Thursday, October 01, 2009

Three things for Thursday

1. The Little Dorrit Masterpiece miniseries. I have to wonder if actors and screenwriters squeal with glee whenever they get handed a project based on a book by Charles Dickens. The characters are so varied, so quirky, and so hilarious. Jeremy and I are watching this via Netflix and it's like torture to wait two to three days to get the next disc. We should wrap up the series by the end of the week. Our favorite characters are Andy Serkis (aka Gollum) as the requisite crazy French villain Rigaud, and Eddie Marsan as Pancks. We seriously have to restrain ourselves from rewinding every scene they're in just to enjoy their performances all over again.

Almost all of the dozens of other characters are fantastic, too, even if only two of them get to play their roles straight (Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Clennam and Claire Foy as Amy Dorritt). The only characters Jeremy and I don't care for (so far) are Tattycoram and Miss Wade. Perhaps they will be redeemed by the end of the series.

2. This haiku thread over at By Common Consent. Tears. of. laughter. Be sure to take a look at the painting it's mocking, too.

3. Name Voyager is super cool. Job Voyager is pretty neat, too. It takes the "Reported Occupation" data from US census reports back to 1850 and serves it up in an innovative way. Check out the stats for miner, farmer, and engineer:


Suzanne Bubnash said...

We loved Little Dorritt; Pancks was especially entertaining.

That painting becomes hilarious when you read the haikus. Especially the one about Abe Lincoln in a musical. And it's odd that Jesus was given such striking Nordic features, as one haiku-er pointed out.

Steve Evans said...

Thanks for noticing our haiku!

Liz Johnson said...

That haiku thread is HILARIOUS. And the commenter with the "pull my finger" quip. I have forwarded that on to so many people!

elliespen said...

Oh. Man. Thank you so much for sharing #2. It completely shot my reading for tomorrow, but so worth it!


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