Last night, we concluded the Herzog binge with the very excellent The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974), which immediately lodged Suzanne Vega's "Wooden Horse (Caspar Hauser's Song)" in my head, where it's still on repeat this morning despite the fact that I have the iPod blaring in my ears. I have always loved that supremely creepy song. After the movie, I played an hour or more of Final Fantasy X-2. I've reached the farplane (and would someone please find a Paine LJ icon for me, please?).
It's not too late to bid on the limited edition hardback of Revelations which Christa's put on eBay. All proceeds from the auction go to Poppy. Please bid. I've decided that when Christa's auction finishes, I'll be offering one of my copies of the lettered, traycased edition of Wrong Things to the same end. All proceeds from that auction will go directly to Poppy.
We've got Hideous Construction Noise across the street. It started day before yesterday — painters using some sort of sander thingy the strip paint. Of course, before that, we had the noise of a an old stone wall being razed so a new stone wall could be built, from the same frelling house.
Got any lingering doubts that the Bush Family is racist, classist, insensitive, and utterly frelling clueless? While touring the Astrodome on Monday, former first lady Barbara Bush said, "And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this — this is working very well for them." Yes, she really did. She said that.
One of my favorite places in New Orleans was the Aquarium of the Americas, and I was heartbroken to read that many of the creatures, especially fish, housed at the Aquarium have died as a result of the disaster. The AotA's Gulf Coast exhibit was one of the most stunning things I've ever seen in any aquarium — swarms of fish, sharks, and sea turtles around the mock pilings of an offshore oil rig. It was amazing. The good news is that many of the animals have survived, including sea otters, penguins, leafy and weedy sea dragons, birds (macaws and raptors), a huge 200-lb. sea turtle, and the white alligator.