Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Caveman Steve Like Cave Paintings

I've been wrestling since 7 AM with trying to send two pieces of art to a publisher in Italy. It simply isn't working for a variety of reasons -- including the lack of DSL or any affordable higher-speed alternative to our snail-telephone-line online access -- and I'm ready to toss all this computer equipment off the cliff in the back yard.

Thankfully, my good friends in Italy are patiently working with me, and I am now seeking outside assistance. No, don't write me with suggestions: it's all Greek to me. Simple steps for computer-literate folks ("upload to my ftp link") are gibberish to Luddite Bissette, and I'll need some hands-on, person-in-the-room assist with all this.

It seems like our slow-speed access may be the biggest hurdle, and for that there's no affordable solution in reach as yet. "What's green and goes backward?" (an old VT riddle, with two answers if you've got a cold like I have)

TWO additions to my faves of the year that came to mind after my last 'fave' post:

* THE CORPSE BRIDE: Loved this stop-motion feature as much as I loved Wallace & Gromit's latest outing, and particularly enjoyed the overt nod to the old Rankin-Bass theatrical feature Mad Monster Party? via the Peter Lorre maggot living in the bride's eye socket.

* DOMINO: Already wrote this up, but Tony Scott's latest multi-textural overload opus was a splendidly misanthropic road movie, a sister of sorts to Rob Zombie's The Devil's Rejects and the better of the two psycho-siblings at that.

OK, off to find some help sending this art off to the land of Fellini, Pasolini, Bava, Leone, Diabolik, Argento, Soavi and Fulci...