Monday, March 27, 2006

The Blackout

The first time I saw Abel Ferrara's The Blackout (1997), it struck me as high-pitched, overwrought and phony. I reacted to it as I would in knee-jerk fashion to a hysterical melodrama. My next viewing was late one night, when I was exhausted from a long day, and my defenses were down. Suddenly, it didn’t feel melodramatic at all, but made of pure and true emotion—wrenching, disturbing, and most painful of all—disallowing of cathartic relief.

More than with any other filmmaker that I can think of, Ferrara's cinema is one of wondrous messiness. You see it seconds into this film, when Matty (Matthew Modine, in a role written for another Matt, Dillon) comes to Miami to spend time with his French girlfriend Annie (Beatrice Dalle). She’s sitting at a table, chatting with other actor types, when he walks in and practically lifts her off her chair. They kiss, slowly, clumsily, noisily, lips and tongues and teeth completely unchoreographed and uncoordinated, the messiest kiss you ever saw. And it goes on and on to the point when it makes you uncomfortable. Then you realize that Ferrara could never have scripted the details of that kiss—it had to have happened in the actors’ improvisation. It also reminds you of how damn clean (and untrue-to-life!) were the last thousand kisses you saw on a movie screen.

Much later, after Matty has joined AA and moved in with his clean and wholesome art dealer girlfriend Susan (Claudia Schiffer), Ferrara shows you another kiss. This one is whispery-soft, affectionate, lips barely touching, and Matty strokes Susan's cheek at the end as if he were kissing a child, a daughter perhaps. It is a gentle, anomalous moment—a peaceful interlude that feels unnatural and thus temporary.

Most interestingly, the “messiness” of Ferrara’s vision is mirrored in Dennis Hopper, who plays filmmaker Mickey Ray (named for Nick Ray, and in a role written for Mickey Rourke). Mickey makes pornos and his set looks as chaotic as (I’ve read) Ferrara’s does. He’s got five video cameras going at once, capturing all manner of improvisation and accident. When two actors have a marital spat off-camera, he barks (as Ferrara well might in real life): “Make this work-related…Use it, use it! Don’t spew it all here!”

Mickey is a strange hybrid of Ferrarian method and hack-like venality. He is remaking Emile Zola’s Nana as a skin flick set in Miami. And he’s a bit hazy on details. Of the cinema’s capacity for truth, he declares: “Godard says 24 frames a minute….or is that a second?” If Godard made films about prostitution, for Mickey they are one and the same: financial backers of his film get to have sex on-screen.

One of my favorite cinematic low-cal after-dinner mints is Jonathan Demme’s Married To The Mob, but each time I watch it, I’m reminded of how colorless and dull Modine is in it. Ferrara pushes hard against Modine’s bland boyishness in The Blackout. By making this blond, clean-cut, terminally genial actor a coke-sniffing, booze-swilling, self-destructive debaucher, Modine’s performance ends up being truly troubling because of these tensions.

Finally, Ferrara’s strategy of having several cameras recording simultaneously on the set is complemented here by his recent discovery of AVID. This is a movie with dozens of lush lap dissolves, layering sometimes four or five images together to give form to Matty’s crowded nightmares—or to his waking moments by externalizing his subjectivity. When he gets in the back of a limo and takes a ripping snort of coke, we dissolve to a sunburst as the lens catches the sun (and Matty catches his high).

Last fall I saw Ferrara’s new film, Mary, at the Toronto film festival. It was the very last of my 35 films there and maybe because I was tired, it really frustrated me. Then I remembered that my response to it was almost identical to the first time I saw The Blackout. (Like Hopper’s half-hack, half-auteur in The Blackout, Matthew Modine plays a filmmaker who's half-Mel Gibson, half-Ferrara.) I consciously remember liking the few calm, collected, “unmessy” sequences in the film, in which Forest Whitaker as a TV show host interviews various theology experts. But right now, after coming to love and appreciate The Blackout, it’s the rest of Mary, emotionally messy and tortured, that I feel like revisiting.

The FERRARA-THON also includes, in alphabetical order:


Blogger girish said...

Folks--Please let me know if you find any links to posts not on my list. Thanks!

March 27, 2006 2:15 AM  
Blogger Brian said...

Actually my entry on Bad Lieutenant isn't ready quite yet but should be by the end of the day. But I notice that Ed Gonzalez has his piece on the Addiction up.

March 27, 2006 2:16 AM  
Blogger Martin Degrell said...

I put up a Body Snatchers collage that turned out to be something completely different from what I'd first planned. Anyway, it's here:

March 27, 2006 2:32 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Thanks, Brian and Martin.

March 27, 2006 3:14 AM  
Blogger aaron w graham said...

My entry - on 'Cat Chaser' - will appear tomorrow afternoon, at some point.

And now I'm off to read a couple of the other pieces already up...

March 27, 2006 3:27 AM  
Blogger Eric Henderson said...

I'm also going to be on the late side of this pile-up. Really late. I wanted to watch no less than five Ferrara films this weekend and ended up watching four less.

March 27, 2006 4:25 AM  
Blogger Flickhead said...

The Ferrara-Thon noticed in France at Inisfree.

March 27, 2006 6:46 AM  
Blogger girish said...

I found this post really hard to write. It made me realize that some films/directors are much harder to write about than others. (Different for each person.)
And I procrastinated for so long that I was all stressed out yesterday--haven't felt this way since the weekend of my doctoral comps exams, ages ago!
My own darn fault for putting it off so much...

March 27, 2006 8:32 AM  
Anonymous Peter Nellhaus said...

I think my piece could have been bigger and even more analytical if I had more knowledge and understanding about Catholicism.

March 27, 2006 8:50 AM  
Blogger girish said...

That goes triple for me with Mary. :-)

March 27, 2006 8:55 AM  
Blogger Campaspe said...

Girish, you have the singular ability to make me wish I could see what you see in certain movies. Of course, the only Ferraras I saw was "Bad Lieutenant," which repulsed me beyond words, and "King of New York," which I liked but remember little. Mr. Campaspe just got back from a long business trip and so hasn't been able to write up a Ferrara piece, but I'll look forward to blog-hopping.

Off-topic, but have you seen the poll for Worst of the Best Picture Oscar Winners? It is being conducted by Edward Copeland at his blog. You can find the links at my place. I loved this idea.

March 27, 2006 9:31 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Thanks, Campaspe, for the tip.
Hope you've been well, and I hope Toronto is getting a touch less cool in preparation for spring...
[And here's that link to the Siren's post.].

March 27, 2006 9:48 AM  
Anonymous Darren said...

I've finally settled on an idea for my post; now I just have to write it. Hopefully it'll be up by this afternoon.

The Blackout is one of the few films I didn't get around to seeing, but it should be waiting for me in the mail when I get home tonight. I didn't realize that Beatrice Dalle is in it. I have such a crush on her.

And speaking of Modine, it looks like we'll be able to catch Robert Altman's production of Arthur Miller's Resurrection Blues (starring Modine, Neve Campbell, and Maximilian Schell) when we're in London next month.

March 27, 2006 10:30 AM  
Anonymous Filmbrain said...

I found this post really hard to write. It made me realize that some films/directors are much harder to write about than others.

Girish -- you took the words right out of my mouth.

As I mention in my piece (which isn't quite complete yet, but will be later today), I was relieved to learn that his biographer (Brad Stevens) also had a hard time explaining what it was he liked about Ferrara's films.

Nice take on The Blackout. One thing I can certainly say about Ferrara is that each repeated viewing of any of his films is akin to seeing it for the first time. Strange, that.

March 27, 2006 10:50 AM  
Blogger girish said...

You know, reading the entries has made me realize that I'm particularly thankful for the more academically knowledgeable among us like Zach, Matt, Mubarak, etc., because this Ferrara-thon for me is less about spewing my take on the film than learning about alternative angles of entry far more insightful than my own. It's been really cool to do that this morning--fun and rewarding.
Monday and Tuesday are my killer teaching days, but I'll go around at some point to their sites and ask some questions to probe and learn some more.

March 27, 2006 11:39 AM  
Anonymous Aaron Hillis said...

A little late, but we're finally up. After I update some links, I'll start perusing the rest of Ferrara-fest.

March 27, 2006 11:46 AM  
Anonymous Aaron Hillis said...

I agree on Ferrara's improvisational messiness, the flaws in his films are so charming in a don't-touch-me kind of way.

I dig The Blackout, which I only saw for the first time a few weeks back. As I mention in my own piece, I'm especially fond of Ferrara the envionmental sculptor, and I think it's a tribute to his filmmaking instincts that he can expose Miami's menace the same way he does NYC (and obviously, he hasn't had the real-life research of living in Florida).

That film also has my favorite Dennis Hopper rant, the "Get out of my life" tirade near the end... I had to watch that part twice, I didn't think the older, more sober Hopper still had that fire.

March 27, 2006 12:39 PM  
Anonymous Michael said...

"I found this post really hard to write. It made me realize that some films/directors are much harder to write about than others."

True, true. I have a difficult time writing about Antonioni, even though I know his films intimiately. But I think your post, and its central idea, come off quite nicely (all of that messiness in the film, which can be a technique of its own). I haven't seen The Blackout, much less many other Ferrara films, but the idea of making Emile Zole'a Nana into a skin-flick set in Miami? That sounds priceless.

March 27, 2006 12:44 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Thanks for commenting, fellas.
Just updated the links, added Charles Bronson vs. God.

March 27, 2006 1:00 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Aaron, your entry looks nice n' juicy...
Michael, I think you might appreciate the several Godard references in The Blackout, including a scene reminiscent of Paul and Camille's long squabble sequence in their apartment in Contempt; there's a very similar, more scabrous scene here.

March 27, 2006 1:52 PM  
Blogger HarryTuttle said...

Didn't see The Blackout, but your take (especially the kiss study) makes me want to check it out now. Regarding your angle-of-attack (or is it defense?), you might want to read Burdeau's admiration for Ferrara's intended "messiness" in his article on Mary (Cahiers decembre 2005).

My own entry on Mary isn't ready yet.

I agree with your idea that the insight of the blogathon is the cumulation of diverse angles. Professional critics are often reluctant to read an interact with their peers unless there is a good controversy to take on (personal attack or personal crusade). The advantage of interactive criticism is to add up multiple POV's in a more balanced coverage of a film reception.

March 27, 2006 3:20 PM  
Anonymous Darren said...

My post is up.

March 27, 2006 3:50 PM  
Anonymous Michael said...

Godard references in a Ferrara film? Ah, that alone will make me check it out.

March 27, 2006 3:59 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Thanks, folks.
I've been updating the links as you've been posting them here.
Now, off to do my night class.
I hope to do some commenting at some point, but it may not happen till tomorrow night.

March 27, 2006 4:28 PM  
Anonymous Filmbrain said...

Well, finally got my post on Ferrara's shorts up. I really wanted to include his contribution to the Subway Stories omnibus film, but just didn't have the time. Perhaps I'll add a postscript tomorrow.

Now off to read what everybody else wrote!

March 27, 2006 6:03 PM  
Anonymous DEF said...

Count me in amongst those who found this incredibly difficult. Though I've seen several of his movies, many were years ago, and I definitely felt likea refresher would've helped put my thoughts on Driller Killer into a more concrete perspective instead of just a rumination.

March 27, 2006 7:01 PM  
Blogger Matt Zoller Seitz said...

Looks like I'm gonna come straggling in later today with a Ferrara post, hopefully just under the wire. It's been a killer workday. Hopefully whatever I come up with won't be totally lame.

March 27, 2006 7:24 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Thanks, y'all.
Matt--Somehow, lameness is not the first thing that springs to mind when I think about your blog. :-)

March 27, 2006 9:56 PM  
Blogger David Lowery said...

This is the first blog-a-thon where I've a.) not been familiar with the filmmaker beforehand and b.) become instantly, excessively fascinated by him. Thus, it's also the first time that I've read every single other entry in one sitting - along with several peripheral pieces that've been linked to over the course of the day. It's been curiously revitalizing!

March 27, 2006 10:06 PM  
Blogger Maya said...

I find turns of phrase especially revitalizing, particularly when crafted by the likes of those here. It's good to know that impressions of a film can be articulated variously.

I wasn't intending to participate in this blogathon until I remembered that I want Ferrara's "Mary" to be part of this year's San Francisco International Film Festival and so my contribution is thoroughly anticipatory:

I hope I'm not too late for the fray.

March 27, 2006 10:11 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Thanks, Michael. I've just added your entry to the list.

David, I know what you mean. I'm in a Ferrara Envelopment Zone too.
Long day today; shall turn in presently, and watch The Addiction before hitting the pillow.

March 27, 2006 10:21 PM  
Blogger Maya said...

Re-reading your post, Girish, I'm glad you know yourself well enough to consider revisiting "Mary"! I'm heartened you enjoyed the "unmessy" theology panel. I know that, at least, I will enjoy that, and with your comments on "messiness" in mind, will try to keep my mind open to the rest.

March 27, 2006 10:27 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Thanks, Michael. I hope your wish comes true and you're able to see Mary soon.

March 27, 2006 10:30 PM  
Blogger Eric Henderson said...

Count me in amongst those who found this incredibly difficult.

I have to disagree, this one has been nearly as much fun for me to write as was Showgirls. Of course, I'm (predictably) writing about Ms. 45, so that's probably no surprise. On the other hand, I am admittedly trying to put off finishing the damned thing by commenting here and peaking at others' essays. Still, I intend to get it up before midnight my time.

March 27, 2006 11:22 PM  
Blogger Mubarak Ali said...

Thanks for mentioning my name with Matt's and Zach's, but really, my piece isn't worthy enough. Lots of more interesting contributions out there today from what I've read so far (speaking of which, I'm hoping to leave comments as soon as I can).

Girish, your first experience with The Blackout is pretty much the same as mine. I only appreciated the film after seeing New Rose Hotel, and noticing some very interesting parallels between the films. I really like the way you've expressed how Ferrara plays with the screen presence of Modine and Hopper, and especially how the latter represents the film's (and Ferrara's) messiness. I've mentioned this briefly in my entry, but his presence strongly reminded me of his own very-underrated, The Last Movie, which itself is about an incomplete film project in a drug-soaked atmosphere (Ferrara's explicit homage to this film is the 'scene missing' sign that flashes on the video screen Hopper is looking at).

Oh, and I think we're all fully prepared for Mary now!

March 28, 2006 2:08 AM  
Anonymous nathaniel said...

Is anybody doing a piece on The Funeral? It's my favorite Ferrara over all (though Dangerous Game is a very close second).

March 28, 2006 2:47 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Posts up overnight:

Eric H.
Brian D.
Aaron G.

Thanks, Mubarak. I've never seen Last Movie and didn't know what it was about. I'd love to lay my hands on it someday.

Nathaniel--Looks like The Funeral slipped through the cracks.

March 28, 2006 6:50 AM  
Anonymous Peter Nellhaus said...

I didn't write about The Funeral because I was sure others would. The image of Chris Penn dancing is indelible.

March 28, 2006 7:51 AM  
Anonymous Filmbrain said...

Couldn't agree more with you Peter about Penn in The Funeral. In my mind, it's Ferrara's most "perfect" film.

March 28, 2006 10:04 AM  
Blogger Maya said...

Being so unfamiliar with Ferrera it's made commenting difficult; but, the import of this blogathon is definitely its compendium of perspectives. You've all provided cues on which films to focus on and I look forward to viewing same and returning here for a deepened appreciation. My hat is off to you, Girish, for hosting another successful blogathon.

Any thoughts on Brian's suggestion we hit Freleng sometime before August?

March 28, 2006 11:32 AM  
Anonymous girish said...

Michael, I think Brian's Friz Freleng idea is awesome.
Count me in.
Brian--Sometime over the summer, perhaps?

March 28, 2006 11:50 AM  
Blogger aaron w graham said...

re: Friz Freleng
What a great idea! I'm betting 'You Ought to be in Pictures' will be snatched up pretty quickly.

I've read this won't happen until August though, which leaves enough time for everyone to become acquainted with Mr. Freleng.

March 28, 2006 1:18 PM  
Blogger HarryTuttle said...

Sorry to be late at the party... here is my discontent review of Mary. Although I have to admit that after researching the historical source and reading quite a few critiques of the film my appreciation of Ferrara's input improved. The only aspect that fails the film overall is the cheap melo ploy.

March 28, 2006 1:50 PM  
Blogger Hugo said...

thoughts on "Mary" at my site:

March 28, 2006 3:10 PM  
Anonymous Peter Nellhaus said...

Is there agreement to do a Lana Turner blog-a-thon as suggested by Self-Styled Siren? How about a date in May? As far as Freleng goes, this is certainly one of those times when I wish the Cartoon Network was showing vintage Warner Brothers cartoons as they use to.

March 28, 2006 5:09 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Thanks, folks--I've updated the links in my post.

Peter--Perhaps you or the Siren or both could do a post at your site(s) announcing it, and inviting people to sign on. I'd be glad to link to your announcement.
I've seen very little Lana, so count me as a "maybe".

March 28, 2006 5:22 PM  
Blogger Maya said...

Well, so much for prayers. Being a lapsed Catholic has its setbacks. "Mary" was not included in the SF International Festival line-up and I have swallowed my disappointment neat with a chaser of all the great movies they are showing!!

Hugo, glad to have a name to amend my own entry. I folded you into my comments on "Mary." Glad you piped up!

March 28, 2006 6:21 PM  
Blogger Matt Zoller Seitz said...

Hey, folks -- I am really, really enjoying this blog-a-thon, and it's making me want to re-watch (or in a few cases, watch) every Ferrara film I can get my hands on.

My post is finally up -- it's been a really tough few days -- and after going around and around on various topics, including "The Funeral," "Body Snatchers" and the pilot for "Crime Story," I settled on "Bad Lieutenant," since when I think of Ferrara, I automatically picture Harvey Keitel drunk, naked and weeping. (Thanks, Abel.)

It's posted at The House Next Door. Thanks, Girish, for putting this together. (I posted this comment once before, but the link didn't work, so I deleted and tried again. Hope it takes this time.)

March 28, 2006 8:55 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Hey, thanks Matt. I'll update the link in my post.

March 28, 2006 8:57 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Stats: 20 Ferrarians, 11 of them from the inaugural Showgirls blog-a-thon.

March 28, 2006 9:03 PM  
Blogger girish said...

David, you're on a roll: V For Vendetta. Nice post.

March 28, 2006 10:39 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Jennifer MacMillan and Bradley Eros have curated an avant-garde program called "Aerodynamics of the Hovering Hummingbird: Science, Cinema, and Ways of Seeing".

March 28, 2006 10:53 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Cronenberg interviewed at length by David D'Arcy at Greencine.

March 29, 2006 9:45 AM  
Anonymous jmac said...

Thanks for the menion, G! All of my blog posts at Invisible Cinema have been leading to this show. Plus the premier of my new film/video!!!! :)

March 29, 2006 10:53 AM  
Blogger girish said...

J. ~ I'm very excited for you.
Best wishes for a wonderful premiere!

March 29, 2006 10:59 AM  
Blogger Tuwa said...

Awesome Cronenberg interview, Girish.

March 29, 2006 3:01 PM  
Blogger Noel Vera said...

Peter, if you have any questions regarding Catholicism you want to ask, you could do worse than ask me. Born and raised, not quite an expert, but I'm familiar with the general outlines.

Didn't join in because while I do like what Ferrara I've seen (and I think Madonna gives her only decent performance in one of his flicks), I don't think I've seen enough, or seen them recently enough to be able to write extensively on them.

I do remember when I was in New York accompanying my girlfriend to an audition for a film, and the woman conducting the audition saying it's going to be opposite Harvey Keitel, involving a girl of college age, and maybe some nudity, at which she backed out. I only found out much later that it was The Bad Lieutenant, of course, and it would have involved the scene of Keitel jerking off in front of two terrified co-eds. Always had mixed feelings about her turning down that audition.

March 29, 2006 5:34 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Great Blog-a-Thon, all! I only prepared myself by watching the one film I wrote on, but I'm learning a lot and will continue to revisit the posts as I see more of his films.

I'm so pleased to see support for my Freleng proposal here. I'll probably put up an "official" announcement on my blog in the next week or so.

March 29, 2006 6:24 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Hey, folks. Thanks for the comments.
And here's a brand new Blog-A-Thon announcement.
They're sprouting up all over the blogosphere--more power to 'em.

March 29, 2006 6:35 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Brian, your Friz Freleng idea is excellent. I'm glad to see all the immediate support for it at your site.

March 29, 2006 6:38 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Found this link in the comments section of Matt's entry:

March 29, 2006 7:18 PM  
Anonymous Peter Nellhaus said...

Hmmm . . . I like Pfeiffer, but I was going to propose a blog-a-thon for Roberto Rossellini's 100th, May 8. I have yet to hear back from Campaspe on Lana Turner.

March 29, 2006 7:47 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Thanks, Brian.
Peter--Here's my personal take on the blog-a-thons.
If someone has an idea for one, it would probably work well for s/he to do an announcement post from their site. I would be glad to also link to that post here in my comments to spread the word.
There should also be no expectation (implicit or explicit) of anyone to participate in a blog-a-thon. People should feel free--without any judgments or aspersions cast on them--to participate in as many or as few as they'd like.

(Just tossing in my two cents.)

March 29, 2006 9:04 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Peter et al.--I just re-read my comment and I sound like a crabby ole great-grand-pop! :-)

You know what I love? I totally love that people gather here and shoot the breeze and toss ideas about (for, among other things, blog-a-thons). I want more of that, not less.
The reason I suggested that proposals should (at some point) emanate from the idea originators' sites is that I don't want to even appear to be someone who somehow has an undue degree of influence on what blog-a-thons end up flying and what don't. I'm just one single-person voice in this process.
So, a "dispersed locus" of blog-a-thons is a good thing, methinks. And I'll support that in any way I can by linking to any/all blog-a-thon news.
But feel free to bandy ideas about here all you like. Like anything else, some of them will catch fire, and some won't, and that's perfectly fine, and normal.

March 29, 2006 10:34 PM  
Blogger Noel Vera said...

Hm. I'm interested in the Pfeiffer blogathon (of all things). I'm not aquainted with Nathaniel, tho--is he an a_film_by habitue, or does he drop by this blog frequently?

March 29, 2006 11:58 PM  
Anonymous sacha said...

Girish, this is unrelated to this post and all 65 (!) comments-- but I have finally viewed Cache and would like to revist your thoughts. Where to go?
I'll be up late--I'm a bit spooked.

March 30, 2006 3:49 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Noel: "I'm interested in the Pfeiffer blogathon (of all things)." That line just made me laugh.
Nathaniel is part of the Cinemarati group. (There's a link on my sidebar). He hasn't commented here before but wrote me an email yesterday tipping me off to it.

Hey, Sacha--Here's the link to my Cache post, which in turn has links to lots of others.

March 30, 2006 6:34 AM  
Blogger girish said...

And since she's here, I need to thank Sacha for her idea, which I've stolen wholesale, of posting links and messages in her own comments section.

March 30, 2006 6:43 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Michael on Ugetsu at Cinemarati.

March 30, 2006 6:45 AM  
Blogger girish said...

At Peter's site--the announcement of a Lana Turner Blog-A-Thon.

March 30, 2006 6:47 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Brian Darr on SFIFF-announced films. He also asks for font tips for his blog redesign.

March 30, 2006 6:50 AM  
Blogger Noel Vera said...

i'll post a comment on his site then. lana turner i don't have much to say about except towards the end she had an affair with a filipino entertainer

March 30, 2006 9:00 AM  
Blogger Maya said...

Girish, "a crabby ole great-grand-pop" you are not! It takes a spring in your step to moderate all this commentary as you do. We're all very grateful.

Received email from Glenn Andreiev
whose recent doc on indie filmmaking--SILVER NIGHT--includes interview footage with Ferrara. His blogsite on the documentary speaks about it a bit.

As for blogathons, I'm always looking for cheap education and think one on HTML coding would advance the whole citizen corps a giant step forward. Please don't tell me I actually have to take a class....

March 30, 2006 9:56 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Oh that's funny. An HTML blog-a-thon: wouldn't that be a hoot?
You know, Michael, we have some HTML heavyweights among us, like Darren and Acquarello.
I'm quite innocent of it myself.
Last summer, I learned just enough to make some changes to my original cookie cutter Blogger template: change the background color to Navy, strip most of the extraneous colors and doodads, basically strip down the page to something simpler. At some point, I should think about redesigning before y'all get stone cold bored of the look around here.

March 30, 2006 4:01 PM  
Blogger Tuwa said...

Stone cold bored on Girish' site? Say what?

March 30, 2006 4:47 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Nice of you to say, Tuwa. Been enjoying the Cannonball you sent. Thanks!

March 30, 2006 4:53 PM  
Blogger Tuwa said...

It's the least I could do.

I've been wanting to redo my site for awhile now--new URL, new title, new look.... Something whimsical and 8-bit. But I'm a chicken (bahk-bahk-bahk-bahk-bahkah). (/SlyStone)

March 30, 2006 5:04 PM  
Blogger girish said...

This is great: Darren sends Joanna a 10th anniversary card.

March 30, 2006 6:55 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Planned on putting up a post this morning but won't make it till tonight or tomorrow morning.
Powerful aroma of spring in the air today. Buffalo snow--see you next year. (Although in Buffalo, you're never really sure.)

March 31, 2006 10:18 AM  
Anonymous acquarello said...

Yup, here in the DC area, I walked out of the door this morning to chronic sneezing and falling cherry blossoms pelting my face... Hey, we can't all be romantic like Darren. ;)

March 31, 2006 12:14 PM  
Anonymous girish said...

Taking my students on a plant tour of the Moog factory this afternoon (yes, the same Moog of synthesizers; only now this plant makes aircraft parts now). Guess we'll be indoors when it's so criminally nice out.

March 31, 2006 1:00 PM  
Anonymous Filmbrain said...

A perfect opportunity to perform an extended Keith Emmerson solo. Go for it!

March 31, 2006 3:55 PM  
Anonymous Filmbrain said...

Oops...well, even if it is on airplane parts.

[Note to self: read entire comment before responding.]

March 31, 2006 3:57 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Filmbrain, it was an interesting & fun tour but alas, not a musical instrument in sight. :-(

March 31, 2006 5:27 PM  
Anonymous Peter Nellhaus said...

Yo Girish: we were cited at .

April 01, 2006 12:17 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Hey, hadn't seen that.

April 01, 2006 7:19 AM  
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