Hannibal V Constantine (hannibalv) wrote,
Hannibal V Constantine
hannibalv

December 30, 2001

Since the last time I posted, I have had infinitely more nosebleeds than I'd had previously.

Somehow, I'd managed to make it through 24 years and 11 days without one, then, when I was performing my morning ablutions, there it was. Blood. From my left nostril.

Anyway, I managed to stop the flow, but still, it was odd.

I'm too young to be without any damn thing to do on New Year's Eve, goddammit.

Saw "Ali", directed by Michael Mann. I come from this at an odd perspective-by the time I was born, Muhammad Ali had stopped being a man and was just "The Greatest". I've never known a time when he wasn't the legend. As for the film, it's something of a mixed bag. Will Smith is terrific in the title role-working much better than I would have ever thought him capable. Most of the supporting players, including Mario Van Peebles as Malcolm X, Jon Voight as Howard Cosell and Jamie Foxx as Drew "Bundini" Brown are fine as well. The biggest problems are with the pacing, which must fall on Mann's shoulders. Now, Mann's never been the speediest filmmaker, preferring instead to let things build inexorably to a magnificent climax, but there's too much in Ali that's overlong or overly rudimentary. I do recommend it, for the performances, but it's got to be considered at least a minor disappointment.

Today's Link Of The Day is a rather magnificent bit of academic mischief. http://www.astro.queensu.ca/~bworth/Reason/Sokal/Papers/lingua_franca_v4.html

JHR
12/31/2001 4:44 AM
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