ragtags studio central: sarah's random this & that

random means "having no definite aim or purpose," (1655), taken from "at random" (1565), "at great speed" (thus, "carelessly, haphazardly"). In 1980s college student slang, it somehow, and sadly, acquired a distinct sense of "inferior, undesirable." (Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper) Well, okay, fine, Mr. Online Etymology Dictionary person, but THIS is the 21st Century. It's a whole new ball of wax.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Mayhem, ructions, a word of advice

The Golden Compass. It got mixed reviews. I suspect many of those less than stellar came from people who had NOT read the book. (And reading it aloud to a couple of wide-eyed kidz makes the experience even more fun.) I give it good marks. Because this is a brilliant, visual, steampunk extravaganza. My only real complaint is it should have been done as a mini-series so it could have included much more, and that it clearly was meant as the opening sequence to a trilogy. It's just too bad the powers that be freaked (apparently) at the thought of displeasing certain groups I shall not mention here, and didn't instead just f***ing go for it.

So, watch this brief clip and know that Lee Scoresby would, soon after this, "like to know what" they "can expect in the way of mayhem and ructions. . .":

And here is the fabled Alethiometer - the Golden Compass - in action:

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