Friday, February 29, 2008

Another February Is No Meme Month Draws To A Close

Thanks to everyone who participated in February Is No Meme Month by not participating in the proliferation of memes.

As you are probably already aware, the restrictive use of memes in the month of February allows nutrients to return to the soil that have been leeched by repeated blog-taggings and linkbacks.

The cessation of memes also significantly decreases light pollution in major metropolitan areas, and promotes regrowth of vegetation weakened by the toxic exhaust of the blogosphere.

As this month draws to a close, let us all remember to continue to blog responsibly!

Thank you,

The Mgmt.

Spice Rollcall!


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Thursday, February 28, 2008

The Diablo Cody Backlash Continues

You need not look far to see the widespread backlash greeting Diablo Cody's recent success, which reached its peak with her Best Original Screenplay Academy Award for Juno.

Yet another group of people have emerged to vent their disapproval of Ms. Cody's past work.

Morgan, age 33: She never did understand the aesthetics of the pole.

Chris, age 31: Could not or would not make change.

Casey, age 33: Offstage she was all, 'I love Iggy and the Stooges!', but as soon as she got onstage it was all urban light contemporary.

Alex, age 53: You could tell her heart wasn't in it. Dancing was just a stepping stone. She wasn't in it for the long haul.

A Guide To Nebbishy Character Actors

This has happened to a couple people I know. It might have even happened to me. Have you ever tried to recall the name of a nerdy bespectacled character actor, where you can picture the person's face, but can't remember exactly where you have seen them before?

Scratch your head no longer! Here's my attempt at being an online resource for people trying to separate the various nebbishy character actors who traditionally wear glasses in their movie and television roles.

If I have left someone out, please let me know. Some nebbishy character actors are more readily identifiable (Rick Moranis, for example) and thus have not been included here.

Stephen Tobolowsky

You may have seen him in:
Memento, Deadwood, Heroes, Groundhog Day

Austin Pendleton

You may have seen him in:
The Muppet Movie, Short Circuit, Oz

Max Wright

You may have seen him in:
ALF, Reds, All That Jazz

Eddie Deezen

You may have seen him in:
Grease, WarGames, Midnight Madness

David Cross

You may have seen him in:
Small Soldiers, Arrested Development, Scary Movie 2, Mr. Show

Robert Carradine

You may have seen him in:
Revenge of the Nerds, The Big Red One, Number One With A Bullet

Stephen Root

You may have seen him in:
Dodgeball, Office Space, NewsRadio

Bob Balaban

You may have seen him in:
Altered States, A Mighty Wind, 2010

George Wyner

You may have seen him in:
Spaceballs, Fletch

Charles Martin Smith

You may have seen him in:
American Graffiti, The Untouchables, Never Cry Wolf

David Paymer

You may have seen him in:
Get Shorty, Searching For Bobby Fischer, Ocean's Thirteen

I might be stretching it a bit for Mr. Paymer, because in many roles he doesn't wear glasses. But hey, it's my guide, so what the heck.

Ron Rifkin

You may have seen him in:
Alias, Husbands and Wives, L.A. Confidential

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Jumpin' Jack Repetition

Hi, excuse me while I share my weird and boring sense of humor with you.

A couple months ago I caught a little bit of The Rolling Stones: Rock and Roll Circus on the teevee. Our cable box happened to be on PBS, and that's what was playing there.

I was curious what some earlier parts of the show looked like, so went back a little with the DVR (it keeps around two hours of airtime of whatever channel you're watching in memory).

So I see the Stones play "Jumpin' Jack Flash", and after the first verse there's this odd sort of shot. It starts out on these goofballs in yellow ponchos dancing, then we quickly pan over to Brian Jones, who gives a premeditated, hipper-than-thou nod straight into the camera.

I immediately busted out laughing. I mean, I couldn't control myself. I then proceeded to rewind the DVR probably fifteen or twenty times so I could see it again. What was it that was so funny to me? It wasn't just the dancing goofballs, or the whip pan, or Brian Jones nodding to me, it was somehow the combination of all three that I found absolutely heee-larious.

Anyways, I have isolated this shot and repeated it a number of times, and have uploaded it to YouTube.

The results are below. You're welcome, I guess?

World Of Warcraft Greek Dessert Rundown

A list of my brother's current roster of WoW characters, with their accompanying dishes.


The character:
Blaniage is a Blood Elf Hunter. He is aligned with the Horde.

The dessert:

From Aunt Marikaβ s blaniage
1 kg of milk
1/2 a pack of corn flour
5 tablespoons of sugar
1 lemon peel or some s of vanilla essence

Add the corn flour in the cold milk and mix until it is dissolved. Heat the mix in a saucepan and add the sugar and the vanilla essence or the lemon peel. When the cream is thick, remove it from the stove and pour the mixture in a cake tin sprinkled with cold water and let it cool down. When it is cold, empty it in a platter and garnish with fruits in syrup or marmalade or even chocolate syrup.


The character:
Baklava is an undead mage. He is aligned with the Horde.

The dessert:

From Baklava - Allrecipes

* 1 (16 ounce) package phyllo dough
* 1 pound chopped nuts
* 1 cup butter
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1 cup water
* 1 cup white sugar
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1/2 cup honey


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F(175 degrees C). Butter the bottoms and sides of a 9x13 inch pan.
2. Chop nuts and toss with cinnamon. Set aside. Unroll phyllo dough. Cut whole stack in half to fit pan. Cover phyllo with a dampened cloth to keep from drying out as you work. Place two sheets of dough in pan, butter thoroughly. Repeat until you have 8 sheets layered. Sprinkle 2 - 3 tablespoons of nut mixture on top. Top with two sheets of dough, butter, nuts, layering as you go. The top layer should be about 6 - 8 sheets deep.
3. Using a sharp knife cut into diamond or square shapes all the way to the bottom of the pan. You may cut into 4 long rows the make diagonal cuts. Bake for about 50 minutes until baklava is golden and crisp.
4. Make sauce while baklava is baking. Boil sugar and water until sugar is melted. Add vanilla and honey. Simmer for about 20 minutes.
5. Remove baklava from oven and immediately spoon sauce over it. Let cool. Serve in cupcake papers. This freezes well. Leave it uncovered as it gets soggy if it is wrapped up.


The character:
Kataifi is an Orc Warrior. He is aligned with the Horde.

The dessert:

From Greek

350 gr. walnuts or almonds, coarsely chopped
55 gr. sugar
1 egg, slightly beaten
2 tablespoons brandy
1 teaspoon cinnamon if walnuts are used, or 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel for almond filling

500 gr. thread-like kadaifi pastry
170 gr. unsaited butter, melted
1 tablespoon cinnamon, for the top

500 gr. caster sugar
500 ml water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 pieces of lemon rind

Serves 18 persons!

Mix all the filling ingredients well, in a bowl. Brush a large baking dish with butter. Pull a small handful of pastry lightly and spread it flat on a wooden board or a marble slab. Place a large tablespoon of filling at one end of the pastry and roll the pastry rightly over it, making sure the filling is securely enclosed. The result should resemble a cylindrical fat parcel, about 10 cm long maximum. Place these parcels in rows in the baking dish, leaving a little space between them, otherwise they do not crisp on the side. There should be approximately 18-20 pieces by the time you finish. Heat the butter and pour 1-2 tablespoons over each piece of kadaifi. Bake in a pre-heated oven, gas no. 4/ 350 grades F/ 180 grades C), for 30 minutes; increase the temperature to gas no. 7/ 425 grades F/ 220 grades C and cook for a further 10 minutes. The pastries should have a crisp and pale golden appearance. Let them cool while you make the syrup. Dissolve the sugar in the water, add the lemon juice and rind, and boil gently for 8-10 minutes, until the syrup thickens slightly. Pour the hot syrup slowly over the cool kadaifi and let stand in the dish until the syrup is completely absorbed. Sprinkle a little cinnamon on each piece.
Allow one piece of kadaifi per person.


The character:
Pantespani is a Blood Elf Priest. He is aligned with the Horde.

The dessert:

From Recipe Link

5 eggs -- separated
1 cup sugar
1 cup cake flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 lemon rind -- grated
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup butter -- melted

1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups water
juice of lemon

Beat egg yolks and sugar several minutes until light and creamy. Sift dry ingredients together and gradually add to batter. Add lemon rind and vanilla. Beat egg whites until stiff and fold gently into batter.

Pour into greased and floured 13x9-inch pan. Spoon melted butter evenly OVER top. Bake at 350-degrees for 25 to 30-minutes. Slowly spoon cooled syrup over hot cake.

Combine all ingredients and gently boil for 5 to 7-minutes, or until candy thermometer reaches 205-degrees.


The character:
Karythopita is an Undead Warlock. She is aligned with the Horde.

The dessert:

From Greek Food


* 3 1/2 cups of water
* 2 2/3 cups of sugar
* 5-6 whole cloves
* 1 stick of cinnamon
* juice and peel of 1/2 lemon
* ---------------
* 10 eggs, separated
* 10 tablespoons of sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
* 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves
* 1 teaspoon of baking soda
* 2 teaspoons of baking powder
* 4 tablespoons of self-rising flour
* grated peel and juice of 1 orange
* 2 tablespoons of brandy (or flavoring)
* 6 tablespoons of toasted breadcrumbs (or crushed zwieback)
* 10 tablespoons of finely chopped walnuts
* a pinch of salt
* 1 tablespoon of water
* butter (to grease baking pan)
* coarsely chopped walnuts (topping)
* ground cinnamon (topping)


Make the syrup: In a saucepan, add all syrup ingredients and bring to a boil, stirring well. Reduce heat and allow to boil gently for 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Beat egg whites, salt, and water to the firm peak stage.

Preheat oven to 340F (170C).

Make the walnut cake: In a mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks, sugar, cinnamon, and ground cloves very well until creamy and smooth. In a separate bowl, mix the baking soda, baking powder, and flour, and stir in to the mixture. Add grated orange peel and juice, brandy, breadcrumbs, and walnuts. Finally, and carefully, fold in the beaten egg whites.

Lightly grease a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan (or equivalent) with butter, pour in the batter, and bake at 340°F (170°C) for 40 minutes. Cake is done when a knife inserted into the middle comes out dry.

Soak in syrup: Spoon the cooled syrup evenly over the hot cake. Sprinkle with walnuts mixed with a little cinnamon. Allow to cool before serving.

Note: Make sure the syrup is completely cooled to room temperature before adding to cake. If necessary, refrigerate for a few minutes.


The character:
Gastrin is a Blood Elf Paladin. He is aligned with the Horde.

The dessert:

From Greek Food
Sesame seeds, pepper, and poppy seeds are only some of the unusual ingredients in this ancient recipe. Petimezi (a sweetener made from grapes), used long before sugar arrived in Greece, adds to the unique taste. If you're hooked on the Ancients, give this recipe a try.

* For the dough:
* 4 cups of all-purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon of salt
* 1/4 cup of olive oil
* juice of 1 lemon
* 3 1/2 ounces of toasted sesame seeds (a little over 2/3 cup), ground
* -----------
* For the filling:
* 2/3 pounds of chopped hazelnuts, unsalted
* 2/3 pounds of chopped almonds, unsalted
* 2/3 pounds of chopped walnuts
* 1/5 pound of sesame seeds
* 1/5 pound of poppy seeds
* 1 teaspoon of coarsely ground black pepper
* 3/4 cup of honey
* ----------
* For the syrup:
* 2 cups of sugar
* 1 cup of water
* 1/4 cup of petimezi *
* 3/4 cup of honey


* Petimezi: a syrup made from grapes (recipe).

Combine the dough ingredients and knead to form the dough. Roll out into 3 equal-sized sheets about 1/8 inch thick, large enough to cover a medium baking pan.

Combine all filling ingredients.

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).

Place one sheet of dough in the bottom of a lightly oiled baking pan.

Cover with half the filling. Add the second sheet of dough and the remaining filling. Place the third sheet of dough on top. Cut into squares and then diagonally to form trianges. Sprinkle with a little water and sesame seeds.

Bake on the rack just below the middle of the oven at 350°F (180°C) for about 30 minutes.

When the pastry is cool, combine all syrup ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Pour the hot syrup over the cooled pastry and let sit until syrup is absorbed (about 3-4 hours).

I'm Very Proud Of This Negative Signage

This weekend I found some choice negative signage, but you'll have to go here to check it out.

I wouldn't link to it if I didn't think it was cool, and to me it is the APEX of cool.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

A Live-Blogging Challenge

Here's a live-blogging challenge to my blogger friends.

Complete any of the following tasks and you have my respect.
Complete them all and you have my undying devotion.

If it's not obvious, only by posting the results of live-blogging on your own site will a task be deemed fully completed.

The Tasks
1) Live blog sitting in a bus station for an hour (you are not going anywhere, you're simply sitting in a bus station)
2) Live blog your next haircut
3) Live blog while getting your oil changed
4) Live blog while doing a crossword puzzle
5) Live blog from a mall food court during lunch hour
6) Live blog from a laundromat (it's okay to do your laundry while live-blogging)
7) Fried chicken live-blogging
8) Live blog while sitting in traffic (be careful with this one!)
9) Live blog while watching Home Alone 2 with the sound off, playing Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon
10) Live blog the thirty minutes immediately following your reading of this post

Unconnected Tuesdays

Paper clip



Billy Dee Williams - Suave

Riding High on the Sale of Small Eggs

Pull up a stool and order a pint of mead!

Here are more details on the fall of Baklava, and the ascendancy of Blaniage, as told by my brother.


In the vernacular of World of Warcraft (WoW), my "main" (my most powerful or highest level character) is now Blaniage, a Blood Elf hunter. He's a Horde "toon", which is to say he is at war with all Alliance toons. Baklava, my Night Elf Druid, was in the Alliance.

Although I already had one Horde toon (Mazgul, the unfortunately named Undead Warlock), Blaniage was my first Horde character after my upgrade to the Burning Crusade (the WoW expansion pack, the purchase of which serves as irrefutable evidence of my growing WoW addiction). The Blood Elf race was added in the expansion pack. I started playing Blaniage around Christmas. I remember this not because of anything occuring in the real world, but because Christmas occurs around the same time as the Winter Festival in WoW. As in the real world, the Winter Festival means baking, and baking means small eggs.

There is an economy in WoW. Toons needing supplies can go to a number of vendors specializing in various products or disciplines, but some items must be found or purchased at a considerable mark-up from other players via the Auction House. Think of the Auction House as an in-game eBay. Blaniage was not born with a silver spoon, but he was born next to a thriving colony of relatively weak dragons whose corpses were lousy with small eggs. Through hard work and the exploitation of other players frantic to complete Winter Festival quests involving the baking of gingerbread cookies, Blaniage made a killing in the small egg market. At the peak of the gingerbread cookie frenzy, a clutch of small eggs normally fetching 10 silver sold for 5 gold. That's a five thousand percent mark-up!

I now had a very poor Alliance Night Elf Druid, desperately in need of cash to complete his training, and a very wealthy Horde Blood Elf Hunter with nothing on which to spend his vast virtual fortune. Fortunately, WoW has a mail delivery service so that different toons can trade objects, money, and well wishes/death threats. Unfortunately, mail sent to opposite sides of the WoW war is not permitted. It seemed I needed to choose sides myself: the virtuous but poor Baklava, or the opportunist and wealthy Blaniage. Blaniage it was. I stopped playing Baklava at level 27; Blaniage is now level 43.

I've mentioned before that my biggest complaint about WoW is that it takes so long to get from place to place. This is primarily due to the fact that there is no transportation for low-level characters. Lower level toons literally run across continents to complete quests, and there's no "wake me up when we get there" for the toon owner. You have to plod right along with your toon. Baklava once swam across an entire ocean just to open a trunk containing an item required to gain his water form. I sat there with my forefinger pressed firmly against the up arrow button for a solid hour, watching Baklava swim. At level 40, characters rich enough can purchase a mount. Blaniage, once lousy rich with gold, is now poor, but he does have a mount.



Blaniage and his mount

I asked my brother a little more detail about the mount, how much does it cost, did you name it, etc. Here is his response:

The mount only cost 8 gold 50 silver, but it cost 90 gold to train to ride it. Can't name a mount, unfortunately. They're chattel.

Monday, February 25, 2008

And Furthermore, A Girl In Trouble Is A Temporary Thing

Romeo Void - Girl In Trouble

I like this song a lot.

I had never seen this video before. Just when you think you have seen all of its "1980's video" bag-of-tricks, it pulls out another. Simply amazing.

The 60 Second Doodle Is A Nice Diversion For A Busy Man

Ack, work is crazy lately.

Let's do an old-fashioned doodle to clear my head.

No quizzes to win, no questions to answer. The first person to comment with a doodle idea gets that idea doodled.


I don't know the significance of this request, but this one is for J.D.: Marion Cotillard with her Oscar visiting prisoners in a Slovakian detention facility

My Non-Oscars Oscars Post

Fell asleep sick at 8:00pm last night.

Woke up at 5:00am today feeling a lot better.

Thank you, Oscars! I don't know how you did it, but you did it!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Little Somber Minutemen

I was bouncing around, looking for videos on the YouTube.

I found this acoustic performance of the Minutemen performing their song "Corona", which you may recognize as the theme song used in the MTV show, Jackass.

It's nice, and a very different feel from the original.

Aieeeeeee! Run! Run For Your Lives!!!

A Sweet Picture To Offset My Recent Out-Of-Control Snarkiness


Brian Dennehy - Greybear

Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Golden Suckass

I'm still getting over a cold, but I felt well enough to travel through the so-so winter weather for the magic of Le Cinema.

What were my choices?

Michael Clayton - I am really not a big fan of the films of George Clooney, whether they be directed by Steven Soderbergh, the Coen Brothers, George Clooney or whoever the extremely talented and important director that made this movie was. Yes, yes, I'm aware that his films are all politically earnest and heartfelt and shit, yes, I appreciate that. Move along now, move along. You're blocking the remainder of my post.

P.S. I Love You - I don't even want to know what the hell this is. I want to punch the title of this movie in the nose.

Enchanted - No.

The Golden Compass - Yes, of course!

This is a first for me. My choice of film at the LaGrange tonight was made via unusual means. I'm a fan of the snarky blog post title when it comes to my Two Buck Schmuck feature. When I saw that The Golden Compass was playing this week, I immediately thought, "Ah ha! The Golden Suckass!"

So, I watched this damn movie just so I could use that post title. Pathetic, ain't I?

Thankfully, this movie sucked ass, so I'm not really giving any false or misleading information.

As we learn in the prologue of the film, there are lots of parallel worlds. Unlike our own world, where the soul of a human resides within the body, in the world of GC the souls walk beside the body in animal form. My oh my was this distracting. In any scene with a lot of people, I compulsively scanned the screen to ensure that every human had his or her own personal lovingly-CGI-rendered animal form. I have a feeling that the techie people forced to render these goddamn creatures were about as annoyed as I was making sure everybody had an animal buddy.

Anyways, Daniel Craig is some royal dude who is a scientist who discovers a portal to another world at the North Pole, and he wants to see if he can cross over. There is an autocratic authority, the Magisterium (not to be confused with Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium), that doesn't want him to do this, for whatever reason. In fact, we later learn the Magisterium actually *wants* to make contact with other worlds in order to conquer them. I throw my hands up and do not try to understand.

When looking up the spelling for Magisterium, I noted that it is a term referring to the teaching authority of the Roman Catholic Church. Then I remember hearing something about how there were some complaints The Golden Compass promotes atheism. If there are Catholics or other religiously-minded people that might feel threatened or offended by the material contained in this film, let me assure you that it does not threaten or offend in any kind of entertaining fashion. All its offenses are quite boring, accompanied by perhaps the worst orchestral score experienced thus far by this humble reviewer. Scratch that -- Van Helsing's score was a tad worse.

Oh, before I forget, there's some horseshit they go on about regarding "dust". What is dust, you ask? I honestly don't really care. But it's important, essence of life, or some such thing.

So there's this girl, who is Daniel Craig's niece, though maybe she is his daughter, and she's the main character, meeting swarthy foreigners and CGI'ed genital-less polar bears with the voices of Ian McKellen and Ian McShane (polar bears have to be voiced by Ians, apparently).

The Ians' voiceovers were another source of distraction for me. At one point, McKellen the polar bear and the girl need to cross this chasm over a flimsy icy-rocky bridge. So the bridge collapses as the girl is running across it (McKellen stays back because he's quite heavy). I could not help thinking of a line for McKellen: "I.... SHALL.... NOT..... PASS!!!!!!"

The girl has a creepy scene with McShane the Polar Bear King, where she is sort of flirting with him. I just thought, man, in Deadwood, a young girl flirting with Ian McShane is a baaaaaaaad idea.

Lessee, who else was in this.... Nicole Kidman is a bad guy in it who may or may not be the girl's mother. She has a large part that pretty much evaporates in the latter half of the film. Daniel Craig also sort of disappears. He is taken captive by some swarthy foreigners. We learn in a very brief voiceover near the end of the film that he was let go because he bribed them, and now has some underground lab where he is cooking meth or something. There's danger afoot for Mr. Craig, however -- the Magisterium is a-coming to get him but good!

Oh crap, I almost forgot. Sam Elliott has a relatively big role as a Cowboy Aeronaut. The less said about him the better, I think.

There is so much to tell you that I have no intention of doing!

The ending may have been one of the stinkier things about this movie. First some setup I have to unfortunately do:

  • The girl and McKellen Polar Bear have rescued some children from a secret lab where they are separating people from their animal souls
  • They are riding in Sam Elliott's cowboy space balloon
  • They are going to rescue Daniel Craig
  • There is a group of kids that already had their souls separated from them, and nobody knows what to do about it.

So, the last scene of the movie is the girl telling her friend what their next tasks are going to be -- "so, we gotta rescue my dad, we gotta do something about those animal-soulless kids, etc."

And that's the end. Normally a movie franchise earns a filmgoer's trust in the first installment, and then shits on them in the second and third (Back To The Future, The Matrix), but this movie has the audacity to assume we're going to want another gazillion dollar movie made to show this girl hug Daniel Craig. It ain't gonna happen!

Baklava, Death and a Giant Broom

It's been about two months since I have provided an update on my brother's adventures of Baklava in the glorious World of Warcraft (WoW).

Well, I hope you're happy now. Baklava the Night Elf Druid is dead.

You may or not may realize the nature of these kinds of games, but during play a character can die many, many times. When this happens, the worst you have to do is traipse through the wilderness in a non-corporeal, non-playable form and retrieve your carcass. Once the carcass has been claimed, you're free to again wander about the countryside, killing things and being killed by things.

I'm not talking about that kind of death. Baklava is *dead* dead. He is gone. My brother killed him. He got tired of playing a Night Elf Druid who was constantly getting his elven ass kicked. My brother is still playing WoW, but is now primarily playing a Blood Elf named Blaniage (another Greek dessert, for those keeping score at home). People interested in the exploits of Blaniage will need to stay tuned. I can promise you exciting tales of mounts, mayhem and fortuitous investment opportunities.

For those shedding a few tears, the spirit of Baklava the beloved Night Elf lives on. My brother has created a new Undead Mage character, also named Baklava. For you Mazgul the Undead Mage fans out there, I have some terrible news. My brother has killed Mazgul, and has no intention of bringing him back.

Baklava the Undead Mage is hovering around Level 10 and has pretty crappy equipment. Mages are able to wield weapons, though they are stronger in the art of magic. In one of Baklava's first quests, he had to steal pumpkins from farmers. After finally killing a farmer, he realized that a broom of the farmer was far more powerful than the two-handed staff he was fruitlessly whacking at things with.

So now, Baklava the Undead Mage has a large, slightly silly broom hanging off his undead back.

Presented Without Content

Road Warrior, The Musical - Snake In The Sand

Another entry in my new musical -- The Road Warrior.

"Snake In The Sand"

Sung by: The Gyro Captain
Description: Max is surprised at the site of an apparent accident by The Gyro Captain, who has laid a trap for scavengers of petrol.

I'm the Gyro Captain
I'm a snake in the sand
With my wits and my crossbow
I'm the one in command

Your souped-up Interceptor
Might be very fast
But thinking like a reptile
Is the only way to last

So please, no funny moves
And give me all your gas
If you want to live
Give me all your gas

[Max's dog jumps out of the Interceptor and attacks The Gyro Captain. The tables are turned, and Max is in control]

Oh please don't kill me!
I'm an insignificant man
I am dirt under your feet
I'm a snake in the sand

I didn't ask to be given
The role that I was cast
All my friends and family
Are buried in the past

I just want to live
Is that so much to ask?
All I wanted was just a little gas
All I want is just a little gas

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Recognition of Excellence In The Category Of Compulsive Bloggery

Thank you to PJ and SamuraiFrog for rating my blog "E" for "eubetcha got an excellent blog".

I give everyone on my blogroll one of these things. If you were not excellent, I would not list you.

Be careful, they are made from obsidian!

Wonder Blogroll Powers, Activate!

Form of.... A POST!

A Salute To Some Stuff
A Sunny Thought
Bad Tempered Zombie
beginning to bird
Bells On
Blowing Sh*t Up With Gas
Coaster Punchman's World
Cup of Coffey
Dead Spot On The Web
Dear Bastards...
distributorcap NY
Electronic Cerebrectomy
Everything's Swirling
Freida Bee
Grant Miller Media
Here Comes Johnny Yen Again...
I Was Just Wondering
Impeachment And Other Dreams
International House of Blogcakes
jintrinsique UNPLUGGED
Joe's Movie Corner
Jon The Integalactic Gladiator
L'ennui mélodieux
Lotsa 'Splainin' 2 Do
Mock, Paper, Scissors
Monkey Muck
Nerdy Laundry
No Smoking In The Skull Cave
Passion of the Dale
Peace Corps Volunteer Steve in Romania
Prone To Whimsy
Rider's Block
Social Zymurgy
Some Guy's Blog
Sorghum Crow's General Store
Sprawling Ramshackle Compound
Tenacious S
The Cushy Blog
The Idea Of Progress
the otherwhirled
The Pop Eye
The Simarco Letters
The Urban Recluse
The Woodring Monitor
Two Minutes In The Box
Various Ecstasies
What I Like About The Universe
When Will I Use This?
Who's In Charge Here?
Wyld's Q & A
Zaius Naton

UPDATE! shape of... newly-added blogs!

the ultra-mundane
Things That Make You Say 'WTF?'
The Hidden Agenda of Cowboy the Cat

Silver Squirrel

John Mahoney - Silver Squirrel

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

It's So Nice To Play The Joan Rivers Show

Hüsker Dü - Could You Be The One? (followed by an I*N*T*E*R*V*I*E*W)

Joan: "What.... does.... Hüsker Dü..... mean?"

It's So Nice To Be A Beautiful Girl

Kahimi Karie - Good Morning World

How To Insult A Periodical

Just add stupid.


1) The New York Stupid Times
2) Stupid Newsweek
3) U.S. Stupid News And Stupid World Report
4) Stupid People Magazine
5) The Wall Street Stupid
6) The Sacramento Stupid Bee
7) Stupid, Stupid Foreign Affairs
8) In Stupid Style
9) Stupid Washington Stupid Post Stupid
10) The Chicago Sun-Stupid

Unconnected Tuesdays

A cue ball

A combine

I'm So Worried, I Told You I Was Worried

No, no, I'm really not all that worried.

It's time for another one song mix!

This mix comes from Mayo Thompson's 1970 album Corky's Debt To His Father, which was reissued by the Chicago label Drag City several years ago. Mayo Thompson is the creative force behind The Red Krayola.

Again, I present a song that you may not like, but I absolutely love. What would it hurt to give it a try, hmm?

Mayo Thompson - Worried, Worried

And here are some lyrics from the song that I really love, too.

The president and the police
In their golden fleece
They are looking for peace
Just like you or I might
But it's in their own way
And it just ain't the same
And it gives us all a terrible fright

Enjoy it (or don't)!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Spring Rain

Yes, I still have the barest smidgen of the winter blahs.

The Go-Betweens - Spring Rain

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Trees And Signs #3

Revisiting an infrequent feature, in an effort to combat the winter blahs. I didn't perfectly represent the branch arrangements graphically, but I am happy enough with them to publish here.

Tree #3
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Sign #3
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Thursday, February 14, 2008


Christopher Walken - Sharkstick

Happy Valentine's Day Pointer

If you would like to read a Valentine's Day post from me, look no further than:

The Romance Of Negative Signage

Happy Birthday Doodle

A doodle for Freida Bee's birthday - Splotchy taking a picture of the negative signage of a birthday message.

Happy birthday, Freida Bee!

As A Matter Of Fact, I Do Have A Couple More Awards Available

Like with my other awards, the only thing required to win one is having the will to take it.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Who Wants An Orange Award?

You may also want to consider picking up a meaningless cherry.