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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Even back in the days when I used to train four times a week, I always allowed myself to eat on the holidays. The older you get, and the more relatives you interact with, you begin to realize that you have no choice if you want to maintain the "temporary cease fire" that's in effect between Christmas and New Year's. Plus, let's face it--the food's generally tastier (at least for me) around the holidays.

So, I give you this:

baked alaska
You taste like baked alaska. Your sweetness is
only matched by your smooth and creamy texture.
You are sure to set fire to anyone's taste
buds.


How do you taste?
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Happy New Year, everyone! We'll be in Cleveland, tomorrow. See you in '06!

Monday, December 26, 2005

One of many...
"Filipinos are a warm, gentle, caring, giving people," Avi says, "which is a good thing since so many of them carry concealed weapons."

-Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon
I've always wanted to read this book. I'm going to make a point of it in 2006!


Kick @$$. To say nothing about the Season 2 teasers at the end.
We've got a few days between Christmas and New Year's Eve in Cleveland. Drive, drive, drive.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were awesome, though. So far, between presents from each other, Mamazoo, and some of The Wife's other relatives, we made out like bandits, so far. And, we haven't even seen my folks, yet.

My favorite gift came from The Wife, the one person who knows me best...


SCRUBBERS!!!!!

The time with family was the best, though. There's always good food to be had, and fun games. Although, it seems that even in Elmira, we can't escape EWF and Verdine White; they were pimping CDs and DVDs on QVC.



We got to spend time with the Wife's aunt, who's quickly becoming my favorite in-law after Mamazoo. She's the liveliest 83 year old I've ever met. She's the kind of woman to cook up steaks for (her) breakfast and offer you Yuenglung beer and Chivas at 10:45 in the morning. Her household is just so great for being the unabashed, unapologetic Italian side of the Wife's family. At one point, I was asked by my cousin-in-law, her son, if I "wanted to go for a ride." That's out of context, but picture every movie where you've ever heard that line, and that's exactly how it sounded.

Well, it's after three, so we're just now getting ready to see what the Boxing Day shopping scene is like. Hopefully, it won't be too harried.

Friday, December 23, 2005



He knows when you are sleeping. He knows when you're awake. He knows the best time to send his boys into your home, kidnap you, and have you on a flight to a country where he's going to make you tell him what he wants to know...by any means necessary.

"Ho, ho, ho--where's your Geneva Convention, now?"

Picture via Dave's Long Box
Yeah, I understand that excess cultural pride does things like dredge up centuries-old conflicts because the cast of Memoirs of a Geisha is mostly Chinese. And, I understand how tempting it is for non-Asians to sit in their non-Asian neighborhood (yeah, except for That One Family down the block) and wish that they'd just "get over it."**

Yet, I feel that pride whenever I see that ethnicity can have its upsides.***
Gift Boxes Help Migrant Filipinos Keep Ties to Home
by Mandalit del Barco

Morning Edition, December 23, 2005 · In her one-bedroom apartment in South Pasadena, Calif., Gladys Price listens to holiday songs on the radio. But it can't quite compare to her Christmases back in the Philippines, when she'd wake up before the roosters to attend the misa de gallo, or early-morning mass.

Two years ago, Price left her son Lance and her relatives in Manila for more opportunities in the United States. She now works for a pharmaceutical company and is married to an American. But this year, she sent her love home in a large cardboard box -- what's known among Filipinos as a balikbayan box.
**Screw it, I'm Asian: Get over it, already! :)
***And, I got some sticks for you, if you don't like it ;)
Yeah, I said it! If there really is a war on X-Mas, then consider this my Lapu Lapu bit to defend my island against the Conquistadores. C'mon, Magellan--I dare you to knock this battery off my shoulder. And, I got this picture, too. How d'you like them apples?

Hey, it could be worse. I could be Huey Freeman.

The Christmas preparations are mostly done. Everything is bought that needed to be bought. I myself signed and licked over 40 envelopes. Sure, The Wife wrote and addressed them, but I was the one who ended up with the dry heaves after I hit 35 licks.

Needless to say the "Don & Wife Travelling Family Revue" hits the road again for a few dates in Elmira and Cleveland, starting tomorrow.

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Congratulations to Datu_B dba Glengarry. New job, new digs, and a new life. Here's to you! And, remember: "Always Be Closing."


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Want to know what makes another good present besides Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire - Live at the Greek Theatre? Read Demo written by Brian Wood with art by Becky Cloonan. Or, if you're "too good" for that sort of thing, check out The Portable Dorothy Parker. That's just two of the dozens of things I'm reading lately that are so good, I can't read just one all the way through.
Authorities probe theft of body parts
By TOM HAYS
Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Authorities are investigating allegations that hundreds of bodies were illegally carved up in funeral homes around New York City and sold for parts without the permission of the families of the deceased.

Corpses - including that of famed British broadcaster Alistair Cooke - were used to harvest human bone, skin and tendons which were then sold for a profit, authorities allege.
I figured that fit right in behind Lt. Col. Kurtz.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Don's Random Movie Quote:


'We must kill them. We must incinerate them. Pig after pig. Cow after cow. Village after village. Army after army.'

- Kurtz, Apocalypse Now


Take this quiz at QuizGalaxy.com


Huh...well...um...Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 15, 2005




what flavor pocky are you?

[c] sugardew



Getting in touch with my Asian heritage...

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

I didn't make the connection until today's morning coffee that I had bought the Chicago & Earth, Wind & Fire - Live at the Greek Theatre DVD at Target, which was in the midst of a holiday ad campaign with EWF. It was funny how The Wife and I watched the DVD and all of a sudden noticed all this EWF music on TV.

Of course, she cheered when she saw Verdine on TV again, and who wouldn't?



You can actually view this and two other commercials (featuring the songs "Let's Groove" and a December version of the song "September") here (You'll need Flash to view). There're interview clips, too.

Hm...now I know there's a commercial out there with the song "Star" in it. It's not on the Target site, so maybe it's for something else.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

The Wife and I were discussing the possibility of having "the talk" about sex and drugs with any future children, the one that all parents have sooner or later. I'm not looking forward to it, but then again, do I really want my children ending up like me?

Thursday, December 08, 2005

I'm tired this week. That is all.


You scored as Serenity (from Firefly). You like to live your own way and do not enjoy when anyone but a friend tries to tell you that you should do different. Now if only the Reavers would quit trying to skin you.

Coming on December 1, 2005:

Your Ultimate Sci-Fi Profile: which sci-fi crew would you best fit in? The Sequel

Serenity (from Firefly)

94%

Moya (from Farscape)

81%

SG-1 (from Stargate)

81%

Bebop (from Cowboy Bebop)

63%

Millennium Falcon (from Star Wars)

63%

Nebuchadnezzar (from The Matrix)

63%

Galactica (from Battlestar: Galactica)

56%

Enterprise D (from Star Trek)

38%

Your Ultimate Sci-Fi Profile: which sci-fi crew would you best fit in? (pics)
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A friend of mine emailed me:
To make you feel better, today I purchased a Real Ultimate Power ninja manual as a gag gift for a secret santa exchange at work. I felt like I was looking at porn (the humor/anime aisle). So I ran back to Literary Criticism, picked up a copy of Roland Barthes' Mythologies (I had been meaning to anyway) so I could stand in line and cover the ninja book. When I checked out, the woman had the ninja book on top while she ran my card and the old lady next to me just stared at it...So yeah, I have the same book store feeling :)
And, you all thought I was making this stuff up.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Apparently, you can't even look at a gay magazine at Borders without someone watching you and having something to say about it.
I'm not talking about the splurge for gifts for other people. I'm talking about the self-splurging. I picked up the Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire: Live at the Greek Theatre DVD at Target. Oh, come on--the biggest surprise is that I waited this long. The best parts were when they played together on each others' songs. Having a six-piece horn section filling all the parts; the stuff blew my mind, I had to admit.

Jesus, both bands playing the full version of "In the Stone"! I don't care what kind of music you like or don't like. If the words and the music of that song don't move you, then you're a soulless zombie and I'd be doing you a favor if I took you out George Romero-style.

Anyway, this was supposedly the last show on the tour; my man Bill Champlin looked tired. Not too tired to do the lead for "After the Love is Gone." I harp on this all the time, the fact that a Bay Area white dude co-wrote one of the best known R&B songs of all time! He chipped in on the vocals for "Sing a Song" and "September," too (for the show, that is).

As much as I worship Robert Lamm, and as good a job as he did--well, he just shouldn't sing on "Shining Star." Jason Scheff, on the other hand, could keep up with anyone else. He even managed a Maurice White "yow" on "September." The smartest thing he did, though, was stay out of Verdine White's way.

Their separate sets were awesome, of course. I can't quite remember if I've ever heard Chicago do "Alive Again" live; I may have in high school. But, I didn't have a recording of it before now, which was cool. One thing I haven't done is seen EWF live and in person. I've seen lots of live footage, though, and they always put on a good show. It's not just the musicianship with them; it's the showmanship. Too many acts nowadays sacrifice the former for the latter (*cough*got'damnlipsynchers*cough*), but not EWF. I hope I can still move like they do when I get to be their age. I think The Wife was mesmerized by Verdine White, though. Every member of EWF gets into a show, but he's the one who looks like he's got the Holy Ghost in him.

The Wife got a chuckle out of me when I was yelling watching EWF all slide to the right on stage to the line "Moooove yourself and glide like a 747" in the song "Let's Groove." She asked me, "You sure you're just 32?" What can I say? I like old school.

I miss Sheldon Reynolds, though. It took two musicians to replace him, one singer and a guitar player, a Russian cat (I thought he looked Hispanic) named Vadim Zilberstein. I tell you, he covered his parts beautifully. It begs the question, "Where does a Russian learn to play like that?"

I mentioned Jason Scheff staying out of Verdine White's way, and it was true. They had their own separate spaces, and they stayed there; that's why both of them looked good. Now, all the "cutting contests" they had were good-natured. But, that didn't mean some people weren't just outclassed.

EWF's Gary Bias slaughtered Walt Parazaider in Chicago's own "Free." I'm sorry, this'll sound as bad as some of my martial arts posts, but it's the truth--I have yet to hear a white dude outplay a black dude on a sax. I've heard a few come close, but in a cutting contest? Hell, no; all things being equal, I've just never heard it.

That being said, even though Keith Howland had the home field advantage playing "25 or 6 to 4," he totally pwned EWF's Vadim Zilberstein and Gregory Moore. You could see it on Howland's face during the second round of solos.

Shoot, it's late, and I gotta work tomorrow. I'm sure I'll have more to say once I've watched it twice more, ripped the audio, and listened to the concert about twenty more times.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Because this looked like fun...
If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, (even if we don't speak often) please post a comment with a COMPLETELY MADE UP AND FICTIONAL memory of you and me.

It can be anything you want - good or bad - BUT IT HAS TO BE FAKE.

When you're finished, post this little paragraph on your blog and be surprised (or mortified) about what people DON'T ACTUALLY remember about you.
Two things to keep in mind:

(a) I am married and my wife reads this. I'm not saying you can't post what you want. I'm saying that if it gets me thrown out of the house, I'm tracking you down and taking over your couch.

(b) I tend to delete what I like at whim, anway. Like Casanova Frankenstein in Mystery Men, I even kill my own posts.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Huh...who'd've thunk?

You scored as Idealist. Idealism centers around the belief that we are moving towards something greater. An odd mix of evolutionist and spiritualist, you see the divine within ourselves, waiting to emerge over time. Many religious traditions express how the divine spirit lost its identity, thus creating our world of turmoil, but in time it will find itself and all things will again become one.


Idealist

75%

Cultural Creative

75%

Modernist

69%

Postmodernist

56%

Existentialist

38%

Romanticist

38%

Fundamentalist

31%

Materialist

19%

What is Your World View? (updated)


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Tuesday, November 29, 2005



Thank God that's over.

This experience taught me a lot of things, but I'm damned if I'm going to write it all out now. Maybe next time.

Now, I can get on to some serious, hopefully publishable writing. Not to mention blogging!

Monday, November 28, 2005

46,328/50,000 words.

93% to completion.

I could end it by tomorrow, and probably will.
My Wife pwned teh birrrd! All I had to do was guzzle down the cream sherry and do the dishes.

birrrd carcass

Friday, November 25, 2005

This is going on my wallet for the next couple of weeks.



Make one yourself.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Ways to comment on Thanksgiving:

Just say "Happy Turkey Day"

Throw in jokes about the various minories--racial, ethnic, religious, or dietary--who do not find a reason to celebrate this holiday season

Point out how different countries celebrate the same holiday.
Gnawing on a dried-out plucked buzzard to celebrate Britain chucking all the creepy inbred sandal-chewing God-botherers into boats and shipping them all off to a continent cursed by earthquakes, hurricanes and tornados?

-W. Ellis
Some values truly are universal.

Enjoy your turkey or tofurkey or protests against the same!
blackknight
Running away? You yellow . . .


What Monty Python Character are you?
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Guess this applies where NaNoWriMo is concerned, right?
37,460/50,000 Words.

74.9% toward completion.

I'm 881 words behind where I should be at this exact moment.

What I've been doing is writing really long chapters (i.e. short stories) with the novel's characters. It's the George Lucas method, where he does his real "directing" in the editing room, rather than during the takes. So, I'm writing pages and pages of stuff, and plan to cut it out, later.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

*Slosh*
You will sink in a mire. You like to think you're
normal, but deep down you really just want to
strip off your clothes and roll around in
chicken fat.


What horrible Edward Gorey Death will you die?
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...The Reader's Digest Version

ITEM ONE
Dear Sony:

Suck it.

Love,
Bill G.
And, it still didn't stop me from getting Chris Botti's To Love Again!

ITEM TWO
I'm takin' what they're givin'
'Cos I'm workin' for a livin'


-Huey Lewis & the News, "Workin' for a Livin'"
Well, workin' when I'm called, anyway.

ITEM THREE



Have it your way!

ITEM FOUR
How old am I?

Old enough to be drinking Traditional Medicinals® EveryDay Detox® tea, for Pete's sake. It's not all that bad, really. It smells like licorice, and I'll be damned if it really doesn't help my digestion.

I'm also old enough to listen to the latest Chris Botti album, with guests such as Sting, Paula Cole, and... Steven Tyler??

ITEM FIVE
As Dorothy Parker once said to her boyfriend
"Fare thee well,"
As Columbus announced when he knew he was bounced,
"It was swell, Isabelle, swell,"


-Cole Porter, "Just One of Those Things"
ITEM SIX
I've only ever been a casual follower of The Boondocks strip. While I probably don't seek it out as much as I should, I've never passed up a chance to check it out when I could.

To be honest, I probably wouldn't have sought out the new cartoon series of the same name except for the express purpose of seeing what the controversy, generated before the show even started airing, was all about. I'm not posting my opinions (yet), but I just wanted to take this moment to thank all the people who bravely stood up to tell me why I should avoid this show for turning me on to it. I probably would have let it slip under my radar if not for you!


This is pages 71 to 120 of my NaNoWriMo piece. I've cranked out another five pages tonight (I had another gig), but I gotta tell you. Week Three started out being the picnic that was promised in the book No Plot? No Problem!. But, it's killing me, now.

To be honest, I know why. That "Inner Editor" of mine, which believe it or not was more than content to sit quietly for two weeks, is now going, "Okay, you've had your fun. But, now you're just adding words for the sake of the word count and meandering nowhere--at least nowhere near the plotline."

In truth, there are only about two or three more scenes I need to wrap up the story and I'm pretty damn sure it's not 24,000 words worth of stuff. Anyway, I've decided on an uneasy compromise. I'm not going to write filler, but I've been trying to elaborate on all the background and exposition that I just haven't had the time to more skillfully work into the story. Then, I've done the same with some of the scenes I haven't written yet. It's frustrating to throw craft completely out the window, but that's what has to happen if I continue with the project within the spirit of the rules.

I guess I just have to accept that decision. If I want a submittable story by the end of the month, there's no reason I can't stop now and pare it down. But, I want to complete the project I signed up for.

Oh, and for the curious: 27,035/50,000 words, or 54%. I'm behind. I know. Stop yelling at me.

Monday, November 14, 2005

I mentioned (Or, did I? My sense of time and place has become skewed for the past few weeks) having a temp gig three days last week. There was nothing today (though perhaps for tomorrow), so I had time to work on The Novel, Draft 0.9. I won't even give it the dignity of calling it a "first draft," because since last week, it's degenerated into a bastardization of narrative prose, blocks of text that resemble a Marvel Comics comic book script, and when I was too blocked to manage even that, plain notes.

I didn't believe it, but perhaps because my biorhythms are on their way back up (full moon is around the corner) the things I've been hearing about regarding a sort of Week Three NaNoWriMo quantum leap must be true, because it hit me. I managed to make up for a lot of lost time, despite some of the chores I got to today.

Right now, I'm at 21,502/50,000 words--43% to completion. Although, as bad as things have gotten, I don't even feel right about using the word "completion." Feels better to say "the goal." Anyway, when I wake up tomorrow, providing I don't have a temp gig, I'll be a hair's breadth over a single day behind where I should be on the 15th day of the month.

I leave you all tonight with an old article from comic book writer Warren Ellis, from a series of articles he did on, among other things, comic book writing. I read this ages ago and was pleased to find it again. It's sort of an encouragement (which is rare for him) to beginning writers. And, even though he's talking about comics, what he says easily applies to other forms of writing and jives a lot with what other people have to say about getting published. I would dare say it applies to anyone trying to succeed with his or her art.
But here's a secret.

95% of all writer's submissions are absolute [siht].

Seriously.

You want to impress an editor? Learn to spell. Lay out your pitch cleanly and elegantly. Be coherent. I knew of a writer who wrote the clearest, most lucid and beautifully structured synopses anyone had ever seen. The actual scripts, when they came in, was utter gibberish, made no sense at all, had plainly been written on acid. But the damn things were commissioned and paid for on the strength of clear pitches.

Be good. That's what'll capture an editor's attention. Because 95% of that pile of submissions next to them is inexcusably awful, and they know it. You will stand out from the crowd because there are no semen stains on your submission, because a cursory examination shows that you have a basic grasp of English, because it reaches for concision and appears professional in its approach, because the covering letter isn't headed "Dear Bastard." Etcetera.
There, doesn't that give you hope? All right, then--good night.

Friday, November 11, 2005

I'm not really doing anything "bad" according to the NaNoWriMo rules. The point is word count, by any means necessary short of typing out "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" over and over like Nicholson did in The Shining. But, I've now resorted to what I feel are dirty tricks to keep myself at a decent pace (which is to say, two days worth of work behind).

In those spaces I feel stuck, I've resorted to putting things in brackets, like [Okay, right here is where I wanted to put the scene where the aliens stop the pickup truck, beam three of the four people on board, leaving the forth one who, for some reason, is able to resist the paralyzation beam and yadda yadda yadda.] (No, that appears nowhere in my "novel," but you get the point.)

But, tonight it was even worse. Rather than hammer out the scene I was working on, I just cobbled a transition into another scene I had planned that wasn't supposed to happen for at least one more chapter. Well, the one upside is that while I know I'm going to end up with something that's certainly not going to be confused with Proust, I know I'm making it good enough to have decent material that I can sift through later. Maybe pare down to something short that I can submit somewhere. Personally, I see nothing wrong with the thought of writing a "novella" as opposed to a novel, but if anything, I'd rather see a good 5,000 word submittable short story come out of this than a novel/novella that stands a snowball's chance of seeing the light of day.

I was sort of hoping to have a marathon session tomorrow, but I've been letting stuff slide around here. I made a half-assed attempt at housework when I got home just so I could scribble down what I got down tonight.

Since there isn't a counter anymore, I have to say that I'm at 15,064/50,000 words, or 30% toward completion.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

smugnano
You will probably win Nanowrimo - it's a brillant
opportunity to lord your mighty brains over
your less well-endowed friends. Whatever.


It's Nanowrimo Time! Will you reach 50K?
What kind of novel will you write?

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I was going to let this slide this week, between NaNoWriMo and a little temp gig I picked up. But, since the meter broke down (click the broken link over there--it's kind of sad, really), I wanted to mention that I'm at 14,335/50,000 words. That's 29%, and while it may sound impressive, I'm still running about two days behind schedule. The mathematics says I should be at 16,670 words by today, and while I could theoretically pull a James Joyce and ramble on for two thousand words in the next forty minutes, I ain't gonna.

Anyway, I gotta get to bed.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Yeah, I slacked this weekend. I took the time to attend a reading by Pulitzer Prize-winning local author Alison Lurie. While her book really didn't interest me (at least, what I read of it), I guessed that she'd have a lot of interesting insights to share during whatever Q&A session that might take place, and I was right.

[Edited to remove the broken counter.]
I did say that I'd blog less in November, although it just seems like I'm posting at the usual (dismal) rate :).

Seems like most of the people doing NaNoWriMo who keep blogs like to brag about how they're taking part. I was down with that. I even put the meter in the sidebar from an adjunct "this site is in no way officially affiliated with NaNoWriMo" website that a lot of people use. What I hadn't planned on doing is being one of those who complain about how their progress, or lack thereof, is kicking their a$$.

But, it's like I always say: Just when you start thinking you're unique, just remember that so is everyone else.

Yes, I've heard all the criticisms of NaNoWriMo, and even agree with some of them. So, please don't post them, or stock tips, or he/she/it pr0n ads, or anything else that would make me have to start doing all that comment verification/moderation stuff. I'm doing NaNo to get myself into the discipline of writing--seriously writing--first drafts. Period. I'm doing it for the same reason I still do the kata Taikyoku Shodan, because the basic, basic skills from that kata have translated directly into my ability to learn and to perform the skill sets from every martial art I've studied since TKD. Every one. If you can't use your hips, I don't care where your art is from; to you, it's worth two things, jack and siht.

But, I digress. I'm here to complain about my NaNoWriMo progress, or lack thereof.

I didn't do a lick of writing (for NaNo) today, although I spent a bit of time planning the novel out a little further. I seem to have written myself into a corner in that I hit the transition between Act I and Act II much earlier than I planned to. And now, the number of places I can go from here is starting to scare me into paralysis. I realize that it's entirely possible that I don't need what was left out, that it would just interrupt the flow that's already in motion. I can accept that, and maybe I have to.

In any case, I've got 3,334 words to do before I go to bed tomorrow night; difficult, but theoretically doable. I think I just need to keep going at this point. And then, I'll have to cope with what is apparently the notorious Week Two NaNoWriMo blahs.

On a more positive note, I have to say that seeing thirty-five pages of manuscript, devoted to a single piece, is nice.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Yes, I've got some nerve to be here after the last post, but I do this every week.

Fashionista
59% Tastefulness, 51% Originality, 67% Deliberateness, 45% Sexiness
[Tasteful Original Deliberate Prissy]


One is certain: you have great taste and plenty of ideas. You have clearly defined beliefs about what's good and what's bad in fashion but they are far from banal. Stylish and imaginative, you prefer to inspire admiration than to shock and you mostly succeed. Even if sometimes you'd like to have more courage to put on something absolutely outrageous you do great job in creating a unique look that others look up to. There is a possibility that you work in the fashion industry. If you don't, perhaps you should.



The opposite style from yours is Bar Cruiser [Flamboyant Conventional Random Sexy].

All the categories: Fashion Enemy Bar Cruiser Kid Next Door Sex Bomb Hippie Kid Fashion Rebel Fashion Artist Catwalk God(ess) Librarian Sporty Hottie Office Master Uptown Girl/ Boy Brainy Student Movie Star Fashionista Glamorous Soul



My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 46% on Tastefulness
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You scored higher than 59% on Originality
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You scored higher than 93% on Deliberateness
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You scored higher than 40% on Sexiness
Link: The Fashion Style Test written by mari-e on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test
Would you believe that, aside from the flares and that short-sleeve vest thing, I could pretty much reproduce that male look?

Wednesday, November 02, 2005



There will probably be very little of it this month because of NaNoWriMo. It's Day 2, and I'm just on track. I was about 20% ahead of schedule last night, but hey. I had other things to do earlier today and Law & Order was on. Hey, where else can I catch actor Richard Brooks since good vs. evil was cancelled? (The character of Henry MacNeil is right behind Jim Kelly on the bad-assedness scale.)

Of course, now that I've opened the blogging door, watch this turn into a big procrastination tool.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

The Cutting Edge

(66% dark, 42% spontaneous, 15% vulgar)
your humor style:
CLEAN | SPONTANEOUS | DARK

Your humor's mostly innocent and off-the-cuff, but somehow there's something slightly menacing about you. Part of your humor is making people a little uncomfortable, even if the things you say aren't themselves confrontational. You probably have a very dry delivery, or are seriously over-the-top.

Your type is the most likely to appreciate a good insult and/or broken bone and/or very very fat person dancing.

PEOPLE LIKE YOU: David Letterman - John Belushi






The 3-Variable Funny Test!

- it rules -

If you're interested, try my latest:
The Terrorism Test



My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 84% on darkness
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You scored higher than 35% on spontaneity
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You scored higher than 3% on vulgarity
Link: The 3 Variable Funny Test written by jason_bateman on Ok Cupid

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

For the third day in a row, I've seen workmen out in the courtyard behind our apartment working on Teh Intarwub connection. Once again, Intarwub service gets restored for about an hour or two, then completely fails. I have to say that they appear to be trying. Today, I saw them replace whole components, and they still had troubles.

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Unfortunately, that means I didn't get to finish listening to this episode of NPR's Talk of the Nation from last year about NaNoWriMo. I'd do it now, but I've got other things to be doing, not the least of which is getting ready for this thing.

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How is it that Rupert Murdoch leans so far to the Right with his Fox News Channel, that he walks in circles and still manages to accomplish this?
4 Fox shows named worst for families
'War at Home,' 'Family Guy' lead list

Wednesday, October 19, 2005; Posted: 10:26 p.m. EDT (02:26 GMT)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Four Fox network programs, led by the comedies "The War at Home," "The Family Guy" and "American Dad," topped a parents group's annual listing of the worst prime-time shows for family viewing.
Between this and the whole Harriet Miers thing, I'm watching the Right eat itself up with almost pornographic interest.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Teh Intarwub has been down at our place for the past two days, so I've had to leave to get online. Jaysus, it feels like I'm in Athens, again. So, that means I'm on the run, especially on Mondays and Tuesdays, when The Wife needs rides to and from work because of her irregular hours. I've sort of buried myself with deadlines and such for various projects, and I go ahead and take on another one, thanks to Datu_B.

I don't have high hopes of accomplishing 50,000 words between November 1st-30th, but it's a good excuse for me to work on this short story idea I had from a decade back that got too large and unwieldy for something under 5,000. But, will it stretch out to 50k? We'll see.

We went to a Halloween party in Rochester. (Yes--more weekend travelling. Jaysus.) I'm glad I went, though, because we had some nice costumes that weren't too expensive. All we needed were hats and accessories. Everything else came out of our closets, and like homemade presents, aren't those the best kind?


Pimp 2005 Pirate 2005

All right, now I gotta drive to the Library and return some books. Hopefully, I can find some more episodes of BBC's Coupling. Actually, there's one more task I need to get to first.





It seems that I let our free image-storage account on Ripway.com expire. I emailed them to reinstate them, but I've been meaning to do this anyway. I'm uploading a bunch of images to link to later.