Of Finns and Fridays   


Tonight, I go see the fabulous Finn Brothers (yes, of Crowded House and Split Enz fame) at The Electric Factory.


Am I excited?



Yes. Yes I am.



Am I going to have time to put together the Friday Follies?



Not a chance.



In the linkless interim, visit some of the fine sites in the sidebar. Or try to solve the strange mystery at I Love Bees.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, July 29, 2004
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Sarcas-Mom Asks the Hard Questions   


Pierce Brosnan might be stepping down. SarcasMom wants to know:

Who should be the new Bond?

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Dice Update (Because I Know This Has Been Keeping You Up Nights)   


I found my dice. Hooray!



I'm taking a few family days to hang out with Sarcasmo Jr. before she leaves us to start her life as a SAHE professional. Regular blogging to resume soon - or whenever I fee like it.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Wednesday, July 28, 2004
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It's The Ring That Dreams Are Made From   


This falls somewhere between sacrilegious and inspired:



Bogey in the role he was born to play: Frodo Baggins. - [BB]



And Peter Lorre's casting? Brilliant!


Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, July 26, 2004
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Things of No Relation Nor Consequence That Are Kicking Around the Old Bean    



  1. I know only a few of you will understand the pain in this, but I have lost my favorite RPG dice. They were lovely little opalescent moonstone-esque things. I played with borrowed dice yesterday and my character did not have much success. Perhaps I'll need to fold my own.
    Or, more than likely I will hijack my much needed clothes shopping adventure with Sarcasmo Jr. tomorrow (yay! Hooky from work) and drag the poor thing into a hobby/comic shop to replace them.
    Also, this has only strengthened my resolve to get a nifty dice bag. I am thinking chain mail, but am open to suggestions.


  2. My tv tells me that "all of America is talking about Trading Spouses." Is this true? If so, you should all have your mouths washed out with soap. That concept is the most offensive thing I've ever seen. And I've watched UrotsukidĂ´ji.


  3. The moment right before Rick tells Maggie the Cat to "Lock the door," in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof may be the steamiest, sexiest moment I've ever seen on film.


  4. Does anyone else think those Molson "Friends vs. Friends" billboard ads might as well say "Molson: We'll get your date just drunk enough to lower their inhibitions"?

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Monday Morning Madness   




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Friday Follies   


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Stomach Flu = Evolution?   


From Yahoo! News:

Natasha, a 5-year-old black macaque at the Safari Park near Tel Aviv, began walking exclusively on her hind legs after a stomach ailment nearly killed her, zookeepers said.



Monkeys usually alternate between upright movement and walking on all fours. A picture in the Maariv daily on Wednesday showed Natasha standing ramrod straight like a human.



Having seen the picture (and perhaps too many too many movies) I cannot help but wonder if Natasha sadly perished from her illness, and her body has instead been inhabitied by the sould of a human who was not ready to die.



Or she just realized good posture can make a girl look thin and confident.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, July 22, 2004
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My Life as a Goddess (or Isn't It About Time Y'all Began to Woship Me?)   




target="_blank">TrackerNeil recently posted about his href="http://trackerneil.blogspot.com/2004_07_01_trackerneil_archive.html#109026979285853187"
target="_blank">divine aspirations, should the Powers That Be
(™) decide to make with some free Divinity.



I had this conversation* with Tracker and href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/harrytheheir/"
target="_blank">some href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/babyraven/"
target="_blank">other target="_blank">fine target="_blank">folks while waiting for 4th of July fireworks, at
which point I decided I would like to be the Goddes of the
Clever-Comeback-You-Think-Of-Ten-Minutes-Too-Late. (Luckily for me,
both the French and Germans have a shorter phrase for this : href="http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-esp1.htm"
target="_blank">esprit de l'escalier
and href="http://richter.colorado.edu/~sethmc/words.html"
target="_blank">treppenwitz
respectively (both essentially
translating to "stair wit"), so monuments built in my honor need not be
overly wordy.)



My temples would burst with witty, satirical literary works; on my
holy days (href="http://www.historychannel.com/exhibits/halloween/main.html"
target="_blank">Halloween, target="_blank">Free Comic Book Day, and the occassional Wednesday
because we all need a break from work now and then), the congregation
would sing the songs of Monty Python; my brethren would argue social
change by quoting passages from href="http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/ancient/juvenalpersius-intro.html"
target="_blank">Juvenal and href="http://www.cmgww.com/historic/wilde/" target="_blank">Wilde.
Their vocabulary would be mighty!



I imagine myself relaxing on Olympus/In My Secret Lair/at
Starbucks/With a PS2 controller in hand, wearing no shoes, and some
combination of a toga, a t-shirt, a laurel and blue-jeans. An ardent
prayer comes in; perhaps it will be like Batman (the TV series), and I
will have a flashing phone and a fireman's pole in my library, allowing
me to leap into action; or maybe I will wrinkle my nose and say "My
Sarcasm Sense is Tingling" and swing elegantly out the window; or, more
than likely, I've have some demiurge intern take my prayer calls,
prioritize my messages, and provide them to me only when I am at a
save point in my game
(woe betide the intern that interrupts me
mid-boss-battle). And when he/she is done that they can do my laundry
and order me some pizza. (Ah, the joy of interns!)



My faithful followers could call on me to help them deliver witty
repartee when facing the school bully, facing a romantic rival at 10
paces at dawn, quitting a job, being dressed down by a superior,
battling the scourge of evil in their Spandex/PVC costume, or appearing
on Face the Nation. I would rustle beside them like the wind, and
whisper the most apropos rejoinder available in the universe.



My detractors? Fear not, for they shall feel my mighty wrath; even
the most witty, urbane, and learned among them would find themselves
cursed, so that no matter how witty their retort sounds in the head, it
could only come out of their mouth as one of the following:



Of course, as is the perogative of the worshipped, prayers will be
answered if and when I see fit. This would be determined by the
petioners faith, goodness, depth of need, purity of spirit, and the
availability in my schedule (see above note regarding
boss-batte
). If two such petioners who are at odds , being of
equal
faith, goodness, depth of need and purity of spirit call for my aid;
than I will offer it to the one who gives me the greatest offering (as
is proportional to their ability). Preferred offerings include books,
cheese, chocolate, theater/movie tickets, video games, willing minions
(pre-trained only), all-expense paid vacations, an afternoon at the
spa,
Johnny Depp, Eddie Izzard, comic books, fruit, diet Cherry Coke (I
can't seem to find it anywhere anymore.)** If both petitioners
have been equally generous in their offerings, then it will be whomever
I favour more, or is wearing the coolest t-shirt. (Hey, my godhead, my
rules. Them's the breaks, kid.)



Any other burgeoning deities out there? What do you embody? What are
your powers?



Want to get together on Olympus and play video games until our eyes
fall out of our heads? I'll get my intern to order pizza. It'll be
fun.





*This preceeded the conversation that if we ever decided
to
be kidnappers, we would have to stick to kidnapping rocks, as they are
easier to care for. This led to an elaborate fantasy sequence in which
we dressed like ninjas, armed ourselves with chocolate throwing stars,
and managed to get $1,000,000 for our kidnapped rock becauase the
recipients of our ransom note would think we had kidnapped href="http://www.therock.com/" target="_blank">The Rock (not being
grammar saavy enough to know that if we had, in fact, kidnapped The
Rock
we would use capital letters to signify the proper noun) - who would be
conviently on vacation at the time. Hey, it could happen. So look
after your rocks.



**In fact, you know I could be this goddess right now, and
just not be able to tell you because revealing myself to mortals
would..er...endanger the fabric of the universe. Or something. With
that in mind, it wouldn't hurt you to start making those offerings now.
I'm just sayin.'

No? Fine. Just remember this moment the
next
time you don't think of the perfect comeback until it's 10 minutes too
late. Then you'll be sorry.


Stupid stingy mortals.



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I Love the Smell of Chocolate in the Morning   


Just a quick note ...As I was chastized for not posting early enough in the day yesterday (sorry A the G! And thanks for carpentry help and company!).



I recieved my order from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab the other day, and they all smell fantastic. (In addition to my order, they sent me samples of Red Devil and Van Van. I like both...although I think Red Devil might be too sophisticated for me. I feel like it should be worn by a woman in a Mickey Spillane novel.) I will definitely order from them again.



Today I am wearing Vice, which smells like a chocolate cherry cordial. I am delightfully scented, and imagine I will be feeling hungry very soon....

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Sounds Like Someone is Due a Visit from the Oompa Loompas   


Boing Boing reports the following:
The remake of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory was thrown into chaos on Wednesday when a worker dropped a $540,000 camera lens in a vat of chocolate.


In my head* , as various production assistants scramble to reach into the chocolate vat,a distraught, mad-haried Tim Burton stands in the center of the mixing room screaming "Please don’t do that--my chocolate must never be touched by human hands. My chocolate, my beautiful chocolate!!" while actors dressed as Oompa Loompas dance around him and sing:




Oompa Loompa, doompadee doo

We have a perfect puzzle for you

Oompa Loompa, doompadee dee

If you are wise you will listen me



Why would you do another movie re- MAKE?

(Do you think we forgot what you did to the - APES?)

Remember when your work was inventive and NEW?

It will take more than Depp to save this movie for YOU.

(No matter how hot he is)



Oompa Loompa, doompadee dah

Hollywood remakes have gone too far

You should read books instead too

Like the Oompa Loompa doompadee do

Doompadee do



What can I say? I amuse myself.



* What is really distressing is that this situation could easily have led to imaginings of Johnny Depp and a vat of chocolate...but instead I get Burton and the Oompa Loompas. Clearly, my brain is broken.

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Monday Morning Madness   


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For Those Who Have Been Pestering Me (all two of you)   


I've finally put up a few photos from Dracula's Ball.



There is another one in September, and although I would attend again, I think I may prefer to wait until the Halloween Ball on the 31st - which will give me more time to prepare.



I can't decide whether to wear wear the same gown again, or go for something entirely different. If I go with the same, I would definitely add some new accessories. Perhaps a wig, a corset and/or a lined hooded cloak (I've always wanted a reason to get one, and since there are no foggy moors to wander where I live, Dracula's Ball might just be the excuse I need.)

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Well It *Is* Action Packed   


Coming soon to a theater near you:


Beowulf, The Motion Picture.



I cannot help but wonder how they will handle the 30 some odd years between the beginning and end battle.



Incidentally, if you haven't read the original (and shame on you if you haven't), I recommend the Seamus Haney translation.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Friday, July 16, 2004
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My New Favorite Internet Toy   


Bibliophil.org.



Seriously. I am having more fun going through this than I am adding movies to my Netflix account.



Here is what Bibliophil.org has to offer the avid reader:


  • Keep track of your books in a customized library.
  • Create Buddies with trust relationships.
  • Complete Library Queries:
    sort by title, author, rating, date read, etc.
    filter by author, unrated books, unread, reviewed
    on loan, wish lists, and for sale
  • View my authors: calculations based on ratings summarized by author.
  • Recommend books to buddies, keep track of recommendations.
  • Loan books to buddies, track loan: length, quality.
  • Track condition, estimated value of the book, for those rare editions or Books For Sale
  • Display author's web site and title's website.
  • Search for best Price of title.
  • Full data export available via Excel (CSV).


I am currently entering the contents of my personal library (slowly - thank goodness there is an ISBN search option), as well as other titles I can recall off the top of my head. (I've also been combing their lists and other user profiles in order to job my memory and/or find some titles that I might enjoy.) Yes, at last, you can see some of the trashy garbage I actually read.


No reviews from me yet, but once I've got the bulk of the backlog entered, I may get around to writing some. Heaven knows, I have opinions.


If you sign up, please consider adding me to your Buddies list. I am always curious to see what other folks are reading/have read and enjoyed. Or hated.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, July 15, 2004
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Friday Follies   


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Nothing Quite Says "I Love You, Sarcasmo..."   


...like buying me my own Animatronic Band. - [BB]


Let's make with the love, folks.



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One Would Think Something That Combined Pirates, Ninjas and Jeopardy (the tv Show)...   


would have a better payoff. Still...as it has those 3 elements, I would feel remiss if I didn't post Ninja Jeopardy. - [D]


I think the fatal flaw in this piece is that a ninja would never kick the ass of a pirate...even if that pirate IS Alex Trebek.


I'm just sayin'.

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Bad Day at the Office?   


Pretend it's your co-workers in the The Incredibly Evil Machine. - [I4MD]

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Does Anyone Else Ever Wonder   


If their life is secretly a surrealist film?



No? Just me then. Hrm.

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This Is Why I Am Not Looking Forward to Dating Again   


There are too many rules to remember. - [#/u/b/g]

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I Knew The Once and Future King Would Return   


I just didn't know it would be to defend Merlin for the crime of shopping while armed with a sword.


I am having a hard time picturing a Waterhouse depiction of this Arthurian tale...

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Sharpen Your Pencils (and Your Super Powers)   


As I expect each and every one of you to apply:

MTV wants to help you develop your alter-ego in an exciting new superhero pilot!


Contestants will "become" their superhero identities and compete to prove that their character has what it takes to be immortalized by a legendary comic book creator. The winner will then be eligible to have his or her idea developed and expanded, possibly for a comic book spin-off, AND maybe a television show!



If you win, I promise to buy your comic faithfully, and perhaps dress-up like you at Halloween. I can't promise to watch the tv show, as comic-book based tv shows are often crap. I promise to give to watch a few episodes, though...and maybe even hang on till it jumps the shark. Also, I will sing your theme song as often as possible, with great glee!


Also - remember that if you do make the cut, that SPANDEX COSTUMES CAN BE REVEALING. Wear the appropriate undergarmets at all times.



The questions are, of course, what super powers should we all have? What will our costumes look like, and who will play us in the movies? This is the kind of things the comments section is for people (and not, say, for me to check incessantly and use as an earmark of my personal worth). Superhero powers and accoutrement: yours, mine, their's. Discuss.



(I'm currently pondering mine, and will update later.)

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Dear Adult America: Why Must You Break My Heart?   


In light of the recent report from the NEA, I would like to offer you the following book related links (actually, what I'd like to do is walk up to every American over the age of 18 and say "Excuse me, do you read?" and if they answer no, biff them in the head with a volume of the OED. However, since that is like to get me arrested, I am offering some interesting book that I hope will inspire a new rash of reading instead):



Please, people. Don't make me into a criminal.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, July 12, 2004
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Monday Morning Madness   


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Personal Ads Amuse Me   


Especially ones that have flow charts and talk about zombie dragons :
I am attracted to all sorts of girls, and prefer intelligence and sense of humor over bust size. I want someone who is confident about the stuff she knows, and interested in the things she doesn't. You should like words, science, and video games. But you shouldn't be ugly either. Or male. Or a zombie dragon, powerful in life, unstoppable in death.


Also, his conclusion is awesome.



Check out this and other gems through The Best of Craigslist

Posted by Sarcasmo on Friday, July 09, 2004
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Crisis of Conviction   


Note: This isn't one of those fun, zany, crazy-linky type posts. It's more of one of those self-indulgent, inner-contemplation posts. If I were you, I'd realize it would bore me to tears and would skip it. Your call. I'm just thinking out loud on paper online.



Months ago, when I first began to seriously consider trying to get a teaching gig in Japan or any job overseas, I did so for a number of reasons; I was bored and disatisified with my job; I was feeling the call of the wide world; I wanted adventure; I had personal issues that I thought would be best diffused with time and space. Most of all, it is always been one of my dreams to travel frequently and/or live abroad.



But things have changed for me since then, largely for the better. The personal issues, though still a bit bumpy, are much improved; I find I am in better spirits these days than I have been in a long while (I've also been doing wacky things like getting appropriate sleep and eating *gasp* vegetables - and I think being healthier is helping - damn the grow-ups for being right). Even the changes I've made to my living space, though minimal, have made me comfy and very content indeed.



Life in general is also good. I'm busier than ever, busier than any sane person with a full-time job should be - and I'm really enjoying myself. I'm doing (for the most part) ridiculous, useless, pointless things. But I'm having fun.



I like fun.



Even my employment situation seems largely improved. I recently had the chance to discuss my work concerns with my employer, only to find them steps ahead of me. I suddenly find myself with more autonomy, more responsibility, more ability to develop and pursue my own creative ideas for my team, and more chances to increase my professional skills. My new work plan is seems to be both challenging and engaging - and holds the promise of promotion and the possibility of more pay. It now seems to have the potential of "career" over "job." It could be very good for me professionally.



So what does this mean for me and the JET Program? I'm not sure.



On the one hand, I'm feeling really good about my life right now; content and comfortable. On the other...content and comfortable are mean and viscious words to me when applied to Life. I want to be challenged - creative - excited!! And the desire to travel is as strong as ever.



I have come to realize that with some careful savings (did you know that if you don't spend every red cent of your paycheck before the next one comes - the money doesn't disappear! You can actually put it in a BANK and gather INTEREST on it and apply the return to LATER PURCHASES. Crazy!) I could afford to vacation quite nicely - at least one good out-of-the-country vacation each year - maybe two if I'm frugal. Lovely, leisurely vacations where I wouldn't have to work. There are even such things as Volunteer Vacations which would allow me to travel abroad AND provide public service.



But it's not living abroad. Even if Japan is not my first choice for life abroad (I'd much prefer Europe) - if I don't take this chance now will I regret it later?



I'm at this crossroads now - and I'm not sure which way to go. I feel like either way - stay or go - I'm taking a coward's choice. If I stay here now, while I am mostly unencumbered by responsibilty to others - will I have ever the chance to fly away again? If I do go - aren't I just running away from change? (I hate to think of myself as "fleeing the country" - unless, of course, it is because I've become an international super criminal like Carmen Sandiego).



Right now, the situation is stalemate. I have the application, and have until October to complete it and send it in.



Sigh. Did The Clash ever figure this out?







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The Color of My Soul is 'Bloody'   


So says The Dada Server [LF], a sort of personality test for the deranged.


My results:

Your secret name is selena.

The animal which symbolizes you is sugar glider.

The color of your soul is bloody.

The celebrity you most resemble is huey lewis.

Your special pain or illness is munchausen by proxy.

Your most important time of day is 3:45.

The shape of your life is oblong.

And the flavor which identifies you most is chocolate brownie fudge.


What does it say about you?



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My Latent Inner-Fashonista Says...   


This t-shirt rocks.

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Tired of the Same Old Everyday Blogs?   


Sure - we all have our guilty internet reading pleasures (I, for example am a sucker for the trashy Defamer) - but there's some real, quality content out there as well; writing that can touch, move, entertain and inspire you. (or at the very least kill time before that work bell rings.) So while you are surfing, why not check out the Underblogs:
The reason for this series was that whilst there are plenty of blog awards that identify the most popular bloggers, best designed blogs, best photobloggers etc. - unfortunately only a few select blogs tend to win these competitions whilst thousands of excellent blogs go unnoticed and uncelebrated. 'Celebrating the Underblogger' seeks to identify and promote these bloggers - the Underbloggers.


I will not lie, my ego went ahead, took the keyboard, and nominated Sarcasmo's Corner (hey - it was allowed!) - and despite the fact that their stats no doubt make mine blush and want to hide in a corner - I nominated a few other blogs that offer excellent, consistent content and should have a wider audience. (I adore them and read them daily. You should too.)



Take some time to browse through the Underblogs. There are quite a few gems hiding out there in the wilds of the internet. Isn't time you were reading a few?

Posted by Sarcasmo on Friday, July 09, 2004
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You Are My Lucky Star   


Alien
in 30 seconds (and re-enacted by bunnies). - [href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/quodlibetic/"
target="_blank">YTYSSbISYN
]

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Friday Follies   


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This. Is. Genius.   


With god as my witness, I'll never have to href="http://www.benjerry.com/our_products/flavor_locator/"
target="_blank">go without Ben & Jerry's href="http://www.benjerry.com/our_products/flavor_details.cfm?product_id=50"
target="_blank">New York Superfudge Chunk again.



This may well be the most brilliant use of technology, ever.


http://www.peskyapostrophe.com/index.php/weblog/index/
- And thanks to Mac for posting this
one, and ensuring all my old fat clothes won't go to waste


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Attention Local Knitters - Mark Your Calendars   


September 26th is the 3rd annual href="http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/knitoutbrochure.html"
target="_blank">Knit Out & Crochet Event at the href="http://www.philaareaknitout.com/newindex.htm"
target="_blank">Convention Center. Get those needles ready!



- Via target="_blank">Wednesdays Off



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Be Sure to Bring Your Own Pen   


Imagine you are seated in the Winner's Circle on the $25,000 Pyramid and I am your celebrity-guest teammate (also pretend that they are very, very, very desperate for a celebrity, and they just called up some random names in the phone book and asked me to pretend I was famous....probably famous in Germany like David Hasselhoff). We've successfully swept through all but the last category...we're at the top of the pyramid, and have 10 seconds left. I look at you earnestly and say the followng:



What would be your $25,000 guess (other than that I was probably abusing some illegal substance or another)?


5...


4...


3...


2...


1...


*BUZZ*


The correct answer would be Phantom of the Paradise a glam rock, du-wop, rock, folk, fusion musical directed by Brian DePalma (yes - Scarface and The Untouchables Brian De Palma) and starring Paul Williams (yes, wrote music for the Muppets Paul Williams) and that is so wonderfully, tremedously, delightfully, beautifully bad that I absolutely had to love it. You should rent it...right now.



Oh joy of joys! Amazon has the soundtrack for sale. Guess what just went on my wishlist?



Note: I just read on Paul William's website that Phantom of the Paradise is being considered for a stage show in Vegas. Yes, Vegas! Yes I say! Swan must live again! Mwu-hah-hah-hah!



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Hey! Watch Where You Wave Your Afflatus!   


To all my creative friends: here's a warning to keep your inspiration

under-control in public places:


href="http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/editorial/outlook/2660471"
target="_blank">I write badly, therefore I am a would-be
terrorist
.



Thought police can't be far behind.


Thanks, Alex, for sending this example of neighbor-spying type
paranoia along.



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Monday Morning Madness   


Yay! No work today. AND I did enough house cleaning yesterday to not feel guilty about spending today playing video games with Peccable until our eyeballs pop out of our heads and roll under the couch (and since I mopped under the couch, they won't even get too dirty!)


Still - work or no - I didn't want to leave you Monday link-less (I'm a giver - also, I fear Yagathai's mighty, vengeful wrath), So here you go:



Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, July 05, 2004
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Free Comic Book Day Wrap-Up   


Free Comic Book Day was a busy one for me this year; I helped a friend move in the morning, met friends for drinks in the evening, and spent the middle part of the day walking all over town with some very excellent comic-seeking company (and getting far more sun than to which I am accustomed) in pursuit of Free Comics.



We made three successful stops, and got quite a sizable haul (see left) - with very few duplicates. I've not had a change to read all of them - but it seems the same as every year; some quality stuff, some garbage. (But hey, they are comics, and free, so it's all good! ) My favorite so far is Sore Thumbs - a goofy, terrifically quotable political video-game comic (and lucky for you, you can read it online.) I don't know that I would call it good per se; but it is fun.



Much to the chagrin of some, I insisted on timing our last venue visit so that we could see Spiderman, live and in person. (And no, he was not portrayed by Tron Guy, no matter what some people may have threatened.) When he made his appearance, they played the Spiderman Theme Song (Need a reminder? You can find it here - it's the 60's theme). This made me giggle, as it gave me the hope that Spiderman would come out dancing - or even better, out would pop Spiderman and the Spidey Dancers. Alas-it didn't happen that way. He just came out and greeted customers, then went outside to sign autographs and hustle customers. In my head though - it was Spiderman and the Spidey Dancers all the way.


And of course, in addition to the bevy of free comics I came away with, I made a number of comic book purchases. The one I am most excited about is Purchases Vampyrates - which appears to be about either vampires and pirates or vampire pirates - either way, I'm bound to be a happy girl. (Finally, a demographic I fit into!)


The more astute among you may notice the rest of my purchases are of the super-hero comic variety. This is, believe me, fairly surprising. I've never considered myself a fan of the superhero comic variety (with the possible exception of Batman - his gadget-heavy, neuroses-ridden brand of vigilante justice is just plain sexy). I've always preferred comics that were more story than character driven - and more dark and gritty than most superhero titles generally offer. Writers such as Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, Frank Miller, Warren Ellis and Garth Ennis are more my scene.


So why the superhero comics, you ask? Simple. Pop Culture Boy is also a comic fan, and had numerous subscriptions...when he moved the subscriptions went with him. But I had become accustomed to them. It's not that I meant to read them, mind you. It's just that every month they'd come to the house, and well...you know how it is. They were comics, they were there...I couldn't help but read them. And now I have to know what happens next. It's like when your younger sister would leave her Sweet Valley High books lying around, and you'd pick them up because you were bored and they were there, and yeah you knew they were dumb, and yet somehow compelling in their own way, and next thing you know you found yourself invested in the adventures of the Wakefield twins, and wondering when the next book in the series would come out.


I think perhaps I've said embarrassingly too much. I'm going to go peruse DC's subscription page and leave you with these few quotes overheard on free comic book day:



"Wow. He just bitchslapped you with a comic book."


"Your mouth says no, but your grammar says yes." - said by one member of my comic-book gathering party to another after a double-negative escaped his lips


"Spiderman needs a Sharpie."


Right then. I'm off to see some fireworks. And definitely not to read Sweet Valley High.


I swear.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Sunday, July 04, 2004
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Friday Follies   




  • 50 Dates in 50 States: Dan Jacobs wants to prove that American women aren't sold on the media's concept of the ideal man - that they would be willing to date a "real" and "sensitive" guys like Dan himself. And to prove it, he'll be travelling across the country, participating in 50 Dates in 50 States and documenting, in video, how each one goes.

    Clever documentary look at America's dating culture vs. media culture, or just a slightly desperate way to get some dates? You decide. - [JWB]



  • Don't Hold Back: Film critics, makers and fans have some pointed things to say about movies. - [LF] For example:
    “Frankly, if there’s a better film about scantily attired, trilingual infanticides who mumble baby talk in German to twittish British Hummel salesmen out there, we are all in for a real treat.”


    —Joe Queenan on The Girl In A Swing


  • An No Messy Ectoplasm to Clean Up: Get the treasure, imprison the ghosts. Ghost Hunt - [I4M]


  • Alas. Poor Unicron. I Knew Him, Optimus.: Roll Call!: An "(In)Complete Guide to every Science-Fiction Character who was ever killed." (they should add "on television." Not a bad list - a bit confusing if you are not familiar with the shows the characters hail from - and yet strangely compelling to look through.

    If you're a dork (like me.) - [LF]



Posted by Sarcasmo on Friday, July 02, 2004
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Mmm...runny brie   


I spent the evening having dinner with a good friend...one who brought a
dessert which included home made whipped cream.



What this means for me: a restful Thursday night sleep following an
evening of excellent company and indulgences in runny brie, clove
cigarettes, viewing fireworks from the window, consuming my share of a
whole (sizeable) bottle of wine, and a Friday morning breakfasting on
leftover strawberries, shortbread and homemade whipped cream (thanks,
A!).



What this means for you: the Friday Follies will be a bit late.



Well I'm sorry, that's just the way it is.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, July 01, 2004
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I'm Sorry All You Bloom-heads, I've Tried   


I've been reading Ulysses href="http://botheration.org/ulysses/" target="_blank">one page a
day (ok, I'll be honest, I've sometimes read several pages a day;
I'm a little ahead) - but no matter how hard I try, I can't figure out
what the big deal is.



Mostly the characters are getting on my nerves.



Can someone tell me what I am missing?

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, July 01, 2004
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