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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-08-22 18:21
Subject: [personal] The day that was
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Tags:calendula, child, movies, personal
Oi. Such a day. Nothing cancer-related, for a change. I took the_child to the AT&T store at the mall just up the road a mile or two. We were adding a phone to an existing plan. This should have taken 10, 15 minutes. It took an hour and forty-minutes, involved at least five store employees, multiple phone calls to various inside help lines, and four (or possibly more) attempted number assignments. Something was seriously wrong with AT&T's retail management software. Meanwhile, I, who cannot stand for any length of time even now due to fatigue and peripheral neuropathy, was stuck the whole damned time in an AT&T store with no chairs, stools or benches. The issue was clearly not the fault of the employees, and I remained good natured, but that was damned hard. Eventually she did get her first phone.

I made it home with about two minutes to spare before calendula_witch arrived to pick me up to go to see Inception in the cinema at the same damned mall. As the_child had said, "Why don't you just have her meet you here?" To which I replied, "How will you get home?" She shrugged, then said, "Magic?"

As for Inception, I was highly entertained. I think I was impressed, but I'll need to contemplate for a while. At the very least, it was well worth my time. I'd sure like to see it again. Spoilerrific musings possible in the next few days, though given my schedule, doubtful.

Eating leftovers now, then a much-delayed call with tillyjane, who is camping somewhere in Wyoming, then I am to bed with a book. Y'all play nice.

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Laurel Amberdine: lightning
User: amberdine
Date: 2010-08-23 01:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
What is it with you and AT&T?? I mean, I know they're kind of troublesome, but they seem to specially have it out for you. Good grief.
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User: martianmooncrab
Date: 2010-08-23 01:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You could have asked the employees for a chair to sit in. Thats what I do if standing becomes an issue for me.
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scarlettina: Movie tix
User: scarlettina
Date: 2010-08-23 03:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Movie tix
Just one question about Inception for the moment. Did the top keep spinning?
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russ: pasporto
User: goulo
Date: 2010-08-23 06:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It seemed intentionally ambiguous (a cheesy copout?) to me at first. However upon reflection, it seems there are several good arguments why it would keep spinning...

I coincidentally saw the film yesterday as well. I generally liked it fine as a caper/action/sf film, but I expected much more from the creator of Memento (which I found to be a brilliant film). Nolan's evidently getting too infected by Hollywood action blockbuster disease, and the incessant repetitive way-too-long mindless gunfight action scenes were just pointless and should have been severely trimmed.
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Terie Garrison: AutumnQuest
User: teriegarrison
Date: 2010-08-23 06:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Long-time lurker, first-time commenter.

Definitely see Inception again. It's as good the second time as the first, because you can see all the tracks they laid down (er, no pun intended) that didn't make any sense the first time. I was about 93.7% as blown away after the second viewing as after the first.

Also? The choreography of Gordon-Levitt's corridor fight scene is as awesome the second time as the first. (Trying to be spoiler-free here.)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-08-23 11:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hi, welcome to comment hell!

And yes, that corridor fight was seriously awesome...
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russ: zen
User: goulo
Date: 2010-08-23 12:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I stumbled upon this rather interesting analysis of Inception today:

It causes me to reevaluate some things about the film, and to wonder whether the long gunfight scenes were intentionally so stupid and repetitive and annoying.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-08-23 12:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
calendula_witch and I had arrived at the first part of that analysis on our own, specifically on the points the article cites. The dream-as-movie-making thing would likely never have occurred to me, though it does more to explain the odd hypercompetence of the characters in the deepening dreamspace.
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User: barbarienne
Date: 2010-08-23 21:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Life will be so much easier when the_child has a driver's license.

Parents always speak with fear of the time their kids learn to drive. My folks took it as as the moment they no longer had to run out for milk or to pick us up from friends' houses.
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User: lindadee
Date: 2010-08-24 17:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I was disappointed by Inception. I was fine till about 3/4 of hte way through the film, when I was thrown out of my sense of wonder by the stupidity of the slow motion car out of control and subsequent "action" scenes that were "over the top." And I thought the ending was a cheat.
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