I took the day off today so Amia and I can take advantage of the free day at the Aquarium! It was just going to be us, but now it's a small village! Amia, Katie, Elsa, Liz, Olivia, Kerena, Kofi, Teresa, Mohandas, Karima, Kim, Kapono, and me--3 babies, 3 toddlers, 2 older kids, 4 moms, and 1 dad. It's gonna be a blast. And it's perfect timing because Suzanne has a final today so she'll pretty much get the whole day to herself.
Also, I have 3 new favorite things. One is the new Radiohead album 'In Rainbows'. I listen to it all the time, sometimes throughout the whole day. Aside from the music, which is brilliant, they did something brilliant with the distribution. They posted the album on their website and let people pay however much they want, even nothing. It felt so empowering. Really made me think about how people should be compensated for their art. Should I pay how much it means to me, which, if I had to put a figure on it, would be thousands of dollars? How much the artist needs for their own needs (in this case the artists are doing really well)? How much it cost them to make it? The socio-cultural value of the music? How much I can pay? I have no idea. I guess it's a case by case thing.
Also, one of my new favorite shows is Pushing Daisies. Visually it's like Amelie. Comedically it's like Princess Bride-subtle, quirky jokes that creep up on you. I love it.
I've also started watching this new HBO show called Tell Me You Love Me. It's about 3 couples in various stages of coupledom-about to get married, trying to have a baby, and married with kids for 10 years. It's a bit controversial because of the GRAPHIC sex portrayed in the show, but has gotten critical acclaim because of the amazing way it explores the characters emotions. I've only seen 1.5 episodes so far but it was amazing. The only thing that matters in the show are the characters emotional journey. Each hour long episode is shot like 50% in closeup. There's no music, you have a vague idea that the characters work but only insofar as it helps you understand what they're going through you know about it. And I can't help but think that while the sex is graphic, it's not glamorized in any way, that maybe this is how sex is supposed to be portrayed in film, as a way to help you understand the characters. It's pretty amazing, I think.
Off to the aquarium!