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The weather is cooler. The temperature plummeted in the night. It's only 72F Outside. Unfortunately, the heat did not take this sour mood with it.

This morning there was a dream that seemed to require days to unfold. But there's not much of it I can recall. I was in a city, a European city. I'm pretty sure it was a German city during WWII. I was in a ghetto, and everything was bombed out or rotting. There were trains belching steam and overcast grey skies and furtive, angry people. I was trying to find someone who did not want to be found, and every time I got anywhere near her, she ran again. I climbed a tall flight of wooden stairs, trying to reach a door, but the planks were rotten and kept breaking away beneath my feet.

All of yesterday was spent getting Sirenia Digest #55 assembled and PDFed and out to subscribers. I think it's an especially good issue. I was particularly pleased with Vince's illustration for "Tidal Forces." Please comment if you have any thoughts on the issue. A good chunk of yesterday was spent writing the issue's prolegomenon. They are angry words I couldn't find the means to hold in any longer.

Today, I absolutely have to get to work on the edits to "The Maltese Unicorn."

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I'm not getting much reading done. I did make it through a couple of articles in the new JVP: "Articulated skeletons of the aetosaur Typothorax coccinarum Cope (Archosauria, Stagonolepididae) from the Upper Triassic Bull Canyon Formation (Revueltian: early-mid Nornian), eastern New Mexico, USA" and "The first record of the large Cretaceous lamniform shark, Cardabiodon ricki, from North America and a new empirical test for its presumed antitropical distribution."

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Over breakfast this morning, I was bemoaning, silently and to myself, the present 3-D craze and the damage it's doing to film. Yesterday, I saw the trailer to the final two Harry Potter films, and, on the one hand, it looks gorgeous, but on the other, the movie is constantly hurling things at the audience, in a contrived attempt to take advantage of the cheap "wow factor" of 3-D, thereby blowing what could be fine cinematography. I started thinking how great films of the seventies might have been ruined by 3-D. Imagine the original Star Wars saddled with the gimmick, or Ridley Scott's Alien. I stopped at Apocalypse Now: 3-D, because my brain would not let me go any farther. I kept seeing the scene where the PBR and it's crew are being fired upon by Montagnard villagers, and the audience is treated to arrows flying STRAIGHT AT THE SCREEN. Gimmicks do not make good movies. Good movie making does, and 3-D is anathema to good movie making.

Okay...whatever. Time to work.

Date: 2010-06-30 05:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jdack.livejournal.com
I'm also looking forward to the hopefully near end to the 3D craze.

I remember when "Jaws 3D" came out, and thinking I can't imagine how a film could be more perfect than the original Jaws and being baffled as to why they'd try this gimmicky crap.

Date: 2010-06-30 05:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I remember when "Jaws 3D" came out, and thinking I can't imagine how a film could be more perfect than the original Jaws and being baffled as to why they'd try this gimmicky crap.

3-D can ruin a good film, but it can't save a bad film. Well, except by luring gimmick-happy people to theaters.

Date: 2010-06-30 06:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] txtriffidranch.livejournal.com
The last time around, back in 1983, that's all it was. That whole horrible summer was loaded with really bad 3-D movies, and the real irony was that these films promptly went to cable without the only reason why anyone would be dumb enough to watch them. (I was finishing up my junior year in high school when Return of the Jedi was released, and I remember the yammering about how George Lucas was considering releasing it in 3-D. Considering the dog turd we all got, bad 3-D might have been an improvement.)

If you want to have fun, and if you feel like burning $10, you might want to track down the Fall 1983 issue of Cinefantastique. That issue went through a very thorough assessment of the whole 3-D fad at the time, and asked a question that's just as pertinent today: once you've got past the "comin' at ya!" stunts, what does the movie have left?

(By the way, completely unrelated, I'm getting items around for Readercon, and wanted to know if either of you needed anything uniquely Texan while I'm hauling stuff up your way. You could use a horsecrippler cactus (http://txtriffidranch.livejournal.com/508354.html), Echinocactus texensis, couldn't you?)

Date: 2010-06-30 07:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

(By the way, completely unrelated, I'm getting items around for Readercon, and wanted to know if either of you needed anything uniquely Texan while I'm hauling stuff up your way. You could use a horsecrippler cactus, Echinocactus texensis, couldn't you?)

I'd love one! Thank you.

Date: 2010-07-01 02:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] txtriffidranch.livejournal.com
You've got it. You and Ellen Datlow will get siblings.

Date: 2010-06-30 05:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] martianmooncrab.livejournal.com
My dyslexia doesnt tolerate 3-D movies, so I avoid them at all costs. The vertigo triggers other unpleasant events.

Date: 2010-06-30 05:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

First I've heard of dyslexia posing difficulties for 3-D.

Date: 2010-06-30 09:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] valdary.livejournal.com
One form of dyslexia is caused by different colours of light not being focused to the same focal point so that when you read the letters seem to move around on the page because you can only focus on one wavelength at a time. People with this type of dyslexia can be helped by reading though a tinted gel of the right colour to correct their focusing defect. The colour depth thing can make their depth perception uncomfortable when they try to focus, I'd not thought about 3d but it makes sense it would be difficult for them. An ex colleage of mine can only read on a computer screen with a filter or with a pink gel, if she looks down at a page with print on it makes her throw up after a few minutes.

Digest

Date: 2010-06-30 05:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jadakath.livejournal.com
SD looks awesome! I can't wait to read all weekend.

Re: Digest

Date: 2010-06-30 05:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

SD looks awesome!

Thank.

Date: 2010-06-30 05:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tim-pratt.livejournal.com
I didn't think the World Fantasy Award nominations were ready yet -- today is the deadline for sending in nominations, as far as I know. I haven't seen the list anywhere, and nominees aren't usually announced until early August... Do you know something I don't?

The Red Tree certainly deserves a nomination. I'm reading Ammonite Violin now to review in Locus, and it's wonderful as well.

Date: 2010-06-30 05:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Tim, I am a moron. What I saw was actually Sean Wallace's picks for WFA nominations. I misread. So, no. The nominations haven't been announced. I've deleted that paragraph from the entry. Thanks for catching it before I made an even greater fool of myself.

Glad you're enjoying The Ammonite Violin & Others.

Date: 2010-06-30 05:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] andrian6.livejournal.com
As with many things in film, only Pixar has managed to use 3D properly. Up<>/i> contained no gimicks, no airplanes zooming right into your face. No, they used 3D to enhance the textures and colors, to bring vibrancy to the images.

At no point did it dominate or overwhelm the true draw of the film: a damn fine story and deeply wrought characters.

Date: 2010-06-30 05:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

As with many things in film, only Pixar has managed to use 3D properly. Up contained no gimmicks, no airplanes zooming right into your face. No, they used 3D to enhance the textures and colors, to bring vibrancy to the images.

Unfortunately, after the first fifteen minutes, Up isn't a very good movie.

Date: 2010-06-30 06:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amethyst-clan.livejournal.com
I totally, totally agree with you about the freaking craze for 3-D. -sighs- I can't wait until it dies out.

Date: 2010-06-30 07:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] robyn-ma.livejournal.com
The Avon this weekend offers you a choice between the new Tilda and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo starring your doppelganger.

Date: 2010-06-30 08:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] robyn-ma.livejournal.com
By the by, has anyone yet brought your attention to the rave review of The Ammonite Violin in Booklist? (If this has been mentioned in an entry I missed, feel free to sneer and fling fish scales at me.)

Date: 2010-06-30 08:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

By the by, has anyone yet brought your attention to the rave review of The Ammonite Violin in Booklist?

Yes, I even posted it in the blog. But thanks.

Date: 2010-06-30 08:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] robyn-ma.livejournal.com
Gah. At least I wasn't like 'Hey, guess what? There's a review in Booklist! I bet I'm totally the first with this news!'

Crap. Is it getting-drunk time yet?

Date: 2010-06-30 08:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] robyn-ma.livejournal.com
I see a definite resemblance, at least when she's in character as Lisbeth Salander. Others' mileage may vary. If you receive this as not a compliment, feel free to fling fish scales, etc.

Date: 2010-06-30 08:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

If you receive this as not a compliment, feel free to fling fish scales, etc.

No, I definitely take it as a compliment. Just never thought of it. But then these things always catch me off guard, like when Frank Woodward said I reminded him of Cate Blanchett.

Date: 2010-06-30 07:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seph-ski.livejournal.com
I really enjoyed the 3D version of Coraline because it made a completely fictional world seem more real. I could almost suspend belief and feel as if I'd fallen down the rabbit hole. I haven't really seen it used as well in any other film though. Movie makers do seem to go way overboard with the gimmicky aspects of it.

Date: 2010-06-30 07:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I could almost suspend belief and feel as if I'd fallen down the rabbit hole.

That's something any good film ought to be able to do without 3-D. If disbelief cannot be suspended, the filmmaker has failed.

Date: 2010-06-30 08:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seph-ski.livejournal.com
I definitely agree. I just rarely find myself feeling submersed in animated movies. Engrossed, sure, but not usually like I've caught a peek into a different reality. Though, to be fair, I might get the same feeling from exquisite animation, but I doubt there's a budget for that anywhere, most unfortunately.

Date: 2010-06-30 07:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gargirl.livejournal.com
I agree about 3D ruining films. Sometimes it's ok and even pretty cool. I liked the 3D in "How to Train Your Dragon" because it was a little subtle and well done. I hate 3D used as a gimmick like in that awful Brendan Frasier "Journey to the Center of the Earth." Not that the film was ruined by the 3D, it was awful long before they tacked that onto it. Oops, babbling, but yeah, I agree, the upcoming Harry Potter movies are not likely to be improved by adding a gimmick, far from it.

3d exception

Date: 2010-06-30 07:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sillylilly-bird.livejournal.com
I thought that the 3D was very well handled in Coraline and the only "coming straight at me!" was in the opening credits I think. The 3D really made me FEEL the urgency of the escape back through the door. This is the only 3D movie I've been to (apart from a deep sea special) and agree that gimmicky stuff is worthless.

Re: 3d exception

Date: 2010-06-30 07:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I thought that the 3D was very well handled in Coraline and the only "coming straight at me!" was in the opening credits I think.

I think my problems with the Coraline film stem more from the changes that were made to the story.

Re: 3d exception

Date: 2010-06-30 07:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sillylilly-bird.livejournal.com
I can see that. I made a point of not re-reading it right before I saw the movie to help avoid/minimize such happenings. I do remember one change and commenting to my friend that it must have been done to provide an explicator for non-Gaiman-readers.

Re: 3d exception

Date: 2010-06-30 08:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I can see that. I made a point of not re-reading it right before I saw the movie to help avoid/minimize such happenings. I do remember one change and commenting to my friend that it must have been done to provide an explicator for non-Gaiman-readers.

The film robs the title character of much of her self-reliance and power.

Date: 2010-06-30 07:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alvyarin.livejournal.com
I just finished "Tidal Forces". Incredible. I wish I had words. This is now my favorite story of yours. I love them when they are particularly Lovecraftian. For some reason, it also reminded me of The Fountain. Beautiful. Thank you.

Harlan Ellison's comment is absolutely *perfect*. It hits on how I am feeling about this world and the people I have to share it with so completely. Another thank you.

Date: 2010-06-30 07:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

This is now my favorite story of yours. I love them when they are particularly Lovecraftian. For some reason, it also reminded me of The Fountain.

Wow. Thank you. And the comparison with The Fountain, which i loved, makes me smile.

Date: 2010-06-30 09:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dragau.livejournal.com
I remember when Warren comics (Vampirella particularly) would publish stories like "Tidal Forces", and as a kid, I did not really understand them. While reading your story today, I remembered that bewilderment and that odd tickle it gave me, except that today I understand.

Kip Thorne and Hustler in the same paragraph, that was a stunner, and a detail I very much enjoyed. Also, the cards device was fun, especially your switching between the tarot and regular pips.

Date: 2010-06-30 11:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com


Kip Thorne and Hustler in the same paragraph, that was a stunner, and a detail I very much enjoyed.


Cool.

Date: 2010-06-30 10:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jack-ryder.livejournal.com
I loved Tidal Forces. What a truly amazing story and so unfortunately relevant.

Haven't seen any of the recent 3d films in 3d yet - I still remember the 3d craze from the 80s (including Parasite - Demi Moore's first film) and am reluctant to expose myself to such cinematic migraines again.

Date: 2010-06-30 11:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I loved Tidal Forces. What a truly amazing story and so unfortunately relevant.

It fell into the "I really don't want to write about this anymore, but I'm an ass if I don't" category.

Date: 2010-07-01 01:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ellen-datlow.livejournal.com
Just wondering how that pesky unicorn was coming along :-)

Date: 2010-07-01 02:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Just wondering how that pesky unicorn was coming along :-)

Just one more day.

Date: 2010-07-01 04:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ellen-datlow.livejournal.com
okeydoke :-)

Date: 2010-07-01 08:07 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sovay
A good chunk of yesterday was spent writing the issue's prolegomenon. They are angry words I couldn't find the means to hold in any longer.

That doesn't make them less true. And I do not think you hurt the theme by returning to it; "Tidal Forces" is a powerful story and it is not the same as the other two.

Date: 2010-07-01 03:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

That doesn't make them less true. And I do not think you hurt the theme by returning to it; "Tidal Forces" is a powerful story and it is not the same as the other two.

It's a relief to hear this.

Date: 2010-07-01 03:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fusijui.livejournal.com
Given what you've said recently about Avatar and about 3D here, how do you feel about Avatar's 3Dness?

Date: 2010-07-01 03:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Given what you've said recently about Avatar and about 3D here, how do you feel about Avatar's 3Dness?

I didn't see Avatar in 3-D. I found a theater that was showing it in 2-D. I can't see 3-D, because I'm blind in my left eye and have no depth perception (which means regular movies and the real world have exactly as much depth for me). Watching it on DVD, I paid close attention, watching for "gimmick" shot. There are virtually none. Cameron was smart and subtle about his use of 3-D. I'd have rather he hadn't done it, but it seems like he at least was careful with it. Indeed, from what I understand, we virtually invented his own 3-D process for the film.

Date: 2010-07-01 07:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fusijui.livejournal.com
Ah, cool! I was really wondering how those two preferences were reconciled :) I couldn't get much out of old-style 3D because it was all color-based, so Avatar was the first 3D film that actually functioned well as 3D for me.

Didn't know about your left eye before; I'm sorry to hear it.

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