January 26th, 2012

Ann Vole

Becoming digital

I feel need to disconect with old forms of communication. The mailman in my area of Regina delivers mail with the wrong address to my mailbox at the rate of about 1/4 of my addressed mail not having my address on it. I thus suspect 1/4 of my mail is also not getting to my mailbox. In Colfax, they keep cancelling my mailbox and changing the key (3 times) without any reason they can give me. Sure I could make a big deal of these two chronic problems and might see results but the other option is to simply no longer have a physical mailing address. Now that I am at the university, I can recieve mail but each semester, I will have a different address and during the summer, no mail will be accepted at that address. I recieve very few phone calls on my cel phone and it is becoming clear that I am more likely to respond to an email or facebook message faster then a phone answering machine "voice mail". Taking classes or watching movies will occupy more and more of my time and cel phones are turned off. My work recently enacted a policy that cel phone use of any kind while on shift will result in termination. I now enter several areas daily that warn of prosecution for cel phone use in that area due to the video and photo abilities of the cel phone or due to the possible radio interference with sensitive equipment. Instead of voice and paper as mediums of communication, I will only use digital mediums of email, messaging, and proxy AI. I might also include IRC but that format seems to be falling to disuse in favor of virtual worlds. Skype can fulfil some of the aspects of voice communication if it is needed but even that is restrictive on when I can use it. New digital reading devices are internet connceted and some can do web browsing and email and I would suspect some can use bluetooth devices such as a full-sized keyboard for fast text input. I think I will get some device along that line or just get a USB-based G4 wireless internet connectivity device and use my tablet PC. It feels weird not having my cel phone on me now that I have cancelled my cel phone service but also satisfyingly animalistic. I like being purely an animal and that thought brings back fond memories of wandering the wilderness for 3 weeks with nothing but books on edible plants of the area, a water bottle and lots of spare socks (yep, no matches, knife, compass, tent... the small back pack full of socks was my pillow and a good spruce tree was my tent). Even GPS, which did not exist at the time, was not missed as it was easy to learn all the land marks within a week's worth of walking and knew where I was at all times (to the extent that I could find the next bit of geology I planned to visit, namely waterfalls and natural springs). While I become less connected to society, I become more connected with the global internet. While I become free of the need for wallets and keys and watch and celphone, I become more able to leave a permanent positive mark on the future of the world.
Ann Vole

The Girl Who Cried "Wolves Kill"

The Girl Who Cried "Wolves Kill"

Once upon a time, someone found they could protect their property and family with a pet wolf. Soon everybody was getting their own wolf cub. A girl warned that wolves are dangerous and needed to be kept in control or left to the wild. She told all the stories she could about bad wolves but the wolf owners told her to quit scaring their families. They even called her an alarmist. This girl is Rachel Carson and the wolves are pesticides. These scary stories are told in detail in Carson's book "Silent Spring". Was she an alarmist? It depends how you define "alarmist" and who stands to lose from an alarm being sounded.

This is likely the opening paragraph on a university assignment.
Ann Vole

Jungledyret Hugo and tanuki

Jungledyret Hugo is a series of films and a TV show about a fictional animal species character named Hugo and the fox girlfriend he made in the first film (that's her dancing in a recent youtube link post). I figured Hugo's head looks rather similar to a koala bear but his body was different. His legs remind me of red panda legs but that short tail of his was unique... until watching this tanuki or raccoon dog video right after seeing a Hugo clip

Ann Vole

Top 1000 films, subset: animated

The New York Times made a list "The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made By the film critics of The New York Times" (link below). I thought it would be interesting to single out the animated ones. These are listed alphabetically so my list is too. I may have missed some so if anyone is ambitious, look at the lists (their 1000 and my selected ones) and let me know if I missed an animated (or contains animated main characters) film.

Aladdin (1992)
Bambi (1942)
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Chicken Run (2000)
Dumbo (1941)
Fantasia (1940)
Heavy Traffic (1973)
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
Shrek (2001)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1938)
Spirited Away (2002)
Toy Story (1995)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Yellow Submarine (1968)

Ann Vole

Time Out's top 50 animated

Just out of curiousity, I googled for top lists of animated films. There are lots of lists out there but this one struck me with some of my favorite but obscure films near (or at) the top with extra commentary on some by Terry Gilliam (they guy who animated the stuff on Monty Python before becoming a respected director of feature films). Several I have not seen (or heard of) so I feel a need to list these and make sure I watch what I have missed. They are listed in reverse of my order so if you like the suspence of what is #1, go straight to the link below.


1. Number one is:
make sure you want to read it:
My Neighbour Totoro (1988)
2. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
3. The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie (1979)
4. Fantasia (1940)
5. Toy Story (1995)
6. Spirited Away (2001)
7. Yellow Submarine (1968)
8. Belleville Rendez-vouz (2003)
9. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)
10. Robin Hood (1973)
11. Bambi (1942)
12. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
13. Dumbo (1941)
14. Gandahar (1988)
15. The Iron Giant (1999)
16. Akira (1988)
17. The Brave Little Toaster (1987)
18. The Jungle Book (1967)
19. When the Wind Blows (1988)
20. Pinocchio (1940)
21. Whisper of the Heart (1995)
22. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) & Coraline (2009)
(don't know why they put 2 together other then they are both Henry Selick films)
23. Perfect Blue (1997)
24. The Incredibles (2004)
25. Watership Down (1978)
26. Princess Mononoke (1997)
27. 'Antz' v 'A Bug's Life' (both 1998)
(again two together but does not bug me)
28. Persepolis (2008 US 2007 UK)
29. The Secret of NIMH (1982)
30. Porco Rosso (1992)
31. WALL-E (2008)
32. Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998)
33. Aladdin (1992)
34. Ghost in the Shell (1995)
35. Beavis and Butt-head Do America (1996)
36. The Lord of the Rings (1978)
37. A Soldier’s Tale (1984)
38. Ratatouille (2007)
39. Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters (2007)
40. Animal Farm (1954)
41. FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)
42. Fritz the Cat (1972)
43. Happy Feet (2006)
44. Waking Life (2001) / A Scanner Darkly (2006)
(both by Richard Linklater)
45. Transformers – The Movie (1986)
46. Paprika (2007 in UK)
47. Sleeping Beauty (1959)
48. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)
49. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
50. Heavy Metal (1981)

Just for comparison, the following of "The New York Times top 1000 films" (previous post) are NOT on the above list:
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Chicken Run (2000)
Heavy Traffic (1973)
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
Shrek (2001)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Ann Vole

Rotten Tomatoes top animated

This is just a few of the films I like that have not been mentioned in my previous two posts but listed in the Rotten Tomatoes website's top 50 animated films (listed 50th to 1st so still in that order):

The Rescuers (1977)
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005)
Fantasia 2000 (1999)
The Emperor's New Groove (2000)
Lilo & Stitch (2002)
Howl's Moving Castle (2005)
Cinderella (1950)
Mulan (1998)
Lady and the Tramp (1955)
Tarzan (1999)
The Jungle Book (1967)
The Little Mermaid (1989)
Shrek 2 (2004)
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
The Lion King (1994)
James and the Giant Peach (1996)
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
101 Dalmatians (1961)
Finding Nemo (2003)
Toy Story 2 (1999)

Ann Vole

yet more missed films from another top 50

yet more missed films from another top 50 (some I like, some look interesting but new to me):

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
Toy Story 3 (2010)
Mind Game (2004)
The House of Small Cubes (2008)
Only Yesterday (Omoide Poro Poro) (1991)
Goshu the Cellist (1982) (includes tanuki)
Up (2009)
Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro (Rupan sansei: Kariosutoro no shiro) (1979)
The Cat Returns (2002)


and another but on a bulletin board so will not link:

1. Transformers The Movie. (Also love the show)
2. Rock and Rule.
5. Fire and Ice.
8. Starchaser: Legend of Orin.
10. Hercules.
14. The Last Unicorn.
16. The Flight of Dragons.
20. Ninja Scroll.
24. The Hobbit.
25. Oliver and Company.
26. The Great Mouse Detective.
27. The Aristocats.
28. The Professional: Golgo 13. ( Much underrated but a must see)
34. Alice in Wonderland.
38. The Fox and The Hound.
39. Kiki's Delivery Service.
40. The Hunchback of Norte Dame.
43. Balto.
44. Appleseed ( 2005).
45. Pink Floyd The Wall.
46. American Pop.
47. Wizards.
49. The Sword in The Stone.

and more unmentioned from "IMDB - Top 50 - Animation Movies"

Toy Story 3
Mary and Max [2009]
Le Roi et l'Oiseau
Barefoot Gen
Little Fox
Cat City
Castle in the Sky
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Waltz with Bashir
5 Centimeters Per Second
The Adventures of Prince Achmed
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Millennium Actress
Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (Gake no ue no Ponyo)
Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion
Flåklypa Grand Prix
Daft Punk - Interstella 5555