January 3rd, 2002


Media consumption reaction

In an attempt to do some doing, here's a reaction to some media consumed last night.

We watched Dumbo, which I'm sure I haven't seen in many, many years. I, of course, dozed off near the end and missed the big flying scene. I did get to see the pink elephants on parade, however. There were also a decent number of funny little moments that made it really enjoyable. The storks dropping many babies to the circus animals, and the hippo baby being dropped right into the water sleeping next to its mother that was sleeping in the water. And the baby giraffe that had a parachute for its body like all of the other animals but also a separate parachute for its head. And Casey Jr., the train, having his whistle say "let's go" in a low train-whistle sort of way. The DVD package includes a punch-out Casey Jr. train that you can assemble. I think I'll leave mine unassembled in the DVD case for now. Maybe some day, if I have the space, I can set that up with the punch-out office set that came with one of the Dilbert books (I think it's called Welcome to Cubeville).

Anyway, Dumbo was well worth watching, and I'll probably watch it again when I'm not going to doze off so that I can see the flight scene. I also recently watched Bedknobs and Broomsticks (note to someone: I checked, it actually is plural in the movie title) after not having seen it in a while (Kit's family knew I was getting a DVD player for Christmas, so I got several DVD's from them). However, I dozed off in the middle and missed the soccer game with the animals, which is one of my favorite scenes in the movie. So, I'll have to rewatch that, too. Luckily, I have someone who has never seen it to watch it with, and I wouldn't be surprised if this person hasn't seen Dumbo, either.

Work note

Removing little to-do stickies from my manuscript is very satisfying. It's a lot more satisfying than scratching things off of a to-do list. Speaking of to-do lists, I caught the tail end of a thing on NPR yesterday about some magazine called to-do list, where the publisher gets various people's to-do lists and just publishes them, context-free, I assume. I don't really know any details, since I only caught part of it. A quick search doesn't turn up anything. A slightly less quick search turns up www.todolistmagazine.com.