I sent off for our visas for Brazil. oy ve. Very exhausting process with a million specific requirements. Pay money. But only money order. But only postal money orders. You see Brazil not pleased that the US makes them jump through hoops, so they make the US folks jump through hoops. You know like the song “anything you can do I can do better?” Well this would be “Anything you can do I can do too” and this policy is explicitly stated in their application form explaining their $100 visa fee: For US citizen, a processing fee of US$ 100.00 in US POSTAL Money Order (ONLY) will be charged in reciprocity to identical fee paid by Brazilian citizens who applied for a VISA for the United State of America. Seriously. Who is getting hurt here? The little people, that’s who. Sniff.
I checked out this site where you upload pictures and it tells you which celeberities you look most like. The first picture I submitted said I most resembled…. Pamela Anderson. *pauses as waits for laughter to subside* Yeah. But the site said to submit more than one and see the ones that come up most frequently as looking like you… so according to this site I look most like Alicia Keys and Amanda Peet. I was expecting more of them picking someone on the bollywood scene since they are in their database but I won’t complain. Vatever!
I saw a Turkish film at the High on Friday. The scenes of Istanbul made me nostalgic for Turkey, thus far the best vacation I’ve had of which I wrote about here, here, and here. What was interesting about the movie was that when I saw it I thought it was okay, but afterwards at Cafe Istanbul when Mustafa the owner shared his personal take, the movie’s message changed before my eyes because he explained nuances and the political undertones that I with limited background knowledge of Turkey completely missed. One example of the lost in translation element was in this movie the female lead’s name was Duniya which means “world” but only someone who knew the meaning of the word would understand that often times monologues about Duniya were not necessarily just about Duniya the woman, but much more. I got that since Duniya happens to mean the same thing in punjabi/urdu but the non Turkshi/Desi folks probably didn’t notice that at all. Just made it very clear to me how much of foreign films are inevitably lost in translation. And speaking of movies, I also updated my movie reviews
Exams are right around the corner. I am trying just to do one thing each week that could fall under the category of fun and other than that I’m trying to study study study. Law school is cruel in that way though. The more you study does not guaruntee that the better you will do. Four months of class and one essay will determine your grade. A very very subjective essay. So you could study till the cows come home and do great, or study till the cows come home and do not so much great. I dont know if you remember Sesame Street growing up but there was a “music video” (for lack of a better word) of a song called “Trying and trying again” and it showed a little kitten climbing up some stairs. She tries and tries and finally takes one step up. She may not make it all the way up to the top like she wants, but if she doesnt try at all she’s guarunteed to stay right where she is. Funny how 20+ years later as I stare at these mammoth beasts they insist we call books I feel like a kitten at the bottom of some mighty foreboding steps…*gulp* back to dem books.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit- Aristotle