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Oscar Predictions 2011 [Feb. 27th, 2011|02:45 pm]
Karlos the Jackal
These are predictions, not wishes.

Best Picture: The King's Speech
Best Director: Tom Hooper (many people are predicting a split, w/ this going to Fincher, but people love predicting splits.)
Best Actor: Colin Firth
Best Actress: Natalie Portman
Best Supp. Actor: Christian Bale
Best Supp. Actress: Haliee Stanfield (if I'm wrong, this will be Melissa Leo)
Original Screenplay: The King's Speech
Adapted Screenplay: The Social Network
Editing: The Social Network
Cinematography: True Grit (because Deakins HAS to get an Oscar someday)
Art Direction: Alice in Wonderland
Original Score: King's Speech
Original Song: Randy Newman, "We Belong Together"
Foreign Film: Biutiful
Animated Film: Toy Story 3 (duh)
Makeup: The Wolfman
Costume Design: Alice in Wonderland
Sound Editing: Inception
Sound Mixing: Inception
Visual Effects: Inception
Documentary Feature: Inside Job
Doc Short: Killing in the Name
Short FIlm: Na Wewe
Short Animated: Day & Night (If I'm wrong, "The Gruffalo" wins)
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THE GROSSEST THING I WILL EVER TELL YOU [Aug. 19th, 2010|12:44 am]
Karlos the Jackal

Okay, so let's talk about my open wound.

I was sent home from the hospital on Saturday afternoon with an open wound in my abdomen.  This was done on purpose!  The idea, you see, is that the wound must heal from the inside out; if the outside heals first, then there will be stuff trapped inside (bacteria, dust, sugar gliders) and the surgery site will get infected.  So they have to make sure that the outside incision does not heal for a period of a week or so after the surgery.  How do they do that?

Here's how:  the slice is held closed with three loose stitches.  In between these stitches, into my appendix hole, are stuffed "sani-strips" -- thin strips of fabric.  These "sani-strips" stick out of the wound, preventing it from healing.  Every day, I pull out a little more of the strips and trim off the edge.  The strips wick blood and other fluid away from the wound, and pulling them out bit by bit helps get junk out from the inside of the cavity as well.  As they come out, marbled with gore, they look like bacon made from tapeworms.

By the time all four of these strips are pulled out completely, the inside of the wound should be healed up enough for the closing of the wound itself to commence.  I have pulled out three of them so far (each time expecting some sort of prize -- a tiny charm, perhaps -- attached to the end), so the fourth one should be coming out pretty soon, unless the doctors put in an extra long one just to fuck with me.

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Karlos the Jackal

The scariest part of The Appendix Adventure was not the surgery.  I was filled to the brim with morphine from diagnosis to operation, so maybe I wasn't really as concerned as I should have been; and then of course I ended up sleeping through the actual procedure.

Speaking of which: I *was* worried about the general anaesthesia, since I always thought most people either never wake up afterward or are awake throughout the surgery, and if you manage to straddle that centerline it's more luck than anything.  Happily, one of the people who came and talked to me before the surgery (in addition to the surgeon, a nurse, and for some reason John Keister) was the aesthesiologist herself, the delightfully named "Doctor Pulse."

Doctor Pulse informed me that neither of the two things -- not waking up after, being awake during surgery -- that were on my mind were very common anymore and are in fact very rare.  She also intimated, with narrowed eyes, that this meeting was her opportunity to decide if one of these two things would in fact occur.

(Neither did.  Luckily, I am quite charming when I get enough morphine in me.)

(BTW, the scariest part -- for me, at least -- was pre-diagnosis when my temperature went up to 104° and, apart from my wildly chattering teeth, my entire body locked up and I thought I just might snap in half.)

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TALES FROM OUT OF THE HOSPITAL [Aug. 15th, 2010|09:06 pm]
Karlos the Jackal

I may not have mentioned that I currently have an open wound in my abdomen.  It's supposed to heal "from the inside out," so the actual incision just has three loose loops of stitching holding it shut, but other than that and some surgical "packing strips" stuffed in, my appendix-hole is open the world!  (I am thinking of installing a snap and carrying a chapstick in there.)

What I have discovered is that if I push on my tummy, a rivulet of diluted blood runs out the corner of the slice.  Worst fountain drink ever.

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TALES FROM THE HOSPITAL [Aug. 15th, 2010|09:05 pm]
Karlos the Jackal

So stomach pain is not at all unusual for me, although the probiotics I take seem to help a lot. My stomach pain usually takes the from of relatively short-lived cramping, and was worst during my teen years.

My stomach pain on Monday night did not ring any particular alarm bells until it became clear that it was steadily in rising in intensity. I went to the ER at around 5 or 6 that morning, and went into surgery at 2 pm the next day, at which point my appendix literally exploded, covering the doctors and walls in the the operating room with bright yellow slime.

(I assume appendices are bright yellow. I might be thinking of Cliffs Notes.)

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Last-Minute Oscar Predictions [Mar. 7th, 2010|02:37 pm]
Karlos the Jackal
Best Picture: The Hurt Locker
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow

I'm actually kinda expecting a split here, but I don't want to predict it the wrong way and miss both of them.

Actor: Jeff Bridges
Actress: Sandra Bullock
Supp. Actor: Cristoph Waltz
Supp. Actress: Mo'Nique

I see no reason to disagree with the universally-agreed-upon front runners.

Orig. Screenplay: Inglourious Basterds
Adap. Screenplay: Up in the Air

aka "Consolation Prizes"

Animated film: Up
Foreign Film: White Ribbon
Cinematography: Hurt Locker
Editing: Hurt Locker

Art Direction: Avatar
Visual Effects: Avatar
Costumes: Young Victoria
Makeup: Star Trek

Score: Up
Song: Crazy Heart
Sound mixing: Avatar
Sound Editing: Avatar

Documentary: The Cove
Short Doc: Music by Prudence
Animated Short: Wallace & Gromit (although Logorama is better!)
Live Action Short: Kavi
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(no subject) [May. 17th, 2009|02:51 pm]
Karlos the Jackal
Okay, assuming the writing in the lower left corner is a musical scale, what are the notes?

I was assuming that it would go from C to C, but there's not that much range in adjusting the individual pipes -- it seems like F to F is more likely.

But elsewhere in the book it has staff pics that seem to confirm C to C. I am confused!
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Jack Conte at Boundary Bay [Mar. 4th, 2009|11:35 pm]
Karlos the Jackal
I'm going to go see Jack Conte at Boundary Bay Friday night.  Show starts at 10:30 (w/ opening band).  Here is a video.

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No, it's a FUNograph [Feb. 8th, 2009|02:04 am]
Karlos the Jackal
So a while ago I bought this kit which is a small version of a phonograph.  You put a CD on the turntable, start the motor, and shout into the horn and the needle carves a spiral scratch in the CD (don't use a good CD for this) and then you can listen back to it!

I put it together and it's pretty neat but much quieter than I anticipated and not really useful for what I was hoping to use it for (I was imagining something more like TMBG's I Can Hear You, which was wildly optimistic of me).

So now it's taking up room which I need for other things.  Do you want it?  Let me know and it is yours for free (or free + shipping if you want me to mail it to you).

(I also have an old Stylophone on which the tuning is really out of whack.  Maybe if you know anything about electronics or just want to make spacey noises you could find a use for it.)

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Do you read Japanese? [Dec. 10th, 2008|12:14 am]
Karlos the Jackal
So for my birthday I got some Japanese kits from "Otona no Kagaku" magazine (each issue comes with a science kit to put together!).  For one of them -- a bird-chirp hand-crank organ (see it play "Amazing Grace" here) -- I'm supposed to supply a tube of...something.  Glue?  Oil?  I'm guessing it's a lubricant of some sort, but I dunno.

(click for larger version)

I'm pretty sure there are a couple of people around here who could read this and let me know what I need, and if you could, I would be quite grateful.


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