October 2, 2005

Did you take notes at the movies?

Yeah. In the dark.

Notes taken in the dark

19 comments:

Mark Kaplan said...

Maybe you could buy one of those pens that have little flashlights embedded in them, lighting up the paper on which you are writing.

vbspurs said...

I presume this is a joke?

I have not only taken notes, I use the voice-recorder in my cellphone for important points.

Of course, I used to sit all the way to the back of the theatre when I was in "film critic" mode.

Just me and the homeless guy who was given a fifsky to record the movie for Kazaa, obviously.

Cheers,
Victoria

Paul said...

They're obviously going to be a lot of help. At least you tried.

Decklin Foster said...
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Decklin Foster said...

I've been known to use my Palm Pilot.

(would have switched over to the cell phone entirely, but its backlight is way too obtrusive...)

ALH ipinions said...

Ann -

I apolgise for commenting here about a previous post but it was impossible for me to be any more timely.

Why do you seem so committed to the notion that Obama - a former Editor of the Harvard Law Review - would have needed "excellent lawyers and speechwriters" to draft his statement? Your being "just realistic" in this context smacks of rank condescension and anachronistic bigotry.

I expected better of you.

XWL said...

(I can't resist a bit of snark, apologizing in advance)

Prof. Althouse I am very disappointed in you. I knew this isn't timely, nor germain to this comment thread but I just felt the overwhelming need to express my displeasure in your comment some time ago, "but I do like writing in the margins of books".

I realize this was your very first post (back in Jan 04) but this has been bothering me these past 21 months and I can't stress how inappropriate such behavior is and what stress it places on Librarians world wide.

Have you no shame?! haven't you heard of Post-It flags?!?!?!?

I expected better of you. -------> ;-P


(that should just about do it, I feel much better now)

vbspurs said...

They're obviously going to be a lot of help. At least you tried.

Pff, Paul. If I can read it, then you can too.

Let me transcribe the scribblings for yawls:

Well Asta smell
town monumentally
Nabuchadnezzar (sic)
smacked wife
so it so body

The next bit is clearer:

weak -n- young
extreme love
just demented
EVERYWHERE

I loved it! I felt like I was there.

Cheers,
Victoria

Ann Althouse said...

Victoria: It's not a joke. Those are real notes, meant to help me remember things I wanted to blog about. I was disappointed in the quality, but amused.

Ann Althouse said...

ALH: To me, it seems bigoted of you to assume that my general remarks about polticians meant something special about a black politican!

James d. said...

I think the important question is, what movie?

I sure hope you didn't post that answer earlier and I missed it. I'll feel pretty dumb, haha.

Ann Althouse said...

The movie is "A History of Violence," blogged a couple posts down.

ALH ipinions said...

Ann

Re my comment above on Obama: By ascribing to me an assumption I did not have, you betray your own racial bias.

In the spirit of strict construction (and as a point of clarification), I referenced Obama's academic merit as reason enough to reject your assumption that "chances are zero" that the words in his statement were his own. I wrote nothing about "a black politician."

Why this narrowmindedness on Obama Ann?

Ann Althouse said...

ALH: You're totally off-topic. And I don't believe you. Politicians have speechwriters. I'm not interested in talking about a junior Senator who has nothing special to say about judges but whom various people are interested in swiftly promoting to the forefront. He doesn't deserve it for his Roberts press release. But don't talk about him any more on this thread. I will delete.

Paul said...

Thanks Victoria. I'm ashamed of myself.

Alice H said...

vbspurs, did you know that if you talk (even whisper) in the back of the movie theatre, people sitting in the front of the theatre can still hear you because of the way sounds carry forward in a theatre?

One of my pet peeves is people talking in movie theatres. Purchasing a ticket to a movie is the same as renting that seat - it doesn't give you the right to do things that impinge on the enjoyment of other viewers, who have also paid their rent for their seat. It's like living in an apartment with neighbors that constantly blare their music and hammer on the walls at 3 am.

vbspurs said...

Victoria: It's not a joke. Those are real notes, meant to help me remember things I wanted to blog about. I was disappointed in the quality, but amused.

I know! I'm just messin' witchu, as is my wont.

Anyway, you're not the first person to take notes in the dark.

Think of all those poor art history students who take "Darkness at Noon" classes!

How they ace their exams, I'll never know.

Cheers,
Victoria

vbspurs said...

vbspurs, did you know that if you talk (even whisper) in the back of the movie theatre, people sitting in the front of the theatre can still hear you because of the way sounds carry forward in a theatre?

I didn't know that, Alice, but on said occasions I was either:

1- Watching a screening with other film critics (professional/semi-prof) around, many of whom were doing the same thing.

2- Always catch a show I'll be reviewing about at unfashionable times -- the better so as not to disturb others in the audience.

I'm also one of the few people on earth who don't sling my shoed feet unto the back of someone's head or arm-rest.

Now that's rude, brother.

Cheers,
Victoria

Hank said...
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