Some TAL Holiday Cheer

So, I have yet to report on the Bazaar Bizarre itself (great!, but you probably want more detail), but in those weeks leading up to it, while I was printing late into the night in preparation, I listened to a lot of This American Life. If you were looking for a little something to get yourself in the mood this Christmas Eve, you could do worse than listen to this broadcast from ’03, where Truman Capote reads a Christmas story (well, it was recorded well before ’03 as you might expect). Last year’s was also something, but there’s more smirking, less tear-jerking.

Rainy Planet @ Bazaar Bizarre Boston

There are those of you who live in the Boston area that I don’t know in “real” life, so I may not have told you that this Saturday, December 16, 2006, Terri and I will be at the Boston Bazaar Bizarre selling goods as the Rainy Planet Press. It’s from 1pm – 7pm. Come say hi.

Admission is only $1, you can get lots of cool holiday shopping done, and while I don’t know much of the rest of the entertainment line-up, I have seen Hilken Mancini, and she alone is worth at least 10x the price of admission.

Unlikely sources of Global Warming

Unlikely source #1: Second Life. (“your average Second Life avatar consumes about as much electricity as your average Brazilian.”)
Unlikely source #2: cows.

The cows are the bigger problem, but I think it’s also worth pointing out that the Internet is a bigger fossil fuel consumer than people realize, because there is a big out-of-sight-out-of-mind thing going on there. Because you have probably never seen a data center, you probably don’t realize that they even exist. Heck, I’ve been a web developer for almost 10 years, and have only seen the computers I work on once.

Merry Christmas, Moviehouse

It’s a Wonderful Life on the big screen at the Brattle did not disappoint, as usual. While I usually think of Starbuck’s as the Mr. Potter of coffee shops, they did, without much prior fanfare, pay for everyone’s tickets at today’s screening and give everybody a $5 gift card, and I know it was just advertising, but it still felt nice.

In other Brattle-ish news… If you weren’t sure that Bradley of Bradley’s Alamanac was a civic treasure (and  international, what with the interweb),  he was at the David Lynch Q&A last weekend, and has posted mp3′s.

Upcoming at the Brattle

I’m surprised that the Brattle isn’t showing Wings of Desire this year. They were showing it every holiday season for a while there, and this year people might be inclined to go, given that the A.R.T is putting on a stage version. Or maybe they are thinking that people will be all Wings of Desire-d out.
(We’re going to the A.R.T. production next week; I’m not sure whether it’s going to be great, like 90% of everything the A.R.T. puts on, or whether it’s just not going to translate to the stage. The cinematic technique is part of the point: the use of black and white stock, shot from high camera angles lets you see as the angels see; the overdubbed thoughts of the people on screen lets you hear what the angels hear. I have no idea how they’re going to pull that off. I wonder if that’s why Wim Wenders decided not to get involved— he’s a film director and might really not really have an idea of how to bring it to the stage.)

Anyway, I am also a little disappointed to see that It’s A Wonderful Life is relegated to two 1pm matinees next weekend. I have fond memories of the year that they served cookies and cider after one of the evening screenings.

And I’m really disapointed with myself for being too slow on the draw to get tickets to see (Brattle boardmember) David Lynch do Q&A after his new film premieres tonight at the Brattle. All I get is this YouTube video of him with a cow (which is pretty great: “Oh, my God, it’s f***ing David Lynch! What is David Lynch doing with a f***ing cow on the corner of LaBrea and Hollywood?!”).