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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Local library + Local used-book stores + Steady paycheck = Less time I have to spend on teh Intarwub.

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Apparently, the place that provided the music listing has changed its domain name. It's all good, though.
Man, Thursday already? I've lost less time during my college drinking binges. In any case, as much as I btich about traveling, there was one good thing about this past weekend away--the food. Once in awhile, it really is nice having friends for dinner...

You scored as Hannibal Lecter. You are Hannibal Lecter. You dont need to eat human flesh to live, but do so because it just taste good. You are very intelligent, and enjoy using it to your advantage to keep people guessing. You arent a killing machine, but when you do decide to let loose, watch out! Dinner is served, with some fava beans, and a nice chianti!

Hannibal Lecter

85%

Pinhead

80%

Michael Myers

75%

Jigsaw

60%

Captain Spaulding

60%

Leatherface

50%

Freddy Krueger

45%

Jason Voorhees

35%

Candyman

35%

Buffalo Bill

35%

Which Horror Killer are You?
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Sunday, May 28, 2006

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For the rest of the summer, the Twenty Minute Travel Rule is in effect. Anything non-business related that requires me to do more than twenty minutes of driving one way isn't anything I'm going to feel like doing. If no one's bleeding from the eyeballs or in imminent danger of shuffling off from this mortal coil, they can use my email address.

2
On the good side, I got the best rejection letter a writer could get...
I think it's a great story, just not a good fit for [redacted]. Do you have some other work you could submit? I would love to see if maybe another story of yours would be a better fit.
Needless to say, I sent something else off as soon as I got the email. We'll see how that goes.

3
Well, there may be a single exception to the Twenty Minute Travel Rule--but in all honesty, I've got siht to do. Like the Good Book says, there's a season for everything. I'm thinking this is the season for me to reach the next plateau.

4
The next choice to make on my plate is whether or not to seek out the pricey, out-of-the-way local FMA/WMA instructor, or to use a brand new hookup I have to start taking yoga in my neighborhood?

Thursday, May 25, 2006

...are taking the holiday weekend off to spend exhorbitant amounts of time and (gas) money getting the heck out of Dodge for the weekend. It's also graduation weekend for the Big Red School on the Hill, and the word we've received is, "You don't wanna be in town if you can help it."

We'll be out of town, but I reserve the right to hijack some net.access at any point, and btich and moan about how I hate travel.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Doing a bit of the prog rock thing this week. Well, Toto doesn't quite count, at least not everything in that compilation. But, some of it fits. What the hell, they're all monsters.

Oh, and you know you're old when you overhear a conversation between some obvious "cool kids" where one says to the other, "His screen name has something to do with, like, 'Rael, Imperial Aero...aerosol or something...I'm like, what the hell, what does that mean?'"

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Thursday, May 18, 2006

The Wife will tell you, I've often wished I had crazy telekinetic powers.

If Your Life Was a Movie, What Would it Be?


If your life was a movie, it would be the horror flick Carrie, about a lonely teenage girl with psychic powers who murders her classmates after one too many practical jokes. You're probably depressed and lonely, with a very dark perspective on the world.
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Yeah, I wish a motherf---er would pour pig's blood on me...

Sunday, May 14, 2006

(I originally posted this in a slightly different form on the RiceBowlJournals Community Blog.)

Here's a question that occurred to me, oddly enough, while I was looking through some old digital photos I’ve taken.

Will the USA never learn?

Who am I fooling, of course not. I’m just constantly amazed how everything old always seems to end up being "new again." Case in point: I’m going to quote a dissent about American foreign policy in regard to a certain country, redacting certain bits.
There is the case of __________1. I have tried hard, and yet I cannot for the life of me comprehend how we got into that mess. Perhaps we could not have avoided it — perhaps it was inevitable that we should come to be fighting the __________2 — but I cannot understand it, and have never been able to get at the bottom of the origin of our antagonism to the natives. I thought we should act as their protector — not try to get them under our heel. We were to relieve them from __________3 tyranny to enable them to set up a government of their own, and we were to stand by and see that it got a fair trial. It was not to be a government according to our ideas, but a government that represented the feeling of the majority of the __________4, a government according to __________5 ideas. That would have been a worthy mission for the United States. But now — why, we have got into a mess, a quagmire from which each fresh step renders the difficulty of extrication immensely greater.
Think you know exactly who's being discussed? (Guess, then highlight the box.)

The redacted terms, in order, are:
1. The Philippines
2. the natives of those islands
3. Spanish
4. Filipinos
5. Filipino

This passage is a quote from Mark Twain talking about American intervention in the Philippines in 1900.


Hm, fighting the natives, "mess," "quagmire," the difficulty of getting out--seems to ring a bell, doesn't it? More than one, really.
This week: sounds that were, in their time, considered somewhat experimental.

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"But, Chicago's such a psusy band!" you say. If you can still say that after hearing the albums above, then fine. Until then, you can kiss my kukrhi :).

Bitches Brew - Miles backed up my musicians, any one of whom could and did headline their own bands. They all had the egos to match; only Miles' ego could keep theirs in line.

Chick and Stan - those albums marked the beginnings of real testosterone-filled jazz fusion.

Loosen Up Naturally is the first album by the Sons of Champlin. The arrangements were first class, even back then. Supposedly, everyone in the Bay Area music scene, Airplane and the Dead included, thought the Sons were better than them. Personally though, I'm still unsure about it. I'd pay out the nose to watch the Sons play any of the tunes on this album live, nowadays. But, in the late '60s, I would've thought the sound of Airplane trying to be an R&B band a bit too disconcerting.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

You scored as He-Man. By the power of GraySkull. . . you're the toughest guy to ever wear a loin cloth. Rock on He-Man.



He-Man

75%

Thundercats

58%

Transformers

58%

Strawberry Shortcake

58%

Voltron

42%

Smurf

25%

She-Ra

0%

Which 1980's Cartoon Character are you?
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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

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The Wife and I couldn't resist going back to the third (not second, like I thought before) week of the Book Sale. Each day of the weekend, the prices go down a bit more. The last haul was $4...I think we spent about $7 or $8 that day.

The stack you see up there was but half our Sunday haul, which cost us a grand total of $3.35!!

I love this town!

Sunday, May 07, 2006

on tap for this week...

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I'm digging Bebel's CD. Some really nice bossa--what else would you expect from the daughter of João Gilberto?

I'm always listening to some Sons. I just "found" a bootlegged concert from 1977. Consequently, my soul, R&B, and "funky white boy" music tastes have been revived this week.

And of course, I can never get enough of Cassandra.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

And, I'm not complaining one bit!

This weekend was the second third weekend of the Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale.

These books here cost $0.50 each!
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I've been planning to get some Isaac Babel for some time now. If Raymond Carver thought highly of him, that's good enough for me. It looks like I snagged a reprint of a 1955 edition of Babel's collected stories.

The only publication date I see inside that copy of The Norton Anthology of Fiction is 1978, which theoretically makes that a first edition.

The funny thing is that I've got Fitzgerald's "Babylon Revisited," Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants," Kafka's "Metamorphosis," and Updike's "A&P" three times over with just the books I have in the picture!

Not a bad haul for $4. I got a couple of other miscellaneous books, too. True, I could've gone to Free Comic Book Day, but we had errands to run, too.
No, not at all. No racial dig, there. It's just the annual year-end tradition at the Big Red school on the hill which takes place in an area called "The Slope." I got to observe last Friday after my first full week of work.

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Rapper Talib Kweli was there. His show wasn't too bad.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Thou musteth repenteth, saith I!

Planet Don

'I once found Don when I was in the asylum. I believed in all of the flowery, love-one-another crap until I realised that, yeah Don was nothing but a hippy-god for deranged hipsters.' (Dahl Mallett)

Religion In Don's World

  • Donity 41%
    (524,288,443 believers)
  • Adultlyism 3%
    (38,362,569 believers)
  • Bunkersity 18%
    (230,175,414 believers)
  • Comatesity 1%
    (12,787,523 believers)
  • Jinxedism 2%
    (25,575,046 believers)
  • Mozzetteity 12%
    (153,450,276 believers)
  • Muttonyism 4%
    (51,150,092 believers)
  • Ridingity 19%
    (242,962,937 believers)

Population : 1,278,752,301
World Ends : 29th Sep 2024
Nuclear Capable : Liechtenstein, Mauritania, Nicaragua, Rwanda, Thailand, United Arab Emirates
Nuked Countries : Mauritania, Thailand

Don's Wrath!!

  • On 26th Mar 2012 Don announced His decision to stand-down as God and let someone else have a go at being divine. Local religious fanatics McCants Kerr and Cowart Crawcour are said to be hot contenders to be His replacement.

  • On 06th Apr 2015 God had finally had enough of Sierra Leone and made everything within its borders disappear mysteriously over-night.

  • 'Djibouti!' started God. 'Thou shalt taste the sulphur on the 08th Mar 2013 for on that day I am personally going to take a large gravy-like shat all over your land!

The Anti-Don

Batista Closky a 22-year-old man from Turkey proved to be Anti-Don.

The Saviour

'Here is my son Criswell Clancy and with Him I'm a little miffed, so go easy on the fellow, he has bowel problems' Don whispered as he introduced the Earth's Lacklustre Saviour Son to the world.

This is the End

The end came when our Dear Lord Don was snowballed to death by a cheeky little monkey by the name of Acosta Dillon. And the world just faded away in a blitz of snow and fire hail.

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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

1
Happy Asian Pacific-Islander American Heritage Month... lots to be... um...proud of...yeah.

2
It's only been three days. Is it weird to love my new job so much? One downside: another damn email address to keep track of, even though it's supposed to be for bid'ness only.

3
Divisive Supreme Court, my a$s, what with both of these important unanimous decisions in the Court's recent docket.

4
The most encouraging rejection letter yet said, "This one came close..."