My Favorite Yuri Gagarin Story

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

In honor of Yuri’s Night and the 50th anniversary of manned space flight, I thought I would share the story that I think of whenever Yuri Gagarin comes up.  Then I thought I should preface that story by explaining how on earth I even have a “favorite Yuri Gagarin story.”  And then I started thinking […]

International Zombie News

Friday, January 16th, 2009

Because my friend Shane may or may not believe in zombies, I thought I’d offer him a tribute post with a few relevant international news items… First, since Sundance opened yesterday, I thought it right to mention Norway’s own offering, of which I’m eager to find a subtitled screening: According to a film poster I’ve […]

We’re off the edge of the map!

Friday, July 27th, 2007

Here be monsters!  Well, not monsters, but raving water-crazed post-apocalyptic cannibals. Yesterday after work, we went over to Paul’s for Bad Movie Night, where we grilled hot dogs (because that’s what you do in Norway.  seriously.) and watched classicly terrible sci-fi films.  Our double feature included Ice Pirates and World Gone Wild, both aging sci-fi flicks about a […]

China’s Own Pirate Comedy

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

I wrote a post a few weeks ago about how I was glad to be watching the new Pirates of the Caribbean here in Norway, where it would be safe and untouched by the Chinese censors.  This came up again, as the film release just hit Chinese cinemas last week. In line with the release […]

165 Full Minutes of Pirates

Friday, May 25th, 2007

In honor of the opening of Pirates of the Caribbean III today, I’d just like to say that one of the silly things I like about living in Oslo is that I’ll get to see all 165 minutes of the movie.  We won’t see it today, partly because we have to pack for a brutally […]

I Need Another Vacation!

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

We had a fantastic time in Italy! We spent a few days in Florence, took a day trip to Pisa and Siena, spent Easter in Rome, and then had one day in Milan. In the 10 days we were there, I think we saw most of Florence, Rome, Pisa, and Siena, and we only missed […]

Oscar Shame

Friday, January 26th, 2007

Every year when the Oscar nominees are announced, there’s that tiny bit of regret that you’re not cultured enough to have seen all of the major nominees.  After all, these are films that show particularly artistic merit and value, and having already chosen to see them reflects good taste, right? Living in Austin, thanks to […]

Troubling News

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

 Hao Wu, the author of one of my favorite blogs, Beijing or Bust is being held by the Chinese police. I’ve been quite busy lately, and I haven’t been able to keep up with my chosen selection of China blog reading.  Today, while I waited for Lucas to finish up at work, I took the opportunity […]