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Film and fiber

The Providence Place Mall movie theater used to suck. The tickets were once $10 without even the hope of a student discount. Now? Not only is there a student discount ($8), but there is also Bargain Tuesday, during which all movies are $6, including those that would normally have a surcharge for IMAX or 3D glasses.

Because of this delightful idea, my friends and I have been seeing a lot of movies on Tuesdays this summer. Last week, it was Despicable Me (a charming animated film). This week, it was Inception.

Yeah, that just happened.

Holy balls, ladies and gentlemen.

We saw it in IMAX, meaning the screen was an estimated 4 elephants wide by 3 elephants tall. According to this highly reputable source, the African elephant is approximately 20 feet long, and this says up to 13 feet tall, so for an IMAX screen size of 72 feet wide by 53 feet high, we weren’t too far off.

I greatly enjoyed the film, even though we were close enough to the screen and far enough to one side that the faces were distorted in close up. Maybe if SOME PEOPLE didn’t show up LATE then this wouldn’t be an issue. Jeez.

Either way, an excellent film, in terms of visuals, plots, and characters. Plus it was full of actors I like, including Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon Levitt (amirite, Sasa?), Michael Caine, and Cillian Murphy, who on occasion wore a bag on his head reminiscent of the one worn as Scarecrow in Batman Begins. Note: Michael Caine was also in that film, which was also directed by Christopher Nolan, and after a quick glance at IMDB I like every film I’ve seen of his, and plan to watch the ones I haven’t yet seen.

In other news, I’ve finished the first sock-equivalent of my sweater. At this point, most of the back is done:

Something new

Even though I haven’t made much progress on the Citron shawl, I decided to start something new.

I’ve never completed a wearable sweater, so I’ve decided to start one in the hopes of being able to wear it come fall. Unlike previous attempts, it’s not very fitted, so it won’t matter if it comes out larger than intended (cough previous attempts cough). The pattern is Zora from Knitty.

The back, working upwards.

One thing I like about this pattern is that it uses sock yarn (for the non-yarnies, that’s fairly thin but not as thin as lace). Since I’ve knit many pairs of socks, I can gauge the progress I’m making in terms of that. The pattern is equivalent to slightly more than 4 pairs of socks, and I will have finished with the first sock-equivalent when I finish the ball of yarn pictured above.

Today Eli and I had a brainstorming session. We are going to attempt to build a spinning wheel out of PURE AWESOME and maybe some PVC and shit. So far we’ve got some highly technical plans and the capacity to order small parts off of Amazon with free shipping. So we’re pretty much golden.

HIGHLY technical.

Here’s a cool thing I read about today via the Mental Floss blog: Fayum mummy portraits.

These portraits, besides being beautiful in their own right, are interesting for a number of reasons. The portraits, generally painted on wood, were buried with the mummy of the person they depicted. The portraits date back to the first century BCE to the third century CE, though they look like they could have been painted yesterday.

The portraits were painted during the Roman period in Egypt. Yet, unlike the stylized head-in-profile images associated with earlier Egyptian tombs, these portraits are extremely realistic and lifelike. It is thought that much of Roman portraiture was similar, but the Fayum portraits are some of the only surviving paintings from the period due to the dry conditions of the Egyptian desert.

Check out the link above to read more and see more of the portraits.