Tuesday, March 18, 2014

arbness: on lost planes, the fear of not knowing and which bond catwoman would prefer


i sit here at the computer, frieda on my lap, lying on the red curly sheep fleece pillow that is all of the cats' favorite bed, so it seemed appropriate to use a recent photo i took of another catwoman, this one perhaps much cooler than i am as i sit here, wearing my now beloved norwegian sweater which i found in a second hand store for 50kr, a comfy pair of pants and slouchy warm socks. (how was that for a very long sentence?) catwoman is very cool, canny and fearless. 

i am still voraciously reading every article i can find about the disappearance of that malaysian airlines flight and as i write this, there is still no news. what happened to the plane and all those people? how can a plane just disappear with scarcely a trace in today's connected world? and why is it so fascinating to us? why can't we stand the uncertainty of not knowing what happened and where it is? is it the people who are lost? oddly the articles i've been reading in places like the new york times and the guardian have had little mention of the passengers. is it our own fears of flying? i honestly don't have any, despite having some kind of feeling for years and years that i will die in a plane crash. is it just the 24 hour news cycle and endless access to information, no matter where we are, that has us obsessing over the lack of an answer? why are we riveted by this story? i flew malaysian airlines once, from KL to chennai. the worst part was a long layover in KL and no access to a lounge because none of the star(ve)alliance carriers cooperated on one there. alas, my plane carried me safely to chennai, where i didn't really want to be anyway (it being one of the most uncharming places on the planet). but really, where is james bond when you need him? i'm thinking pierce brosnan is the right bond for this case. it seems like it could somehow be a media-driven thing and that seems right up the alley of the brosnan bond. daniel craig is too deep and dark and mysterious (now that i think about it, maybe he is the right bond for this mystery). i suppose in the end there will be some shallow answer worthy more of roger moore as bond than either brosnan or craig. 

and while we're on the subject of bond, i think catwoman would probably like pierce brosnan as well. wonder woman, on the other hand, i'm not sure...


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a couple of really cool articles on the cinematography of the LEGO movie...
here and here.

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rené redzepi on copenhagen in the guardian.

2 comments:

Ariadne Skyrianidou said...

Yes I too have been waiting for an answer about this tragic event! And somehow I am getting more and more convinced that some know what happened and simply don't tell. Some made a terrible mistake with this plane and are simply trying to hide it. AriadnefromGreece!

Molly said...

The oddest thing I've heard about the plane is a theory that 'the Bermuda Triangle moved', presumably into the flight path. Because the Bermuda Triangle is, of course, a totally real thing ...
We've just been asked to make a Cat Woman birthday cake for Stella's teacher next week - short of topping a cake with the Lego figure I'm still clueless at how to approach this!