January 20th, 2007

Ann Vole

I can see the road by looking at the signs

There is a rock song on the radio that goes "I can see the road by looking at the signs". Out on the prairies, blizzard conditions can sometimes make it impossible to see the edge of the road because it is nothing but white for the two feet above road level. You have to look at the signs and keep driving straight and hope you don't hit the ditch (which will be full of snow and hard to dig your car out before the first part you dug out fills in again). My dad was mentioning a road listed as a main highway somewhere in a desert part of the US that had no actual surface but was just sand and lots of signs so you knew where the road was. Along the way he said there were beautiful large bridges (my dad was an engineer who designed lots of road bridges) then back to sand on the other side. We speculated it was done this way to avoid having to clear sand dunes across the paved parts as well as that kind of sand holds heavy loads well. Sometimes the signs were so far apart you could not see the next one in the dark so they had to just drive straight and hope they could see the next one before getting lost in the desert.

My spiritual journey is the same sort of thing. I cannot see what is beyond the horizon and you only travel this road once (unless we are reincarnated) so I have to depend on seeing miraculous signs to know if I am still on the road. Sometimes those signs are far apart and I am not so sure I am still on the road. Sometimes major hurtles in life have a big miracle to get across and like those bridges in the desert are assurances that you are not only on a road but specifically on the correct road. Sometimes, like in a blizzard or in the dark, your vision is restricted and you have to just keep going in the direction you were going the last time you saw a sign or just stop and wait for things to become more clear for you to see the miracles around you.

What are those signs? How are you sure they are from the Creator and not from the one disguised as an angel of light (Lucifer means angel of light, or known as Satan which means the accuser)? Well, only one of those knows what is in your heart so if you do not tell your secret signs to anyone but God in your mind, you can be fairly sure they are from the right source. There are many examples of testing for direction in the Bible. One most people remember is Gidian and his testing for dew on fleece. I am sure he never asked for the specifics of each of the three tests out loud being that he was doing it on his own. He asked that the feece have dew and not the grass and the opposite of dry fleece and dew on grass (I can't remember the order). The miracles I see everyday to confirm I am heading in the right direction (or sometimes in the wrong direction) are a bit of a secret but hey, you get the idea.

Lately I have no trouble finding my direction, my problem is getting anything done. The best directions will not help you one bit if you never go forward! Time to find time-management and action stimulation tools... And gumption to use those tools!
Ann Vole

More Ratatouille links

learn new character names not on the Wiki
http://www.toywiz.com/disneypixarratatouilletoys.html

the wiki
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ratatouille_(film)

Emile may be a female character instead of the orange rat in the teaser trailer (he could be named Git):
http://www.amazon.com/Learn-Draw-Disney-Pixars-Ratatouille/dp/1600580297/sr=1-4/qid=1168328132/ref=sr_1_4/104-5937782-1969514?ie=UTF8&s=books

this looks like fun, robotic Remy:
http://www.toywiz.com/ratatouilleradioremy.html

some more Ratatouille books (scroll down a bit):
http://jimhillmedia.com/blogs/jim_hill/archive/2007/01/10/one-for-the-books-a-sneak-peek-at-disney-press-disney-editions-2007-releases.aspx

an interesting image to connect actors to voices:
http://www.blogdecine.com/2006/12/21-los-personajes-de-ratatouille-remy-linguini-y-skinner

an updated cast list:
http://www.amazon.com/Ratatouille/dp/cast-crew/B00005JPFC/ref=imdbdpps_castcrew_1/002-7842627-7588025?%5Fencoding=UTF8&cast-crew.title=0&cast-crew.tab=cast

News of a Ratatouille video game:
http://www.gcdailynews.com/index.php?page=news/fullstory.php&indid=109

Another book:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/0811858340/ref=nosim?tag=thehomeimprovemz&creative=373489&camp=211189&link_code=as3&creativeASIN=0811858340

initial source:
http://upcomingpixar.blogspot.com/2007/01/ratatouille-toys.html

! ! spoiler alert ! !

on the first amazon link above it says:
"Kids will fall in love with Disney Pixar's newest action-filled adventure, Ratatouille. Set to release in June 2007, Ratatouille follows Remy the rat on his quest for fine dining. Living in the French countryside, Remy quickly tires of the food he scavenges from the family he lives with. So he secretly starts cooking his own meals in the fireplace but then accidentally sets the house on fire, causing his eviction. Remy then heads to Paris where he finds a job as a chef at an upscale Parisian restaurant where his food quickly receives the praise and admiration he seeks. But Remy soon realizes that the restaurant business is a dog-eat-dog world!"
Ann Vole

American Dog movie looks interesting

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Dog
http://jimhillmedia.com/blogs/jim_hill/archive/2006/09/15/5733.aspx
http://www.nehold.com/?p=489

"American Dog - This long-in-production film tells the story of a canine TV star who bids farewell to a life of martinis and starlets when he winds up stranded in his trailer in the Nevada desert. There, he meets up with an oversized radioactive rabbit and a testy one-eyed cat who are looking for new homes. Described as both "charming" and "twisted", the film has been in the works since 2004. It was expected to arrive in theaters some time in the fall of 2007, but a delay announced in November 2005 set Summer 2008 as a new anticipated release date. In December of 2006, it became known that the movie's writer Chris Sanders (Lilo & Stitch) had been dropped as director. Just days earlier, Disney executives had officially greenlit the film as Walt Disney Feature Animation's 2008 release. The movie's medium (originally envisioned as CGI, it may yet surface in 2-D) and altogether fate appear to be in question today. Even so, voices have already been recorded from the likes of John Travolta, Thomas Haden Church, Woody Harrelson, Bernie Mac, Bruce Greenwood, and stand-up Mario Cantone. " - http://www.ultimatedisney.com/intheaters.html

and

"Much of the graphic style of the movie is inspired by the work of Edward Hopper, and like in Rapunzel, techniques such as non-photorealistic rendering (NPR) are going to be used to give it a special visual appearance.

American Dog tells the story of a dog named Henry, a famous TV star, who one day finds himself stranded in the Nevada desert with a testy, one-eyed cat and an oversized, radioactive rabbit who are themselves searching for new homes. He thinks he is on television when this takes place.

As of December 13, 2006, Chris Sanders is no longer the director of American Dog.


[edit] Voice Cast
John Travolta
Thomas Haden Church
Woody Harrelson
Bernie Mac
Mario Cantone as Cat
Liv Hutchings as Sarah
Bruce Greenwood" - Quote of a quote