Wednesday, February 21, 2007

It's in the news

It's in the news. http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2007-02-18-new-year_x.htm

鸣谢online@mit挖掘,鸣谢wave通报。

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Friday, February 16, 2007

霍乱时期的爱情


这个小说在床头已经摆了几个月了。虽然觉得好看,却没时间一气看完。不过,现在要说的另一段霍乱时期的爱情,毛姆写的 Painted Veil.

这个电影原来已经是小说的第三次改编了。当然,孤陋的人往往事后诸葛亮。圣诞节选了这个电影是因为Edward Norton, 也是因为从这里的距离来看,广西也近乎故里。在银幕上看见毛姆的名字时并没认出他来,无动于衷地看见Maugham 这个名字。即使现在理智上知道Maugham 念毛姆,感情上,仍然想叫他毛茛。
故事其实很简单。沉闷的细菌学家Norton追求虚荣漂亮的Naomi Watts。作为典型英国小说里的母亲,watts的老妈唯一的心愿就是把女儿嫁出去。Watts 受老妈刺激,一冲动就嫁给了Norton,跟他搬到上海远离娘家。新婚的watts 受花花公子诱惑有了外遇,Norton发现后 志愿去霍乱流行区工作,顺便特替老婆志愿了一把。不出Norton 的预料,watts她外遇的情人没打算认真,以为自己追求真爱的watts没有出路,只好跟着到了霍乱流行的广西乡下。在这里俩人之间滋生了爱情,但Norton终于感染了霍乱,死掉了。

新版电影着重在俩人的情感上,并不见得是其中一人的视角。女主角漂亮,单纯,浅薄。Naomi watts多数时候朱唇微启,露着两颗大马牙,不知道是不是故意渲染女主角是个没心机的傻妞。男主角虽然沉闷,但是深情,绝决。这个电影里面Norton死后,故事也基本结束了,只有一个小尾巴:回到英国的女主角,带着孩子在街头碰到当年的情人,表现得美丽,成熟,独立。
Amazon上查小说的简介看见故事似乎略有不同。小说描写的似乎是女主角的心路历程,回到英国后,还抓救命稻草一样想挖掘跟她老爹的亲情。这之后似乎还经历了很多才成长起来。我开始好奇电影是不是虽然来自小说,但完全不是一个“精神“――电影也许没打算忠于原著。

虽然诂出来有三个电影,imdb上只查到另一个老的,

1934年嘉宝版的。嘉宝这样深沉的美人演一个漂亮傻妞可能不太有说服力。这个老电影的介绍就说是男主角冷落新婚妻子云云。显然这个版本里嘉宝的外遇要比watts的令人同情得多。想起上次借希区科克老片 gas light (不对,想起来了,当时是觉得特象希区科克,其实不是),也是几年之内连拍了两个版本。第二版是英格丽褒曼演的,看着这个美女被折磨得神经濒临崩溃,观众十分心疼。看完了以后,dvd翻面就是上一个版本,不免也放了看看。那个女主角就不怎么漂亮,我的同情心立刻下降了。嘉宝版的painted veil虽然没看,估计同理,就算剧情类似,我一定也同情她多。新版里因为喜欢Edward Norton,就心疼他了。

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Finally I hate google

For people with a split mind-- especially someone with different compartments of the brain partitioned for various functions, the attempt to link all accounts together is a disaster!

After months of refusing to "up"-grade to the new blogger version I was finally forced to do so by google. I had a dim hope when my search for "don't convert" actually returned an answer titled "what if I do not want to convert?". However that was no solution, only an explaination that the new version is so great and a promise that "nothing will be changed".

Nothing? I know precisely what is going to change because i have already experienced it! Either I have to link my gmail account with the blogger and condense the two identities to one,
or I have to open a new google account. Let's ignore the hassel of registering a new account. Now when I use blogger with my beta identity it automatically signs me off from my alpha identity, which I use for my personalized google page and google calendar.

Yes I use many of your services but you don't have to be aware of this and do what you think is "smart" about it. Uhhhhhhhh.


Oh, AND, the Chinese characters now are not displayed properly. That is something else in the "nothing" set.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

AAA --yet another meaning

African African American
Debra Dickerson (whom I have never heard of before watching the Colbert report while waiting for my shuttle) 说 Obama 同学不是黑人。不是因为他血统不纯正(是不纯正),而是因为他祖上不是黑奴。因为当前对黑人政治正确的叫法是非裔美国人,为了划清界限,她坚持叫obama 非非美-African African American.

碰巧的是,我在咖啡桌上捡到一张报纸,说研究表明,美国大学里的黑人相当比例是非洲留学生。显然,他们不是affirmative action本意要照顾的人群。报纸上说,这是"值得警惕”的。祖上没有当过奴隶,没有历史原因而导致社会经济条件的不公平竞争,就因为你也长得黑就想来沾光?不免让正宗的AA不服气。原来,要正宗AA,不光要够African, 还得够American. 象Obama 同学这样的真是没有归宿。他显然不是白人,可黑人也不要他。我倒不介意把他吸纳到华裔里来,可他也得长得象啊!

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

poll

People love to vote in a democratic country. Here's what they think about love: