26 august 2018

My sister was using the rather decrepit old laptop I gave her to study C++ some more today. She's moving along very quickly; on Friday she was compiling some basic Hello World stuff and today she was learning to separate function implementations into separate source files and put the forward declarations in header files and use header guards. She learned a little Java back in middle school and she's picked up some Python along the way but I think she picks this stuff up really quickly. I showed her how to construct a simple GNU Makefile for a project with multiple source files; she's working in Geany for now because she had some trouble setting up Code::Blocks, & I suggested that she learn how to manage Makefiles and such manually because that's how we did it in school & it's easier for me to help with that.

give me love, give me love, give me
peace on earth
give me light, give me life, keep me
free from birth
give me hope, help me cope with this
heavy load
trying to touch & reach you with
heart & soul

I've long thought that would be the song I'd use for the end of my hypothetical film adaptation of Murakami Haruki's Kafka on the Shore. Kafka, having made some kind of peace, listens to it on the train back to Tokyo. I adapt novels as films in my head while I read them. I had this whole strategy in my head, to clearly imply the nature of Oedipal curse without luridly spelling it out to the viewer. I don't know how well it would work out as an actual movie.

When I read The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, I imagined it as a miniseries. I gave Andrew Bird a cameo as the whistling bellhop. It's a really good show; I want everyone to see it. I think Netflix would give anything for it if I actually had anything to show them.

But it's not just book adaptations. There's my remake of Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker, starring Sonequa Martin-Green, and with the "Author" character replaced by one of these Silicon Valley "innovators" with an alarming cult of personality. It's contemporary, and American, but has the same pace & mystery as Tarkovsky's. That's probably the most outlandish of my head-films.

There's original material too. But I think I may have talked about that on feels before?