Thank you

Nov. 22nd, 2008 01:50 pm
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Thanks to everyone who sent me well wishes about Irving...it's been a really bad week.

In the adding insult to injury category, when my mom and I were at the vet (a week ago today...jesus...) a big rottie jumped on her foot when we were trying to get in the exam room. And he broke it. We didn't know until Tuesday, when it was obvious she couldn't put any weight on it.

Luckily, it's a crack, not a full break and she's in a boot but doesn't need a cast, but still. It's just been a terrible week, made better by knowing there's an awful lot of people who care. And that always helps immeasurably.

VOTE

Nov. 4th, 2008 04:51 pm
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If you've voted already, yay! If not, go do it now!
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To everyone in tonight's Tomes of Terror III...Break Many Appendages! I won't be able to get there this evening, but I'll be thinking of you all. I'm trying to shift things around to make it there for Saturday.

And, for those in the area who have no idea what I'm talking about, go see this:

Tomes of Terror III

Once again, THE POST-MERIDIAN RADIO PLAYERS will bring you laughs, thrills and chills for Halloween with their annual LIVE "staged radio thrillogy", Tomes of Terror!

Come see radio drama performed the way it was back in the 1930's, 40's & 50's: with actors on microphones and a live Foley team creating sound effects, often with with unexpected, everyday objects. (Including our spiffy new glass-breaking box, and my leather biker jacket standing in for a couch, a horse, and any number of other sounds.)
First you will see the horrific Halloween jokes and pranks of Baby Snooks!
Then you will see the gothic terror as a simple fox hunt destroys lives in Reynardine!
Finally you will witness the vicious slaughter and uncontrollable terror of The Tell-Tale Heart!

The scares return, this year, for four performances, only! Wednesday, October 29th, Thursday, October 30th, Friday, October 31st and Saturday, November 1st at the Unity Church of God in Somerville, MA (note new location!).

Find out more at http://www.pmrp.org

Bwahahaaa!

Oct. 26th, 2008 11:39 pm
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The Tell Tale Heart!

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The Vet who did not Vet




And ever wonder what happened to those Wazzup? guys?



And finally, a walk down memory lane.

See more Ron Howard videos at Funny or Die
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I wanted to indulge in a little promotion for my very talented BF.

When you have a moment or want a laugh (provided you think any of it is funny) here’s a link to my boyfriend Rich’s youtube site. He builds these Henson-style puppets and then films them. The idea is Lady Jade does a vlog and some of the characters in her life pop in and out. Lady Jade is one of those annoying but kind of charming New Agey types. Mind you, there are a *lot* of science fiction references, half of which I don't even get. Juliet Too (ahem) is the absolutely rotten and talentless actress roommate.

He swears she’s a work of fiction.

Start at the beginning if you do watch to see the progression (and to see who people are!)

Lady Jade's Lair

He just started this a few months ago but he's already shot a bunch of vlogs. He builds all the puppets, the artwork in the background is his, he built the set, the costumes, films it and does all the voices and music. He's a talented guy and I'm trying to get the word out.
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So I said I was too busy/irritated/mired in ennui to post. Well, politics has got me going too much to not post. That and losing more than half of my retirement. It wasn't a lot, mind you, but it was mine. Well, sorta mine.

For those on the f-list who hate this stuff, sorry kids. But I gotta go with it. I've been falling asleep at night to Hardball (that sounds much dirtier than it is) and wondering why I'm tossing and turning.

This is why...a couple of days ago, McCain said the fundamentals of the economy are strong. Yesterday he said "oh. my. fucking. god. Can't do two things at once. Can't compartmentalize. Can't focus. Danger, danger! Crisis, rescue, panic! Argghhhhhh!!!!! and went running off.

Well, I sorta paraphrased, but you get the idea.

Last night the deer in headlights in chief, got on tv (which really mucked with my dvr schedule, I might add) and sorta, well, flipped. Did anyone else hear the unmitigated *fear* in his voice, especially at the beginning? Nothing like getting TrashEcon 101 from someone who doesn't have a good grasp of multiplication tables, let alone AAA rated securities.

And then there's my favorite, Ms. Palin. A breath of fresh air...a rose, in an otherwise homely sea of guys running for pres. How could you not just luv her to bits? She's so....spunky. I wish I had the courage to get up on a national stage and talk to...well, not really talk to anyone, because the McCain campaign is terrified she'll so something dumb like start speaking in tongues or something...but to rise to national prominence and still be so. fucking. ignorant. What a success story!

It'd be a Lifetime movie of the Week had we not already seen the prequel - W. Makes Dirt look Bright.

Sigh.
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Go here: http://www.youtube.com/user/deadpuppiesrfun

No puppies are involved by the way...it's just a kick ass bunch of youtube videos of some chick, LadyJadeElfWingRaveclaw or something...um and she's a puppet.

Look for the videos featuring Juliet Too. Hmmm...I wonder who inspired those ;-)
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I finished The Inheritance of Lost last night...it was quite good, very well written, but terrifically sad in that pfblaaaaa, crap sort of way. The way where you don't cry or mist over but, in stead, sort of sigh really loudly and look around where you are a bit, then flip over to see if there's an epilogue or something. Nope, no epilogue. Huh, that was abrupt.

I suppose that's my biggest criticism - the book is chugging along nicely, taking these people (a disjointed and damaged family and group of friends in India and a son, trying to make it in the kitchens of New York City) giving us bits and pieces of their lives, weaving their stories together. Some are touching, some are funny, some are outright sad, but none of them really come to a conclusion. It seems as though the author decided to make Indian civil unrest and Nepali revolt central to the story (and legitimately so) but, in doing that, sacrificed some of the characters back stories, which so large a part of the first two-thirds of the books.

The ending, as I said, was abrupt. I wanted more, to see what happens next, to know more about these people. So that is, of course, a good sign. I'm glad I read it but this will be one that gets passed along, not placed in my bookshelf.

Now, on to Joanne Harris' Chocolat (actually, I flew through the first 70 pages or so last night - so far, very good.)

More books

Jul. 24th, 2008 09:20 am
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I finished Nabokov's Lolita last night...I guess I'm glad I read it. Nabokov is certainly an amazing writer. But still, I just felt icked out and sad when it ended. Even more depressing was the fact that I felt a pang of sympathy for Humbert by the bitter end. That surprised me more than a little.

Lolita is certainly not light reading and wildly inappropriate for many, I'd think. But if you can handle the well....pederasty and incest themes, it is worth reading for Nabokov's use of language.

I'm pleased that I'm ahead of schedule - this is book three for July. That's a better pace than expected since I have so little time to actually sit down and read. I'm finding myself scheduling it in I'm enjoying this so much. My year of books, with a nod to Ruth Ozeki.

Right before bed, I cracked open my next book. I read the first 40 pages or so and called it a night. So far, very good. Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai, a Christmas present from my boss that I'm finally getting to. This, too, might be one of those books that sweeps you along on a river of language.*

*Above metaphor is why I am not a professional writer
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I'm back on a reading binge, after a long, long absence. I thought it might be cool to note down what I'm reading and what I've finished as I've done it...So here's a quick recap.

June was Gentleman and Players by Joanne Harris...sort of a good mystery set in a British day school for boys. Enjoyable, easy read.

Also in June I read The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova which was a quite good piece of historical fiction about Vlad the Impaler and the whole Dracula mythos...really well written. I've always had a thing for Byzantine and Ottoman history - dunno why. So if you like intelligent vampire books, as opposed to the soft core porn variety, this is for you.

Right after than I banged through a collection of Richard Matheson's short stories, including I Am Legend...haven't seen the film yet. Really really good stuff. I read the collection in a couple of hours.

I just finished Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, one of those books I always meant to read but never got around to. I enjoyed it, had a few laughs but mostly felt really bad for how limited women were in the late 18th, early 19th century. Reminds me of how far we've come, how far we need to go. Austen's writing and wit are really perfect. I understand why people are so obsessed.

I just started Nabokov's Lolita. I read Invitation to a Beheading last summer and...well liked it isn't the right word...found myself entranced is more appropriate. Lolita is quite different and the subject matter is sorta giving me problems, but Nabokov's writing is so beguiling you stay with it.

I'm hoping to average two books a month for a bit, though with vacation coming up I might do better. The new Artemis Fowl just hit the shelves and, god help us, Piers Anthony wrote another book in the Incarnations of Immortality series. the reviews I read were awful, but I feel compelled, having loved that series so much.
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Yves Saint Laurent Dies at 71
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Published: Sunday, June 01, 2008
By Mort Sheinman
http://www.wwd.com/issue/article/125371

Yves is gone.

Yves Saint Laurent, the designer considered by many to be one of the greatest in history, died in Paris late Sunday at age 71 after a long, undisclosed illness. He had been bedridden recently and friends said in the last week had been unable to eat or talk. Saint Laurent had been rarely seen over the last year, and even then he was wheelchair bound and weak.

The designer’s health had always been precarious even when, at age 22, he burst onto the scene as the sensational new designer at Christian Dior, replacing the late Monsieur Dior himself. The bespectacled, shy, soft-spoken designer quickly became an icon – and would remain so for the next five decades.

Saint Laurent’s contributions to fashion were unquestioned – even if, in later years, many of his collections were considered repetitive of his signatures. In this century, only Dior, Coco Chanel, Cristobal Balenciaga and Karl Lagerfeld, his peer and rival, were said to be on the same plateau.

So strong was Saint Laurent’s grip on the world of fashion that if he made a slight change in a hemline or a subtle shift in a waistline, the repercussions rippled around the globe. At the minimum, fashion owes him the credit for the invention of ready to wear through the launch in 1966 of his Rive Gauche collection. But there also were his iconic tuxedo suit “le smoking,” beatnik fashions, the use of safari jackets as a style statement for women and men, the Ballets Russes collection, his unparalleled sense of color combinations, the artistry of his cut, designer denim and the launch of a significant fragrance and beauty business with a designer name.

As Saint Laurent himself told WWD on the last day in his atelier in 2002, "I always served women and I did it without compromise until the end, with respect and love."

For more, check back to WWD.com and see Monday's issue of WWD.
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My good friend and Herr Direktor Eric Bickernicks thinks jibjab ripped off one of his comedy shorts...here's his email to me....what do you think? I think the similarities are...suspicious.

Eric:
OK, here's the *ONE* favor I'm gonna ask of all by online buddies.

I created a video short called "Scrambled Eggs" back in 1984. There is now a series of shorts on Jibjab called "Eggs". I think their version looks painfully close to my version. Go here for the full story:

http://www.thedacrons.com/gagfilms/dane_boedigheimer.php

What I'm trying to do is get the story noticed on a site called digg.com. (#1 social bookmarking site) Here's the story link on digg.com:

http://digg.com/videos/comedy/Did_Jibjab_rip_me_off_WTF

If you are a member, please give me a digg so this story will be more likely noticed. If you are not a member and have the time, please sign up
and click the "dugg!" button. If you've REALLY go the time, please help me send the story far and wide."



read more | digg story
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“We Oppose Emergency in Pakistan”

5 November 2007

Dear Friends:

Please go to the site below and sign the petition: “We oppose Emergency in Pakistan.”

http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/we-oppose-emergency-in-pakistan.html

And, forward it to others with the request to do the same. Stand up and be counted. Every vote counts!
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You Are a Witch (or Warlock)



You are deviously brilliant and a perfect manipulator.

You somehow always end up getting what you want - without anyone knowing you're working behind the scenes.

Crafty and cunning, you can work your way out of any jam.

And it's easy for you to get people to do what you want, whether you're working for good or evil.



Your greatest power: Mind control



Your greatest weakness: Making people your puppets



You play well with: Ghosts

Why?

Sep. 21st, 2007 06:16 pm
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Why can't I make my layout do what I want it to? Curses and drat! Stupid html.
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You are a vampire!
QuizHeaven.com
You are suave and seductive. Eternal life is yours and you never tire of coming up with crazy ways of amusing yourself and others. Sometimes, however, your taste for blood comes in the way of friendships as you are constantly turning your friends into vampires.

Take this quiz at QuizHeaven.com

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I am so sad about this...I mean, I didn't know her and 88 is a grand, full life but still. I first read A Wrinkle in Time when I was 7. I've read it every five or so years since. It remains my all time favorite book and a huge reason for my fascination with quantum physics, behavioral psychology and hatred of German philosophers :-)

RIP Ms. L'Engle.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/08/books/07cnd-lengle.html?ref=arts
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?? Which Of The Greek Gods Are You ??

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