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The Golden Compass, part 2
Okay, I could have sworn I posted an "Update! It's here!" entry yesterday, but... apparently not. So the first installment went up yesterday, and the second installment is now up today.

By the way, my understanding was that the total jumped up to 180,000ish yesterday; today it's at 191,435. Keep clicking one of the projectdownload links each day (one per IP per day), because it's making a difference--five million's a long way away, but not if we can create a snowball effect by sending the main Golden Compass link out to people. (Why the Golden Compass link? To give people something up front rather, so it's not "just another charity," and hope that they'll continue to click afterwards.) If there's any board, fansite or community that wouldn't have issues with a link to a charity effort (that isn't even asking for money!), please let them know. It feels kind of icky and self-promotional to ask this, but I have never asked anyone to link to this journal before--it is genuinely an attempt to help Erin.

Also, if you're having problems, try downloading the main Project Download link first--apparently people yesterday had some luck with that. Others had better luck with Internet Explorer than Firefox, for some reason. (Here's a tip for Microsoft Vista as well.) Otherwise, try again; it may be overloaded by everyone downloading at once. To help with that, though, mistress_mab has added some mirror links for us, so there's now three download links for each installment. If it still won't work... I don't know, we'll think of something.



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moonshinetears From: moonshinetears Date: December 12th, 2007 11:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe it's just me, but I'm still getting the message. I was able to download the first part, but now I can't get the second... I'll try later tho.
spectralbovine From: spectralbovine Date: December 12th, 2007 11:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I used the mirror link, which, unfortunately, wasn't a direct link, so I had to wait 45 seconds and whatnot.
moonshinetears From: moonshinetears Date: December 12th, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've tried both mirror links as well as the original and I still can't get it.
moonshinetears From: moonshinetears Date: December 13th, 2007 01:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Got it now! :D
From: katievatyc Date: July 17th, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had to use google to find them, there wasn't anything helpful from the normal 8. 04 download page.
evewithanapple From: evewithanapple Date: December 12th, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
AUGH DOWNLOAD MANAGER.

*annoyed*
evewithanapple From: evewithanapple Date: December 12th, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
[edit] It's working now.
fenm From: fenm Date: December 12th, 2007 11:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't get the "yoink!" part...
Thanks, Cleolinda! These are great. Was Pan this spastic in the book? I recall her(?) being a bit annoying in the film...
spectralbovine From: spectralbovine Date: December 13th, 2007 12:05 am (UTC) (Link)
He wasn't annoying in the book at all, but it does seem that all he really gets to do in the movie is worry and get beaten up by Mrs. Coulter's monkey.

"Yoink!" is a Simpsons-ism. It is an exclamation exclaimed when you grab something from someone else.
fenm From: fenm Date: December 13th, 2007 12:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Re: Annoying Pan: Ah, ok. Kinda like the HP movies turning Ron mostly into comic relief d-:

Re: "Yoink": Sorry, I mean, I don't remember what happened in the scene... Did they take the GC and she had to get or something?

Uncle Iroh FTW!
cleolinda From: cleolinda Date: December 13th, 2007 12:15 am (UTC) (Link)
It wasn't technically a grabbing motion, but Farder Coram trapped a spyfly in a tin.
fenm From: fenm Date: December 13th, 2007 12:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, right! Ok.
spectralbovine From: spectralbovine Date: December 13th, 2007 12:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, no, Farder Coram trapped one of the bugs under a glass or something.
fenm From: fenm Date: December 13th, 2007 12:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Ok, thanks!
Wow, that icon's awesome. ^_^
spectralbovine From: spectralbovine Date: December 13th, 2007 12:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Isn't it?? I was looking for a good one of the Avatar state, and dharmavati delivered. Some of my other choices were a little closer up, but that one really captured the awesome power of it all.
fenm From: fenm Date: December 13th, 2007 12:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Agreed. I'm tempted to snag it, myself (with credit to its creator, of course).

Oh, oh! "Zuko Alone"! I wish he'd do his hair like that again...
cleolinda From: cleolinda Date: December 13th, 2007 12:16 am (UTC) (Link)
That said, I thought Freddie Highmore put some fantastic inflections into "Lyraaaaaa!" Seriously, I loved just listening to him.
fenm From: fenm Date: December 13th, 2007 12:20 am (UTC) (Link)
OH, he did Pan's voice? He was Charlie in the recent remake of Willy Wonka/Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. ^_^
spectralbovine From: spectralbovine Date: December 13th, 2007 12:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Hee, he was definitely cute.

I kind of wanted to see the pulling scene, but I wasn't surprised they cut it. Especially because that concept never recurs in the book anyway, unfortunately.
anne_jumps From: anne_jumps Date: December 13th, 2007 12:16 am (UTC) (Link)
THE GOLDEN MONKEY: *evils*

Hehehe. Yeah, really.
lucy_u2 From: lucy_u2 Date: December 13th, 2007 03:10 am (UTC) (Link)
I thought the 5 million mark was for a file, so I don't get the mirror thing. But I could be wrong and it's for the whole account.

Anyway, thanks for posting again about it, I keep forgeting to download. :/
cleolinda From: cleolinda Date: December 13th, 2007 05:28 am (UTC) (Link)
It's for the overall account. Which is why I keep having one of Erin's friends upload the installments to her account.
lee_in_limbo From: lee_in_limbo Date: December 13th, 2007 05:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Link worked quite nicely for me today, unlike yesterday, where I had to wait quite a while to be able to download part one.

Incidentally, I'm enjoying your take very much. I'm suddenly reminded that I haven't finished reading the book however, and have yet to see the film. Perhaps I should pick the book up and finish it first... but then, I've never really worried about spoilers. I'm more into the art of the execution than the plot points.

Which all goes to say, nice work. Looking forward to the rest.

Lee.
silentstep From: silentstep Date: December 13th, 2007 05:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Er, this is probably a supremely stupid question, but- does it make a difference whether we open or save the file when given those two options?
cleolinda From: cleolinda Date: December 13th, 2007 05:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Not to my knowledge--either way, you've "downloaded" it.
silentstep From: silentstep Date: December 13th, 2007 09:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Also, this is me probably missing something *really* obvious, but: what is the difference between Movies In Fifteen Minutes: The Ten Biggest Movies Ever For People Who Can't Be Bothered and Cut: Movies in Fifteen Minutes (Gollancz S.F.)? Is one just the paperback version of the other?
cleolinda From: cleolinda Date: December 13th, 2007 09:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, one's just the paperback of the other. This is not helped by Amazon.uk offering them together at a discount as if they were two different books. I wasn't consulted on the name change, actually.
silentstep From: silentstep Date: December 14th, 2007 10:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, good to know. Thanks.
busy_lizzy From: busy_lizzy Date: December 13th, 2007 07:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Is it better to actually *see* the movie before you read the parody? I'm sure this has been discussed somewhere on here before! However, the movie does not come out here in Australia until the 26th.

I have read the book (Northern Lights, not this Golden Compass thing) many many years ago though. :\
cleolinda From: cleolinda Date: December 13th, 2007 09:55 am (UTC) (Link)
It's the same book, they just renamed it for the North American market (my understanding is that Pullman even wanted to change the title for Britain, but wasn't able to in time--it goes better with the "materials" theme).

I think it's a personal choice as to whether you watch the movie first or not. It's probably funnier if you do, and will make more sense.
moosesocks From: moosesocks Date: December 13th, 2007 07:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very unlikely, considering that Philip Pullman is British.

This is just another case of Hollywood screwing over a writer, and completely ruining a film adaptation of a book.
cleolinda From: cleolinda Date: December 13th, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, I'm serious--I'll try to find the article (the Atlantic Monthly, maybe?) where it said that. The reasoning was that it was published in Britain first because he is, obviously, British, and that's why it was too late to change the title, but not too late for the subsequent NA publication. And maybe they're saying this now and it wasn't the way it actually happened, but it isn't quite as illogical as it sounds.

I actually liked the movie--the thing is, the editing is clunky, it's too fast and too streamlined, I really disliked the music, and anything with Lord Faa ended up being inexplicably cheesy. But (IMO) everyone was cast so perfectly that I was willing to forgive a lot. I've also got what they did to poor Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising at the forefront of my mind, which may explain a lot.
moosesocks From: moosesocks Date: December 13th, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ahhhh! That makes a lot more sense. I thought you were referring to the movie, and not the book. (And I can say that a lot of Brits are right pissed off about it, especially since the books are quite a bit more popular here than they are in the US)

Your assessment of the movie gives me hope -- I still haven't seen it, and after hearing about the religious elements being removed, and Pan being 2007's Jar-Jar Binks sort of scared me away from the cinema.

I do hope that it's good enough for them to complete the trilogy, and fix any quirks that there were with this one. The Harry Potter crowd certainly doesn't seem to mind weird and inexplicable changes, and huge continuity gaps between films.
cleolinda From: cleolinda Date: December 13th, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't take the parody as a true characterization of Pan--Freddie Highmore does the voice, and he's fantastic. Seriously, I love movie!Pan to death. Sometimes he is kind of "Lyraaaaa!," but not all the time. And Dakota Blue Richards is SO PERFECT as Lyra, it's scary. I mean, that has got to have been one of the toughest roles to cast, child or otherwise, in the last ten years and she's just deathlessly perfect--brave, bratty, clever, loving, it's all there. It's one of those things where the ingredients they pulled together are so right that you don't (or I don't, at least) mind that the first souffle came out a little flat. The first Harry Potter movie was a bit clunky like that, too--I hope they'll let the sequels go forward so they can really let loose with them and not have to overemphasize about the world-building aspects for the newcomers anymore.
celtic_songster From: celtic_songster Date: December 17th, 2007 05:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey Cleolinda,
Sorry to ask, but at some point within the past couple of weeks you had a link up to a writing contest that I can't remember and I can't find--it started with a "b". Could you help me out? Thanks so much!
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