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July 30th, 2007

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02:31 am - An excellent evening
This evening, the three of us, along with Aaron, Daire, and athenian_abroad went to the best Thai restaurant I've yet been to in Portland, Kesone Thai Lao restaurant. It's been around for a year, and I'd never been there before, but I'll definitely be going there quite often, especially since it's a fairly short walk from my house. In addition to truly excellent food, it's hard to resist a restaurant with spicy ratings of mild, medium, hot, extra hot, and extremely Thai, or dished with names like Queen of Evil (which is an extremely good red curry).

After that, we went back to our place and had cookies, including some gluten free chocolate chip cookies (Aaron is allergic to wheat) that are quite literally as good as cookies made with flour (here's the recipe, it's easy and both taste and texture are superb, I also added ½ cup of dried cherries).

When, we watched a movie that moominmuppet recommended a few months back, a very odd independent-made time travel film called Primer. On one level, it had one of the least satisfying endings of any film I've ever seen, on another level, it was one of the most fascinating films I've ever seen. In part, its success can be measured by the fact that I'm betting that, like us, hundreds of other people who watched it sat down afterwards to discuss it and pulled out sheets of paper to draw diagrams about various timelines. A more rigorous version of a similar discussion, which does contain spoilers can be found on the wikipedia entry for Primer. The film only lasts 79 minutes and the first 25 are largely set-up, but the remaining 54 minutes are fascinating and exceptionally complex. Also, don't expect and explanations or answers in the film, there is plenty of information within the film, but it's up to viewers to do pretty much all of the interpretation. That said, it's also very worth watching. It's also very much a film designed to be watched as a video – rewinding, watching scenes again, possibly multiple times is a great help. In a sense, that's also what the protagonists are doing with time, which lends an interesting air of recursion to the film.
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Date:July 30th, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed Primer. per_akh and I rented and watched it some months ago, along with a couple other movies. I had originally wanted to try and see it in theaters, but that wasn't really feasible at the time. There was a lot of goodness in it, speculating about human nature and our relation to technology and luxury.

One of the things I find really interesting about it is this was just a couple of college grads trying to create a business out of their garage and stumbling onto something bigger than they'd realized. Considering the way things are going, with the availability of material and educational resources, it sends an important message about the sort of things that could happen as everyday people have access to these things. But the point isn't to isolate people and remove these resources, merely to be aware of what sort of things could take place in the near future, or even may be taking place now (if not specifically in regards to time travel).
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Date:August 2nd, 2007 12:01 am (UTC)
Yeah, primer is awesome. On the first time watching, it seemed annoying having to pause it every 5 minutes to stop and figure out what was going on, but on the second and third times it was a lot more enjoyable and things made a lot more sense. Definitely different from most movies, but pretty neat.

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