15 March 2003
File under "Duh"
"Which Humor Troubles the Disposition of YOUR Body?"
Did you really need to ask?
Your humor is: yellow bile
When yellow bile dominates, an individual is quick to anger. Choleric personalities (cholera meaning yellow as in yellow fever) are often violent and vengeful.
Black Hellebore, which is known for its laxative properties, purges lower tracts of phlegm and choleric humors.
Avoid herbs with a bitter taste, as they are most likely to promote yellow bile.
Choler is hot and dry, begotten of the hotter parts of the chylus, and gathered to the gall. It helps the natural heat and senses.
(Muchas gracias: LAN3 at The Sound and Fury, whose humors are far better balanced than mine.)
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6 October 2003
To no one's amazement
This Big Five Personality Test is currently making the rounds, and, well, how am I going to resist a deal like that?
Now go away before I have a panic attack.
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24 October 2003
The Acidman quiz
Well, why the hell not? The original is here.
1) Does anybody really see a correlation between the size of a man's feet or his nose and the size of his penis?
I wear a size 14 shoe, and my glasses fit; I don't think there is any such correlation.
2) If you are a woman, would you ever get a tit-job? If so, why?
Not applicable, though if I were, I don't think I could afford a good one, and I don't think I could afford the misery of a bad one.
3) If you are a man, would you buy a bionic Roscoe if your dick quit working? If so, why?
It's not like the ol' YCB* is getting any kind of a workout anyway, so probably not.
4) Did you ever sleep with someone and wake up in the morning unable to remember their name? If not, WHY NOT?
No, because the sample size is too small to justify this level of forgetfulness.
5) Which would you rather have for a pet? A DOG or a CAT? If you answer "cat," you've got some serious explaining to do.
Cats are more like me surly, uncommunicative, indifferent all of which are probably good arguments for dogs.
6) Do you eat grits for breakfast?
I have before, though not lately; usually I skip breakfast altogether, on the dubious basis that I need those few extra minutes of sleep more than I need a sloshing of nutrient-like substances.
7) What is the most dumb-ass thing you ever did in your life? Was it fun or has it haunted you for years?
I actually fell for the armorer's request for a left-handed barrel stabilizer while I was a lowly E-1.
8) Do you exceed the speed limit regularly when you drive, or just do it occasionally? Don't tell me that you NEVER SPEED you lying shit! Tell the truth!
Most places I go, going the speed limit is an invitation to tailgaters.
9) Describe the happiest day you can remember living.
Working on it yet.
10) Do you believe that some things are worth dying for? If so, name one thing worth dying for and tell me why you feel so strongly about it.
When I joined the Army in 1972, it was mostly because I expected to get drafted and wanted some small say in what they did to me. But a few years of wearing the uniform convinced me that there is merit in the traditional American approach to world affairs, i.e. issue platitudes then kick ass, and if the time comes when we're all needed, well, you've already seen my platitudes.
* Yugoslavian Crotch Bugle. Don't ask.
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8 November 2003
Ransack a mung fig
I was in a semi-jaunty mood, remarkably so considering it's cold and damp and dreary outside and the inside of my head is awash in histamine, so I went ahead and plugged the name of the Resonant Tuscan's blog into the generator, and was rewarded with A NICE HOT BUST, not to mention STOIC BANE HUT and USE BATH TONIC and THE COUSIN TAB and SNUB TO THE CIA and ESTONIA BUTCH and AUTHENTIC SOB.
I do hope she's still speaking to me. (And that goes for Shari Rae Darn at Taut Chrome Doom, too.)
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20 February 2004
It goes to show you never can tell
Lesley at Plum Crazy passes on this insane but simple meme:
[T]urn on your mp3 player, set it to random, and list the first 20 songs that play, regardless of how embarrassing.
Well, okay. There are 1331 songs on the playlist on this box, mostly fairly mainstream. Let's see what happens:
1. "Silhouettes," a case of mistaken identity in the Herman's Hermits remake.
2. "Wonderland by Night," Bert Kaempfert's lovely instrumental with a hair-raising trumpet part.
3. "Zip Code", the Five Americans once again turning a communications medium into a song (cf. "Western Union").
4. "No More Mr. Nice Guy," the Alice Cooper manifesto.
5. "Flowers on the Wall," the Statler Brothers statement on loneliness.
6. "Loser," transmogrified from the Beck original into ultra-lounge by Richard Cheese.
7. "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head", B. J. Thomas reminding us of Butch and Sundance.
8. "Diamonds and Rust," in which Joan Baez remembers what used to be.
9. "Wild Thing," an example of Boston Soul from the pseudonymous "Senator Bobby."
10. "The Loco-Motion", a little bit of rhythm and a lot of soul from Little Eva.
11. "Let Me Go the Right Way," a very early Supremes track with Florence, rather than Diana, on lead.
12. "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," another shot of B. J. Thomas, this time channeling Hank Williams.
14. "Walk Away," Donna Summer's blend of torch and dance.
15. "Kazooed on Klassics," by the Temple City Kazoo Orchestra, which I hope needs no explanation.
16. "Electric Avenue," in which Eddy Grant anticipates a department at Montgomery Ward.
17. "Courtney Love Stinks," a Bob Rivers Twisted Tune.
18. "Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)," dark sarcasm from Pink Floyd.
19. "When Liking Turns to Loving," Ronnie Dove on the cusp.
20. "Metamorphosis," a ten-minute sonata of sorts by a mid-Seventies version of Curved Air.
If nothing else, this might explain why I usually keep the radio on the classical station, or spin one of the 40 CD-Rs I store at deskside.
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9 June 2004
Gone to pieces, bits and pieces
This started with retroCRUSH's 50 Coolest Song Parts survey, which is based on the perfectly reasonable notion that "sometimes there are pieces of songs that are cooler than the song itself." With a nod to Michele, who's already worked up a list, here are some of my favorite fragments. The criterion for inclusion is simple: does it make the hair on the back of my neck stand up, even now, however many years later? These do.
Feel free to contribute your own bits.
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22 June 2004
Alphabet soup for you
(Swiped from Dave.)
Act your age? If I have to, I suppose.
Born on what day of the week? Wednesday's child, full of woe (full of something, anyway).
Chore you hate? Washing dishes; fortunately, there aren't many.
Dad's name? Ged. Not with a J, but with a G. And a hard G at that.
Essential makeup item? Does sunscreen count?
Favorite actor? The late Gene Kelly.
Gold or silver? Gimme silver.
Hometown? Born in Illinois, grew up in South Carolina, wound up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Instruments you play? I can pick out something vaguely tunelike on most piano-type keyboards.
Job title? "System Operator and General Flunky." Okay, forget the "general."
Kids? Two. (Gender division: one of each.)
Living arrangements? I own my own home, or at least the 1/200th of it that's paid for.
Mom's name? Bette. Not with a Y, but with an E.
Need? A knee operation, and a functioning oil well to pay for it.
Overnight hospital stays? 2000, when my blood pressure dropped off the scale and random pains came in to fill the gap.
Phobias? Certainly claustro.
Quote you like? See "It is written" (left column, main page) for sample.
Religious affiliation? Deist with vaguely-Christian leanings.
Time you wake up? 5:55 am on weekdays, though it usually takes me to 6:01 to bestir myself. Weekends are anyone's guess.
Unique talent? You're soaking in it.
Vegetable you refuse to eat? Zucchini. Deal with it.
Worst habit? Like I have good ones?
X-rays you've had? Mostly dental, with the occasional chestal.
Yummy food you make? I am a genuinely lousy cook.
Zodiac Sign? Sagittarius, who never believed in those things anyway.
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18 September 2004
The last few bars
Lynn S. says that these are the greatest symphonic endings of all time:
Dvorak's Stabat Mater
Beethoven's 5th Symphony
Dvorak's 9th Symphony
Rossini's William Tell Overture
Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain (the Rimsky-Korsakov orchestration)
An impressive set. I might suggest the following for #6 and below:
Hmmm. Wonder if next we should try beginnings?
(Update, 8:20 pm: Greg Hlatky offers his Top Ten, which duplicates none of the above.)
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29 December 2004
I suspect they all do that
This is what happens when I get seriously deranged and start doing quizzes, fercrissake.
For a complete synopsis, see http://www.metopera.org/synopses/cosi.html.
(Spurred on by Lynn S., who has successfully passed fifteen.)
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26 January 2005
Filler? We got some
The Music Meme, by way of Syaffolee:
1) What is the total amount of music files on your computer?
11.5 GB, more or less, but probably more.
2) The CD you last bought was
Overflow by Tanisha Taitt.
3) What is the song you last listened to before reading this message?
"Last Night" by the Mar-Keys.
4) Write down five songs you often listen to or that mean a lot to you:
"Runaway," Del Shannon (Del Shannon-Max Crook)
5) To whom (three people) are you going to pass this stick? And why?
It's open to anyone who wants it; I'm not going to email it or anything.
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30 January 2005
Yet another silly meme
Not that I'm above silly memes, of course.
How this one works:
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don't search around and look for the "coolest" book you can find. Do what's actually next to you.
From Born Grown: An Oklahoma City History by Roy P. Stewart (Oklahoma City: Fidelity Bank, National Association, 1974):
"In 1976 the American Bowling Congress tournament will come to Oklahoma City for the first time, setting up its own lanes in the Myriad."
Jim Schroeder won the singles title with a 750 series. The ABC became part of the United States Bowling Congress on the first of January, 2005.
Well, you know, I hate to leave a story unfinished.
(Via Phoebe Gleeson.)
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23 February 2005
It's called, simply, where you've been.
bold the states you've been to, underline the states you've lived in and italicize the state you're in now...
Alabama / Alaska / Arizona / Arkansas / California / Colorado / Connecticut / Delaware / Florida / Georgia / Hawaii / Idaho / Illinois / Indiana / Iowa / Kansas / Kentucky / Louisiana / Maine / Maryland / Massachusetts / Michigan / Minnesota / Mississippi / Missouri / Montana / Nebraska / Nevada / New Hampshire / New Jersey / New Mexico / New York / North Carolina / North Dakota / Ohio / Oklahoma / Oregon / Pennsylvania / Rhode Island / South Carolina / South Dakota / Tennessee / Texas / Utah / Vermont / Virginia / Washington / West Virginia / Wisconsin / Wyoming / Washington D.C. /
For some reason, this made me think of an old Jack Benny radio show. There was a contest in which you were to complete the following in 25 words or less: I can't stand Jack Benny because...
WWII was going full-tilt at the time, so prizes of Victory Bonds were awarded. And one day on the show, Rochester is opening one of the bazillions of envelopes received, and announces, "Here's one from Fred Allen."
"Fred Allen?" says Jack. "He can't enter. He's a judge."
"Just the same," insists Rochester. "He says, 'I can't stand Jack Benny because...' and then he lists the reasons, alphabetically, chronologically, and geographically."
"Yeah. He can't stand you any place."
Given the amount of moving around I've done, I'm wondering if they (whoever "they" are) can't stand me any place.
Go HERE to have a form generate the HTML for you.
(Snatched from Accidental Verbosity.)
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19 March 2005
By the numbers
Michele's been looking for songs with numbers in their titles.
Two years ago I put together a CD-R, a foreshortened version (with some songs shuffled) of an earlier mix tape. The track list follows:
Incidentally, "Forty Days" is the same song as Chuck Berry's "Thirty Days." The tape version substituted Boyd Bennett's "Seventeen" and Alice Cooper's "I'm Eighteen," the Clovers' version of "Love Potion No. 9," and added Nena's "99 Luftballons" and the Drifters' "Three Thirty Three."
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29 March 2005
From the Metaquestion Box
Heavy stuff from Babs:
[W]here is the line between blogging for ones own enjoyment and the responsibility of maintaining a public blog?
Right about here: ________________________
I did that because (1) I enjoyed it, lame as it was, and (2) I figure there are at least two or three readers who will accept it in the spirit in which it was given. (The Snark was a Boojum, you see.)
I do try to shove something up here at least once a day. (In practice, it's more like four or five times a day, assuming I'm not on Tour.) And I'm not above coming up with items that will elicit responses from specific individuals who are known to frequent this site; by so doing, I create the illusion of dialogue, which may not sound impressive until you compare it to the average monologue.
And, of course, I blog to meet girls. This works extremely well for some people, less well for others, and by "others" I mean "me."
But beyond that, I figure once it ceases to be fun, I probably should go look for some other avocation, even though the replacement will probably cost more (at its worst, running this place runs twentyish a month) and do less to shore up my insufficiently-outsized ego.
Besides, I've run this site for almost nine freaking years. As commitments go, this has to be one of the longer ones in my life. It's certainly the one that's caused me the least dyspepsia.
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15 April 2005
Who wants to know?
Well, well, more questions. Why not?
1. Have you ever felt left out or gotten your feelings hurt by another blogger? For example ... (PURELY HYPOTHETICALLY) Say a person asks you and four other people the same question, which you all answer in different ways. Then you run across a totally different blog, and that author has linked to every person's answer except yours.
No difference to me; I don't always work in every last possible link, nor do I expect the rest of the 'sphere to do so.
2. Do you become (even slightly) emotionally involved with your posts?
The good ones, yes. Fortunately, they are a minority.
3. Knowing that a blog is NOT the sum total of the author's parts ... tell me if you would agree or disagree (and WHY you agree or disagree) with the following statement:
Regardless of the material posted, aspects of the author's personality inevitably bleed through, unless every post they make is plagiarized.
How could they not? I figure someone could write a frighteningly detailed, spectacularly slow-selling book about me based solely upon the archives here.
And finally... 4. If you eat pasta together with anti-pasta ... will you feel as though you haven't eaten?
Hardly. You're simply transported to another world, known familiarly as the calzone.
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6 May 2005
At least there's only ten
The ten questions asked by James Lipton on Inside the Actors Studio, originally compiled by Bernard Pivot, have now made it as far as A Small Victory, and, well, if Michele can do these, so can I.
Pass it on, as they say.
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16 May 2005
Well, I never!
Make of these what you will.
I have never:
(Via Accidental Verbosity.)
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25 May 2005
Updates in the four months since then:
Total volume: 12 GB
Last CD bought: The Originals, Susan and the SurfTones
Last song heard: "Wingding," Thurl Ravenscroft (courtesy of Lileks)
But thanks for asking.
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8 June 2005
Books? We got some
How the mighty have fallen. Tony Blair comes to America with hat in hand and is sent away without even the hat; Jimmy Carter is reduced to pleading on behalf of the scuzzballs at Guantanamo; and, perhaps most startlingly, Francis W. Porretto passes on a meme. What is this world coming to?
Oh, well. To the business at hand:
1. The number of books I own.
2. The last book I bought.
3. The last book I read.
4. Five books that mean a lot to me.
Pick up on it if you like; I hate inflicting these things on people.
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20 June 2005
At the request of Cam Edwards: five books I liked enough as a teen/young adult to read again as an adult.
1. Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land
2. Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita
3. Neil Postman and Charles Weingartner, Teaching as a Subversive Activity
4. Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle
5. Frank Yerby, The Foxes of Harrow
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1 July 2005
Under the general heading of TMI
What this is all about can be found here. Here's the procedure:
Overview: This post is a community experiment with two broad purposes. The first is to create publicly accessible data about bloggers' personalities, which may have sociological value in addition to being just plain fun. The second is to track the propagation of this meme through blogspace.
Instructions (to join in the experiment):
[My own responses are after the jump, which is also where you'll find the second set of double lines. Delete this paragraph if you're copying from me.]
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Religion: Generic Christian
Occupation: Computer systems operator
Began blogging (dd/mm/yy): 06/23/00
Political Compass results:
Economic Left/Right: -2.00
Activity Level: 29
OPENNESS TO EXPERIENCE: 30
Artistic Interests: 33
1. Philosophy, et cetera - pixnaps.blogspot.com - pixnaps97a2
2. Pharyngula - pharyngula.org - pharyngula3128d2f0
3. World Wide Rant - www.worldwiderant.com - wwr1004ao
4. dustbury.com - dustbury.com - dburyokc12
More than you wanted to know, I'm sure.
(Snagged from Andy at WWR)
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20 August 2005
A regular Captain Quirk
Michele is asking for personal idiosyncrasies, and I'm sure I could fill up a few hundred lines in no time at all listing some of the weirder things I do but then I'd have to weed out things that don't really qualify as "idiosyncrasies". (My temper is legendarily mercurial, but this is part and parcel of my being, rather than an odd quirk; my disdain for clothing doesn't count because it's far too common, as most weeks I spend more hours undressed than dressed.) Still, after the first pass, there's plenty to pick from:
That should do for openers.
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25 August 2005
Not a duck, but just as lame
Now here's a scary premise, courtesy of New World Man:
By some bizarre set of circumstances, you are the president as of now. Name the first 5 things you'd do.
Apart from putting Condi's home phone on speed-dial? Let's see:
And after all this strenuous work, I'll need a vacation.
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26 August 2005
I think so
Here's what Dan wants:
Give us ten of your quirky, opinionated, perhaps socially-unacceptable or politically incorrect opinions. They can be esoteric, generic, unpopular, or obvious. Just write down ten of them.
As Otis once said, "Your turn."
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27 August 2005
Rules: Pick seven songs that you're into right now, list them. Pick seven friends who have to repeat this process, list them.
So saith Phoebe. Hmmm. What have I been playing a lot of lately?
On the other hand, these things spread rapidly enough without my having to specify someone to take them off my hands.
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29 August 2005
None so fine
This has been all over the place, and I suppose I've stalled long enough.
And now, buoys and gulls, the top 100 of 1969, below the fold. (I mention in passing that of these 99 songs for some reason one is on the list twice I own copies of 94.)
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30 August 2005
Days of 49
Which is seven by seven, as wrenched from Rachel.
Seven things I plan to do before I die:
Seven things I can do:
Seven things I cannot do:
Seven things that I find really attractive about the opposite sex:
Seven things I say the most:
Seven books I love:
Seven people I would like to see take this quiz:
(Should I rename this "Days of 42?")
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14 September 2005
An America of my own
If there is more than one America, there's no reason to think, as does seemingly every talking head on television, that the total number is only two: in fact, Joe Sherlock has identified eight.
I don't quite fit into any of Joe's pigeonholes. The pigeons are no doubt grateful. In the meantime, here's the description for my version of America:
Daily driver: Mid-sized, innocuous sedan.
Vehicle color: Beige, with beige interior. (See "innocuous," supra.)
Bumper sticker: None. (Clashes with the beige.)
Drive-time listening: Whatever CD I remembered to throw in before I left.
Today's entrée: To be determined, but yesterday's was an Arby's Super Roast Beef.
Most recent arrest: Not applicable.
Political theater: You're soaking in it.
(Andrea Harris saw this before I did.)
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19 September 2005
You can always telecom
But you sure can't tell it much.
Five questions, swiped from ms7168:
1. Who is your mobile phone provider, and how many minutes are in your plan?
T-Mobile; 575 minutes. (I think the most I have ever used has been 206.)
2. What program do you primarily use for instant messaging?
Usually AIM, with an occasional foray into ICQ.
3. Who do you send and receive text messages from most?
I get maybe two text messages a year, so "most" is not meaningful. (Fifty are included with the wireless plan.) IMs are another matter.
4. What area code do you live in?
405. (This is one of only a handful of codes that dates back to the establishment of NPAs in 1949, though its size has been much diminished; 918 and later 580 were carved out of it.)
5. What year did you first get an e-mail address and do you still use it?
1985. It was from MCI Mail, the first independent commercial email service: you could use it anywhere you could find a dialup. The estimable Vint Cerf, inventor (with Bob Kahn) of TCP/IP, was the lead engineer on the project. It cost $35 a year to maintain a mailbox (I had two), and half a buck to send a message to another user. (Reading one cost you nothing, and yes, you could send mail to a non-user if you had his postal address: MCI would print it and drop it into snailmail for you.) In 1989, MCI Mail was ported over to the Internet and given @ addresses; I had dropped my account by then, inasmuch as CompuServe was setting up a mail gateway of its own.
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7 October 2005
Spiced up a bit
Erica's Audience Participation regimen:
Give a shout in the comments and...
1. I'll respond with something random about you.
I duly shouted out, and this is what came back:
1. I love the nickname "Chaz." It's sassy.
2. Standards. Or that classic old stuff that's a little older than "Oldies."
3. As we can see, I've moved on from Jello wrestling to drinks. I'm thinking whiskey. Something sophisticated.
4. I've never seen anyone but Dean actually spew beer through their nose.
5. I'm seeing you sitting in a lawn chair in Dean's front yard. I was all, "Who is this guy?" Hadn't heard you were coming, see. And I've been reading ever since.
7. How did the whole World Tour thing get started?
In answer to #7, it was a combination of three factors: accumulated Wanderlust, which I hadn't been able to work on because of ongoing motor-vehicle issues and low cash flow; scoring a third vacation week at 42nd and Treadmill; and finally, my acquisition in the fall of 2000 of my first new car, ever, which made for even less cash flow but eliminated the vehicle issues.
So, after a decent break-in period, I hit the road. Running.
(I posted this as a comment to her original thread, and decided that it wouldn't hurt to take advantage of #8, even if she did cross it out. Oh, and it's this Dean.)
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Themes like old times
Now this is scary:
I am nothing if not
1. For Jay and Deb of Accidental Verbosity, the Beatles' "Two of Us," from Let It Be:
You and I have memories
longer than that road
that stretches out ahead
Two of us wearing raincoats standing solo
2. Sam Cooke speaks for me:
Don't know much about history
Don't know much biology
Don't know much about a science book
Don't know much about the French I took
But I do know that I love you
And I know that if you love me too
What a wonderful world this would be
3. You mean it's not already a steaming mass of putrid refuse?
Go rent Tom Hanks' That Thing You Do! One of the Wonders' Play-Tone labelmates is a girl group called the Chantrellines, who do a lovely little pseudo-Spector number called "Hold My Hand, Hold My Heart." Acting credits go to Darlene Dillinger, Julie L. Harkness and Kennya J. Ramsey, who probably didn't actually sing on the song, but I'd love to see who did.
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10 October 2005
Six will get you five
From The Clog Almanac:
Name 5 items located within 6 feet of your computer that are metaphorically, literally, or otherwise connected. Explain briefly.
Besides the actual desk itself, there are five pieces of wooden furniture in this room, a room small enough to enclose them all within a twelve-foot diameter. Clockwise from north-by-northeast:
1) The box itself sits upon a small end table, not quite two feet off the ground. There is a lower shelf, which contains a power strip and whatever happens to get thrown there.
2) The remains of a video rack the swinging doors disappeared years ago support my scanner (which is legal-size, so it needs a lot of support), my answering machine (which is downright tiny), various tools, and a twenty-year-old cassette deck, should I decide to dub a tape to CD.
3) A small drop-down desk (there was a matching chair, but the operative word is "was") contains everything pertinent to paying the bills, which, given the number of bills I have, is quite a lot.
4) A bookshelf reaches nearly to the ceiling, and is almost completely full.
5) An old chest of drawers, painted white, holds up my small shelf system and a Cambridge SoundWorks Model 88 radio (one of two I own). In years past, this chest held about four hundred tapes, but at the moment, only one drawer is full; it contains about ten years' worth of photographs and the attendant ephemera.
What all these have in common, besides the fact that they circle my chair, is the fact that I got none of them new. The end table and the video rack were garage-sale purchases; the desklet once belonged to my ex, but was passed to me with the rest of the second-best furniture at breakup; the chest was salvaged from the woodchipper, or some similar fate; and the bookcase was presented to me by a friend who now has built-in book storage which she should max out any day now, if she hasn't yet.
Not exciting, perhaps, but this is not a room wherein a great deal of excitement takes place, as those who saw my dubious television appearance may recall.
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18 October 2005
Which goes on my permanent record, surely
Following Julie Neidlinger's lead, a list of Ten Sort Of Vaguely Unclean Secrets:
Feel free to go and do likewise. Post a list, I mean.
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29 October 2005
I am so normal
Cut, then pasted it would be silly to do it the other way around from Accidental Verbosity:
According to this book, a majority of Americans:
No stick: steal if you like.
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10 November 2005
What's more, it's unauthorized
This looks like it has potential:
So ... name your autobiography. Post it in the comments and put a post on your blog inviting your readers to do to the same.
The following have come to mind:
It will, of course, be hard to choose.
(Via this ass-kickingly-cute Midwestern sports dyke.)
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24 November 2005
Bringing in the sleeves
Hmmm. Record-jacket art, eh? Okay, I'll play.
Most recognizable (by general public) album cover:
Top Ten album covers of all time (personal favorites):
And at any moment I'm sure I can think of ten or twenty others which deserve to be up here.
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26 November 2005
Do this, don't do that
So the question is, "Have you ever....?"
Smoked a cigarette or tried it: Never touched the stuff.
Crashed a friend's car: No.
Stolen a car: No.
Been dumped: This implies being in a position from which dumping is possible. (As a rule, however, I tend to flee first.)
Been fired/laid off: Not lately, but yes.
Been in a fist fight: No.
Snuck out of your parent's house: Yes.
Been arrested: No. I have had some interesting encounters with the police, but none got to this point.
Gone on a blind date: Yes. To make sure I didn't come back, she left town.
Lied to a friend: If I had, it was for something utterly trivial.
Skipped school: More than I should have.
Seen someone die: If you mean "at that exact moment," no.
Been to Mexico: No.
Eaten Sushi: No. There's something disquieting about it.
Met someone in person from the internet: Dozens.
Taken pain-killers: Almost daily, it seems.
Had a tea party: Not since I was five.
Cheated while playing a game: Not intentionally.
Fallen asleep at work: Sometimes I do my best work under those conditions.
Used a fake ID: No.
Felt an earthquake: Yes. I did not enjoy it much, and said something unkind about Carole King afterwards.
Touched a snake: Yes. What's more, one or two of them tried to return the favor.
Been robbed: Break-in about five years ago.
Petted a reindeer/goat: When I was very, very young, maybe.
Won a contest: I won a football pool at work once. (Well, okay, twice.)
Been suspended from school: Yes.
Been in a car accident: A petroleum tanker drove over me in 1985.
Had braces: No.
Eaten a whole pint of ice cream in one night: Almost did a quart once.
Witnessed a crime: No.
Swam in the ocean: If you want to call my haphazard thrashing "swimming," then yes.
Sung karaoke: I have performed; I hesitate to call it "singing."
Paid for a meal with only coins: Once, but it was like $2.69.
Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose: Not during this, but yes.
Been kissed under mistletoe: No, which is particularly galling, since it's the state flower.
Crashed a party: I seldom go even when I'm invited.
Worn pearls: Not my style.
Jumped off a bridge: No.
Ate dog/cat food: No.
Kissed a mirror: No.
Glued your hand to something: No, which surprises me.
Done a one-handed cartwheel: Not even with two hands.
Talked on the phone for more than 6 hours: I think my record is about 4:20.
Didn't take a shower for a week: No way.
Pick and ate an apple right off the tree: Yes.
Been told by a complete stranger that you're hot: No. Nor by acquaintances or friends, either.
Been drafted by the A's: They would have told me, wouldn't they?
(Via Tinkerty Tonk; the last item is not part of the original meme.)
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16 January 2006
All four one and one four all
I was going to pass this one by, but Diane asked, and, well, Diane is swearing off one of those horrid drugs these days it's the one that involves sticking burning leaves in your mouth so I don't want to get on her Bad Side, assuming she has a Bad Side. So here come the Fours, and none of them are in any particular order:
Four jobs you've had in your life:
Four movies you could watch over and over:
Four places you've lived:
Four places you've been on vacation:
Four blogs you visit daily: More like forty-four, but here are the first ones I usually hit:
Four of your favorite foods:
Four places you'd rather be: This involves company, rather than locations, and I don't think I want to get too awfully specific. Sorry.
Four albums you can't live without: Assuming compilations are forbidden:
Four vehicles you've owned:
Four people to be tagged: Take it if you want it. I'm not one to be pushy.
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15 February 2006
Twenty at random
As suggested by Jay, the first twenty songs out of the Winamp shuffle (out of 1,544):
* From the soundtrack of Magnolia.
+ From the soundtrack of Pillow Talk. (Duh.)
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18 February 2006
All those farging surveys
And there's only one way to stop them:
Answer all the questions in advance.
(Steph, did I mention you're brilliant?)
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26 February 2006
Every hundredth song
Dr. Weevil, acting on that blogdom-wide urge to make sense of one's iTunes collection, has hit on the idea of sorting the titles alphabetically and then listing the last track for each letter.
Why I haven't done the same: I sort my music files by performer, which isn't as useful as you might think, since if the act works as a single, the sort is by first name.
That said, though, I went through the 2489 files on my F: drive (there are others, but this is the core of the collection) and picked out the first, the last, and every 100th file in between. Make of this what you will.
* A "Twisted Tune".
** This is actually Flo and Eddie, aka Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, ex-Turtles.
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11 March 2006
Marketroids on duty
Is it a lovely convenience to have someone (something?) keep track of your tastes and sift through the onslaught of incoming information, or not?
And by "someone (something?)," she means Amazon.com, which is constantly serving up "recommendations." Lynn thinks this could be interesting, so I'm putting up my list of recommended items and rating them on the classic American Bandstand 35 to 98 scale, where 98 = "I'd actually run up the mileage on the Visa card to get this right this minute" and 35 = "I wouldn't take this even if you had Aisha Tyler deliver it to me in person."
The Flaming Lips: The Fearless Freaks DVD: 85. Added to Wish List.
Hard To Find 45s on CD, Vol. 2: 1961-64: 60. Of the 20 tracks, I have 19 already, and I don't particularly like Joe Dowell's "Little Red Rented Rowboat." Like all ERIC Records product, it's done extremely well, but I don't need this one.
Hard To Find 45s on CD, Vol. 5: Sixties Pop Classics: Not rated, I already have it.
Half a dozen different Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes: Average of 87. (I don't know if I can sit through Red Zone Cuba, though.)
Brian C. Anderson, South Park Conservatives: The Revolt against Liberal Media Bias: 70. This isn't as blatant a play for attention as Rod Dreher's "Crunchy Conservatives" shtick, but it's probably not a great deal more meaningful either.
John Lewis Gaddis, The Cold War: A New History: 85. Added to Wish List.
Robert Spencer, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades): 80.
Erin J. Shea, editor, Tales from the Scale: 65, simply because I doubt it's as funny as Wendy McClure's I'm Not the New Me, my purchase of which brought on this recommendation.
Glenn Reynolds, An Army of Davids: How Markets and Technology Empower Ordinary People to Beat Big Media, Big Government, and Other Goliaths: 86. Added to Wish List.
One Kiss Can Lead to Another: Girl Group Sounds Lost and Found: 90. Added to Wish List.
Sideways (Widescreen Edition): 85. Added to Wish List.
Lynn's conclusion on her own list: "Overall, fairly accurate but relatively little that I'm very excited about." I can say just about the same.
Disclosure: While looking over this list, I was distracted by $58.83 worth of other stuff, which presumably will be reflected on the next group of recommendations.
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18 March 2006
Poached from Donna:
Feel free to swipe.
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3 April 2006
I bought what?
From Verging on Pertinence by way of the Fire Ant Gazette, a chance for delicious self-immolation:
Top Five Truly Important Teenaged Years Songs that I now view as Truly Idiotic, or ... the What Was I Thinking Song List.
I tend to think of my teenaged years as ending in 1969, but I actually turned twenty in 1973, so I figure I can allow for stuff up through 1972 in the compilation of this list.
In order of release:
Deep, dark secrets: I bought all five of these, and they all made #1 in Billboard.
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8 April 2006
The Wikipedia birthday meme
As swiped from Phoebe Gleeson:
1. Type in your birthday (minus the year) in the search bar at Wikipedia.org
2. List three interesting facts, two births, and one death that happened on your birthday.
"Interesting," of course, is in the eye of the beholder, but here goes:
1491 - The siege of Granada, last Moorish stronghold in Spain, begins.
1863 - American Civil War: At Missionary Ridge in Tennessee, Union forces led by General Ulysses S. Grant break the Siege of Chattanooga by routing Confederate troops under General Braxton Bragg.
1950 - The "Storm of the Century", a violent snowstorm, paralyzes the northeastern United States and the Appalachians, bringing winds up to 100 mph and sub-zero temperatures. Pickens, West Virginia records 57 inches of snow. 323 people die due to the storm.
Born 1920 - Noel Neill, American actress
Born 1944 - Ben Stein, American actor, game show host, and political consultant
Died 1920 - Gaston Chevrolet, Swiss-born race car driver and automobile pioneer (b. 1892)
Now let's try it for the 9th of April, the birthday, as it were, of this Web site:
1413 - Henry V is crowned King of England.
1865 - American Civil War: Robert E. Lee surrenders the Army of Northern Virginia (26,765 troops) to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia, effectively ending the war.
1959 - NASA announces the selection of the United States' first seven astronauts which the news media quickly dub the "Mercury Seven".
Born 1926 - Hugh Hefner, American editor and publisher
Born 1928 - Tom Lehrer, American musician and mathematician
Died 1997 - Laura Nyro, American singer and songwriter (b. 1947)
Feel free to expropriate.
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18 April 2006
Jan requests half a dozen "weird facts/things/habits", and asking me this is something like asking a porcupine to scratch your back, but what the heck. (Besides, I've already gone public with more than four dozen such things, but since you didn't read them, or anyway she didn't read them, I'm engaging in the oft-debased art of repurposing content.)
And she wants half a dozen other people tagged with this, but I demur: the world's going to end next month anyway and we'll all have to kiss Andrea's, um, ring.
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30 April 2006
The Chairman speaks for me
This got from LilRed to Jan and then all the way to Michael Bates, and for some reason there seems to be a desire to see it here.
Anyway, answering the questions for me today, Mr. Francis Albert Sinatra.
Are you male or female? "I Forget to Remember" (Reprise, 1969)
Describe yourself. "I've Got the World on a String" (Capitol, 1953)
How do some people feel about you? "It Never Entered My Mind" (Columbia, 1947)
How do you feel about yourself? "I Fall in Love Too Easily" (Columbia, 1944)
Describe your ex: "I Should Care" (Columbia, 1945)
Describe your current significant other: "The One I Love (Belongs to Somebody Else)" (Capitol, 1959, not released until 1973)
Describe where you want to be: "This Town" (Reprise, 1967)
Describe how you live: "My Way" (Reprise, 1969)
Describe how you love: "Strangers in the Night" (Reprise, 1966)
What would you ask for if you had just one wish? "The Nearness of You" (Columbia, 1947)
Share a few words of wisdom: "(How Little It Matters) How Little We Know" (Capitol, 1956)
Now say goodbye: "Don't Like Goodbyes" (Capitol, 1957)
I trust this meets the requirements of the meme, and if not, well, that's life.
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8 June 2006
Five by five
That's twenty-five, isn't it?
5 things in my fridge:
5 things in my closet:
5 things in my briefcase:
5 things in my car:
5 people I want to torture with this meme:
(Imported through Rocket Jones.)
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28 June 2006
Somehow I should have guessed
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27 July 2006
Making a total of fifty-five
The breakdown follows:
TEN pairs of socks in regular rotation.
NINE years' worth of email archives.
EIGHT steak knives.
SEVEN CDs by
SIX trees and/or shrubs in the front yard.
FIVE ice trays, should the icemaker in the fridge fail.
FOUR windows in the garage door.
ONE life to live.
(Swiped from Eric "Fire Ant" Siegmund.)
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