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Knitted Police Tape

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Craft MagazineWhile I watch movies, I either knit or work on my laptop. During Inside Man I unsuccessfully tried to do both. I’m surprised I didn’t end up with a SQL statement scarf.

A few months ago, I wrote up a pattern for Craft magazine for knitted police tape. The pattern is for 9′ of police tape. I sent the pattern and samples to Craft magazine to take photos and they decided to feature the police tape on the cover of volume 4. The issue will be available on newsstands August 6th. The samples live on my desk at work for anyone who wants to see the celebrity police tape.

Some more pictures and information are available at http://robotclothes.com/projects_policetape.html.

Link to Craft magazine

Inside Man

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Denzel and SpikeYesterday Inside Man premiered on HBO to much excitement. There is no Moment of Denzel in Inside Man because Denzel never breaks character. He is always Detective Keith Frazier and Detective Frazier is awesome. In fact, Willem Dafoe is in the movie also and he doesn’t do a single weird thing.

I really like any movie that takes place in New York where it really looks and feels like New York. The characters talked like New Yorkers and the locations were real. Even Waris Ahluwalia was in the movie. He’s mister New York. Most importantly, the movie included Sandra Endo from NY1, New York’s only local news channel. I can’t wait to watch the movie again.

(Image from http://flickr.com/photos/42684261@N00/126007568/)

Rotten tomatoes rating: 87%

John From Cincinnati

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John From ConcinnatiI am sitting here watching John From Cincinnati wondering why I keep watching it every week.  I think at this point I have put enough time into it that I deserve for the show to make sense.  The high point of last week’s episode was a character played by Saved By The Bell’s Mark-Paul Gosselaar.  This week involves a lot of Shaun Yost so it is sure to include a lot of short dialog and awkward pauses.  Everyone is so upset by the prospect of Shaun dying, but I’m not sure who would notice.  He is an adolescent robot surfer.  Also, if Butchie is off drugs, why does he still look so dirty?  At one point does his hair get clean?

Image from http://flickr.com/photos/microtard/538961246/)

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi

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Han frozen in carboniteToday, I watched Return of the Jedi. There’s a moment at the beginning of the movie where Han realizes that Luke hasn’t returned to base so he take a tomtom to go find him. One of the ground crew tells him that the tomtom will freeze before he reaches him and Han says, “Then I’ll see you in hell.”

For some reason that response really made me think of James. I spent the rest of the movie imagining Han Solo as Ron Weasley, Leia as Hermoine and Luke as Harry Potter.

(Image from http://flickr.com/photos/judeadam/485561213/)

Rotten tomatoes rating: 76%

Little Miss Sunshine

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littlemiss.jpgI was working on a movie web site when Little Miss Sunshine came out and I kept using it as my sample movie to work off of. Every day, I would see the names Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Alan Arkin, Abigail Breslin and Paul Dano. Every time I visited the page, I read a bit about them.  Would you believe that the final tie breaker question on The World Series of Pop Culture finals was to name the 6 ensemble cast members from Little Miss Sunshine? I gotta go on that show.

Little Miss Sunshine was on tv the other day and it is still funny. I remember all their names too.

(Image from http://flickr.com/photos/jayswww/286900007/)

Rotten tomatoes rating: 92%

Dead Husbands

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John RitterDead Husbands is a made for tv movie starring John Ritter and Nicollette Sheridan.  The idea is that a group of women set up a chain letter where the woman whose name is at the top of the list gets to have her husband killed by the woman whose name is at the bottom of the list.  This way they can inherit their husbands money without anyone suspecting them of murder.  John Ritter plays the nicest guy in the world and Nicollette Sheridan the meanest gal.  There’s not too much remarkable about this movie except that I can’t believe I watched it.  I literally said, “I’m not going to watch that,” when I saw it was on next and then I happily worked on my sister’s quilt while it played.  I watched it last weekend, but I couldn’t update the blog until I read Harry Potter.

(Image from http://flickr.com/photos/feaverish/19420226/)


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CNNRunning at the gym and watching CNN the other day, I was thinking about the recent hubbub where CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta tried to challenge Michael Moore’s Sicko and CNN ended up having to apologize for mistaken coverage. Sure that’s all boiled down, but it is the gist of the story.

During the 30 minutes that I was on the treadmill, I saw two different inaccurate/biased stories. One was on video games that get children exercising. They made the bold claim that children playing Dance Dance Revolution burn twice as many calories as children playing regular video games. That is an amazing statistic… what is twice of nothing? I wonder what the statistic was compared to actual exercise. But that isn’t what bothered me. They said that DDR is an XBox product. While DDR can be played on the XBox, it can be played on Sony and Nintendo platforms as well. I know Wikipedia isn’t the most reliable source, but even Wikipedia knows that DDR is a Konami product.

The second story was about the impact of Youtube on politics. They showed the video of Senator George Allen calling his competitor’s volunteer macaca. Then they turned to an analyst who said that George Allen very likely would have won the election if it weren’t for Youtube. I’m sure it had nothing to do with The Daily Show repeatedly and mercilessly covering Allen’s mistake. Did I mention that the CNN Youtube debates are tomorrow? I wonder if setting up Youtube as a huge political tool will help that effort. Was anything actually newsworthy going on in the world?
For shame Wolf… for shame.

(Image from http://flickr.com/photos/71823169@N00/424540769/)

Man vs. Wild

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Man vs. WIldLate on weekend nights, I keep finding myself watching Man vs. Wild. Last night, he dropped out of a helicopter and swam over to a deserted island in the South Pacific. He explained how to get on shore without smashing on to the rocks. Then he collected some coconuts, fell some bamboo, weaved some palms and made a raft. He drifted on the raft until he was able to attract attention of a ship by reflecting light off of his knife and he was safe. At one point, he jumped in the water for a swim and accidentally attracted the attention of some tiger sharks. He spent some harrowing minutes with tiger sharks bumping against his raft. I still catch my breath a little when I am swimming freestyle and the floor of the pool falls away from me in the deep end.

Clearly, Bear Grylls is a little crazy. I did notice that he was born in ‘74 and attended Eton College. I wonder if my sister’s good buddy JD knows him. They could be old school chums. Maybe that’s how JD got his tough guy smarts and calm demeanor.

(Image from Bear’s blog)

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

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BoratFriday night is movie night and last night we watched Borat. What makes Friday night different from all other nights? We watch movies every night, but on Friday night we are willing to pay for Movies on Demand. I had put off watching Borat for as long as possible. I love the character, but something seemed off about the movie. I normally like humor that makes me feel uncomfortable (see Larry David), but Borat was just too awkward and uncomfortable.

Two things struck me about the movie. The first is that it was nominated for an Oscar for best adapted screenplay. What do we call that Oscar phenomena? How would you feel if you actually wrote a screenplay and Borat was nominated instead? The whole time watching the movie, I kept thinking that the worst part about it was the awkward scripting. Obviously I don’t know from good writing.

The second thing that struck me is that Borat’s fictional producer, Azamat Bagatov, is a real actor. Ken Davitian is from LA and has appeared in numerous movies and tv shows. He owns a restaurant in Hollywood that specializes in French Dip sandwiches. Thinking back, it is no surprise that the guy who sat on Borat’s head does seems like he would like French Dip sandwiches. I had to watch two episodes of Man vs Wild to wash that image out of my head.

(Image from http://flickr.com/photos/streetart/265174666/)

Rotten tomatoes rating: 91% (oy vey)

The Devil Wears Prada

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Devil Wears PradaIt is not that I don’t like stories by women, it is just that the standard is so poor. Ladies, I really expect a lot more from you. You have David Foster Wallace, Michael Chabon and Jonathan Safran Foer to live up to. I picked up The Devil Wears Prada at the bookstore and hated it. Women would stop me on the subway to ask about it and I would tell them it was terrible. That seemed to just confuse everyone, but it was pretty bad.

The Devil Wears Prada is one of the few examples where the movie is better than the book. Mostly because Meryl Streep gives Miranda Priestly substance and Anne Hathaway sort of just looks pretty and stays out of the way. The funny thing about The Devil Wears Prada is that somehow all my male friends just happened to see it in the theater. They were more excited than any women I know. Despite barely liking the movie, I stayed up last night to watch it again on HBO. By far the best line in the movie is during the almost-montage of Andy learning the ropes and starting to “get” fashion. Nigel is on a shoot where the models are dressed up as strange creatures and Andy says, “Oh I get it. The piece is called Urban Jungle, right?” That really blew me away. I think Andy is going to be a great journalist.

Okay, so maybe I am a little harder on the girl movies. But just wait until Sense and Sensibility is on tv. I love that Colonel Brandon. Speaking of which, Anne Hathaway plays Jane Austen in the soon to be released Becoming Jane. Mr. Tumnus plays the love interest. J and I laughed through the whole trailer although I don’t think it is a comedy. At one point, the voice over literally says, “But for Jane Austen that was just the beginning.” There must be software somewhere that generates trailer voice overs.

(Image from http://flickr.com/photos/jnconradie/408671567/)

Rotten tomatoes rating: 75%