Why is there very little utility to women’s clothing? Why don’t we get pockets which actually open? Why do we have to put up with the ‘false pockets’ that are frequently sewn onto women’s jackets and pants to give visual interest without ruining the ‘line’ of the garment? Why, when pockets are actually present, are they so rarely large, stable, or loose enough to accommodate a phone or a wallet? And why, given this is the case, do women go on to cop so much flack for carrying handbags around with them?
Oh wait. Is this one of those double standards which we feminists are always going on about; one of those innocuous little things which everybody just accepts because it is the norm?
Women carry handbags. It is known.
But why? I have watched my male friends get ready to go out. They slip their wallet into one pocket, their keys into another, their phone into a third pocket, and some of them even still have spare pockets large enough to carry a novel for the journey. Those of my friends who wear women’s clothes, though, face an entirely different situation. If they are wearing the right jeans or jacket, they may have up to two usable pockets (not at all guaranteed). However, in most cases they won’t have any pockets at all. Utility and style rarely meet in women’s fashion, so they grab a bag.
Contrary to all the jokes, most women don’t ‘have’ to leave the house with everything they pack in their day-to-day handbag. Most of the items in a woman’s everyday handbag are in there because, if she’s going to have to carry it anyway, she might as well make it worth her while. Excuse us for making use of the one useful item we find in our wardrobes.
I’m also a huge packrat so I tend to way… way… way overpack. Funnily enough, I don’t have any tylenol or bandaids or anything in my purse, but I have just about everything else.
Truth be told though I’m also fond of my carrying method which involves Just Shove Shit In Your Bra. It started with me latching my flip phone to my shirt collar so when I slept on a bus I wouldn’t lose it or have it get stepped on, and eventually it migrated to being in my bra, and then I enjoyed pretending I was Iron Man, and since I tend to wear all sports bras generally it has become a useful pocket especially since so many of my shorts do not have them. And then twice in the past few weeks I forgot I put my pocketknife in there for safekeeping, and, uh, I think this habit might have turned me part kangaroo.
I definitely still go for the Tony Stark thing though.
This is a satisfying read, in that I get warm fuzzies because this is a good thing.
At the same time, I can see looming on the horizon (and hearing my mother, who is a doc, in my head) a fight over how we will all pay for this. Baby boomers continue to get older and one of the weaknesses of social security is that you need a growing base to keep funding it well. (I’m no political science major so feel free to correct me with details, but that’s what I keep hearing from the medical perspective.) And as our technology gets better, we can treat people longer, keep them alive longer, and treat more things. But things keep getting more expensive and selective, too, and as people live longer, newer problems arise.
Just some $.02 that aren’t really mine, but a good discussion point. (And don’t get me wrong, I am happy to pay for, and in fact WANT to pay for healthcare. And I don’t know any of the details about limitations with Obamacare sooo I should probably find some resources on that, as well.) (I’ll let you know if these thoughts are exactly what comes out of my mom’s mouth when she gets home tonight, lol.)
"I still believe in heroes." Nick Fury said that… well, he said it in the trailer. It’s not from the film. But making a trailer means boiling down the essence of a film’s meaning, and that’s mine, with this. Heroes. Flawed, textured, uncertain and often unworthy, but come the main event, ready to give everything. For us, for each other, for the greater good. That’s what superhero stories were about before they were too cool to be about that any more, and it’s part of why we’ve been drawn to them since they were on our newsstands, twenty-two pages printed in four colors and stapled together. The Avengers movie was my chance to talk about the need for heroes, And the best statement isn’t made with words. It’s made with music.
Music tells us, “This matters.” Defines these extraordinary people: look how sad they are. Look how tall they are! Look: they’re all together, standing back to back, enemies (and a circular dolly track) all around them, a team at last. That’s a moment that trilled me twice: once, when I thought of a good enough reason to put it in the movie (because it had to be good enough), and once, much more strongly, when I sat in the room while Alan Silvestri conducted an 80-piece orchestra, playing his Avengers theme over that shot. That’s the moment I turned to Kevin and Jeremy, my producers and friends, and said “I’m experiencing joy. I’m feeling it right now, as it’s happening. That’s rare for me, so make note.”
To say that Alan elevated this film would be to undersell his achievement. He understood it, he subverted it, he influenced it, he smoothed some of its rougher passages and bettered its best… he gave the team its identity. For all my attempts to make such disparate characters into a cohesive entity, it was Alan who made it seem as though I’d pulled it off. He crafted (with hilariously little time) a score both unobtrusive and indelible, that walked beside the story like a parent by its child on their first real bike ride: letting them do the work, but always ready to catch them if they tip, and to sound the cheer when they speed off alone. Considering how wobbly I felt on that bike, I’m pretty grateful.
There is a list of composers who have made a true mark on American film, one that changes and advances it. That’s a short list. There are composers who do that, and then do it again, and then still live for the thrill of finding a new way to do it once more. That list is in the single digits. There’s guys with all that who are delightful, excited, positive, collaborative, unflappable, who make a guy on his sophomore effort feel as though they had come up together, who don’t have a superior or jaded bone in their bodies. That list is called Alan.
But if you’re reading this, it’s not because you want to know if Mr. Silvestri is a stand-up guy. It’s because his music got to you. Maybe because it evokes the film. Maybe you hated the film, but couldn’t get the sound out of your head. Maybe you just wanted to see what he’d do next. If you listen carefully, you’ll see how much he was doing. And the answer is much. In an era of what I call room-tone scores, that just repeat the same heightened sense of there-ness (it’s too distinct to call emotion), Alan has provided a score that is so specific, so narrative-based, but still has the undeniable power and fluidity of those more diffuse accompaniments. You can hear the themes, the moments, but you can spin this disc (what? I’m old) and just bathe in the greatness. But on the subject of themes…
It was Alan’s startling work on Captain America that brought him into Marvel’s clutches, and reminded me of his capacity for non-Zemekis-based-greatness. (Zemekis! Share the wealth, Silvestri-hog!) The theme he built for Cap is in here— exactly when it should be— but I was clear up front that I wasn’t going to ask for themes for every hero. That was absurd. And yet…
If I have one favorite element to this tapestry, it’s the Black Widow. I decided (late in the game) that she did need a theme, a calling card, especially because she’s Russian, and we first see her in Russia, and I hate establishing shots. I told Alan he needed to evoke her background and identity in her first cue. Which he did. A lonely, plucked, soviet scent to define our girl. I heard it. Then I heard it again, battling against Loki’s theme, as they battled for verbal supremacy on the helicarrier. And again, rich with doleful strings, as she revealed to her best friend that Loki had touched her more than she’d shown… And then, as she battles onto an alien chariot, the same minor refrain blossoms into heroic glory, as galvanizing as they team theme itself.
I only asked for the one.
I think you get the picture. (Alan certainly did.) Here’s a piece of trivia to make this all special and put you in the know. “The Avengers”, which you may notice threading through a couple of times before, was an early pitch that Alan threw out, that we all felt was more SHIELD spy movie than Avengers heroic epic (I referred to it as “James Bond meets Zeppelin’s Kashmir”)… but that none of us could shake. (Because Bond should meet Zeppelin, and they should battle! Until they settle their differences and begin a violent, martini-fueled jam session!) We temped it over the end credits for fun— and then had to ask him to establish it earlier, because it was so damn cool. That’s Alan on an off day.
I still believe in heroes. Because, every now and then, I get to work with one of mine.
— Joss Whedon (transcribed from the Avengers soundtrack notes)
[Note: I tried to transcribe it as literally as possible, if there are any glaring errors let me know, but I think I copied it exactly. Misspellings and all. I didn’t want to add any (sic) tags so just go with it.]
Oh my god, I just have so much commentary for this. First of all, I know Silvestri’s work from Van Helsing, which I love, and the music is fucking fabulous. (And a lot of other movies like Forrest Gump, Mousehunt, and The Mummy, but I’m not as familiar with those pieces.)
Two, Whedon is such a fanboy, and I think that’s part of what made this movie successful. It was made by and with people who understand what they would want to see if they were in the audience. Also, the way he writes/talks is awesome, because it’s kind of how I write. I’m actually not a great conversationalist, but when I blog oh lord I do not know how to keep a straight line going. I digress like a motherfucker. And to me, I don’t know, it reads more like a friendly commentary, instead of an essay, or whatever. And I like to know where people’s brains are, and maybe that’s a thing in my family (we are all-fucking-over-the-place when we converse, which can get interesting), but I like to know other people do that too, and actually it makes it more enjoyable to me because I kind of get to see their personality.
Three, the Avengers soundtrack really is a fantastic piece of work. It is incredibly diverse. I don’t know Cap’s theme, but what I did notice is how Silvestri did an amazing job reaching out to the Iron Man soundtracks. There are a few moments where I just know it’s a Tony scene, and I look at the title and I know exactly what’s happening.
In fact, the whole soundtrack is kind of like that. There are so many singular moments that listening to it I can practically picture in my head, action-by-action, the entire thing. Obviously, it’s not quite so long, at about 1:20, so I don’t know how much was cut, but all the big moments are there.
I have a distinct respect for diversity, and for being able to call up other composers’ work, because sometimes you can love a composer but all their work starts to sound the same and it kinda bums you out, musically (Williams, Zimmer… sorry! Love them but kinda burned out on certain themes ifyouknowwhatimean). I also seriously appreciate it because I was sad to see Ramin Djwadi not return for IM2. (I read somewhere people reacted badly to his soundtrack? Excuse me fuck you but it was perfection. If he was just otherwise indisposed then… as you were.) I’m pretty stoked to get the IM2, Thor, and Captain America sountracks (I am awaiting delivery…) so I can see if I can pick out more themes and such.
Okay, Black Widow. The commentary there is a little weird, but I’m also glad Joss is standing up for the only female lead who didn’t get her own movie against four-kind-of-five-kind-of-six-guys who did. Also, the Russia thing… I’ll be honest, the first time I saw it I had no idea they were in Russia. I know he says here he hates establishing shots, and that’s fine, I understand. He put up a Russian billboard and a train car with Russian lettering but to be honest I didn’t really notice. Then again, I don’t know if that’s because how it was edited for 3d? I only saw it in 3d this last (fourth) time, and while I actually thought the 3d was well-executed and not tacky or in-your-face, I also did think there were some times where the 3d greatly clarified what was going on. Basically, all the action at the end. It helped draw your focus a LOT MORE to what specifically was going on in each sequence of the fight. And it was done exceptionally well. And in 3d it was possibly slightly more noticeable that they were somewhere with Russian writing? Anyway, that’s probably the weakest moment for me, but it also could have been me just having a moment being distracted. So who knows. A small quarrel, tbh.
But while we’re talking about small themes, and how incredibly important they are, and how fantastically and fabulously diverse this movie is musically— the Stuttgart gentleman. That guy’s theme. He has it. I know it. It’s just one amazingly, wonderfully, beautifully singular moment in this soundtrack. If I didn’t already love some of the more dramatic moments, I’m pretty sure you could sell the whole soundtrack based on that one moment.
Okay, and lastly, back to Joss’ fandomizing: the Bond-and-Kashmir comment. Kashmir is SUCH A GREAT THEME. I get it stuck in my head ALL THE TIME because we shared a housing site with the Madison Scouts in 2007 and they spent pretty much the entire three days doing their opening over and over and over again. However, the show, and to a certain extent, the song, didn’t/don’t build terribly well, and I think that’s something Silvestri really took to the next level with that emotion.
Also I’m not sure why Bond and Led Zeppelin would be fighting or composing together, but, whatever, I’m not going to question Whedon’s ideas if they’re the kind of fabulous thing that turns out quality ensemble movies like Serenity and Avengers.
And while we’re talking about drum corps, I would love to see someone do an Avengers show now because all of these little theme-moments could add up to a very nice ten-minute piece without too much contrivance. Assuming you don’t try to tell the whole story of the movie in that time, of course. Idk, make it about victory over temptation or something, you’re golden.
Okay enough of my commentary. Read Whedon’s fucking letter again. Because it’s spectacular.
(Um, also? How adorable is it how he’s geeking out over a movie hero? Like I said. Pretty sure fandom runs this whole damn show.)
The submitting official has been quoted as saying “No, I’ve seen special effects before, this looked too good. It was a thing that actually happened that I saw in the movies. My heart goes out to those affected in NYC. We’re taking action to hold the perpetrators responsible for their actions. “
No but seriously. Actor Mark Ruffalo was apparently added to a terror advisory list after organizing screenings of “Gasland”, a documentary about the dangers and methods of harvesting natural gas, and after publicly speaking out against the possible dangers toward public water supplies that could be caused by the natural gas industry.
This scares the bejesus out of me.
Draw your own conclusions, but to summarize: A noted actor was added to a Terror Watch list by the agency of a state with a significant Natural Gas industry for speaking publicly in opposition to Natural Gas drilling.
I ship Purquoise. I even drew some smut for it (NSFW):
I’ve seen this like three times in the past 24 hours and it’s awesome because turquoise, green, and purple are maybe my three favorite colors. (Don’t tell pink or orange.) (Pretty much “neon rainbow” sums up my favorites well, but if you asked someone what my favorites were, they’d say turquoise and lime green.) (Also, I fluctuate between turquoise, cerulean, and teal in terms of blue shades, and lime green, leaf green, and apple green in terms of green shades. Depends on the immediate context.)
Color ot3? ot5? idefk
I have the tacky color sense of a 1997 Nickelodeon designer. AND FUCK YOU I LOVE IT
I’ve seen a bunch of hypocritical slander by so called “Christians” and “Catholics”. I got to a Catholic school (Disclaimer: I am atheist) where I am TAUGHT in my religion classes every single day that the whole message Jesus Christ and God convey is love. Love is the whole foundation of Christianity. If you follow that message then you are a true Christian. Go read and analyze a Bible, and then come to me with a valid argument as to why you aren’t an ignorant fuck.
Usually when browsing the “Religion” tag I get angry at the world.
But then I stumble onto this gem.
Faith in humanity is growing.
I’m a little stumped on how an Atheist can read the Bible and still take a religion class that’s obviously cherry picking seriously.
But to each their own.
Probably because Catholic schools are pretty good at not actually teaching you much of the bible or Catholic history… seriously, everything I learned was policy, early Christian history, or “Old Testament”/Jewish history. My actual Christian history class was appallingly lackluster. Most of what I know I learned from my parents (in regards to Christianity) or my friends who would also call out the teacher in class and cite the Catechism. (It was awesome, though depressing that most of my teachers were that ignorant.) Granted, that was also high school, even in Catholic college I only had to take one religion class and it could be world religions. (Which I took, and it was even more generalized than the one I took in high school. Which is pathetic.)
Actor Mark Ruffalo has been placed on a terror advisory list by U.S. officials after organizing screenings for a new documentary about natural gas drilling.
The “Zodiac” actor arranged showings for “GasLand” earlier this year and voiced his concerns about the practice in relation to the national water supplies.
But his efforts to raise awareness and demand a stop to natural gas drilling reportedly attracted the attention of officials from Pennsylvania’s Office of Homeland Security - and he recently discovered it had landed him on a terror alert watchlist.
But Ruffalo is taking it all in his stride and has laughed off the idea he could be a threat to security.
He tells GQ magazine, “(It’s) pretty f**kin’ funny.”