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      CommentAuthorMagnulus
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2013 edited
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    I'm surprised by how un-odd I was at W├╝rstkuche. At least I made up for it next time I met Flor. :) It was great to meet all three of you and I had a great time discussing various delightfully nerdy topics over the beers. :)
    I'm off for some Karaoke at the Gaslite now, meeting some other people. Should be fun! I'm torn between Born To Be Wild and I Wanna Be Like You.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2013
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    Is that Chimay I see?

    Awesome that you guys met! And I'm very jealous of you all going to W├╝rstkuche. Miss it.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2013
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    I can't be the only person who isn't surprised by Magnulus being as pretty in person. RIght? Fucking pretty people. ALWAYS BEING ... PRETTY.
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      CommentAuthoroddbill
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2013 edited
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    If that isn't the pot calling the kettle pretty...

    Also, I got Magnus and David, but Flor came later and I was drinking by then, so I forgot to pick up the camera (sorry!):

    magnus

    david
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2013
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    S'awright Bill. Unlike certain pretty Norwegians, I'm not particularly photogenic, even in David's excellent lens.


    Now then, time to talk bar crawl. First volley: Sunday evening 27 January. Counter proposals?
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      CommentAuthorMagnulus
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2013
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    Those are great looking shots in such low light! Nice! Don't believe a word they're saying, though. It's all done with lenses and flattering lights and The Photoshops.

    Yesterday, I went to the Gaslite with these guys and had a fucking ball. I might have possibly ripped my shirt off at some point and air-humped the guy who was singing Tainted Love... I also woke up the next day not in my friend's apartment. You know you've chosen well when you start the day watching Spaceballs and both of you are quoting along with the jokes in the film. :D
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2013
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    Alright. Since no one has made other offers I've gone and started inviting people to come have French dip sandwiches with me at Cole's (http://213nightlife.com/colesfrenchdip) at 7pm on Sunday 27 January. We'll go a-drinkin from there.

    Mags... since you're sort of the draw and the guest o' honor...I, uh, hope you can be there! I'll have about two hours from curtain down on our matinee until 7pm if you need a ride/want to meet somewhere else. Let me know. }:>
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    @razrangel - I've never been to Cole's. How do you rate it compared to Philippe's? I always thought Philippe's was a little overrated to be honest, but I do like French dip.
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2013 edited
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    I've been to both exactly once. I'm not a French Dip connoisseur by any means so I can only tell you I've enjoyed both. Cole's is simply more of a restaurant than dash-in/dash-out diner like Philippe's. It's got nicer environs, to my eyes, and plus a speakeasy (Ok, The Varnish bar) in the back. Philippe's is low pressure, have a hot chocolate, hop on the Metro and go home....
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    I really like Cole's, though I tend to favour the grilled cheese and tomato soup over the french dip. I did try the french dip once, and I thought it was damn good. I'd been avoiding french dip for years because I had it once and the au jus was extraordinarily salty, not so at Cole's. And the roast beef was really tender.

    I'll try and be there.
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      CommentAuthorMagnulus
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2013
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    I shall be there with bells on!

    By bells, I mean testicles. There will be testicles attached to my person. Because they kind of always have been. Also, sorry I didn't answer that call in my previous message. I'm obviously a bit out of it.
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      CommentAuthorMagnulus
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2013
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    Very excited to be going to see the Stanley Kubrick exhibit at the LACMA tomorrow. Should be awesome!
    Also, if for some reason you'd like to listen to me get steadily drunker (having already started out pretty drunk) check out this podcast, on which I was a guest. I would like to apologise in advance for some of the jokes that fell out of my mouth. I was listening to the show with growing horror the next day, as I had forgotten 90% of what I had said.
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    Usually the shows are poorly curated at LACMA, but I heard that Kubrick exhibit is pretty good. I'm going to try to check it out this weekend since it closes on the 30th.
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2013 edited
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    @William *blink* what makes you say that about LACMA?

    @Magnus My best friend works there! Want me to connect you? She's the best goth in the West!
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    @razrangle- because I compare what LACMA does to what museums like the MET or MoMa do. No offense to LACMA, but I don't think they compare.
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2013
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    Ok... I wish you could give more details. They definitely have different aesthetics, though I only got to the MET once and focused on the Egypt wing. I don't recall feeling better or worse about the curating choices. MoMA kicked ass on their permanent exhibit but I found the temporary (something on urban architecture when I was there) was... *eh.* Sometimes LACMA make odd choices when different exhibits are in the same building. But eh.. anyway. I need to get myself to Caravaggio still.

    (I've been to LACMA a zillion times because my BFF works there. Some sections are far better than others - last year's "In Wonderland" was the .fucking.shit. But their permanent Korean art/culture wing made me want to cry, it's so pathetic.)
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    @razrangle- one of my problems with LACMA's exhibits is the lack of context they provide the artist or work, which I think is part of a museums job. Why is this artist important? How is this artist important to what came after them and what came before this artist to shape his or her work? The first example that comes to mind of how you should do this is a Van Gough exhibit I saw when I was a kid in New York. The period of Van Gough work they were showing was from when he was heavily influenced by Japanese woodcut art. The exhibit had an adjoining Japanese woodcut exhibit. That is what I expect from a museum. Also, if LACMA wants people to take the art seriously, then they should treat it seriously. Some of the ways they present the work is down right tacky. Which is fine for a Tim Burton exhibit, but if they really want me to take Magritte seriously, then don't carpet the place with cloud patterned carpeting and make all of the people who work at the exhibit wear bowler hats. I mean no disrespect to your freind who works there, but I find myself doing the old face palm sometimes by their choices.
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      CommentAuthorMagnulus
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2013
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    I shall report back on the Kubrick exhibit and its quality or lack thereof.

    Raz: I would love to connect with the best goth of the west. :D
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      CommentAuthoroddbill
    • CommentTimeJan 24th 2013
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    The Kubrick exhibit closes on June 30th, not January 30th. So you still have months!

    Also it was really great. Too much to really take in at one walk through. There are rooms essentially dedicated to each film, including early films not usually remembered as his, and a few that were never actually made. There is a terrific large section on his photographic work from prior to his filmmaking life, and that alone is fascinating to look at, as many of the photos could not possibly have been staged, yet his carefully composed cinematic constructions are in them too. There are some clear lines drawn from those photos to his later film work.

    I found it surprising how much of the imagery for 2001 was cribbed and adapted from other places. As assembled in that film it's a fully fleshed aesthetic, yet the pieces of it can be found in a nicely chosen array of influences that Kubrick collected in the lead up to that film.

    I'll be going back at some point.

    The Caravaggio was also pretty good, but not nearly as deep. It closes on Feb 10th, so if that one interests you at all better go soon!
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2013 edited
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    Cole's tomorrow! 7pm! Drinking/meandering to follow!

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