Phoned in.

Five false starts later, I’m making this an all-linkage Friday.

This link is fascinating, but not safe for work, in the sense that giant plaster vaginas are not safe for work. It’s not porn, it’s medicine. Also, art. (My favorite is the one where the kid’s arm is reaching through the door, so to speak. If I were an 18th-century midwife, that would freak me right the hell out.

I love horse races, at least when the horses don’t shatter their legs in the process. This is one of the best:

God, this was a hard movie to watch. It doesn’t get any easier in small pieces, or over time. Language warning (Jack Nicholson at his nastiest), but also Ann Margret in a black bra:

If you covered the juvenile-justice beat in Detroit, I don’t know how you’d avoid jumping out of high windows. Fourteen-year-old kills 13-year-old in graffiti dispute: Just another day in the D.

Erin go bragh. I’m done.

Posted at 10:06 am in Movies |

10 responses to “Phoned in.”

  1. Marcia said on March 16, 2007 at 10:19 am

    Yanno, I’m probably the only reader here for whom that link is work-friendly. I see that stuff in the flesh on a daily basis.

    I do like how the ladies daintily lift their fasciae to expose their internal organs. A little bit of grace is always welcome in any bowel-viewing event.

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  2. nancy said on March 16, 2007 at 10:26 am

    Marcia, ave you ever seen an infant come down the chute hands-first like that? What would you call that? “Diving position?”

    Some of those models were obviously made to show complications, and that one where the head is wrenched all the way back was agonizing.

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  3. John said on March 16, 2007 at 11:05 am

    I got “Carnal Knowledge” from Netflix last year, mainly as I had never seen the film in its entirety. Jack was young, but very good as well as Garfunkel and Bergen. It was nice to see a very young Carol Kane as well. I had just seen “Alfie” with Michael Caine a month before and it was interesting to see both of these films nearly together.

    The last scene from “Carnal Knowledge”, with the three of them (Jack, Art and Carol) looking at slides was fun to watch as it was supposedly set in the future. The apartment decor attempted to be futuristic, but looks decades old in today’s light.

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  4. alex said on March 16, 2007 at 11:37 am

    Those Italians, they sure are the aesthetes of the world. They probably make a toilet trap that’s a joy to behold. Incredible stuff, those medical models. They have more personality than any I’ve ever seen.

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  5. Marcia said on March 16, 2007 at 12:26 pm

    “Diving position” sounds more exciting than what things like that are usually called, which is (arm, foot, face, whatever) presentation.

    It ain’t my job to find extruding parts; merely to attend the stat c-section that follows such a discovery.

    I’m the baby nurse, not the OB gal. As my NICU co-worker so crudely puts it, “We don’t do p**sy.”

    Although I think she mainly says that for shock value.

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  6. nancy said on March 16, 2007 at 1:33 pm

    I keep going back to the medical models. (And sorry it’s such a slow load — that’s a cached version. The link’s been all over the ‘nets in the last few days, and I think they got bandwidth hosage.) I love how whimsical they are, particularly compared to medical sculpture/illustration today — the models have expressions on their faces, scarves on their hair. They reach up to twirl a lock around their fingers. They’re people, not patients.

    Almost certainly these artisans made stuff like this in between church commissions. No wonder those sacred-heart-of-Jesus statues are so lifelike.

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  7. MichaelG said on March 16, 2007 at 2:52 pm

    I’m dying to look at those models. I’ll have to wait ’til I get home!

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  8. LA mary said on March 16, 2007 at 3:07 pm

    I haven’t seen the models yet, but I think I’ll wait until I get home and go to the link when my 13 and 16 year old sons are in the room. The models sound educational.

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  9. Danny said on March 17, 2007 at 10:25 am

    Earlier this week, I needed some downtime and we decided to rent Casino Royale. I don’t know if any of you saw it, but after the opening scene which explains how Bond got his “00” status, there is another scene featuring and amazing foot chase. Lots of climbing, vaulting and acrobatics through urban streets and construction sites.

    So a day later, I am talking with a co-worker who grew up in France and he tells me that this is a sport that originated in France. It is called Parkour (alternatively, Parcour).

    You might be interested to check out the wikipedia entry and Youtube. Here is a link to just one video.

    I do not plan on “trying this at home,” but it is a blast to watch.

    Oh, and apparently the guy who Bond is chasing is none other than Sebastien Foucan, one of there earlier practioners of this extreme sport.

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  10. Danny said on March 18, 2007 at 1:52 pm

    Man, Nance, I really hope you guys went to the Palace at Auburn Hills yesterday evening. The NCAA Div 1 Wrestling finals.

    I follow the sport pretty closely still. A little less so this year due to work, but I do love the sport. I recorded it. Pretty good one this year.

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