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April 2007

Vox Hunt: Adaptation Nomination

Book: What book would you like to see made into a movie? 
Submitted by Felipe Anuel.

Possibly this one...

Double Whammy
Carl Hiaasen

But I don't know if justice could be done to it at all.

So many books would make great movies, if the screenplay writer had a really holistic understanding of the story, rather than just leaving some elements in and leaving others out, for what seems like capricious reasoning.

Vox Hunt: I'm The DJ

Audio: Congrats, you're the radio DJ!  What six songs are in your first on-air set?
Submitted by LeendaDLL.

I seriously don't want to work that hard.

What mood am I in? Who is my audience? What time of day is it?

If the answers are the current one, you, and now, well...

Fascination Street--The Cure
Learning to Fly--Pink Floyd
Shake Your Groove Thing--Peaches and Herb
Step On--The Happy Mondays
Winter Sky--Big Country
Rockafella Skank--Fatboy Slim

Do you want me to upload them here? I'm thinking of having lunch just now.

QotD: Nip/Tuck

Have you ever had plastic or elective surgery? Did you tell anyone? Why or why not? 
Submitted by Beth Punches

I had a tubal ligation.

I would happily have one or two minor things done to my face right now at my current age so that as I age, they'd fall into place a little better. However, I had such a severe and frightening reaction to the anaesthesia during the tubal ligation that I'd be afraid.

I have a lot of dental surgery in my future, and I'm worried about the anaesthesia for that.

Here's something I just read: Tubal ligation is the method that is most commonly performed, however, that may be because the majority of couples don't realize that vasectomy involves far less risk to the patient, and is a much easier procedure performed in the doctor's office rather than in the hospital setting required for tubal ligation.

That's totally and completely not why. It's because the majority of men are childish about their penises and what happens to them, forcing a woman into the position of doing this because she is the one with the most to lose if she gets pregnant again. A tubal ligation is often an act of desperation. The cost of vasectomy is typically 3 to 4 times less than the cost of tubal ligation, and more likely to be 100% covered by insurance, however, that doesn't seem to matter either.

QotD: I'd Totally Pig Out

If you could eat anything you wanted, and not have to worry about gaining weight/being unhealthy/inhumane, what would you totally pig out on? 
Submitted by Jay.

The only thing that keeps me from eating exactly what I want when I want is expense. I'm not interested in gorging on anything. If I had more money, I'd eat more fine food, and more imported and specialty items. But not in large quantities, just whenever I liked, which would be most days.

Vox Hunt: Fine Art

Show us your favorite work of art (fiction, music, sculpture, painting, architecture, dance, etc).
Submitted by Dean.

I adore sharing this sort of thing. The answers from other Voxers so far have been cool. But Dean, baby, I don't do favorites. I love so much stuff! I'm not fickle, though, I keep loving the stuff even after I've found new stuff to love.

I like this idea so much that I'm going to share 12 or 15 Things I Love over the next little while here, starting with one of my favorite paintings, The Sacrifice of Isaac, by Peter-Paul Rubens. Unfortunately, this is a screenshot of a reproduction, uploaded to my server because Vox isn't letting me upload anything today.

This painting has been a favorite of mine for many years, yet I could find almost nothing about it on the internet. It's housed at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, and so I wrote to the curator there to ask about it. Here is part of her response.

As part of the opening of the new Bloch Building, we have put our very best works on display in the galleries, including Rubens’ Sacrifice of Isaac, which is hanging in Gallery P15. Here’s a bit of information about it, as well as the text of the wall label accompanying it:

 Peter Paul Rubens, Flemish, 1577-1640
The Sacrifice of Isaac, ca. 1612-1613

Oil on wood panel
Unframed: 55 1/2 x 43 1/2 inches (140.97 x 110.49 cm)

Purchase: Nelson Trust
Gallery Location: P15

 The Flemish master Rubens describes the physical and psychological intensity of the moment when God, through the intervention of an angel, prevents the sacrifice of Isaac by his father, Abraham. Abraham, who met God's challenge with anguished resolve, looks with surprise and relief into the eyes of an angel whose oblique entry into the picture plane and fluttering drapery animate the scene. Italian art and the study of classical sculpture played a pivotal role in Rubens' work. Here, the strong color and bold drapery patterns reflect the influence of Venetian painting, the muscular energy of the figures is inspired by Michelangelo, and the sculptural torso of Isaac could be a classical statue. With his customary virtuosity, Rubens combined all of these elements into a dramatic ensemble, the epitome of Baroque dynamism.

She also told me that they plan to have the entire collection available for viewing online by the end of the year. Since this is a very large painting, viewing it onscreen simply cannot do it justice. But it will be much better than nothing!

I know I'm nuts

But really, if you had as many appliances as I have had suddenly begin smoking or smelling like electrical fire right after you got them, you'd start to wonder about some things. I am not making this up. When I read about Harry Dresden the wizard's problems with electricity, I started to think maybe there's something to it all. Well, not necessarily wizardry, more like human electrical interference. But it's really not an easy thing to Google.

My XM Radio dock hisses. Review after review indicates most people are very satisfied with the unit I bought. Especially since, the day after I bought it, they started offering a 30 dollar rebate.

In my old van, the electronics on the driver's side only started going bad shortly after I got it. It got worse and worse, and couldn't get repaired right until finally, before I traded it in a couple of weeks ago, the driver window only half-operated, the driver's side mirror only could be electronically adjusted to the left, and the override dome light started literally acting insane.

Fuses go out on me. It's never-ending. The kinds of problems I have had with my computers, seriously, are not the kinds you've had with yours. They're all power-related, on three different computers.

I got this email from the man just now, though, after years of telling me I'm being silly about all this:


You’re cursed.

You pop light bulbs, kill appliances, cause lovely little coffee houses to go belly-up, and invariably cause the prices of the gadgets you’ve been coveting to skyrocket within hours of purchase.

But I love you. And I’m not going anywhere.

I can weather your storm.

I’m still learning to deal with the surprise cost increases, absences of product, and sudden spikes in temperature resulting from your presence. But I will.

Because I’m your husband.

Take the words of Churchill, as he stood atop a child’s chair in that elementary school class to heart, dear:

“Nevah, evah, evah, EVAH give in!”

Vox Hunt: Under 17 Not Admitted

Video: What was the first R-rated movie you saw (or were allowed to see)?
Submitted by Lisa.

That would be either Jaws, or Saturday Night Fever. I was 10 with the first, and 11 with the 2nd. I had to talk hard to get my parents to relent, and with the case of the 2nd one? I wouldn't have taken an 11 year-old to it. But I think they knew I was always kind of immune to stuff I wasn't ready for.

About half my own children are like that; the other half are not.

Oh--I said either, because I was not certain Jaws was rated R, but it must have been, right?

Actually, this means I have to look at the thing differently. Those were the first R-rated movies I asked to see. But I saw Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid when I was 4, and The French Connection when I was 7 or 8. And we saw The Poseidon Adventure; I must have been around 7 then as well. At this point you're wondering about my parents, eh? I just think they assumed I wasn't terribly sentient at that point. But I remember quite a lot.

The only one that sort of disturbed me was The Poseidon Adventure, but my memory of it wasn't sound for years, because when I saw it again later, it didn't even seem to contain the scene that had once bothered me. One summer, 3 or 4 years ago, my daughter became addicted to this movie. TBS or someone showed it constantly, and I think she ended up taping it. She and her sisters named their neighborhood friend "Acres," after the Roddy McDowell character, and the girls still call her that to this day.

I have no video to share.

What you really want to ask about is all the inappropriate books I used to read. :-)

QotD: Life Was Never The Same

Tell us about an event that changed your life forever.
Submitted by Miss Scotch.

There are so many interesting answers to this question already! Well done, Populi of Vox.

I don't much like the question because I'm no good at just picking one of something. In case I haven't made that clear in the past. I've had many, many life-changing events. I mean, really life-changing. Many. I don't like thinking about most of them. I'd prefer a life more stable, less ups and downs. More Vivaldiesque, less Mahleresque. People who say they prefer all the soaring highs and crashing lows really must not have crashed that far or that often. Personally, I'm tired.

I don't even feel like making something up. Sorry.