Monday, August 27, 2007

What I Really Need Are More Shelves...

[idea ganked from Lynn S]

Here are the books I've read to date from 1001 Book You Must Read Before You Die:

19. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon
125. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami
196. A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
210. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – Douglas Adams
227. Watchmen – Alan Moore & David Gibbons
301. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
303. The World According to Garp – John Irving
340. Breakfast of Champions – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
349. Sula – Toni Morrison
376. The French Lieutenant’s Woman – John Fowles
397. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test – Tom Wolfe
404. The Third Policeman – Flann O’Brien
448. Solaris – Stanislaw Lem
461. Naked Lunch – William Burroughs
508. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
539. I, Robot – Isaac Asimov
723. Ulysses – James Joyce
736. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce
804. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
854. Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There – Lewis Carroll
868. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
889. Walden – Henry David Thoreau
911. The Pit and the Pendulum – Edgar Allan Poe
982. A Modest Proposal – Jonathan Swift

[NOTE: when I say 'read to date', what I really mean is 'read from front to back and still remember having done so up to this point...]

50 Best DC Comics Characters (IMHO, Of Course, Of Course...)

I sent this list in as my votes for this poll over a year ago, but never got around to blogging aboot it -- figgered I'd toss it out here anyhoo (if fer no other reason than to not lose it fer future reference) -- but if you wanna discuss it, hey that's cool too...

01. Supergirl (Linda Lee Danvers/Kara Zor-El)
02. Batgirl/Oracle (Barbara Gordon)
03. Mary Marvel (Mary Batson)
04. Insect Queen (Lana Lang)
05. Wonder Woman (Diana Prince)
06. Saturn Girl (Imra Ardeen)
07. Triplicate Girl (Luornu Durgo)
08. Zatanna (Zatanna Zatara)
09. Black Canary (Dinah Drake Lance)
10. Hawkgirl (Shiera Hall/Shayera Hol)
11. Power Girl (Karen Starr/Kara Zor-L)
12. Elastigirl (Rita Farr)
13. Catwoman (Selina Kyle)
14. Lois Lane
15. Batman (Bruce Wayne)
16. Looker (Emily Briggs)
17. Plastique (Bette Sans Souci)
18. Platinum of The Metal Men
19. Beatiful Dreamer of The Forever People
20. The Emerald Empress (Sarya)
21. Huntress (Helena Wayne)
22. Gem Girl (Susan "Suzy" Shoemaker)
23. Ferro Lad (Andrew Nolan)
24. Two-Face (Harvey Dent)
25. Blue Beetle (Ted Kord)
26. Booster Gold (Michael Jon Carter)
27. Flash (Barry Allen)
28. Green Arrow (Oliver Queen)
29. Green Lantern (Guy Gardner)
30. Hourman (Rex Tyler)
31. Superman (Clark Kent/Kal-El)
32. The Joker
33. The Phantom Stranger
34. Jonah Hex
35. Karate Kid (Val Armorr)
36. Krypto the Superdog
37. Earth-Two [Golden-Age] Superman (Clark Kent/Kal-L)
38. Mr. Terrific (Terry Sloane)
39. Deadshot (Floyd Lawton)
40. Dr. Mid-Nite (Dr. Charles McNider)
41. The Human Bomb (Roy Lincoln)
42. Ambush Bug (Irwin Schwab)
43. Animal Man (Bernhard "Buddy" Baker)
44. Kid Psycho (Gnill Opril)
45. Super Chief (Flying Stag)
46. The Composite Superman (Joe Meach)
47. The Duke of Oil (Earl Dukeston)
48. Earth-Two [adult] Robin (Dick Grayson)
49. The Ten-Eyed Man (Philip Reardon)
50. Bizarro-Flash [fka Hero]

Monday, August 20, 2007

Deja Vu (or, Eventually I *Had* To Repeat A Meme, Didn't I?...)

[via Les Miserables]

You're Pale Fire!
by Vladimir Nabokov
You're really into poetry and the interpretation thereof. Along the road of life, you have had several identity crises which make it very unclear who you are, let alone how to interpret poetry. You probably came from a foreign country, but then again you seem foreign to everyone in ways unrelated to immigration. Most people think you're quite funny, but maybe you're just sick. Talking to you ends up being much like playing a round of the popular board game Clue.
Take the Book Quizat the Blue Pyramid.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Oh, I Thought You Said Prawn!...

[via Fractured Bethy]

Your Score: An Inner White Pawn

You scored 2 Power-Finesse,
1 Leader-Follower,
4 Unique-Ordinary,
and 4 Offense-Defense!

You like being on the winning team, and so you and your white chess piece brethren do what you can to help out your cause. Your role is more supportive of the big guys as they do the cool stuff, but at least you aren't just cannon fodder like the Outer Pawns. Those poor bastards. On the other hand, your superiors wouldn't mind hanging you out to dry if it means they'll gain some advantage. You tend to be a little more aggressive than your black team counterparts.

Link: The What Chess Piece Are You Test
written by Gundark27
on OkCupid Free Online Dating,
home of the The Dating Persona Test

Sunday, August 12, 2007

The Fearsome Utopia

Heigh-ho! Warm-torn reprehension
If superheroes automate? Sure!

Now rompishly healthier greenhorns
Arouse hot sure-fire amputees...

Friday, August 10, 2007

We Worships The Holy Egg Nog!!!...

Your Score: Agnostic

Holy Crap!
You're taking -53 souls with you to hell!

-85 to -50

On the plus side: You dont believe all the religious dogma stuff. But you are open to the idea that there is much in the universe that cant be explained conventionally. You're open minded and easy going.

On the negative side: you may just be too cowardly or ill-informed or dispassionate to make a decision and stick with it about anything.

The Categories: Agnostic Atheist Buddhist Christian Fundamentalist Hindu Islam/Judaism Sikh Sunday Christian Wiccan

Link: The Very Offensive Religion Test written by youallwantme on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

[via Bat-Out-of-Hell Betty...]

Wiki-aboot (with apologies to Nicholas Roeg, Edward Bond and James Vance Marshall...)

[via Betty and her Wide Range of Interests (cue the footage of the skier falling off the jump ramp...)]

The rules of this particular strain of memeage are as follows: Go to Wikipedia and answer the questions by clicking the "random article" link in the left corner. (Snippets of the article appear after the question in itlaics, with my own comments afterwards.)

Ready? Let's begin:

01. What are you afraid of?

Dictatorial Herr (独裁君, Dokusaikun?) is a yonkoma manga which Yoshiie Goda is serializing to a journal issued quarterly. -- Yes indeedy, manga is a frightening thing, alrighty...

02. What would you take with you on a deserted island?

Neophaedusa spelaeonis is a species of gastropod in the Clausiliidae family. It is endemic to Japan. -- Because you can never have too many mollusks...

03. What would you want for a wedding present?

In Philip Reeve's Hungry City Chronicles, the Anti-Traction League is an organization opposed to the prevalence of Traction Cities and Municipal Darwinism. Its symbol is that of a broken wheel. -- There's a symbolism here somewhere, I'm *sure* of it...

04. What do you worship?

The Constitution of the Vermont Republic was Vermont's constitution when it existed as the independent Republic of Vermont from 1777 to 1791. -- I'd rather worship "Moonlight on Vermont" by Captain Beefheart, actually...

05. What is your secret fetish?

Dorlis(1982) is the stage name for a Japanese musician from Okayama Prefecture. -- Apparently I have something in common with Gwen Stefani after all...

06. What will you dream about tonight?

EGP refers to:

Exterior Gateway Protocol, a former routing algorithm used on the Internet
Egyptian pound, the currency of Egypt
European Green Party, a political party
Experimental geodetic payload, a Japanese satellite
Ejercito Guerrillero de los Pobres, see Guerrilla Army of the Poor

-- yeah, that sounds aboot like one of my dreams...

07. What would you buy if you had the money?

In computing, the Oracle Call Interface (OCI) consists of a set of low-level APIs (Application programming interface calls) used to interact with Oracle databases. -- I have *enuff* Oracle in my life already, thankyouverymuch [yeesh!]...

08. What subject would you write a book about?

Kid usually refers to a young domestic goat, or to the leather made from its skin, or to a human child. -- Oh, *that'll* be a page turner!...

09. What do you collect?

Abandon Hope (formerly The Mad Silentist) is the recently-announced title for the new album by The Matches, with a release date for late 2007 or early 2008. -- I do hope they're not counting on *me* to buy up all the copies...

10. What does your best memory connect to?

Web Services Semantics (WSDL-S) is a proposed extension to the WSDL standard. -- Well, sure... *everything* connects to the Web anymore, don't it?...

11. The most unimportant thing you can think of?

Azov Avia Airlines is a cargo airline based in Melitopol, Ukraine. -- [claps hands] Good answer, good answer [looks up at board...]

12. What do you most preferably speak about?

In a Biskit is a line of snack crackers produced by Nabisco. -- I could go on fer *hours* aboot Chicken In a Biskit [notices people running away] -- All right! All right! I won't! I won't!...

13. With which thing will/do you work with?

Mathias Herrmann (b. July 16, 1962 in Friedberg, Germany) is a German television actor. -- We're currently shopping a script idea based on a more dramatic take on Hogan's Heros...

14. What always makes you laugh?

Permeation, in physics, is the penetration of a substance (permeate) through a solid. -- Hi*lar*ious stuff!...

15. And cry?

Lake Bronson is a city in Kittson County, Minnesota, in the United States. -- Any town smaller than the one *I* grew up in has *got* to be depressing...

16. What was the first thing you saw when you woke up today?

Karlheinz Brandenburg (born June 20, 1954, in Erlangen, Germany) is an audio engineer and has been a driving force behind some of today’s most innovative digital audio technology, notably the audio compression format MPEG Audio Layer 3, more commonly known as MP3. -- And yet I still can't get my PC to record music...

17. What have you got in your pocket?

Born in Palestine, Eyad Mustafa Alrababah (Arabic: اياد مصطفى الربّاح) was a Jordanian citizen arrested following the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attack. -- You *know* there's prison overcrowding when it reaches this point, right?...

18. What could replace you so that no one would notice? is a UK based independent webzine consisting of original music features, reviews, interviews and videos. -- But what aboot comic books?...

19. What were your first words?

Radio Mindanao Network (RMN) is a Philippine radio network. -- Presumably, I had already rewired the radio to pull in that station before I said that...

20. What will you be buried with?

Henry ("Harry") Jupp (born 19 November 1841 in Dorking, Surrey; died 8 April 1889 in Bermondsey, London) was an English professional cricketer, who was the opening batsman for Surrey County Cricket Club from 1862 to 1881. -- All together now: EEEWWW!!!...

21. What have you got in the drawer of your bedside table?

Bargo is a small village, located in Wollondilly Shire, New South Wales, Australia. -- Yes, a *very* small village...

22. What do you love the most in this world?

ABC is an English New Romantic band that charted eleven Top 40 singles between 1981 and 1990. -- All right, they're not *bad*...

23. What would you write a song about for the next Eurovision Song Contest?

IAWS Group, plc is an international Food and Agribusiness group. -- Because *everybody* eats, don't they?...

24. What do you see from the window at this moment?

Deepcut is a village in Surrey, home to the Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut. -- But only with my glasses on...

25. What are you in reality?

The Republican Labour Party was a political party in Northern Ireland. -- Irish, Republican, political, defunct... well, one out of four ain't such a horrible batting average, izzit? [grin]...

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Five Questions Meme

Against what would have been my better judgement (had I exercised it to begin with), I agreed to let Lynn S ask me five questions [and now I'm *finally* going to answer them...]:

1. The infamous dinner party question, with a bit of a different twist: Your five guests will be comic book characters. A truce is declared for the evening so you can invite both heros and villans if you like.

Part of me wants to make an 'eye candy' list of Supergirl, Batgirl, Mary Marvel, etc., but that's not really the point here, is it? [grin]...

Okay, operating under the 'no agression rule enforced by magical means' rule:

Let's start with Darkseid and Thanos -- a villain whose goal is finding the Anti-Life Equation and another who's in love with Death itself; gotta be some good conversation there, doncha think? -- oh, and let's toss in Thanos' brother (and one-time superhero) Starfox fer good measure...

Last two: Magneto and Kitty Pryde -- a little debate on human/mutant relations wouldn't be such a bad thing, would it? (and the reason I didn't pick Professor X fer the good-guy side of this topic? -- cmon, I getta have *some* eye candy here, don't I? [grin]...)

...hmm, seems I skewed a little bit toward the villainous, didn't I? (Well, *I'd* be on hand to even it out [grin]...)

2. Name three or four famous musicians (living or dead) whom you'd like to have a jam session with.

My first thought on this one wuz that most famous musicians would be risky choices because their egos and mine probably couldn't fit into any building smaller than a stadium together [grin] -- but let's try setting that little issue aside and see where we go, shall we?...

Names that sprang into mind after a moment's thought (given another moment, I might've gone into a whole 'nother genre...):

Tony Williams on drums, Dave Holland on bass, Bill Frisell on guitar, and Archie Shepp on sax

3. Describe your ideal vacation (reality or fantasy).

I think we'd start with a couple of weeks back in Naantali, Finland, and eventually wind up with some trilaterally symmetrical Trups from the planet Yom in the Pi Ursa Major system sometime in the late 24th century (the rest I leave to your imagination...)

4. What's the weirdest thing you've ever found on the Internet?

It's a wonderment I haven't spent a fortune in therapy bills just due to some of the more extreme pr0n I've seen in my time (esp. in the days before pop-up blockers -- thanx fer drudging up those repressed memories [grin]) -- however, something a little more pleasant that comes to mind is a site with transgendered superhero fanfiction [NOTE: mature subject matter in those stories -- you been warned, dernded it!...]

5. In a recent post you mentioned something about "giving sermons on the subject of whether or not Jesus had a sex life." Tell me more about that. (Sorry, the Devil made me ask that.)

While I wuz touring with an ecumenical youth ministry (which will remain nameless to protect the innocent -- and the people involved too [grin]), I happened upon a somewhat-radical Christian text (wish I still knew the title) which had an interesting subchapter called something like "Did Jesus Have A Penis -- And If So, Why?" which discussed the idea of Jesus having sex (whether with a partner or 'flying solo', as it were) -- that subchapter wuz only aboot a paragraph in length, but I started elaboratng on it and improvising riffs around it just fer me own giggles (and those of me mates in that crew, which included both a devout Nietzschean [if one can in fact be such a thing] and a guy who wanted to become an Episcopalean priest purely fer the opportunity to spike the communion with LSD -- yes, I hung out with the *hip* crowd, didn't I?), and eventually I had a whole speech up to aboot sermon-length (albeit rather rambly at that size) -- somewhere along the line, we walked into a straightlaced fundamentalist church that *obviously* didn't dig our 'secular humanistic' leanings, and I decided to open up on them with that routine (which I did happily 3 or 4 more times under similar circumstances until 'the band broke up', so to speak...) this is where I's supposed ta give yawl permission to request some questions from me to ask of you (although I make absolutely *no* promises for originality, relevance or appropriateness [PC or otherwise]...)

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Re: The Old Saying "Like A Hot Knife Thru Butter"...

...did I miss something in my rural upbringing, or are there actually people who heat up their butter knives just prior to use?...