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"To be an actor, you have to be a child."

Jesus fuck. Paul Newman is dead. One of my very favorite actors ever. Ever. There's no point in me even trying to list His Films I Loved the Most. But he made it to 83, and left something behind to show for it. You can't ask much more than that. Well, you can ask, but there's not much point.


Paul Newman (1925-2008)


Yesterday, 1,537 words on "Untitled 33" (for Sirenia Digest #34). I like where this one's headed. I've already incorporated a great deal of Ovid's Metamorphoses —— the story of Salmacis and Hermaphroditus from the fourth book. And reading Swinburne, in particular "Sapphics," "Anactoria," and "Hermaphroditus." Note that this month's digest will also include a "sneak peak" at The Red Tree, maybe as much as an entire chapter. Oh, and my thanks to asakiyume for pointing me to the underwater sculpture of Jason de Caires Taylor, which should certainly strike a chord with Sirenia readers.

Spooky has begun a new round of eBay auctions, so please do have a look.

It's still rainy here today, and likely to remain rainy for a while yet, I think. But the rain it has a friendly sound...

As for World of Warcraft, last night, after five nights of level crunching, I regained Lvl 19 with my night-elf fighter Mithwen. It only took me 1 day, 9 hours, 21 minutes, and 57 seconds. Now, I'm going to step back from the game a bit, allow myself only a couple of hours a night. I think I'm about to move on from Darnassus and Darkshore to Ashenvale in the south. Oh, but Spooky's worse than me. She just created a Draenai character, a mage named Kuutamo (which, I think, is Finnish for "moonlight"). I love that WoW includes a crashed alien race.

I did get some of the catch-up work on Howards End done before dinner last night. I sent out a list of approved characters/players. And extended the deadline (again) for those who've not yet gotten me char. proposals. The whole project inches slowly forward. At this point, not counting NPCs, we have something like eight or nine approved characters, which is quite a lot considering they'll all be lumped together into the Roanoke Society.

And that is quite enough for now. I suspect Spooky and I may spend the evening watching old Paul Newman movies.

Postscript (4:26 p.m.): Okay, belatedly I'll include something about the godsdamn debates (which I did not see). How about this link to to an article in The New Republic, "Why Voters Thought Obama Won (And Why the Pundits Didn't Get It)"?

Comments

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robyn_ma
Sep. 27th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
It wasn't unexpected, since he had been ill, but still a dark day for movie fans.

All I can think is that a professor of mine had written a screenplay long ago, like in the '80s, intended to be one last team-up for Newman and Redford. Apparently they'd read it, kept postponing it for revisions and such, eventually passed on it. But if we didn't get that final panel in the Newman/Redford trilogy, it wasn't for lack of trying on at least one writer's part.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 27th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)

But if we didn't get that final panel in the Newman/Redford trilogy, it wasn't for lack of trying on at least one writer's part.

Sigh.

But the two parts we did get....
seph_ski
Sep. 27th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
I am utterly in awe of that underwater sculpture. Thanks for sharing the link.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 27th, 2008 05:59 pm (UTC)

I am utterly in awe of that underwater sculpture.

It was a fine way to start the day.
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greygirlbeast
Sep. 27th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)

Also, I'll think about a new first name for Nightshade Nishi, my SL HE character.

Very good.
sovay
Sep. 27th, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC)
Paul Newman is dead.

I hadn't even known he had cancer. This is another brutal year.

I've already incorporated a great deal of Ovid's "Metamorphosis" —— the story of Salmacis and Hermaphroditus from the fourth book.

Yay.

the underwater sculpture of Jason de Caires Taylor, which should certainly strike a chord with Sirenia readers.

They are extraordinary. Introduce him to readingthedark?
greygirlbeast
Sep. 27th, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)

Yay.

I knew you'd be pleased.


They are extraordinary. Introduce him to readingthedark?


Now, there's a thought.
sovay
Sep. 27th, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
Now, there's a thought.

He's certainly Weird. And do we have to argue about erotic?
greygirlbeast
Sep. 27th, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)

And do we have to argue about erotic?

No argument here.
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greygirlbeast
Sep. 27th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)

He will be missed.

Indeed.
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greygirlbeast
Sep. 27th, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)

Tried to add Kuutamo as a friend in WoW, but got the message player not found. Spelling right, or did Spooky delete her character?

I think the problem is she created it on a different server.
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greygirlbeast
Sep. 27th, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)

Weird, this is twice now I'm getting slightly different versions of your comments, following the disappearance of the originals. Are you having trouble editing?
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greygirlbeast
Sep. 27th, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)

When I try to edit my posts on greygirlbeast, I get the message "Client error: Don't have access to requested journal". I can edit posts on other blogs, though. Helpful hints? Please share.

I honestly have no idea what's happening. That's strange.
humglum
Sep. 27th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)


I started her on a different server, because an SL friend of mine is playing there. Thought it might be useful and maybe a nice change of pace to be on a different server sometimes. Though my main will still be Syllahr the Night Elf druid on the current server.
kiaduran
Sep. 27th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)
It will be so odd not to have Paul Newman around. He has been such a constant in my life - could always depend on him for a wonderful film. And, he was just a good person and there are so few of those around anymore...damn...just frackin' damn.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 27th, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)

damn...just frackin' damn.

Pretty much my reaction.
opalexian
Sep. 27th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
Ah hah! You did finally succumb to WoW!

I encourage you to make an undead female and run around with her a bit. She kinda acts and sounds like Chiana (there is even a similar hairstyle, and, well, Chi would be a rogue of course... >_>)
greygirlbeast
Sep. 27th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)

Chi would be a rogue of course

Naturally.
smallpinkfish
Sep. 28th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
links
Thank you for pointing out the Jason de Caires Taylor site his work is very inspiring on many levels. I just foud out about this site which is pretty interesting as well. so here goes -I don't know if it work but it's www.beksinski.pl/ - 4k or since I don't know how to copy links you can try to google beksinski.
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