austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

Get on down the highway at the speed of light

Probably nobody will be surprised to know I went to the Rifftrax Live Event a couple weeks back (although I didn't go to the replay a week later). I'm actually surprised in some of my friends who didn't go, although they reported reasons of various plausibility about why they didn't (``I didn't know there was one'' or ``What's a Rifftrax Live Event?'' being top choices). Well, some folks had a good time simultaneously to mine, anyway. I enjoyed the movie and the shorts, as you might expect, and I might even buy the DVD of the event if there is one and I'll talk about my experience buying a Rifftrax DVD online sometime about when that's ready.

Incidentally, one of the Rifftrax shorts from this time around --- the one about the hazards of attempting to dry-clean your clothes by soaking them in gasoline and lighting them on fire so they explode --- is to be on Turner Classic Movies (US feed) this Friday at 5:30 am (that is, it's really Saturday morning), in a little post-TCM Underground block where they clean out odd shorts like that. It's accompanied by a short about the perils of poor home maintenance in case of atomic war, so, if you've been letting a leaky shower head damage the wallpaper above the shower cabin, you'll know what to regret when the Commies bomb us.

At the theater before Rifftrax I learned that I'm really just no good at Ms Pac-Man, even one playing slower than the machines in Lansing, and I'm not much on Galaga either. But they also had a Dance Dance Revolution which I tried, on Extraordinarily Simple mode, and I had happy news there. While I scored as Strictly Average, I did manage to complete a 45-sequence combo at one point, and the final screen credited me with an over 100-move combo, which I think has to be the total of my longest unbroken sequences across all three dances. That was great fun even if threatened to make me a little sweaty ahead of the movie. I may try it again sometime.

Trivia: The British East India company sold off most of its ships after losing its monopoly on the India trade in 1814; it sold the last one in 1834 on losing the tea monopoly. Source: Tea: Addiction, Exploitation, and Empire, Roy Moxham.

Currently Reading: A Concise History Of Brazil, Boris Fausto.


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