Even Super Heros Need Distraction Every Now and Again...   


and in that spirit I present some Friday diversions:



Goof off well, caped crusaders, because sometimes you've just got to fight the good fight against the corporate machine.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, July 31, 2003
Permanent Link   


|

Sarcasmo, Space Protagonist   


So this evening conversation turned to super powers (as geeky conversations often do), and we all decided what super powers we would have if we were mutated ala Stan Lee; that is to say our powers would reflect a part of our personality.


I, of course, requested the power of Extreme Sarcasm, but was informed in no uncertain terms by Babs (heretofore to be known as the animal communicator "Voxie" (she's the hero with moxie!)) that I already possess that power. Sigh. Mine is an unappreciated lot, saving the world from ennui, idiocy and self-importance one quip at a time.


Instead of parlaying my natural sarcastic ability for the greater good, the group assigned me the title of Space Protagonist (this nickname stems from a a dream Peccable once had were I starred in my own sci-fi tv show, but Pop Culture Boy had all the lines. Figures). I did make sure to stipulate that if I was to be the Space Protagonist, I would have a spaceship. And laser guns. And cool futuristic boots like Barbarella. Hmmm... and maybe an Orgasmatron, but that's not for fighting crime. Oh no. That's all for Sarcasmo.


Er.. I mean, the Space Protagonist.


Still...Space Protagonist is rather a vague super power. What does a Space Protagonist do exactly? Do they irritate space? Do they invade your personal space? Do they adjust your floor plan to make optimum use of your existing space? Are they a hero, an anti-hero or more of a gun for hire? Leader of the Pack, or secretly the villain, quietly awaiting the day when they can betray the rest of the super clan? I look to you, dear readers, for answers. What should my powers be?


A special rekated sidenote to the Pink Haired Girl herself: With the power to change the color (Pink!), texture (Furry!) and Luminosity (Sparkly!) of everyday objects..you should consider the name "Fantastica." Yeah, Fantastica.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Wednesday, July 30, 2003
Permanent Link   


|

Like An Insect Trapped In Amber   


A special note to horror movie fans (and film fans in general):


If you have the opportunity, I recommend you check out the Spanish horror film The Devil's Backbone. It has a chilling narrative, wonderfully understated special effects, a beautiful visual sense, and some lovely scenes that are gorey, and yet not at all gratuitous. A fine film all around.


To truly appreciate this film, have yourself a few shots of rum beforehand. It will add a whole other dimension to your movie viewing experience. Pay attention now, as this is important, Do Not Substitute Another Alcohol for the Rum. If you do, the effect will be ruined. Enjoy!

Posted by Sarcasmo on Wednesday, July 30, 2003
Permanent Link   


|

Later That Same Evening..   


Yes, well, I know I said "later today..." rather than this evening, but today proved more hectic than anticipated. So, without further ado, some fun stuff as promised:

Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, July 28, 2003
Permanent Link   


|

Hello   


Sorry for the lack of update, but I had the Screaming Headache of Doom last night. Promise to update with silly stuff later in the day. For now, here's the Monday Morning Quiz.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, July 28, 2003
Permanent Link   


|

Friday Fun Follies   


Courtesy of the ever entertaining Internet, I bring you the following Nobody-Does-Work-On-Fridays offerings:


Is it 5:00 yet?

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, July 24, 2003
Permanent Link   


|

A Public Service Announcements   


Dear Hipsters:


I regret to inform you that you are no longer hip, irreverant, or cool. No longer can you wear trucker's hats with irony, pre-faded tee's with clever sayings with impunity, or pricey Chuck Taylor's with slacking pride.


It simply isn't counter culture if you can buy it at Urban Outfitters.


I'm sorry that corporate America has swallowed up your cool to sell to the masses, but it is unavoidable. Better change your scene soon, or we'll never be able to know who's cynical and hip, and who's just a cool, cool kid.


That is all.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, July 24, 2003
Permanent Link   


|

The Triumphant Return Of Grrl?   


Perhaps. Let's wait and see.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Wednesday, July 23, 2003
Permanent Link   


|

Wanted: Wacky Adventures   


P
eccable
and I were talking this evening, and I realized what my life has been missing, what I need to make my job more fulfilling, my routine less drab, and my hair more bouncy and manageable.


I am talking about Wacky Adventures.


Wacky Adventures are great. By putting you in strange situations fraught with possible danger, and introducing you to strange and wonderful characters, Wacky Adventures take the stigma out of Safety and Security. "Gosh," you'll say after such an adventure, "I'm sure glad that is over. I'll just sit here in my safe little cubicle, drink some bad coffee, and enjoy the boredom around me. Stimulation sure is scary."




Alas, my life has been bereft of Wacky Adventures as of late. David Bowie does not fall through my ceiling like in the X-FM commercial. Everyone in my office does not spontaneously turn into clowns. The government has not showed up and asked me to do a one-time, high-priority, secret mission involving a chiuaua and a duck. I am never mistaken for a celebrity and whisked off for an important, very public performance, which is later hailed as her greatest yet.


Not ever.



We discussed the possibility of trying Morton's List, which I am completely game for, or, (and perhaps it is the influence of the anarchist adventure) Peccable recommended I run an advert of my own. I am thinking:

Wanted: Wacky Adventures


In and around the Philadelphia area.
Preferably involving wizards or pirates
but am flexible. Treasure an added bonus.


Any leads? Let me know.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Wednesday, July 23, 2003
Permanent Link   


|

The People Have Spoken   


and the old layout returns

Posted by Sarcasmo on Tuesday, July 22, 2003
Permanent Link   


|

Comments   


As many of you know, the old commenting system was having issues. I haven't abandoned it all together--I've merely disable it to give this new one a try. Hopefully all your brilliance will stop being swallowed into the ether.

Sadly, this means all your previous words of wisdom may have been lost.

Guess you'll just have to wow the world again.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, July 21, 2003
Permanent Link   


|

Hmm   


Just trying it on for size. Not sure yet if it's staying...

Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, July 21, 2003
Permanent Link   


|

Zzz...   


I've been working from home on a labor intensive writing project, which has been great in many ways--but it also means my week days and weekends melt together so I'm not sure which is which.

Plus---I did just get the Intellvision.

So, I am mostly unprepared for Monday. I have for you just two meager offerings:


  1. The Monday Morning Quiz

  2. Mame Jump
  3. - Found on Rapunzel's Weblog


Also, a cry for help. If anyone knows how to (a) make my PC stop crashing from my Netgear card driver (b) properly install a sofa slipcover or (c) make the Intellivision produce sound when it is being run through my VCR (the switcher is full), please let me know. Thanks!

Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, July 21, 2003
Permanent Link   


|

Stop Me Before I Shop Again!   


Today, I purchased the following items:


I did manage to resist the vintage Philco (in orange), but only just.

Clearly I don't get out of the house often enough.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Saturday, July 19, 2003
Permanent Link   


|

Ok, Class, Put Your Pencils Down and Pick Your Joysticks Up   


Used to be that I would despair that no teachers ever looked like Sting when I was a kid. Now I must also mourn because we never had classes like this.

And seriously, a healthy round or two of Doom in class might have helped relieved some of my pre-teen angst.

Found on Newsfitler (which might not be safe for work).

Posted by Sarcasmo on Friday, July 18, 2003
Permanent Link   


|

How Not To Wake Up   


One of the most uncomfortable ways to vault into conciousness: screaming and flailing thanks to a sudden, intense charley horse.

Followed a close second by a panicky wake-up brought on by your bedmate screaming in your ear and kicking you, hard.

Sorry, Pop Culture Boy.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Friday, July 18, 2003
Permanent Link   


|

And While We're On Pending Projects   


A few of you mentioned in comments that you'd be interested in giving the amateur PANTO thing a go, as there seem to be no established groups in the Philly area.

If anyone else might be interested, please email me and let me know. I'm planning on sending out a general email to all interested parties next week to try and set up the initial meeting.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, July 17, 2003
Permanent Link   


|

Alright My Blog Happy Minions   


If I do start a 'zine (and this is a big IF), I'd like to call it "Boogie Street", after the Leonard Cohen song:

So come, my friends, be not afraid.
We are so lightly here.
It is in love that we are made;
In love we disappear.
Tho’ all the maps of blood and flesh
Are posted on the door,
There’s no one who has told us yet
What Boogie Street is for.

Also, I'd like to keep calling you minions.

Of course, I may do that anyway. In fact, I think I shall.

Those who are seriously interested should email me so I can decided whether or not its worth it for me to get off my lazy duff and do this thang.

Mmmm...minions. Err...I mean art. Yeah, art.

Who am I kidding. I mean minions.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, July 17, 2003
Permanent Link   


|

from the Oh, For F*ck's Sake Color Me Embarrassed Department   


Smarter and more clever than I, David from Small.To has pointed out that I (I! Me!) have fallen hook, line and sinker for an Internet hoax.

Bad Sarcasmo. Bad, bad, Sarcasmo.

However, not one to let Metallica get away with everything, I present you with the link to Sue All the World (from the same folks who brought us Napster Bad.) (Some language not appropriate for work).


Metallica is suing Unfaith for using E and F chords.

Next they will be targeting bands that once had integrity and refused to be part of the machine, only to later become a major cog in it.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, July 17, 2003
Permanent Link   


|

The Internet Broke My Brain   


I know, I know, I've been a blogging slacker, but sometimes one has to live their life in order to blog about it. Mea culpa, etc.

Since I know you are easily distracted by shiny, silly things, I will give you a plethora of posts, and then you'll forget to be mad at me at all (I am so cunning.)


Wheee!!!!!!!!

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, July 17, 2003
Permanent Link   


|

Movie Night Rule #15   


There are very few films that do not benefit from the audience screaming "make out!" during intense, head-to-head scenes.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, July 17, 2003
Permanent Link   


|

I Saw the Best Minds of My Generation Destroyed by Staples and Poor Graphical Layout   


U
npacking is a chore. I am ready for the new apartment to stop being the "new apartment" and just start being "our apartment." We're nearly there, and the fact is that we probably would be there if I weren't so busy (and/or lazy).


However, unpacking has also been a little bit of an adventure. Since we paid our movers to pack for us, I didn't get the pre-move joy (and phenonemal time-sucker) that is sifting through the mementos. So I've enjoying old photos and thumbing through forgotten books on the unpacking side.


This weekend, I unpacked my literay heritage. A huge pile of little stapled booklets, replete with avant garge art; poorly constructed short stories; and bad, bad, poetry.


That's right, I uncovered the Ark of the 'Zine (previously buried in a closet at the old apartment). We are still in the examining stages, but early research shows that much of that quite a bit of the drekkier bits of poetry are mine.


Here's a quick overview of 'zine titles now available in Sarcasmo's Library:

Pop Culture Boy has suggested I scan some of my worst poems in for your reading pleasure (or torture, whichever. It's not quite Vogon grade, but it'll do). I haven't decided either way yet, but if I do, I might be tempted to embarass some old friends too.


(*evil grin*).


Much of my own work that I came across I recognize (and let's face it, I only thumbed through for things with my byline), but there were others that don't resonate with me at all. I don't recognize the Sarcasmo that wrote them, can't recall the mindset that would create them. Was I ever that naive, that innocent, that whiny, that bad at rhythm and rhyme?


It's a strange place to meet yourself, in the bottom of a cardboard box, pressed between yellowed pages. Even stranger to briefly wonder which self is the imposter, or did this person really grow out of that?


Sittng there, still in my pajamas, covered in dust and with the 'zines spread out in around me like a paper fan, I briefly considered the idea of starting a new 'zine. After all, I have creative, prolific friends. Then I thought to my self "No. I'm simply not that pretentious about my writing anymore."


Which was quickly followed by, "But I will write about it on my blog."


Pretention? Feh. That is for wide-eyed children who think good poetry is a jumble of words that don't rhyme. Let's instead call it... creative vision. Yeah, that's the ticket. Vision.


Maybe this person did grow out of that one after all.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Wednesday, July 16, 2003
Permanent Link   


|

Argh   


Computer seems to be working...I am cautiously optimistic.

However, I am also insanely busy with apartment stuff, so look for better posts later this week.

Not to worry, though. I wouldn't let another Monday go by without the Monday Morning Quiz.

Oh, also, this is kind of cool: Today's Front Pages, front pages from around the world. Check up on your world news! (via Information Nation.)

Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, July 14, 2003
Permanent Link   


|

When, Oh When   


will all this unpacking be done?

Posted by Sarcasmo on Sunday, July 13, 2003
Permanent Link   


|

And the Techno-Curse Continues   


The technician finally came by to replace the PC fan yesterday. When I asked him if I had done anything to cause the malfunction he said "No, I've seen a lot of this lately. Fans and power supplies."


So, he leaves and my PC is good for an hour or so. Yippee! Then, my monitor blinks out. It doesn't go off, mind you, just out. The power light switches from green to orange, and blinks off and on. When I can finally get it to power back up, everything on my PC is still running. This happened a few times, so I ran the symptoms by Pop Culture Boy. His diagnosis: "Sounds like a power supply problem."


I'm going to switch out monitors this weekend to make sure...but I suspect it will be another service call. Grrr...


And, ergo, no frivolous Friday fun for you all. Post some fun things in the comments for me to look at instead. Cheer me up out of my techno funk.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, July 10, 2003
Permanent Link   


|

PANTO! (And other Monday Morning Fun)   


T
his weekend, while in our Nation's Capital (hiding from responsibility), I had...an awakening, an epiphany. Some might even say, a calling.


PCB, our friend Jess, and myself spent sometime at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. I noticed that there was a Panto stage. EDIT: Link fixed. I've often heard mention of Panto in British TV series (most often in the guise of the Panto Horse), but had never seen on performed; nor did I know what to expect. I assumed it had to do with Pantomime, in the same way Marcel Marceau mimed, or those horrible people who paint their faces white and hang out in parks assaulting invisible boxes.


Instead, it was a delightful combination of stock characters, improv, audience participation, hammy acting, terrible puns, and wonderful, wicked laughter.


I SO want to be a Panto performer. For a living. Seriously. If I could find a place in Philly that did this, I would sign on as an apprentice tomorrow. There was tremendous report between cast and audience, plenty for the kids, and some in-jokes for the adults. Also, how can one not appreciate an art form where the audience is not only encouraged, but cajoled into talking to the characters on stage, and into booing and hissing the bad guys? You simply have to love it. It made disinterested American children put down their GBAs and cell phones and cheer (real power that!), especially when the feather-dusting drag queen (or Panto Dame) defeated the rapier toting bad guy (Boo! Hiss!) in a duel, and then had an adventurous chase in the seating area.


Anyone know anything local Panto groups? Let me know. And now, on to our regularly scheduled program:


I Know, I Know, You're Already Sick of Panto
Have a good Monday. And go find some Panto!

Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, July 07, 2003
Permanent Link   


|

Jiggety Jig   


After much Pre-Move (apartment not painted on day lease started, neither toilet worked, gas man couldn't turn on the gas because the stove wasn't hooked up, big hole in the shower wall, no power in the bedroom), Move (movers arrived several hours late, took twice as much time as estimated (even though they packed us earlier) and thereby costing twice as much as estimated, being given grief by said movers for asking them to go back and get the stuff they left behind) and Post- Move (boxes boxes everywhere and not a place to sit) aggravation, Pop Culture Boy and I are safely tucked away in our charming new home (and romantically curled up in bed, blogging thanks to the new WIFI set-up.


Special thanks to Peccable, Tim, and SarcasMom & Dad for all their help and support. (SarcasDad can put together furniture faster than a demon! It was amazing.)


Also, thanks to Jess for letting us run away to DC and visit her the day after the move, leaving all the un-packing for another, calmer day.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Sunday, July 06, 2003
Permanent Link   


|

Sheer Vanity


100 Things About Me
Blogger Profile
My Netflix Queue
Wishlist
www.flickr.com
Sarcasmo's photos More of Sarcasmo's photos

Blogroll