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Mike Chapman
Date: 2010-10-28 21:35
Subject: Animated Movies meme
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Music:"Where There's a Whip... There's a Way!"

All the animated movies in the world, sort of.

- X what you saw
- O what you haven't finished/seen or saw sizable portions
- Bold what you loved
- Italicize what you disliked/hated
- Leave unchanged if neutral
Note: I loved a lot of these movies when they came out, but I'm judging based on whether I still go out of my way to watch them again. I own a lot of them, but I never seem to watch them.

[X] 101 Dalmatians (1961)
[X] Alice in Wonderland (1951)
[X] Bambi (1942)
[X] Cinderella (1950)
[X] Dumbo (1941)
[X] Fantasia (1940)
[X] Lady and the Tramp (1955)
[X] Mary Poppins (1964) - This is probably influenced by my listening to the soundtrack incessantly at a young age, but I watched it again not long ago and still really enjoyed it.
[X] Peter Pan (1953)
[X] Pinocchio (1940)
[X] Sleeping Beauty (1959)
[X] Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
[X] Song of the South (1946)

[X] The Aristocats (1970)
[X] The Black Cauldron (1985)
[O] The Fox and the Hound (1981) - I think I saw this, but found it totally unmemorable.
[X] The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
[X] The Jungle Book (1967):
[X] The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)
[X] Oliver and Company (1986)
[X] Pete's Dragon (1977)
[X] The Rescuers (1977)
[X] Robin Hood (1973)
[X] The Sword In The Stone (1963)

[X] Aladdin (1992).
[X] Beauty and the Beast (1991)
[X] DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp (2000)
[X ] A Goofy Movie (1995) - I've watched this film more than any other in this category. It's not the best, but it's charming and funny. The songs are a hoot.
[X] Hercules (1997)
[X] The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
[X] The Lion King (1994)
[X] The Little Mermaid (1989)
[X] Mulan (1998)
[X] Pocahontas (1995)
[X] The Rescuers Down Under (1990)
[X] Tarzan (1999)

[X] Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) - I cannot help seeing it as a Nadia rip-off
[X] Bolt (2008)
[ ] Brother Bear (2003)
[X] Chicken Little (2005)
[X] Dinosaur (2000)
[X] The Emperor's New Groove (2000) - I added underlining because I needed something more emphatic than just bold. This film is mad genius and diluted joy.
[X] Fantasia 2000 (2000)
[ ] Home on the Range (2004) - It is in my Netflix queue.
[X] Lilo & Stitch (2002)
[X] Meet the Robinsons (2007) - While I would not say I love it, it was much, much better than I expected it to be.
[X] Treasure Planet (2002)

[X] A Bug's Life (1998)
[X] Cars (2006) - The Comic-Con before this film came out, there were some Pixar guys at a booth and I expressed my skepticism that it would be any good. The next year I found them again, apologized, and bought their book as penance.
[X] Finding Nemo (2003)
[X] The Incredibles (2004)
[X] Monsters Inc. (2001)
[X] Ratatouille (2007)
[X] Toy Story (1995)
[X] Toy Story 2 (1999)
[X] Toy Story 3 (2010)
[X] Wall-E (2008)
[X] Up (2009) - It was very good, but I do not own it, and I have yet found the need to watch it again.

[X] All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
[X] An American Tail (1986)
[X] An American Tail: Fieval Goes West (1991)
[X] Anastasia (1997)
[X] The Land Before Time (1988)
[ ] The Pebble and the Penguin (1995)
[] Rock-a-Doodle (1991)
[X] The Secret of NIMH (1982) - Leaving in a quote from Shaenon Garrity, who I copied this meme from, which explains why I do not love this film:  "...they should be science rats, not magic rats."
[ ] Thumbelina (1994)
[X] Titan AE (2000)
[ ] A Troll in Central Park (1994)

[ ] The Adventures of Mark Twain (1986)
[X] Chicken Run (2000)
[X] Corpse Bride (2005)
[X] James and the Giant Peach (1996): Wandered too far from the original book, which tends to annoy me.
[X] The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
[X] Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
[X] Coraline (2009)

[X] Antz (1998)
[X] Flushed Away (2006)
[X] Happy Feet (2006)
[X] How To Train Your Dragon (2010) - I think I'll love it, but I've not got around to watch it again.
[X] Ice Age (2002) - Fondly remembered for Scrat abuse
[X] Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)
[ ] Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)
[X] Kung Fu Panda (2008) - While I don't love it, it was surprisingly good.
[X] Madagascar (2005)
[ ] Monster House (2006)
[X] Over the Hedge (2006)
[ ] The Polar Express (2004)
[X] Shrek (2001)
[X] Shrek 2 (2004)
[X] Shrek The Third (2007) - I didn't dislike it, but I find that I also barely remember it.
[ ] Shrek Forever After (2010)
[X] Monsters vs. Aliens

[ ] Arabian Knight (aka The Thief and the Cobbler) (1995)
[X] The Last Unicorn (1982)
[ ] Light Years (1988)
[ ] The Triplets of Belleville (2003)
[ ] Persepolis (2007)
[ ] Waltz With Bashir (2008)
[X] Watership Down (1978) - As a kid, I was very impressed by all the blood, but even today I love the images it lent to one of my favorite books.
[ ] When the Wind Blows (1988)
[X] Yellow Submarine (1968)

[X] Grave of the Fireflies (1988) - It is a truly amazing film, but I cannot love a movie I cannot bring myself to watch ever again.
[X] Howl's Moving Castle (2004)

[X] Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
[X] Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986)
[X] Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)
[X] My Neighbors The Yamadas (1999)
[X] My Neighbor Totoro (1993)
[X] Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
[X] Ocean Waves (1993)
[X] Only Yesterday (1991)
[X] Pom Poko (Tanuki War) (1994)
[X] Porco Rosso (1992): I saw this in the theater in Tokyo the day it came out.
[X] Princess Mononoke (1999)
[X] Spirited Away (2002)
[X[ Tales From Earthsea (2006) - Even with subtitles I had no idea what was going on.
[ ] The Borrower Arrietty (2010)
[X] The Cat Returns - I think I will grow to love this one, but my Ghibli DVDs are all Japanese and I don't have a device I can watch them on at the moment.
[X] Whisper of the Heart (1995): I lived for two years in this part of Tokyo and this film always makes me homesick for it. Plus, for such a sedate movie, it has some truly hilarious moments.
[X] Ponyo on a Cliff by the Sea (2008)

[ ] Millennium Actress (2001)
[X] Paprika (2006)
[ ] Perfect Blue (1999)
[ ] Tokyo Godfathers (2003)
[X] Memories - "Magnetic Rose" part (1995) - I never realized this was Satoshi Kon's work.

[ ] She and Her Cat (1999)
[ ] Voices of a Distant Star (2001)
[ ] The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004)
[ ] 5 Centimeters per Second (2007)

[X] Akira (1989)
[ ] Appleseed (2004)
[ ] Appleseed: Ex Machina (2007)
[X] Arcadia of My Youth (U.S. Title - Vengeance of the Space Pirate) (1982)
[X] Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2003)
[X] The Dagger of Kamui (U.S. Title - Revenge of the Ninja Warrior) (1985)
[X] Dirty Pair: Project Eden (1987) - Mainly I just love Yuri. And the soundtrack.
[ ] End of Evangelion (1997)
[ ] Fist of the North Star (1986)
[X] Galaxy Express 999 (1979)
[X] Ghost in the Shell (1996) - Does not compare well to the manga for me.
[X] The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)
[O] Lensman (1984) - I'm not sure I ever got through this.
[X] Macross: Do You Remember Love (U.S. Title - Clash of the Bionoids) (1984)
[ ] Metropolis (2001)
[ ] Neo-Tokyo (1986)
[ ] Ninja Scroll (1993): Even after looking it up in Wikipedia, I'm not sure if I've never seen it, or it was just so bad I blocked it out. I'll assume the former.
[X] Patlabor the Movie (1989) - It is mostly slow character stuff, I grant you, but hoo-boy, what a climax.
[X] The Professional: Golgo 13 (1983)
[X] Project A-ko (1986) - One of the first anime films I saw. I don't watch it anymore because I have it memorized.
[X] Robot Carnival (1987)
[ ] Robotech: The Shadow Chronicle (2006)
[X] Silent Möbius (1991)
[X] Space Adventure Cobra (1982)
[X] Steamboy (2004)
[X] Summer Wars (2009) - The directorial follow-up to The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
[ ] Sword of the Stranger (2007)
[ ] Unico and the Island of Magic (1983)
[ ] Urotsukidoji: The Movie (1987):
[X] Vampire Hunter D (1985) - It took three or four tries to get through this movie without falling asleep because it was always shown really late at night.
[ ] Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust (2000)
[X] Wings of Honneamise: Royal Space Force (1987) - What an astounding work of art.

[ ] American Pop (1981)
[ ] The Animatrix (2003)
[ ] Beavis & Butthead Do America (1996).
[ ] Cool World (1992)
[ ] Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)
[X] Final Fantasy: Advent Children (2005)
[ ] Fire & Ice (1983)
[ ] Fritz the Cat (1972)
[X] Heavy Metal (1981) - It's a part of my college years and was really funny.
[X] Heavy Metal 2000 (2000) - It had, like, ONE story line. Did they not SEE the first movie?
[ ] Hey Good Lookin' (1982)
[ ] Lady Death (2004)
[ ] A Scanner Darkly (2006)
[X] South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999) - I like South Park, so I love this because in addition to being great South Park, it's a great musical as well.
[ ] Street Fight (Coonskin) (1975)
[X] Waking Life (2001) - I wanted my money back and the DVD was free.

[ ] Animal Farm (1954)
[ ] Animalympics (1980)
[ ] Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon The Movie (2007)
[X] Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker
[ ] The Brave Little Toaster (1988)
[ ] Bravestarr: The Movie (1988)
[X] Cats Don't Dance (1997)
[X] Care Bears: The Movie (1985)
[ ] Fern Gully (1992)
[X] G.I. Joe: The Movie (1987) - I saw it when it was shown on TV.
[ ] Gobots: Battle of the Rock Lords (1986)
[X] He-Man & She-Ra: The Secret of the Sword (1985) - Wow, I watched a lot of junk when I was in high school.
[X] The Hobbit (1977)
[X] The Iron Giant (1999)
[ ] Justice League: The New Frontier (2008) - It's in my Netflix instant queue.
[X] Lord of the Rings (1978) - Where there's a whip... there's a way!
[ ] Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (1992)
[ ] My Little Pony: The Movie (1986)
[ ] Pink Floyd's The Wall (1982)
[X] The Prince of Egypt (1998)
[X] Powerpuff Girls: The Movie (2002) - It is not the best animated film ever made, but as a Powerpuff Girls movie, I do not think it could have been more perfect.
[ ] Quest For Camelot (1999)
[ ] Ringing Bell (1978)
[X] The Road to El Dorado (2000)
[X] Space Jam (1996)
[ ] Starchaser: The Legend of Orin (1985)
[ ] Superman: Doomsday (2007)
[ ] The Swan Princess (1994)
[X] Transformers: The Movie (1986)
[X] Wizards (1977)
[X] Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
[ ] Wonder Woman (2009)
[X] Balto (1995) - Or maybe I just saw the statue of him in Central Park. That counts, right?
[X] Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)

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Mike Chapman
Date: 2010-08-22 23:49
Subject: Achievement Unlocked - Rockin' Out Live
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Music:Time After Time
At the age of 40, I have finally attended my first rock concert. Technically it was a blues concert, in the House of Blues, but it was my first experience like the concerts I see on TV... standing in front of the stage, crowded, and really loud. The artist was Cyndi Lauper, who I sorta liked when I was young, but now she is a blues artist. She is a very good blues artist, but it's not really my thing. There was about 40 minutes of classic Lauper, though, and that was really fun. All in all, I had a good time, but there aren't many acts I would go through this again for. I'm old now. I like chairs.
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Mike Chapman
Date: 2010-07-29 23:31
Subject: What I Did On My Summer Vacation - Part One: Manhattan (continued)
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Music:Still hung up on 'Poker Face' by Molly Lewis

But there was more than just eating and Broadway and not seeing The Daily Show; there was sightseeing! For a while, I despaired of figuring out what to do, because there's SO MUCH, but I finally settled on a book called 24 Great Walks In New York and let that be my guide. I'd just do those and see whatever sights were on the way. It worked out pretty well, except that between the uncommon heat and my own infirmity I was unable to do as many of the walks as I liked. I only ended up doing twelve of them, and half of that was the first day, as they nicely chained together. I still got to see a lot of cool stuff, like Teddy Roosevelt's birthplace, the Flatiron Building, St. Patrick's Cathedral and the Ghostbusters HQ.


The best of the walks were the ones through Central Park, which I knew very little about, but always imagined as an open green space in the middle of the city where people got mugged a lot. This may be true, but it is so much more. I still cannot get over how enormous the park is. I took most of a day and still saw less than half of it. I could probably spend another two days exploring all its paths and activities, and be happy to do so. I'm fond of Balboa Park, which is pretty much the equivalent feature in San Diego, and we do have a better zoo, but Central Park has forests. Central Park has SHADE. I had not realized how much I've missed that. I so want to come back during the fall when the leaves have changed. There's certainly better places to go for fall foliage, but I somehow think I'd enjoy this park more.


There was one attraction that was not in the book, nor near anything else, and it took a 40-minute subway ride just to get in the area. I'd asked a friend who used to live in the area to suggest one thing I absolutely had to see while in New York, and he picked The Cloisters. I advise following the link if I remembered to include it, but in summary, it's a medieval art museum made from medieval architecture. John D. Rockefeller Jr. bought a huge chunk of land in northwest Manhattan, plus the land across the river so that no one could ruin the view, then had a bunch of monasteries shipped over and assembled into a new building. Which he then filled with priceless art. It's not to be missed.

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Mike Chapman
Date: 2010-07-27 21:56
Subject: What I Did On My Summer Vacation - Part One: Manhattan
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Music:'Poker Face' - Molly Lewis
Tags:daily writing

So... I'm 40 now.

When my brother turned 40, I made sure to go visit him to celebrate the special occasion and drive home the point that he was very very old. I think it was a huge success. But now it was my turn, and I wanted to make sure that no one got the chance to do the same to me, so I made plans to get outta town.

So I went to New York. Specifically, Manhattan, as I never left that island except by accident. People will say that I missed a lot by doing that, but it's not like I saw anywhere close to all of Manhattan either.

I've never been to New York before, so there was a lot to see, but the thing I wanted most was to attend a taping of The Daily Show. Unfortunately, I was there the 13th to the 20th, and those two weeks both shows were on vacation. So that didn't happen.

Another plan was to see a show on Broadway, and this one did work out. I'd learned that The Addams Family was opening there in March, so I figured that would be a safe bet to ensure that it wouldn't close before July, and the stars it debuted with would still be playing those roles. And what stars they were: Nathan Lane as Gomez and Bebe Neuwirth as Morticia. Nathan is the best comedian on the stage, and Bebe was excellent as Velma in Chicago, so I was very excited to see both. As a bonus, the chief Hapless Victim was played by the same guy who did Bob in The Dresden Files TV show, so I got the same surreal surprise as when I saw a local production of Twelfth Night and The Fool was played by the Mayor of Sunnydale.

While I'd tried to avoid reviews, I got the impression that she show was not well-regarded, but I'd already spend $300 on a third-row center seat on Saturday night (least chance of getting an understudy) and I was committed. And I had a blast. While I agree that it's no Phantom or Les Mis, it was at least as good as Spamalot, and tremendously entertaining. I could have done with less Naughty Granny and more Morticia, but Lane was hilarious and the stagecraft amazing. Nathan Lane himself didn't ham it up too much, but his accent did, ranging between his normal voice and Ricky Ricardo.

That was on a Saturday, but I also wanted to do something nice on Monday, which was my birthday. I'd held off on making any plans in the hopes that The Daily Show would do a taping after all, but finally had to find an alternative. I was not going to purchase a jacket and tie for this trip, but I realized that I could still get into a 'dressy' restaurant with clothes I owned. Unfortunately, most of the best were booked months in advance, but I managed a table at the one-star (that still means it's good, really!) Gramercy Tavern. It is by far the most expensive meal I've ever had, and definitely one of the best. For a hundred and fifty dollars all total, this is what I got:

            Orange Blossom Cocktail

            Hush puppy with corn relish. Braised kohlrabi. Borsdht.

            Lamb pappardelle with olives, lemon confit, and Swiss chard.

            Strawberry tarragon spritzer.

            Venison loin and sausage with bourbon sauce and potato pancake.

            Lemon burbina panna cotta with plum and peach.

            Rothman and Winter pear liqueur from Austria.

            Blueberry brown butter cake, blueberry sorbet and pistachio Cardamom anglaise.

            Peanut butter truffle, white chocolate strawberry, and coffee cream petit-fours.

            And with my bill came a piece of coffee cake, wrapped to go.

Would I go back? Proooooobably not, but only because Manhattan offers SO MANY restaurant options. But I would certainly recommend it for others. As for the rest of the week, I made a point of going no place I could find at home, and never had the same thing twice. It was not cheap, but I ate very, very well.

To be continued...

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Mike Chapman
Date: 2010-07-09 00:18
Subject: (no subject)
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Mood:quivering in impotent ragequivering in impotent rage
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Nothing done last night because I was wiped out from post-massage fatigue. Nothing done tonight because I spent the evening dealing with a variety of computer-related frustration.
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Mike Chapman
Date: 2010-07-06 20:37
Subject: DW070610
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Music:'Shape Up!' - Club 8
Tags:daily writing
467 more words in a character journal. I have to put that project on hold until I can have another fight, and I cannot find the right map for it, to my frustration. That was one of my favorite maps.
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Mike Chapman
Date: 2010-07-05 23:34
Subject: DW070510
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Music:'House of the Rising Sun'
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I am trying that thing where you go to a cafe to work, and it seems to be helping, but it is good neither for my wallet nor my waistline. I will have to decide what is most important. Still, 546 words tonight, which was hard, but I seem to be making it work.
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Mike Chapman
Date: 2010-07-04 23:46
Subject: DW070410
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Music:1776 soundtrack
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589 words in my character's journal, wrapping up the events of the fight. Now I have to see if I can do something with character interaction and dialogue.
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Mike Chapman
Date: 2010-07-03 22:31
Subject: DW070310
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Music:Explosions in the Sky
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243 words in my D&D character journal. I've been distracted by playing out the adventure I mean to write about. I finally went to a nearby care to write, but for some reason I went more slowly then usual.
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Mike Chapman
Date: 2010-06-29 22:25
Subject: DW062910
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Music:last.fm - Travelling Wilburys
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539 words for my D&D character's journal, even though that character is no longer playing in a campaign
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