February 18th, 2008


picture from Farpoint

The first of what will no doubt be many pictures from Farpoint 2008, this is from the Boogie Knights concert on Saturday when we performed "Madagascar," with Sharon and Kate (and the not-pictured Linda) singing and me and Dave (and the not-pictured John) with lemur puppets being annoying.

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  • Current Music
    "City of New Orleans" by Arlo Guthrie

for SFWAns only....

Here are remarkably similar takes from John Scalzi and Laura Anne Gilman on the upcoming SFWA elections. If you're not a member of SFWA, this will be of little interest to you. Hell, I am a member of SFWA, and it's only of passing interest to me because I'm still concerned about the only two parts of SFWA that are actually worthwhile: the EMF and Writer Beware.

But I pretty much agree with everything John and Laura Anne say. If Andrew Burt becomes SFWA President, then the terrorists will have already won. Or something....
  • Current Music
    "Manzanillo Bay" by Arlo Guthrie
fo' shizzle, rifftrax

I can't believe we missed this.....

While we were watching Knight Rider at popfiend's last night, we all totally missed this incredibly brilliant line:

"You're a clever girl -- just like your father."

That's right up there with the classic line from Black Scorpion where a character who's supposed to be a scientist says, "It alters atoms at the molecular level."

Luckily, the world has Ashley Edward Miller, currently a staff writer on Sarah Connor Chronicles and generally good egg, who kindly pointed out the line on the Ex Isle board. *snorfle*
  • Current Music
    "Stomp Dance (Unity)" by Robbie Robertson
NYY, melky

talkin' baseball

When the Yankees were searching for a new manager following the departure of Joe Torre, three people were interviewed: Joe Girardi (who got the job), Don Mattingly (who, had he gotten the job, would probably have had to quit soon thereafter, thanks to his domestic issues), and Tony Peña.

I honestly was rooting for Peña the most. This story posted by Pete Abraham on his blog is a big reason why:

You want baseball? Here’s some baseball:

First base coach/catching instructor Tony Pena was at it again today. This time he had the catchers set in in a corner of the bullpen. Using a fungo bat, Pena would hit them one-hoppers to simulate wild pitches.

The catcher had to field the ball then quickly toss it aside before Pena would hit another ball at them. Basically, it was human target practice.

Jorge Posada, who has a great relationship with Pena, jumped in and challenged him to try and get one past him. Pena hit a sharp one-hopper that Posada caught with his bare hand and threw back at Pena.

Pena caught the ball and crushed a line drive at Posada, who wisely jumped out of the way.

As the drill broke up, I told Pena he was crazy.

“You just figuring that out now?” he said.
  • Current Music
    "Youngstown" by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band


When I was a white belt, after class was over, I'd put my gi in the laundry bag and hang up my belt (which should never be washed) on the curtain rod in the bedroom. That quickly became the formal resting place for the belts, and now the brown belt has joined the white, blue, yellow, and green ones:

It's a nice little visual symbol of my progress as a karateka.

(And we've even got a bunny to keep an eye on the belts when I'm not around.....)
  • Current Music
    "Photo Shop" by Ian Anderson
wee krad, South Park Keith, South Park Keith #2

snurched from many on the f-list

I will list lyrics from ten songs, and you have to guess what song they're from. I'm just going to pick random things from the iTunes favorites list....

1. Goodbye is too good a word, babe, so I'll just say "Fare thee well." ("Don't Think Twice, It's Alright" by Bob Dylan, guessed by crazywritinfool.)

2. I would trade all my tomorrows for a single yesterday. ("Me and Bobby McGee" by Kris Krsitofferson, performed most famously by Janis Joplin, guessed by insertnamehere2 and girasole.)

3. She moved so easily, all I could think of was sunlight. ("I Know What I Know" by Paul Simon, guessed by surakofb5.)

4. Like some weird unearthly vision, wearing only T-shirt, pants, and skin. ("Budapest" by Ian Anderson, performed by Jethro Tull, guessed by _willowmyst.)

5. Mom wakes me up, she needs the car; for what, I can't say. She dresses up and goes out early almost every day. ("Forty Years Old and I'm Livin' in My Mom's Garage" by the Austin Lounge Lizards, guessed by caindog and debg.)

6. How can the angels get to sleep when the devil leaves the porch light on? ("Mr. Siegal" by Tom Waits, guessed by paleologa.)

7. He lays on the street, holdin' his leg, screamin' something in Spanish -- he was still breathin' when I walked away. ("Lost in the Flood" by Bruce Springsteen, guessed by suricattus.)

8. I run every red light on memory lane, I've seen desperation explode into pain. ("Telegraph Road" by Mark Knopfler, performed by Dire Straits, guessed by suricattus and chris_walsh.)

9. But the most exciting thing about him is he's the only one. ("House on Pooh Corner" by John Scheeler, performed by the Boogie Knights, guessed by boogiebabe_smap.)

10. You get what you pay for from me, my friend; nothin' for nothin', forever, amen. ("Sacrificial Lambs" by Warren Zevon, as guessed by ivymcallister -- artist -- and alexjay -- title.)
  • Current Music
    "Grocery Blues" by Arlo Guthrie

editing Shakespeare

A brilliant Comic Relief sketch from the 1980s with Hugh Laurie and Rowan Atkinson as, respectively, William Shakespeare and his editor.

I first came across this sketch as a bumper on Bravo to fill time between shows, back when Bravo was showing movies, A Bit of Fry and Laurie, and Rik Mayall doing fairy tales.

It may be the funniest sketch ever written. Go watch. Enjoy.

Huge thanks to neadods for alerting me to this....
  • Current Music
    "Portland Town" by Arlo Guthrie