Wednesday, April 7th, 2004
Feel The Pain
Okay, that wasn’t so bad I guess. The dentist was nothing if not efficient – three wisdom teeth in under 30 minutes. I didn’t get a general anaesthetic, just novocaine and some nitrous oxide to take the edge off. I remained pretty damn lucid through the whole thing, with the drilling and the grinding and the yanking, but yeah – relaxed. That laughing gas is pretty good stuff. I remember coaxing my contact lenses out of the dixe cups of saline solution they were floating in (forgot to bring a case), going “here, fishie fishie fishie”. The bleeding is pretty much done now and it’s just swelling and a general ache, like I got punched in the face a couple times. Pain is perfectly manageable right now but half my face is still (!) numb and swollen, so I’m not assuming I’m getting away with anything just yet. At least I can feel my tongue again. I haven’t eaten in nearly 24 hours. Funny how some things can take away your appetite.
Oh yeah, this is what they’ve prescribed me – Toradol. I don’t think it’s that legendary Tylenol 3 or codeine that I’ve heard so much about. A little disappointed there.
Pitchfork interviews The Shins. Isn’t it interesting how non-smartass and just… nicer? Pitchfork is when they’re acually talking to their subject rather than reviewing a record or writing up a news story?
As much as I’ve lost interest in Radiohead on the whole, I’ve still put their Japanese b-sides collection on my shopping list. They’re pushing it as follows: “To coincide with their tour of Japan in April, Radiohead have agreed to release a limited quantity of a special Hail to the Thief-related CD of B-sides entitled COM LAG. This B-sides compilation CD also contains a “live” audio version of “2+2=5 and is enhanced with a “live” video clip of “2+2=5”. This is a “Japan only” CD release that EMI Music Canada is importing in a ONE-TIME ORDER for Canadian Radiohead fans”. Damn the completist in me. Old habits die hard. I guess that means I can sell off the Hail To The Thief singles I own.
Tim Story, director of Barbershop, has apparently been confirmed as director of the Fantastic Four movie. Some are assuming from his resume that this will be a comedy… Er. They’re also reporting casting rumours of Michael Chilkis (The Shield) as Ben Grimm/The Thing and Tim Robbins as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic. Which would make for an uncomfortable age difference if Jessica Simpson is cast as Sue Richards/The Invisible Woman. I don’t understand that last rumour, though – isn’t Jessica Simpson the sort of girl you want seen and not heard, not the other way around?
I’ve finally figured it out – this season’s 24 is actually Die Hard 3. Think about it. The bad guy turns out to be linked to the plot/villain of the first season (Jeremy Irons/Alan Rickman) and has a personal vendetta against our hero. He exacts that revenge by putting him (and the President) on a wild goose chase of sorts around the city by putting innocents at risk, etc etc. Granted, Jack’s no John McClane with the smart quips, but the parallels are there. Which means, of course, that the finale is going to take place in Candada somewhere… Final showdown in Victoria! But while the link between Jack and Saunders was a little disappointing to me as being kinda predictable, the twist with Palmer being ordered to kill Chapelle was a nice one. This week’s episode didn’t turn things up a whole notch, but did offer a good, steady climb.
np – Laura Cantrell / When The Roses Bloom Again