Monday, December 19, 2005

The "Four" Meme

I have scant meme experience (I did a music-related one a good while back) but Nick has tapped me for this one:

Four jobs you've had in your life: college prof, chemical engineer, computer salesman, grad assistant.

Four movies you could watch over and over: Only Angels Have Wings (Howard Hawks, 1939); Raising Cain (Brian De Palma, 1992); The Last Days Of Disco (Whit Stillman, 1998); Trouble In Paradise (Ernst Lubitsch, 1932).

Four places you've lived: Buffalo, Calcutta, Jaipur, New Delhi.

Four TV shows you love to watch: Seinfeld, Sports Night, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Twin Peaks.

Four places you've been on vacation: Kashmir, Rotterdam, Quebec City, Lille.

Four websites you visit daily: Bloglines, New York Times, Greencine Daily, and (immodestly) this here blog.

Four of your favorite foods: paalak paneer, gulab jamun, Madras aloo curry, pasta puttanesca.

Four places you'd rather be right now: Museum of Modern Art, Village Vanguard, Anthology Film Archives, Strand Bookstore, all in Manhattan.

I'm not tagging anyone in particular but you're welcome, if you feel like, to snap it up.


Anonymous Peter Nellhaus said...

Jobs: Movie Theater Asst. Mgr., Furniture Delivery guy, Photo Lab Tech, Paralegal.

Movies: Animal House, Smokey and the Bandit, You Natzi Spy, Violent is the Word for Curley.

Places: Baltimore, Cleveland, NYC, Denver.

TV shows: Futurama, Green Acres, The Sopranos, Twilight Zone.

Vacation: Memphis, New Orleans, Toronto, Tokyo.

Websites: Huffington Post, AlterNet, Cinematical, IMDb.

Foods: Gyoza, Yellowtail sashimi, smothered burritos, Southern style breakfast.

Place I'd rather be: In. Bed. Sound. Asleep.

December 19, 2005 9:15 AM  
Anonymous acquarello said...

Strand! I spent waaaay too much of my teenage years there and later, at the Annex on South Street Seaport when it opened in the mid 80s. My best haul was about a dozen hardbound Emile Zola books for $2 each. :)

December 19, 2005 10:15 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Mmm. Smothered burritos.
Acquarello--you'll have to point me to a couple of used bookstores when I'm up there for spring break.
I figure I'll be mailing a box or two of books home from there. :-)

December 19, 2005 10:20 AM  
Anonymous Aaron Hillis said...

Quadro-memes away!

Lifetime Jobs: pollster, debt collector, illustrator/designer, film critic.

Rewatchable Movies: Wings of Desire (W.Wenders, 1988); Suspiria (D.Argento, 1977); Bande a part (J-L.Godard, 1964); Schizopolis (S.Soderbergh, 1996).

Residences: Jackson, MI; Mesa, AZ; Austin, TX; Brooklyn, NY.

TV Shows: Lost, Twin Peaks, Curb Your Enthusiasm (through Season 4 only), Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

Past Vacation Spots: San Francisco, NYC (before living here), The Bahamas (I was two), Puerto Rico.

Daily WWW: GreenCine Daily, Flickr, New York Times, and if Girish is gonna start the immodesty: Cinephiliac.

Foods: chile rellenos, spicy salmon sushi, anything with a tasty vinaigrette, a great slice of pizza.

Where I'd Rather Be: in an illegal Chinatown opium den circa 1925, in Edwige Fenech's bed circa 1972, hanging out on-set of Serge Gainsbourg's 1975 Je T'Aime...Moi Non Plus, taking in the Sumardagurinn Fyrsti festival in modern-day Iceland.

December 19, 2005 11:23 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Aaron--"illustrator", huh? Nice.
Memo to myself: must catch up with Schizopolis.

December 19, 2005 12:10 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Nifty--Meme doing the rounds; now at About Last Night.

December 19, 2005 12:52 PM  
Blogger girish said...

John at Tofu Hut:
"My thanks to those of you who sent out impassioned "we'll-get-through-it-together" emails, notes and friendly wishes when my hard drives crashed; it's appreciated. However, please note: suggesting I get an Apple is like telling a man whose boyfriend just broke up with him that he should consider dating women. Not the place, not the time."

December 19, 2005 1:36 PM  
Anonymous Filmbrain said...

Ah...what a fun way to avoid work.

Jobs: Corporate whore, even bigger corporate whore, cultural ice-breaker, technical writer.

Movies: Lawrence of Arabia, Repo Man, Band of Outsiders, Jesus Christ Superstar

Lived: NYC, Santa Barbara, Tokyo, London

TV Shows: The Odd Couple, Sopranos, The Daily Show, Mystery Science Theater 3000

Vacation: Hong Kong, Paris, Helsinki, Berlin

Websites: Well, other than the blogs listed on my site, not a day goes by without at least one visit to IMDB. Though ashamed to admit it, I do check the drudgereport every day, just to see what the other half is up to. Let's see....two more....probably the NY Times and Variety.

Food: Una-don, a nice pastrami sandwich with mustard, Kal-bi (or any Korean BBQ), real Belgian frites.

Where I'd rather be: The Naikizaka Bar in Tokyo, an Icelandic hot spring with Bjork, Oppede Le Vieux in May, an afternoon book shopping in London.

December 19, 2005 1:39 PM  
Anonymous Aaron Hillis said...

You forgot Evita in your movie mix, Filmbrain. That's right, I'll proudly out you.

December 19, 2005 1:55 PM  
Anonymous Filmbrain said...

What can I say -- Filmbrain finds the pairing of Lloyd-Weber and Rice a match made in heaven. As much as I do love Evita, I'll take Carl Anderson's Judas over Antonio Baderas' Che any day.

December 19, 2005 2:02 PM  
Blogger girish said...

"Cultural ice-breaker": I love it.
And how could I forget London and Tottenham Court Road, the biblio-paradise.

December 19, 2005 2:16 PM  
Anonymous Michael said...

Here ya go:

Jobs: record store clerk, teaching assistant, visiting professor, dreamer.

Four movies: L'Eclisse, Lola (because Anouk Aimee is in it), Get Shorty, and, yes, Tommy Boy.

Places: Rowland Heights, Riverside, Placentia (all California), and London.

TV shows: Late Show with David Letterman, The Simpsons (well, when it was in its prime), The Job, and Married with Children.

Vacation: Kauai, Edinburgh, Chicago, and Portland.

Websites: Greencine Daily, Chromasia, BBC News, and Google.

Foods: Lucky Charms, Cap'n Crunch, Honeycomb, and Fruit Loops.

Place I'd rather be: The Nuart movie theater on Santa Monica Blvd. in L.A., the Tower Records next to Lincoln Center, London, and front and center at a Kills concert.

December 19, 2005 3:22 PM  
Blogger girish said...

"Lucky Charms, Cap'n Crunch, Honeycomb, and Fruit Loops": A gourmet after my own heart!

December 19, 2005 3:27 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

Jobs: Librarian, Management "Trainee", Investment Analyst, Finance Manager

Movies: Lord Love a Duck, The Rules of the Game, Los Angeles Plays Itself, Breathless

Places I've Lived: Chicago, Leningrad, San Francisco; San Jose, CA

TV Shows: The Prisoner, Crime Story, Wise Guy (first couple of seasons only), Sandbaggers

Past Vacation Spots: Denver, Haifa, Detroit (yes, Detroit), NYC

Foods: Double bacon cheeseburger at FatBurger (Los Angeles), Extra carne asada burrito at Maravillas (Hyde Park, Chicago, IL), chicken udon soup at Gombei Japanese (Menlo Park, CA); BBQ'd Texas-style ribs in the now-departed Red Neck Earl's (San Mateo, Ca)

Websites: Kid Robot (; Jatbar (, San Francisco Bay Guardian (; A_Film_By yahoo group

and, of course, my own blog,

Where I'd Rather Be:
Polemarchus' House in the Piraeus on the night of the festival of the Goddess; Trichter, Berlin, 1928; Storming of the Winter Palace, November 8, 1917; Faye Wong's bed

December 19, 2005 3:49 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Ah, Lord Love A Duck.
That I discovered through Filmbrain.

December 19, 2005 4:13 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Les diffusions de Meme.

December 19, 2005 4:41 PM  
Anonymous Ingersoll Rand said...

If you don't want to let everyone speak then maybe you should charge a fee to post a comment. Then you and people like you can converse in peace without intrusions from people like me. Sorry I don't fit in with you and the other cool kids.

December 19, 2005 9:34 PM  
Blogger girish said...

To anonymous commenter Mr. "Ingersoll Rand":
I deleted your comment because you abused the courtesy I offered you on this blog.

December 19, 2005 9:41 PM  
Anonymous Ingersoll Rand said...

And I was so optimistic about the Internet. Maybe what you should do is put a velvet rope around your computer. Sorry if something I said offended you. And there's no need to put quotes around my name. That's my name. I'm not a fake person. I'm a real person who has feelings and wants to be liked. I thought I was welcome to speak across this infinite black space but now I realize that the Internet is no better than that bar down the street that won't let me in because I'm a single man who just wants to drink a couple of seven and sevens and order some wings. It was not my intention to abuse anyone or anything. I am innocent and I will remain convinced of my innocence until the day I die. Auf Weiderschien, Herr Girish.

December 19, 2005 9:47 PM  
Anonymous Aaron Hillis said...

Funny enough, Girish, the 'Brain and I were just talking tonight over a post-Munich dinner about how genuine and kind you come across in your writing. Who knew you were actually a callous, censoring devil who hates his fellow man?

December 19, 2005 11:45 PM  
Blogger Tuwa said...

My real name is Herr Dresser. Don't tell anyone.

December 19, 2005 11:47 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Hey guys.
Good to see you.
Aaron--who knew, indeed?

December 19, 2005 11:53 PM  
Blogger Flickhead said...

"Maybe what you should do is put a velvet rope around your computer."

Now THAT'S funny.

December 20, 2005 8:58 AM  
Blogger girish said...

To Mr. Rand:
If you'd like to know why I deleted your comment, send me an email.
And also please give me some courtesy by using your real name, not the name of a construction-equipment manufacturing company, when you do so.
I'll be glad to write you back.

December 20, 2005 9:00 AM  
Anonymous acquarello said...

Alas, I was going to try to tackle this new meme yesterday, but got stuck on the first question. My only job before NASA was spoiled brat with allowance. :)

December 20, 2005 9:28 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Acquarello--We'd still love to hear your answers to all the other questions. :-)

December 20, 2005 9:35 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Why conservatives hate mp3 players.

December 20, 2005 9:39 AM  
Anonymous Filmbrain said... -- the Soho House of the blogosphere.

December 20, 2005 10:03 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Wow, they even have a cinema?. Perfect.

December 20, 2005 10:11 AM  
Anonymous Peter Nellhaus said...

A conservative arguement against mp3s and walkmans? That doesn't make sense. I would say that choosing your tunes or with the new i-pod, video, is an expression of libertarianism. Plus the fact that people are buying this technology is an expression of the free market place in action. Maybe Allan Bloom needs a friend to convert all his old 78 rpms.

December 20, 2005 10:50 AM  
Blogger girish said...

I particularly liked this part: "The whole point behind the personal audioplayer is that it provides a new aesthetic dimension to an already-aesthetic experience: Looking at the world around you."

And Acquarello--No pressure. I can always tag you next time if you'd rather not meme this time.

December 20, 2005 11:23 AM  
Blogger Tuwa said...

Actually, if there's any generally conservative distaste for audio players, I would suspect it's because it allows people to opt out of the monoculture surrounding them--a particular bugbear for people decrying "war on Christmas" and feminists, gays, Muslims, Native Americans, African Americans, scienctific procedure, gangsta rap, and other indications of a shocking audacity to hold any view broader than the purely provincial.

December 20, 2005 11:39 AM  
Blogger Tuwa said...

Eh. Sort of clumsily worded there, but it's increasingly my opinion that the fundies running the country are shocked, above all, by discovering genuine differences in people.

And so to the interstate. Take care, Girish.

December 20, 2005 11:42 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Take care, Tuwa!

December 20, 2005 2:27 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

Who knew that the venerable firm of Ingersoll Rand was actually a single man in search of buffalo wings and primitive cocktails? That simply blows my mind right there.

My opinion: the Soho House is fine, but I prefer the Penn Club and the University Club. My own college's associate club (the Williams Club) - not so great. There's too much pressure at Soho to be hip and cool - I prefer stodgy and conservative in my private gentleman's clubs, dammit!

BTW, you think Soho is exclusive? Try the Bohemian Club SF - ouch!

December 20, 2005 2:44 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Meme sighted at Jim's.

December 20, 2005 4:04 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Jobs I've had (I picked out the most interesting-sounding ones, which meant they were all seasonal, part-time and/or temp.): Summer Camp Program Director, Pub Trivia Quizmaster, Music Copyist, Re-Organizer of a Crematorium Stockroom

Movies I'd watch: Fantasia, Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Boudu Saved From Drowning, Pootie Tang

Places I've lived: San Francisco, Iowa, Minneapolis, Chiang Mai

TV Shows: Twin Peaks, Pee-Wee's Playhouse, the Academy Awards, the Simpsons (though it's been a while since I made time for it)

Vacations I've taken: New York, Laos, Malacca, the Sierra backcountry

Websites I visit: imdb, google, greencine daily, cinemarati

Favorite Foods: french fries, papaya salad, pasta with pesto sauce, palak paneer

I'd rather be: on top of a mountain, drifting lazily down a river, in front of a cozy fireplace, at a film festival.

December 20, 2005 8:26 PM  
Blogger girish said...

"Music copyist": Brian, do you play an instrument?
And one more for palak paneer.

December 20, 2005 9:18 PM  
Anonymous Filmbrain said...

Girish -- what's the difference between palak paneer and shag paneer? (I make my own paneer, by the way. It's the one positive thing I took away from a failed relationship with a Hare Krishna girl.)

December 21, 2005 10:09 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Pretty impressive, Filmbrain...
They actually mean the same thing: "saag" and "palak" both mean spinach.

December 21, 2005 10:25 AM  
Blogger Brian said...

I have been known to dabble around with various musical instruments and piano/keyboard is my favorite and probably the one I'm best at. I've never really had the discipline to study it seriously however. But I've always enjoyed compsing, and I took as many theory and composition classes as my college offered. After finishing my B.A. I spent a semester working for a professor preparing parts for an orchestra that was premiering his composition.

I haven't done done that kind of work since, but I still stay musical. I have an electronic music project that I've performed a few times with over the past couple years. And I just (this past Monday) tried my hand at performing a live score for a short (4-minute) film at a friend's film night.

December 21, 2005 4:48 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Wow Brian. Had no idea. That's impressive.
I discover something new every day.

December 21, 2005 5:30 PM  
Blogger girish said...

To Mr. Rand:
You're still welcome to comment at the blog.
I'm no comment nazi, I assure you.

December 23, 2005 9:41 AM  
Anonymous Dave said...

Palak Paneer and Shaag Paneer (or "saag paneer", depending on how it's transliterated) are the same.

Palak and saag are both words for spinach. Saag is more Bengali, though many Hindi speakers use it as well. I would guess it was a difference in dialect till the vocabularies merged, and now they're synonymous.


February 18, 2006 4:38 PM  

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