Surf How You Feel   


Wild Mood Swings.

- Via Scotty's House O'links

Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, March 31, 2003
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More on Mondays   


After the last post, I felt that I couldn't let you face Monday morning without some distractions, so here are are some interesting facts about Mondays:

Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, March 31, 2003
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Monday, Monday   


I tried to find some funny Monday links for y'all, but there's a war on; people are rationing their comedy.

However, the Monday Morning quiz is up, along with several new ones. And I'll be sure to keep checking around tomorrow morning when I'm less tired and cranky.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, March 31, 2003
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I Want to Cast Magic Missels   


Last night I helped playtest a new roleplaying system being developed by a friend of mine. Much fun was had.

I'd like to say that the evening went nothing like this, except that that would be lying. Actually, we quoted this almost as much as we acted like it.

That's some meta-level geekiness, and my bookish male theivy gnome loved every second of it.

Animation via Milk and Cookies.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Sunday, March 30, 2003
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This Is How I Will Make All My Decisions From Now On   


gyromancy - 1557, from M.L. gyromantia, from Gk. gyyros "circle" + manteia "divination, oracle." "A method of divination by walking in a circle till the person fell down from dizziness, the inference being drawn from the place in the circle at which he fell."


More on gyromancy, courtesy of the Occultopedia (I wonder if they have this in tome form?)

- From Neil Gaiman's Journal, because Sarcasmo cares about your Vocabulary

Posted by Sarcasmo on Sunday, March 30, 2003
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Well Hot Damn!   


Ladies and Gentleman, The Weekly World News is giving The Onion a run for it's money.

I've long been a fan of Bat Boy, and know that the WWN keeps its proverbial tongue in its equally proverbial cheek, but I never thought I'd see the day when political satire made it's way to its pages.

Cheers to you, Weekly World News!

Posted by Sarcasmo on Saturday, March 29, 2003
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"In the paper today tales of war and of waste/But you turn right over to the T.V. page"*   


You may have noticed that Sarcasmo’s Corner has been shying away from news-related topics lately (although Sarcasmo herself has been making some comments over at The Muted Drum) . This is not because I haven’t been watching the news —far from it. Indeed, Pop Culture Boy and I find ourselves glued to CNN ("Watching the War", as well like to call it) more often than not these days; and in my social circles, ardent debates about recent episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel have changed to hushed, frustrated conversations about the way the world is slowly going mad around us, and how we’re essentially powerless to stop it.

So, when I think about the news, all I do is get angry. It makes me lose hope for humanity. It makes the disturbing conversation I recently had with some friends about a the need for a Sapientarchical Oligarchy (thanks to Pop Culture Boy for enhancing my vocabulary. He also recommended " Smartypantscracy", which I favor more, but sounds somewhat less impressive and wouldn’t work as well on a certificate,and trust me, we would want certificates. And business cards. And t-shirts. Definitely t-shirts.) seem like a good idea. (Basically, the conversation came to the startling and disturbing conclusion that the world should be ruled by a few, smart people (who thought as we did, of course), and not by the masses. Following the conversation to this conclusion shocked and dismayed most of us, as most of us consider our views liberal. On the other hand, we all saw They Saved Lisa’s Brain on The Simpsons, so we know it wouldn’t work anyway. )

I am vehemently against the idea of an elitist government that ignores the will of the populous; but when I read some of the following stories, I’m not so sure letting the populous have its way is always a good idea either.

In no particular order, here are the stories (other than the causes for the war; that’s a dead horse I’m tired of beating) that are irritating me today:



As you can see, my aggravation is great, my rancor real, and my bile is near to a boil. Hence, I’ve been focusing more on the sublimely silly here for a while. Even Sarcasmo needs a break from the bitter poison.

And to that end, I offer you:

Sarcasmo, Space Protagonist
is a
Fruit-Eating Ninja Monkey


...with a Battle Rating of 8.9



To see if your Food-Eating Battle Monkey can
defeat Sarcasmo, Space Protagonist, enter your name:



'Cause monkeys are always funny. Well, except maybe these monkeys. (Who I am kidding, they're kinda funny too).


Militant Moroccan Monkeys brought to you by Dave Barry's Blog, and the letter M.
- * from Don't Dream It's Over by Crowded House

Posted by Sarcasmo on Friday, March 28, 2003
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"theres no h in w00t"   


Browse through some (*cough*) stimulating IRC conversations and quotes. (Let's face it, not only is this amusing, it's much better than suffering through the hundreds of A/S/L requests to get to the funny stuff live.)

from Fun Junkie.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, March 27, 2003
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Sam's Birthday Day   


After 3 hours of laughing, eating, and making a joyous ruckus, I have just three things to say:

  1. My friends rock (in a fun, silly, public spectacle kind of way).

  2. I am SO contendedly full.

  3. BONDO!


Happy Birthday, Sam!

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, March 27, 2003
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I Need Earplugs   


Generally speaking, I am not a fan of remakes. I hate when Hollywood remakes a foreign film because they assume Americans won’t sit through sub-titles (side note: I am easily disgruntled by Americans who are too lazy or unwilling to sit through a film because it is not in English.) (Second side note: Eddie Izzard (sexiest comic ever) does a great bit about American re-makes, and although you really should watch Dressed to Kill to get the whole effect, you can read the transcript here. The relevant bit starts "I'm a film nut as well...", and can begins about half-way between the Heimlich Gesture and British Bad Guys portion of the transcript. Seriously, though, you should make every effort to see it.) I especially hate when Hollywood remakes classic films (or any film, really) and updates them for a new audience. Truly great films easily stand the test of time, and can be enjoyed by anyone with a modicum of imagination. Shot-by-shot remakes are an even worse crime; I mean, if
you're just remaking the same movie, why bother. (I am thinking in particular of the American Point of No Return, a sad, lifeless remake of Nikita, and especially of Gus Van Sant's horrific version of Psycho, for which Pop Culture Boy has still not forgiven me for dragging him to the theater to see. Can I blame him? Not really. Although I would argue that his taking me to see Battlefield Earth should at least repay some of that debt.)


However, even more than movie remakes, I detest song remakes. At least with film I can almost understand enhancing existing stories by using new technologies (not that they do that to often; I am speaking mostly theoretically), but music,in my opinion, is inherently timeless. While musical recordings may benefit from advances in technology, music itself does not. So why do artists continually re-record songs they love? Particularly so badly.


What spurred this decrying of musical covers? A gentleman in the office where I work listens to some insipid pop station at his desk, and although I can usually block out Faithfully by Air Supply and Cleaning Out My Closet by Eminem (both of which, incidentally, I enjoy on some level. Just not 19 times a day), all my attention became focused on his radio when I heard some thin-voiced woman covering Crowded
House's
Don't Dream It's Over. It made my heart hurt. It made me want to weep. Why is this woman doing this to this song?!?


I must admit to being a Crowded House fan, particularly of Neil Finn and his writing ability. I think he's just amazing; much of what he has written has always resonated with me. Don't Dream It's Over being no exception. But even the best songs fall flat if not performed well.


The rendition I suffered today was..disinterested and insincere; even whiny. It made everything that is great about that song fall evaporate into the void. Has Pop music sunk to such a level that songs with heart can no longer be performed with heart?


Do I really need to ask that question?


Yes, yes, I am aware that defaming popular music is just another sign of aging; and I can't deny that despite my mad monkey scientists working overtime in my secret underground lair, time is inevitably marching on. But I really believe I wouldn't mind popular music so much if they'd spend more time creating new music instead of caterwauling their way through music I love.


Sigh


Although, in fairness, I should admit that there are some exceptions to the cover rule. The two that spring to mind were both done by the Indigo Girls; I'm not sure if this is a credit to their musicianship, or an accusation about sometimes lapsing into the unoriginal). Their versions of Uncle John's Band and Romeo and Juliet far surpass the originals in my opinion. Oh--also, I really love Tori Amos' covers of the Rolling Stone's Angie, Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit and Prince's Purple Rain. Not better than the original in this case, but original renditions that she takes and makes her own. If you must do a cover, this is the way covers should be done.


Alright, enough rambling. He's since shut off the radio and I've run out of rant steam.


Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, March 27, 2003
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The Elf Self   


I don't really get it, but there are dancing monkeys. Yay, monkeys! (Be sure to watch the intro).

via Scotty's House O'Links.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, March 27, 2003
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Living in a tourist-heavy area   


I am particularly pleased with this entry from the Word Spy.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, March 27, 2003
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I Know Where I Want To Live   


And it's not here, although I do think it's pretty darn cool.

via Who Would Buy That (the answer of course being me, if I had the extra 2 mil).

Posted by Sarcasmo on Wednesday, March 26, 2003
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Pop   


This is simply disgusting. And I only lasted 21 seconds!

From Weird Links.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Wednesday, March 26, 2003
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I Wish They'd Explain It This Way Here   


Then I might understand this whole war business a bit better.

via BoingBoing

Posted by Sarcasmo on Wednesday, March 26, 2003
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This Year, Skip the Picnics   


If you're in the Philly area over the Memorial Day weekend, you may want to consider the Mystic Realms Fantasy Faire and Festival in Pine Hill, NJ. I am completely enamored with checking this out.

For that matter, I am seriously interested in playing on of their Horrors games sometime. It sounds completely up my twisted little alley.

If anyone else is interested, let me know. Maybe we can set something up.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Wednesday, March 26, 2003
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Insight   


There is no better taste in the world than that of clean, ice-cold water.

Mmmmm......

Posted by Sarcasmo on Wednesday, March 26, 2003
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Sorry   


I realized I neglected to post a quiz yesterday (Bad Sarcasmo!), so you'll find the Tuesday Morning Quiz on the quiz page.

Still down with Bronchitis (apparently, allowing myself to go out and play on the two dampest nights this month have done nothing to make me any better). Should return full strenghth soon!

Posted by Sarcasmo on Tuesday, March 25, 2003
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Armed Forces, More Than Meets the Eye   


Optimus Primeis in the Middle East as part of Ohio's 5694th National Guard Unit.

Sometimes, sarcasm just isn't enough. Instead, I am going to sit here and weep quietly for humanity.

Best quote from the article:
"I got a letter from a general at the Pentagon when the name change went through and he says it was great to have the employ of the commander of the Autobots in the National Guard."


- Found on Small To

Posted by Sarcasmo on Friday, March 21, 2003
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And This a Slightly More Disturbing Way to Start Your Friday   


But still funny.

- via Milk and Cookies.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Friday, March 21, 2003
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A Lovely Way to Start a Friday   


Meet Mr. Nice.

- via Dave Barry's Blog.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Friday, March 21, 2003
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Geez   


It sure is difficult to find silly, fun things to post when the world is at war (well, technically, still almost at war).

Also, it sucks to have the cold-that-won't-die when there is some mysterious flu clone killing people the world over. (I don't have the flu clone, I don't even have a fever. My overactive imagination just doesn't need any help, is all.)

Clearly, I'm feeling cranky and whiny, so I'll stop talking now and give you a list of (at least mildly) amusing links for your war-ignoring pleasure:

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