January 19th, 2003

me

Work and play

I got to the agency this morning and was promptly assigned to a rigorous course of sitting around not doing anything. After doling out tasks to everyone else, the team leader told me to come with him. So I followed him to the server room on the twelfth, where I sat doing essentially nothing at all for the next 45 minutes. He finally decided I could probably be somewhat more productive elsewhere, so he took me down to the eighth floor and put me a the group working in that suite.

It was not difficult work. We had to go around to and modify the TCP/IP settings on every computer in the building so they could be migrated into a new domain. Fun, if you like repetitive tasks and cubicle farms. We were more or less done by 2 PM, at which point I sat around for another half hour or so before informing the project manager I was leaving. I could have stayed, on the chance that something might come up, but there were plenty of people there to do that.

Collapse )Rather than go home right away, I went to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution. A few weeks ago, I had seen a poster in a Metro station for The Sensuous and the Sacred, an exhibit of sacred bronze sculptures from India. Something about the image on the poster really grabbed my attention, so I'd been planning to check out the exhibition for some time, but I'd never gotten around to it. But this was the perfect opportunity, because I was already in Arlington, so the museum was only a couple of minutes away.

I was not disappointed. The sculptures were beautiful, and more interesting that most Christian art. I find a lot of Christian art to be kind of rigid and stuffy, but these Hindu sculptures were just the opposite: fluid and fun. And now I know much more about Hindu religious practices and the Chola Dynasty, which dominated southern India from the 9th through the 13th centuries. The only disappointing thing was that they weren't selling copies of the exhibition poster in the gallery shop, and their Shiva-as-Nataraj sculptures were both not as nice as the ones on display and absurdly expensive.

Afterwards, I walked next door to the National Museum of African Art. There was an exhibit there of photographs from Central Africa that I thought might be interesting. But it wasn't. I mean, it wasn't bad, but it didn't really tell me anything I didn't already know, and the photographs were mostly in the form of postcards. The best of them were prints by a photographer named Casimir Zagourski, who dedicated his career to photographing the people and traditions of Central Africa. Unfortunately, my favorite of the photos does not appear to be online. Bah!
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me

My personality score

Your score is
33

what does that mean?
Others see you as fresh, lively, charming, amusing, practical, and always interesting; someone who's constantly in the center of attention, but sufficiently well-balanced not to let it go to their head. They also see you as kind, considerate, and understanding; someone who'll always cheer them up and help them out.


OK. But 33 out of how many? Without knowing the scale, this test is of little practical value. And I'm not sure I'm really all that well-balanced.
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me

Persistence of memory

It's funny how things just pop into your head at the funniest times. For example, this morning after my shower it suddenly occurred to me that last night when I was writing about my visit to the Sackler Gallery, I had mistakenly referred to a sculpture of Shiva in the form of Nataraj as a sculpture of Vishnu in the form of Nataraj. How foolish of me!

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movies, oscars

Golden Globe predictions

Here are my predictions for the Golden Globes, the winners of which will be announced tonight. My basic methodolgy is as follows: In the movie categories, foreign-born performers have an edge, but big-name celebrities trump foreigners. In the television categories, series that air on Fox get extra consideration.

MOTION PICTURE - DRAMA : The Hours

ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE - DRAMA: Nicole Kidman, The Hours

ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE - DRAMA: Jack Nicholson, About Schmidt

MOTION PICTURE - MUSICAL OR COMEDY: Chicago

ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE - MUSICAL OR COMEDY: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chicago

ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE - MUSICAL OR COMEDY: Hugh Grant, About a Boy

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: Talk To Her (SPAIN)

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE: Meryl Streep, Adaptation

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE: Paul Newman, Road to Perdition

DIRECTOR - MOTION PICTURE: Rob Marshall, Chicago

SCREENPLAY - MOTION PICTURE: Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman, Adaptation

ORIGINAL SCORE - MOTION PICTURE: Terence Blanchard, 25th Hour

ORIGINAL SONG - MOTION PICTURE: "Die Another Day"

TELEVISION SERIES - DRAMA: 24 (FOX)

ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES - DRAMA: Rachel Griffiths, Six Feet Under

ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES - DRAMA: Michael Chiklis, The Shield

TELEVISION SERIES - MUSICAL OR COMEDY: Friends (NBC)

ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES - MUSICAL OR COMEDY: Jennifer Aniston, Friends

ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES - MUSICAL OR COMEDY: Matt LeBlanc, Friends

MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION: Path to War (HBO)

ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION: Helen Mirren, Door to Door

ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION: Albert Finney, The Gathering Storm

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION: Gena Rowlands, Hysterical Blindness

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION: Dennis Haysbert, 24
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