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by DeAnander Tue Feb 7th, 2006 at 04:46:06 PM EST


  1. Seven things to do before I die

  2. Seven things I cannot do (to my regret)

  3. Seven things that attract me to [where I live or will be living]

  4. Seven things I say most often

  5. Seven books (or series) that I love

  6. Seven movies that I watch over and over again (or would if I had the time)

  7. Seven people I want to join in, too.

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1. Seven things to do before I die
~ Learn to kayak
~ Change my last name
~ Go to Ireland to see where my ancestors are from
~ Go to the Amalfi Coast to scatter mother's ashes
~ Go to Provence. Just because.
~ Swim with dolphins or jellyfish
~ Something I can't list here...
2. Seven things I cannot do (to my regret)
~ Sing
~ Be a good loser
~ Manage investments
~ Lie well
~ Mingle
~ Keep children happily occupied
~ Eat raw tomatoes
3. Seven things that attract me to [Chicago]
~ Lake Michigan
~ It is a foodie paradise.
~ The Art Institute
~ Mertz Apothecary
~ Energy of a big city, but each neighborhood is like its own unique little world
~ Secret parks and gardens tucked away in strange places
~ It feel like home.
4. Seven things I say most often
~ "Have you seen my keys?" (every single morning and some evenings)
~ "Does that make any sense?"
~ "I'm sorry."
~ "Fascist motherfuckers ..." (talking to news media)
~ "What do you mean, exactly?"
~ "That cat is nuts."  (My cat. She is.)
~ "My name is little Bong-o, I sing a little song-o, I have an ear upon my head and they say it's very long-o." (doing chores, getting ready each morning, singing when no one's around...)
5. Seven books (or series) that I love
~ Too loud a solitude
~ Asleep
~ The idiot
~ Leaves of grass
~ Unbearable lightness of being
~ Great expectations
~ Hercule Poirot mysteries
6. Seven movies that I watch over and over again (or would if I had the time)
~ Meet me in St. Louis
~ Akira Kurasawa's dreams
~ Philadelphia story
~ The Godfather (pt.II)
~ Annie Hall
~ 8 & 1/2
~ Breakfast club
7. Seven people I want to join in, too.
~ Agnes a Paris
~ Jerome a Paris
~ Colman
~ Izzy
~ Alexander G Rubio
~ Sven Triloqvist
~ DoDo

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire

by p------- on Wed Feb 1st, 2006 at 10:48:47 PM EST
This is so cool, poemless, and thanks for thinking of me!  BTW, I've changed my name a few times -- it's fun and easy!  Well, depending upon the state.  

And I love the Hercule Poirot mysteries as well.  I remember when I was first reading them, it seemed like they would go on forever, there were so many.  I'd only pick them up once in awhile and I remember the keen disappointment when I realized I'd finally read them all.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes

by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 01:18:10 AM EST
[ Parent ]
1 Seven things to do before I die (these are mostly outside the realm of possibility, but you never know.  Most of the things I'm capable of doing and want to do, I've done already)

*Make some sort of meaningful contribution to a cause or causes close to my heart.
*Learn another language
*Travel through Europe
*Go on a cruise (a really hokey one with buffets and dancing)
*Write a book
*Run a writer's colony/retreat
*Learn to play the fiddle

2 Seven things I cannot do (to my regret)

*I don't know if I'd have thought of it, but I agree with poemless -- sing.
*Have long hair
*Play sports
*Keep my mouth shut at the right times
*Keep my paperwork organized
*Ride a horse
*Not be so absent-minded

3 Seven things that attract me to [Seattle]

*Clean air and water
*Beautiful water and mountain views
*The Tulip Festival
*A liberal populace
*1000 shades of green
*The protective cloud cover
*Cuddling up right next to Canada

4 Seven things I say most often (I'm not proud of it, but this is how it is)

*Like
*Actually
*Fuck
*Shit
*Hellish
*Dammit
*Goddammit

5  Seven books (or series) that I love

*Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut
*Frannie and Zooey, J.D. Salinger
*The Accidental Tourist, Anne Tyler
*The Hitchhiker's Guide series, Douglas Adams
*Neuromancer, William Gibson
*Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson
*Mysteries and anything by Isaac Asimov (except his mystery) and Hunter Thompson

6  Seven movies that I watch over and over again (or would if I had the time)

*Cabaret
*Amadeus
*The Ref
*The Royal Tennenbaums
*A Christmas Story
*Withnail and I
... that's all I can think of.  I usually don't like watching movies more than once.

7  Seven people I want to join in, too.

*DeAnander! (you started this)
*Fran
*Whataboutbob
*kcurie
*afew
*metatone
*either Alex OR Francois in Toulouse
... and I second everyone on Poemless' list.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes

by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 02:14:47 AM EST
Criptonomicon??? You know that my best friend loves this book... loves it..he is insisting all the time that I should read it!!!!

You made it.. I will read it....
And if you ever come to Barcelona.. drop a mail!!!!

Red.. I am red.. flushed??....You are on the top og the list of people "around here".

A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 08:01:19 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Well then you definitely should read it!  It's even better in subsequent readings.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 03:18:39 PM EST
[ Parent ]
So you've already been an ice dance judge at the winter olympics, Izzy? (I expected to see that on your wish list... ;-) )

You can mock my lists in a little while. Just cogitating on it.

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 03:05:44 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Ah, yes.  Well, you have the ice-dancing part correct, but missed my deep-rooted aversion to judging.  ;-)

Also, I was tired when I made my list.  As you can see, I could only think of cuss words -- of course, that's probably more honest than anything I could've come up with otherwise.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes

by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 03:14:37 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Well, I only picked "judge" as they get the best seat in the house... I expected you would rate the all "Fish" or something similar... ;-)
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 04:20:39 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Then that would be most excellent!  Okay, it's on the list!  Actually, it's not all that far into the "dreams" category (well, except the judging part).  Vancouver Canada is hosting the 2010 Olympics and we're already trying to organize/save to go to one of the skating events.  It won't be the best seat in the house, but still... yay!

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 04:26:27 PM EST
[ Parent ]
1.
Sex
Sex
Sex
Sex
Sex
Sex
Sex

2.
Sex
Sex
Sex
Sex
Sex
Sex
Sex

3 (Barcelona)
It is the best city in the world
It is the nicest city in the world
It is the most impressive city in the world
It is the most incredible city in the world
It is the top city in the world
It is the just the best city in the world
There is no better city in the world

4
Joder
Mierda
caguen
Ostia
Cabron
Putada
que hijouta

5.
Innocent Anthropologist-Barley
Dancing on the grave-Barley
Public Animal-Delgado (M. Mead as a default)
Momo
Sin Noticias the Gurb (without news from Gurb) -E. Mendoza
Beneditti.. anything
Dario Fo.. anything

6. (only seven??? today's mood would be....)
Bullets over broadway
Life of Brian
The meaning of Life
All About Eve
To Be or Not To Be
Twelve angry men
Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi

7
All around here
All around here
All around here
All around here
All around here
All around here
And some dead people

A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 07:57:31 AM EST
I didn't give the other posts a rating so this one will be the first to get on top...

kcurie, you nut.

by Nomad on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 08:03:06 AM EST
[ Parent ]
You need two ratings for that to happen...

Happy to oblige.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 08:04:23 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Have a third one.

When through hell, just keep going. W. Churchill
by Agnes a Paris on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 04:18:05 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Nomad.....are you a woman? :)

Ok Ok.. just joking.. even if you were a man you are also one of the people "around here"...I am also a man.. nobody is perfect..... Some like it hot...any other day it would be on the list...the movie, I mean.

A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 08:10:56 AM EST
[ Parent ]
I was really tempted to chose the same for 1. as you, but thought you couldn't be serious when I saw your too. So took the prudent -and prudish- route.
But I am along the same first line.
Nothing to do with the topic, but will you be in Paris in May ?
ok, ok, I'll stop, I can already see moderators' and afew's horrified reaction.

When through hell, just keep going. W. Churchill
by Agnes a Paris on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 04:21:52 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I'm a bit confused. your 2. and not too

When through hell, just keep going. W. Churchill
by Agnes a Paris on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 04:23:15 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Sniff snifff.... you prefer MIgeru than me.. sniff sniff... I thought that this was the beginning of a long friendship ( nod nod wink wink know what I mean).. and then I find you hanging out with Migeru in the list of people you would like to know...

Snifff... snifff

My heart is broken :)

I was not planning to go to Paris... what about Barcelona or Paris in Septemeber??  I come back from setbacks very easily....And as someone said... I am not worry if you are married or hanging out with somebody else.. I am not jealous :)

A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 06:33:48 PM EST
[ Parent ]
# Seven things to do before I die

  1. Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro
  2. Hike the Appalachian Trail
  3. Learn to make sushi
  4. Learn to speak Arabic fluently (working on it!)
  5. Learn to speak French
  6. Write a book.  Or five.
  7. Run a marathon

# Seven things I cannot do (to my regret)

  1. Keep my damn big mouth shut.
  2. Make small talk.
  3. Paperwork.
  4. Hoop-jumping (see #3).
  5. Get up when my alarm clock goes off.
  6. Apparently, have a non-dysfunctional relationship.
  7. Triple lutz.

# Seven things that attract me to Egypt.

  1. A job.
  2. The possibility of learning Arabic.
  3. Curiosity about Islam.
  4. Pyramids!  And other old stuff.
  5. Great food.  Except for pigeon,  which I hear is good but which I don't plan to try.
  6. Fascinating culture.
  7. Better nightlife than Baghdad or Khartoum.

# Seven things I say most often

  1. Shit
  2. Damn
  3. Fuck
  4. Are you fucking kidding me?
  5. That sucks.
  6. Mabrouk!
  7. Insh'Allah

# Seven books (or series) that I love

  1. Blindness by Jose Saramago
  2. The Coming Plague by Laurie Garrett
  3. Samarkand by Amin Maalouf
  4. Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  5. Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga
  6. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azhar Nafisi
  7. The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz (OK, it's three books, but the same storyline...)

# Seven movies that I watch over and over again (or would if I had the time)

Um, this one is hard for some reason....

  1. Life of Brian
  2. Hotel Rwanda
  3. High Fidelity
  4. All the President's Men
  5. My Fair Lady (weird choice, I know, but I've loved it since I first saw it at age 8...)
  6. The Shipping News
  7. Three Kings

# Seven people I want to join in, too.

(following kcurie's lead...)

  1. everyone here
  2. everyone here
  3. everyone here
  4. everyone here
  5. everyone here
  6. everyone here
  7. Bono.  Wait, just kidding....
by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 10:19:02 AM EST
The four goes for My Fair Lady.. never be ashemed!! never surrender!!!!

I love it too.. , the lyrics mostly.

A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 10:31:36 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Yes!  I have the most vivid memory of seeing the movie for the first time -- it was playing in an old movie palace about an hour's drive from my home, but this was before the days of VCRs, and my parents wanted us to see it, so they bundled us all in the car with a big brown paper bag full of popcorn to smuggle into the theater with us.

After that, I swiped the soundtrack album from my parents... and then memorized it.  Every word.

by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 10:46:26 AM EST
[ Parent ]
I loved all the President's men too, happy to see it on your list.
And if you can learn Arabic, French will be only a game, trust me.

When through hell, just keep going. W. Churchill
by Agnes a Paris on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 04:16:34 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Yes, that occurred to me during my first intensive Arabic course... I got to the six-week point, felt like i'd made almost no progress, and I thought, hell, if I were studying French I'd probably actually be able to talk to people a bit by now....
by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 04:22:20 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Yeah Agens is right... My seven movies depended on the mod's day.. any other dy.. it would be there.

A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 06:24:27 PM EST
[ Parent ]
My Fair Lady is a great movie, in all sorts of ways...

"With a little bit, With a little bit of luck, someone else will do the bleeding work!"

I've been meaning to pick up a copy of Samarkand, I just haven't got to it yet. So many books, so little time.

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 04:22:45 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I do wish they'd let Audrey Hepburn sing, though.  I heard an outtake once, she sounded fine.

Samarkand is fabulous.  Everything I've ever read by Amin Maalouf is fabulous.  I almost put three of his books on the list.

by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 04:35:17 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Poemless! Häh - just as I was planning to have a nice cup of tea....

1. Seven things to do before I die
~ Finish my autobiography
~ Be at my daughters' weddings (14 & 16 currently)
~ Go to China
~ Sort out my library
~ Transfer all my work (yet again) to the latest storage medium
~ Get serious
~ Become interested in gardening

2. Seven things I cannot do (to my regret)
~ Any kind of sport, especially involving snow
~ Save money
~ Shopping (except food)
~ Juggle
~ Only have one glass of wine
~ Stop smoking
~ Have a cat  allergic friends)

3. Seven things that attract me to [Helsinki]
~ Human sized
~ Ships leaving around the world
~ Architectural mix
~ Parks
~ Honest business
~ Efficiency
~ Trams

4. Seven things I say most often
~ Actually
~ Fuck a duck
~ Shall I cook tonight?
~ Pismires
~ What's the house wine?
~ And then I wrote...
~ Oh. come on

5. Seven books (or series) that I love
~ Charts of Philosphers and philosophies (sort of bluffers guide)
~ Total Man
~ Genome
~ Comparative chronological history books
~ Software manuals
~ Any odd cookbooks
~ Detective novels (eg McBain - only for summer reading out in the archipelago)

6. Seven movies that I watch over and over again (or would if I had the time)
~ Anything by Tati
~ Anything by Godard
~ Anything by Fuller
~ Anything by Ridley Scott
~ Ricky Gervais' - Animals
~ Anything by Eddie Izzard
~ Black Books (TV series)

7. Seven people I want to join in, too.
~ Oui
~ Nomad
~ and the other 5 of you

I am glad I got in early before the heavy scrolling begins ;-)


You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 12:32:40 PM EST
Please don't get serious, Sven.  Other than being alarmed by that one, great list!  I, too, love the McBain books.  He sort of combines American noir with British procedurals.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 03:24:39 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Seven things to do before I die
-go to Australia
-understand what I want
-learn to ski
-learn Italian
-become a columnist for a famous newspaper or magazine
-make at least one person happy
-fall crazy in love

Seven things I cannot do (to my regret)
-keep a secret for too long
-resist temptations
-quit smoking
-stop thinking I am always right
-make good pictures
-say "no"
-wake up early

Seven things that attract me to [Bulgaria]
-the sea
-the beach at night
-my family
-the feeling that something exciting will eventually happen to me if I stay here
-clubs
-the funny people
-the sea again..and again

Seven things I say most often
-huh?
-why?
-oh, come on!
-i'm busy (when I'm not)
-that is neat
-excuse me (without really meaning it)
-leave me

Seven books (or series) that I love
1.East of Eden
2.Thornbirds
3.Gone with the Wind
4.Harry Potter
5.Les Miserables- Victor Hugo
6.The Iron Candlestick by Dimitar Talev (Bulgarian writer too)
7.Sex and the City (ok, I know it's dull sometimes)

Seven movies that I watch over and over again (or would if I had the time)
1.The Shawshenk Redemption
2.Yesterday (Bulgarian movie)
3.Unfaithful
4.Eyes Wide Shut
5.Chocolate
6.The Pianist
7.Basic Instinct

Seven people I want to join in, too
anyone...that is fun

I can resist anything but temptation.- Oscar Wilde

by Little L (ljolito (at) gmail (dot) com) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 01:42:55 PM EST
Hey, another person who appreciates Eyes Wide Shut! You are (in my experience) a rare beast!
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 02:45:39 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Of course! I should've even put it on the first place! And the soundtrack is just brilliant. This is a thrilling movie...

I can resist anything but temptation.- Oscar Wilde
by Little L (ljolito (at) gmail (dot) com) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 03:03:43 PM EST
[ Parent ]
For me it was a powerful statement of the fragility of human relations.
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 04:16:29 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I loved Eyes Wide Shut as well. The title in itself is awesome. And no matter the personal tastes, it is a powerful erotic movie.

When through hell, just keep going. W. Churchill
by Agnes a Paris on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 04:11:39 PM EST
[ Parent ]
make at least one person happy

I was trying to think of how to say that, and couldn't, so I gave up and put something else.

Also, I wish I'd thought of The Pianist, because that should definitely have a place in my list!

by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 03:06:59 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I loved The Pianist, but I don't think I'd be able to watch it repeatedly.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 03:16:03 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Trust me, you will certainly make much more than one person happy and fall crazy in love at least once.

When through hell, just keep going. W. Churchill
by Agnes a Paris on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 04:13:28 PM EST
[ Parent ]
That is a very, very nice comment. :-)
by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 05:11:55 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Thank you, I really needed to hear this right now, I guess I can wait a little more for this to happen.

I can resist anything but temptation.- Oscar Wilde
by Little L (ljolito (at) gmail (dot) com) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 05:17:20 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Well I did not dare ask you how old you are, but as long as you are not in your eighth decade, there is still hope :-)
If I may wish you something, it would be to fall madly in love with someone who loves you in return. That way, you will make not one, but two people happy at a time.
And someone who wishes to make at least one person happy is well headed to make many happy. One needs to have had this thought, as you did,  in the first place.

When through hell, just keep going. W. Churchill
by Agnes a Paris on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 05:22:17 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Why stop at 80? I had an great-uncle who got remarried at 95 and enjoyed it very much.
by Fran on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 05:32:59 PM EST
[ Parent ]
exactly!! I met a lady who met the love of her life (after outliving many great men) at 90!!! She was an awesome human being!!

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 at 10:10:37 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Well, thanks. It is really nice of you to sat that. I think that since I'm in my early twenties, I'll be able to do so. And as Fran says, it doesn't matter how old one is. As long as you have the spirit...

I can resist anything but temptation.- Oscar Wilde
by Little L (ljolito (at) gmail (dot) com) on Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 at 04:08:01 AM EST
[ Parent ]
1. Seven things to do before I die
~ Travel around the Massif Central in France
~ Travel around in China
~ CENSORED
~ CENSORED
~ Start a revolution
~ CENSORED
~ Jump into a quasar
2. Seven things I cannot do (to my regret)
~ Sing
~ Smalltalk
~ Follow all the news I'm interested in
~ Cut down my 36-hour biorhythm to 24hr so that I don't have permanent jetlag
~ Use an RPG against parking SUVs
~ Divide into a thousand parts to do all I have to
~ Jump into a quasar
3. Seven things that attract me to [the Alps]
~ The mountains
~ The woods
~ The waters
~ The snow
~ The silence
~ The nice small estates, villages and towns
~ The trains
4. Seven things I say most often
~ Hmhhh...
~ -
~ !
~ ?
~ ...
~ ...
~ ...
5. Seven books (or series) that I love [restricted to world literature]
~ Everything by Lem
~ Everything by Rushdie
~ Everything by Asimov
~ Everything by Heller
~ Umberto Eco: The Name of The Rose
~ Tolkien: Lord of The Rins
~ Everything by Gould or Dawkins (just to prod kcurie :-))
6. Seven movies that I watch over and over again (or would if I had the time) sorry I can't keep this to seven... I'll try to limit it to seventy-seven...
~ Everything by Takeshi Kitano
~ Everything by Sergio Leone
~ Everything by Monty Python
~ Everything by Terry Gilliam
~ Terence Hill & Bud Spencer movies (the child never grows up...)
~ Astérix chez les Britons (same as above...)
~ Luc Besson movies from Nikita to The Messenger
~ The Shawshank Redemption
~ The Usual Suspects
~ Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi
~ The Emperor & The Assassin
~ Ang Lee: Eat Drink Man Woman
~ The Flight of The Phoenix (original)
~ 12 Angry Men
~ Les Aventuriers (with Delon and Ventura and Fort Boyard)
~ L'emmerdeur (with Ventura; even better origin of Buddy, Buddy)
~ Les Fugitifs (with Depardieu and Richard)
~ Ni vu, ni connu... (with Louis de Funès)
~ Coming To America (with Eddie Murphy)
~ Das Boat
~ Lola Rennt
~ The Empire Strikes Back
~ Blade Runner
~ Desperado
~ Groundhog Day (fitting, aint' it?)
7. Seven people I want to join in, too.
~ all the above
~ all the others

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 03:31:59 PM EST
Use an RPG against parking SUVs

Why not?

by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 03:48:51 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I have a wonderful ready for you.. next time you prod me .. I will launch all my artillery :)))))

About the movies.... if you like Sen.. you can not be that bad :)...you are just on the dark side of the force.. je je jejej.

Huge hug Dodo!!!!

A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 06:27:52 PM EST
[ Parent ]
"Sen", in my opinion, perhaps crowns culimination of Miyazaki's career, but is not his personal best. I  recommend Naushika (1984) for everyone.

I will become a patissier, God willing.
by tuasfait on Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 at 10:34:14 PM EST
[ Parent ]

1. Seven things to do before I die
-Something I cannot list here
-See all human rights abuse abolished
-Have children
-Manage to cope with myself as I am (or with only minor improvments)
-Forget about the time I was making more money with one photo shot than today within 3 months as investment banker
-Write a book no one will forget
-Stop having foolish dreams
2. Seven things I cannot do (to my regret)
-Be a ballet dancer
-Be a model again
-Spend money in shopping sprees
-Play the piano as well as S. Richter
-Quote all the books I love (only sveen allowed here :-)
-Spend the morning lazzying in bed whilst skipping an important meeting
3. Seven things that attract me to [London]
-The Wallace gallery
-Fortnum&Mason
-Queens' gardens in Regent's park
-The Kew Gardens
-The atmosphere of the open air markets
-Mr Right lives there
4. Seven things I say most often
-I'm sorry
-Have you seen my hairbrush?
-I love you
-I hate those f... clients !
-Can I open the window/turn down the heating (always feeling too warm)
-I'm running late !
-When am I going to have time to go for a swim today?
5. Seven books (or series) that I love
  • The end of an affair
  • The portrait of Dorian Gray
  • Poetry by W. Whitman
  • the Rougon Macquart saga by Emile Zola
  • the Chess Player and all S. Zweig novels
  • Death in Venice
6. Seven movies that I watch over and over again (or would if I had the time)
-Great expectations
-Gone with the wind
-Amadeus
-Emma
-Vertigo
-The year of living dangerously
-Casablanca
7. Seven people I want to join in, too (not mentioning those already mentioned)
-Alexandra in WMass
-Alex in Toulouse
-Migeru
-Bob
-Fran
-Wchurchill
-PeWi
-DeAnander

When through hell, just keep going. W. Churchill
by Agnes a Paris on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 04:06:07 PM EST
Improving my html non existing skills!!!

When through hell, just keep going. W. Churchill
by Agnes a Paris on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 04:08:40 PM EST
[ Parent ]
-La Strada and most Fellini's films
-Tacones lejanos by Almodovar
-North by Northwest, Rear window, most Hitchcock films
-Breakfast at Tiffany's starring Audrey
-Paris-Texas by Wim Wenders
-Mulholland Drive (my favourite Lynch)
-All Kurosawa
-All films after Tenessee Williams "un tramway nomme desir" (fear the rusty translation so will stick to the French title)starring Liz Taylor and P. Newman
-Luc Besson's Nikita, Leon and le Grand Bleu
-Misleading sun by Nikita Mikahlkov
-Arizona dream, Underground, Black cat, White cat, by E. Kusturica
-Battle royale
-the Decalogue by K. Kieslowski and the White, Blue, Red Trilogy.

When through hell, just keep going. W. Churchill
by Agnes a Paris on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 05:10:35 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Emma...that's interesting...Austen has written a number of good books about strong women in the old days, that have been turned into films...and I've liked them all (surprising?)

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 at 10:18:44 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Underground, Black cat, White cat, by E. Kusturica

And Dom za vesanje (Time of the Gypsies)...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 at 05:47:59 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Seeing th elist.....I have a question.are you married? not that I care....:)

Huge hug!

A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 06:35:08 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Married ? Well, not for the moment...
But as Fran wrote, her great uncle got remarried at 95, so I still have hope... :)
Would be too late for children though.

When through hell, just keep going. W. Churchill
by Agnes a Paris on Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 at 04:22:03 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Never give up.. never surrender....:)

A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 at 06:00:32 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Great expectations

Which version?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 at 05:49:20 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Well, since Izzy asked I will try, although it's hard to do this kind of thing as it means making choices I prefer to leave up in the air... ;-)

(I've made numbered lists just for ease of counting, not to indicate any order.)

Seven things to do before I die.

  1. Cycle the route of the Tour de France on a leisure tour that follows the race.
  2. Take some really good photographs at least once again in my life.
  3. Visit Angkor Wat, also see the Taj Mahal with adult eyes. (Lots of other travel issues too.)
  4. Take up the piano again.
  5. Learn Bengali properly (and ideally some other languages) (French, German, Spanish, Mandarin)
  6. Change the world in a positive way (perhaps play a role in really making a "European civil sphere" happen.
  7. Manage to organize a loving relationship situation that doesn't involve being stuck on the other side of the world to my love.

Seven things I cannot do (to my regret) (mixing regrets of past ambitions and lack of talents)
  1. Take pictures at a football World Cup.
  2. Become a racing driver.
  3. Sing
  4. Play most sports with any skill
  5. Turn some of my instinctive understandings into models and evidence to persuade people.
  6. Be as tolerant (or indeed as ethical in almost every way) as I wish to be.
  7. Easily have faith. (In all sorts of ways.)

Seven things that attract me to places I've enjoyed living (numerous places around the world) and what I hope to find again:

  1. Good people
  2. Some nice cafes/bars, open late.
  3. Some nice green areas around (a park will do for me)
  4. Good public transport
  5. Museums, some feeling of cultural life
  6. Not too small
  7. Connection to the rest of the world

Seven things I say most often:

  1. What do you mean, exactly?
  2. How does that work?
  3. I don't know, but I can find out.
  4. Tell me more about that.
  5. As I see it, the underlying problem is...
  6. I think we need to define this carefully...
  7. If we want to fix it, we need to acknowledge...

Seven (fiction) books or series that I love:
(I actually read mostly non-fiction, but I don't return to them again and again, they are more one shot.)

  1. Terry Pratchett Discworld books (not all, but most)
  2. Lord of the Rings
  3. The Notebook, The Proof, The Third Lie (a trilogy) by Agota Kristof
  4. Dirk Gently books by Douglas Adams
  5. Magician by Raymond Feist
  6. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  7. The works of Jules Vernes

Seven Movies:

  1. Irma Vep
  2. Cabaret
  3. Unforgiven
  4. La Grande Illusion (Jean Renoir)
  5. Pyaasa and Kaagaz ke Phool (Guru Dutt)
  6. Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin)
  7. Spartacus, Lawrence of Arabia, Monty Python, Sergio Leone, too many others to mention or decide!

Seven People (who have not posted yet or been mentioned by someone else, I second all the other mentions so far and encourage anyone else to post as well!)

  1. Drew J Jones
  2. ManfromMiddletown
  3. Migeru
  4. asdf
  5. gradinski chai
  6. IdiotSavant
  7. soj

Eight! Seven articles I should write for ET sooner or later.

  1. Exploring the British attitude to Europe
  2. Thinking about the basis of a future European foreign policy stance
  3. Some issues arising out of my experiences in the UK NHS
  4. Outsiders, travellers and ET
  5. An attempt to get to grips with current economics
  6. Racism and other prejudices, some personal views
  7. Organisation, "Fordism/Taylorism", "Knowledge Work" and my (fairly boring) MBA dissertation
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 04:15:10 PM EST
Eight! Seven articles I should write for ET sooner or later.

Oooh!  That would be a good diary itself... articles we'd like to write, and articles everyone else would like to see from each other.  hmm.

All of yours sound like ones I would like to read.

by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 04:20:01 PM EST
[ Parent ]
hey Metatone, I did mention Migeru! Now he has no excuse for not joining :-)
And you have an excuse also, my list is hardly readable.

When through hell, just keep going. W. Churchill
by Agnes a Paris on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 04:31:47 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Posting lag, I started writing before you posted. Nothing to do with the legibility of your list!
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 04:34:56 PM EST
[ Parent ]
do you have a copyright on posting lag ? very good one.

When through hell, just keep going. W. Churchill
by Agnes a Paris on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 04:37:42 PM EST
[ Parent ]
argh I forgot one regret, an imporant one...

I'll never be a rocket scientist again...

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 04:37:48 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Wait, you were an actual rocket scientist?

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 04:42:21 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Well, you know... rocket science isn't rocket science! ;-)
by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 04:44:55 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Well, what I'm really interested in is if he ever walked into a bar with a brain surgeon and a priest...

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 04:54:56 PM EST
[ Parent ]
hehe, there was me, this priest and a brain surgeon...
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 05:00:53 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Thanks!  Another Cabaret fan!!

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 04:41:26 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Cabaret is one of the best...

I wonder if you would like Irma Vep, as that is really the other film in my top two...

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 05:02:14 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I didn't actually know they'd made a movie out of that.  The theater department at my university (which was better than average, the school's known for its arts programs) did a production of it while I was there.  People talked about it for years.  What a wild show.
by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 05:09:06 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I've never seen it, but I'll give it a try on your recommendation!

BTW, I'm wondering if you've noticed -- I think that, when they're not smiling, Carolina Kostner bears a resemblance to the young Liza Minelli.  

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes

by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 05:10:06 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I can see the resemblance, but I would say she favours Liza's mother (Judy Garland) even more...
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 05:41:21 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Lawrence of Arabia

Definitely...

Outsiders, travellers and ET

One of my never-finished ET projects was to start an 'apatriot miniseries', it seems now someone else will do part of it for me :-)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 at 05:37:54 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Hehe, well, just like wissen etc. time and tiredness are my barriers.
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 at 06:06:36 PM EST
[ Parent ]
1. Seven things to do before I die
  • travel the seven continents
  • sail the seven seas
  • write a book
  • have a child
  • plant a tree
  • make a lasting contribution to mankind
  • build an eco-house
2. Seven things I cannot do (to my regret)
  • help my father our of his depression
  • see my friends more often
  • speak more languages
  • play a musical instrument
  • grow my own food
  • have my 20 boxes of books shipped to me from California
  • turn back the clock
3. Seven things that attract me to London
  • it's full of people from all over the world
  • it has a great big river
  • I speak the language
  • there's always something to do
  • it's not hard to find a job
  • it's not far from my family
  • you don't need a car
4. Seven things I say most often
  • For fuck's sake
  • Cago en Dios
  • Scheisse
  • I feel inadequate
  • I'll get off ET in a second
  • Puto Güíndous
  • Here's the thing, ...
5. Seven books (or series) that I love
  • The Feynman Lectures on Physics
  • On Numbers and Games by John H. Conway
  • A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn
  • The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
  • I nostri antenati by Italo Calvino
  • Pattern Recognition by William Gibson
  • Il Nome della Rosa by Umberto Eco
6. Seven movies that I watch over and over again (or would if I had the time)
  • Ran by Akira Kurosawa
  • Hana Bi by Takeshi Kitano
  • The Mission by Roland Joffé
  • Amélie By Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  • Amadeus by Milos Forman
  • The Lord of the Rings by Peter Jackson
  • Blade Runner by Ridley Scott
7. Seven people I want to join in, too.
  • Jerome
  • DoDo
  • Colman
  • ManfromMiddletown
  • Kcurie
  • rdf
  • AgnesaParis

Hmm... once you get going those lists of 7 books and 7 films are way too short.

Interestingly, I originally did not interpret #7 as people (from ET) you want to join in this exercise, but as people (from real life) you want to join in #1.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 05:12:19 PM EST
Which one did you want to have a child with?

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire
by p------- on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 06:02:39 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Poemless, this is a naughty and embarrassing question ;-)

When through hell, just keep going. W. Churchill
by Agnes a Paris on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 06:09:20 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I did actually say originally...

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 at 04:45:40 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Difficult indeed to stick to 7 books and 7 movies.
"I'll get off ET in one sec'" is also something I keep saying to myself, fortunately I'm the only one to state I cannot achieve that, much to the Sandman's dismay.
Did not interpret # 7 correctly either in the first place.

When through hell, just keep going. W. Churchill
by Agnes a Paris on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 06:05:28 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Those Feynman lectures.. caguen Dios... si que son buenas..Joer.

Love the eco-house.....

A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 06:38:40 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Migeru, why can't you get your books shipped?  If it's the expense, did you know the post office here has a special book rate?  They'll ship "ground" which means they'll take 6 to 10 weeks to get there, but it's very affordable.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 at 01:21:05 AM EST
[ Parent ]
I don't have the shelf space to store the books.

It costs about $1 per pound (something called "M-bags") and I did say 20 boxes.

We got a 50-lb shipment sent to us last spring and it got to us completely destroyed, with water damage, CD and tape cases shattered, and the cardboard boxes reduced to shreds. I'm still trying to figure out what kind of treatment could have caused that kind of damage, and whether to blame the USPS, the freighter, or Royal Mail.

My inability to ship the books is just temporary, really.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 at 04:50:29 AM EST
[ Parent ]
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

Yes, the book!

Il Nome della Rosa by Umberto Eco

Which language did you read it in?

I'd second all five of your films not on my list...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 at 05:31:45 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I read both in Spanish, as I was too young. I would really like to read Ende in the original. I actually have a collection of short stories and extracts of his work in German, and I found it easier than I expected (but by not means easy, and this was back when German was fresh in my mind) to read the excerpts from Momo and The Neverending Story.

I did read I Nostri Antenati in Italian. Beautiful stuff, especially Il Barone Rampante (book 2).

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 at 05:34:38 PM EST
[ Parent ]
The language question was only about Il nome della rosa - that was the book when I really wished I knew Italian. (And not because the translation was not good.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 at 05:41:03 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Yes, it makes a difference. I am working myself, at present, through 'Baudolino' by Eco in Italian. Despite my Italien being pretty lousy it just has a rhythm to it that is not present in translations and this makes up not understanding every word.
by Fran on Sat Feb 4th, 2006 at 02:42:06 AM EST
[ Parent ]
The Feynman Lectures on Physics

OK you mention the Bible, but what about the Koran - say, Penrose's The Emperor's New Mind?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 at 05:34:22 PM EST
[ Parent ]
The Emperor's New Mind contains excellent expositions of every topic it touches except consciousness ;-P

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 at 05:35:36 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Before Penrose's I'd've listed The Origins of Order by Stuart Kauffman.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 at 05:36:40 PM EST
[ Parent ]
There are two kinds of physicist: those who learnt their physics from reading Feynman, and those who learnt their physics in class. This is specially true of Quantum Mechanics and vol. 3 of the lectures.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 at 05:40:44 PM EST
[ Parent ]
This is specially true of Quantum Mechanics and vol. 3 of the lectures.

Do you know L.D. Landau? For us, his books (or, er, his books with Lipsic[sp?]) were the Bible, tough they were immensely dense in comparison.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 at 05:45:17 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Lischitz. Of course I know them.

Back when I was accused of being a russophobe I almost wrote a diary about my experiences as a student, educating myself on a staple diet of excellent and cheap russian math and physics books published by MIR (Nauka). It all started with those little white booklets, "people's mathematics lessons", which were dirt cheap and printed in really crappy paper (almost newspaper quality) but had excellent, excellent stuff, with advanced topics introduced at the level of secondary school and very entertainingly by leading Russian mathematicians...

Those were the days...

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 at 05:52:07 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I gather you also know the Bronstein then? (That was another Bible back as a physicistz and now as an engineer too.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 at 06:08:12 PM EST
[ Parent ]
No, don't know that one.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 at 06:20:12 PM EST
[ Parent ]
It is an applied mathematics mini-summary (mini meaning the book format - it is a pocket book with over 1000 pages...) at university-first-year level. Everything elementary from function tables through a few hundred integrals and differential equations to matrix reduction. German Wiki entry.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 at 06:55:57 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I think in my physics faculty Gradshteyn and
Ryzhik was more popular (but that was just a table of integrals, not a general mathematics handbook). We also had our homegrown aspiring bibles writen by local professors (Abellanas, Galindo) and a certain expatriate (Marcelo Alonso). They were mostly crap.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 at 07:01:01 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Lischitz

I found this article on Landau, which has his co-author spelled as E.M. Lifshitz.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 at 06:11:07 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Yes, you're right. Lipschitz is the mathematician responsible that has some notions of strong continuity named after him.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 at 06:19:46 PM EST
[ Parent ]
May I ask, Migeru, your view on Perez-Reverte (Club Dumas)? I like him a lot. Is he too "popular" to your liking?

I will become a patissier, God willing.
by tuasfait on Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 at 10:45:12 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I only know him through a book "Captain Alatriste" which is certainly, in my view, "Brain Candy."

But, since I have had an affection for The Three Musketeers since childhood, I find it to be very good brain candy...

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sat Feb 4th, 2006 at 04:00:01 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Yes you may. The Club Dumas (aka The Ninth Gate) is a horrible pastiche, and I was unable to finish it much like Umberto Eco's Foucault Pendulum. In the other hand, I do like Pérez-Reverte's early work a lot. He's an interesting character. Let me elaborate.

Arturo Pérez-Reverte made a name for himself as a TV war correspondent in the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990's. When he was not sticking his nose in the Balkan wasps' nest, he wrote historical fiction. His first novel is called The Hussar, and is set in the Spanish War of Independence (1808-1812) and told from the point of view of a young Cavalry officer in Napoleon's army. His second novel, The Fencing Master is a murder mystery set in the late 1800's in Spain, and was made a film in a Spanish-Italian coproduction. His third novel, which launched him to international fame, was La Tabla de Flandes, a murder mystery revolving around an old Dutch oil painting in restoration. t was also made into a film.

At this point, literary success got to his head, he wrote a novel called Territorio Comanche based on his experiences as a war correspondent in Bosnia and in which he settled accounts with many of his old journalistic colleagues in a blistering way.

On El Capitan Alatriste, he once came on TV and said that his historical research was basically reading his daughter's 8-th grade history textbook.

He also wrote a short novel about Napoleon called La Sombra del Aguila (the Eagle's Shadow), and the internationally famous El Club Dumas.

I have to admit I have only read his firts three novels.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 4th, 2006 at 06:14:17 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Hmmm... thanks.

I will become a patissier, God willing.
by tuasfait on Sat Feb 4th, 2006 at 10:41:49 AM EST
[ Parent ]
1. Seven things to do before I die

Travel around the world
Lose a few kilos
Become someone "important"
Find a satisfactory meaning for "important"
Find a good definition of "satisfactory"
Travel in space
Be perfect, finally

2. Seven things I cannot do (to my regret)

See more than 2 colors (blue and yellow) in rainbows
Climb a rope with my arms only
A threesome
Believe in an afterlife
Speak a few more languages
Not finish my plate, even when I am not hungry
Be tolerant of waste and mediocrity

3. Seven things that attract me to [Paris]

La Tour Eiffel
No chicken, no cows, no horses, no rabbits, no mud, no tractors
the best boulangeries in the world
It's a big city
I don't need a car to do most things
The grandest choice of week-end destinations
It's Paris

4. Seven things I say most often

rouille
je t'aime très très fort
DailyKos
Eurotrib / European Tribune
windpower / éolien
Certes
Fuck de fuck

5. Seven books (or series) that I love

The Vorkosigan saga by Lois McMaster Bujold (seriously, best books ever)
Red October by Tom Clancy
L'Immortalité de Milan Kundera
The Dune series by Frank Herbert
Malevil de Robert Merle
the Butch Karp series by Tannenbaum
the Asian Saga by James Clavell

oh, and any atlas or book with maps
(nobody has put in "the 7 habits of highly effective people"? It would be fitting with the list format...)

6. Seven movies that I watch over and over again (or would if I had the time)

Pulp Fiction
Les Visiteurs
Le 5e Elément
Mr Smith goes to the Senate
Any Tex Avery cartoon
Any Tom & Jerry cartoon
Friends

7. Seven people I want to join in, too.

Bridget
Daphné
Guillaume
Rom
rememberinggiap
Booman
SusanHu

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 06:41:53 PM EST
Become someone "important"
Find a satisfactory meaning for "important"
Find a good definition of "satisfactory"

Months ago we were discussing the difference between what it means to be a liberal in France and in America.

You have the American version of being a liberal down to an art. :)

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire

by p------- on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 07:04:20 PM EST
[ Parent ]
So, is "fuck" in French also "fuck?"  Or do you just prefer saying it in English?

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 at 01:23:46 AM EST
[ Parent ]
I do say it in English (I think to myself in English a lot these days, functioning most of the day in the language), but with small Frenchified variations, such as the one posted above.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 at 05:17:29 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Les Visiteurs

Another for my severty-seven list!

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 at 05:27:17 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I love Jerome's triplet...  and share those linked ambitions

is anyone surprised if I say mine got way too long?

My List -- I'll try to pare it down over time.

what is odd is that I really am not sure what things I say all the time... :-)  should do a text analysis on all my postings to MoA and here to discover my own annoying verbal tics...

anyway, this is fun... I keep seeing things on other people's lists that I want to add to mine :-)

The difference between theory and practise in practise ...

by DeAnander (de_at_daclarke_dot_org) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 08:18:39 PM EST
what is odd is that I really am not sure what things I say all the time.

That's the one I had trouble with!  That's why I ended up with all the cuss words plus the things I can't shake from growing up in So Cal (I also say "y'know" and "dude" entirely more than is appropriate, but at least I've shaken the "It's like, y'know" combo).

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes

by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 09:15:28 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Yes, cutting down seems like limiting onesefl, which I hate.

Snippet's from your list...

- Smiley's people! Alec Guinness..

and someone else who lists Pratchett...

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 at 03:55:44 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Here is another Le Carre fan. "The Honourable Schoolboy" knocked me out for good and I read almost every book he wrote, even "Naive and Sentimental Lover."

I will become a patissier, God willing.
by tuasfait on Mon Feb 6th, 2006 at 01:07:27 AM EST
[ Parent ]
1. Seven things to do before I die
~ Visit the Swiss village my family came from.
~ Learn more languages.
~ Make beautiful babies.
~ Write a book.
~ Get elected.
~ Work in Spain (San Sebastian is the best, but Barcelona is a close second.)
~Get my PhD

2. Seven things I cannot do (to my regret)
~ Get back into shape.
~ Walk to work.
~ Feel comfortable around new people.
~ Speak SchweizerDeutsch (My mother was forbidden to speak the language by my Grandmother, she wanted them to be American.)
~ Make my father admit to his failings.
~ Make my mother not fear life.

3. Seven things that attract me to [Indiana]
~ Even the big city is a small town.
~ My family lives here.
~ Food (You Frenchies have nothing on cornbread and pork tenderloins :)
~ It's cheap to live here.
~ John Mellencamp.

4. Seven things I say most often
~ Shut the Fuck up (to the dog)
~ Stop licking your ass (to the dog)
~ Ostia
~ I'll finish this later

5. Seven books (or series) that I love

~ Harry Turtledove's alternate history books
~ The United States of Europe by TS Reid.
~ Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut
~ Homage to Catalonia
~ The Sun Also Rises

6. Seven movies that I watch over and over again (or would if I had the time)

~Trainspotting
~A Christmas Story
~Dr Strangelove

7. Seven people I want to join in, too.
~ Migeru
~ Kcurie
~ Dodo
~ Melvin
~ You

I intended to do this compeletely, but I fear commitment.  This being the reason I'm single (I should really call the girl I went out on the date with.  3 day rule says you're cool, so I guess if I wait six days that says I'm super cool, or I forgot...)

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 08:29:55 PM EST
6 days indeed mean you're super super cool. Well if she likes super cool guys, that's fine.
Do not be surprised though if she says she's not available if you ask her out for tomorrow or the day.
When it comes to rules, some of my girlfriends have strange ones, such as :
-always keep a phone call down to 10 minutes (he must see you have a life)
-never say yes if the guy does not ask at least 2 evenings in advance (you are not to show him he is top of your list of priorities and you are not going to change your plans just to be with him)
and so on.
Stupid, IMHO, and perhaps the reasons so many people are single. Don't know...

When through hell, just keep going. W. Churchill
by Agnes a Paris on Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 at 09:23:40 AM EST
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Throw the dating rules out the window, man!

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 at 09:39:24 AM EST
[ Parent ]
I had several generations of family live in eastern Indiana...they were Quaker farmers who left North Carolina in the very early 1800's because they were anti-slavery, and moved to the "wilderness" of Indiana, where they founded a village: Carthage. They also brought a black man to freedom and gave him land. My grandfather finally left to move to LA in the early 1900s. I'm proud of my heritage, and hope one day to make a pilgrimedge to Carthage...

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Sat Feb 4th, 2006 at 06:07:49 AM EST
[ Parent ]
If you ever do come to Indiana, feel free to drop me a
line. I grow up about 20 miles away from Carthage in Muncie, aka Middletown of the Middletown sociological studies,"the average American town".   Utopian and pacifist movements have a long history in the state.

My greatgrandfather immigrated from Switzerland and here in the US was a member of the Amish faith, which in the old country would have been called Anabaptists or the like. My grandfather left the church after he found that the bishop was running a still out of his basement, this was in the 1920's, so in the middle of the Prohibition.

My father's family is more interesting, with George Rogers Clark being in the family tree on my paternal grandmonther's side of the family, and Volga Germans (actually Prusans, the ancient Baltic people) on my paternal granfathers side.  Supposedly my family name is related to the Ullanovs in Russia, as in the family from which Vladmir Illych came.......

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sat Feb 4th, 2006 at 09:10:38 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Seven things to do before I die

visit Ireland and Scotland where most of my ancestors came from
walk on Hadrian's wall
see the sun rise at Stonehenge on both solstices
walk the Trail of Tears
learn to sail
learn to read Greek and Latin
write something worth reading

Seven things I cannot do (to my regret)

play a musical instrument
sing
dance
remember that splendid thought I had long enough to write it down
lie well (thank you, poemless)
keep my mouth shut at the right time (thank you, izzy)
think of the right thing to say when it really matters

Seven things that attract me to Oklahoma

my family is here
uh, my family is here

Seven things I say most often

Have I ever told you about my poor memory?
Too soon old, too late smart.
It's not the years, it's the miles.
A fellow doesn't have to tell everything he knows.
There's always one more thing.
I hate it when that happens.
Ooooh nothing...

Seven books (or series) that I love

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Dune
The Tao te Ching
anything by Thomas Merton
anything by Alan Watts
anything by Joseph Campbell
anything by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (oh, how I wish I could read him in French)

It's hard to stop at seven.  So many books, so little time.

Seven movies that I watch over and over again (or would if I had the time)

The Lion In Winter
Jeremiah Johnson
A Man Called Horse
Fantasia
The Matrix
Blade Runner
Saving Private Ryan

Seven people I want to join in, too.

everybody who wants to

We all bleed the same color.

by budr on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 09:24:35 PM EST
keep my mouth shut at the right time (thank you, izzy)

You're welcome!  I'm terrible about it and am often thinking, even as the words are coming out of my mouth -- Don't say it.  Just stop.  Now. -- and yet...

On the up side, I have no problem with that small talk thing that's been mentioned.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes

by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 09:43:47 PM EST
[ Parent ]
walk on Hadrian's wall

I've done that, near the former Roman camp Camboglanna/Birdoswald. A very nice area. (And there is railway close-by, tough Camboglanna is a little walk away. And a museum narrow gauge railway nearby...)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 at 05:23:46 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Ok I'm not a big fan of these types of exercises - at least the face to face version where you have to be quick on your feet to come up with an interesting answer. However, it's also a good way to learn more about people you don't know and here I could put it off until now and be slow about it. So here we go:

# things to do before I die

  • Kiss my love (and many times between now & then)
  • Have a big Méchoui with family and friends
  • live in Paris
  • sit by the ocean, preferably in St. Jean de luz in the dead of winter when the place is deserted, and watch the sun go down
  • go to my father's grave
  • go the avignion performance arts festival several times
  • slowly travel up the Maine coast

# things I cannot do (to my regret)
  • Spell in French or English or any other language for that matter
  • dance without stepping on my partner's feet
  • play the piano
  • high-faluting mathematics
  • Always remember the names, not just the tales, of people I meet the next time I see them

# things that attract me to western Massachusetts
  • The fall colors
  • The winter blue skies
  • The social activists
  • The universities
  • The winding country roads
  • The proximity to New York city

# things I say most often
  • Hello
  • Delicious
  • I "recuperated" this
  • Aie aie aie
  • Oh la la
  • Thank you
  • That's ok

# books (or series) that I love or enjoyed
Master and Margarita, Bulgakov
Drown, Diaz
Nero wolfe mystery series
Un coeur simple, Flaubert
La Nuit des temps, Barjavel
Moving violations, Hockenberry
Beloved, Morrison
Pars vite et reviens tard, Hamy

# movies that I watch over and over again
The triplets of Belleville
Mr & Mrs. Iyer
Mon oncle by Tati
Good night & good luck
La Chevre
Mad Hot ballroom
The wings of desire by Wenders
Life is beautifull by Benini
Don Camillo with Fernandel

# people I want to join in, too.
Hey join in!

by Alexandra in WMass (alexandra_wmass[a|t]yahoo[d|o|t]fr) on Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 at 11:05:41 AM EST
The triplets of Belleville
La Chevre

Special applause for those two!!! The first is IMO one of the best animated films ever, in particular the two opening scenes (when the mother notices her son's love for the Tour de France, and then years later the training in the rain).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 at 05:09:31 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Triplets de Belleville, yow!  gorgeous background painting, remarkable character animation, and as a car-foe and cyclist I loved the overall theme, especially the chase scene.  the ending always seems so sad though...

The difference between theory and practise in practise ...
by DeAnander (de_at_daclarke_dot_org) on Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 at 05:17:18 PM EST
[ Parent ]
yipeee!!! Belleville enthusiasts! That's a treat. The transatlantic pedalo scene is one of my favorites and many more.
by Alexandra in WMass (alexandra_wmass[a|t]yahoo[d|o|t]fr) on Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 at 07:36:08 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I always find such an exercise a bit awkward; it's a first try

Seven things to do before I die
−    Discover why one of my swiss great-grand-father was assassinated
−    Finish fixing up and decorating my house
−    try oriental dancing
−    Travelling, visiting many different countries
−    Organise more parties / dinners
−    Go back to Venice once, before it drowns
−    I'd like to keep room for something not yet determined

Seven things I cannot do (to my regret)
−    Become orderly
−    Have a career as a ballet dancer
−    Have a brilliant career in anything
−    Have my mother listen to me, I mean really listen
−    Have my boss listen to me
−    Finish the blue pullover I started knitting almost twenty years ago
−    Visit places as they were a 100 years ago, before mass tourism existed

Seven things that attract me to where I live
−    It's 20 minutes away from Paris
−    It's 10 minutes away from a forest
−    The air is healthier for my kids
−    The local cinema shows movies in English

Seven things I say most often
−    censored
−    thank you
−    please
−    hope I'm not disturbing
−    go clean up the mess in your room (or other place)
−    have you finished your home work?

Seven books (or series) that I love/have loved - seven is not enough!
−    Salambo and other books of Flaubert
−    Belle du Seigneur
−    To the Lighthouse & other books of Virginia Woolf
−    "The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights"
−    Books of Truman Capote (Answered Prayers)
−    The little Drummer Girl and other books of John Le Carré
−    Le Marin de Gibraltar (Marguerite Duras)

Seven movies that I watch over and over again (or would if I had a lot of time)
−    Barry Lindon
−    Le Hussard sur le Toit
−    Movies with Jean Gabin
−    Movies with Lino Ventura
−    Dog Ville
−    The Dictator
−    Coffes & Cigarettes (Jim Jarmush)

Seven people I want to join in, too.
Any one is welcome

by Bridget on Fri Feb 3rd, 2006 at 08:16:26 PM EST
Seven by seven:

This is my list right now...a snapshot...I reserve the right to ugrade it! (And I really like DeAnander's idea of a running list)

Seven things to do before I die (or until I die)

~ Keep striving to be the best husband I can be
~ Truly advance the field of research in helping youth overcome trauma experienced in disasters, through  the use of sports, play and arts
~ Learn how to play guitar, piano and/or soprano sax
~ To allow my artist part out: painting, drawing, pottery and/or photography
~ Learn German, Spanish and French (at least one fluently <sigh>)
~ Explore more of the world (Africa, South America, SE Asia & the Pacific)
~ To someday have a great huge garden of my own
~ Keep learning and keep active (physically and intellectually) until the day I die
~ A full-time...steady...job or business in Switzerland that I can sink my teeth into for a number of years

Seven things I cannot do..or un-do (to my regret)

~ That as a 12 year old kid my music teacher told me I had musical talent, and encouraged me to keep playing, but didn't get encouragement from home and quit...wish I could take that decision back
~ That my shyness over the years has prevented me from telling certain people how much I appreciated them
~ That I sometimes said or did the wrong thing, didn't say or do the right thing, or didn't say or do anything at all...
~ That I'm so damn independent
~ That I didn't meet my wife until I was in my 50s...
~ That I didn't have kids (though I stubbornly refused to have them unless I had a healthy relationship)
~ That I have let people discourage me
~ That I listened to my head more than my heart too often

Seven things that attract me to (where I live or where I will be living): Switzerland

~ My wife: I wouldn't be here if it weren't for her
~ That Switzerland is an incredibly unique and complex country
~ The people
~ It IS clean and efficient
~ It is very progressive (even though it has a conservative side too)
~ The great modern cities (Zurich, Geneva & Basel)
~ The great old cities (St Gallen, Bern, Fribourg...and others I have yet to discover)
~ The many music,  art and religious fests
~ The spectacular countryside: Lower Engadine, Wallis, Ticino, Neuchatel, the fantastic view of Lake Geneva and the French Alps from Grandvaux (South of Lausanne)...
~ But...I will need a warm place with warm water (sea) and lots of light to live during winter...

Seven things I say most often

~ So...
~ What's happening?
~ Cheers!
~ I have no idea...
~ Let me think about this...
~ Let's do something...
~ Want to hear some music? (or watch a movie?)

Seven books (or series) that I love (sory, can't limit myself here)

~ I Ching
~ Lord of the Rings & the Hobbit - Tolkien
~ Meetings with Remarkable Men - Gurdjieff
~ Siddhartha (and anything by) - Herman Hesse
~ LSD: My Problem Child - Dr. Albert Hofmann
~ Once More Around the Baseball Park - Roger Angell
~ One Flew Over the KooKoo's Next & Sometimes A Great Notion - Ken Kesey (and the whole genre of books, poems, and stories that is connected to him and his friends)
~ Dark Star - The Story of Jerry Garcia, as told by his friends
~ The Big Sleep (and any of his books) - Raymond Chandler
~ The Maltese Falcon - Dashiell Hammet
~ The English Patient
~ A Jungian Perspective of Transitions
~ The Man Who Died (aka: The Escaped Cock) - DH Lawrence
~ Cutting Through Spiritual Materiaism - Trungpa
~ The Prophet - Gibran
~ Mount Analogue - Rene Daumal
~ Rumi poetry
~ Poetry of Lew Welch
~ Soon: the poetry of Pablo Neruda

Seven movies I watch over and over again (or would if I had time)(again...sorry, hard to limit myself here)

~ Il Postino
~ African Queen and Casablance (all of Bogart!)
~ The Godfather (I & II)
~ Apocalypse Now
~ Star Wars
~ Lord of the Rings
~ Chinatown
~ English Patient
~ Ghost Dog (Jarmusch!)
~ North by Northwest (Hitchcock!)
~ English Patient
~ The Three Colors (Blue, Red, White) - Kieslowki
~ Good Will Hunting
~ Cinema Paradiso
~ Rififi
~ Anything by Renoir

Seven people I want to join in too

~ Leave no one out!!
~ Special mention: Izzy, Fran, Colman, DoDo, Jerome, kcurie, metatone, PeWi, Tgeraghty, jandsm, saturday, di gondi, cheekyzino, Chris K...and too many more to mention., but would if I could...


"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia

by whataboutbob on Sat Feb 4th, 2006 at 05:58:15 AM EST
Seven things to do before I die
−    Achieve inner peace and equinamity
−    Live in a small house with a big garden
−    Travel more of India and the Himalayas, and other countries
−    To become self-realized, meaning to develop more of my still latent potentials
−    Be fluent in Sanskrit
−    To be of service to others

Seven things I cannot do (to my regret)
−    This is difficult as I basically believe if I REALLY want to, I can do almost everything.
−    Could I have a career as a dancer, sure, maybe not as Giselle, but maybe as a funny old witch.
−    I really don't know what to put in here that I would want to do and feel I can not do if I really want too. I am doing today many things I thought or been told I would be never able to do and they have become reality.

Seven things that attract me to where I live (Basel, Switzerland)
−    It's a 10 Minutes drive to Germany
−    It's a 15 minutes drive to France
−    We have great art museums, which I rarely visit  :-(
−    The Black Forest and Jura are near by for hiking and cross country skiing
−    There are lots of mineral spas near by
−    It's a open-minded city (it hosted the LSD-Symposium)
−    Spring comes earlier here then in the rest of the country

Seven things I say most often (though not in English)
−    great
−    thank you
−    tell me more
−    Whats happening
−    Mist
−    How does this work
−    Hallo

Seven books (or series) that I love/have loved - seven is not enough!
−    The Bhagavad Gita, different interpretations
−    The Yoga Sutras, different interpretations
−    The Prophet by Gibran
−    Any Mrs. Murphy stories by Rita Mae Brown, when I am tired and don't want to ponder
−    Harry Potter, same as above
−    Monday Mourning or any Kathy Reichs Mysteries
−    Books by Thomas Moore
−    and many more

Seven movies that I watch over and over again (or would if I had a lot of time)
−    Fantasia, first movie I ever saw
−    My Fair Lady
−    otherwise I am not much of a movie watcher

Seven people I want to join in, too.  I am not sure I understand this question correctly, does this mean people I want to meet?
Then definitely all the ET front pagers and commenters, especially Izzy who piques my curiosity the most. :-)

by Fran on Sat Feb 4th, 2006 at 08:39:44 AM EST
Fran, I think you are fortunate to not have regrets (or many). I tend to have a punitive super-ego, so have had to tame that demon and come to terms with feeling lots of regrets...probably many that are not reality-based...it has become a yoga to be as present as possible and not be tortured by "the iyranny of should". Refreshing to hear your perspective.

And Fantasia is wonderful!!

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia

by whataboutbob on Sat Feb 4th, 2006 at 10:45:45 AM EST
[ Parent ]
I meant "tyranny of the should"...too quick on the post button...

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Sat Feb 4th, 2006 at 10:46:55 AM EST
[ Parent ]
This is an interesting aspect. You actually brought up something I can not do, that is change my past. However, and that is maybe the good sign and why I did not think of it, I made pretty much peace with it, by forgiving others and myself for not being perfect. Wish it would have been as easy and simple as it sounds.

Fantasia is actually a movie I would like to see again. I don't know if it really was that good or if I only have this warm and fond memory because of my grand-father who went to see it with me. You must know he was very left-liberal, and in his world-view it would have been very embarassing being seen doing it. And he even sat with me throught it twice. Of course, me the 6 or 7 year old, forced him to do it. At least that is how he justified it to my grand-mother. :-) Well, he was one of those special people in my live.

by Fran on Sat Feb 4th, 2006 at 01:31:28 PM EST
[ Parent ]
All in no particular order...
  1. Seven things to do before I die
    1. Learn to write decently
    2. Learn to speak, read and write French properly
    3. Get my black belt
    4. CENSORED FOR MY CONTINUED GOOD HEALTH
    5. Learn to ride horses to a decent standard
    6. Go on a horseback safari
    7. Finish my thrice damned PhD
  2. Seven things I cannot do (to my regret)
    1. Play the violin
    2. Finish my (now) four times damned PhD
    3. Read poetry
    4. Lose weight
    5. Be disciplined
    6. Overcome the "but what will people think?" voice in the back of my head
    7. Keep control of my budget
  3. Seven things that attract me to Dublin
    1. Inertia
    2. Family
    3. Friends
    4. Horses
    5. The balmy climate
    6. Guinness - not that I drink much of it
    7. Sam likes it
  4. Seven things I say most often
    1. Fuck
    2. Clearly
    3. Hmmm
    4. I love you
    5. Tea?
    6. Hush.
    7. For small values of ...
  5. Seven books (or series) that I love
    1. Dune
    2. Lord of the Rings
    3. Teenage Heinlein books
    4. The Way of Aikido
    5. Sandman
    6. Cooking in Ten Minutes - De Pomiane
    7. All of them damn it, I just like to hold them and dust them and keep them safe
  6. Seven movies that I watch over and over again (or would if I had the time)

    I'm not good with movies.

    1. Bladerunner
    2. Princess Bride
    3. Prospero's Books
    4. Star Wars
    5. Much Ado about Nothing
    6. Monty Python
    7. Seven Samurai
  7. Seven people I want to join in, too.
    1. Seven readers who have never posted here before.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Sat Feb 4th, 2006 at 05:15:34 PM EST
So what is the topic of the five times damned PhD?
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sat Feb 4th, 2006 at 05:32:51 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I've forgotten at this stage ... it's got maths and computers and systems theory and things in it. "Sheaves as Models for Concurrency and Distribution in VDM" is the title at the moment.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Sat Feb 4th, 2006 at 05:39:59 PM EST
[ Parent ]
1)    Seven things to do before I die
-    Learn Spanish and re-learn Arabic
-    Help my daughters (12 and 14) start a rich and happy life
-    Contribute to make the world a little better
-    Write a book some people would like
-    Play music with a Latin-American or African band
-    Meet more wonderful people

2)    Seven things I cannot do (to my regret)
-    Bring peace to the world right now
-    Play piano or violin
-    Speak all the languages
-    Love all the women (but I tried)
-    Read all the books
-    Save money
-    Be the handsome young man I used to be

3)    Seven things that attract me to [Lyon]
-    People I love and people I like
-    The light in Spring and Autumn
-    La Croix-Rousse et Saint Jean
-    The cultural life
-    The best cuisine in the world
-    Being close to the Alps and not far from the Mediterranean
-    but I'm attracted to Marseilles, Rome, Brussels, Paris and Barcelona as well

4)    Seven things I say most often
-    "Bonjour"
-    "Au revoir"
-    "Encore"
-    "Bonne nuit"
-    "Désolé"
-    "Je t'aime"
-    "Nom de Dieu!"

5)    Seven books (or series) that I love (titles are given in French when I read them in French)
-    "Le citta invisibili" and all the books written by Italo Calvino
-    "Le Maître et Marguerite" and all the books written by Mikhaïl Boulgakov
-    "The Alexandria Quartet" - Lawrence Durrell
-    "Under the Volcano" and all the books written by Malcolm Lowry
-    "L'Homme sans qualités" and all the books written by Robert Musil
-    "Cent ans de solitude" - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
-    "L'oeuvre au noir" and all the books written by Marguerite Yourcenar
-    "Le Rivage des Syrtes" and all the books written by Julien Gracq
-    "Le Recours de la Méthode" and all the books written by Alejo Carpentier
-    "Portrait de groupe avec dame" - Heinrich Böll
-    "Conversations à la Cathédrale" and all the books written by Mario Vargas Llosa
-    "A la recherche du temps perdu" - Marcel Proust
-    "Le jardin aux sentiers qui bifurquent" and all the books written by Jorge-Luis Borges
-    "The Hotel New Hampshire" - John Irving
-    "Un meurtre que tout le monde commet" - Heimito Von Doderer
-    "Fury" and all the books written by Salman Rushdie
-    "A place to come to" - Robert Penn Warren
-    "Le premier cercle" and "Le pavillon des cancéreux" - Alexander Soljenitsin
-    "Un barrage contre le Pacifique" - Marguerite Duras
-    "Ou César, ou rien ! "  and all the books written by Manuel Vasquez-Montalban
-    "La vie, mode d'emploi" and all the books written by Georges Perec
-    "Le Livre Noir" and all the books written by Orhan Pamuk
-    "La vie devant soi" - Romain Gary/ Emile Ajar
-    "Le général de l'armée morte" - Ismail Kadare
-    "Quer pasticciaccio brutto de via Merulana" and "La cognizione del dolore" - Carlo-Emilio Gadda
-    "City" and all the books written by Alessandro Barrico
-    "La ville des prodiges" - Eduardo Mendoza
-    "Le grand voyage" and all the books written by Jorge Semprun
-    And all Victor Hugo...

6)    Seven movies that I watch over and over again (or would if I had the time)
-    "Breakfast at Tiffanys" and "Roman Holidays"
-    "Casablanca"
-    "Three women"
-    "Ultimo Tango a Parigi"
-    "C'eravamo tanto amati" and "Brutti, Sporchi e Cattivi"
-    "Cabaret"
-    All Tex Avery
-    "Star Wars"

7)    Seven people I want to join in, too.
Seven people I still have to meet (maybe at the Eurotribe meetup...)


"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet

by Melanchthon on Sat Feb 4th, 2006 at 10:20:46 PM EST
Great pictures of Lyon, especially the one of La Croix-Rousse. I've only seen the train station from the inside of a train many times. I never pictured it quite like that. Merci.
by Alexandra in WMass (alexandra_wmass[a|t]yahoo[d|o|t]fr) on Sun Feb 5th, 2006 at 09:51:24 PM EST
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Monseiur, I am curious about your opinion of Robbe-Grillet. I read "Voyeur" as a mystery piece and enjoyed it (in English translation).

I will become a patissier, God willing.
by tuasfait on Mon Feb 6th, 2006 at 01:12:44 AM EST
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I'm afraid I haven't read enough of Robbe-Grillet's works (and it was long ago!) to give a valuable opinion on them.

In fact, when I look at my list, I haven't read a lot of French modern literature...


"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet

by Melanchthon on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 09:41:13 AM EST
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Seven things to do before I die

  1. Go to Beirut and Palestine
  2. Learn how to fly a helicopter
  3. Go skydiving
  4. Go to Bora Bora for my honeymoon.
  5. Make a million dollar (by the age of 35 :))
  6. Make sure that my family is doing well and is happy
  7. Have an impact on people's lives

Seven things I cannot do (to my regret)

  1. Play sports
  2. Play an instrument
  3. Talk less
  4. Have a dog
  5. Be stubborn
  6. Resist temptation
  7. Sleep for a really long time

Seven things that attract me to [Kosovo]

  1. My family (esp. my awesome brother and sister)
  2. My friends (which I know will be there for me forever)
  3. My country
  4. The fact that it needs to be developed and someone has to do it.
  5. My mother's cooking
  6. It's in the Balkans and I can see my "regional" friends in a matter of hours :)
  7. The attachment to Kosovo's past

Seven things I say most often

  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. I need to study today!
  4. I love you (Te dua)
  5. Sorry, I can't do that today.
  6. Where are we eating today?
  7. Are we drinking tonight or what?

Seven books (or series) that I love

  1. Who moved my blackberry? by Martin Lukes
  2. Darwin Awards
  3. Deception Point by Dan Brown
  4. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
  5. From Beirut to Jerusalem by Thomas Friedman
  6. The world is flat by Friedman
  7. The alchemist by Paulo Coelho (read it when i was kid)

Seven movies that I watch over and over again (or would if I had the time)

  1. Snatch
  2. Pulp Fiction
  3. Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
  4. American Beauty
  5. Magnolia
  6. Amadeus
  7. Syriana (just watched it)

Seven people I want to join in, too.

1-7. Everyone else who hasn't already :)))))

Cheers.

by AmonRa on Sun Feb 5th, 2006 at 11:02:27 AM EST
1. Seven things to do before I die
~ Get a full night's sleep
~ Humiliate Larry Kudlow in some way
~ Take a vacation throughout Europe and Asia
~ Write a book and convince some poor soul to publish it
~ Visit New York City
~ Own a pub/restaurant with my fiancee
~ Buy my parents a house in Charleston, South Carolina

2. Seven things I cannot do (to my regret)
~ Get a full night's sleep
~ Spend more than an hour without feeling the need to debate
~ Run more than one hundred yards (bad knee)
~ Spend less than four hours on the phone with my mother
~ Motivate myself to clean my apartment regularly
~ Drink more than five pints without falling asleep
~ Watch tv news with getting angry

3. Seven things that attract me to [Nottingham] (where I'll live soon)
~ It's not so fucking hot
~ It snows, apparently, and I've only seen snow once (at Glacier National Park in Montana, which is, unfortunately, disappearing)
~ Better school for a cheaper price
~ It's a only a few hours from London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Paris
~ No more tariffs or built-in shipping costs on the beer I like
~ Much nicer accents than in the Deep South
~ Much cheaper rent, apparently

4. Seven things I say most often
~ "You've gotta be fucking kidding me"
~ "Ya fuckin' prick!" (usually said while driving)
~ "Oi" (or "Oy"?)
~ "The delivery guy threw the newspaper under my God-damned car, again!"
~ "I'm sorry?" (as in, "Can you repeat that?")
~ "Thank God for Keith Oldermann."
~ "Throw the ball, you useless little shit!" (said many times during FSU football games; our quarterback annoys me)

5. Seven books (or series) that I love
~ Keynes's The General Theory...
~ Orwell's 1984 (though the ending is, obviously, depressing)
~ The Harry Potter series (can't help loving Rohling's work, even if it's for kids)
~ Paul Krugman's The Great Unraveling
~ Dinesh D'Souza's What's So Great About America? (even if he is an obnoxious Republican)
~ Daniel Altman's Neoconomy
~ Mankiw and Romer's New Keynesian Economics (because I'm a geek)

6. Seven movies that I watch over and over again (or would if I had the time)
~ Jurassic Park
~ Saving Private Ryan
~ Braveheart
~ V for Vendetta (note that I'm guessing here, since it hasn't come out yet, but the plot looks like a perfect movie for my taste)
~ Life with Father (very old movie)
~ Gone with the Wind (Mammy, alone, is worth it)
~ The Ghost in the Darkness

7. Seven people I want to join in, too (in no particular order).
~ Metatone
~ Migeru
~ Jerome A Paris
~ Izzy
~ Alexander G Rubio
~ Colman
~ DoDo
*~ Agnes, Gjermund, Sirocco, and rdf and DeAnander (so that I have two people to argue with), along with many others (because I can't narrow it down to 7)


Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Tue Feb 7th, 2006 at 01:15:19 PM EST
Seven things to do before I die
+Speak Spanish so I can read Balthasar Gracian
+Speak French so I can read Derrida
+Speak Japanese so I can drink tea
+Speak Hungarian to say Thank you
+Speak Yali and any other langauge where there are only a couple of hundred people left that speak it
+Speak in a way that people listen
+Listen to people

Seven things I cannot do (to my regret)
+do maths
+be less of a perfectionist, that gives up to easily
+Ice dancing
+run a marathon
+play the violin, piano or the cello
+go to bed when I ought to
+fly a plane

Seven things that attract me to [where I live or will be living]
+my partner
+the history of our house (going back to 11th century)
+I can close the door and I am on my own
+It is betted in some beautiful landscape
+That I don;t speak the language of the natives
+
+the pink spectacle I am still wearing (what the hell am I doing here?)

Seven things I say most often
+Anyway
+Awas Awas
+Pollacko, Pollacko(sp?)
+Anyway
+Ohowahowaha
+Geoeh
+Anyway

Seven books (or series) that I love
+Hans Blumenberg - Legitimitaet der Neuzeit
+Walker Percy - Second coming
+Jan Guillot - The democratic terrorist
+Bathasar Gracian - Oracle
+Either-Or - Soeren Kierkegaard
+Oliver Twist - Dickens
+The hungry caterpillar (self colouring book)

Seven movies that I watch over and over again (or would if I had the time)
+The Killer (John Woo)
+Leon
+Blues Brothers
+Life of Brian
+Amelie
+Amadeus
+A heart in the winter

Seven people I want to join in, too.
+the seven dwarfs

by PeWi on Tue Feb 7th, 2006 at 09:50:03 PM EST
Seven things to do before I die

  • Travel more - especially in Europe, and especially to my ancestral homelands Ireland and Italy.
  • See below (things I can't do)

Seven things I cannot do (to my regret)

  • Speak a language other than English
  • Play a musical instrument
  • Understand poetry (not very well, anyway)
  • Make conversation easily
  • Organize anything
  • Lead
  • Follow
  • Get out of the way

Seven things that attract me to Evanston, Illinois, where I used to live and one of my favorite places:

  • Don't need a car
  • Diversity of good restaurants steps away from my apt.
  • Work within walking distance
  • Easy access to Chicago by mass transit
  • Two good used bookstores
  • On the shore of Lake Michigan
  • Only 4-5 hours (by car) from Ohio, where most of my family lives.

Seven things I say most often

Seven books (or series) that I love

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • A Farewell to Arms/For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Lord of the Rings/Chronicles of Narnia/Chronicles of Prydain/Morte d'Arthur
  • RFK: A Memoir
  • America in Our Time
  • The Virtues of Liberalism

Seven movies that I watch over and over again (or would if I had the time)

  • Lord of the Rings
  • Unforgiven
  • Pelle the Conqueror
  • The Right Stuff
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  • The Civil War documentary
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

Seven people I want to join in, too.

  • Anyone who wants to come along
  • You, too.
by TGeraghty on Wed Feb 8th, 2006 at 03:25:16 AM EST
You lived in Evanston?  Me too.  I went to NU & stayed a few years after I graduated.  I loved that town, though I don't like what they've done with the downtown area now.  Too commercial...  

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire
by p------- on Wed Feb 8th, 2006 at 01:14:09 PM EST
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Yes, I did my graduate work at NU. There were a number of high-rise office and apartment buildings being put up in the last few years I was there.

Can't fight "progress"!

by TGeraghty on Wed Feb 8th, 2006 at 06:23:53 PM EST
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