February 19, 2006

Some Random Notes.

1. Nothing more chilling than the words "No survivors had been found."

2. In the mail the other day: So how many teacher-bloggers out there can say they've held a book -- an award-winning book, at that -- written by one of their former students? Oh yes. That'll be me.

3. How much it costs to bring entertainers to your school. Built To Spill (and Lisa Loeb) are relative bargains at $5-7.5K, Rilo Kiley is predictably more expensive at $15K, and then you move up to the big leagues (Kanye West at $150K, Dave Chappelle at a whopping $250K). But Smashmouth charges $65K? Third Eye Blind goes for $50-75K? David Spade is a full $50K more expensive than David Cross?

4. Also in the mail the other day: a Rival Crock Pot slow cooker. I can't wait to use it.

5. And one of my favorite films of all time is finally out on DVD.

6. Speaking of films, tickets for the 24th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival will be going on sale tomorrow. Alas, I'm going to be in Atlanta for most of the filmfest (so will a whole bunch of my department colleagues), and so I'll be missing some great-looking ones, like Samuel Fuller's The Crimson Kimono, which will also feature Arthur Dong interviewing James Shigeta, and Richard Wong's Colma: The Musical (confession: I'm seeing Belle & Sebastian and The New Pornographers that night). But I do have my eyes set on Hou Hsiao-Hsien's Cafe Lumiere (finally!) and Nobuhiro Yamashita's Linda Linda Linda.

7. Plus videos for a bunch of my favorite songs of last year:

- Kitchie Nadal's "Wag Na Wag Mong Sasabihin"
- HALCALI'S "Strawberry Chips" (be sure to check out the videos for "Baby Blue" and "Giri Giri Safuraida" as well -- they're priceless)
- Sleater-Kinney's "Jumpers"
- Teenage Fanclub's "Ain't That Enough"
- The Pillows' "Hybrid Rainbow"
- Rilo Kiley's "Portions for Foxes"
- Kanye West's "Gold Digger"
- Ryan Adams' "Come Pick Me Up"
- The Polyphonic Spree's "Light and Day"

- and one of my favorite bands ever, the Eraserheads, with their video for "Para Sa Masa," directed by my porn-lovin' cousin.

Posted by the wily filipino at February 19, 2006 10:53 AM

re #2 :-D

Posted by: poeta on February 19, 2006 05:04 PM

Barb...if I have academic freedom (meaning reappointment) I'll teach your book. They've been receptive to your chap book during group activities (feat.why choose filipinas)...I guess the mid-west is becoming enlightened (ps 24 w students can't be wrong??).

Posted by: brown on February 19, 2006 10:22 PM

Hey, I'm sad you can't make it to see Colma: The Musical, but if anyone told me they were skipping me to see Belle and Sebastian, I would totally understand. :)


Posted by: H.P. on February 22, 2006 06:02 PM

H.P.: You're making me feel really bad! =)

Posted by: the wily filipino on March 1, 2006 08:23 PM

Hey, if it makes you feel any better, I skipped my mother's funeral for a Ben Folds Five concert.

Posted by: H.P. on March 2, 2006 04:19 PM

H.P.: you lie.

p.s. Was it worth it? =)

Posted by: the wily filipino on March 3, 2006 12:34 AM

Kitchie's video was so disappointing. Saw it this evening along with some other stuff on a bonus VCD with her album. Fabulous song. But couldn't they have done proper blockings so you didn't get stray heads blocking the view or distracting you in the background? And what's up with that wanna be beefcake dude at the end, staring at her? Was he supposed to be a director or something... I don't like "Same Ground" as much (too Alanis-y for me), but the video at least does *something*.

Posted by: krangsquared on March 4, 2006 09:50 AM
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