02:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lois2037.livejournal.com
I mean the prequel that would take us back to the beginning. A good, old fashioned mesoamerican horror tale. There aren't a whole lot of those, I think.

Date: 2011-05-22 02:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I mean the prequel that would take us back to the beginning. A good, old fashioned mesoamerican horror tale.

Oh. But I think it would still beg the question.

Anyway, I think that's a bit above the direct-to-DVD mentality.

Date: 2011-05-22 04:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lois2037.livejournal.com
You're right, it still begs the question.

And, sadly, it is above direct-to-DVD mentality. And probably below feature presentation status.

Date: 2011-05-22 12:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kendare-blake.livejournal.com
Holy cannoli, that is the best editorial letter!

Also, your comments about museum changes; how depressingly accurate. I worry about technological "advancements" and the way they only seem to make us bigger and bigger assholes.

Can't wait for these projects you're working on. They sound gnarly.

Date: 2011-05-22 02:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Holy cannoli, that is the best editorial letter!

Just about.

I worry about technological "advancements" and the way they only seem to make us bigger and bigger assholes.

Pretty much.

Date: 2011-05-22 01:26 am (UTC)
mithriltabby: Rotating angelic and demonic versions of Happy Bunny. (Evil)
From: [personal profile] mithriltabby
Also surprising that he thought it would start at the human-legislated International Date Line; if I were bilking the masses with that schtick, I would assert that God’s Prime Meridian runs through Jerusalem.

It does give us Californians an unfair advantage. After all, the optimal strategy is to have fun sinning as long as possible and then get baptised just before the Rapture...

Date: 2011-05-22 02:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Also surprising that he thought it would start at the human-legislated International Date Line; if I were bilking the masses with that schtick, I would assert that God’s Prime Meridian runs through Jerusalem.

This has been pointed out.

After all, the optimal strategy is to have fun sinning as long as possible and then get baptised just before the Rapture...

Yep.

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