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June 15th, 2004


catching up, the end

I didn't see any of the SIFF award winners.


I think that Sunday's secret movie was one of my favorites of the film festival. Next time, I will really need to convince someone else to get a pass for the secret series.

The closing gala screening was Intimate Strangers. I thought that it was better than average, but found the ending disappointing. It was an entertaining concept.

The party was at Pier 66, which has impressive views of the Sound. The Washington State Ferries always succeed in being unexpectedly picturesque. In addition to the refreshments, the gala featured the musical stylings of Tennis Pro, who were entertaining, but seemed like a strange choice. Still, by the end of the evening, people were dancing and breaking tennis racquets (old ones, this turns out to be fun).

The director of the film,  Patrice Leconte, was at the party. He was nice enough to answer a question that we had about the plot (at least we weren't trying to get him to screen our film in France). Carolyn thought that she'd missed something in the subtitles, but it turns out that the confusing scene was intentionally so.

Ah champagne & vodka. We even ended up talking to the SIFF programming director, but he wouldn't reveal any favoritism for the movies. He wouldn't even admit that the Notebook was awful.

Carolyn's friends were there because their magazine was a sponsor. Helping to carry their foamboard signs out, I almost took one of the SIFF posters, but my mistake was caught on the way out the door.


Overall, I enjoyed SIFF and movie overdosing. Only a couple movies were bad, several were decent, and a few were recommendable.
chair, apartment

briefly noted

After working for most of the day, I met up with Carole to return her book and give her a print of my coachella collage. We went to Bleu Bistro for dinner.

I hadn't been there before, and it's pretty amazing. All of the tables are in little nooks or on lofts and the menu is very long and riddled with incorrect word choices. Even though the grammar is not the best, the food was good and the little notes everywhere just add to the impossible charm of the space.
the only earth?

cognitive dissonance report

writing for the Fox News Channel, Roger Friedman writes a glowing review of the Farenheit 9/11 premiere:
As much as some might try to marginalize this film as a screed against President George Bush, "F9/11" ... is a tribute to patriotism, to the American sense of duty and at the same time a indictment of stupidity and avarice. ... not seeing "F9/11" would be like allowing your First Amendment rights to be abrogated, no matter whether you're a Republican or a Democrat. [foxnews]

how's that for "we report, you decide?"


yet another article on social networking software tomorrow today at Salon. Among the interesting parts is an explanation of counter-intuitive strengths of weak ties:
Flimsy is where the action is. Seek out flimsy, and you shall be rewarded. As Mark Granovetter explained . . . the counterintuitive key to social networking is that its value doesn't inhere in linking up to your best friends and soul mates.
. . . There's no fresh territory to plunder there. It's those people with whom you have "weak ties" -- the vague acquaintances, that guy or gal you once kind of knew, a little bit -- who offer a path into possibility that you didn't know was there. The essence of social software networks is that they are a clever way to organize access to the networks of people you aren't actually friends with. [salon]

Articles like this always leave me feeling like I should frantically search for yet unconnected friendsters. I'm looking forward to the inevitable publication of a guide to the care and feeding of successful friend networks. That is, if friendster was actually working.