Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Les Miserables

What part of a story makes it immortal? What factor allows it to go from generation to generation, not losing any of its popularity?

Some stories live forever because the characters are so real, or the situations they face are so hard. The characters in Les Miserables all face problems, whether from the outside, such as the reformed Jean Valjean, or inner demons, such as Inspector Javert. The story of Les Miserables has taken so many forms: movies, mini-series, theatre, books...

The version I have, the 10th Anniversary of Les Miserables as a musical, features the best collection of talent I have ever seen on one video. Colm Wilkinson is amazing as Jean Valjean, from the time he is a convict to when he is a caring father. Philip Quast gives Javert so much depth; his singing shows the struggle between Javert the Man and Javert the Law. Alun Armstrong plays Thenardier amazingly well, getting across the despair, the greed, the ruthlessness, the cunning, overall the evil of the innkeeper. The songs are absolutely amazing; they have so much emotion, whether hope, despair, love, or greed.

When I Googled Les Miserables, the search came up with 2,100,000 hits! Les Miserables is alive and strong!

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Unlucky Duck

I come up with the weirdest things after I just wake up:

In France, there once was a duck
This duck didn't have a ny luck
While crossing the road
Or so I've been told
He was squashed flat by a truck

Sunday, November 20, 2005

How many _______ does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

I have come up with a list of 10 really funny "lightbulb" jokes, in no particular order. If you don't think they're great, then share some better ones.

How many psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb?
One, but only if the light bulb really wants to change.

How many mystery writers does it take to screw in a light bulb?
Two. One to screw in the bulb almost all the way in, and one to give a surprising twist at the end.

How many evolutionists does it take to change a light bulb?
One, but it takes eight million years.

How many dyslexics does it take to screw in a light bulb?
Eno.

How many gorillas does it take to change a light bulb?
Just one, but it takes a lot of light bulbs.

How many folk singers does it take to change a light bulb?
Two. One to change the bulb, and one to write a song about how good the old light bulb was.

Mr. Spock, how many Vulcans does it take to change a light bulb?
Exactly 1.0000000000000.

How many blondes does it take to change a light bulb?
What's a light bulb?

How many narcissists does it take to change a light bulb?
One. He holds the bulb while the world revolves around him

How many science fiction writers does it take to change a light bulb?
Two, but it's actually the same person doing it. He went back in time and met himself in the doorway and then the first one sat on the other one's shoulders so that they were able to reach it. Then a major time paradox occurred and the entire room, light bulb, changer and all was blown out of existence.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Great Day

Yesterday was a great day. Let me tell you about it. I got to stay overnight at Flamallaition's house for his birhtday. I got several good blocks when we played soccer at youth group. My dad finally fixed the internet (ok, he got someone to fix the internet). I finished a skit I had to do for school. I got a movie that I had my parents order on eBay: Les Miserables in Concert (it's a GREAT movie!!). Just thought I would like to share about a good day since most people just complain about a bad day.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

I HATE Being Sick

Well, after not feeling well at all for the past several days, what I have has been diagnosed: viral laryngitis. It isn't too serious, except for the pain. My head feels hot as a desert, my body cold as Antarctica, and a cough that is extremely painful. I probably won't be posting much until I feel better.

Update: Yesterday, I tested positive for malaria. So within the past 30 days it's been: pneumonia, viral laryingitis, and malaria. Even though I have missed school, I've been busy.

Newest Update: I feel much better. I have finished taking all the medicine I needed to take. I really enjoyed going back to school and seeing all my friends, although watching "Quiz Show" at home was kinda fun...