Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Music For Being At Work During A Thunderstorm And Wishing They Hadn't Withdrawn Vioxx From The Market...

Ornette Coleman - The Face Of The Bass
Dar Williams - As Cool As I Am
John Coltrane - Miles' Mode
Rory Block - Rolling Log
Tori Amos - Concertina
Adrian Belew - Happiness
Charles Mingus - Smog L.A.
The Cure - Close To Me
Charlie Parker - Bird's Nest (Take A, Master 1)
Willie Nelson - Pancho And Lefty

[Today's Vocabulary Word via Lynn S: epicaricacy -- noun; taking pleasure in others' misfortune (with apologies to my blogmother -- you never did *this* word before, though, right?...)]

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

And Now I'm Just Confusing *Myself*...

(or, Music For When You're All Alone In The Office, Your Modem Isn't Working Right, And You've Once Again Begun To Strongly Reconsider Your Decision To Stop Drinking...)

Holly Brook - Again & Again
Jethro Tull - Bouree
Rickie Lee Jones - Skeletons
Tony Rice - Stoney Creek
Bill Frisell - Hello Nellie
The Fixx - Red Skies
Eagles - Hotel California
Michelle Branch - Breathe (Chris Cox Penetrating Club Mix)
John Coltrane - Central Park West
Elton John - Funeral For A Friend (Love Lies Bleeding)

Monday, June 26, 2006

Monday Afternoon Cubicle Listening

(or, Confusing My Co-Workers Even More...)

Sonny Rollins - If Ever I Would Leave You
Silver Convention - Fly Robin Fly
Audioslave - Yesterday To Tomorrow
Neil Young - Down By The River
Angelique Kidjo - Yaki Yaki
Dwight Yoakam - Honky Tonk Man
Miles Davis - Gone (Take 3)
Charles Mingus - Portrait (Take 2)
Charlie Parker - Star Eyes
Cream - Badge

Sunday, June 25, 2006

True or False?

1. Ecszx is a Croatian term for electrical burns.

2. Fjzym is Norwegian for an enthusiastic response to a mixed drink.

3. Iktsuarpok is Inuit for the act of repeatedly going outside to see if someone is coming.

4. Kpkwo is a Japanese comic-book sound effect used when an atomic cannon is fired at a superhero.

5. Nujawtrp is Tagalog for a cross-country journey to see a specialist in mandible reconstruction.

6. Olfrygt is Danish for the nagging fear of being unable to find a beer when you're out of town.

7. Ptlvcses is a Slavic term for minor moral indiscretions.

8. Qrglrpm is Czech for the speed of an underwater propeller blade.

9. Xiaoxia is a Chinese expression for new Internet users.

[ANSWERS: see Comments (or else check the source...)]

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

"You're A Nice Guy."
"I Used To Get Hit If I Wasn't."

[via The LLama Butchers]

You Are 52% Gentleman
Climbing The Garden Wall?
Generally you act like a gentleman, but sometimes you're careless with your manners. Most people know that you're trying your best - and that's usually good enough.
[for the ladies: Are You A Lady?]

Friday, June 16, 2006

Another 'Just Wondering'
(an as-yet-unnumbered series)

...do you suppose that, before playing their one hit "Nobody But Me" in concert, one of the guys in the band ever felt the need to walk up to the mike and announce: "We are not The Animals! We are The Human Beanz!"?...

Thursday, June 15, 2006

But I Was *Not* A Hall Monitor!...


You Are Bobby Brady
Bobby Brady
Ultra-competitive, you will do almost anything to win. From pull ups to pool sharking, you're very talented. And while everyone is aware of your victories, they still (affectionately) consider you to be a little brat!

You're My Soul And My Heart's Inspiration...

Short-cut memeage idea (adapted from Metaphor Voodoo once again): just listing the films I've seen from AFI's List Of The 100 Most Inspiring Films Of All Time and bolding the ones I think *might've* been 'inspiring' por moi --

3 SCHINDLER'S LIST
4 ROCKY
8 BREAKING AWAY
12 APOLLO 13

17 ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST [this might make my Top Ten for most depressing movies, though...]
20 PHILADELPHIA
23 THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION
26 THE WIZARD OF OZ
28 FIELD OF DREAMS

29 GANDHI [Ben Kingsley was great as always, but the film was kinda snoozefest-ish fer me (YMMV)...]
31 GLORY [Matthew Broderick as a Civil War general *was* a humorous touch though, doncha think?...]
37 FORREST GUMP [funny? yes - inspiring? sorry, no...]
38 PINOCCHIO [maybe when I was *very* young -- I can't remember...]
39 STAR WARS [or you young folk call it nowadays, "A New Hope"...]
41 THE SOUND OF MUSIC [very few film musicals can incorporate Nazis very well...]
45 ON GOLDEN POND [IIRC, this was a bit of a downer -- was everyone on the same page with this balloting?...]
47 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
58 CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
63 RAIN MAN
68 AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN
73 ERIN BROCKOVICH

78 THELMA & LOUISE [okay, one woman nearly gets raped and then they drive their car off a cliff, and that's inspiring?!?!?...]
80 BABE [sure, when I left the theatre afterwards, I wanted to go out there and herd me some sheep...]
87 WORKING GIRL [oh, come *on* now, this as 'inspiring'? -- I can barely remember even having *watched* this piece of puff pastry...]
91 THE PAPER CHASE
92 FAME
93 A BEAUTIFUL MIND
98 THE KARATE KID

I Am *Not*, However, Rushing Right Out To Rent Basic Instinct 2...

Found a link over at Metaphor Voodoo to this list of Entertainment Weekly's 25 Most Controversial Movies, and thought I'd meme it (like I'm the *first* person to think of that -- oh well, here's the usual method to this madness: bold = saw it, italic = definitely considering seeing it sometime, crossed-out = not considering *ever* watching it...)

25 Aladdin [Robin Williams is pretty much the only reason I've ever *rewatch* it...]
24 Caligula [okay, so maybe I just wanna see how far they drift from the plot of the Albert Camus play...]
23 Kids
22 Do The Right Thing
21 Bonnie and Clyde
20 Cannibal Holocaust [not a big fan of gorefests meself...]
19 Basic Instinct [the only bolded movie on here that I'd be more than likely to revisit...]
18 I Am Curious (Yellow) [assuming it's still *legally* available, of course, of course...]
17 Freaks
16 United 93
15 Triumph of The Will
14 The Warriors
13 The Da Vinci Code [the *book* sucked badly enough, thanx...]
12 The Deer Hunter
11 The Message
10 Baby Doll [always had a weakness of anything written by Tennesee Williams -- and didn't they do a spoof of this once on the Carol Burnett Show?...]
09 Last Tango in Paris
08 Natural Born Killers
07 The Birth of a Nation
06 The Last Temptation of Christ
05 JFK
04 Deep Throat [see comment on #18...]
03 Fahrenheit 9/11
02 A Clockwork Orange
01 The Passion of the Christ [see comment on #20...]

Six Weird Facts

[tagged a long long time ago in a galaxy... -- oh, never mind *that* now -- via Rob]

The Rules:
  • You must write a blog post with six weird facts or habits about yourself. (These cannot be used against you later on.)

  • At the bottom, name the six people you will tag next.

  • Leave them a comment on their blog to let them know they've been tagged and to read your blog for details.
MY SIX WEIRD FACTS:

1. I have a recurring phobia that leaving the basement stairs light off at night will allow the Grey Hulk to escape from the basement and kill everyone in the house (wasn't there an old Marvel horror story about an imaginary monster in the basement?...)

2. I don't trim the Odor Eaters in my work shoes to fit -- I just cram them in and press the crumpled-up edges against the sides as flat as I can...

3. I was 9 or 10 years old before I completely got *why* cutting a circle in half and them bisecting one of the halves wasn't the same thing as cutting it into thirds...

4. I can't drive stick, I've never *wanted* to drive stick, and I have no intention of ever *learning* how to drive stick...

5. I quit 8th grade basketball tryouts for ethical reasons: I felt the "taking the charge" drill was dishonest (also, it hurt a *lot*...)

6. The strongest evidence I have of the existence of telekinesis (other than Rob's story of coin-tossing in the above link, of course, of course) is when I play dice-based games like Yahtzee or Monopoly and pretty dernded consistently throw whatever number I need to throw whenever I really need it (to the point where I've had friends inspect the dice for magic gimmickry) -- it may be the only thing keeping me from winning millions in Vegas is the fact that social phobia et al keeps me from being anywhere near the crowd that exists around a craps table (or else would certainly exist once I'd thrown 8 or more stright passes, anyhoo...)

[Tags? You were expecting to see *tags*? You guys should know me better than that by now -- tag yerselves if you want to particpate, dawgs...]

Could Yogi Bear Qualify For Mensa?...


What literary period are you?
Postmodern Pooh
You're the Post-Modern Movement!

You're into irony and symbolism, and you'll express it in all forms. You don't abide by any rules or rhyme schemes, and you don't even have to have a definite subject matter. All you need is a MESSAGE, and a really original way to get it across. Easily identified by literary forms of self-conciousness, you're totally kickass. Don't get this confused with pop-lit, a symptom of 90's fluff. To be truly po-mo, you need a deep-down message and you have to break some rules and taboos to make it permeate, even if that means confusing the hell out of the general population while doing so. You know where you came from, and you're not afraid to draw on the great writers of the past.

Books you'd dig: On The Road Again, Slaughterhouse 5, Catcher in the Rye, Native Son, and all the great works that came before you.

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[via Bonnie Ferguson's Assembly Rooms]

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Coincidentally (Or *Is* It?), That's The Year I Graduated High School...


You Belong in 1979
If you scored...

1950 - 1959: You're fun loving, romantic, and more than a little innocent. See you at the drive in!

1960 - 1969: You are a free spirit with a huge heart. Love, peace, and happiness rule - oh, and drugs too.

1970 - 1979: Bold and brash, you take life by the horns. Whether you're partying or protesting, you give it your all!

1980 - 1989: Wild, over the top, and just a little bit cheesy. You're colorful at night - and successful during the day.

1990 - 1999: With you anything goes! You're grunge one day, ghetto fabulous the next. It's all good!

[via Betty of 1965]

Well, Maybe I *Am* The Best There Is At What I Do...


You Are Wolverine
Wolverine
Small but fierce, you're a great fighter.
Watch out!
You are often your own greatest enemy.

Powers:
Adamantium claws,
keen senses,
the ability to heal quickly

[via Von and Moggy's Journal]

Friday, June 09, 2006

Friday Lunchtime Listening In The Office Cubicle

Robert Palmer - Some Like It Hot
Anuna - The Rising Of The Sun
Charlie Parker - Perhaps
Abba - Does Your Mother Know
Louis Armstrong - Reckless Blues
Robert Johnson - Traveling Riverside Blues
Peter Gabriel - Big Time
Rhett Miller - Help Me, Suzanne (Album Version)
Cesaria Evora - Sao Vicente Di Longe
Lifehouse - You And Me

Thursday, June 08, 2006

The Way I Dream, One Of These Days, I'm Gonna Sleepwalk Into A Pitch Meeting...

For a new Adult Swim animated series --

S.N.A.C.K.S. Incorporated: Hijinks ensue when Santa's helpers decide to diversify into the candy and snack industries. A mix of Tommy Boy, The Sopranos and the Underpants Gnomes, starring Danny Bonaduce as the prodigal son looking to make his mark in the business and earn the approval of his CEO father*. Tag line: These aren't your father's elves...

[*after I woke up, I couldn't decide casting-wise whether the father would be better as Jerry Stiller or Jonathan Katz...]

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

When I Was Little, I Used To Think *Everybody* Could Write Backwards And Left-Handed...

I think this actually sums up the whole Da Vinci Code hoo-hah rather well... [link via Lynn S]

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

And I'm An Excellent Driver...

My test results per The Keirsey Temperament Sorter-II:
Rationals are the problem solving temperament, particularly if the problem has to do with the many complex systems that make up the world around us. Rationals might tackle problems in organic systems such as plants and animals, or in mechanical systems such as railroads and computers, or in social systems such as families and companies and governments. But whatever systems fire their curiosity, Rationals will analyze them to understand how they work, so they can figure out how to make them work better.

In working with problems, Rationals try to find solutions that have application in the real world, but they are even more interested in the abstract concepts involved, the fundamental principles or natural laws that underlie the particular case. And they are completely pragmatic about their ways and means of achieving their ends. Rationals don't care about being politically correct. They are interested in the most efficient solutions possible, and will listen to anyone who has something useful to teach them, while disregarding any authority or customary procedure that wastes time and resources.

Rationals have an insatiable hunger to accomplish their goals and will work tirelessly on any project they have set their mind to. They are rigorously logical and fiercely independent in their thinking -- are indeed skeptical of all ideas, even their own -- and they believe they can overcome any obstacle with their will power. Often they are seen as cold and distant, but this is really the absorbed concentration they give to whatever problem they're working on. Whether designing a skyscraper or an experiment, developing a theory or a prototype technology, building an aircraft, a corporation, or a strategic alliance, Rationals value intelligence, in themselves and others, and they pride themselves on the ingenuity they bring to their problem solving.

Rationals are very scarce, comprising as little as 5 to 10 percent of the population. But because of their drive to unlock the secrets of nature, and to develop new technologies, they have done much to shape our world.
[via an idealistic pink goldfish...]

Monday, June 05, 2006

Because Posting My Office Playlists Is Quicker And Easier Than Being Creative...

(...and less likely to get me caught blogging at work...)

Jo Dee Messina - Where Were You
Mary Chapin Carpenter - Shut Up And Kiss Me
Charlie Haden - Passport
Milt Jackson - Cedar Lane
Son Volt - Ten Second News
Allison Moorer - Send Down An Angel
Charles Mingus - Drums (Alternate Take)
R.E.M. - (Don't Go Back To) Rockville
Talking Heads - Stay Up Late
Peter Gabriel - Shock The Monkey

Friday, June 02, 2006

Songs That Get Played In My Work Cubicle On Days When I Have The Office To Myself

U2 - Acrobat
Dire Straits - Romeo & Juliet
Animotion - Obsession
Cream - Sunshine Of Your Love
Lila McCann - Yippy Ky Yay
Bill Evans - I'll Never Smile Again (Take 6)
Gretchen Wilson - Salt On Your Glass
Sonic Youth - Unmade Bed (Radio Edit)
Juliana Hatfield Three - What A Life
Miles Davis - Deception

Damn, I Was *ThisClose* To Going To A Parallel Universe!...


After you die...

Heaven


After death, you will exist in heaven. Everything and everyone you love will constantly surround you for all of eternity. You lucky scoundrel.

Take this quiz at QuizGalaxy.com

[via milescoverdale]