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grigorss - 2007-01-24 13:26:38
So, a couple of questions: A.) Do we come up with a list of 6 quirks of our own, or wait for those whom you "tag" to chime in? B.) How do I possibly narrow my quirks down to just 6? C.) What's the reluctance regards yogurt about?
Paula - 2007-01-24 13:47:12
If you have a blog, Grigorss, send me the link and I will tag you back to the stone age.

If not, quirk away right here (Sorry, memers, but i'm bending the rules).

Yogurt...tastes weird. It makes my mouth turn inside out.
DVDo! - 2007-01-24 14:00:46
Don't skip the bonus stuff. When any film was originally a short film, it is sometime included in the bonus material, and is worth watching. An example is "Napoleon Dynamite". On the bonus section is the short film that the filmakers made while in college. It was 10 minutes and fascinating to see where they started from. Another example, was on the 2-disc Pirates of the Carribean I. It had a copy of the Wonderful World of Disney episode from the 1960's that welcomed the new Pirates attraction at Disney World in all its politically incorrect glory. Yet, another example - any of the Pixar movies have very interesting extras in their DVD packages and are must-sees. Oh yeah, last thing. Some DVD releases contain easter eggs, things that are not seen on the menus. You sort of discover them. Loads of fun.
grigorss - 2007-01-24 14:16:04
6 Weird things about me: 1.) I AM AN INVETERATE COUCH SLEEPER -- and not just when I'm watching TV or reading a book (although that helps). Sometimes, when I'm getting ready for the nights slumber, I'll look at my bed, and then at the couch, and just decide, "Tonight's a night for sleeping on the couch...". 2.) I EAT MY MEALS ONE ITEM AT A TIME -- so when I'm eating my favorite TV Dinner, for example, I'll eat all of the peas and carrots first, then the mashed potatoes, then the nut loaf. I sometimes alter this behavior when in public, but when left to my own devices... 3.) I HAVE NEVER HAD A "WET" DREAM - Never. Ever. Not when I was 12, and not now. Dreams with erotic content? Sure, sleeping and waking, arguably. But never the "wet" variety. An informal poll of my fellow males reveals this is virtually unheard of. 4.) I CAN READ MIRROR-REVERSED WRITING - as easily as regular print. When I reveal this to some people (by reading said writing aloud), they're frequently amazed -- really, I think everyone could do this with a little practice. 5.) I AM MR. FREEZE -- I'm in the habit of keeping my windows open all winter out here in Southern California, but recently had to close them when the overnight lows dipped down into the 30's; until then though, I was fine. 6.) MY CLOTHING IS COLOR CODED -- Summer shirts hang on White hangers, Fall/Spring on Gray, Winter on Black. I don't really have a wardrobe; I have a system. I could just go on and on...
Tim W. - 2007-01-24 14:27:38
Re #3: me neither. I always wake up first. Dammit. I'm with Paula on commentaries, but I do like the occasional featurette, especially for things like the LOTR films where there's a lot of interesting technical stuff.
2fs - 2007-01-24 15:00:48
If you've never eaten yogurt, how do you know it tastes weird? Or did you just put some in your mouth and spit it out? Re DVDs: I, on the other hand, enjoy (most) DVD commentaries: I like knowing how things are done, etc. I'll gladly listen to the assistant lighting guy babbling about foobulizing the Rance color-timing boohick... On the other hand, some commentaries truly are a waste of time. Two main time-wasting types: (1) The Party Soundtrack: if you have more than two or three people on one commentary, forget it - they'll just be laughing and babbling away and pretty much ignoring what's on the screen. (2) The Self-Righteous Blowhard: this is some tech guy who has one point to make ("use only available light" say) and belabors it over the entire course of the film, with side trips into dissing other films that don't conform to his strictures. Online videos, though, usually bore me - because I'm impatient and generally don't like watching videos etc. if they're more than like thirty seconds long. Occasionally I'll bear with one for up to five minutes...but after that, forget it. The windows are too small and the resolution too low.
Bina - 2007-01-24 15:04:12
The audio commentary to Sideways, with the two stars, is hysterical.
Paula - 2007-01-24 15:11:58
If you've never eaten yogurt, how do you know it tastes weird? Or did you just put some in your mouth and spit it out?

I usually just wake up before it's over.
Greg - 2007-01-24 16:05:03
I always watch the bonus footage and commentary--About the best I've seen is the extra disc to Gangs of New York. Even if you've read the book it's very informative--better than the film (I really liked the film despite inaccuracies and weird costumes and set design and cartoonish portrayals). I also really enjoyed the extra footage in the punk doc Another State of Mind. The Stern Bros. of Youth Brigade take you through a second showing of the movie making snarky comments and pointing out lies, distortions (not just Social Distorions) and set-ups.
Greg - 2007-01-24 16:06:51
Grigorss--you almost have to be invertebrate to always sleep on the couch.
Chris - 2007-01-24 16:47:17
13 iterations of this quirk game gives us 13million people telling us there 6 quirks. As self absorbed and bloggy as this country is dont you think 78mm confessions is a bit much
chris - 2007-01-24 16:50:00
Even worst. 13 iterations gives us 13billion bloggers spewing personal quirks. Yikes. A mere 9 gives us 10mm bloggers a spewing.
Adam - 2007-01-24 16:57:25
My favorite was a bonus feature to Memento. It included the short story on which the movie was based, written by the director's brother. Good stuff.
grigorss - 2007-01-24 17:56:52
"you almost have to be invertebrate to... sleep on the couch" -- are you saying I'm not? As to the other debate of today's blog, I'm firmly straddling the fence on this one -- yes, 85 - 90% of DVD extras are not worth the time to look and/or listen to, but that other 15%! For example, the Criterion release of Orson Welles "F is for Fake" contains a great documentary called "One Man Band", which is basically about all the unfinished films Welles worked on in his lifetime -- it's great! Also, the special edition of "Memento" has an interesting Easter Egg, which allows the viewer to watch the film in correct chronological order. Stuff like that makes DVD Extras worthwhile, on occasion, ...but admittedly, it helps to know what you're looking for.
Alan - 2007-01-24 18:31:21
In a pathetic attempt to make my blog worthy of Google Adsense like the cool kids, I've listed some of my less embarassing and hopefully more endearing quirks behind my linked name.
2fs - 2007-01-24 20:50:04
Tim W.: Some might consider waking up at that point an opportunity of sorts. Anyway... Chris: and just how much more interesting would it be if instead of listing their quirks, all those folks merely complained about bloggers listing their quirks? Ah, now we're talkin'. About the Memento DVD (the two-disc version): interesting, yes...but *so* damned complicated that I had to go find a website to figure out how to find anything other than by trial and error...But then, I lack patience for puzzle-solving generally.
Greg - 2007-01-25 06:43:51
It's true about the yogurt. I saw Paula take one sip of a yogurt smoothie and it looked sort of like this except even scarier!!
Bina - 2007-01-25 08:03:30
Yogurt is prized in Aryuvedic nutrition as being one of the most healthy things to eat for the well being of your stomach! I'm going to report you to your yogi for yogurt-avoidance.
Greg - 2007-01-25 10:18:25
Yogurt is Hindi for phlegm
Erich the Red - 2007-01-25 10:39:03
audio commentaries are fun as long as the director is cracking open beers and smoking all through it with Kurt Russell.. which means only John Carpenter's are good. I've never had a wet dream either... and it burns me up inside. Oh wait, I had one once, and it was awesome. i woke up and was like, "FINALLY!"
WashingtonHeightsMom - 2007-01-25 11:35:57
I've known Paula longer than anyone here and I never knew about the yogurt, although it fits her profile, and I had no idea about the Dad/prayer thing. I rarely read her blog, so this was especially interesting for me today.
Paula - 2007-01-25 11:41:10
I can't remember what prompted this, but one day I made the observation (maybe even in this bog) that "Kurt Russell should be in every movie." And I stand firm by that, even though I think he may be a Republican.
Paula - 2007-01-25 11:43:16
I had no idea about the Dad/prayer thing

Really? Yeah, we have a little routine. Perhaps not unlike the "library" routine that Mom and I used to have...
Erich K - 2007-01-25 15:18:37
I learned to like yogurt okay, but I HATE even the concept of "cottage cheese" and would like to have it banned in every state I might one day visit.
Paula - 2007-01-26 03:03:40
I was downright phobic of cottage cheese until my mid-20s, and then I discovered doesn't taste as gross as it looks. Whereas yogurt looks like it's gonna taste good--like pudding--and ends up really assaulting your expectations.
Little Miss Muffet - 2007-01-26 11:48:18
I'm just sitting here on my tuffet reading all this whilst enjoying my curds and whey. I have to ask tho.' WHAT'S YOUR PROBLEM WITH DAIRY PRODUCTS L'IL MISS THING???
Paula - 2007-01-26 12:34:16
Wha--?? I said I like cottage cheese, and dairy = yum!

I guess what I don't like is fermentation, unless it ends up getting me drunk.
Bina - 2007-01-26 14:26:42
When you visit me in Blogistan, Paula, I am going to give you fresh natural yogurt and organic strawberries picked fresh from my farm, and then you are going to admit that yogurt is the real nectar of the gods.
Tiger - 2007-01-26 15:59:35
Viva la bonus features! (Or "las" or something like that...)

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