Friday, February 29, 2008


Cinemafy, cinemafied

I would have been delighted to have been first to use this term, but I guess it was low-hanging fruit. "Make into a movie" can be *so* "too many words". Nevertheless, if I can count on Google et al. to know, there haven't been many prior uses. Of "cinemafy", only three plus "home cinemafy" (see note at below). Of the "cinemafied" transformation, less than thirty (and I haven't yet checked that they all correspond to this usage).

v. to make a movie video closely inspired by a work in another medium, often a book. To portray in video (moving pictures, cinema).

The source medium may not be literary, it can be "real life" or "history". For instance:
...Black Kettle, the Southern Arapaho chief who, like Roman Nose, was killed in 1868. Black Kettle escaped the Sand Creek massacre, only to be killed on the Washita River by Custer's men. (There's an eerie cinemafied version of this in the film Little Big Man).
Daily Kos: Roman Nose and the Sand Creek Massacre of Nov. 29th, 1864 (Part 1)

Nota Bene: Not to be confused with "to home cinemafy": to equip a domestic room to give a viewing experience similar to that obtained in a cinema theatre.

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Wednesday, February 06, 2008


Political Groundhog Day?

There was lots of calling the February 5 primaries (and cauci) "Super Tuesday", for several reasons (number of delegates at stake, proximity to "Super Bowl Sunday"). What was little mentioned (that I saw) was that it also fell on the first Tuesday after Groundhog Day! And it looks like the front-runners (Dems, anyway) have seen their shadows, and there will be six more weeks (or even months) of nomination-seeking. As the L. A. Times put it, "With no losers, the fight goes on".

The Votemaster wrote just hours prior (when he posted all the latest polls) :
Missouri is another state to watch. It is a genuine bellwether, picking the winner in nearly every presidential election since WWII. Also important is the turnout there. If one party has a massive turnout and the other does not, that says something about what might happen in November. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) has been campaigning her heart out for Obama this week, which may help him with women there.

And so what happened in Missouri? Practical ties: Clinton 48% - Obama 49%, and McCain 33% - Romney 29% - Huckabee 32%.

Lots of "analysis" will no doubt be fueled by all this confusion. Among the obvious observations, on home state advantage:
  • Clinton and Huckabee both obtained their top scores in Arkansas (69% and 60%, respectively). It is his home state -- he has been its governor -- and is "a home state", at least in a sense, for Clinton, who moved to New York after D.C. (and did better there than in New York, which she did carry, however).
  • Obama and McCain both came out on top in their homes states, but did even better somewhere else. Obama in Georgia (66%), McCain in New Jersey (55%).
  • Romney, too, benefitted from the home-state advantage in Massachussets, but his score in Utah -- 90% -- could indicate influence of religion on political choices in America. How modern.
BTW: Do you know what Phil predicted?

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Saturday, February 02, 2008


Hillary Clinton Herself Quoted

From the article "Turning the other cheek: why Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are playing best friends":
Mrs Clinton expressed similar sentiments, saying: “The differences between Barack and I pale in comparison to the differences that we have with the Republicans.”

Even "between Barack and myself" would have been better, wouldn't it?

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