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26 September 2004 @ 06:50 pm
rec & a question  
I noticed something called International Rec a Movie day, or some such, meming by on LJ a while back. In a belated way I thought I'd recommend the movie Coming Soon. I've recced it before, but it's worth doing it again. It has Ryan Reynolds, Mia Farrow, et al, and I remain ever boggled at the low ratings this gets on movie sites like IMDb.com. Maybe because of misguided mis-marketing, it seems entirely misunderstood, rented primarily by boys who think it's a madcap sex romp a la Porky's, who then get pissed off and confused when they watch it. It's really a coming-of-age movie for a female sensibility and its comic edge is much softer and more subtle.

Anyway, there you go. My question ties in with the movie--obscure question, since there's probably only one and a half of you who've seen it besides me--but there's this song in the movie called "Stream" that I'd love to find a copy of. I can't read the band name from my fuzzy credits; I think it's "The Sunny ________" something or other, but I've no luck googling. Possibly this band is so out of the mainstream I'll never find the track for sale or otherwise, but I live in hope.

I'm kind of subpar this weekend for no especial reason. I went from cafe to cafe today, staying out of the apartment for as long as possible, but now I'm back and don't know what to do with myself. A vague sense of physical tiredness, of being over-strained, hovers at my margins, telling me I should not go work out, and none of my pastimes appeal.

Philosophical question of the day--should a person really live life as if each day were her last? Or would that make you act out in nutty ways, spending too much money, gorging on cake, grabbing strangers by the collar and dragging them into alleys for sex? And what happens after 10 straight days of that, or 20 or more? I really don't know the answer, I don't know whether I'm not living each day to its potential, or whether that piece of advice is just one of those banal maxims that go largely unexamined. I know that the underlying meaning is probably something like, "Be alert to joy, be aware of the moment and everything going on around you," etc etc, but really, that's just one angle you can take, isn't it? It's open to interpretation.

I think I may have a headache, but I'm not entirely sure.
 
 
"Smokin' hot.": boys mickeymwithout_me on September 26th, 2004 07:10 pm (UTC)
I've thought the same thing, about "living as if each day were your last." I firmly believe in seizing joy when the opportunity presents itself, but if joy = raspberry cheesecake, then yes, it can have its drawbacks as well.

I hope you ultimately discover you don't have a headache.
ex_dovil323 on September 26th, 2004 07:12 pm (UTC)
The one thing about philosophical theories is that taken to extremes they all end up springing leaks. You kind of have to mix and match a little bit to come up with something that works in a practical setting. If you live life to the fullest you have to define what that would mean for you personally, how it mean treating other people, or deciding whether it just mean forgoing the chance of medium to long term satisfaction over short term gains? That's why I smoke crack - weee!

I'm a former philosophy student, ask me how. And would you like fries with that? Why do you want fries? Why, goddammit?!

If you're not sure about the headache pound your skull against your desk for several minutes. And then grasshopper, you will know.
get yourself together, let the light pour in: 47mistakency on September 26th, 2004 07:47 pm (UTC)
Googled the song question for you -- no definitive results either, but I did get this site, which has music credits for the movie at the bottom of the page. It says the song is performed by Skinny, but there's a question mark afterwards. Unfortunately, that was all I was able to get.

Hope you don't actually have a headache. If you do, however, swear by the aspirin.
(Anonymous) on September 27th, 2004 09:35 am (UTC)
I looked up Skinny Puppy on amazon, but couldn't find a song called Stream. Maybe you got the name of the song wrong, eliade.
Destina: eclipsedestina on September 26th, 2004 09:15 pm (UTC)
Philosophical question of the day--should a person really live life as if each day were her last?

I think people should behave according to the emotional spirit of that idea -- not leaving things unsaid, trying to live life in the moment instead of just existing from day to day and waiting for better days to come. A friend at work has a little sign on her desk that says, "What would you regret if this was your last day on Earth?" I tend to think that if the answer would be, "Nothing important," then the spirit of living in the moment has been fulfilled.
mfthe_emef on September 26th, 2004 09:30 pm (UTC)
grabbing strangers by the collar and dragging them into alleys for sex?

actually, I think that - regardless of what you decide what "live life as if each day was your life" means - you should totally do that.

oh and, write about it if possible.
ex_dogsbody96 on September 27th, 2004 05:37 am (UTC)
Last days
In the hypothetical event of a specific deadline (you have 30 days to live, the world ends tomorrow, the aliens are coming, whatever) I would, without question, go out with a bang and sod the moral consequences.

And that, I think, is the proviso - "living each day as if it were your last" implies a relaxation or absense of the moral boundaries one would naturally impose on one's behaviour. "Being alert to joy," on the other hand, is a far more altruistic version of the same philosophy.

Here endeth the lesson.
Trepkostrepkos on September 27th, 2004 07:10 am (UTC)
"I think I may have a headache, but I'm not entirely sure."
I hope its not my e-mail which caused the headache - have been concerned since I sent it in case it caused head trauma....
Trepkostrepkos on September 27th, 2004 10:07 am (UTC)
Philosophical question of the day--should a person really live life as if each day were her last?

Perhaps it means, be the best person you can be every day, in case that's the day you will be "judged " on.
ellen_fremedon on September 27th, 2004 10:31 am (UTC)
We ought to live each day as though
It was our last day here below.
But if I did, alas, I know
It would have killed me long ago.

--Piet Hein
laurashapiro on September 27th, 2004 10:51 am (UTC)
Philosophical question of the day--should a person really live life as if each day were her last? Or would that make you act out in nutty ways, spending too much money, gorging on cake, grabbing strangers by the collar and dragging them into alleys for sex?

See, that's what I've always thought. It has been my belief that the people who propogate the "Live each day as if it were your last" philosophy have very poor imaginations. (: They're probably thinking something banal, along the lines of "tell your wife you love her" or "play with your children" or "notice the beauty of nature". I'd be making thousand-dollar orders in five-star restaurants, rescuing all the kittens from the SPCA, and having sex with everyone who'd sit still for it. You can't really do that two days in a row, ya know?
bleu_lavandebleu_lavande on September 28th, 2004 10:28 am (UTC)
Stream
This is what Google had to say:

"Stream"
Lyrics by Colette Burson and Kate Rohn
Music by Chris Wagner
Performed by Skinny [?]
Courtesy of [ST?] Records

All the music credits(with detailed timings!)can be found there:
http://www.bluntinstrument.org.uk/beck/filmtv/ography.htm

(Um. Now, how can I possibly make this search fit in The Office Time Sheets?)