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Posted on Friday 30 May 2008 at 5:20 pm

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I forgot to go to the elementary school last Friday. The part of my brain that knew I volunteer on Friday mornings and the part of my brain that knew it was Friday were apparently not communicating. I remembered this week, though! Good thing I did, too, because this is the last Friday of the school year. Next week, Friday is a teacher workday and then the following week Wednesday is the last day of the school year. The kids were bouncing off the walls today (go figure this close to summer vacation). Luckily the school is being refurbished over the summer so everything in the room has to be boxed up so the teacher channeled their destructive energy into taking down all the posters, etc. on the walls of the room.

I need a better way of getting screen grabs. Playing the DVD on my laptop, pausing it, and hitting print screen works decently, but it isn't getting me high quality images. Anybody know of a non-convoluted way to get high res screen grabs from a DVD?

I read the novelization for Raiders of the Lost Ark again the other day. I'd forgotten how different it is from the finished film. It isn't that the plot varies all the much, or even individual scenes. It's more that the tone of it is different. Through small differences in dialogue and characters' internal thoughts present only in the novel, the entire thing feels darker, grittier, rougher. For example, in the film Marion says she was a child when she and Indy started their previous fling and asks, "Do you have any idea what you did to me? To my life?" All of that is rather open to interpretation. Was Marion literally a child or just referring to the age gap and maturity difference between her and Indy at the time? What exactly did Indy do to her (being stuck in Nepal would seem to be more her father's fault than Indy's IMO)? In the book, it is stated that she was only 15 and is very heavily implied that she became a prostitute after her father died and before she got the bar (again, I'd blame that more on Abner than Indy). Interesting minor differences that as a whole change the entire feel of the story and of Indiana Jones as a character. By the way, I think the official line now is that Marion and Indy are a decade apart in age and that Marion was 16 and Indy 25 (almost 26) when their first fling began. Assuming that my math and the dates in Indiana Jones: The Ultimate Guide are correct. No wonder Indy and Abner had "a bit of a falling out" over that!


What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 9:41 pm on 30 May 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I still think it's hilarious that you completely forgot to go to school last Friday. Did anyone ever say anything to you about that?

Maybe Indy promised to take her away from Nepal but didn't, and she's just pissed off at him that she didn't get her one chance? Easier to be angry at a boyfriend who dumped you than your father?
bratty_jedi at 9:54 pm on 30 May 2008 (UTC) (Link)
It really is funny. I mean, if you'd asked me I would have said "Of course today is Friday." I also would have said "Of course I volunteer on Fridays." Somehow those two thoughts just never connected. Oh well. No one said anything. Considering how scattered brained the teacher usually is and how organized I usually am, she probably figured I'd told her I couldn't make it and she just forgot.

It's most definitely easier to be pissed at an ex than at Dad! And considering she was only 16, once she wised up a bit she'd have plenty of reasons to be pissed aside from just being dumped even if her life was perfect from then on.

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