Thursday, February 14, 2008


1. pied-à-terre

A pied-à-terre is a small living unit typically located in a large city (typically an apartment or a condominium).
The phrase pied-à-terre literally translates from the French as "foot on the ground". This is said to be because pieds-à-terre were traditionally ground-floor apartments[who?]; however, more likely, the meaning of the phrase is "to have a foothold"[citation needed]; terre (ground, soil) referring to territory, rather than elevation.
A pied-à-terre is a residence that will be used temporarily, mostly as a second home. It is common[citation needed] in New York City realty for many building co-ops to prohibit pieds-à-terre because they only want buyers who will actually make the building/apartment their permanent place of residence.

I came across this word when I was looking for apartments on Craig's List. It had an aristocratic ring to it but only for someone who does not speak French. This is what not to rent.

August 8th, 2008

2. mis·an·thrope


somebody who hates people: somebody who hates humanity, or who dislikes and distrusts other people and tends to avoid them
This is from the movie "In Search of a Midnight Kiss" that came out today.
Wilson (Scoot McNairy), a depressed video store clerk and struggling screenwriter from Austin, Texas, whips up a Craigslist personals ad ("Misanthrope seeks misanthrope," it begins) ..
3. vig·i·lant
adjective: carefully observant or attentive; on the lookout for possible danger ("The vigilant eye of the town watch")
This was in a comment on the internet regarding an article on Mumbai ..
4. Proprietorship

alteration of 1proprietary
1: one granted ownership of a colony (as one of the original American colonies) and full prerogatives of establishing a government and distributing land2 a: a person who has the legal right or exclusive title to something : owner b: one having an interest (as control or present use) less than absolute and exclusive right

5. Subsidiary
A company that is completely controlled by another company
Lee Hecht Harrison database

6. Indoctrinate

past tense: indoctrinated; past participle: indoctrinated
  1. teach (a person or group) to accept a set of beliefs uncritically.
    "broadcasting was a vehicle for indoctrinating the masses"
    synonyms:brainwashpropagandizeproselytize, reeducate, persuadeconvince,conditionprogrammolddisciplineMore
    • archaic
      teach or instruct (someone).
      "he indoctrinated them in systematic theology"

    Indoctrination at Newton High School

Thursday, February 7, 2008


Have seen:
When Harry Met Sally... (1989),Kolja (1996), Vie rêvée des anges, La (1998),Moskva slezam ne verit (1980), Sluzhebnyy roman (1977), Bella Martha (2001), Stand by Me (1986),Dirty Dancing (1987),Vie rêvée des anges, La (1998),Terms of Endearment (1983),Fried Green Tomatoes (1991),The Namesake (2006), The Kite Runner (2007),Chasing Amy (1997), Scent of a Woman (1992), Mùi du du xanh - L'odeur de la papaye verte (1993),The Joy Luck Club (1993),Indochine (1992),Amant, L' (1992),The Ice Storm (1997), Placard, Le (2001),The Birdcage (1996),Mystic Pizza (1988),Requiem for a Dream (2000), Music and Lyrics (2007),Pretty Woman (1990),Est - Ouest (1999),Camille Claudel (1988),Tous les matins du monde (1991), The Joy Luck Club (1993), The Shipping News (2001), Rain (2001/III), Vanya on 42nd Street (1994),Sleepless in Seattle (1993),Brokeback Mountain (2005),The Savages (2007), Tales of the City (1993), Babel (2006), Leben der Anderen, Das (2006) , Rain Man (1988), The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), Stealing Home (1988) , An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), Beaches (1988), As Good as It Gets (1997), Riding in Cars with Boys (2001), Kissing Jessica Stein (2001), Ira and Abby (2006), Chaverim Shel Yana, Ha- (1999) , Meduzot (2007), Vokzal dlya dvoikh (1982), Bend It Like Beckham (2002),Unmade Beds (1997), Crossing Delancey (1988) , Ha'Ulpan (2007), Backdraft(1991) .. Walking and Talking (1996)

Would like to see:
Paris, Texas (1984)
The Bucket List (2007)
Charlie Bartlett (2007)
4 luni, 3 saptamani si 2 zile (2007)
Témoins, Les (2007)
a.k.a. The Witnesses
The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
Definitely, Maybe (2008)
Be Kind Rewind (2008)
The Counterfeiters (2007)
Penelope (2006)
Bikur Ha-Tizmoret (2007)
aka The Band's Visit
Paris, Je T'Aime (2007)
aka I actually know what it means
Sleepwalking (2008)
Paranoid Park (2007)
Blindsight (2006/I)
A Casa de Alice (2007)
aka Alice's House
Smart People (2008)
The Flight of the Red Balloon (2007)
My Blueberry Nights (2007)
The Life Before her Eyes (2007)
My Brother is an Only Child(2007)
Bab'aziz (2005)
Sex and the City: The Movie (May 30, 2008)
Irina Palm (2007)
Water Lilies
Elsa and Fred
Beauty in Trouble
Encounters at the End of the World
Brideshed Revisited
American Teen
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Frozen River
The Women
Righteous Kill
Blindness (Gael García Bernal)
Grbavica (2006)
In Search of a Midnight Kiss
I served the king of England
The Unknown Woman (2006)
Quinceañera (2006)
The Maid

Of course I cannot just make a list. I always have something to add ..

Riding in Cars with Boys (2001)--after Alex went to California I moved to Brighton and I knew no one. I went to see this movie in Cleveland Circle alone. I remember having a very distinct feeling of being permanently alone. There was a scene in the movie where Drew Barrymore and Brittany Murphy are smoking pot and laughing and Drew says "I have not laughed in a month.. " and I remember thinking I know exactly what she is saying. I still remember this although it's been 7+ years.

September 25th, 2008
The above mentioned theater Circle Cinemas has closed. I think the last movie I saw there was "Definitely, Maybe" with Julie. I am feeling like parts of my past life are being obliterated.

December 20th, 2008
I saw "Priceless" ...