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November 23, 2008: OMG – I see someone else was at the same movie

  A couple of days ago I wrote about the "Twilight" experience.  Well, while surfing tonight I found this article!!!!  This sums it up…



By Graeme McMillan, 2:00 PM on Sun Nov 23 2008, 8,088 views

It was, without a doubt, the strangest movie preview I’ve been to. Sure, there were lines of fans for Clone Wars, and The Dark Knight has people already proclaiming it to be the greatest movie ever made before the lights had gone down, but Twilight‘s lines were full of teenage girls dressed for prom bitching about having to give up their cellphones before they went into the theater because it meant that they couldn’t text each other about how awesome the movie was. And that was nothing compared with what lay in store once I went inside.

You could easily tell those who were there to review the movie from the fans. For one thing, we were about twenty years older (at least) than everyone else, and for another, we stayed quiet throughout the entire screening. Which was more than could be said about the fans, who had apparently just been released from various vows of silence before they came into the theater. There was just so much screaming. And not for the things you’d expect there to be screaming about. For example, the prizes in the trivia contest. Yes, there was a trivia contest before the showing (And as the answers were screamed out, two guys in the row behind me, uninterested boyfriends who’d been dragged there by their excited other halves, complained, "Hey! This is ruining the movie for us!"), and the announcement of the prizes went something like this:

"We have Edward key chains!" [Screams] "And this t-shirt has the Cullen family crest!" [Louder screams]

What would happen was that a question would be asked, and then everyone would gasp and/or scream, and hands would fly into the air, hoping to be the person chosen to answer. It was like a remarkably excitable class in school, where girls laid into each other if they got the answer wrong: "Why didn’t you know that? You’re so lame," as one fan said to her friend after she’d been unable to spell the name of Jacob’s tribe properly (She was missing a "u," I think).

The trivia contest wasn’t the only pre-show entertainment; there was also a costume contest to choose a prom queen and prom king – or, because there was only one boy who was in costume (and you could tell that the poor, pre-pubescent kid had been dressed by some fan-crazy mother), something else: "We’re gonna have two winners, a prom queen and… another prom queen, I guess," as the announcement went out (Don’t worry, the boy got the pity vote, and won). The level of specificity in some of the costumes – the ones where fans hadn’t just worn a dress and claimed to be extras in the prom scene, that is – was kind of stunning: "I’m Bella with the scar and the bracelet from the third book!" one girl excitedly squealed into the microphone. Of course you are, dear.

Eventually, the movie started. With more screaming, and then, surprisingly counter-screaming. This what would happen: The credits would start up. There would be screaming, and then someone would shout "Shut up! No screaming during the movie!" Then the name of the movie would come onscreen, with more screaming, and then more shouting: "I want to be able to hear what they’re saying!" It went on for the entire film; Edward comes onscreen – screaming, shouting. Edward and Bella have a moment – screaming, shouting. By the time that Edward and Bella kissed, there was so much screaming and shouting that I wouldn’t have been surprised if a fight had broken out, West Side Story-style, with teenage girls jumping over seats in a co-ordinated dance movement, clicking their fingers and seeming like bad news.

Weirdly enough, though, the Twilight fans that filled the preview screening gave me hope for the future of fandom. I’m not just talking about their insane devotion to what seems an entirely undeserving franchise – although we’ve fall been there; remind me to tell you about my love for DC Comics’ appalling Millennium sometime – but the fact that such devotion came with a full awareness of which parts of the movie deserved to be laughed at, and which parts were worth making a lot of noise about. We’ve made fun of the fan frenzy for Twilight, and – well, it kind of deserves it, but it’s also kind of awesome that there’s such enthusiasm for something like this, you know? I just can’t wait for when there’s a similar amount of enthusiasm for something good.



November 23, 2008: Up on the farm…

  Ran up to the farm today.  My friend Bobby wanted to see where we were going to be building the house.  Looking at all the cut corn made me wonder just how many corn stalks there are in those fields.  It must be in the hundreds of thousands!!

Bobby pointing to the cloud bank rolling in.  Looks like rain later tonight.


Lot of empty fields now.


Empty corn fields



November 23, 2008: Large meteor streaks across Canada

SASKATOON, Saskatchewan (AP) – Scientists say they’re searching for remnants of a meteor that brilliantly lit up the sky before seemingly falling to earth in western Canada.

University of Calgary planetary scientist Alan Hildebrand called it one of the largest meteors visible in the country in the last decade.

Widely broadcast video images showed what appeared to be a speeding fireball Thursday night over Saskatoon that became larger and brighter before disappearing as it neared the ground.

Hildebrand said Friday that he received about 300 email reports from witnesses.

"It would be something like a billion-watt light bulb," said Hildebrand, who also co-ordinates meteor sightings with the Canadian Space Agency.

Tammy Evans was wakened by her 10-year-old daughter who ran into the bedroom.

"She said there was a flash of light, the house shook twice and it sounded like dinosaurs were walking," Evans said.

Hildebrand suspects it broke up into pieces and he plans to investigate around Macklin, Saskatchewan near the Alberta border.

Rick Huziak, an amateur astronomer in Saskatoon, helped operate a camera on top of the University of Saskatchewan physics building that captured video of the meteor.

"It was quite spectacular. The ground lights up all over the place," he said.

Martin Beech, an associate professor of astronomy at the University of Regina, said meteorites are valuable to learning about the history of the solar system.

"Picking up a meteorite is almost equivalent to doing a space exploration mission between Mars and Jupiter," he said.