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Good Morning!

The sun is shining, the tank is clean... Okay, the tank has algea creeping up the sides, but that's neither here nor there. Yesterday, we took the kids to see the National Geographic documentary, The March of the Penguins. ATTN: chrissykiedis: you do NOT want to see this. Okay, you SHOULD, but my tender little fillet, the rare scenes that show the hardness of life for Emperor Penguins in th Antarctic made me hang my head with sorrow, LITERALLY. So you will have an "Old Yeller" type reaction.


Three whole minutes of silent, pristine footage of the continent. The cleanest place on our planet. A little history lesson from our Pangea days, and then you see a blurry image, like a woman in a burka in the desert. Hee! The camera pulls in and its the line of penguins making their trek (70 miles!!) to the innermost section of the ice cap to mate.

The footage of the penguins finding their mate, along with Morgan Freeman's narration, "We don't know what they are looking for in a mate, we only know when they've found each other." Cut to a picture of two penguins leaning against each other, eyes closed in bliss. They kiss. They stroke each other. There were several minutes of them making love, and let me tell you, I felt like a voyeur. anelith? Don't worry about the kids. It's not gratuitous, and it's so moving and sweet, it shouldn't be a problem if they ask, "what are they doing?" I replied: loving each other. They accepted that.

The movie goes on to REALLY show the harshness of life there, how nothing is more important to the new parents than to protect the egg, and the images of the fathers, walking on their heels for FOUR MONTHS with the egg balanced on the tops of their feet to protect them from the ice, and the inevetable horror of what happens if that egg falls off and lands on the ice... We sat in horror, too. My son had his hands over his mouth and was saying quietly, "Oh no! Oh no!" to himself. Astounding. And the overwhelming sorrow the parents displayed was heartbreaking. They hang their heads in their sadness and make quiet hooting noises to each other.

But before you think this movie is harsh and sad, it is about LOVE! It's the Moulin Rouge of the documentary world! Okay, that'll make sense to about ten of you. The babies! Their teeny faces! There immediate recognition of their father and mother! The parents sitting stock still and looking at their baby for the first time! They just... they just beam at their new child. Birds. So beautiful. The babies growing up, learning to walk, learning to play and group together... Those moments had everyone in the audience laughing and giggling. Everyone stayed in their seats until the credits were done. EVERYONE. Even small children. There's a little "how we did it" montage alongside the credits that is amazing, by itself.

As we left the theater, my son said to us, "Now that's what I call a good movie. It wasn't cartoonic, or have fighting, it was real, you know?" Heh. Alright, Paula Kael. He's nine. I love that he is so wrapped up in his PlayStation and Manga and all the things that certain groups tell you will desensitize your child, and he's my most sensitive. The sad things really hurt his heart, but overall, the movie is so joyous and uplifting.


In other news, my three year old (soon to be four in a week. OMG.) told me yesterday she was made in a factory, with glue, and her hair is made from owls. Heeee!

Finally, if you've friended my baby comm, celeb_letters2u, and you like what you've seen, feel free to pimp it. Or tell me where to go pimp, because I'm clueless in that regard. I've gotten over 150 hits on the User Info page alone, so I'm interested in getting that number waaaay up. Some fic coming later. Beautiful day today. Life is good. But first, I must drink coffee...

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ropo
Jul. 30th, 2005 06:47 am (UTC)
Yes, PENGUINS. I have to see that movie again.
stoney321
Jul. 30th, 2005 07:06 am (UTC)
The icon!! Heeee!! Wasn't it lovely? What was the name of the bird migration film from three years ago... Wings of Migration? Desire? Filled with Feathers? That was another one that was lovely, but this one was DEFINITELY better.

Soooo engaging and lovely.
entrenous88
Jul. 30th, 2005 06:54 am (UTC)
We're seeing the movie tomorrow, yay, so I'll come back and read more specifics then.

But I love your daughter's creation-explanation. Also, owls are cool.
stoney321
Jul. 30th, 2005 07:08 am (UTC)
Oh, yes, pleast to be telling me your thoughts on it!

Owls ARE cool, and she'll tell you they are both boys and girls, which makes them cooler. I was interested in hearing her explanation ofhow they turned owls into hair and glued it to her head. "They."

:-D Kids are funny.
slackerace
Jul. 30th, 2005 07:29 am (UTC)
I've gotten over 150 hits on the User Info page alone, so I'm interested in getting that number waaaay up.

How do you find out how many "hits" a user info page receives?
stoney321
Jul. 30th, 2005 07:35 am (UTC)
If you go to that user info page, you'll see a hit counter I put on it. It's free, and if you click the link below it, you can create one for yourself and generate the text needed to add it to your page.

Cool, huh?
slackerace
Jul. 30th, 2005 08:00 am (UTC)
very cool. thanks!
southernbangel
Jul. 30th, 2005 07:59 am (UTC)
Penguins is a fabulous movie! I saw it last weekend and OH! The tears, the love, the happiness! I love documentaries (LOVE THEM!) and this is one of the best ones I've ever seen. So so good.

Speaking of animal documentaries, have you seen People of the Forest? It's a PBS documentary that aired years ago - it follows a tribe (group? I don't know what the group name is) of gorillas over twenty years. Donald Sutherland narrates it and it is *amazing*. It's a wonderful documentary for children - there are some scary parts (males battling for dominance of the group) as well as sad parts (when some of the gorillas die), but it's one of my favorite movies of all time. Very, very similar to Penguins but in this one, since it focuses on a select group and follows them for years, you really get to know the animals (Ollie Longface, Fefe, Flint, Figgan...). I can't recommend it enough.

I think you can rent it at most video stores. If not, I have it and could send it to you if you'd like to borrow it.
stoney321
Jul. 30th, 2005 09:13 am (UTC)
Have seen it (albeit a while ago) and agree that it is wonderful. There was a Nova doc about wolves that just blew me away. Life with the Wolves or something?

Nova and National Geographic have been producing some amazing shows lately. (Did you catch the Nova special on Brazil nuts? Seriously: it was AWESOME. A three parter last month.)

I'm a science dork.
beadattitude
Jul. 30th, 2005 09:04 am (UTC)
hair is made from owls??? She be having an interesting brain, she do.

I've been wanting to see that movie.

MISS YOU!

Oh, and how do I kill plants with vinegar, again?
stoney321
Jul. 30th, 2005 09:11 am (UTC)
She's always good for a laugh, to be sure. :-D

I MISS YOU TOO! You need to see the doc. It is luffly.

To kill plants with vinegar: make a solution of 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water in a spray bottle. Spray the evil plant's leaves. Wait for a sunny, hot part of the day the most effectiveness. You may have to visit the plant again in a few days (say... three?) and hit it again. The salts from the vinegar draw out the water from the plant (Hypotonic/hypertonic solutions - do we remember our science classes?) and thereby killing the EVOL dandelion. Or what have you.
winterlive
Jul. 30th, 2005 10:46 am (UTC)
STONEY!
stoney321
Jul. 31st, 2005 09:03 am (UTC)
HI! I have been busy this weekend! I still have mad luv fo you, yo!

Are you writing???
winterlive
Jul. 31st, 2005 11:15 am (UTC)
Sort of! How do you like the songs omg?
stoney321
Jul. 31st, 2005 12:24 pm (UTC)
OMG. SO dreamy. So LUSH! I totally get it. I can't believe I haven't listened to this guy before? I saw on a website that the songs came out in 99? Crap. I feel old and out of the loop.

"But I'm pretty when I lie." GAH!

I've been writing like a FIEND this weekend.
winterlive
Aug. 1st, 2005 01:17 am (UTC)
*WANNNNNNNNT*

Almost all the music I like could be aptly described as "lush".
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winterlive
Jul. 30th, 2005 06:51 pm (UTC)
Sue, why do I have no Stoney? Where IS everybody? *cling*
elcazavampiros
Jul. 30th, 2005 04:04 pm (UTC)
Em is soooo cute. I just want to pinch her cheeks.
stoney321
Jul. 31st, 2005 09:11 am (UTC)
She's just silly and funny, Caza. Wheeee!
mskakaako
Jul. 30th, 2005 04:17 pm (UTC)
I wanted to take my class to see the movie this year, but it was too expensive and we couldn't get a bus. It would have been the perfect way to end our penguin unit. Although, it sounds like I would have been all weepy and stuff. Oh well.

Also, your kids are so awesome Laura!

I have to get ready for a wedding reception soon. Maybe I'll catch you later tomorrow. Send me an email about when you're available for YIM, if you can! *mwah*
stoney321
Jul. 31st, 2005 09:07 am (UTC)
HI!!! I love you!!

I'm taking pics later for you.

What's happening today?
paynbow
Jul. 30th, 2005 05:10 pm (UTC)
Aw, that movie sounds awesome! I can't wait . . . until they stick it on video. What? I'm a student! *g*

The whole videogames/tv-desensitizes-you thing is crap. So many kids will cry at the Lion King and then play Super Ass Kicking Skull Crushing 4 (for XBOX).

And I have now joined the community and shall pimp it, although I think a lot of the people on my flist are on yours . . . ah well. Effort will be made. *smooches*
stoney321
Jul. 31st, 2005 09:09 am (UTC)
Thanks, Heather! You posted a fic, right? I've been lurking on occassion for the past little bit... Will check out.

*smooch to YOU*
paynbow
Jul. 31st, 2005 11:37 am (UTC)
Yupper, I posted a fic. Heh . . . Andrew/ST:TNG *eg*
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stoney321
Jul. 31st, 2005 09:10 am (UTC)
I have no idea where the owl thing came from. That's one of the reasons why she is so entertaining. :-D

Go see it! Take the drive! It's lovely!!
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