who the heck knows anything, anyway

Sunday, August 8, 2010

of Clocks and Hell-Hounds

Instead of starting on my last paper of the term, I decided to look up DIY projects that might be more fun/distracting than just reading for the nth day in a row*.  First of all, this is kind of depressing:

Irony: Oregon's Favorite Pastime

But then I found what I was looking for. I'm putting it up here (a) because it's the coolest and (b) because I want Daniel to help me make one sometime. Probably not an easy project to dive into today, but whatever!

Also on the docket** today, viewing Pt. 2 of Собака Баскервилей (The Hound of the Baskervilles)! I'm pretty pumped about watching some more of these next weekend, as well. In fact, I would not doubt a repeat viewing of Baskervilles, (a) because Daniel needs to see it and (b) because Watson is way too good in it. I almost added a spoiler, but I refrained. Just keep an eye out for the ending scene on Pt. 1. You can thank me later.

Vitaly Solomin plays Surrogate Detective

 Seriously, I cannot wax enthusiastic enough about this Holmes-Watson team. Maybe I have an inexplicable weakness for Russian accents? More likely, Livanov and Solomin are just great actors accompanied by a great cast, performing in amazing settings, and with costumes that make me wish I was a dude. But the Russian doesn't hurt.

"Now is the dramatic moment of fate, Watson, when you hear a step upon the stair which is walking into your life, and you know not whether for good or ill." --Sherlock Holmes, a la Baskervilles

*I love reading, but I also love doing other things. If all I did was read, I would probably have no fine motor skills, and that would be sad. You never know when you'll need to become a mechanic to support your writing habits.

**Does anyone else appreciate how great this word is? I'm not generally an aesthetic fan of words with more than one hard consonant in them, but I make a glad exception for docket. Plus, though people use "on the docket" an awful lot***, it wasn't until my Victorian Detective Lit class thatI heard it used authentically, in reference to an actual docket, and not some made up list of things in your head. Frick, man, I love language.

***Ok, I do. I probably shouldn't generalize, because I was also under the impression that "come off it" was a popular phrase in the Pacific NW. Not so much.