NOW YOU SEE IT. NOW YOU DON’T.
(Like my new haircut?)
A photo of Gizmo from 2 years ago (already yeesh). Gizmo’s fur was growing back in from a summer shearing…hee hee.
I did not coordinate my bed to match colors like that. That seriously was by accident…I bought the blankets and pillows different years (and the pink fuzzy blanket that can be barely seen on the right is from my parents’ house…it’s probably 20 years old!). I didn’t realize everything would match as I bought them…HUH.
Key Lime Pie with Meringue (and graham cracker crust)
My first attempt from scratch (and my first attempt at…a cream sort of pie? I’ve only made apple pie before).
It’s pretty tasty I think. Sorry for the quality of the photos, the lighting in my house is absolutely horrid. Hopefully in May, when I plan to make it again, I’ll have my own camera finally (not borrowing my roommate’s), I’ll be using key limes instead of limes (oops) and I will have tweaked the recipe a bit.
I decided to watch Sherlock Jr. today, a 1924 silent film, directed and starring Buster Keaton.
I saw this card, and thank goodness that this joke wasn’t lost to time in the past 89 years…I actually understood this hilarious quadruple reference! Or rather, I knew two and found out about a third and fourth!
This card is mentioning Sherlock Jr.’s (Buster Keaton) assistant, Gillette. The most obvious reference that sticks out first is to William Gillette, the American stage actor who combined several of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories to be adapted to stage. His wearing of the deerstalker cap so often in the plays is what has lead to it being Sherlock’s iconic hat. To many, he was the embodiment of THE Sherlock Holmes and sadly his only film performance as Sherlock Holmes in 1916 has been lost to time.
Besides reading up on the history of Sherlock Holmes and all its incarnations, one of my favorite pastimes is looking up old vintage advertisements (which can be an absolute source of hilarity) and finding out how old companies are…I’m always curious and I have a plethora of ridiculous miscellaneous brand knowledge.
Well…the Gillette Company was founded by King Camp Gillette in 1901 as a safety razor manufacturer. Gillette may not have invented the safety razor, but he did create a third pivotal innovation using a disposable double-edge blade (in other words, the first safety razor that could be readily thrown away). Until the invention and patent of the safety razor, a person had to shave with a straight razor, hence why many went to barbers.
The Gillette company may no longer exist, but the brand still does, owned by P&G (Proctor & Gamble). I’m sure many of you are familiar with it.
Looking up what I knew about these first two references and confirming what I knew…I stumbled across these two razor brands also and realized I had more than two references in front of me. Back to the 1920s…there was the American Safety Razor Company had its “Ever-Ready” series…
and the Gem Cutlery Company with its “Gem” models. (This ad is from 1934, but they were in business long before this ad was made just to give you the idea)
All three of these companies are just a few of several in direct competition with each other for the market in safety razors during the time period this film was made…and you can see all three referenced in this card…the brand names and slogan are even capitalized!
MY WORD. ALL THESE REFERENCES.
I COULD NOT STOP LAUGHING AT THIS
EVEN THE CHEEKINESS OF SAYING IN A BAD SCRAPE
Holli’s NYCC trip: Attending the Silent Hill: 3D Revelation panel and my very brief conversation with Adelaide Clemens!
To get started, I will say I have never played a Silent Hill game (and honestly I’m far from a hardcore gamer). I became a Silent Hill fan because of the first film and was eagerly awaiting the sequel.
Also I know Kit Harington is popular, I know…but I haven’t seen Game of Thrones yet or anything he’s been in besides Silent Hill, so sorry!
Anyway…when I found out Adelaide Clemens was going to be the lead in the Silent Hill sequel I was so thrilled. I had recently become a fan after seeing her in Parade’s End. I will not lie; initially I did watch Parade’s End to see another production with Benedict Cumberbatch, and also for Roger Allam and Miranda Richardson…and soon came to adore Rebecca Hall. But Parade’s End brought Adelaide to my attention also, especially after reading an interview about how hard she tried to get her role in Parade’s End.
THEN I found out thanks to Paola that there was going to be a Silent Hill panel for the film…just before I was going to leave for New York! I knew this had to be one of the panels I attended, even if I was working backstage at NYCC as a talent handler.
I honestly don’t know what all they did at NYCC besides this panel (this might have been it), but the previews were fun. I’m not sure how enthused the guests on the panel were (yikes…) but the panel was still pretty good. Admittedly these two came in as actors from the film and I’m not sure how much they knew about the games, so that made things a bit awkward when most of the questions were focused on the director about the games.
I didn’t get a very close seat. I gradually moved up and then decided to go ask a question of the actors and got in line (I was going to ask what the most challenging/hardest part of this film was for them). I thought it would be my ONE CHANCE to tell Adelaide how wonderful I thought she had be in Parade’s End, a production she wanted to be in so badly.
I didn’t get to ask my question.
I did move up closer after I went to sit down, since they were wrapping the panel up. Adelaide, Kit, and the rest of the panel were moving off of stage pretty darn quick, but a professional photographer shouted at Adelaide to take photographs and then that’s when I got this photo, because I walked up to the stage.
THEN…I TOOK MY CHANCES.
I shouted at Adelaide…AND SHE HEARD ME AND THEN SPOTTED ME. She had this expression of, “oh!” and came scurrying to the stage edge and bent down, bending at the knees and trying to make her skirt behave at the same time. She was so cute.
It was a very brief exchange, but I got to tell her. Pretty much this, which I don’t think I have paraphrased much…
“I just wanted to tell you that you were fantastic in Parade’s End. You were incredible!”
“Oh! Thank you!”
She had such a huge smile.
Since I had an all access badge because I was a talent handler, I actually went backstage right afterwards, and walked right past her. I grinned and kept walking though because I didn’t want to hassle her. I was a talent handler and I may have attended this panel as a fan, but as soon as I was backstage…I had to be professional!
It was so cool! One of the BEST incidents that happened to me at NYCC. :)