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January 21, 2008

The Newborn

I came across this poem by C Day Lewis, apparently written on occasion of the birth of his son, Daniel Day Lewis. Here are some excerpts:

The Newborn

This mannikin who just now
Broke prison and stepped free
Into his own identity--
Hand, foot, and brow
A finished work, a breathing miniature--
Was still, one night ago,
A hope, a dread, a mere shape we
Had lived with, only sure
Something would grow
Out of its coiled nine-month nonentity.
This morsel of man I've held--
What potency it has,
Though strengthless still and naked as
A nut unshelled!
We time-worn folk renew
Ourselves at your enchanted spring,
As though mankind's begun
Again in you.
This is your birthday and our thanksgiving.

- From Pegasus and Other Poems by C. Day Lewis

Poetry aside, it's been two months now, so what have we learned about parenthood? Let me list five things I had next to no idea about:

  • It's tough on the mother, particularly if she's breastfeeding. During the hustle and bustle of pregnancy, it's easy to lose sight of the challenges thereafter. It's too easy to focus on the delivery. If anything, the real fun starts after the baby is born. Three hour feeding cycles can get exhausting very fast!

  • I love the way Virj throws his hands in the air when I set him down quickly. Apparently, it's called the Moro Reflex and is normal in newborn infants. It makes him look like a Hare Krishna member.

  • Similarly, rooting and grasping relfexes whereby the kid will look for a nipple to suck when pressed against a chest, any chest .. ahem .. or will clutch anything that comes his way, particularly our fingers.

  • Oh the sweet sweet sounds of a burp! 'nuff said!

  • Mylicon. Why does it have to be so expensive? Welcome to the Baby Industrial Complex (tm)!

On the whole, it's exhausting work but I can already feel our perspectives on life changing and for the better.

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- January 21, 2008 2:48 PM // Virj

January 11, 2008

Designing A Denzel Poster

Flickr user littletinycowboy has analyzed all the Denzel Washington movie posters in existence so that you don't have to. His findings:

1) The bigger the head, the better.

2) Brown and gold color scheme. Red if you must.

3) Full body shots should show Denzel doing nothing in particular.

4) Two facial expressions to choose from:
--- a)Confused

--- b)Badass

5) Vague movie title.

Too funny!

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- January 11, 2008 3:59 PM // Film

January 6, 2008

Pyaare Posters II

Happy New Year everybody! There were a couple more posters I wanted to share, so here goes. First, we have David Fincher's Zodiac. It's become cliche for any Bay Area related visual to feature the Golden Gate bridge in some way, shape or form. We've seen the bridge in twilight, at night, in the morning and various points in between. Yet, the poster for Zodiac, which takes place in San Francisco, still manages to take a familiar landmark and imbue it with a sense of atmospheric dread. Very fitting for a film about a serial killer.

On a much lighter and saucier note, here's the poster for The Rules of Attraction. Ideal if your idea of fun involves stuffed toys in various compromising positions. Yet, given that the film concerns itself with the shenanigans of over-hormonized students at a New England college, pictures of bunnies getting it on are not entirely inappropriate!

The third poster, Shaft In Africa>, is more straightforward and straight outta the blaxploitation movement. Sticking it to the Man indeed!

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- January 6, 2008 6:50 PM // Film