Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The recent, the old, the very old, and the dead

Happy New Year!

Just in case you might feel like watching an old flick or two OVER and OVER and OVER...

Here is my all time favorite/infinite loop movie list up until 2015:

I would once have added any of the Kinski/Herzog movies, but I am now too sickened by Kinski's horrendous acts. I won't give details, but you can find out about it if you want to. I fully support the victim's breaking of the silence, and her bravery. At the same I don't want to add to anyone else's trauma here.

Not yet sure if I'd put Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid on that loop, but I could watch it at least once more before I die. And maybe Kiss of the Spider Woman. And Young Frankenstein. And The Addams Family


So, to the lighter topic of occupations that make no obvious sense, I am still learning Old English, using a new (relative to some very old and very dead things) technology – I have found introductory courses on youtube from Alaric Hall at the University of Virginia, and various texts (this one and that) and workbooks online.

Because I went to Catholic school, learning the Our Father in Old English seemed like a good language transfer possibility – I don't really have that many texts to choose from, so it's that and Beowulf. I love me some good extremely old fashioned pulp fiction. And I get to hear this guy rocking the old guy warble, although he does mistakenly say Beowulf instead of Beow in this section, even though it isn't yet about the rock crushing hero.

Also. Wikipedia has some pages in Old English. How geeky is that? I love it.