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Category: Whimsical

Casanova on communication in love

From the memoirs of Casanova: although I ought to have been well satisfied as far as physical beauty was concerned, my enjoyment was very limited, as the nymphs I wooed only spoke Swiss dialect—a rugged corruption of German. I have always found that love without speech gives little enjoyment, and I cannot imagine a more unsatisfactory mistress than a mute, were she as lovely as Venus herself. I could not agree more.

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client relations | truth in advertising

“Never give the clients what they ask for.” After everyone finished laughing, I’d explain that we’re supposed to be the experts on presentation. Although clients usually don’t know how to light a shot or cut a montage, they are the ultimate experts on what they want to say and on what rubs them the wrong way. So there’s a second half to that mantra: “Always give the clients what they want.” Inevitably, what they want is excellence, even if they don’t know how to ask for it.

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yagutilov on line

for afficiandoes of short film, my friend and sometimes cameraman richard yagutilov has just put up his own site, yougottalove.com, where you can see some of his short films. particularly interesting are numb and balls out. once you watch numb, public transportation will never be the same. closet iPodphobes mustn’t miss the chance to see their darkest fantasies realised. balls out is a little harder to explain. some guy wants to neuter his poodle. the poodle doesn’t want to be neutered. enough that he starts to talk. or rather starts to rap. after much singing back and forth, master and…

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lost in translation – the end of dialogue

finally saw lost in translation tonight. would have preferred to have been working on my own film, but on the strength of astrid’s recommendation and out of the need for human society of some kind, i ventured out into the (very) chill toronto night over to the revue cinema. i was astonished by what i saw and heard. or more significantly didn’t hear. there is almost no dialogue. i had thought this film was supposed to be about two disparate people hooking up and exchanging things from their different lives. historically, under such circumstances the individuals in question speak to…

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rules of life in germany | cheating at the game of life

after my daily swim at trinity bellwoods in toronto, i met some men and from one of them heard an amazing tale. this fellow has a friend, you see. and the friend moved to germany. the friend is some kind of an engineer and likes to put in long hours. he was stymied in his desires. when he arrived at the german company he was given a ten page book of work rules. highlights include. no eating lunch at your desk. a fireable offense. obligatory half hour of socializing in the lounge with co-workers after lunch. not a fireable offense…

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kate hudson | 2b pc or not 2b

fionnuala suggested i see le divorce – not because it is a good movie – but because of the subject matter. english language film set in paris. dropped by rottentomatoes.com to have a look at the synopsis. a priceless quotation from the lovely kate hudson. She was particularly intrigued by the French willingness to say almost anything, no matter how seemingly outrageous or controversial, and to utterly disregard any notions of political correctness. “However they feel, whatever they want to express, they just say it,” she notes. “They’re quite a passionate people.” it turns out in europe one can actually…

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online world of car and truck rentals

today i needed to find some moving boxes and a car to rent. first i tried to find uhaul for the boxes. impossible to find a company website. the top thirty google listings for uhaul toronto have almost all been spammed by a single company. what’s worse that company has a talking doll as its spokesperson. i have written google to let them know about the spammer. next i decided to rent a car, preferably from national as i had some good experience with them in the past and they were not expensive. no luck there either. no company website…

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