Books a Go-Go   

Whee! New book questionaire. Found on href="" target="_blank">Truly Bad

1) What is your favorite type of bookstore?

A. A large chain that is well lit, stuffed full of books, and has
a café.

B. A dark, rather dusty, used bookstore full of mysterious and
vaguely organized books.

C. A local independent bookstore that has books by local authors and

*Sigh! Swoon!* Such a question. I love them all, but for different

I will say I mostly give my business to A, as there are two very
close to my residence, one of which has the benefit of (a) being next
to a park where I like to read (b) containing a Starbucks and (c) being
a place I previously worked and sometimes still gives me the employee
discount. These chainstores are great because it's rare they don't have
what I want - and if they don't have it, they can get it.

Choice B, on the other hand, gives me the warm fuzzies just thinking
about it. There is a certain sensual joy that comes with a used book
store with its stacks in jumbles. First, there is the heady, dusky
smell of old books, that heralds of time, history, and the sweet faint
promise of mildew, so potent it fills the lungs and leaves an after-
taste on the tongue. Then there is the visual joy of seeing so many
books pressed so indecently together, huddled in corners, or in large,
promiscuous piles; heaven! For the ears, a symphonic shush of slowly
turned pages from every free corner and aisle, where fellow book-lovers
carefully persuse yellowing pages. And then, ah! the feel of them...I
especially like finding books with worn covers which open to yellowing
pages and a name written on the plate decades ago..fading with time. I
like the idea of sharing this story, these moments, with someone from
the past...gently holding something they once held, running my fingers
tenderly along the pages they handled, being touched by the same words
that once moved them too. I never leave this kind of store without a
fairly sizeable collection.

Choice C is admirable, of course, but something we see less and less
of due to the superstores. Also, the few I have been in seem to be
operated by employees who don't particularly like people. When I go in
to one of these stores I want to buy books, not have to insinuate
myself into some secret inner circle in order to get customer service.

2) What would excite you more?

A. A brand new book by your favorite author.

B. Finding a classic you've been wanting to read.

C. Receiving a free book from a friend in the mail.

Hmm...touch choice. I'll go with B - there is little in life that
pleases me more than finding a book I've been in search of. Usually
it's enough to put me off whatever else I am doing/reading/meant to be
doing in order that I can sit down and read it right away. That being
said - a surprise book from a friend - whether a gift or a loan, is
like having an extra birthday.

3) What's your favorite format?

A. Novel

B. Short story

C. Poetry

Novels, no question. Short - stories are great....but novels allow
the writer to take their time with a journey - explore the landscape
more, and be more giving with the language. I am particularly a fan of
19th century novels (I'm just wrapping up reading href="
0482644-5468135?v=glance" target="_blank">The Dram Shop,
in fact, which is making me want to read href="
r=2-1/ref=sr_2_1/102-0482644-5468135" target="_blank">Nana
for the 3rd - or is it 4th? - time) - which are all but bursting with
words (compare this to modern novels whose approach to language is
"less is more").

4) Favorite format, part II.

A. Contemporary fiction.

B. Classic novels.

C. Genre (mystery, espionage, etc.)

B - see above

5) Favorite format, part III (none of the above) Fiction or

A. Almost entirely fiction.

B. Almost entirely non-fiction.

C. A mix of both

A... but as I get older I am developing more of an appreciation for
non-fiction; particularly biographies, which I find are sometimes more
entertaining and riveting than novels. (Speaking of which, I am in
search of a biography of the href=""
target="_blank">Borgias, about whom I am curious. Can anyone
recommend a good one? - I see that href="
target="_blank">Dumas (whom I adore) has written href="
target="_blank">one...(on to my wish list it goes!) - but I'm not
sure how far I trust him to report actual history.)

6) Does the design and condition of the book matter?

A. Yes, I love a well designed book and keep mine in mint

B. No, the words are what matter.

C. Yes and no, I appreciate good design and treat my books with respect
but I am not obsessive about it.

C. I might choose one edition over another due to the book design
(for example, I admantly avoid any editions that have photos from a
movie based on the book on the cover - I am against them entirely) -
but I tend to buy the book for the contents.

This does not mean, however, that I can't appreciate a good book
design. The target="_blank">Lemony Snicket books, for example, are gorgeous.

7) On average how many books do you read a month?

A. I am lucky to read one.

B. I am dedicated. I read 4 or 5.

C. I am a fiend. I read 10 or more!

Between B and 6. I'd say 6-8.

8) Do you prefer to own or borrow?

A. There is a particular joy in owning a book. I have a large

B. Why spend money when you can read it for free? I use the public

C. Different tools for different job. I do both.

A. Once I hav a book in my hand, I loathe to let it go.

9) Where do you get (the majority) your book news?

A. Newspapers.

B. Magazines.


D. Blogs.

Er...E - friends.

10) Are books a professional obsession?

A. Yes, I work in the field (writer, reviewer, publisher,
teacher, etc.).

B. No, I do it for fun.

C. Kinda, I write the occasional review but have a regular job outside
of books.

I wish. B.

11) Is it wrong to write in a book you own?

A. No - books are tools for expressing ideas.

B. Yes - books are sacred. Marking in them is disrespectful

C. It's ok to write in paperbacks only.

Is it wrong - no, of course not. However, it's not a practice I
engage in. I find books that have been writen in terribly distracting
to read. The writing draws my eyes to whatever the writer has
highlighted - and takes me out of my own discovery process. And since I
often re-read my books - I prefer to face them new each time, as my
view on the world, and therefore on the story, can change as time goes

Feel free to answer in the comments - or if you put it on your blog,
let me know. I'm always curious about the reading habits of others (and
I might even glean a good book recommendation or two...)

Posted by Sarcasmo on Wednesday, June 30, 2004
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My Destiny Is Clear   

Ha! I always knew I was an evil genius! - [href=""

You are an SEDF--Sober Emotional Destructive Follower. This
makes you an evil genius. You are extremely focused and difficult to
distract from your tasks. With luck, you have learned to channel your
energies into improving your intellect, rather than destroying the weak
and unsuspecting.

Your friends may find you remote and a hard nut to crack. Few of your
peers know you very well--even those you have known a long time--
because you have expert control of the face you put forth to the world.
You prefer to observe, calculate, discern and decide. Your decisions
are final, and your desire to be right is impenetrable.

You are not to be messed with. You may explode.

How about you? Take the href="
quiz=Better+Personality&page=1" target="_blank">test and find out.

Then post it in the comments, 'cause I'm nosy.

I suggest you don't defy me here, as the test states I am
clearly "not to be messed with." Also, "I may explode."

Posted by Sarcasmo on Wednesday, June 30, 2004
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Sauron pwns joo!   

So very wrong: F3ll0wsh1p of
teh R1ng

Posted by Sarcasmo on Tuesday, June 29, 2004
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Get Me a Red Marker, STAT!   

I want to target="_blank">do this all the time. - [href=""

Posted by Sarcasmo on Tuesday, June 29, 2004
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I Never Said I'd Wait Forever   

Dear Evil Cable Empire:

I have just purchased a $10 indoor antenna; this means I now have PBS and The Simpsons safely home again.

As such, I feel it's time we parted ways. Not that the long delays and lack of customer service haven't been fun, mind you. But they haven't.

All the best to you in your future endeavors. And remember: love may mean never having to say you're sorry, but service contracts offer no such clause.

Hugs and Kisses,


Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, June 28, 2004
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Ladies and Gentleman, I Have an Announcement   

This Saturday, July 3rd is:

Free Comic Book Day

(You read right, Free Comic Book Da-a-a-ay).

As is tradition, I will be making my way to the local comic shops this Saturday to reap the plentiful free comic book bounty. (I understand Spiderman himself will be making an appearance at Atomic City. They don't specify, but I can only assume he'll be doing whatever a spider can.)

Anyone who'd care to is welcome to join me on this, the 2nd most holy of day of the Sarcasmo's Corner calendar (Halloween, being the first, natch) I plan to get my start sometime after I haul my lazy bones from bed. (Yes, I adore a good quest for free comics...but a girl still needs her coffee in the morning, and these are free comics, not the sangrael).

For those of you who might not be clear on the draw here, let me elaborate:




Posted by Sarcasmo on Sunday, June 27, 2004
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Monday Morning Madness   

  • Monday Morning Quiz: Find it here

  • We're Geeks Forever: Geek Rap amused me far more than it should have, and really cemented my desire to get a dv camera. I love you, Atari Crew- [I4M]

  • I Net Neo Rocks at This One: The Phone is a lovely little Flash diversion; search each location to find the telephone number that will take you to the next. Good for a quick break in your day (PVC catsuit and leather trench coat not required). - [PS]

  • There's A Little Sith in Every Middle-Manager: Office Space Wars - a Star Wars and Office Space mash-up. Can't decide which made me giggle more: The "O-Face" scene, or the Gangsta Montage... - [BB]

  • It Fell to Earth I Knew Not Where: Bowman

Posted by Sarcasmo on Sunday, June 27, 2004
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Like This is Such a Great Surprise....   

So, it is late Saturday night, and I have recently learned my plans for Sunday afternoon have fallen through.

So I think to myself, "Self, what should I do tomorrow? Sleep in, of course, but then what?"

"Well, Self," I thought, "It might be high time for a trip to the art museum. Or if the weather is nice, you can always go to the park and read.

"OOhhh!" I then thought excitedly, "or since you will most likely be reading about pirates you could go down to the waterfront and read.

Salt air and such."

And then I realized that planning my reading location on my subject matter may make me the biggest dork of them all.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Saturday, June 26, 2004
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Ah The Joys of the Internet   

Not only has it made the most common interpersonal communication impersonal (and frankly I appreciate that when it comes to some people); but now it can make even the most intimate of relations something we can do without ever needing to be in the same place as the other party/parties involved. -[dph]

Seems like a cold, lonely way to go about things if you ask me.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Saturday, June 26, 2004
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Open Letter to Whomever Has the Sarcasmo Voodoo Doll   

Dear Voodoo Priest or Priestess:

Would you be so kind as to remove the pins from the top of the head and
behind the left eye? On Friday evenings, I generally like to stop by
target="_blank">the park and read for a few hours before heading
home (mine is an exciting life, I know), but this stabbing head pain is
really putting me off.

Thanks oodles.

Hugs and Kisses,


Update: PS: The rain dance? Nice touch. Sigh.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Friday, June 25, 2004
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Fun With Fashion   

Fun t-shirts from websites whose names belie them:

  • Pirate Mod: Sadly bereft of patent-leather boots, ornate
    coats and colorful silk sashes, Pirate Mod does offer clothing with a
    target="_blank">wide-variety of Jolly Roger styles. I quite like
    target="_blank">Cartoon Jack, href=""
    target="_blank">Poor Little Vampire, href=""
    target="_blank">Blackbeard, href="" target="_blank">YARRR!,
    and (somewhat surprisingly) href=""
    target="_blank">Plunder Bunny.

  • Ninja Gear: Not ninja wear - this site targets self-styled
    hackers who have some extra spending money (legally-obtained,
    natch). I must admit, I am currently eyeing up the href="
    cPath=21_26&products_id=85" target="_blank">ThoughtCriminal, href="
    cPath=21_25&products_id=72" target="_blank">I Miss Freedom and href=""
    target="_blank">I Your Wireless Network tees. (yes, yes,
    you might as well add me to your href="" target="_blank">watch-list

Posted by Sarcasmo on Friday, June 25, 2004
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Words, Words, Words   

Words, Words, Words

I love adding new words to my lexicon. Here are two I was recently
delighted to discover:

  • Spindleshanks: long, thin
    (discovered while reading href="
    5281617-2224625?v=glance" target="_blank">Daisy Miller

  • Ilunga: (from the Bantu Language Of Tshiluba) A person
    ready to forgive any abuse for the first time; tolerate it the second;
    but never a third.
    Sort of a fool me once, shame on you; fool me
    twice, shame on me; try a third time and I'll wreak my vengence upon
    you word. (apparently it is the href="
    /page/press" target="_blank">most untranslatable word in the world

Yes, I am easily amused. So what?

Posted by Sarcasmo on Friday, June 25, 2004
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Holy Moses! (Or Is it Holy Bob, Now?)   

A new translation of the Bible promotes a more modern view on sex than the old, stodgy, more traditional text. - [MV]

Take, for example 1 Corinthians 7:8-7 :

King James Version: "I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I. But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn."


Good As New: "If you know you have strong needs, get yourself a partner. Better than being frustrated."

In addition to removing the stigma attached to our sex drives, the Good As New Bible strives to make itself more accessabile to the 21st Century reader. It has done so by updating the names (Mary Magdalene= Maggie, Barabbas =Barry) and giving the text a more colloqiual, conversational feel:

Authorized version: "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!"

is translated to:

New version: "Take a running jump, Holy Joes, humbugs!"*

Laughable? Maybe, but this translation seems to have some backing in the religious community - most notably from the Archbishop of Cantebury (leader of the Church of England - or as they put it Primate of All England - and the man who has the final word on the 2nd coming according to William Hill).

Although I am not of a religious nature myself, I was educated Lutheran as a child, and therefore heartily endorse making religious texts accessible to those who practice what is preached. (I suppose that's not really the part they wanted to stick, but oh well). I'm keenly interested to see what the religious community here in the US -vocal as they are - will have to say about it. Particularly the Fundamentalists, as they take the Bible to be literal and true.

*I'll be honest. That last translation made me giggle with glee. Glee! It's not quite religious fervor, but hey, it's a reaction.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Friday, June 25, 2004
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Friday Follies   

  • Ow! My Eyes!: Welcome to Eurobad '74, a tour of hideous, dated home decor. Particular favorites of mine include: It's easier for the horse to get a midnight snack this way and It's important to coordinate your car with your kitchen.
    (I can only imagine what they'll be saying about faux finishes and IKEA furnishings 30 years from now). - [JWB]

  • Fast Fingers?: Falldown. Deceptively easy; speeds up fast. - [i4m]

  • You Won't Believe Your Eyes! Mission Impossible, a Worth 1000 competition. - [JWB]

  • This Would Have Made Eddie Wilson Happy: Rock Wisdom; broken down by category, artist, and then some. "You would think with all the genius and the brilliance of these times, we might find a higher purpose and a better use of mind." - Jackson Browne, Say It Isn't True - [TM]

  • Now Here's a Game Where Mario and Luigi Would Be Useful: Plumber 2. Its a darn lucky thing for humanity that I'm not a professional plumber. - [MV]

Posted by Sarcasmo on Friday, June 25, 2004
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Someone Call Professor Xavier   

Living in Germany is a toddler with super-strength, a trait which has come to him through genetic mutation. - [dph]

Wonder what this will do to the mutant/human tariff ruling?

Posted by Sarcasmo on Wednesday, June 23, 2004
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Not Sure Whether to File This Under "Cool" or "Eeeww"   

A rare, rancid, meat-like plant
is set to bloom in a matter of days in Conneticut

The corpse flower, native to Sumatra,
"...looks like
something has died. It smells like something has died. It has some of
the same chemicals that dead bodies produce..."

Golly. What girl wouldn't like to get THAT as a token of affection.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Wednesday, June 23, 2004
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For My Friends with Feline Fascinations   

Is there anything cuter than a cat in a cape? - [MV]

Posted by Sarcasmo on Tuesday, June 22, 2004
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A Little Puzzler   

Laser - [BD]

Posted by Sarcasmo on Tuesday, June 22, 2004
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The Final Frontier, Almost Available at Your Local Travel Agency   

I just heard on NPR that SpaceShipOne has landed successfully. That's on step closer to commercial space travel, folks.

Commercial. Space. Travel. The captain thanks you for flying with us today. If you look out the window to your left, you'll be able to see The Whole Freakin' Earth.

I'm so excited I can barely stay in my own skin.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, June 21, 2004
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If He Hadn't Been Eaten by The Old Ones, Lovecraft Might Be Rolling in His Grave   

The LiveJournal of Zachary Marsh .

Pretty freakin' brilliant.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, June 21, 2004
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Monday Morning Madness   

  • Monday Morning Quiz: Why resist?

  • Eys and Ears and Mouth and Nose: I was taught this song as a kid. Perhaps this is why I grew up to be as morbid as I am? - [PS]

  • Mork Calling Orson, Come In...Oh, Wait. Wrong Orson: All kinds of audio goodies from the Mercury Theater Company.. (I am listening to The Count of Monte Cristo right now.)

  • Ah, Such Lovely Cynicism!: Ambrose Bierce's The Devil's Dictionary. Why should you read this? For a start, Bierce defines a 'Cynic' as "CYNIC, n. A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.". Delightful! Sure to make you wince and smile, unless you are an ignoramus (IGNORAMUS, n. A person unacquainted with certain kinds of knowledge familiar to yourself, and having certain other kinds that you know nothing about. )

  • And So Go : The Daze of Our Lives - sort of a 19th Century art meets a 21st Century attitude. If you enjoy it, you might also want to check out Very Important Things.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Sunday, June 20, 2004
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A Happy Father's Day   

to all you Dad's out there, but most especially to my Dad, for being all together awesome, despite what my sisters and I put him through.

Thanks, Daddy.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Sunday, June 20, 2004
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Does Anyone Else But Me Wonder How Scott McClean Continues to Have a Job?   

(and for that matter, how does Bush?)

From yesterday's press briefing:

(discussing alleged ties between Sadaam Hussein and the al Qaeda in light of the recent 9/11 commission report)
MR. McCLELLAN: Well -- and we never said that there was operational ties involved in attacks on the United States. Let's be very clear about that. The President talked about that just a short time ago.

Q: What are people supposed to conclude, that they're having lunch with each other?

MR. McCLELLAN: A short time ago in his remarks.

Q: You talk about deep, long-standing ties. What is that supposed to mean?

MR. McCLELLAN: Saddam Hussein supported and harbored terrorist groups --

Q: Why don't you just say the commission is wrong?

MR. McCLELLAN: All right.

Q: Well, because the terms that you did use, "deep, long-standing ties -- sinister nexus," and the President himself saying, "By removing Saddam Hussein we have removed an ally of al Qaeda," that means they are working together. Did Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda work together, where and when?

MR. McCLELLAN: I disagree with your characterization about --

Q: Well, what does "ally" mean?

MR. McCLELLAN: But Saddam Hussein's regime and al Qaeda had a common enemy: It was the United States of America. And when you talk about a regime that has a history of supporting and harboring terrorists, and has a history of using weapons of mass destruction on its own people and on its neighbors, and then you look at the world through the lens of September 11th, the President made the absolute right decision to go in and remove that regime from power.

Q: That's an argument. Those are not facts.

MR. McCLELLAN: One of the most dangerous --

Q: That's just an argument. The facts as determined do not bear out that argument.

MR. McCLELLAN: One of the most dangerous threats we face in this day and age is the nexus between outlaw regimes with weapons of mass destruction and --

Q: But you didn't find any.

Everytime I watch this man face the press corps with his five-stock-answers-of-the-day, I wince at his inability to answer questions in any way that might stray from what is clearly his script.

I always imagine him going back to his office after press conferences and crying like a bullied child.

I never thought I wish Ari Fleisher back, but at least he could lie tow the administration's line to the press convincingly.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Friday, June 18, 2004
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Friday Follies   

  • Good Times (and Bad Art) For A Change: The Illustrated Smiths. Cute enough to make even Morrissey smile (he can smile, right?) - [TMF,TML]

  • Life's Mysteries: Made Very, Very Simple: Apaprently, to understand any given topic, you only need to know two things; it's just finding out which two things they are that's the tricky part. This website can help.. Star Trek? 1. Don't beam down in a red shirt. 2. You can always talk evil computers into destroying themselves; World Conquest? 1. Divide and Conquer. 2. Never invade Russia in the winter.

    Go ahead. Run over and get your education. - [LMG]

  • It's Not What You Say, It's How You Say It: For example, here are 102 Ways to Say 'Oh my god!
    There's an axe in my head!'
    (and who doesn't need to say that from time to time?).

    My favorite?: k:-O
    - [#/u/b/g]

  • I Wish I Weren't So Absent-Minded: My problem (well, one of my problems) is that when I go movie, music, or book shopping (yay, book shopping!), I never remember to double-check my Amazon Wish List before I go; so items I have researched and know that I want languish in my little internet notebook while I fill my basket with new, eye-catching, can be in my hands right now items. (It must be a tactile thing.)

    This is why I think [The Wish of the Month Club; a script that orders one item from your Wish List for you each month, is a brilliant idea! Imagine belonging to a product club where you actually get the things you want. If my layman's brain understands correctly, this is customizable enough to allow you to set a price cap on items, so you don't accidentally order the Segway you put on your list as a joke last holiday season.

    The problem is, this doesn't work for my OS. Can't some kind sould PLEASE make a Windows friendly version? If so, I'd do this in a second. (I'll still visit the bookstore every week...but this would be like a lovely bonus!)

    Also, this reminds me, Peccable got me some tasty pirate booty...err...I mean books.. for my birthday which were on my list. Time to update! (Wow...I've purchased quite a few of the books that were on here already...suppose I'll have to browse for more. Poor me!)

  • With a Shower Like This, Who Would Need Sex?: If I had a spare $120,000....Ok, if I had a spare $120,000, I'd travel. But if I had a spare $240,000 I'd travel, then make sure I came home to one of these. Mmmm...custom shower.... - [JWB]

  • Can You Outrun Hollywood?: Here's the likelihood of you outrunning most Hollywood hazards. On a good day, I could probably beat the walking dead (at least until my ankle mysteriously gives way...who put that unfortunately placed tree root there?)...which is good to know - [#/u/b/g]

  • A Little Bit of History: A question asked too rarely in modern history classes: Sure, they contributed to society, but Were They Hot or Not?. Helloooooooooooooo PG Wodehouse! - [gab]

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, June 17, 2004
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Ah, My Fickle Affections!   

I'll admit it, I'm a sucker for an old movie; the writing, the filmography, the atmosphere...oh yes, and those Golden Age of Hollywood (GAoH) leading men. Perfection!

Up until recently, my secret GAoH boyfriend has been William Powell (having pushed out Joseph Cotten); watching him as the debonair Nick Charles, or the stately Godfrey, how could a girl worth her salt not swoon? (If a man called me 'Sugar' like that, he'd either get a punch in the nose or me in his arms for ever. A real GAoH leading man would strive for both.)

Ah, but tonight I watched The Big Sleep...and Bogart strutting onscreen as Philip Marlowe (PI) was a revelation! Such grit, such style, such...masculinity!

I must say, although I have always felt that Bogie was one of the few men in history who could successfully wear a white dinner jacket (sorry, Senior Montalban), I never did understand him as a leading man. But after the two plus hours we spent together in a darkened room...well..(*fans self*).

How did we go from such paragons of leading with steel wits and steel jaws, who could hold their own in a fight or a conversation and carry off a suit and hat without looking like his mother dressed the washed out, lean-vocabulardly leading men of today?

I'd take savoir faire over six-pack abs any day.

Where have all the good leading men gone? Hollywood, why have you betrayed me?

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, June 17, 2004
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Spooky Action Indeed   

I wouldn't quite tell Number 1 to prepare to beam us up, but apparently
target="_blank">teleportation is one step closer to reality. -

If I understand this correctly (and I may not), what they are actually
doing is not moving atoms, but rather altering their states -
basically altering their make-up.

I can't wait till a fly gets into the works. Oh, the fun we'll have
altering atoms then!

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, June 17, 2004
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For Strictly Educational Purposes, Of Course   

I suddenly have an href=""
target="_blank">overwhelming desire to visit the href="" target="_blank">Academy of Natural

Anyone up fo an a quick (yummy) janut?

Posted by Sarcasmo on Wednesday, June 16, 2004
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Won't I Smell Purty?   

Intrigued by the descriptions of a few choice perfumes on a friend's
page, I clicked through to href=""
target="_blank">The Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, and have been scent
shopping ever since.

I must admit that although I am very sensitive to olfactory stimuli, I
tend to eschew colognes and other perfumes except for special
occasions. (I do have a great love for the smell of lavender,
however...and wear and bathe and lotion myself in it whenever I can.)
Despite my reserve when it comes to enhancing my personal
scent, ...having read the lush commentary on the Black Phoenix page, I
found myself heady with the promise of these oils; practically dizzy
with the imagined scents of lavender, honey, musk, and the night sky.

And how can I resist offering my custom to any company that href=""
target="_blank">lists the words and phrases of authors and poets
who have inspired their creations?

That's right. I cannot.

I have decided to take the perfumed plunge, and order href=""
target="_blank">a sample collection...but frankly narrowing my
choices down to six has been no easy task.

In the end, I strove to make sure I didn't focus on any one category,
that there was some variety in the essential oils used, and that
anything with patchouli was quickly taken off the list (sorry Anne

In addition, although I am intrigued by the many of the more masculine
scents ( JOLLY ROGER: Sea spray with an undercurrent of
leather, Bay Rum, and salty, dry woods.; Iago: Malevolent, dark
and shadowy: sinuous black musk, wet leather and vetiver.;
ANTONY: The embodiment of Classic masculinity. A warrior's
scent: the green hills and grasses of the battlefields, the resinous
incense from the prayers to his Gods, and a touch of the musky leather
of his armor. Ambergris and frankincense with sage, and basil.
), I am not certain they are for me. A fair warning to my male
friends, however,...should you wear any of these, I am likely to have
the uncontrollable urge to nuzzle my nose in your neck and smell you
from time to time. I'm's simply not to be helped.

Here, in the end, are the samples I believe I will be ordering (unless
I change my mind again):

  • target="_blank">Bewitiching Brews

    • BLACK FOREST: This is the captured scent of a cold,
      moonless night, lost deep within the darkest wood. Haunting and
      desolate, this scent evokes images of fairy tale tragedy and half-
      remembered nightmares. Thick, viscous pine with ambergris, black musk,
      juniper and cypress.

    • QUEEN MAB:Warrior, Trickster and Goddess of Magic and
      Poets, she is one of the Tuatha De Danaan and the Queen of the Faeries.
      A very complex scent, both shadowy and fierce: black orchid,
      sandalwood, night-blooming jasmine, osmanthus, Somalian rose, and
      Chinese musk.

  • target="_blank">Sins and Salvation

    • VICE: Voluptuous and indulgent! A deep chocolate scent,
      with black cherry and orange blossom.

  • target="_blank">Diabolus

    • BLUEBEARD: A scent swirling with dark rage, unbridled
      jealousy, and murderous intent. Violet, lavender, white musk and

    • NOIR: Our olfactory tribute to the film genre: a dark,
      moody, brooding scent that embodies moral ambiguity, alienation, and
      soul-wrenching cynicism. A complex, seamy blend of Lily of the Valley,
      opoponax, myrrh, black rose and plum with a slithering twist of clove,
      deep plum and star jasmine.

  • target="_blank">Wanderlust

    • OLD PARIS: Sensual, decadent, and enigmatic. Lavender,
      softly underscored by lotus and spice.

Even if you don't like perfume, I recommend you visit href=""
target="_blank">The Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab; it is an easy place
to lose yourself.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Tuesday, June 15, 2004
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Can You Do the Robot if You *Are* A Robot (In Disguise)?   

I must admit I enjoyed thisa bit more than I should have. - [WWR]

Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, June 14, 2004
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Cable Update   

The Evil Cable Empire now tells me that they cannot even repair the tap
on my building until the word on when the cable/internet
access itself might be installed.

(Insert seething irritation noises here.)

On the other hand, this gives me the perfect excuse to give href="" target="_blank">Netflix a try. I'm
all signed up, and checking out the choices.

Any recommendations?

Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, June 14, 2004
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This Fall, You Too Can Be a Barbie Girl   

target="_blank">Mattel to offer href=""
target="_blank">real-life Barbie fashions. -[href=""
target="_blank">DBB] No...not for kids. For women.

I assume the href=""
target="_blank">town house, horse ranch, and href=""
target="_blank">pink corvette cannot be far behind.

You'll pardon me, won't you, as I think my brain has just exploded.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, June 14, 2004
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So Now the Evil Empire Is Telling Me   

the earliest I can get cable and internet is the 29th.

The 29th!

I suggest they get their act together before I learn to live without

Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, June 14, 2004
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Curses! Monday Again!   

With the amazingly ever-present and supportive help of friends and family, I managed to accomplish just about everything I set out to do on my vacation, with the very notable exception of resting (although, to be fair, after I put on coffee and showered this morning, I dressed in clean lounging pajamas and stayed in them all day). My week was so full of houseworks and hijinks, in fact, that I had to decline an invitation for a wacky adventure* because my schedule was so full.

(Me? Decline a wacky adventure? I know, I couldn't believe it either. But there you go.)

It is with great and humble gratitude that I thank the following folks for making my vacation both fun and fruitfull:

Alex the Girl, Amy, Amye, Babyraven, Bobbi, Bwian, Feanor, Groundhog, Katie, Lyn, Peccable, Pink-Haired Cyn, Sam, Sarcas-Dad, Sarcas-Mom, Yagathai & YrPoppybean**

And now that Monday is once again upon us, I return to the work week with the usual madness:

* Since the adventure was not mine, all I will say about it was it bore the promise of two attractive young gentleman in formal dress, a summer afternoon, and a sizeable quantity of horses. I was sorry to have to miss it.

** I can't help but feel as though I am skipping folks...if I am, please know that I am grateful, if not a little forgetful.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Sunday, June 13, 2004
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My Dazzling Future   

A kind gentlemen stopped me this evening, and asked me what I did for a living. After assuring him that no, I wasn't a college student, and neither was I 23 years-old nor an English teacher, he informed me that in two years time I would be driving a black Mercedes with a white leather interior, and wearing a black silk robe and white silk slippers. All this because I am, in his words, "special."

Mind you, he didn't want to give me a fabulous new job, or even a date. What he did want was $1.80 to get to 30th Street Station. (When I failed to produce that, he asked for a pack of matches. In the end, I gave him my lighter.)

Still, nice to know he thinks I'm special.

Pity about the car, though. I don't really want a Mercedes...and I find leather seats tremendously uncomfortable in warmer weather. I'd much rather have a jeep...or a groovy VW microbus (that my friends and I can tool around in to solve mysteries).

How come strangers on the street never stop me and tell me that in two years time I will be wearing an ascot and driving around in a VW microbus solving mysteries in America's backwater towns?


Posted by Sarcasmo on Friday, June 11, 2004
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Looks like I'll be with cable and internet a wee bit longer than

Allegedly, the tap on my building is broken, so I have to
wait for that to be repaired before they can reschedule

I am *not* a happy camper..especially since I assume I need to be here
to give them access to where the cable box is...which means I can't go
anywhere tomorrow...and my dreams of spending Sunday peacefully
websurfing and watching tv are entirely shot.

Dammit, dammit, dammit.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Friday, June 11, 2004
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Why is it...   

...that getting cable installed is never easy?

Posted by Sarcasmo on Friday, June 11, 2004
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Not to Sound Like a 6 Year Old, but...   

My Dad is great; he can fix anything! Now I have curtains and sliding
doors that slide, and an organized closet (complete with installed
organizer), and trim where there was none before.

Thanks, Dad. You rock!

Posted by Sarcasmo on Wednesday, June 09, 2004
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Unless You Are a Hooker   

Best quote of the evening:
"A proposition is something you
should never end a sentence with."

Posted by Sarcasmo on Wednesday, June 09, 2004
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An Open Letter to My Apartment   

Dear My Apartment:

When an individual spends 8 hours cleaning you...emptying you of trash,
mopping, dusting, packing things in boxes...instead of reading in the
park or taking a long lazy nap like she wanted to, you could at
least have the good grace to LOOK as though you have been cleaned all
day and not like you just had some dust pushed from one corner to
the other.

Thank you.

Hugs and kisses,


Posted by Sarcasmo on Tuesday, June 08, 2004
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News from the Apartment Cleaning Front   

The problem with cleaning out closets is that it becomes terribly
tempting to play with everything that was boxed inside it.

Hence, I am currently re-organizing a storage closet while wearing my
pajamas...and a vampire cape.

Also, it is becoming increasingly evident to me that this apartment
hasn't been dusted since 1802. Aaaa-choo!

That is all.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, June 07, 2004
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Livin' La Vida Luddite   

Blogging around these parts will be light in the next week or so, as Pop Culture Boy has moved into his new place, and taken the internet with him.

"But Sarcasmo," (as I am sure you are crying out to your monitor right now) "can't you post from work until you have your own internet service set-up?"

Alas, my darlings, even if I *were* the type to hork company bandwith (scandalous!) I will be on lovely, lovely vacation all next week, so blogging from the office will also be a no-go.

And I will not come into my office on my days off. No. Not even for you.

I will still have connectivity on my wonderphone, so I'll still be reachable by email and might post some short bits here and there, but mostly I will be
blog MIA.

In fact, I've made arrangements with the Evil Cable Empire to set-up my service (I admit, I broke down and signed up for Internet and
Digital Cable. I will probably down-grade later. I am a sad, sad consumer-robot.) at the tail-end of my vacation, as I plan to spend my days off doing things, not zoning out in front of my
computer or television.

During my time off I hope to:

  • Sleep. A lot.

  • Read at least an hour every day...probably more. Hopefully in the park. Possibly first thing each morning.

  • Rearrange my furntiture.

  • Organize and alphabetize my cds and dvds

  • Organize my books. (This is a long project, as I first separate them into fiction and non-fiction, then into categories, then by author's last name, and then, if applicable, into series. I worked in
    my school library as a kid, and then later in a bookstore. I can't help it.)

  • Set-up my new office and library

  • Possible convert my Oggs to MP3 in the interest of getting a teeny, tiny IPOD

  • Go see Shrek 2 and hopefully a few art-house matinees

  • Go to IKEA. Spend a big pile of $.

  • Struggle with new slipcovers

  • Try to clean all the paint of my floors an touch-up all the baseboards and walls I've accidentally spattered with paint.

  • Crack the mystery of purling

  • Ponder the location of my vampire encyclopedia. (Where could it have gone?)

  • Hopefully do some creative writing

  • Hang out with friends & family

  • Catch up on some paper-style correspondence

  • Lounge

  • Fill up my moblog with fun pictures from around town

If you're in the area anytime next week and are interested in joining me for any of the above activities..let me know.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, June 03, 2004
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Monday Morning Madness: Wednesday Edition   

  • A Musical Interlude:The Beatles Come Together. (Be sure to click the movie to get Karoke Mode...sure to be a big hit in your office.) Trippy. - [BD]

  • Crispy: What would you do with a giant maginfying glass on a sunny day? Yeah. Me too.. - [GL]

  • You Think That People Would Have Had Enough of Silly Love Songs: Not at A Million Love Songs. It's a giant cheesefest. - [MF]

  • Damn Those Censors!: Movie Scenes You Didn't Get to See from Worth 1000 - [DF]

  • Don't Panic: The screenwriter for the big screen adaptation of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy interviews himself in order to address fans' fears. I think he's just mad enough that his could work. (Incedentally, if you haven't read the HHGtoG series, step away from this blog, stop what you're doing, and go read it RIGHT NOW. I'm not kidding. You'll thank me -- oh, and don't try cheating by watching the tv series either. It doesn't matter which incarnation came first. Read the bloody books!.) - [SFNW]

  • Surprisingly, Neither "Sigh" nor "Mope" Seem to Be Viable Commands: Hamlet, the text adventure. - [ErB]

  • I Am Stunned: I am often distressed when movies and books are taken out of context to shill products...but never moreso than now: Lord of the Raised Sword used the LOtR movies to see...a fertility clock? Can Armageddon be far behind? (Not especially work safe, as it's about making babies.). - [LF]

  • A Lovely Little Lift: If only I could keep this fella in my pocket for those down-in-the-dumps days. - [MV]

  • Ahhh: A flash Zen Garden for your raking and contemplating pleasure. (I now know I will never achieve inner peace, as I can't leave these damn things alone...) - [MF]

  • Classic Works of Art Even Ashcroft Could Love: Work Safe Art> from Worth 1000BD]

  • Yes, But How Much Did I Waste Blogging?: Where Did Your Time Go? (Apparently most of mine went in for catnaps) - [LB]

Posted by Sarcasmo on Tuesday, June 01, 2004
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