Archive for May, 2004

Friday Filler

May 28, 2004

Found this at Lemur Girl, who found it at Special K:
FIRSTS
First job: Flower delivery man for a florist in Dallas.
First self purchased CD: Brain Salad Surgery, by Emerson, Lake, and Palmer in July 1987.
First piercing/tattoo: Summer 1983, left ear piercing (long since closed-up).
First enemy: 10th grade – Some guy named Jeff Anderson who borrowed my bass guitar longer than appropriate and teased me until we got into a fight; although I outweighed and out-reached him, he knocked me down with one good punch to the face in my one-and-only after-school fight. He dropped out of Jesuit a year or so later, and I graduated Salutatorian of my class. Guess I won after all.
LASTS
Last big car ride: Dallas to Corpus Christi and back, to visit the USS Lexington.
Last kiss: 20 minutes ago (my lovely wife)
Last library book checked out: Ummm. . . some gardening books in 1999, the last time I did a vegetable garden.
Last movie seen: In the theater? The Alamo. On DVD, Master and Commander.
Last beverage drank: Guiness Extra Stout.
Last food consumed: Buffalo Wings at The Cheesecake Factory.
Last phone call: my wife, on my way home from work earlier today.
Last CD played: Fragile, Yes.
Last annoyance: The jerk in an SUV who did such a sloppy job parking at Stonebriar Mall, where we went to eat tonight
Last pop drank: Coke.
Last ice cream eaten: Blue Bell Country Vanilla (w/ Hershey’s Hot Fudge sauce).
Last shirt worn: Dallas Sidekicks T-Shirt.
I….
I AM: Ready for a break.
I HAVE: The Summertime Blues.
I WISH: I could find more time to write.
I HEAR: The air conditioner humming, my dog breathing.
I SEARCH: For filler like this to keep this blog running.
I REGRET: very little.
I LOVE: my fantastic wife and three outstanding kids.
I ALWAYS: wonder where my paycheck went.
FAVORITES
NUMBER: 13 (My birthdate is April 13)
COLOR: blue
DAY: Saturday
MONTH: November
SONG(S): It Had to Be You, Harry Connick; South Side of the Sky, Yes; Natural Science, Rush; Cliffs of Dover, Eric Johnson
SEASON: Autumn
DRINK: Guiness, Shiner Bock, or Coca Cola

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More SF Babes

May 28, 2004

My long-time readers (all 1 or 2 of you!) might remember the good-natured back-and-forth between this blog and the Llamabutchers about SF Babes a couple of months ago.
Well, I thought of those posts the other day when the guys at SFSignal linked to the “Top 75 Heroines of Sci Fi, Fantasy, and Horror.”
In the process, they also introduced me to RevolutionSF, which now finds a home on my sidebar.

Heinlein

May 24, 2004

Robert Anson Heinlein, who coined the word “grok,” who created the speculative future histories and alternate worlds that have captivated the imaginations of millions of readers, who, with Ayn Rand, laid much of the popular literary foundation for libertarianism, died 16 years ago on May 8, 1988.
I missed the date, as I don’t usually mark the “death dates” of people, even those whom I admire. But fortunately Bill Dennis keeps track of the information at his Heinlein Blog. He also links to a good essay by J. Neil Schulman, which describes Heinlein’s works as “how-to” manuals.
RAH, RIP.

Photshop Abuse

May 24, 2004

There should be a clause in the Photoshop licensing agreement that forbids putting it to this kind of use:
(WARNING — GRAPHIC IMAGE — DO NOT CLICK ON THE EXTENDED ENTRY IF YOU HAVE A WEAK STOMACH)

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Musical ABCs

May 24, 2004

LeeAnn at the cheese stands alone posted a challenge the other day: “for each letter of the alphabet, list a band you truly like,” in her words. Here goes:
Aerosmith
Booker T and the MGs; Bowie, David
Cream; Cure, The
Deep Purple; Doors, The; Dream Theater
Emerson, Lake, and Palmer
Folds, Ben; Foo Fighters
Genesis; Gabriel, Peter
Hendrix, Jimi
INXS; Iris, Donnie
Jackson, Joe
Kinks, The
Led Zeppelin
Monkees
Numan, Gary
Orbison, Roy
Pink Floyd
Queen
Rush
Styx; Seal; Santana; Steppenwolf; Supertramp
Triumph; Traffic
Ultravox
Van Halen; Vangelis
Who, The; Winwood, Steve
X, Planet (OK, that’s kind of cheating)
Yes
ZZ Top
Feel free to leave your list in comments, or post it and trackback to here or LeeAnn.

Reality TV Bites, And Gets Bitten. . .

May 21, 2004

Venomous Kate takes aim at reality TV and proceeds to inflict multiple deadly bites upon it.
I’m proud to say I’ve never watched a single episode of any of that trash. Life’s just too short. Fortunately, for people like me who are alien to this unsavory bit of pop culture, Kate provides helpful links to each of the shows in her post.
It’s scary to think that the concept has propagated as far and successfully as it has.

Creepiness

May 21, 2004

Ace of Spades HQ links to a bunch of creepy European art, movies, and games.
My favorite: http://www.beksinski.pl/
(Described by Ace as “Lovecraft-meets-Giger“).

Right Wing Hotness

May 20, 2004

Ace-of-Spades summarizes the factors that make Lara Flynn Boyle “dirty kinky right-wing hot.”

Shame, Shame, Shame. . .

May 20, 2004

I meant to blog on this a couple of weeks ago, when the LlamaButchers first pointed me to it.
Things I’m not ashamed to admit, but probably should be:

  • I am a huge Neil Diamond fan, even if he has questionable politics.
  • I played AD&D in High School. And still have the books. And dice. And miniatures.
  • Barry Manilow? Musical genius (for his genre). Really. Just listen to Copacabana with an open mind.
  • I know how to buy women’s clothing. My wife’s a knockout but is too modest to acknowledge it, so I occasionally have to buy her things to help her see herself the way I do.
  • I know the derivation and meanings of the words “fannish” and “‘dane.”
  • Despite the preceding sentence, I’ve never been to a “Con.”
  • I like the Yes album Talk.

Current Events

May 20, 2004

One reason I don’t blog much about politics and the war is that other bloggers have already covered the news in greater detail and in a more timely manner than I could. I don’t blog from work, and therefore my surfing and posting are at the end of the day.
If I can’t think of anything more than “me too,” then I don’t write about it, even though I may be in complete agreement. I’ll be damned if I’m going to become an online “dittohead.” I got into this blogging thing to force myself to write regularly, not to create some grand unified theory of politics. I hope someday to retire from the law racket; I would love to supplement my retirement income as an author.
So I write.
As frequently seems to be the case, James Lileks has already stated this thought for me:
“I’ll tell you why I haven’t written more about [the war, Abu Ghraib, Nick Berg] lately – it’s because there are others who do it so much better, have more to say, and have first-hand experience. I suppose I should be linking to them, but I assume that anyone who’s interested in these matters hits the other spots on the web that provide more authoritative content than I can offer. What’s more, I haven’t wanted to address The Gloom because that would simply add to it, and I think The Gloom is a mistake, a caul we’ve draped over our own heads. It will pass.
“I’m not interested in hand-wringing. Obsession about the details of the current news cycle is the best way to ensure that the future smacks you on the back of the head hard some day. Live micro, but think macro. Inhabit the day, but apprehend the week, the month, the year, and beyond.”

Go and read the whole Bleat.